May 082018
 
POLL: Should wildlife officials maintain red wolf recovery efforts?

Conservationists were already fighting an uphill battle to save endangered red wolves, a grim picture for the future survival of this species. These wolves once roamed vast portions of the southeast, but were essentially wiped out by the 1960s due to habitat loss and predator control programs. In 1973, they were protected under the Endangered […]

Apr 242018
 
POLL: Should marine life be conserved by banning the use of "Drift Nets"?

California’s drift-net fishery is under fire from a coalition of marine conservation and animal protection groups.These wildlife advocates released a damning undercover video last week, revealing just how often innocent marine life dies because of drift nets. Deceptively small in size, California’s drift-net fishery has an enormous negative impact.The industry includes a fleet of about […]

Apr 192018
 
Chinese man caught smuggling five rhino horns is jailed by Dutch court

A Dutch court has sentenced a Chinese man to a year in jail for smuggling five rhino horns and four other horn objects worth about €500,000 ($613,000) in his luggage. The man was caught by customs officials at Schiphol airport in December as he traveled through Amsterdam on his way from South Africa to the […]

Apr 012018
 
POLL: Should the Ban on Hunting Trophy Imports be Restored?

Earlier this month an announcement that a ban on sport-hunted elephant trophies had been lifted caused some major public outrage, but now wildlife advocates are headed to court to stop American trophy hunters from further imperiling some of the earth’s most iconic species. At the beginning of March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) […]

Mar 302018
 
Slow Loris Traffickers Get Historic Sentences in Indonesia

Animal advocates are celebrating a landmark ruling against wildlife traffickers who were arrested last fall in Indonesia after they were caught in connection with a criminal network trading endangered slow lorises. The operation, which was part of an effort to dismantle an illegal wildlife trafficking network that was using Facebook to sell wildlife, was carried […]

Mar 232018
 
POLL: Should Wyoming abandon its plans for a Grizzly Bear trophy hunt?

It’s been less than a year since Yellowstone’s iconic grizzlies were prematurely stripped of federal protection, and Wyoming’s already trying to open the door to allow trophy hunting for the first time in four decades under a new proposal. There was once estimated to be 50,000 grizzly bears in the U.S., but by 1975, there […]

Mar 132018
 
Trump Backtracks on Elephant Trophy Ban – This Must Be Stopped

Late last year, the White House announced that it would get rid of a ban on elephant trophy imports, and immediately the American public became outraged that the Trump administration would allow such cruelty. A couple months later, President Donald Trump himself called that idea “terrible” and it looked like African elephants would get a […]

Mar 122018
 
POLL: Should Bobcats be kept on the Endangered Species List?

Bobcats in Indiana could be hunted and trapped again for the first time in decades, if a new proposal is enacted. Bobcats were nearly hunted to extinction by the mid 1900s. They were finally listed as endangered species in the state by the 1960s, and hunting them has been banned ever since. That protection has […]

Mar 112018
 
No Calves This Year Means Right Whales Are Closer to Extinction

Scientists were already worried about the survival of North Atlantic right whales following a slew of tragic deaths over the past year. Now, even more concerns are being raised about the lack of calves this year. Once considered the “right” whales to kill, this species was nearly hunted to extinction. Today, there are estimated to […]

Mar 032018
 
Western Monarchs Are Continuing to Disappear At An Alarming Rate

Just two decades ago, more than one million monarchs were counted on the West Coast, but they’ve continued to decline at an alarming rate. The latest numbers don’t bode well for the future survival of these iconic butterflies. Monarchs have become well-known for their epic seasonal migrations spanning from as far north as Canada to […]

Mar 012018
 
POLL:  Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife?

The orangutan is one of our planet’s most distinctive and intelligent creatures. It has been observed using primitive tools, such as the branch of a tree, to hunt food, and is capable of complex social behaviour. Orangutans also played a special role in humanity’s own intellectual history when, in the 19th century, Charles Darwin and […]

Feb 272018
 
Conservationists Sue to Save Mexican Wolves From Extinction

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has finally released its long awaited recovery plan for Mexican wolves, but conservationists believe it’s so flawed it will doom them to extinction in the wild. Mexican wolves once roamed vast portions of the Southwest and Mexico, but were persecuted so harshly they were essentially eradicated by the […]

Feb 202018
 
Half of Britain’s Hedgehogs Have Disappeared, But There’s Still Hope

Conservationists are raising concerns about the plight of hedgehogs after finding that half the population has disappeared from the countryside in Britain over the past two decades. Despite the discouraging numbers, their advocates still believe there’s hope for their survival. By some estimates, there were more than 30 million hedgehogs in the UK in the […]

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