Until now, Neanderthals were believed to have been carnivorous. That Neanderthals in Spain were vegetarian may challenge theories that eating meat was essential for early human brain development.
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For the first time ever, a fishmonger in Australia has been convicted of cruelty toward a lobster. Pain responses are well documented in crabs, crayfish, and prawns, and certain arthropods are now known to be highly intelligent.
Undercover footage released by Animals International shows the abuse of farm animals exported from Europe to the Middle East. Such commonplace acts of cruelty demonstrate a chronic failure to enforce animal welfare standards during live export abroad.
An epidemic of H5N8 avian flu, which for months has infected birds and led to massive culls across Eurasia, may threaten the long-term future of free range farming in Europe.
Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple, shut down on suspicion of wildlife trafficking last year, is now set to reopen under a new name. Despite the evidence from last year’s raid, the Tiger Temple has been granted a provisional zoo license by the government.
Philosopher Tom Regan, one of the intellectual founders of the modern animal rights movement, passed away on February 17th, 2017. Regan argued against the view that only human beings, and not other animals, deserve moral consideration.
Finally, the Vancouver Aquarium’s abusive cetacean business has been defeated. A new Cetacean Bylaw will be implemented to end all captivity of dolphins, whales, and porpoises!
The exclusion of animal welfare organisations is short-sighted and inexcusable. There is no competition or conflict between helping people and helping animals. Uplifting the welfare of animals helps communities.
Between twenty-five and forty hounds used in England’s Kimblewick Hunt have been killed to combat an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis. The incident suggests that hunting dogs may be at least partly to blame for the disease’s spread, which decimates UK cattle herds and has long been blamed on badgers.
We all feel deeply aggrieved over the lost lives – humans and dogs. But I despair over the vigilantes who seem to take the ‘eye for an eye’ approach by ruthlessly culling every dog they can lay their eyes upon.
Lodges in wildlife reserves cater to tourists hoping to experience some of the most exciting wildlife sightings in the world. What’s not well known is that a reserve like Timbavati is, in terms of income, primarily a hunting destination.
If proposed new draft regulations become law, South Africa will become an almost open market for trading and even exporting rhino horn. The decline and possible extinction of wild rhinos will be in the interest of rhino breeders, who will then control the world market.