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In February 2014, the UK Government will host a land mark international conference focused on the illegal wildlife trade. To find out why this issue is featuring so highly on the global political agenda, read a list of the 10 things you need to know about this issue.
The Romanian Parliament has ruled that all stray dogs will be killed if, after fourteen days, they remain unadopted. The
The risk of horses dying in steeplechases, such as those at Aintree, is around six per 1,000 horse starts; in hurdle racing, the other form of jump racing in the United Kingdom, is around four per 1,000 horse starts.
An analogy that might be easier for us to relate to is to consider an individual driving their car every day of the year. If the risk to the driver was the same as that in a steeplechase like those at Aintree - six deaths in 1,000 - then you would be lucky to still be alive after six months. I doubt many of us would accept this, and yet it is still seemingly acceptable for horses to be exposed to such risks. We should also note that this risk is more than doubled in the Grand National Steeplechase.
Why should you care about wildlife that exists thousands of miles away? All of these different species and seemingly countless variations on a theme.
As we flew into Port-Au-Prince you could see the devastation across the city. I saw the animals living among the people of the city. A dog being carried by a child, piglets rummaging through rubbish, a goat tied to a post and cattle loose in the road.