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From Africa to Asia, the scaly anteater is being hunted to extinction

The pangolin is the only truly scaled mammal in the world and is, fittingly, nicknamed the scaly anteater. In Gabon, where its meat is particularly popular, and, in Vietnam, where its scales are thought to have healing powers, our Observers have been raising the alarm about a sharp increase in the poaching of this animal on the brink of extinction. Read more..

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Dogs hanged on French island overrun by strays

 
Koungou, a town of just over 26,000 people in the north-west of the French overseas department of Mayotte, has been overrun with stray dogs. With authorities failing struggling to deal with the problem, some residents have decided to deal with it on their own. Read more...
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Casablanca zoo: A death trap for animals?

 
Animal rights activists in Morocco are up in arms at the distressing state of Ain Sebaa zoo in Morocco. The zoo, which houses species on the verge of extinction such as Atlas lions and tapirs, is the subject of protests and petitions as locals mobilise to highlight the alarming conditions for the animals. Read more...
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Video of horse being beaten shocks Saudis

 
In a country where the horse is king, the following video has caused a real scandal. Two men were filmed violently striking a horse’s forehead and laughing. The video has widely circulated online, prompting many Saudis to call for the men to be brought to justice. Read more...
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Activists struggle to get elderly polar bear out of the Argentina heat

Arturo is a 28-year-old polar bear who lives in a zoo in Mendoza, Argentina. For months, activists have been campaigning to get him out of Mendoza, saying the scorching hot weather is taking a toll on him. A zoo in Canada has even offered to adopt him, but local authorities have swayed back and forth on whether to let him go. Read more…

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A better life for Jakarta’s dancing monkeys

Little monkeys, wearing masks and dancing… Sound cute? At first glance, maybe. But Indonesia’s dancing monkeys, which are used for begging, are often treated horribly. After several years of campaigning, Jakarta animal rights activists have succeeded in getting the local authorities to listen up and rescue the monkeys from the capital’s streets. Read more…

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“May God bless and protect dear Kitty and Rex”

 
If baptising children grants them God’s protection, why not also bless family pets? Spain’s Catholics apparently take the issue very seriously. Each year on January 17 they bring their dogs, cats, hamsters and goldfish to Church to receive the blessing of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. Read more and see the photos…
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Too ugly to protect?

We all know about the plight of the giant panda and would love to do our bit to protect it from extinction. But who has ever heard of the Surinam toad or the white Wartyback mussel? The two species are well on their way to extinction - but because they're not camera friendly, no one really cares. Read more...

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