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Conservationists applaud Queensland’s further investment in drone surveillance on beaches

by Humane Society International,

The Palaszczuk government last week announced a greater investment in the state’s drone surveillance program at ocean beaches by committing $6 million over the next three years. The funding will bolster existing drone surveillance trials underway on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, North Stradbroke Island and Magnetic Island, while also...

Standing For Animals July 2022

by Humane Society International,

INSIDE: A new triage centre for wildlife • Feature: The dramatic rescue of tigers from a Thailand zoo • Launching our new community fundraising hub •  Orangutans released back into the wild • What the new federal government means for animals • Updated Fur Free List and Better Wool Guide...

Minister promises a change to the system saying too much clearing of habitat has already occurred

by Dr Megan Kessler,

You need to steel yourself before reading the 2021 State of the Environment Report. It makes for grim reading. It opens by saying “In a rapidly changing climate, with unsustainable development and use of resources, the general outlook for our environment is poor and deteriorating”. From thereon it doesn’t pull...

One turtle killed every twelve days on NSW coast by shark nets in the past year, new data reveals

by Humane Society International,

Data released this week by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (‘DPI’) shows that 21 threatened marine turtles were killed in the last shark net season—a rate of one turtle every 12 days. Additionally, 14 Critically Endangered grey nurse sharks were caught, with five found dead and nine released, though...

Shark Week and the Role of Fear

by Lawrence Chlebeck,

  It’s that toothy time of year again - Shark Week!  And though primarily an American phenomenon, Shark Week inevitably reaches Australian shores through streaming services and what seems to be endless social media stories, plugs, and reactions . While recent years have seen a shift away from sensationalism and towards...

Forty years ago, the world did something amazing for whales

by Kitty Block,

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the global moratorium on commercial whaling, a momentous achievement that turned the course for long persecuted cetacean species. Slow to reproduce, whales were nearly wiped out altogether in the 20th century, with an estimated three million killed for profit. I gave my heart to the...

Whaling ban celebrates 40th anniversary

by Humane Society International,

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the global moratorium on commercial whaling, an achievement that is hailed as one of the most significant conservation victories of all time. More than three million whales were killed for their oil and meat in the 20th century taking many species to the...

State of the Environment? Appalling.

by Humane Society International,

Australia's environment is in bad shape, according to the Federal Government's State of the Environment report released today. The report, released every five years, found that Australia's environment is 'poor and deteriorating', and that the laws in place to protect it are only partially effective.  The report is another entry...

Media Alert: Nets Out Now Rally – 9 July 2022

by Humane Society International,

A rally will be held to protest the continued use of shark nets and drumlines in Queensland's waters, and ask for an end to the use of these outdated, cruel and ineffective methods for good. The rally is hosted by Sea Shepherd, Humane Society International, Australian Marine Conservation Society, and...

Two whales simultaneously entangled in shark nets off QLD coast today

by Humane Society International,

Two whales have today been entangled in shark nets on Queensland's coast, one at Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast and the other at Marcoola Beach on the Sunshine Coast.* Every year at this time, humpback whales migrate from feeding grounds in the Southern Ocean to the warm waters of the...

Next on the Government’s to-do list: stop the extinction crisis

by Nicola Beynon,

It has been just over a month since Australia chose a new government to lead us during this critical time for our native wildlife and their habitats. Although we’re already in the grip of an extinction crisis, we now have a parliament with a record number of environment focused MPs,...

CITES 2022: A big chance to help threatened species

by Lawrence Chlebeck,

Every three years, nations meet under the banner of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Each Conference of the Parties (CoP) is a massive opportunity for threatened species of plants and animals to have their trade prohibited or heavily regulated, to ensure the species does not...

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