A fifth attempt to pass a global treaty to safeguard the world’s oceans and marine life has failed, according to BBC.com. Discussions to pass the UN High Seas Treaty continued for two weeks in New York, without governments able to come to agreement on the terms. Only 1.2% of international waters are protected, said the […]
Article written by Damian Carrington, Environment editor Originally published by The Guardian (Monday, August 29, 2022) Loss will contribute a minimum rise of 27cm regardless of what climate action is taken, scientists discover Major sea-level rise from the melting of the Greenland ice cap is now inevitable, scientists have found, even if the fossil fuel […]
Animal Survival International (ASI) is a crusading force for the benefit of animals and the planet. This is how your donations made a difference in July and August. Eastern Cape, South Africa Saving giraffes from starvation and disease by relocating them to a new home On a small piece of land in South Africa’s […]
Freya, the young 600kg (1,300lb) walrus who drew crowds of curious onlookers at the Oslo fjord, has been euthanized. The announcement was made by the head of Norway’s fisheries directorate, Frank Bakke-Jensen, who said that the decision to kill her had been taken “on the basis of a global evaluation of the persistent threat to […]
PEAK WHALE BIRTHING SEASON HAS BEGUN – newborn whales are in grave danger from entanglement in fishermen’s nets!
A truly terrifying statistic is that every year, more than 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die after getting entangled in fishing nets, with devastating effects on the different species. Some drown immediately, while those who survive their initial entanglement endure many painful months, ultimately bleeding out from deep wounds or dying of starvation because their […]
A pod of up to 150 southern fin whales has been spotted feeding together in Antarctica, in what has been called a ‘thrilling’ spectacle, according to The Guardian. Scientists say it offers renewed hope for a species hunted to near-extinction during catastrophic industrial whaling that took place in the 20th century. Southern fin whales are […]
Animal Survival International (ASI) exists to be a voice and a crusading force for animals and the planet. In June, we continued to fight the challenges facing wildlife around the world. Each small act of kindness and generosity from our supporters is vital in allowing us to keep doing our work. Once again, your support […]
Article written by Lauren Leffer Originally published by Gizmodo (Tuesday, June 14, 2022) The birds are members of the smallest penguin species in the world. Their numbers have been declining in recent years. On a peninsula toward the northernmost tip of New Zealand’s North Island lies Ninety Mile Beach. Usually, the (actually 55-mile) expanse of […]
Environmental NGOs have criticized the UK government on its “unambitious,” plans to prevent bottom-trawling in marine protected areas (MPAs), with many insisting that banning commercial fishing would allow for better and faster protection. Such bans could have – and should have – come into immediate effect post-Brexit via the 2020 Fisheries Act, but more than […]
URGENT! Illegally caught and drowned in fishermen’s nets, less than a dozen rare vaquitas (small porpoises) still swim free today. THERE IS A CHANCE TO SAVE THEM!
The vaquita is the most endangered marine mammal on the planet. Right now, there are only about 10 of these small porpoises left in the entire world – we are perilously close to losing them forever. Vaquitas live only in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico where imminent extinction beckons because they become entangled in […]
Animal Survival International (ASI) works around the globe – and around the clock – to help animals threatened and being pushed to the brink of extinction by the wanton profit-driven destruction of habitats, illegal poaching, pollution of the oceans and degradation of marine ecosystems, and – from droughts to fires to floods – the ever-increasing […]
Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Turkish Marine Research Foundation (Tudav) has recorded an “extraordinary increase” in the stranding of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis). More than 80 have been found dead across Turkey’s western Black Sea coast. A similar trend can be seen in Bulgarian waters, especially among harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena […]
Article written by Catrin Einhorn Originally published by New York Times (Wednesday, May 10, 2022) For a Shy Porpoise, Rare Good News The vaquita, a porpoise from Mexico with pandalike eyes, is one of the world’s most endangered animals. Only about 10 remain. But now there’s some good news about their chances for survival. When […]
While the war in Ukraine and its devastating effects on the country’s animals rages on, the survival of animals across the globe continues to be threatened. Rampant poaching, destruction of habitats, degradation of marine ecosystems and increasing consequences of climate change remain the sad reality for the inhabitants of this planet. In addition to fighting […]
With birthing season approaching, NEWBORN WHALES ARE AT RISK of DEATH by starvation and drowning! All because of fishermen’s nets!
Every year, more than 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die after getting entangled in fishing nets. Some drown immediately, while those who survive their initial entanglement endure many painful months, ultimately bleeding out from deep wounds or dying of starvation because their ability to dive and feed is impaired. The risk is particularly high in […]
In March, we continued our support of various critical wildlife causes while keeping a close eye on the atrocious war in Ukraine and its devastating effects on the wildlife of the region. With your support, we have begun to provide critical aid to desperate animals in this terrible war. Here’s how your donations helped us […]
IMAGINE being caught in a fisherman’s net, unable to breathe, destined to SUFFOCATE and DROWN! IMAGINE being a sea turtle!
