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illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why aren’t we talking about that?

Illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why...

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Picture: Sipa USA This month, the Victorian government announced on-the-spot fines for trespassers on farms following an upper house inquiry into how animal activism affects agriculture. It’s the latest in a string of new state and federal laws designed...
the leadbeater’s possum finally had its day in court. it may change the future of logging in australia

The Leadbeater’s possum finally had its day in court. It may change the future...

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Picture: Shuttlestock The Federal Court last week ruled that VicForests – a timber company owned by the Victorian government – breached environmental laws when they razed the habitat of the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum and the vulnerable greater glider. Environmentalists welcomed the...
are ‘dog years’ for real? an explanation of calculating canine age

Are ‘dog years’ for real? An explanation of calculating canine age

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Picture: Riley - Terena Furney If your dog has been alive and kicking its paws about for a decade, the widely held belief is that it has aged as much as a human would have...

One cat, one year, 110 native animals: lock up your pet, it’s a killing...

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Picture: Anton Darius/Unsplash We know feral cats are an enormous problem for wildlife – across Australia, feral cats collectively kill more than three billion animals per year. Cats have played a leading role in most of Australia’s 34...
abuse and abandonment: why pets are at risk during this pandemic

Abuse and abandonment: why pets are at risk during this pandemic

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Picture: Shuttlestock In a few short months the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a series of dramatic social, political and environmental changes. Yet the focus remains resolutely on humans, leaving animals largely out of the picture. While...

Meet Chimbu, the blue-eyed, bear-eared tree kangaroo. Your cuppa can help save his species

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Picture: Healesville Sanctuary, Author provided Tree kangaroos are so unusual that when Europeans first encountered them in Australia in 1872, they were sceptical. Who would believe a kangaroo could climb a tree? But the recent birth of Chimbu – a...
b&bs for birds and bees: transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven

B&Bs for birds and bees: transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven

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Graphic by: Wes Mountain/The Conversation Just like humans, animals like living near coastal plains and waterways. In fact, cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are “biodiversity hotspots” – boasting fresh water, varied topographies and relatively rich soil to sustain...
want to help save wildlife after the fires? you can do it in your own backyard

Want to help save wildlife after the fires? You can do it in your...

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Picture: Dean Ingwersen/Birdlife Australia/AAP People living in cities far from the unprecedented bushfires this summer may feel they can do little more to help beyond donating to organisations that support affected wildlife. But this is not necessarily...
8 things we do that really confuse our dogs

8 things we do that really confuse our dogs

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Chi: Picture Rob Greaves Dog behaviour is extraordinarily flexible – this is why we can keep them in our homes and take them to cafes with us at the weekend. Nevertheless, there are ways in which...

Animals suffer for meat production – and abattoir workers do too

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There’s even a form of post-traumatic stress disorder linked to repetitive killing: Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress (PITS).  Shutterstock Industrial livestock farms or factory farms account for more than 50% of global pork and poultry meat production and 10%...