Does being only a regulation make it less dangerous as a rule or a law?

September 29, 2013

Question  “does the fact of it being *only* a *Regulation* make it any less dangerous than it would be as a Rule, or as a Law?”

Frank Losey response:

In my opinion, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Each  violation of the APHIS Regulation that implements the Animal Welfare Act may result in a Maximum Fine of $10,000.  By any measure of merit, $10,000 is a lot of money!!!!

However, APHIS does not always assert the maximum fine.  For example, in the infamous Dollarite Rabbit Case of several years ago, Ms. Conant initially told the Dollarites, in writing, that while fines could be significantly more (theoretically, it could have been several Million Dollars considering the factg that each rabbit sold without a license carried a maximum $10,000 Fine), Ms. Conant demonstrated her “case-by-case” compassion” and “reasonableness” by only requesting that the Dollarites pay a little more than $90,000 to avoid having a Hearing that could result in substantially higher fines being assessed.  (Eventually, the case was dropped on the condition that the Dollarites and their children stop raising and selling rabbits!)  So you see, if you are willing to give up your right to breed a dog for the rest of your life, Ms. Conant and APHIS may “cut you some slack!!!!!”

Since Ms. Conant will be involved in some of the “case-by-case” decisions, how many of you wish to allow your financial fate and “way of Life” to be determined by the “case-by-case” whims of Ms. Conant, the Former HSUS Litigation Attorney?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Colorado move to ban declawing gaining momentum

September 28, 2013

CO: Move to ban declawing gaining momentum

Vincent Gerbino Brighton Animal Welfare Examiner

A movement to ban the de-clawing of cats in the state of Colorado is gaining
momentum after a discussion last night at Denver’s SEI Film Center. The
discussion involved veterinary authorities from throughout the state, as
well as guest host Dr. Jennifer Conrad, founder of the cat advocacy group
Paw Project. Conrad was also hosting the presentation of the Paw Project
movie, a one-hour documentary that seeks to substantiate why de-clawing is a
poor veterinary practice that should be stopped. The movie was shown at the
SEI Film Center immediately before the de-clawing discussion took place
before the crown in the sold-out theater near Downtown Denver. Two animal
rights attorneys, Gabriela Sandoval and former Chief Deputy District
Attorney of Denver Diane Balkin were present and are currently working to
support the ban..

…”Colorado Veterinary Medical Association is seriously considering this
situation and appreciates being part of this dialogue. I do want it to be
understood that there are lots of vets who only do a few de-clawings a year,
and many of these vets only do so after much counseling with the pet owner
and after seeking alternatives {that end up not working]. In these cases,
the vets actually lose money on the declawing given all the time put in with
counseling,” Hellyer explained.
Conrad thanked Hellyer for his input and acknowledged his perspective.
“I understand [this perspective] and certainly, we don’t want to paint all
vets with the same brush. I’ve worked with so many veterinarians and so many
of them care so much about their patients,” Conrad said.
The California Veterinary Medical Association, by contrast, has continued to
be staunch supporters of de-clawing, and has fiercely opposed the Paw
Project’s efforts in that state…

NM 3rd case of the plague this year reported

NM 3rd case of the plague this year reported

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the third human case of the plague this year.

They say it’s a 52-year-old man from Santa Fe County and his home will undergo an environmental investigation.

Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas.

It can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals including rodents, wildlife and pets.

The first two human plague cases in New Mexico this year were in 15-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl.

Authorities say both Torrance County residents have recovered.

There was one human plague case in New Mexico last year, two in 2011 and no cases in 2010.

In 2009, there were six cases of the plague and one person died.

Wyoming state vet says horses still need West Nile vaccine

Wyoming state vet: Horses still need West Nile vaccine 

September 27, 2013

CHEYENNE — Despite the onset of fall, cases of West Nile virus in horses continue to be reported throughout the state of Wyoming.

At least 15 West Nile horse cases have been diagnosed this season by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory.

State Veterinarian Jim Logan said the West Nile season can last until a hard frost.

The Wyoming Livestock Board veterinary staff recommends that owners vaccinate their horses if they have not done so already.

Horses are far more affected by West Nile virus than other livestock and domestic animals. Signs of West Nile include initial flu-like symptoms, where the horse becomes lethargic and depressed, followed by weakness, incoordination and seizures.

