• Should pets ever be kept in classrooms?

    Animal charities say it’s teaching the wrong lessons – but schools argue it inspires children to learn about the natural worldWatching duck eggs hatch in a classroom was a “wow” experience that brought the topic to life, says Sarah Holmes, teacher in Derby High School’s primary department. “It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about the life cycle, see the ducklings grow and learn to swim. They also learned to take responsibility for lookin
  • The 14 things you need to know before you go vegan

    The environmental, health and ethical benefits of veganism are beyond doubt. But what if you feel a bit intimidated by the idea? Some experts offer their adviceMore and more of us are going vegan. The environmental and ethical case for a diet free of all animal products, including meat, fish, dairy and eggs, is compelling. According to research from the University of Oxford, going vegan is the “single biggest way” to reduce your impact on the planet. And that is before you consider t
  • ‘Significant suffering’: experts call for national plan to save wombats from mange

    The incoming environment minister has a clear opportunity to tackle this debilitating disease. Wildlife carers and conservationists want it to be a priority
    Last month Grasso wasn’t doing well. The bare-nosed wombat, dubbed Fatso in Italian, was infected with mange. The devastating skin disease caused by parasitic mites had left his skin crusted, bleeding and constantly irritated. His eyes and ears were so affected he could barely see, hear or even smell. The nocturnal animal was out grazi
  • Charities call for end to greyhound racing after 1,000 deaths in a year

    Sport’s opponents say it cannot be reformed because of dangerous tracks and problems rehoming retired dogsAlmost 1,000 racing greyhounds died or were killed last year, according to industry figures, prompting animal welfare charities to renew calls for an end to the sport in the UK.The figures, released by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB), are part of a concerted push to improve welfare standards in the sport, but charities say it cannot be reformed due to the “dangerously
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  • Seven baby monkeys poisoned at US research center, documents reveal

    Young primates died after contact with toxic dye‘Invasive and deadly experiments … must end’ say campaignersSeven infant monkeys were accidentally poisoned and died at one of the largest primate research centers in the US, internal documents shared with the Guardian have revealed.The young macaques died after their mothers were marked with dye at the University of California, Davis, primate research laboratory. Continue reading...
  • Seven baby monkeys died from poisoning at US research center

    Young primates died after contact with toxic dye‘Invasive and deadly experiments … must end’ say campaignersSeven infant monkeys were accidentally poisoned and died at one of the largest primate research centers in the US, internal documents shared with the Guardian have revealed.The young macaques died after their mothers were marked with dye at the University of California, Davis, primate research laboratory. Continue reading...
  • Australia's oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency | Jeff Sparrow

    They were here before us and should live on long afterwards. With 12 years to avert catastrophe, we need to imagine the aeons to come and consider the creatures that outlive usWilbur the tortoise has, in all probability, lived more than a hundred years.“From his size and weight and general health,” says Adam Lee, a reptile keeper at the Melbourne zoo, “we put him at about 110 but there’s no real way of telling with giant tortoises unless you have them from birth or as a h
  • Who’s to blame for the plight of hen harriers? | Letters

    Jonathan Wallace blames grouse moor managers, but Andrew Gilruth disagreesThe “brood management” scheme that is to be trialled on hen harriers nesting on grouse moors is not a serious conservation action but a measure to appease the people responsible for the hen harriers’ plight (Trial to take hen harrier chicks from nests splits bird experts, 7 June). The parlous state of the hen harrier population in England is entirely due to illegal persecution by grouse moor managers, and
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  • Cat lovers question ethics of Nicole Kidman hiking with pets in backpack

    The actor’s revelations that she often goes for walks toting cats – and that she ate ants – have been met with scepticism by animal rights groupsWhether looking out of a window, reclining beneath a Christmas tree or sitting in a suitcase, Nicole Kidman’s pet cats are frequently the star of her Instagram page. The actor’s affection for Ginger and Snow has extended to taking them along to last year’s Telluride film festival for the premiere of crime drama Destro
  • Death by clubbing: the brutality of Thailand's pig slaughterhouses

    Humane killing practices are virtually unknown in the majority of Thailand’s abattoirs, say campaigners, with millions of pigs dying in pain All photographs by Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals
    Warning: this article includes some graphic images that some readers may find distressingPhotos of shirtless workers clubbing pigs with bats in a Thai slaughterhouse have prompted campaigners to call for wider training and monitoring of humane welfare practices.Undercover images taken in the central Thail
  • Fox cubs allegedly used to train hounds in hunting kennel - video

