Japan returns to business of whale hunting

Japanese hunters killed at least two whales in the first commercial whale hunt in more than 30 years.  Japan stopped commercial whaling in 1988 after the International Whaling Commission, or IWC, banned the killing of whales. However, last December, Japan said it would leave the IWC on June 30. Japan has long disputed the idea that whales …

Australian racehorse slaughter allegations prompt investigation

Australian authorities have launched an investigation into suspected animal cruelty after a TV report revealed the alleged mass slaughter of racehorses. Footage of horses allegedly being mistreated at an abattoir in Queensland caused widespread anger when it was aired on broadcaster ABC on Thursday. The slaughter of racehorses is legal in Australia, but industry rules …

Norway caught Japan in whaling

The International Whaling Commission (IWC), which was established in 1946 in order to “protect the amount of whale correctly and ensure the regular development of the whaling industry”, is organized by whaling in the world. Although the IWC had a moratorium that prohibited commercial whaling in 1986, Norway and Iceland continued to whale by declaring …

Helicopter-borne snipers to cull down feral camels in Australia

The body count doesn’t seem to come at a halt even after nearly half a billion animals lost their lives in the Australian bushfires. The Australian authorities are planning to cull down thousands of feral camels to preserve the already scarce water sources in the Aboriginal district of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, reported New York Post. …

More than 10,000 camels to be shot from helicopters because they drink too much water

More than 10,000 camels will be shot from helicopters to prevent them from drinking too much water in drought-afflicted South Australia. Professional shooters will begin the cull on Wednesday following an order from Aboriginal leaders in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands. Locals have complained the animals have been entering communities and wreaking havoc as they look for any available water …

Koalas found dead on Australia logging plantation

Dozens of koalas have been found dead or injured at a timber plantation in the Australian state of Victoria, sparking an investigation by officials. Blue gum trees – an important koala habitat – were harvested from the plantation in December, leaving only a few isolated stands of trees. Some koalas had starved to death in …

Trump plan could kill billions of birds

A plan by the Trump administration to change the rules under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act could devastate the population of threatened and endangered species and accelerate their decline across North America, a former US wildlife official has warned. Dan Ashe, a former US Fish and Wildlife Service Director, told the The Associated Press news …

Denmark to cull up to 17 million mink amid coronavirus fears

As many as 17 million mink are to be culled in Denmark after a mutated version of the coronavirus that can spread to humans was detected on mink farms. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the mutated virus posed a “risk to the effectiveness” of a future Covid-19 vaccine. Denmark is the world’s biggest producer of …

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