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    This Bitch Craves Attention: Animal Welfare in Los Angeles
    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    Courtesy google imagesLike most "sport" hunting and canned hunts, there is no "sport" or real bravery in bullfighting. The bull is weakened, confined, repeatedly stabbed (causing great blood loss) by a group of picadors, and practically dead before the matador even enters the arena to finish the job. The matador dances around and essentially kills the pre-killed blood soaked bull. It is not about sport or bravery but show business and bloodlust as evidenced by the fact that there is a premium on fights involving white bulls as blood shows up better on their skin. After all, the color of the…
  • The Killing of Cecil and Other Fronts in the War on Predators

    A Humane Nation
    Wayne Pacelle
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Yesterday New Mexico game commissioners approved a plan to allow the snaring of cougars on nine million acres of state trust lands. What’s the most dangerous predator in the world?  The polar bear, or the great white shark, or the Siberian tiger? Not one of them comes close to the track record of homo sapiens as predator. We kill other carnivores at a more intense and severe rate than any predator kills their top prey within any ecosystem, according to a new study in the journal Science. Carnivore protection and conservation was not even a subject of discussion until the later part of the…
  • Heirloom hopes

    Felis Catus
    Angela
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    If you want to be with it, go little and local. Local produce. Local economy. Local artists. Think global, act local, be hipstery in the happiest ways. Lucky you: Tabby’s Place has a bumper crop of artisinal organic heirloom cats. Skylar, sister (genetically and adoptive-ly) of Marie, pictured in thumbnail, loving life in her forever sunroom. All photos courtesy of their respective AwesomeAdopters. Even if it weren’t de rigeur, local would be a good idea. We dream widely and wildly, but we can only put one foot in front of the other on the dust of the earth. Our hopes can be huge,…
  • In the echo of Cecil's final roar

    This Bitch Craves Attention: Animal Welfare in Los Angeles
    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Aaron Blaise's (Lion King animator ) tribute to Cecil the lion, who was killed recently.The utter tragedy of Cecil’s’ death notwithstanding, interesting things have resulted. Air lines have announced a refusal to ship such animal trophies from Africa. The list includes JetBlue, CargoJet, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Comair, Delta Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airways, Etihad, IAG Cargo, Iberia Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin…
  • Dallas Animal Services wins No Place Like Home Award from Best Friends Animal Society

    DFW Animal Rescue
    Rebecca Poling
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    Dallas Animal Services was the municipal shelter singled out for the No Place Like Home Award by Best Friends Animal Societya®, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Dallas Animal Services is an active partner in Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets® Network* which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities. Each year Best Friends works with its partners to produce successful adoption promotions that shine the spotlight on the…
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    A Humane Nation

  • The Killing of Cecil and Other Fronts in the War on Predators

    Wayne Pacelle
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Yesterday New Mexico game commissioners approved a plan to allow the snaring of cougars on nine million acres of state trust lands. What’s the most dangerous predator in the world?  The polar bear, or the great white shark, or the Siberian tiger? Not one of them comes close to the track record of homo sapiens as predator. We kill other carnivores at a more intense and severe rate than any predator kills their top prey within any ecosystem, according to a new study in the journal Science. Carnivore protection and conservation was not even a subject of discussion until the later part of the…
  • Horse Soring Exposed: Results Show 100 percent of Samples at Major Stable Test Positive for Illegal Substances

    Wayne Pacelle
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:37 pm
    ThorSport's denial that there is any soring going on at its barns is like a crack dealer denying possession or sale of cocaine when there are 75 pieces of evidence at his home. Photo by The HSUSTwo days ago I announced on A Humane Nation our latest undercover investigation – this one, providing incontrovertible proof that a major stable in Murfreesboro, Tenn., called ThorSport Farm, is knee-deep in the practice of horse “soring” –  the deliberate injuring of horses’ legs and hooves by chemical or mechanical means. We’ve been campaigning aggressively against soring ever since…
  • Farmers, Corporations, States Move Toward Cage-Free Future

