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Protect your furry, four-legged companions on the 4th of July! 🎇

Fireworks are a staple for the 4th of July; however, the loud sounds can be incredibly terrifying and stressful for your companion animals.

In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters because the scary noises often cause animals to run away out of fear. Here are five ways you can help keep your companion animal safe during July 4th celebrations.

1. Make sure your companion animals are properly identified.

In the unfortunate event your companion animal does run away, ensure he/she is wearing a collar with an ID tag that displays your name, phone number, and address. It’s also a good idea to get him/her microchipped and registered (if they aren’t already) to better help identify them if they do run away.

2. Avoid noisy areas.

If you plan on partaking in the 4th of July festivities, avoid bringing your companion animal to crowded, noisy events—especially if they include firework displays.

3. Don’t leave your companion animals outside.

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but even if you think your backyard is secure, do not leave your companion animals outside during the hectic festivities. Keep them safe and help alleviate their stress by bringing them inside.

4. Make your companion animals comfortable.

If you do plan on going out for the 4th of July celebrations, make sure your companion animal is comfortable, and ensure your home is escape-proof. Make sure all of the windows are closed, lower the blinds/close the curtains, and give them a cozy bed or crate to help them feel safe throughout the night.

5. After the celebrations, make sure your yard is clear of fireworks debris.

Even if you didn’t set off fireworks, debris from your neighbors’ 4th of July festivities can make their way onto your property and into the mouths of your beloved companion animals. Before you let them outside to play, ensure your yard is clear of any items that could be dangerous to your pets.

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Human negligence causes deaths of 10 bears in Prince George this spring

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Bear cubs being transferred to Northern Lights Wildlife Society (Cole Kelly, MyPgNow.com staff

Though it’s preventable, the problem still persists.

Prince George Conservation Officers have had to euthanize 10 bears since April, just over two months, due to human negligence.

Two more bear cubs were transferred to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society this week, luckily, they had not been habituated to human food sources, so they have the chance of being rehabilitated back into the wild.

For Sargent Steve Ackles, it’s a frustrating issue.

“I had a lady tell me this morning that it was inconvenient for her to put her garbage in the garage,” he told MyPGNow.

“We’re in the 21st Century and people know what they should do, they’re either just lazy, or don’t want to be inconvenienced and it results in the killing of bears that never should have been conditioned and habituated in the first place.”

When bears become accustomed to a certain food source, like garbage or bird feeders, they become physically defensive of them, making them a danger to the public.

Ackles said those two cubs would also have been killed had they been accustomed to human food, a task that he takes no pleasure from.

“It’s the most horrible thing we have to do in our job.”

“We got into this business to enforce the laws and protect fish and wildlife and the environment, and you know, a little bit of buy in from the public goes a long ways. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like they’re buying in.”

He wanted to reiterate that the Conservation Service does not just destroy a bear because they are present, but because of the behaviours they are exhibiting.

“A lot of times nowadays people don’t call it in because they think we are just going to come and euthanize them. Then first call we get about that bear is that it’s breaking into a car or something that is way over the behaviour spectrum that is considered allowable, that we consider to be a public safety issue.”

“We have no choices then. People have sealed that bear’s fate by not reporting it when it was just starting to come into a populated area and we can at least try to save that bear.”

https://www.myprincegeorgenow.com/101994/watch-human-negligence-causes-death-of-10-bears-in-prince-george-this-spring/

Heroic Pigeons

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During World War I, a pigeon named Cher Ami flew for the US Army Signal Corp in France, and served on the front lines for many months. She is credited with single-handedly saving the lives of over 200 American soldiers by flying 25 miles and through a sky of bullets, sustaining serious injuries in the process, to deliver a life-saving message to the Allied lines on behalf of the embattled 77th Infantry Division.  Cher Ami was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and the “silver medal” by General Pershing for his heroism and bravery.

What a contrast with how we treat pigeons in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, pigeons like Cher Ami are netted, often unlawfully and from out of state, stockpiled, and then used for live target shooting competitions known as pigeon shoots.

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15 Fascinating Facts About Groundhogs | Care2 Causes

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Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on February 1, 2017.

A lot of us probably don’t give much thought to groundhogs until February 2 rolls around each year, but here are some interesting facts to help you appreciate these unique critters.

According to Groundhog Day legend, their shadows can predict how much longer winter will last. No matter the outcome, it’s bad news the most famous groundhog, “Punxsutawney Phil.”

1. They’re called whistle pigs

Groundhogs are also called ground beavers, woodchucks and whistle pigs, thanks to the high-pitched warning sound they make. Incidentally, the name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood. It’s derived from the Native American word “wuchak,” which means “digger.”

2. They’re essentially giant squirrels

Groundhogs are rodents — marmots, specifically — that are very closely related to squirrels. ”They are giant ground squirrels is what they are,” Richard Thorington, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, told National Geographic.

3. They live in giant burrows with several “rooms”

Groundhogs build huge burrows for themselves that can be as long as 66 feet. These homes have multiple levels with several “rooms” and exits. “They have a burrow for hibernating, and then they have another section of the burrow that’s more like their summer home where they can come out more easily,” Stam Zervanos, a retired Pennsylvania State University biology professor, told National Geographic.

4. …including separate “bathrooms”

Just like our homes, the burrows have separate “bathrooms” in which groundhogs relieve themselves.

5. They may build multiple burrows.

It seems like a lot of work, but groundhogs may build more than one burrow. They can move around from burrow to burrow, but most stay in the same territories every year.

 

 

 

6. They’re climbers

Groundhogs can climb trees to escape from predators like dogs, wolves and coyotes.

