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President Trump rolled back a trio of regulations Monday, including protections for hibernating bears in Alaska. The Obama-era rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) prohibited certain hunting tactics that target “predator” animals likes bears and wolves while they are inside Alaska’s national preserves. This included a ban on hunters using airplanes. Trump overturned the rule Monday, handing control of the hunting regulations over to Alaska state officials who have shown an eagerness to control predator populations as a way to protect other animals such as deer. But animal rights activists say this will open the door to hunters snatching hibernating bears and wolves out of their dens, or even killing them in front of their cubs.
Guards are trained to shoot and kill poachers, which is why thousands of Indian one-horned rhinos are still alive in the park. If humans fail to change their ways and adopt more sustainable habits, incredible species will go extinct. In fact, the African Elephant isn’t expected to outlast the next decade due to increased poaching activity. It’s because of this sobering reality and the increasing demand for ivory that a national park in India is shooting first and asking questions later.
Meet Rick Anderson, an Australian man who calls a female Port Jackson shark his friend, saying she comes to cuddle with him whenever she sees him. “I started playing with her about seven years ago when she was just a pup about 6 inches long,” Anderson told The Dodo. “I approached her carefully so as not to spook her, then began to gently pat her. Once she got used to me, I would cradle her in my hand and talk soothingly to her through my regulator.”
No doubt about it, life can be tough for our four-legged friends who depend on us for food, shelter, and love. Even with all the horrible news we read about animals, there is still good in the world. This now viral photo shared by an Imgur user is doing just that: giving us hope. After a recent snow storm hit Turkey, the Atrium Mall, located in the Bakirkoy neighborhood of Istanbul, opened their doors to homeless dogs so that they wouldn’t have to spend the night in freezing temperatures.
Sales of the snacks, made from North Atlantic fin whales, have angered environmental activists who have criticised the use of endangered whale meat for exotic pet food.
Japan has long been in the firing line from environmentalists for continuing to hunt endangered whales under a loophole in an international moratorium, while Iceland openly defies the ban.
Polar bears are one of the most prominent symbols of man-made climate change, and it’s not difficult to see why. Little garners more empathy than the sight of an animal watching on helplessly as its home literally disintegrates into the sea.
Plenty of studies have detailed just how quickly their icy habitats are disappearing, and a new paper in the journal Cryosphere sadly reveals just how desperate their plight is. There are 19 separate polar bear populations that live throughout the Arctic, and it just so happens that every single one of them is experiencing increasingly early ice loss.
Animals are the main victims of history, and the treatment of domesticated animals in industrial farms is perhaps the worst crime in history. The march of human progress is strewn with dead animals. Even tens of thousands of years ago, our stone age ancestors were already responsible for a series of ecological disasters. When the first humans reached Australia about 45,000 years ago, they quickly drove to extinction 90% of its large animals. This was the first significant impact that Homo sapiens had on the planet’s ecosystem. It was not the last.
There’s something powerful happening down under. First New Zealand banned cosmetic animal testing in 2015, and now Australia is passing a similar ban which will go into effect July 2017. The nation will join the ranks of the European Union, Israel, Norway, and Turkey, all of whom have passed similar measures to cut down on animal testing.
Indonesia’s native tree kangaroo is on the brink of extinction due to the planet’s addiction to palm oil, as the systematic bulldozing and burning of the endangered creature’s rainforest home to make the substance use in a massive range of everyday products is leading to a dramatic dwindling of its numbers.
A cat who has been known to comfort mourners at St. Sampson’s Parish Church cemetery in Guernsey has passed away.
The beautiful ginger cat is Barney, also known as the Cemetery Cat. He has provided comfort to mourners at the cemetery for over 20 years.