Red wolf: the struggle to save one of the rarest animals on Earth

Attempting to locate one of the rarest animals on the planet, US government scientist Joe Madison pointed an antiquated VHF tracking antenna at a tangle of thick vegetation and twiddled some dials on the receiver. A red wolf, judging by the beeps, was in the vicinity but well-hidden. “Did you hear that beep? That’s a […]

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POLL: Should the salmon-farming industry be allowed to slaughter seals?

Seals are supposed to be protected under UK law, but salmon farmers can get a special licence that makes it legal for them to shoot and kill these marine animals, who are just trying to feed themselves and their families in order to survive. The shooting continues throughout the animals’ breeding season, which takes place […]

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POLL: Should the Zambian Government be allowed to slaughter 2,000 hippos?

The Luangwa River will soon be awash with hippo blood. Apologies for that disturbing mental image, but it’s important that everyone understand the gravity of Zambia’s upcoming plan to cull about 2,000 hippos. The country claims its current hippo population of 12,200 hippos is unsustainable. As such, the government has rescheduled a long discussed plan […]

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POLL: Is it justified to kill wild birds to protect the public?

The government’s conservation watchdog has issued licences to destroy 170,000 wild birds, eggs and nests, including rare and declining species such as curlews and swifts, in the past five years. Natural England has given permission to kill birds of more than 70 species, or have their nests and eggs destroyed. These include peregrine falcons, barn […]

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POLL: Should legislation be passed to protect sharks and rays?

Hawaii could soon become one of the safest places for sharks on the planet. While poachers are wiping out sharks in most waters around the world, Hawaiian state legislators are considering making it illegal to kill sharks of any kind off its coast. Senate Bill 489 and House Bill 808, two versions of the same […]

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POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for continuing the bloody slaughter of dolphins?

Animal rights activists have launched an unprecedented legal challenge to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, claiming that fishermen are routinely violating animal welfare laws and exceeding government-set quotas. The London-based organisation Action for Dolphins and the Japanese NGO Life Investigation Agency on Wednesday submitted evidence they hope will halt the annual dolphin hunts in […]

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POLL: Should the entire wild boar population of Poland be culled?

Conservationists have branded plans by the Polish government to cull almost the entire wild boar population of the country as “pointless, counterproductive and evil”. In a move to tackle an epidemic of African swine fever, the Polish government has ordered a series of hunts, beginning this weekend, with the aim of killing the vast majority […]

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POLL: Should Nevada’s wild horses be protected from roundups and slaughter?

Thousands of wild horses are living peacefully on public lands in Nevada right now, completely unaware that the government is coming for them soon. They will be rounded up this fall, and their advocates are raising serious concerns that they will be sent to slaughter, along with thousands of others. Tragically, the Bureau of Land […]

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