New and expanded protections for animals

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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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