Man Keeps Promise By Re-Adopting The Dog He Was Forced To Surrender 4 Months Ago

by Jennifer Nelson

Lewis Jiminez adopted Titus as an 8-month-old puppy from the Austin Animal Center in 2013, never imagining that fate would force him to return the pup in November of 2017 over a dispute with a landlord.

On February 25, Jiminez finally found new housing that allowed Pit Bulls and he was able to adopt Titus again. Thankfully, he hadn’t been adopted by anybody else while Jiminez searched for affordable housing that would allow Titus to come home again. Shelter staff, who had watched Jiminez repeatedly visit Titus during his stay, were delighted to see the two finally reunited for good.

In a post on Facebook, Austin Animal Center says,

“These pictures right here make our hearts so happy.

Titus has been with us for 4 months. His family was forced to surrender him due to problems with their apartment complex, but they’ve been moving mountains to bring him home ever since.

Titus has been stressed out at the shelter and generally having a tough time. His family would come visit him, but we can’t imagine the heartbreak for them or him every time they had to leave without him. They had raised him from puppyhood; they were the only family he’s ever known.

Yesterday was the day we’ve all been waiting for. With new housing in place, Titus’ dad came to take him home. And as you can see from the photos, happiness is an understatement for this moment. 😍❤️”

One of Jiminez’s neighbors resented sharing an apartment building with a Pit Bull and repeatedly complained to management. Jiminez had even resorted to walking Titus at 4 am when nobody was around. But the situation came to a head in November when Jiminez’s 10-year-old grandson took Titus for a walk and met the problematic neighbor, where Titus “nipped the neighbor’s finger” according to TODAY. While Jiminez didn’t witness the incident, he believes Titus was trying to protect his grandson.

Worried about being evicted, Jiminez did the last thing he ever imagined – he returned Titus to the Austin Animal Center. During Jiminez’s repeated visits to Titus in the shelter, he kept promising Titus that he would come back for him one day — he only hoped he would be in time. Luckily, Austin Animal Center has a 97.9 percent live release rate, so there was little chance of Titus being euthanized; the only concern was that he would be adopted before Jiminez could change his living situation.

In late February, Jiminez and his girlfriend found an affordable house to rent that needed fixing up – something Jiminez does for a living. Austin Animal Center spokesperson Jennifer Olohan told TODAY:

“Titus got lots of love here at the shelter from staff and volunteers. He went on regular walks, played with toys, and got lots of treats. News of Titus’ reunion spread through the shelter pretty quickly and there were tears from everyone.”

Jiminez is immensely grateful to have Titus back. He told TODAY:

“Animals are our family. He’s home. He’s home, and he’s happy.”

We’re so glad their story had a happy ending!

Petition: Not Born to Fight…Demand Tougher Laws on Dog Fighting Now
League Against Cruel Sports started this petition to UK Parliament and 1 other

Dogs are being bred and shipped across the world – including to the UK – to take part in dog fighting.

It’s one of the most horrific forms of organised animal cruelty, not only for the violence the dogs endure during fights but because of the trauma they suffer throughout their lives. Training methods brutalise and fights inflict untold physical and mental suffering on ‘man’s best friend’.

League Against Cruel Sports investigations suggest there are hundreds of dogs being used for dog fighting in the UK. Many will die in the ring or shortly after from their injuries. We hope our work will lead to more people involved in dog fighting being caught, locked up and banned from ever owning another animal.

Dogs are not born to fight. Dog Fighting is a heinous crime, showing humanity at its very worst and needs to be stopped.

But that can’t happen without stronger laws and more decisive action.

Please sign this petition calling for:

A stronger legislative environment to tackle dog fighting, which treats it as a distinct crime, attracts more robust penalties, prevents its promotion and ensures animal abusers cannot keep animals in future.
Police and law enforcement agencies to do all they can to tackle dog fighting, treating it more seriously and recognising it as a ‘gateway’ crime
The replacement of Breed Specific Legislation with a system focusing on ‘deed not breed’, as all dogs can be forced to fight – it is the owner’s behaviour that’s the determining factor.
Strengthened border controls and pet transport rules to prevent the cross-border movement of dogs for fighting.

Cat Rescued After Escaping from Dogfighting Ring

By Sharon Vega

Dogfighting is a horrible blood “sport” in which dogs are forced to aggressively and violent fight each other for the entertainment or profit of humans. Horrible people gamble over the suffering and violence between animals. Many dogs suffer tremendously not just when forced to fight, but when used as bait dogs. But dogfighting affects other animals too. Cats and rabbits are also used as bait in dogfighting rings. It’s as horrifying as it sounds.

