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Rare mouflon sheep on Italian island of Giglio at centre of culling row

Activists threaten legal action over mouflon hunting on Tuscan island as part of EU-funded biodiversity projectAnimal rights activists have threatened legal action against the national park that runs a group of islands off Italy’s Tuscan coast as controversy intensifies over the culling of rare mouflon sheep on the tiny island of Giglio.Hunters arrived on Giglio this week and have so far killed four mouflons, a wild sheep native to the Caspian region that is thought to be an ancestor of domestic...
Tags: Europe, Animals, Eu, World news, Animal Welfare, Italy, Giglio, Giglio Hunters


Do lobsters have feelings? – podcast

Last week the UK government confirmed it would be extending its Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill to include decapods (such as crabs, lobsters and crayfish), and cephalopods (such as octopuses, squid and cuttlefish). The move followed a government-commissioned review of the scientific evidence, which found strong evidence that cephalopods and decapods do have feelings. Madeleine Finlay spoke to Dr Jonathan Birch, who led the review, to ask what it means for lobsters to have feelings, and what diff...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Ethics, Animal Welfare, Seafood, Jonathan Birch, Madeleine Finlay


Octopuses, crabs, and lobsters will be recognized as 'sentient beings' in UK after a review concluded they feel pain and distress

An octopus is pictured March 6, 2018 at the Oceanopolis sea center, in Brest, western France.Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images A review of 300 studies concluded there is strong evidence some invertebrates are sentient. The UK government is updating an animal welfare law to includes octopuses, crabs, and lobsters. The review defined sentience as "the capacity to have feelings, such as feelings of pain, pleasure, hunger, thirst, warmth, joy, comfort and excitement." Octopuses, crabs, and lobsters w...
Tags: UK, Science, France, Animals, International, Trends, Animal Welfare, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Switzerland, Lse, Octopus, Lobster, Crabs, Brest, AFP Getty Images


‘A brilliant way to get humans to behave’: the shelter where volunteers read to farm animals

It might be difficult to choose literature for a sheep. Lifestyle editor, Alyx Gorman, recommends this hopeful story about the rehabilitative effects of a reading program at an animal shelterYou can read the original article here: ‘A brilliant way to get humans to behave’: the shelter where volunteers read to farm animals Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Animal Welfare, Alyx Gorman


House of Hackney Partners with Woolkeepers to Keep Wool Transparent

While it certainly would be cool if we had such a thing, the transparency referred to above is not literal but rather a component of the company’s B Corporation certification—earned via commitments to social and environmental performance. Earthgirl Velvet Cushion from House of Hackney The recent alliance with Woolkeepers, a united supply chain that provides sourcing integrity, is one element that has helped HoH to achieve excellent sustainable credentials. Sabre Velvet Cushion ...
Tags: Books, Animal Welfare, House, B Corporation, Hackney, Textiles, Sabre, Surfaces, Sustainable textiles, House of Hackney, Designer Cushions, Eco-friendly Wool, House of Hackney cushions, Luxurious Cushions, Sustainable Wool, UK cushions


Inside the controversial world of animal testing: 'It's not putting lipstick on a kitten' - video

No animal industry attracts more criticism than research, where emotive images of lab rats, vivisection and cosmetic testing rub up against medical breakthroughs, genetic research and treatment for disease. The Guardian's Richard Sprenger visits three research labs to find out how the use of animals for research continues to evolve, and why the current conversation about sentience provides a bedrock for animal welfare  Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Animal behaviour, Animal Welfare, Animal experimentation, Climate Crisis, Richard Sprenger


Animals farmed: meat taxes, death in farming and anti-climate lobbying

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the biggest issues in farming and food production, with must-read reports from around the webAs UN climate talks take place in Glasgow, the role of cows and other farm animals in human-induced climate emissions – and what can be done about it – has been in the spotlight. The world’s biggest meat and dairy companies are being “given a free pass by governments” over the lack of clear targets to reduce climate emissions, say campaigners, who have published a new ra...
Tags: Environment, Americas, European Union, UK News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Farming, Animal Welfare, Brazil, Argentina, Un, Glasgow, Bird Flu, Meat Industry, JBS, Climate Crisis, Farm Animals


