How we are helping RIGHT NOW: February 2021

How we are helping RIGHT NOW: February 2021

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 […]

Today Is World Pangolin Day – Save the Most Threatened Mammal on Earth

Today Is World Pangolin Day – Save the Most Threatened Mammal on Earth

Today the world celebrates World Pangolin Day. But unless action is taken soon, there will be very few such days in the future. As the most trafficked mammal in the world, these quiet, solitary creatures are being wiped out at a rapid rate. Pangolins are being pushed to the very edge of extinction. An estimated […]

New Study Reveals What Chinese Wildlife-Product Buyers Really Think

New Study Reveals What Chinese Wildlife-Product Buyers Really Think

By Melissa Reitz A ground-breaking new study confirms legalized trade and commercial breeding of wild animals significantly stimulates buyers-demand and is ultimately pushing wild species to extinction. To determine the impact wildlife trade bans and breeding farms have on consumers of wild animal products, the study led a survey of a thousand Chinese citizens, focusing […]

Shocking Evidence Reveals Hunting Fraternity Flouting the UK’s Hunting Ban

Shocking Evidence Reveals Hunting Fraternity Flouting the UK’s Hunting Ban

By Melissa Reitz Fox hunting is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales, but hunters have found a way to get around this with trail hunting which mimics traditional hunting by following an animal-based scent trail. Now leaked webinars reveal longstanding suspicions that hunters use trail hunting to cover up illegal fox hunting. British TV channel, […]

Namibia Confirms Its Wild Elephants Are up for Sale – Despite Massive Outcry

Namibia Confirms Its Wild Elephants Are up for Sale - Despite Massive Outcry

By Melissa Reitz With the tender for auction now closed, Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) is finalizing buyer details for the sale of 170 wild elephants. Namibian authorities say there are too many elephants in the country. But conservationists are up in arms, saying the ministry has inflated actual elephant numbers. MEFT […]

Shocking News as Kruger’s Rhino Numbers Are Finally Revealed

Shocking News as Kruger’s Rhino Numbers Are Finally Revealed

By Melissa Reitz A sobering new report by South African National Parks (SANParks) has confirmed the shocking decline in rhino numbers in Kruger National Park, home to the highest concentration of rhino in the world. Figures have plummeted to an estimated 3,529 white rhino and 268 black rhinos. This information, which come after years of […]

Albatrosses to the Rescue: Policing Illegal Fishing

Albatrosses to the Rescue: Policing Illegal Fishing

Words: Melissa Reitz Albatrosses are proving invaluable in the fight against illegal fishing in international waters. Fitted with tiny radar-detecting trackers, these huge birds help spot fishing boats that have turned off their automatic identification system (AIS) to hide illegal fishing. In a six-month pilot project, 169 wandering and Amsterdam albatrosses fitted with GPS trackers […]

In World-First, Germany Outlaws the Mass Culling of Male Chicks

In World-First, Germany Outlaws the Mass Culling of Male Chicks

With the approval of a new draft law, Germany is set to lead the way in the poultry industry by becoming the first in the world to ban the mass culling of male chicks. Every year, millions of male chicks are either shredded or gassed to death soon after hatching as they are not suitable […]

Mink Farms: Denmark Shows No Remorse for Gross Animal Cruelty

Mink Farms: Denmark Shows No Remorse for Gross Animal Cruelty

Disturbing photographs and video footage shared worldwide of mink gassed and buried in mass graves in Denmark has highlighted how little we value the lives and deaths of so-called factory farm animals. Millions of mink have been mercilessly slaughtered at the Danish government’s instruction since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This, after a handful […]

Good News for Polar Bears, as Trump Fails

Good News for Polar Bears, as Trump Fails

Heeding the warnings of the Animal Survival International (formerly Political Animal Lobby), other environmentalists, watchdog groups, and native Alaskans alike, major oil companies steered clear of fossil fuel leases in the vulnerable Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The refuge is a breeding ground for endangered polar bears. Bears give birth in dens they create in […]

Heartbreak as Over 500 Wildlife Shot Dead by Hunters in Portugal

Heartbreak as Over 500 Wildlife Shot Dead by Hunters in Portugal

The indiscriminate and senseless slaughter of over 500 wild animals in Portugal by a group of Spanish hunters has been described as a “vile and hateful act against nature”. The killing spree spanned over two days in mid-December on a 2,700-acre farm in Torrebela, roughly 40km from the Portuguese capital Lisbon. According to several reports, […]

Massive Victory for Polar Bears as U.S. Court of Appeals Says No to Arctic Oil Drilling

Massive Victory for Polar Bears as U.S. Court of Appeals Says No to Arctic Oil Drilling

A United States federal court has rejected the Trump administration’s plans to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a massive victory for polar bears. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the approval of a controversial oil drilling project in the Beaufort Sea situated north of Canada and Alaska […]

