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 important global stories, and cases that Friends of Animals is pursuing or currently engaged in.
October 22, 2020: Neuroscientists find captivity causes more than stress, and may lead to brain damage for cetaceans.
October 19, 2020: Compassionate conservation groups unite to advocate for protection of 1.5 million square miles of Southern Ocean, which could become the largest protected marine area in history.
October 19, 2020: Why the Sumatran rhino is continuing to face extinction.
October 15, 2020: Visible symptoms of stress and illness are well observed in animals poorly fated to lives in captivity. Deeper research has recently found that captivity also contributes to brain damage in large mammals.
October 12, 2020: Appeal underway for Happy the elephant to be transferred from a life of captivity at Bronx zoo to a sanctuary, read more here!
October 12, 2020: Scientists find 20% of countries now at risk for ‘ecosystem collapse.’
October 9, 2020: ‘Tiger King’ trainer charged for violations of Endangered Species Act and animal cruelty, read more here!
October 7, 2020: How human-cheetah conflict and illegal wildlife trade have created yet another hellscape, read more here.
October 7, 2020: Chileans unite to rescue lost elephant seal who wound up in suburbs.
October 6, 2020: Japan seeks to raise catch quota for bluefin tuna by 20%.
October 5, 2020: Unnecessary and unsustainable: 500,000 sharks may be used for component in coronavirus vaccine.
September 30, 2020: Environmental groups file suit to protect Louisiana black bear!
September 29, 2020: Scientists have designed a new map in hopes to end drastic biodiversity losses.
September 29, 2020: Nordstrom to ban sale of fur and wild animal skins! Read more here!
September 29, 2020: Indonesia to use new data analysis techniques in fight against illegal fishing.
September 28, 2020: Friends of Animals works to restore ostrich populations in Senegal!
September 24, 2020: New studies find similarities in bird brains to mammals, including humans.
September 23, 2020: Proposed bill to delay Endangered Species Act legislation fuels disagreement in hearing before Environment and Public Works Committee. Read more here!
September 22, 2020: On World Rhino Day, we are reminded that Sumatran rhinos greatly depend on our efforts for protection.
September 20, 2o20: Wildlife populations heavily impacted as Pacific North Western wildfires rage.
September 18, 2020: Study finds, small mammals majority of demand in West African meat trade, despite links to zoonotic risk.
September 18, 2020: Wisconsin’s wolf population is up by 13 percent.
September 17, 2020: Hyacinth macaw refuge threatened by Brazil’s wildfires.
September 16, 2020: Western yellow-billed cuckoo remains protected!
September 14, 2020: Spirit bears remain vulnerable under current protections.
September 13, 2020: UK in losing battle to restore biodiversity, missing 85 percent of targets.
September 9, 2020: Rising water temperatures are silently carrying salmon to extinction.
September 4, 2020: Trump administration proposes further rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act: easing exclusion of future critical habitat designations.
September 4, 2020: New study finds geriatric male elephants may lead younger bulls.
September 4, 2020: While aiming for higher accuracy in population counts, scientists agree: not enough lions remain in Africa.
September 3, 2020: FoA file suit over import permit for 5 belugas to Mystic Aquarium!
September 3, 2020: New findings suggests manta ray nursery located off South Florida coast!
September 2, 2020: Zimbabwe elephant deaths continue, while cause remains unknown.
September 1, 2020: New biodiversity survey pushes for legal protection of Viet Nam forest.
September 1, 2020: Third wave of relief sent in response to Mauritius oil spill, to assess impacts on wildlife, coral reefs, and water quality.
August 31, 2020: Critical habitat denied for endangered bumble bee.
August 31, 2020: Everyone from animal advocates, to anglers continue to call for removal of William Perry Pendley from BLM!
August 28, 2020: FoA sues Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to release information on queen conch! Read the story here!
August 28, 2020: France joins EU ban of glue bird traps used for hunting!
