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Clean body, clean mind: parasite-pickers promote learning potential

Brown and yellow damselfish (Richard Smith)

Concentrating at work can be hard at the best of times, but imagine how difficult it would be when infected with parasites.
Dogs stressed by animal shelter life may benefit from soothing classical music and whiffs of lavender. 

Researchers from The University of Queensland have investigated simple sensory and behavioural interventions that could help manage canine stress, and increase the adoptability of dogs in shelters.

School of Veterinary Science researcher Veronica Amaya said the study tested smell and sound stimuli in shelter dogs housed at the RSPCA Queensland Animal Care campus at Wacol.

“The study used lavender and classical music as two study treatments, and a third treatment group experienced a commonly used synthetic calming mixture that simulated a natural dog-appeasing hormone,” Ms Amaya said.

“We filmed and monitored 60 dogs to identify which treatment worked best, and to determine if further research was needed to obtain the best outcomes for shelter dogs.”

Ms Amaya said animal shelters around the world were receiving an increasing number of dogs who found it difficult to adapt to the shelter setting.

“This stressful environment exposes animals to multiple stimuli over which they have no control, including unfamiliar feeding and walking routines, and confining them to a small space for long periods of time,” she said.

“Continuous stress can lead to behavioural changes which affects rehoming success and increases euthanasia statistics. 

“Behaviour therapy and sensory environment enrichment programs can help animals have the most positive experience and increase their chance of being adopted.”

Birdsong loss would echo silence in the forests

South-East Queensland is in danger of losing one of the last remaining populations of the Eastern bristlebird, one of Australia’s most melodic songbirds, a study has shown.

University of Queensland researchers working to save the critically endangered species said the isolated northern-most population had declined to fewer than 40 birds.

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD researcher Zoe Stone said most people were unaware the small brown birds were close to extinction.

“Only three Eastern bristlebird populations remain in eastern Australia, and the smallest by far is in the forests along the Border Ranges of south-east Queensland and adjacent northern New South Wales,” Ms Stone said.

“These shy birds are threatened by inappropriate fire regimes and changes to habitat.

“They need grassy forest patches within the wet forest, but weeds and lack of burning mean those patches are disappearing.”

Ms Stone said reintroducing threatened species was a critical tool for their conservation, but success depended on knowing how to restore the habitat the birds needed.

“Bristlebirds are more likely to occur in large patches of grassy, eucalypt forest, but they also care about grass structure,” she said.

“For a largely ground-dwelling species, the presence of tall, thick grasses provides important shelter for foraging and nesting activities.

“Use of appropriate fire regimens is absolutely critical for the continued persistence and successful reintroduction of this extremely rare bird.”

UK News
Mass marine life death following storm


Crabs, starfish, mussels and lobsters are ankle-deep in places

Tens of thousands of marine animals have been washed up along the UK’s east coast following the cold temperatures and rough weather over the last week. Crabs, starfish, mussels and lobsters are ankle-deep in places along the Holderness coast in Yorkshire.

Most of the animals are now dead – except for lobsters. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas team have been working alongside local fisherman rescuing the lobsters that are still alive – gathering them in buckets and taking them to tanks in Bridlington for care – with the aim of putting them back in the sea when the weather improves.

Similar scenes have been reported down the North Sea coast including Norfolk and Kent.

Bex Lynam, North Sea Marine advocacy officer, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, says: “There was a three degree drop in sea temperature last week which will have caused animals to hunker down and reduce their activity levels.

“This makes them vulnerable to rough seas – they became dislodged by large waves and washed ashore when the rough weather kicked in.

“Larger animals such as dolphins are more mobile and can save themselves by swimming away when this sort of thing happens.

“Lobsters are one of the few species still alive – that’s why we’re saving them with local fisherman. This area is very important for shellfish and we work alongside fisherman to promote sustainable fisheries and protect reproductive stocks. It’s worth saving them so that they can be put back into the sea and continue to breed.

Holderness Inshore is already designated as a Marine Conservation Zone. The government is due to announce a consultation into more marine conservation zones this year.

Dr Lissa Batey, senior living seas officer, The Wildlife Trusts, said: “We can’t prevent natural disasters like this – but we can mitigate against declining marine life and the problems that humans cause by creating enough protected areas at sea and by ensuring that these sites are large enough and close enough to offer fish, crustaceans, dolphins and other marine life the protection they require to withstand natural events such as this.”