    Wayne Pacelle
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Smart businessmen and farmers know that the future of egg production is outside of cages. Photo by iStockphotoLast week, I announced that The HSUS, the Massachusetts SPCA, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the ASPCA, Zoo New England, and a number of other prominent organizations have launched a ballot initiative in the Bay State to stop extreme confinement of laying hens, breeding sows, and veal calves, and to ensure that any shell eggs or whole, uncooked cuts of pork or veal sold in the state do not come from extreme confinement either. It’s part of our move to end the era of extreme…
  • New HSUS Investigation Exposes Soring, Abuse of Walking Horses at Top Tennessee Stable

    Wayne Pacelle
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    In one instance recorded by our investigator, a horse named Play Something Country (above) lay down in his stall groaning in pain, 40 minutes after a chemical substance had been applied to his front legs, which were then wrapped tightly with materials to enhance the pain and to sear the animal’s skin. Photo by The HSUSMoments ago, I announced at a press conference the findings of the latest HSUS undercover investigation documenting horrific abuse of Tennessee walking horses, with major trainers caught red-handed hurting horses and prepping animals for the breed’s upcoming National…
  • The HSUS, Police Break Up Dogfight Attended by Hundreds in South Carolina

    Wayne Pacelle
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states, but in South Carolina, spectators only face a misdemeanor charge for the first and second offenses. Above, a rescue from another dogfight. Photo by Julie Busch Branaman/For The HSUSIn a dramatic action, The HSUS was on the scene yesterday in Chester County, South Carolina, assisting local authorities in breaking up a massive dogfight—an event that Chris Schindler, animal fighting manager at The HSUS, described as being “likely one of the largest if not the largest dogfights ever taken down.” Using intelligence provided by The HSUS, officers of…
 
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    Felis Catus

  • Heirloom hopes

    Angela
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    If you want to be with it, go little and local. Local produce. Local economy. Local artists. Think global, act local, be hipstery in the happiest ways. Lucky you: Tabby’s Place has a bumper crop of artisinal organic heirloom cats. Skylar, sister (genetically and adoptive-ly) of Marie, pictured in thumbnail, loving life in her forever sunroom. All photos courtesy of their respective AwesomeAdopters. Even if it weren’t de rigeur, local would be a good idea. We dream widely and wildly, but we can only put one foot in front of the other on the dust of the earth. Our hopes can be huge,…
  • Fireballing towards fall

    Angela
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    It happens every August. No sooner does the Fireball come down, than my spirits swoop. Fortunately this year, there’s another sort of white-hot flame. Behold the Fireball. Each August, Tabby’s Place’s grand metropolis city town speck-on-the-map of Ringoes, NJ hosts the Hunterdon County Fair. This is wonderful for many reasons (fancy chickens, prize cucumbers, Big Fat Daddy’s BBQ), but none more than the Fireball. I have never ridden the Fireball. Come to think of it, I go to the fair every year, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody ride the Fireball.
  • Guest post: That’s so Nora

    Angela
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    A lot can change when you’re little. A lot can change when you’re learning. But far more than a lot will change when you’re loved. June 19 – Posing nicely at Pat’s feet So it is with Sonora. Or, to be more precise, Nora nee Sonora. Take it from her papa, wonder-volunteer John M.: “It’s been a few months since you’ve had a update on our little girl, who came home with us April 4. As she approaches her 1st birthday, Nora’s health has been very good. She hasn’t had an URI since the first few weeks, and after arriving at Tabby’s…
  • Forever Loved: Bonnie

    Angela
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    We were just talking about Bonnie. We were just saying, “She looks good! I mean, she looks terrible, but she still looks good. Bright eyes, bright spark, still eating, still beautiful.” Always beautiful. Always loved. But, as of this afternoon, no longer within our grasp. Bonnie watching, waiting, seeing beyond our sight. We’d been spoiled with Bonnie, really. We had no business expecting her to keep living, no business expecting a terminal diagnosis to trail off, no business taking her for granted. But that’s what you do when life keeps winning, keeps beating back the…
  • Changing of the ‘Garde

