While there is much depressing news regarding animals to talk about, a dead tiger cub being found in a driveway perhaps one of the most heart-breaking, but it is, thankfully, not all doom and gloom. Two encouraging stories that I’ve come across are CITES committing to provide greater protection to rhinos and elephants as well as extending protection to sharks and the EU banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, regardless of where the testing took place. Continue reading
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Do non-human animals have culture and morality?
De Lille’s plan won’t be effective
Today is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Patricia De Lille, mayor of Cape Town, was interviewed on Morning Live about her rap against drugs and the city’s efforts to combat drugs. I don’t have the whole transcript of the interview but I want to focus on one of the things she said in particular, that drugs worked because of supply and demand and that the city was going to go after the supply. That is a very bad way to go about tackling the problem. Continue reading
Rhinos need evidence-based thinking
Late last year the Western black rhinoceros was declared extinct in West Africa. This year South Africa, home to up to 80% of the world’s rhino population, has had to deal with incredibly high levels of poaching. They are being killed for their horn, even by the very people that are meant to protect them, which sells for an astronomical amount. If the trade on rhino horn was lifted South Africa would be sitting on a stockpile worth R10 billion! Continue reading