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Japan culling 230,000 more birds over avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said.

Japan culling 330,000 birds to fight avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has begun slaughtering more than 330,000 farm birds to contain its first outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu in nearly two years, the government said Tuesday.

Suspected cattle rustlers kill 36 miners in Nigeria: government

Kano - Gunmen believed to be cattle rustlers have killed 36 miners in northern Nigeria, the government and residents said Tuesday, the latest in a long-running series of such raids.

Canada to lift travel visa requirement for Mexicans

Ottawa - Canada will rescind travel restrictions on Mexicans at the end of this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during a visit by his counterpart President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday.

Defending Nigeria's last elephants against poachers

- For years, blacksmith Hashimu Abdullahi was making guns for ivory poachers and hunters invading the Yankari Game Reserve, one of the last wildlife areas home to elephants in Nigeria. The five-kilogram (11-pound), 1.

France detects first case of mad cow disease since 2011

Paris - France has found an "isolated" case of mad cow disease, its first occurrence since 2011, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.The ministry said the case of BSE had been detected in the northeastern region of the Ardennes, near the Belgian border.

Mongolia herders face disaster: Red Cross

Bejing - Hundreds of thousands of farm animals have perished in a slow-moving natural disaster in Mongolia and the international aid response has been insufficient, the Red Cross said Friday.

Bird flu scare hits French foie gras production

Paris - Already assailed by animal-rights groups, France's foie gras industry now faces a fight on a second front: bird flu.

Gene in 'last resort' antibiotics resistance found in Denmark

Copenhagen - A gene that makes bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics has been found in Denmark, a new study has shown, after first being identified by researchers in China.

Rare white lion gives birth to four cubs at Toronto Zoo

Toronto - The white lion population at the Toronto Zoo has increased by four recently with the birth of four adorable — and vociferous cubs. White lioness Makali gave birth to two of the youngsters Saturday, Sept. 26, and then two more the following day.

Kenya cattle raids, fighting leaves 75 dead

Nairobi - Some 75 people have been killed in four days of cattle raids and revenge attacks in northern Kenya, the Red Cross said Wednesday."Over the last four days close to 75 Kenyans have died. Is it worth it, and what for?

Doctors treating more drug-resistant patients: Study

More patients in the U.S. are coming down with drug-resistant bacterial infections because of overuse and over-prescription of antibiotics in humans and animals.

Steroid-fattened cows spark health fears in Bangladesh on Eid

Dhaka - Bangladesh sent medical teams on Tuesday to check millions of cows set for slaughter due to fears they have been pumped with banned steroids for fattening ahead of the Eid holiday.

Racism taints U.S. rancher in folk hero standoff

Los Angeles - A Nevada cattle rancher has become the unlikely ring-leader of an armed right-wing militia, billing himself as a people's hero locked in a showdown with U.S. federal authorities.

Gassing badgers 'nicer' way to cull, says Britain's Princess Anne

London - Britain's Princess Anne said gassing badgers was a "much nicer" way to cull them than shooting, in an interview to be aired Sunday.

Mystery of beached cows in Denmark, Sweden solved

Copenhagen - Fourteen dead cows that washed up on the beaches of Denmark and Sweden were probably dumped overboard by the crew of a Lebanese ship after it encountered bad weather, Danish police said Friday.

South Dakota's ranchers attacked by surprise snowstorm

Sioux Falls - An out-of-season October blizzard hit South Dakota with a vengeance at a time when not even a hint of snow is to be expected for a while. No one was prepared for the blast that would ultimately wipe out numerous ranchers' livestock.

Video: Kenyan villagers massacre lion pride that killed livestock

Nairobi - Villagers in the township of Kitengela, near the Nairobi National Park, ambushed and speared to death a pride of lions that had been killing their livestock. The villagers said the lions had been preying on livestock belonging to herders in the community.

Will Schmallenberg virus outbreak cause UK livestock export ban?

Laura Sandys, a Conservative MP for Kent, has called for a ban on the export of UK livestock due to a recent outbreak of the Schmallenberg virus.

Animals compete for 'most beautiful goat' title

Over 170 animals are competing for the title of 'most beautiful goat' in Saudi Arabia to raise awareness of the Hijazi breed of goat.

Iceland's volcanic eruption threatens nation's agriculture

While the world obsesses over how it might get around the airborne plume of volcanic ash disrupting travel in the northern hemisphere, Iceland has been largely left out of the news.

Lab-grown Meat Could Solve Multiple Problems

Stem cell research has recently headed in innovative directions. Earlier this month scientists announced they had grown rabbit replacement penile erectile tissue. Now the idea of growing meat in the laboratory without animals is being proposed.

Uganda: Storm in North Destroys Crops, Kills Livestock

A hailstorm destroyed crops, killed livestock and left at least 10,000 people affected in an area recovering from a long dry spell.

Livestock Dying in Argentine Drought

A drought in Argentina is devastating the cattle industry there as livestock are dead and dying. The nation's economy is taking a major blow.

A Third of the World’s Marine Fish Catches are Used for Animal Feed

An alarming new study to be published in November in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources finds that one-third of the world's marine fish catches are ground up and fed to farm-raised fish, pigs, and poultry.

Pollution From Livestock Farming Affects Infant Health

A new study in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics explores the effects of pollution from livestock facilities on infant health and finds that production is associated with an increase in infant mortality.

Deadly Virus Threatens Livestock in Morocco

A deadly viral disease is threatening to kill millions of sheep and goats in Morocco, endangering the local economy and neighbouring countries.

Mad Cow Disease Confirmed in Alberta

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a six-year-old dairy cow from Alberta. The animal's carcass is under CFIA control, and no part of it entered the human food or animal feed systems.

Meat Eaters vs. Vegetarians

American meat eaters are responsible for 1.5 more tons of carbon dioxide per person than vegetarians every year.......

German Animal-Rights Activists Seek Ban On Transports

The transport of 275 million head of livestock, poultry and other animals on the highways and byways of Europe could come to a screeching end if animal-rights activists in Germany have their way.In Germany, the first country in Europe to incorporate an...

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South Africa s farming sector is struggling to adapt to the nation s worst drought in 20 years.
South Africa's farming sector is struggling to adapt to the nation's worst drought in 20 years.
CCTV Africa
A few animals  including an orphan foal  were part of a  petting farm .
A few animals, including an orphan foal, were part of a "petting farm".
A couple of sheep dig into some hay in a net.
A couple of sheep dig into some hay in a net.
A pastoralist in northern Somalia  a region hit hard by drought. He lost almost half of his sheep fl...
A pastoralist in northern Somalia, a region hit hard by drought. He lost almost half of his sheep flock that originally numbered 70.
UNICEF/Sebastian Rich

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