Editorial #2: Time for a new national wild horse policy––covering all wild horses

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Editorial #2
Time for a new national wild horse policy––covering all wild horses

Kim Bartlett

[Kim Bartlett ]

Data showing how many horses have been sold to slaughter per year,  nationwide,  can be extrapolated from readily available public records going all the way back to 1850.  Throughout this time,  coinciding with the advent of railways that enabled brokers to transport animals long distances to slaughter,  the overwhelming majority of horses sold to slaughter have been either those at the end of their working utility to humans,  or the unwanted surplus from speculative breeding.  Speculative breeding rose rapidly as a source of horses sent to slaughter as employment of horses for transportation declined. Continue reading »

Editorial: Examining the odds for an end to horse slaughter

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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

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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 »

Georgia Aquarium appeals NOAA ruling against proposed first beluga whale imports since 1992

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013:
(Actually published on November 20,  2013.) 

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ATLANTA–– The Georgia Aquarium on September 30,  2013 appealed an August 6,  2013 ruling by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration that it had not satisfied the requirements to import 18 beluga whales from Russia. Continue reading »

Stop dogfighting by addressing supply side economics

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013:
(Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

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Police in Montgomery,  Alabama on October 1,  2013 took custody of the last 16 of at least 386 pit bulls who were impounded after raids in August 2013 on an alleged multistate dogfighting ring.  Thirteen defendants,  from Alabama,  Georgia,  Mississippi,   and Texas,  are facing related charges.

Initiated by the Auburn,  Alabama police department,  the investigation and impoundments were assisted by at least 15 humane organizations,  both locally and nationwide.   Continue reading »

Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate Conservation

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013:
(Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Ignoring Nature No More-  The Case for Compassionate Conservation

 

Ignoring Nature No More:  The Case for Compassionate Conservation
Edited by Marc Bekoff
The University of Chicago Press,  Ltd.  (427 East 60th St.,  Chicago,  IL 60637), 2013.
456 pages.  Paperback $38.00.  Kindle $19.89.

When I was a child,  the Earth seemed huge and full of exciting places where wild animals roamed,  where as yet no human had set foot.  There were only three billion of us back then. Feeding us all seemed to be the main problem.   Continue reading »

Jumping back into the river does not stop the flow of homeless animals

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

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Concerning “Ethicist addresses making euthanasia decisions in a no-kill context,”  in the October 2013 edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE,  I find it bizarre that Jasper the Staffordshire’s fate boils down to a football score set of numbers.  I’m no ethicist,  but as someone intimately and actively familiar with animal shelter euthanasia for the past 43 years,  it is clear to me that our industry’s spay/neuter efforts have resulted not only in fewer surplus animals but also in an unexpected but positive consequence of making the lives of dogs and cats more valuable.   Continue reading »

Bands bail on SeaWorld

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Willie Nelson: No to SeaWorld.

Willie Nelson: Not alone in saying “NO” to SeaWorld. 

ORLANDO,  SAN FRANCISCO,  TAIJI––Shortlisted for Oscar consideration as “Best Documentary of 2013,”  the Gabriela Cowperthwaite exposé of SeaWorld Blackfish between November 28 and December 14,  2013 persuaded all six original headline bands and one of the replacements to withdraw from scheduled performances at the SeaWorld “Bands, Brew & BBQ Fest,”  due to begin on February 1,  2014.

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Awards & honors

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Catherine Violet Hubbard, her life was cute short at 6, in the Sandy Hook (CT) school massacre.

Catherine Violet Hubbard, her life was cut short at 6, in the Sandy Hook (CT) school massacre.

Luke Gamble,  founder of Worldwide Veterinary Service in 2003,  on December 11,  2013 received the Jeanne Marchig Animal Welfare Award in recognition of Mission Rabies,  a planned three-year drive to eradicate rabies of India.  Debuting in September 2013 with clinics in 10 cities that have had recent rabies outbreaks,  Mission Rabies vaccinated 61,000 dogs in 28 days.  Named for Marchig Trust founder Jeanne Marchig,  who died in May 2013,  the Marchig Award includes a grant of $20,000 in support of Mission Rabies.  Funding has also come from Dogs Trust,  with logistic support from the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations,  the Animal Birth Control progams of the Animal Welfare Board of India,  and Blue Cross of India. Continue reading »

BOOKS—Desperate Dogs: Determined Measures

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

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

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

Blackfish bites, but SeaWorld isn’t tanking

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013:
(Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

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ORLANDO––SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc on November 13,  2013 reported partial recovery from a year-long attendance slide,  plus record third quarter revenue of $538.4 million.

The financial data cooled speculation that the July 2013 theater release of the award-winning documentary Blackfish might have marked the beginning of the end of profitable marine mammal exhibition.  Blackfish had won increasing critical acclaim since debuting at the Sundance film festival in January 2013. Continue reading »

Taiji plans swim-with-dolphins attraction

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013:
(Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

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TAIJI,  Japan––Notorious as scene of the dolphin massacres shown by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove,  Taiji “has begun researching a plan to section off part of a cove and turn it into a place where people can swim in the water and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins,”  Agence France-Presse reported in October 2013,  confirming rumors circulating since March 2012. Continue reading »

Illegally captured Korean dolphins freed

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013:
(Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

The Korean Animal Welfare Association in July 2013 celebrated the successful release of the bottlenose dolphins Sampal and Chunsam,  shown en route to release,  and Jedol,  who were the surviviors among 11 dolphins who were illegally captured in  2009 for the Jeju Pacific Land marine park.

Jeju District Court Judge Kim Kyeong-seon in April 2012  fined Jeju Pacific Land $9,000,  issued suspended jail sentences to the company president and one employee,  and ordered that the five dolphins from the illegal capture who were still alive and still at the marine park be released.  Five dolphins had died. Jedol had reportedly been traded to the Seoul Grand Park Zoo for two sea lions.   Continue reading »