America Is Running Low on Monkeys to Exploit for COVID-19 Vaccine Tests

America Is Running Low on Monkeys to Exploit for COVID-19 Vaccine Tests

The number of monkeys is drastically declining as laboratories worldwide rely on animal cruelty, exploitation, and suffering to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. While disturbing videos circulate on social media of monkeys being tortured in laboratories to test the COVID-19 vaccine, infectious diseases scientists in the United States claim there are “just not enough […]

Eurotunnel’s Decision to Clamp Down on Dog Travel Will See Rescue Dogs Suffer

Eurotunnel’s Decision to Clamp Down on Dog Travel Will See Rescue Dogs Suffer

Animal welfare organizations say a controversial decision by an extensive railway shuttle service operating between France and the United Kingdom will have a devastating impact on thousands of rescue animals. Eurotunnel recently announced changes to their pet transportation rules, one of which includes the limitation of the number of dogs that can be transported using […]

Beautiful Painted Dogs In Grave Danger!

Beautiful Painted Dogs In Grave Danger!

Painted dogs are among the rarest of wild creatures – and they need your help! There are just 6,500 left in the world, down from 500,000, and their numbers are dropping every day. In the wild, their biggest threat was lions – now it’s man! Their habitat is shrinking, and they are being snared in […]

Bottled Birds: Horrific Abuse of Protected Parrots Stuffed in Plastic Bottles in Indonesia

Bottled Birds: Horrific Abuse of Protected Parrots Stuffed in Plastic Bottles in Indonesia

Disturbing footage of endangered parrots stuffed in plastic water bottles is proof that the smuggling of endangered birds occurs on an industrial scale with devastating consequences. Authorities discovered the birds on a ship docked in Indonesia’s Papua region. According to police within the town of Fakfak, the vessel’s crew reported hearing strange squawks and noises […]

Wildlife Trafficking Bust Sees Tusks, Crocodile Blood, Coral, and More Seized at UK Borders

Wildlife Trafficking Bust Sees Tusks, Crocodile Blood, Coral, and More Seized at UK Borders

Operation Thunder, a global drive against the trade in endangered wildlife by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), has resulted in an enormously successful seizure of large quantities of protected animal products. Criminal gangs and wildlife traffickers believed to be operating in over 100 countries were ambushed in an undercover sting operation led at UK […]

ASI Salutes Congress Members Committed to Ending the FDA’s Dog Testing Mandate

ASI Salutes Congress Members Committed to Ending the FDA’s Dog Testing Mandate

For far too long, man’s best friend has been subjected to harrowing abuse in laboratories worldwide, forced to test the safety of drugs, pesticides, medical devices, and other products. The Animal Survival International (formerly Political Animal Lobby) salutes government officials who are working to eliminate the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) outdated, oppressive, and brutal […]

Mamma Bear and Her Cub’s Tragic Final Moments Before Being Shot Dead

Mamma Bear and Her Cub’s Tragic Final Moments Before Being Shot Dead

Disturbing video footage of a mother bear and her cub ruthlessly shot to death off the side of a Russian submarine in Kamchatka has outraged animal activists across the globe. The heart-breaking images showed the animals sitting on the nuclear submarine deck docked at a military port in the country’s Far East before being gunned […]

Clever and empathetic, talking African Grey parrots need URGENT help!

Clever and empathetic, talking African Grey parrots need URGENT help!

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Florida’s Flying Squirrel Smuggling Operation Finally Grounded

Florida’s Flying Squirrel Smuggling Operation Finally Grounded

Authorities have broken the back of a wildlife trafficking syndicate believed to be behind the illegal trapping and exploitation of thousands of flying squirrels over a three-year period. The flying squirrels – a protected species in Florida – were trapped with homemade wire cages and transported by vehicle from their natural habitat in Florida to […]

The EU’s Ugly Record of Buying and Selling Ivory

The EU’s Ugly Record of Buying and Selling Ivory

You’d expect the governments of the advanced countries that collectively call themselves the EU to be more aware when it comes to the ivory trade. Not so. Illegal ivory makes its way through legal EU ivory trade structures thanks to a system of loopholes. In 1989, the international trade in ivory was officially banned and […]

UK GOVERNMENT HID STUDIES CRITICAL OF BADGER CULLING!

UK GOVERNMENT HID STUDIES CRITICAL OF BADGER CULLING!