August 28, 2020: Burmese roofed turtle brought back from near-extinction!
August 28, 2020: Re-released to the wild after being trafficked: A pangolin named Corona thrives.
August 26, 2020: Sighting of one wolf pup in Colorado doesn’t confirm if a viable population is present. Read more here.
August 26, 2020: California condor sanctuary burned in wildlfire– and survival of its residents is unknown.
August 25, 2020: Framework of a new mining report calls for transparency of process, community involvement, and for future mining sites to be located far from any critical fish and wildlife habitat.
August 25, 2020: Initiatives for fur farming bans are on the table for several European countries, now including Finland.
August 24, 2020: Beaked whale stranding suspected to be caused by military sonar practices. Read more here.
August 24, 2020: The count of species that may be susceptible to SARS- Co -V2 may be higher than we thought. Read more here.
August 21, 2020: Thailand turtle hatchlings reach record high during resort closures, revealing important nesting grounds.
August 20, 2020: Lobster fishing to continue- with knowledge that it is harmful to endangered right whales.
August 20, 2020: Final rule extending logging in Wyoming causes concern for habitat loss for lynx, and elk.
August 19, 2020: Recovery efforts have only slowed a feared extinction of orangutans, and their future is dependent on an end to exploitative and unsustainable agricultural practices.
August 19, 2020: Indonesian dam developer refuses IUCN request for study on project impact to orangutan habitat. Read more here!
August 18, 2020: Environmental groups file suit against EPA for violations of ESA regulations, and dwindling enforcement during pandemic.
August 18, 2020: Pygmy hogs under lockdown due to Swine Fever outbreak.
August 17, 2020: Trump administration’s finalized leasing plan for Arctic refuge oil drilling not only reverses 50 years of wilderness protections, but ignores existing habitat loss concerns, climate crisis impacts, and negative impacts to indigenous communities.
August 14, 2020: Elephant seal diving behavior contributes to research of water flow and currents, under ice.
August 12, 2020: Victory! Court rejects Trump administration’s proposed rollbacks of migratory bird protections!
August 11, 2020: Captive belugas released to Icelandic sea sanctuary! Read the story here!
August 10, 2020: Wide pesticide use continues to contribute to the decline of bird populations. Read more, and use less (or better yet, an organic alternative that is non-threatening to wildlife) here.
August 6, 2020: Herbivores at greatest risk for extinction. Here’s why.
August 5, 2020: Friends of Animals challenges Colorado Parks and Wildlife! Individuals who voice opposition of consumptive use of wildlife should not have to purchase a hunting or angling license to access state wildlife areas.
August 3, 2020: Protection deemed successful for giant panda- but not for other large species who share their habitat, including snow leopards.
August 1, 2020: Scientists further evaluate risk of zoonotic transmission of coronavirus to bats.
July 31, 2020: Kaavan, a captive elephant, is to be released to a Cambodian sanctuary due to poor zoo conditions.
July 31, 2020: July 31, 2020: Poaching of South African Rhino’s reduced by half due to Covid-19 lockdowns.
July 31, 2020: Poacher jailed for six years after killing Rafiki, a revered gorilla of Uganda. Read the story here!
July 31, 2020: Australian Man sentenced minimum of 12 months for cruelty and torture of kangaroo. Read more here.
July 28 2020: Orca previously sited carrying a dead calf, is pregnant! Read more here!
July 27, 2020: Nine members of South African wildlife trafficking gang have been sentenced to prison.
July 27, 2020: Brazil is trafficking a high volume of wildlife species, yet the data is of low priority.
July 27, 2020: Michigan gray wolves stable, say trackers.
July 26, 2020: GPS collars aid in human-elephant conflict prevention and zoning plans for Sri Lanka.
July 25, 2020: Indian floods continue to harm humans and wildlife including one-horned rhino. Read more here!
July 24, 20202: E-book reveals how migration is necessary for both humans, and non-human animals.
