Australian state reverses ban on greyhound racing after six weeks

October 11, 2016 – The reversal on the greyhound racing ban in Australian state of New South Wales announced today has one animal welfare organisation saying giving the industry a second chance will only cost animals lives. NSW state premier Mike Baird’s about-turn on his greyhound racing ban came after mounting pressure from the state...
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Fendish feline behaviour forces cat behaviourist to issue ASBOs

September 19, 2016 – UK cat behaviourist Anita Kelsey has started issuing her particularly pawly-behaved cat clients with anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) after some of the mischievous moggies played up during grooming sessions and even resorted to spates of scratching. Anita, who has been running her Notting Hill, London, cat consultancy for five years, introduced...
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Did you know bones are bad for dogs?

September 26, 2016 – It’s a common misconception that bones are good for dogs, but as the owner of one-year-old Mastiff-type Chico discovered last week, they can cause medical emergencies. The x-ray below appears to show Chico’s ‘spare rib’. But the anomaly was actually down to the greedy pet swallowing a six-inch cow rib bone...
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National Animal Welfare Trust launches ‘Puppy Pledge’ campaign

September 13, 2016 – UK rescue and rehoming charity National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) is trying to help pets owners avoid buying puppies from unlicensed breeders or puppy farmers with the launch of the NAWT Puppy Pledge. The NAWT Puppy Pledge is designed to be signed by anyone who is interested in animal welfare issues ...
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Over 90,000 greyhounds missing in Australian state; racing ‘wastage’?

September 13, 2016 – More than 90,000 greyhounds have gone ‘missing’ in New South Wales, Australia, feared victims of ‘wastage’ as the greyhound racing industry calls the euthanasia of perfectly healthy dogs, a cruel practice that has contributed to the banning of greyhound racing in the state from July next year. On 24 August, the...
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Diagnosing pets using the internet: yes or no?

September 7, 2016 – At a recent Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) New South Wales Division Conference, vet Laurie Milne spoke about the inaccuracy of pet information on the internet and cautioned pet owners against diagnosing their pets’ illnesses or conditions via the web. Pet News Today founder and editor-in-chief Polly Stewart said while Dr Milne made...
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Crowdfunded cat collar uses ultra violet rays to alert birds

September 13, 2016  – Billions of birds fall prey to domestic cats annually but US company ChirpOn, LLC has developed a bird repelling cat collar it’s aiming to bring to market with a Crowdfunding campaign. The ‘ChirpOn Cat Collar for Birds’ is designed to take advantage of the unique characteristics of bird vision discovered by researchers in...
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