The Winds of Change Bring Peril for Bats – Defenders of Wildlife Blog

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14 September 2017
The Winds of Change Bring Peril for Bats
Posted by: Pasha Feinberg

Wind power is on the rise and with it is an uptick in bat deaths.

Developing renewable energy is critical to minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing climate change. Wind energy is an important source of American renewable energy and the success of this industry is crucial to our green energy future. However, like all energy types, wind energy is not without its challenges. In the early 2000s, researchers realized that wind turbines were killing bats at record rates.
A Fatal Attraction

Findings from the last decade reveal that wind turbines kill more than half a million bats each year in the United States. The overwhelming majority of the bats killed are migratory bats that are not affected by white-nose syndrome, the pathogenic fungus causing precipitous declines in hibernating bat species.

Wind turbine blades disproportionately strike these migratory bats as they pass through wind farms to forage or migrate. It’s unclear why there are so many collisions, but bats are well-known to be curious creatures and have been documented to change course to check out turbines. Although there’s no scientific consensus on why bats are attracted to turbines—theories range from mistaking turbines as trees for roosting, to seeking out insect prey that congregate near turbines—this behavior puts them at increased risk for collision with the spinning blades.
Bat Numbers Give Us Cause for Pause

As more information becomes available about the interaction of bats and wind energy production, scientists are growing increasingly concerned. Bats are long-lived mammals (many bats live more than a decade, and at least one Brandt’s bat lived for 41 years!) that reproduce slowly, meaning that bat populations are very sensitive to losses of breeding-age adults.

A recent study led by UC Santa Cruz professor Winnifred Frick, whose findings were published in Biological Conservation earlier this year, set out to identify whether mortality from wind turbines could cause bat populations to decline. Professor Frick and her colleagues focused on the bat species most commonly killed by wind turbines: the hoary bat.


The  hoary bat, named for its silver-tipped fur that resembles hoar frost, is a wide-ranging, migratory bat found throughout the United States, into Mexico and Canada. Hoary bats are solitary animals, spending their days roosting in trees until sunset. As it gets dark, these charismatic critters emerge to feed, foraging over great distances as they search for moths and other insects.

Unfortunately, hoary bats seem particularly susceptible to wind turbines, representing over a third (38 percent) of all bats killed at wind energy facilities. Professor Frick and her colleagues sought to determine whether the high mortality rate for hoary bats at wind facilities was sustainable.

Their results were alarming. According to the best available estimates for population size and growth rate, they projected hoary bat populations would decline by 90 percent in the next 50 years due to mortality at wind turbines. If wind energy development continues at expected rates and nothing is done to decrease bat mortality, the fate of the hoary bat will only become more dire.

Unfortunately, the hoary bat is not alone in facing such a bleak future – other migratory bat species may also be at risk. While hoary bats are the hardest hit bat species, other species of migratory bats are also frequently killed by wind turbines. Hoary bats, eastern red bats, and silver-haired bats collectively account for almost 80 percent of all bats killed at turbines. Future research is needed to determine whether there are population-level impacts to eastern red bats and silver-haired bats from wind energy.
What Can Be Done?

Fortunately, there are techniques that the wind industry can adopt so that we do not have to choose between wind energy and these important bat species. Wind industry leaders have stepped up and are proactively working with researchers and government agency staff to create technological solutions to overcome these bats’ fatal attraction to turbines. Technologies to deter bats from approaching turbines, such as playing high frequency noises, lighting the blades with ultraviolet light, using textured turbine coatings, are in development and being tested at pilot sites. We are optimistic that these technologies will be commercially available within the next five years or so, but continued funding and research are needed.

Until these technologies are available, operational changes, such as “feathering” turbine blades so that they don’t spin at low wind speeds (when bats are most active) during important migration periods, can drastically reduce bat deaths. These operational changes can be adopted immediately, but they come with a catch: they reduce the amount energy being produced from each turbine.