    A man and a woman have been convicted of animal cruelty after activists secretly filmed him apparently preparing to throw fox cubs to hounds at a hunting kennel in Herefordshire. Undercover footage obtained by Hunt Investigation Team was used as evidence in courtHuntsman found guilty of animal cruelty after activists' secret filmingContinue reading...
  • Slaughter records reveal the grim fate of Australia's exported racehorses

    A third of horses sent to Korea in the past six years have died, with most believed to have been sent to abattoirsA third of the racehorses exported from Australia to Korea in the past six years have since died, with most believed to have been sent to slaughter, an analysis by Guardian Australia has found.A further 11% are listed in the Korean Racing Authority (KRA) records as “undecided”, an entry that often coincides with an abrupt end to their medical history, or the listing of an
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  • Eating Animals review – painful portrait of factory farming

    Natalie Portman narrates an unsettling documentary about how agribusiness resorts to ever greater squalor and cruelty ‘You vote at least three times a day with your fork,” says a farmer in this sombre, painful, relevant documentary about agribusiness from film-maker Christopher Quinn, based on the 2009 non-fiction bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer, co-written with him and narrated by Natalie Portman, who was so energised by the book that it reportedly turned her into a vegan activis
  • Winx's brother among Australian racehorses killed for meat in South Korea

    Exclusive: Animal welfare groups call for halt to exports after secret footage shows ‘distressing’ treatment of horses in Korean abattoir The brother of the Australian racing legend Winx is one of thousands of exported thoroughbreds killed for meat in Korea under conditions the RSPCA has called “very distressing”.Footage filmed secretly at the Nonghyup abattoir in South Korea last year shows horses being repeatedly beaten on the head with lengths of black polyethylene pip
  • Scotland to allow supersized salmon-farms if they pass pollution tests

    New policy expected to see larger farms created in deeper water further off Scottish coastScottish salmon farmers will be allowed to create supersized farms in return for accepting much stricter controls on parasites and marine pollution.The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has said it will no longer restrict the size of salmon farms as long as they meet tougher standards limiting chemical, faecal and organic waste pollution in surrounding seas. Related: Scotland's salmon crisis: 'A
  • Interpol makes public appeal in hunt for most wanted eco-criminals

    Agency seeking seven men for crimes including ivory smuggling and illegal logging
    International police ahave asked for help in tracking down the world’s most wanted environmental criminals.Interpol made a public appeal on Wednesday, to coincide with World Environment Day, to boost its efforts to find seven people responsible for wide-ranging environmental crimes. Continue reading...
  • A dignified end for beloved pets | Letter

    Robin Hargreaves, a past president of the British Veterinary Association, responds to Chas Newkey-Burden’s article on the ethics of keeping petsChas Newkey-Burden’s article (How can we say we love our pets when we treat them so badly?, theguardian.com, 25 May) makes some very valid points about the ethics of pet-keeping, but I feel it is necessary to take issue with the segment dealing with pet euthanasia.I have been in practice for 33 years and I have carried out euthanasia on sick,
  • Country diary: this fawn won't see its mother again

    Welburn, North Yorkshire: When he reached the vet this baby deer was in a bad way. But did he really need rescuing?The call came just before school pickup time: a special patient had just arrived at the vet’s. Half an hour later the boys crane their necks as my friend Lucy opens a cage and scoops out the occupant: a roe fawn, mere days old.“He was incredibly weak but we administered fluids and glucose and he can stand up now. He still weighs less than my pet rabbit, though.” Sp
  • Don’t kill moles, warns former catcher Marc Hamer at Hay festival

    Author says that despite animals’ tendency to dig up lawns, they should be left aloneMoles are antisocial, horribly violent, terrible parents and could not care less about your garden, but a former mole catcher has called on people to leave the creatures alone.Marc Hamer was once the only mole catcher in south Wales and for years killed them professionally and, he stressed, humanely. Related: Going underground: inside the world of the mole-catchersContinue reading...
  • Don’t kill moles, former catcher Marc Hamer warns at Hay festival

    The author says despite the animals’ tendencies to dig up lawns, they should be left aloneMoles are antisocial, horribly violent, terrible parents and couldn’t care less about your garden, but a former mole catcher has called on people to leave the creatures alone.Marc Hamer was once the only mole catcher in South Wales and for years killed them professionally and, he stressed, humanely. Related: Going underground: inside the world of the mole-catchersContinue reading...
  • A tax on red meat? That won’t save the planet – or do much to improve our health | Julian Baggini

