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The results of a new animal cruelty study are clear. People view fighting animal cruelty as a public responsibility and want crimes against animals to be taken more seriously. (Shutterstock)

Why animal cruelty should become a matter for dedicated police units

A new study examines how to best enforce and prevent animal abuse, including through a dedicated anti-cruelty policing unit.
Dogs are more sensitive than humans to the psychotropic (mind-altering) effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in cannabis products. (Unsplash/Ana Martin)

How to keep your pets safe from marijuana poisoning

Pets are vulnerable to cannabis toxicity - by ingesting cannabis products and also by inhaling second hand smoke. In some cases this can be lethal.
Some dogs may associate car travel with trips to the beach or park – while others only remember trips to the vet. Linda Colquhoun/flickr

Curious Kids: is it true dogs don’t like to travel?

Travel can come with danger, so dogs have mostly evolved to avoid being over-adventurous. That said, dogs may see some kinds of travel as a chance to find things they want -- like food or a mate.
Catnip induces changes in cat behavior. Anna Hoychuk

Is it unethical to give your cat catnip?

Catnip can induce changes in cat behavior. An expert argues that giving it to cats raises questions about human power and animal autonomy.
Livestock guardian dog breeds, such as Maremma, are often raised with and trained to consider themselves part of a livestock herd and so protect their herd from threats. Shutterstock

Guardian dogs, fencing, and ‘fladry’ protect livestock from carnivores

All three of the methods found to be most effective at protecting livestock do not involve killing carnivores.

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