Will Labor’s environment reforms halt our extinction crisis?
When the Humane Society International (HSI) was involved in the original negotiations for the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in the late 1990s, it promised a new era of environmental protection. The Federal Government had recognised its obligation to protect our environment at a national level and introduced a new Act to put […]
Government responds to environment law review, promises long-awaited National Environment Standards
Today environment minister Tanya Plibersek has announced the Government’s formal response to the 2020 review of Australia’s nation environment laws, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The one in ten year review, led by Professor Graeme Samuel AC, emphasised the urgent need for National Environment Standards that inform and unify high […]
One missed chance, but otherwise incredible CITES results!
We are so very proud to report back to all of you after an incredibly successful 19th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, better known as CITES. The importance of this conference cannot be overstated, as it dictates how wildlife is traded […]
NSW Government response indicates no end to puppy farming
The NSW Government has not committed to implementing recommendations made by an inquiry into puppy farming, according to their response tabled on Monday in Parliament. Earlier this year, the Animal Justice Party’s Companion Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm) Bill, which proposed greater regulation and control over the conduct of puppy and kitten breeders, was referred to a […]
Big wins and one tragic loss for 348 animal species as representatives from 184 countries wrap up international conference in Panama
158 glass frog species and 95 species of sharks and guitarfishes receive new protection; international trade in hippo parts for commercial purposes will continue PANAMA (Nov. 25, 2022)—The 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora—known as CITES— is concluding […]
Going camping this summer or chasing the snow?
Are you looking to update your outdoor weather wardrobe? Wool is a popular fibre used in adventure clothing, but it has animal welfare issues to watch out for and on this topic, we’ve got you covered. Mulesing is one of the most painful mutilations inflicted on Australian livestock, a procedure endured every year by […]
Food was on the table at COP27, but there is still much more work to be done
As the UN climate convention ends, Humane Society International is encouraged by recognition of food system’s contribution to the climate crisis Humane Society International is encouraged by the long overdue recognition among climate talk negotiators that food systems not only contribute to the ever-worsening climate crisis but can also serve as a key to mitigating […]
A historic vote for sharks at the CITES COP
The bulk of the global trade in shark fins is set to come under the control of a global wildlife convention. Parties have voted for 54 species of requiem shark and 6 species of hammerhead to be listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered (CITES). Humane Society International is billing […]
Government’s scientific committee slams NSW shark nets
The NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) has completed its annual review of the state’s shark net program and issued a scathing assessment of the way in which the NSW Government is managing the shark nets installed on metropolitan ocean beaches between September and April every year. The Scientific Committee assessed the shark net […]