Month: July 2020

Illinois Coronavirus Update July 31: 176,896 Cases, 7,478 Deaths

ILLINOIS — The state is headed in the wrong direction, Illinois public health director Ngozi Ezike made clear this week, asking Illinoisans to make small sacrifices now to avoid large ones later. State health officials on Thursday announced 1,772 new cases of the coronavirus — the most since May 24 — and 18 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide total now stands at 176,896 confirmed infections and 7,478 known deaths. Another 1,242 probable cases and 192 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Champaign County: 1 female

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How to keep your pets cool in hot weather

Sunny weather offers little relief for pets, especially those with fur coats, so keep them from overheating with these products: iStock
Sunny weather offers little relief for pets, especially those with fur coats, so keep them from overheating with these products: iStock

As summer brings sunny skies and rising temperatures, it’s great for activities outdoors, sunbathing in the garden or having a swim in your local lido.

It’s less fun however for pets, who can find coping in the heat difficult as many domestic animals have fur coats which offer little respite. Not to mention, there’s little air conditioning to be found in homes across the UK.

As RSPCA animal welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines explains, some pets, like dogs, don’t

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As a quarter of UK native mammals face extinction, here’s how your garden can help

Here's how to ensure your garden is wildlife-friendly to help endangered animals thrive: iStock/The Independent
Here’s how to ensure your garden is wildlife-friendly to help endangered animals thrive: iStock/The Independent

According to the Mammal Society, a UK charity supporting mammal conservation, 11 of 47 animals native to Britain are at risk of becoming extinct “imminently”.

In the first official Red List for British mammals, creatures most at risk include hedgehogs, red squirrel, water voles, hazel dormouse and the grey long-eared bat.

The list has been authorised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which identifies globally endangered species such as tigers and elephants.

Habitat loss, degradation, historical persecution and invasive non-native species

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Pets get extra medical care amid coronavirus lockdown, increasing the need for vets

ORLANDO, Fla. — With more people staying home during the coronavirus pandemic and playing closer attention to their dogs and cats, the need for veterinary care is booming right now.

That and other factors which arose before the virus emerged are fueling the need for thousands of new workers at animal clinics across the U.S.

According to an April 2020 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary jobs are expected to grow by 18% from 2018 to 2028, with 15,600 new jobs added. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics did not specify what kind of veterinary jobs will

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The availability of ‘animal crush’ content has created a cat-and-mouse subculture of attention-seeking animal abusers and the web sleuths who suss them out

Those who make animal torture videos can escalate from bugs, to mice, and then eventually larger domesticated pets, experts say.
Those who make animal torture videos can escalate from bugs, to mice, and then eventually larger domesticated pets, experts say.

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  • “Animal crush” videos are an extreme version of violent porn shared online where animals are filmed being tortured and killed.

  • These graphic videos break animal cruelty laws, as well as federal “animal crush” distribution statutes.

  • Animal crush videos are nothing new, but a recent case involving an Indiana woman peaked an web sleuth movement where animal advocates around the world worked long hours to track her down. 

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