7. They have good taste in food

Although they weigh less than 14 pounds, groundhogs can eat over a pound of vegetation every day. As for their diet, groundhogs are gourmets. “They’re selective,” Thorington told National Geographic. “They’ll go for your best cabbages and best foods that you have out there.”

8. Farmers aren’t major fans of groundhogs

Given the groundhog’s preferred diet, it’s no surprise that farmers aren’t the biggest fans of these critters. Not only do groundhogs eat the best of their crops, but tractors can also easily break an axle driving over their burrows.

9. Groundhogs are not social butterflies

Groundhogs prefer to be alone, and that includes moms. “The mother nurses the young, and then shortly after they’re weaned, they tend to go off on their own,” Thorington said, adding that groundhogs are “about as asocial as you can get.”

 

 

 

 

10. They greet each other with Eskimo kisses

According to Scientific American, one groundhog touches his or her nose to the mouth of the other groundhog.

11. Groundhogs hibernate from late fall until early spring

Males wake up early to check out their territory for a mate — “and there’s some competition for that territory,” Zervanos told National Geographic. “They try to defend that territory, and they go from burrow to burrow to find out if that female is still there.” Once a male finds a female he can mate with … nothing happens. He returns to his burrow and goes back to sleep for a month or so.

12. Their mating season lasts only 10 days

Groundhogs mate in early March. Thanks to their natural good timing, groundhogs are able to stop hibernating just in time to produce more groundhogs.

13. The Groundhog Day tradition originated in Europe

In Europe, other animals predicted how long winter would last. “When the Europeans came over here, they didn’t have any hedgehogs or badgers to lay the blame on, so I think the groundhog got it by being here and being a good size,” Thorington said.

14. Groundhog Day isn’t much fun for “Punxsutawney Phil”

Instead of being allowed to hibernate, the chosen groundhog is put on a display in a local library. On February 2, he’s subjected to a stressful parade and news conference.

15. A prior tragedy was fatal for a famous groundhog

During a 2014 Groundhog Day celebration in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Chuck, a famous groundhog from the Staten Island Zoo. Chuck died from his injuries.

 

 

This seems like a really good reason to drop the use of live animals on Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania, New York and everywhere else, doesn’t it?

https://www.care2.com/causes/15-fascinating-facts-about-groundhogs.html

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Are larger dogs smarter than smaller dogs? In some ways, say scientists – FIREPAW, Inc.

According to the results from a new scientific study, bigger dogs have better short-term memory and self-control then smaller dogs, but in other areas of intelligence there is no difference…

More scientifically, the study demonstrated that bigger dogs, with larger brains, perform better on certain measures of intelligence then they’re smaller canine counterparts.

Continue reading here…

https://firepaw.org/2019/01/30/are-larger-dogs-smarter-than-smaller-dogs-in-some-ways-say-scientists/

Frigid Cold Weather Hitting The US Again

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Please… if you see an animal stuck out in the cold…talk to the people, encourage them to bring them in or call your local humane society!

I hope everyone is safe and warm…❄️

A Must See Short Film! Grizzly Country Examines Doug Peacock’s Extraordinary Life Spent Saving Grizzly Bears In The Wild – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
January 23, 2019

With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes in the new short documentary Grizzly Country.
The 11-minute short film shows a glimpse into Peacock’s life and his tireless efforts to protect the North American grizzly bear and its declining habitat.

As noted by the filmmakers, Edward Abbey’s famous character, George Hayduke, in The Monkey Wrench Gang may be based on Peacock, but it is his work documenting and defending the grizzly bear that has defined his life for the last 50 years.
After serving as a Green Beret combat medic in the Vietnam War, Peacock sought spiritual refuge in the rugged wilderness of Wyoming and Montana. It was during these frequent backcountry trips that Peacock made contact with the grizzly bear and awoke a deep sense of personal humility. The bear’s presence became the foundation for Peacock’s recovery, and from that point forward, he felt duty-bound to be their voice in the human world.
Grizzly Country examines Peacock’s crusade as more than just a fight for the grizzly, but as a metaphor for the relationship between humans and wild places.

If future populations of grizzlies suffer because of global warming and widespread human development, it is not a lack of adaptation on the part of the bear. For Peacock, it is the absence of human deference to places we cannot control that ultimately fails grizzly bears.
As Peacock stated, “without our arrogance and firearms and dominion, we’re just another flavor of meat.”
“Grizzlies and homo sapiens evolved out of the same habitats and still walk the common path. We are brothers,” said Peacock. “With the beast of climate change ravaging the earth, the mingled fates of men and bears are sealed forever.”

Grizzly County, is now available for digital distribution and online viewing here! http://www.grizzlycountyfilm.com

Filmed and directed by Ben Moon and produced by San Francisco based Peak Design, Grizzly Country aims to bring light to the critical work of Doug Peacock’s organizations, Round River Conservation Studies and Save the Yellowstone Grizzly.
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Horse lays his head on coffin as he mourns the loss of his beloved human best friend

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No amount of words stitched together could exactly paint the pain of losing someone. Knowing that you wouldn’t be able to see and be with the person who held a special place in your life, sure is hard to bear. Thus, it is not surprising to see outburst of emotions and hear sentimental anecdotes during a funeral. After all, it is not easy to bid farewell to a person who played a big role in your life.

Though it is normal to witness people mourning the death of their loved ones, seeing animals grieving over the demise of their human is a different story. Over the years, the ability of animals to feel emotion such as joy, sadness, grief, excitement and other feelings similar with humans has been questioned.

However, there are new researches showing that animals are equally capable of feeling emotions just like people. The only difference is that humans can process why they are feeling certain emotions, while animals cannot.

A touching incident during a funeral in Paraiba, Brazil has taken the incident by storm. The heart-wrenching and heartwarming viral incident is proving to the world that animals, like horses, also know what it means to lose a loved one.