It’s not that wind facility operators don’t want to do the right thing–most are aware of the problem and want to minimize bat kills. However, until there is industry-wide adoption, any wind facility that does implement operational curtailment (by strategically feathering turbine blades) is at a competitive disadvantage because it would be producing less energy than a comparably-sized facility that’s not endeavoring to protect bats. In addition, some facilities are contractually obligated to produce a certain amount of energy that leaves little room for seasonal curtailment to protect bats.

If wind facilities trying to protect bats go out of business, that’s a losing scenario for both wildlife and the climate. Thus, saving these bats can’t solely rest on industry – energy consumers need to value wind operators who take measures to protect bats.

It’s a rare opportunity to be able to protect a species before it’s on the verge of extinction, but in order to do any good, we must act swiftly. Allowing hoary bat numbers to continue to decline at a precipitous rate isn’t just bad for bats, it’s bad for industry, too. Protecting bats through preventative solutions available to us now will help keep these species off the Endangered Species List, at which point options may be limited to more expensive conservation measures.
Unlike Vampires, Bats Don’t Live Forever (Plus Vampires are Fake)

Time is of the essence and we cannot afford to delay action. The wind industry, conservation organizations, academia, government, and energy users need to work together to find solutions. Defenders of Wildlife is fully committed to a strong wind energy future while conserving bats. We are working to educate corporate buyers about the importance of purchasing wind energy from responsible operators, while simultaneously advocating for federal, state, and private investment to advance and commercialize technical solutions to reduce the industry’s impacts on wildlife. Tackling this issue now is critical to securing a strong future for the wind energy industry and bats.

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Pasha Feinberg, Renewable Energy & Wildlife Research Associate
Pasha Feinberg is a research associate for the Renewable Energy and Wildlife team, providing scientific research in support of the team’s efforts to ensure that renewable energy development does not occur at the expense of wildlife. Prior to joining Defenders, Pasha earned her B.S. and M.S. in environmental science from Stanford University and conducted ecology research in Mexico, Australia, Tanzania, Kenya, and the United States to better understand the relationships between biodiversity, human health, and other ecosystem functions and services.
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The Animals of Natural Disasters
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Natural disasters like the recent hurricanes can take a terrible toll on animals–and their humans…’In 1999, Hurricane Floyd caused 2.9 million pet and livestock deaths, and thousands more owners lost their pets. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was particularly devastating. The Louisiana SPCA estimates that 15,500 animals required rescue, and that 80-85 percent of these animals were never reunited with their owners.’ The big question: What measures are in place to help prevent death, injury and separation of animals in natural disasters? And, what can we do to improve the odds?

What happens to Rex and Kitty after a natural disaster?

The ASPCA conducted the first ever nationwide assessment of emergency response capabilities for animals, the results of which were reported in Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in an article entitled, “The National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies (NCARE) Study: An Assessment of US States and Counties.” This survey of officials who oversee emergency preparedness in US States and counties — led by Vic Spain, DVM, PhD, veterinary epidemiologist for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) — investigated which American communities are prepared to deal with the animal victims of an emergency and how and where emergency response planning can be improved.

The results of the study were mixed — much progress has been made, but there is still much to be done. Most states and about half of high-population cities and counties had organizational infrastructure for managing animals in a disaster, such as a State or County Animal Response Team. In contrast, only about one in four smaller population counties had such an organization, even in regions of the country prone to frequent natural disasters. People with pets are more likely than people without pets to refuse to evacuate in an emergency situation, putting their lives, as well as the lives of the people sent to rescue them, in danger. Only a little more than half of US counties, however, reported having plans for emergency shelters in which pets and people could be housed together.

A loss of animal life not only has an economic, but also a psychological impact. Studies show that pet loss after a disaster can be devastating for humans. Fifty-six percent of Americans now have pets. In the future, due to population growth, and the increase of not only the percentage of Americans living in disaster-prone areas, but also the number of natural disasters, the problem is going to get bigger.

