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Automotive aftermarket (parts and labor) represents a market of more than 33 billion euros. After years of crisis, this market has returned to growth and faces new challenges. Faced with the planned upheaval of the market, with the modification of the petrol / diesel mix and the switch to electric, equipment manufacturers and distributors are evolving their offers, against a backdrop of booming e-commerce. The major players in the sector must also take into account the new expectations of consumers, particularly concerned with more rational use of the car.

This dossier proposes to take stock of this changing sector by giving a voice to all its key players.

Why and when should you choose a labor lawyer?

Many employees still refuse to call on a lawyer: « it is not within my reach », « useless to get there », are justifications often heard. And yet, having recourse to counsel would be of great help to them in a context of increasing legalization and complexity of labor law. In this case, we will give the floor to lawyers who are experts in labor law, who will shed light on the various problems encountered by employees.

With more than 4 billion euros spent each year, the French are not near their money when it comes to their pets. More than one in two French people own one or more. Their population is estimated at 63 million. Cats and dogs come first among the favorite animals of our fellow citizens, ahead of fish but also birds and rodents.

A dynamic and growing French market, leader in Europe, despite the current economic gloom. Because they bring us as much love as sometimes hassle, caring for them is not always an easy task. Alongside the classic kibbles and toys, a series of offers dedicated to these furry and feathered companions … or scales has developed. Nothing is left to chance to pamper them and make them happy!

This dossier intends to explore this growing market by giving a voice to all its main players.

DIY remains one of the favorite activities of the French. This summer, she will once again be on their program. With time in front of you, calm, the summer season is conducive to these indoor … or garden work. The DIY sector, with an annual turnover of 26 billion euros, is full of ideas. Among its objectives? Meet consumer expectations and stick to new trends. Faced with competition from online sales, brands are reinventing their offers and adapting to the new digital reality. This dossier offers us the opportunity to illustrate all the dynamism of DIY, which remains the leading consumer goods market in the home.

Privileged activity of the French, DIY will – once again – be on the rise this summer. Between landscaping, renovation, gardening and maintenance, the summer season is particularly conducive to this occupation combining creativity and thoroughness. This is the perfect opportunity to take care of your home (and your garden) in order to finally accomplish the work so postponed during the year.

Responsive, the DIY sector knows how to evolve and meet consumer expectations and new trends. Always more innovative, it is modernizing and adapting to the current technological revolution. An overview of DIY essentials for anyone planning to DIY this summer.

In companies with at least 50 employees, the employer is required to organize the implementation
a works council made up of elected staff representatives and possibly union representatives appointed by representative union organizations in the company or establishment. Required to meet regularly, this committee assumes, on the one hand, economic and social, and cultural attributions; it has the necessary material and financial resources to do this.

This dossier offers us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on this market with great potential.

Absenteeism, stress, turnover, moral harassment, burn-out, lack of recognition…: 2 out of 3 French people say they are dissatisfied with their daily work. The social cost of this scourge and the impact on business performance amount to billions of euros. Faced with this new context, the company has every interest in fostering the cohesion of its teams, motivating its employees and innovating in a more humane management, in other words promoting quality of life at work (QVT). QVT, as we understand it today, goes far beyond the simple prevention of occupational risks. It refers to favorable conditions in the working environment, which have positive consequences for employees and generate well-being and psychological health. This dossier will allow us to take stock of QVT approaches, levers of economic and social performance of the company within the framework of their CSR policies.

Condominiums represent almost a quarter of all housing in France. Significant legislative changes have taken place in recent years. In 2014, the Alur law (for Access to Housing and Renovated Urban Planning) had significantly modified the rules in force. At the end of 2018, the Elan law (relating to the Evolution of Housing, Development and Digital) reformed many areas of condominium management, in the context of energy renovation of buildings. Voted in 2015, the energy transition law for green growth indeed counts among its objectives the adaptation of all housing to low consumption standards by 2050. Faced with these challenges likely to upset relations between co-owners and trustees of co-ownerships, this dossier aims to give voice to the key players in the sector.

The digital revolution is upsetting the codes of our economy. The health sector obviously does not escape this backdrop. Far from being limited to telemedicine, e-Health is defined by the WHO as “the use of tools for the production, transmission, management and sharing of digital information for the benefit of both medical and medical practices. social ”. In addition to the traditional approach, there is the development of a multitude of new hi-tech and connected products. Managing your daily health is now possible, with the development of intelligent solutions designed to improve our way of life. ENS (digital service companies) and technology consulting companies are constantly innovating and becoming essentials in the healthcare industry, participating in this medical revolution. This dossier proposes to give a spotlight on this new deal.

The digital revolution has hit the world of transport and mobility head on. The transport networks, now connected intermodally, must meet new expectations. In this changing context, companies and individuals have several levers to invent cleaner and sustainable mobility. This 3.0 mobility is one of the great areas of innovation of our time. Digital is at the service of transport, whether private or collective, in order to optimize travel and make it more practical and efficient. Safety, the environment and fluidity are the issues at the center of concerns in this area. Travel modes are becoming intelligent and collaborative. At the same time, new driving habits are emerging, mixing car passion and innovative concepts, from carpooling to car sharing. This issue will offer us the opportunity to take a broad look at these new trends.

Business car purchases today account for almost 50% of the market. This booming B to B market demonstrates the success of rental formulas (LLD and LMD). Still recently confined to large companies, the constitution of automobile fleets is diversifying beyond large accounts and SMEs to henceforth penetrate very small businesses. Benefiting from increasingly connected solutions, fleet managers adapt their contracts to the use of their vehicles in order to optimize routes, with economic and ecological concerns in mind. This dossier will offer a precise and detailed overview of the main trends in the field of vehicle fleets.

From the Internet to the smartphone, new digital technologies are now everywhere, both in our personal and professional lives. This digital transformation could not remain without impact on the world of learning and vocational training. The methods of yesterday are no longer those of today and will be even less so tomorrow.

Digital Learning appeared, a real oxygen tank for the face-to-face, expensive and outdated training model. With a new set of tools, formats and approaches, Digital Learning is reinventing the harmony between people and technology. Interactive, mobile and personalized: this is how training presents itself in the digital age.

As for the digital offer in education and training, it is developing and diversifying, with its startups, its VSEs-SMEs, or its French subsidiaries of multinational groups (both software publishers, digital resources and platforms, such as consulting companies, or even manufacturers, distributors and IT maintenance companies). This dossier will allow us to shine a spotlight on a rapidly expanding sector.

You can’t improvise as a parent overnight. But rest assured, nature is well done since with 9 months of pregnancy, the future mother and future father have time to familiarize themselves with their new roles. There are many upheavals, of course, and to cope with joy and relaxation it is better to prepare, to simply organize. Is your head bubbling with questions?

It’s normal. Our experts are there to support you. What type of birth do you want to have? What place would the future dad like to occupy? Sexuality during pregnancy and after the baby arrives? Which first name to choose? Which birth clothes for which seasons? Breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Childcare, a Chinese puzzle? Against or for vaccines? If the baby’s arrival requires a large budget, do not hesitate to get help from loved ones by creating birth lists.

This special Future Parents file will reveal all the wise advice from early childhood professionals so that you can welcome your baby with complete peace of mind and preserve the harmony of your married life. Smile, you are soon forming a family.

In these times of increased competition between tourist accommodation modes, the star classification system remains one of the very first criteria of choice for the consumer. An element of public « reinsurance », it is an important benchmark for French and international customers.

Carried out since 2010 by a control body accredited by Cofrac (French Accreditation Committee), this control makes it possible to classify all establishments (hotels, but also campsites, holiday villages and various hotel residences) and to provide an official guarantee quality of service and comfort to increasingly demanding customers. Contrary to the trend towards « uberization » of the tourist stay, this classification of 1 to 5 stars attributed by Atout France (French Tourist Development Agency), promotes the good match between the French tourist offer and the international demand, ultimately contributing to the promotion and influence of the France brand.

This dossier will allow us to enhance this qualitative approach.

Do you have real estate projects? You wish to become an owner and invest in
real estate? Have you thought about new real estate?

Real estate in new buildings is attracting more and more French people. And for good reason, invest in
the new is a guarantee of quality, because the buyer ensures total control of his budget, but also optimized comfort and respect for security guarantees. In addition, the tax exemption systems in place and the attractive credit rates practiced by the banks make it a particularly profitable investment.

But to succeed in your real estate investment, you still need to be well supported. Who are the key players you can count on if you embark on a new real estate project?

The Internet of Things is changing our daily lives, making our homes smart. Security, assisted living, wireless connection, entertainment, energy management …: the world of « all digital » has invaded homes and is now part of our daily lives. Everything is thought to make the house smarter, without necessarily rhyme with exorbitant expenses. Home automation continues to develop: many technical innovations are emerging to meet the needs of comfort and security. How is the connected home changing our lives? This special feature will try to answer this question, by giving voice to the major players in a rapidly expanding sector.

The Internet of Things is changing our daily lives, making our buildings and homes smart. Security, assistance with autonomy, wireless connection, entertainment, energy and building management, home automation …: a multitude of solutions are now available to make our lives easier. Today, beyond building automation, it’s a lifetime that connects to technology to simplify the life of each occupant: intelligent sports, connected objects for pets or even a connected swimming pool …
The communicating house and the positive energy building are becoming essential for all aspects of everyday life.

This special feature will endeavor to take stock of this change, by giving a voice to major players in rapidly expanding sectors.

While we spend around 30% of our time sleeping, around 1 in 4 French people suffer from sleep disorders. However, it is fundamental, regenerative and natural repairer, it is a necessary element for health.

To sleep well and fight fatigue, everyone must find the remedy that suits them. For some, the solution simply lies in choosing the right bedding, while for others, more sophisticated remedies to combat insomnia, snoring or sleep apnea should be considered. How to sleep well?

Cooperative and associated trade is on the rise. This method of organizing point of sale networks is made up of independent traders gathered in groups, generally under a common banner. At the heart of their values ​​is the promotion of local producers and ecosystems. This form of trade is found in more than 30 business sectors and in all regions of France. With nearly 50,000 points of sale and an annual turnover of more than 150 billion euros, cooperative trade now accounts for more than 30% of French retail trade. The groups combine the advantages of a national network with compliance with strong ethical commitments (CSR, traceability, quality control). This dossier will allow us to give a voice to the major players in cooperative and associated trade, guarantors of a responsible distribution method with strong local roots.

For accident victims, psychological shock is often added to bodily injury. These various traumas open up rights to care and compensation, based on the necessary compensation for all of the damage. How, for a victim, determine the damages to which he can claim?

In order to determine the extent of the consequences and the amount of compensation due, professionals are now listening to them. This dossier will give them a voice, as will victims’ associations.

No sector of our economy has been spared by the outsourcing of production. The phenomenon also had the effect of arousing a patriotism reflex. As the polls continue to demonstrate, the French are more and more sensitive to the label of the products they buy. So much so that French manufacturing has never been so in vogue. Far beyond the fashion effect, the sector is structured, in line with a new mode of consumption, responsible and attached to the local terroir. A guarantee of innovation but also and above all, of quality and authenticity, the « French consumer » appeals more and more every day to individuals and businesses. By giving the floor to its main players, this dossier aims to give a spotlight on a dynamic sector.

More than 60,000 cases of occupational diseases and more than 600,000 occupational accidents are listed in France each year. Once recognized, an occupational disease or an accident at work can give the employee the right to remuneration, paid to compensate for the loss of income. This is to say the economic and social stake of this reality. The amount and nature of the compensation may vary depending on the duration of the work stoppage, the temporary or permanent nature of the incapacity, but also on the employer’s responsibility in the occurrence of the occupational disease or in the employee’s work accident.

This file will allow us to decipher the evolutions at work.

A painful and complicated stage, the funeral must nevertheless be prepared with care. The organization of ceremonies and the anticipation of the future for the relatives who remain, involve considerable expenses, this is why foresight is essential in this area. Often a taboo subject, it is nonetheless very important within families.

The funeral market, which accounts for around 2 billion euros per year, is made up of several players, all serving this general concern: planning funerals and the future and relieving families – as much as possible – in charge of this painful task.

Funeral services, funeral directors and funeral marble, funeral guarantees and insurance, notaries, crematorium, florist, funeral articles, here is a detailed guide to help you pass this stage with more serenity.

The holiday season is fast approaching. The French spend without counting. In this set, meals are central, almost sacred.
In terms of gastronomy, between culinary tradition and innovation, no one departs from the rule of a beautiful festive table. Chocolates, glazed chestnuts, caviar and oysters are the dishes to which the French remain loyal.
At the same time, culinary innovations have shaken up the daily lives of foodies. The great chefs have been able to overturn the codes, revisit the classics to make New Years Eve dinner the height of their art, where aesthetics, taste and pleasure mingle. What do the experts say?

