Cabinet signs off on phased ban on fur farms

The Cabinet have signed off on the phased ban of fur farming in Ireland.

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Watch: Ducklings escorted across street by Glasgow pedestrians

Bystanders formed two lines to shield the ducklings and their mother from traffic.

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Ducklings rescued by firefighters with a little help from YouTube

The sound of duck calls on a mobile phone was enough to lure out the four birds.

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Whales from Chinese aquarium starting retirement in Iceland

The whales will be the first aquatic animals to inhabit the sanctuary for cetaceans off Iceland’s southern coast.

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What’s wrong with environmental impact assessments?

The world is to invest $90tn in infrastructure in the next 15 years alone. Well regulated, impartial professionals need to test the impact such changes will bring to the environment, says Maxwell Gomera.

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‘Notoriously difficult to breed’ species of penguin hatched in Birmingham

The baby was nicknamed Flash due to the swift nature of his arrival.

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ISPCA worried Tayto Park Music Festival will cause stress to zoo animals

Meath County Council has been criticised for giving the go-ahead for a music festival at Tayto Park.

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Badger and cub rescued from 10ft drain

The mother and cub were found when a passing dog sniffed them out.

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Cats in the crosshairs: Australia deadly serious about cat culling

Feral felines are driving Australia’s native species towards extinction. Now a massive culling operation is underway to preserve what’s left of the wild. Jessica Camille Aguirre reports

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Homeless kittens found healthy after being born inside Iceland ‘bag for life’

A north-west London resident found a litter of five kittens and their mother inside a plastic bag.

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Record number of calls to ISCPA

The ISPCA has been forced to set up temporary dog kennels at its Co Cork equine centre due to an increase in dog cruelty cases and a crackdown on rogue puppy farmers.

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Report shows the ISPCA has saved more than 5,000 animals in five years

The ISPCA handled a record 17,338 calls about animal cruelty last year with its staff carrying out 3,494 inspections and taking 1,102 animals into care.

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ISPCA warns it needs more funding to cope with increase in animal cruelty cases

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has warned that the organisation needs more funding to cope with the increase in animal cruelty cases reported last year.

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Citizen scientists to be kept busy with Irish honeybee watch

Ireland’s wild honey bees are defying the odds, and experts want to know why.

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Garden feeders boost populations of birds, study suggests

Feeding the birds in the back garden has boosted the populations of an array of species that flock to them, a scientific study in the UK suggests.

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Gardaí investigating after 13 dead rabbits left on path to village school

Gardaí in Fermoy are trying to establish who is responsible for placing 13 dead rabbits on a pathway in the village of Conna in East Cork this morning.

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Seal injured by frisbee round neck released back into sea

Pinkafo was nursed back to health at the RSPCA’s centre at East Winch, near King’s Lynn.

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WATCH: Dramatic gull rescue captivates bystanders in Liverpool

The gull was rushed to a vet for treatment after being freed from netting on the side of a building.

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Death of rare turtle leaves three remaining in the world

Yangtze giant softshell turtles originated in China, making their homes in the Yangtze River and Taihu Lake, according to the People’s Daily.

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Farm cruelty sentence upheld: A fair warning

The idea of animal rights means many different things to many different people, but there is a consensus around wanton animal cruelty. The industrialisation of farming makes it an ever more challenging issue.

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Record Singapore bust highlights plight of pangolin

The pangolin is said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world.

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Rhino poacher killed by elephant and eaten by lions

A rhinoceros poacher in a South Africa wildlife reserve was trampled to death by an elephant and eaten by lions, authorities have said.

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'I had to say something' - Meath trainer responds to Ricky Gervais' 'offensive' tweet in aftermath of Grand National

A top Meath trainer has described a tweet by comedian Ricky Gervais in the aftermath of the Grand National as "very ill-informed and offensive".

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Animal instinct: Giving animals a 'fair deal' is how Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick wants to be remembered

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick is a superhero to his legion of fans. But he tells Caroline O’Doherty he’s just a normal man who hopes his legacy will be that he gave animals a ‘fair deal’

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Report reveals number of wild birds that were killed lawfully by hunters in Europe

A report has found that more than 52 million wild birds are being killed lawfully by hunters in Europe each year.

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The buzz around pollination

Bees are under threat in Ireland, but a handful of experts are now marshalling an army of volunteers all over the island to protect these miniature wonders, writes Amy Lewis.

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Sheep ‘under siege’ from dog attacks

Sheep farmers in the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth say their flocks have been under siege from dog attacks in recent months.

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Fossils reveal new species of extinct mammals

The three mammals were unique to the Cayman Islands, existing nowhere else in the world.

