To stop and scare seals away from breaking into salmon pens, Scottish fishermen will shoot them or use underwater acoustic deterrent devices. In the first three months of 2020, 31 seals were shot legally, which was double of last year. Moreover, the devices fishermen use would case hearing damage and stress to cetaceans. 26% of the salmons were exported to America; with the fear that US will ban their salmons because of breaking the US regulations for protecting the welfare of wild marine mammals, Scotland will ban shooting seals and tighten the law of using acoustic devices.
critically endangered pangolin has been removed from the official traditional medicine list of 2020. The Chinese forestry ministry also changed the protection status of pangolins from Class 2 to Class 1. The reason pangolin is removed from the list could be due to wild resources exhaustion.
the giant Galápagos tortoises were facing extinction 50 years ago. A male tortoise, Diego, was brought to join a breeding program on Santa Cruz island, where he bred with female tortoises and reproduced around 800 tortoises of his. Diego is now 100 years old, and he is finally retired and back to his originally home, Española island, with 25 other tortoises. These tortoises had to undergo a quarantine period before going back, preventing them to carry any non-native plants seeds to the island.
To protect the important habitat and breeding areas for the marine life, commercial fishing is prohibited along the coastal area of the Philippines. with satellite data, a nonprofit group discovered there is a substantial increase in the number of illegal fishing because the marine patrols were reduced during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Thousands of young salmons are trapped in the Caledonian Canal in Scotland when migrating to the sea. Because of the Coronavirus lockdown, boat traffic is closed and gates are not operating, leaving the water clear and the salmon visible. but these salmons have to reach the ocean in a very short time, so rescue team is trying to relocate these salmons as well as asking the canal operating company to open the lock gates twice a day to let the fish move downstream to the sea.
At least 5035 species of live wild animal were exported from South Africa to China during 2015-2019, including endangered and protected species like giraffes, chimpanzees and African penguins. The investigation found the wildlife trade with China is riddled with irregularities; there were loopholes in permissions and oversight system, ignoring and violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
In Sri Lanka, demands for bushmeat usually come from tourists, but because of the COVID-19 lockdown, it has shifted to local communities, and the poachers have not stopped hunting illegally in the national park during this period. A 25-year old ranger was killed by poachers when patrolling recently, and his death has urged the authorities to take action, and the government has offered military support for the anti-poaching operations.
Every year, 61 species of shorebirds migrate across the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, pass by 22 countries. Researchers were able to study 14 of them, and found out at least 46 species of shorebirds were being hunted during migration, including some endangered species like spoon-billed sandpiper and great knot. These shorebirds will stop to rest at coastal and wetland areas. Besides hunting, they are also threatened by habitat loss due to coastal developments and pollution.
A veterinary student in South Korea shares videos on online channel about adopting and helping stray cats, and attracted over 50 thousands people to follow and even donate to help his work. however, he was revealed to abuse these animals for filming purpose, including starving the cats and purchasing pet hamsters and cause their death.
The last two whaling companies in Iceland announced to stop whaling this year, and one of them ends their operation permanently. These companies mainly target minke whales and endangered fin whales, and export to Japan. the recent coronavirus made it harder for them to hunt and process whale meat; the demands of whale meat dropped greatly also make it more difficult to made deals with Japan. Iceland, Norway and Japan are the only three counties that still have whaling activities.