Cat-human Relationships Captured on Camera: Winners Announced – Katzenworld

Over 1,500 amateur and professional photographers from around the world entered this year’s International Cat Care (iCatCare) photography competition held in collaboration with Your Cat Magazine, with the hope of featuring in the charity’s popular fundraising calendar.

With a theme of ‘Cat-Human Relationships’ the judges from iCatCare, Your Cat Magazine and Ceva were looking to celebrate the incredible bond between humans have with cats and the many different forms it can take.

From veterinarian staff dedicated to their feline patients to delightful cat-child connections and memorable street cat encounters, the entries submitted offered a unique window into some truly incredible relationships between humans and cats.

To see the photos and follow the contest continue here at Katzenworld…

https://katzenworld.co.uk/2019/12/10/cat-human-relationships-captured-on-camera-winners-announced/

This School Is The First In the World to Use Synthetic Frogs for Dissection

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This School Is The First In the World to Use Synthetic Frogs for Dissection
Liam Pritchett

J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida is using realistic, “SynFrogs” to replace dead animals. It is the first in the world to use synthetic frogs for ethical dissection.

Tampa-based company SynDaver specializes in cruelty-free, lifelike models. Its SynFrogs are reusable and mimic the properties of a live, female frog.

People can use the extremely realistic synthetic products for education, surgical simulation, and to test medical devices.

Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools, said the Pasco County School District wants to become a “leader in innovation and opportunity for students.”

“Mitchell High School is the first in the world to use SynFrogs in science labs,” added Browning in a statement. “Giving our students a learning experience no other students have ever had.”

“We’re excited to announce our revolutionary SynFrog,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO of SynDaver. “[The SynFrog is] a far superior learning tool as it is designed to mimic living tissue.” He continued, “this makes it more like a live frog than the preserved specimens currently sold to schools for dissection labs.”

Sakezles added, “SynFrog not only looks and feels like a real frog, it’s physically safer to dissect than a real preserved frog because it doesn’t contain potentially harmful chemicals like formalin.”

SynFrogs cost $150 each. Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) helped get the product on the market by offering a $150,000 grant. PETA says dissection costs millions of frogs their lives each year.
Ditching Dissection

Animal dissection is a controversial topic and many politicians are working to provide ethical and sustainable alternatives. One example of this is the popular and educational virtual dissection app called Froggipedia which was named Apple’s iPad App of 2018.

Earlier this year, California moved to ban all school dissection in the state. Assemblymember Ash Kalra introduced AB-1586, the Replacing Animals in Science Education (RAISE) Act. The bill would replace animal dissections with modern, humane alternatives such as SynFrog or Froggipedia.

“Learning about anatomy in schools is important scientific pedagogy,” said Kalra. “But dissection presents a significant impact on the environment and our fragile ecosystems. Advancements in educational technology have expanded access to this important scientific instructional methodology without having to rely on animals.”

https://www.livekindly.co/school-first-synthetic-frogs-dissection/

Petition · DISH Network: Cancel the barbaric “Trapping Time” show · Change.org

Cancel the barbaric “Trapping Time” show
Melissa Moris started this petition to DISH Network and 1 other

Tell DirectTV and Dish Network that animal torture is not entertainment! Steel-jaw traps are indiscriminate, catching any animal that is unfortunate enough to encounter one. These traps are set on public lands where they pose a threat to wildlife, domestic animals and even young children. Many states have banned these torture devices and many more will follow.
I have seen the damage these traps cause to their victims. Too often, the regulations are ignored and these poor animals are left to suffer for days, dying from thirst and exhaustion, dislocating and even attempting to chew their leg off to escape.
Tell Dish Network and DirectTV that this shameful, cowardly practice is no longer acceptable in this modern world. Tell them to cancel this show and be on the right side of history!

https://www.change.org/p/dish-network-cancel-the-barbaric-trapping-time-show?recruiter=123289030&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=357d7dcf-9cf3-491b-9395-6c65b3c80656&utm_content=fht-19393853-en-us%3Av12

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PA Department of Agriculture warns dog owners of website selling fake dog licenses

HARRISBURG – Dog owners beware if you’re looking to buy new or renew dog licenses.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement warns of a fraudulent website selling dog licenses online.

Officials said http://www.padoglicense.online sells fake PA dog licenses and pays search engines to appear at the top of search results pages for common terms, like “Pennsylvania dog license” or “renew PA dog license”.

The department offered some tips to help dog owners identify an official website:

Rather than using a search engine to reach a website to purchase a dog license, type http://www.licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov directly into your browser’s address bar.
Call your county treasurer’s office. Each county treasurer has a different process; while most offer an online option for purchase of licenses, some do not and require a paper form to be dropped off or mailed.

For more information of Pennsylvania’s dog laws, visit agriculture.pa.gov or licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov.

If you have a concern about a third-party website, contact the PA Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.

https://fox43.com/2019/11/22/pa-department-of-agriculture-warns-dog-owners-of-website-selling-fake-dog-licenses/