Author: Sophie Dixon

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Watching Birds is Like Medicine for Depression and Stress

For many of us, the daily grind can be stressful, leaving us feeling exhausted and even anxious. While it’s tempting to shut the blinds and hide inside in your favourite PJs, a new study offers a surprising alternative: bird watching. Whether you hike out into the wilderness with boots and binoculars or simply gaze out your office window and admire the view, you’re better off with birds. The study – a collaboration between English and Australian academics – reveals a positive association between bird watching and better mental health. After surveying the mental health of 270 people of a variety...

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Belize Makes Giant Leap in Protecting the Ocean by Banning Oil Drilling

On December 29, oil drilling in the Belize barrier reef became a legal offense. Belize, South America, is home to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and is now a world leader in ocean sustainability. Following both national and global outcries against oil exploration in the reef, Belize now has permanently prohibited oil activities to protect the barrier reef from further deterioration. The activity of offshore oil exploration has now been banned within a kilometre either side of the Belize Barrier Reef system, as well as within the seven protected reef areas of the UNESCO world heritage...

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Justice Served: Ollie the Pit Bull’s Murderer Faces 17 Counts of Animal Cruelty

Following pressure from Lady Freethinker readers and other activists, Hollywood, FL police have filed charges against Brendan Evans, the 31-year-old man from Florida who murdered Ollie the pit bull. Evans remains locked up in Broward County Jail, following his arrest for viciously and repeatedly stabbing Ollie before trapping the dog inside a suitcase and abandoning him. As a result of these horrendous acts of violence, Evans now faces 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty and if convicted, up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Police discovered Ollie locked inside a blue suitcase on Lee Street, not far from Evans’...

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Pizza Lovers, Rejoice! Pizza Hut Now Offers Vegan Cheese Across the UK

Pizza Hut has stepped into the modern era: every one of the fast-food giant’s locations in the UK will now offer vegan cheese as a topping. Following an overwhelmingly positive response to an initial vegan pizza trial, Pizza Hut will join chains such as Pizza Express and Zizzi in adding a dairy-free option to their menus. After years of practicing self-restraint and willpower, British vegans are finally able to sit back, relax and dig in to a hot pizza. “After an amazing customer response to our vegan cheese trial earlier this year, we’re pleased to announce that the dairy-free...

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Tiny Puppy Hailed ‘Hero’ After Scaring Away Burglar

Those of us who have been unfortunate enough to return home to an open door or a smashed window understand the fear and upset of a break in. Fortunately for 25-year old Lori Malone, little Abel – a 12 inch tall shichon puppy – was around to save the day! While Lori was upstairs in her home in Dundee, Scotland, an intruder attempted to enter her house. After hearing Abel barking at someone, Lori ran downstairs to find a strange man leaving hastily through her kitchen door and Able standing guard. She said, “he has obviously opened the door...

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