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Audible launches series of books for dogs

Research finds audiobooks have a calming effect
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Chatter box The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

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FOUR PAWS to rescue Gaza zoo animals
FOUR PAWS to rescue Gaza zoo animals

Vets to evacuate 40 animals late March
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Hen harriers '10 times more likely to die or disappear on grouse moors'
Hen harriers '10 times more likely to die or disappear on grouse moors'

Study sheds light on fate of tagged birds
Dead whale consumed 40kg of plastic waste
Dead whale consumed 40kg of plastic waste

Conservationists call for government action against ocean polluters
Scientists call for action on threatened species
Scientists call for action on threatened species

Study reveals global map of wildlife “cool spots” and “hot spots”
Charity urges amphibian traders to step up biosecurity
Charity urges amphibian traders to step up biosecurity

ZSL working to prevent Bsal fungus from infecting wild populations
Wildlife groups criticise new laws on non-native species
Wildlife groups criticise new laws on non-native species

Order will prevent grey squirrels being released back into the wild
Chimpanzee population threatened by Chinese dam
Chimpanzee population threatened by Chinese dam

Up to 1,500 Western chimps could die as a result
Wildcat population ‘no longer viable’ in Scotland
Wildcat population ‘no longer viable’ in Scotland

Cat owners ‘have an important role’ in reversing declines
Views sought on new protections for seabirds
Views sought on new protections for seabirds

Government announces plans to extend Isles of Scilly Special Protection Area
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New shearing guidance for farmers and contractors

Industry bodies have produced guidance for farmers and contractors on how to handle sheep during shearing to avoid stress and injury.

The guidance includes every step - from the presentation of sheep and facilities for shearing, through to using a contractor and shearers - and aims to ensure shearing is carried out safely, efficiently and with high standards of animal welfare.

Guide co-author Jill Hewitt from the NAAC said: “Shearing is a professional job that takes significant skill. Shearers take their responsibility to protect animal welfare very seriously and it will be a positive step to remind everyone of the importance of working together.’

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