Animal Welfare Act"is a new law that will
provide much greater protection for animals...
The Animal Welfare Act includes a new 'welfare offence' - which put simply means that the owner of a pet is legally obliged to care for their pet properly, by providing: ..." (rspca.org.uk)
Switzerland rejects move to provide lawyers for animals - 7 March 2010
"Animal rights groups had proposed the move, saying that without lawyers to argue the animals' case, many instances of cruelty were going unpunished...
Switzerland already has some of the strictest animal welfare legislation in the world.
Pigs, budgies, goldfish and other social animals cannot be kept alone; horses and cows must have regular exercise outside in summer and winter; and dog owners have to take training courses to learn how to care for their pets." (BBC)
My furry client bleats not guilty
"SWITZERLAND is going to new extremes in the battle to improve life for its animals.
The country of Heidi and cuckoo clocks will hold a referendum in March on whether domesticated creatures should have the right to be represented by lawyers in court...
If the referendum is approved, every canton in Switzerland will be obliged to appoint a lawyer to act for pets as well as farm animals and defend them from abuse." (thesundaytimes.co.uk)
The man with 45 'pet' crocodiles - with a VIDEO - 14 February 2019
"When Ngendera Albert realised crocodiles were being killed to be eaten in Burundi he decided to take action to try to protect the animals."
How Did the Animals Cross the Road? - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 16 December 2018
"To help the animals, the U.S. state of Washington is finishing work on its largest-ever wildlife bridge.
The 11-meter-tall, 20-meter-wide structure begins in the forest. It forms two arches above the highway, one for each direction of traffic."
In Johannesburg Zoo, Should the Last Elephant Stay or Go?- Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 December 2018
"Elephants are known for their intelligence, strong social ties and even the ability to mourn. And some argue that the 39-year-old Lammie should be sent to another place
where she can be with other elephants. But the zoo wants her to stay and will search for a new partner."
Scientists Work to Save Puerto Rican Parrots- Text + Audio + Pictures- 25 November 2018
"Scientists are trying to save the endangered Puerto Rican Amazon parrots after Hurricane Maria destroyed the bird’s habitat and its food sources.
In the 1800s, there were more than a million of the bright green parrots living in the wild in Puerto Rico."
Healing the scars of war: the women rebuilding Mozambique's national park "In the heart of central Mozambique, Gorongosa park was destroyed in the crossfire of the country's civil war.
Now women are leading the way in its restoration, helping to heal the scars left by the conflict and inspiring young girls from the surrounding communities, through an education programme that offers them the promise of a brighter future."
Company Is Offering ‘Fur-ternity Leave’ for New Pet Owners - 20 August 2018
"A Minneapolis marketing company recently made tweaks to its employee benefits this summer, ranging from conventional to unusual. It gave workers a larger commuter stipend, as well as a reason to avoid the office altogether: “fur-ternity leave,” or the ability to work from home for a week to welcome new dogs or cats."
"Connor McCarthy, who works at Nina Hale in Minnesota, sought permission from his boss
to work from home when he got a new dog, a goldendoodle named Bentley."
"Officers sort smuggled skinless pangolin bodies
seized by customs in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province of China"
On patrol with the wildlife rangers of Chinko – photo essay - 16 August 2018
"Rangers in this Central African Republic nature reserve face an array of dangers in their bid to protect a rich variety of species...
Chinko’s rangers are the guardians of an ecosystem that is home to a rich variety of species.
These include buffalos, chimpanzees, forest elephants, leopards, lions and the icon of this park, the giant eland – an imposing antelope. "
Police dog Finn with his handler, Dave Wardell.
Both were stabbed while in pursuit of a suspect,
Wardell to his hand, Finn to his head and chest.
Australia Increases Efforts to Protect Koalas- Text + Audio- 20 May 2018
"Koalas are officially listed as at risk of disappearing in New South Wales, Australia.
Now, the state’s government has $34-million plan to protect the beloved animals."
"Three Asiatic black bears play at the Free the Bears Fund rescue center
in Kuangxi Waterfalls Park near Luang Prabang in northern Laos, August 2017."
