Month: June 2020

Can social media be weaponised against the illegal wildlife trade?

Elephant tusks confiscated in Singapore: EPA
Elephant tusks confiscated in Singapore: EPA

It can be hard to grasp the vast scale of some illegal wildlife seizures that hit the headlines; nine tonnes of ivory found in a container arriving into Vietnam from the Democratic Republic of Congo; more than 10,000 live turtles and tortoises packed into a Madagascan house; 4,000 pangolins defrosting inside a shipping container at a port in Sumatra.

But the recent trend of “seize and post” – in which law enforcers upload photographs of their discoveries to social media – is helping to open the world’s eyes to this multibillion pound illegal trade.

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5 delightful doggies to adopt now in Orlando

<p>Photos: Petfinder</p>

Photos: Petfinder

Interested in adopting a pet — or just gazing at some lovable pups up for adoption? There are dozens of deserving dogs up for adoption at animal shelters in and around Orlando.

Animal shelters and pet rescue groups work hard to care for unhoused pets and connect them to loving homes. Hoodline used data from Petfinder to power this roundup of dogs currently available for adoption.

(Details like pet availability, training, vaccinations and other features are based on data provided by Petfinder and may be subject to change; contact the shelter for the latest information.)

Ruby, Belgian shepherd

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Illinois Coronavirus Update June 29: 142,461 Cases, 6,902 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Monday announced 738 new cases of the coronavirus and 14 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. Monday’s deathtoll is the lowest since March 30, and the statewide totals now stand at 142,461 confirmed infections and 6,902 deaths, not counting another 1,053 probable cases and an additional 201 probable deaths.

The latest deaths include:

  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 1 female 90s

  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s

  • Perry County:

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17 Ways Pets Help People Cope With Loneliness

[Left] Cat looking a woman's hair. [Right] A woman hugging a happy dog
[Left] Cat looking a woman’s hair. [Right] A woman hugging a happy dog

For people with pets, many of us have special bonds with our animals. They get happy when we’re happy, and when something is wrong, they can tell something is up. If you’re ever feeling lonely about being isolated from other people, your pet may try and put a smile on your face — or just make you smile without even trying.

While most people have now experienced being isolated from other people because of the coronavirus pandemic, it can be a norm for many people who live

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Why you need to stop touching my dog without asking

Abigail Butcher photographed with her dog Thala at their home in Lymington, Hampshire. - John Lawrence
Abigail Butcher photographed with her dog Thala at their home in Lymington, Hampshire. – John Lawrence

We all think our animals and children are attractive; fact. But my dog, a five-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback called Thala, is a particularly fine specimen and commands huge swathes of (often unwanted) attention wherever we go.

With her intense, yellow eyes and distinctive strip of hair growing the wrong way down the length of her back, Thala is some kind of celebrity when we’re out. Often without asking me first, folk think nothing of trying to stroke her whether I’m eating, talking or walking with

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