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Ban imposed on puppy and kitten sales by pet shops

LONDON: Britain is forbidding puppies and kittens from being sold by pet shops in a bid to crack down on animal exploitation and abuse. The government said it will roll out the legislation next year after holding public consultations that showed 95 percent support for the ban. "This will mean that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under six months must either deal directly with the breeder or with an animal re-homing centre," the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said on Sunday as…

Sony revives robot pet dog

TOKYO: Japanese electronics giant Sony is marking the year of the dog by bringing back to life its robot canine -- packed with artificial intelligence and internet capability. Sony's new "aibo" dog is an ivory-white puppy-sized, 30 centimetre (one foot) hound with flapping black ears and a wagging tail. It has the ability to roll its eyes to display emotions. It comes with an array of sensors, cameras and microphones and boasts internet connectivity, allowing owners to play with the pet remotely via smartphone.…

Woman finds tiny frog in salad, keeps him as pet

CALIFORNIA:  A woman found an unexpected ‘pet’ in a boxed salad she purchased from a local outlet in California. Becky Garfinkel of Corona said she bought the Taylor Farms baby spring salad mix from Target recently and she was about halfway through eating the meal when she noticed the lettuce moving on its own. "As I'm pulling to go stab another bite, I see a frog sitting in my salad plate after I've eaten almost the entire salad. Completely freaked out -- screamed. I threw up afterward because I was traumatized. I'm a…

WTO rules in Pakistan’s favour over PET exports to European Union

GENEVA: The World Trade Organisation has ruled that measures by European Commission on export of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) from Pakistan was against WTO law and rules. The intergovernmental organisation that regulates international trade categorically ruled that measures applied by European Commission on PET were inconsistent with the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement (SCM) of the WTO. This is being seen as a big diplomatic success for Pakistan at the multilateral forum in Geneva by trade experts.…

Polar bear’s affection for dog caught in viral video

CHURCHILL, Manitoba: A tour guide in Canada has captured an amazing moment of polar bear patting a dog and seemed to treat the pet like his own cub. David De Meulles said he was taking a pair of North Star Tours clients on a polar bear watching expedition during the weekend in Churchill, Manitoba, when the group witnessed the meeting between the bear and dog, which was tethered on its owner's property. "I had no idea what was going to happen, and then sure enough he started petting that dog, acted like he was a…

Pakistan takes EU to WTO over PET trade

GENEVA: Pakistan launched a trade dispute at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to challenge the European Union's punitive duties on Pakistani exports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the WTO said in a statement.