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Animal welfare - Posted by Mike Lyons


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  Location: Japan



What are some strategies to reduce the number of dogs and cats killed by local governments?

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What are some strategies to reduce the number of dogs and cats killed by local governments?

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Animals | Government

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Insects: What if they all died?


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What would happen if all insects died?

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What would happen if all insects died?

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Animals | Insects | Nature

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Blue Whales


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Why is there nothing bigger in the ocean than a blue whale?

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Why is there nothing bigger in the ocean than a blue whale?

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Animals | Biology | Blue Whale | Nature | Oceans | Size

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Goats: Killing it through staring


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Can you kill a goat by staring at it?

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Can you kill a goat by staring at it?

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Animals | Goats | Staring

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Birds: Why do they fly?


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Why do birds fly?

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Why do birds fly?

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Animals | Birds | Flight | Nature

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Elephant Trunks


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Why do elephants have long trunks?

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Why do elephants have long trunks?

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Animals | Elephants | Nature | Trunks

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Dolphins: Why are they clever?


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Why are dolphins so clever?

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Why are dolphins so clever?

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Animals | Dolphins | Intelligence | Marine Biology | Nature

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Bee Population Decline


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What factors are causing the bee populations to decline?

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What factors are causing the bee populations to decline?

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Animals | Bees | Insects | Nature | Population | Science

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Humans Taking Risks


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Why humans take risks and animals don’t?

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Why humans take risks and animals don’t?

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Animals | Human Behaviour | Human Beings | Nature | Risk

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Snakes: Do they have teeth?


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Do snakes have teeth?

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Do snakes have teeth?

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Animals | Biology | Nature | Snakes

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More Milk from Goats


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How can our goats make more milk?

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How can our goats make more milk?

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Agriculture | Animals | Biology | Goats | Milk | Nature

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Classification Systems


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Why do we need classification (taxonomy) systems?

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Why do we need classification (taxonomy) systems?

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Animals | Classification | Humans | Plants | Taxonomy

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Communication between Animals and Birds


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How do animals and birds communicate with each other?

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How do animals and birds communicate with each other?

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Animals | Biology | Birds | Communication | Language | Sound

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Flocks of Birds in Flight


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How do flocks of birds in flight all move at exactly the same time?

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How do flocks of birds in flight all move at exactly the same time?

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Animals | Birds | Flight | Nature | Science

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Animal Languages


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Do animals of the same species speak different ‘languages’ just like humans?

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Do animals of the same species speak different ‘languages’ just like humans?

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Animals | Communication | Language | Nature | Speech

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Woodlice


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Why don’t woodlice grow as big as elephants?

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Why don’t woodlice grow as big as elephants?

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Animals | Biology | Elephants | Evolution | Nature | Woodlice

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Saving Animals from Extinction


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If we cannot save all animals from extinction, which ones should we save? Is it fair to not save them all?

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If we cannot save all animals from extinction, which ones should we save? Is it fair to not save them all?

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Animals | Extinction | Morality | Morals | Nature

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Accents of Cats and Dogs


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Are cats and dogs speaking the same language but just in a different accent?

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Are cats and dogs speaking the same language but just in a different accent?

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Animals | Cats | Communication | Dogs | Language | Nature

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Yawning Dogs


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Why do dogs yawn when you look at them?

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Why do dogs yawn when you look at them?

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Animals | Dogs | Emotions | Physiology | Yawning

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Animal Intelligence


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Are tests of animal intelligence accurate?

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Are tests of animal intelligence accurate?

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Animals | Biology | Intelligence | Science

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Strength of Ants


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Why are ants so strong?

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Why are ants so strong?

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Animals | Ants | Biology | Insects

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A Monkey, A Typewriter and Shakespeare


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If you give a monkey a typewriter, how long will it take it to write the complete works of Shakespeare?

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If you give a monkey a typewriter, how long will it take it to write the complete works of Shakespeare?

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Animals | Literature | Philosophy | Shakespeare

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Dung Beetles


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How do dung beetles carry 100 times over their weight?

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How do dung beetles carry 100 times over their weight?

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Animals | Dung Beetles | Nature | Science

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Accents in Animals?


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People speak with different accents, do animals?

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People speak with different accents, do animals?

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Accents | Animals | Communication | Nature | Science | Speech

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Extinction


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Many species that humans rely upon for food supply are going extinct, meaning we could go extinct ourselves. How can we save these species, and therefore ourselves, from extinction?

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Many species that humans rely upon for food supply are going extinct, meaning we could go extinct ourselves. How can we save these species, and therefore ourselves, from extinction?

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Animals | Apocolypse | Environment | Extinction | Food | Humans | Mammals | Nature | Plants

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Mother Nature


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How much do we love mother nature? what we can do to make it a happy environment?

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How much do we love mother nature? what we can do to make it a happy environment?

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Animals | Ecology | Environment | Gardening | Nature | Planting Trees

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Recognising Animal Rights


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Should we recognize fundamental rights for other animals?

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Should we recognize fundamental rights for other animals?

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Animal Rights | Animals | Nature

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Endangered Animals


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How can we help save endangered animals?

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How can we help save endangered animals?

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Animals | Environment | Evolution | Nature

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Birds and Bats Flight


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How do the flight abilities of birds and bats differ?

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How do the flight abilities of birds and bats differ?

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Animals | Bats | Biology | Birds | Nature | Wildlife