The prevention of occupational risks covers all the measures to be implemented to achieve a triple objective: preserve the health and safety of employees, improve working conditions and strive for well-being at work. Included in the principles of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), this approach is built by involving all the players concerned and taking into account the specificities of the company (size, resources available, geographic location, etc.). It is also based on methods and tools, in order to achieve respect for three essential values: respect for the employee, transparency and social dialogue. Finally, prevention is also based on a corpus of good practices which has emerged as it has developed, and which feeds the systems deployed. This dossier will aim to give a spotlight on this new way of understanding the relationship to work.

Natural well-being, simple « grandmother remedies »? Think again ! Reconnecting with the balance and well-being of our body, taking the best that nature has to offer, is all that is most modern. First by delighting your taste buds with a balanced diet. An easy challenge, by cooking good meals with good ingredients, chosen with care. The best beauty products are still fruits and vegetables and all other fresh foods rich in vitamins and minerals. They are not the only ones. Plants have incredible and often unsuspected beneficial properties. Natural cosmetic treatments are developing which allow you to enhance the radiance of your body. Even household chores are now part of this health prevention. Rather than potentially allergenic products, we will favor natural products devoid of synthetic fragrances and unfortunate consequences for our health and our environment. As we can see, finding natural well-being is everyone’s business, every day. This dossier will allow us to zoom in on a booming trend.

Since January 1, 2017, a couple can have an amicable divorce without going before the judge. Part of the measure aims to unclog the courts. Thus, in 2015, 123,668 divorces were pronounced, including 67,875 by mutual consent (55%), according to 2016 key figures from the Ministry of Justice.

But choosing a lawyer is always a delicate matter. Especially when it comes to exposing your family life, which is not necessarily self-evident, even when faced with a professional.

Couples faced with this situation wonder. How to choose a lawyer? Is it essential to use his services to dissolve his marriage?

Each year, 10,000 lives could be saved if 1 in 5 people knew of emergency procedures. Unfortunately, too few French people attend first aid training each year. What are these gestures that save? How to react to an accident at home, at work or on the road? How was first aid organized in France? How could it evolve in the digital age? What first aid training is available to you?

France today has more than 24 million inhabitants over the age of 50. The former baby boomers who came into the world between 1945 and 1960 arrived in the field of seniors, when the number of births reached one million per year. While life expectancy at retirement is also increasing steadily, seniors intend to actively nourish this sequence of their lives with personal projects. The main concerns of seniors are to thrive in retirement and maintain their health for as long as possible. This dossier will allow us to take stock of this major socio-economic issue.

The personal services sector is growing. By 2025, the number of user households is expected to grow by 17.3%. The aging of the population, which is increasing, and home support, also improving, partly explain this trend. But not only that: family services such as childcare and tutoring are also increasing, as are daily living services (housework, shopping, gardening, etc.). To face the challenge of improving the quality of service, the sector is becoming more and more professional.

This dossier proposes to give a spotlight on a new and multiple reality.

Organic is on the rise. The latest figures leave no room for doubt: conversions from organic farms are constantly increasing. With the end of the sector, on the side of processing and distribution companies, the breakthrough is just as significant. And sales of organic products are increasing sharply in all distribution channels. These networks have taken on a new dimension in recent years, with store openings, expansions and renovations. Even supermarkets, with a good third of sales, are not outdone.

This is no longer a heavy trend, but almost a bottom line: this dossier offers us the opportunity to get a great deal of spotlight on a rapidly expanding sector.

In line with the government’s desire to involve citizens more in the control of their health journey, the market for food supplements is booming.

Nearly two-thirds of French people recognize the benefits that dietary supplements can bring, and almost one in two say they have already consumed them. Health professionals also appreciate their benefits: in almost two out of three cases, the consumption of food supplements is the result of a prescription or advice from a health professional.

French excellence is recognized abroad in the food supplement sector, with many innovative SMEs in particular.

This dossier will give us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on a sector with a great future.

More and more French people are choosing to look good by staying organic. 43% of them bought organic cosmetic products in 2016 compared to 24% in 2013 (Agence BIO / CSA 2017 barometer).

Exit from EDTA, silicone, parabens, PEG, PPG, BHT, polymers and all polluting chemical elements, make way for organic cosmetic products.

This dossier aims to give a voice to the major players in an emerging sector.

Local governments or the state can infringe on your property rights. You can be expropriated, for the needs of a tram line or any other collective equipment. In order to obtain fairer compensation, you will need to go to the expropriation judge. And when you sell a property, the municipality can decide to exercise its right of first refusal and thus evict the purchaser of your property, provided that you carry out an operation of general interest. You then have two months to make your decision: withdraw the property from the sale, accept the price offered by the municipality or refuse its offer.

A full-fledged part of the activity of developers, corporate real estate finds its place in projects increasingly marked by diversity, elected officials wishing to mix businesses and homes in their territories. Commercial real estate differs from residential in many ways, however.

Always constrained by the need to find its client over time, the sector is undergoing rapid change, in parallel with our relationship with time and work space. Always more efficient
from an ecological point of view, office buildings integrate new services, in order to reinforce the feeling of well-being of employees, but also to bring a more technical and functional dimension in the management of spaces, in phase with the appearance of new, more flexible and nomadic ways of working. At the same time, new real-time measurement systems for building data are emerging to better manage the occupancy of premises. Agile, the new building integrates with its urban and environmental ecosystem in a logic of circular economy.

This dossier will give a voice to key players in corporate real estate and will allow us to scrutinize a sector with significant urban challenges.

D’après un sondage réalisé en septembre 2017 par l’Ifop, 74 % des Français interrogés affirment être prêts à payer plus cher un produit s’il est fabriqué sur le territoire français.

En effet, alors que la mondialisation économique ne se dément pas, les biens produits en France n’ont jamais été aussi en vogue. A rebours du phénomène de délocalisation de la production, la filière du “fabriqué français” se structure. Signe de cette lame de fond, l’apparition des Assises du produire en France, manifestation annuelle qui regroupe des politiques, des décideurs, des experts et des entrepreneurs autour de la thématique. Cette tendance lourde va de pair avec l’émergence d’un nouveau mode de consommation, responsable et attaché au terroir local.

Ce dossier nous offre l’occasion d’un coup de projecteur sur le savoir-faire français.

Les seniors représentent une part croissante de la population française, dont un tiers est aujourd’hui âgé de plus de 50 ans. Alors l’espérance de vie à la retraite augmente également de façon régulière, cette “troisième mi-temps de l’existence” apparaît comme un nouveau chapitre, que les seniors vont nourrir activement de projets personnels.

Bien préparer ce changement de vie est une condition clé pour s’épanouir dans sa retraite. Catégorie d’âge à l’important pouvoir d’achat, les seniors représentent  un enjeu économique clé des décennies à venir. Quant à la santé, elle est la préoccupation numéro un des seniors. Le législateur ne s’y est pas trompé en votant sa loi sur l’adaptation de la société auvieillissement (ASV).

Ce dossier nous offre l’occasion d’un coup de projecteur sur une mutation socio-économique majeure.

Près de 7 français sur 10 sont propriétaires de leur résidence principale. Dans le cadre de l’achat d’un logement ou d’un investissement locatif, la bonne gestion de votre immeuble passe par le choix d’un bon syndic de copropriété. Toute copropriété est dans l’obligation d’élire un syndic de copropriété, intermédiaire entre les copropriétaires et leurs locataires. Mais comment bien le choisir ? Comment trouver un syndic suffisamment joignable pour ne pas laisser traîner les dossiers, assez proche pour demeurer disponible ? Le prix des services mais aussi la réactivité des syndics sont au cœur de débats parfois houleux lors des assemblées générales. Dans un cadre législatif mouvant et un contexte de transformation digitale, le métier de syndic se trouve en pleine mutation.

Ce dossier vous fournira les clés pour bien choisir votre syndic.

Les copropriétés représentent près d’un quart des logements en France.

Votée en 2014, la loi Alur (pour Accès au Logement et un Urbanisme Rénové) a modifié de façon non négligeable les règles dans les copropriétés, tant pour les règles de vote, que pour les syndics et la gestion des copropriétés en difficulté. Parmi les grands enjeux d’avenir, la rénovation énergétique des immeubles.

Dans ce cadre, l’instauration du DTG (Diagnostic Technique Global) va révolutionner les relations entre copropriétaires et syndics de copropriétés ; avec un objectif : améliorer la qualité de nos immeubles.

Les vacances à la montagne en hiver, vous connaissez, mais en été ? Loin des plages prises d’assaut, la montagne est propice au repos comme à l’activité, pour les grands et les petits. C’est l’occasion de découvrir, seul, en couple ou en famille, ses paysages sous un jour nouveau. La neige laisse place à de grandes et belles prairies fleuries, la nature resplendit, de nouveaux horizons s’ouvrent à vous… Oxygénez vous, partez en randonnées sur les sentiers, avec un peu de chance vous apercevrez peut-être des marmottes, aigles et autres chamois. Quel meilleur endroit que la montagne pour se mettre en mode « détox », couper avec le stress de la vie urbaine et se ressourcer tout en prenant soin de son corps ? Découvrez dans ce dossier toutes les nouveautés et tendances, pour des vacances d’été différentes, à la montagne.

Des vacances dans la nature, c’est une aventure particulière pour petits et grands, en même temps qu’une manière de nous reconnecter à nos racines profondes. En France, le tourisme de nature a longtemps été assimilé aux seules activités sportives dans la nature. Le secteur va aujourd’hui bien au-delà : les Français sont de plus en plus nombreux à éprouver le besoin de se mettre en mode « détox », histoire de couper avec le stress de la vie urbaine pour mieux se ressourcer.

Découvrez dans ce dossier toutes les nouveautés et tendances, pour des vacances nature réussies.

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the gendarmerie warns of the presence of carnivorous turtles along the Canal du Midi – Insurance for Pets

A « Serpentinea » turtle was discovered in Ramonville-Saint-Agne, near a children’s play area.

While walks are once again authorized since deconfinement, the Haute-Garonne gendarmerie alerts walkers to the possible presence of carnivorous turtles along the Canal du Midi, in a message posted on Facebook Thursday, May 28.

Two days earlier, « a type turtle Serpentinea discovered in Ramonville-Saint-Agne, at the children’s playground, in Cinquante park « , indicate the gendarmes. This tortoise measured 25 centimeters. « Fearful, she shows little but can become fierce when disturbed and then inflict serious injuries with her jaw, cutting like a razor », they specify, inviting walkers not to play with these animals.

This discovery comes a few weeks after that, on the same banks, of three baby « alligator » turtles, another dangerous species, specify the gendarmes, signaling that these turtles are now taken care of by the Mescoules zoo, in Dordogne.

According to the zoo director interviewed by 20 minutes, these are actually all snapping turtles, native to North America, and the big one could be the mother of the three little ones. « They are snarling and dangerous », explains Roland Collebrusco to the daily newspaper.

This carnivorous species can measure up to 80 cm and reach 100 kg. « But, even if she is only 50 kilos, she is aggressive because she is used to hunting, unlike the land turtles who are satisfied with grass. She has like a parrot’s beak, a real pruner », continues the specialist in 20 minutes. It can tackle fish and birds. Above all, this invasive species could harm local biodiversity and endemic species such as the muddy turtle, now in decline, the newspaper said.

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Agroecology in times of COVID-19 – Insurance for Pets

COVID-19 is not an isolated phenomenon. Industrial agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry have accelerated and greatly expanded the spread of life-threatening viruses. Food production based on natural balances is certainly possible. Sylvopastoral animal husbandry is a mixture of animal husbandry and forestry away from the disastrous monocultures. Latin American agronomists Miguel A. Altieri and Clara Inés Nicholls demonstrate the potential of this fundamentally different approach to our food production.

Energy and water scarcity, environmental pollution, climate change, economic inequality, insecure food supplies, etc. We cannot tackle the majority of these global problems separately. On the contrary, they are closely linked. If one problem worsens, the whole system will be affected and other problems will worsen as well.

As never before, the current pandemic reveals the structural essence of our world: human, animal, plant and environmental health. The corona crisis warns humanity to rethink the capitalist way of acting, our society, which is heavily based on consumption. We must also strongly question the way in which we deal with nature. We need a comprehensive solution to the current crisis, addressing the root causes of the world’s visible socio-environmental vulnerability.

Agroecology provides an inspiring example of a powerful structural approach. In the current crisis context, this system helps to investigate links between agriculture and health. In particular, it is an example of an agricultural method that can promote human well-being, as opposed to industrial agriculture, which poses major health risks.

Ecological effects of industrial agriculture on human health

For decades, many (agro) ecologists denounced the consequences of industrial agriculture for human health and ecosystems. Large-scale monocultures today cover approximately 80 percent of the world’s agricultural land (1.5 billion hectares). However, their genetic homogeneity, and thus low ecological diversity, make monocultures vulnerable to weed infestations, insect invasions, epidemic diseases and now also recently to climate change.

