Poison used to kill lions and hyenas is indirectly killing Kenya’s vultures and other raptors

Poison used to kill lions and hyenas is indirectly killing Kenya’s vultures and other raptors

Darcy Ogada rarely spots raptors​ from her home in central Kenya any more. ​The birds were once ​a ​common​ ​​sight in the industrial town of Thika, 25 miles (40km) north of Nairobi, but the ​region’s ​forests are rapidly declining, and the few remaining raptor populations face the added threats of poison and persecution. “It is […]

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The Sonoran Desert toad’s venom can induce a psychedelic experience so vivid that some people call it the “God molecule”

The Sonoran Desert toad’s venom can induce a psychedelic experience so vivid that some people call it the “God molecule”

The Sonoran Desert toad excretes a substance that can provide a vivid psychedelic experience, dubbed the “God molecule” by some. However, the largest native toad in the United States is not immortal. Conservationists are now warning that the toad’s hallucinogenic toxin may be in high demand, putting the species at risk. “There’s a perception of […]

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POLL: Should the use of strychnine for killing wolves be banned?

POLL: Should the use of strychnine for killing wolves be banned?

Health Canada is launching a review this spring on whether strychnine should be used to kill wolves. The Government of Alberta uses the poison to keep dwindling caribou herds alive. Alberta Trappers Association president Bill Abercrombie says strychnine is a horrendous way to kill an animal. “Strychnine initiates convulsions and the animal basically goes into […]

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Petition: Take Action to Ban DDT-like “Rat Poisons” Killing Wildlife

Petition: Take Action to Ban DDT-like “Rat Poisons” Killing Wildlife

There is an urgent need to protect California’s wildlife. More and more wild animals are being found contaminated by first and second generation anticoagulant rodenticides. Like the Covid-19 statistics, we are seeing increased numbers of contaminated wildlife because more tests are being performed. However, also like the pandemic, we don’t truly know the extent of exposure […]

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Petition: Trump administration ends gray wolf’s endangered species protections

Petition: Trump administration ends gray wolf’s endangered species protections

The Trump administration has removed endangered species protections from the gray wolf, a species once persecuted to near-extinction in the US, in a move that has been condemned as premature by conservationists. The wolves have been provided federal protection for more than 45 years but this is no longer needed according to David Bernhardt, the […]

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