    The problems associated with the production of red meat are far too complicated for a simplistic sin levyThe devil is a shape-shifter, not least when he takes the form of demonic foods. In response, the armies of the righteous have already waged war on sugar, and now red meat is in their sights. This time their cause seems doubly just. Red meat, we are told, is not only bad for our health, but the belching and farting ruminants that we farm are ruinous for the planet.Emboldened by the apparent s
  • Africa's elephant poaching is in decline, analysis suggests

    Researchers still fearful as approximately 10,000 to 15,000 are killed every yearElephant poaching rates in Africa are declining, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications.The annual poaching mortality rate fell from a high of more than 10% in 2011 to less than 4% in 2017, but the researchers warned that current levels were still unsustainable and could spell trouble for the future of the animals on the continent. Related: Humans causing shrinking of nature as larger an
  • Third horse dies in nine days as fatalities mount once again at Santa Anita

    Racing had been suspended in March due to spike in deathsTrack is due to host Breeders’ Cup in NovemberSanta Anita had its third horse death in nine days when a gelding pulled up during a race and was euthanized. Twenty-six horses have died in racing or training at the California track since 26 December.The Los Angeles Times reported that Kochees sustained an injury to its left front leg in a race on Saturday. Kochees was taken off the course with a splint. However, during surgery on Sunda
  • Calls for Canadian zoo to be shut down after deer die in stampede

    Marineland in Ontario partly closes after a walrus and two deer die in recent weeksA controversial theme park in Canada is facing renewed criticism following the deaths of three animals in recent weeks, triggering fresh calls from activists for the attraction to be shut down.Officials at Marineland, which sits on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls in Ontario, said two deer were killed in a stampede allegedly caused by a father and son taunting the animals. The incident, which occurred last weeke
  • Facebook ‘gives global platform to illegal dogfighting’

    Social media giant breaks its own rules on violence and animal trading, say campaignersFacebook has been accused of giving a global platform to dogfighting after an investigation found the site is being used by fight organisers and unscrupulous puppy traders.Lady Freethinker (LFT), the animal rights organisation, says the social media giant is failing to obey its own policies which prohibit violent content and the sale of animals.Facebook is failing to protect innocent animals from abuse and pos
  • How can we say we love our pets when we treat them so badly? | Chas Newkey-Burden

    There are so many ways we fail our pets – from daily neglect to the owner who had her healthy dog killed to be buried with herEvery year, more countries ban wild animals from being used in circuses. The fact that elephants, camels and zebras were kept in chains and driven around countries to perform tricks for the delight of roaring audiences already seems anachronistic. People wonder how past generations could have been so blind to the obvious cruelty and exploitation involved. Might huma
  • Prada announces it is to go fur-free

    The Italian luxury fashion house is the latest to announce it will ban fur, starting with its SS20 collectionsThe Italian fashion house Prada has announced it will stop using fur in its collections. The ban will come into effect this September for its spring/summer 2020 women’s collections, although items that have already been made will continue to be sold.The move has come about in collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of more than 40 animal protection orga
  • Female deer spotted swimming in canal in inner city Manchester – video

    A startled deer was spotted in a Manchester canal after it had been seen gambolling through parts of the city. Sightings were reported from around noon on Thursday as the deer was seen swimming past the Well Pharmacy head office in Castlefield, as well as running down Oxford Road. Both the RSPCA and police were made aware of the situation Continue reading...
  • Deer spotted swimming in canal in Manchester – video

    A startled deer was spotted in Manchester canal after it had been seen galloping through parts of the city. Sightings were reported from around noon as the deer was seen swimming past the Well Pharmacy offices in Castlefield, as well as running down Oxford Road. Both the RSPCA and police were made aware of the situation Continue reading...
  • Japanese man prepares for landmark case against dolphin hunts

    Taiji resident will testify in attempt to ban activity as part of charity’s legal challenge A man from Taiji, the Japanese fishing town whose annual slaughter of dolphins has drawn widespread condemnation, will appear in court on Friday in an unprecedented legal challenge to the hunts.In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the plaintiff, who has asked not to be named until the hearing has concluded, said he had been been ostracised in Taiji, where he was born and raised but decided t
  • Doris Day, celebrated actor and singer, dies aged 97

    The star of a string of successful film musicals was also known for her work as an animal welfare activistPeter Bradshaw on Doris Day: the wholesome face of postwar American optimismDoris Day, the actor, singer and animal welfare activist, has died at the age of 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the news.Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, Day was known for a string of successful musicals and romantic comedies, including Pillow Talk, as well as a singing career that e
  • Doris Day, celebrated actor and singer, dies at 97

