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BBC - Earth - The animal that doesn't get cancer

Many animals get cancer just like humans do, but there are a few mysterious species that rarely develop it<p>Cancer is rife in the animal kingdom. For many, the mortality rate is similar to that suffered by humans.<p>The dogs and cats we share our homes with can get various forms of cancer. Among other …

Combating Nature Deficit Disorder with Zoos and Aquariums

A few years ago, I interviewed my friend and esteemed colleague Dr. Michael Hutchins about "Nature Deficit Disorder" for this article for <i>National Geographic</i> online. In the following excerpt, I introduce the concept of this emerging trend in the way people perceive the world around them:<p>In his 2005 …

Should Animals Have a Right to Privacy?

Some animals are internet stars. Others are subject to obsessive data collecting in the wild. But this visibility comes at a price.<p>L<b>ast August a male</b> …

Chinese scientists created genetically modified monkeys, and it could reveal some fascinating insights about autism

Now, for the first time, a team of scientists in China has created monkeys whose DNA has been genetically altered to make them develop an autism-like disorder.<p>These "transgenic" monkeys could be a good model for studying human brain disorders, since their brain circuitry is much closer to that of …

Animals more capable of empathy than previously thought, study finds

Researcher found that prairie voles would console one another after experiencing stress<p>A new study has found that prairie voles will console other voles who are feeling stressed - which researchers have described as evidence of empathy.<p>A study team at Emory University set up an experiment where …

Superbug colony behaviors revealed in time lapse video

A well-known 'superbug' which was thought to have been a static or non-motile organism has been observed showing signs of active motility by …

Could these piglets become Britain's first commercially viable GM animals?

On an isolated farm outside Edinburgh, pigs grunt eagerly as their food arrives. The barn has a typical farmyard whiff, and a litter of tiny piglets, born just hours earlier, lie with trotters outstretched and eyes sealed, as helpless as any newborns. Only the occasional fluorescent snout or …

Genetics

Animal welfare at risk, claims RSPCA<p>Tiny pigs, created by genetic editing techniques pioneered at a Chinese science centre, are to be sold as pets in the near future. The prospect has triggered a heated dispute between scientists and concern from animal welfare groups.<p>Some say the creation of pet …

Genetics

The perils of feeding bread to ducks

<b>It's a seemingly innocent pastime. But experts warn that feeding ducks bread is not just bad for the bird's health - it can damage entire ecosystems, says Justin Parkinson.</b><p>Throwing crumbs of stale bread in a pond or river is a ritual of family days out dating back to at least the 19th Century. …

Drones show how pigs get a raw deal in factory farms

Animal abuse in the meat processing industry can be particularly disturbing. Whether this involves severe animal abuse in a kosher poultry …

Sussex badger work 'to continue without vaccines'

<b>Badger vaccination volunteers will spend a year surveying and mapping sites after a vaccine shortage forced them to halt jabs for the rest of 2016.</b><p>The same formula protects humans and badgers from TB - but a supply shortage has seen use of the badger vaccine suspended to prioritise human health.<p>The …

Flooding & Badger Shooting - Who calls DEFRA's Shots?

What does the badger cull have in common with the recent UK floods – the floods which caused five billion pounds worth of damage, and have destroyed …

Floods

Testing 'more effective' than badger cull

<b>Stepping up cattle testing would be far more effective in controlling bovine TB than shooting badgers, according to computer modelling.</b><p>In a region the size of a typical county, culling badgers would save 12 cows from TB, but more frequent testing would save 193, research suggests.<p>Factors such as …

Are Farm Animals Not Considered Animals?

Yesterday, August 24, was the 48th anniversary of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), a groundbreaking law establishing minimum standards of treatment for animals... Well, some animals.<p>You see, while some animals used for research, as pets, or for exhibition are considered worthy of minimal legal …

Off Grain, Onto Grass: An Author Urges Changes in Animal Farming

<b>How do you alert people to the problems of industrial-scale farming?</b><p>The issues are urgent, but they are also difficult to confront: The indifference to animal welfare, the strip-mining of poor countries’ resources to feed the rich, the environmental damage and antibiotic overuse can be so hard to …

DOH to give 480 treatment centers free anti-rabies vaccines

MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) will provide a full course of anti-rabies vaccines in 480 Animal Bite Treatment Centers nationwide this year …

Public Health

How to improve pain control in livestock

The Beef Cattle Research Council has a new video to help producers better understand new pain control requirements.<p>As of Jan. 1, the national beef …

NSAIDs

Select a Country<p>You are leaving the country website to access another site in the group.<p>Regulatory constraints and medical practices vary from …

Administrative Law

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Canine Flu Update, Veterinary Emergencies, and more ...

Canine Flu Update – Vaccines and More Dr. Jennifer Coates/petMD In the human world, it is the time of flu season. I actually watched a great video …

Looking Back: 6 of the Top Stories of 2015

The FDA has approved the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) animal - salmon - for sale in the US. The salmon, developed by AquaBounty …

Agriculture

Cheap Food Costs Dear | Compassion in World Farming

Last week we attended the 2016 Oxford Real Farming Conference – a two-day gathering of UK sustainable food and farming movements, offering attendees …

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and Factory Farming

You may already know that factory farming creates appalling animal suffering and environmental degradation. But did you know that it also poses a …

Why Nearly Half a Million Sick Chickens and Turkeys Were Suffocated this Week

A new strain of avian influenza infected thousands of birds in Indiana, leading to a controversial method of euthanasia<p>Nearly half a million turkeys and chickens were killed this week in Indiana after contracting a new strain of avian influenza called H7N8. This is a necessary step to stop the …