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LONDON - Britain's Princess Anne said gassing badgers was a "much nicer" way to cull them rather than shooting them, in an interview to be aired Sunday. Credit: Flickr Queen Elizabeth II's daughter discussed the recent pilot badger culls -- which took place in Gloucestershire, southwest England, where she lives and farms -- aimed at curbing the spread of tuberculosis in cattle. An independent report on the pilots found the level of culling needed to bring about a reduction in bovine TB had not been achieved by the shooting of free-running badgers. Anne, 63, told BBC television that "most of the people who did it in the past will tell you that gas is a much nicer way of doing it, if...

You already know that it makes much better sense environmentally to watch bears than to shoot them. Now it turns out that it also makes better sense from an economic standpoint: there is much more money to be made in looking at bears than there is in hunting them. Visitors are flocking to the Great Bear Rain Forest in British Columbia, Canada, just to see the bears. That's great news, especially because a study conducted by the Centre for Responsible Tourism, a research institute at Stanford University in Washington, D.C., and funded by the conservation organization Tides Canada, concluded that bear-related ecotourism is exponentially more profitable than trophy hunting. "We found that...

Japan's owl cafes - coffee shops with live owls that patrons can hold, pet and otherwise interact with on a limited basis - have gained popularity in recent months, but critics are saying these businesses are cruel to the birds, Mother Nature Network reported. At a typical owl cafe, customers are allowed to handle and pet owls, often while the owls are perched on customers' hands or shoulders. Usually, the customers must either pay a cover charge or adhere to a drink minimum in order to interact with the owls. Similar cat cafes have been such a hit in Japan that other animal cafes have cropped up throughout the country. These coffee shops/petting zoos include rabbit cafes, goat cafes and...