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  • Hard-headed approach frees kangaroo with head stuck in watering can – video

    Animal welfare | The Guardian
    Guardian staff
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Can-do attitude of onlookers in South Australia helps liberate two-metre red kangaroo that became snared by a steel watering canA kangaroo on South Australia’s Eyre peninsula was certainly looking in the right place for a drink but ended up in trouble when it got its head stuck in a watering can.The two-metre tall male red kangaroo, who was clearly distressed, was found near the Coffin Bay golf course. Onlookers began to look for ways to free it when the marsupial appeared unable to dislodge the can by itself. Continue reading...
  • Incredible recovery of Jordan the dog who had his leg cut off and was dumped in a river

    Animal Blog
    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Daily Mail: A dog who had his leg brutally cut off and was left for dead in a canal basin has made a remarkable recovery thanks to a dedicated team of vets…
  • The Other Guys Seeking Rhino Horns and Elephant Tusks

    A Humane Nation
    Wayne Pacelle
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    There are only 4,880 black rhinos left in the world, and they are critically endangered. Photo by Bob Koons/The HSUSYesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife made two important announcements about trophy hunting. The good news is that the Service extended a ban on imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, where an autocratic ruler has made a mess of the resource-rich nation’s wildlife management program. Extending the ban is the right move, not only because the wildlife programs of several nations with elephants are weak, but also because of the larger poaching crisis that…
  • Thin places

    Felis Catus
    Angela
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    The ancient Celts spoke fondly of “thin places.” They weren’t talking about Planet Fitness, your wallet, or the top of Ben Kingsley’s head. Divya knows exactly what they were talking about. “What holiness breaks out yonder window?” Thin places, as defined by those sage old saints in their cowls and cloaks, could erupt anywhere (including, I suppose, Planet Fitness). The thing that made thin places thin was just this: a sudden, startling proximity to heaven. In a thin place, the distance between earth and eternity gets small. The veil between…
  • Beware of Idea Segregation

    This Bitch Craves Attention: Animal Welfare in Los Angeles
    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Courtesy Google imagesThe article describing proposed California legislation, "The Sodomite Suppression Act", submitted by an attorney which mandates that all gay people be shot in the head, was sent to me by someone who demanded that I say something and would not stop yelling until I agreed to do so. Why me? Because your spcaLA has been protecting vulnerable classes - children, women and animals since 1877, and my personal and professional paths have frequently placed me between a bully and a victim.What can I say about this proposed law?  We are devolving into a society of ideologues,…
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  • The Other Guys Seeking Rhino Horns and Elephant Tusks

    Wayne Pacelle
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    There are only 4,880 black rhinos left in the world, and they are critically endangered. Photo by Bob Koons/The HSUSYesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife made two important announcements about trophy hunting. The good news is that the Service extended a ban on imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, where an autocratic ruler has made a mess of the resource-rich nation’s wildlife management program. Extending the ban is the right move, not only because the wildlife programs of several nations with elephants are weak, but also because of the larger poaching crisis that…
  • Federal Anti-Cruelty Law Stands

    Wayne Pacelle
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    The Supreme Court action this week affirms the role of the federal government in stopping the sale of despicable crush videos that show stomping, impaling, and other gruesome means of killing animals. Photo by iStockphotoWithout much of anybody but The HSUS and the participants in the case noticing, we gained a major victory this week in our decades-long quest to assert and defend the federal government’s right to crack down on animal abuse. The U.S. Supreme Court elected not to hear an appeal of a federal appellate court ruling upholding a key federal anti-cruelty law. The Supreme Court…
  • American Sniper – Humane Society style

    Wayne Pacelle
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Deer feeders such as the one pictured here spray whole corn to attract the deer. Our team shoots each female deer with a dart from a projector gun like the one held by my colleague Josh Irving (above). The dart immobilizes the deer for a brief period during which the contraceptive is administered. Photo by Stephanie Boyles GriffinToday, I am in Hastings-on-Hudson, a bedroom community about a half hour north of New York City, on a deer hunt. The weapon of choice is a dart gun, and it’s one of the key tools in our collaborative experiment  with the town to vaccinate Hastings-on-Hudson’s…
  • Cutting off Markets, Not Fins

