Bloody slaughter of 100 bottlenose dolphins on Faroe Islands sparks global outrage

Bloody slaughter of 100 bottlenose dolphins on Faroe Islands sparks global outrage

One hundred bottlenose dolphins were slaughtered today on the Faroe Islands amid international outrage over their annual whale hunt. This morning around 100 of the sea mammals were herded into a bay, where they remained for several hours before being massacred by residents of Skálafjörður. The island’s whaling sheriff said this was the first time […]

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Earth: Muted review – bees go missing in China despatch from the eco-apocalypse file

Earth: Muted review – bees go missing in China despatch from the eco-apocalypse file

This Swedish-produced documentary about China’s Hanyuan valley is nominally another dispatch from the eco-apocalypse file, so the final harmonious impression it leaves behind suggests it hasn’t done its job properly. Located in Sichuan province, the valley is a place where bees are on the verge of extinction, the consequences of which we see in the […]

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Protections for Colorful Arizona Snake

Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Protections for Colorful Arizona Snake

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying Endangered Species Act protections to the Tucson shovel-nosed snake for a second time. The snakes live only in a small area of southern Arizona. “These sand-swimming snakes need federal protection because reckless development in Tucson and Phoenix is […]

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Appetite for frogs’ legs in France and Belgium ‘driving species to extinction’

Appetite for frogs’ legs in France and Belgium ‘driving species to extinction’

A voracious appetite for frogs’ legs among the French and Belgians is driving species in Indonesia, Turkey and Albania to the brink of extinction, according to a report. Europe imports as many as 200 million mostly wild frogs every year, contributing to a serious depletion of native species abroad. Scientists estimate that the Anatolian water […]

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Winter feeding gamebirds can boost nesting numbers of songbirds the following spring

Winter feeding gamebirds can boost nesting numbers of songbirds the following spring

The scientific data does not support Mark Glover’s assertion that the release of gamebirds results in “environmental devastation” (Slaughter of UK-imported gamebirds carries a hefty price, 22 July). In support of his argument that the release of pheasants is causing an increase in the fox population, he cites Stephen Harris’ paper for the Labour Animal […]

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