Scientist who identified global warming threat to polar bears wins settlement

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:
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Scientist who identified global warming threat to polar bears wins settlement

WASHINGTON D.C.––Charles M. Monnett,  65,  whose observation of four polar bear carcasses floating in the Beaufort Sea in September 2004 drew global attention to the effects of global warming,  on November 15,  2013 accepted a six-point retirement agreement negotiated by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in settlement of a whistleblower complaint against the U.S. Department of Interior. Continue reading

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Videotaped Eid al Adha slaughter cruelty in Gaza shocks Australia

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Videotaped Eid al Adha slaughter cruelty in Gaza shocks Australia

Sheep await having their throats slit in the presence of their companions. Terror fills the air.

Australian sheep await having their throats slit in the presence of their companions. Terror fills the air.

GAZA,  CANBERRA––Amateur videos posted to social media by witnesses to Eid al Adha slaughters in Gaza on October 15,  2013 appear to have provided some of the most damning evidence yet of the failure of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System to protect Australian livestock from abuse after arrival in foreign nations.   Continue reading

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Public moral concerns warrant EU seal product import ban, rules WTO

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Ed Fast:

Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister for Trade—”the seal harvest is a humane, sustainable, and well-regulated activity.”

BRUSSELS––The World Trade Organization on November 25,  2013 upheld most of the 2009 European Union ban on the import of seal products,  overturning the ban only when applied to “seal products derived from hunts conducted by Inuit or indigenous communities and hunts conducted for marine resource management purposes.”

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FDA discourages farm use of antibiotics

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

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This poor animal is still alive.

WASHINGTON D.C.––The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on December 11,  2013 announced that the drug makers Zoetis and Elanco,  which produce the majority of antibiotics used to promote livestock growth,  have agreed to participate in a voluntary phase-out of non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animal husbandry.   Continue reading

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Editorial: Examining the odds for an end to horse slaughter

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Editorial feature:

Examining the odds for an end to horse slaughter

HORSE TO SLAUGHTER

Either pending legislation or ongoing litigation could bring the resumption of horse slaughter within the U.S. for human consumption this winter,  or close off the possibility.  Which might happen is anyone’s bet.  It is even possible that court decisions will allow horse slaughter to resume for a time,  only to be again stopped by Congress,  as it was in 2007.

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Royal Society for the Protection of Birds culls goats at Loch Lomond

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

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DUMBARTON,  Scotland–Less than two days after representatives of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds pledged to Scotland for Animals that they would fully investigate the possible alternatives to culling 40 feral goats at Inversnaid,  on the banks of Loch Lomond,   RSPB conservation planning officer Anne McCall announced that the killing “has ended as we have reached the target of 20 culled goats for this year.” Continue reading

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BOOK reviews: Paw Prints at Owl Cottage

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

pawPrints-bookPaw Prints at Owl Cottage 
by Denis O’Connor
St. Martin’s Press (c/o MacMillan,  175 Fifth Avenue,  New York,  NY  10010),  2013.
232 pages,  hardcover.  $19.99.

Denis O’Connor,  retired from a career in academia,  established himself as an author of best-selling cat stories in the United Kingdom first,  with Paw Tracks in the Moonlight (2009),  about his rescued cat Toby Jug,  who died in 1978,  and then Paw Tracks at Owl Cottage,  concerning the cats O’Connor and his wife have kept since reacquiring the house where O’Connor lived with Toby Jug. Continue reading

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Book reviews: Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed 
by Marc Bekoff
New World Library (14 Pamaron Way,  Novato,  CA 94949), 2013.  381 pages,  paperback.  $15.95

On a breezy spring night at the dog park,  your faithful neutered friend humps a stranger’s dog––perhaps a female,  perhaps another male.  Embarrassed,  you race over,  pulling away a bewildered Rover and wondering why it happened.   Humping,  also known as mounting,  is a normal canine behavior,  studied inconclusively by various researchers for about as long as anyone has investigated dog psychology. Says Marc Bekoff,  “There isn’t a single explanation for mounting or humping.”  Dogs hump,  he suggests,  basically because they can.   Continue reading

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Book reviews—Desperate Dogs: Determined Measures, and more

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Desperate Dogs: Determined Measures
by Robert Cabral

Bound Angels 
(order c/o http://www.lulu.com/shop/view-cart.ep;jsessionid=63C586DEBBDDE0F7E8C6D45852D4A118),  2012.  254 pages,  paperback.  $14.95.

Desperate Dogs,  a self-published manual for rehabilitating shelter dogs,  arrived for review by ANIMAL PEOPLE with impressive endorsements.