    Angela
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Funny thing about change: it happens. You can leave the place you’re at, but a change of scenery will change you. You can stay absolutely still, but the same old setting will keep shifting. And, if you’re Hildegarde, you can be a cat the size of a monument, but change will make you feel very, very small.Hildegarde must have felt like she swallowed the wrong cake from Alice in Wonderland this summer. One day, Hilde was living large as the great, big, glorious companion to a doting human in a happy home. The next, the human was stolen by death; the home was a closed door; and Hilde…
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    This Bitch Craves Attention: Animal Welfare in Los Angeles

  • In the echo of Cecil's final roar

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Aaron Blaise's (Lion King animator ) tribute to Cecil the lion, who was killed recently.The utter tragedy of Cecil’s’ death notwithstanding, interesting things have resulted. Air lines have announced a refusal to ship such animal trophies from Africa. The list includes JetBlue, CargoJet, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Comair, Delta Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airways, Etihad, IAG Cargo, Iberia Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin…
  • Cecil the Lion

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Cecil, a beloved lion, known by all for his black mane was lured out of his protected habitat in a Zimbabwean national park by a Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer, and his guides, and killed. Not just killed - but shot with a bow and arrow and left in pain for 40 hours until put out of his misery via gunshot. courtesy google imagesThe fact that Cecil was used to tourists and trusted them to some extent, relegates this heinous act to that akin to those characteristic of a canned hunt, which is not even considered a sport by other sport hunters, and an act of extreme cowardice and…
  • Charges Filed Against Holiday Humane Society Fake Veterinarian

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has brought charges against Hector Antonio Menjivar, of Holiday Humane Society, for allegedly posing as a veterinarian and operating an unlicensed after-hours veterinary clinic in Van Nuys. The amount of pain and suffering caused to the pets and their human companions is unimaginable. It is particularly despicable, if Mr. Menjivar was using the humane society as a shield to deflect suspicion. My heart goes out to those pets and families who were caused pain by this organization and urge anyone else who may have so been harmed to contact the…
  • My first haiku - maybe!

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    After a weekend of watching too many news shows - the following haiku came to mind:Self deport, Self heal, Self fund - SelfishOnce so declared, government and charities can just pack up, and I can go back to watching television.
  • Bull!

    Madeline Bernstein-spcaLA President
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    Courtesy google imagesLike most "sport" hunting and canned hunts, there is no "sport" or real bravery in bullfighting. The bull is weakened, confined, repeatedly stabbed (causing great blood loss) by a group of picadors, and practically dead before the matador even enters the arena to finish the job. The matador dances around and essentially kills the pre-killed blood soaked bull. It is not about sport or bravery but show business and bloodlust as evidenced by the fact that there is a premium on fights involving white bulls as blood shows up better on their skin. After all, the color of the…
 
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    DFW Animal Rescue

  • Dallas Animal Services wins No Place Like Home Award from Best Friends Animal Society

    Rebecca Poling
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    Dallas Animal Services was the municipal shelter singled out for the No Place Like Home Award by Best Friends Animal Societya®, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Dallas Animal Services is an active partner in Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets® Network* which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities. Each year Best Friends works with its partners to produce successful adoption promotions that shine the spotlight on the…
  • Register now for THLN Animal Advocacy Conference

    Rebecca Poling
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    The 7th annual THLN animal advocacy conference is a must for any animal advocate. The event will be held September 18-20 at the Omni Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Colinas. According to the website, this year’s workshop sessions will cover animal legislation updates at the state and federal levels as well as important “how-to” tips for grassroots activism and garnering media attention for animal welfare causes. Panel discussions will focus on shelter pets, horses, and the importance of uniting animal welfare groups for the good of the animals. I see the keynote speaker is my…
  • Want to Help Animals in Disasters?

