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WINDHOEK - The rising tide of elephant and rhino poaching in Africa is spreading to the sparsely-populated vastness of Namibia in the southeast of the continent, latest official figures show. Credit: Getty Editorial Between 2005 and 2011 just two elephants were killed, while 121 have been killed in the past two and a half years, according to figures presented by the environment ministry. And while no rhino were poached between 2005 and 2010, a total of 11 have been killed since then -- rising from one in 2011 to four already this year. Deputy Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta told AFP that the government is worried by the trend and is working with law enforcement agencies to tackle...

NEW DELHI - India's top court on Wednesday banned an ancient tradition where young men run with bulls, saying it inflicted "extreme cruelty" on the animals. Credit: Getty Editorial The bull run, known as "Jallikattu", is a key part of the rice harvest festival of Pongal in villages in southern India every January. Some foreign tourists travel to the country to watch and take part in the spectacle. "All living creatures have inherent dignity and a right to live peacefully," declared Supreme Court Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan in the ruling. In the Jallikattu, young men struggle to grab the bulls by their sharpened horns or jump on their backs as the muscular animals, festooned with...

At petMD, we've has had some long and spirited discussions about dog breeds and human attacks by dogs. Many contributors to the discussion rightly pointed out the lack of reliable data surrounding this issue. Yet the political answer to the situation is always breed specific legislation (BSL). In other words, ban the ownership or restrict the activity of specific breeds alleged to be involved in human attacks. Municipalities persist with this narrow focus despite studies that indicate the ineffectiveness of these programs. Credit: Getty Creative The results of a 10-year study recently reported in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association sheds further light on the...

AYUKAWA, Japan - A Japanese whaling fleet left port Saturday under tight security, marking the first hunt since the UN's top court last month ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic. Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images Four ships departed from the northeastern fishing town of Ayukawa to cheers from local people, just weeks after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) slammed Japan's expedition in the Southern Ocean as a commercial activity masquerading as research. The coastal hunt on Saturday was not part of Japan's annual Antarctic campaign and the ICJ ruling did not affect it. But it holds symbolic importance as critics call for Japan to end the slaughter outright,...

This parrot has some strong feelings about the theme song from "Titanic." The tune of "My Heart Will Go On" sends it into a blind rage. Parrot wants that music to stop and is happy to fly at your face to make it happen. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Russian Dog Dances to '80s Music Panda Cub Rides Plastic Pony Orange Tabby Enjoys Cat Bath...

THE HAGUE - The United Nations' top court on Monday ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science. The Hague. Credit: Associated Press Tokyo said it would honour the ruling shortly after it was handed down at the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), but did not rule out the possibility of future whaling programmes. "Japan shall revoke any existent authorisation, permit or licence granted in relation to JARPA II (research programme) and refrain from granting any further permits," ICJ presiding judge Peter Tomka ordered. Tokyo was accused of exploiting a legal loophole in the...