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Pet Smuggling, Animal Testing, and Swine Fever Warnings

Pet Smuggling, Animal Testing, and Swine Fever Warnings

Nearly a quarter of the world's pigs are expected to die from African swine fever (ASF), and Chinese authorities have already warned that the country's pig population was 40% lower this year. European food safety officials have said that Southeastern European countries, including Croatia and Greece, were at higher risk of ASF spreading through their pig herds.

Ecuador has become an important supplier to the growing demand for shrimp in China. Chinese demand has doubled in the last decade, but disease outbreaks in its domestic industry have left it increasingly dependent on imports. China has also lifted its ban on Canadian imports of beef and pork, enacted after residues of the banned food additive ractopamine were found.

A new campaign funded by the European livestock sector has warned that the EU risks a rural exodus if it goes ahead with any plan to significantly reduce livestock numbers. Reports follow calling for a 40–50% reduction in the size of Europe's meat and livestock sector to reduce its environmental footprint. Separately, scientists have claimed that the € 60bn (£ 51bn) a year Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which provides subsidies to farmers, is largely ineffective at retaining or restoring biodiversity.

Australian farmers have celebrated the rain after one of the longest dry spells in the country. Persistent drought has become an established problem for farmers in New South Wales and southern Queensland.

One of the world's largest seafood companies apologized after covert footage filmed at one of its salmon farms showed disfigured salmon being pulled from overcrowded tanks and dumped into plastic containers where they are slowly suffocated. Cooke, which operates salmon farms in the US, Scotland and Chile, is now under investigation by state officials in Maine, where the farm was located.

The EU is reportedly considering a crackdown on the smuggling of cats, dogs and other pets across its borders. And images emerged from a laboratory near Hamburg of testing on animals, reigniting discussion on this long-running topic.

Images of research conducted on monkeys in a German laboratory have led to a renewed discussion about the ethics of animal testing.

“I've always wanted to open a chip called Woo Tan Scran because the name is funny. I never thought it was going to really happen. " Alex Woo, opening the first vegan Chinese chippy in Liverpool. (For international readers, "scran" is food lingo).


Video: African swine fever spreads in, while animal rights groups criticize governments measures (October 2020).