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Litter of pups and their mum among 'alarming' number of dogs left abandoned at Dogs Trust after Christmas

An average of 10 calls a day were made to the organisation's centre in Finglas between St Stephen's Day and the end of January.

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Striking X-ray pictures show inner workings of London Zoo animals

The creatures include frogs, snakes and armadillos.

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Bald puppies on the road to recovery after being dumped

The three puppies were dumped at a vets practice in Halifax a week apart.

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WATCH: Rare footage shows tiger cubs playing in Russia

A family of four Siberian tiger cubs have been caught playing on camera in a Russian nature reserve.

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Dog found with knife in neck put down after becoming aggressive to rescuers

A dog found with a knife lodged in his neck has had to be put down after becoming "increasingly out of control" and aggressive towards rescuers.

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Two dead boa constrictors found in ditch at playing field in UK

One snake had been dumped in a bin liner, while the other was spotted lying in the grass.

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Rescued Cork dog named Rebel makes miraculous recovery after being found neglected

A rescued dog named Rebel who was found neglected with horrific injuries in the Bandon area of Cork has since made a miraculous recovery.

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Tigers may become extinct within a decade: Here’s how to see them ethically, and support their survival

This magnificent, iconic creature might be on its last legs. Here’s how to be part of the solution, and see tigers at the same time.

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Hundreds of people offer home to dog cuddled by Meghan

Minnie the Jack Russell looks set to be placed with a family.

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Stray dog found in Scotland bleeding from head with blade in neck

The Johnston Bull Terrier is in a stable condition following surgery and the Scottish SPCA is appealing for information.

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Hard to find old dog new digs, says shelter owner

A quarter of all dogs surrendered to an animal shelter last year were old pets handed in by elderly owners who were no longer capable of looking after them.

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Brave dentist performs root canal procedure on Sumatran tiger

Fabi, who weighs more than 100kg, was under anaesthetic for the two-and-a-half hour procedure.

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Four dogs seized at Dublin Port

Four dogs have been seized as part of a joint operation between Revenue’s Customs service and the DSPCA at Dublin Port in the last week, it has been announced.

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Puppies left under rubbish pile saved after passer-by hears their cries

Two puppies have been rescued after being found under a pile of rubbish in Longford when their cries were heard by a passer-by.

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Firefighters called to zoo to free rhino trapped in tyre

The male juvenile rhino had been stuck for more than an hour.

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Animals used 240k times for research last year

Live animals including dogs, horses, and rabbits, were used in research and testing procedures 242,302 times last year — up 7% since 2016.

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These hipster monkeys have the coolest moustaches in the animal kingdom

The emperor tamarin may or may not be named for Kaiser Wilhelm II.

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Looking for a feline friend? DSPCA have over 100 kittens looking for their forever homes

Over 100 kittens are currently looking for their forever homes.

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Chihuahua puppy seized at Dublin Port

A man who was travelling from the UK was stopped and questioned in routine operations.

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A pet bought for Christmas on a whim is bound to lead a dog’s life

Some friends lost a cherished family dog recently. She was enormously loved, but, at 10 years of age, had been ill for a while. In the space of a few weeks, she went downhill.

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People urged to stay away from grey seals after angler rescue

The Scottish SPCA expects to care for more than 100 pups over autumn and winter.

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Villagers crush tigress to death with tractor in India wildlife reserve

Villagers in northern India have crushed a tigress to death with a tractor after it killed a man, despite the animal living in a wildlife reserve, officials have said.

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Charities offer advise on how to keep your pet safe this Halloween

It's true what they say about dog being a man's best friend and even more true that our pets are our family and we would do anything to keep them safe.

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Donkeys found struggling to survive in patch of waste ground learn to live again

Three donkeys are learning to live again after being discovered battling to survive alongside the carcasses of two others.

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Driver saves life of squirrel after car scare

The remorseful motorist appeared to be performing CPR.

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An adorably wrinkly baboon has been born at San Diego Zoo

The baby Hamadryas baboon has made her public debut in the form of a cute video.

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Animal welfare organisation to launch campaign about risks of buying pets online

An animal welfare organisation is urging the public not to buy pets online.

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South Africa reports ‘dramatic decline’ in killing of rhinos

Figures suggest a 26% fall in deaths from the equivalent period last year.

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Kitten put to sleep after being pushed through charity shop letterbox

An animal charity in Cavan is appealing for information after a kitten was pushed through its letterbox.

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Demand for ‘show’ pets risks animals’ lives

The blue macaw, popularised in the children’s movie Rio, has become extinct in the wild.

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Animal welfare: if you want cheap knitwear, it’s the sheep that may suffer

Lindsay Hamilton examines the cruel link between economics and animal welfare

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