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As its new mega whaling ship launches killing season, Japan adds vulnerable fin whales to kill list

by Humane Society International,

Japan’s new whaling factory ship, the Kangei Maru, has left port to start the new whale killing season in the north Pacific. The 9,300-ton vessel is capable of hauling and storing slaughtered massive fin whales, a species Japan has proposed to add to its kill list alongside Bryde’s, sei and...

STATEMENT: Government stands strong on live sheep export commitment

by Humane Society International,

Background: Today the Federal Government announced its phase out plan for Australia’s live sheep export trade, including an end date of 1 May 2028. They have also released the expert panel report that advised them on the phase out. The Government is committing to phase out live sheep exports by...

Grim NSW Biodiversity Outlook needs urgent action

by Humane Society International,

Today’s NSW Biodiversity Outlook Report paints a stark picture of declining biodiversity in NSW, with only one in two listed threatened species expected to survive in 100 years. With deforestation identified as one of the key drivers of decline, Humane Society International (HSI) Australia is calling on the NSW Government...

134 non-target animals, including turtles and dolphins, killed by NSW shark nets this season

by Humane Society International,

Humane Society International (HSI) Australia has released new data from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) that shows NSW shark nets caught 208 non-target** wildlife since the nets returned to waters on 1 September 2023, with 134 of those animals found dead.  HSI Australia was able to obtain the...

Government must fulfil election promise to phase out live sheep exports

by Humane Society International,

This media release was distributed by the Australian Alliance for Animals, of which HSI Australia is a member. Leading animal welfare organisations are calling on the Albanese Government to honour its election commitment to phase out live sheep exports in an open letter requesting a definitive end date to be...

Comprehensive nature law reform still desperately needed

by Humane Society International,

Today the Australian Government announced stage two of their national environmental law reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act), which will see the introduction of two new environmental authorities—Environment Protection Australia (EPA) and Environment Information Australia. Humane Society International (HSI) Australia has long been calling for...

Joint Release: UNESCO alerted to impact of salmon farming on World Heritage Area

by Humane Society International,

UNESCO has been urged to request the Australian Government undertake an urgent and comprehensive environmental assessment and report on the impact of salmon farming on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). The Australia Institute, First Nations representatives, and local, national and international conservation organisations have written to the UN...

STATEMENT: Ill-fated live export ship to arrive in Israel

by Humane Society International,

The MV Bahijah is due to arrive in Israel tomorrow – the second attempt for the vessel after it was forced to return to Australia in February due to Houthi Rebel attacks in the Red Sea. In total the approximately 14 thousand sheep and one thousand cattle aboard the ship...

STATEMENT: Funding for Cumberland Plain koalas

by Humane Society International,

Humane Society International (HSI) Australia welcomes the announcement from the NSW Government that koala conservation in Western Sydney will receive $100M in funding, through the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan. The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan was approved by the previous NSW Government to streamline development approvals in Western Sydney, but provided...

Dingo Protection Restored in North-West Victoria

by Humane Society International,

The Victorian Government has restored protection for dingoes in the north-west of the state in a move that is welcomed by animal protection organisation Humane Society International (HSI) Australia, who campaigns to save the apex predator. Dingoes are a threatened species in Victoria but an ‘Unprotection Order’ is in place...

STATEMENT: HSI Australia welcomes introduction of Bill to phase out live sheep exports

by Humane Society International,

This week Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi introduced a bill to legislate the phase-out of live sheep exports by sea, a move welcomed by Humane Society International (HSI) Australia. The bill would help safeguard the welfare of tens of thousands of sheep.  The Albanese Government has committed to phase-out live...

STATEMENT: Thousands of animals trapped on MV Bahijah await their fate as another ship heads into conflict zone

by Humane Society International,

UPDATE: 6 February 2024 – Re-export rejected Humane Society Internation (HSI) Australia is relieved that the application to re-export thousands of cattle and sheep aboard MV Bahijah was rejected after their original journey via the Red Sea was aborted. These animals have suffered considerably already, and an unconfirmed number have...

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