Wagner Wagner Lima and his trusted horse, Sereno enjoy spending time with each other. Sadly, the time they cherished so much was cut short due to Lima’s untimely demise. Due to injuries he attained from an unfortunate traffic accident while he was on his way home, Lima succumbed to death. Being a man of character, his sudden death left his family, friends, and his horse devastated.

To send Lima on his final resting place, a number of his family members, friends, and loved ones gathered together for a funeral procession. Sereno, his horse, also took part in the funeral procession because Wando, his brother, knew how much the two mean to each other.

Although Lima treated his horse as his friend, it was only during the funeral that people realized that Sereno loved and cared for Lima so much as well. While the funeral vehicle carrying Lima’s casket reached the gathering, Sereno seemed to know that it really is goodbye for them.

“[Sereno] began to walk around the coffin, smelling the coffin. Then he neighed,” Kyioshi Abreu, one of the funeral attendees, shared in an interview. “It was a very strong emotion. Everyone who was there was moved. I cried myself when I saw that scene.”

The grieving horse then stopped from his tracks and rested his head against Lima’s casket- a sight that warmed their hearts.

“This horse was everything to him,” Wando added. “It was as if the horse knew what was happening and wanted to say goodbye. All the way to the cemetery, he would whimper and beat his paws on the ground.”

The grieving horse then joined the procession led by Wando to deliver Lima to his final resting place in the city of Cajazeiras.

Lima may be gone here on Earth, but the vibrant memories he had made will surely be cherished by his horse, Sereno. In addition, according to Wando, he would not let Sereno grieve alone. He would take him to his family in honor of the memories he have for his late brother. And although nothing would ever compare to the bond between Lima and Sereno, it sure reassuring to know that Wando is ready to fill the place of his deceased brother.

Watch the touching farewell below and SHARE Lima and Sereno’s one-of-a-kind story that goes to show how big and beautiful an animal’s heart could be!

 

 

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Feds Begin Selling Wild Horses Captured in California for $1 Each

Straight from the Horse's Heart

as published on EcoWatch by Lorraine Chow

“The Forest Service is treating these national treasures like trash by selling them for one dollar a piece…”

About 200 horses are available for adoption and sale until Feb. 18. The fee for purchase “with limitations” has been reduced to $1 per horse, down from the original price of $25. The fee for adoption is $125.

“With limitations” includes a stipulation that prohibits using the horses for human consumption. Other requirements include appropriate transportation, adequate space and healthy accommodations for the animals, according to Ruidoso News.

The horses now up for sale and adoption are all 10 years and older. They were among the 932 mustangs that were gathered via helicopters in the territory near Alturas, California between Oct. 10 and Nov. 8.

The gathering of wild horses has prompted fierce debate about how to control populations. On the one hand, the…

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Funeral home lets loyal dog visit so she can say one last goodbye to beloved human companion

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Not even death can keep best friends apart. When someone we love and cherish dies, a part of us dies with them, but they remain alive in our hearts. Whatever we experience as humans could be as painful and heart-wrenching for dogs, probably the most loving and loyal creatures in the world.

As any dog lover could attest to, these furry creatures are dependable companions who are fiercely devoted to love and protect their human owners at all times. And they do so without expecting anything in return, except perhaps a warm hug or a scratch on the ears.

Sadie the dog proved she truly is man’s best friend when she grieved with the family after her owner’s untimely death earlier this year because of a heart attack. They were together for 13 years, and very much a part of each other’s lives. According to accounts of the day of the heart attack, Sadie stayed beside her owner and was putting her head on and under his hand even after it was clear that the paramedics couldn’t revive him.

Family and friends, as expected, mourned the death of the man, but it seemed Sadie was even more overwhelmed by grief. For ten days before the funeral, she couldn’t eat and sleep properly, and was said to have lost 10 lbs.

On the day of the burial service, in an ultimate testament of love, Sadie paid his last respects to his owner. As if gathering strength and support from each other in that difficult time, the widow Julia and the owner’s best friend — Sadie the dog — stood side by side in front of the casket as they took one last look on the man they both loved.

“The dog was as important as a spouse and child, so it was important that we allowed it to happen,” explained Jeremy May, president of Elements Cremation, Pre-planning & Burial in British Columbia, Canada.
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In an interview with The Dodo, May recounted, “As Sadie approached the casket you could both feel and hear the emotion in the room from the guests. Not a dry eye in the room. It was an emotional and hair-raising moment.”

The funeral home posted on Facebook a photo that captured that touching moment. The post has gone viral with 1,700 reactions, 400 shares, and more than a hundred comments to date — many of them sending love and prayers both “for Sadie and her mom.” It was clear that dogs and humans are best friends and family members rolled into one. The affectionate bond endures for years, and not even sickness and death can weaken or break up that connection.

Below is the full text of Elements Cremation social media post:

“Please share this very beautiful story. This photo has touched us so deeply at Elements Cremation, Pre-planning & Burial and we and the family want to share it with you.

This photograph captures a special moment between a man, his wife and their best friend. She had recently lost her dear husband to a sudden heart attack and wanted to see him one last time to say goodbye. When he had passed away at home their dog Sadie would not leave his side. After the death, she showed signs of depression, would not eat and waited for him to come home everyday. The wife believed that Sadie could also benefit from saying goodbye and getting closure herself, and she was right!