Of those that become ill, about 30 percent die or need to be euthanized.

Kansas, Emporia shelter under quarantine for outbreak distemper

More than 60 dogs have died since February

Posted: September 24, 2013 – 6:50am

By The Associated Press

EMPORIA — The Emporia animal shelter is under quarantine because of an apparent outbreak of distemper among animals at the facility.

A temporary intake center has been set up at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in response to the outbreak, which has killed more than 60 dogs since February. Veterinarians say early test results confirmed the illness was distemper. The Capital Area Animal Rescue Team will operate the temporary shelter for at least three weeks.

Animal Shelter manager Peggy Derrick says the remaining dogs at the animal shelter are healthy.

Emporia veterinarian Floyd Dorsey told KAKE-TV ( that officials suspected distemper from the beginning.

“We’ve had 26 dogs euthanized since the start of the month,” Dorsey said. “My biggest scare was that we had some new type of virus that was not going to be protected from the vaccine.”

Dorsey suspects the outbreak started with unvaccinated animals being taken to the shelter.

“It’s definitely a situation where the dogs are not protected. Had they been protected and vaccinated, I don’t think we would have seen this,” he said.

Dorsey says getting dogs vaccinated and staying up to date with the shots can not only save a pet’s life, but it will keep other dogs healthy too.

Colorado, Longmont Humane Society Overcrowded, Facing Huge Financial Woes

Longmont Humane Society Overcrowded, Facing Huge Financial Woes

September 22, 2013 11:14 PM

LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 200 pets separated from their families in Colorado’s historic floods are now living at the Longmont Humane Society. The shelter welcomes the pets but the facility is over capacity and operating on a paper-thin budget.

Flood evacuees have been going in and out of the Humane Society’s doors to try and connect with their animals who were separated from them during the floods, but the doors could permanently close due to some big financial woes.

When a CBS4 crew was at the facility they met Seri, 8, and Mollie, 6, who were not badly affected by the floods but they heard about the people and the animals who were.

“We collected money from our neighbors to donate to the Humane Society,” Seri said. “Since a bunch of people got stranded they don’t have enough room for all the pets.

Their small jar of cash will go a long way for the financially burdened Longmont shelter.

“Well before this flood emergency we had a personal emergency with our building as a whole,” Executive Director Liz Smokowski said. “We are facing a possible foreclosure.”

Smokowski said the Humane Society is about 100 animals over capacity and in November they will have to pay approximately $800,000 — only a fraction of the $3.1 million they need to keep the doors open.

Donated dog and cat food has helped.

“We lived on the island where they were no bridges and no ways in or out,” Zachary Danduran said.

Danduran and his sisters are living in a trailer right now because their home was flooded. Their dogs and cats are staying at the shelter.

“I think it’s really great how everyone at the Humane Society is letting all the dogs stay here,” Amanda Danduran said.

LINKS: Colorado Disaster Lost and Found Pets Facebook Page | Longmont Humane Society

But the shelter’s new concern is footing medical bills.

“Bacteria is growing in puddles of water throughout our community,” Smokowski said.

All animals should stay away from flood water.

The biggest concern is the health of the animals and that’s why the Humane Society is asking for monetary donations to save the pets and the doors to the shelter. Just $20 can vaccinate four animals.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods

USDA Internet Mining

USDA Internet Mining
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:56

Just how much is Big Brother watching over you? Probably much more than you are aware of. If you are a pet breeder, large or small (for commercial sale), or are in the horse business for shows, sales, exhibitions or auctions, you are about to be monitored even further.


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), to quote from their request for contractors, “has a new requirement for Internet Data Mining Services to gather information from a variety of Internet sites in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA), for the enforcement of basic standards of care and treatment of regulated animals for commercial sale, used in research and transported commercially, or exhibited to the public in the United States.”

Now combine this with the largest spy facility in the country, reportedly five times larger than the US Capitol Building, currently under construction near Bluffdale, Utah. Upon completion, according to Wired Magazine, the entire contents of all forms of communication, including your private emails, cell phone calls, internet searches, and other personal data trails (parking receipts, travel plans, bookstore purchases and all other digital “pocket litter” transactions) will be monitored by the National Security Agency (NSA). Wired Magazine reports that this “heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013,” making the NSA the largest, most covert and intrusive intelligence agency in history. Aren’t you feeling just real cozy about now?

