Coronavirus: Millions of wild animals imported to UK from hot spots of emerging disease, risking new pandemics, study warns

Coronavirus: Millions of wild animals imported to UK from hot spots of emerging disease, risking new pandemics, study warns

Millions of live wild animals are being legally imported into the UK from hot spots of emerging diseases , risking the spread of lethal viruses , researchers have discovered.

Ricky Gervais among stars urging Boris Johnson to help end exotic pet trade

Ricky Gervais among stars urging Boris Johnson to help end exotic pet trade

Sonul Badiani-Hamment, UK external affairs adviser at World Animal Protection, said that a global effort is needed to end the exotic pet trade.

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.

Chinese city bans eating dogs and cats after coronavirus outbreak

Chinese city bans eating dogs and cats after coronavirus outbreak

Dogs in China’s live animal markets are often stolen as pets or snatched off the streets as strays (Picture: Reuters)A city in China has made history by becoming the first authority in the mainland to ban the consumption and production of dog and cat meat.

Shenzhen could be first city in China to ban eating of dogs and cats

Shenzhen could be first city in China to ban eating of dogs and cats

Shenzhen is set to become the first city in mainland China to ban the eating of dogs and cats, if a draft regulation released by the municipal government in a wider push to restrict the consumption of wild animals is approved.

RSPCA urges caution over buying puppies online after spate of deaths

RSPCA urges caution over buying puppies online after spate of deaths

The deaths come as the RSPCA says that complaints about illegal puppy farming have increased dramatically over the past 10 years and that 87% of current puppy trade calls are about animals purchased online.

Victim of ‘dogfishing’ had to put puppy down three days after buying it

Victim of ‘dogfishing’ had to put puppy down three days after buying it

Evie’s owners bought her on Christmas Eve and she was rushed to hospital the next day (Picture: Dog’s Trust) She contracted the fatal parvo virus as a result of the conditions she was kept in (Picture: Dogs Trust)They gave the example of Sarah, who thought she would be getting well-bred dog from a happy home when she saw the advert for Evie.

Pets stolen, slaughtered and turned into bar snacks in Cambodia’s dog meat trade

Pets stolen, slaughtered and turned into bar snacks in Cambodia’s dog meat trade

Many dogs are hanged from trees as a cheap method of slaughter (Picture: AFP/Getty Images) Former restaurant owner Khieu Chan watches Four Paws team members rescue dogs from a facility in Takeo province (Picture: AFP/Getty Images) A woman prepares dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Four Paws initially met with the owner of the slaughterhouse who said he was desperate to get out of the business.

Is this the UK’s most unwelcoming town for dogs?

Is this the UK’s most unwelcoming town for dogs?

A beach-goer sits with his dogs as he enjoys the sunshine by the sea in Camber Sands in Sussex (Picture AFP/Getty)The laws banning dogs were introduced on the beaches Porthgwidden, Porthminster, Porthmeor and Carbis Bay seven years ago by the town council.

Pets snatched and sold as dog meat at ‘unspeakably cruel’ Yulin Festival

Pets snatched and sold as dog meat at ‘unspeakably cruel’ Yulin Festival

Hundreds of dogs will be beaten to death each day throughout the ‘brutal event’ (Picture: Chinatopix)As China’s notorious Yulin annual dog meat festival gets underway an animal charity has demanded the ‘unspeakably cruel trade’ be outlawed.

Dog meat horror: Dozens of pets SAVED from slaughterhouse before sick Yulin festival

Dog meat horror: Dozens of pets SAVED from slaughterhouse before sick Yulin festival

Chinese animal activists found 62 dogs in a backstreet slaughterhouse in Yulin (Image: HSI) The terrified pooches were dehydrated, malnourished and some showed signs of sickness (Image: HSI) It comes in the run-up to the annual dog meat festival, which kicks off on Friday (Image: HSI)Many are strays picked up from the streets but others are stolen pets.

New ‘Lucy’s law’ will protect dogs and cats in crackdown on puppy farms

New ‘Lucy’s law’ will protect dogs and cats in crackdown on puppy farms

Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died in 2016 after being poorly treated on a Welsh puppy farm (Picture: PA)New laws are set to come into place next year to protect puppies and kittens from unscrupulous breeders.

Moment live dogs are beaten and butchered for humans to eat

Moment live dogs are beaten and butchered for humans to eat

The pets arrive on trucks at the factory in Surakarta (Picture: DMFI) Many don’t survive the journey to the factory (Picture: DMFI) Over 80 restaurants in Java openly advertise selling the meat (Picture: DMFI)‘They are then taken to filthy slaughterhouses where they watch other being slaughtered as they wait their turn, trebling in fear.

Slaughterhouse survivor dogs adopted by student and given forever home

Slaughterhouse survivor dogs adopted by student and given forever home

We saw they had started a project rescuing dogs from the Chinese dog meat trade, so I contacted them and was surprised to find out they had a golden retriever. She said: ‘We would just like to raise awareness of the dog meat trade and rescuing and urge people to adopt instead of buying dogs.

How Brexit can CRACK DOWN on evil puppy smugglers - RSCPA urge MPs to act

How Brexit can CRACK DOWN on evil puppy smugglers - RSCPA urge MPs to act

Smuggled beagle puppy being checked after being seized at port (Image: RSPCA )The RSPCA says greater border security could thwart smugglers trafficking thousands of puppies into the UK every year – many too young and sick to be sold legally to families.

'APPALLING!' Fury at dog-smuggling gangs as UK campaigners issue plea

'APPALLING!' Fury at dog-smuggling gangs as UK campaigners issue plea

Daisy the dachshund's puppy born days after being smuggles into UK (Image: Beth Walsh) The mother dog was seized at a border checkpoint as part of a consignment of pedigree breeds heavily pregnant with lucrative puppies.

Freed! Critically endangered creatures destined for cruel lives as pet returned to forest

Freed! Critically endangered creatures destined for cruel lives as pet returned to forest

One small step for rescued Javan loris takes it back to the wild (Image: International Animal Rescue) Conservationists released 65 critically endangered Javan slow lorises back to the trees after rescuing them from poachers.

Unethical puppy and kitten farms 'to be banned' in England

Unethical puppy and kitten farms 'to be banned' in England

The government is to ban unethical puppy and kitten farms in England, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over.

Dogs and cats blowtorched alive and bludgeoned to death at Indonesian street markets

Dogs and cats blowtorched alive and bludgeoned to death at Indonesian street markets

Dog Meat-Free Indonesia, which lobbies authorities to pass and police laws and regulations against the trade, says there are growing concerns for animal welfare in the country.

Banned in India!

Banned in India!

There are a lot of exotic pets and species of endangered animals that are listed as “banned pets” in India.