Mar 152017
Austria flouts EU law to cull otters

Lower Austria is planning to trap and shoot 40 otters in the very near future. This is in spite of the fact that otters are protected by the European Union Fauna and Flora Habitats Directive. This is in response to appeals from fishermen stating that there are too many otters. The numbers quoted for that […]

Apr 122015
POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped?

Fiona Burrows is the kind of activist that hunters in Malta love to hate. The Nottingham 30-year-old has been threatened, cursed at, and pushed around while doing the job she says she lives for: stealthily filming the illegal hunting of protected migratory birds and reporting perpetrators to the police. Burrows takes precautions – she always […]

Jan 132015
Poll: Should the grey squirrel be culled with public money?

Landowners are to be paid millions of pounds of public money to cull grey squirrels under the first national plan for managing their numbers. Under the scheme, designed to protect red squirrels and woodland, only those who agree to deal with the animals on their land will be eligible for forestry grants from the Government […]

Nov 182014
POLL: Should wildlife hunting contests be permitted in Idaho?

U.S. land managers approved a recreation permit on Thursday allowing a controversial hunting contest open to children to take place on public lands in Idaho, where contestants will seek to kill the most wolves and other wildlife for cash and prizes. The hunting group Idaho for Wildlife requested the permit for the so-called predator derby to take […]

Aug 022014
POLL: RSPB picks a fight over grouse shooting

The RSPB has sparked a row with countryside groups over grouse shooting by calling for moors to be licenced amid claims the charity is becoming increasingly politicised. The charity is writing to all major political parties urging them to introduce a robust licensing sysem “to prevent the wanton destruction of wild birds”. It claims birds […]

Nov 292013
POLL: Should the US ban the import and export of tiger bone wine?

China is allowing the use of the bones of captive-bred tigers to be used as a tonic wine, even though the practice has been illegal since 1993. The government justifies this practice by claiming they are captive tigers- not wild ones. But they were obviously wild at some point and taken from the wild. It […]

Nov 052013
POLL: Should the kill quota on cougars be increased in New Mexico?

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has proposed raising the kill quotas on cougars. The proposal heavily emphasizes raising the quotas on female cougars. This would have a big impact on the general cougar population. Targeting female cougars prevents future births as well as leaves already born cubs orphaned. Cubs whose mothers are […]

Nov 032013
POLL: Should whales and dolphins be kept in captivity for our entertainment?

A documentary examining the treatment of killer whales in captivity claims that the giant mammals that have delighted generations of children are being deeply traumatised by their conditions. The movie, which is called Blackfish and will be released in July in the UK and the United States, focuses on an animal called Tilikum who has […]

Oct 252013
POLL: Should the slaughter of wolves in British Columbia be banned?

Wolves are being killed to protect both the Woodlands Caribou and the Mountain Caribou when in both instances they are not to be blamed. The reason for the declining numbers of wolves is the environmental disturbances caused by: Mountain Caribou. Logging, Loss of habitat, roads that make access easy for predators and human entertainment of […]

Oct 102013
100,000 Vote Against Seismic Blasts

I have more great news to share with you about Oceana’s campaign to halt the use of deadly seismic airguns on our Atlantic coast. On September 6, Oceana delivered more than 100,000 petitions to Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Those petitions urge the government to stop the proposed use of […]

Sep 252013
POLL: Should "neonicotinoid" pesticides be banned?

MPs have criticised the British government for refusing to accept the scientific evidence for a ban on pesticides linked to bee declines. Three neonicotinoid pesticides cannot be used on crops attractive to bees from December, after a decision by the European Union to introduce a moratorium on them amid concerns that they were damaging pollinating […]

Sep 242013
Should Alaskan sea otters be kept on the endangered species list?

Alaska Representative Donald Young has introduced a bill to restart the fur trade of northern sea otters. Bill (H.R. 2714), seeks To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow the transport, purchase, and sale of pelts of, and handicrafts, garments, and art produced from, Southcentral and Southeast Alaska northern sea otters. The International […]

Sep 232013
Should grizzly bears be kept on the endangered species list?

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service plans to draft a rule to delist the grizzly bear from the federal Endangered Species Act, and turn management over to the state of Montana. The 1000 bears of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem habitat is Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the Mission Mountains and […]