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.
Hong Kong customs discovered the largest shark fin smuggling in Hong Kong’s history. There were two shipping containers from Ecuador listed as “dry fish” in Spanish, but Hong Kong customs discovered 26 tons of dried shark fins in them, with 90% of them from protected species, estimate come from 31000 thresher sharks and 7500 silky sharks.
Seagulls in Rome are used to picking up scraps left behind by human, but because of the recent lockdown, restaurants and cafes are closed and the streets are empty. Seagulls are forced to return to their natural habit as predators, and hunting down small birds, fish and even rats.
During the coronavirus lockdown, many people decided to adopt pets from rescue centers and shelters in the USA. A shelter in Chicago even announced that they have no dog available for adoption at the moment!