• Carrying chickens by their legs should remain unlawful, say UK campaigners

    Carrying chickens by their legs should remain unlawful, say UK campaigners
    Defra proposal to relax farming rules accused of breaking Tory pledge to raise standards post-Brexit as the practice can cause painProposals to legalise the carrying of chickens by their legs in the UK would represent an unacceptable dilution of animal welfare standards and the first such weakening of regulations in the area since Brexit, campaigners have said.The government’s Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) has made the recommendation despite acknowledging it to be a “welfare comprom
  • ‘A soul killer’: what’s behind the US’s critical veterinarian shortage?

    ‘A soul killer’: what’s behind the US’s critical veterinarian shortage?
    As vets turn away from the profession citing poor mental health and high costs, experts say public health is at riskA longstanding shortage of veterinarians in areas across the US has caused crises for some pet owners; contributed to mental health issues among veterinary staff; and could leave the country at risk in terms of food safety and public health, experts have warned.The lack of veterinarians and veterinary professionals has been attributed to the high cost of entry, long hours and the s
  • More than 2,700 dangerous wild animals kept in homes in Great Britain

    More than 2,700 dangerous wild animals kept in homes in Great Britain
    Venomous snakes, primates and wildcats among creatures in domestic settings, wildlife charity Born Free findsFrom camels in Wiltshire to bush vipers in Redditch, a veritable menagerie of wild animals is being kept in homes across Britain.According to data by the wildlife charity Born Free, there are more than 200 wildcats, 250 primates and 400 venomous snakes living in domestic settings across England, Wales and Scotland, with cobras, crocodiles, tigers, kangaroos and bison among other residents
  • ‘Disturbing’ St Kilda penguin attack prompts authorities to ask public to help find alleged culprits

    ‘Disturbing’ St Kilda penguin attack prompts authorities to ask public to help find alleged culprits
    Onlooker rescues little penguin from tram tracks at Alfred Square and the Esplanade after allegedly seeing three people kick the birdFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastVictoria’s wildlife watchdog is hunting three people accused of attacking a little penguin in the middle of tram tracks in Melbourne.The Conservation Regulator on Tuesday pleaded for help to find the males, who were allegedly seen kic
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  • Cape Town hit by ‘unimaginable’ stench from 19,000 cattle on live export ship

    Cape Town hit by ‘unimaginable’ stench from 19,000 cattle on live export ship
    Animal welfare groups say smell from the build-up of faeces and ammonia on the ship are indicative of the conditions animals endureAuthorities in Cape Town have launched an investigation after a foul stench swept over the South African city.Officials inspected sewage facilities for leaks and an environmental health team was activated before the source of the smell was discovered: a ship docked in the harbour carrying 19,000 live cattle from Brazil to Iraq. Continue reading...
  • ‘Incomprehensible’: Madrid plans huge firework display on nature reserve

    ‘Incomprehensible’: Madrid plans huge firework display on nature reserve
    Opponents lodge legal appeal against Sunday’s planned mascletà, a celebration of noise, near recently restored Manzanares riverEnvironmentalists and animal welfare groups are protesting against Madrid city council’s plans to stage an especially noisy firework display in a nature reserve created on the recently restored Manzanares river.Opponents say the mascletà, a celebration of noise rather than light, planned for this Sunday lunchtime will lead to a “massacre&r
  • ‘A scented awakening’: how The Body Shop influenced generations

    ‘A scented awakening’: how The Body Shop influenced generations
    Readers share their memories of discovering the shop’s products and ethos in the 70s, 80s and 90sWalking into The Body Shop was like “entering a sweet shop”. It “literally made your mouth water”, says Stasia Smith-Turpin, who would head to the Lancaster store after school with friends when she was 16 in the 90s. She recalls how a wave of fragrance would hit her as she entered the shop, and she would test and smell the soaps, creams and potions while planning how to
  • ‘There’s still a stigma’: UK raccoon rescuer on mental health, animal wit – and not startling skunks

