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The Amur leopard is poached largely for its beautiful, spotted fur. In 1999, an undercover investigation team recovered a female and a male Amur leopard skin, which were being sold for $500 and $1,000 respectively in the village of Barabash, not far from the Kedrovaya Pad reserve in Russia... [Read more]






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Commercial and Scientific Whaling

The world's oceans are opening up to a bloody and cruel slaughter. After hundreds of years of exploitation, whale populations remain at risk from hunting, ship strikes, by-catch, entanglements, marine pollution, underwater noise and global warming. Given all of these threats, whale populations cannot withstand the resurgence of commercial whaling.

Both commercial whaling and international trade in whale products are currently banned...[Read more]



Animal Testing

Animal Testing is primarily used for testing cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, and studying the effect of using these products on animals to predict whether the said products would be beneficial for humans or not. It is also used in biomedical training centers and research institutes, where animals are used for the practice commonly refered to as "vivisection".

Pre-university students, not only in the United States, but also in countries such as India and Australia, also practice dissecting animals, often procured from dubious breeding houses that breed animals for the sole purpose of selling them off to these universities and colleges...[Read more]



Factory Farming and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

Factory farming is the practice of raising farm animals in confinement at high stocking density; and also sometimes used more generally to refer to usage of farm animals as factory parts as is typical in industrial farming. It is an attitude that regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit. In animal agriculture, this attitude has led to institutionalized animal cruelty, massive environmental destruction and resource depletion, and animal and human health risks...[Read more]



Puppy Mills

Puppy mills are commercial mass dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs.

Most puppy mill dogs are housed in shockingly poor conditions, especially the ones kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. After they're no longer profitable, these dogs are simply discarded.

Puppy mills contribute to millions of unwanted dogs who are euthanized each year in the United States alone...[Read more]



Canadian Seal Slaughter

Seal hunting, or sealing, is the personal or commercial hunting of seals for their pelts, blubber, and meat. The hunt is practiced in five countries: Canada, where most of the world's seal hunting takes place, as well as Greenland, Namibia, Norway, and Russia.

It is a slaughter done mainly for unessential, vanity, and luxury items, and therefore, is unnecessary. About 95% of the seals to be slaughtered are babies less than four weeks old)...[Read more]



Palm Oil: Threat to Orangutans

Palm oil plantations are the main driver for deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. These two regions account for 85 percent of global production of palm oil. Palm oil is often cultivated in an unsustainable way, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia. The unsustainable establishment of mass palm oil plantations is harming the environment, indigenous communities and wildlife sych as orangutans...[Read more]



Honey Bee Populations at Risk

Honey bees perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy percent of human food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees. Since the latter part of the last decade of the twentieth century, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies...[Read more]



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