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India might ban the use of animals at circuses

India is considering a ban on the use of all animals used in circuses after activists said Wednesday they discovered elephants and horses shackled for long periods, dogs housed in tiny cages and drunk trainers. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body, said it has recommended…

DNA tests uncover hazards in Chinese therapies

WASHINGTON — A host of potential toxins, allergens and traces of endangered animals showed up in DNA sequencing tests on 15 Chinese traditional medicines, researchers said on Thursday. Such therapies have been used in China for more than 3,000 years, but have risen in popularity outside Asia in recent decades…

Conservationist teams up with Project Runway designers to save endangered species

An entrepreneurial animal activist has recruited designers from the TV series Project Runway for a campaign to raise awareness and save 12 endangered species from extinction. “If one does not know about an animal’s existence, one cannot save it from extinction,” Cornell University veterinary student and activist Gabby Wild told…

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