No more live birds sold in Stockton

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: STOCKTON,  Calif.– “Effective on January 7,  the first 2012 market,  live birds will no longer be sold at the Stockton Farmers’ Market!” Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Compassion founder Andrew Zollman e-mailed to ANIMAL PEOPLE on January 6,  2012. “We worked with the Animal Services division of the Stockton Police,”  Zollman said.  “They agreed […]

Who is behind “Humane Society for Shelter Pets” campaign against HSUS?

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: WASHINGTON D.C. –Full-page ads in USA  Today,  the Los Angeles Times,  the Chicago Tribune,  and New York Times on November 31,  2011 marked the public debut of the Humane Society for Shelter Pets.   Incorporated on February 2,  2010  as the HSAP Operating Fund,  with IRS employer identification number 27-1814295,  […]

Russians will not buy Canadian seal pelts

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: YARMOUTHPORT,  Mass.–“The Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan,  and the Russian Federation has banned the import and export of harp seal skins,”  International Fund for Animal Welfare anti-sealing campaign coordinator Sheryl Fink announced on December 19,  2011. Not announced by the nations involved,  the ban was described in “World Trade Association […]

World Society for the Protection of Animals disbands “member society” network

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: World Society for the Protection of Animalsdisbands “member society” network LONDON–Animal charity leaders around the world mostly responded with mixed apprehension and frustration to the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ decision,  unveiled in stages during late 2011,  to cease any pretense of remaining the umbrella for a federation […]

PETA view more nuanced than Christian Science Monitor report that it favors horse slaughter

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: PETA view more nuanced than Christian Science Monitor report that it favors horse slaughter HABITAT FOR HORSES WASHINGTON D.C.–Perhaps PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk played the horse slaughter issue for publicity,  and perhaps she was just misrepresented. Either way,  though,  the PETA position on the November 18, 2011 USDA budget bill […]

BOOKS: Cat Telling Tales by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: Cat Telling Talesby Shirley Rousseau MurphyWilliam Morrow  (10 E.  53rd St.,  New York,  NY 10022),  2011.373 pages,  hardcover.  $19.99. Mysteries don’t top my reading list,  but feline sleuth Joe Grey and his crime-solving sidekicks,  two scrappy cats named Dulcie and Kit,  are entertaining in Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s 18th novel, Cat […]

BOOKS: The puppy that came for Christmas by Megan Rix

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: The puppy that came for Christmasby Megan RixPlume Books (c/o Penguin USA,  375 Hudson St.,  New York,  NY 10014), 2011.  246 pages,  paperback.  $14.95. ___________ The title of The puppy that came for Christmas is both misleading and ungrammatical,  implying that the puppy is an inanimate object.  The book is […]

Wildlife Heroes by Julie Scardina & Jeff Flocken

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: Wildlife Heroes  by Julie Scardina & Jeff FlockenRunning Press (2300 Chestnut St., Suite 200, Philadelphia,  PA 19103),  2012.  264 pages,  paperback.  $20.00. Wildlife Heroes co-authors Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken profile 40 people who do extraordinary things for animals.  Nguyen Van Thai,  for example,  as a youth in Vietnam watched […]

BOOKS: Kalahari Dream by Chris Mercer & Bev Pervan

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012: Kalahari Dream by Chris Mercer & Bev PervanPaperback:  <http://amzn.to/vLHjhv>.  Download for Kindle: <http://amzn.to/vYlNJk>.Download for iPad and all other eReaders:  <http://bit.ly/sFM2Wb>.302 pages,  including 100 photos.  $9.99. On an overnight stay in Kuruman,  South Africa,  deep in the Kalahari desert,  wildlife enthusiasts Chris Mercer and his wife Bev Pervan asked about land […]

Birding crimes

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January-February 2012 WASHINGTON D.C.— Convicted in District of Columbia Superior Court of misdemeanor attempted cruelty to animals on October 31, 2011,  anti-feral cat ornithologist Nico Dauphine was on December 14, 2011 sentenced to do 120 hours of community service,  spend a year on probation,  and pay a fine of $100,  with 180 days in jail […]