    Rebecca Poling
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    Get your training now. Before you need it.  RedRover is bringing their responders workshop to North Texas September 26th. RedRover Responders work in cooperation with law enforcement, local agencies, and animal organizations to shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures, puppy mills and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada. RedRover volunteers have responded to a number of disasters in Texas, from puppy mill seizures in Kaufman County to flooding in South Texas. It is an invaluable experience, but not one to be taken…
  • “The State of Sheltering” – the truth about No Kill

    Rebecca Poling
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    A recent article in Fort Worth Magazine eloquently points out the implications of the no-kill movement while dispelling some of the misconceptions the public has about the movement.  It’s about time. And not unexpectedly, the comments include the requisite personal attacks on the author that are so ingrained in the no kill movement. <smh> It’s worth a read, no matter what side you’re on. Congrats to the author for an excellent article and the magazine for having the guts to print it. The State of Sheltering.  
  • Back to work: Why a 501c3 Matters

    Rebecca Poling
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Time to get back to writing. I’ve been preoccupied lately, but now it’s time to gt back in the groove, so here goes! Why do shelters only allow 501c3 organizations to pull animals? A 501c3 doesn’t prove a group is any better or more legit than individual rescuers or anyone else, right?  That’s true, but think for a moment about the importance of funding to a 501c3. There isn’t much of anything more important, is there, especially in the costly world of animal rescue?  So consider this: 501c3s are the only ones who can take tax deductible donations from the…
 
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    Animal welfare | The Guardian

  • Ohio school's live tiger cub tradition scrutinized by state and animal groups

    Mahita Gajanan and agencies
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    Live tiger mascot ‘Obie’ appeared at football season-opener despite questionable compliance with state regulations on exotic animals and concerns over welfareAn Ohio high school on Thursday presented a live tiger cub at a football game, despite reportedly being unable to prove it had met state regulations on the keeping of exotic animals, amid protests from animal rights campaigners.The booster club for the Washington high school Tigers in Massillon typically leases a tiger cub each year to be “Obie”, the mascot for the football team. Continue reading...
  • Badger cull extended to Dorset

    Emma Howard
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Third region in England gets a go-ahead despite protests and controversial results of pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset The government will extend the badger cull to Dorset as part of a drive to limit tuberculosis in cattle, it was announced on Friday. The announcement follows controversial pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset running over the past two years, with Natural England issuing licences to companies that permit six weeks of continuous culling in the three areas until January.George Eustice, minister of state for farming, said: “England has the highest incidence of…
  • McDonald's drops nuggets supplier after video shows animal cruelty

    Reuters in Los Angeles
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Workers are seen beating chickens in video shot by animal rights activists, who say it was filmed at farm under contract to McDonald’s supplier Tyson FoodsMcDonald’s Corp and Tyson Foods both severed ties on Thursday with a Tennessee farm where workers were seen stabbing, beating and stomping on chickens in an undercover video shot by animal rights activists. The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to…
  • Rescued beagles feel grass for the first time – video

    Guardian Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    The Beagle Freedom Project have released footage of the moment that thirty-eight caged beagles are released from captivity in the United States. The beagles, who were used in animal experimentation and locked in research laboratories across eleven different states, had never experienced being outdoors or interaction with other dogs before. It has been called the biggest beagle rescue in US history Continue reading...
  • Thai elephant gores handler to death and runs off carrying three tourists

    Agence France-Presse in Bangkok
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Chinese family had to be rescued by other ‘mahouts’ after animal suddenly turned on its new ‘mahout’ keeper Related: Elephant gores man to death at Thai beachside restaurant An elephant in northern Thailand killed its handler before running off into the jungle with three terrified Chinese tourists still on its back, police said. Continue reading...
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    Advocacy for Animals

  • Americans Could be Eating Horsemeat Without Knowing

    Michael Markarian
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The prior experience in Europe, and now the new study in the United States, shows there is no foolproof way to be certain that horsemeat will not enter the human food chain and allowing plants to operate here would greatly increase that risk.
  • Action Alert from the National Anti-Vivisection Society

    Administrator
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    — Each week the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) sends out an e-mail Legislative Alert, which tells subscribers about current actions they can take to help animals. NAVS is a national, not-for-profit educational organization incorporated in the State of Illinois. NAVS promotes greater compassion, respect, and justice for animals through educational programs based on respected ethical […]
  • Celebrate National Dog Day

