4 Dominicans are accused of smuggling wildlife and throwing 113 birds overboard to their deaths

4 Dominicans are accused of smuggling wildlife and throwing 113 birds overboard to their deaths

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– Today a federal grand jury indicted four men from the Dominican Republic who attempted to smuggle hundreds of exotic birds into the Dominican Republic and were interdicted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard. According to court documents, on or about May 3, 2024, defendants Frankluis Carela […]

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How Animal Welfare Advocacy Benefits Both Animals and Humans

How Animal Welfare Advocacy Benefits Both Animals and Humans

Key Takeaways Animal welfare advocacy promotes better health outcomes for both humans and animals. Economic benefits of animal welfare are far-reaching, influencing food safety, job creation, and market stability. Strengthening societal bonds through a shared culture of compassion significantly reduces cases of animal cruelty and neglect. Environmental stewardship is closely linked to animal welfare, contributing […]

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Half of world’s bird species in decline as destruction of avian life intensifies

Half of world’s bird species in decline as destruction of avian life intensifies

Nearly half of the planet’s bird species are in decline, according to a definitive report that paints the grimmest picture yet of the destruction of avian life. The State of the World’s Birds report, which is released every four years by BirdLife International, shows that the expansion and intensification of agriculture is putting pressure on […]

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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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As forests shrink, mammals are stressed out— with possible fallout for humans

As forests shrink, mammals are stressed out— with possible fallout for humans

Humans aren’t the only ones feeling anxiety about environmental destruction. As forests shrink, small mammals are also feeling stressed, and we can tell by their fur. A team of scientists collected fur samples from 106 small rodents and marsupials in six forest fragments in the Atlantic Forest of Paraguay. After grinding each fur sample into […]

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