A new report published by The Guardian yesterday has exposed key wildlife trafficking crime groups and the corrupt government officials enabling them. The investigation was carried out by Freeland over 14 years and identifies through Thai government surveillance the main crime networks and individual traffickers who have profited around $23bn through illegally trading in animals, including endangered species, such… Continue reading Corruption and the illegal wildlife trade
One man in England has been given a license to shoot 10 buzzards which, he claims, are interfering with his pheasant-shooting business. That one license will enable others to seek licenses to shoot legally protected species in this country, and it makes a mockery of the huge conversation success that was the protection of the… Continue reading Buzzards are now fair game for gamekeepers
I recently had a debate on WP with someone about the issue of testing cosmetics on animals. Instead of offering logical, unbiased arguments, this person eventually chose to ban my comments from their post, a pretty cowardly and insecure act from someone who claimed I lacked confidence in my position. Luckily, I’m too self-assured and… Continue reading Canada Heading Towards An Animal Testing Ban
I wanted to avoid writing about the Yulin dog meat festival, as social media has been buzzing this last few weeks with haunting images of dogs and cats crammed into tiny wire cages, on their way to an inhumane slaughter. I don’t need to argue that the boiling, beating and murder of stolen beloved pets is… Continue reading Reluctant Yulin Dog Meat Festival Aftermath Post
Buenos Aires Zoo has yet another high-profile resident, in addition to Arturo the depressed polar bear. The Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) will soon make their case in court on behalf on Sandra the shy Sumatran orangutan, and they will use the habeas corpus law to argue that the great ape has… Continue reading Sandra The Orangutan And Her Human Rights
* Guest blog post from Politics student James Craske * Animal Rights. Where do the parties stand? Human concern for animal welfare stretches back a long way. Despite the regular news of animal abuse, we have come a long way from the prevailing attitude of the Ancient Greeks that animals do not possess reason, to the recent… Continue reading Who’s Looking Out For Animals In This Election?
Dian Fossey carrying out observations with a silverback I’ve just finished reading Dian Fossey’s Gorillas In The Mist and I’m wondering how Nunkie’s Group are getting on these days. A lot has changed in the Virunga mountains since Fossey’s horrific murder in 1985, and humans have encroached on the gorillas‘ diminishing territory even more. The 1994 Rwandan genocide… Continue reading The Virunga Mountain Gorillas These Days