September 29, 2015
Cats and deaf children helping each other
Deaf and hard-of-hearing children read to shelter cats as part of Kitty Literature, a program at the Seattle Humane animal shelter in Bellevue, Wash. Through the program, the children gain confidence reading aloud, and the cats, which have to be socialized in order to be adopted, benefit from the hands-on time. KING-TV (Seattle) (9/29
September 29, 2015
Obese cat’s weight loss journey resonates
Blizzard, a 10-year-old cat, weighed almost 25 pounds when he was dropped off at a Canadian shelter. After losing four pounds at the shelter, Blizzard was fostered by a volunteer, helping him lose another five pounds. Blizzard now weighs a much healthier 16.5 pounds and has many social media fans cheering him on as he finishes his journey to health. CBC.ca (Canada) (9/2
September 24, 2015
Obstacles to regular veterinary care for cats
Veterinarian Mike Nappier says the feared cat carrier has a lot to do with why nearly 50% of cats didn’t get a check-up by a veterinarian last year. Owners expect a fight when trying to get cats into a carrier, but it doesn’t have to be that way, Dr. Nappier argues. Owners can help put cats at ease by developing positive associations with carriers. WVTF-FM (Roanoke, Va.) (9/22)
September 24, 2015
SANTA FE, N.M. —A judge has refused to dismiss a 2013 lawsuit against a
company that wanted to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that State District Judge Francis Matthew on
Tuesday rejected the Valley Meat Co.’s argument that the lawsuit filed by
the Attorney General’s Office is no longer relevant.
Matthew also expanded a preliminary injunction to prevent another company
from opening a slaughterhouse on the site.
a little more at the link..
September 23, 2015
Texas kissing bugs carry Chagas disease parasite, study finds
U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (9/22)
September 22, 2015
Ship’s best rodent-catching cat celebrated at retirement party
The Toronto Star/The Canadian Press (9/20)
September 21, 2015
DENVER – A national dog fight has come to Colorado, or maybe it’s more like a hog fight.
An official complaint was lodged against the Humane Society of the United States with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office in July, alleging the nonprofit giant is running “a deceptive and fraudulent” fundraising campaign.
“Most people think that when they give money to the Humane Society of the United States it’s going to go back to the local humane society and it’s just not the case,” said Will Coggin, director of research with the Center for Consumer Freedom. “They’re not upfront with the public about what their real agenda is.”
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS, says the same thing about Coggin and the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom which is run by Richard Berman a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist who earned his reputation by representing big tobacco, the food and beverage industry and most recently the agricultural industry, including pork producers.
“Basically if you find the most disreputable causes and controversial industries, Berman is their front man,” Pacelle said. “He sets up different front groups because it makes them sound like they have a patina of legitimacy. … There’s a lot of people who don’t like what we do, a lot of people have an ax to grind, I don’t think it’s news for one of those industries to criticize us.”
Both groups have websites dedicated to exposing the “dark secrets” of the other.
Coggin doesn’t shy away from the nonprofit’s connection with Berman. Berman is the Center’s executive director, the nonprofit pays his Berman and Company to manage it. Coggin is also paid by Berman and Company.
The group’s 2013 tax return discloses almost $1.5 million in donations, with $757,379 to Berman and Company for management, advertising and research.
“In terms of our motivation, I think we are pretty up front about that,” Coggin said, acknowledging that the Center for Consumer Freedom is funded by the food and restaurant industry among many other donors.
Most recently, the center has launched ad campaigns going after Chipotle, the fast food chain that made waves for dropping pork products that contained antibiotics and went genetically modified organism free. Coggin said the center also was behind opposition to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to ban big sodas.
The Humane Society’s primary work involves campaigns to end animal cruelty, notably by lobbying for laws that end certain practices in the agricultural industry – like gestation crates for pregnant swine (enter the hog industry). HSUS aired undercover video of pork swine confined to crates, giving them barely enough room to stand up and lie down for their entire lives. A law banning gestation crates was passed in Colorado with HSUS backing.
So is there anything to the Colorado complaint? Continue at site.
September 18, 2015
Cat draws attention to owner’s tumor
Sue McKenzie was concerned about her cat’s health after he kept pawing at the back of her neck and right shoulder. However, a veterinarian gave Tom the cat a clean bill of health and said the cat might have had a reason for trying to get her attention. It turns out the veterinarian was right. McKenzie felt a lump in her neck that she says she might have ignored if not for her cat’s off behavior, and she was eventually diagnosed with — and successfully treated for — Hodgkin lymphoma. ITV (U.K.) (9/14)