    Wayne Pacelle
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    It is estimated between 26 and 73 million sharks are killed every year for their fins. Photo by EastShark finning, as is customarily done, requires that a fishermen haul a shark from the ocean, slice its fin off, and then throw the rest of the shark – often still alive – back into the ocean. This leaves the shark not only with gaping, mortal wounds, but also with no ability to swim. The creature is doomed, and the death a lingering one. It is estimated that fishermen kill between 26 and 73 million sharks every year for their fins, which are the central ingredient in shark fin soup. This…
  • The Sparrow Fund – A Lifeline for Those in Greatest Need

    Wayne Pacelle
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The Sparrow Fund exists to help animals in need, like Phoenix, a five-month-old husky puppy who was found on fire in a dumpster. Clayton Van Wert was throwing out trash at a dump site on the edge of the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota last month when he heard whimpering and banging coming from a burning dumpster nearby. “I looked in and I could see this figure of a dog that was coming through the flames,” said Van Wert. He reached into the flames and pulled the still kicking puppy, a 5-month-old husky mix, out of the ashes. “All of his fur that was stuck to his body resembled a…
 
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  • Thin places

    Angela
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    The ancient Celts spoke fondly of “thin places.” They weren’t talking about Planet Fitness, your wallet, or the top of Ben Kingsley’s head. Divya knows exactly what they were talking about. “What holiness breaks out yonder window?” Thin places, as defined by those sage old saints in their cowls and cloaks, could erupt anywhere (including, I suppose, Planet Fitness). The thing that made thin places thin was just this: a sudden, startling proximity to heaven. In a thin place, the distance between earth and eternity gets small. The veil between…
  • Blazing blues

    Angela
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    I thought I knew about the blues. I thought I wasn’t wild about the blues. Now I think I was a dunderhead. The late, great Drizzle, Tabby’s Place alumna with the saddest face and most ebullient energy, ever. Based solely on a vile ex-boyfriend’s musical taste and the blues scene from Adventures in Babysitting,* I thought the blues were always essentially this: Since mah dadduh left me And mah mammuh left me And walruses stole mah shoes And Zayn left One Direction Mah life is sad sad doody Ohhhh yeahhhhhhh (OK, actually that was an awesome song right there. But I digress.) I…
  • The town with Piddy

    Angela
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:10 pm
    It is important, before you read any further, that you know a true fact. Brace yourselves. OK, here goes. It isn’t very pretty what a town without pity can do. “Once my dreams were full of stars…dare I dream again?” But, kittens, as terrifying as that town may be, there’s a land unlovelier by far. That would be the town without Piddy. T’wasn’t long ago that our noble nest of Ringoes, NJ was that very town. We’d never met — nay, never even heard of — a cat named Piddy. Unbeknownst to us, a nearby town was home to this…
  • Jersey on her Georgian mind

    Angela
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    When Big Things happen, they happen quickly. One morning you’re a paragraph away from finishing the Great American Novel, but it may as well be ten thousand tomes of invisible ink. The next, epiphany hits and you’ve got yourself a magnum opus. One night you’re watching Miami Vice reruns and eating Funyuns in your holey sweatpants. The next, you’re on the last first date you’ll ever have. One drizzly day, you’re a stray seventeen-year-old cat, many miles and dreams from when you first began. The next, a microchip leads you all the way home…from Georgia…
  • Old enough to begin again

    Angela
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    People may have told you that you’re too old to learn the accordion. People may have pooh-poohed your plans to tame an old feral cat. “It’s too late,” people say. “That ship has sailed,” people say. People say a lot of things. Age + wisdom = deeeeep thoughts. The Tabby’s Place cats say, “Bollocks.” And also, “Your ship will sit in the harbor until your time comes. And, baby, it’s coming.” No cats say such things louder than Henrietta. This may not be immediately apparent. “Loud” is not the first word folks…
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    This Bitch Craves Attention: Animal Welfare in Los Angeles

