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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Coal Ash Barges in India Continue to Capsize, Jeopardizing Public Health, Mangroves, Fishers

Coal Ash Barges in India Continue to Capsize, Jeopardizing Public Health, Mangroves, Fishers

Since March, five barges filled with toxic fly ash have capsized en route from India to Bangladesh, according to Rishika Pardikar last week in The Third Pole.  The fly ash, which is used to make cement in Bangladesh, is particularly harmful in river systems such as those of the Sundarbans, an area that contains a highly endangered Bengal tiger reserve and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Why This Matters: Rivers are often touted as an environmentally friendly and cheap mode of transportation – even here in the U.S. (e.g., the Mississippi River). But there are many other users who rely on these waterways in India for fishing and other livelihoods.

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Jasper Paisley on How Each of Us Can Take a Small Action this World Environment Day

Jasper Paisley on How Each of Us Can Take a Small Action this World Environment Day

We wanted to leave you with a little bit of inspiration on this World Environment Day. Check out this video written and produced by 11-year-old Jasper Paisley (son of #FriendsOfThePlanet Brad and Kim Williams Paisley) on the action he is taking to help stop deforestation and protect endangered species. Each of us has the power […]

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One Last Laugh Thing: Carol Gets Joe Exotic’s Park But Not The Tigers

One Last Laugh Thing: Carol Gets Joe Exotic’s Park But Not The Tigers

For those of you who were riveted or aghast at the Netflix series Tiger King, you have undoubtedly heard the news that a court in Oklahoma awarded his arch-nemesis and the woman he tried to have murdered, Carol Baskin, title to his animal park.  Why?  Because one of the many disputes between the two involved […]

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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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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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