    ‘There’s still a stigma’: UK raccoon rescuer on mental health, animal wit – and not startling skunks
    Iain Jenkins, now leading the hunt for the Sunderland fugitive Meeko, says a breakdown led him to devote himself to animals“Saving animals pretty much saved my life,” says Iain Jenkins, a raccoon rescuer whose semi-detached home in Hartlepool appears as ordinary as they come but is anything but. This is a house that Jenkins shares with raccoons, a parrot and a friendly skunk and previously a whole host of exotic animals including a crocodile in the conservatory.Jenkins’ far-fro
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  • Australian greyhounds being adopted to US in increasing numbers as welfare advocates call for greater transparency

    Australian greyhounds being adopted to US in increasing numbers as welfare advocates call for greater transparency
    More than 500 dogs sent to US for rehoming as local industry breeds more dogs than needed and demand for homes outstrips supplyGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastGreyhound welfare advocates are calling for more transparency after figures emerged that at least 500 dogs have been sent to the US for rehoming as the racing industry continues to breed far more dogs than are needed.Australia is one of seven countries where commercial greyhound racing is legal &nda
  • ‘You lied to us’: did the real-life saga behind Free Willy change the story for orcas in captivity?

    ‘You lied to us’: did the real-life saga behind Free Willy change the story for orcas in captivity?
    Thirty years after the film highlighted their plight, thousands of whales and dolphins remain performing in entertainment parksAnyone who grew up in the 1990s may well remember this movie scene: a 3.6-tonne orca leaping to freedom over a harbour wall and swimming off into the sunset with his family. It was the closing scene of Free Willy, a film that captured the hearts of a generation, telling the story of an orphaned boy racing against time to free a killer whale from captivity before the crea
  • Live export saga enters second month as animals face another heatwave off Perth coast

    Live export saga enters second month as animals face another heatwave off Perth coast
    If exporters fail to obtain permission to ship the animals to Israel, the livestock on board the MV Bahijah will have to be slaughteredFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastA ship carrying almost 17,000 sheep and cattle is expected to be unloaded at Fremantle dock in the middle of a severe heatwave as exporters continue their fight to ship the animals to Israel.For more than a month, the 15,000 sheep and 1,7
  • Live export ship to remain in WA with 15,000 livestock after regulator blocks voyage to Israel

    Live export ship to remain in WA with 15,000 livestock after regulator blocks voyage to Israel
    Government says plan for MV Bahijah to sail around Africa to avoid Houthi attacks in Red Sea mean it’s not safe for the animalsFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe controversial live export industry has been dealt a blow after the federal government denied an application to re-export more than 15,000 sheep and cattle stranded off the coast of Western Australia.The Israeli-owned MV Bahijah was orde
  • Man accused of throwing beloved chicken to alligator will plead not guilty to animal cruelty, NSW court hears

    Man accused of throwing beloved chicken to alligator will plead not guilty to animal cruelty, NSW court hears
    The 57-year-old allegedly threw a silkie bantam chook known as Betty White into alligator pen, shocking onlookers at Oakvale Farm and Fauna WorldFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastA man accused of throwing a chicken known as Betty White into an alligator pen in front of shocked families at a popular New South Wales wildlife park has indicated he will plead not guilty to animal cruelty.The case against Pet
  • Readers reply: if the whole world went vegan, what would we do with all the farm animals?

    Readers reply: if the whole world went vegan, what would we do with all the farm animals?
    The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsIf the whole world went vegan, what would we do with all the farm animals? Grant McNish, CumbernauldSend new questions to [email protected]. Continue reading...
  • Monkeys, bears, binturongs: Britain’s zoo animals escape more often than you might think

    Monkeys, bears, binturongs: Britain’s zoo animals escape more often than you might think
    Honshu the macaque was returned, like the red panda caught in a greengrocer’s but not the lynx shot dead in a caravan parkAfter five days of freedom roaming the wilds and back gardens of the Cairngorms, Honshu the Japanese macaque was back with his keepers at the Highland Wildlife Park on Friday, recovering from the tranquilliser dart that finally brought his escapade to an end.Sadly for the fugitive, there was no more contraband bird food, let alone Yorkshire pudding, the back-garden trea
  • Georgie Purcell: Why I’m not done fighting – for animal rights, and for women