Journal Reference: C. Victor Spain, R.C. Green, Lacie Davis, Gregory S. Miller, Susan Britt. The National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies (NCARE) Study: An Assessment of US States and Counties. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 2017; 0 (0) DOI: 10.1515/jhsem-2017-0014


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Koala Survives Road Trip Trapped Inside Wheel Arch of Vehicle

Thankfully it was a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ for this little koala… A koala survived a 16-kilometre (10-mile) road trip in Australia clinging to the axle of a four wheel drive vehicle, …

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Shelters See Influx of Huskies Due to Game of Thrones Popularity | peta2

GoT Star Urges Fans Who Love Direwolves to Stop Buying Huskies
Posted by Uzo on August 15, 2017
Game of Thrones has gained a huge following since it first hit the screen, and fans can’t get enough. But the show’s extremely popular direwolves have sparked an alarming trend: There’s an increased demand for Siberian huskies (who look similar to the mystical wolves), and their owners are surrendering them to already overcrowded shelters after realizing how much work and commitment it takes to care for them. GoT star and longtime vegetarian Peter Dinklage teamed up with PETA to share an important message with fans:

“Please, to all of Game of Thrones‘ many wonderful fans, we understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies,” Dinklage says. “Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”


Here’s the deal: Thronies are naming these huskies, who they bought at pet stores or from breeders, after their fave GoT characters and later taking them to animal shelters when they get tired of caring for them. <!–3 Two breed-specific rescue groups in Northern California have taken in twice as many huskies as usual in the last two years, and the U.K. has also seen similar statistics since the show first aired in 2011.As Dinklage explains, “Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned—as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs.”

GoT’s direwolves are awesome animals: They are super-loyal, can read the mind of their human companion, and fiercely protect those they love. So, we get how welcoming an animal who resembles them into your home has HUGE appeal. However, huskies require lots of love and attention, and taking care of an animal companion is a huge responsibility. Simply put, this isn’t a casual puppy love situation.

There’s a homeless-animal overpopulation crisis in the U.S. Each year, more than 6 million dogs and cats enter shelters, and half of them are euthanized because there aren’t enough homes for them. And buying a husky from a breeder or a pet store prevents many dogs in shelters from finding a loving home.

Dinklage, who previously teamed up with peta2 for a video about the meat industry, is part of a long list of celebrities—including his GoT co-star Lena Headey—who have worked with us to promote kindness to animals. He wants people looking to welcome a pup into their homes to remember that having a dog is a lifetime gig, and he’s urging others to adopt, never buy.
What You Can Do

If your family has the time, space, and financial means to care for a dog, adopt one from an open-admission animal shelter. (Check Petfinder to find shelters in your area.)
Never buy animals from a pet store or breeder. Every dollar spent purchasing an animal from a pet store encourages the store to continue buying animals from cruel breeding mills.
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Five Plead Guilty in Multi-State Dog Fighting Prosecution | OPA | Department of Justice

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Five Plead Guilty in Multi-State Dog Fighting Prosecution
New Jersey and Chicago-Area Defendants Convicted As Part of Operation Grand Champion

Four defendants pleaded guilty today and yesterday to federal charges for their roles in an inter-state dog fighting network spanning from New Mexico to New Jersey, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Acting United States Attorney for  the District of New Jersey William E. Fitzpatrick. A fifth defendant pleaded guilty in June. U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton accepted the following pleas:

Anthony “Monte” Gaines, 36, of Vineland, New Jersey, a/k/a “Whiteboy,” pleaded guilty yesterday to two felony counts of conspiracy to buy, sell, receive, transport, deliver, and possess dogs intended for use in an animal fighting venture, and one felony count of possessing a dog intended for use in an animal fighting venture.
Lydell Harris, 32, of Vineland, New Jersey, a/k/a “Sinn,” pleaded guilty yesterday to one felony count of conspiracy to sponsor or exhibit a dog in an animal fighting venture, and one felony count of possessing a dog intended for use in an animal fighting venture.
Frank Nichols, 40, of Millville, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of conspiracy to transport, deliver and receive dogs intended for use in an animal fighting venture, and one felony count of possessing a stolen firearm subsequent to a felony conviction.
Pedro Cuellar, 47, of Willow Springs, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of conspiracy to transport, deliver, and receive dogs intended for use in an animal fighting venture.
Mario Atkinson, 42, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on June 15, 2017 before Judge Anne E. Thompson in U.S. District Court in Trenton to one count of sponsoring or exhibiting a dog in an animal fighting venture, and one count of possessing a dog intended for use in an animal fighting venture.