Our petition asking the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to abandon its support for the pointless badger cull has received 9,144 signatures. Please sign our urgent petition right now to help pass the magic figure of 10,000 signatures. The lives of 65,000 innocent creatures are at stake. Earlier this year, the British government announced that it was […]

Scientists Think We Got German Measles From Animals

Scientists Think We Got German Measles From Animals

As the coronavirus pandemic shines a spotlight on zoonotic diseases, new research has found German measles has a family and they all live in animals Scientists used to believe that the virus causing German measles (aka rubella) was the only member of its genus, Rubivirus. But that just changed as combined research by the University […]

Rare Reptiles Are Traded on the Internet and Nobody’s Stopping It

Rare Reptiles Are Traded on the Internet and Nobody’s Stopping It

Did you know that anyone can buy and sell highly endangered reptile species online and because of a lack of regulation, nothing can be done about it? An alarming new study Thousands of reptile species threatened by under-regulated global trade published in Nature Communications (September 2020) has revealed that both common and rare reptile species […]

Israel Becomes the First Nation to Ban Trade in Fur

Israel Becomes the First Nation to Ban Trade in Fur

In a giant victory for millions of wild and farmed animals, Israel has announced its plans to ban the fur trade, with a couple of exceptions. The plans were announced by Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel, who criticized the practice of buying and selling skin and fur in the fashion industry, calling it “immoral”. In […]

France Finally Bans the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses and Marine Parks

France Finally Bans the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses and Marine Parks

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 […]

Pangolin purgatory! Chopped, diced and eaten to extinction!

Pangolin purgatory! Chopped, diced and eaten to extinction!

The pangolin is the most trafficked animal in the world. These shy and vulnerable creatures are smoked out from their homes, beaten, tortured, and burnt alive. They need your help! The number of pangolins killed by poaching is devastating. Pangolins are trafficked, thousands at a time, for their scales which are boiled off their bodies […]

Baby Chimp’s Daring Rescue Marks a Watershed Moment in Congo’s Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

Baby Chimp’s Daring Rescue Marks a Watershed Moment in Congo’s Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

A secret network of wildlife traffickers notorious for capturing, smuggling, and selling baby chimpanzees has been nabbed following a sting operation by a Congolese nature conservation organization in collaboration with local authorities. Chimpanzees are widely exploited across the globe, sold as pets, for bushmeat, or for their body parts. Despite restricting regulations and international bans, […]

Terrible Cruelty Revealed at French Mink Farm

Terrible Cruelty Revealed at French Mink Farm

Shocking footage reveals the nauseating horror of mink farming in France. Described by campaigners as something “from a horror film”, a mink with paralyzed back legs is photographed dragging itself across the wire of its cage to reach a few drops of water. Another mink is seen with hideous, infected eye wounds. All were are […]

Wildlife trade HORROR! We must stop those who put a price tag on priceless species!

Wildlife trade HORROR! We must stop those who put a price tag on priceless species!

Over the past few weeks we have told you about creatures that don’t usually get any public attention, but all are vitally important to our planet. They are all currently being exterminated in a variety of horrific, cruel ways. Without your help, they will soon vanish from this world entirely. Sophisticated criminal networks are driving […]

Hypocrisy Hails as the EU Completely Misses the Boat on Elephant Protection

Hypocrisy Hails as the EU Completely Misses the Boat on Elephant Protection

As many as 35,000 elephants are massacred each year in Africa – the brutal murders of these iconic giants driven by an insatiable demand for ivory. Today Africa is home to just 415,000 African elephants – a sobering 30% drop in the last decade and down from 10 million a century ago. Never before has […]

WICKED SNARES kill giraffes for food and tourist trinkets!

WICKED SNARES kill giraffes for food and tourist trinkets!

The evil bushmeat trade is driving giraffes to extinction. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), giraffe numbers in Africa have fallen by a staggering 48 per cent in the past 30 years, in what is being called a “silent extinction.” These shy, gentle and graceful creatures are butchered for the […]

Anatolian water frogs

Anatolian water frogs

We recently exposed how millions of frogs across the globe are being tortured, maimed, and killed. Our investigations led us to the despicable water frog massacres in Turkey so diners can eat frogs legs. Anatolian water frogs are being EATEN TO EXTINCTION! But with your support today, Gloria, we have an opportunity to head this […]

Rhino Horn Among Quack Health Remedies Touted to Cure COVID-19

Rhino Horn Among Quack Health Remedies Touted to Cure COVID-19

As the coronavirus takes a massive toll on humanity, one would assume that humankind has learned their lesson and stopped using animal body parts like rhino horn in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). If only that were true. The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), working to expose trade in illicit goods, has discovered images of the […]

Key Player in the West African Ivory Cartel Has Been Arrested in Mombasa

Key Player in the West African Ivory Cartel Has Been Arrested in Mombasa

As the future of our planet’s most iconic species is called into question, ASI has hailed the arrest of alleged ivory poaching kingpin Mansur Mohamed Surur and congratulated authorities involved in the fight against wildlife crime syndicates. Surur is believed to be part of an international organized network involved in the ruthless killing of more than […]

Scientists LINK barbaric trade in gentle pangolins to Covid-19 pandemic!

Scientists LINK barbaric trade in gentle pangolins to Covid-19 pandemic!

We have told you before about the horrific international trade that is pushing pangolins to the brink of extinction and spreading deadly diseases to humans. We drew attention to the danger of pangolin-human disease transmission in April last year, well before the corona crisis began. The authorities refused to listen and the result is that […]