Today’s news: saving rhinos, unicorns and polar bears
Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.
1. States look to ban efforts to reveal farm abuse. We’ve all seen gruesome videos taken undercover by animal activists from farms or labs. Now some states are moving to make these videos illegal. Such videos have led to arrests, meat recalls, and slaughterhouse closings. Now a bill in Iowa would make it illegal to produce, distribute, or possess such photos. Ummm maybe just clean up your act instead? (NY Times)
2. Saving rhinos in a troubled land. Zimbabwe is a country in turmoil, which makes it even more surprising that a group determined to save rhinos has been rewarded with moderate success. Raoul du Toit has spent 30 years saving rhinos in the country and saw an increase in their numbers last year. (Yale 360)
3. Russia bans polar bear hunting this year. Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin is a complicated guy, but we like him because he’s a big animal advocate. This year, he worked to ban polar bear hunting. The U.S. and Russia allow 29 polar bears to be hunted a year, mainly to preserve the lifestyle of indigenous people. This year, however, Russia is waving the quota. (Huffington Post)
4. Low turnout for Canada’s annual seal hunt. The annual seal hunt in Newfoundland kicked off this week but for whatever reason, turnout wasn’t as high as in past years. Sea ice level changes, declining prices for pelts, and opposition from environmental groups might all be contributing to the low turnout. (Treehugger)
5. ‘Asian unicorn’ reserve created. The saola, also known as the “Asian unicorn”, is getting a new protected place to roam. A new region has been set aside in Vietnam for the elusive creature. (LiveScience.)