Did fox hunting disappear?

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Did fox hunting disappear?

It’s 10 years since the ban on hunting foxes in England and Wales came into force, amid mass protests by those in favour and against. What is the situation like now?

The countryside is a superficially calmer place than it once was. For more than a few years before Parliament passed the Hunting Act in late 2004, violent exchanges between enthusiasts and opponents were widely reported. Saboteurs tried to disrupt hunts, arguing the ...

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India’s tiger population sees 30% increase

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India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.

Presenting the findings of the latest tiger census, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the tiger population had risen from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.

He said a number of government initiatives to streamline tiger conservation were behind the increase.

India is estimated to be home to around 70% of the world’s tigers.

Mr Javadekar described the results of the census as ...

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Heartbreaking pictures of a terrified circus monkey

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Still chained to the tiny bicycle he is being forced to ride, a monkey cowers by a wall, shuddering as his trainer approaches wielding a whip.

Another on stilts, is yanked about into a macabre dance, held up only by the chain wrapped around his neck, while another of the terrified creatures is tied to the horns of a goat as he flails about, desperate to be free.

These heartbreaking images were taken in Suzhou, revealing the cruel core of China’s circus ...

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Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Panda Tian Tian has conceived

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Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Panda Tian Tian has conceived after being artificially inseminated earlier this year.

Experts say this doesn’t mean she is technically pregnant and have urged people “not to get too excited.”

However, they say that if everything goes to plan, a 20 to 30 day pregnancy will follow with the Giant Panda potentially giving birth in August.

The procedure was carried out after attempts to bring her together with male partner, Yang Guang, failed.

Tian Tian also conceived last year and hopes ...

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The dogs that smell breath to monitor diabetes

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Guide dogs stop you bumping into things, assistance dogs can pull your clothes out of the washing machine. But medical detection dogs can keep you alive.

These dogs have been specially trained to smell several cancer types. Others can gauge the blood sugar levels in diabetics, warn allergic owners away from peanuts, or detect when people with narcolepsy are about to fall asleep.

Their sense of smell is so strong that they can smell their owner’s breath from another room of ...

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Fur trade now worth the same to the economy as Wi-Fi

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From hand-cut fur pom poms to hooded fur gilets, Alexander McQueen’s AW14 show was almost entirely made up of the controversial material putting it firmly back on the fashion map for the coming season.

Behind the scenes, the fur industry is fighting back, encouraged, it seems, by fashion’s most influential – such as Kate Moss and Rihanna – who trot out draped

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Princes Charles and William ‘unite for wildlife’

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They are seated side by side, looking straight into camera – two future British kings with a message that matters deeply to them.

Both Charles and William are passionate in their support for the world’s endangered wildlife, and increasingly exercised by the threat posed to that wildlife by organised criminal gangs which slaughter animals for their tusks or horns or other body parts.

As Charles says in the unprecedented video message which launches their anti-poaching campaign, the numbers being killed are ...

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Animal trafficking: Wildlife trade crisis talks held

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Experts from around the world are gathering in London to discuss “the global crisis” in the wildlife trade.

Conservationists say animal trafficking is reaching unprecedented levels and species such as rhinos, elephants and tigers are under threat of extinction.

The aim of the meeting, hosted by the Zoological Society of London, is to find new ways to protect animals and reduce demand for wildlife products.

An action plan will be fed into another meeting hosted by the UK government.

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Halal meat could secure future for Weobley factory

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HALAL meat could help secure the future of a county abattoir.

PAK received planning permission to develop the 6,050 square metre site, which the Birmingham firm bought at auction in Ludlow.

Planning documents showed that the business would largely deal with sheep and cattle, would be open Monday to Friday from 4am until 3pm and employ 30 full-time members of staff.

Halal meat must be prepared in strict accordance with Islamic law.

 

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Kenya’s hi-tech fight against poaching

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Conservationists are using a new weapon against poachers in Kenya in the shape of 1,000 microchips that they are implanting into rare rhino horns.

In a bid to fight back against increasingly sophisticated hunters, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is using the chips along with the DNA records to track the decreasing rhino population and their valuable horns.

The technology, gifted by charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is designed to protect the remaining 1,000 rhinos in the country as well as to ...

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Plans to breed beagles for scientific testing in UK

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A new breeding centre to supply beagles for animal testing could be set up in the UK, less than two years after a set of similar plans were rejected on the same site.

The planning committee for East Riding in Yorkshire must now decide whether to approve the new set of plans from the US-backed firm B&K Universal, a branch of Marshal BioResources.

The downsized scheme would see the building of one large structure, instead of four small ones, able to supply ...

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Heart-warming moment – Loving Dog

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This is the heart-warming moment that a gentle dog befriends a young boy with Down’s Syndrome and persuades the child to play.

Herman, now five, from La Plata, Buenos Aires, was captured on camera being approached by Himalaya, a Labrador.

Herman’s mother Ana, who posted the video on YouTube, said her son usually backs away from contact.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2440007/Heart-warming-moment-gentle-labrador-Himalaya-coaxes-reluctant-Down-s-Syndrome-boy-play-him.html#ixzz2gYdC0oGi

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Europe’s key animals ‘making a comeback’

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Video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24230765

Some of Europe’s key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests.

Conservationists say species such as bears, wolves, lynx, eagles and vultures have increased in numbers.

They believe that protection, curbs on hunting and people moving away from rural areas and into cities have helped Europe’s wildlife to recover.

The analysis was carried out by the Zoological Society of London, Birdlife and the European Bird Census Council.

The report was commissioned by the conservation group Rewilding ...

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Poaching boom sees thousands of elephants killed

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Elephant poaching across Africa is said to be at its highest level in 20 years

More than 11,000 elephants have been killed by ivory poachers in Gabon since 2004 according to new research.

The country is home to over half of Africa’s forest elephants who are highly valued because of the quality of their tusks.

Campaigners say the situation in what was believed to be a safe haven for these elephants is “out of control.”

they blame the ongoing high demand for jewellery and ...

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Nose cell transplant enables paralysed dogs to walk

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Scientists have reversed paralysis in dogs after injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their nose.  The pets had all suffered spinal injuries which prevented them from using their back legs. The Cambridge University team is cautiously optimistic the technique could eventually have a role in the treatment of human patients. The study is the first to test the transplant in “real-life” injuries rather than laboratory animals.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20365355

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Killer Whale’s mysterious injury prompts fresh fears over treatment of animals at SeaWorld

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A performing Killer Whale suffered a horrific injury which left its jawbone exposed at a SeaWorld theme park, prompting fury from animal rights groups. Pictures showing Nakai, an 11-year-old whale who performs at the San Diego SeaWorld park, with a large gash to its chin were leaked online by a unnamed whistleblower.

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