To combat pests, farmers worldwide spray about 2.3 billion pounds of pesticides annually, of which only less than 1 percent hits their target. Most pesticides end up in the soil, in the air and in the water. In the U.S. alone, environmental and public health damage amounts to more than $ 10 billion annually. These figures are still silent about the approximately 26 million people worldwide who suffer from pesticide poisoning. Nor do they take into account the health costs related to acute toxic effects caused by residues in our food.

Many insecticides kill beneficial organisms. Pollinating insects, natural pest control agents, organisms such as butterflies and beetles, birds and soil life continue to deteriorate in agricultural areas. However, each of these organisms provides important ecological services. They can therefore play in favor of agriculture.

Biodiversity loss costs hundreds of billions of dollars annually, both in crop production and human health. It also stimulates the (negative) spiral of pesticide use. It only enhances the effects on humans and ecosystems. This is evidenced by the emergence of 586 insect and mite species that have become resistant to more than 325 insecticides. It indicates that the resources for “modern” industrial agriculture are exhausted. These resistances apply not only to crop pests, but also to human diseases such as dengue fever or malaria.

Much has been written about industrial livestock farming, especially where livestock is grown in feedlots. These animals are particularly vulnerable to viruses such as flu and bird flu. Large companies that keep tens of thousands of chickens or thousands of pigs in the name of efficient protein production have thus created the perfect environment and conditions for viruses. They can mutate there, become more resistant and eventually spread. For example, in the US, more than 50 million chickens and turkeys died from bird flu.

Industrial animal husbandry methods (confinement, exposure to high concentrations of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide from manure) make animals more susceptible to viral infections. Viruses, which mutate constantly, eventually lead to the next human pandemic. That was already the case in April 2009. Then the new flu strain H1N1 came to life which was dubbed the « Mexican flu » and quickly spread around the world to eventually reach pandemic status.

The arbitrary and widespread use of antibiotics and growth hormones is another factor that can cause pandemics in the livestock industry. Enrique Murgueitio of CIPAV (a Colombian organization that has been researching sustainable agricultural systems since 1986) states that “antibiotics and growth hormones are polluting and expensive. The worst effect, however, is that they create the conditions for drug resistance. Like other viruses awaiting another pandemic, super bacteria (a collective term for bacteria resistant to almost all antibiotics) such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella are in the queue and there are hardly any means to fight them. fight. « 

Of course, there are other ways of growing livestock. Sylvopastoral systems are an example of this. They are based on agro-ecological principles, ensure healthy production, restore the landscape and are less conducive to epidemics. After all, they exclude the use of antibiotics (except in emergencies). The farmed animals also live outdoors in mixed forest-pasture landscapes with a high biodiversity. They live on natural food from healthy soils, which strengthens their immune system.

However, the situation is deteriorating because biodiverse agro-landscapes have to make way for large areas with monocultures, which requires a lot of deforestation. Moreover, monocultures stimulate the “migration” of organisms from the forest to the cities, which can lead to “new” diseases.

Evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace previously stated that: “In the past, diseases were kept in check by forests that went through a very long evolution. However, new pathogens are now released, threatening the entire world. Agriculture driven by capital takes the place of healthy forests and natural biotopes. Monocultures provide the optimal conditions for pathogens. They, in turn, can develop more virulent and contagious phenotypes ”.

In other words, pathogens that used to be « trapped » in natural biotopes are now spreading to industrial fields, to industrial livestock farming, and eventually they come to us. The foundation is a landscape, disturbed by industrial agriculture and agrochemical and biotechnological innovations.

For example, an increase in deforestation in the Amazon region of only 4 percent has increased the number of malaria cases by nearly 50 percent. The current pandemic warns us that more infectious diseases will emerge. Not only are the animals that we put in unhealthy, overcrowded industrial farms increasingly susceptible to infectious diseases, but also wild animals that live in degraded or devastated ecosystems. Economic pursuit of profit has violated the basic laws of ecology.

Decreasing diversity in cultivated crops versus human health

The declining diversity of crops in the agricultural landscape is another danger that the intensification of agriculture poses to public health. Although humans can feed on more than 2,500 plant species, most of them have only three diets: wheat, rice and corn. Globally, those types provide 50 percent of all calories consumed.

Nevertheless, more than 850 million people don’t have access to enough calories. On the other hand, more than 2 billion people (especially children) have to deal with “hidden hunger”: they do absorb enough calories, but with too few vitamins and minerals to be able to talk about good health and development.

Monoculture of maize. Photo: flickr @vasilyi kotko

The low number of crops that feed the world raises concerns about both our diet in general and the resilience of the global food system. Crop diversity, on the other hand, appears to be the key to adaptation to climate change. However, the loss of crop diversity and additional homogenization of agroecosystems have important implications for ecological functions and services. The sustainability of the food system also feels the effects: the cost of a failed homogeneous cultivated crop weighs heavily on food security. It also influences precarious access to food and the health of the poorest and most vulnerable people.

Michael Pollan previously said that “the entire US food supply has undergone a“ cornification ”(the switch to » corn « = corn and all its derivatives). The majority of the corn consumed is even invisible because it has been incorporated into the food on the one hand or has been used as animal feed on the other before it reaches the consumer.

“Most of the chickens, pigs and cattle we breed live on a diet based on maize (mainly genetically modified breeds). Most of the soft drinks and snacks we consume in the U.S. and many parts of Latin America contain high fructose corn syrup. However, there appears to be a link between corn syrup and the current epidemics of obesity (medically worrying obesity) and type II diabetes.

In developing countries, the so-called “modernization” of agriculture has led to even worse food security than before. A globalized food system and free trade agreements disrupted traditional rural communities and their diversified production systems. Many countries are swapping their rich, varied traditional diets for heavily processed, energy-intensive foods and drinks, which contain very few micronutrients (small amounts of minerals, vitamins and other substances). We see obesity and chronic diseases only increase there.

Agroecology and a new food system

The vulnerability of the globalized food system is becoming exposed, especially as governments have imposed trade and travel restrictions and COVID-19 paralyzes entire cities. More trade and transport restrictions could limit the influx of imported food, either from other countries or from other domestic regions. However, this has disastrous consequences for access to food, especially for the poorest areas.

This is a dire situation for countries that need to import more than 50 percent of their food. Access to food is also critical for cities with more than 5 million inhabitants. After all, they must import at least 2,000 tons of food per day in order to feed their inhabitants. In addition, food must travel an average of 1,000 kilometers to reach the consumer. It is clear that this is not a sustainable food system. Moreover, this method of food production also appears to be vulnerable to external factors such as natural disasters or pandemics.

In the light of such global trends, agroecology has received more attention in the past three decades. It can provide a basis for an agricultural transition as the potential offers many social, economic and environmental benefits to the rural population. Urban areas can also provide food in a fair and sustainable manner through agro-forestry.

Corn cultivation among orchards with walnuts. Photo: flickr @agroforward project

However, it is necessary to promote these new and local food systems. Abundant production can provide healthy and affordable food for a growing urbanized population. It remains a difficult challenge, of course, with soil getting worse, with expensive fuel, erratic fuel prices and limited water and nitrogen supplies. In addition, strong climate change will also entail social tensions and economic uncertainties.

The best system capable of meeting future challenges is undoubtedly one based on this agroecology. His principles offer a high diversity and resilience. In addition, they can yield decent production quantities. Agroecology proposes to restore the landscapes around farms (restorative agriculture). This enriches the ecology and its numerous functions: natural pest control, water and soil protection, climate regulation, biological regulation, etc. Landscape restoration as a basis of agroecology also offers “ecological firebreaks” that keep pathogens within their natural habitat. This way they are prevented from « escaping ».

Many small-scale farmers have restored their production capacity by promoting agro-ecological principles and practices. The results are correspondingly: agricultural yields are increasing and diversity is improving. This is followed by associated positive effects such as food security and environmental integration. Ecological restoration is key to food sovereignty of many communities, especially as smallholder farmers produce between 50 and 70 percent of the food consumed in most countries. However, they cover only 30 percent of the world’s agricultural land.

On an urbanized planet, urban agriculture based on agro-ecological principles appears to be a sustainable alternative to provide more food security. These principles increase the production of fresh fruit, vegetables and some animal products. At the local level, it provides food for families, especially in marginalized communities.

Urban food production has doubled worldwide in just over 15 years and this expansion will continue. It is only now that the strategic importance of locally produced food is beginning to be recognized. After all, we strengthen our immune system when we eat locally and nutritiously. This may make us even more resistant to a variety of threats, including infectious viruses like COVID-19.

Concluding observations

Agroecology has the potential to provide food to rural and urban communities at the local level. This is important in a world facing climate change and other disruptions, such as pandemics. We need support to strengthen agroecology and to optimize, restore and improve the production capacities of local and urban smallholders.

In order to exploit this potential, we need to widely disseminate successful local agroecological initiatives through farmers training. We must establish agroecological lighthouses, as it were, revive traditional systems and manage entire areas agroecologically.

In addition, to improve the economic viability of such efforts, we must also develop fair, local and regional market opportunities according to the principles of the solidarity economy. The consumer plays an essential role in this. It must understand that buying food is an ecological and political act. Consumers should be aware that they support local farmers rather than a company food chain and they support sustainability and socio-environmental resilience. That will take a lot of time if this food transition depends only on the government, but anyone can accelerate this process: make choices that help small farmers, the planet and ultimately our own health every day.

The global food system is collapsing. Rural and urban social movements must work together to create a breeding ground for the transition to agroecology. Let’s work together for a more socially just, economically viable, environmentally friendly and healthy agriculture. It is wise to think about ecosystems that sustain the economy (and our health).

COVID-19 reminds us that our irreverent way of dealing with nature (and with the diversity of plants and animals) has profound consequences. The damage to the planet also affects us as humans. Let’s hope that the current crisis will help humanity to lay the foundation for a new world, a world where we treat nature in a respectful way.

The article La agroecología en tiempos del COVID-19 by Miguel A. Altieri y Clara Inés Nicholls appeared on the website of the Latin American Council for Social Sciences CLASCO (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales). This organization brings together the knowledge and experience of 284 research and educational institutions in 21 Latin American countries and the Caribbean. Translation by Rubi Block.


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For my profession (commentator for Ziggo at NBA basketball games) I have to keep up with that world, as good and as evil as it can get. Until (maybe) to be played again.

The NBA is in fact in July to release an almost crazy looking plan on the sports world where all 30 teams from Disney World in Orlando, Fl. to play. Each team has its own hotel, its own transport and without an audience. Probably three or four games per team per week. Television all over the world. So I read a lot of news about ‘facts’ from that world for half an hour a day. Are there players who are ‘positive’, who are already training again (11 of the 30 teams), where are actions going on?

Helping poor families

Today’s catch: The Miami Heat plus four more donate $ 50,000 to help poor Miami families feed their pets. Washington coach Scott Brooks shaved his head. By his daughter, of course, and he paid her $ 50,000 for that haircut and shave. For her charity projects. Utah Jazz’s Mike Conley donated $ 200,000 for the food banks in the poor suburbs of Salt Lake City. Ex-star Magic Johnson has a large company in which a financial branch is doing a good job these days. His company borrows at almost no interest for (mind you) $ 100 million in businesses run by minorities or women who have run into problems from COVID-19.

Pat Connaughton (who you certainly don’t know) from the Milwaukee Bucks hosted a ‘Doing Good Radiothon’ at ESPN Wisconsin and raised $ 205,859 in 11 hours of talk and record (turn); money going to food banks in Wisconsin. Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets was the « star cook » in a big campaign to thank Los Angeles hospital staff for their commitment and provide them and their families with healthy and good meals. Westbrook previously gave more than 6 million to other organizations. Yes, this is the one-day catch and that’s how it continues: Not only professional basketball players, but baseball players, football players, ice hockey players and soccer players are all somehow getting money sent to the poorest people in the USA.

They’ll do it

Nowhere in the world does that happen in such a way as in that crazy country; it is done diligently, always in the spotlight, of course from a good heart and of course from a well-stocked own fair. It’s easier for Westbrook to give away 6 million than for De Graafschap’s right back, to put it simply. The fact is that all those sports people DO it there in America.

I always immediately think (and not only in these corona days) why should it be in the newspaper or via tweets, why are there cameras, why can’t it be tacit? If you, reader, transfer 50 Euro to a foundation that gives vagrants a good meal in Utrecht or Goes, it will still be done anonymously, without mention in the newspaper, without a funny interview at Radio1 or a nice video at Beau. Well-known people, celebrities, people at the top tend to have their generous gifts always accompanied by the ‘publicity’ watermark. Perhaps not always on their own, but also helped (?), Or directed by managers and / or agents. Nor is it said that all celebrities or celebrities do this, I add. Or?


However, in North American society and also in the world of top sport it has become ‘normal’ to support your generosity by publicity. You can think of the why and sometimes you can also see in our parts that it is already becoming commonplace: famous Dutch people who have done something nice for pathetic oldies in these days, see that gladly back in a sympathetic film (‘what was further noticed at Op1.

