Out of the dog house: pressure grows to open up rentals to pets

Out of the dog house: pressure grows to open up rentals to pets

The proposed legislation, which is backed by the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, would place limits on landlords’ ability to put clauses in tenancy agreements that bar people who can prove that they are responsible owners.“It gives tenants and their pets the justice they deserve: an end to cruel and unnecessary separation, while protecting landlords from irresponsible owners,” says Rosindell.

Dog warning issued as 1,500 illegally smuggled puppies rescued after lockdown demand surge

Dog warning issued as 1,500 illegally smuggled puppies rescued after lockdown demand surge

STOCK IMAGE Dogs Trust have rescued 1,500 illegally imported puppies (Image: Getty Images ) STOCK IMAGE Dogs Trust is urging the Government to do more to end puppy smuggling (Image: Getty Images)The youngest puppies seized were just four weeks old.

Dog attacks on livestock increased in lockdown, say farmers

Dog attacks on livestock increased in lockdown, say farmers

Rather than asking people to “keep dogs under effective control” it should require people to keep their dogs on leads near livestock.“It needs to be properly funded and properly promoted with TV ads in the same way as we’re seeing the Covid ads,” he added.

Can dog groomers stay open in lockdown?

Can dog groomers stay open in lockdown?

The latest government guidance states the following services can remain open during lockdown: vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes) You are also advised to contact the groomer in advance to make an appointment.

Brexit: how the new rules will change your visits to Europe

Brexit: how the new rules will change your visits to Europe

As of 1 January 2021, the UK government was advising travellers visiting the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, to have at least six months left on their passport.

Brexit: pets will need papers for travel to EU and Northern Ireland

Brexit: pets will need papers for travel to EU and Northern Ireland

From 1 January, people travelling from Britain with pets and assistance dogs will need to ensure they have an animal health certificate (AHC) instead of a pet passport no earlier than 10 days before travel, the UK government said on its website.

Keeping primates as pets to be banned after social media-driven trend leaves monkeys ‘living in misery’

Keeping primates as pets to be banned after social media-driven trend leaves monkeys ‘living in misery’

Animal-welfare organisations, which have lobbied for a ban for years, say that as well as causing immense suffering, the trade threatens wild populations and risks spreading diseases to owners.

Dogs need volunteers to help them sniff out coronavirus

Dogs need volunteers to help them sniff out coronavirus

Volunteers are needed to produce hundreds of positive and negative samples (Picture: Bex Arts/MDD/PA Wire)Scientists testing whether specially trained dogs can detect coronavirus sufferers are calling for healthy and sick volunteers to take part in a trial.

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps to return from Spain amid quarantine row – as it happened

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps to return from Spain amid quarantine row – as it happened

However, Jet2, whose parent company Dart Group is based in Leeds, said that flights would continue from the UK to the Balearic and Canary islands, including popular holiday destinations such as Mallorca, Ibiza and Tenerife.

China could finally BAN eating dog meat ahead of barbaric Yulin Festival

China could finally BAN eating dog meat ahead of barbaric Yulin Festival

China could finally ban the eating of dog meat ahead of the barbaric Yulin Festival (Image: GETTY) China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has officially announced dogs are pets and not livestock (Image: GETTY)Animal charity Humane Society International (HSI) welcomed the decision and called for an end to the Yulin Festival.

I've Zoomed and I've dog groomed and I still don't know how to stay alert

I've Zoomed and I've dog groomed and I still don't know how to stay alert

On 30 April – possibly owing to Kevin saying his voice was a little huskier than usual, but more likely because of the government’s desperation to meet its 100,000 daily target by the end of the month – he was told he was eligible for a test and was invited to go to a centre in Cambridge the next day.

Now I know how fast everything can change, I won't take life's joys for granted

Now I know how fast everything can change, I won't take life's joys for granted

This week I’d planned to write about the cats that pass through my garden and how, because the circumference of my life has contracted to the flat’s perimeter, a drop-in from these nimble-pawed visitors was the day’s excitement.I have no idea what any of it means, other than having had enough of living through “historic” times.

Dogs are chomping at the bit to go to airports to sniff out coronavirus

Dogs are chomping at the bit to go to airports to sniff out coronavirus

Experts are sure the dogs could detect the virus and just need samples from patients to teach them the smell (Picture: Getty Images)Six dogs have been picked and could be trained in six to eight weeks, the charity says, but £500,000 in funding and samples from coronavirus patients are needed to complete their training.

Thousands more pets could be abandoned in China over coronavirus, charities warn

Thousands more pets could be abandoned in China over coronavirus, charities warn

The charity Humane Society International (HSI ), which is working with 35 Chinese animal shelters, said the government-sponsored culling of street dogs in Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Heilongjiang, Hebei, Wuhan, Shanxi, Shanghai has continued to stoke panic.

Crufts 2020 cancelled: Will Crufts be cancelled over coronavirus fears?

Crufts 2020 cancelled: Will Crufts be cancelled over coronavirus fears?

But now people are asking if Crufts has been cancelled, or should be cancelled, amid continued fears about the spread of coronavirus across the UK.

Dog shook so violently with fear at New Year fireworks she is now paralysed

Dog shook so violently with fear at New Year fireworks she is now paralysed

Melissa Sinclair is calling for a ban on the publuc sale of fireworks after her dog lost the feeling in her legs due to violent shakes (Picture: Melissa Sinclair)New Year’s Eve fireworks caused a dog to shake so violently with fear that she can no longer walk.

Rescued circus tigers to arrive in Florida after 18-month ordeal in Guatemala

Rescued circus tigers to arrive in Florida after 18-month ordeal in Guatemala

Workers for the California-based Animal Defenders International say they endured the harassment after rescuing six lions and 15 tigers from circuses in the Central American country following a 2017 law banning live performances by animals.

MPs to consider fireworks sales ban as anger mounts over effect on animals

MPs to consider fireworks sales ban as anger mounts over effect on animals

“That’s exactly why the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is already gathering information on the noise, disturbance and anti-social behaviour that can be associated with fireworks, and the impact on people, animals and our environment.

Puppy ‘dies from heart attack’ during fireworks display

Puppy ‘dies from heart attack’ during fireworks display

Claire McParland, from the RSPCA, said: “We see the impact of fireworks on animals every year and we know there is strong public feeling about the use of fireworks with more than 100,000 people signing petitions to restrict their use in recent years.

Shock tactics: can electric dog collars ever be ethical?

Shock tactics: can electric dog collars ever be ethical?

This seemed to work, and Andrews has since asked Coffey to help to overturn the government’s plans for a ban on remote-control collars.Aversive training methods, and electric collars in particular, are opposed by the RSPCA, the Kennel Club, the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and the British Veterinary Association (BVA).