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March 3, 2015

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging people to take action to protect animals from wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade this World Wildlife Day (Tuesday 3 March)

Animals are exploited all over the world – from small exotic birds to mighty elephants – for financial gain.

The global industry of illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth more than £12.3 billion ($19 billion USD). In some extreme cases, profits from this trade are being used to fund ongoing acts of violence on humans and trade of other illegal goods and services.

February 18, 2015

Ten years since the Hunting Act came into force, the campaign to protect British wildlife continues

It is exactly 10 years since the Hunting Act - which banned the chasing or killing of foxes, stags and hares with a pack of hounds for so-called ‘sport’ - came into force in England and Wales.

A significant landmark in the calendar for anti-hunting groups, such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), there are certainly reasons to celebrate.

The Hunting Act is one of the most successful pieces of wild animal welfare legislations worldwide, with hundreds of successful prosecutions.

November 23, 2014

The animal sanctuary that has agreed to take Benjy the gay bull so that he did not go to the slaughterhouse plans to sterilize him when he arrives just in case he secretly swings both ways

A same-sex attracted Irish bull that became the center of an international crowdfunding campaign to save him from being slaughtered is going to be given ‘the snip’ when he arrives in England next month,

Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich sterilizes all of the animals it agrees to take in to stop them from breeding as if they did it would prevent the shelter from taking in more adult animals that needed housing.

November 3, 2014

Animals make us fitter in our bodies and minds, help the most vulnerable and even unite communities

Most people like to think of themselves as animal lovers. Turns out animals return that love many times over, not just with wagging tales and cuddles but with a real contribution to our health and happiness as proven by numerous studies.

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Pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, were less lonely, were more conscientious and socially outgoing, and had healthier relationship styles (they were less fearful and less preoccupied) than non-owners, according to a 2011 study.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 15, 2014

Find out how people in the UK, from Queen guitarist Brian May to concerned locals, are taking a stand against the controversial killing of hundreds of badgers this year

There’s a battle between those that care about animal welfare and some farmers and politicians in the UK who support a controversial badger cull.

At the center of that battle are hundreds of badgers that are being killed as part of a pilot cull this month in an effort to stem the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

For years, some farmers have blamed badgers for the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB), a disease which mainly affects cattle. Although humans can contract it from eating infected meat or drinking infected milk, the risk of human infection is low.

September 23, 2014

New partnership with IFAW will raise animal welfare awareness to Gay Star News readers across the globe during Animal Month and beyond

Take a walk on the wild side in October as Gay Star News teams up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for Animal Month.

Throughout October and beyond, we will be exploring some of the various issues that IFAW is tackling around the world in order to protect wildlife and domestic animals, from elephant poaching in Africa to whaling in Iceland and working with impoverished communities to improve the welfare of cats and dogs.

April 16, 2014

PETA have welcomed the controversy over their advert accused of being homophobic, saying they are just like Marmite

PETA are used to controversy, but this time some have accused them of going too far with their new campaign featuring British comic Alan Carr.

The gay Chatty Man host is starring in the latest advert urging people to ‘fix’ the dog and cat overpopulation crisis.

Wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and brandishing a star-shaped magic wand, the ad’s tagline is: ‘Be a Little Fairy for Animals!’

When it was revealed yesterday (17 April), several people took to social media to voice their outrage.

February 3, 2013

The president of a Catholic group aimed at defending religious liberties has claimed that the rescue of a dog that was due to be put down because its owner thought he was gay shows anti-straight bias

The president of America’s Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has claimed that a dog being saved from being put down after its owner refused to care for him because he thought he was gay is evidence of pro-gay and anti-straight bias.

January 31, 2013

A Tennessee owner left their dog in a high-kill animal control center because his pet 'hunched over' another male dog

A Tennessee dog owner left their pet in a high-kill animal shelter because he believed it was ‘gay’.

The shelter urged people to save the dog, whose name is unknown, and adopt it before it was due to be put down.

According to the owner of the shelter Jackson Rabies Control, the dog's master noticed him 'hunched over' another male dog, which led him to assume he was gay.