Or is it big world news when a singer, artist or footballer offers flowers to an old woman who has been forgotten by the cabinet and who is languishing somewhere on the third floor of a home? Sometimes watching such a video is reason to become very depressed and not to like the people who are ‘known’ there as hard-core.


I leaf through the newspaper (Trouw) and fall into the mud of Benjamin Smith, Canadian and quite discredited, because… money. Bonus. Suppose it is morally defensible that the bonus of 2019 can be paid out because the man worked exceptionally well for Air France in the previous financial year and has demonstrably made a lot of money for that club … Then the squabbling of the job ? Of course not. Everywhere in the bonus culture, at any company and in any country, an abrasion remains.

Look, a skilled man or woman is hired by company X. She or he negotiates a top salary for himself and that is allowed. Then, after fresh coffee is brought, the bonus chapter comes to the table. With the help of a handy tax specialist, something is thought up that a popping bonus should be paid if the woman or man in question performs something great, if she or he, through just her or his efforts and actions, keeps the business going, helps out or gets out of the red … Why? Because we’ve been doing it like this for years? Because it is tied to these kinds of jobs? Because this is a poisonous weapon in the world of the great business leaders? Because ‘they’ do it that way with Delta, Singapore Air and Emirates? Because the oh-so-fragile way of leadership remains attractive in this way for a small group of not always capable captains of industry?

My father (a decent liberal with correct ideas) used to say, « If they would give a bonus to a doctor who saves 27 people a year performing incredibly difficult surgeries … then I understand that, but only the white collar- to enrich Mafia, we simply forget the concept of ‘moral correctness.’ « 

I always liked those words. And that’s where all this pinches now. Of course, Smith complains that he has neatly arranged everything and that it has been statutory approved, that it has been made public and that the majority of shareholders have nodded: « C’est bon. » Of course he calls that the bonus applies to 2019, so pre-corona. He writhes like an eel in a jar of snot to be right, an equal that nowhere has ‘moral correctness’ as a support beam. If a person does top work, something in which she or he is extremely good at and in which she or he is a big exception in this world, a bonus is explainable and accepted No, still not.

Morally incorrect

Now that we are heading for a « new-normal », it seems advisable to take a closer look at the bonus and perhaps cross it with a neat cross. That no longer fits: that is morally incorrect. Smith will then have to do it with a scant nine-year salary. If he’s a guy, after all the uproar around his person, he gives that whole bonus to a club of French virologists or to the Red Cross. Without a camera then. With a dry press release from Air France.

Incidentally, and I also write that in my shoes, NBA players laugh completely disgust when they hear the amount of Benjamin Smith’s salary… nine tons only. LeBron James deserves that per game. Yes, it does say that: per game. I repeat: per game. And no, that can hardly be approved, morally speaking. James says about that: « Apparently they will do that for me. » Curious how the ‘new normal’ will be adapted for all those boundlessly overpaid top athletes… if that will ever happen.

To be clear, the above-mentioned basketball player Connaughton played 18 minutes per game this season, threw in 5.3 points per game and the audience started cheering when he entered the field: he was an infrequently used white bench player who sometimes threw in a ball. A cult player with a great social feeling. Annual salary $ 1,723,050. Ben Smith: Eat your heart out! He once announced that 5 years ago, when he signed for the Bucks, he received a drawing bonus of one ton. He bought a Jeep Wrangler for that, which he still drives because the car still works. Ben Smith laughs at that; a bonus of a ton! Amateur.

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Posted on 05/27/2020 at 8:17 p.m.

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To save his master, Rambo was struck by lightning in his place. Unfortunately, he died there.

Rambo the German shepherd and his master, Jonathan Hardman, had gone to make a hiking with a group of friends in Mount Bierstadt in Colorado. They had arrived at the top of the Mountain. On the way down, they were struck by lightning.

There was nothing to indicate that a drama was about to take place. Hardman was guiding his dog on a rocky path when a flash took place, causing him to lose consciousness.

Hardman woke up unable to move his hands and legs, he reports to 9NEWS. The animal was inanimate.

When he understood that his companion was dead, Hardman had the Broken Heart. He didn’t yet know that he had life.

Injured, Hardman did not hesitate to take his pain in patience and to run to seek help to save Rambo. Once at the hospital, the doctors explained to him what would have happened if the dog had not been present. Indeed, the poor beast had absorbed most of the electrical charge, sparing its master.

The lightning that struck where was Hardman and Rambo side by side, reached both of them. If he had not been there, the man would have received the entire load in his body, reports the Dodo.

Rambo his master is greatly missed, but the latter is perfectly aware that he owes his life to courage and at the loyalty of his former companion.

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The scene takes place on a beach in the Indian state of Odisha: thousands of turtles aged a few hours or days may have rushed into the sea. Formerly the graveyard of olive ridleys, these thousands of newly hatched turtles could have clear the sea thanks to the containment due to Covid-19.

A little respite

Rushikulya Beach is one of the few nesting colonies where this endangered species leaves its eggs every year to incubate in the heat of the sand. But the steady increase in human activity here has become a major concern for environmentalists and the state forest department. Normally, a large part of the eggs are devoured by stray animals or are caught in fishing nets.

But in 2020, containment allowed some 300,000 turtles to lay eggs here with more security. Turtles usually come to the beach at night to lay their eggs, but with confinement, they were able to enjoy a deserted beach during the day. The eggs hatched in 45 to 60 days.

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Minister Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Safety has issued an ultimatum to Dutch slaughterhouses. After new infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were also confirmed today at Van Rooi Meat in Helmond, after Vion, the second largest pig slaughterhouse in the Netherlands, she announced today that she will close slaughterhouses that cannot demonstrate enough to do everything to prevent corona infections.

Tomorrow evening the minister will speak to the Collective Meat Consultation (COV) about the trace of contamination that has been found. Schouten: « They have to show that they are taking measures. Then I will consider whether it is safe enough for the inspection staff of the NVWA. »

Schouten is responsible for the health and well-being of the employees of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. They supervise daily affairs in slaughterhouses. The cabinet wants to know more about the working and living conditions of the slaughterhouse employees through the SZW inspection. At Van Rooi, three infections were identified among the 43 NVWA veterinarians and assistants of the Quality Assessment Animal Sector (KDS). The finding prompted the testing of Van Rooi’s total workforce.

According to the COV, the closure of meat companies and / or slaughterhouses in connection with corona infections such as in the US is « not the case in the Netherlands ». COV spokesman Richard van der Kruijk explains this to the magazine Pig Business.

Vion and Van Rooi are, with a street length ahead of their competitors, the two largest pig slaughterhouses in the Netherlands. If slaughter stops in the Netherlands, this will have consequences for farmers and their animals. 300,000 pigs are slaughtered every week in the Netherlands. Farmers can keep the slaughtered animals extra for a short time, but not much longer than two weeks, because they become too heavy.

After two weeks, the cessation of the total pig slaughter in the Netherlands would mean that 300,000 pigs cannot find a way out every week and will have to be destroyed on the farm or will have to move abroad as far as capacity is concerned. The minister says he is not concerned about meat shortages in shops when slaughterhouses close. « I also think that public health is really more important than whether you have a piece of meat on your plate tomorrow night. »

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In the Netherlands, a second person may have been infected with the novel corona virus in a mink.

According to the Dutch authorities, an employee of a mink farm near Eindhoven « very likely » contracted one of the animals. However, the risk of further spread by the animals is low. Last week, the Department of Agriculture reported a first transfer to a mink farm employee.

Two farms near Eindhoven were closed at the end of April after corona infections were found in the animals. The ministry has taken measures for mink farms. All companies must carry out virus tests, visits to plants with cases of infection are prohibited. The authorities also examined whether the virus could have been transmitted from one farm to another by wild cats. According to government reports, three cats in one of the facilities showed the virus.

Which animals are infected?

It is still unclear which animals can transmit the virus to humans. And reliable information about which animals are infected is rare. Cases were known from Belgium and France in which cats had become infected from their owners who were ill. However, science does not consider it likely that the corona virus will spread to pets. The Friedrich Loeffler Institute also sees it that way. The institute observes animal diseases throughout Germany and says: Dogs, cats and other pets do not play a relevant role in the spread of the corona virus.

The same applies to livestock, director of the institute Thomas Mettenleiter told Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
None of feathered farm animals such as chicken, duck or turkey have been shown to be susceptible to the new corona virus. The same applies to pigs. « They were tested at three different institutions and none of them led to an infection. This means that these animals are obviously not susceptible to this infection. » And that would not allow them to spread the pathogen either.

It is different with ferrets, by the way. According to Mettenleiter, they don’t get sick, but they pass the virus on. And mink – as in the Netherlands – apparently too.

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Posted on 5/26/2020 at 7:16 p.m.

Written by Norman Bougé
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© Local 12 / WKRC-TV

Dovey had less of an appetite than usual. At the same time, the owners of this dog wondered where the nipples of their child had gone. They were far from suspecting that these 2 events, at first sight unrelated, were linked.

At the time, Dovey, female dog of race Shar-Pei, was 4 years old. His masters had just had their 2e child and they had built up a whole stock of teats for the baby. However, these disappeared mysteriously, and in large numbers.

Parents also realized that their bitch tended to eat less. She even had vomit once but as it seemed to go well, they didn’t care. Until Grandmother make a surprising discovery, as the story goes Animal Channel.

She had, indeed, seen Dovey jump on the kitchen counter and take one of the teats of the infant. As soon as they found out, the owners of the dog took her to the veterinary clinic Gentle Care, situated at Edmond in the state of Oklahoma (south-central United States). This is where the Dr Chris Rispoli, veterinary who knew perfectly Dovey, since he was monitoring it from an early age.

The specialist requested a x-ray and what the latter revealed confirmed her suspicions and those of the family. The Dr. Rispoli could count 9 teats in the stomach bitch and so he had tooperate. However, the intervention brought an additional surprise: Dovey had, in fact, swallowed a total of 21 totottes !

The vet removed them all. He decided to post the Pictures (x-rays and teats out of the stomach) for 2 reasons. First, because he didn’t never seen that in 20 years of career. Second, to encourage owners of dogs and pets in general to be more careful with the objects left within their reach.

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Dovey got over it well and his masters made sure to put the teats out of his reach. His incredible story was the subject of a report (in English) on the channel Local 12 / WKRC-TV :


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Beauval ZooParc will reopen to the public on June 2 – Insurance for Pets

« There will be room for everyone in June, » says the director, who nevertheless encourages visitors to book before coming.

The Beauval ZooParc in Loir-et-Cher will be able to reopen to the public on June 2, reports France Bleu Orléans on Monday May 25. The park had been closed since mid-March due to an epidemic of coronavirus.

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« We have the oral agreement of the prefecture of Loir-et-Cher with whom I am in daily contact », explained to France Bleu the director of the Parc Rodolphe Delord, who « exchange regularly with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne », Secretary of State for Tourism. The director of the largest tourist site in the Center-Val de Loire region says he is « very happy and relieved ».

From June 2, and throughout the month of June, the Beauval ZooParc will open its doors to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Wearing a mask will be compulsory for visitors « in tropical greenhouses, for shows and our indoor buildings », specifies Rodolphe Delord. Park employees will all have a mask. A route with signposting on the ground will be marked to respect distances, and 90 hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be set up.

The ZooParc invites the public to favor reservations before arriving on the site. « We miss the long weekends of Ascension and Pentecost which are traditionally the most visited by visitors », explains Rodolphe Delord, « It allows us to take no risk and restart the season with June and July which are not our biggest months ».

The director of the Beauval ZooParc says « count on half of the maximum attendance, during the months of June and July, or 15,000 visitors maximum per day, which is very manageable ». « There will be room for everyone in June », says Rodolphe Delord.

During the confinement, 210 Beauval employees remained working, in order to maintain the park and take care of the animals, but 575 employees were partially unemployed. The park, located in Saint-Aignan, has lost millions of euros since the start of the coronavirus health crisis, and has seen its turnover drop by 40% since mid-March.

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Animal fraud tripled during Covid lockdown – Insurance for Pets

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Some unscrupulous figures are very hard at exploiting the pandemic of the coronavirus. Internet criminals have scammed potential dog owners in England for over £ 300,000, out of 669 animal lovers looking for pets the money is foolish. That reports the English magazine Pet Gazette. It is a tripling of turnover ”compared to March 2020.

According to national fraud and cyber crime, Action Fraud, criminals have continued to « take advantage » of the coronavirus pandemic to commit fraud after animal lovers have made deposits for pets that they have seen advertisements online. Ads were posted on social media, but also on specific pet forums.

The criminals use the outbreak of Covid-19 and the current lockdown restrictions as the reason why the victim cannot come to find or collect the animal first. After the first payment, more and more money will be asked to cover the insurance, vaccinations and even the delivery of the pet.

Action Fraud has received reports of this scam from people across England with a spike in reports in April when 524 reports were registered, more than three times the number received in March.