After 10 days of not eating and 10lbs of weight loss, the moment Sadie walked in her home again after the service she ate her first meal. Amazing! A heart wrenching, yet beautiful story. “

A caring, devoted, and faithful friend until the end — that’s Sadie for sure.

https://positiveoutlooksblog.com/funeral-home-lets-loyal-dog-visit-so-she-can-say-one-last-goodbye-to-beloved-human-companion/

Breaking! Beginning On December 18th, Delta Air Lines Bans Support Animals On Flights Longer Than 8 Hours – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
December 11, 2018

With little more than one week’s notice, Delta Air Lines has announced more restrictions that will negatively affect pet parents and their support or service animals; especially those planning to travel during this busy holiday season.
As per its website, beginning on December 18th, Delta Air Lines will not allow any service or support animals under four months of age on any flight due to USDA vaccination requirements.
The new rules also ban emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours.
According to the Atlanta-based airline, it will honor tickets that were purchased prior to December 18th with a request to travel with an emotional support animal.
As of February 1, 2019, however, emotional support animals will not be allowed on these longer flights regardless of when the tickets were purchased.
Perhaps Delta Air Lines should also update their website and their statement welcoming both emotional support animals and service dogs, “we know that both types of animals provide invaluable services and we welcome both on our flights.”
All airports in the United States are now required to provide designated animal relief areas to accommodate service animals and pets.
The discriminatory move follows a July 10th announcement by Delta Air Lines that it is “no longer accepting pit bull type dogs as service or support animals.”
Further information about Delta Air Lines support and service animals’ policies can be found on its website or by calling 404-209-3434.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-beginning-on-december-18th-delta-airlines-bans-support-animals-on-flights-longer-than-8-hours/

 

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Legal Battle Continues; a herd in danger

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(Informal short update on the legal fight against mine approval). Reading list at the bottom of the page.

This summer many of you remember the way we found out about the Canadian Fiore Gold project? It was a bit of a shock after BLM announced an “emergency” that would afford absolutely no transparency of the removal of wild horses in a subset population of Pancake.

We had to engage legally to simply be able to observe wild horses held at temporary, that BLM placed on reservation land (always makes me suspicious and can often indicate some other project where a bit of “cash in pocket” can create a more conducive climate for agreements). Then BLM cancelled the operation and was supposed to notify if it resumed. BLM did not notify. BLM did not create a tour of the Broken Arrow (Indian Lakes)…

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Why It’s So Hard to Help Pets in Natural Disasters | Care2 Causes

The Camp Fire started with a spark — and, thanks to the wind, it turned into a terrifying blaze in a matter of hours. The fire burned so fast that evacuation orders sometimes couldn’t keep up. With thousands of structures destroyed and a growing death toll, the Camp Fire is the deadliest blaze in California history — and in addition to human victims, it’s claimed a number of animals, as well.

Among those who survived, some are safely sheltering with their people or settled into foster homes, but thousands more are being picked up and cared for by rescue groups. The process of reuniting pets and humans may take weeks or months, and it will involve an extended sheltering and rescue effort. In Santa Rosa, California, where a massive wildfire tore through the city last October, rescuers are still trapping “fire cats” and helping them get home to their people.

In Butte County, men like Jeff Evans are feeding and checking on animals inside the disaster zone since their families can’t reach them. Meanwhile, a feline burn victim is making headlines after falling in love with a firefighter — and firefighters have been spending time at local veterinary clinics visiting with rescued animals, in addition to benefiting from the presence of therapy animals traveling to the front lines to offer comfort.
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Another fire crew rescued Charlie the cat, who was ultimately reunited with his family thanks to publicity. First responders like firefighters tend to be first to see animals like “Camp” the dog in need, but a TV crew helped rescue some trapped dogs, too! For instance, Sacramento Beereporter Ryan Sabalow rescued a badly burned cat, London, and successfully located its guardian.

Rescuers range from trained professionals to volunteers from all walks of life, and their efforts are vital whether they’re cleaning enclosures, sorting donations or providing skilled veterinary care.

The story of the people coming together to support the animal victims of the Camp Fire is remarkable and inspiring, but it’s also a reminder that fire evacuation sometimes happens so fast that people — and their pets — have difficulty getting out alive.

While some on social media have been swift to criticize people who couldn’t get their pets out, that elides people who had animals at home while they were at work and unable to get into the evacuation zone, as well as those with pets who escaped before they could be evacuated. Many of those panicked, heartbroken people are hoping they recognize the faces of their animals on the news and also fearing the worst.

We’ve learned a lot about handling animal care and sheltering needs in disasters, with experienced groups like the San Diego Humane Society, the Humane Society of the United States, and RedRover moving in quickly to provide on the ground support, alongside the North Valley Animal Disaster Group and Butte Humane Society.

Another lesson we’ve learned is the value of evacuating animals from shelters as quickly as possible — and getting adoptable animals distributed to out-of-area shelters, like the San Francisco ASPCA, to make room for evacuees and rescues. The magnitude of this disaster means that some fire pets are being evacuated to out of area shelters for care, but they won’t be made available for adoption until every possible effort has been made to reunite them with their families.

Rescue groups are also swift to set up sheltering and care facilities; the Chico Airport has turned into a massive animal care site, with 1,500 temporary residents. Meanwhile, the University of California, Davis is treating badly injured animals — you can learn more about the animals in their care, look for your pets and find out how to donate here. NVDAG is also maintaining a growing database of animals in care for pet guardians to search, and VCA Valley Oak Veterinary Center is cataloging burn patients.

Be advised that fire injuries can change the way animals look quite dramatically, including distorting features and discoloring fur. Having photographs and documentation of the animal’s chip can help with a successful reunion.