What is the USDA looking for in their new internet mining operation? A contractor who will build data modules that will monitor regulated activities of APHIS, particularly those that are unlicensed or registered in the following activities:

1) Sales of animals used as pets (all warm blooded animals)

2) Sales of wild and exotic animals

3) Animals exhibited to the public for compensation

4) Animals used for research, teaching, testing, and experimentation

5) Commercial transportation of animals

6) Horse shows, sales, exhibitions, and auctions (such as Tennessee Walking Horses)

7) Animal auctions

According to their contractor request, “During the initial 6 months period of this contract, the vendor shall monitor two of the predetermined modules above, Sales of animal used as pets; and Horse shows, sales, exhibitions and auctions. After evaluation of the services provided, subsequent modules may be added contingent upon the success of the pilot project, not to exceed the modules listed above. For each module, the contractor shall work with Animal Care personnel to identify the search parameters needed to accomplish each of the modules above.” Did you notice what is listed first in their priority?

The request boldly states that this will not involve a human, but internet web technology. It will look at:

• Global Domain Registrations

• World Wide Web

• Social Networking Web Sites

• Web logs (Blogs)

• IRC/Chat conversations

• Message Boards

• Public email groups and discussion forums

• Usenet Data

• Auctions – and Auctions

“The Contractor shall provide initial format to include all site information, site owner’s name, site owner’s address, IP address, seller’s name, seller’s addresses, and other information as deemed appropriate such as buyer’s name and buyer’s addresses.”

This all comes under the direction of Sarah Conant, formerly with the H$U$ and now is the Chief Officer for Compliance for the USDA/APHIS. Your tax dollars are paying for this, under the guise of looking for “animal abusers.” How many “I am tired of abusing this animal/I know it was banned years ago, but I still sore my horse, so come buy this animal” ads are out on the internet? Do they really believe that an internet ad or chat forum provides proof of abuse?

The request for contractor was issued “on or about June 29, 2011,” so who knows, it may already be up and running. Would this be a test for the new spy center in Utah? Or is this a case of technology abuse, and a “create a situational need, then lobby for it?”


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TX San Antonio Humane Society: Chagas disease

San Antonio Humane Society says Chagas disease possible in local dogs

By Cathy M. Rosenthal :                  Friday, September 20, 2013

Chagas disease is caused by a parasite known as Trypanosoma Cruzi, which can be carried by the Triatomine Bug or “Kissing Bug.” The San Antonio Humane Society has said they have seen three possible cases of the disease in dogs.(Photo from CDC)

The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) has seen three possible cases of Chagas disease in dogs over the past nine months – a disease that can impact both humans and dogs.

Chagas disease is caused by a parasite known as Trypanosoma Cruzi, which can be carried by the Triatomine Bug or “kissing bug.” Health officials say the bug feeds on blood at night and are called kissing bugs because they like to bite humans around the mouth or eyes.

Texas A&M researchers advise not touching the insect with your bare hands and washing your hands if you do. Even if the bug doesn’t carry the disease, the bite can cause an allergic reaction similar to other insects.

Dogs also can contract the disease by eating the bugs, according to the SAHS, and from ingesting the feces of infected animals, like an armadillo, possum or raccoon, according to PetMD.

While more common in South and Central America, there are increased reports of the Chagas disease in North America, typically in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia, according to the CDC.

So far, there have been no human reported cases of the disease in Texas, but it has been found in a handful of dogs, according to researchers at Texas A&M who are leading a study to determine the insect pests’ current range in the southern U.S.

Chagas disease may be asymptomatic (no symptoms) in dogs until the disease is in the latter stages. Among the many symptoms, congestive heart failure is the most serious and the one that can lead to death for many dogs. Here are other symptoms to watch for in your dog.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Diarrhea
  • Depress
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Jerking movements or seizures
  • Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Congestive heart failure


The SAHS recommends:

  • Keeping your dogs inside at night since kissing bugs are nocturnal.
  • Elevating any outdoor dog houses.
  • And, eliminating excess brush and shrubbery in the yard.



Contact the Texas A&M research team if you think you’ve seen a kissing bug or want to submit a bug for testing. Make sure to store the bug in a plastic bag or container, note where and when it was found, and what it was doing at the time (flying, walking, etc.).

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