ten random facts about animals that did not make it into my book:

1. dolphin therapy is probably a myth, and very bad for dolphins. salon.com/2021/02/01/the…
2. When one pig yawns, another pig nearby yawns too. The probability increases if the two are siblings. nature.com/articles/s4159…
3. America's feedlots produce 130 times more faeces as America's humans - with no sewage treatment (thanks @GlobalEcoGuy) globalecoguy.org/beef-rules-d5b…
4. An unknown Chinese buyer paid €1.25m for a male racing pigeon and €1.6m for a female news.sky.com/story/belgian-…
5. Between 1990 and 2014, European forests grew by 13 million hectares. But 11 million hectares was deforested elsewhere to grow crops that were consumed in the EU. nature.com/articles/d4158…
6. The pandemic caused a shortage of monkeys for medical research. This is from last summer, but the shortage continues: theatlantic.com/science/archiv…
7. Greater rheas – birds native to South America, who can run up to 37mph – are thriving in northern Germany. Also the males take care of the nests, while the females gallivant around audubon.org/news/inside-ge…
8. Salmon-farming: in Norway, at any given time, there are about 400m farmed fish and only 500,000 wild fish. theguardian.com/news/2020/sep/…
9. Three-quarters of US voters back setting aside 30% of land and water for conservation by 2030. That'd be huge! climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/p… But 41% of the contiguous US is devoted to livestock. bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-…
10. in the UK, around 400,000 dairy cows are kept inside all year-round (estimates @ciwf). in the US, "the typical dairy cow will spend its entire life inside a concrete-floored enclosure" nytimes.com/2020/12/29/sci…
that's all! p.s. here's the Guardian review of my book, How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World 👍 theguardian.com/books/2021/may…
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