A similar animal rescue has sprung up around Southern California’s Woolsey Fire, where a news reporter took up the cause of a cat rescued from a burning home and has been providing regular updates. Rescue groups have also raised concern about the evacuation of large animals, including exotics, from the Woolsey fire zone; a now-famous picture of exotic animals seeking shelter on a beach has been making headlines around the world.

https://www.care2.com/causes/why-its-so-hard-to-help-pets-in-natural-disasters.html

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Why Are Travel Associations Blatantly Disregarding Animal Cruelty At Wildlife Attractions Worldwide? – World Animal News

World Animal Protection’s (WFPA) new research revealed that a shocking high number of the world’s travel trade associations are lagging in providing Animal Welfare guidelines to travel companies. The majority are doing nothing to prevent Wildlife cruelty in tourism.

Over 550,000 wild animals are suffering endlessly just to entertain tourist. The research shows that travel associations must do more to protect them.

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https://worldanimalnews.com/why-are-travel-associations-blatantly-disregarding-animal-cruelty-at-wildlife-attractions-worldwide/

PETITION: PETA Asia Exposes Extreme Cruelty in Badger-Brush Industry

You can help stop this…there’s no reason to use animal-hair brushes, especially when there are so many high-quality alternatives available. For the sake of badgers suffering on these farms, please, only buy synthetic brushes. Please continue reading here and sign petition…

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Breaking News-Why Has The Ontario SPCA Announced A Plan To Stop Investigations Of Animal Cruelty Involving Horses & Farm Animals? – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
November 2, 2018

There seems to be confusion and controversy brewing around the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
Per the Canadian Press Service, the local animal welfare agency has stated that it needs to restructure, beginning with stopping investigations into animal cruelty cases involving farm animals and horses.
Lack of funding and years of financial losses are reportedly the reasons for OSPCA’s controversial need to restructure.
The organization wants to shift the investigations to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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The government, which reportedly pays the OSPCA $5.75 million each year to handle all animal welfare issues, was not aware of the change that some insiders are calling “immanent.”
Under their current agreement, OSPCA is responsible for maintaining “a call center to respond to animal cruelty tips, a major case team to investigate complex cases, a registry of zoos and aquariums and specialists to investigate those facilities.”
OSPCA is also tasked with maintaining animal cruelty coverage of First Nations, an indigenous American Indian community in Canada, as well as Northern Ontario.
The OSPCA Act also gives the OSPCA officers the power to impose legal charges for both provincial offences and animal cruelty charges, as well as the authority to “inspect premises where animals are kept for the purposes of exhibit, entertainment, boarding, hire or sale.”

WAN contacted Melissa Kosowan of the OSPCA communications department to try to gain some clarity on the situation.
Kosowan sent WAN the following official statement:
“The Ontario SPCA would like to assure the public that we continue to investigate animal welfare concerns relating to livestock and horses.
In addition to the charitable programs the Society provides for the welfare of animals, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is under contract by the Province of Ontario to enforce provincial animal welfare legislation. The Society is here to serve animals and we want to do what’s in their best interest. To do that, we need to consider adjustments to provide the best possible protection of animals within funding provided by the Government of Ontario.10454231_10153233439816648_2952583822718898039_o-632x420230748713.jpg

One consideration includes restructuring our role in cases that occur with large animals in rural areas. Our hope is to become a supporting agency to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to provide urgent and ongoing care to animals while Ministry personnel focus on enforcing government legislation.
As these discussions have yet to occur, we cannot provide additional details at this time. However, the Ontario SPCA has always been a resource for animals across the province; this restructuring will identify ways animals can be better supported within the resources provided by the government.”
Meanwhile, as per CBC News, Ottawa police said in a statement that “officers have the authority to investigate animal cruelty complaints and lay charges, but would not address whether officers have the proper training to investigate those complaints.”
“Investigating abuses of livestock is specialized and it’s unlikely most police forces across the province have that type of training,” Ottawa Humane Society executive director Bruce Roney told the media outlet. “Police certainly have their hands full with human crimes and always in that situation, we’re worried that crimes against animals will be given a low priority.”
While Roney has had his own issues with the OSPCA taking away the Ottawa Humane Society’s powers to investigate animal cruelty in 2016, his current concerns regarding this situation seem to be valid.

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G & C Dog and Cat Food Recall Expands

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G & C Dog and Cat Food Recall Expands
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October 24, 2018 — G & C Raw of Versailles, Ohio, is recalling all products lots manufactured from February 27, 2018 through July 20, 2018, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Affected products are sold under the brand names G & C Raw Dog Food and G & C Raw Cat Food and sold through direct distribution to customers.
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No product images have been provided by either the company or the Food and Drug Administration.
About Listeria

Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in animals eating the products.

Furthermore, there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, aches, fever, and diarrhea.

Listeria monocytogenes infections can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Listeria monocytogenes infections are rare, and pets may display symptoms such as mild to severe diarrhea, anorexia, fever, nervous, muscular and respiratory signs, abortion, depression, shock, and death.

In addition to the possibility of becoming sick, such infected animals can shed Listeria monocytogenes through their feces onto their coats and into the home environment and thus serve as sources of infection to humans and other animals in the household.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Where Was Product Distributed?

Recalled products were distributed by direct delivery and may have been sent to the following states:

Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Michigan
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Tennessee

What’s Being Recalled?

The manufacture dates are included at the end of the lot number.

For example, the pet food product manufactured on February 27, 2018 has a lot code of that ends with 022718.

The company is now recalling all products with lot numbers that end in 022718 through 072018.

