Posts for Animals

What to feed ducks – according to science

Max Topchii/Shutterstock Ronald Jan Corbee, Utrecht University and Sara Burt, Utrecht University The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy – like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give […]

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Eight cracking facts about eggs

Krasula/Shutterstock Hazel Flight, Edge Hill University One of life’s true miracles, the humble egg is maybe one of the most versatile foodstuffs on the planet. It’s formed in 24 to 26 hours and hens can lay up to 250 eggs a year. The incredible egg is pure protein and there […]

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Plans to ban export of live animals for slaughter long overdue

From the Government: Plans to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening have been unveiled by the Environment Secretary today (3 December). These proposals form part of an eight-week consultation, launched today in England and Wales, seeking views on how to better protect animal welfare during transport. […]

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Why autumn is such a dangerous time for hedgehog mothers – and how to help them

Piotr Łaskawski/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Lauren Moore, Nottingham Trent University After months of hard work raising hoglets by themselves, autumn finds female hedgehogs in a rush to fatten up before hibernation. It’s a busy time of year which brings them closer to roads and the risk of being squashed. During the […]

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Temp rule change as we ship in seasonal poultry workers

From the Government: Temporary measures published today will mean seasonal poultry workers arriving from abroad will be able to work during their 14-day quarantine period from 4am on 17 November. However, they will still be required to self-isolate from the general public. To avoid spreading the virus, they will be […]

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Don’ be ‘petfished’ for Christmas

Those looking to bring a new puppy or kitten home this Christmas are being urged to research the person behind the pet to avoid being lured in by deceitful sellers. Far better to look into adoption after Christmas when so many unwanted dogs and puppies are dumped. The price of […]

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Your dog’s nose knows no bounds – and neither does its love for you

Dogs have been constant companions to many during the COVID-19 pandemic. NickyLloyd/E+ via Getty Images Ellen Furlong, Illinois Wesleyan University I have discovered one positive amid the pandemic: I love working with two dogs at my feet. As someone who studies dog cognition, I often wonder: What is Charlie learning […]

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Government backs Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

The Government is backing legislation for tougher prison times for those who cruelly mistreat animals, as plans to introduce more stringent sentences move a step closer today (Friday 23 October). The Bill, introduced in Parliament by Chris Loder MP in February, will see the most serious perpetrators of animal cruelty face […]

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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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