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Nature Law Explainer – Strong nature laws shouldn’t be undermined by exemptions 

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Even the best written nature laws can be undermined if they aren’t applied strictly and comprehensively. One of the problems with the current Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the large number of broad exemptions which prevent the proper application of the law. Our new laws...

Hunting and agriculture are pervasive threats to migratory wildlife, UN report says

by Kitty Block,

While the human world is marked by borders between territories and nations, the animal world in its natural state knows no such boundaries. Migratory animals—who travel thousands of miles on land, through sea, and in the air—not only play a crucial role in ecosystems, but are living, breathing testaments to...

Nature Law Explainer – What ‘triggers’ the EPBC Act?

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Our federal national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is triggered when an action is likely to have a significant impact on a Matter of National Environmental Significance (MNES). There are currently nine MNES or ‘triggers’. It is important that our new national nature...

How zebras suffer from trophy hunting

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Photo Credit: Chris Searle-large Today is World Zebra Day, an important day to raise awareness of this intelligent, striped African wild animal. We’re taking this opportunity to look at Australia’s ongoing role in trophy hunting for zebra and other threatened species.   Did you know Australia still imports hunting trophies from...

Nature Laws Explainer: What are biodiversity offsets? (Part 1)

by Dr Megan Kessler,

This is Part 1 of our Nature Laws Explainer on biodiversity offsets. In this blog we look at what offsets are and what makes an appropriate offset. Part 2 of this Nature Law Explainer explores why current offset systems are failing biodiversity. What are biodiversity offsets? Biodiversity offsets are quantifiable...

Nature Laws Explainer: Why biodiversity offsets are failing wildlife (Part 2)

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Nature Law Explainer: Why biodiversity offsets are failing wildlife Part 1 of this Nature Law Explainer on biodiversity offsets looked at the definition of offsets and the 12 principles that must be used in designing an offset. This blog – Part 2 - looks at some of the key reasons...

Flying-foxes in crisis: How we’re helping and how you can too

by Helen Church,

Flying-foxes are Australia’s unsung heroes, playing a vital role in keeping our forests healthy by pollinating native trees and dispersing the seeds of the native fruits they eat. These animals are immensely intelligent and highly social, traits that allow them to travel for long distances and congregate in colonies to...

Commit to meat reduction in 2024 for the sake of animals, people and the planet

by Kitty Block,

Cover Image: Rows of sows live confined to gestation crates at an industrial pig farm in Quebec, Canada. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals MediaReducing the production and consumption of animal products on a large scale not only benefits animal welfare, but it can also have profound effects on the health...

Breaking: South Korea passes law to end dog meat industry by 2027

by Kitty Block,

It is with immense joy that I report that South Korea’s National Assembly has just passed legislation to ban on the dog meat industry. In November, the South Korea government publicly announced that it would support a ban; this historic vote was the final hurdle to make such a ban official....

Nature Law Explainer: Regional Planning

by Dr Megan Kessler,

What is regional planning?  One of the problems with the existing federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation 1999 (EPBC Act) is its failure to properly consider cumulative impacts – the impacts of hundreds of small decisions that collectively make a big impact on nature. One way to better manage cumulative...

11 wins our supporters made possible in 2023

by Erica Martin,

Wow, 2023 was another big year for animals.   Whether it be through making a donation or signing our petitions – our supporters helped us make such important progress in our relentless work to protect wildlife, domestic and farmed animals from harm.   We are incredibly grateful for our supporters standing alongside...

Helping native wildlife this summer

by Helen Church,

Summer’s here, and with extreme temperatures and conditions already occurring across Australia it looks set to be a challenging one for people and wildlife alike. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can help struggling native animals and their habitats– read below for a few ideas! [caption id="attachment_10732" align="aligncenter" width="640"]...

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