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Voice of America 30 Dec 2019

Volunteers Attempt to Save Wild Animals as Australian Wildfires Rage


As wildfires rage in Australia, volunteers from the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services are attempting to help as many wild animals caught up on the fires as possible.
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As New York City reopens, a push is on to save the anti-racism messages painted on plywood that protected stores from damage during the Black Lives Matter protests. (June 24)
A cat stranded on the bank of London's River Thames wasn't too happy when coastguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution showed up to help. A brave rescuer sensed the nervous animal may take out its claws, so he asked his crew to toss him a blanket to help him trap the animal. It took him a few seconds to get a good grip on the cat, but it wasn't good enough as the cat squirmed out of the towel and attacked the person trying to help it. InsideEditon.com's Mara Montalbano has more.
China is facing pressure globally to crack down on its so-called wet markets, where produce and live animals are often sold together. Scientists have speculated that the current coronavirus outbreak in humans might have begun at a market in the city of Wuhan. One hypothesis is that the virus could have jumped from bats to pangolins to people, in turn causing a global health emergency.
As the virus spread in January, China responded by slapping a ban on the trade and consumption of wildlife. Some of the markets were also temporarily closed. In the months since, they've been reopening - with new restrictions. But analysts say it's not yet clear whether China will really clamp down on what's being sold inside in the long run.
It's unclear how many markets were affected by the ban on trading wildlife. But experts estimate that the markets selling live wild animals like pangolins before the outbreak could have numbered in the hundreds.
Many countries are reliant on seasonal workers to harvest crops, but many have not been able to travel because of lockdowns imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In Italy, farmers have banded together to get seasonal workers into the fields to save their businesses.
Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports.

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