Bird flu is a mass killer, and mink farms are perfect for infection and transmission. Should they be banned?

Bird flu is a mass killer, and mink farms are perfect for infection and transmission. Should they be banned?

If you wanted to kill as many people as possible, deniably and with no criminal consequences, what would you do? You’d do well to start with a bird flu. Bird flus are responsible for all the known flu pandemics: the great influenza that started more than a century ago, “Asian flu”, “Hong Kong flu” and […]

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Himalayan musk deer talk to each other through poop, but poachers are also listening

Himalayan musk deer talk to each other through poop, but poachers are also listening

KATHMANDU — On April 25, 2020, barely a month after the country went into COVID-19 lockdown, authorities at Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park reported “one of the worst cases of poaching in recent years”: Six Himalayan musk deer (Moschus leucogaster) had been found killed by poachers. Officials from the park, situated in the Everest foothills, said […]

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Colorado’s bighorn sheep and mountain goats threatened following surge in big game hunting applications

Colorado’s bighorn sheep and mountain goats threatened following surge in big game hunting applications

When the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out, the vast majority of Americans went outside. National shutdowns and social distancing guidelines became the norm during the transition. Meanwhile, state and national parks around the United States have seen an increase in visitors. The number of large game hunting applications in Colorado, on the other hand, has […]

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Fur farmers to receive between €4m to €8m in compensation as Cabinet approves ban

Fur farmers to receive between €4m to €8m in compensation as Cabinet approves ban

The Irish Cabinate has approved legislation that will ban fur farming in Ireland as well as establishing a compensation scheme for fur farmers that will be forced to close. Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue brought the memo today in relation to the Animal Health and Welfare (Amendment) Bill 2021. The commitment to prohibit the breeding […]

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