Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

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Landmine-free Mozambique

After 25 years of de-mining, Mozambique has been declared free of all known landmines. The first heavily mined country in the world to de-mine successfully, Mozambique has destroyed over 170,000 devices at a cost of $285 million, using a range of methods, including specially trained rats (featured in Agenda NI482).

Performing beasts, no more

Circus aficionados in the Netherlands will no longer be able to see wild animals perform on stage after a ban came into effect mid-September. The rule bars animals such as elephants, zebras and big cats from performing but domestic animals are exempt. The Netherlands becomes the ninth country to act on this issue; Britain is lagging behind after a possible ban was blocked in Parliament. …

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