Animals



Aporkalypse now
WHILE THE Chinese zodiac celebrates the year of the pig, for the Earth-bound variety it is a terrible time.
B.C. has a whopping 1,807 species at risk of extinction
With the highest national number of plants and animals at risk of disappearing, B.C. can’t afford to backtrack on promises to introduce endangered species legislation
Climate change: How frogs could vanish from ponds
Climate change is having an impact on frogs found in British ponds, research suggests. A deadly frog disease is spreading due to warmer temperatures and in the next 50 years could cause entire populations to vanish, according to a study.
Debunking: Does Cultivation Kill More Animals Than Livestock Farming?
Picture this: You’re a harvest mouse who lives in a wheat field. Being a mouse, you have excellent hearing and can easily pick up sounds that a human cannot hear. Thanks to your sensitive whiskers and small size, you’re acutely attuned to vibrations caused by large machines
Do farmed animals weep
I read the saddest thing today. Researchers once played the sound of a now deceased elephant to her family in the wild. The others immediately went looking for her – and her daughter pitifully called for her for days afterwards.
Eating someone
Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair?
Elusive and cryptic lizard may be first Australian mainland reptile declared extinct
A newly reclassified species of lizard that is native to areas now paved by Melbourne’s suburbs could become the first reptile on mainland Australia to be declared extinct.
Face it Farmed animals are a someone
e’ve all heard them and used them – the common references to farmed animals that appeal to the worst part of human nature: ‘pearls before swine’, ‘what a pig’, ‘like lambs to the slaughter’, ‘bird brain’.
Five things weve learned from nature crisis study
The most comprehensive and detailed review of the state of nature has been published in Paris. Our environment correspondent Matt McGrath extracts the key messages.
Giraffes must be protected from trophy hunter loophole, campaigners say as Government under pressure to act
As it stands, the elegant creatures are currently given no protection by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which means they can be killed indiscriminately, with their carcasses exported around the globe as trophies.
Heatwave Cooks mussels
Temperatures lead to what appears to be largest local die-off in 15 years, raising fears for broader ecosystem
Heres Why Grass-Fed Beef is Just as Bad for the Environment as Grain-Fed
The environmental consequences of beef are finally starting to become common knowledge, but instead of reducing or eliminating it from their diets many people (commonly known as hipsters) are seeking out small-scale, “sustainably raised” grass-fed beef.
How Animal Agriculture Is Draining the World of Biodiversity
There could be up to 100 million different species on Earth. Ranging from humans to algae and phytoplankton, the planet is filled with a broad array of extremely diverse organisms
Koalas are now functionally extinct
The Australian Koala Foundation has confirmed that, with only 80,000 members of the species left in the wild there isn’t enough to support a new generation.
Many UK bee species on brink of extinction or lost already
Many species of bees are on the brink of extinction in parts of the UK with some types lost entirely, a report has found.
Meat-eating humans pushing hundreds of planets biggest animals toward extinction
Humanity’s insatiable appetite for meat is pushing large creatures like elephants and giant salamanders towards extinction, according to a new study.
Meat-eating humans pushing hundreds of planets biggest animals toward extinction
Humanity’s insatiable appetite for meat is pushing large creatures like elephants and giant salamanders towards extinction, according to a new study
Millions of songbirds vacuumed to death every year
Millions of songbirds are vacuumed out of trees and killed each year during the nocturnal Mediterranean olive harvest, researchers have warned.
Ocean species are disappearing faster than those on land
AS THE WORLD'S average temperatures creep higher, marine animals are far more vulnerable to extinctions than their earthbound counterparts, according to a new analysis of more than 400 cold-blooded species.
Rats and gerbils to thrive while larger animals like rhinos and eagles will die out in the next 100 years, study says
As humans continue to destroy the habitat of larger creatures, the average animal size is set to "shrink" by 25 per cent over the next century, according to a new study.
Squirrels and forest regeneration
For a long time the scientific world has deemed squirrels one of the most important animals responsible for forest regeneration (Steele et al. 1993, Vander Wall 1990, 2001). Scientific studies conducted by researchers from universities Wilkes, Princeton (Steele et al. 1996) and Purdue (Goheen & Swihart 2003) have shown that the unrivalled leaders in seed dispersion – and subsequently in forest regeneration – are grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis)
Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism
For $10, tourists can pose with this tiger at Phuket Zoo, in Thailand. The tiger is held by a short chain and can’t stand up. Tigers may be declawed, or even drugged, to protect people around them
The Biggest Little Farm Review: The Pleasures of D.I.Y. Agriculture
Directed and narrated by John Chester, a longtime documentary cinematographer, “The Biggest Little Farm” opens with the then-seemingly unstoppable California wildfires of 2018 threatening to wipe out the small farm Chester founded with his wife, Molly, nearly 10 years before.
