HOW TO HELP CHAINED DOGS

February 17, 2017 @ 9:54 AM

Imagine sitting in a yard, tethered in place, with nothing to do and no chance to go anywhere. Day after day. Alone. That's what chaining is like. Chaining means confining a dog with a tether attached to a dog house or a stake in the ground. It is one of the common forms of animal cruelty. Chaining is a widespread practice and - as with many historical injustices - this may cause people to assume it is acceptable. In fact, it is an improper way to confine a dog, with negative effects on the dog's health, temperament and training. A chained dog's life is a lonely, frustrating, miserable existence, without opportunities for even the most basic dog behaviors of running and sniffing in their own fenced yard. Dogs chained for even......

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HELP STOP MILITARY TESTING

February 13, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

When news reports tally the casualties of war, or when monuments are erected to honor soldiers, the other-than-human victims of war--the animals whose bodies are shot, burned, poisoned, and otherwise tortured in tests to create even more ways to kill people--are never recognized, nor is their suffering well known.

The U.S. military inflicts the pains of war on hundreds of thousands of animals each year in experiments. The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) together are the federal government's second largest user of animals (after the National Institutes of Health). They account for nearly half of over one-and-a-half million dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, primates, rats, mice and &......

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FERAL CATS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE ENVIRONMENT

February 3, 2017 @ 9:27 AM

While some wildlife organizations continue to claim that feral cats threaten wildlife species, they fail to take into account that cats are a part of our natural landscape. Science shows that attempts to remove cats could mean dire consequences for the rest of the ecosystem.

There have been feral cats since the dawn of civilization—and that is unlikely ever to change. Cats continue to be a natural part of our environment. They began their unique relationship with humans 10,000 to 12,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, and followed Europeans to the Americas. But it wasn’t until 60 years ago, with the growing availability of canned pet foods, spay/neuter techniques, and commercial cat litters, that keeping cats indoors was......

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WHEN HORSES ARE IN TROUBLE THEY ASK HUMANS FOR HELP

January 28, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

A new study has demonstrated that when horses face unsolvable problems they use visual and tactile signals to get human attention and ask for help. The study also suggests that horses alter their communicative behavior based on humans' knowledge of the situation.

Communicating with other individuals in order to get information about foraging sites and predators is a valuable survival skill. Chimpanzees, who are evolutionarily close to humans, are especially skilled at understanding others. Studies suggest that chimpanzees distinguish the attentional states of other individuals (seeing or not seeing), and they are also able to understand others' knowledge states (knowing or not knowing). Some domestic animals are also very good at .........

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RESEARCH REVEALS EXTENT OF HUMAN THREAT TO LIONS

January 26, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

Two new studies led by scientists at Oxford University have highlighted the threat posed to lions by human activity -- including trophy hunting.

The first paper, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, analyzed the deaths of 206 lions in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe -- home of Cecil the lion -- between 1999 and 2012. Researchers found that human activities caused 88% of male and 67% of female mortalities. Male deaths were dominated by trophy hunting, while the human sources of female mortality were more varied and included causes such as unintentional snaring by bushmeat hunters and retaliatory killing by herders for livestock loss.

Analysis showed that lions tended to avoid risky areas -- such as farmland with high incidence of .........

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OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF PIT BULLS

January 19, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

By Naomi Strollo, RVT

My daughter and I are walking through the park, and a dog runs towards us. I see all teeth, and a very muscular body. I immediately jump in front of my daughter to shield her. The dog starts licking me and jumping in excitement. This dog was running to see me like I was her long lost friend. She was actually happy. The guardian comes running up to us apologizing that her dog broke out of the collar. I then realized it's one of those fighting dogs!

Of course she broke the collar; they are made for fighting. We moved to the other side of the park. I sat watching my daughter play, and watching this Pit Bull. She was so happy, and wanted affection from everyone. Was this not a real Pit Bull? Why are Pit Bulls the .........

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RINGLING BROS CIRCUS TO SHUT DOWN

January 15, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros. have announced plans to shut down the circus in May, ending 146 years of coercive, inhumane wild animal acts that were at the center of the show. Animal advocacy groups have been united in opposing elephant, tiger, lion, and other wild animal acts and have fought for years to end animal entertainment.

In 2015, Ringling announced that it would end its use of elephants, long a subject of intense controversy. Last year, California and Rhode Island banned the use of the bullhook – an inhumane device used to control and train elephants – while other local and state legislative efforts gathered momentum.

Animal advocates are urging Ringling Bros. to provide appropriate financing for lifetime ......

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12 STEPS TO BECOME AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE

January 10, 2017 @ 9:56 AM

An animal advocate is one who fights for animals to have the right to exist without the fear of being mistreated, exploited or exterminated. The welfare of animals is foremost in the mind of a genuine animal activist. Activists work to ensure that animals receive proper care, treatment and respect, and endeavor to create awareness among the public about animal exploitation and abuse issues. Animal advocates can be individuals, volunteers of an organization, or paid employees of an organization.

1. Determine Your Strengths

A good way to become an animal activist is to make a list of your strengths. Everyone is endowed with some skills; it makes sense to chose those skills that are conducive to animal rights ......

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ORCAS & DOLPHINS IN CAPTIVITY

January 8, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

Both orcas (commonly known as killer whales) and dolphins are members of the dolphin family Delphinidae -- orcas are the largest members. More than 500 orcas, dolphins and other members of the dolphin family are held in captivity in the United States. Before the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) was passed in 1972, some 1,133 dolphins were captured in U.S. waters. Since 1961, 134 orcas have been captured worldwide for aquariums; of those only 28 are still alive, when a normal lifespan in the wild is 50 years. While the MMPA made it more difficult to capture marine mammals from the wild, aquariums can still apply for permits or import animals caught in other countries. Whether wild caught or captive born, orcas and dolphins in ......

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TIPS ON NUTRITION, WALKING & MORE FOR AN ELDERLY ANIMAL

January 3, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

By Jenny Wise

Your dog’s and cat’s needs change as they get older. It’s important to follow certain guidelines to ensure that they stay healthy and comfortable in their later years.

How old is old?

The old rule stated that for dogs, one year was equal to seven human years. This, however, is not accurate because dogs mature more quickly than we do early on. A dog will be approximately 15 years old in human years when he reaches his first birthday. Size and breed also play a part, as smaller dogs usually live longer than larger ones. A large breed will be considered “middle aged” around 6 years old, and a tiny or toy breed won’t be considered a senior until around 11-12 years old.

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