Animals – GBRI
 

In a huge victory for animal rights activists, Norway has decided to introduce a complete ban on fur farming. It is reported that all fur farms in the country will be required to close down by 2025. The country currently has nearly 300 fur farms, which produce fur from 700,000 minks and 110,000 foxes every year. […]

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A huge number of European animal protection groups have demanded better welfare standards for farmed chickens. The groups are urging supermarkets and restaurants to sign a new blueprint, which represents the first time a single set of requirements has been agreed on across the continent. The complexity of the lengthy supply chain and ugly side of […]

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Even though the global population of donkeys is declining steadily, the demand for the animal continues to increase. In Africa, donkeys are used widely for transport and work whereas in China, gelatine made from donkey skins is used in traditional medicine. Despite their decreasing numbers, China has lowered the tax on donkey skins from 5% to […]

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In a move that is being hailed by animal activists, Nepali authorities rescued the country’s last known ‘dancing bears’, ending the medieval tradition of abuse of the beasts for entertainment. The country had already banned bear performances way back in 1973 but some street performers continued the illegal practice to earn money. Police and animal […]

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UK government’s decision to cull almost 20,000 badgers in an attempt to lower bovine TB in cattle has not gone down well with environmentalists and wildlife campaigners who argue that the effectiveness of this method is ‘disputed’. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) hailed the cull as a success and said it […]

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The scientists have finally found the cause behind sudden chimpanzee deaths in Uganda’s Kibale National Park in Feb. 2013 – a human “common cold” virus known as rhinovirus C. It killed five chimps out of a community of 56, ranging from a young two-year-old chimp named Betty to adults up to 57 years old. “This was an explosive […]

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As the population of the magnificent Cheetahs dips in southern Africa, scientists want the animal to be uplisted to ‘endangered’ from ‘vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The study revealed that only 3,577 adult cheetahs remain in southern Africa. This estimate is 11 percent lower than the IUCN’s current […]

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A budget ski resort in Bulgaria is about to expand into Pirin National Park, one of Europe’s best preserved homes for large mammals like bears and wolves, and could lead to commercial logging affecting about 60% of the park. UNESCO believes the move could seriously affect the World Heritage property and its buffer zone. Katerina Rakovska, […]

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