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Trapped in gloves, tangled in masks: Covid PPE killing animals, report finds

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The face masks and gloves protecting people from coronavirus are proving a deadly threat to wildlife when thrown away, a new report has found. A fish trapped in the finger of a rubber glove in the Netherlands, a pengu...

ER for animals: inside Australia’s Currumbin Wildlife hospital – a photo essay

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The Currumbin Wildlife hospital on Queensland’s Gold Coast is one of the country’s busiest wildlife hospitals. For 32 years, vets, nurses and volunteers have worked to treat and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned...

War of the Beasts and the Animals, and In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova – review

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Translated poetry seldom finds its way into this column. It is too high risk: there is the probability the original voice will seem muffled or will not travel. But an exception has to be made for Maria Stepanova, born...

New Zealand treats animals inhumanely – but it could become a world leader in their welfare

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Aotearoa New Zealand is a pretty good place to live – if you’re human, that is. If you happen to be a non-human animal, chances are you’re not doing very well. Inhumane treatment of animals is widespread. It is routin...

Animals to be formally recognised as sentient beings in UK law

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Animals are to be formally recognised as sentient beings in UK law for the first time, in a victory for animal welfare campaigners, as the government set out a suite of animal welfare measures including halting most l...

Animals are our overlooked allies in the fight against Covid

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A few weeks ago, I received my first shot of a vaccine against Covid-19. As the newly vaccinated exited the clinic, there was a mix of relief and elation on people’s faces. We exchanged little smiles of solidarity. If...

Vet who fled Saddam Hussein draws up groundbreaking Kurdistan animals rights bill

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“The animals are my life,” says Sulaiman Tameer. In one corner of his desk is a statuette of a rearing horse. A watercolour of a donkey hangs behind it. “That one lives with a government minister,” he nods at a photo ...

Spike Lee: ‘You hope that black people will stop being hunted down like animals’

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Spike Lee commented on the US’s current racial justice crisis in typically forthright fashion at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday, saying he hoped the time had come that “black people will stop being hunted down li...

Spike Lee: ‘You hope that black people will stop being hunted down like animals’ – video

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Spike Lee spoke up on the US’s racial justice crisis in typically forthright fashion on the first day of the 2021 Cannes film festival, where he is president of the jury that will pick the winner of the Palme d’Or.Hav...

Animals farmed: EU cage-ban moves closer, magic of horse power and ‘egg-mageddon’

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The European Commission has committed to table a proposal to phase out the use of cages in farming by the end of 2023, with the aim of enforcing the ban from 2027. It comes after the EU parliament passed a non-binding...

UK government seeks to extend protection of ivory-bearing animals

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Hippos, walruses and killer whales could receive greater legal protection under government proposals to extend the ban on ivory poaching. The plans would see the Ivory Act broadened to cover more animals, with ministe...

What happens when millions – or billions – of sea animals die on one day?

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As a marine biologist who has studied the effects of extreme weather events for decades, I expected it would be bad. The ‘heat dome’ brought record high air temperatures to the Pacific north-west, and for the plants a...

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

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Pash 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...

‘My animals burned alive’: the man putting his life back together after Greece’s wildfires – video

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Shepherd Giannis Tsiboukas, 36, confronts  the ‘total destruction’ caused after a wildfire ravaged his land on the island of Evia in Greece. Tsiboukas lost more than 40 animals to the fire that destroyed more than 50,...

Burned paws, hungry bears: the race to help animals injured in wildfires

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The emaciated bear cub was trekking along a mountain road through the scorched Sierra Nevada when firefighters spotted it. His paws appeared burned and he seemed alone. There was little the fire crew could do, but cal...

Animals ‘shapeshifting’ in response to climate crisis, research finds

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Animals are increasingly “shapeshifting” because of the climate crisis, researchers have said. Warm-blooded animals are changing their physiology to adapt to a hotter climate, the scientists found. This includes getti...

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