France Bans Big Cats, Orcas from Circuses and Marine Parks

France Bans Big Cats, Orcas from Circuses and Marine Parks

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer In a news conference on Tuesday, France’s Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, announced the country will be banning the use of wild animals like lions, and tigers, and bears in circuses. The ban will also prohibit the import and breeding of dolphins and orcas in marine parks, as […]

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COVID-19 Is Devastating Ecotourism and That Makes Another Pandemic Even More Likely

COVID-19 Is Devastating Ecotourism and That Makes Another Pandemic Even More Likely

Wildlife sanctuaries, game reserves, and national parks in Asia, Africa, and South America have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic as borders have been shut, visas restricted and quarantines enforced to limit the spread of the virus.

Why This Matters:  Globally this drastic reduction (80% in most places) translates into losses of trillions of dollars and millions of jobs to local communities for whom this is their only income, and these declines in travel are expected to last at least a year.

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Something to Be Thankful For: Ending Private Ownership of Big Cats

Something to Be Thankful For: Ending Private Ownership of Big Cats

Our partners at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are dedicated to ending the private ownership of big cats like lions and tigers. So when we asked them what they were thankful for this year they wanted to share the progress that has been made to end cruelty and abuse of these amazing animals. […]

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New Lion King Live Action Film Aims To Protect Lions IRL

New Lion King Live Action Film Aims To Protect Lions IRL

Disney’s new live-action film The Lion King will undoubtedly be a box office smash, but it will also mark the company’s largest public commitment to conservation by supporting a global campaign to raise awareness of the plight of lions called “Protect the Pride.”   The campaign is supporting the Lion Recovery Fund, a collaboration between The Wildlife Conservation Network and the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, that is aiming to double the number of lions in the wild in Africa by the year 2050.

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Ending the “pet” trade for big cats will save lives

Ending the “pet” trade for big cats will save lives

Big cats don’t make good pets but you might be shocked at how many of these magnificent animals are being held in captivity in private homes, often living in atrocious conditions that not only endanger their lives but those of people in the surrounding community. As Beth Allgood, the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s U.S. […]

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One cool thing: Natural History Museum announces wildlife photography winners

One cool thing: Natural History Museum announces wildlife photography winners

As Eco Watch reported, the Natural History Museum in London announced on Wednesday the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year: LUMIX People’s Choice Award. After counting 16,000 votes from nature fans, wildlife photographer David Lloyd’s shot of a pair of nuzzling Serengeti lions, called Bond of Brothers, was crowned the top image. The two […]

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