Chinese Officials Sign Deal to Create Giant Panda National Park- Text + Audio - 8 March 2018
"China is making plans to create a large protected space for one of its most famous creatures: the giant panda.
The planned Giant Panda National Park would be two times the size of Yellowstone National Park in the United States."
Two Giant Pandas Arrive in Snowy Finland- Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 January 2018
"Two giant pandas arrived in Finland Thursday. They are a gift from China to mark the small European nation’s 100 years of independence.
The two are a four-year-old male panda, named Hua Bao, and a three-year-old female, named Jin Baobao."
Nepal safari camp ends elephant-back tours - 14 July 2017
"In Nepal’s Chitwan national park, elephants are now being used as walking guides in the jungle rather than as traditional – and cruel – tourist transport."
Giant rabbit needs new home- 8 February 2016
“We are looking for a specific home for Atlas due to his breed and size. A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him.
“Atlas needs an owner with the knowledge to properly care for him, so ideally someone who has kept a continental giant before."
"There were protests in many parts of the world in the wake of the killing of Cecil the lion."
Little Wallaby Loves His Teddy Bear- 5 August 2015
"Twitter user Tim Beshara of Tasmania sends along this photo by Gillian Abbot, a wildlife caretaker.
It shows Doodlebug, an orphaned wallaby. He doesn’t have his family anymore, so he hugs his teddy bear." (neatorama.com)
Fighting for Lions in Zimbabwe- Article + Audio - 15 March 2015
"Conservationists are breeding lions in the Southern African nation of Zimbabwe.
The wildlife experts hope to increase the lion population to keep the great cats from disappearing.
In some areas, lions and human beings are competing for control of land." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Indian monkey set to inherit fortune from ostracised couple- 19 February 2015
"An Indian couple who were ostracised after their families disapproved of their wedding
have decided to leave all their property to their pet monkey...
Mr Srivastava is Hindu and his wife is Muslim, and inter-faith marriages are still controversial in parts of India." (BBC)
to ostracise = "to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc..."
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as the Washington Convention) "is an international agreement between governments, drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1973 at a meeting of members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival and it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 33,000 species of animals and plants." (Wikipedia)
Bluefin tuna ban proposal meets rejection - 18 March 2010 "A proposal to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, which is a sushi mainstay in Japan, has been rejected by a UN wildlife meeting." (BBC)
Countries Vote on Sale of Ivory- a lesson plan with audio
WARM-UPS : POACHING / ENDANGERED / ANIMAL LIFE / ANIMAL PRODUCTS / ELEPHANT (breakingnewsenglish.com)
at UN biodiversity forum - 30 May 2008
"Nearly 200 countries have agreed on measures to protect the
world's most threatened wildlife...
Some 5,000 delegates from 191 countries attended the 12-day conference
in the former German capital...
They agreed to set up the deep-sea nature preserve, expand reserve
The delegates also pledged to set global standards for developing
biofuels, a renewable energy that has been blamed for deforestation." (BBC)
meet to protect wildlife- 3 June 2007 "Elephants and the ivory trade come under the spotlight
as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites)
summit opens." (BBC)
RSPCA Online "The RSPCA's vision is to work for a world in
which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members
of the animal kingdom... The RSPCA as a charity will, by all lawful
means, prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering
of animals." (rspca.org.uk)
Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) "is a British charitable organisation which works to promote
conservation and protection of birds and the wider environment through
public awareness campaigns, petitions and through the operation of nature
reserves throughout the United Kingdom..." (Wikipedia)
The American Humane Association
"(AHA) is an organization founded in 1877 dedicated to the welfare of animals and children... AHA is best known for its trademarked certification "No Animals Were Harmed", which appears at the end of film or television credits. It has also run the Red Star Animal Emergency Services since 1916. In 2000 AHA formed the Farm Animal Services program, an animal welfare label system for food products. The Association is currently headquartered in Washington D.C. It is a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization." (Wikipedia)