Are Peonies Toxic to Animals?

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An herbaceous ornamental, peonies are often used around homes as parts of ornamental landscaping. While some varieties can be grown into trees, most grow as low bushes. If you have pets, think twice before using them in your yard because they can be harmful if ingested. Identification Peonies offer several attractive qualities that make them…


Two-year pilot program rescues animals; seizes poached animals

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Forest protection officers rescued 731 wild animals and confiscated more than 900 kilograms of bush meat during a two-year program aimed at reducing the illegal wildlife trade in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. The project, which ran between February 2009 and June 2011, was launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vietnam and global…


Hundreds of animals die in Badakhshan

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FAIZABAD (PAN): Hundreds of household animals have died of diseases in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 600 cattle died over the past two weeks of enterotoxaemia and anthrax in Zebak district, Mir Ahmad Zaghim, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News. A district council member, Abdul Wahid Tabibi, confirmed…


Cattle futures defy weight of data to pare losses

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Cattle futures staged a surprise rebound on Monday despite a barrage of apparently bearish data showing a bigger US herd than had been expected – with the revival attributed by some to potentially smaller animals. Both feeder and live cattle opened weak in Chicago, running to traders’ script after a key US Department of Agriculture…


Economics pushing vets out of rural areas

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The new president of the American Veterinary Medical Association is Dr. Rene Carlson of Chetek, Wisconsin. She says while the organization faces a number of issues, “The number-one issue is economics.” Specifically, the cost of becoming a vet has increased substantially compared to what they can expect to earn. “If you look at a financial…


Beastly temps trouble animals

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We human beings can avoid the heat by seeking shelter in air conditioned spaces. We can take comfort in weather reports that tell us when it will cool off. Farm animals just have to take it, period. "Hey, it’s tough for them," said Joe Itle, a doctor with Dairyside Veterinary Service in Curryville. "Put yourself…


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