In order to train dogs to develop a blood lust, part of that involves tying up other animals and painting them red to teach the dog to chase and maul them and tear them apart. It’s sickening and disgusting.

A cat that was going to be used in this appalling way thankfully somehow got away and was rescued!

On Tuesday, February 18th, a UPS driver found a black and white kitten whose white fur had been dyed red. Thankfully, the driver saved the kitten and took him to Southside Animal Shelter nearby.

The shelter explained that among animal rescuers, it’s common knowledge that a cat with fur dyed red means they were being used in dogfighting rings.

News site WTHR also explains: “In dog fighting, many times cats and kittens are dyed different colors with people then betting on which one will be killed by the dog first, put up the best fight or survive the longest.”

The sweet cat has since been named Cosmo. He needs to put on some weight and get neutered, but then he’ll be put up for adoption. We are so glad he somehow got away from the horrible fate that awaited him and that the kind UPS driver was compassionate and caring enough to get him to safety.

Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto
Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto
By Meghan Bartels

Ninety years ago today (Feb. 18), astronomer Clyde Tombaugh gathered the data that proved the existence of what would eventually be dubbed Pluto — but it wouldn’t have been possible, astronomers have since realized, without the calculations of a mathematician whom history has forgotten.

That mathematician was Elizabeth Williams, who worked for astronomer Percival Lowell, who first theorized the existence of a ninth planet. Lowell died before his successor, Tombaugh, finally spotted the elusive Pluto, but both men relied on calculations that Williams made. But the math got lost in the discovery it enabled, and so did Williams.

“There isn’t much about her, which is very unfortunate,” Catherine Clark, a doctoral student in astronomy at what’s now known as Lowell Observatory, told “There’s so much about Percival Lowell and Clyde Tombaugh, and not so much about the computers who were actually doing the day-to-day calculations.”

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Those calculations were vital for the quest that eventually resulted in Tombaugh identifying Pluto. The logic motivating the search was based on observations of Neptune and Uranus. “Percival Lowell first noticed that the orbits of Neptune and Uranus were not exactly what they should have been,” Clark said. When Lowell saw those differences, he knew that astronomy’s map of the solar system was incomplete.

But finding the missing world required math — very complex math, and that’s where Williams and other mathematicians came on the scene. Before the invention of calculators, so-called human computers — often women, since it was unglamorous work — did all the complex math that astronomers required, by hand. For Lowell’s research, Williams calculated where he should look for how large of a missing object, all based on the discrepancies in the orbits of Neptune and Uranus.

Lowell never spotted Pluto, and the quest languished for a few years before Tombaugh picked up the work. And then, there it was: In 1930, those calculations paid off when Tombaugh caught sight of an object moving through the solar system. “There’s a specific result that came of her calculations, so that’s pretty exciting,” Clark said.

But Williams wasn’t there to see it, Clark said. In 1922, Williams had married and Lowell’s widow had fired her because she felt it inappropriate to employ a married woman. The pair took jobs at a Harvard observatory in Jamaica. In 1935, Williams was widowed herself and moved to New Hampshire, where she died in poverty.

NASA’s New Horizons probe provided the most detailed view of Pluto to date in 2015. (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Clark gave a presentation about Williams and her work at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu last month based on her collaboration with Lowell Observatory historian Kevin Schindler. She told that what stood out to her about Williams’ story was “understanding where women first came into this field and what they were allowed to do in the very beginning. And also just these crazy calculations that I don’t think I could do by hand.”

Williams herself was particularly talented in her work, Clark added. “On top of these incredible calculations, really advanced math that she was doing, she was also ambidextrous and writing simultaneously with both hands,” she said. “She would write in cursive with her right hand while printing with her left.”

Decades after Williams’ work, of course, astronomers don’t need humans to calculate orbital mysteries. “We rely so heavily on modern machine computers these days to do our work and we’re able to do some really crazy awesome science with that,” Clark said. But learning how astronomers worked in the past, she said, “really takes you back to the history of it and makes you grateful and thankful for these people, particularly these women, who were doing these calculations in the first place.”

The erasure of Williams’ work is also a reminder of the ways that women have been excised from the story of the history of science. “Even though they were in the shadows,” Clark said, “[women] were contributing to this field.”