Lilac dogs: the cruel new craze that commodifies our faithful friends

Pedigrees are being bred to have a range of unusually coloured fur, including lilac, silver, charcoal and even tiger stripes – as well as a host of health problemsName: Lilac dogs.Age: About 30 years. Continue reading...
Tags: Dogs, Animals, Pets, Animal Welfare


‘I was terrified’: the vet sterilizing Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos

The progeny of animals brought illegally to Colombia and kept in the drug lord’s private zoo must now be put on birth controlWhen Gina Paola Serna studied to become a biologist and veterinarian in Colombia, she never expected to one day be tasked with neutering an invasive herd of hippos that once belonged to Pablo Escobar.When they were smuggled into the drug lord’s private zoo in the 1980s, there were just four hippos. But in the 26 years since Escobar’s death, their numbers have steadily grow...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Americas, Life and style, World news, Colombia, Animal Welfare, Escobar, Pablo Escobar, Serna, Gina Paola Serna


‘The new drugs’: Northern Ireland gateway for £150m illegal puppy trade

Animal charity says gangs shipping diseased dogs to UK mainlandNorthern Ireland has become a gateway for an “abhorrent” multimillion-pound illegal trade in puppies in Britain in what has been called the new drugs trade by animal welfare investigators.A BBC and Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigation found puppies were being bred in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and illegally moved across to Great Britain through Belfast port to cater for the rocketing...
Tags: UK, Crime, Dogs, Animals, Pets, UK News, Bbc, Britain, Ireland, Animal Welfare, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Great Britain


From fringe to mainstream: how millions got a taste for going vegan

First, it was a fad. Now, as meat consumption falls, it’s part of everyday life … the unstoppable rise of the plant-based dietIt says something about the gathering momentum of veganism that last week it breached not one but two bastions of British culinary culture. First there were complaints after that fanfare of eggs, butter and cream, The Great British Bake Off, was left with separated yolk on its face when its first vegan contestant, 19-year-old Freya Cox, was given animal products to use du...
Tags: Food, Fashion, Animals, Environment, Life and style, World news, Health & wellbeing, Lewis Hamilton, Animal Welfare, Veganism, The Great British Bake Off, Hermès, Vegetarianism, Focus, Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix


South Korean president suggests ban on eating dog meat

Moon Jae-in, a dog-lover, says ‘time has come’ for traditional practice to endThe South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, has raised banning the eating of dogs in the country, his office said, a traditional practice that is becoming an international embarrassment.The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine with about 1 million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined as more people embrace the animals as companions rather than livestock. Continue reading...
Tags: South Korea, Animals, World news, Asia Pacific, Food & drink industry, Animal Welfare, Moon Jae


‘Smoke cows’: Could more US wildfires mean less milk from Oregon’s huge dairy herd?

A team at the University of Oregon has begun a three-year study looking at the effects of poor air quality on cattleJuliana Ranches drove to work in eastern Oregon in early September through wildfire smoke so thick that, for a moment, she thought it was just a grey, foggy day and it would soon start to rain.Ranches is a livestock researcher relatively new to living in the area, and the conditions were unlike anything she had experienced before, leading her to ask questions about the animals that...
Tags: UK, California, Oregon, Animals, Environment, US, World news, US news, Farming, Wildfires, Animal Welfare, University of Oregon, University of Idaho, Cruickshank, Farm Animals, Jenifer Cruickshank


How did America end up with the world’s largest tiger population?

There are about 10,000 tigers in the US, and with few requirements for ownership, virtually anyone can own, breed or sell themThe first red flag was the shiny Chevy Camaro with no license plate.“Anything to declare?” asked the US Customs and Border Protection officer. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, US, America, US news, Animal Welfare, Border Protection, US Customs


Tiger trafficking: the murky world of America’s big-money big cat trade

US backyards are home to more tigers than India with experts drawing a line between the popularity of cubs as pets and the market in tiger products for traditional Chinese medicineThe first red flag was the shiny Chevy Camaro with no license plate.“Anything to declare?” asked the US Customs and Border Protection officer. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, India, US, America, US news, Animal Welfare, Border Protection, US Customs