July 24, 2020: Wildlife trade banned in Vietnam: directive issued for an extensive ban of imports of live animals, related byproducts, and wildlife markets! Read more here!
July 23, 2020: Senate passes “Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act,” to transition away from drift net use responsible for entanglement of dolphins, and other marine life.
July 23, 2020: Arctic ice melt allows killer whales new open water access, presenting threat to narwhals. Read more here.
July 22, 2020: Wildife-human conflicts: an escalating problem for Sri Lanka.
July 22, 2020: Endangered Species Act protections rejected for Arctic grayling, despite noted climate impacts on declining population numbers.
July 22, 2020: Squalene: another vaguely sourced ingredient in beauty products, primarily from sharks.
July 22, 2020: Social distancing is a mere window into the pain of living in captivity. Read journalist Christine M. Russo’s story here.
July 21, 2020: Compensation data maps out human-elephant conflicts in India.
July 21, 2020: California’s gray wolf pack welcomes eight pups. Read the story here!
July 21, 2020: Playtime in the animal kingdom is full of fair moves, etiquette, and learning opportunities.
July 20, 2020: Report finds protections for essential fish habitats are sinking under the Trump administration. Read why more must be done, here.
July 20, 2020: MRI study reveals 130 mammals, and humans have equal brain connectivity. Read more here!
July 20, 2020: Study finds: majority of polar bears expected to experience starvation and reproductive failure due to extended fasting, caused by impacts of Arctic ice loss related to GHG emissions.
July 20, 2020: Australia signs 5 year contract for kangaroo cull, despite recent population losses related to wildfires.
July 19, 2020: Covid-19 related federal contract of $4.6 million awarded to macaque monkey research facility responsible for numerous monkey deaths. Read more about the incidents, and why animals shouldn’t suffer for human benefit.
July 17, 2020: Not quite out of the woods: Critical habitat for spotted owls reviewed, while the debate continues. Read more here!
July 16, 2020:IUCN lists North Atlantic right whales as critically endangered, largely due to human activity.
July 16, 2020: Lawsuit threatened over reintroduction of grizzly bear to Northern Cascades. Read more here!
July 16, 2020: Conservationists are working to save the Bellinger River snapping turtle, a species that nearly became extinct before anyone could notice.
July 15, 2020: ESA protection sought for Southeast Alaskan Wolves. Read more here!
July 15, 2020: Indonesian government’s allowance of lobster larvae exports imposes threat upon Javan rhino.
July 15, 2020: Prince William clamors for an end to illegal wildlife trade. Read the story here!
July 15, 2020: Myanmar considers breeding threatened wildlife species in captivity, including eight species for meat. Read more here.
July 15, 2020: Environmental and funding concerns in the face of a pandemic, have delayed construction of a dam threatening critical orangutan habitat.
July 14, 2020: Habitat degradation inflicts far greater harm on caribou populations than wolves, say researchers.
July 14, 2020: Colorado conservation groups call for U.S. senate to vote against William Perry Pendley’s nomination for director of the Bureau of Land Management.
July 14, 2020: Detonation of a Bellingham dam will benefit orca, salmon, and humans. Read more here.
July 14, 2020: Despite worldwide examination of zoonotic pathogens linked to wildlife markets, illegal trade of jaguar and lion parts is rising, in place of tiger parts.
July 13, 2020: ‘Lead Endangers Animals Daily Act’ sets to ban lead ammunition on wildlife refuges by 2022. Read more here!
July 10, 2020: IUCN releases 10 Year Plan for critically endangered Western chimpanzee.
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 8, 2020: A mass of deer carcasses struck by lightning has sparked controversial research of the ecological benefits to leaving cadavers among landscapes, rather than removing them.
July 7, 2020: UK pushes for ban of trophy hunting imports!
July 7, 2020: Proposed plan for shrimp farm among Sri Lanka’s mangroves may be largely problematic for thousands of migratory birds, and the environment.
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!