DO THE RIGHT THING

April 25, 2017 @ 8:28 AM

For every puppy or kitten born, a puppy or kitten in a shelter or in the care of a rescue group will not find a forever home. There might have been time to prevent those unwanted births, if communities and individuals had acted responsibly.

Each year, in the United States alone, 27 million cats and dogs are born. Because homes cannot be found for all of them, between 10 and 12 million of these animals will be euthanized - healthy, lovable animals, destroyed just because there are too many of them. The only way to solve the problem is to reduce the numbers of unwanted animals by neutering and spaying. Attitudes must change and we should all share information. We should educate, encourage and speak out, until neutering and spaying ......

...
Read More

STOP BLAMING FERAL CATS

April 18, 2017 @ 8:50 AM

While some wildlife groups may use media attention to speculate that cats are causing species loss, leading biologists, climate scientists, and environmental watchdogs all agree: endangered species’ fight for survival rests in our own hands.

Focusing on cats diverts attention from the far more dangerous impact of humans. Too many media stories sidestep these realities to focus on sensational issues like cats’ imagined impact on birds. But cats have been a natural part of the landscape for over 10,000 years—that has not changed. What has changed in that time is how we have re-shaped the environment to suit 21st century human needs—at a great cost to the other species that share our ecosystem. Our direct impact on......

...
Read More

DEADLY LAWNS

April 15, 2017 @ 7:47 AM

Your dog loves to go for walks. He stops at every tree, shrub and weed to “read the news” of his neighborhood. But these happy times can be dangerous to your friend. Sadly, chemically treated lawns are a reality of suburban life and many animal guardians do not realize how toxic a treated lawn can be. Every time your dog sets foot on a treated lawn, whether freshly sprayed or dry, he or she is being exposed to environmental toxins like pesticides and herbicides.

Most dogs love a carpet of thick green grass. They smell it, run around on it, roll on it and dig at it. We launder our clothes and bathe regularly, but dogs don’t shower every morning or change their fur and footpads every day. So, whatever collects on ......

...
Read More

CARRIAGE HORSES

April 10, 2017 @ 7:50 AM

What could be more romantic than a leisurely carriage ride on a warm summer evening?

In the late 1980s, Whitey, a nine-year-old gelding, collapsed while pulling a carriage during a summer heat wave in New York City. A passing nurse gave Whitey an IV saline solution, and sympathetic police officers sprayed him with cool water for two hours. Eventually Whitey managed to get back on his feet. Another carriage horse, Misty, died from apparent heat exhaustion during the same heat wave. Despite the national attention that was focused on the carriage horse industry after Whitey's collapse--and the outrage of romantics everywhere--little has changed for the horses.

BREAKDOWNS

Many horses who end up pulling carriages through city......

...
...
Read More

GREYHOUND RACING MUST END

April 7, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

Wanton cruelty is inflicted on thousands of dogs by the racing industry each year. Since 2008, nearly 1,000 racing greyhounds have died and 12,000 have suffered injuries - including broken legs, crushed skulls, broken necks, paralysis, seizures, and death by electrocution. And these are just the reported injuries and deaths. The vast majority of the 80,000 greyhounds born into dog racing can't even be accounted for. 

Thirty-nine states have already made the humane decision to ban greyhound racing, but this cruel sport continues to exploit greyhounds despite public outcry and overwhelming financial losses from a dying industry.

Racing greyhounds are kept in warehouse-style kennel compounds, in rows of stacked cages for ......

...
Read More

BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION NOT THE ANSWER

March 31, 2017 @ 7:50 AM

Targeting dogs by breed is ineffective in preventing tragic incidents. Laws and policies restricting certain breeds may break up families, but they won't make a community safer.

Tragic deaths caused by dog attacks often prompts much discussion about how municipalities can most effectively manage dogs to ensure community safety. But animal advocate organizations urge communities to reject ineffective, breed based measures.

There is no evidence that breed-specific laws reduce dog bites or attacks on people, and experts have found that no breed is more likely to bite than another. In fact, no jurisdiction has been able to prove that this kind of legislation has improved public safety.

It is very important to understand that no breed ban.........

Read More

FORESTS, SPECIES ON FOUR CONTINENTS THREATENED BY PALM OIL EXPANSION

March 29, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

As palm oil production expands from Southeast Asia into tropical regions of the Americas and Africa, vulnerable forests and species on four continents face increased risk of loss, a new Duke University-led study finds.

The largest areas of vulnerable forest are in Africa and South America, where more than 30 percent of forests within land suitable for oil palm plantations remain unprotected, the study shows. Rates of recent deforestation have been highest in Southeast Asia and South America, particularly Indonesia, Ecuador and Peru, where more than half of all oil palms are grown on land cleared since 1989.

“Almost all oil palm is grown in places that once were tropical forests. Clearing these forests threatens biodiversity and .........

Read More

WILDLIFE SALES FUELING CORRUPTION, TERRORISM, WARS

March 21, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

A new study published in the journal Biological Conservation describes the trafficking of wildlife and their products as one of the most profitable and attractive of all the illicit trades, possibly surpassed only by the trafficking of arms and drugs.

The article notes that several of the most notorious armed insurgent groups and terrorist organizations now derive substantial profits from the illegal wildlife trade to fund their incursions, civil wars, and other acts of violence.

“Criminal organizations are systematically exploiting wildlife as a source of financing,” said co-author Kelvin Alie of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). “And the corruption is spreading like a disease - into armies, border guards, .........

Read More

HELP STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY

March 18, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

You've seen an animal being abused and want to do something to stop it, but you don't know what to do. Here are a few steps to help you with a cruelty investigation.

First, find out who in your town, county, or state investigates and enforces the anti-cruelty codes. Often, these people work for local humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCAs), or taxpayer-funded animal shelters.

If you cannot locate the proper person, call or visit your local sheriff's office or police department to ask for help in enforcing the law. Before doing so, check the county and state law books in your local library. The state statute and county code will tell you exactly what your laws prohibit a person from ......

...
Read More

TEACH KIDS TO PROPERLY APPROACH ANIMALS

March 15, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

By Gabriella Diesendorf

Children, like all people, are hardwired to love animals. They share a special bond that should be nurtured and further developed. However, to achieve that, children first need to learn how to properly approach different kinds of animals.

Children are always filled with joy when they spot an animal, but their over-excitement can have disastrous consequences for them and the animals involved. It’s the duty of parents to instruct their children to approach animals carefully and with care. The right approach is important for safety reasons as well as for developing respect and empathy towards animals from an early age.

REASONS TO TEACH YOUR KIDS TO PROPERLY APPROACH ANIMALS

Respect For Animals

By carefully .........

Read More