  • Beware of Idea Segregation

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Courtesy Google imagesThe article describing proposed California legislation, "The Sodomite Suppression Act", submitted by an attorney which mandates that all gay people be shot in the head, was sent to me by someone who demanded that I say something and would not stop yelling until I agreed to do so. Why me? Because your spcaLA has been protecting vulnerable classes - children, women and animals since 1877, and my personal and professional paths have frequently placed me between a bully and a victim.What can I say about this proposed law?  We are devolving into a society of ideologues,…
  • Ringling Bros. Failed to Train the Public to Come to the Show

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Courtesy Google ImagesRingling Bros. announced that they are phasing out elephant acts by 2018, Their parent company Feld Entertainment cited public concern for the welfare of elephants and this;"...  certain cities and counties have passed "anti-circus" and "anti-elephant" ordinances. The company's three shows visit 115 cities throughout the year, and Feld said it's expensive to fight legislation in each jurisdiction. It's also difficult to plan tours amid constantly changing regulations.." (President Kenneth Feld)We should take note that constant vigilance, intelligent…
  • Animal People Are Not Humorless

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Courtesy Google ImagesThere was a great rage and fuss raised over a GoDaddy Super Bowl ad involving the selling of a puppy on line. GoDaddy responded by pulling the ad and assuring the public that the dog was adopted by a member of the GoDaddy team.What disturbed me was the other reaction by the public that animal people are humorless.I can say that is not true of me and most of my colleagues. It is my undying belief that, unless there is actual harm or criminal activity, everyone has a right to be offensive, write stupid copy and voice their opinions. We have the power to not watch, not buy…
  • The City of Los Angeles considering Increasing Cat Pet Limits and Permitting Clowders

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    The City of Los Angeles is thinking of raising its cat limit law from 3 to 20+ cats per household. The proposal suggests that if a person owns 1 to 3 cats, the cats may be indoor or outdoor, but outdoor only if altered. Additional cats, or the cats in a registered private “clowder”, must be kept indoors with no requirement for sterilization. It is possible for even more cats to be kept, if those cats are foster cats rather than owned. What could possibly go wrong here?The proposal in its current form is poorly constructed. It allows owned cats to roam at their peril or potentially end up…
  • Donate Smart-Donate Locally

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    As we again come upon the busiest fund-raising season of the year I, urge you to know your charities and to donate locally. It is not a coincidence that amid a frenzy of holiday solicitations, predators claiming to be victims and fake organizations, try to capitalize on the “season of giving”. Additionally, real organizations can also mislead donors, omit material facts, and/or create a deliberate misimpression regarding the tax-deductibility and use of your gifts. So – fake charities, real charities asserting fake claims, and pretend victims with fake needs, though operating all…
 
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    Animal welfare | The Guardian

  • Our pets are getting too fat. As I found out, indulging them can have serious consequences | Laura Barton

    Laura Barton
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    My cat got diabetes because her diet was unhealthy and I overfed her. I’ve learned my lessonThis week, the animal charity PDSA warned about the growing number of obese pets in Britain: 80% of veterinary professionals reported seeing a rise in overweight cats, dogs, rodents and rabbits brought into their surgeries over the past two years. About one in three dogs, one in four cats and one in four rabbits weigh more than they ought to. As a result, weight-related illnesses are also on the rise: heart disease, arthritis, certain types of cancer and, yes, diabetes among them. Just like us, our…
  • Australian zoos condemn animal abuses but won't quit global organisation

    Oliver Milman
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    ‘We need to be in the tent rather than out of it,’ Perth zoo boss says when asked why tougher action has not been taken against rogue zoosAustralian zoos have spoken out against the animal abuses in zoos around the world that were exposed this week but have ruled out quitting the world’s top zoos body, which has failed to act upon the ill treatment.The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is being taken to court by an Australian conservation group for its alleged complicity in the infamous dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, Guardian Australia revealed this week. Continue reading...
  • Hard-headed approach frees kangaroo with head stuck in watering can – video

