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Australian disaster response team dispatched to Türkiye to continue animal rescues

by Humane Society International,

Team members from Humane Society International (HSI) Australia's disaster response team have deployed to Antakya, Türkiye, to assist HSI's global team from the United States, Europe, Guatemala and El Salvador with continued animal rescue efforts in the aftermath of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last month. Images and video available here.    More than a month after the deadly earthquake, HSI is still finding dogs and cats alive in abandoned...

End to suffering of sheep on live export ships inches closer

by Humane Society International,

Today Minister Murray Watt has announced the establishment of an expert panel to consult on the Albanese Government’s election commitment to end the extreme suffering of sheep on live export ships.  Animal welfare organisation Humane Society International (HSI) is encouraged by the establishment of the expert panel. The organisation says...

Extra Protection Proposed for Sub-Antarctic Haven for Wildlife

by Humane Society International,

Macquarie Island is an exceptional wildlife haven for penguins, elephant seals and albatross, at the half-way mark between Australia and Antarctica. Humane Society International (HSI) wholeheartedly supports tripling the size of the marine park that surrounds it, as has been proposed by the Australian federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek.   “We...

Shocking footage of dead dolphin caught in shark nets today at Bronte, NSW

by Humane Society International,

Footage has emerged of a dead dolphin suspended in a shark net just off Bronte beach this morning. The footage is a heart-sickening reminder of the need for NSW to cement its transition to modern shark safety technology and do away with archaic shark nets once and for all.    Sadly,...

HSI reminds Japanese whalers of our injunction to stop their whaling in Antarctica

by Humane Society International,

Reports emerged this week that Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, the Japanese whaling company, has built a new ‘mother ship’ capable of returning to Antarctica for commercial whaling.   The world celebrated when Japan stopped its commercial whale hunts in Antarctica in 2019. This followed rulings that the whaling in Antarctica was illegal...

Hunting trophy trade still alive and well in Australia

by Humane Society International,

More than 800 trophies from 40 different protected mammal species were imported into Australia during the five-year period up to 2018, including species such as giraffes, zebras, American black bears, chacma baboons, brown bears, and caracals.   These species, listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild...

Dolphins, turtles & sawfish win reprieve in Northern Territory

by Rhiannon Cunningham,

Conservation groups have welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s decision to withdraw its application for accreditation as a Wildlife Trade Operation (WTO), which would enable the export of seafood from the Territory’s barramundi fishery. An export licence would have incentivised greater fishing activity, placing increased pressure on endangered wildlife such as...

Australia has national approach to stop live shark finning after WA move

by Rhiannon Cunningham,

Australia will have a nationwide approach to stop illegal live shark finning from today when Western Australia will become the final state to make sure sharks are delivered to port with fins intact. WA’s new ‘fins on’ law – or Fins Naturally Attached (FNA) as it’s technically known – comes...

Concern that shark nets will catch more turtles as waters warm

by Humane Society International,

A report released today by the NSW Government has warned that turtle entanglements in shark nets could increase as waters continue to warm due to the climate crisis.  Alarmingly, during last summer’s shark net season, an endangered marine turtle was caught every 6 days. Today’s report blames changing environmental conditions...

You may be eating critically endangered species with your fish & chips

by Humane Society International,

Over two thirds of fish sold as flake in South Australian retail outlets was not flake, according to new study Over one in five samples were identified as critically endangered sharks AMCS and HSI launch Give Flake a Break mini documentary   Australians should Give Flake a Break after a...

Response to NSW Government response to Primate Research Parliamentary Inquiry

by Humane Society International,

Humane Society International is bitterly disappointed with the NSW Government’s response to the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry into the use of primates, dogs, cats and other animals in research. The inquiry recommended the rapid phasing out of forced inhalation tests and forced swim tests; a recommendation that the NSW...

Koalas in the spotlight for New South Wales election

by Humane Society International,

Humane Society International today welcomed NSW Labor’s commitment to establish a Great Koala National Park. An increase in protected areas is an important step in our efforts to save the koala from extinction in NSW by 2050.    Humane Society International has been instrumental in ensuring that the plight of...

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Our campaigns team can provide expert statements and are often interviewed for media stories on animal welfare and conservation. For all media inquiries, please contact Rhiannon Cunningham, Humane Society International Australia Communications Coordinator, on 0406 017 588 or rhiannon@hsi.org.au