From Russia and Finland to Canada and the US, there’s been multiple sightings of bears around the world.
That might not sound too weird – but bears aren’t normally spotted this early in the year, which makes this pretty unusual.
They usually stay in hibernation – which is like a deep sleep that helps them to save energy – and survive the winter without eating much.
But Europe has just had its hottest ever winter – and the US also experienced warmer temperatures in December and January – which has been linked to climate change.
Last year, Botswana legalized hunting of elephants as ‘there are too many of them’. The government officially lifted the hunting suspension.
More than half a year later, the country is going to auction licences to hunt a total of 70 elephants, in a bid to ‘end human-wildlife conflict’. This will be the first such hunt to take place since President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted the five-year hunting ban last year.
Hong Kong (CNN) A strict ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals is being rolled out across China in the wake of the deadly coronavirus epidemic, which is believed to have started at a wildlife market in Wuhan.
Although it is unclear which animal transferred the virus to humans — bat, snake and pangolin have all been suggested — China has acknowledged it needs to bring its lucrative wildlife industry under control if it is to prevent another outbreak.
In late February, it slapped a temporary ban on all farming and consumption of “terrestrial wildlife of important ecological, scientific and social value,” which is expected to be signed into law later this year.
The whales will move into their new home before the end of 2021.
The enthusiasm couldn’t have been stronger as whale expert Charles Vinnick announced Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia will be the official home base to the first whale sanctuary in North America, with whales expected in the water just off the coast of Port Hilford before the end of 2021.
“It’s very exciting news,” he said.
“It’s huge [for] this area. We’re a small rural area and this will really boost our tourism. I could see it being a good help to our economy.”
Nets will be brought in to encircle an area of around 100 acres in the bay.
The singer Janelle Monáe and actor Shailene Woodley were in the front row, but two rabbits, a fox, a horse, two cows and a crocodile stole the show. People in lifesize animal costumes, of the kind more usually seen at theme park parades than at Paris fashion week, joined models for the finale of Stella McCartney’s show, swinging their new-season handbags and posing for the cameras.
The optics were fun, but the message was serious – that there are animals on almost every catwalk, it’s just that they are usually dead. The half-moon shoulder bag carried jauntily by a brown cow here was made from a vegan alternative to leather, while other bags were created from second-life plastic.
More than 100 comments have been left on a Facebook post announcing the sudden death of the “city’s beloved” snow leopard, Lexie.
“My condolences…Lexie was my favourite ever since she stalked my wife and I on one of first dates. It was a rainy night with little animals out. But Lexi followed us back and forth,” read one of the comments.
“I still can’t believe you’re gone. You will hold a special place in my heart and many many others,” wrote another.
What does “vegan” mean?
A vegan is someone who avoids consuming anything which comes from a non-human animal or an insect. This includes chickens, eggs, fish, milk, lobster, and honey.
Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) promotes veganism for ethical reasons and we want to make sure you are fully informed about this compassionate choice.
Vegans avoid leather, wool, silk, and honey because these products depend on the same kind of exploitation and cruelty that animals farmed for food suffer and have similarly negative consequences for the environment. Vegans also avoid purchasing products that contain animal ingredients and products that were tested on animals. They also seek not to participate in the suffering of animals used in entertainment, such as marine parks and circuses that have animals.
The term vegan is also used to differentiate consumer items which contain only plant-based ingredients (and are not tested on animals) from those which involve animal ingredients (such as: “This cake is vegan; it does not contain eggs or milk”).