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Japan’s next gizmo: brainwave-controlled cat ears

TOKYO (AFP) – A team of Japanese inventors have come with a new device that blends the country’s fascination with cuteness and its penchant for experimental high-tech — brainwave-controlled cat ears. The fluffy headwear reads users’ brain activity, meaning the ears perk up when they concentrate and then flop down…

Activists save dogs from cooking pot

BEIJING (AFP) – Hundreds of dogs being trucked to Chinese restaurants were spared a culinary fate after about 200 animal lovers mobilised to stop them ending up on dinner tables, state-run media said Monday. A truck crammed with the dogs was forced to stop Friday on a highway in eastern…

US declares eastern cougar extinct

WASHINGTON – The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern cougar officially extinct Wednesday, even though the big cat is believe to have first disappeared in the 1930s. The eastern cougar is often called the “ghost cat” because it has been so rarely glimpsed in northeastern states in recent…

Assange abused my cat, WikiLeaks insider says

BERLIN — Daniel Domscheit-Berg accuses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of many things in his book presented Thursday, but perhaps the oddest allegation is that he abused the former insider’s cat. “Julian was constantly battling for dominance, even with my tomcat Herr Schmitt,” Domscheit-Berg says in his book “Inside WikiLeaks: My…

Chinese online stores offering cat and dog skin products

SHANGHAI — Thousands of products made from the skins of cats and dogs are being offered on China’s largest retail website Taobao, sparking outrage among animal lovers, state media reported Tuesday. Search results and sales records from Taobao showed the most popular items were trousers and hats made from dog…

Amputee cat gets bionic feet

LONDON (AFP) – A cat whose back legs were chopped off in a farming accident has been given a new bionic pair, in a ground-breaking feline first in the country. Two-and-a-half year old Oscar lost at least one of his nine lives when he was run over by a combine…

Italian TV suspends chef over cat ‘delicacy’ comment

ROME — Italy marked “national cat day” on Wednesday amid a storm of controversy over a television host’s insistence that feline meat is a “delicacy” to be savoured. Beppe Bigazzi, 77, was suspended Monday by Italian state television after he recommended “cat, kept three days in spring water” on his…

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