Sunday, June 28, 2009
Washington, where a woman faces 10 counts of cruelty in connection with failing to care for about 370 dogs and dumping the carcasses of others in a pit on her property...
Pennsylvania, where HSUS, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and now the Maryland SPCA rescued about 200 dogs from what was described as "horrific" conditions last week...
... as well as a disappointing ruling in the trial of an alleged puppy miller in Texas.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The nation's first Internet radio show about disabled and chronically ill dogs and cats was launched today. "Special Pets, Special Needs" is a 30-minute podcast available for free on iTunes. It shines the light on the many unique challenges faced by pets who are geriatric, recovering from injury or surgery, or suffering from chronic or debilitating illnesses or conditions, such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, cancer, obesity, and degenerative myelopathy.
Read more in this press release....
Saturday, June 20, 2009
A trio of farming-related stories caught my eye this morning, thanks to Doug Powell at Kansas State:
In California, a bill pending in Sacramento would require out-of-state egg producers to comply with the same standards recently imposed upon local producers by the new Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. The law doesn't take effect til 2015, but it's already causing great concern among egg farmers, some of whom are apparently rumored to be trying to produce hens with shorter wingspans in order to thwart the pending mandatory increase in cage sizes.
PETA reports that restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday announced it will give preference to suppliers who use or switch to a more humane slaughter method called "controlled-atmosphere killing" for birds, gestation crates for sows as well as producers who supply cage-free eggs.
And finally... what do you get when you cross a global economic downturn with die-hard eating habits? Well, apparently you get the mini-cow. These animals reportedly are about half the size of a regular breed of cow, and some can eat about a third as much while producing two-thirds as much milk. They are increasingly common among farmers in Canada. In the U.S., they are apparently increasingly common as pets, particularly among women. Go figure.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Read the rest of the DOJ press release...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Although worlds apart, the way fish learn could be closer to humans' way of thinking than previously believed, suggests a new research study.
A common species of fish which is found across Europe including the UK, called the nine-spined stickleback, could be the first animal shown to exhibit an important human social learning strategy. The sticklebacks can compare the behaviour of other sticklebacks with their own experience and make choices that lead to better food supplies, according to the study by St Andrews and Durham universities.
The researchers suggest these fish might have an unusually sophisticated social learning capability not yet found in other animals, called a 'hill-climbing' strategy.
Here's the rest of the Durham University press release....
Monday, June 15, 2009
With a June 19 deadline looming for all animal shelters to use lethal injections to put down animals, Tucumcari is striving to find ways to meet that state requirement.
The city of Tucumcari currently uses a carbon monoxide gas chamber to put down dogs and cats in its pound.
By Friday that process has to be halted or changed, according to the new law.
Read more in this Quay County Sun article by Chelle Delaney...
Saturday, June 13, 2009
June 10, 2009
I’m excited about a major development that could spare many, many thousands of animals from being used in agonizing toxicity testing.
In 2007, the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) released a report entitled “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and A Strategy.” This Report proposes a new paradigm for toxicity testing, one that moves away from using live animals and replaces them with alternatives, such as cell cultures, tissues cultures, computer models and other methods.
Read the rest of Joyce's editorial and the symposium scheduled for June 29-30 at the University of Ottawa by clicking here...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Check out the Best Friends website for more on how so-called "breed bans" not only don't work, they are costing you - the taxpayer - a lot of money.