On the coast of Kenya, sea turtles are accidentally being caught in fishermen’s nets. Tragically, many become completely entangled and die, but with our help, they now have a chance of being rescued and released back into the ocean. Entanglement is a major cause of death in sea turtles around the world. We have the […]
Whether it’s saving thirsty wildlife from severe drought in Kenya or rushing emergency funds to give an orphaned rhino calf life-saving care, you supported us through it all this month – our work to help animals would not be possible without your generosity. Here’s how your donations made a difference in February: Kenya Phase I […]
Commercial whaling could soon be banned in Iceland after demand for its whale meat dramatically declined in recent years. According to the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), the country’s fisheries minister, Svandis Svavarsdottir, said the practice – banned in almost every other part of the world – was no longer profitable since Japan had resumed whaling […]
The Grahamstown High Court in South Africa has ordered petroleum giant Shell to immediately halt its seismic survey activities along the ecologically sensitive coastline of South Africa’s Wild Coast. The decision has been welcomed by local and international environmentalists and the Animal Survival International (ASI) team alike, all of whom have strongly opposed the operation […]
These are frightening times for animals and the planet! Climate change, the relentless destruction of forests, coral reefs and wilderness areas and the illegal trafficking of creatures large and small, powered by greedy humans, are sending animals and marine creatures hurtling towards extinction. Without determined action, we could lose the wild and its creatures soon […]
EMERGENCY! In search of oil and gas, oil giant Shell plans to fire seismic blasts into a huge expanse of ocean. COUNTLESS MARINE CREATURES COULD DIE!
South Africa’s Wild Coast is vitally important to whales, dolphins and countless other marine life, and it’s under threat! Oil and gas giant Shell is about to start oil and gas exploration in the area – with potentially disastrous effects on the region’s marine life. Sea creatures face injury and possible death if we do […]
The Wild Coast in South Africa is set to face a massive assault on its entire marine ecosystem because Shell Oil, a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Company, is about to conduct a five-month seismic survey that will have a devastating effect on millions of sea animals. A major concern for marine biologists is that […]
As summer comes to one side of the planet and winter arrives on the other, the challenges that animals face every day also change – fierce heat for some, deadly cold for others. This makes each small act of kindness and generosity from our supporters vital in allowing us to keep doing the work we […]
It’s been a sobering month for our species – the time of reckoning has come for planet Earth, scientists have warned. Clear evidence now shows that we face a future of extreme climate change, and only immediate and radical reductions of fossil fuel emissions will provide any hope of saving us. Clearly, we have our […]
Right now, 47 rescued baby turtles in Cape Town, South Africa, urgently need help. After eating more than 500 pieces of plastic between them, mistaking the tiny pieces for food, plus suffering other injuries, expensive and long-term care is needed to ensure they survive. It’s vital that these hatchlings get the treatment they need – […]
Our oceans have become garbage dumps! There is an estimated 12.7 million tons of plastic in the ocean – that’s the equivalent of 310,000 jumbo jets! Mistaking it for food, marine animals, including endangered sea turtles, eat this plastic which causes internal blockages, infections and eventually death. Right now, 47 rescued turtle hatchlings in Cape […]
Around the world, we are faced with catastrophes, from floods in Europe to wildfires in the USA and civil unrest in South Africa. In all these disasters, thousands of animals are affected. It’s for this reason that we at Animal Survival International (ASI) do the work we do. We exist as a voice for the […]
By Melissa Reitz More than two months since the Singaporean container ship, the X-Press Pearl, caught fire off the western coast of Sri Lanka, the catastrophic evidence of environmental and marine impact is mounting. Not only was a cocktail of hazardous chemicals released into the sea and air, but 72 tonnes of deadly plastic pellets, […]
We’ve told you before that we are committed to taking back the sea for sea creatures, one beach at a time. And we intend to keep our promise, by cleaning up plastic pollution on beaches around the world. But we need your help. This time we’re focusing on beaches in Cape Town, South Africa, where […]
We’ve changed our name! Political Animal Lobby is now Animal Survival International, with a brand new and absolutely vital mission. For animals, these are desperate times. The impacts of climate change, habitat loss, the destruction of marine ecosystems and a shameful lack of enforcement of international treaties are creating a catastrophic situation for animals, making […]
By Melissa Reitz Turkey’s Marmara Sea is choking under a thick blanket of sludge, which scientists say is a direct result of pollution and global warming. Decades of pollution from wastewater, pesticides, and sewage, coupled with biodiversity loss and rising water temperatures, have led to an environmental disaster, which researchers say has reached unprecedented levels. […]
Plastic waste is destroying marine life on a massive scale with devastating consequences for the entire world. The scale of the problem is huge. In one area of the Pacific Ocean alone there is a great wadge of plastic measuring an astounding 1,000 square miles (1.6-million square kilometers). Just imagine: that’s a floating pile of […]