Nichols and Harris pleaded guilty to indictments. Gaines, Cuellar, and Atkinson were charged with Bills of Information. Charges remain pending against four defendants.

According to court documents filed in connection with the cases, from October 2015 through June 1, 2016, the pleading defendants and their co-defendants and associates fought dogs – including to the death – and trafficked in dogs with other dog fighters in Indiana, Illinois, New Mexico, and elsewhere so that those dogs could be used in dog fights. They also maintained fighting dogs and dog fighting equipment such as dog treadmills, intravenous drug bags and lines, “breeding stands” used to immobilize female dogs, and chains weighing up to several pounds per linear foot. Agents found canine blood on the floor, walls, and ceiling of the basement of one defendant’s residence, indicating that the area was likely used as a dog fighting pit. Among other acts involved in the charges, one of the pleading defendants admitted that his dog died in his car on the way home after losing a dog fight.

“Justice is being delivered in these cases,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Wood. “Ending animal fighting ventures and other inhumane practices depends upon the hard work of investigators and lawyers like those who brought these cases, and will also require continued partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Our Division is proud to be a leader in this worthy cause. We also applaud the work of the Humane Society in partnering with us to provide hope of recovery for the abused animals.”

“The criminal conduct speaks to the cruel conditions in which these animals live,” Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick said. “This office, along with our law enforcement partners and the Humane Society, is working to end this illegal activity and punish those who abuse animals for their own enjoyment.”

“The provisions of the Animal Welfare Act were designed to protect animals from being used in illegal fighting ventures, which often entail other forms of criminal activity involving drugs, firearms and gambling,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. “Together with the Department of Justice, animal fighting is an investigative priority for USDA-OIG, and we will work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and assist in the criminal prosecution of those who participate in animal fighting ventures.”

This case is part of Operation Grand Champion, a coordinated effort across numerous federal judicial districts to combat organized dog fighting. The phrase “Grand Champion” is used by dog fighters to refer to a dog with more than five dog fighting “victories.” To date, 98 dogs have been rescued as part of Operation Grand Champion, and either surrendered or forfeited to the government. The Humane Society of the United States assisted with the care of the dogs seized by federal law enforcement. The government is represented by Trial Attorney Ethan Eddy of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen O’Leary. The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Each animal fighting charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The weapons charge against defendant Nichols carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The investigation is ongoing.

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Nearly 2,000 Animals, Many Dead, Found Amid ‘Deplorable’ Conditions in Montclair: Authorities | KTLA

 Correction Update: Threats Mount For Wyoming Wolves 

Dear wolf advocate:

We apologize for mistakenly including Wyoming in the category of federally protected in our announcement on Tuesday. In our enthusiasm to get the word out, we made this serious error. Unfortunately, the wolf of Wyoming is under state “management” and Wyoming’s plan includes a ridiculously low number of wolves.

Thank you again for all of your support as we have journeyed this quest to save a species.

By the way, yesterday, Maureen Hackett was interviewed on 1500ESPN’s The Great Outdoors with Dennis Anderson. We think you may enjoy listening to her debate on behalf of the wolf.

-Maureen Hackett, MD, President and Founder, Howling For Wolves

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Animals Don’t Have A Voice So You’ll NEVER Stop Hearing Mind!!!

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Illegal Indonesian Owl Trade Might Be Harry Potter’s Fault | Care2 Causes

Care2 Causes | Illegal Indonesian Owl Trade Might Be Harry Potter’s Fault
Illegal Indonesian Owl Trade Might Be Harry Potter’s Fault
By: Susan Bird
July 17, 2017

When you hear the words “Harry Potter,” certain indelible images come to mind. You likely remember Harry, Hermione and Ron. And you probably think of Hogwarts and all those fascinating professors of magic. But don’t forget the magnificent owls. You’d love to you get your mail delivered by a friendly owl, wouldn’t you?
Of course, that’s all fiction. Unfortunately, though, where those owls are concerned, people seem to forget that they aren’t meant to be pets. You see, those lovely, inspiring Harry Potter novels and movies might be responsible for sparking an upsurge in the illegal black market for owls, according to a new study.

