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Experts puzzled by birth of single owlet
Experts puzzled by birth of single owlet

Wildlife experts baffled by the birth of a single barn owl despite good food supply
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Chatter box The Dog Rescue Federation is asking local authorities to adopt a consistent approach towards dealing with stray dogs and is urging them to be more proactive in tackling irresponsible dog breeding and ownership.

The Federation made the recommendation in a report it has published after conducting a national survey of local authority dog wardens, which 96 per cent of councils in the UK took part in.

The report has been presented to Rob Flello MP, who is a soon to be appointed as chair of an all party group in parliament dealing with dog issues.

The survey findings have also been sent to all local authorities in the UK, DEFRA, MP's, the Local Government Association, the National Dog Wardens' Association, the Dogs Trust and other interested animal welfare organisations and professional bodies.

The report can be viewed at  Chatter box

Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
Conservationist Mark Shand has died after sustaining a serious head injury. Brother to the Duchess of Cornwall, Mr Shand was injured in a fall in New York.
Beef production is more damaging to the environment than other protein sources, study suggests

Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that beef production is approximately 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

It has long been known that beef has a greater impact than other meats, but this paper is the first to quantify the scale in a comparative way, the BBC reports.

The scientists measured the environment inputs required to produce the main sources of protein. It was found that beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy.

Although the study was based on US data, researchers say that the conclusions are applicable in Europe.

Speaking to the BBC, professor Mark Sutton, from the UK's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, said: "The overall environmental footprint of beef is particularly large because it combines a low production efficiency with very high volume,"

"The result is that the researchers estimate that over 60 per cent of the environmental burden of livestock in the US results from beef. Although the exact numbers will be different for Europe, the overall message will be similar: cattle dominate the livestock footprint of both Europe and US."

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