animals

Swiss take countrywide bird flu precautions as virus route emerges

Poultry farmers across Switzerland have been ordered to feed their animals indoors to halt the outbreak of bird flu that has spread in several European countries, the Swiss veterinary authority said Tuesday.

Avian flu brought to central Europe by birds migrating from Russia

An outbreak of avian flu in at least six European countries was likely caused by birds migrating from Russia, according to Germany's national animal health institute.

Bird flu virus spreading among wildfowl in Europe as winter sets in

A subtype of the influenza virus is spreading among wildfowl in some European countries, the agriculture ministry in a southern German state reported on Wednesday.

Key conference to protect endangered species opens in Johannesburg

A key conference opened Saturday in Johannesburg to discuss eventual changes to trade controls on some of the world's most endangered animal species, ranging from elephants to sharks.

Cosmetics tested on animals abroad can be banned in EU, court says

Cosmetics that have been tested on animals abroad can be banned in the European Union, the bloc's top court ruled Wednesday, in a case involving products sold on the Chinese and Japanese markets.

Seven elephants die in Borneo after being trapped in mud pool

Seven pygmy elephants died, while two others were rescued, after they became stuck in a mud pool near a logging site in Borneo, a state wildlife official said Wednesday.

Croats rank high among pet owners

Over half of the global population (56%) have at least one pet, and pet owners dominate in Latin America, Russia and the USA. Croatians are also deemed to be pet lovers given that 61% of households possess at least one pet, according to an online survey of over 27,000 people across 22 countries, conducted by the GfK pollster.

Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard escapes conviction for smuggling dogs

Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard escaped a criminal conviction and the possibility of 10 years in jail Monday after an Australian court dropped smuggling charges against her for bringing her two pet dogs into the country.