You’ll recall that each Hogwarts student had some type of animal familiar. Harry’s happened to be a beautiful white owl named Hedwig. The books and movies included several scenes in which students communicated with family and friends by “sending an owl,” which carried a message much like a carrier pigeon would.

Indonesia, where birds have long been a popular type of pet, has witnessed a spike in demand for pet owls. In that country, the Harry Potter books first came out in 2000 and the movies were released in 2001.

This study, published in the journal “Global Ecology and Conservation,” discovered a rather striking correlation between Harry Potter’s popularity and the rise in demand for owls.
Vincent Nijman and co-author Anna Nekaris of Oxford Brookes University found that only a few hundred owls were traded in Indonesian bird markets in 2000. But after Harry Potter became a worldwide sensation, the number of owls captured for sale zoomed to a heartbreaking 13,000 birds per year by 2016.

These owls are mostly wild-caught, which means this trade relies on poaching — and is, therefore, illegal.
Caged owl in Indonesian bird market. Photo credit: Thinkstock
“In the 1990s, when surveying the bird markets I would typically see one or two owls for sale amongst the thousands of wild-caught birds on offer but equally often not a single owl was on display,” Nijman said in a statement. “Now, returning to those same markets we can see dozens of owls for sale of a wide range of species and owls are always present, all taken from the wild.”

Specificall, the study found:

The increase in the number of owls offered for sale since 2010 not only in Jakarta but throughout Java and Bali, coincided with an increase in the number and level of organization of the pet owl communities, online and offline, and this, as much as the Harry Potter films and novels, might explain the popularity of owls as pets in Indonesia.

And tragically, the study’s authors say about 2,000 of the captive owls they saw in cages in bird markets were downy chicks. These owls had obviously been stolen from their nests. At such a young age, few would likely survive more than a few weeks.

“It is particularly heart breaking to see nocturnal animals like owls in the markets,” Nekaris said in the statement. “Looking stunned and stressed under the bright sun, they are often only fed water and rice, making the situation all the more pitiful.”
This is how owls should live — wild and free. Photo credit: Thinkstock
While no one wants to blame the Harry Potter phenomenon for what’s befallen Indonesia’s owls, the indicators are all there. Nijman, a wildlife-trade researcher, says Harry Potter “normalized keeping owls as pets.”

The Malaysian name for owls is Burung Hantu, but these days they call them Burung Harry Potter – “Harry Potter birds.”

Ultimately, of course, this isn’t really Harry Potter’s fault. The blame should be attributed to all the unthinking people who believe that, because they see a tame animal in a movie, it might be cool to own one. To those people, I say: You’re not being cool; you’re just demonstrating incredible ignorance.

The most traded owl is the scops owl. Scops owls are endangered, which makes this issue even more serious. Unfortunately, Indonesia isn’t doing anything to stop this illegal black market trading.

And that’s surprising, considering that under Indonesian law, wildlife trade is prohibited when there is no officially designated quota.

Indonesia, it’s time for you to do something. Every owl sitting sad, frightened and lonely inside a cage is just waiting to die in captivity. Show the world that this issue matters to your country.
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6 Natural Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm on the Fourth of July | One Green Planet

6 Natural Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm on the Fourth of July

Julianne Pierce
July 4, 2017 

Independence Day is a time of celebration, but the Fourth of July firework displays can be extremely stressful for pets. The crackling booms in the sky make dogs and cats anxious and many will pace, whimper, hide or even become aggressive from the stress.
Here are six natural remedies to keep your pet calm on Independence Day:

  1. Exercise Early

Activity is a great way to manage stress, as it reduces tension and pumps up endorphins (mood enhancers). Exercising your pet a few hours before the fireworks begin can help to settle them down at night. While the amount of exercise a dog needs will vary with age and breed, a brisk walk around the neighborhood will benefit most pooches. For added intensity, try active games like fetch, tug or Frisbee. Cats need exercise too, and interactive toys like “Da Bird” (feathers tied to a pole with string) can provide a nice workout. Most cats also love to pounce on toys filled with catnip or chase a laser light around the room.

