Cat Reunited With Norfolk Owners Six Years After Going Missing 150 Miles From Home

EDP 24:

When jet black Mac jumped off Stuart Emery’s narrow boat during a holiday in Staffordshire and never returned, he feared the worse for his pet puss.

In the years following his disappearance in 2006, the retired printer and his wife Maureen returned to the same spot in Stoke-on-Trent on several occasions but never found Mac – who had been a pet since he was a kitten.

But, a few weeks ago, the 18-year-old cat was spotted and picked up by an animal welfare charity before derelict buildings along the canal side were demolished.

Now – as the song goes – Mac is back in town and enjoying life again on the same narrow boat which is moored on the Little Ouse river south of Downham Market.

“It’s simply astonishing,” said Mr Emery, 64…

RSPCA Fury At Carnage Of Cheltenham Horses As Five Die At Bloodiest Openening To Festival For Six Years

Daily Mail:

The deaths of five horses at  Cheltenham ‘simply cannot be  justified’, the RSPCA said yesterday [15 March].

The animals had to be put down  after suffering terrible injuries in what has been the bloodiest opening to the festival in six years.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the deaths revealed ‘the unacceptable face of horse racing’ and demanded a review of safety procedures to prevent it from happening again…

RSPCA Speaks Out In Debate On Lab Animal Transport

The RSPCA has reacted strongly to debate in the media about the transport of animals for research.

Following reports that the international transport of lab animals is being reduced by airline and ferry companies, some astonishing claims were made in the media yesterday (14 March) about the need for animal experiments.

Dr Maggy Jennings, head of the RSPCA’s Research Animal Department, said, “Transport of animals around the world, whatever the reason, is a huge concern for the RSPCA because of the significant distress it causes.

“In this case, the reason for the transport – the use of animals in experiments and the suffering this can cause – makes it an even more serious concern for the RSPCA and for the public alike.

“However, it is the underlying issue of animal research that must be tackled, and tackled much more effectively. Despite the levels of public concern, in the UK we have seen an astonishing 37 per cent increase in animal experiments over the last decade.”

Some ludicrous claims were also made that laboratory animals are transported ‘in comfort’, when scientific studies have repeatedly shown that transport can be incredibly stressful for animals, even when done according to industry guidelines.

Dr Jennings added: “All animal experiments are said to be ‘absolutely necessary’ and done to the ‘highest possible standards’ but we know that is not the case. There are well validated reports of animals suffering unnecessarily in experiments that are poorly designed and badly conducted and that in our view cause needless suffering and are a complete waste of animals’ lives.

“While the RSPCA does not believe in intimidation of transport companies, and we know a ‘ban’ on import for scientific procedures could just mean the research will still be done elsewhere, we welcome the debate about animal experimentation.

“Indeed, it is very timely – the UK government is at this moment drafting new legislation on animal experiments and the RSPCA is extremely concerned that they plan to lower standards in the UK to conform with those in the rest of Europe.

“During the consultation process on the new UK law, there has been resistance to maintaining higher UK standards of animal housing and care, on the grounds that this will make UK animals too expensive so researchers will buy cheaper animals from the continent. This would mean subjecting animals to the stress of transport just to save money, which would be morally wrong and was not mentioned by government or industry in the media debate.”

The RSPCA believes that lowering UK standards of regulation would lead to an increase in suffering and will do nothing to drive what really needs to be achieved – replacement of animals with humane alternatives, without further delay. “

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Shark Diving More Profitable Than Shark Finning – And Chumming Does No Harm

Wildlife Extra:

Ecotourism activities that use food to attract and concentrate wildlife for viewing have become a controversial topic in ecological studies. This debate is best exemplified by the shark dive tourism industry, a highly lucrative and booming global market. Use of chum or food to attract big sharks to areas where divers can view the dwindling populations of these animals has generated significant criticism because of the potential for ecological and behavioral impacts to the species. However, the debate has been largely rhetorical due to a lack of sufficient data to make any conclusions either way…

Lab Targeted In Animal Rights Protest

News & Crier:

Animal rights activists marched in St Ives as part of a protest against the work of Harlan Laboratories site at nearby Wyton where animals are bred for research.

The group marched through the town centre after a demonstration outside Harlan’s premises organised by the National Anti-Vivisection Alliance (NAVA).

Dr Victoria Martindale, of Safer Medicines, who was one of the speakers at the rally in St Ives, said: “It is an industry where torture and murder goes on in secret.

“Without Harlan the vivisection industry would not survive”…

The Animal Rights ‘Lone Wolf’ Feared By The Ferry Firms

Telegraph:

A campaign which led ferry companies to stop importing animals for medical research was masterminded by a single animal rights militant backed by just a handful of supporters.

Luke Steele managed to force ferry companies to stop carrying live animals destined for science laboratories simply by encouraging a small number of fellow activists to inundate the firms’ directors with emails and letters…

The International Fund For Animal Welfare Is Chosen For YouTube’s Inaugural Next Cause Class

Sacramento Bee:

YouTube has selected IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) to be a member of its first official YouTube Next Cause class for leading nonprofit organizations.

From thousands of eligible organizations, YouTube selected IFAW and 19 others to participate in the launch of its Next Cause program based on the organizations’ commitment to using YouTube, demonstrated passion for improving their use of online video and future potential for using YouTube to engage audiences and drive action.

“IFAW is proud to be a participating organization for this inaugural YouTube Next Cause class,” said Erica Martin. “The generosity of the YouTube team and Google at large to support the nonprofit sector with these sorts of initiatives helps not only IFAW but also nonprofits around the world to better reach like-minded supporters and affect true change”…