The Political Animal Lobby (PAL) exists to be a voice for animals and the planet. We tackle pressing issues threatening animals around the world. Over the past month, PAL has provided water to drought-stricken elephants in Namibia; kept up the fight to ban snares in the UK; helped a legal battle to save toads in […]
Animals around the globe are in extraordinary peril. From the rampant illegal trade in wildlife, poaching, habitat loss and poor enforcement of wildlife legislation, thousands of species are becoming critically endangered. We need to take heed before it’s too late. If we continue to destroy biodiversity, no life on Earth can survive. The Animal Survival […]
The future of the animals in the natural world has never been more in danger. Climate change, habitat destruction and poor enforcement of international wildlife laws have already pushed numerous species to extinction and will continue to do so if we don’t act now! The Animal Survival International (formerly Political Animal Lobby) exists to be a voice […]
Urgent Action Is Needed to Restrict Harmful Fishing Methods in the Indian Ocean, Say International NGOs
By Melissa Reitz The commercial fishing tactic of using FADs (fish aggregating devices) is drastically diminishing global fish populations. FADs are floating devices, buoys or floats tethered to the ocean floor with concrete blocks, that cast shadows, creating a visual stimulus which attracts juvenile fish and in turn larger predator fish. By casting nets near […]
Asia Turns to Africa’s Coastline to Satisfy Its Taste for Marine Delicacies, in a Free-for-All Unpoliced Environment of Trade
By Melissa Reitz Africa’s coastal waters have been hard hit by Asia’s surging demand for marine delicacies, putting immense pressure on delicate ocean ecosystems. A recent report by Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network, focusing on the trade in high-value marine products from Africa to Asia, has found that sea horses, fish maw (dried fish […]
Today Is World Wildlife Day – But for Millions of Animals Around the World, Today Is Not a Day of Celebration!
Today is World Wildlife Day. For millions of animals around the world, today is not a day of celebration. Our world’s wildlife is being wiped out. According to a 2019 UN report, one million species are threatened with extinction – some within a matter of years. As many as 30 to 50 percent of all […]
The future of animals and the wilderness they live in has never been more at risk. Climate change, habitat destruction and poor enforcement of international wildlife laws is driving species after species to extinction. We cannot be silent or sit idly by and watch this happen. The Animal Survival International (formerly Political Animal Lobby) exists […]
By Melissa Reitz A first-ever scientific assessment on ocean soundscapes has found that the noise made from human activity is killing our oceans. Marine life, from whales to the smallest organisms such as invertebrates, rely on sound for their survival. But an ever-increasing cacophony of human-related noise is drowning out the natural din on which […]
The harsh news we bring you is that extinction for many animals is not around the corner… … it’s now. According to the United Nations, 6,523 species are critically endangered and headed for extinction as we approach 2021. That’s why we at ASI will do everything in our power to fight harder for animals in […]
Maritime and fishing communities worldwide are particularly vulnerable to organized crime, says a new report published in Nature’s scientific journal. The study brings to light the perfect storm of illegal activities in this sector, including tax crimes, money laundering, corruption, document fraud, and trafficking in persons, drugs, and arms. Despite the name, organized crime in […]
France is finally following a growing global movement to stop wild animals being exploited in the name of entertainment at circuses and marine parks. In what has been hailed as a breakthrough for animal rights across the world, the country passed laws in September 2020 that will protect animals in the following three ways: the […]
National Wildlife Day – September 4: Wildlife Is Mother Nature’s Greatest Treasure; We Protect To Protect It!
Today is National Wildlife Day. A day we give voice to the voiceless and raise awareness for animal welfare. While the world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, we are behind the loss of 83% of all wild mammals. Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as studies reveal billions of wildlife populations […]
One million innocent creatures slaughtered in a matter of a few weeks. Yes, you read that right – ONE MILLION. Brutally butchered because humans decided fur coats were important during a global pandemic that ironically manifested from animal cruelty. Wake up! It’s 2020… you don’t need to skin an animal for a jacket. Fur farms […]
Once upon a time, our oceans contained an abundance of sea life, with enough fish to sustainably feed future generations. Today, we are on the verge of an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe because of overfishing. According to a report by the United Kingdom’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a staggering two-thirds of the world’s commercial stocks […]
Matt Pritchett’s cartoons delight readers each day. Matt is a Telegraph institution, and his witty sketches are a vital part of the newspaper. In his newsletter, the enormously popular cartoonist explains just what inspires him each day, and shares an extra, unseen cartoon, which will not have been published anywhere else. For more cartoons from […]
A massive battle is underway to protect whales and allow their stocks to recover before they are lost forever. The situation is so serious that a world-wide ban on commercial whaling has been in place since 1986.
The IUCN Red List now includes 96,951 species of which 26,840 are threatened with extinction.