    Georgie Purcell: Why I’m not done fighting – for animal rights, and for women
    As a young woman, I knew public life wouldn’t be easy – but Monday was a new low when my image was manipulated and misusedMonday was the day that duck shooting should have been banned in Victoria. Instead it was the day we saw the government betray parliamentary processes, our wildlife and our community. And somehow, that day ended with a bizarre form of sexism against me.I won’t pretend public life since my election as an MP has been easy, especially as a young woman.Sign up f
  • Efforts to trace monkey that fled Scottish wildlife park intensify

    Efforts to trace monkey that fled Scottish wildlife park intensify
    Japanese macaque spotted eating bird food in Kincraig may be seeking respite from breeding seasonEfforts to trace a monkey that escaped from a wildlife park in the Highlands of Scotland have intensified after the primate was spotted by a member of the public after his second night of freedom.Hopes had been raised on Monday night that the Japanese macaque, which jumped the perimeter fence of the enclosure he shares with more than 30 others on Sunday, had grown tired of his solo adventure. Continu
  • Victorian government under fire from animal rights advocates over rejection of duck hunting ban

    Victorian government under fire from animal rights advocates over rejection of duck hunting ban
    Ban on recreational duck hunting recommended by Labor-led inquiry shot down after Jacinta Allan met with ministersFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastRecreational duck shooting will remain legal in Victoria after the state government rejected a Labor-led parliamentary inquiry’s call to ban the practice.The Allan government on Monday released its response to an inquiry that in August called for recrea
  • One Swedish zoo, seven escaped chimpanzees – podcast

    One Swedish zoo, seven escaped chimpanzees – podcast
    When the great apes at Furuvik Zoo broke free from their enclosure last winter, the keepers faced a terrible choice. This is the story of the most dramatic 72 hours of their lives.By Imogen West-Knights Continue reading...
  • If the whole world went vegan, what would we do with all the farm animals?

    If the whole world went vegan, what would we do with all the farm animals?
    The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsIf the whole world went vegan, what would we do with all the farm animals? Grant McNish, CumbernauldPost your answers (and new questions) below or send them to [email protected]. A selection will be published next Sunday. Continue reading...
  • Video shows lion cub riding around Thai resort town in Bentley – video

    Video shows lion cub riding around Thai resort town in Bentley – video
    A woman has been charged with illegal possession of a lion cub in Thailand after a video of the animal cruising in a Bentley went viral. The police ordered an investigation after the video gained more than 2.6m views online. Sawangjit Kosoognern was charged with breaking environmental and natural resources law by 'possessing a protected wildlife without authorisation', the central investigation bureau said. Under Thai law, she could be fined up to 100,000 baht (£2,200) and face a year in j
  • Zoologist Arik Kershenbaum: ‘We all want to know whether animals talk and what they’re saying’

    Zoologist Arik Kershenbaum: ‘We all want to know whether animals talk and what they’re saying’
    The zoologist on observing animal communication in the wild, why dolphins give one another names, and the high likelihood that humans could converse with aliensDr Arik Kershenbaum is a zoologist at Cambridge University who specialises in animal communication, studying wolves, gibbons and dolphins to “understand more not just about their ecology and conservation, but also about the evolution of our own language”. His first book, The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy, which specula
  • Blood on Your Hands review – abattoir drama never gets to the meat of the issue

    Blood on Your Hands review – abattoir drama never gets to the meat of the issue
    Southwark Playhouse, London
    Grace Joy Howarth’s play about the lives of two slaughterhouse workers addresses many things – the ethics of eating animals, the situation in Ukraine, zero-hours contracts – but fails to cohereTwo men meet in an abattoir and become friends, while the world outside is in tumult. Russia is rounding on Ukraine and stands on the brink of war. Closer to home, animal rights activists round on the men, as they punch in for another day of grimy, factory floo
  • Cat dies after being thrown off Russian train by conductor

    Cat dies after being thrown off Russian train by conductor
    State-owned railway company RZhD apologises as conductor faces calls to be sacked and potentially prosecutedA cat has died in Russia after being thrown off a train in freezing temperatures by a conductor who has faced calls to be sacked and potentially prosecuted.The state-owned railway company RZhD has apologised to the owners of Twix, the ginger-and-white cat who was dumped into the snow in Kirov on 11 January. Continue reading...
  • Giant tortoise mystery: how did seven protected reptiles end up dead in Devon woods?

