A new law introduced by the Islamic State terror group in Iraq says keeping cats as pet is banned within its territories in the city of Mosul, as the practice goes against the group's "vision, ideology and beliefs."
Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, has instructed its militants to carry out search operations for cats and kittens in homes in Mosul, according to Israel's Arutz Sheva media, which said the news on the law appeared on ISIS media.
Mosul is the largest city under ISIS occupation in Iraq, and local residents have been warned not to violate the law or oppose the soldiers searching for cats, it added. more >>
The Humane Society of the United States has launched a petition seeking to save the lives of 45,000 wild horses and burros currently in government holding facilities across the country after the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board voted to recommend euthanizing all of the unadopted animals.
"The decision of the BLM advisory board to recommend the destruction of the 45,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities is a complete abdication of responsibility for their care. The agency would not be in this situation but for their long-term mismanagement. Alternatives to this proposal have been ignored for over 20 years. The HSUS stands ready to implement these alternatives at any time," Humane Society of the United States Senior Vice President of Programs & Innovations Holly Hazard, said in a release Friday.
The activist organization charged that over the past 20 years, the BLM has maintained round-up and removal as a primary management strategy for wild horse and burro populations on America's Western rangelands. more >>
Well-kept Tyrannosaurus Rex fossils were discovered by two paleontology volunteers, Luke Tufts and Jason Love, while scouting for some artifacts around the Hell Creek Formation, hence its differing but cute name "Tufts-Love Rex."
They learned about the existence of the rare T. Rex remains when they noticed bones and a dinosaur's tooth obtruding the surface. Using axes, jackhammers, and shovels, a team of eight to ten people dug into the area for over two weeks to uncover the then-assumed remains. They had to take out a portion of the hillside which is 16 feet wide made up mostly of rock materials. When the first signs of the remains slowly appeared, they used smaller tools to carefully take out and not to cause any injury to the rest of the artifact.
Immediately upon recovery, the team concealed the gigantic skull into a plaster cast, hauled it up onto a truck and sent it to Seattle, with the support of several local Montana ranchers. more >>
People who are overweight or obese are more than likely to have "older" brains compared to their skinnier peers.
It is a known fact that obesity is a great contributor for heart disease, diabetes and cancer but it obesity can also cause people's brains to be older, according to a new study. Furthermore, researchers have found that their brains are smaller in size due to shrinkage especially the white matter.
Overweight, Obese Brain Aging, Shrinkage Affects Cognition? Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience researchers found in their study via a brainscan that the brains of people who are overweight or obese are older by 10 years compared to their skinnier peers. However, this only applies to people who are in their middle ages. more >>
Fertility among dogs has plummeted over the years and this may cause them to be endangered and possibly extinct in the future.
Researchers from the University of Nottingham have published a study that found sperm count in male dogs have decreased. The decline in male dog fertility was linked to the substances found in commercial pet foods and environmental chemicals. They also found that this trend was also present among male humans.
Declining Fertility Among Dogs Researchers from the University of Nottingham led by United Nations' Richard G. Lea found that sperm quality among the dogs in their study have declined over the years. Their study involved five breeds of dogs including Border Collie, German Shepherd, Curly Coat Retriever, Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever. more >>
First Baptist Church Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said in a sermon that unlike humans, animals have no spirits, and at the same time predicted that the majority of people are going to end up in hell, separated from God.
"Solomon says in Ecclesiastic 3:19-21, 'Here's how we're different. The animal has no spirit, but man has a spirit that descends to Heaven even after he dies,'" Jeffress told the audience in his message.
"That's how we're different from the animals," he insisted. more >>