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.

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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 .........

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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, .........

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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 ......

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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

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SLED DOGS: THE COLD TRUTH

March 13, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

“The Last Great Race”, Alaska’s Iditarod, is one of the largest financial pillars in the northern community and is a tradition well loved by mushers and spectators alike. Thousands of tourists flock each year to watch as teams of sled dogs run over a thousand miles across Mother Nature’s harshest landscape. Sled Dogs is the first documentary to look at what happens at sled dog operations and the Iditarod once the tourists go home.

Picture yourself flying along a frozen, winding trail surrounded by wild boreal forests with only the whisper of sled runners beneath you and a howling pack of dogs to break the solitude. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why year after year thousands of tourists flock to .........

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SHARE YOUR PROPERTY WITH ANIMALS

March 11, 2017 @ 9:24 AM

Despite ever shrinking green space, the animals that share the Earth with us are trying to survive. Our homes, offices and shopping centers were developed on what was once forest and fields. Chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, possums, skunks, raccoons, ground hogs and deer are not the invaders. We are. Please remember this when these displaced animals forage for food on your property or try to find places to bear and rear their young.

With education and raised awareness, more and more people are choosing the enlightened and compassionate way to protect their homes and gardens from unwanted animal visitors. There are many humane alternatives to killing. Simple commonsense and prevention are the best forms of animal control.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PUPPY MILLS

March 7, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

Few people can resist looking in the pet shop window to see what cute puppies and kittens might be inside. But a closer look into how pet shops obtain animals reveals a system in which the high price paid for "that doggie in the window" pales in comparison to the cost paid by the animals themselves. The vast majority of dogs sold in pet shops, up to half a million 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.

Puppy mill kennels usually consist of small wood and wire-mesh cages, or even empty crates or trailer cabs, all kept ......

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WE MUST STOP THE RHINO HORN TRADE

March 4, 2017 @ 8:17 AM

The rhino is one of the largest and most powerful animals on earth, and one of the most ancient. Its origins can be traced back 50 million years when it was know as Paraceratherium, the giant rhinoceros. This monstrous creature weighed nearly 20 tons and roamed the grasslands that ranged from Europe to China. It survived the ravages of the Ice Age, migrated continents, fought against predatory adversaries like the crocodile and prehistoric hyenas, and evolved into what we know as the present day rhinoceros. Human hunting and unstable conditions of habitat have reduced this majestic animal, that once roamed half the earth, to just five broad species found only in pockets of Asia and Africa.

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PANGOLINS ARE THE MOST TRAFFICKED MAMMALS

March 2, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

Most people have never heard of pangolins. Yet around the globe they are facing an unprecedented crisis. The pangolin is one of the most sought-after and poached wild animals in the world. Nearly one million have been illegally traded over the past decade.

Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are nocturnal, ant and termite eating mammals found in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa whose bodies are covered with overlapping scales made of keratin, the same protein that forms human hair and finger nails, and rhino horn.

There are eight pangolin species worldwide. Four of the species can be found in 17 range states across Asia, and four in 31 range states across Africa. Pangolins occupy a diverse array of habitats; some are ......

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