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Badger cull in England extended to ‘unimaginable scale’

The controversial badger cull in England has been expanded to an “unimaginable scale”, according to a leading expert who warned the government is paying far too little attention to the transmission of tuberculosis between cattle when they are traded. Ministers approved culling in 11 new areas on Wednesday, taking the total to 43. Up to […]

Defra to review release of game birds after legal threat

The annual release of more than 50 million non-native game birds into the countryside with no environmental assessment is to be reviewed by the government after campaigners announced a legal challenge. Chris Packham, Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay, of the campaign group Wild Justice, argued that the massive and unregulated increase in the number of […]

Sea lions to be culled to protect salmon

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting public comments on a new plan to cull sea lions on the Columbia River, along the Oregon-Washington border, in order to benefit populations of salmon and steelhead, which have been falling in recent years. Current management policy allows up to 92 California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) to […]

Trump Admin. Quietly Awards Dozens of Lion Trophy Permits to Hunters, GOP Donors

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued more than three dozen permits for hunters to bring back lion trophy parts from Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016-2018, according to copies of the permits obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The documents were obtained by Friends of Animals and reported by Huffington Post […]

Camera trap study reveals Amazon ocelot’s survival strategies

Ocelots living the Amazon basin prefer dense forest and avoid roads and human settlements, according to the largest ever camera trap study of this illusive wildcat, published in the journal Ecology and Evolution earlier this year. The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is a medium-sized spotted cat found across the southwestern United States, central and South America. […]

A Widespread Pesticide Causes Weight Loss and Delayed Migration in Songbirds

With winter approaching, White-crowned Sparrows are migrating south from North America’s boreal forest to central and southern United States and Mexico, sometimes flying hundreds of miles in one night. The weeks-long trek is already a major endeavor for the one-ounce songbirds, and pesticides may be making the journey even more perilous, a new study shows. […]

Michigan Man Pays $400,000 to Kill Harmless Rare Black Rhinoceros

A wealthy American business owner paid $400,000 to kill a rare black rhinoceros in Namibia in an apparent desperate attempt to prove his manliness. He will now be allowed to import the animal’s taxidermied remains into the U.S. in order to show them off. Vile Chris Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan, shot the rhino, one […]