    AFA Editorial Staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    In recognition of National Dog Day, Advocacy for Animals is pleased to present Encyclopædia Britannica's informative article on dogs. Enjoy.
  • Green Is the New Red Redux

    Brian Duignan
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In May 2004, a New Jersey grand jury indicted seven members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) USA on charges of conspiracy to commit "animal-enterprise terrorism" under the federal Animal Enterprise Protection Act (AEPA) of 1992. SHAC USA was a sister organization of SHAC, a group founded in England in 1999 with the sole purpose of shutting down Oxford-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), then the largest animal-experimentation firm in Europe.
  • Update: Each Animal Counts!

    Animal Legal Defense Fund
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In short, the rule in Oregon for crimes involving multiple animal victims is now crystal clear: Defendants may not avoid accountability for inflicting mass suffering via merger of convictions.
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    Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics

  • Study Says Americans Could be Eating Horsemeat Without Knowing

    Michael Markarian
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    It’s not just Europe where ground beef and meatballs could be tainted with horsemeat. It could happen here in America, too, according to a recent study conducted by researchers in Chapman University’s food science program and published in the journal Food Control. The study tested a variety of fresh and frozen ground meat products sold in the U.S. commercial market and discovered that 10 out of 48 samples were mislabeled—and two of those samples contained horsemeat. Americans don’t want to eat horsemeat, or see these majestic creatures crammed tightly into cattle trucks, and shipped…
  • Lawmakers Taking a Stand to Protect the Salt River Horses

    Michael Markarian
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The U.S. Forest Service has sparked a national outrage with its new plan to remove all of the horses from one of the nation’s most iconic herds—the Salt River horses—from Tonto National Forest in Arizona.  In 1971, Congress codified the important place horses hold in American life through the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, declaring that horses are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West. The act bound federal agencies to protect and manage wild horses living on our public lands, and noted that where horses were found, they were to be…
  • Airlines Take Flight from Trophy Hunting; When Will Congress Get On Board?

    Michael Markarian
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    The tragic death of Cecil the lion—senselessly shot by an American dentist with a bow and arrow and left to suffer for hours before being shot again—has exposed the pay-to-slay subculture of wealthy people who spend a fortune to kill the grandest, most majestic animals in the world. The public outrage shows no signs of slowing down.   Virtually overnight, a cascade of major airlines has banned the transportation of spoils from the trophy killing industry—principally elephants, rhinoceros, lions, leopards, and buffalo, or the “Africa Big Five” sought for…
  • House Veterinarians and Bipartisan Lawmakers Team Up to Make Soring a Thing of the PAST

    Michael Markarian
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    Good news for horses: a bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, joined together as original cosponsors of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act introduced last night in the U.S. House. Led by Reps. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., who are both veterinarians and co-chairs of the House Veterinary Medicine Caucus, along with the leadership team of Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., David Jolly, R-Fla., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., this crucial legislation, H.R. 3268, aims to stop the intentional…
  • Anti-Cruelty Bill Gathers Steam, to Protect Animals and People

    Michael Markarian
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    It’s well established that malicious animal cruelty indicates a broader social pathology and lack of empathy, and the perpetrators often are indiscriminate in choosing victims – one day it’s a dog or a horse, another day it’s a neighborhood child or just some innocent passerby. Media reports revealed that days before the recent mass shooting in a Louisiana movie theater, the suspect bragged about bashing a cat “on the head with a piece of rebar,” and ranted about his desire to drug sick pets and “finish them off with an ax.” The National Sheriffs’ Association is backing the…
 
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    Faunalytics

  • A New Method of Feral Cat Control Outperforms TNR

    Faunalytics
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Feral cats are a problem across most of the world. By some estimates, the number of feral cats in the U.S. exceeds the number of cats that live in homes. Life for feral cats is difficult, as they endure problems not frequently associated with companion animals living in a home, such as disease, starvation, or trauma. Unfortunately, because of the way that they live and are socialized, feral cats are rarely, if ever, adoptable, so cat advocates spend a great deal of time trying to manage these populations through programs that involve trapping and sterilization. Though the control of feral…
  • ‘Cattle’ Workers and the Process of Emotional Detachment

