World News Roundup: February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017
Maureen McKinney

A Dutch zoo is exploring the merits of Tinder-like software in boosting their orangutans’ sex lives, and a new survey reveals the 9 countries that pay veterinarians the highest salary. This week’s roundup brings you these and more veterinary news from around the word.

(ZME Science)

“A Dutch zoo is exploring the merits of Tinder-like software in boosting their orangutans’ sex lives.” An 11-year-old female orangutan from Apeldoorn, Holland “will be the first of her species to swipe, swipe, match.”

9 Highest-Paying Countries for Veterinarians (Insider Monkey)

According to a survey by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, female veterinarians on the continent often earn less than their male counterparts. The survey also revealed the nine highest-paying countries for veterinarians.

New Taiwan Law Bans Euthanasia of Stray Dogs (The Telegraph)

A new animal welfare law in Taiwan has refocused attention on the plight of stray dogs and veterinarian Chien Chih-cheng, who committed suicide in May 2016 at the age of 31 shortly after admitting in a televised interview that she had euthanized 700 stray dogs over 2 years.

UK Study Reveals Most Reported Animal Welfare Issues (Phys.org)

“Wild animal welfare issues such as culling, shooting and hunting receive the most media attention, and are reported most often by media outlets,” according to a new University of Oxford study. “The effects of marine debris, commercial fishing, and pollution receive significantly less coverage, despite arguably equal or worse negative impacts on species animal welfare.”

Japan Airline Offers Pet-friendly Plane for Pets (Travelers Today)

“When boarding a flight, aircrafts don't allow passengers to have their pets with them in the main cabin—they stay at the compartment section in their little cages. However, Japan is set to break that rule with its first "wan wan jet" charter service that allows dogs to be with their owners in flight, hotel, cars and other tourism destinations.”

Despite Potential Health Issues, Australians love Pugs and Bulldogs (The Guardian)

Analysis of Australian National Kennel Council registration data show that Australians increasingly favor purebred pugs and bulldogs, despite the fact that the blunt snouts, short legs, and wide heads of these breeds often cause health problems.