  1. Try a ThunderShirt
    Based on the idea of swaddling an infant to provide comfort, the ThunderShirt is a unique fabric wrap that applies a gentle, constant pressure on a pet’s torso. Available in a variety of sizes for both dogs and cats, the ThunderShirt has been shown to reduce anxiety in approximately 80 percent of pets who wear it. You can find the product in most pet stores throughout the United States and Canada.
  2. Pheromones

Pheromones are natural chemicals that animals secrete, that make them feel safe and relaxed. Comfort Zone with D.A.P. for dogs and Feliway for cats are products containing synthetic pheromones designed to mimic these soothing scents. Found in most pet supply stores as a spray, scented collar or a diffuser that can be plugged into a wall outlet, these synthetic pheromones are reported to be safe and have no effect on humans.
4. Music

A national BARD research study showed that classical music with a slow tempo (50-60 beats per minute) and very simple arrangements, such as a solo piano piece, significantly lowered stress levels in animals. There are many CDs and downloadable music collections created specifically to relax pets, such as the “Through A Dog’s Ear” music series.

  1. Herbs and Flower Essences

Many pet stores carry supplements containing herbs that reduce anxiety, such as Lavender, Valerian Root, Passion Flower and Chamomile. Flower essences are diluted extracts from plants thought to have calming properties. One of the more common brands, Rescue Remedy for Pets, is available at many pet and health food stores. A few drops can be added to the water bowl to help relax a nervous dog or cat, always be sure to check with your veterinarian before administering these remedies to ensure it’s okay for your individual pet.

  1. Keep Yourself Calm

Animals pick up on our moods, so if you’re tense, your pet could be too. A recent behavioral study concluded that human emotions can be contagious to dogs, and a dog’s behavior could be influenced by their humans’ stress level. So if you stay cool, it will help relax your pet as well.

Lowering your pet’s stress level during the firework display will mean a happier and more peaceful holiday for you too!

How Buying ‘Teacup’ and ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dogs Contributes to Puppy Mills | One Green Planet

How Buying ‘Teacup’ and ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dogs Contributes to Puppy Mills

Kathleen Summers, HSUS
June 4, 2017 

Sixty million people suffer from asthma or allergies and allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It’s understandable that a family thinking about getting a puppy would be concerned about the potential reaction in children or other family members who have allergies. But too many parents think that buying a hypoallergenic puppy is the panacea. Responsible breeders and humane organizations alike are concerned about the hype.

Because allergies are different for every person, “hypoallergenic” or “nonallergenic” dogs don’t necessarily exist. All dogs can carry outside allergens inside on their coats and a breed that can be tolerated by one individual may not have the same effect on another.
The Myth of Hypoallergenic

A study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that “there is no evidence for the classification of certain dog breeds being hypoallergenic.” Many national breed clubs agree and dislike seeing dogs deliberately cross-bred just to follow a trend. The Labradoodle was one of the first hybrid dogs marketed to the public as hypoallergenic, presumably because poodles do not shed, but instead have hair that must be trimmed. The Labradoodle was soon followed by Yorki-poos, Malti-poos and almost any other breed crossed with a poodle. But the parent clubs for both poodles and many other breeds agree that the hype is a problem.

The Poodle Club of America asserts that so-called designer mixed breeds are a marketing ploy for irresponsible breeders to sell puppies for highly inflated prices. Responsible breeders do not practice breeding purebreds together to produce “designer dogs.” The Labrador Retriever Club even states on its website that “a Labradoodle is nothing more than an expensive crossbred. Because the genetic makeup is diverse from the Poodle genes and the Labrador genes, the resultant first generation offspring is a complete genetic gamble … Indeed Labradoodles do shed.”

Why then do so many puppy-selling websites offer “hypoallergenic” puppies? Puppy mills are irresponsible dog breeding operations that churn out large numbers of puppies with little regard to their health or quality. Due to their focus on profit over welfare, puppy mills are eager to cash in on any popular breed or trend – such as “designer” mixes and consumer desires for tinier and tinier pups.
What About Teacups?

