5 WAYS TO MAKE HALLOWEEN SAFE FOR ANIMALS

October 31, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

Lights and decorations. Costumes and masks. A constant parade of strangers at the door. Without question, Halloween can be a downright spooky experience for our companion animals. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers the following tips on what animal guardians can do to make Halloween safer for their furry friends:

Halloween means a lot of candy in the house and a lot of sharing of that candy. Although it might be a little tough to turn down those begging eyes, it’s best to refrain from feeding your animals Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum).

With so many people coming to the door, use your best judgment as to whether or.........

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TAIWAN BANS COSMETICS ANIMAL TESTING

October 23, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Taiwan has joined the growing global momentum to end cosmetics cruelty with passage of legislation to end cosmetics animal testing. The bill, proposed by Legislators Wang YuMin and Zhuang Rui Xiong, amends Taiwan’s Control for Cosmetic Hygiene Act and bans cosmetic animal testing for both finished products and cosmetic ingredients. The legislation will go into effect in 2019.

Passage of the legislation brings Taiwan in line with more than 30 countries—home to more than 1.7 billion consumers—that have already joined the cruelty free movement. The world’s largest cosmetics market, the European Union, together with Norway, Israel, India, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey and several states in Brazil, have enacted full .........

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WHY PEOPLE DO AND DO NOT WALK THEIR DOGS

October 20, 2016 @ 8:44 PM

A new study has examined why some people feel motivated to walk their dogs regularly and others don’t. It examined the demographic and behavioral factors that contribute towards animal guardians reporting having a strong sense of encouragement and motivation to walk provided by their dogs, which the team call ‘the Lassie effect’.

The results of two survey outcomes, ‘Dog encouragement to walk’ (how often dog encouraged me to go walking in last month) and ‘Dog motivation to walk’ (having a dog makes me walk more), were analyzed to identify both positive and negative factors associated with them.

The study, from the University of Liverpool in collaboration with The University of Western Australia, .........

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BAD SCIENCE DISTORTS FERAL CAT FACTS

October 16, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

The topic of feral cat predation on wildlife, especially birds, has become a battleground of competing opinions on whether feral cats should be trapped, neutered and returned to their environment, or if they should be viewed as invasive species and irradiated. A careful analysis of the science concludes there is no strong support for the viewpoint that cats are a serious threat to wildlife, except in certain instances of fragile populations in isolated or fragmented ecosystems.

Hundreds of news outlets reported on a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study in 2013 claiming “free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals annually” in the U.S......

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DO FERAL CATS LIVE MISERABLE LIVES?

October 16, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Research proves that feral cats do not suffer harsh lives, pose a risk to other cats, or threaten public health. Feral cats live full, healthy lives outdoors. Claims that feral cats “suffer” outdoors are based on isolated incidents and are not supported by scientific evidence. Research of feral cats in high-volume spay/neuter clinics spanning nearly a decade found the need to euthanize for debilitating conditions was less than 1%. Anecdotal reports by caregivers bolster these findings.

Feral cats are just as healthy as “pet” cats—studies show they have the same low rates of disease. Despite recent media reports, there hasn’t been a confirmed case of cat-to-human rabies transmission in more than 30 ......

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BADGER CULL IGNORES SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

October 14, 2016 @ 9:53 AM

In August this year, the government began the roll out of its widely discredited badger cull to seven new areas across three new counties in England, bringing the total number of cull zones to ten, across six counties [Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Somerset], despite continued calls from leading experts to abandon the cull as unscientific and inhumane.

A YouGov poll revealed the high level of concern the public has for badger welfare, with 67 percent of respondents saying they would be concerned at the suffering caused to badgers if the cull went ahead in their counties. This concern is reflected in the number of ordinary local residents who join Wounded Badger Patrols night after night to check badger setts .........

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END THE DOG & CAT FUR INDUSTRY

October 13, 2016 @ 9:22 AM

It is estimated that two million dogs and cats are killed each year in the fur trade. Dog and cat breeders operate primarily in China and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Breeders sell cat and dog furs to companies in Europe, who incorporate the fur and skin of the animals into clothing and products such as cat toys or stuffed animals. Products consisting partially or wholly of cat and dog fur are then sold to buyers in Europe, America and elsewhere in the world.

Businesses keep small or large groups of cats and dogs in breeding farms. Several such breeding farms are located in Northern China, where the fur of the animals grows thicker in the cold weather. These facilities hold up to 70 cats, or 5 to 300 dogs. Often, breeders are not ......

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MONTREAL PIT BULL DOG BAN SUSPENDED FOR NOW

October 7, 2016 @ 9:44 AM

Animal advocates are applauding the suspension of Montreal’s highly controversial and ill-conceived by-law banning pit bull-type dogs. The suspension will be upheld until a Quebec judge announces a final ruling on the problematic regulations, which could occur within a few months.

There is no evidence that breed-specific laws reduce dog bites or attacks on people and no jurisdiction has been able to prove that this kind of legislation has improved public safety. After more than ten years of a breed ban in Ontario, rates of dog bites are higher than they have ever been. These laws are costly, cannot be effectively enforced, and unnecessarily harm families, dogs and communities.

The Montreal by-law makes it impossible to definitely .........

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PET SHOPS

October 6, 2016 @ 9:16 AM

"Pet shops" use the natural appeal of puppies, kittens and other animals to sell them at an inflated price, often several hundred dollars for "purebred" animals.

The vast majority of dogs sold in pet shops, between 350,000 and 500,000 a year, are raised in "puppy mills," breeding kennels located mostly in the Midwest that are notorious for their cramped, crude and filthy conditions and their continuous breeding of unhealthy and hard-to-socialize animals.

Other common problems in the pet shop industry include selling sick and injured animals to the public, failing to provide proper veterinary care, unsanitary conditions and inhumane methods of killing sick and unwanted animals.

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1500 TONS OF ENDANGERED WHALES SHIPPED TO JAPAN

October 2, 2016 @ 8:50 AM

A coalition of conservation and animal protection organizations have confirmed that more than 1,500 metric tons of products from endangered Icelandic fin whales were shipped to Japan in July 2016. The discovery came just prior to the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The organizations—which include the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), OceanCare, Pro Wildlife, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)—tracked the transport vessel Winter Bay from Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, through Russia’s Northern Sea Route and on to Osaka, Japan,.........

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