Dogs Can Tell When You're Keeping Snacks From Them on Purpose, Study Suggests

The average pooch may know when you’re choosing not to give them treats, new research from Germany suggests. The study found that dogs reacted differently when people withheld food from them intentionally or seemingly by accident, indicating that they could tell the difference. The findings could mean that dogs…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Dogs, Germany, Articles, Empathy, Animal Welfare, Philosophy, Zoology, Human Interest, Animal Intelligence, Ethology, Branches Of Philosophy, Theory Of Mind, Britta Schunemann, Theory Of Mind In Animals


Geronimo’s owner says UK government 'planned to murder' alpaca – video

After a four-year legal battle, Helen Macdonald gave an emotional statement after her alpaca was forcibly removed from his home in Gloucestershire and put down. Macdonald said the UK government did not engage in good faith and that 'all the time they were simply planning to murder Geronimo'.She went on to accuse the government of falsifying Geronimo’s positive bovine tuberculosis test, and that she would not accept the postmortem results if there was not an independent witness present Geronimo t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Animals, UK News, Farming, Animal Welfare, Rural affairs, Gloucestershire, MacDonald, Geronimo, Helen Macdonald, Bovine tuberculosis


Geronimo the alpaca is killed after four-year battle to save him fails

High court ruling led to animal being destroyed after twice testing positive for bovine TB at Gloucestershire farmA four-year battle to save the life of Geronimo the alpaca has failed.The news was confirmed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, UK News, Farming, Animal Welfare, Rural affairs, Gloucestershire, Geronimo, Bovine tuberculosis


Geronimo the alpaca removed from farm with police escort

Government vets take animal from site in Gloucestershire in relation to destruction warrantGeronimo the alpaca has been taken from the farm where he lives by government vets supported by a police escort.Avon and Somerset police officers attended the site in Wickwar, South Gloucestershire shortly before 11am alongside three people dressed in blue overalls, masks and goggles. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, UK News, Farming, Animal Welfare, Rural affairs, Avon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Geronimo, Bovine tuberculosis, Wickwar South Gloucestershire


Live animal exports are being used as cover by smugglers, say NGOs

Huge vessels used to transport farm animals are an attractive option for criminals smuggling drugs, arms and peopleWarning: this article contains photographs that readers may find upsettingWearing self-contained breathing equipment, Spanish police waded through rotting animal corpses, urine and faeces, at risk of inhaling pathogens and methane. They had been searching for smuggled drugs on two livestock ships that reeked of decomposition.On the first ship, Neameh, detained last year in the south...
Tags: Drugs, Environment, World news, Colombia, Animal Welfare, Human Trafficking, Arms trade, Algeciras, Live exports


Disney's New Halloween Pet Costumes, Ranked

Halloween is only a couple of months and change away, so you know what that means: io9's annual round-up of the worst and weirdest costumes 2021 has to offer. But that’s for some other day, because right now we’re taking a look at Disney’s new line of pet costumes! If you and/or your dog like to play dress-up, here…Read more...
Tags: Science, Film, Disney, Animal Welfare, Snow White, Ursula, Peter Pan, Grinch, Pascal, Yoda, Max, Minnie, Mickey, Bo, Abu, Sven


Geronimo the alpaca’s future to be decided at hearing, says vet

Defra agrees to hearing with owner of UK alpaca, which has twice tested positive for bovine tuberculosisAn alpaca that faces being destroyed after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis has been given a temporary reprieve, the animal’s vet has said.The government had twice turned down requests to save Geronimo, but Dr Iain McGill said the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) had now agreed to a hearing with owner Helen Macdonald. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Animals, UK News, Farming, Animal Welfare, Defra, Geronimo, Helen Macdonald, Bovine tuberculosis, Iain McGill


What Is Humane Pest Control, and How Does It Work?

In a perfect world, we’d decide who—and what—we share our home with. Unfortunately, real life doesn’t always play out like that, and it’s entirely possible that we’ll end up with some unwelcome roommates from time-to-time.Read more...
Tags: Articles, Ethics, Social Issues, Animal Welfare, Lifehacks, Humane Society, Bioethics, Pest Control, Trapping, No Kill Shelter, Cruelty To Animals


