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Our investigations team has written a plethora of research reports that expose and inform about complex animal protection issues around the globe.
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Every day, thousands of wild animals are poached, farmed or sold into the global multi-billion-dollar wildlife trade – for food, pets, traditional medicine, entertainment and fashion products.
- South Africa´s commercial lion industry should shut down
- Wild birds suffer for fashion
- Wild animals suffer for fashion
- Peru’s markets put animals and people at risk
- Ethiopian Airlines is fuelling global wildlife trade
- The trade in Australian saltwater crocodile skins
- The G20 must end the global wildlife trade
Wildlife not entertainers
From wild animal selfies to swimming with dolphins and elephant riding to petting lion cubs and taking tiger selfies, cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry is rampant.
- Tourism entertainment in Bali & Lombok harms wildlife
- Aussie wildlife venues exploit animals for experiences that are unnatural and distressing
- The rise of fake “animal rescue” videos on YouTube
- Welfare conditions for captive elephants in tourism
- The multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry
- The suffering of captive wild animals at zoos & aquariums linked to WAZA
- The lives of captive marine mammals are impoverished
- Travel trade associations are ignoring wild animal abuse
- Entertainment tourism in Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan
- The harmful impact of wildlife selfies in the Amazon
- The conditions for elephants used in tourism in Asia
- A portrait of Thailand’s tiger entertainment industry
- How to end wildlife tourism’s holiday horrors
- A continued case for change
Wildlife not pets
Image credit: World Animal Protection / Aaron Gekoski
Each year, millions of wild animals are captured from their natural habitats or born into captivity, just to become pets. Our houses are not suitable homes for a wild animal.
- Uncovering the cruelty of the global trade in Ball pythons
- Exploiting Africa's wildlife
- A social media craze is fueling otters' demise
- The hidden cruelty behind the exotic pet trade of African grey parrots
Wildlife not medicine
The demand for traditional Asian medicine is threatening wildlife populations around the world. From big cat farms to pangolin poaching, iconic animals are being pushed to the bring of extinction to fuel a scientifically unproven practice.
- The industry behind bear bile production & how to end it
- Big cat farming fuels the traditional Asian medicine industry
- Investigating pangolin poaching in Hassam, India
- Suriname's jaguar trade exposed
- A deeper look at the international bear bile trade
The vast majority of farm animals live in factory farms that cause suffering and stress. It’s time to rethink farming.
- Reduce the carbon footprint of fast-food consumption with plant-based options
- Moving towards humane & more sustainable protein
- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Australian supermarket meats
- Governments around the world turned a blind eye to the public health toll of factory farming
- Factory farms contaminate public water courses on 3 continents
- Antibiotic use in Australian animal agriculture
- Assessing how global fast-food brands are responding to the chicken crisis
- (BBFAW) A leading global measure of farm animal welfare 2020
- Animal welfare and European financial links with deforestation in the Amazon and Cerrado
- Factory farming and the rise of superbugs
- Making the financial case for more humane chicken production
- How leading global fast-food companies are failing the chickens their businesses depend on
- (BBFAW) A leading global measure of farm animal welfare 2018
- How higher welfare farming is better for pigs and people
- Exposing the facts of factory farming
- Demand for chicken meat continues to rise, worsening their suffering
Image credit: John Mancrieff
A staggering 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear (ghost gear) is left in our oceans each year. This gear traps, mutilates, and kills hundreds of thousands of animals annually.
- Fishing gear’s catastrophic impact on our oceans, and the urgent action needed from industry
- Ghost gear’s catastrophic impact on our oceans, and the urgent action needed from industry
- How ghost fishing gear is endangering our sea life
Animals in disasters
Image credit: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
Disasters injure and kill millions of animals each year. When disasters hit, animals experience the same terrible effects as people: injury, starvation, thirst, displacement, illness and stress.
- An updated assessment of Australia's animal related planning for, and response to, disasters
Animals in communities
Image credit: Michael Duff
Millions of dogs are culled each year – in fruitless efforts to stop rabies spreading. Culling dogs is not the solution to rabies. The only way to eliminate the virus is through vaccination.
- How dogs hold the solution to ending human rabies by 2030