10 Incredible Animal-Related Stories From 2019 That Will Spark Hope For Our Future

In a world of dark news constantly saturating the web, here are a few amazing stories (full of hope) to help shine some light in the world! 

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    "A team of researchers looked at 31 marine populations and found that the populations of 78% of marine mammals and 75% of sea turtles rebounded after receiving protections under the law.

    The median sea turtle population increased by 980% following the regulations established by the ESA, and the median increase for mammals was 115%."

    Read more about it on Global Citizen!

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    Via Bloomberg

    "During the year, 365 alleged poachers were arrested countrywide along with 36 horn traffickers"

    Read more about this story on Bloomberg!

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    "Rainforest Trust is thrilled that the Terengganu State Government is taking action to overturn a logging concession and strengthen protection of imperiled rainforests," said Rainforest Trust CEO Paul Salaman. "The new park provides an unparalleled opportunity to safeguard habitat for one of the planet's most awe-inspiring predators – the Malayan Tiger — as well as protect a vital watershed for Malaysians."

    Read more about this story on Rainforest Trust!

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    "A leopard thought to be extinct, the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura), has been spotted by several witnesses in the wilderness of southeast Taiwan, reported CNA."

    Read the full story on Taiwan News!

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    "Beavers were hunted to extinction in Scotland four centuries ago, but were reintroduced to Tayside in 2006.

    The Scottish Government will today confirm that the Eurasian or European species will be added to the list of European Protected Species of Animals, protected under Scottish law, with effect from May 1."

    Read the full story on The Courier!

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    "Tapia and a team of four rangers from the Galápagos National Park—Jeffreys Malaga, Eduardo Vilema, Roberto Ballesteros, and Simon Villamar—
    plus Forrest Galante, a host and biologist with Animal Planet, which funded the expedition, were overwhelmed when they found the female Chelonoidis phantasticus on Fernandina, an active shield volcano and the youngest of the Galápagos Islands.

    The last time a confirmed sighting of the species was registered was in 1906." 

    Get the full story on National Geographic!

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    "The new ordinance, which will go into effect in 2021, makes it illegal to sell, manufacture or trade furs or fur clothing and accessories such as coats, handbags and key chains in L.A. city limits."

    Read more on this story on KTLA 5!

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    Via Expats

    "Fur farming does not belong in the 21st century," Eliška Coufalová from Nadace (Animal Protection Foundation) told reporters at the time.

    "It is unethical, inhumane, and in some ways also perverse. Countries, as well as fashion brands, support the replacement of animal fur by other materials."

    Read more about this on Expats.cz!

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    "They must survive government culls, gamekeepers, poisoning, persecution and increasingly busy roads but, in modern times at least, Britain's carnivores have never had it so good: badger, otter, pine marten, polecat, stoat and weasel populations have "markedly improved" since the 1960s, according to a new study."

    Read the full story on The Guardian!

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    "Alberta veterinarians have voted to ban medically unnecessary surgical procedures and to require vets and their staff to report animal abuse and neglect."

    Read exactly which procedures have been banned at Global News!

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