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Japan launches new whale killing vessel even as demand for whale meat plummets

by Kitty Block,

Over the course of a long career, I’ve spent countless hours at international conferences listening to the representatives of Iceland, Japan and Norway attempt to rationalize their killing of whales. These three nations, so often lauded for their standing and positive contributions within the global community, come up short indeed...

How does Humane Society International Australia protect elephants? 

by Erica Martin,

Did you know there are three distinct species, or types, of elephants in the world? The African savannah or bush elephant (Loxodonta africana); the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).   Estimates put the population of African elephants at around 400,000 down about 96% in the...

Nature Laws Explainer – EPBC Reform Stage 2

by Dr Megan Kessler,

In April 2024, Environment Minister Plibersek announced the Government’s intention to progress reforms to our national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in three stages.  Stage 1 included expanding the ‘water trigger’ and introducing the nature repair market, Stage 2 will involve creating a...

5 types of native bees and tips for a bee-friendly garden

by Louisa Bartels,

Honey bees are not the only bees that can play a significant role in your garden. This World Bee Day, May 20th, take some time to appreciate the incredible types of native bees of Australia, of which there are over 1,600 different species! Native bees are the best type of...

When did legal requirements for biodiversity offsets become reduced to ‘promises’? 

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Image: Dean Ingwersen Last month Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek announced that she would be introducing legislation to create a new Environment Protection Australia which will, amongst other things, boost compliance surrounding biodiversity offsets. Minister Plibersek also outlined the outcome of an audit she had commissioned on existing...

4 Citizen science projects to join around Australia!

by Louisa Bartels,

April is Global Citizen Scientist Month! April is a month-long celebration of citizen science and its incredible contribution to advancing science. Citizen scientists can help collect data and collaborate with university researchers, field experts, government departments, and conservation organisations. Citizen scientists can be from all walks of life and levels...

5 ways you can help wombats this Wombat Wednesday

by Humane Society International,

You’d be hard-pressed to find an animal as quintessentially Aussie as the wombat – these tough, clever and surprisingly cheeky animals represent everything we love about this country’s wildlife. Despite this, however, wombats are facing a range of issues that threaten their survival in bushland, farms and national parks. The...

Why the PM’s renewable “Future Made in Australia” must benefit albatross

by Nicola Beynon,

Prime Minister Albanese’s “Future Made in Australia” speech this week talked about the economic opportunities for Australia in the race to design and build technology for the renewable energy revolution. Humane Society International Australia agrees and says Australia also has responsibilities to lead the race for the sake of nature....

The hidden diversity right below the surface

by Louisa Bartels,

Invertebrates are an often-forgotten group in wildlife conservation, despite making up around 97% of all animals. They’re considered to be uncharismatic or unlikeable by some people, but this couldn’t be further from the truth!  Land snails   Land snails are an undoubtedly underappreciated group of invertebrates, but they have essential ecosystem...

Get to know Georgie Dolphin, Animal Welfare Campaigner Australia

by Humane Society International,

Georgie has been part of the HSI team since 2012. She grew up on a farm in the UK and gained an honours degree in Animal Science at Leeds  University. Georgie leads HSI’s campaigns on farm animal welfare, the dog meat trade, animals in entertainment, and the fur trade. She...

Tiger rescue: from hell to heaven

by Humane Society International,

Rescuing a tiger is not a job for the faint hearted! But thanks to you, 12 tigers are living a whole new life at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand sanctuary. When I saw the original photograph of Salamas in her cell at the tiger farm, it just broke my heart....

Meet Martell: a true champion for animals

by Humane Society International,

Martell loves animals! She first became a supporter of HSI more than 20 years ago and has steadily increased her support the more she learned about our campaigns to protect animals. We asked her to share her thoughts on why our work matters so much to her. Where do you...

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