Halloween’s 5 Favorite Animals

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Like many holidays, there are a series of beliefs and superstitions that surround Halloween. While it is often celebrated by kids dressing up in costumes and shoveling in way too much candy, the holiday has roots in ancient folklore and Celtic rituals. For this, Halloween is seen as an eerie holiday filled with fear–as well as mystery and magic. Halloween is also often associated with some seemingly spooky iconic animals –spiders, black cats, ravens, wolves and bats. But are they really all that spooky? Decide for yourself. 

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Are Prey Animals Scared All The Time?

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In September 1865, a young Charles Darwin first set foot on the Galapagos Islands and started taking notes. These writings, later published as The Voyage of the Beagle, featured long accounts of the island’s geology and wildlife. They contained the kernels of what would become his “Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection,” and brought him great acclaim as a keenly observant naturalist. 

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When Animals Shrink to Miniature Form

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A tiny dwarf chameleon just 29mm long (1.1 inches) and a record-breaking miniscule frog measuring in at 7.7mm (0.3 inches) are among the headline-grabbing species of diminutive proportions that have only been discovered in the past few years.

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As Large Animals Disappear

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It only takes a glance at a history book and a look out the window to know that our planet has lost many of its biggest creatures: The world that was once home to mammoths and towering dinosaurs can now barely maintain stable populations of rhinos and whales. But according to a new study, we’ve got more to mourn than just the animals themselves. We’ve lost their feces, too — and that’s a bigger problem than you might think.

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Can We Justify Killing Animals For Food?

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Is it right to kill animals for food? And if it’s wrong, how wrong is it? Could and should Western society ever change its views?  Four philosophers share their views with BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme.  Peter Singer: Our future selves will consider meat eating to be barbaric  Peter Singer is professor of bioethics at Princeton University and the author of Animal Liberation.

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Outrage at Millions of Experiments Carried Out on Animals

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Animal welfare charities reacted angrily today as the Government released details of the 3.87 million experiments carried out on mammals, birds and fish last year.The experiments were described as causing “’unacceptable levels of suffering” and the Government came under attack for failing to reduce the numbers of animals used in laboratories.  Critics say 184,00 procedures deemed to be at the severest level were carried out – a figure twice the seating capacity of Twickenham.  Announcing the figures, the Home Office said the statistics showed the number of scientific procedures carried out on animals had fallen by six per cent from 4.12m procedures during 2013 to 3.87m in 2014.

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Visitors Can’t Tell If a Tourist Attraction Is Bad for Animals

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In the first major study of wildlife tourism around the world, researchers at the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit—the same group that had been studying Cecil the Lion before he was shot in July—found that the millions of people who visit wildlife attractions each year don’t seem to realize that places they’re visiting have ill effects on animals.

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