Fashions to die for: The fur trade’s role in spreading zoonotic disease

Fashions to die for: The fur trade’s role in spreading zoonotic disease

In the complex universe of COVID-19 and other zoonotic diseases (those that can jump from animals to humans and back), key questions remain largely unaddressed, including what role fur farming for the fashion industry plays in the spread of highly transmissible zoonotic diseases, and how the industry should be managed to minimize risk. Zoonoses are […]

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Myanmar’s snowcapped north is a haven for large mammals, new study finds

Myanmar’s snowcapped north is a haven for large mammals, new study finds

The Hkakaborazi landscape at the northern tip of Myanmar is dominated by precipitous snowcapped peaks that tower over rainforest-cloaked slopes and valleys below. Rugged and remote, the region is home to Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Hkakabo Razi, which rises to 5,881 meters (19,295 feet) close to where the borders of Myanmar, India and China meet. […]

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‘Unforgivable’: Average of 2.4 black bears killed daily by B.C. conservation officers in August

VANCOUVER – Dozens of black bears were killed in B.C. last month by conservation officers after what officials say was a busy time with thousands of calls. According to provincial statistics posted online Wednesday, conservation officers were called 3,524 times about black bears in August. Officers went to 335 of those calls and in 74 […]

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‘Dingoes were here first’: the landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends

‘Dingoes were here first’: the landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends

By their own admission, John Knight and Caroline Thomas are blow-ins to the cattle country in South Australia’s far north. An Adelaide cardiac surgeon and a clinical researcher respectively, they bought Evelyn Downs, a cattle station near the Painted Desert about 150km north of Coober Pedy, in 2006 and moved north a decade later. From […]

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