Source - UK Pet Gazette

SuperZoo Opens Registration for 2018 Trade Show

SuperZoo has opened registration for its 2018 event. The pet retail trade exposition and conference, produced by World Pet Association (WPA), will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 26-28, with education sessions scheduled for June 25-27.

Building on its more than 65-year history of helping pet retailers and service professionals discover new products, learn tools to grow their business and connect with others who share their passion, SuperZoo continues to serve the industry by bringing the extensive community of independent retailers, international and corporate buyers, service professionals and groomers together for the betterment of the pet industry.

In 2018, SuperZoo will expand the show floor into an additional hall to provide an easier shopping and navigation experience for retailers and to accommodate wait-listed brands eager to bring new product offerings to the pet retail industry. With this addition, SuperZoo will grow to 282,000 net square feet. The show floor will also feature a brand-new Made in the USA Showcase, designed to highlight products with Made in the USA labels to serve American consumers’ increasing desire to shop local. This section of the show floor will also serve the growing demand from international buyers eager to bring U.S.-made products to their countries.

“SuperZoo 2018 is shaping up to be the largest and most productive industry gathering, as we look to welcome the entire pet product community this June,” said Jacinthe Moreau, WPA president. “The WPA team is working hard to ensure that show elements provide retailers, service professionals, exhibitors and media with a valuable and beneficial show experience. I’m looking forward to joining you for a week of dynamic sessions, networking and product previews and collaborative industry discussions to ensure we are working together to grow and strengthen our pet industry community.”

Also new in 2018 is the Pet Tech Center. This much-requested show floor destination will highlight the most innovative technology in the pet industry. SuperZoo exhibitors have asked for an easier way to showcase their cutting-edge products, and WPA responded. Retailers will find everything from blue-tooth activated to robotic devices.

In addition to a bustling trade show floor, SuperZoo delivers comprehensive educational programming, with over 70 seminars led by top experts in their fields. There is something for every attendee looking to grow their business and sharpen their skills. Sessions span four main content areas—retail, grooming, service industry and animal wellness—and give attendees access to a wide variety of topics, including staff training, human resources, leadership, social media, customer service and marketing, among others.

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Urban big cats cut rabies risk

It’s a leopard-eat-dog world – and people are benefiting from it.

A study has found the world’s densest population of leopards may be saving human lives by feeding on feral dogs.

The international study, led by University of Queensland researchers, shows that leopards may reduce bites and subsequent rabies risk for people by consuming feral dogs in Mumbai, India.

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD students and authors Christopher O’Bryan and Alexander Braczkowski found that a small population of 35 leopards in Mumbai may consume about 1500 dogs per year, preventing around 1000 bite incidents, and 90 potential rabies cases.

“Stray dogs are the leading cause of rabies deaths in India, killing 20,000 people per year, so if there’s a natural predator in the landscape that can reduce that risk, it’s worth investigating,” Mr Braczkowski said.

The researchers compiled previous studies and found the average leopard diet in Mumbai contained 40 per cent stray dog.

“These results highlight the need for more research on the impacts of predators on harmful pest species, such as feral dogs,” Mr Braczkowski said.

Mr O’Bryan said the study is a prime example of a reviled large carnivore providing unique services to a local community.

“Leopards are frequently persecuted throughout the region with conflict often arising over livestock, but we show these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies,” Mr O’Bryan said.

“Our paper discusses the role of leopards at reducing the density of stray dogs around the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, a protected area located in the middle of the sixth most populated city in the world.”

The researchers stress the importance of evaluating both the negatives and the positives of large carnivores in human-dominated areas.

“While it’s very important that we evaluate the benefits of these leopards and similar large carnivores, it’s equally important to assess the costs of these species to local communities, such as attacks on people,” Mr O’Bryan said.

“The real challenge is navigating the costs with the benefits, and identifying those cases of net-benefit.”

Leopards have lost nearly 80 per cent of their global historic distribution, and are under threat from conflict with people, competition for prey, and habitat loss, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Research fellow for the Global Change Institute Dr Hawthorne Beyer was also a senior author of the article.

Fressnapf Group keeps on growing: new record

The Fressnapf group continued its profitable growth in a highly competitive year. The total turnover of 1.98 billion euros marks a new record for the group of companies. Compared with the previous year, the turnover is growing by approx. six and a half per cent, and like-for-like growth is approx. three and a half per cent for the Fressnapf group.

