World News Roundup: April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017
Maureen McKinney

In this week’s roundup: new legislation to legalize marijuana in Canada, big cosmetic firms selling products tested on animals in China, and more stories from around the world.

Crocs May Bite Harder Than Once Thought (Brisbane Times)

A new study in the Medical Journal of Australia has shown that those who survive a run-in with a crocodile may end up with a serious wound infection due to bacteria the reptiles carry. "These bacteria can originate from the crocodile's oral flora, the patient's skin or can be acquired from the water or soil during the attack," the report said.

US and UK Universities Join Forces to Educate Veterinary Students (The Newsstand)

Veterinary students at Clemson University can now “expand their cultural horizons while obtaining skills that will allow them to practice worldwide by completing their bachelor’s degrees at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.“ In a new joint program, after students complete 3 years in the pre-veterinary program at Clemson they can finish their undergraduate degree in Scotland and then apply for veterinary school enrollment at the University of Glasgow.

UK Public Health Rapid Support Team Appoints Director (gov.uk)

The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) has appointed Daniel Bausch, MD, MPH&TM, a specialist in emerging infectious diseases trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, tropical medicine, and public health, as its first director. The UK-PHRST responds to urgent requests from countries around the world to support them in preventing local disease outbreaks from becoming global epidemics.

Forest Department Sounds Alert for Safety of Animals in ​Uttar Pradesh (The Times of India)

"With increasing temperatures in the state, the forest department has sounded an alert for the safety of wild animals in Uttar Pradesh." The officials have been asked to "maintain water holes in the jungle areas as animals in the wild can face scarcity of water, forcing them to migrate to human areas and endangering their lives."

Chinese Government Requires Cosmetic Firms to Test Products On Animals (CNBC)

Consumers and business owners are speaking out against the Chinese government mandate for imported cosmetics and skincare products to be tested on animals. "China requires skincare and cosmetics firms to submit to compulsory animal testing in government labs before regulators approve products for sale in the country."

Canada Announces Legislation to Legalize Marijuana (USA Today)

"The Canadian government announced Thursday new legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use, a move that could lure American visitors but create legal headaches when they return home. Possession of small amounts of pot will be legal throughout the country on July 1, 2018, if the legislation passes."