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CITES Has Voted To Ban Endangered Smooth-Coated Otter Trade

Huzzah! Another step in the right direction! 

CITES is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals, and as of yesterday, in a meeting in Geneva, over 100 countries have voted to ban the trade in the smooth-coated otters and officially placing the otters onto the CITES most endangered list. 

Story via France 24

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Wales Is Banning Wild Animal Use In Circuses

Finally! Things are changing for the animals in captivity who are forced to perform for our amusement -- and we couldn't be happier! 

With more than 6,5000 responses from the public, this new law was "overwhelmingly backed," said the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government rural affairs minister, Lesley Griffiths, agreed with the ban and stated that wild animals should be "treated with respect". 

Wales will join the circus ban that has been passed in Scotland, Republic of Ireland, and what is currently passing through Parliament in England.

The world is coming to realize that wild animals shouldn't be exploited for our entertainment. Claire Lawson of RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) said that keeping wild animals in traveling circuses has no place in modern Wales. And Dr Chris Draper, Head of animal welfare and captivity at wildlife charity Born Free Foundation, added, "Great Britain may soon be free of circuses with wild animals."

We certainly hope so! At least we know things for wild animals in performance roles are heading in the right direction! 

Story via BBC News

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New Zealand is home to great natural beauty and wildlife, and economist Gareth Morgan has launched a campaign to keep it thriving. One of the pillars of his campaign? Making sure that the cat you own will be your last.

"That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer," he writes. "Every year cats in New Zealand destroy our native wildlife. The fact is that cats have to go if we really care about our environment." His campaign is called Cats to Go.

Cats to Go aims to slowly phase out the cat population through effective neutering and a mandatory cat registry.

Uh oh. What do YOU think about Mr. Morgan's environmental endeavors? You can read the full article HERE.