EU plan to reduce checks on chickens ‘will increase food poisoning risk’ | World news

Millions of chickens could soon be sold across the EU without being individually inspected for contamination or signs of disease after being killed, in a move some experts believe will put consumers at increased risk of food poisoning bugs. Under current rules, every poultry carcass is individually, visually checked after slaughter and before being released …

Monsanto’s global weedkiller harms honeybees, research finds | Environment

The world’s most used weedkiller damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees and makes them more prone to deadly infections, new research has found. Previous studies have shown that pesticides such as neonicotinoids cause harm to bees, whose pollination is vital to about three-quarters of all food crops. Glyphosate, manufactured by Monsanto, targets …

Man dies from injuries suffered in shark attack off Cape Cod | US news

Police said a 26-year-old man died after being attacked by a shark off Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Lt Michael Hurley of Wellfleet police said the man succumbed to his injuries following the attack off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet at around noon on Saturday. “Life saving measures were attempted on beach,” state police spokesman David …

Paw outcome? New Zealand council proposes banning all cats | Life and style

A regional council in New Zealand has proposed banning all domestic cats in an attempt to protect native animals. The South Island council’s new “pest plan” calls for all domestic cats in the Omaui region to be neutered, microchipped and registered. Then, when a cat dies, residents would not be permitted to have another. “We’re …

‘My dog was looking into my eyes as she died’: the grief of losing a pet is real | Marieke Hardy | Life and style

When the tired-looking woman at the animal emergency clinic shuffled into the holding room wearing an apron spattered startlingly with blood, she told me I had a choice. I could submit my dear, doddery 14-year-old Staffy to some major surgery to determine whether the painful spots in her beautiful belly – causing her now sleepless …

Grieving orca mother carries dead calf for days as whales fight for survival | Environment

A grieving mother orca near Vancouver Island has been carrying her dead calf for four days, after refusing to leave her baby behind when the rest of her pod left. The mother whale, named J35 by researchers, gave birth Tuesday in what was initially a hopeful moment. Mother and female calf were seen swimming together …

Macau authorities to care for 600 greyhounds after notorious track closes | World news

Authorities in Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub, will care for more than 600 greyhounds after their owner renounced them ahead of the closure of China’s only dog-racing track on Saturday. The move is likely to save former Australian racing dogs, which were exported to Macau in huge numbers and faced an uncertain fate when …

Red list research finds 26,000 global species under extinction threat | Environment

More than 26,000 of the world’s species are now threatened, according to the latest red list assessment of the natural world, adding to fears the planet is entering a sixth wave of extinctions. New research, particularly in Australia, has widened the scope of the annual stocktake, which is compiled by the International Union for the …

‘The entire habitat is gone’: Hawaii’s natural wonders claimed by lava | US news

In Puna, the area of Hawaii island that’s been hardest hit by the Kilauea volcano eruption, those who lived nearest to the lava flows watched the forest around their homes begin to die first. They said the fruit trees, flowers and ferns began turning brown, languishing in the noxious, sulfur-dioxide-filled air. Then the lava came. …