Footage from a meat market in China has increased concerns about the fates of Irish racing greyhounds who end up in the country, which has no nationwide animal welfare laws. Organizations are calling for Ireland to ban the export of greyhounds to China.
Pollinator populations are falling amid what has been termed an “insect pollinator health crisis,” and in the absence of sweeping international or federal action on this issue, it falls to state legislatures to come up with innovative solutions.
Alpert Medical School of Brown University is using live pigs to teach invasive procedures to its emergency medicine residents, in violation of federal law. The vast majority of emergency medicine residency programs in the United States and Canada use only human-based methods.
Iowa’s Ag-Gag law criminalizes undercover investigations at a broad range of animal facilities, preventing advocates from exposing animal cruelty and environmental, workers’ rights, and food safety violations. The law achieved its goal of suppressing undercover investigations; no investigations have taken place since the law’s passage in 2012.
The Veterinary Service Department in Egypt has killed countless numbers of free roaming dogs and cats, usually by poisoning them with strychnine or shooting them. A new amendment to Egyptian law would prohibit this practice and hopefully force authorities to consider more humane methods of population management.
The Interior Department continues to push forward with an aggressive timeline for Arctic Refuge drilling that reflects the Trump administration’s eagerness to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder and allow the coastal plain of this premier wildlife refuge to be turned over to oil companies.
Assembly Bill 273 would end the cruel, taxpayer subsidized commercial fur trapping trade across the state.
Somehow, even with widespread concern, multiple decisions by Greek authorities demanding the closure of the facilities, and several protests and letter-writing campaigns, Attica Zoological Park continues to operate its illicit dolphinarium, and the dolphins kept there continue to be forced to perform in shows.
CITES is a convention ostensibly dedicated to wildlife protection that does nothing other than enable trade on a massive scale with minimal regulation and oversight, resulting in plummeting wildlife populations. They need to rehaul their system or step aside, so a conservation-focused rather than a trade-focused system can be put in place.
There will be devastating global consequences for tigers now that China is lifting the ban on tiger bones for use in traditional Chinese medicine. In a battle between the tigers and large-scale, state-sanctioned economic interests, the animal’s fate looks desperately perilous.
Ten critically endangered Javan slow lorises are in intensive care after being confiscated from poachers. It is not uncommon for lorises to die from stress, dehydration, and malnutrition as a result of being kept and transported in cramped, dirty boxes.
The substantial reduction in most South American urban markets that were formerly major illegal bird trade hubs is a major conservation achievement in recent decades, with millions of birds saved as these local markets collapsed.