In the Czech Republic, as in many other countries, veterinarians have long faced the same problem: a shortage of dog blood, necessary in case of urgent transfusions. To address the issue, a group of volunteers founded Red Paw (Červená tlapka), the country’s first such registry. Since its May launch, they have already registered more than 400 potential dog donors.
The number of dogs registered as pets in the Czech capital grew to 83,297
last year, up by 1,857 compared to 2017 but down from a record high of
100,544 the year before.
According to the Prague authorities, small dogs such as Yorkshire Terriers and Dachshunds are the most popular breeds, followed by Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.
The most common name for a dog is “Ben”, followed by “Max”, “Betty”, “Bára” and “Nelly”.
The opposition Christian Democrats have proposed legislation that would bar
private individuals from running zoos, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. The
move comes after a recent case involving the killing of tigers to produce
traditional Asian medicines. Under the bill only municipalities, regional
authorities and the state would be allowed to operate zoos.
For his part, the ANO prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says big cats ought to be in zoos that are administered by the state.
Police have charged several people with the unauthorised treatment of animals over the tiger killings. The case is allegedly linked to a zoo park north of Prague.
Major supermarket chains Lidl and Globus this week made a breakthrough announcement this week, pledging to gradually phase out the sale of eggs from caged hens in their Czech stores. The decision was prompted by a video recently released by the animal rights group Obraz which revealed atrocious conditions in Czech intensive poultry farms.
The opposition TOP 09 party is proposing tougher punishment for cruelty
against animals. Party leader Jiří Pospísil told reporters the
respective amendment was ready and the party would seek support for it
across the political spectrum.
The move comes in response to reports of a growing number of illegal breeding houses where dogs are kept in atrocious conditions. The media have also recently carried shocking cases of cruelty against dogs perpetrated by individual owners.
The Pirates and the Mayors and Independents Party have reportedly promised to support the bill.
India with its population of around 1.4 billion and growth rate for 2016 of just over 7.0 percent is clearly an appetising market for anyone. But it’s sheer size, reputation for bureaucratic obstacles, and the time and expense of opening markets also makes it a daunting challenge for most exporters.
Animal rights activists have reason to celebrate. After years of controversy, both houses of the Czech Parliament have approved a ban on fur farms that should take effect in January 2019. According to the bill, which was approved by the Senate on Thursday, the owners of fur farms will be able to claim compensation from the state. Opinion polls suggest that over 80 percent of Czechs support the move. I called animal rights activist Lucie Moravcová from the NGO Freedom for Animals to get her reaction to the news.
The Senate approved a ban on fur farms after a two-hour debate on Thursday. The ban, which still has to be signed by the president, should take effect from the end of January 2019. At the moment, around nine such farms, mostly raising mink and foxes, are present in the Czech Republic. The owners can claim compensation from the state. Opponents of the ban warn that illegal farms could be created where the state has no oversight over the animals’ welfare. Some 46,000 people signed a petition against fur farms in the Czech Republic.
The current hot and dry weather has created ideal conditions for the spread of the bark beetle, one of the biggest threats to the Czech Republic’s forests. Experts from the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences are now testing a new method involving sniffer dogs to detect the infestation in its early stages. I spoke to the dean of the faculty, Marek Turčáni, who is in charge of the project, and asked him how serious the beetle infestation is this year: