It's a prevalent joke, or perhaps a dour observation that 2020 has been a year chock-full of disaster, chaos and all-around misery. Catastrophic wild fires, a global pandemic and swarms of invasive murder hornets have left many us wondering, "What will happen next?"
As 2020 crawls to its highly anticipated close, rather than sweating over what the next few weeks may have in store, we’d like to look back at the bright spots — some of the good things that 2020 has brought for animals.
Endangered leopards on the rise in China.
Across the globe, leopards are on the shortlist for endangered species with their numbers in constant decline, but, incredibly, Northern China is seeing an increase in their leopard numbers — sparking hope for the species.
France announces ban on wild animals in travelling circuses.
Set to roll out gradually over a number of years, France will be phasing out animal exploitation for entertainment in travelling circuses. A small, but meaningful step towards improving animal welfare.
Canadian fur trade in decline.
Over the years, Canada's fur auctions have dwindled to a single auction in North Bay that only sold 30 per cent of its furs this year. Many major department stores, Winners being one of the most recent, no longer sell fur. These milestones mark the beginning of the end for particularly cruel operations such as fur farms where animals are harvested for their fur in ghastly, inhumane ways.
Kaavan, the world's loneliest elephant rehomed.
Kaavan, a 36-year-old bull elephant, was previously kept isolated in a dreadfully inadequate enclosure in Pakistan. Last month, Kaavan was transferred to a sanctuary in Cambodia that will better meet his needs and allow him to live amongst other elephants.
Overall, 2020 has been a difficult year, there is no denying that, but it's still important to celebrate the little victories. Even in these trying times, there has still been good news for animals everywhere. And that's something worth celebrating.