    Faunalytics
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The industrial farming of animals allows consumers to keep an emotional separation between the animals themselves and the meat products they become. People working in this industry facilitate an animal-consumer disconnect, but the jobs they do often produce conflicting emotions and complicated feelings towards animals. While workers may view animals as thinking, sentient beings, they also see the use of those animals as justifiable, even “inevitable.” Based on interviews with cattle ranchers, this study describes the concept of “boundary labor” and examines how people…
  • Meat and Evolution: Is Meat-Eating Natural?

    Faunalytics
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Every vegan and vegetarian has probably heard this old chestnut before: humans are “natural carnivores” and we have “evolved” to be meat-eaters. It’s the kind of conversation that seems to come up most often at the dinner table, instigated by a confrontational or defensive family member or friend, and the discussion never seems to reach a reasonable conclusion. While there is no doubt that the consumption of meat has been “rich in social and cultural meaning” over the course of many millennia, the way that humans produce and consume meat has changed…
  • The End of Captive Zoo Breeding

    Faunalytics
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Zoos often claim that their captive breeding programs help with wildlife conservation, and that the breeding of animals by zoos is a key component in re-establishing wild populations. It’s a rhetoric and a public relations strategy that has helped to keep modern zoos open and running in spite of public opposition and protest at the living conditions of animals. Along with minimal education programs of questionable value, zoos’ participation in breeding programs has given them a way to positively spin their organizations from a PR standpoint, while remaining, at their core, a…
  • Dog Aggression is Based on Experience, Not Breed

    Faunalytics
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The relationships we have with our companion animals are often complicated and intricate, and there are countless reasons why these bonds might become strained. While many animal owners will work through various problems with their companion animals to make sure they can remain living together, some people do not feel the same way, and end up relinquishing their companion to a shelter due to all sorts of issues. One of the most common problems that results in dogs being relinquished to shelters (and often euthanized) is human-directed aggression. Dog bites and aggressive behavior can have…
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    ASPCA Professional

  • Animal Rescue and Hurricane Katrina: The New Normal?

    Guest Blogger
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    Friday, August 28 2015Here to share her thoughts on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is the ASPCA’s Julie Morris, Senior Vice President, Community Outreach. During the ASPCA’s efforts to help the human and animal victims of the storm, Morris coordinated deployment of staff and volunteers, as well as oversaw communication with dozens of other animal welfare groups from the safety of her office in New York City. She “fondly” remembers working 20-hour days for weeks on end, which often involved 3 am phone calls with ASPCA staff deployed at Lamar-Dixon, while 2 other staff were…
  • So, Have You Ditched the Bowls Yet?

    emilyw
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Thursday, August 27 2015Twice-daily enrichment for shelter dogs and cats without added staff time? Yup! Dr. Emily Weiss explains how this can happen at your agency. In a couple of weeks, Heather Mohan-Gibbons and I will be facilitating a webinar highlighting some of the information from the new textbook, Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff. One of the most powerful behavior intervention for shelters is enrichment. Below is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to assure daily enrichment in your facility. Hope to see you at the webinar – you can sign up here! Ditch the Bowls…
  • The Dog Who Started It All

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
    Wednesday, August 26 2015With the registration deadline for the Adoption Ambassadors campaign just around the corner, we had to share this story written by the ASPCA’s Meg Allison, who developed the Adoption Ambassadors concept at Louisiana SPCA in 2010, while she was Adoption Promotion Specialist there. We hope it’s great inspiration for those agencies who’ve just signed on—your first Adoption Ambassadors adoption is just a Tulip away… It was 2010, and a big, black nameless dog sat at the Louisiana SPCA. She had a slight cough and was really underweight considering her size, but…
  • Better, Faster, Stronger: Funding and Technology Resources to Supercharge Your Organization

