Last month, I was ecstatic to hear that TripAdvisor, one of the world's largest travel websites, and its ticket sales company, Viator, had decided that they will no longer sell tickets to hundreds of tourist attractions that are widely accepted as harmful to the wild animals involved.
I wrote a previous blog about how rescuing a greyhound will benefit your mental and physical health. The breed is gene...
At IWC 66, we should celebrate the 30th anniversary of the moratorium. The IWC and its members should be proud of its growing engagement with modern issues and we should all look to see where else it might be able to lend assistance!
Voters in Andrea Leadsom's own constituency -and indeed those in the constituency of Theresa May - are opposed by huge margins to a return to fox-hunting. According to a projection carried out by Ipsos MORI, 81% of voters Andrea Leadsom's constituency back the Hunting Act, with just 18% favouring repeal. In Theresa May's constituency, the figure is 80%.
The badger cull has clearly been a political tool to keep traditionally conservative-voting farmers and farming communities onside. The government have been keen to show that they are doing something to help, that they are taking a strong stance. In reality this is manifesting in violence and cruelty rather than addressing the root cause - modern farming methods.
World Animal Day doesn't just mean sharing adorable pictures of puppies, penguins and pandas on social media, although that is a bonus. The purpose of World Animal Day is to improve the lives of animals everywhere.
We also found that, over the last 10 years, trafficking ivory has become far more organised. Criminal gangs have now begun taking over the trade, drawn by the vast profits to be made particularly in the South East Asian market where ivory is seen as a status symbol. It is a startling realisation but - with the increasing demand for ivory in China and the Far East coupled with poor governance and corruption in Mozambique - if the Poachers maintain their killing rate their will be no more elephants in Mozambique in five years' time.
So I'm proud to launch our Puppy Buyer's Checklist, which draws on all the NAWT's knowledge and insight to guide you through the purchasing process. It contains vital information and the few simple steps you should take to weed out dubious puppy suppliers - BEFORE you leave home.
We are running out of time to put right all these wrongs. And so are the dogs. The question is whether we have people in positions of influence and authority who are prepared to step up and do the right thing. And the right thing is to put the best interests of dogs at the centre of their strategy because only by doing this will everything else, including public protection, follow.
It's interesting (and horrifying) to examine how UK animal welfare laws change when applied to different species. It's rightly illegal to slit a dog's throat, or hang a cat upside down and run it through a pool of electrified water. It's horrible to even consider. But when it comes to pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals, those actions are routine.
It was during the referendum campaign, when the stakes were so high, and at the two-and-half hour shadow cabinet meeting on June 24th that my growing concern, tinged with exasperation, turned into despair.
Cub hunting is the secretive and illegal practice of training young inexperienced fox hounds to hunt and kill fox cubs. The Hunting Act has been in force for over ten years and yet still hunts continue to train young hounds to hunt and kill foxes. Hunts usually meet early in the morning but sometimes in the evening before the sun sets when the foxes' scent is strongest.
Some zoos try to imitate the animal's natural habitat...but however large an enclosure, it can tell nothing of the scale of the captive animal's natural environment or how they behave in the wild.
The Grandview Aquarium inside a shopping mall in Guangzhou is housing animals in poor living conditions leading to many experiencing poor welfare. But the situation for these animals is not new in China, it does in fact reflect the general situation for many thousands of animals languishing within poorly run, inadequate ocean parks across the country.
By celebrating dogs like these, this art project might just show people how normal dogs in rescue are. That they're homeless, often nothing more complicated than this. Too often people dismiss adopting animals, fearing they'll come with all kinds of problems. This misperception must change and this original project might just help some dogs be adopted and counter the dismal swell of those being given up.
It took me years to open my eyes to this issue. My daughter has interacted with dolphins in Africa, and I participated in photo ops with dolphins as a child in Florida. At no point did we do this thinking it caused pain and suffering to the very animals we wanted to meet and show affection towards. But now we know different. Now, we are different. And we have a responsibility as parents and as compassionate citizens to educate our children and others about the truth.