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      Calls for new dog licences to better control unruly pets in England

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 15 June - 05:00

    Scottish-style right to roam deal should train owners and protect livestock and wildlife, say campaigners

    Dogs and their owners must be brought to heel with the return of dog licences, registration for breeders and a ban on toxic flea treatments, campaigners have said.

    The activists from the Right to Roam campaign want a deal for dogs to protect farmers’ livestock and vulnerable wildlife from being menaced by Britain’s rising dog population and out-of-control dog behaviour.

    Do not allow your dog to approach animals or people uninvited

    Don’t linger if wildlife is disturbed by your presence

    Where possible avoid animals – release your dog if threatened by cattle

    Always keep your dog in sight and under control – if in doubt use a lead.

    Don’t take your dog into fields of vegetables and fruit unless there is a clear path.

    Finish the jobbie – bag it and bin it. Take it home when bins aren’t available.

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      200 cats, 200 dogs, one lab: the secrets of the pet food industry – podcast

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 1 April - 04:00

    Pet food is a £120bn industry, with vast resources spent on working out how best to nourish and delight our beloved charges. But how do we know if we’re getting it right? By Vivian Ho

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      Digested week: Germany has the right idea on dachshunds. Dogs should be cuddly | Lucy Mangan

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 29 March - 10:48

    Germans want to ban ‘torture breeding’ for extreme characteristics. Plus: don’t even think about swimming in British waters this Easter

    I’ll say this for the Germans: when they’re right, they’re so right. Word reaches us that dachshunds are to be banned in Germany.

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      A common plant virus is an unlikely ally in the war on cancer

      WIRED · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 11 October, 2020 - 11:05 · 1 minute

    A cowpea plant flower.

    Enlarge / A cowpea plant flower. (credit: Maria Dattola Photography | Getty Images )

    Jack Hoopes spends a lot of time with dying dogs. A veterinary radiation specialist at Dartmouth College, Hoopes has spent his decades-long career treating canine cancers with the latest experimental therapies as a pathway for developing human treatments. Recently, many of Hoopes’ furry patients have come to him with a relatively common oral cancer that will almost certainly kill them within a few months if left untreated. Even if the cancer goes into remission after radiation treatment, there’s a very high chance it will soon re-emerge.

    For Hoopes, it’s a grim prognosis that’s all too familiar. But these pups are in luck. They’re patients in an experimental study exploring the efficacy of a new cancer treatment derived from a common plant virus. After receiving the viral therapy, several of the dogs had their tumors disappear entirely and lived into old age without recurring cancer. Given that around 85 percent of dogs with oral cancer will develop a new tumor within a year of radiation therapy, the results were striking. The treatment, Hoopes felt, had the potential to be a breakthrough that could save lives, both human and canine.

    “If a treatment works in dog cancer, it has a very good chance of working, at some level, in human patients,” says Hoopes.

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