Our Worst Nightmare Has Come True: Vampire Bats Are Now Biting Humans

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech

It has finally happened, after years of contently drinking the blood of local birds the vampire bat is now moving on to humans. These tiny coffee cup-...

Rabid Interest in Brexit...Which Way Will the Dog Vote Go?

Beverley Cuddy | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics
Beverley Cuddy

You might think the pet vote on the EU exit issue is quite niche. But there are (according to the University of Bristol's research) approximately 10 m...

Puppy Farming: The Cruel Gift That Keeps on Giving...

Linda Goodman | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Linda Goodman

This evil puppy trade is both cunning and sophisticated - knowing exactly how to manipulate public emotion, con local authorities and even forge documentation. It doesn't matter what your background or education is either - as long as you're prepared to part with your money you're fair game.

What Does Dog Rabies Cost the World Today?

Deborah Briggs | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Deborah Briggs

A new report published today reveals the staggering cost of dog rabies to the world economy. Rabies costs $8.6bn and kills 160 people every single day. It is the world's most deadly infectious disease. Once symptoms show, it is close to 100% fatal - and yet it is entirely preventable.

Open Letter to Pet Industry Federation (PIF), 25 March 2015

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

You claim this Quality Assurance measure will ensure the "highest standards" are reached by pet shops but you do not appear to recognise that these ought to apply to the entire supply chain rather than just the sale premises - which rarely provide for the young puppy's emotional and developmental needs.

What Caused More Than 5,000 Bats To Suddenly Fall Dead From The Trees?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK

A suburb in New South Wales has been littered with the bodies of thousands of dead bats. Up to 5,000 of the animals dropped from the trees in Casi...

Why Rabies Has to End - Now

Deborah Briggs | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Deborah Briggs

There are few things more vivid in my memory the day I met my first rabies victim. In a dark, airless room in rural Southeast Asia, some ten years ago, I heard a story so tragic and moving it changed my life forever...

Taking the Bite Out of Vaccination

Deborah Briggs | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Briggs

With the right knowledge and technology, prevalence of rabies need not stop you from visiting some of the most interesting and wonderful places in the world. But please exercise caution, and in the event you or someone in your party is bitten, do not leave anything to chance.

EU Pet Passport Is Not an Open Door to Rabies

Deborah Briggs | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Deborah Briggs

There is a coloured etching currently in the collection of the British Museum by the artist Thomas Lord Busby, depicting a dog stalking the streets of...

The Hidden Cost of the Silent Killer

Deborah Briggs | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Deborah Briggs

In many ways, rabies takes advantage of the special relationship between man and dog. The two species have lived in close quarters and relied on each other for protection, food and companionship for thousands of years. Preserving this cherished bond and delivering populations - urban and rural - from untold suffering and financial cost, must be a priority for governments wherever rabies holds sway.

Preventing Rabies: It's a Public Health Issue for Animals and People

Mike Baker | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Mike Baker

Rabies is one of the world's most tragic diseases, not only because of the dreadful effects it has on the people and animals who become infected but also because it is entirely preventable. Its greatest burden falls on poor rural communities across Africa and Asia, where it causes one death every 10 minutes and where tragically children under the age of 15 are at a particularly high risk of dying.

Why Animal Welfare Could be the Key to Wiping Out the World's Deadliest Disease

Mike Baker | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK
Mike Baker

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 55,000 people die a terrible death from rabies every year. 40% of them are children. The suffering endured by people who get rabies is horrible - an awful way to die, and for others to see.

Inquiry Launched After Woman Turned Away by Hospital Dies From Rabies

PA | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK

A woman who was being treated for rabies in London has died, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said on Monday. The woman, be...

UK Woman Seriously Ill With Rabies 'Turned Away From Hospital Twice'

Huffington Post UK / PA | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK

A woman who is seriously ill with rabies in the UK was turned away from hospital twice before she was diagnosed, according to reports. The woman, s...

Grandmother Catches Rabies From Dog

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK

A grandmother diagnosed with rabies is being held in an isolation room in a London hospital, in the first case of the disease England has seen for nea...

Confirmed Case Of Rabies In London

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK

A patient in London has been confirmed to be receiving treatment for rabies after being bitten by a dog in South Asia, the Health Protection Agency (H...

Fighting Rabies: Notes From the Front Line

Deborah Briggs | Posted 14.09.2011 | UK
Deborah Briggs

When the leading lights in the global fight against rabies gather on the Filipino island of Bohol this week, enjoying the tropical climate and picture-postcard beaches will be the furthest thing from their minds.