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LONDON - Prince William teamed up with the makers of Angry Birds to release a new game on Monday that will highlight the dangers of illegal poaching for animal species from elephants to anteaters. Pictured: Prince William. Credit: Getty Editorial The British royal warned about the "illegal slaughter or tens of thousands of animals" and said the trade in animal parts was helping to fund criminal gangs and even extremist groups. "These species are being pushed to the brink of extinction due to poaching. These magnificent creatures will die out in the wild during my lifetime if we do not take notice now," he said in a recorded message. The game is called "Roll With the Pangolins" -- anteate...

SYDNEY - Australia unveiled its newest national park, Everlasting Swamp, on Wednesday as thousands of delegates gathered in Sydney for the start of the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress. The Australian wetlands. Credit: Getty Editorial The week-long forum organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is set to lay out the global agenda for protected areas for the next 10 years. "The hope of the congress is not bemoaning about the fate of nature, but rather looking at it as the provider of solutions, of human well-being," IUCN's Director-General Julia Marton-Lefevre told reporters. She spoke as the New South Wales government announced that Everlasting Swamp, i...

There are lots of jobs that are stressful, but I don't think there are many that can compare to being a shelter/rescue volunteer or worker. No matter how many animals you help, there are always more that need your help. And when you are unable to help, the situation is even more heartbreaking. These people truly do deserve our appreciation and our thanks for what they do. Credit: Thinkstock Besides thanking them, there may also be some things you can do to help make their job a little less demanding, starting by reducing the number of homeless pets. How do we reduce the number of homeless pets? Start by not breeding your pet for frivolous reasons. –You don't need to breed your pet to sho...

TAIPEI - Animal rights group PETA on Monday praised Taiwanese police for raiding a club which organised gambling on pigeon races, claiming that such races kill 1.5 million birds a year on the island. Credit: Associated Press Agents from The Criminal Investigation Bureau last week searched the office of the club in the southern city of Kaohsiung and froze about Tw$120 million ($3.95 million) in assets. Police also detained three employees on charges of violating the animal protection law and illegal gambling. The move came in response to complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about the pigeon race gambling industry. "Taiwan authorities have shown the world tha...