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Missing Dog Who 'Melted Everyone's Hearts' Might Have Been Snatched By Meat Thieves

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

Animal welfare campaigners are concerned that missing street dog Gobi, who became famous after accompanying runner Dion Leonard in a 155-mile race acr...

Dozens Of Dogs Rescued From Being 'Beaten To Death And Eaten' At Yulin

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

Dozens of dogs and cats have been rescued from a Chinese slaughterhouse just days ahead of the widely-condemned Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The 34 dogs, ...

China, Cosmetic Animal Testing and Cruelty-Free: Untangling the Web

Troy Seidle | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Troy Seidle

The world is at a tipping point--closer than ever before to ending the misery of animals used in toxicity tests for cosmetics and their ingredients. After years of pressure from animal protection groups, caring consumers and ethical retailers across the globe, cosmetics cruelty has been fully or partially banned by law in 33 countries, home to 1.7 billion consumers, with at least 10 more countries lining up to do the same.

Canadian Seal Hunt Footage Released By Animal Activists

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK

Warning: Graphic content Animal welfare campaigners have released footage of the "horrific cruelty" seals are subjected to during Canada's controversi...

These 8 Huge National Wildlife Crime Unit Successes Show Exactly Why We Need It

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK

The UK's National Wildlife Crime Unit was granted another four years of funding on Tuesday following mounting pressure from animal protection charitie...

'Extreme Suffering' Uncovered On China's Rabbit Fur Farms

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Shaking with fear, living in tiny, dirty cages and destined for a brutal death. This is the reality of tens of thousands o...

What? Japan Has Decided to Resume Whaling in Antarctica

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Today Japan's whaling boats have taken to the high seas of the Southern Ocean to resume their kill of Antarctic minke whales after a pause of only one year.

Why Whales Are Not Monsters

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Together with 11 other conservation and welfare organisations, HSI recently launched a petition urging the UK government to do just this. If you care about the whales and you are a UK citizen or live in the UK, please sign and share the petition to get your voice heard.

Animal Rights Groups Are One Step Closer To Ending 'Barbaric' Bullfighting

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK

Animal rights campaigners are rejoicing after the European Parliament voted on Wednesday to end EU subsidies for farmers who raise bulls to fight in a...

Bred to Die, the Real Tragedy of the Lion at Odense Zoo

Claire Bass | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK
Claire Bass

This was a perfectly healthy young lion, killed at nine months of age not because she was sick or injured, but simply because nobody wanted her. Just like Marius the giraffe shot with a bolt to the head at Copenhagen Zoo last year, she is one of an estimated 5,000 animals bred in captivity each year in European zoos but killed because they are considered surplus to requirements, genetically undesirable for the zoo's breeding programme.

Lion Dissected In Front Of Children In 'Macabre Spectacle' At Demark's Odense Zoo

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES A lion cub was dissected at a Danish zoo in front of horrified children on Thursday. The “macabre spectacle” sparked in...

Watch The Heartwarming Moment 103 Dogs Are Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

More than 100 “terrified” dogs and puppies trapped in filthy wire cages, waiting to be killed for human consumption, have been rescued from a farm...

Half A Million Animals Saved As Religious Sacrifice At Festival Is Banned

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

Nepal's Gadhimai Festival, which is the world's largest animal sacrifice and claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of buffalo, goats and birds, wi...

Ricky Gervais Hails New Camera Technology Which Gives 'Fighting Chance' To Endangered Species

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

Ricky Gervais is backing new camera and satellite technology that will give wildlife a “fighting chance” against poachers. Created by British s...

Should We Make a Deal With Japan Over Whaling?

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

On at least two occasions since the moratorium on commercial whaling was agreed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), member nations have circled around the idea of coming to some form of compromise between the pro-whaling and the pro-whale sides. These attempts at compromise have failed and the moratorium remains in place, but there are indications that another deal is in the offing. This is an unfortunate development.

Exposing China's Yulin Dog Meat 'Festival' Cruelty

Dr Peter Li | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Dr Peter Li

I have visited many dog and cat slaughterhouses in Yulin and I have seen for myself the look of terror on the faces of the animals. There is no doubt in my mind that they know they are next. It is an utterly traumatizing and brutal death...

Ricky Gervais Is Really Angry About China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK

Ricky Gervais is backing an animal rights campaign to shut down China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The actor and comedian is urging people to get b...

Taiwan Joins the #BeCrueltyFree Movement With Bill to Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing

Troy Seidle | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Troy Seidle

It's clear to see that our #BeCrueltyFree campaign is a powerful force to be reckoned with on behalf of animals in laboratories. I hope that we will soon be able to add a Taiwanese ban on cosmetics cruelty to that list!

Nearly Three Million Dead Whales Raise Questions

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Counting whale corpses matters! It not only shows how devastating whaling has been but as the latest revelations show, it also underpins one of the key arguments against any resumption of commercial whaling in the future - which is that whaling must be subject to independent scrutiny...

Whaling: Japan Asks the Questions!

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Japan should note that the commitment of those peoples and nations that see no place for whaling for profit in the modern world remains strong and, if anything, the current Japanese inquisition will be causing them to sharpen up their arguments and resolve against commercial whaling.

When Small Tortoises Signal Success

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Galapagos in Spanish, by the way, means 'tortoise' and 'tortoise', for my American friends, means land turtle. More importantly, the giants are coming back!

The Death Knell Sounds for the World's Smallest Porpoise

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

If this pint-sized porpoise does become extinct, it means that we will have discovered and exterminated the smallest of the cetaceans in less than a human lifetime. Its imperilled status has long been of concern and its main threat well established as incidental capture in fishing nets, sometimes called 'bycatch'.

Stifling Scientific Criticism of Animal Research Is a Desperate Maneuver

Troy Seidle | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Troy Seidle

Open and honest discourse and the free exchange of views is the cornerstone of scientific enquiry. Without it, ideas stagnate, progress is delayed, and the status quo prevails -- not because it deserves to, but because alternate viewpoints have been stifled.

Cetaceans, Captures, Culture and Celebration in Quito

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Days ago, from a conference center perched on the edge of the bustling mountain city of Quito, Ecuador, delegates to the Convention on Migratory Species made an urgent and unprecedented call to end the live capture of whales and dolphins. This is the first time that any international body has called for this cruel and unnecessary threat to cetaceans to end.

Where Conservation Meets the Sea

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

An estimated 6.4 million tonnes of marine litter is dumped in oceans every year. In hotspots more than 3.5 million pieces of litter can occur per square kilometre. Plastic, which constitutes between 60 and 80 percent of marine debris, does not biodegrade and can persist in the marine environment for hundreds to thousands of years.