Animal protection

    Pope Francis says choosing pets over kids is selfish

    Pope Francis has suggested people who choose to have pets over children are acting selfishly. He criticized people who decided not to have children, but to have pets instead. The pope was speaking to a general audience on January 5, when he turned his sermon to fatherhood. The Pope’s comments came as he was discussing […]

    Preserving and protecting Saudi Arabia’s falcon population

    A burqa is used on a falcon’s face to cover its eyes as sight is their strongest sense. The peregrine falcon is the most predatory aerial bird of all falcon subspecies. Falconry as a traditional sport has become embedded in various cultures worldwide, the result of being practiced globally for 4,000 years. It is a […]

    Spain approves new law recognizing animals as ‘sentient beings’

    Under a new law passed in Spain, domestic and wild animals are no longer considered objects. The relevant law was approved by Spain’s lower house, the Congress of Deputies, on December 3. And animal rights activists have been promoting it for 4 years, El Pais reports. Under EU law, animals are recognized as ‘sentient beings’, […]

    French zoo closed temporarily after pack of nine wolves escape

    A French zoo has been temporarily shut down by local authorities after a pack of nine wolves escaped from their enclosure during visiting hours, BBC reports. No people were injured during incident last weekend at Trois Vallées zoo in Montredon-Labessonnie, southern France. The animals destroyed safety hatches and climbed a fence, but never went outside […]

    Lobsters and crabs are sentient beings and shouldn’t be boiled alive, UK report says

    Octopuses, crabs and lobsters are capable of experiencing pain or suffering, according to a review commissioned by the UK government, which has added the creatures to a list of sentient beings to be given protection under new animal welfare laws, CNN states. The report by experts at the London School of Economics looked at 300 […]

    Iranian animal lovers decry plan to ban pets

    “No, my cat is not dangerous,” says Iranian animal lover Mostafa, outraged by a proposal from ultraconservative lawmakers to ban pets, Rudaw reports. The 25-year-old, who runs a pet supplies shop on busy Eskandari Street in downtown Tehran, is stunned. “Crocodiles can be called dangerous, but how can rabbits, dogs and cats be dangerous?” he […]

    Italy has adopted a “historic” ban on fur farms, the last of which will close in 6 months

    Italy has banned fur farms. They now have 10 such kind of farms, and all are due to close in the coming months. Government will pay farmers monetary compensation, Plant Based News reports. The Budget Committee of the Italian Senate voted in favor of approving the amended version of the amendment to the budget law. […]

    An album with the voices of endangered bird species hit the top of the Australian music chart

    The album of recordings of bird voices was in the top 3 of the leading Australian music chart ARIA, bypassing Drake, Taylor Swift, and Billy Isle. Songs of Disappearance contains 53 short tracks with the most endangered Australian birds. Researchers had to hide for hours in the bushes to record some voices. In particular, the […]

    What should you do if you spot a dangerous wild animal? Dubai Police weighs in

    Dubai Police took to Twitter to advise people on what to do if they happened to spot any abandoned or potentially dangerous animals, Al Arabiya reports. The law in the United Arab Emirates prohibits the ownership, trade and breeding of dangerous animals. In the video posted to the police’s Twitter account stipulates that “whoever finds […]

    Billie Eilish is PETA 2021 Person of the Year for “championing animal rights”

    PETA NGO announced on December 1 that Billie Eilish is their 2021 Person of the Year for “championing animal rights, never staying silent about injustice, and using her influence to push the fashion industry to recognize that cruelty is never in style.” She gets people to listen – and not only to her music. She […]