    The star of a string of successful film musicals was also known for her work as an animal welfare activistDoris Day, the actor, singer and animal welfare activist, has died at the age of 97. According to AP, the Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the news.Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, Day was known for a string of successful musicals and romantic comedies, including Pillow Talk, as well as a singing career that encompassed 29 studio albums.. Related: Calamity Jane review
  • Puppy and kitten farming to be banned under 'Lucy's law'

    Legislation will mean pet shops or commercial dealers can only sell animals they have bredA law banning puppy and kitten farming, which campaigners hope will end the practice by some unscrupulous breeders of keeping animals constantly pregnant and often in dirty and cramped conditions, is to be laid by the government.The change, expected to come into force in April 2020, will mean young cats and dogs can no longer be sold by a pet shop or commercial dealer unless they have bred them. Continue re
  • Celebrity elephant Ramu opens Kerala festival after ban lifted

    Partially blind and with a reputation for violence, elderly pachyderm brought back after outcryFor decades Ramu, now in his 50s with the odd grey hair but still instantly recognisable by his broad forehead and aquiline nose, has inaugurated an Indian temple festival by bursting through a huge wooden door and striding imperiously through the crowds to cheering and fireworks.But on Monday, the handsome elephant will be prevented from performing his ceremonial duties at the week-long Thrissur Poora
  • Sheep were put near oil fuel heaters aboard live export ship in summer

    Six hundred sheep died on voyage of Kuwait-flagged vessel from Australia to Middle East last year, report saysSheep on a live export shipment during the high-risk northern summer months were made to stand in pens next to oil fuel heaters and some died due to smothering when crowding around air vents, a report released by the federal agriculture department says.Six hundred sheep died on the voyage of the Kuwait-flagged ship Al Shuwaikh from Australia to the Middle East in May and June last year.
  • 'Make sure they don't eat the set!' Movie animal trainers' tips

    From Wonder Woman’s goats to a rat in a spacesuit and millipedes who starred with Malkovich, creature teachers share their storiesIt is more than 80 years since Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn struggled with a leopard in Bringing Up Baby, and with a CGI Lion King due for release in July, you might think that the days of live animals in films were over. But not so. Many directors still prefer the texture of professionally trained creatures, even if they’re not centre stage. In fact,
  • Live export: Secret footage shows young calves being beaten and kicked

    Undercover footage by activists has exposed brutal treatment for one batch of young calves being trucked to the Netherlands to be sold as vealIrish calves as young as two weeks old are being beaten, kicked and punched, according to secretly filmed footage.Campaigners followed more than 5,000 calves on 23 livestock trucks from Ireland to the French control post at Tollevast, where animals are supposed to find rest and feed under EU laws. Related: 'This one has heat stress': the shocking reality o
  • HMRC nets £5m from ‘black market’ dog breeders

    Taxman cracks down on illicit sale of canines after reports from animal welfare groupsHMRC has raised over £5m in unpaid tax after an operation to tackle dog breeders who were selling puppies on the black market.More than 250 cases involving the illicit sale of dogs were uncovered by the taxman during the four years after a special taskforce was formed to tackle the problem. In one instance, a former Crufts judge was given a £185,000 bill. Continue reading...
  • As the Kentucky Derby approaches, deaths pose existential questions for US racing

    A rash of deaths at the famous Santa Anita Park in California has left many wondering about the future of horse racing in AmericaTank Team, Unusual Angel, Secret Street, Derby Treasure, Noise Mandate, Amboseli. There will be no statues built at Santa Anita Park in memory of those six thoroughbreds, or the 17 others who died during this torrid winter but if – or when? – the doors ever close on this famous old track, their names will be written in what many in the industry fear could b
  • Headteacher defends plan to slaughter pigs raised at school's farm

    Farsley Farfield primary in Leeds responds after criticism from animal rights campaignerA primary school headteacher has defended plans to slaughter pigs raised on its farm to teach pupils about the food chain, after a petition against the project said it would teach children to exploit and kill animals.Children as young as four at Farsley Farfield primary in Leeds have been helping to feed the Gloucester Old Spot pigs at the mini-farm, which also has vegetable patches and hens. Continue reading
  • 'Gorilla selfie': DRC park ranger explains photo that went viral

    Mathieu Shamavu took image of two orphaned females at Virunga mimicking humansThey pout, tilt their heads, and turn one hip to the camera for a slimmer silhouette, their brown hair catching the light as they pose for a selfie.But these are no tourists: they are Ndakazi and Ndeze, two orphaned gorillas in Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And they forgot to suck their bellies in. Related: 'We know we may be killed': the rangers risking their lives for Virunga's goril
  • Anti-bullfighting party set for Spanish election breakthrough