    Giant tortoise mystery: how did seven protected reptiles end up dead in Devon woods?
    As discovery baffles community, police examine potential link to 2021 find in same forestIt was as unlikely a crime scene as one could imagine. The remains of seven giant tortoises scattered across a remote woodland in Devon, their helpless bodies abandoned in the understory.The grisly discovery earlier this month has left police, local people and herpetologists baffled as to who dumped the reptiles and why. Continue reading...
  • Devon tortoise deaths: police examine potential link to 2021 find in same forest

    Discovery of seven dead giant tortoises has left community baffled as to who dumped them and whyIt was as unlikely a crime scene as one could imagine. The remains of seven giant tortoises scattered across a remote woodland in Devon, their helpless bodies abandoned in the understory.The grisly discovery earlier this month has left police, local people and herpetologists baffled as to who dumped the reptiles and why. Continue reading...
  • How South Korea fell in love with dogs and banned their slaughter for meat

    How South Korea fell in love with dogs and banned their slaughter for meat
    National assembly votes to end trade in dog meat, thanks to its canine-loving leadersLike most young South Koreans, Annie Ko rarely ate dog meat, but her annual visits to a restaurant serving the dish did little to trouble her conscience. And she was only vaguely aware of the international criticism that led to last week’s vote to ban the breeding, slaughter and sale of dog meat in the country.It was when she volunteered as an interpreter for Humane Society International that her views on
  • Seven Aldabra giant tortoises found dead in woodland near Exeter

    Police appeal for witnesses after tortoises’ bodies discovered last week in DevonWarning: this article contains pictures of dead animalsThe bodies of seven giant tortoises have been discovered in a forest in Devon, triggering a police investigation.The Aldabra giant tortoises, one of the largest tortoise species in the world, were found dead in the National Trust’s Ashclyst Forest. Devon and Cornwall police are appealing for witnesses. Continue reading...
  • The Stroud monkey mystery: is a primate on the loose in the Cotswolds?

    Two people claim to have seen what has tentatively been identified as a spectacled langur. If so, it’s not immediately clear where it came from ...Name: The Stroud monkey.Age: Unknown. Continue reading...
  • South Korea passes bill banning production and sale of dog meat

    Animal welfare campaigners hail decision as ‘historic victory’ after years of pressure at home and abroadSouth Korea’s parliament has voted to ban the production and sale of dog meat, in a decision campaigners hailed as a “historic victory” for animal welfare.The country’s national assembly voted overwhelmingly to ban the breeding, butchery, distribution and sale of dogs for their meat on Tuesday, after years of pressure at home and abroad. Continue reading...
  • Hope for rare singing gibbons as pair are released into the wild

    Two Siamang gibbons rescued from the illegal pet trade have been rehabilitated in a new Indonesian centreThe forest chorus of South Sumatra in Indonesia has some of its finest singers back: a pair of rare Siamang gibbons, rescued from the illegal pet trade, have been released into the wild.Siamang gibbons (Symphalangus syndactylus) are known for their distinctive large throat sacs. But their powerful, haunting voices, used for communication and marking territory, are a blessing and a curse. Cont
  • ‘They live absolutely horrible lives’: RSPCA vows to reform treatment of chickens in UK

    Animal charity marks its 200th anniversary with pledge to tackle the suffering of factory-farmed poultryIt has taken two centuries of hard campaigning to halt some of the worst abuses of animals in the UK. The baiting of bears and bulls has been banned, trade in wild birds curtailed, fur farms outlawed, and wild animals prohibited from being displayed in circuses.Yet the creatures with whom we share the country still suffer at our hands. Indeed, they have never faced a more worrying future&
  • Rare sighting of tiger and cubs raises hopes for species in Thailand

    Cameras capture 120 tigers in year to April 2023, but extinction risk remains in neighbouring countriesThe number of tigers spotted by hidden cameras in the core of Thailand’s biggest conservation area rose last year, while a rare sighting of a mother and her cubs has spread hope that the species is breeding in new areas.Camera traps in Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuaries captured 120 tigers during an exercise that concluded in April 2023, up from 100 the previous year. Continue
  • Could 2024 be the year nature rights enter the political mainstream?

