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Local Hong Kong Conservationist & Photographer Wins People’s Choice Award In Global Wildlife Competition

3 Mins Read Local conservationist, naturalist and photographer Robert Ferguson has won the People’s Choice Award in Nature TTL’s annual Photographer of the Year 2020 wildlife photography competition. The competition drew thousands of entries from countries all over the world, but Ferguson’s image of a great white pelican taken in Singapore stood out from the crowd.  Titled “I’m […]

Inhumane Methods Used To Cull Millions Of Farm Animals While Food Banks Run Dry

3 Mins Read Millions of farm animals are to be “depopulated” using inhumane methods such as suffocation, drowning and shooting, in spite of widespread hunger during the economic fallout as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This latest meat supply chaos is another blow to the meat industry, which is facing mounting criticism over its unsustainable and unethical […]

New MII Initative To Fast-Track Sustainable Vegan Textile & Material Innovation

3 Mins Read A newly launched nonprofit organisation, Material Innovation Initiative (MII), aims to accelerate innovation in the sustainable and vegan material space. From plant-based ingredients to lab-grown technology, the MII hopes to be able to fast-track the development of these new materials that can be used in a range of industries, including fashion, furniture and automotive sectors.  […]

Ocean Park Faces Closure, Hope For Ending Animal Captivity & Artificial Breeding

3 Mins Read June 2020 Update: The Hong Kong government has approved an HK$5.4 billion (US$697 million) bailout for Ocean Park. Read about how Ocean Park fuels the mainland Chinese demand for Taiji dolphin drive hunting here. After 3 months of shuttered doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong’s original marine theme park Ocean Park announced that […]

Mulberry Pledges To End Use Of Exotic Animal Materials

3 Mins Read British luxury fashion brand Mulberry has announced that they will stop using any exotic animal materials going forward. While consumer interest in animal-free lines have been steadily rising in recent years, the latest move comes amidst the pandemic, which has spotlighted the dangers of the wild and exotic animal trade in particular.  As more consumers […]

Wildlife Conservation Crumbling As Ecotourism Drops Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

3 Mins Read Conservation work to protect some of the world’s vulnerable wildlife species and ecosystems are now facing an emergency situation as ecotourism comes to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many wildlife organisations rely on funding from visitors for critical projects to safeguard endangered species and habitats, and are now on the brink of shuttering […]

Time To Act Now – Why Compassion Counts

7 Mins Read Jill Robinson, the founder and CEO of animal welfare charity Animals Asia writes passionately about how Covid-19 has exposed humanity’s crimes against animals why moving forward, the modern world must change its ways. As the number of people tragically succumbing to Covid-19 grows across the world, we are left reeling with the terrible consequences of […]

OPINION: Netflix’s Tiger King Epitomises Our Blatant Disrespect For Animals

3 Mins Read In the thick of a global pandemic, millions have been finding distraction in the new Netflix series Tiger King. The documentary series follows the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic and the trade that saw endangered species as money-making opportunities. The shocking scenes hooked viewers and quickly sent the show into viral territory, ranking as the […]

Survey Finds Mass Public Support To Eliminate Illegal Wildlife Markets Across Southeast Asia

4 Mins Read A new GlobeScan public opinion survey commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted during the global Covid-19 pandemic finds almost universal support across Southeast Asia for governments to take action on illegal and unregulated wildlife markets. Respondents from the survey demonstrated a strong understanding about the connection between outbreaks of disease and the wildlife […]

“Let Us Live In Peace & Harmony Together:” Jane Goodall Urges Us To Rethink How We Treat Animals

3 Mins Read 85-year-old renowned anthropologist, animal activist and primatologist Jane Goodall recently posted a video message about the coronavirus pandemic, urging the world to reflect on their relationship with nature and wild animals. She voiced her heartfelt sadness about the ongoing tragedies due to the pandemic, whilst saying that we must show love and compassion to each […]

Shenzhen Becomes First Chinese City To Ban Dog & Cat Meat

4 Mins Read The city of Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong province has become the first in the country to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. It follows the coronavirus outbreak that was linked to a seafood market in Wuhan that sold wild animals, which prompted national authorities to permanently ban the wildlife trade. Shenzhen […]

Voices For The Planet: Creative Competition Launches To Inspire Young Wildlife Activists

2 Mins Read Hong Kong-based environmental charity LumiVoce has recently partnered up with Beijing-headquartered NGO The China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) to launch a brand new competition for students. Called the Voices for the Planet Challenge, the competition aims to raise awareness about conservation and encourage the next generation of wildlife protectors.  Announced in late […]

China Reopens Markets Selling Wild Animals As Coronavirus Wanes In The Country

4 Mins Read As Covid-19 appears to ease in China, the country’s economy and daily life is beginning to resume. According to written reports and photographs by reporters on the ground, the markets that sell bats, pangolins and other wildlife has reopened, in direct contradiction to the permanent ban on wildlife trade and consumption that the authorities implemented […]

Elephant Exploitation To End In Thai Tourist Camp Due To Coronavirus

3 Mins Read While the majority of the headlines about the coronavirus has been bleak, there have been a couple positive stories to emerge from the pandemic as well. The latest sign of hope comes from Chiang Mai in Thailand, where Maesa Elephant Camp has been forced to allow exploited elephants to roam freely on their grounds due […]

Alarm As Chinese Health Authorities Promote Bear Bile To Treat Coronavirus

4 Mins Read In a list of treatments for coronavirus just published by the Chinese National Health Commission, the authorities recommended taking injections that contain bear bile powder. The health advice contradicts the government’s decision to permanently ban the trade and consumption of wild animals less than a month ago. Conservationists are pointing to not only the cruel […]

Vietnam To Take Action On Illegal Wildlife Trade Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

3 Mins Read Vietnam is preparing to ban the trade of wildlife and tighten measures on the illegal trade after a number of conservationist groups called on authorities to take action against the cruel industry. It comes as the world is battling the coronavirus outbreak, which has renewed global attention on not only the inhumane and environmentally damaging […]