    Guardian staff
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Can-do attitude of onlookers in South Australia helps liberate two-metre red kangaroo that became snared by a steel watering canA kangaroo on South Australia’s Eyre peninsula was certainly looking in the right place for a drink but ended up in trouble when it got its head stuck in a watering can.The two-metre tall male red kangaroo, who was clearly distressed, was found near the Coffin Bay golf course. Onlookers began to look for ways to free it when the marsupial appeared unable to dislodge the can by itself. Continue reading...
  • World's peak zoo body accused of inaction over animal abuse – video

    Guardian Staff
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Waza) has been accused of doing little in response to widespread ill treatment of animals in its member zoos. Animal welfare groups say there have been dozens of instances of abuse and unsuitable conditions in recent years, claiming that Waza hasn't expelled or condemned zoos that break its code of ethics. Waza insists it takes 'reputable' complaints 'very seriously' Continue reading...
  • World's leading zoo association accused of overlooking horrific cruelty

    Oliver Milman
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Zoos belonging to World Association of Zoos and Aquariums filmed allowing shocking mistreatment of elephants, dolphins, lions, bears, penguins and whalesDozens of examples of harrowing cruelty towards animals in zoos have been overlooked by the world’s top zoo organisation, animal welfare groups have alleged.Zoos belonging to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Waza) have been filmed over the past five years making animals perform dangerous tricks, confining them to inadequate premises and beating them, contrary to Waza’s code of ethics, which demands the “highest standard of…
 
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  • Tiger Loopholes Put People and Animals at Risk

    Michael Markarian
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Michael Markarian — Our thanks to Michael Markarian for permission to republish this post, which originally appeared on his blog Animals & Politics on March 20,2015. There is a crisis with captive tigers across the nation, and the Obama administration must do something about it. By some estimates there are more tigers living in […]
  • Action Alert from the National Anti-Vivisection Society

    National Anti-Vivisection Society
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    This week, Take Action Thursday urges action on new federal legislation and state efforts to end the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in animal feed.
  • Cyclone Pam Update: Vanuatu Needs Your Help

    World Animal Protection
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The young mother and her puppies pictured told a familiar story. With no food available she has been unable to feed her puppies, who were so hungry they tried to nurse off our team's fingers. We were able to feed the young family and give them a chance of survival in desperate times.
  • Humane Education and the Future of Compassion

    Animal Legal Defense Fund
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF staff writer — Our thanks to the Animal Legal Defense Fund for permission to republish this post, which originally appeared on the ALDF Blog on March 19, 2015. Humane education is one way the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the […]
  • It’s Meatout Day!

    AFA Editorial Staff
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    Today, March 20, 2015, FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement) sponsors its annual Meatout. Meatout is the world’s largest and longest-running grassroots diet education campaign, established in 1985 by FARM, a national nonprofit organization advocating the end of using animals for food. During Meatout, celebrated in all 50 states and several countries, thousands of people hold […]
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    Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics

  • Big Ag’s Power Grab in the Grand Canyon State

    Michael Markarian
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Factory farming profiteers know that consumers and voters care about animal welfare, and they increasingly try to dress up their activities and business models as having the best interests of animals in mind. The HSUS They talk about gestation crates keeping pigs safe from each other—of course, if you lived your life in a closet you’d never get hit by a car, but it wouldn’t be much of a life. They introduce “ag-gag” bills requiring anyone who documents or records animal abuse to turn such evidence over to authorities immediately. It sounds good at first blush, but in practice it…
  • Tiger Loopholes Put People and Animals at Risk

    Michael Markarian
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    There is a crisis with captive tigers across the nation, and the Obama administration must do something about it. By some estimates there are more tigers living in the United States today than there are remaining in the wild in Asia, because of federal loopholes that encourage reckless overbreeding and public handling of the animals. These tigers are kept in inhumane conditions at shoddy roadside zoos, are funneled into the exotic pet trade, and even dragged to shopping malls and fairs for photo ops. Tigers are kept in inhumane conditions at shoddy roadside zoos, and are funneled into the…
  • PAWS Act Would Protect Pets in Abusive Homes

