Posts for Animals

Why wasps become so annoying at the end of summer

Sascha Burkard/Shutterstock.com Seirian Sumner, UCL The sausages are sizzling, the burgers browned, and the beer is cold. You’re all set for the perfect end-of-summer BBQ. Alfresco dining, drinks in a garden of a country pub, ice-creams – we grasp at the last shreds of summer, precious times with loved ones […]

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How we found coronavirus in a cat

Feline under the weather? Viacheslav Rubel/Shutterstock Willie Weir, University of Glasgow Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, the potential role of animals in catching and spreading the disease has been closely examined by scientists. This is because the virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to the family of coronaviruses that […]

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Make sure your horse is microchipped before the deadline

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, has today called on all horse, pony and donkey owners in England to get their animals microchipped ahead of 1 October 2020 as part of a positive move to tackle horse theft, improve equine traceability and improve animal welfare. From this date it will […]

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Don’t get ‘petfished’

Vets, charities and animal-loving celebrities have joined forces with a government campaign to warn prospective pet owners against unknowingly buying puppies, kittens, cats and dogs from unscrupulous sellers amid a rise in demand for pets since lockdown. An open letter, signed by celebrities including Kirsty Gallacher, Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden and David Gandy, and supported by charities including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Blue […]

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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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