HOW TO LEGALLY HELP DOGS IN HOT CARS

June 30, 2016 @ 12:33 PM

As summer temperatures rise, the danger of dogs dying because negligent people left them in a hot car grows as well.

Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car with all the windows closed can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.

What can you do, within your legal rights, if you see an animal in distress in a locked car? The Animal Legal Defense Fund, a legal advocacy organization for animals, has some tips.

If you see an animal in distress, call 911. Most states allow a public safety officer to break into the car and rescue an animal if its life is threatened. Calling 911 is the first step to .........

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PROTECT YOUR COMPANIONS DURING FIREWORKS

June 29, 2016 @ 10:26 AM

Fireworks are meant to represent “bombs bursting in air”—and to dogs and cats, that’s exactly what they sound like. When animals hear the cracks and booms in the sky, many of them panic and jump over fences, break chains, or even break through glass windows in an effort to escape the terrifying sounds.

Many animals who run in fear are never found. After fireworks displays, animal shelters nationwide report an increase in the number of lost animals, some of whom have bloody paws from running, torn skin from breaking through wooden fences, or other serious injuries. Some animals are hit by cars or killed in other ways as they attempt to escape.

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SAVE THE FIREFLIES

June 27, 2016 @ 7:37 PM

“Lightning bugs” or “fireflies” are actually beetles, nocturnal members of the aptly named Lampyridae family. Fireflies have special cells that, when the insects takes in oxygen, combine it with a substance called luciferin. This chemical process takes place in dedicated organs located under the fireflies’ abdomens and produces the light. Fireflies flash their light in patterns that are unique to each of the 2,000 species of firefly. They are communicating with their light, each blinking pattern an optical signal to a potential mate.

Sadly, as with so many of the Earth’s creatures, fireflies are disappearing all over the world. The clearing of forests, the destruction of wetlands, the use of toxic ......

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KEEP ANIMALS OUT OF HOT CARS AND OFF HOT PAVEMENT

June 24, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

When outdoor temperatures reach the 80s, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to well over 100 degrees in just minutes—and asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees, causing pain, burns, permanent damage, and scarring on dogs’ paws after just a few minutes of contact. Locking dogs in parked cars and walking them on hot pavement places them at risk of deadly heatstroke.

If you see a dog showing any symptoms of heatstroke—including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy, and lack of appetite or coordination—get the animal into the shade immediately and lower the dog’s body temperature by providing the dog with water, applying a cold towel to the animal’s head and chest, or immersing ......

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TAGGING AQUATIC ANIMALS CAN DISRUPT NATURAL BEHAVIOR

June 22, 2016 @ 6:30 AM

Researchers have quantified the energy cost to aquatic animals when they carry satellite tags, video cameras and other research instruments.

Studying fiberglass casts of sea turtles in a wind tunnel, scientists found that while most commercially available tags increased drag by less than five percent for large adult animals in the wild, these same devices increased drag by more than 100 percent on smaller or juvenile animals.

"Many marine animals make yearlong breeding migrations crossing entire oceans, while others may rely on high speeds and acceleration - enabling them to catch prey or to escape predators," says T. Todd Jones, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Islands Fisheries .........

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PET THEFT

June 21, 2016 @ 10:56 PM

Some 5 million family companion animals are reported missing annually. Based on "pet theft" reports, it is conservatively estimated that approximately 1.5 to 2 million of these missing companion animals are taken forcibly, or by deception, through so-called "Free to Good Home" ads.

Dogs and cats are sold to many different clients for many uses, including dog-fighting rings as fighters or as bait, to puppy mills for breeding, as meat for human consumption, as prey for exotic animals, as fur for clothing or accessories, as protective guard dogs, or for cult rituals. However, the most consistent and highest-paying client is often the research industry. Hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs are used as laboratory ......

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FINDING DORY COULD THREATEN FISH

June 20, 2016 @ 7:30 AM

In advance of the release of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory, animal protection and conservation groups are urging consumers not to buy fish like Dory, a blue tang, or other fish as “pets”. Fish have complex needs that cannot be replicated in aquariums, resulting in inhumane imprisonment and high mortality rates.

Most saltwater fish offered for sale for aquariums are captured in the wild and taken primarily from coral reefs in the Philippines and Indonesia, often using cyanide that kills coral and other animals.

While awareness may be raised about marine species through Finding Dory, animal activists worry it could create a sharp increase in demand of blue tangs that could have severe impacts on the species. Finding Dory is .........

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NORWAY NOW LEADING WHALING NATION

June 19, 2016 @ 9:31 AM

Norway is now the world’s leading whaling nation, killing more whales in the past two years than Japan and Iceland combined. A new report calls on the international community to respond to Norway’s systematic efforts to weaken management rules and improve market conditions for its whalers.

Frozen in Time: How Modern Norway Clings to Its Whaling Past, produced by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), OceanCare and Pro-Wildlife, details Norway’s undermining of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ban on commercial whaling and exposes the growth of its overseas trade in whale products. These shipments – some of which have transited European ports en route to Japan – play a key role in sustaining the Norwegian.........

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FIRST DOLPHIN SANCTUARY IN NORTH AMERICA

June 17, 2016 @ 2:52 PM

The National Aquarium has announced that it will build a sanctuary for its Atlantic bottlenose dolphins by the end of 2020. The sanctuary would be the first of its kind in North America and will provide the dolphins with a protected, seaside habitat, creating a new option for how dolphins can thrive in human care. 

“We now know more about dolphins and their care, and we believe that the National Aquarium is uniquely positioned to use that knowledge to implement positive change,” said John Racanelli, chief executive officer of the National Aquarium. “This is the right time to move forward with the dolphin sanctuary.”

The National Aquarium and its board of directors began exploring new ways to care for the .........

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11 MILLION SIGNATURES TO END CHINA YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL

June 15, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

Chinese and international animal campaigners gathered outside the Yulin government office in Beijing to present the largest ever petition to end China’s annual Yulin dog meat festival. 

Over 11 million signatures were collected on the petition from from RaiseURPaw, Duo Duo Project, Care2, Avaaz, Humane Society International, VShine and Beijing Mothers Against Animal Cruelty.

More than 10 million dogs are killed every year across China for their meat, with thousands set to die for the annual dog meat festival in Yulin. Most of the dogs are stolen companion animals and strays grabbed from the streets, still wearing their collars when they reach the slaughterhouse where they are typically beaten to death. Most people in China do .........

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