EU Free Trade Agreement is Australia’s animal welfare wake up call
It is a simple truth that the behavioural needs of pigs, chickens, cattle, sheep and the pain they experience is the same wherever they are kept in the world. As the trade negotiations between the European Union and Australia edge closer towards conclusion, the question remains – will this trade deal benefit the millions of […]
Guest Blog: The story of Penny and Poppy
by Shane Williams – Bridgetown Wildlife Rescue The Bridgetown fires in Western Australia burned thousands of hectares in 2022. Though some animals were large enough to outrun the fires, this wasn’t the case with Poppy the brushtail possum, and her baby Penny. Possums retreat to the trees and climb very high up, because their […]
Animal protection NGOs and negotiation teams discuss animal welfare in EU-Australia trade deal
BRUSSELS (May 23, 2023)—As the trade negotiations between the European Union and Australia move closer towards conclusion, representatives of animal protection NGOs and the negotiating teams from both sides today convened today at the European Parliament for a roundtable discussion organised by Humane Society International, exploring its potential positive effects on animals in farms or […]
Queensland to stop the shooting of flying-foxes
Queensland has become the last jurisdiction to end the issuing of licences to shoot flying-foxes. Humane Society International (HSI) Australia welcomes the announcement by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science for a 3-year phase out the shooting of flying-foxes after a long public consultation. The animal protection organisation says it is an important win for flying-fox conservation and animal welfare. In a letter to HSI Australia, Minister Meagan Scanlon said: “I have […]
No Meat May, June, July… and beyond!
Did you know that more than 88 billion land animals are raised, reared and killed for food globally every year? That’s around 2,790 every second. Here in Australia, its estimated that over 500 million land animals are killed for food annually. But it’s not only farm animal lives that are impacted in animal farming. Sadly […]
Today is Endangered Species Day!
Deep in the forests of New South Wales and Victoria, a warbling song is dying out. The singer of this complex, lilting melody, the regent honeyeater, is Critically Endangered and one of Australia’s most threatened species. Regent honeyeaters were once found across Australia’s eastern states, occupying vast box-ironbark woodlands where they could travel to feed on […]
Could Tasmania host world’s first extinction of shark or ray in modern times?
Maugean skate may follow thylacine and be extinct in 10 years, new study finds Salmon farms and dams are destroying its only home in Macquarie Harbour Tasmania’s Maugean skate has been around since the dinosaurs but it could become the first ray or shark in the world to become extinct in modern times as a direct […]
Species Highlight: Tree Kangaroo
Cover image: Tree kangaroos at White Claw – Geoff Spanner and Rosemary Rogers Found high in the tropical rainforest canopies of north-eastern Queensland, the elusive tree kangaroos are Australia’s only tree-dwelling macropods. Descended from an ancestor similar to a pademelon, their strong hind legs and curved claws are adapted to gripping trees, whilst long tails […]
No more bunny business
Humane Society International Global launched a short film, introducing the loveable Ralph acting as a spokesbunny with one mission – to ban cosmetics animal testing around the world. “Save Ralph” stars Oscar winner Taika Waititi as the voice of Ralph, an endearing laboratory ‘tester’ bunny. Ralph steals your heart as he explains his daily routine […]