    Movement is growing to give legal rights and political representation to nonhuman animals, species and placesTwo new coalitions of scientists, lawyers, philosophers and artists have joined the burgeoning global campaign for ecosystems and other species to have legal rights and even political representation.The More Than Human Rights (Moth) project and Animals in the Room (Air) are exploring bold tactics to further their cause, including authorship claims for forests, policy advocacy on behalf of
  • I collect roo poo – and our research could save many marsupial lives | Angela Russell

    Monitoring what comes out of an animal is a vital part of keeping an eye on its healthI thought convincing my husband of the merits of my returning to study just as he had retired would be a tricky sell. So his enthusiasm for the idea caught me by surprise.He helpfully suggested several interesting topics: sea turtles, dugongs and coral reefs. If it involved a boat in a warm climate, he was behind me 100%. Continue reading...
  • Animal rights group urges halt to ‘monstrous’ Lincolnshire salmon farm

    Onshore farm that campaigners say would be UK’s biggest was given planning go-ahead without environmental checkAnimal rights campaigners are urging Michael Gove to stop the construction of the UK’s first fully on-land salmon farm, claiming the decision to give it planning permission was flawed.Animal Equality says an environmental impact assessment (EIA) should have been carried out before North East Lincolnshire council (NELC) gave the green light to the salmon farm in Cleethorpes,
  • National Parks service defends ‘humane’ culling of hundreds of feral horses in Kosciuszko

    Culling aims to reduce population in fragile ecosystems from about 22,500 to 3,000 by mid-2027Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastA trial of aerial culling of feral horses in Kosciuszko national park has been defended as humane with the government insisting its “repeat shooting” policy was meant to ensure “the most rapid death possible”.The New South Wales government last month cond
  • I always had turkey at Christmas. Then I adopted one. How would I feel about eating my own bird?

    I got to know Terrance in June and followed his progress into a full-grown turkey. Then Christmas came around …It’s a sunny September afternoon and I’m sitting on a wall at a small turkey farm in Surrey with my guitar, playing Wonderwall to the (admittedly slightly bemused) turkey who I adopted as a day-old chick in June, and have been down to visit every month since. I am here to get to know him and to show him a good time. Come Christmas, I’ll then face the ultimate&nb
  • Benjamin Zephaniah’s inspiring words and acts | Letters

    Readers pay tribute to the late poet who inspired so many with his calls to action against injustice and inequalityI’ve thought a lot about Benjamin Zephaniah since reading Hugh Muir’s tribute (As we mourn Benjamin Zephaniah’s death, learn this lesson from his brilliant life, 8 December). In my work in adult education, I’ve found that students love his writing, attracted to the rhythmic verse and drawn to the simply but powerfully expressed sentiments of what it
  • Willow’s story: how an abandoned dog lost seven puppies – and found a new home

    This winter, animal shelters are in crisis, with pet abandonments hitting a three-year high. We follow one golden retriever from emergency surgery to adoptionAll of Willow’s dog toys have one ear. Tattered, misshapen, with synthetic stuffing poking out of them, they are scattered around an otherwise immaculate front room in north-west Norfolk, a telltale sign that a puppy lives in the house. There are other signs too: a new lead on a hook in the hallway; a still shining food bowl in the ki
  • Why BBC wildman Chris Packham just can’t stop ruffling feathers

    He’s been hailed as the new Attenborough, but the outspoken presenter is now getting the sort of attention thatcould see him dubbed the new Gary LinekerChris Packham, the BBC nature presenter and environmental campaigner, last week launched a legal challenge against the UK government over its plan to dilute key carbon commitments.It was also announced that the bird charity Raptor Rescue had removed Packham as patron, partly, the group’s chairman said, because he “started to get
  • Join LAWS online today

