Humane Society International

To Trade or to Save - South Africa Considers Legalising Trade in Rhino

Mark Jones | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

The world's rhinos can't wait. We need to stop arguing about legalising trade, and instead focus on what we all want - greater protection for rhinos through better enforcement and reduced demand. Only then will the world have a chance of reversing the alarming and horrific impacts of poaching on these ancient and majestic creatures.

Animals Should Never Be 'Surplus to Requirements'

Mark Jones | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

The storm of protest that rained down on Copenhagen Zoo following the killing and butchery of Marius, a healthy young giraffe, did not discourage its officials from announcing a few weeks later that a pride of lions - maybe even the ones to whom Marius was publicly fed - had similarly been killed...

It's Official: Badger Culls Were Inhumane, Ineffective and Unnecessary

Mark Jones | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

Last autumn, more than 1,800 badgers lost their lives in Somerset and Gloucestershire in the name of bovine tuberculosis control. Now the government-commissioned report by independent experts, who have studied the evidence, has shown our grave concerns to be justified.

Can a London Summit Save our Wildlife from Extinction?

Mark Jones | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

Something historic happened in London on 13 February. Representatives from 41 countries, plus the European Union and a handful of multilateral environmental agencies, came together for the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.

São Paulo, Brazil Introduces Latin America's First Ban on Cosmetics Animal Testing

Troy Seidle | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Troy Seidle

Exciting news just in from Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free campaign team in Brazil, where the State of São Paulo has just introduced Latin America's first ever ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

Hong Kong Should Destroy Its Ivory Stockpile

Mark Jones | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

China's ivory stockpile destruction was significant because it is the world's largest ivory marketplace. Ivory carving and sales are legal in China and this has provided a cover for the trade there. An estimated 30,000 African elephants were illegally killed last year for their tusks; at this rate, the remaining 400,000 African elephants will be wiped out in two decades.

Cures for the Leading Diseases in the Western World are on the Horizon

Troy Seidle | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Instead of gambling our medicines -- and our lives -- upon these dismal stakes, scientists can make more meaningful predictions about the effectiveness of new therapies in humans and about their safety that are relevant to people in the real world, and intercept the progression of disease before a patient even receives their diagnosis.

Don't Extend Shameful Badger Cull

Mark Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

For many wildlife experts, scientists, veterinarians and local residents, the pilot badger culls in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire over the last six weeks proved that shooting large numbers of free-roaming badgers was unsafe, inhumane and inefficient.

Chaos and Cruelty in Our Countryside as Badger Cull Begins

Mark Jones | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

The government has declared war on England's badgers. The shameful, politically motivated slaughter has begun. Far from the controlled, humane and science-led cull the government promised, what we have is fast-developing chaos, division and suffering in our countryside

Investments in Suffering

Mark Jones | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Mark Jones

In the last several years the European Union has implemented bans on many inhumane practices of confining farm animals. Key measures included ending lifelong confinement of breeding pigs in sow crates as well as ending the use of conventional battery cages for confining egg-laying hens and the use of veal crates for restraining baby cows.

The Inhumanity of Badger Culling

Mark Jones | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

This coming summer, a killing spree looks set to go ahead in England's countryside, with farmers, landowners and their agents licensed to take pot shots at badgers at night over huge areas of Gloucestershire, Somerset or possibly Dorset, in a misguided attempt to control the spread of tuberculosis in cattle.

Culture Is Never an Excuse for Animal Cruelty

Mark Jones | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Jones

Bullfighting -- a horrible spectacle of animal abuse that ends in the slow and tortuous death of an animal provoked and repeatedly gored with knives and swords -- is justly in decline. The torment and death of animals for amusement can never be acceptable.

Has CITES finally come of age?

Mark Jones | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK
Mark Jones

I have just come home from the 16th meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, where most of the 178 member nations to CITES had once again gathered. The mood could hardly have been more different. During the meeting, parties to CITES afforded increased protection for a wide range of species in international commercial trade, mostly by consensus.

Finally: European Union Goes Cruelty-Free With Cosmetics

Mark Jones | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

From today, following 20 years of delays to implementation, the European Union finally is enforcing its ban on the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetic products and ingredients. In doing so, the EU becomes the largest cruelty-free cosmetics market, making its shops a no-go area for cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world.

Sharks Deserve Better Protection From Cruel Finning

Mark Jones | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

Shark finning is a highly unsustainable practice. By discarding the body and just landing the fins, boats can catch many of the highly profitable shark fins at each outing. The practice threatens shark populations and jeopardises the balance of marine ecosystems.

Badgers Still Set to Suffer From a Lack of Democracy

Mark Jones | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

It is difficult to understand why the government would pursue a policy which has been roundly discredited, which will make it extremely unpopular, and which will certainly be disastrous for the public image of farmers.

Farming Won't Save the Tiger

Mark Jones | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

The tiger is one of the most iconic of wild animals. Sleek, magnificent and instantly recognisable, the tiger has become immortalised in the legends, values and lore of many human cultures. Works of William Blake, A.A. Milne and Walt Disney have established the tiger as an object of fascination and endearment.

Animal Testing: The Ugly Secret of the Beauty Industry

Mark Jones | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Jones

While testing cosmetics such as lipstick and shampoo on animals was banned in the European Union in 2009, elsewhere around the world animal suffering for cosmetics continues.

Mad March Hares

Mark Jones | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

Reports of "mad March hares", chasing each other and boxing, is always a welcome sign that spring is not far away. But don't let the sight of these animals cavorting in fields fool you, the hare population has decreased by 80% over the last century and it's about time that they were afforded the protection they truly deserve.

Twenty Years on From the Protection of Badgers Act, Britain's Badgers Face an Uncertain Future

Mark Jones | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

As we welcome in 2012, ironically the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Protection of Badgers Act, hard times loom for Britain's badgers.

A Happy Christmas? Not if You're a Turkey...

Mark Jones | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Jones

Christmas is traditionally a time of peace and goodwill to all 'men', but sadly other animals fair less well during the festive season.

The Ohio Exotic Pet Massacre, and Why this Could Happen in the UK

Mark Jones | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK
Mark Jones

Recent tragic events in Zanesville Ohio, where dozens of exotic animals including big cats, bears and wolves were released from a private facility and who the authorities were subsequently forced to shoot, have focused the spotlight on the issue of dangerous wild animals kept as pets.

Arctic Seals, Climate Change and the Catwalk

Mark Jones | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK
Mark Jones

If harp seal populations are lost, the Canadian people will lose more than just a beautiful, iconic mammal. They will also lose any hope of benefiting economically from sustainable eco-tourism. For while the seal slaughter makes no economic sense, eco-tourism is a highly profitable and humane alternative.