Bat on a non-slip roof: National Trust adapts manor for nocturnal residents

Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk gives tiles a special coating to stop bats slipping off as part of £6m roofing projectBats have probably been in the attics of Oxburgh Hall for centuries. But how can they return for a good day’s sleep when the National Trust puts new and unfamiliar tiles on the roof? The trust on Thursday revealed the lengths to which it has gone to keep the bat residents of a historic manor house in Norfolk happy during a £6m reroofing project – including specially adapted tiles which t...
Tags: Animals, UK News, Architecture, Art and design, Animal Welfare, The National Trust, Norfolk, National Trust, Oxburgh Hall


UK could allow animal tests for cosmetic ingredients for first time since 1998

Exclusive: campaigners say aligning with EU ruling on chemical testing will ‘blow a hole’ in UK leadership on cruelty-free cosmeticsMinisters have opened the door to expanding the use of animal testing to ingredients used in cosmetic products for the first time in 23 years, an animal welfare charity has said.Cruelty Free International (CFI) said animal testing on ingredients exclusively used in cosmetics – which was banned in the UK in 1998 – could be required, after being told by the Home Offic...
Tags: Europe, Business, UK, Makeup, Animals, Eu, Life and style, UK News, Retail industry, Beauty, Animal Welfare, Home Office, Pharmaceuticals industry, Animal experimentation, Cruelty Free International CFI


TB or not TB? Why Geronimo the alpaca has divided experts

Analysis: fate of condemned camelid shines light on one of the UK’s greatest animal health threatsLong-necked, mop-headed and allegedly “a bit grumpy”, Geronimo the alpaca may seem an unlikely cause célèbre.Yet the future of the eight-year-old camelid has divided experts, stirred some tabloids into indignant fury, and provoked campaigners – known as “alpaca angels” – to march through London. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, London, UK News, Farming, Animal Welfare, Rural affairs, Geronimo, Bovine tuberculosis


‘Protect these animals’: calls grow for tougher Australian pet food standards after 21 dog deaths

The federal government has resisted a push for mandatory standards even as industry, vets and the RSPCA urge changePash and Pebbles went off their food on the last Sunday in June.The retired greyhounds had been on a fresh meat diet since their racing days – Pash, whose black coat has turned silver in his old age, prefers his meat raw, while Pebbles ate hers cooked. Owner Sue Graham had been feeding them the same food, delivered from the same supplier, for years. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Animals, Australia news, Animal Welfare, Rspca, Pash, Sue Graham


George Eustice defends decision to cull alpaca Geronimo as ‘arduous but necessary’

Environment secretary says bovine tuberculosis test used on animal ‘over 99% accurate’Environment secretary George Eustice said it is an “arduous but necessary endeavour” to cull animals that test positive for bovine tuberculosis (bTB), as he defended the decision to put down Geronimo the alpaca.Helen Macdonald’s animal has been ordered for destruction after twice testing positive for the disease, but she has repeatedly questioned the tests used to condemn him. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Animals, Environment, UK News, Farming, Animal Welfare, Rural affairs, Geronimo, Helen Macdonald, George Eustice, Bovine tuberculosis


No 10 refuses stay of execution for alpaca Geronimo who tested positive for bovine TB

Helen Macdonald says she is prepared to be arrested as she awaits animal’s ‘kill window’Downing Street has refused to grant a stay of execution to an alpaca who faces the prospect of being killed after twice testing positive for bovine tuberculosis.The farmer who owns Geronimo, the stud animal, says she fears authorities will shoot it on Friday and has appealed to the environment secretary, George Eustice, to speak to her amid last-ditch attempts to secure a reprieve. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Animals, Environment, UK News, Farming, Animal Welfare, Rural affairs, Geronimo, Helen Macdonald, George Eustice, Bovine tuberculosis


Pork prices could spike 50% thanks to a new animal-welfare law that says pigs must have more space, one of the US' biggest producers says

Christensen Farms' CEO said that a new pig-farming law in California could lead to soaring pork prices. apomares/Getty Images US pork prices could spike 50% due to a new California animal-welfare law, a pork producer CEO said. The law means farmers in California, or who sell to California, must give breeding pigs more space. Christensen Farms' CEO said it could cost the industry "hundreds of millions of dollars" to comply. See more stories on Insider's business page. The CEO of...
Tags: Food, News, California, US, Trends, Economy, Ap, Animal Welfare, Retail, Pork, Humane Society, Fox Business, North Carolina State University, Rabobank, US Department of Agriculture, National Pork Producers Council