The Killing Crisis

BirdLife’s research has revealed that an estimated 25 million birds are illegally killed or taken each year across the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Caucasus. Here, we delve deeper into the shocking discoveries that galvanised our Flight for Survival campaign. A boy clutches a fistful of Eurasian Golden Orioles Oriolus oriolus: he seeks buyers for […]

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‘We have cut them all’: Ghana struggles to protect its last old-growth forests

KUMASI, Ghana — The West African country of Ghana is known for having rich natural resources including vast tracts of rainforest. But its primary forest has all but vanished, with what remains generally relegated to reserves scattered throughout the country’s southern third. These reserves are under official protection. However, that hasn’t stopped logging and other […]

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Gruesome gamekeeper kept ‘kill list’ and dumped ‘1000 animals into stink pit’

A gamekeeper suspected of running up one of the biggest kill lists of endangered animals in Scottish history has escaped a jail sentence. Alan Wilson, 61, was convicted of illegally killing dozens of animals on Longformacus Estate near Duns in the Scottish Borders. But investigators believe animals including goshawks, badgers, buzzards and an otter represented […]

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Thousands of sharks and rays are likely entangled in plastic polluting Earth’s oceans

New research finds that thousands of sharks and rays could be entangled in the plastic polluting Earth’s oceans. Scientists at the UK’s University of Exeter examined existing scientific literature and took to Twitter to find documented instances of shark and ray entanglements. They ended up finding reports of more than 1,000 entangled animals — and […]

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Poachers Arrested After They Post Pictures of Mountain Lion Kill Online

Dumb criminals make everyone’s jobs so much easier. Three poachers were arrested, convicted, and banned from hunting, fishing, and trapping worldwide for three years after they illegally killed a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park and posted photos of their “trophy” on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. The social media trail made it easy for authorities […]

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