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This weekend bird enthusiasts from around the world will become citizen scientists for a few days during the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which is happening this year February 12-15. During this four-day event, which is organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, people will be […]
Over the past decade, more than 1.26 million wildlife trophies were imported to the U.S. That breaks down to a disturbing average of more than 126,000 trophies coming in annually — or 345 each day. The numbers were just released in a new report Trophy Hunting by the Numbers: the United States’ Role in Global […]
Millions of vacationers around the world are continuing to enjoy encounters with wild animals, but they’re also unwittingly perpetuating cruelty to wildlife. According to a new report released by World Animal Protection, an estimated 550,000 animals are being used by irresponsible tourist operations around the globe. For the report, researchers from the University of Oxford’s […]
When Cecil the lion was killed last year, the incident and circumstances surrounding his death caused international outrage over the senselessness and brutality of trophy hunting. While it drew attention to the plight of big game animals in Africa, it also raised awareness about the problems with trophy hunting of big cats here in the […]
Elephant advocates are calling for an investigation following the sudden and unexpected death of Chai, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo. According to the zoo, keepers discovered her body in the elephant yard early Saturday morning. It later said that “no definitive cause of death or obvious signs of infectious disease” […]
Conservationists are celebrating a landmark deal two-decades in the making that will now protect millions of acres of coastal rainforest in British Columbia, Canada. The land in question became officially known as the Great Bear Rainforest in 2006. It stretches from British Columbia’s Discovery Islands to Alaska and is now one of the largest expanses […]
As a group of endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest welcomed a ninth new baby in just over a year, federal officials have launched a review to determine how well the Endangered Species Act is protecting them. These orcas, known as the southern resident killer whales, live in three distinct pods (J,K and L). There […]
As the controversy surrounding keeping elephants in zoos continues to grow, animal advocates are making progress in the battle to get the San Antonio Zoo’s lone elephant retired to a sanctuary. Lucky is an Asian elephant who arrived at the zoo in 1962. After she was taken from her family in the wild in Thailand when […]
In good news for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, the federal government has expanded critical habitat for them by thousands of square miles along the East coast. Right whales got their name from hunters who labeled them the ”right” whales to kill, since they’re slow moving and spend a lot of time at the surface. Right […]
Aquariums keeping whales and dolphins in captivity continue to claim their work helps improve education and conservation, and the Vancouver Aquarium is no exception. Now, however, a new film is exposing the myths behind the aquarium’s misleading claims that endanger cataceans. The film, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, focuses on the Vancouver Aquarium, but many of the issues it brings to […]
A cow who broke away from a New York City slaughterhouse is now safe and sound at a sanctuary, thanks to a rescuer who heard about his story and fought to spare his life. The cow escaped from the Jamaica Archer Live Poultry and Meat Market in Queens late last week, causing a spectacle as he […]
Animal advocates are criticizing federal wildlife officials for approving a controversial plan to import 18 elephants from Swaziland for a life behind bars in U.S. zoos. There are currently fewer than 35 elephants in Swaziland who live in two areas, including the Mkhaya Game Reserve and Hlane National Park, which are managed by Big Game […]
Update 1/25: Lok Lok has been adopted! His new family saw his story on social media, so a huge thank you goes out to everyone who shared it and continues to network on behalf of dogs waiting for their forever homes. While Lok Lok is no longer available, SASF has plenty of other cats and […]
We’ve seen a lot of touching rescue stories from the International Animal Rescue (IAR) involving precious baby orangutans starting on their roads to recovery that we all hope will lead them back to the wild. The latest rescue of a baby orangutan, however, is particularly heartbreaking and shows just how disturbingly cruel the exotic pet […]
Scientists are raising serious concerns about the future of whales and dolphins in European waters who are continuing to suffer from the effects of toxic chemicals that were banned decades ago, but continue to linger in the environment. According to a new study led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), which was just published […]
In good news for animals in labs, legislation has been introduced in Virginia that would end animal testing for cosmetics and make it the first cruelty-free state in the nation. The bill, the Virginia Humane Cosmetics Act (HB 502), would make it illegal to conduct tests on animals in the state, in addition to making […]
While seeing some of Africa’s most iconic species in person would be an amazing experience, we’re not all going to get the chance. Now, thanks to technology, people around the world are getting an opportunity to see a variety of species live from the comfort of wherever they are now through January 18. Earlier this […]
Every year In Defense of Animals (IDA) releases a list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America and has just come out with its latest run down that brings both good and bad news for elephants. This year marks the twelfth consecutive year that IDA has released the list, which includes a […]
A Wisconsin fur farm is under fire following an undercover investigation that exposed horrific treatment of foxes and mink being raised and killed for nothing more than their fur. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) just released footage obtained during a two-month investigation at Dillenburg Fur Farm, LLC, in Shawano County that uncovered […]
In another win for marine life, Peru started the new year by enacting regulations to protect the world’s largest known population of giant manta rays. These behemoths have become particularly vulnerable to fisheries that target them for their meat and for their gills, which are considered a delicacy in China and are used in traditional […]