May 24, 2015

New Zealand Government Legally Recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings

On May 12, the New Zealand government enacted the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which legally recognizes animals as sentient beings that cannot be treated as things or objects. By definition, “sentience” is the ability to feel, perceive or experience subjectively. According to Dr. Virginia Williams, Chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, “To say Read More

May 23, 2015

Indigenous Tribe Rejects $960 Million Offer to Build Pipeline on Their Land

The Lax Kw’alaams band, a First Nations tribe living in British Columbia, rejected a $960 million offer to build a natural gas pipeline and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on their land. Despite the approximately $267,000 payout each tribe member would have received, the decision was unanimous. In a statement, the band said that they Read More

May 22, 2015

Chinese Internet Giant Joins Fight Against Wildlife Crime on World Biodiversity Day

A sea of hands held up in the air are shaking their mobile phones all at once. On everyone’s screen, a special message appears: “Tencent for the Planet. Say No to Illegal Wildlife Trade.” This was the scene at Tencent Club in Beijing on May 22, World Biodiversity Day. The leading mobile technology company in Read More

May 22, 2015

Celebrate World Biological Diversity Day 2015

The United Nations marks May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity, and this year’s theme is “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.” Established in 1993 by the UN General Assembly in conjunction with the enactment of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this day is meant to serve as a reminder of what the planet’s Read More

May 22, 2015

Pipeline Owner in Santa Barbara Oil Spill Has Had 175 Spill Incidents Since 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The company that owns the pipeline involved in Tuesday’s major oil spill in Santa Barbara has had 175 incidents (mostly oil spills) nationwide since 2006, including 11 in California, according to a Center for Biological Diversity analysis of federal documents. Plains Pipeline (a subsidiary of Plains All-American Pipeline) has also had federal Read More

May 22, 2015

Northern California National Marine Sanctuaries Double in Size

Mission Blue commends the tremendous efforts of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which recently announced greatly expanded reach for ocean conservation in the coastal waters surrounding San Francisco, the home of Mission Blue headquarters. This near doubling in geographic protection comes at a time when the Obama administrator is pursuing Read More

May 21, 2015

Killing Endangered Black Rhino in Namibia on CNN Broadcast an Outright Tragedy

Watch the video above to hear my thoughts on the black rhino hunt with CNN anchor Maggie Lake.  At the International Fund for Animal Welfare, we were saddened today to learn that a critically endangered black rhino, of which only 5,000 remain in the world, was killed by a US trophy hunter in Namibia. Last Read More

May 21, 2015

As Obama Pushes for Greater Climate Action, Jeb Bush Calls It ‘Intellectual Arrogance’

On Wednesday, two high-profile politicians addressed crowds on the nature of climate change. Their speeches were as diametrically opposed as their politics. Earlier in the day, President Obama gave the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The speech was a strongly-worded warning about the climate-influenced challenges the cadets will face in the coming Read More

May 21, 2015

Integrated Water Management: A Framework for Collaborative Governance

For the past two decades, TreePeople has been advocating for Los Angeles’ watersheds to be managed in a more integrated way. Our recent report, Moving Towards Collaboration: A New Vision for Water Management, lays out a path to achieve this and overcome common barriers to implementation. After researching examples of integrated management from around the Read More

May 21, 2015

Citizen Inspectors Assist in Anchovy Confiscations

Over the last three months The Black Fish’s Citizen Inspectors have assisted enforcement officials in Southern Italy with surveillance to seek out illegal trade in juvenile anchovy, which are heavily overfished in the Mediterranean region. Throughout the fishing season, which started in February, Citizen Inspectors have inspected fishing ports and markets in the north eastern Read More

May 21, 2015

Texas Makes Fracking Bans Illegal

This week, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a bill prohibiting cities from banning hydraulic fracturing, despite the fact that voters in Denton, Texas approved a local ordinance banning fracking in their community last November. In a statement, Abbott said that the law “ensures that Texas avoids a patchwork quilt of regulations that differ from region Read More

May 20, 2015

What You Need to Know About the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

May 20, 2015 — Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara is just that – a coastal refuge teeming with sensitive wildlife. It’s a treasured and protected state beach park along California’s coastline and a culturally significant and historic Native American place – the Chumash named it “Qasil” meaning “beautiful.” Sadly, Refugio also will now be Read More