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Undercover footage exposes the Estonian fur industry

New footage has been made available of the Karjaküla fur farm – the largest in the Baltics – that exposes the poor conditions of intensive fur farming. The video published by Estonian animal rights organisation Loomade Nimel was filmed over the Summer of 2014. The investigation focused on fox cubs who had been separated from…

Dolphinaria, Italy (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

UN-backed resolution urges an end to live captures of whales and dolphins

ENDCAP welcomes the news that the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the UN-backed treaty that aims to protect wildlife and habitats, has passed a resolution that calls on countries to stop live wild-capture of whales and dolphins. The Resolution, signed by the 120 signatory countries, recognises the threat posed to wild whale and dolphin populations…

Elsa the lioness before her rescue, Italy (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Circus animals receive a better home

On Friday 24th October, ENDCAP members, Born Free Foundation and LAV (Lega Anti Vivisezione), working with Italy’s environmental police (Corpo Forestale), seized six animals from a circus in Sardinia. This is part of a long-term project between the two NGOs to target circuses with wild animals in Italy and seek better homes for the animals,…

Malta bans animal circuses (Photo: International Animal Rescue)

Malta ends the use of animals in circuses

The Maltese Parliament has voted unanimously in favour of a bill that will prohibit the use of animals in circus acts and strengthen animal welfare provisions in the country.   Amending Malta’s Animal Welfare Act, the bill not only prohibits the use of all animals for performances, exhibitions and shows but, also creates the new…

Circus Tiger, United Kingdom (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

UK wild animal circus ban on hold?

UK-based ENDCAP members, the Born Free Foundation and the Captive Animals’ Protection Society have today expressed their shock at indications from the UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, of a back-track on the promised ban on wild animals in travelling circuses in England.   Contrary to repeated assertions that the ban is still a priority…

Wild boar piglets, Switzerland (Photo: Satriver, www.flickr.com/photos/demoniser/14446373964/in/photostream)

Zoo animals on the menu

ENDCAP is appalled by reports that a zoo in Zurich, Switzerland is selling meat from “surplus” animals in their restaurant.   According to press reports, the Langenburg Wildlife Park, a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), has confirmed that visitors can eat meat from the park’s deer and wild boar when…

Fife Animal Park (Photo: BBC)

Zoo owner guilty of animal welfare charges

According to media reports, Peter Lockhart, the former co-owner of Fife Animal Park in Scotland, has pleaded guilty to 9 out of 16 charges relating to the care and keeping of animals at the zoo in violation of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act. Mr Lockhart admitted failure to provide the animals with a…

Performing Orca, Spain (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Virgin Unite pledge disappoints

This statement has been released by the following organisations: Animal Welfare Institute, Born Free Foundation, Orca Research Trust, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, World Cetacean Alliance.   Today’s statement by Virgin that it intends to continue to work with aquariums that confine whales and dolphins (cetaceans) in captivity for public entertainment has disappointed wildlife experts from…

Janusz Wojciechowski MEP (Photo: ECRG)

European Parliament President for animals

ENDCAP welcomes the election of Janusz Wojciechowski MEP as the new President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals. ENDCAP hopes that the new Parliamentary term will bring improved protection for wild animals in captivity in the EU.   A total of 79 MEPs have signed up to membership of…