Action Fraud Head Pauline Smith said, “The fact that criminals exploit even an international crisis, such as the one we are in now, to take the money from innocent people is extremely cruel. Unfortunately, however, as we spend more time online and are forced to adapt to a new way of life, opportunities will arise for criminals to commit fraud.

Such online orders are relatively rare in the Netherlands and Belgium, but unfortunately this type of fraud is very common in England and America.

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Hoverflies as a bee hazard – Insurance for Pets

Infectious diseases are one of the main reasons for the death of entire honey bee colonies. According to, scientists came across a study that hoverflies are exposed to the same pathogens as honeybees.

In this respect, they can exchange pathogens with each other, especially when visiting the same flowers. The range of the European honeybees is limited to a few kilometers.

Hoverflies, on the other hand, are very mobile by nature and can undertake large-scale hikes every year. The study therefore suggests that hoverflies have the potential to spread pathogens across entire continents.

In this way, local bee populations could be exposed to new strains of disease and they were more likely to be infected. The researchers now want to think about ways to limit this transfer between species.

It is unclear whether the hoverflies only carry the diseases with them or whether they also harm the hoverflies. This is important to find out since hoverflies are also extremely valuable pollinators and some species are in decline.

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Analysis of the overall strategy for the external pet parasiticide 2020 market and forecasts for 2026 – JustFamous – Insurance for Pets

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Dogs with flat faces are more likely to contract Covid-19 – Insurance for Pets

The United States recently discovered its first case of Covid-19 in dogs, after positive tests on a pug living in North Carolina. According to specialists, this breed seems more vulnerable to the disease because of its physical characteristics. Thus, they extend the risk of coronavirus infection to dogs with a similar morphology.

As a precaution in the face of the current pandemic, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has recommended extending social distancing to pets. Indeed, specialists still ignore the consequences of the virus on dogs, cats and other domestic species.

So the subscribers dog insurance will now have to put in place measures to protect their canine companion from the Covid-19. The media recently revealed a case of coronavirus contamination in these animals. A pug has indeed tested positive for the disease in the United States.

Several contaminations of animals have been identified in the United States

According to information from the New York Post, the pug with Covid-19 may have been contaminated by one of its three masters. The latter have indeed tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, the animal likely contracted the viral disease through direct contact with them.


According to its owners, the dog was sick only fromofdog insuranceofdog insurancefor a few days and that he is recovering. Following this first case in the canine breed, American veterinarians warned owners of dogs, especially pugs, of the risks of contamination during this pandemic period. They also argue that thecanines with similar traits may be more vulnerable.

In all cases, the CDC’s warnings prove to be most relevant, with regard to the recent animal contamination in the country ( cats, but also tigers and lions from a zoo).

What are the most exposed dog breeds?

The pugs are notably characterized by the brachycephalic syndrome. Due to their crushed noses and short snouts, they usually suffer from respiratory problems. This atypical profile also complicates the processes involved in breathing.

As veterinarian Annie Harvilicz, chief physician of the Animal Wellness Center hospitals explained:

Humans with respiratory problems are among the hardest hit by Covid-19, and it goes without saying that the same applies to canines.

Annie Harvilicz

By extension, specialists consider most of the so-called breeds brachycephalic as more vulnerable to Covid-19. These dogs are distinguished by a short neck, a flat face and a flat nose, among other things.

Thereby, owners of shih tzu, chow chow and bulldogs must be as vigilant as the owners of pugs against the risk of contamination.

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« Over half a million bird sightings were reported » to the LPO during containment – Insurance for Pets

During confinement, the Bird Protection League proposed to individuals to identify species in the gardens. A bird counting device that has met with great success. The LPO calls on the French to continue.

« More than half a million observations have been reported to us, there are more than 80,000 gardens registered on the program », welcomed this Friday, May 22 on franceinfo Laurent Couzi, ornithologist and manager of the knowledge service of the Bird Protection League, about the device for counting birds offered to individuals during confinement. During this participatory study, the French did not observe « of rare species » from their gardens, but « very common birds ». The objective of this program was rather to listen « the background noise of common birds around us to take a look at how they are doing and to make an indicator of the health of this group », explains Laurent Couzi.

He calls on the French to continue these observations, « to spend ten minutes looking at what is in your garden », « to be attentive to these species » even during deconfinement, proposing « the last weekend of May, a new count ». Attention coupled with a few gestures in favor of the environment. Laurent Couzi thus claims to the French who have a garden of « leave a patch of lawn not mowed », « to avoid the use of so-called phytosanitary products, which kill either vegetation or insects ». « Most bird species during nesting will consume a lot of insects », he explains.

Laurent Couzi and his team from the LPO are now trying to find out what confinement « produced on birds ». « We can’t answer like that right away, it’s a bit early « , he explains. « With the Museum, we are trying to organize ourselves to do this analytical work, probably when the birds have lowered their activity a little and when they will give us some respite », he specifies.

Asked about the organization on January 11, 2021 by France of a One Planet Summit in Marseille, on biodiversity, Laurent Couzi welcomes the announcement of Emmanuel Macron, believing that these summits are « important ». He ensures that the Bird Protection League is « invited » at this summit. « It is important, as for containment, that everyone takes responsibility » and realizes « gestures easy to do on a daily basis, even if it does not change the world because locally, on its scale, we can have effects very, very quickly », he notes. But he claims to know « limits » of these peaks.

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Slaughterhouses are a source of corona infections worldwide – Insurance for Pets

The meat processing industry appears to be a source of fire for corona infections in several countries. Nieuwsuur reported yesterday about a slaughterhouse of the Dutch Vion in Bad Bramstedt, Germany, where all staff are quarantined. Vion, which was one of the funders of the farmers’ protest against nitrogen policy, employs 108 Romanian temporary workers at its facility in Bad Bramstedt.

There are also major problems at other German slaughterhouses. For example, in April hundreds of Romanians fell ill in a slaughterhouse in Birkenfeld. Because guest workers are often housed together in small rooms, the risk of contamination is high. « Too many people with too few toilets, showers and common areas, » Marcel Mansouri of the NGG union summarizes the problem. Employees are also transported to work in small vans.

It also goes completely wrong in other countries. For example, this week 54 workers at a slaughterhouse in Fleury-les-Aubrais were found to be infected with the corona virus. It was by no means the first meat processing company with an outbreak in France. For example, 69 workers fell ill at a slaughterhouse in Côtes-d’Armor.

At least thirty slaughterhouse workers have already died in the United States. In half of the American areas where the coronavirus has hit hardest so far, the outbreak can be traced to a slaughterhouse. Nearly 500 workers were infected at a slaughterhouse in Minnesota. Because many slaughterhouses in the U.S. have closed due to the corona outbreak, farmers decide to suffocate their chickens by shutting off ventilation.

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Amivedi week 20 – Region news Hoogeveen – Insurance for Pets

The following animals were reported to Amivedi Hoogeveen in the past week:


Tomcat: Gray black marbled with a bit of brown on the nose. Zera. Surroundings Nijkampen, Westerbork.

Female: Gray black striped with a narrow head and Fiolenkamp, ​​Beilen.

Tomcat: Blue-gray striped with white blaze, snout, chin, neck, bands, chest and legs. Sturdy cat. « Spikey ». Surroundings Asterstraat, Hoogeveen.

Female: Gray black striped. Light dots at the nose. « Lolly Pop ». Environment Beolen Fiolenkamp.

Female: Back black. White snout, chin, neck, band, chest, belly and legs. Black patch over right eye. « Mollie ». Environment Canopus, Hoogeveen.

Found it

Dog: Brown head with black spots at the ears, brown legs. Black back and sides. Shy and skinny. Surroundings Wijstersewg, Spier.

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Stiftung Warentest tests cat food: cats would not buy Felix – consumers – Insurance for Pets

Your own cook, four freshly cooked dishes to choose from, silver bowls instead of bowl: Choupette, the cat of the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, shared the luxury life of her master. The fashion designer himself took care of his loved one for the time after his death: In the will of the designer, who died a good year ago, Lagerfeld guarantees the Burmese cat a maid, a housekeeper and a cook. Choupette, who had also photographed Lagerfeld as an advertising model for Opel, now resides in the south of France. In her new domicile, she should not lack anything either.

What is there to eat? Cats are often picky when it comes to eating.Photo: picture alliance / Andrea Warnecke

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It would also be easier – at least if the cat lady lived in Germany. Quickly to Kaufland, Edeka, Rossmann, Lidl or Rewe, buy a few bags, cans or aluminum boxes with wet food, and Choupette would be « very well » supplied. At least that’s what the testers from Stiftung Warentest think after testing 30 different wet foods. They swear by cheap chain store feed. The only « very good » branded food comes from Kitekat.

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With whiskas and sheba, the animal feed and chocolate bar producer Mars also has two other at least “good” brands on offer. According to the Stiftung Warentest, the feed from Aldi, Netto, Iams, Zooroyal, Animonda and the organic feed from dm are also good. You can buy everything, say the experts.

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14.7 million cats live in Germany, no pet is more popular. Men and women spend 1.6 billion euros a year on food alone, with the lion’s share in wet food.

What cats need

Cats are carnivores. You need a good mix of animal protein, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. The best would be mice. But on the supermarket shelf or at the discounter, where cat owners mostly shop, there is no such thing as a mouse.

Because only slaughterhouse waste is processed in pet food, no other animal is killed for dogs and cats. And since mice are not on the human menu, the four-legged friends have to catch the supplies themselves.

The master and his kitty: Karl Lagerfeld, who has since passed away, loved his cat. Choupette even had his own …Photo: picture alliance / Eventpress

Cats have their own peculiarities

The human can opener and bag ripper are quite capable of suffering when it comes to the peculiarities of their animals. Some cats only eat when they are petted, others only start to lick when some ham or a snack bar is crumbled over the food. Some house tigers like to eat in human company, others insist on privacy. However, many have one thing in common: they do not like to change the type of feed.

Favorite prey: Cats prefer to eat mice.Photo: picture alliance / Bodo Marks / dp

These brands are poor

That is why all the cat friends are facing tough times now, who are particularly fond of their roommates and who are not afraid to buy expensive branded food.

Of the six products that were punished with « poor », five are branded goods. Nestlé in particular is disappointed. The daughter Purina delivered two defective products with Felix and Gourmet Gold, even the best Nestlé food, Purina One, only managed one satisfactory and was thus far behind the cheaper discounter meals.

Not only Felix and Gourmet cats should leave their paws, Vitakraft, Bozita, Miamor and Fressnapf are also deficient, warn consumer advocates. They fear that the feed can even make the animals sick. Bozita, Felix, Gourmet Gold and Purina One contain a lot of water-soluble phosphorus (just like the « sufficient » offers from the Futterhaus and Penny). This can harm the cats’ kidneys. Around a third of the older animals already have chronic kidney disease. « Felix » also contains too much calcium, Gourmet Gold too much calcium and sodium.

I don’t like it: It’s not that easy to get cats used to new food.Photo: dpa-tmn

What Nestlé says

The test results are devastating for Nestlé, whose gourmet gold has now failed the Stiftung Warentest for the second time in a row. When asked, it was said that the devaluations of the products could not be traced. « The legislator does not specify a maximum value for the phosphorus content in the diet of dogs and cats, but only a minimum value, » says Purina. « We will certainly adhere to this in order to guarantee an adequate supply of nutrients. » But too much harm as well as too little, emphasizes the Stiftung Warentest.
But how do you get the cat used to the new food? You can mix the new feed with the old one and gradually change the mixing ratio. Sometimes it also helps to warm the food.

Or you do it like Lagerfeld: four fresh meals for the kitty, three times a day, but not cooked by the staff, but yourself. This is not only true love for cats, but also prevents boredom at home, even in corona times.

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Treat your dog or cat from home thanks to the veterinary advice! – Treat your dog – Insurance for Pets

Your dog, cat, NAC or horse has a health concern, and you want the advice of a veterinarian to treat it without leaving your home? We have the solution!

We all have a busy daily life, with lots of activities and obligations that take us time. And it’s often during a particularly busy week that extra tasks get added to the to-do list!

If your dog or cat has a health problem and you don’t have enough time to take him to the veterinarian, video veterinary advice is a good way to get the advice of a medical professional without leaving your home.

How to use veterinary advice from a distance?

There are several options for interacting with a remote animal health professional, such as contacting your regular vet over the phone, or using a service dedicated to veterinary telecontrol.

CallMyVet is a mobile application that can be downloaded to a smartphone, and from which you can contact a veterinarian in just a few minutes. Just create a profile for your animal, then select the problem for which you want to have the advice of a veterinarian. After entering your credit card, you are immediately put in touch with an available veterinarian, whose qualifications are verified by the application team.

So, for € 19, pet owners can talk to a veterinarian the time it takes to get the best advice for their dog, cat or rodent, 24 hours a day.

It’s a huge time saver when you have a busy schedule, and allows your pet to be cared for at any time, not just during the opening hours of a veterinary practice.

