Jan 192018
 
POLL: Should circus animal exploitation be banned in England?

Animal advocates have been working for years to end the suffering of circus animals in the UK. Years ago, it looked like that would finally become a reality after a government promise, but it was never followed up with any meaningful action. Now,animal lovers are once again optimistic with reports that a bill to end […]

Jan 182018
 
Victory! New Jersey Just Became the First State to Ban All Wild Animals in Circuses

Animal advocates are celebrating an epic win with the passage of Nosey’s Law in New Jersey, which makes it the first state in the U.S. to ban all wild animals in traveling circuses. The law was appropriately named after Nosey, an elephant who had suffered decades of abuse at the hands of her owner, Hugo […]

Jan 132018
 
China’s Ban on Domestic Ivory is Finally In Effect

It’s estimated that 96 elephants are killed each day by poachers for nothing more than their tusks. But conservationists are starting the new year with renewed hope for the future of elephants following the official closure of China’s legal trade in ivory. The number of elephants who are senselessly killed is astounding, but that doesn’tcover […]

Dec 312017
 
Why Whistleblowers Are the Answer to Global Wildlife Trafficking

Whistleblowers are the number one source of fraud detection across the world. In fact, whistleblowers are such an incredibly valuable tool in fraud detection, that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) give out millions of dollars in monetary rewards every year through their dedicated whistleblower programs to whistleblowers who […]

Dec 252017
 
Mana first afternoon

October in Mana Pools in the Zambezi valley below the escarpment is called suicide month, for a good reason. In the five days we were there, three of them averaged 43 degrees centigrade in the shade and 53 in the direct sun in the early afternoon. Part of the reason for visiting Mana at this […]

Dec 192017
 
Serengeti’s spring rhythms

This is the last post from my Serengeti trip in September with CNP Safaris travelling around the western corridor in their wonderful specialised photographic vehicle. The Grumeti Tented Camp was absolutely superb and the staff were friendly, attentive and the best. Rather than give you too many words, I thought I would rather show you […]

Dec 152017
 
After tragic shooting of escaped tiger, should France ban circus animals?

Within just a few days last month, both Italy and Ireland banned the use of performing animals in circuses on a national level, joining 11 other members of the European Union that have already done so. France, unfortunately, is not one of those countries. A couple of weeks later, an 18-month-old tiger named Mevy escaped […]

Dec 052017
 
Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions, Due to Climate Change

Trophy hunters, as well as poachers who “harvest” the big males—antelopes and deer with the largest horns and antlers, elephants with the longest tusks, or lions with the most impressive manes—are putting those species at greater risk of extinction with climate change. That’s the finding of a new study published today by researchers at Queen […]

Nov 222017
 
POLL: Should big-game and canned, trophy hunting be banned?

Trophy is a documentary about the highly commodified and macabre ultra-luxury sport of “canned” trophy hunting, in which legally restricted big-game hunting events in various African countries are auctioned off for colossal sums to rich people, often from the United States. These smug types want to play at being the great white hunter but have […]

Nov 202017
 
Lilac-breasted Roller in Amboseli National Park

After several safaris into the Amboseli National Park, we were yet to see anyAfrican Lion. And our driver-guide wanted to make one last attempt to search for them on one of our game drives. We started off on a good note with the sighting of yet another African Elephant, this time with a suckling calf. […]

Nov 202017
 
POLL: Should Trump's elephant trophy hunting plan be stopped?

When you think of ways the White House could, in fact, “make America great again,” allowing big game hunters to bring elephant heads back into the country is probably nowhere on that list. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has just announced that it will get rid of restrictions that prevented hunters from doing just that. A […]

Nov 022017
 
The Show Sadly Goes On For Ringling’s Big Cats in Europe

It was cause for major celebration when Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus finally held its last show this spring, but even though the circus has officially shut down, its big cats didn’t get to retire with it. Over the summer news broke that Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling, applied for a permit to export […]

Oct 302017
 
POLL: Should performing elephants in circuses be banned?

Animal advocates are celebrating another major victory for animals: New York state has officially banned performing elephants. Even though we celebrated when Ringling Bros. announced it would be retiring its elephants, and later closing down, there are still many other circuses and companies dragging them around the U.S. for entertainment. Fortunately, the public is turning […]