Day: January 12, 2023

South Korea to ban bear farming, but what to do about hundreds of captive animals that remain?

South Korea to ban bear farming, but what to do about hundreds of captive animals that remain?

South Korea‚Äôs successful restoration of a wild Asiatic black bear population to Jirisan National Park is a huge conservation success story. But the fortune of this wild population stands in contrast to the plight of more than 300 captive bears that remain on bear farms across the country, often in extremely poor conditions.

A series of major policy changes during the past year have included the announcement of a joint declaration between the South Korean government, bear farmers and NGOs to ban bear farming in the country by the start of 2026. After almost 30 years of policy deadlock over the fate of captive bears in South Korea, the joint declaration sets out a clear pathway towards the end of bear farming in the country.

Continue reading the story:

South Korea to ban bear farming, but what to do about hundreds of captive animals that remain? (yahoo.com)

Regards Mark

Netherlands: Animal rights org. calls on Friesland to stop shooting stray cats.

Catching, neutering and relocating cats is a great method to control the population of stray cats.

Animal rights org. calls on Friesland to stop shooting stray cats

Friesland is the only Dutch province that still allows hunters to shoot and kill stray cats. Animal rights organization Dier&Recht is calling on the province to stop this practice immediately, calling it cruel and outdated, AD reports.

Shooting stray cats is allowed under Dutch law, based on Article 67 of the Flora and Fauna Act. According to Friesland, the practice is necessary to protect meadow birds. In 2021, the province killed over 250 cats, and 447 the year before.

Take action here:

Stray cats: shooting is not a solution! | Animal&Law (dierenrecht.nl)

Full story here:

Animal rights org. calls on Friesland to stop shooting stray cats | NL Times

Regards Mark