If your pet does not support traveling by car and going to the veterinarian, having it treated remotely eliminates a lot of stress, for you and for him, in addition to avoiding the risk of contamination in the room. waiting at the cabinet.

In addition, as it is a veterinary service, CallMyVet is covered by insurance and mutual insurance for pets, depending on the level of protection chosen. All you need is an iPhone or Android smartphone and an Internet connection!

Recently updated, CallMyVet now includes a virtual health book for your animal, with tracking of its weight, vaccines, and dewormers. It will even soon be possible to find a calendar of veterinary appointments, as well as documents related to the animal.

When to use video veterinary advice?

If your little companion has an urgent health problem, such as ingesting toxic products or serious stomach problems, seeking the advice of an online veterinarian right away could save your pet’s life.

The speed of contact with a veterinarian allows you to be as reactive as possible, and to make emergency gestures that can change everything thanks to the help of your veterinarian from a distance.

The health professional on the phone will tell you how to do this, and whether to take your pet to an emergency veterinary office or not.

You can also seek the advice of an animal health professional remotely for any non-urgent problem, such as itching, crusting or other skin conditions, weight gain, or anything else you are concerned about.

We must differentiate the teleconsultation from teleconsultation

It is important to distinguish the teleconference from teleconsultation: the first allows the veterinarian to give you an opinion on the health status of your animal, but does not authorize him to provide a prescription or establish a diagnosis.

As for teleconsultation, it is a complete remote veterinary consultation, conducted with the strictest respect for the Order of Veterinarians and the values ​​of the profession.

Teleconsultation is now authorized by the state for a period of 18 months, provided that the veterinarian consulted has seen the animal at least once in the 365 days preceding the remote appointment.

This teleconsultation allows the caregiver to provide prescriptions to his patients, even from a distance. Soon, it will be possible to make an appointment for a veterinary teleconsultation with the Callmyvet application, to have your pet treated with ease.

Of course, the healthcare professional that you will consult online will be able to tell you if a physical consultation of the animal is essential, as well as rapid management to start the necessary treatment.

Remote veterinary advice is therefore a great way to be reassured in a short time that your dog, cat, NAC or horse does not have a more serious problem!

So to avoid time-consuming trips, use veterinary advice on video, to save time and serenity in relation to the health of your animal.


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Animalis launches Operation Hand in Hand to help struggling animal associations – Insurance for Pets

Posted on 5/19/2020 at 2:20 p.m.

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It was to come to the aid of shelters for associations whose difficulties were made worse by the coronavirus crisis, that Animalis implemented Operation Main dans la Patte.

The confinement, in effect from March 17 to May 11, had not arranged things for the teams of small shelters. These animal associations were struggling to cope with the situationinterruption of adoptions (until April 16), give up, Then resumption of adoptions requiring an organization that they were not not all necessarily able to provide. Many of them had arrived in saturation, can no longer accommodate more dogs and cats.

To help them and facilitate adoptions, Animalis launched the operation  » Hand in Paw  » The initiative consists in particular in video presentation, by the voluntary collaborators mobilized for the occasion, of dogs and cats in search of a loving family.

Thus, new videos, allowing to discover the profiles of these animals available for adoption, are published regularly on the Facebook page ofAnimalis.

In one of them, it is Natacha Harry who talks about Pilou, a little red cat waiting to join his new home.

Journalist, television producer and former president of the SPA Paris, Natacha Harry accompanied Animalis in its actions for the protection and welfare of animals for years. She’s there godmother of the operation  » I adopt with Animalis », Launched 3 years ago.

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Animalis multiplies initiatives in favor of dogs, cats and other companions, in particular with the organization ofAnimal Expo, the largest exhibition dedicated to pets.

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Native to South America, the Fourniers regroup eight species including the Red Fournier, emblem of Argentina. Their oven-shaped nests are the origin of their name. To make them, these little architects work tirelessly for several weeks. They start by collecting mud or dung, which they mix with different materials, such as straw, to form a mortar. They then deposit it layer after layer to shape this structure.

A perfectly organized interior

But it is mainly inside that hides the most important part: a curved wall forms a chamber designed to house the eggs. Accessible only by a narrow opening, this part of the nest is thus protected from predators. Their nests would also have a thermal utility: the interior temperature is warmer than outside and know less variations.

Fourniers rarely re-use a nest from year to year. They usually build a new one before each laying, often next to or even above the old one. Other species of birds can then take advantage of the old nests to lay eggs in their turn.

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Host family for pets of corona patients must prevent them from getting sick: ‘Pets are victims of humans here’ – Insurance for Pets

Dogs and cats can become infected with corona through humans. To reduce the risks for them, animal shelter Crailo has set up a platform. « Pets from corona patients can now go to host families until their owners are better again. »

Rianne Steenbeek of the animal shelter Crailo already knew that dogs and cats can become infected with the coronavirus. The cats in New York, the cat in Belgium and the dog in Hong Kong had all received COVID-19 from their sick owners. Steenbeek is not surprised by the message from Minister Carola Schouten that the first cases have now also been discovered in the Netherlands, but she thinks it is sad. « The three Dutch cats lived on the mink farm where earlier this month the mink became infected by the staff and the dog became infected by his sick owner. So it is the people who infect the animals, and that gives a responsibility. »

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« Not in bed, no licking and no stroking »

Dr. Herman Egberink of the Virology Laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht is a veterinary virologist and studies animal viruses. He will conduct further research into corona infections among pets. « And especially pets in a household where there are human covid patients. Testing cats for corona will be part of the research. We hope to gain more insight into the number of infections. But we only do that with cats. who have a sick owner. There is no point in testing all pets that are sniffling. « 

For corona patients with pets, Egberink recommends keeping the dog or cat indoors to prevent other infections from taking place. « Now if you say, try to avoid contact, do it with your pet. Don’t leave it in bed, don’t lick it, and don’t pet it. »

dr. Herman Egberink of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht

« The pet is really the victim here »

Research shows that infected cats can also infect other cats, although that number is very small. So far, no case of animal-to-human contamination is known, Egberink says. « The pet is really a victim of humans here and not the other way around. »

To reduce the contamination risks for pets, Rianne Steenbeek has therefore started a platform on which people can register as a host family for animals with a corona patient as their owner. « You do not want to put your great-aunt’s dog in a busy shelter, which is pathetic and not good for such an animal. It just has to be taken care of in a homely environment and waiting for a blanket to heat up until its owner is better again. « 

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70 host families have already registered in ‘t Gooi. Steenbeek hopes that other asylums in the Netherlands will follow suit. « We hope that this will reduce the pressure on the shelters and increase the welfare of the pets. »

Watch the TV report here.

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What to do if you think your pet has the coronavirus? – Insurance for Pets

In the Netherlands, there are already a few pets that have contracted the coronavirus. Although the chance that your pet will be infected with the coronavirus is very small, it is of course nice to know what to do in such a situation.

Therefore, here a few useful tips from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Most important points

Are there people in your household who have complaints that are appropriate for the corona virus? And your pet gets sick too? Then, according to the RIVM, there is a small chance that it concerns the coronavirus in your pet. In this case it is important that all housemates avoid intensive contact (such as hugging and licking) with the sick animal. If possible, it is wise to have a non-sick roommate take care of the animal. Also consider the following things:

  • Good hygiene is now extra important (so wash and disinfect your hands regularly and clean well at home).
  • Don’t let your pet run free outside. So keep your cat indoors and let your dog out on a leash. If you have corona-like complaints yourself, you should not go outside anyway. In this case you will have to arrange someone to walk your pet for you.
  • Make sure your pet doesn’t go to a place where many animals are together, such as a boarding house or dog walking service.
  • Does your pet have severe shortness of breath and / or diarrhea? Then contact the vet by phone. He or she will then assess whether the pet’s complaints fit the coronavirus.

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Risk of infecting others

If you have a cat that is infected but does not show any signs of disease, it is not contagious. The chance that a sick cat can transmit the coronavirus to a human is very small. A dog probably cannot transmit the virus to another dog. There is also no evidence that a dog can transmit the coronavirus to a human. Antibodies against the new coronavirus have so far been found in one dog in the Netherlands, which means that the animal has been infected with the coronavirus.

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WITH WWF – Animals, we love them, save them: the gorilla – Insurance for Pets

Even if the gorilla shares more than 98% of our genetic heritage, we are its worst predator. There are only a thousand left in the mountains. Our reporter spoke with Emmanuel de Merode, director of Virunga Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the oldest nature reserve in Africa

Emmanuel de Merode has just entered the thick rainforest when he hears the gunshots. This July 22, 2007 will mark him forever: between the brushwood, he discovers the still hot remains of nine mountain gorillas. Killed at close range. One injured female was even sprayed with gas and ignited. On the bodies are four babies: they are the only survivors of the massacre. « This family of gorillas approached the men because they trusted them, » explains Emmanuel de Merode. This horrible sight convinced me that something had to be done. « 

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A year later, the anthropologist and primatologist was appointed by the Congolese authorities, director of the Virunga park. This nature reserve, created in 1925 by Belgian settlers, is the oldest on the African continent. Classified as World Heritage of Humanity, it shelters, on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 300 mountain gorillas, i.e. almost a third of a world population estimated, in 2017, by the International Union for Conservation from nature, to 1,004 individuals. There were only 254 in 1981: the efforts of the authorities in Rwanda, the DRC and Uganda paid off!

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However, vigilance has not diminished. Even devoid of murderous intent, man remains a serious threat. Gorillas have no resistance to viral and respiratory diseases like the common cold or the flu. In normal times, visitors, never more than six, must therefore wear a mask and stand more than seven meters away. Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Virunga park has closed its doors to tourism, which nevertheless represents 50% of its revenues. Even the guards no longer enter this 25,000 hectare forest, or around 3% of the park’s area. The same caution during the Ebola epidemic (which ended just a few weeks ago …) helped protect the gorilla sector from infection when two-thirds of the park was contaminated. Elsewhere, in the western plains, notably in Gabon, Congo Brazzaville or Equatorial Guinea, 90% of the gorilla population has been decimated. A massacre.

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From « King Kong » to « The Planet of the Apes » to the « Tarzan » of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the gorilla has aroused many fears and fantasies. Several generations have been terrorized by these legends telling of the abduction of women, fertilized by these giant primates. The explorer Paul du Chaillu, the first Westerner to have studied gorillas in their natural environment from 1856 to 1859, wrote: « A devilish expression on the face, seeming out of a nightmare vision, such stood before us the king of the african forest […]. Emmanuel de Merode has a completely different feeling: « It is an incredibly sensitive animal, very fragile, even if the » silverbacks « (adults) have an extraordinary power. No other species in the world gives off such a mixture. « 

Born in Carthage, Tunisia, this Belgian prince grew up in Kenya. Little boy, the wild world already populated his imagination. « From the age of 8, 9, I dreamed of working with gorillas. And, if possible, Virunga. He succeeded in 2001. « Being in a group of gorillas is an extremely sweet experience … Very social, they have no aggressiveness towards humans … It is one of the only species that can invite us to participate in his family life. It is intense and warm. They spend the day playing together, a moving spectacle. I have been fortunate enough to experience it a thousand times, but today as on the first day, it still touches me as much. In the documentary « Virunga » produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the guards, André Bauma, spoke of « their great affection » and even their « love » for human beings.

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Gorillas are gifted with language. Whether to communicate with each other or to intimidate their rivals, they use shouts, grunts, facial expressions. A 2009 study by scientists at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, identified some 102 signs that would form their common language. But Koko, a female gorilla born in 1971 and died in 2018, educated by the ethologist Penny Patterson at the San Francisco Zoo, knew much more: she absorbed more than 1,000 words from the American sign language. It was not her only skill: she took care of pets and was particularly fond of a cat.

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These studies have shown that gorillas have a certain awareness, that they are capable of feeling complex emotions. « You look them in the eye and you see something for yourself, » said Stacy Rosenbaum, biologist and anthropology researcher at the Dian-Fossey International Foundation. After chimpanzees and bonobos, gorillas, with whom we share more than 98% of our genetic heritage, are our closest cousins.

A playful and sociable animal. At the Apenheul zoo in the Netherlands, Jabari, the male, and Tayari, the female © SIPA

Fifteen to twenty families live in the Virunga Park. With 44 members, one of them is probably the largest group of mountain gorillas in the world. At the age of 14 or 15, the young male becomes a silver back, that is to say that his backbone turns white. He can then take several females as well as young to form a new group. Females can only have one baby at a time, which they raise until the age of 4. Nomadic and vegetarian, even if he sometimes eats insects, the gorilla, which does not like water, finds in plants something to hydrate.

By attacking the gorillas, the militias hope to discourage the guards who protect the forest

The bushmeat trade, which supplied affluent customers in large cities and was long a scourge for the survival of primates, has stopped in Virunga for ten years. But the gorillas remain victims of the warlike madness of the men who have been fighting in this area for almost thirty years. « Each time, we were able to negotiate with the parties to the conflict, » explains Emmanuel de Merode. But even in a civil war, you never leave the place. Many fighters have taken refuge in the park. They hope to take control of its natural resources. Illegal fishing, illegal crops, but especially the cutting of trees for « malaka » (charcoal) would represent a turnover of around 170 million dollars per year!