    Michael Markarian
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    Earlier this week, U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) reintroduced a critical piece of legislation to help domestic violence victims and their beloved pets. The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, H.R. 1258, would amend the Violence Against Women Act to extend existing federal domestic violence protections to four-legged family members. Only three percent of domestic violence shelters nationwide currently allow pets. Just like many pet owners stayed behind during Hurricane Katrina and put themselves at risk because they couldn’t bring their pets with them,…
  • Lawmakers Howl for Problem Solving on Wolf Protection

    Michael Markarian
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    While some members of Congress continue to demagogue the wolf issue, calling for the complete removal of federal protections and a return to overreaching and reckless state management plans that resulted in sport hunting, trapping, and hounding of hundreds of wolves, 79 of their colleagues in the House of Representatives yesterday urged a more reasonable and constructive approach. Led by House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the 79 House members sent a letter to…
  • The Little Engine That Could Carry Pets

    Michael Markarian
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The first animal protection bill of the 114th Congress is on track and leaving the station. I wrote last month about the introduction of the Pets on Trains Act, H.R. 674, by Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and the practical impact this reasonable legislation would have on the lives of many pets and their families, especially in regions of the country where train travel is the most affordable or most convenient option. Today I’m pleased to report that the House of Representatives took up and passed a larger bill to reauthorize passenger…
 
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  • The Data’s In: ASPCA’s Charlotte Partners Crowned Lifesavers in 2014!

    ASPCApro Blog
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Thursday, March 26 2015The Queen City royally rocked 2014, according to recent statistics gathered by the ASPCA’s Data Team. After just one year with the ASPCA Partnership program, Humane Society of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care and Control have seen many positive measurable and sustainable changes from 2013 to 2014, including the following: 13.2 percentage point increase in Live Release Rate over 2013 12% decrease in intake 52% increase in cats and dogs returned to their owners by ACOs in the field, avoiding the need to be taken to the shelter  9…
  • Who Needs Shelter and Who Just Needs a Helping Hand?

    emilyw
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Thursday, March 26 2015Dr. Emily Weiss shows how sometimes the best way to offer shelter to an animal is not to shelter him. The definition of the word shelter is “a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger.” In verb form, it’s “to protect or shield from something harmful…” While there are a multitude of missions that brick-and-mortar animal shelters are working toward, most include some philosophical bend of the definition of shelter. What I have found to be muddy is the determination of danger – which should then help drive us to know who truly needs to…
  • Facebook Basics: Staff’s Choice

    ASPCApro Blog
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Wednesday, March 25 2015Go ahead – play favorites! When it comes to a personal recommendation for an awesome pet, who’s more in the know than a shelter employee or volunteer? That’s why it’s smart to feature “staff choice” or “volunteer pick” types of posts on your social channels. Your team will love the chance to brag about the animals who have won their hearts, and potential adopters get to learn about the animals from the very people who work – and play! – with them day-to-day. Make a graphic Here’s a great visual from Calgary Humane Society. The words “Staff…
  • So, Can Your Staff Do This?

    bertt
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Monday, March 23 2015This month marks the 5th anniversary of the ASPCApro Blog—so in celebration we've been rediscovering some classic posts on some of our favorite topics. Here, Bert Troughton shares the brilliant solution that one shelter staffer came up with when a family brought in a lost dog… Originally published January 21, 2014 Last week somebody in Miami found a lost dog. The family liked the dog and they were interested in keeping the dog, but they also recognized that somebody might be looking for her, so they took her to Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS). So far, there’s…
  • Tip of the Week: Get It On the Calendar!

    ASPCApro Blog
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:26 am
    Monday, March 23 2015Time to make social media content planning part of your regular editorial strategy! Whether you’d like to highlight a star volunteer weekly or feature a pet for adoption daily, organizing the variety and frequency of your posts will make your plan feel more doable. SPCA of Texas drives content for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using Google Calendar, which is easily viewed on multiple platforms across different networks. “It helps us tailor our communications so our entire team can step in to keep our social channels running in the event of an absence,” says…
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