Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to ban eating cats and dogs

A bill has just been approved by Taiwan's parliament that bans the slaughter of both cats and dogs for human consumption. Despite this being a long time coming, Taiwan is the first country in Asia to ban the eating of the animals. The bill also prohibits anyone pulling their pets alongside them when travelling by…

Introduction to the animal abuse registry

In recent years, worldwide consciousness has increased with regards to topics of animal abuse and protection of the environment. Due to this, animal abuse is being taken a lot more seriously than it ever has been before, which has resulted in countries introducing new laws to adapt to this change. Recently, a number of United…

Is a spider about to eat you?

A recent entomological survey has concluded that a worldwide abundance of spiders means that, theoretically, the eight-legged arachnids could eat all of the humans currently on the planet in the space of just 12 months. This conclusion is however, only to put the amount of food that spiders eat into a comparative perspective, as spiders mostly eat…

Think twice before you throw

A turtle named "Bank" has died following surgery to remove almost 1,000 coins from her stomach, according to vets in Thailand. The coins found inside Bank were a result of tourists repeatedly throwing them into the pond that was the turtle's home. Her death was caused by blood poisoning from the loose change, which was confirmed by doctors…

Poachers target captive rhinos in brutal killing

Following the devastating news of the recent poaching attack on the orphaned rhinos at Thula Thula in South Africa, a similar tragedy has just occurred, only this time in a place that perhaps most would not expect. Reports have just come in claiming that a rhino has been murdered at a zoo in France, with poachers…

Highlights of ranger struggles

In a week that has brought terrible news which highlights the endless hazards and dangers that animal protectors face, eight wildlife rangers have recently been killed in four separate countries. Sean Willmore, founder and director of the Thin Green Line Foundation, which supports widows and children of rangers killed in the line of duty, said, "It’s a tough week…

Remembering Rhinos: a kick start in the right direction

With rhino population figures at a crucial level, there has been no better time than now to introduce an innovative new incentive to raise money to protect an animal that has roamed the earth for more than 50 million years. Rhinos are critically endangered, with only around 29,000 left across the entire world, which includes all…

Undercover investigation reveals chimps being sold as pets for £10,000

A BBC News investigation has uncovered a huge section of the wildlife trafficking business  that sells baby chimpanzees as pets for £10,000, after their families are shot dead in front of them. The well-known West African hub for wildlife trafficking, which is known as the "blue room" was uncovered by the BBC's 12 month investigation, and reveals how…

Rare species of woodlouse glows in the dark

An incredibly rare species of woodlouse has just been discovered to have glow in the dark properties. The critically endangered spiky yellow woodlouse can only be found on St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is one of many endemic and rare species on the remote island. The rare woodlouse is normally incredibly difficult…

New insect species discovered: Katydid

I always seem to get strange looks when I tell people that I love insects. I have a deep fascination with them and people always question 'why?!'. A friend recently asked me why I like them so much, and my immediate answer was that I find it so fascinating how they are so small and…

Children encouraged to climb on tiger to keep the devil away

I gaze at this video with my hand to my mouth as thoughts race through my mind of utter disbelief and disgust. Not only can I barely believe that people across the world are still treating animals like this, considering what we know about our depleting wildlife population, but also that hundreds of tourists are…

Death after a life in captivity: Tilikum

The star of the Blackfish documentary, and possibly the most talked about killer whale in the world, has sadly passed away. Tilikum is the well-known and loved orca who was made famous following the controversial documentary which uncovered the truth behind the trainer and orca interaction at Seaworld, and how keeping the beautiful creatures in captivity…

Wildlife charity saves elephant from a life of torture

Amongst all the horrific news about our ever-depleting wildlife, it is always heartwarming to hear about a positive story with a very happy ending. Couple that with the power of social media and an array of people with incredibly good souls and you will find a story that will restore a little bit of faith…

An elephant that ceases to be wild ceases to be

35 young elephants have just been taken from their life in the wild in Zimbabwe to spend the rest of their lives in captivity in China. It has recently been reported that Grace Mugabe has sent the elephants to China, along with a small number of lions, hyenas and a giraffe, in exchange for boots and uniforms…

A pea in an elephant herd pod

Nature is full of unpredictable surprises. And there are few things more heart-warming to watch than the unlikely friendships and bonds of two completely different species in the wild. In 2014, two ostrich chicks were bestowed upon the world-renowned wildlife organisation The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. These two sibling chicks, a female named Pea and…

Beware of the bead

Tesco have announced that they will remove all products containing microbeads from all of their stores by the end of 2016. The huge supermarket chain said that it has been listening to its customer concerns about the array of products which contain microbeads, which are essentially tiny pieces of plastic, and therefore had instructed productions…

The new elephant: tuskless

During the current wildlife crisis, it is now becoming more common to see rhinos without their horns, due to the need to take extreme precautions during this desperate time, which means that cutting off a rhino's precious horn is seen as a necessary deterrent against poachers. However, are we now entering into a time where elephants…

Do you want to dance with a bear?

If you thought that our modern times and forward way of thinking had evolved past the use of should-be wild animals as entertainment through torture was long gone, then think again. A nightclub in western France has been brought to the frontline of media attention as the club thought it appropriate to include a chained…

The permanent European prison

                We've all heard about the horrors of zoos and what once was a practice that we seemed oblivious to and didn't think to question, is now almost common knowledge as those thoughts of the welfare and care of those imprisoned animals creeps into our minds. Highly upsetting…

Worth more alive

In just 7 days, on the 17th November 2016, conservation organisations and governments from around the world will meet in Vietnam for the Ha Noi Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade. This will be our next chance to close the domestic ivory markets. YOUR voice can help stop this terrible trade that is killing one…

Silent fireworks to honour our pets

With bonfire night approaching this weekend, we're all ready and prepared for the bright and beautiful lights and sizzling sounds of fireworks erupting in back gardens and designated parks. However, something that we don't usually consider whilst we are enjoying the colourful explosions is our pets and resident animals who don't quite feel the same…

Lion cub prison

Whilst browsing a retail store today I got chatting to the store manager about my adventures in Africa during the past few years. Upon saying that I had been working at a Lion Protection Trust in South Africa, her immediate response was "awwww so you got to play with all the little lions and tigers?!"…