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A new invader to eat rice plants?

The Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) for Britain doesn’t list apple snails (Pomacea canaliculata and P. maculata) as invasive species, but perhaps it should. Apple snails are aquatic. They spread when there’s flooding, when they cling onto larger animals or onto … Continue reading

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Has the red kite become a pest?

Here in Britain the red kite (Milvus milvus) was hunted almost to extinction. In the 16th century it was classed as vermin, supposedly a threat to agriculture. A few centuries later, along came gamekeepers whose job was (and still is) … Continue reading

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Japanese Company To Stop Selling Pet Food Made From Fin Whales

Originally posted on Ann Novek( Luure)–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors:
The Guardian 2013-05-30: Michinoku Farm had been advertising jerky-like snacks for dogs made from North Atlantic fin whales at risk of extinction Icelandic whalers…

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Two thirds of the British public are unaware animal cosmetic testing is illegal in UK

When I mention lab animals, nearly everybody assumes that I’m talking about torturing innocent creatures – shampoo in bunnies’ eyes – but it’s not so. Here in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, that kind of thing has been illegal for … Continue reading

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Rat poison ban could mean pest outbreak

Everywhere that people live in buildings, rats live too. In many places, including here in Britain, the most common kind of rat is the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). In different settings the rat is a charming pet (sometimes bred in … Continue reading

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Spreading the vaccination message on World Veterinary Day

Originally posted on Sciencelens:
It’s 27 April, and today is World Veterinary Day. Celebrated since 2000 on the last Saturday in April, each year features a specific theme of particular interest to the veterinary community. This year, World Veterinary Day…

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Stinging nettles

Originally posted on changinglifestyleblog:
Weed of the week Stinging Nettles Urtica dioica.

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