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What’s the kindest way to kill a lobster? – BBC News

In Switzerland, lobsters must now be stunned before being boiled – but do they really feel pain? “Lobster is one of those rare foods that you cook from a live state,” the recipe says. “Quickly plunge lobsters head-first into the boiling water… Boil for 15 minutes,” the recipe then instructs. It’s …

Koala screwed to post sparks anger in Australia – BBC News

Animal welfare authorities are investigating the “sick” discovery at a picnic area. Australian animal welfare authorities are investigating the discovery of a dead koala that was screwed to a wooden post, in an act criticised as “sick”. The incident has caused widespread anger after a photo of the marsupial was …

Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The bird population in Vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, scientists with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies say. The Norwich-based environmental research group says other factors …

Canine shelter takes on Tehran stray dog problem _ humanely

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — On a cold winter morning in the Iranian capital recently, a homeless dog lay basking in the sun’s rays for warmth. Suddenly, the canine moaned — it had been shot with an anesthetic dart from a blowpipe. It ran several steps, then fell immobilized. The cream-and-gray …

Seeking cash, Zimbabwe sells 35 elephants to China

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Thursday it has sold 35 elephants to China to ease overpopulation and raise funds for conservation, amid criticism from animal welfare activists that such sales are unethical. This once-prosperous country’s economy has fallen apart, and Zimbabwe’s government has said it needs to …

Vietnam destroys huge pile of seized ivory, rhino horns

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities destroyed more than 2,200 kilograms (nearly 5,000 pounds) of seized elephant ivory and rhino horns on Saturday, sending a message ahead of a key international conference the country is hosting next week that they want illegal wildlife trafficking stopped. The seized horns — estimated …