The recalled dog food products include:

Beef Veggie Mix Dog Food
Ground Beef Dog Food
Sliced Beef Heart Dog Food
Ground Beef Heart Dog Food
Kim’s Special Beef Organ Dog Food
Ground Chicken Dog Food
Chicken Veggie Mix Dog Food
Chicken Mix Patties Dog Food
Duck Veggie Mix Dog Food
Ground Duck Dog Food
Ground Rabbit Dog Food
Rabbit Veggie Mix Dog Food
Ground Lamb Dog Food
Lamb Veggie Mix Dog Food
Ground Beef Pancreas Dog Food
Beef Liver Chunks Dog Food
Beef Sweet Breads Dog Food
Ground Pork Dog Food
Pork Veggie Mix Dog Food
Shelby’s Pork Organ Mix Dog Food
Ground Pollock Dog Food
Turkey Veggie Mix Dog Food
Ground Turkey Dog Food
Tripe Dog Food

The recalled cat food products include:

Pat’s Cat Beef
Pat’s Cat Chicken
Pat’s Cat Turkey
Pat’s Cat Duck
Pat’s Cat Rabbit

No confirmed illnesses have been reported to date.
What Caused the Recall?

The recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the Ohio Department of Agriculture which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria.
What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the products are urged to return them to G & C Raw, 225 N. West Street, Versailles, OH, for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact G & C Raw at 937-827-0010 from 9 to 5 pm Easter Time or by email at mgcrawdogfood@yahoo.com.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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Elephants can do Maths – FIREPAW, Inc.

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Elephants can do Maths – FIREPAW, Inc.
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The results of a new animal cognition study have demonstrated that Asian elephants have math skills similar to humans.


Experimental evidence shows that Asian elephants possess numerical skills similar to those in humans

Overview

Asian elephants demonstrate numeric ability which is closer to that observed in humans rather than in other animals. This is according to lead author Naoko Irie of SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) in Japan. In a study published in the Springer-branded Journal of Ethology, Irie and her colleagues found that an Asian elephants’ sense of numbers is not affected by distance, magnitude or ratios of presented numerosities, and therefore provides initial experimental evidence that non-human animals have cognitive characteristics similar to human counting.

The study

In this study, the researchers aimed to replicate the results of previous research that already showed that Asian elephants have exceptional numeric competence.

Irie and her colleagues developed a new method to test how well the animals can judge relative quantity. They successfully trained a 14-year old Asian elephant called Authai from the Ueno Zoo in Japan to use a computer-controlled touch panel. The programme was specifically designed to examine the cognition of elephants, so that any unintended factors potentially influencing the results could be ruled out.

Authai was presented with a relative numerosity judgment task on the screen, and then had to indicate with the tip of her trunk which one of the two figures shown to her at a time contained more items. These ranged from 0 to 10 items, and contained pictures of bananas, watermelons and apples. The fruit were not all presented in the same size, to ensure that Authai did not make her choices purely on the total area that was covered with illustrations per card.

The results

Authai was rewarded whenever she chose the figures featuring the larger number of items. This she did correctly 181 out of 271 times — a success rate of 66.8 per cent. Her ability to accurately pinpoint the figure with the most fruits on it was not affected by the magnitude, distance or ratio of the comparisons. Authai’s reaction time was, however, influenced by the distance and ratio between the two figures presented. She needed significantly more time to make her selection between figures where relatively smaller distances and larger ratios were presented.

“This study provides the first experimental evidence that nonhuman animals have cognitive characteristics partially identical to human counting.”

-Dr. Naoko Irie of SOKENDAI, Graduate University for Advanced Studies and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Journal Reference: Naoko Irie, Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, Nobuyuki Kutsukake. Unique numerical competence of Asian elephants on the relative numerosity judgment task. Journal of Ethology, 2018; DOI: 10.1007/s10164-018-0563-y

Overview
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October 4th is World Animal Day

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Did you know… lionesses often give birth at the same time, raising and even nursing all the cubs communally, showing no favoritism for their own offspring…

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While Thousands of People Evacuated From Hurricane Florence, Millions of Animals Drowned on Factory Farms

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Estelle Rayburn

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, countless North Carolina families have packed up their most valuable belongings and evacuated their homes in the interest of their own safety. Most fleeing residents with pets have done everything in their power to bring their dogs, cats, and other animal companions with them or, if doing so wasn’t possible, arranged for them to go somewhere safe during the storm.

On the contrary, the millions of animals trapped inside of North Carolina’s factory farm operations haven’t been given this very basic right to be protected from a horrific death by drowning.
Rather than being treated like the living creatures they are and evacuated along with the majority of the humans and pets in the path of Hurricane Florence, livestock have remained confined inside metal cages with no chance to escape as the state has experienced extreme flooding.

These photos were shared by Woodstock Farm Sanctuary via Steve Helber of the AP, and they illustrate the state that factory farms have been left in. Woodstock writes, “There are nine million pigs across the state, babies living their entire lives inside giant sheds. Mothers in metal cages, unable to save themselves or their piglets.”

At one of the state’s industrial meat production facilities, Sanderson Farms, a whopping 1.7 million chickens have already died, and this number is expected to continue climbing and to include pigs and turkeys as well as flooding persists and farmers remain unable to access the buildings where the surviving animals are stuck suffering without adequate food and water.

This is an absolute tragedy, yet instead of being regretful regarding the massive loss of animal life, all the company seems to be concerned with is how much money it will lose. In a press release, Sanderson Farms described the millions of dead chickens as being “destroyed as a result of flooding,” as if they were disposable objects rather than living, breathing beings.

For this factory farming operation and the numerous others across the state that left countless livestock to drown or starve to death during the storm, innocent farm animals losing their lives is simply seen as a financial loss.

As Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary described the upsetting situation in a Facebook post, “Sad but predictable … Farm animals are the most abused of all, and there wasn’t even an effort to relocate them, which would have been logistically difficult.”

He went on, “At the very least, factory farms should not be located in areas prone to flooding, and tax dollars should [not] be used to reimburse this cruel industry, which ironically and wrongly opened their statement by announcing that they didn’t experience loss of life in the wake of the storm. Please note, chickens and other farm animals are living animals, and their deaths very much represent a loss of life.”

