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Will Labor’s environment reforms halt our extinction crisis?

by Dr Megan Kessler,

When the Humane Society International (HSI) was involved in the original negotiations for the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in the late 1990s, it promised a new era of environmental protection. The Federal Government had recognised its obligation to protect our environment at a national level and introduced...

Government responds to environment law review, promises long-awaited National Environment Standards

by Humane Society International,

Today environment minister Tanya Plibersek has announced the Government’s formal response to the 2020 review of Australia’s nation environment laws, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).   The one in ten year review, led by Professor Graeme Samuel AC, emphasised the urgent need for National Environment Standards...

One missed chance, but otherwise incredible CITES results!

by Lawrence Chlebeck,

We are so very proud to report back to all of you after an incredibly successful 19th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, better known as CITES. The importance of this conference cannot be overstated, as it...

NSW Government response indicates no end to puppy farming

by Humane Society International,

The NSW Government has not committed to implementing recommendations made by an inquiry into puppy farming, according to their response tabled on Monday in Parliament.   Earlier this year, the Animal Justice Party's Companion Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm) Bill, which proposed greater regulation and control over the conduct of puppy and kitten...

Big wins and one tragic loss for 348 animal species as representatives from 184 countries wrap up international conference in Panama

by Humane Society International,

158 glass frog species and 95 species of sharks and guitarfishes receive new protection; international trade in hippo parts for commercial purposes will continue   PANAMA (Nov. 25, 2022)—The 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and...

Going camping this summer or chasing the snow? 

by Sabrina Nizeti,

Are you looking to update your outdoor weather wardrobe? Wool is a popular fibre used in adventure clothing, but it has animal welfare issues to watch out for and on this topic, we’ve got you covered.   Mulesing is one of the most painful mutilations inflicted on Australian livestock, a...

Food was on the table at COP27, but there is still much more work to be done

by Humane Society International,

As the UN climate convention ends, Humane Society International is encouraged by recognition of food system’s contribution to the climate crisisHumane Society International is encouraged by the long overdue recognition among climate talk negotiators that food systems not only contribute to the ever-worsening climate crisis but can also serve as...

A historic vote for sharks at the CITES COP

by Humane Society International,

The bulk of the global trade in shark fins is set to come under the control of a global wildlife convention. Parties have voted for 54 species of requiem shark and 6 species of hammerhead to be listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered (CITES)....

Government’s scientific committee slams NSW shark nets

by Humane Society International,

The NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) has completed its annual review of the state's shark net program and issued a scathing assessment of the way in which the NSW Government is managing the shark nets installed on metropolitan ocean beaches between September and April every year.     The Scientific...

5 tips for plant-based holidays: Our expert chefs share tricks of the trade

by Kitty Block,

COVER Photo: Ella Olsson / Unsplash During this holiday season, as I think about how I'll celebrate with my family around the dinner table, I have a special appreciation for the work that our food service innovation team does: This unique team helps people around the world access healthy, delicious plant-based...

Environment ministers make welcome commitments to nature but they can’t be met without significant new funding

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Last Friday we saw the first national Environment Ministers Meeting under an Albanese Government and yesterday was the first budget. So what does this all mean for nature?  The national Environment Ministers Meeting was the first in over 500 days. 500 days during which our extinction crisis has been ever...

Out of date sheep standards a liability to industry

by Martine Lappan,

A national sheep industry survey has revealed just how frequently surgical procedures are performed on Australian sheep without any pain relief.  The results were published last week in the Sheep Sustainability Framework On-farm Insights from the National Producer Survey for 2022, a report commissioned by Meat and Livestock Australia and...

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