Tag: livestock

Llamas, geese, pigs and other livestock among evacuees in wildfire shelters as farmers battle to save livelihood

Hundreds of farm animals evacuated to Salem (Andrew Buncombe)
Hundreds of farm animals evacuated to Salem (Andrew Buncombe)

As flames approached Francisco Maldonado’s homestead high in the hills, there was one thing of which he was certain: he could not leave behind his uncle’s goats.

His family had laboured long, hard years to make them a going concern, and he could not lose them. They threw them in the back of a Dodge truck with a canopy, and drove them to Salem. “We didn’t have a lot of time,” he said. “We had to get on with getting going.”

This week, the 41-year-old was taking care of the 23

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As death toll mounts, volunteers brave Oregon wildfires to rescue stranded livestock

Volunteers struggle to gather sheep for rescue near Colton, Ore., in the Riverside wildfire south of Portland. <span class="copyright">(Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Volunteers struggle to gather sheep for rescue near Colton, Ore., in the Riverside wildfire south of Portland. (Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)

The plea for help appeared on Facebook just after noon: Dozens of animals were trapped on a farm outside the Oregon town of Colton. A wildfire was closing in.

Suzi Cloutier jumped into her pickup and headed south, towing a horse trailer.

As director of an animal sanctuary outside Portland, Cloutier has been on high alert amid some of the worst wildfires in Oregon history.

She sped past barricades near Colton, 30 miles south of Portland on

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China calls dogs ‘companions’ and removes as livestock ahead of Yulin dog meat festival

China’s government has called dogs “companions” and reportedly signalled a wider ban on dog meat consumption was ahead, just weeks before the Yulin dog meat festival.

The announcement today from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs came as a final Directory of Genetic Resources of Livestock and Poultry was published and omitted dogs from the long list of animals allowed to be commercially bred, raised and traded.

A government spokesperson said that the majority of people who took part in a public consultation process opposed including dogs as livestock, adding that dogs have long been domesticated as “companions” and

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