We couldn’t agree more. Quite frankly, it’s difficult for us to fathom how people can be so nonchalant about animals dying en masse. But then again, these creatures would have eventually met a cruel fate at the slaughterhouse even if they hadn’t died in a flood. It’s difficult to say which is worse.

Try as we might to ignore it, the unpleasant reality is that our insatiable appetite for meat and dairy is what is fueling this inhumane industry. The huge demand for cheap animal protein in the U.S. has led to the rise of factory farming and the resultant disturbing treatment of animals as commodities rather than as the intelligent, precious beings they truly are. We also have to acknowledge the horrific irony that industrial animal agriculture contributes immensely to climate change, which is making these huge storms more frequent and powerful, and sadly, in every scenerio, it is the animals who pay the worst price.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. We can all help dismantle this industry and bring about a more sustainable and humane future by swapping out meat and dairy for plant-based alternatives.

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7,000 Insects, Spiders And Lizards Stolen From Philadelphia Museum

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7,000 Insects, Spiders And Lizards Stolen From Philadelphia Museum
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The same week that a fire swept through the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, destroying millions of priceless artifacts, the news broke that about 4,900 miles away in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion had also lost about 90 percent of its collection.

But it wasn’t because of a fire, and it wasn’t historical treasures that are gone from this museum. Thieves stole 7,000 live arachnids, insects and lizards. It could be the largest live insect heist in history, according to the museum’s CEO, Dr. John Cambridge. He, as well as police, believe it was an inside job by current or former employees.

Footage from security cameras shows three people leaving the museum on Aug. 22 with containers that were presumably filled with the arthropods, which are estimated to be worth about $40,000. The thieves also stole the logs used to keep track of the insects. Staff uniforms had been “stabbed into the wall with knives,” the Associated Press reports.

Continue reading here….

https://www.care2.com/causes/7000-insects-spiders-and-lizards-stolen-from-philadelphia-museum.html

Steve’s Real Food Dog and Cat Food Recall

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Steve’s Real Food Dog and Cat Food Recall
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September 7, 2018 — Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of its raw frozen dog and cat foods due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

The affected products were nationally distributed and are identified with the following UPC codes and “Best by” dates located on the front of the bag.

Steve’s Real Food Turducken Recipe
Package size: 5-pounds
Lot number: J155
Best By Date: 6/4/19
UPC: 6-91730-15304-5
Quest Emu Diet
Package size: 2-pounds
Lot number: B138
Best By Date: 5/18/19
UPC: 6-91730-17103-2
Quest Beef Diet
Package size: 2-pounds
Lot number: A138
Best By Date: 5/18/19
UPC: 6-91730-17101-8

About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella and L. mono can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

Symptoms of infection in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella and/or L. mono infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
What Caused the Recall?

This recall is being initiated after the firm was notified by the Washington Department of Agriculture when sample was collected and tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria.

The firm did conduct its own test which produced a negative result for both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

However, because of the company’s commitment to overall safety and quality, Steve’s Real Food is conducting a voluntary recall of these products.

Consumers should also follow the safe handling tips published on the Steve’s Real Food packaging, when disposing of the affected product.

No pet or human illnesses from this product have been reported to date.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
What to Do?

Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code and best buy date of the affected pet foods.

Any product with the noted lot code and best buy dates should be returned to the specialty retailer where product was purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Steve’s Real Food at 888-526-1900, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm MT.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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Agriculture Canine | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Agriculture Canine | U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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Dogs have a long history of working in partnership with humans. Building on this partnership between humans and dogs, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) detector dogs are a key tool for screening passengers and cargo to prevent the introduction of harmful plant pests and foreign animal disease from entering the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Detector DogThe ability to discriminate and target a specific odor, such as that of an orange or even a live snail, makes dogs an invaluable tool in detecting prohibited agricultural items hidden from view. When it comes to finding prohibited fruit, vegetables, plants, and meat products from high-risk countries, the nose knows. A trained agriculture dog can scan a piece of luggage for smuggled or forgotten fruits in mere seconds. Understandably, it takes an officer much longer to open and visually inspect the same bag.

In 1984, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established its detector dog program Beagle Brigade” at the Los Angeles Inter-national Airport with one beagle trained to sniff out plants and animal products in luggage and carry-on items arriving on international flights. Beagles and beagle mixes are the preferred breed of dog at the airport because of their keen sense of smell, non-threatening size, high food drive, and gentle disposition with the public.

Drug Dog Sniffing boxesIn 2000, USDA started using larger dogs outside the passenger environment by employing Labrador retrievers (labs), this launched the “Border Brigade” on the Mexican and Canadian borders, and “Cargo Brigade” in the CBP cargo inspection facilities at airports and seaports.

In 2003, when USDA transferred agricultural inspectors to CBP, approximately 75 canine teams were included. Today, more than 116 CBP agriculture canine teams provide screening at the border crossings, preclearance locations, air passenger terminals, cruise terminals, cargo warehouses, and mail facilities that process international passengers and commodities.

All the detector dogs at the USDA National Detector Dog Training Center (NDDTC) are adopted from rescue shelters in the U.S. or come to the program from private donations. A facility was constructed in 2009 specifically for NDDTC near Atlanta, Georgia. The facility incorporates environmentally conscious features in accordance with the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Drug Dog sniffing suitcasesBefore the selected beagles or labs can start their specialized work, they have to be trained. All CBP agriculture canine officers and their canine partners complete the initial 10-13 week CBP Agriculture Specialist Canine Training at the NDDTC. Training and evaluation continues at the team’s home port to maintain their skills. Depending on the working environment, the dogs are trained to give either a passive/sitting response or an active response by pawing to indicate the presence of an agricultural product. Regardless of the behavioral response, food (dog treats) and positive praise from their handler is the reward that increases their proficiency.

