Animals : CONTENTS






(Updated on 15/09/2016)




  • The 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: ..."

  • 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.

  • 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."





  • 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."




  • African lions likely to gain enhanced protection status - 14 January 2016
    "African lions are set to gain greater international protection this year in the wake of the killing of Cecil by an American dentist
    in Zimbabwe in 2015."


    "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."



    "If all goes according to plan, British and Scottish conservationists say that by the end of 2015 they’ll put the lynx back where it belongs, at the center of the British isle’s food web."


  • 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."


  • 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."
    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."


  • Progress 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 land...
    The delegates also pledged to set global standards for developing biofuels, a renewable energy that has been blamed for deforestation."



  • Nations 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."