Thanks to the vigilance of 700 guards, the park remains the only place in the region where the trees have not been cut down. By attacking the gorillas, the militias hope to discourage the guards who protect the forest. These men are paying a heavy price for their devotion: since 1996, 189 of them have been killed. On April 24, 13 died in an attack attributed to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a group of Rwandan Hutu rebels, refugees in the DRC. « If it is a question of dying, I must die for the gorillas, » says André in the documentary « Virunga ». He adds: « If we lose them, we will have lost something very important to humanity. « No other park in the world has made such sacrifices, » said Emmanuel de Merode. But this fight, he too could have been the victim.

In 2010, the park’s petrol fueled the lusts of the British company Soco International, which was awarded a concession located half of its limits. Despite the prohibitions of international law and Congolese law. Condemned by the United Kingdom and the European Union, Soco – whose attempts at corruption have been revealed by numerous NGOs, including WWF and Global Witness – will have to leave the DRC in 2015. But a few months earlier, on 15 April 2014, when he had just handed over to the Congolese authorities a file against the company, Emmanuel de Merode fell into an ambush. He was hit by several bullets. And his attackers will never be found. Other scientists have sacrificed their lives on the altar of this cause: Diane Fossey, author of the bestseller « Gorillas in the mist », murdered in Rwanda in December 1985, Ymke Warren, who studied the gorillas of the Cross river at Cameroon, killed in 2010.

Emmanuel de Merode hopes to give work to 100,000 people

Emmanuel de Merode knows this: without the support of local populations, the park has no future and neither will its gorillas. This reserve deprives arable land of the 5 million people who live on its outskirts in extreme poverty. So, to fight against this « social injustice », he bet on the development of a new economy, a project called Alliance Virunga, which has already helped create new industries, such as factories for chocolate, soap and production of chia seeds. Energy from the park’s rivers is converted into electricity and the first hydroelectric plant was built in 2013. Of the 10,000 jobs already created, some are occupied by veterans. Ultimately, Emmanuel de Merode hopes to give work to 100,000 people. « This program, » he said, « could constitute a possibility of peace in the region. « 

In a 2019 selfie, you can see behind one of the guards two standing gorillas, as if posing. These are the females Ndazki and Ndeze. An encouragement to keep hoping: in 2007, they were among the babies found by Emmanuel de Merode at the site of the massacre. Today, they live in Rumangabo orphanage, where the Virunga headquarters are located. « But one day, they will form a family … And their young will constitute a new population of mountain gorillas resulting from this tragedy. « In Virunga, since the beginning of the year, we have already registered six births.

WWF in Cameroon « rehabilitates » gorillas to humans

By Gaëlle Legenne

For a « silver back », Eno-Nku, 52, curator biologist and coordinator of the WWF KuduZombo program in Campo-Ma’an National Park, got up very early. With his group of trackers, he had to walk for hours before hoping to see him. This approach cannot be improvised. The process of « habituation », which allows the habituation of gorillas to men, has been validated by primatologists since the 1990s. It takes place in seven stages: the gorilla first detects human presence, then flees, load, fuss. His curiosity aroused, he feigns indifference and, finally, accepts this presence.

“Our teams sometimes take turns for years, always at the same hours. Facing the gorillas, you have to clap your hands, click your tongue, hit your chest, vocalize. They recognize us physically, but they also spot us by sounds. One evening, I understood that this male identified me thanks to the particular clapping of my hands. He was no longer fierce. He accepted me, « says Eno-Nku. Today, the latter oversees the WWF habituation program for the 2,265 great apes (including chimpanzees) of this biodiversity that stretches over 700,000 hectares, between Equatorial Guinea and the Cameroonian region of the South.

« We had to convince communities that a living gorilla is more profitable than a dead gorilla, » he said. « Getting gorillas used to humans » also means enabling ecotourism, which supports families, since around 110,000 people live around Campo-Ma’an. The habituation process also allows monitoring of great apes in the wild. They become less vulnerable to poaching and can benefit from a health monitoring program.

Because “primates are very sensitive to infectious diseases. Also, their organic waste is regularly sampled and analyzed in our laboratory, ”explains Eno-Nku. Before concluding: “Out of a group of 18 individuals, there have been three births in the past six months. Something to regain hope: the population of western lowland gorillas had decreased by 60% in twenty-five years.

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House adopts $ 3 trillion coronavirus rescue law dubbed HEROES Act – Insurance for Pets

The House passed a provisional coronavirus backup bill of $ 484 which will pay for the tests and offer assistance to small businesses and medical providers.

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The House voted a $ 3 trillion bailout against coronaviruses, dubbed the HEROES law, with a vote of 208-199.

Spanning 1,815 pages, the bill sets out a list of priorities, including another $ 1,200 series of stimulus checks, an increase for essential workers and increased health insurance coverage.

Despite its passage in the House, it is unlikely to be supported by Senate Republicans, who have expressed their disapproval of the bill.

When released by the Democrats in the House earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the bill “a high priority list for pets” which “has no chance to become law ”.

However, being promulgated is not entirely the mission of the HEROES law.

« Instead, his passage was intended for Democrats to demonstrate their priorities and signal what they will fight for in a later bipartisan bill that could be passed in June, » reported Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider.

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On Friday, the House passed a second $ 3 trillion bill to bring relief and support to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill, known as the Omnibus Emergency Solutions for Health and Economic Recovery Act, or HEROES Act, follows the first coronavirus rescue plan signed in late March with the support of two parties, the CARES law.

The rescue package was approved by a vote of 208 to 199, but is unlikely to be adopted in the GOP-controlled Senate.

When House Democrats introduced the HEROES law earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the bill “a top priority list for pets” which “No chance of becoming law”.

Spanning 1,815 pages, the $ 3 trillion bailout is not ready to become law. « Instead, his passage was intended for Democrats to demonstrate their priorities and signal what they will fight for in a later bipartisan bill that could be passed in June, » reported Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider.

The bill includes a list of priorities, including another set of 1,200 stimulus checks, an increase for essential workers, increased health insurance coverage and nearly $ 1 trillion in financial assistance to local governments and States.

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A dolphin born in Marineland gives birth to a small female, a first for the park – Insurance for Pets

With this newborn, the park, which is the main dolphinarium in France, now has 11 dolphins.

Pink notebook at the Marineland water park, in Antibes (Alpes-Maritimes). A dolphin, himself born on the spot, gave birth to a baby, announced Friday May 15 the animal park by stressing that it was the first representative of the 2nd generation of dolphins born in the park.

The newborn, a female weighing about 15 kg for 85 cm, was born on May 8 and is doing well, fed by breast milk, says the park. « The animal does not suck strictly speaking, because there are no teats, it is positioned on the side, in the right place on the breast slit, and then the mother expels the milk », explains Damien Montay, zoo director of the park.

During parturition, the mother, Nala, 10 years old, was helped, as happens in this species, by a more experienced female, in this case her own mother, Malou. The gestation lasted a year.

With this newborn, Marineland Park, which is the main dolphinarium in France, now has 11 dolphins.

This birth comes while the reproduction of dolphins in captivity is contested by several NGOs. In January 2018, the water parks had obtained from the Council of State the cancellation for procedural defect of a ministerial order prohibiting the reproduction of dolphins and orcas in captivity.

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‘Government policy on food quality falls short’ – Insurance for Pets

In a letter to State Secretary Blokhuis of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Food Transition Coalition asks to take more account of recent research into healthy and sustainable food. The coalition thus responds to an ongoing consultation of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport about the product composition of food. In that consultation, only the opinion is asked about the amounts of salt, saturated fat and sugar in foods. Sustainability is completely disregarded.

The recent experience with COVID-19 makes it clear that public health requires much stronger government control and that the government must focus more on the use of healthy food. Furthermore, this crisis shows that many obese people are extra vulnerable. This means that policy development on healthy food and product improvement should pay more attention to recent developments in food science about the causes of obesity. In particular, it turns out that highly processed food is an important cause of obesity because this type of food leads to extra intake of calories, says the Food Transition Coalition.

The coalition thinks Blokhuis’ proposal is too non-committal and lacks hard instruments such as a sugar tax or meat tax. The parties argue that not only should the amount of salt, saturated fat and sugar in food products be considered, but also carbohydrates, fiber and proteins. The government wants a shift from animal proteins to more vegetable proteins in the diet, but this has not been addressed in the Blokhuis consultation. In addition, the consultation does not ask about the opportunities it would offer to internalize external costs for health care in prices throughout the chain.

The letter to State Secretary Blokhuis and the response to the consultation on a new approach to product improvement can be found on the website of the Food Transition Coalition.

source: Food Transition Coalition, 06/05/20

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The link between deforestation and the emergence of infectious diseases remains insufficiently understood – Insurance for dogs

By overexploiting the environment, humanity reveals microbes « hidden in the shadows ». But this subject is the subject of too little research, alert researchers.

The exact origin of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, has yet to be determined. If this research is still ongoing, scientists have suspected for months a recombination between the viruses of two different animal species, probably the bat and the pangolin, and which has caused a zoonosis, an infection of animal origin transmissible to humans. ‘To be human.

However, the deeper man enters wilderness areas, the more we exert pressure on flora and fauna, and the more likely these emerging infections will occur. This hypothesis, still debated in the scientific community, has gained momentum in recent weeks and has been reinforced by an analysis published in Frontiers in Medicine by experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (United States) . According to them, the more the natural habitats shrink, the more the wild animals concentrate on smaller and smaller territories or migrate towards inhabited areas, thus favoring interspecies infections. « Humanity must change the way it treats nature, or else more deadly pandemics than the Covid-19 will unfold, » they warn.

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Buried dead dog in the suitcase – Insurance for Pets

An unknown owner buried his dead dog in a suitcase in the nature reserve near Gardelegen. The investigation is ongoing.

Gardelegen l Ramona S. regularly goes for a walk with her dachshund in the cellar mountains near Gardelegen (Altmarkkreis Salzwedel). In wind and weather, even on that day almost three weeks ago. The dachshund pulls on a leash at the rest area in the Kämmereiforst, where the heather flower festivals were celebrated a few years ago. He wants to go to a tree, starts sniffing and digging. Ramona S. (name of the editor known) takes a closer look at what her dog is doing and why. She discovers cans of cat food, a bluish-colored line, a food bowl – and a closed suitcase, half buried in the ground. She is afraid to take the suitcase out and open it. But she already has a bad suspicion. She quickly goes home, the municipal regulatory office informs. Nothing happens for days. She informs the veterinary office and police officers of a patrol that she meets on one of her walks in the basement mountains. She reports back to the regulatory office. Then the space is cleared, only the suitcase is still half buried in the ground. Again she calls the regulatory office and also turns to the Gardelegener Volksstimme editorial office.

Florian Kauer, responsible for order, security and general security in the administration, sets off late Wednesday afternoon of the previous week. And what he finds there leaves him speechless: a dead dog, packed in a suitcase, buried in the Natura 2000 reserve. « It is a huge mess to dispose of an animal so unworthily in a place with a lot of traffic, » says Kauer, who has never experienced anything like this in his term of office, as he confirms when asked by the popular vote. It is a mixed breed dog with dark fur, about the size of a pug. The dog is not chipped.

Investigations are ongoing

The investigation has started. Because the owner of the animal violated several legal bases, including the « Animal By-Products Disposal Act and the Animal By-Products Disposal Ordinance ». It regulates where pets, including dogs, can be disposed of, explains Kauer. Among other things, dogs may be burned in an incinerator, buried in a place specially approved for this by the responsible authority, such as animal cemeteries, or on the animal owner’s property.

However, this is not allowed in water protection areas and not in the immediate vicinity of public paths and squares. The animals should be covered with a layer of earth that is at least 50 centimeters thick. « Depending on the incident, anyone who violates these regulations can be fined or at most sentenced to a custodial sentence of up to one year, » says Kauer. In this case, he also included the district veterinary office. Official veterinarian Ramón Rulff has arranged a section of the dog to determine the cause of death because there is suspicion of killing contrary to animal welfare. « We work closely with the district to solve this disgusting act, » said Kauer.

He now hopes for clues from the population. « If you can give hints, even if they are so small, please let me know. I personally follow up on any information, ”assures Kauer. And further: « And if a cause is found, the maximum penalty comes. » However, this could be a little lower if the dog owner volunteers. Kauer rejects the criticism that the regulatory office acted too late. He himself had the case on April 28 on the table. An employee was then on site and disposed of the garbage, but unfortunately overlooked the case. Anyone who can provide information is asked to report to the municipal regulatory office on 03907/71 61 40.