Drug Dog being trained

In addition to their important detection work, agriculture canine teams make the public aware of the important role that agriculture plays in CBP’s overall mission and in the U.S. economy. The special role of the agriculture detector dog program in protecting American agriculture and its public appeal make it ideal for public outreach activities. Agriculture canine teams have given thousands of demonstrations to audiences of all ages. At schools, media interviews, fairs or other events, the agriculture detector dog teams are always ready to steal the show, greeting the public with happy faces and wagging tails.

https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-agriculture/agriculture-canine

Service dog calms veteran with PTSD in the middle of an interview

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Service dog calms veteran with PTSD in the middle of an interview
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, is a mental health issue that causes the victim of it to suffer from severe anxiety, unwanted flashbacks, and haunting dreams. According to statistics, the invisible illness, PTSD affects around 7.7 million of American adults. And most of the people who can share how it is like to battle against PTSD are the honorable men of the U.S. army.

One of them is a US veteran who served the army for 16 years, Erick Scott. With Erick Scott’s physical demeanor, you can already tell that he is a strong man. And the ink tattooed on his skin: a skull, an empty combat boots, a memorial of the time he served in Iraq, and a soldier’s cross to remember his fallen comrades, symbolizes how honorable Erick is.

However, what the public eyes fail to see, is his battle against his inner demons triggered by his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Erick recalled about the one advise his father, the person he respected the most, gave him that he cannot forget. “Son, you’ve got eleven guys, he said make sure you bring them all back.”

Sadly, some of his comrades perished in the battlefield, “That’s the last thing he [Erick’s father] told me… and they didn’t all come back.” Until today, Erick feels responsible for the life of his comrades who were not able to come back alive from their service. This is one of the nightmares haunting him at night, making it hard for him to have a good night sleep.

“I woke up numerous times, hitting my wife for her just laying there or just in a cold sweat,” Erick shared. The nightmare he is experiencing at night, often leaves him breaking in cold-sweat.

After years of experiencing other symptoms of PTSD, Erick finally decided to seek help from professionals. However, he was in denial and felt angry when he was, indeed, diagnosed with PTSD.

Erick tried a lot of medicines to help him cope with his PTSD, however, nothing worked for him. Hence, all of his drugs and medications were simply thrown in the trash bin. Feeling helpless, Erick already believed that there is no hope for him to recover from PTSD. Fortunately, he heard about the ‘K9’s For Warriors.’

K9s For Warriors, is a charitable organization that aims to help the veterans get the service dog that they need. Each service dog received formal training to respond to the manifestations of PTSD, making them the perfect companion for those suffering from PTSD. Through the help of K9’s For Warriors, Erick met Gumbo, the gentle black labrador who quickly responds to Erick whenever he is having a PTSD attack.

Even when Erick was being interviewed with USA Today, Gumbo did not leave his side. As the retired veteran shared how he reacted with his formal diagnosis with PTSD, the dutiful dog, Gumbo sensed a shift in his mood. In a snap, Gumbo nuzzled his head against Erick’s neck, as if he was re-assuring Erick from his agitation and frustration. As a response, Erick pet Gumbo and was able to relax himself.

It is truly amazing how Gumbo quickly sensed that there was already something wrong with Erick. His quick and immediate response to calm Erick down, was delivered in a snap that some people did not even notice that Erick was already experiencing a PTSD attack!

Watch the video below and prepare to be blown away by the quick response a service dog, Gumbo, provided to Erick, a veteran who experienced an actual PTSD attack during his interview.

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There Is A Possum Festival In Florida That Offers Bids To Swing Opossums In The Air For So-Called “Fun,” Absolutely Shocking! – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
August 10, 2018

Photos From Wausau Possum Festival, Facebook
Politics and animal cruelty? That’s what the Wausau Possum Festival seems to represent in Florida. After we found out about this shocking so-called “festival”, we had to dig deepOn its website and Facebook page, the “festival” is promoted as one that “celebrates the Opossum, a nocturnal marsupial.”Strange. While we’re still not completely sure what the festival is about and how it has existed for close to 50 years, the one thing that is clear from the photos is that there was an awful lot of manhandling of innocent animals by many people, including local politicians running campaigns during the 2018 election year.

At the appalling event, festival-goers had the opportunity to bid on an opossum, whoever bids the highest holds it by its tail and proceeds to shake the poor frightened animal in the air. We are just as shocked as you by now. This all takes place during the day, despite opossums being nocturnal animals. Being held captive in cages and then swung around by humans is unfathomable.

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When threatened or harmed, opossums open their mouths, displaying 50 sharp teeth as saliva foams around them. This defense mechanism is an involuntary and automatic physiological response to danger.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat Congressional candidate, Bob Rackleff, bid an undisclosed amount while U.S. Congressman Neal Dunn reportedly paid $950.00 for an opossum.
Gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam paid $600.00. Putnam even shared a photo of himself and his daughter holding the opossum on Twitter, which WAN opted against using in this article.

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Congressional candidate Bob Rackleff

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U.S. Congressman Neal Dunn

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Gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam

Claiming that “it’s for a good cause” as money raised benefits the local volunteer fire department and next year’s Possum Festival, commissioner of agriculture, candidate Denise Grimsley, paid $1,300.00 for her opossum.

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Commissioner of agriculture candidate Denise Grimsley

This is sad and wrong on so many levels and the Possum Festival In Florida must end!

https://worldanimalnews.com/there-is-a-possum-festival-in-florida-that-offers-bids-to-swing-opossums-in-the-air-for-so-called-fun-absolutely-shocking/
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