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Averting extinctions: Time for a wildlife revival

by Nicola Beynon,

Imagine if... you walked out at night and it was alive with wildlife scurrying and scrapping, digging and dashing. If you couldn’t go far without tripping over a burrow, and the beam of your torchlight sparkled with reflected eye shine.   Australian nights are too quiet now. When the likes...

Belgian Malinois—right for Channing but maybe not right for you

by Alexia Wellbelove,

The latest movie ‘Dog’ starring Channing Tatum is the talk of the town. However it has many of us concerned. A well-behaved and highly trained dog forms a strong and beautiful bond with their human—what more could you want? Cue lots of people running out looking for a Belgian Malinois...

Yes, puppy and kitten farming are still legal in Australia

by Sabrina Nizeti,

Many people are not aware that all over Australia, except for in Victoria and Western Australia, puppy and kitten farming are completely legal. Puppy farms, also known as puppy factories or puppy mills, are intensive breeding facilities where animals are overbred for a high profit and fast turnover. Many of...

Albatross: unique…and under serious threat

by Rhiannon Cunningham,

Did you know...    Albatross can have wingspans of up to 3.5 metres? That’s the largest wingspan of any bird!    Or that albatross mate for life (and have been known to live well into their 60’s)?    Albatross also spend 80% of their life at sea, sometimes not touching...

Iceland signals it will stop commercial whaling by 2024, suggesting an end to a decades-long fight

by Kitty Block,

Last Friday's indication by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Svandis Svavarsdottir that Iceland will likely end its commercial whaling by 2024 struck a deep chord. I have been involved in the global campaign to end commercial whaling for a long time, and there was a part of me that always...

Shark fishing and our glaring disconnect with shark behaviour

by Lawrence Chlebeck,

This week, the City of Freemantle will decide whether to continue to allow shark fishing on city beaches. News had trickled out of Western Australia of sharks being caught at these popular swimming beaches by fisherman. Not anything new really, hundreds of millions of sharks are caught each and every...

Vale Dr. Tom Lovejoy

by Michael Kennedy,

One of the world’s greatest and most influential conservation biologists, Dr. Tom Lovejoy, sadly passed away at the age of 80 on Christmas morning, 2021, at his home in Virginia, USA.  His passing is an enormous blow to conservation efforts around the globe, and particularly to the ongoing campaign to...

Five tips for being an animal friendly tourist

by Rhiannon Cunningham,

With covid restrictions (periodically) easing and international travel resuming you might find yourself presented with the opportunity to take a holiday either here at home or in an exotic overseas location. It’s a thrilling prospect given the challenges of the last couple of years, but in all the excitement it’s important to remember that your holiday itinerary shouldn’t include supporting the...

Threatened habitat listings end the year on a high for wildlife

by Evan Quartermain,

Over the last month we’ve been thrilled with Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley’s decisions to list four Threatened Ecological Communities nominated by Humane Society International! While the fact that the ecosystems are threatened is clearly not good news, these listings will provide the historically cleared and at-risk habitats as well...

Breaking: Italy to shut down all fur farms and permanently ban fur farming

by Kitty Block,

A major win for animals in Italy caps off a year of remarkable progress toward a fur-free future. Today, the Italian Senate Budget Committee approved an amendment that will shutter the country's 10 remaining fur farms within six months and enact a permanent ban on fur farming throughout Italy. This...

Recovery plans under threat

by Alexia Wellbelove,

Humane Society International is rightly proud of our extensive history of threatened species and ecological community nominations under both federal and state environment laws, however whilst getting a species or community listed is a critical first step, it is not the end of the story.   One of the most...

Governments cannot ignore #TheCowInTheRoom

by Nicola Beynon,

Humane Society International is leading calls to stop ignoring #TheCowInThe Room in the upcoming negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November in Glasgow. If COP26 is serious about meeting the Paris Agreement and keeping to 1.5 degrees to limit the potentially catastrophic impact...

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