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The Mexican stress reliever dog – Insurance for dogs

(Mexico) With his boots, glasses and protective suit, Harley « the One-Eyed » pug, trained as a therapist, begins a new day to relieve the stress of nursing staff at a hospital in Mexico City who are fighting the new coronavirus.

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Harley makes his way through the halls of the medical center alongside his owner, clinical neuropsychologist Lucía Ledesma, who puts on a pair of yellow rubber shoes and a fluorescent raincoat with a zipper.

She also covers her eyes with diving goggles, leaving her muzzle uncovered.

Obediently, the beige animal is ready to play for two hours with the doctors and nurses who are fighting the pandemic, finding their smile in the middle of exhausting days.

Dr. Ledesma, who calls Harley her « co-therapist », says the presence of the dog helps « reduce psychological, emotional and psychological stress » for caregivers dealing with the emergency.

Harley « the One-eyed », three years old and so nicknamed because of his visual impairment, is part of the service of psychiatry and neuropsychology of the National medical center of November 20.

Within it, he takes part in therapies for patients suffering from « psychiatric, psychological or neuropsychological diseases », explains his mistress. « From a very young age, we trained him for this, » she says.

Harley’s role in these interventions has been reinforced by her docility and willingness to interact with people, generating empathy, Ledesma said.


Some « colleagues want to play with Harley right away […] We must take into account the time of deprivation of physical contact that we have, especially among the front line staff, who have even isolated themselves from their own family for fear of contagion « .

Some « colleagues want to play with Harley right away […] We must take into account the time of deprivation of physical contact that we have, especially among the front line staff, who have even isolated themselves from their own family for fear of contagion, « says the specialist.

Ledesma explains that since February, she and her team have been considering incorporating the dog into an emotional support project, anticipating the stress that the epidemic would cause and, in particular, possible congestion in hospitals.

This group includes specialists in biosafety, veterinary medicine and nursing.

Mexico City and the surrounding area of ​​Mexico State is the region most affected by COVID-19 throughout the country.

As of Wednesday, the capital had 10,946 of 40,186 confirmed cases and 1,057 of 4,220 dead nationwide, according to official figures.

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An SME in Montpellier has produced a million serological tests, among the most effective according to the CHU – Insurance for dogs

In a test laboratory for coronavirus. Drawing. – Rainer Droese – Sipa

  • The Montpellier CHU has judged and compared nine serological tests since the start of the coronavirus health crisis. « One of those that showed the best performance was developed by the company IDvet, » explains the hospital.
  • Based in Grabels, in the metropolis of Montpellier, this SME specializes in the development and production of diagnostic tools for animal and zoonotic infectious diseases.
  • Serological tests are techniques for detecting antibodies. They make it possible to assess the proportion of people who have contracted the virus in a given population.

The CHU of
Montpellier has judged and compared the performance of nine serological screening tests for
coronavirus. « Among those who showed the best performance, one of them was developed by a Montpellier SME, the company IDvet, » explains the hospital center.

The study showing the effectiveness of the test was conducted by the virology laboratory of the CHU. It relied on blood samples from patients treated at the hospital and whose diagnosis of Covid-19 was established.

Specialist in animal diseases transmissible to humans

This SME based in Grabels, in the metropolis of Montpellier, employs more than a hundred people and has a consolidated turnover of more than 15 million euros in 2018. Created in 2004, it specializes in the development and production of diagnostic tools for infectious animal and zoonotic diseases.

It provides laboratories around the world with millions of tests to screen for animal diseases transmissible to humans, such as avian flu or bovine tuberculosis. “Independent, IDvet finances its development projects itself. This allows it to react very quickly to the emergence of new infectious diseases « , underlines Philippe Pourquier, CEO of the PME.

Tests « essential from an epidemiological point of view »

« The serological tests are interesting because they shed light on how the infection was able to spread in our region, » details the Montpellier University Hospital. These tests make it possible to retrospectively know what has happened in a population, by targeting groups of people: caregivers, residents of nursing homes, general population. This knowledge is essential from an epidemiological point of view. And to know for example since when, precisely, the virus circulates in Occitanie and more generally in France.

Serological tests are techniques for detecting antibodies. They make it possible to assess the proportion of people who have contracted the virus in a given population. They are different from virological tests (PCR), which determine whether a person is affected by the virus. « It is a complementary method to PCR particularly useful for hospital patients and consultants when virological tests are negative while the clinical picture or pulmonary imaging are suggestive », specifies the Montpellier University Hospital. IDvet explains that its serological test can detect antibodies against Covid ‐ 19 with a specificity of 99.9%.

Validated by the national virus reference center

In total, more than 10,000 tests have been offered by the company to several hospital laboratories, including a part at the CHU in Montpellier and the IHU in Marseille. To date, the company has already produced a million tests.



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she offers a spa with essential oils for dogs – Insurance for dogs

The layman might believe that the sign « Bibi club la vie en rose » houses lighter activity than dog grooming. Well no. Since the closure of her old shop on rue Grenouilla in Agen, Eva Mathieu no longer trades around the pleasures of mankind.

Make way for pampering dogs. But there either. No question of butting. Rue des Îles, in this living room paradise of the furry beast, the species can now enjoy, as its master goes to the spa, the pleasures of balneotherapy.

« The tub arrived just before confinement. I couldn’t get it connected. But a plumber came by. It’s okay. I even got essential oils for the baths. »

Molded for all sizes, from mastiff to pug, this relaxation area with hot water and massages must be officially inaugurated by the dogs of the owner who has invested 2000 euros in this project. It is undoubtedly the first of its kind in the department.

« I have discussed this with colleagues, it’s really effective for stressed dogs with rheumatism« , prescribes the Agen woman who has crossed her confinement to commit agricultural work. » I picked strawberries, tied the vine, planted the melons. You had to pay the bills well. « Suddenly on the grooming table and under the tools, the races have followed one another since the lifting of the confinement. The pace is fast. Without sacrificing rigor and thoroughness.

« I spend about two hours per dog, » says Eva, who is busy combing Tequila. « I don’t know how others can do it unless. »

Its balneotherapy service will be available after a grooming session. It will cost 7 euros extra for a little less than half an hour of well-being and papouilles. A bite of mash.

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In the Philippines, no mercy for the refractory to containment – Insurance for dogs

In a dog cage, five people, including two minors, were arrestedes in the Philippines for failing to comply with the containment established because of the coronavirus pandemic which left 800 dead. The refractories are forced to wander the streets of a city not far from the capital, with a coffin on their back. A deliberately degrading and humiliating method.

The Philippines is the most severely affected country in Southeast Asia by coronavirus, and authorities say they want to make an impression. Police made 38,000 arrests in a few days. They are people accused of not respecting confinement or social distancing. These methods were directly inspired by President Rodrigo Duterte: « I would not hesitate to ask the soldiers to shoot, the police to arrest you and imprison you.« Human rights organizations are calling for a more humane and, above all, less violent approach. In the capital Manila, 40% of the population lives in slums.

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« There is nothing to suspect that the cat represents a risk of contamination for humans » – Insurance for Pets

Scientific Director of the National Veterinary School of Alfort (EnvA), Professor Renaud Tissier recalls that there is nothing to suspect that the cat represents a risk of contamination for humans. With his colleagues, he tested the first cat contaminated with coronavirus in France.

« No evidence » of transmission to humans

There are only a handful of cats infected with Covid-19 worldwide, « less than a dozen », report the specialists. To date in France, two have tested positive, the first in Essonne, the second in Bordeaux. In all cases, transmission has taken place from humans to animals. « There are indeed rare cases of transmission, which have been spotted in some cats, and in ferrets too. They live in a state of extreme proximity with patients with Covid-19 « , specifies Renaud Tissier.

« There is nothing to say today that the opposite is possible », specifies the scientific director on the antenna of France Bleu Paris. An observation that had already reminded the French health agency Anses. « So there is no evidence that pets are linked to the spread of the epidemic », he specifies. If a few cases of contamination to cats have been proven, there are even fewer concerning dogs. « Experimental animal infections show us that the dog seems much less receptive to the new coronavirus », says Renaud Tissier.


Let the owners of furballs reassure themselves, « there is no special measure to adopt with your pet, only common sense », explains the professor, for example ensure « wash your hands before and after petting your pet ». To protect it, you also need « take care to avoid close contact« when you’re sick. « We are not going to try to disinfect our animal with hydro-alcoholic gel« , he warns.

The question of rats in Paris

France Bleu Paris revealed this Wednesday, May 13: with the high concentration of coronavirus in wastewater, sewer workers say they are worried about their health. This raises the question of rats, many of them walking the streets of the capital. But on this point also Renaud Tissier wants to be reassuring: « there is no risk with rats », he reassures. Rodents are among the least susceptible to contamination, explains the professor, since tests show that it « they have to be genetically modified to be able to contaminate them ».

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The genesis of the virus crucial to understanding how it « invaded » us, according to the WHO – Insurance for dogs

The origin of the new coronavirus remains at this stage uncertain, but it is nevertheless essential to understand how the virus has « invaded the human race » in a few months, explains a senior official of the WHO in an interview with AFP.

In late March, President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping concluded an informal truce in the war of words between the two great powers on the origin of the disease.

But the truce quickly shattered.

The Trump administration, which accuses the Chinese authorities of having delayed alerting the world to the epidemic, now openly suspects China of having hidden a laboratory accident which would have been at the origin of the pandemic. What Beijing denies.

Without saying a word, Sylvie Briand, head of infectious risk management at the World Health Organization, nevertheless considers « interesting to know the origin of the virus to understand how it evolved ».

“It is a virus of animal origin transmitted to humans. And so we must try to understand what made that the adaptation of this virus allowed it to invade the human species ”, she analyzes in front of the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

The first cases of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19 disease, were reported in late December in the Wuhan region of China. Since then, the pandemic has killed nearly 300,000 people.

Many researchers believe that the new coronavirus was born in bats, but scientists believe that it passed through another species before being transmitted to humans.

« The virus has multiplied in these animals, has changed a little bit as these passages and finally led to a form of virus » transmissible to humans, said Sylvie Briand, who directed the program WHO influenza during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009.

– ‘Thousands of direct debits’ –

Tracing the origin of the virus, by finding its intermediate hosts, would allow, according to this French scientist, « to prevent the phenomenon from happening again and to avoid ping-pong phenomena » of transmission between humans and animals.

Because « each time there are these passages from one species to another, the virus can change a little bit and that can have an impact for example on treatments (…) or vaccines that can no longer be effective enough, ”she explains.

For the moment, many unknowns persist. And this, although there have been « thousands and thousands of samples » made, in particular on « many animals in the Wuhan market » but also on dogs in Hong Kong, she noted, stressing that these analyzes take time.

These samples are taken by the countries, underlines Ms. Briand, but the WHO « encourages them to share information between them » to speed up research.

The United States and Australia have called for an international investigation into the origin of the virus. More diplomatic, the WHO called on Beijing to « invite » to investigate the matter.

Shortly after, China proposed in early May the creation of a commission under the aegis of the world health authorities to assess the « global response » to Covid-19, and only after the epidemic had ended.

The Chinese authorities have stressed that the approach should be validated beforehand by the World Health Assembly of WHO or its executive board – the two main organs of the international organization based in Geneva and which meet next week at their annual meeting.

These debates should also focus, according to Ms. Briand, on the need to « refine » the WHO health alert system, which only allows to declare whether there is an international health emergency or not while the previous process was in six phases, the last of which was the pandemic.

« We have to come up with a system that can launch alerts so that people prepare, but at the same time tell them if it is imminent or if it will happen in a few weeks or in a few months and tell them better what they should prepare for, ”she says.

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Dogs are able to detect 5 picoliters of gasoline! – Insurance for dogs

A well-trained dog can smell tiny amounts of gasoline in a burned house. Researchers have managed to find the limit of the sensitivity of their nose for the detection of this well known fire accelerator.

Dogs to spot traces of flammable liquids

during a fire investigation, a dog can be used to identify debris containing traces of flammable liquids – which may support the hypothesis that a fire was the result of an arson« , explains in & nbsp; Robin Abel, researcher in the chemistry department of the University of Alberta (Canada). » data-reactid = « 25 »> The sensitivity of the canine truffle is no longer to be demonstrated: when we rely on the efficiency of our 5 million olfactory receptors, dogs can count on 300 million of these cells . We are therefore no longer surprised by the multitude of areas in which their sense of smell is used: detection of diseases, explosives, drugs or even missing persons. But that’s not all : « during a fire investigation, a dog can be used to identify debris containing traces of flammable liquids – which may support the hypothesis that a fire was the result of an arson« , explains in Robin Abel, researcher in the chemistry department of the University of Alberta (Canada).

A study he conducted with his team and two dog-handler pairs specializing in the search for clues in burned places, made it possible to make several observations. The first dog was trained to detect many flammable liquids. The second was mostly trained with gasoline. The study reveals first of all that the non-specialized dog is well capable of detecting all fire accelerators while the other cannot generalize its detection to all flammable products when they are presented in very low concentration.

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