Jan 052018
 
How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic

A fleet of Japanese ships is currently hunting minke whales in the Southern Ocean. It is a politically incendiary practice: the waters around Antarctica were long ago declared a whale sanctuary, but the designation has not halted Japan’s whalers, who are continuing a tradition of catching whales “for scientific research” in the region. In the […]

Jan 042018
 
Video: Power lines killing the last remaining Great Indian Bustards in India

On Dec. 9, researchers discovered the remains of an extremely rare bird in India’s Thar Desert, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. All that remained was a pile of bones, and large, brown feathers, fluttering beneath a power line. The dead bird, one of the last remaining wild individuals of the critically endangered great Indian […]

Jan 012018
 
POLL: Should fox hunting legislation be repealed in the UK?

As horses, hounds and hunters gather on the busiest day of the year for fox hunting, activists have raised concerns that trail-hunting is being used as a cover for bloodsport more than a decade after it was banned in the UK. At least 300 hunts are expected to take place across the country on Boxing […]

Dec 292017
 
POLL: Should the trophy hunting of Grizzly Bears be banned nationwide?

Conservationists are finally celebrating an epic victory after decades of fighting to protect grizzly bears in British Columbia. In August, the government announced its commitment to ending grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest and throughout the province. While the news was welcomed at the time, major concerns were raised about a loophole that […]

Dec 272017
 
POLL: Should the UK finally abandon its controversial badger cull?

Nearly 20,000 badgers were culled this autumn as part of the government’s attempt to reduce bovine TB in cattle, in what critics called the largest destruction of a protected species in living memory. The 19,274 dead badgers is almost twice as many as last year after 11 new cull zones were added to a swath […]

Dec 162017
 
Hunter dies in Germany after wild boar he was trying to shoot attacked him

Police in Germany say a hunter has died after being attacked by a wild boar he was trying to shoot. The 50-year-old man was on a boar hunt with a dozen others near the north-eastern town of Greifswald on Sunday when he was attacked by the male boar. Witnesses reported that he fired off a […]

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 122017
 
Trump’s indecision on trophy hunting reignites heated debate

On November 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted a ban on the U.S. import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The president put a hold on the order two days later, calling trophy hunting in a tweet a “horror show.” He has yet to make a final determination regarding the USFWS order. […]

Dec 032017
 
POLL: Should wild horses be protected from roundups and slaughter?

The Senate took a step in the right direction with a vote to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter, but the fight to keep them safe on the range is far from over. America’s wild horses and burros have been federally protected from “capture, branding, harassment, or death” under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and […]

Nov 302017
 
The big moment: Nepal releases its first ever captive-reared vultures

Watch as conservation history is made: six captive-reared Critically Endangered White-rumped Vultures venture out into the wild. This comes at a time when the world is finally waking up to the plight of vultures. The moment has finally arrived. Bait is placed outside the entrance of the pre-release aviary, and the door is opened from […]

Nov 292017
 
POLL: Should Australia's commercial hunting of kangaroos be banned?

It was 2002, and soccer superstar David Beckham was, for the first time, leading England into the World Cup as team captain. At each match he wore a different pair of personalized, champagne-colored cleats, embroidered with his children’s names on the red fold-over tongue. Though England lost in the quarterfinals, Beckham, and his shoes, went […]

Nov 242017
 
POLL: Should South Africa strictly enforce its anti-poaching legislation?

It’s been one delay after another in the case against South African alleged rhino poaching kingpin Dumisani Gwala and his two co-accused. The reported reasons run the gamut—changes in venue, changes in magistrates, changes in defense counsel, and requests by Gwala’s defense attorney for more time because of a lack of preparation. The trio was […]

Nov 232017
 
Florida Opened a Fake Alligator Farm to Catch Poachers

ARCADIA, FLORIDA – On a moonless night in mid-October, Wayne Nichols, 42, lit a cigarette and climbed up to the captain’s seat of a splatter-painted skiff. He eased the boat into the middle of a nameless canal somewhere between Sebring and Lake Placid, in south-central Florida. His clients, Pat Hopkins, 66, and her son Melvin […]