LA bans use of exotic, wild animals for entertainment

The issue came up four years ago when “a baby giraffe and elephant were being marched up the Hollywood Hills for a house party,” said David Ryu, the councilman who sponsored the ordinance. He calls such uses barbaric.

Here’s A List Of Some Of The Most Unusual Animals, Reptiles Available At A Typical Wuhan Wet Market

Photo from Douban of a menu at #Wuhan Huanan Seafood Market. Don’t know when it was taken, but they sell all kinds of wild animals incl. live wolf pups & palm civets. 2nd photo taken after outbreak discovered shows this storefront (3rd left) covering word “野 (wild)” in its name. pic.twitter.com/HiQlzX4XBX

Some California counties reject U.S. policy of killing predatory wildlife

“USDA’s Wildlife Services provides expert federal leadership to responsibly manage one of our nation’s most valued resources — our wildlife,” said Espinosa, adding that federal trappers are intricately involved in controlling the spread of the invasive rodent called nutria and keeping track of gray wolves in California. “Providing property owners with wildlife damage management assistance […]

Animal Crossing’s low-stakes domesticity is a soothing balm for stressed millennials

Sadly, the universe had other plans. Instead of “getting out there”, I’ve been doing YouTube workouts in my living room. The only road trips I’ve been taking are in my dreams. I’ve only felt the wind in my hair when I can be bothered to crack out the hair dryer before staff meetings on Zoom. […]

Animals explore cities during COVID-19 lockdowns

Noida’s busiest sector had an unexpected guest. In Sector 18 of Noida, outside the Great India Place Mall, a Nilgai or a blue bull was spotted walking leisurely on the road. The sight was a welcome change from the usually jam-packed road, which sees cars lined up bumper to bumper until the lockdown was announced. […]

Human impact on the environment may make pandemics more likely, experts warn

Daszak and his team analyzed every known emerging disease over the past 60 years to assess its most likely point of origin and analyzed the changes happening in those places that could have caused pandemics to emerge. “Our analysis shows that land use change — the conversion of tropical forest into agricultural land and livestock […]

We can’t tell you when lockdown will end – because we don’t know: UK’s chief scientific adviser says it is ‘premature’ to put a time frame on next steps as cases and deaths must stabilise first

He also told airlines they must allow passengers to change tickets, including between carriers, as he told travellers: ‘For those still in those countries where commercial options are still available, don’t wait, don’t run the risk of getting stranded, the airlines are standing by to help you, please book your tickets as soon as possible.

Britain didn’t properly prepare for coronavirus testing because it planned to rely on discredited ‘herd immunity’ strategy, claims leading scientist

In a small group of patients, who seem mainly to be the elderly or those with long-term illnesses, it can lead to pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection in which the insides of the lungs swell up and fill with fluid. It makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and, if left untreated, can be fatal and […]

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS hospital in London is ‘about to run out of two essential anaesthetic drugs’ for intensive care patients amid the coronavirus crisis

Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they’re tested, so only the more serious […]

NHS hospitals ‘could soon run out of two essential anaesthetic drugs’ for intensive care patients amid the coronavirus crisis

Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they’re tested, so only the more serious […]