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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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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”
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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
Early spring ‘could spell disaster’ for wildlife
Early spring ‘could spell disaster’ for wildlife

Met Office predicts cold snap to follow unseasonably warm weather
DNA study sheds light on myxoma resistance
DNA study sheds light on myxoma resistance

Modern rabbits compared with specimens from before 1950s outbreak
Tiger dies after fight with two others at Longleat
Tiger dies after fight with two others at Longleat

News comes just days after death of London Zoo tiger
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AHDB Pork calls for stepped-up biosecurity

Pig farmers are being urged to step up biosecurity to reduce the risk of swine dysentery in their herds.

According to Farmers Weekly, AHDB Pork have confirmed cases in the north and east of the UK and is calling on producers to focus on hygiene to protect their animals.

Members of the AHDB Pork Significant diseases charter are reported to have been informed of the outbreaks.

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