Pet projects: saving the planet's animals


This week we hit a series of worrying environmental news. A WWF report estimated that since 1970, humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations globally, and the world’s wildernesses are rapidly contracting under our influence, with only five now containing most of the world’s remaining untouched wild spaces. What’s more, fish may have the capacity to feel pain.

But there is always an upside to be found. Conservationists are doing remarkable work to save species from extinction, as Tony Carnie in Durban found out, though it remains to be seen whether humankind is better at saving endangered species than it is at killing them off.

In Barcelona, reporter Emma Reverter wrote on how local communities are working together to save greyhounds from execution after the end of the hunting season. Up to 2,000 galgos are now saved each year and these once unloved dogs have since become fashionable to adopt, not only in Spain but in the US and beyond.

Read the article in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 2/11/18]