The price of plenty: how beef changed America
Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry – and created the model for modern agribusiness.
The USDA Admits to Killing Over a Million Wild Animals Per Year to Protect Livestock
Wonder why wildlife is disappearing? The government is killing cougars, bobcats, bears, wolves and coyotes to protect cows, pigs and chickens.
Two men convicted after destroying multiple bird nests
Two men have been fined after they were convicted of four offences under the Wildlife Act in Ireland. The pair cut a hedge out of season and a case against them was taken by the National Parks and Wildlife Service
Viewpoint: Uncomfortable realities of big game hunting
Trophy hunting has been the subject of much media attention amid the backdrop of declining populations of big game animals in Africa. But is a blanket ban really the answer?
Whale horror: Hundreds of dolphins and whales killed by boats in Canary Islands every year
HEARTBREAKING photographs and film footage have illustrated the plight of whales and dolphins in the seas around the Canary islands, where experts believe hundreds are being killed every year as a result of collisions with boats, warning the situation amounts to “an environmental catastrophe”.
Why your chicken wings mean weve entered a new epoch
Have you ever thought much about the bones that remain littered in front of you after finishing a plate of chicken wings?
Widespread losses of pollinating insects revealed across Britain
A widespread loss of pollinating insects in recent decades has been revealed by the first national survey in Britain, which scientists say “highlights a fundamental deterioration” in nature.
World Migratory Bird Day; Time To Stop Feeding Birds Plastic
World Migratory Bird Day is a two-day event annually held on the second weekend of May to highlight the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.
World Migratory Bird Day; Time To Stop Feeding Birds Plastic
Organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), World Migratory Bird Day is an annual, global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
Giant river animals on verge of extinction, report warns
Populations of the great beasts that once dominated the world’s rivers and lakes have crashed in the last 50 years, according to the first comprehensive study.
Animal Agriculture’s Impact on Climate Change
Though much of the world is focused on transitioning away from fossil fuels as a way to fight climate change, there is another, often-overlooked climate change culprit: animal agriculture and its environmental impact. Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after fossil fuels and is a leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution and biodiversity loss.
Trump administration authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wild animals
The Trump administration has reauthorized government officials to use controversial poison devices – dubbed “cyanide bombs” by critics – to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals across the US. The spring-loaded traps, called M-44s, are filled with sodium cyanide and are most frequently deployed by Wildlife Services, a federal agency in the US Department of Agriculture that kills vast numbers of wild animals each year, primarily for the benefit of private farmers and ranchers.
We Feed Cows Chicken Poop
We Feed Cows Chicken Poop The practice isn’t just gross, it could spread mad cow disease—and yet the FDA has done nothing to stop it.
Slaughterhouse Worker Opens Up: 'It Was A Vision Of Hell'
Lots of vegans have this idea about slaughterhouse workers - that they are all monsters and psychopaths - but it's not like that. I spent a short stint working in a slaughterhouse several years ago. It's really important to say it's not something I did by choice. I'm not sure anyone would do something like that through choice; well, maybe a couple of people.
MDPI: Soil Systems
In view of recent reports of critical declines of microbes, plants, insects and other invertebrates, birds and other vertebrates, the situation pertaining to neglected earthworms was investigated.
The Guardian
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.
Cocunuts Bangkok
Our plastic addiction may be killing more than marine life as researchers revealed this week how it has entered the human food supply.
The Mirror
They're the gentle giants of the animal world - but soon they may be nothing but a memory.
Newsweek
hile the brains of honey bees are tiny compared to those of humans, the insects are capable of some surprisingly advanced thinking. A study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has now cast new light on the insects' cognitive abilities.
Science Alert
The climate crisis is here, and the animals are suffering. Earth's shifting climate reality is changing how animals around the globe breed and feed - and the effects are nothing short of devastating.
Philip Lymberry
On World Farm Animal Day, Dr Emma Milne BVSc MRCVS, is my guest blogger. TV vet, author and animal welfare enthusiast, Emma is a great supporter and friend to Compassion in World Farming. Here she shares her thoughts on the cruelty of live farm animal export.
Boing Boing
A new analysis of whales suggests that each one is worth about $2 million in carbon sequestration -- and the global population is thus worth about $1 trillion.