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UK as a leader in animal welfare? Well, some animals are more equal than others

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With a zillion images of themselves to choose from, many taken by a reverent state photographer, Boris and Carrie Johnson used a picture of their dog, Dilyn, for their recent Christmas card. If unlikely to appeal to t...

Scientists step up hunt for ‘Asian unicorn’, one of world’s rarest animals

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Weighing 80-100kg and sporting long straight horns, white spots on its face and large facial scent glands, the saola does not sound like an animal that would be hard to spot. But it was not until 1992 that this elusiv...

‘Poor meat and ill-treated animals’: Spain in uproar over minister’s remarks

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Claims by a Spanish government minister that factory farming is damaging the environment and leading to the export of poor-quality meat have provoked a furious backlash after his comments were published in the Guardia...

From Peril to Betrayal: the year in books about Trump and other political animals

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If in recent years American politics books have been noted mainly for ephemera, in 2021 the winds of history began to blow open the doors – occasionally to devastating effect. The advent of a new administration loosen...

Pen Farthing: ‘Animals in a cargo hold never got in the way of people getting on a flight’

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From his home in Exeter, Paul “Pen” Farthing reruns the events of late summer through his mind. The former Royal Marine, who 15 years ago established the Nowzad charity in Kabul to care for animals suffering the fallo...

When wild animals escape: could the exotic pet trade be our downfall? – video

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Exotic pet ownership in the UK has grown 60% since 2000, according to the wildlife charity Born Free. But escaped wild animals are also a growing concern for their potential to spread disease, and the impact an invasi...

France bans wild circus animals and mink farms, but not bullfighting

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The French parliament has voted to end the use of wild animals in live circus shows and outlawed mink farming, in new animal rights legislation hailed as a step forward by campaigners. Performances of wild animals suc...

Glass Animals review – UK pop band get lost in American dreams

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“I’m not legally allowed to throw these any more,” says a remorseful Dave Bayley to a roar of disappointed boos. Glass Animals’ lead singer weighs up a pineapple in one hand. “It would knock you out!” As the four-piec...

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

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As 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 com...

Do animals in film and TV know that they’re acting?

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I was watching a film recently with my partner and he said of a dog lying placidly on a couch: “That’s some great dog-acting.” It got me thinking: how much direction can animals in TV and film take? Do they have any i...

‘They treated us like animals’: Haitians angry and in despair at being deported from US

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When Evens Delva waded across the Rio Grande with his wife and two daughters, he had dreams of starting a new life in Florida. But less than a week later, he and his family stepped on to the tarmac in Port-au-Prince, ...

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...

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...

‘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,...

‘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...

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