The highest-selling market continues to be Germany: 1.25 billion euros corresponds to growth of approx. six per cent, and existing stores represent nearly five per cent growth. In the other ten Fressnapf group countries, the annual turnover of 727 million corresponds to growth of nearly eight per cent compared with the previous year. Particularly noteworthy developments in turnover include Poland (+55.6%), Italy (+16.9%), France (13.3%) and Hungary (13.2%). Online turnover in Germany also grew considerably in the past year: a total of 73 million euros represents growth of over 22 per cent compared with the previous year. 

“The competition in the pet industry has also changed across channels. It is getting harder and harder to fight for a piece of the pie. In addition to healthy profitability and a sustainable corporate strategy, success requires exceptional growth, flexibility and unwavering focus on the needs of our customers”, emphasises Torsten Toeller, company founder, proprietor and Chairman of the Board for the Fressnapf group. "We were able to continue profitable growth in 2017 as well thanks to investments in the future and visionary actions with a view to our cross channel strategy. Our goals for the current year stay ambitious. We will focus on our customers even more strongly, convince them of our specialty stores and thus crack the two billion euro turnover mark.” 

Fressnapf group to open the 1,500th store in 2018 – spotlight on the roll-out of the online shop 

One brick-and-mortar expansion milestone on our calendar this year is the opening of the 1,500th Fressnapf group store in late summer. CEO Alfred Glander forecasts that “given our steady, fast rate of expansion, this special location will be started in one of our key expansion countries”. These include France, Italy and Poland. All in all, the Fressnapf group counted 104 new openings across Europe last year. This year, the Fressnapf group will surpass this mark considerably, having planned over 150 new stores. In addition to the brick-and-morter expansion, the international roll-out of the online shop will be further extended as well as part of the cross-channel strategy. This spring, the Fressnapf group plans on going live with the Austrian online shop. This step will form the kick-off for an international roll-out plan. “We consider ourselves to be a customer-oriented company and systematically gear our actions to the needs of our customers so that we can excite our customers across all channels. Our ability to do so is based on intelligent customer management, which not only allows us to identify customer wishes, but also to fulfil them”. With these words, Alfred Glander gets to the heart of the group of companies’ focus on customers. 

The number of Fressnapf I Maxi Zoo brands continues to grow 

The breadth of products has also increased thanks to the steady development of exclusive Fressnapf l Maxi Zoo brands. The new non-food brands "Dogs Creek” and “TAKE CARE” were successfully launched in 2017 and, among other things, expanded the share of Fressnapf l Maxi Zoo brands in the group's product mix to just over 50 per cent for the first time. In addition to further developing the group's portfolio, this year marks an anniversary: “MultiFit” is celebrating 20 years over all. Introduced to the market in 1998, “MultiFit” was the first private label for Fressnapf l Maxi Zoo. Since that time, it has turned into a high-profit, diverse brand. For example, today the Fressnapf range contains over 500 “MultiFit” items in the Food and Non-food divisions.

APVMA permanent Armidale premises confirmed
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is one step closer to building its regulatory operations in Armidale, with 102 Taylor Street & 91 Beardy Street named as the site for the authority’s permanent office in Armidale, NSW.
The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. David Littleproud MP, the Member for New England, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, and APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, made the announcement at an event at the site today.
A purpose-built, two-storey office will be constructed by the Stirloch Group (Stirloch), a developer based in Queensland and Victoria that has considerable experience with large government developments.
“This is a significant milestone in the APVMA’s relocation from Canberra to Armidale,” Dr Parker said.
“The APVMA has made a long-term commitment to deliver agvet chemical regulation from regional Australia for the benefit of our clients and stakeholders. We have signed a 15-year lease with Stirloch, with possible extensions.
“Our move to Armidale now has real momentum. We have 15 staff at the interim office at 246 Beardy Street, and that number will double by the end of March.
“More staff will relocate from Canberra and more jobs will be advertised that I hope will attract local talent from Armidale and the surrounds to help us deliver robust regulation and top rate services to Australia’s agvet chemical industry.”
The APVMA will have around 150 staff based at the permanent Armidale office once construction and fit-out is complete in mid-2019.
Mr Littleproud, Mr Joyce, and Dr Parker were joined by Armidale’s traditional owners, and made the announcement to local businesses, representatives from the Armidale Regional Council, the University of New England, local residents and community leaders.
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