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Dog walkers reminded farmers have right to shoot

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Kent Police are reminding dog walkers that farmers have the right to shoot dogs that are causing distress to their sheep.

It comes as lambing season gets underway, when an attack on a pregnant ewe could cause farmers large financial losses.

Owners can also be prosecuted if pets are let off their leads in a field of sheep.

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The force receives an average of six reports of sheep-worrying per month.

"As we enter the lambing season it is especially important people know what can happen if their dogs run loose and kill or injure livestock. Sheep represent a farmer’s income and are often worth a substantial sum. If attacked, the veterinary bills farmers face can leave them substantially out of pocket."

– PC Michael Laidlow of the Kent Police Rural Task Force said:

• Under the Animals Act 1971, a person acting to protect livestock may be able to kill or injure a dog that he/she reasonably believes is ‘worrying’ without incurring any criminal or civil liability.

Miniscule 3-inch squirrel monkey born at London Zoo

A black-capped squirrel monkey baby is the latest arrival at London Zoo. Reported to have been born in the middle of the night just over three weeks ago, the tiny bundle was spotted clinging tightly on to its mother snoozing in the summer heatwave.

The miniscule monkey which currently measures just three inches tall, is threatened in its native South American homes of Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.

The tiny infant hasn’t yet left the comfort of mum’s back for us to be able to tell if it’s a boy or girl, but we can see that it’s doing really well and we’ve spotted both of them snoozing together in the sunshine!

– Zookeeper Andrea Dempsey



London Zoo's newborn tiger cubs caught on camera

London Zoo has released hidden camera footage of three newborn tiger cubs. The incredibly rare Sumatran tigers were born at the beginning of last month to mother Melati. The cubs remain with their mother inside a special 'cubbing den' and Melati will only occasionally venture away for food.

The Zoo has not yet found out what sex the cubs are as they haven't left their mother's side.

Zookeeper Teague Stubbington said 'We couldn't be more delighted with our new arrivals, and with how Melati is responding to her three cubs'

Millions of pounds made through smuggling animal items

Millions of pounds are made each year by traffickers who sell trophy animals on the black market. Big cats, hippos teeth and tortoises are among record numbers confiscated by Border Agency officials at Heathrow over the past year.

London Zoo has now been called upon to give some of them a new home and a second chance.

David Wood reports:

London Zoo helps to re-home illegally imported animals

The Border Force is seizing record numbers of endangered species at Heathrow Airport.The capital is seen as a hub for the trade due to its international transport links. London Zoo is part of a project to re-home illegally imported creatures.

Staff there say their role is crucial to the survival of species targeted by poachers, as David Wood reports:

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Border official on 'heartbreaking' seizures of new ivory

Grant Miller, senior officer on the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITIES) Border Force team at Heathrow has said the market in endangered animal items being trafficked into the country is evolving.

He said there is a significant increase in items in such as ivory from west and central Africa being trafficked through London's "logistic hub".

"We pick up between 5-15 kilo of ivory at time. The heartbreaking thing is it quite clearly new ivory from recently slaughted elephants."

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