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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in UK said the number of abandoned animals soared 57 percent last year to 11,586 the equivalent of more than 30 a day.

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Britons may have a reputation as animal-lovers but they are increasingly dumping their pets as they struggle to cope with the impact of economic downturn.

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The number of abandoned cats was up by 50 percent and a third more dogs were discarded, the charity said. Horses, farm animals and exotic pets were also being chucked out.

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In addition to the actual numbers being thrown out, there had also been a 52 percent rise in inquiries from the public looking to give up their pets.

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Tim Wass, chief officer of the RSPCA inspectorate, said the cause was “everything to do with the economics about owning a pet” from paying for food to veterinary bills.

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“It’s a huge rise and I’m afraid that we can only point to economics to find a solution to the current problem,” he told BBC radio.
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“It’s affecting pretty much every animal. We’re really struggling to cope at the moment.” Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Britain’s best-known animal refuge centre, located in south London, said in December it was at bursting point after taking in more than a thousand more strays than it had done a year earlier.

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Unemployment in Los Angeles County is in the double digits, but prospects are looking up for 500 strippers, thanks to the reopening of a landmark nude dancing club on the Sunset Strip.

Salah Almudarris, who owns West Hollywood’s The Body Shop, says the club will reopen Thursday night, creating jobs for about 20 staff and as many as 500 of what he terms “independent contractors.”

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An electrical fire badly damaged the Sunset Boulevard venue in December.

Almudarris says about 50 women will work each night and they could earn upward of $1,000 each.

The venue dates back decades and was mentioned in the 1980s Motley Crue song, “Girls, Girls, Girls.”

Almudarris says area bars may get a boost too, as his club serves no alcohol.

Large-scale U.S. layoffs rose again in March & early April 09, according to Labor Department data on Thursday, as the economy struggles with what many expect will be the country’s worst post-World War II recession. With the number of people filing for unemployment in March surpassing that from the prior month, and the total number of people doing so the highest on record.

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About 640,000 people filed for unemployment for the first time in March, up from about 613,000 in February. Meanwhile, some 6.14 million people are on the jobless benefits rolls, setting a record for the 12th straight week.

ast month witnessed 2,933 more mass layoffs, defined as affecting 50 or more workers, than February. This brought the total number of people who lost their jobs in this manner to 299,388, the highest on a record that dates back to 1995.

The U.S. job market has been under severe strain as a crisis first evident in housing spread to the rest of the economy, severely curtailing corporate profits and consumer spending.

Ongoing pain was evident across sectors, with the Labor Department also reporting another record for blanket layoffs within manufacturing.

Mass layoffs now total 31,414 since the start of the recession in December 2007, resulting in the loss of more than 3.2 million jobs. The monthly mass layoff numbers are compiled from establishments with at least 50 initial claims for unemployment insurance filed against them during a five-week period.

Over the past year, the deterioration in initial claims, continuing claims, and the insured jobless rate has been just as bad as they were during the 1981-1982 recession, which has been the most severe in the post-World War II period,” said Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics.

The United States has lost 5.1 million jobs since the start of 2008. Earlier this month, the Labor Department reported that the nation’s unemployment rate is 8.5 percent, the highest in a quarter-century.

For those in Jobs

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Over the past year, though, the new term is ‘downsizing’ — shrinking the employee base so that employee costs match slower business growth. This fiscal, as the recession in the markets start biting, their tolerance for non-performers is down to zero.So those in jobs are not having any margin of doing any honest mistake.



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