articles by Maneka Gandhi

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Alarming rise in mosquito-borne diseases will be one of the worst impacts of global warming, climate change

A changing climate is moving the comfort zone for many animals, including disease-carrying mosquitoes.

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Keeping children away from pets deprives them from building a strong firewall against allergies

By the early 2000s, a number of studies showed the opposite -- that exposure to pets in the very early stages of life confers protective benefits and prevents the development of allergic rhinitis, asthma and eczema.

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Superbugs and farming: Unchecked use of anti-fungals in modern agriculture is responsible for rise of deadly germs

Candida auris is a dangerous fungal infection that emerged in 2009 in Japan and, in just a few years, has spread round the world.

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Like humans, grandparents play key role in child-rearing among elephants, great apes, cats

Are we the only grandparents? Do any animals know their grandparents the way humans do? For most species, the answer is no.

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Human tendency to choose dogs which bear physical, behavioural resemblance rooted in seeking familiarity, find studies

Sadahiko Nakajima is a psychologist at Japan's Kwansei Gakuin University who has researched not just the notion that humans and their pet dogs look alike, but also why that is so

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‘Biodegradable’ balloons may be posing serious threats to marine wildlife, time to let air out of the industry

The deadliest ocean garbage for seabirds is balloons. In a small survey done on one coast, 1,700 dead seabirds were picked up. Over 500 of these birds had swallowed plastic, with 40 percent of those deaths caused by balloons

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High cholesterol increases risk of heart disease; low-fat diet, exercise help keep health in check

Cholesterol is present in every cell of the body and is important in digesting foods, generating Vitamin D, building cell walls and producing some hormones. While it is needed for good health, too much cholesterol can damage your arteries and increase the risk of heart disease.

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From avian vomitologist, gross stunt testers and snake venom collectors, strange jobs which involve wild animals not only risk them but also humans

From avian vomitologists, langur kidnappers and gross stunt testers, there is more than one strange job in the world which involves wild animals.

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Slaughterhouse workers, fishermen face high risks of injury; teaching them skills key to ensuring their dignity, financial well-being

Millions of slaughterhouse workers do various jobs, including dragging the animals to where they will be slaughtered, stringing them up, bleeding them, breaking their bones and skinning them

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Eggs consumed from poorly maintained Indian poultry farms are more of a health scare than part of healthy diet

The best eggs really come from hens that spend their days outdoors in a natural environment and scratch for insects, seeds and earthworms in the soil.

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No pests in nature: Insects killed by pesticides have far more medicinal value than humans realise

Many insects, used in alternative medicine, are now being tested for mainstream medical products

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Presence of animal gelatin in capsules, food ails consumer; vegan alternative need of the hour

There are vegan alternatives to gelatine: agar agar, pectin, starches, gums. But companies using gelatin say that they do not have the same chemical and mechanical properties. They are also slightly more expensive.

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Commercialisation of cow dung may prevent farmers from abandoning bovine, help fix issue of stray cattle

There is a machine for making cow dung logs. My gaushala in Delhi bought one two years ago and we, too, sell the logs to Nigambodh Ghat. Even though we don't do this regularly, we earn Rs 60,000 a month.

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Drugs are mainstay of meat production across globe; practices put profit ahead of human or animal health

When cooking chicken, or meat, for one’s family, most people are very careful to wash and cook the flesh properly. Unfortunately, there are some things which any amount of washing, boiling or roasting cannot clean out – and those are drugs.

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Mythical animals and birds are integral to our culture; we must pass on their stories to the younger generation

Other countries celebrate their mythical animals. Garuda belongs to Indian mythology but is the national bird and symbol of Indonesia.

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Not all termites are pests; most are soil engineers, play key role in functioning of tropical ecosystems

Only a handful of the 3,000 or so known termite species are pests for humans. The rest are soil engineers, who strengthen the ground under your feet and keep it healthy. Termites thrive by eating what others can’t or won’t: wood, dung, lichen, even dirt.

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Animal cruelty not inherent part of Indian culture; hundreds of local deities proof of survival in harmony

Till a few decades ago, inspite of the culture of animal sacrifice and ritual hunts by tribals, it was, by and large, a peaceful country where people lived in harmony with animals and respected their lives.

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Think before you drag them to a slaughterhouse, research says goats communicate with humans as dogs do

Goats are fascinated by mirrors. Like dogs and horses, goats are comfortable living outside of a flock. They can learn unusual tasks, even choosing abstract symbols to request for water

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The many species of ants and their similarities with humans: How the tiny insects showcase brutal survival skills and warfare tactics

Ants tend to separate the world in a rather simple way, into two classes: colony members and everybody else. Somewhat like humans.

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Embrace a vegan life! Animals do not deserve to die to keep you healthy and define your style statement

Essentially 100 percent natural skin care products can be made without alcohol, parabens, fragrance, wax, dyes, toxic contaminants, sodium lauryl or laurethsulphate.