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In inflation-hit Egypt, Eid sacrifices are a luxury

- The cattle traders in the Ashmun market, north of the capital Cairo, jostled to lure customers into buying a buffalo or a sheep for Eid al-Adha, the annual Muslim holiday when custom requires a sacrifice.

UK firefighters feel heat over piglet BBQ

London - British firefighters were feeling the heat on Wednesday after eating "fantastic" sausages made from piglets they themselves had saved from the flames, prompting the ire of animal rights activists.

Police smash Europe-wide horsemeat racket

Madrid - A Spanish-led European police investigation has broken up an organised crime group that allegedly sold horsemeat across Europe that was "not suitable" for human consumption, officials said Sunday.

Qatar gets first boycott-busting cows

Khor - A first herd of boycott-busting cows has been airlifted to Qatar to boost milk supplies five weeks after neighbouring Gulf states cut links with the emirate.

Moo-gabe's gift: Zimbabwe leader sells cows to fund AU

Addis Ababa - As the African Union struggles to get members to pay dues, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe took the bull by the horns and sold his own cattle for a sizeable donation to the body.

Cow kills hiker in Austrian Alps

Vienna - A hiker in the Austrian Alps was fatally gored on Wednesday when a cow charged at her, local police and media said.

Drought shatters Turkana's dreams of a better future

- In just a few years water, oil and money would flow. Roads, schools and hospitals would follow. Turkana's generations of poverty and neglect in Kenya's arid north would end.

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.
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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 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.
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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.
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