Japan Has Killed Over 50 Minke Whales in a Protected Area of Antarctica

Japanese whalers have already harpooned and slaughtered over 50 minke whales this year in an area of the Ross Sea in Antarctica that is off-limits to fishing. They have done this by labeling their slaughter for “scientific purposes.” The hunting of whales for profit has been banned since 1986 but Japan, Iceland and Norway have […]

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The death dealer: Russian surgeon makes $1m a year charging tourists £16,000 to kill lions, £42,000 for white rhinos and £421,000 to slay critically endangered black rhinos

A Russian surgeon has boasted about how he has built a £1.2 million-a-year business offering wealthy tourists the chance to hunt elephants, rhinos and lions as trophies. George Ragozin, who is nicknamed the ‘crazy Russian’ by his clients, offers trophy-seeking foreigners packages that include shooting beasts of their choice, alongside accommodation, food, beer and wine […]

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Pro-whaling nations block South Atlantic whale sanctuary

A proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic was defeated at a meeting in Brazil of the International Whaling Commission, amid a clash between countries that think whales can be hunted sustainably and others that want more conservation measures. Pro-whaling nations, including Japan, Korea, Norway and Russia, argued the science didn’t support […]

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Over half the world’s raptors have declining populations

Why is it important to focus on the status of raptors in particular? From ghostly owls to majestic birds of prey, raptors are among the most iconic birds, but they are also highly threatened, with many of the larger species requiring large tracts of intact forest, and others persecuted because of their supposed impacts on […]

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95 Percent of the World’s Lemurs Are Facing Extinction

Madagascar is home to dozens of species of charismatic lemurs who come in a range of sizes, colors and appearances, from the tiny mouse lemur to the largest indri, but a recent assessment found that one thing they all have in common is that nearly every species of lemur is now in danger of extinction. […]

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Hunters Caught Killing Mother Bear and Her ‘Shrieking’ Cubs

A man and his teenage son have finally been charged after illegally killing a black bear and her two newborn cubs earlier this spring in Alaska. Unfortunately, more wildlife could soon be vulnerable to the same extreme cruelty seen here that’s stirring outrage. According to the Alaska State Troopers, which released the details of their […]

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POLL: Should California be allowed to exterminate the nutria?

The call came from a wildlife trapper working in the wetlands of central California. “I think I caught a nutria,” the man said. Greg Gerstenberg, a state biologist, was thrown.“I was like, ‘a what?’” A year and a half later, Gerstenberg strode up to his waist into the sludgey wetlands, pulling a kayak through mats […]

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Beyond The Cove: what happened after the Oscar-winning documentary?

The 2009 documentary The Cove, which depicted the practice of corralling and slaughtering dolphins in a small bay tinged crimson from the blood, has visited a bewildering past decade upon the small Japanese town of Taiji. An outburst of international outrage at Taiji’s 400-year-old practice of dolphin hunting saw activists descend upon the coastal town […]

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POLL: Should Peru’s killing of dolphins for use as bait be banned?

Given how universally revered dolphins are, and the fact that humans rarely eat their meat, you’d be forgiven for assuming that dolphins are largely spared by the fishing industry. Alas, that’s not the case. As a new report finds, fishers hunt and butcher over 100,000 cetaceans (a classification that includes dolphins, porpoises and tinier whales) […]

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POLL: Should the Trump administration amend its existing policy on trophy imports?

Thirty-eight severed lion heads have entered the United States as “keepsakes” over the past two years. Despite overwhelming public opposition to trophy hunting, big game hunters have found a complicit ally in the Trump administration, which has been willing to quietly approve requests to bring the corpses of threatened African animals. Earlier this year, the […]

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