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China reclassifies dogs as pets, not livestock

New guidelines drafted in post-virus regulatory push

Shanghai | Reuters — China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential “game changer” in animal welfare. Though dog meat remains a delicacy in many regions, the ministry of agriculture […] Read more

Big brown bats are one of the nine bat species in Alberta.

Misunderstood bats don’t deserve their bad rap

Expert says bats aren’t a rabies threat but gobble up 
a lot of mosquitoes and pests like wheat midge

Bats are associated with scary things like vampires and rabies, but it’s time to give the critters a break. “For some reason, bats have a negative image around them,” said Lisa Card, a conservation technician with Highway 2 Conservation, which serves Sturgeon, Athabasca, Barrhead, and Westlock counties. “It might be because they are nocturnal and […] Read more


What to do when the bats come home to roost

Bats in your belfry? Or rather, your barn or attic? “If you know that you have bats in your house, chances are it’s because there is not a good habitat for them somewhere else,” says conservation technician Lisa Card. “Most species would rather not be there, but their habitat has been altered and for whatever […] Read more