Posts for Animals

Dairy farmers can now apply for Covid-19 help

From the Government: A new dairy response fund will open for applications on 18 June, Farming Minister Victoria Prentis confirmed today. With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk due to the coronavirus outbreak, the new fund will provide up to £10,000 each to help those dairy farmers most in […]

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Why you may need to encourage social distancing around your bird feeder

Sandra Grünewald/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Joana GC Rodrigues, Anglia Ruskin University; Caray A Walker, Anglia Ruskin University, and Harisree Paramel Nair, Anglia Ruskin University People in Britain feed up to 196 million birds a year with 60,000 tonnes of bird food, at a total cost of £300 million. All those garden […]

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COVID-19 detection dogs trial

Funny really. I’ve just been reading about all the abandoned, neglected and abused animals during lockdown. Then I read this about dogs being trained yet again to help humans in their hour of need. If only humans ever bothered to pause and remember this. So, trials for specially-trained ‘COVID dogs’ […]

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Where I beat the Government to it … the dawn chorus

The Government is advocating we all tune in to the dawn chorus over Easter. People, I have been doing this for ages. However, it is highly recommended. Tried to upload my dawn chorus movie but it isn’t working! Natural England is rallying the nation to connect with nature this Easter […]

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How to discover the wildlife wonders of your own garden

Blue tits are regulars at the garden bird feeder. Mark Fellowes, Author provided Mark Fellowes, University of Reading and Ian D. Rotherham, Sheffield Hallam University Being stuck at home during lockdown could be a golden opportunity to reset your connection with nature. If you’re lucky, you’ll still have access to […]

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Third-party puppy sales are banned and tougher animal cruelty sentencing introduced

Good news!   Today (Monday 6 April) the Government has introduced landmark new legislation to tackle the low-welfare, high volume supply of puppies and kittens, by banning their commercial third-party sale in England. This is good news for animal welfare – and it is good to see that other legislation […]

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Coronavirus has finally made us recognise the illegal wildlife trade is a public health issue

Simon Evans, Anglia Ruskin University There will be few positives to take from coronavirus. But the global pandemic may yet prove to be an important moment in the attempts to address the illegal wildlife trade. The media has generally concentrated on effects rather than causes, in particular the global implications […]

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What is helping you get through this difficult time?

By Helen Shingler: I’ve been spending a lot of time lately just staring out the window at our bird feeders, marvelling at the way life just carries on for our little feathered friends!  They aren’t aware of the Coronavirus crisis affecting us globally.  They are just going about their daily […]

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Government tries vaccination method to eradicate bovine TB to phase out badger culling

The government has today set out plans for the next stage of its strategy to eradicate bTB, including field trials of a cattle vaccine, plans to vaccinate more badgers against the disease and improved testing to intercept bTB earlier. As a result of a globally significant breakthrough by the Animal […]

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Vets reveal the true cost of puppy and kitten farms

Stark new findings reveal that buying a pet from a low-welfare breeder could cost pet owners an extra £5,000 in vet bills over just 12 months, as a new government campaign is launched urging people to take simple steps to research the seller before buying a puppy or kitten. More than half […]

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