Animals
UK Formally Recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings

UK Formally Recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The UK government is formally recognizing animals as sentient beings for the first time — a major win for animal welfare activists. This announcement comes along with a series of bills that ensure the health and safety of Britain’s animals, including microchipping cats, stopping the ownership of primate as […]

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Idaho Governor Sign a Law Allowing Hunters To Kill 90% of the State’s Wolves

Idaho Governor Sign a Law Allowing Hunters To Kill 90% of the State’s Wolves

Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed a law that could allow private hunters contracted by the state to kill 90% of the state’s wolves. Those in favor of the measure, including lawmakers, ranchers, and hunters would like to reduce the state’s 1,500 wolves to 150, to bring down the number of attacks on livestock and deer. 

Why this Matters: This law is a step back for wolf conservation— Zoe Hanley of the Defenders of Wildlife said in a statement that this decision “marks a low point for gray wolf recovery in the U.S.” 

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One Giant Fishy Thing:  A 100 Year Old Sturgeon in the Detroit River

One Giant Fishy Thing: A 100 Year Old Sturgeon in the Detroit River

Federal scientists doing routine sturgeon population survey work in the Detroit River last week got a HUGE surprise when they encountered a 7 foot long, 100-year-old female sturgeon. More than half a million sturgeon lived in the Detroit River in the 19th century, NPR reported.  Now there are believed to be only about 7,000 because […]

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Biden Administration Reverses Trump Rollback of Migratory Bird Treaty Act 

Biden Administration Reverses Trump Rollback of Migratory Bird Treaty Act 

On Thursday, the Biden administration proposed a new rule that would reverse the Trump administration’s weakening of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The act was weakened in 2020, allowing industrial operations and individuals to unintentionally kill many birds without accountability. 

Why This Matters: The world is facing a biodiversity crisis, losing more species each year than ever before.

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Kenya Begins First Ever Wildlife Census

Kenya Begins First Ever Wildlife Census

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Kenya’s first national wildlife census kicked off last week, counting animals on land and in the country’s waters. While some of Kenya’s more vulnerable animals like rhinos and elephants are counted periodically, this census is the first time the country will have data on all of its wildlife. Rangers, […]

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Oregon Tribes Push for Beaver Protections to Save Wetlands

Oregon Tribes Push for Beaver Protections to Save Wetlands

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After centuries of overhunting, beavers may receive new protections in the Beaver State. Two bills have been introduced to the Oregon Legislative Assembly that would ban the killing of beavers on federally managed public land and exclude beavers from being classified as predatory animals.  Experts hope that protected beaver populations will improve the health of their entire […]

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