By MELISSA GIESE/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Bird feeders and the simple yet effective concrete birdbath are great ways to attract natures own reality show to your windows.

In order to make sure your bird oases promote wildlife health this winter, the experts from the UI Wildlife Medical Clinic in Urbana offer these guidelines:

Keep it clean

In warm weather, rinse and refill your birdbath with the hose every day to keep it free of grime and to prevent disease-carrying mosquito eggs from hatching. Once its cold out, however, a daily rinse may be less feasible. One step toward keeping the bath clean is to place it appropriately. In the fall,...

Evidence is emerging that there are two Duggar family marriages which may be in trouble, as events over the last three months have taken their toll. The marriage between Josh and Anna Duggar is definitely on the rocks, but there are signs of another troubled marriage as well.

Brands are failing to capitalise on the rising numbers of gay marriage

The lack of response by brands to the rise of gay marriages has taken Michael Wells, group account director at TMW Unlimited, by surprise.

Type lsquo;gay honeymoon into Google and it just delivers a list of porn sites

Over 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place since it became legal in England and Wales in 2014, the Office for National Statistics has revealed

As a gay man in a long-term relationship, and at an age when many friends, family members and colleagues are getting married,...

Animal testing has been around for centuries and Canada is one of many countries that has not passed laws to permanently end the practice.

Every day, animals are stripped from their natural environments and placed in a lab. There, they can be forced to inhale toxic fumes, have holes drilled in their skulls, and be immobilized in restraint devices.

“They are confined to barren cages, socially isolated, and psychologically traumatized,” said Marissa Price, PETA’s Colleges Campaign and Outreach Assistant in the United States. “Animals who are used in experiments are treated like nothing more than disposable laboratory equipment.”

Animal testing...

According to Zacks, Skystar Bio-pharmaceutical Company is a China-based developer and distributor of veterinary healthcare and medical care products. Skystar has grown to become one of Chinas leading manufacturers and distributors of vaccines and medicines for poultry, livestock and domestic pets. Skystar has four product lines (veterinary medicines, micro-organisms, vaccines and feed additives) and over 170 products, with over 40 additional products in the developmental stage. Products under development include: Products for animal immunization, New technology based on protein technology and complex enzyme preparations to be used in feed additives and veterinary medicines and New veterinary...

KARACHI:Shah Muhammad holds up a partridge (known locally as chakor) and calls out to passers-by, Han ajao. Le jao. [Come, get it].

The 20-something bird vendor at Karachi’s Empress Market has been in the business for three months selling chakors, pigeons, Australian parrots, love birds and sparrows, among others, but of late his prices have gone down and he’s feeling the pinch.

At least one chakor dies every day, he says. I don’t know if it’s the weather or the environment but I lose Rs2,500 almost every other day. Muhammad gets his birds from his native town of Zhob, in Balochistan.

As many as 30 of my birds as well as a Persian cat died during...

Kentucky has taken no such steps. It leaves citizens wary of county courthouse jobs becoming political spoils.

“What we look for — what we hope for — in our counties is competency, somebody who can actually do what we put them in office to do,” said Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, in Eastern Kentucky. “The nature of politics is such that the people who are better at it get elected, and it gets to be family business.”

That brand of family business becomes taxpayer business, though. And on occasion, family hires become a taxpayer liability.

Such was the case in the county clerk’s offices in Lewis...

A recent Gallup poll estimates that 96,000 gay weddings have taken place in the US since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. 

The survey reveals that it isn’t just couples who reside in states where gay marriage had previously been banned who are electing to tie the knot in increasing numbers, but also couples who reside in states that had previously ruled in favor of marriage equality. 

“Currently, 49% of same-sex couples living together in states where same-sex marriages were already legal report being married, compared with 42% prior to the decision. That means same-sex couples living together in these states are now as likely to be married...

Farm animals make noise. They smell bad. Their waste can be a health hazard. They attract unwanted creatures and flies. They require fences, barns and coops. They can cause domestic pets to misbehave. All those factors can be problematic in an urban setting.

Thus far, it’s about chickens. Fargo allows backyard chickens under specific restrictions. West Fargo and Moorhead do not. There have been few, if any, reported complaints in Fargo. However, that’s not reason enough to transplant what essentially are rural livestock practices into densely developed city neighborhoods.

If chickens are OK, what about other livestock? Can a city that opens the barn door to chickens...

CHICO, Calif. –

The young people at Calvary Chapel of Chico believe that a little effort goes a long way in helping the needy in third world countries.

They spend many non-school hours packing shoe boxes filled with toys, small clothing items, hygiene products and school supplies as well as other assorted treats.

The boxes are packed up and sent to countries with children who would appreciate any type of gift, even items we take for granted.

Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide effort, but the greater Chico area will likely collect in excess of 5,000 shoe boxes.

What I put in the shoe box are such simple things, but they mean so much to someone...