    As the right enlists bullfighters as candidates, animal welfare champions are polling wellIf the polls and pundits are correct, Spain’s Vox party will achieve its much-prophesied breakthrough in Sunday’s general election, becoming the first far-right grouping to win more than a single seat in parliament since the country embarked on its post-Franco return to democracy.Although Vox’s chances of attracting about 11% of the vote have hogged the headlines, another small party &ndas
  • 'An abandoned boa in Bristol': RSPCA rescue 4,000 exotic pets a year

    Charity’s hotline received 15,790 calls in 2018 over cases of neglect or escaped petsA three-metre long (10ft) boa constrictor found abandoned in a car in Bristol and a marmoset lying dead in a north London street were among the thousands of exotic animal-related incidents the RSPCA was called to last year.The animal welfare charity released figures on Thursday showing its 24-hour cruelty hotline had received 15,790 calls concerning exotic pets across England and Wales in 2018 – more
  • California authorities seek woman who dropped seven puppies in dumpster

    Incident caught on surveillance film at Coachella storeMan found bag and saved three-day-old terrier mixesAuthorities are trying to identify a woman who was captured by security cameras tossing seven newborn puppies into a dumpster in southern California. The Riverside county Department of Animal Services released surveillance video of the woman pulling up to a dumpster behind an auto parts store in Coachella on Thursday afternoon.Continue reading...
  • Hundreds of activists and pets march in Cuba against animal abuse

    Protests were authorized by the communist government, pointing to an expanding tolerance for Cubans to express their viewsHundreds of Cubans have marched through Havana calling for an end to animal cruelty, in what organizers believe was the first independent march authorized by the one-party state. Related: Cuba's churches reject gay marriage before vote on new constitutionRelated: 'They have no idea what democracy is': Tania Bruguera on Cuba's artist crackdownContinue reading...
  • Animal rights group Aussie Farms faces crackdown after nationwide protests

    Attorney general asks privacy commissioner to investigate Aussie Farms and calls for boost to trespass penaltiesThe attorney general has asked the privacy commissioner to investigate Aussie Farms and called on states to increase trespass penalties in response to the animal rights group.But Coalition backbenchers including senators John Williams and James McGrath have demanded the government do more, including stripping Aussie Farms of charitable status due to concerns publication of information
  • South Australian 'healers' banned over treatment with Amazonian frog poison

    Carlie J Angel and Brad T Williams allegedly treated Melbourne clients with secretion known as kamboTwo South Australian healers have been slapped with temporary bans after allegedly treating Melbourne clients with frog poison from the Amazon.Carlie J Angel and Brad T Williams, trading as Two Wolves–One Body, are temporarily banned from advertising, offering or providing any general health service in Victoria related to the treatment, which involves the topical application of an Amazonian
  • Scott Morrison denounces ‘green criminals’ as vegan protests block Melbourne CBD

    Nine detained after chaining themselves to a conveyor in Goulburn as animal rights protests sweep AustraliaScott Morrison says the commonwealth is prepared to join a legal challenge if any landholder wants to launch legal action against animal rights activists protesting on their farms.Campaigning in Brisbane on Monday, the prime minister blasted recent protests by activists he dubbed “green collared criminals” and declared “if there are pastoralists, farmers, graziers, that ar
  • Vegan protests block central Melbourne as animal rights activists arrested at NSW abattoir

    Nine detained after chaining themselves to a conveyor in Goulburn as animal rights protests sweep AustraliaNine people have been arrested after chaining themselves to machinery in a New South Wales abattoir as part of a nationwide protest.The activists chained themselves to a conveyor at Southern Meats in Goulburn about 2.30am on Monday, NSW police said.This is what the intersection outside Flinders Street Station looks like right now... pic.twitter.com/YVwQpdkBHCAnimal activists are causing mas
  • Gaza zoo animals moved to Jordan after starvation deaths

    Forty animals including lions, monkeys and ostriches rescued after lack of care endangered their welfareMore than 40 animals, including lions, monkeys, ostriches, peacocks and a hyena departed Gaza for Jordan on Sunday, after being rescued from a zoo where many animals died of starvation and lack of care.Thin and weakened, the 43 animals had been living in “terrible conditions,” said the Four Paws association, which organised the transfer. Related: Owner of Gaza zoo puts last of star

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