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In major move, South Africa to end captive lion industry

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa says it will end its captive lion industry in a major move for conservation that would outlaw the heavily criticized “canned hunting” of the big cats and sa...

Architect arrested for firing bullet at stranger's cat in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese architect has confessed to firing two shots at a stranger's cat in Taipei on Saturday (April 24), but showed no remorse whatsoever after the arrest. In ...

Lumpy skin disease detected on Taiwan proper for first time

Beef cattle infected with Lumpy skin disease (LSD) were found on a farm in New Taipei's Linkou District on Thursday (April 15) -- the first time in Taiwan proper, according to the Council of Agric...

Cat Public Office to promote feline welfare in Taiwan’s Houtong village

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei has begun rebranding its Houtong Village, which is home to a large feline population, with the establishment of a Cat Public Office on Thursday (April 8). Th...

Orchid Islanders face charges for catching endangered fish in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two residents of Taiwan’s Orchid Island (Lanyu) are facing criminal charges after catching a giant endangered fish. A man caught the attention of the authorities ...

Vietnamese workers in central Taiwan killed birds with slingshot to attract TikTok viewers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two Vietnamese workers who were caught killing pigeons and sparrows with a slingshot told police they just wanted to gain more followers on social media, reports said Satu...

Germany to ban practice of killing newly hatched male chicks

BERLIN (AP) — The German government plans to ban the practice of killing male chicks after they hatch, which results in the death of around 45 million birds per year in the country. ...

Humane Society: 97 cats survive house fire; some injured

PERINTON, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 100 cats have survived a house fire in a town outside Rochester, New York, according to an animal protection group. The Lollypop Farm shelter had been t...

Taipei students look for pen pals in Israel

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the coronavirus pandemic makes direct international contacts more difficult, students at 60 schools in Taipei City and Israel have become pen pals, reports said Tuesday...

Malnutrition suspected cause of water buffalo deaths in Taiwan's Yangmingshan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Animal Protection Office said Monday (Dec. 21) that malnutrition is the suspected cause of the recent spate of water buffalo deaths in Yangmingshan Nationa...

Investigation launched into water buffalo deaths in Yangmingshan

A team composed of veterinarians and animal health specialists is now looking into the deaths of 24 wild water buffaloes in Yangmingshan National Park, the Taipei City Animal Protection Office said Sa...

Taiwan’s Penghu looks to strays in bid to drive ‘cat tourism’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The outlying island county of Penghu is investing in efforts to promote its Hujing Island (虎井島) as a tourist attraction for cat lovers. The seventh-largest island in Pe...

Endangered Asian giant softshell turtle dies at Taipei Zoo

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A globally endangered Asian giant softshell turtle has died at the Taipei Zoo after it was found missing from the pond where it had been kept in Taichung. During a ques...

Canadian man knocks out woman in New Taipei park during spat over dog

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A woman alleges that a foreign national assaulted her after she criticized him for letting his dog loose to chase feral cats at a park in New Taipei City early Wednesday m...

On Brazil’s tropical island of cats, virus led to starvation

MANGARATIBA, Brazil (AP) — All the locals knew the island just west of Rio de Janeiro was teeming with cats. They left food and even brought tourists. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and human supp...