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Over A Billion Animals Die Every Year As A Result Of The Fur Industry

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It’s something we think we’re rid of, but judging by the staggering figures of the fur industry in recent years, the world is still in the throes of furry fashion.
According to PETA statistics, each year more than one billion rabbits, and 50 million other animals are raised on fur farms or trapped in the wild for the purposes of making fur.

It is an industry with which the majority of people do not feel an affinity, and many are actively opposed to. They ask why in the world would we still need to use fur if there are realistic faux fur fibres. According to PETA, abuse in the fur industry is still rampant, especially in countries where no animal welfare laws exist. PETA Elisa Allen, Director of PETA UK, told UNILAD: In China – the world’s largest exporter of fur, where there are no laws protecting animals – more than two million cats and hundreds of thousands of dogs are bludgeoned, hanged, or bled to death or even skinned alive every year for their fur, which often ends up on the global ma…

Why Does This Monkey Have Such A Giant Nose?

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The proboscis monkeys of Malaysia – perhaps not the best looking our distant primate cousins – is famed for its strange shoe-shaped nose. But what is the point of wielding this impractical nose on the front of your face? Well, according to a new study, it's almost certainly to do with sex.
New research from Cardiff University in the UK, the Danau Girang Field Centre in Mayalysia, Kyoto University in Japan has found a clear link between the nose size of the male monkeys and the number of females in their harems, suggesting that big-nosed males have more sex than the smaller-nosed counterparts. Not only that, a bigger nose also seems to mean bigger testicles. 
Their study was research published in the journal Science Advances. "Although the unique nature of the 'odd-nosed' proboscis monkey has long been admired as an extremely attractive visual feature by biologists, explanations for its evolution have so far been gleaned more from folklore than from science,” Dr Sen Natha…

Extensive Ancient Egyptian Necropolis Containing Dozens Of Mummies Found In The Nile Valley

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On the banks of the Nile near the heart of Egypt, archaeologists have stumbled across yet another amazing find. On the outskirts of the city of Minya, they have found an ancient necropolis containing dozens of mummies dating to around 2,000 years old.
The cemetery is made up of at least eight tombs – although Mostafa Waziri, the head of archaeology in Egypt, expects this number to grow – with each one housing multiple remains. The most impressive tomb is thought to belong to that of a high priest of the god Thoth, the ancient god of the moon and wisdom. For those less clued-in on their ancient Egyptian deities, he is often depicted with the head of an ibis, but also a baboon.
This particular tomb of the priest contains a whopping 1,000 statues, along with four alabaster canopic jars containing, as the inscriptions on the pots so helpfully recorded, the organs of the high priest himself. The mummy was lavishly adorned with red and blue beads and wrapped in bronze gilded sheets.  



Not Cold Enough For You? Why Not Visit The Coldest Village On Earth?

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If you've been on social media today, you'll probably have noticed there are a lot of Brits panicking about the 'Beast from the East' or a 'bit of snow', as I'm calling it.
We don't cope very well with 'extreme weather' in the UK, because we're not really used to it; unlike the folks who live in the Russian village of Oymyakon. Over there, the average January temperature is minus 50c and just last month, the self-proclaimed 'pole of cold' official weather station registered minus 59C, but locals were reporting readings as low as minus 67C. 
That's only slightly better than coldest ever recorded temperature there, minus 71.2C. Imagine waiting for your delayed train in that. During the 1920s and 1930s, the town was a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the village's thermal spring. That gave rise to the village's name, which translates to 'the water that doesn't freeze'. In later years, t…

Siberian Farm Cats Have Absolutely Taken Over This Farmer’s Land, And They’re Absolutely Majestic

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Just when you think you're the craziest cat lady around, someone else goes ahead and one-ups you to the fullest.
 Russian farmer Alla Lebedeva has turned her homestead into a self-proclaimed 'Catland,' and has gone viral with the incredible photographs and videos she takes of her many glorious Siberian cats.
Stationed in Prigorodny, just outside Barnaul, Siberia, Lebedeva and her husband Sergey have been raising cats for over a decade. "How many do we have now? To such a question I usually answer 'a million, maybe more,'" Lebedeva tellsDesignYouTrust. "They live in the henhouse... They have three ‘little bedrooms’ there where can they sleep according to how they feel. Our cats protect the chickens and rabbits from rats and mice." Alla's photo and video diary of her feline family's daily adventures now have a following of over 2 thousand on YouTube, yet they continued to be circulated around the Internet without permission and passed off as …