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'It's a sin': Cambodia's brutal and shadowy dog meat trade

Siem Reap - Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies.

New York bans foie gras on animal cruelty grounds

New York - New York can stake a claim to being the culinary capital of the world, but one famous dish is about to be taken off the menu: foie gras.The city council voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to ban the sale of the French delicacy from 2022.

Thai park where 11 elephants died in waterfall strengthens fences

Bangkok - Five more dead elephants have been found at the bottom of a Thai waterfall known as "Hell's Abyss", the environment minister said Wednesday, as rangers reinforced barriers to try to stop the creatures wandering into the dangerous area.

Pig farmers pessimistic as China tries to talk down swine fever

Bejing - Sun Dawu sighs sadly when asked about the death of thousands of his pigs, killed by the African swine fever outbreak that has been decimating hog herds across China.

More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

La Paz - More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday.

Cats are securely bonded to their people: New research

Cats have a reputation for being aloof and being willing to swap human hosts where food and shelter are involved. However, a new study suggests the socio-cognitive abilities of cats and the depth of their human attachments have been underestimated.

Seoul confirms 4th swine fever case, asks Pyongyang for cooperation

Seoul - South Korea confirmed its fourth case of African swine fever on Tuesday, as Pyongyang was yet to respond to Seoul's request to make joint efforts to tackle the deadly animal disease.

South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak

Seoul - South Korea on Tuesday reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide.

Hide and squeak: scientists reveal the playful lives of rats

Washington - The next time you come across a rat darting furtively for cover, consider this: It might just want to have a playful game of hide-and-seek.

New assisted reproduction techniques to save endangered rhinos

A team of scientists have completed a procedure which will enable assisted reproduction techniques to help save an endangered species - the Northern White Rhinoceros - from potential extinction.

Russia releases last orcas from 'whale jail'

Moscow - Russian environmentalists celebrated a "huge victory" on Tuesday after the last of a group of killer whales kept in a notorious facility were released into the sea following year-long captivity.

Understanding animal brains to improve robotics

Researchers have been considering evolution and animal brains as the basis for making improvements to machine learning, as the basis for helping to improve the way robots operate. especially when performing tasks that seem simple to people.

High steaks: Cows go from roofs to plates in Pakistan for Eid

Karachi - Syed Ejaz Hassan's annual ritual in Pakistan’s megacity of Karachi has kicked off, which will see his cows transported from a roof to plates over the coming days ahead of next week's Eid al-Adha holiday.

Let's talk about gay penguins: Munich zoo joins Pride week

Munich - Organisers of this year's Gay Pride week in Munich have a group of rather wild partners -- penguins, giraffes and lions at the city zoo where tours are being run about same-sex love in the animal kingdom.

Orcas loaded onto trucks as Russia releases more from 'whale jail'

Three orcas were loaded onto trucks at a controversial facility in Russia's Far East on Thursday as the country continues to release animals from what the media have dubbed a "whale jail".

The Dugong Show: 24-hour webcast shows star Thai sea cows

Bangkok - A round-the-clock webcast starring two beloved baby dugongs in Thailand named Mariam and Jamil went live Sunday, allowing a more in-depth look at the celebrity sea cows.

China says pork production recovering as swine fever cases decline

Bejing - New cases of African swine fever have declined and pork production is returning to normal, Chinese officials said Thursday, after millions of pigs were culled because of the deadly disease.

Zebras' stripes control their body temperature: Study

Oxford - It's been a long standing conundrum for biologists, relating to the issue of why zebra have stripes? For some scientists there is no purpose; for others it is camouflage. As to the real answer? Scientists are getting a little warmer.

Despite culls, import bans, swine fever to hit pork market for years

Hanoi - Millions of pigs have been culled as African Swine Fever cuts through China and beyond, devastating global food chains, with pork prices expected to soar from the food markets of Hong Kong to American dinner tables.

Thousands of reptiles rescued in global police op

Den Haag - Police have rescued thousands of live snakes, lizards and geckos and stopped some 20 crocodiles and alligators from becoming high-end fashion products, Europol said Monday, after a coordinated global police operation.

Dog breeds with the highest risk of biting children identified

A new study has identified the dog breeds, together with the the physical traits of the animals, that pose highest risk of biting children. The results, pulled from U.S. data, are not always so clear cut.

Lions, other animals to be saved from Gaza zoo: welfare group

Gaza - Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said on Wednesday.

Student stung by scorpion on-board aircraft to Calgary

Calgary - A female student on board an Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary was sitting comfortably until she stung by a scorpion shortly. moments before the plane landed.

Russia's Arctic plans add to polar bears' climate woes

Moscow - Last month's visit by roaming polar bears that put a Russian village on lockdown may be just the beginning.For as Moscow steps up its activity in the warming Arctic, conflict with the rare species is likely to increase.

Wary Dutch hire foreign vets for Brexit customs checks

Den Haag - The Netherlands is hiring around 100 mainly foreign veterinarians to check imported animals and food from Britain in its latest contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit, the government said Friday.

Look into the eyeball: How animals see

Manchester - New research has revealed how animals see, by the use of a novel chemical compound. The compound stimulates retinal neurons under low-light conditions, triggering retinal activity to increase.

Polish animal activists block govt-ordered boar hunt

Jeziorka - Denouncing what they call the slaughter of wild boar, Polish animal rights activists are keeping a close watch on hunters and trying to stymie a cull ordered by the government.

Poland denies cull aimed at wiping out wild boar

Warsaw - Polish authorities on Thursday denied any plans to wipe out nearly all Poland's wild boar to stem an outbreak of disease threatening its pork industry as petitions against a mass cull drew hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Protesters urge end to wild boar 'massacre' in Poland

Warsaw - Hundreds of protesters rallied in Warsaw on Wednesday demanding an end to a mass cull aimed at wiping out Poland's entire wild boar population in what authorities insist is a bid to fight a disease threatening the pork industry.

Bolivian bees under threat from coca pesticides

Caranavi - High up in the Bolivian cloud forest, a woman tends to her bees, smoker in hand, working from hive to hive under a canopy of leaves to delicately gather panels of honeycomb. It's a bucolic scene that experts say won't last, for the bees are dying.
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A peacock struts along a pathway at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors...
A peacock struts along a pathway at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
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A large butterfly rests on a leaf at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
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Radiograph of a cat with an identifying microchip located above the spine.
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Penguins gather to form a group at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors ...
Penguins gather to form a group at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
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Barn within the farm complex
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Cruelty of confinement poster
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A visit to the dog park seems to always bring a smile to the pooch's face.
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The green remains for a bit longer in Toronto for local wildlife to play in the grass.
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Pic taken by me, a Hippo at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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Residents of Tampa sign in to have their pets microchipped.
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Toronto is home to many animals. Pets and wildlife share the parks and streets with humans.
Toronto is home to many animals. Pets and wildlife share the parks and streets with humans.
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Signed poster from R.E.M.
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Pic taken by me, Lions at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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Photos of various animals in the womb, including elephants
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A snow leopard gazes intensely at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
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Montage of cat photos
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Exploring and "making their mark" is another favorite past time for many of the dogs.

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