‘Rewilding’ Project Could Return Lynx To The UK After 1300 years

Ambitious plans, formulated by the Lynx UK Trust, could see a return of the wild lynx, not seen in Britain for over 1300 years, to certain areas selected for the five-year trial programme. It is hoped that the once native lynx will curb deer populations and restore balance to the British countryside. Lynx UK Trust …

Small New Zealand Island Set To Become New Ecosystem

Rotoroa island is a small island off New Zealand's west coast and was, from 1908 to 2005, home to a Salvation Army's drug and rehabilitation unit. The facility treated male alcoholics, whilst females in recovery were housed on nearby Pakatoa island. More recently, the kiwi bird is set to be introduced onto the island, as the …

Chimps (Nearly) Awarded Human Rights

In a landmark ruling, two chimpanzees, imprisoned and abused for research, were temporarily granted legal 'personhood' status for the first time. The Nonhuman Rights Project launched a lawsuit against Stony Brook University in New York requesting the transfer of two research chimps, Hercules and Leo, to the Save the Chimps Florida animal sanctuary in Florida. The activists are focused …

Mad Hunter Claims To Be Conservationist

Animal lover and activist Ricky Gervais recently tweeted a photo of huntress Rebecca Francis posing next to the bull giraffe she shot and killed. Gervais accompanied the tweet with this comment: What must've happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling? …

Secret Gibbon Whispers Translated By Scientists

Since the 1940s, we have known that gibbons use a secret language to communicate, but only now, with ultra sensitive equipment, have scientists been able to decipher their unusual calls. This research could give us clues to the evolution of human language. Lar gibbons, or the white-handed gibbon, are an endangered primate, usually found in Thailand, Laos …

What’s Wrong With Animal-Friendly Animal Products?

The ethical consumer cannot simply trust a brand claiming to be animal or environmentally friendly; we all have a responsibility to do a bit of research to make sure a product is as ethical as it claims. If the ethical exploitation of animals is at all possible, then it must meet certain welfare standards. The …

The Real Easter Bunnies

Spring has sprung, and, for animal shelters worldwide, that means the imminent arrival of hundreds of discarded bunnies in the weeks following Easter. Rabbits do not obey the myths surrounding them: they don't like to be handled by humans, they dislike being confined in cages, and, most annoyingly for homeowners, rabbits can chew through pretty …

Last Ditch Attempt to Save Endangered Rhinos

A new conservationist project is underway in South Africa to airlift rhinos to safety. The project is being managed by Rhinos Without Borders, a new organisation with approximately $280,000 or crowdfunded money, which aims to remove rhinos from overcrowded areas in South Africa to an undisclosed location in Botswana. Rhinos have been hounded to near …

10 Years After The Hunting Ban And We’re Still Debating It

Amongst the varied issues to be raised at the upcoming general election will be animal welfare; in particular, the 10-year old ban on hunting with dogs and the present day badger cull. The Hunting Act was brought in by the last Labour government to protect foxes from the barbaric tradition that sees them chased for …