Cows need scratching brushes

11 08 2018

Not just a luxury it seems: cows want brushes as much as they want food according to new research by Nina and team, adding to a whole corpus of work on the importance of grooming. (Nice write-up in the NYT here too). Now if only someone would make such a thing for cats

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Squandering fish

28 07 2018

16850_350x276_72_DPI_0Last year, work from UBC published in Fish and Fisheries showed that around 10% of caught fish are just thrown back in the sea, dead.  Now, about 12 months later, there’s more grim news on wasted fish: it seems that actually around one third of caught fish is wasted, according to a report from the FAO (written up by The Guardian here, and by a fisheries information website here). 

On top of the 20% of meat and dairy that goes to waste, this means a staggering amount of animal suffering has absolutely no point. If animal harvesting and farming were humane, respectful and efficient, with everyone applying the 3Rs at every stage of the process, I might be OK with it. But the way we humans operate really is pretty indefensible.

How English sports appear to non-Brits

16 07 2018

Not funny at ALL.

(And I do not sound like that!)

Honey bees understand zero

29 06 2018

A new-(ish) paper in Science adds to ever-growing evidence of bee intelligence.

I do get that it’s whether they can suffer, not whether they can reason, that relevant to welfare, but I find myself increasingly unnerved that the individual well-being of bees is not protected by any code, guideline or law anywhere in the world (while that of Cephalopods rather arbitrarily is).

Good coverage here by Science Daily and here from the Smithsonian.


12 06 2018

“You can handle the truth”: listen to this  great radio show on teaching children to distinguish real from false health information in Uganda!

Why I wear glasses

12 06 2018

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and see the BMJ article here.


And about time too!

27 05 2018

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