Testified Frank Andrews,  executive director of the Humane Society of St. Lucie,  Florida,  “In my 50 years of animal welfare work,  I have never read a more useful ‘bible’ for all of us who want to give more dogs a second chance.” Andrews,  formerly director of animal control in Los Angeles County for more than a decade,  in 2012 succeeded the now retired Warren Cox as longest tenured professional in the field. Continue reading

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Book reviews—This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology, and more

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

This Is Hope:  Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology  
by Will Anderson
Earth Books c/o John Hunt Publishing 
(15200 NBN Way, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214),  2013.  368 pages,  paperback.  $22.95;   or download c/o www.thisishopethebook.com

The Ultimate Betrayal:  Is There Happy Meat?
by Hope Bohanec with Cogen Bohanec

166 pages,  paperback.  $19.95,  c/o www.the-ultimate-betrayal.com 

This Is Hope, by Will Anderson,  and The Ultimate Betrayal,  by Hope Bohanec,  with her husband Cogen Bohanec,  might be described as long and short versions of the same book.  They are structured somewhat differently,  but mostly summarize the same arguments for veganism,  citing many of the same sources.   Continue reading

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Mutilated for your viewing pleasure: Pinioning birds in English zoos

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Mutilated for your viewing pleasure:  Pinioning birds in English zoos

Captive Animals’ Protection Soc. (P.O. Box 540,  Salford,  MS ODS,  U.K.), 2013.   Free download from <www.captiveanimals.org

“In zoos and wildlife parks up and down the country,  thousands of birds stand in large open enclosures,  serenely surveying their surroundings…The occasional flurry of wings flapping is seen,  but strangely none of the birds take flight.  Are these birds simply content with their surroundings,  choosing to stay conveniently within the boundaries of the zoo?  Do they fly away at times and simply choose to return,  safe in the knowledge they will find food in abundance and familiar flock mates?  Is it a deep connection to their keepers that stops them from taking to the air?  Or is it something else that holds these birds in the unnatural environment of a zoo?   Continue reading

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Board-level hunter influence and allegations of mismanagement afflict the 143-year-old Cork SPCA

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Board-level hunter influence and allegations of mismanagement afflict the 143-year-old Cork SPCA

    CORK,  Ireland––The Cork SPCA,  one of the oldest in Ireland,  has thanked the pro-hunting Irish Working Terrier Federation for an August 2013 donation of dog food,  and apologized to the federation for deleting a public thanks on Facebook. Continue reading

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Intervention saves Bahamian street dog sterilization project

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Intervention saves Bahamian street dog sterilization project

NASSAU,  Bahamas––Veterinary protectionism nearly killed a planned Bahamian street dog sterilization drive called Operation Potcake 2014,  but intensive exposure by the Nassau Tribune and intervention by prime minister Perry Christie appear to have saved it. Continue reading

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New director in Portsmouth

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

New director in Portsmouth

Ann Pitts,  formerly development director for the Animal Defense League of Texas in San Antonio,  on October 14,  2013 succeeded Jenn Austin as executive director of the Portsmouth Humane Society,  of Portsmouth,  Virginia.  Austin was fired on October 10,  2013 after the society was fined $1,250 by the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services for releasing sterilized feral cats in violation of the interpretation of current Virginia attorney general Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II that neuter/return violates a provision of state law providing that “No person shall abandon or dump any animal.” Continue reading

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Transition in Tampa

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Transition in Tampa

Ian Hallett,   director of Hillsborough County Animal Services in Tampa,  Florida since May 2012,  was transferred on December 2,  2013 to a management post within the county parks, recreation and conservation department.  Hallett was succeeded on an interim basis by Hillsborough County code enforcement director Dexter Barge.  Previously deputy director of the Austin Animal Center in Texas,  Hallett was hired in the expectation that he would help Hillsborough County to achieve no-kill animal control.  Instead,  Hallett ran into “a string of problems at the animal shelter,”  recounted Mike Salierno of the Tampa Tribune,  including “two disease outbreaks,  animals killed who should not have been,  and scathing audits by outside experts.”   Continue reading

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Farm Sanctuary names new executive director

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Farm Sanctuary names new executive director

WATKINS GLEN,  N.Y.––Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur on December 16,  2013 introduced Harry P. “Hank” Lynch as new Farm Sanctuary executive director and chief executive officer.  Lynch formerly held the same positions at the National Maritime Center in Norfolk,  Virginia,  following 12 years as president and CEO at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.  Built as the private estate of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company founder F.A. Seiberling,  the estate has been operated since 1957 as a nonprofit tourist attraction.  Continue reading

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