Posts for Animals

Finding signs of happiness in chickens could help us understand their lives in captivity

Hurricanehank/Shutterstock Mary Baxter, Queen’s University Belfast When animal welfare campaigner Ruth Harrison published a book in 1964 called Animal Machines, there was a public outcry. Her vivid descriptions of post-war […]

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Crackdown on animal abusers ahead – the details

For many, it doesn’t go far enough, but at least it is a start. Here are the details. Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced a new bill to enable tougher […]

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Environmental groups challenge UK’s Brexit laws in High Court

Two environmental groups have launched a High Court challenge to the UK government’s Brexit laws, over sweeping new powers that may weaken protection for seas and wildlife in the UK.    ClientEarth and […]

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Meet the naked mole-rat:impervious to pain and cancer, and loves ten times longer than it should

Smithsonian’s National Zoo/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Ewan St. John Smith, University of Cambridge The naked mole-rat is perhaps one of the most bizarre beasts on the planet. At first glance, it […]

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Children often misread fear in dogs – making a bite more likely

Twinsterphoto/Shutterstock Sarah Rose, Staffordshire University The benefits of growing up with a pet are well documented – these days dogs are even used in the classroom. That said, we sometimes […]

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Staffies top list of stolen pets

From Dogs Trust website: As a nation of dog lovers, we do everything we can to keep our dogs happy and healthy. From microchipping and ensuring they wear a collar and tag, […]

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Climate change is causing mass ‘die-offs’ in seabirds such as puffins

tryton2011 / shutterstock Tim Birkhead, University of Sheffield Changes in seabird numbers are probably the best way to monitor the quality of the marine environment. And things are looking bad. […]

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Chimpanzees spotted smashing open and eating tortoises for the first time

Erwan Theleste, CC BY-SA Lydia Luncz, University of Oxford; Alexander Piel, Liverpool John Moores University, and Fiona Stewart, Liverpool John Moores University All chimpanzees eat animals at least sometimes, including […]

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Why do birds sing?

  Every day I wake to nature’s delightful symphony of the dawn chorus. From the repetition of the wood pigeon to the cawing of the crows, interspersed with more melodic […]

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Legislation to end puppy and kitten farming in Parliament today

New legislation to end puppy and kitten farming will be laid in Parliament today (13 May), the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced. Known as ‘Lucy’s Law’, it will mean […]

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