Our society created a legal system to resolve disputes and declare rights. While the system is designed to give humans an opportunity to be heard, it often neglects the lives of animals, especially wildlife. Friends of Animals seeks to utilize and develop laws in a way that offers animals representation too. Wildlife legal news covers stories from around the world about how the law is being used, or abused, to control the fate of human-wildlife interactions. It also contains updates on cases that Friends of Animals is pursuing or currently engaged in.
July 9, 2020: Win for wildlife! 9th circuit court rules Yellowstone grizzly bears cannot be hunted!
July 9, 2020: Legal or illegal, use of snares to trap wildlife is inhumane and remains threatening to wildlife, particularly in Southeast Asia. Read more about why snares should be banned, here.
July 7, 2020: UK pushes for ban of trophy hunting imports!
July 6, 2020: The largest seizure of illegal shark fins in history may have taken place in Hong Kong, but finning will remain a global problem threatening shark populations until a true crackdown on the trade occurs.
July 5, 2020: Myanmar reluctant to release ‘out of work’ elephants into wild. Read the story here.
July 1, 2020 Causes remain unknown for hundreds of elephant deaths in Botswana.
July 1, 2020: International groups have formed a battalion to fight disease threatening extinction of North American Salamanders.
July 1, 2020: Over 827,000 viruses present zoonotic risk, and the scientists detecting new viruses believe spillover can be prevented.
June 29, 2020: ‘Anthropause,’ brings new opportunities to research wildlife behavior.
June 29, 2020: Koalas in New South Wales at risk of extinction before 2050.
June 28,2020: Breeding of bamboo rats banned in China due to suspicions of the species being a vector for coronavirus.
June 27, 2020: Hundreds of dead dolphins have washed up on the coast of France, as a result of sea trawler net use.
June 26, 2020: Wildlife Services’ hushed use of cyanide bombs left in the open to kill wildlife, remains ‘lacking in control’ despite restrictions. Read more here.
June 23, 2020: Loopholes in China’s ‘ban’ of wildlife trade may still be under revision, but successful reintroduction of pangolins in South African KwaZulu-Natal province brings hope.
June 22, 2020: Poaching is rising in Africa and Asia, as a result from Covid-19 lockdowns. Read the story here.
June 20, 2020: Estimates of existing lion counts, might be ‘wildly wrong.’ A new surveying technique may correct duplicate counts, and expand how resources supporting conservation may be used.
June 19, 2020: Extremes in climate change will result in the return of human activity after coronavirus shutdowns, raising harder challenges for wildlife. Read more here.
June 18, 2020: The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida has been approved by the EPA, despite decade-long objections from environmental groups.
June 18, 2020: The unreported death of a lioness who was neglected to receive veterinary care, and numerous contagion risks found within a Charleston zoo have led to a court ruling halting further intake of animals to the facility. Read the story here.
June 17 2020: Major win for wildlife! Scotland bans the shooting of seals!
June 17, 2020: Study confirms exacerbated shedding of Coronaviruses’ results from exploitation of animals in the wildlife trade industry; and there should be no debate over shutting down wildlife markets.
June 17, 2020: Humanity is responsible for a long history of zoonotic disease transmission, and the configuration of global pathways that exacerbate exposure rates.
June 16, 2020: Scientists urge renewal of catfish fishing ban to prevent extinction of Amazon river dolphin. Read the story here.
June 16, 2020: D.C. Circuit side with Trump administration’s claim that hunting African animals will reinforce the survival of such species. Read more here.
June 15 2020: If passed, a South African proposal will allow consumption of protected wild animals including rhinoceros, and may result in new wildlife wet markets. Read about the proposal here.
June 14, 2020: Threatened wild Pacific salmon ready to spawn are now facing a devastating journey in the aftermath of a landslide. Read the story here.
June 13, 2020: Rapidly declining vulture populations continue to be linked to poisoning by consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs found in carcasses of big game animals. They are now one of the most threatened groups of birds on Earth facing extinction.
June 12, 2020: Rafiki, Uganda’s beloved silverback mountain gorilla, has been killed by hunters. Read more here.
June 11, 2020: B.C. coal mine proposed on critical caribou habitat overlooks impacts that may reverse recovery efforts for caribou. Learn more here.
June 11, 2020: Canadian conservation officer wins legal battle after being fired for refusing to kill bear cubs. Read about it here!
June 10, 2020: L.A. lawmakers push to ban wildlife wet markets! Prioritizing public health policy, animal welfare, and ecosystem protection, means the end of sale of live animals for human consumption! Read more here!
June 10, 2020: The French government has opened an investigation to catch the hunter who illegally killed a protected Pyrenees brown bear. After reintroduction, only 50 bears reside in the Pyrenees, and the species cannot afford any loss. Read more here.
June 10, 2020: Trump Jr.’s Secret Service protection for a Mongolian hunting trip to kill threatened argali sheep, cost taxpayers $76,000.00! Outside of Mongolia, argali sheep are endangered. Read the story here!
June 10, 2020: China’s removal of pangolins from the official list of traditional Chinese medicine treatments is a breakthrough in wildlife protection! Read more on this milestone here!