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When the Wildlife Protection Act was passed in 1972, an exception was created for elephants in captivity at the time. That’s why 1,687 remain in private hands.
India is pushing a plan to protect elephants in the wild – but is ignoring animals in captivity
28 February 2020
Expedia's new animal welfare policy promotes only zoos and aquariums that are members of WAZA, but dolphinaria and other animal shows will continue to be promoted.
Expedia's new animal welfare policy is not bold enough
24 February 2020
Are otter cafes ethical?
Cruel pet otter craze fuelled by Japanese otter cafes and social media
11 February 2020
Following the campaign to obtain a national fur farming ban, Essere Animali recently announced another small but significant win for minks in Italy.
ESSERE ANIMALI: Big win for minks in Italy
6 December 2019
Two surveys carried out on behalf of our Finnish member organisation Animalia proved that 74 percent of Finns already oppose fur farming in its current form.
ANIMALIA: 74% of Finns oppose fur farming and most don't accept killing animals for fur
4 December 2019
No animal, human or non-human, wants to spend their life in captivity, being poked, prodded, and tested on for the benefit of human beings.
Harvard Law Clinic urges USDA to improve the lives of 100,000 research animals
15 November 2019
Wild animals in the circuses of Paris, it's (almost) finished.
Paris says no to wild animals in circuses
15 November 2019
The increasing number of tigers in Malta are at risk of being traded illegally, an investigation by an international animal rights charity has found.
Malta’s big cats at risk of illegal tiger trade
7 November 2019
This month, World Animal Protection has published two reports, one exposing degrading performances and activities in the world’s zoos and aquariums, and the other revealing the expanding industry of big cats being bred and killed for their body parts.
WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION: Shocking reports on wild animals in captivity and bred for traditional medicine
1 August 2019
Canada has made it illegal to catch and hold whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.
Canada passes ‘Free Willy’ bill to ban captivity of whales and dolphins
11 June 2019
For ethical and environmental reasons, raising octopuses in captivity for food is a bad idea.
The case against octopus farming
15 May 2019
In fact, is an activity that produces additional stress to the dolphins, already held in limited spaces and forced to perform in shows with jumps and pirouettes, accompanied by music at very high volume.
Zoomarine: Swimming with dolphins in dolphinarias is finally banned
10 May 2019