    Guest Blogger
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Tuesday, August 25 2015Adding new technology infrastructure tools (think website, email system, fundraising database…) or upgrading old ones? Guest blogger Claire Sterling is here with some smart solutions. At this year’s ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference, which took place on Cornell University’s Ithaca, NY, campus earlier this month, I co-presented a workshop bearing the above title with my colleague Susie Lim, the ASPCA’s Administrator of Grants Technology and Training. Grant funds and technology solutions both help to strengthen and streamline an organization’s…
  • Tip of the Week: Good ID = Good Idea

    ASPCApro Blog
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Monday, August 24 2015As this week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, disaster preparedness is at top of mind. This is a great time to urge your community to take steps to ensure that pets are part of their emergency planning: Place several forms of ID on your pet’s collar. Do not assume your owner tag will immediately reunite you with a lost pet. Ideally your pet will evacuate with you, but should you be separated, it may be months before you receive contact. Include a temporary tag with the phone number of a friend or relative who lives outside your immediate area. Have your…
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    Denver Cat Care News Feed

  • Free Family Event: Festival of Felines, Saturday August 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Cat Care Society's Festival of Felines is returning Saturday, August 29, 2015, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the CCS shelter, 5787 W. Sixth Avenue. The announcement is made by CCS President Gail Tinianow who says these free, family-oriented activities will be available for Festival attendees:• Pet and play with the CCS shelter cats and kittens• See all the 2015 Painted Cats• Tour The CCS Cat Clinic• Enjoy free refreshments: Ice Cream Bars, Cake, Punch and Pop Corn  • Face Painting• Kids Crafts and Give-Aways (including Spin The Wheel)• New this year: ‘Photo Man Richard’ will…
  • This week: Black Cat Adoption Special + Jose O'Shea's Fundraiser + Seminar For Senior Cat Owners

    Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Tuesday, August 18 - Sunday, August 23: in celebration of Black Cat Appreciation Day (which was Monday Aug 17 when CCS was closed), the shelter is offering a Black Cat Adoption Special all week (for all black cats and cats with 'some' black fur, age 1 and up). The standard adoption screening process applies. Adopters can name their price or spin the wheel to determine the adoption fee on adult black kitties, and those with "some" black fur: light or dark blue: fee waived; purple, green or yellow, $8; and red, $17.Flyer: http://goo.gl/ZWA8A2 + link to view the CCS cats available for adoption:…
  • This week: International Cat Day Adoption Special + August Book Fundraiser Kicks Off

    Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    International Cat Day is this Saturday, August 8th, and the perfect day for adopting a CCS adult kitty (age 1 and older).Cat Care Society's adoption fee is reduced...August 8th day only...to $8.80 per cat age 1 and older. The standard adoption screening policy applies.Link to the flyerLink to view the CCS cats available for adoptionDuring August, Author Deb Barnes is generously donating 10% of all "Purr Prints of the Heart" book sales to Cat Cat Society. She's doing this at the request of CCS Volunteer Sierra M. Koester (thank you Sierra for selecting Cat Care Society to receive these funds)…
  • New: Buy Bissell Products and Help CCS Shelter Cats and Community Outreach Projects

    Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Cat Care Society is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too!When you purchase pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our organization!It’s simple.· Shop pet products on www.bissell.com · Enter the code ADOPT at checkout · Then select our organization!Learn more at www.bissell.com/partnersforpets. Link to the flyer:
  • This Week: Painted Cats Head to Evergreen + CCS Teams With Animal Rescue Site To Help Injured Shelter Cat Jarrett

    Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    This Friday, July 31, 5 to 8 p.m. -- join Cat Care Society for the Tails of the Painted Cats opening reception at the Main Street Gallery in Evergreen, 28186 Colorado 74 #4. The painted cats open that night as part of Evergreen's 'Last Friday' Community Art Walk. The public is welcome to browse the art and enjoy refreshments.The gallery is located in the shopping center just east of Beau Jo's Pizza. MAP The 2015 Painted Cats will be displayed at the Main Street Gallery through August 27th.Link to Tails of the Painted Cats Summer Tour schedule.Cat Care Society has teamed with The Animal Rescue…
 
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