Feb 252018
 
POLL: Should the clothing industry be "Fur-Free"?

Another disheartening investigation has uncovered that consumers who would never buy real fur are being duped by products that have been mislabeled. Brands including Tesco, Boots, FatFace and Romwe were found selling real fur that was mislabeled as faux. The latest investigation, which was conducted by The Humane Society International (HSI UK) along with the […]

Feb 232018
 
POLL: Should Wyoming prevent the wolf hunting season in 2018?

Wyoming has once again begun to allow permits for limited wolf hunting, and new figures show that hunters killed 44 gray wolves between October  and December of 2017. The AP reports: Ken Mills, lead wolf biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, said 43 wolves were legally hunted and one illegally hunted in the […]

Feb 182018
 
POLL: Should the trafficking of Hippo Teeth be banned?

Tanzania is auctioning off nearly four tons of hippopotamus teeth today, raising concerns among conservationists that legally purchased teeth may end up on the black market, where demand for hippo “ivory” is already threatening their long-term survival. The teeth are from hippos that died naturally or were killed because they had dangerous encounters with humans, […]

Feb 162018
 
POLL: Should Europe's Wolves be Rewilded?

To some it is a roe deer that eats meat: an adaptable animal capable of living peaceably alongside humans. To others it is a demonic killing machine that ruins farmers – and whose presence is a symbol of the city’s contempt for rural life. The wolf is on the rise in Europe. This winter it […]

Jan 192018
 
POLL: Should circus animal exploitation be banned in England?

Animal advocates have been working for years to end the suffering of circus animals in the UK. Years ago, it looked like that would finally become a reality after a government promise, but it was never followed up with any meaningful action. Now,animal lovers are once again optimistic with reports that a bill to end […]

Jan 172018
 
POLL: Should Lolita the Lonely Orca be Freed?

Beloved game show host and animal advocate Bob Barker has a brilliant suggestion for the Miami Seaquarum’s New Year’s resolution – let Lolita, the marine park’s lone orca, go home in 2018. Barker partnered up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to make a video calling on the Miami Seaquarium to release […]

Jan 152018
 
POLL: Should "destructive" electric pulse fishing be banned?

Groups representing small-scale fishing fleets across Europe have called on the European Union to reinstate a ban on fishing using electrical pulses, which they say is a destructive method. However, others have called for the technique to continue, saying it causes less disturbance than methods such as trawling the bottom of the seabed. Electric pulses […]

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 312017
 
Why Whistleblowers Are the Answer to Global Wildlife Trafficking

Whistleblowers are the number one source of fraud detection across the world. In fact, whistleblowers are such an incredibly valuable tool in fraud detection, that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) give out millions of dollars in monetary rewards every year through their dedicated whistleblower programs to whistleblowers who […]

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 182017
 
POLL: Should there be a universal ban on the use of lead ammunition?

The death of a bald eagle—a national symbol—in the U.S. capital has stirred a wider debate about potential impacts of lead bullets and other sources of harmful metals in the environment, especially given a recent ruling by the federal government. When veterinarians in Washington, D.C., took in a bald eagle on Tuesday, it was already […]

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 […]