Barcelona News

Spain's top court overturns Catalonia bullfighting ban

Barcelona mayor vows to resist contentious court decision. Spain’s top court has overturned a ban on bullfighting in the Catalonia region, almost five years after it was introduced, declaring it "u...
Brussels News

Microchips for cats in Brussels

Obligatory chipping and registration for all cats in the Brussels region. All kittens in the Brussels region are to be fitted with microchips and registered in a centralised system before the age o...
Berlin News

Berlin displays Europe's first T-Rex skeleton

Europe's first complete T-Rex skeleton at Berlin's Natural History Museum. The first complete and original Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton to be constructed in Europe has gone on public display at Berli...
Dublin News

Airfield farm reopens in Dundrum

Working farm in Dundrum reopens after three-year renovation Airfield Farm in the affluent south Dublin suburb of Dundrum officially reopened to the public in mid-April following a three-year, &euro...
Copenhagen News

Copenhagen zoo culls four lions

Copenhagen Zoo has killed four lions (two old parents and their two cubs) to make way for a new male lion from another city for breeding with two females at the zoo. The culling of the lions comes...
Berlin News

Berlin to tax visiting dogs

Tourists to Berlin who are accompanied by their dogs will have to pay an added sum on their hotel bills. From the beginning of 2014 visitors to Berlin are paying a five per cent hotel tax on top of...
Vienna News

Schőnbrunn zoo reopens after day of ice

Bad weather in Austria closed the Schőnbrunn zoo for the first time in 260 years on 3 February. Dangerous black ice made it impossible to open the zoo grounds to visitors and although most of the...
Vienna News

Sharks in Vienna

Visitors to Vienna’s aquarium (Haus des Meeres) in Esterhazy park can now watch Caribbean hammer sharks, stingrays, and other exotic species in a new 150,000 litre tank at the top of the 50-m Fl...
Berlin News

Berlin wins rights to Knut the Polar Bear

The Berlin Zoo has won its battle to keep the rights to the name Knut, the popular polar bear it bred in captivity until it unexpectedly died in 2011. The name generates a large income for the Berl...
Dublin News

Two fairs a year for Dublin’s Smithfield

Dublin City Council has ruled that the historic Smithfield horse fair will now take place just twice a year, rather than the current monthly event. The fairs will be held on the first Sunday of Mar...
Paris News

Foxes back in Paris

Foxes are back in the centre of Paris and have been seen at the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Place de la République. However it is estimated that there are many fewer than the urban fox populat...
Istanbul News

Animal lovers protest new law

If you have traveled or if you live in Turkey, particularly in Istanbul, you must have noticed the large number of cats and dogs roaming the streets. However, there are no reliable statistics of the n...
Amsterdam News

Dutch recession affects horses

Over 4,500 horses have been put down in the Netherlands in the first six months of 2012 compared with 3,400 in the whole of 2011 according to a report in the daily tabloid NRC.next. According to th...
Paris News

United Buddy Bears show in Paris

United Buddy Bears are on show near the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the twinning of Paris and Berlin and the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty which marked the official recon...
Berlin News

Berlin’s town pigeons on the decrease

The number of town pigeons in Berlin is estimated to have fallen to 10,000 from 30,000 in 2001 according to a report from the nature protection association Nabu, one of largest in Germany. Part of...
Copenhagen News

Denmark consider dual citizenship

Most members of Denmark's parliament now support a measure in favour of dual citizenship that will be presented to the ministry of justice before the end of 2012. If the proposal were approved it w...
Vienna News

Vienna’s Lipizzaner mares and foals on show

Six Lipizzaner mares and their foals are on show at the famous Viennese Spanish Riding School from 3-29 July. During this period the school usually takes a summer break while the stallions are away fo...
Vienna News

Viennese street changes name

Vienna city council has approved plans to rename a street in Vienna named after a mayor who inspired Hitler’s anti-semitism. Karl Lueger Ring will become Universitaetring in the autumn when t...
Brussels News

Jazz Marathon in Brussels

Brussels is preparing for its 17th jazz marathon from 25-27 May. About 700 musicians play in 200 free concerts in four locations, Grand-Place, Place Sablon, Place Sainte-Catherine, Place Fernand Co...
London News

Police to use Battersea power station site

The site of the old Battersea power station, which has been waiting for over a quarter of a century to be redeveloped, has been earmarked as a police transport centre during the Olympic Games which be...