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Myanmar transit route for China’s wildlife trade

Myanmar transit route for China’s wildlife trade

Myanmar is an important trade and transit route for wildlife products of China.

It has also suffered from the loss of its own wildlife to the trade.

The capture and killing of wild animals in the country to help satisfy the appetite across the border in China threaten many species that are under threat or facing extinction, including pangolins and elephants, according to reports.

The situation for Asian elephants living in Myanmar has worsened.

According to the NGO Rainforest Rescue, until recently only male Asian elephants were in danger of being poached for ivory, as the females do not have tusks.

Now, the poachers are killing every animal they can find – including females and calves.

After the elephants slowly succumb to poisoned arrows, the poachers skin their prey on the spot.

The NGO claims the survival of the species is at stake if the killing continues.

More than 100 elephants are known to have been poached in Myanmar since 2013 to meet Chinese demand for elephant skin – a market that didn’t exist six years ago that is driven entirely by the criminal energy of southeast Asian elephant poachers.

According to a new study, the business is spreading to other countries via Myanmar and China.

A major hub of the elephant-skin trade is the lawless Myanmar border town Mong La.

It is also flourishing at a market near the Golden Rock, one of Myanmar’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

The elephant skin is dried, powdered and mixed with coconut oil to make an ointment that is touted as a cure for skin conditions and digestive problems.

Traffickers also mix powdered elephant skin and pangolin scales.

The skin is also made into jewellery, such as beaded bracelets selling for less than $100.

Rainforest Rescue claims the criminal business is internationally organized and the local authorities turn a blind eye.

In Myanmar, elephant poachers face up to seven years in prison, but it has been found that violations are rarely prosecuted.

Many animals or animal parts can be found openly being sold in markets in the country.

However, there is some respite to China’s deadly illicit trade in wildlife as Beijing recently announced a temporary ban on the sale of wildlife in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan that is suspected to have originated in the city’s wet market.

While the focus is on demand in China for live and dead animals for consumption for questionable health reasons, Myanmar is caught in the cross-hairs as an important transit route in the illicit trade.

Petition Ban Canned Hunting

Ban Canned Hunting! You came to knife fight with a loaded rifle.. Next time, come barehanded we’ll call it fair.

Born to be murdered.. South Africa is a dream for hunters – Thousand of hunting tourists from Europe and the USA travel to the region for one brutal reason, they then bring home dead animals instead of photos as souvenirs, totally unnecessary and cruel.

Nearly all wild species are available – even protected species like elephants: it’s just a question of money. An especially perfidious form of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting” of lions.

Canned Hunting

The most extreme variety of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting”. Most of the victims are lions, which are served to their hunters on a silver platter: The animals are kept in fenced areas and then simply shot and many have suffering because of bad aiming or handling of rifles.

The lions are bred on farms and raised by hand. They hardly demonstrate any shyness of humans. The animals can’t escape from the cages. Occasionally they are attracted with bait, sometimes they are even sedated with medicine.Anyone can go and hunt lions in South Africa – a hunting licence or proven hunting experience isn’t usually necessary. This means that many lions aren’t killed by the first shot which results in them experiencing an agonising death.

Rapid boominq breeding farms and shootings

For trophy hunting in South Africa, lions are bred on more than 190 farms, usually raised by hand and accustomed to humans. In the last six years, the number of farm lions has risen by 250 percent. Today, more than 6,000 captive animals are threatened with the same gruesome fate – more than ever before.

First a pet …

Many of the young animals must then serve as tourist attractions where people can pet them, take photos with them and take them for walks. Unwitting tourists visit these farms and pay money to look at or touch young lion cubs. That they are thereby supporting a horrific industry, an industry that even many hunting associations reject as being unethical, is something that most of the tourists don’t know.

… then shot

The lions reach the trophy age after four to seven years and are then offered to the hunters for shooting. In many cases the ‘hunting’ isn’t carried out on the same farm that the animal was bred at. Instead the lions are transported to other areas and shot there.

Danger for wild lions

The supporters of Canned Hunting claim that Canned Hunting serves to protect the species. In fact the opposite is the case: The increasing number of trophy hunting tours on offer is increasing the pressure on the lion populations living in the wild. An increasing number of animals are captured in the wild for breeding purposes

Please sign Gabo’s Petition, I will personally hand it to the government this summer when I will be working on a conservation project on South African this year..