The InvestEGGator | GPS equipped decoy eggs

The illegal wildlife trade is valued at between eight and 26.5 billion US dollars annually, making it the fourth biggest illegal trade in the world. Many different strategies have been adopted to disrupt supply chains, and one of the most innovative that we’ve seen for a long while is a project by group of scientists who use decoy eggs to tackle the illegal trade of endangered sea turtles in Central America. The research project is a collaboration between scientists at the University of Kent and conservation organisation Paso Pacifico. In Central America turtle eggs are poached from beaches and sold as a delicacy. When thinking how to track where the stolen eggs were being taken, researchers came up with the idea of dummy eggs fitted with transmitters…

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Devon and Somerset Staghounds filmed cracking whip over a deer’s head

Who is it that says on their website that, “There are now more than 2500 deer on the moor, which makes the south west herd of red deer much the largest in England and they are readily visible to deer watchers, tourists and local people who love their deer.”? And who has been filmed hitting a deer, cruelly prolonging a chase, and whose supporters were recorded pushing the same exhausted deer back towards the hunt? That would be the Devon and Somerset Staghounds…

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Petition | Protect the UK’s dwindling hedgehog population.

The population of the UK’s Hedgehogs has fallen by as much as 50% in the last twenty years, and in July this year, a study conducted by the Mammal Society concluded that one of the very few animals that almost anyone in the UK can recognise has declined by so much that it should now be considered Vulnerable to Extinction. Loss of habitat, collisions with vehicles, and roads and fences acting as barriers to the movement of hedgehogs, (which isolate populations and make them more vulnerable to local extirpation), are thought to be the principle factors impacting the species. An epetition has been launched

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Badger Trust | Horrific reality of the badger cull exposed

The Badger Trust has released a news story via Brockbase, their communication and information hub. It – as they say – exposes the horrific reality of the badger cull and uses heartbreaking images taken by Derbyshire Against the Cull (DATC, who originally broke the story and have posted a longer expose with more background details on Facebook). This exposé – shared in an article by the Mirror – shows badger cull contractors delivering shot and bagged badgers from the Derbyshire cull zone to a stone barn in Alport, near the popular tourist town of Bakewell. As Derbyshire Against the Cull explained, the barn is being used to store shot badgers before they are taken away to be incinerated

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Interview: Lynn Sawyer | On the ground in the Gloucestershire Badger Cull Zones

Lynn Sawyer has been an animal rights activist for decades, first as a hunt saboteur but more lately working full-time to tackle the badger cull. She was part of the group that set up the Gloucestershire Badger Office (GBO), a collective that provides logistical and practical information on the Gloucestershire badger cullzones. Lynn has spent many evenings in the past out in the field defending badgers, but now is up and out early to help prevent foxhunts from cubhunting. An inspirational, deeply committed activist and organiser, we were grateful to speak with Lynn in early October 2020 to find out more about her work.

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Yet another bird slaughter in Cyprus

Images have surfaced of yet another mass killing of migrating birds in Cyprus. They’re shocking every time, and every time what becomes apparent is while some people are ignorant and cruel and hateful, there are others working their socks off to report the facts, witnessing scenes that must feel like a stab in the heart. The remarkable team at the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) face these challenges every day. Talk to them and they are modest about the work they do Images like these need to be seen, though. We need to be sickened. We need to feel ashamed of what humanity is capable of. We can’t – we mustn’t – ignore them. Millions and millions of birds depend on us looking, reacting, and fighting back.

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