    By joining the Labour Animal Welfare Society, you’ll be part of an organisation that works to improve the lives of animals by promoting the cause of animal welfare across the Labour movement.LAWS is affiliated to the Labour Party as one of the official Socialist Societies.Full membership£6 per year
    Student/Pensioner/Unwaged £3 per year
    For any enquiries please email [email protected] post Join LAWS online today first appeared on Labour Animal Welfare Socie
  • New UK animal welfare minister backed seal and wild bird culls

    Robbie Douglas-Miller, who was made a baron last week, had complained about impact on salmon stocksDowning Street is facing calls to explain why it has appointed a wealthy, unelected shooting enthusiast as its animal welfare minister after it emerged he has backed the culling of seals and wild birds.Robbie Douglas-Miller, who was last week given a peerage to allow him to become minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), owns a grouse moor in Scotland and has argu
  • NSW animal shelters reduce cat intake due to global vaccine shortage

    NSW suspends vaccination requirements for shelters and boarding kennels until 31 January, but cats and kittens with uncertain history considered too high risk to acceptSign up for the Rural Network email newsletterJoin the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the communityA global shortage of feline vaccines has forced some animal shelters to turn away cats and kittens and led to a suspension of vaccination requirements for holiday boarding facilities in New South Wales, ahead of the Ch
  • One Swedish zoo, seven escaped chimpanzees

    One Swedish zoo, seven escaped chimpanzees
    When the great apes at Furuvik Zoo broke free from their enclosure last winter, the keepers faced a terrible choice. This is the story of the most dramatic 72 hours of their livesThe problems began when Linda was about 18 months old. For a year, she had lived in harmony with a Swedish couple and their three young children in Liberia. Hers had not been an easy start in life. As a baby, in 1984, she saw her family shot by poachers in the Liberian jungle. Adult chimpanzees are sometimes sold as foo
  • EU revealed as hub for ‘cruel’ live animal transport amid fears of disease

    Exclusive: Previously unpublished records show millions of animals traded over long distances between European countries or exported globallyEurope live – latest updatesPreviously unpublished records have revealed evidence about the EU’s role in the controversial trade in live farm animals, with millions of livestock being transported across Europe and internationally on long distance journeys condemned by campaigners.The documents, which are copies of official planning records known
  • ‘Appalling abuse of animals’: Chris Packham tells Ant and Dec I’m a Celebrity is like dog fighting

    The conservationist compares ITV reality show to pursuits that are ‘the sad preserve of psychopathic criminals’Chris Packham has written a letter to Ant and Dec, accusing I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! of exploiting animals.In the missive, released on X (formerly Twitter), he states that this is not the first time he has tried to engage with the show’s presenters about animal welfare standards on the reality show, but that his previous “polite, reasona
  • Bone cows bred in Australia provide base material for dental grafts

    Use of cattle from country free of mad cow disease means product is safe, experts say, and patients can still donate bloodFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastBone cows, specially bred in mad cow-free Australia, are being used instead of human donors for dental and medical bone grafts.While bovine grafts have been tested for spinal fusion, foot reconstructions and to fix skull traumas, the Australian versio
  • ‘Reprehensible’: fury as Oklahoma governor backs cockfighting group

    Republican Kevin Stitt denounced as an ‘embarrassment’ for recording video in support of Oklahoma Gamefowl CommissionThe Oklahoma governor, Kevin Stitt, has been soundly denounced by animal rights activists after making a video in support of a cockfighting organization.Stitt made a video in support of the annual meeting for the Oklahoma Gamefowl Commission, a group that has been working to reduce penalties for cockfighting in the state. Continue reading...
  • Tamworth council calls for legislation mandating all cats to be contained

    The regional NSW council made the submission at a state parliamentary inquiry into the management of poundsSign up for the Rural Network email newsletterJoin the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the communityTamworth regional council has called for cat containment and desexing to be made mandatory across New South Wales at a hearing into a state parliament inquiry into animal pounds.The director of liveable communities at Tamworth Regional Council, Gina Vereker, told the inquiry on

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