Another trend that grates on the nerves of responsible breeders is the interest in “pocket,” “micro” or “teacup” varieties of certain breeds. Teacup puppies are deliberately bred to be much tinier than the norm, which often results in frail and unhealthy puppies. According to The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America’s website, the club’s code of ethics “precludes the use of the words ‘teacup,’ ‘tiny specialists,’ ‘doll faces,’ or similar terminology by its members, and for good reason. All breeders may occasionally have an unusually small Yorkie, though no responsible breeder breeds for this trait.” The club also confirms that tiny dogs “are extremely susceptible to both hereditary and non-hereditary health problems, including birth defects that may go undetected for a long time.”

The Chihuahua Club of America (COAA) agrees, adding that micro-size dogs are not any more valuable than standard size Chihuahuas, which are already quite small. “Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard – are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years,” according to the club’s website. “The CCOA is concerned that these terms may be used to entice prospective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are not, and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading.”

Irresponsible breeders “risk the overall health and wonderful distinguishing breed characteristics that responsible breeders have worked long and hard to preserve” when they breed solely for size, according to the American Shih Tzu Club. The club’s website goes on to state that “the same is true of ‘breeders’ who deliberately cross-breed two different AKC-recognized breeds to create what they call ‘designer dogs.’”
The Better Option

There are many topics that responsible breeders and humane organizations don’t always agree on, but this is one issue upon which both groups concur. Allergy-prone families who are seeking a puppy should visit a shelter or a responsible breeder in-person and interact with both puppies and adult dogs. But above all, don’t be swayed by marketing hype into buying an overpriced puppy from a puppy mill. Responsible breeders don’t need marketing hype to sell dogs.

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This Legislation Could Make Animal Testing for Cosmetics in the U.S. a Thing of the Past | One Green Planet

This Legislation Could Make Animal Testing for Cosmetics in the U.S. a Thing of the Past

Kathleen Conlee, HSUS
June 7, 2017

When you think of cosmetics testing on animals, you may think of big hair and the 1980s but, unfortunately, this practice isn’t a thing of the past. Every day, terrified rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs suffer and die to test cosmetic products like shampoo, lipstick, and cologne. Chemical substances are forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes or smeared onto their skin. These test methods cause immense suffering before the animals are killed at the end of the tests.
Luckily, the U.S. is one step closer to saying “no” to cruel cosmetics with the reintroduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in Congress.


This legislation, introduced with bipartisan support by Reps. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.; Don Beyer, D-Va.; Ed Royce, R-Calif.; Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif.; Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.; and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., would prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients. It also phases out the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in other countries.

The methods used to test cosmetics on animals are not only incredibly cruel, but they also have significant scientific limitations. Different species often respond differently when exposed to the same substances. A good example of this phenomenon is chocolate, a sweet treat for humans that is highly toxic to dogs. These dissimilarities mean that results from animal tests may under or overestimate real-world hazards to people.
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Fortunately, there are thousands of ingredients already proven safe for use in cosmetics that can be used to formulate new and innovative products. For new cosmetic ingredients that don’t have a safety history yet, there are many non-animal methods like human cell-based tests and sophisticated computer models that provide human-relevant results often at a considerable savings of time and money for companies.

No animal should have to suffer and die for the sake of a new shampoo or lipstick. That is why The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund are working in the U.S. and Humane Society International and others are working internationally to end animal testing for cosmetics as part of our global #BeCrueltyFree campaign.


In 2013, the European Union finalized a ban on animal testing for cosmetics by also banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, creating the world’s largest cruelty-free cosmetics marketplace. Similar measures have also been enacted in India, Israel, Norway, and Switzerland. More than 1.8 billion people can now only buy cosmetics that will never be tested on animals again. American cosmetic companies must already comply with these laws in order to sell their products internationally. Guatemala, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and four states in Brazil have also passed laws to end or limit cosmetic animal testing.

There is overwhelming public support for ending cosmetic animal testing. A 2013 public opinion poll conducted by Lake Research Partners found that 73 percent of American voters would favor Congress enacting legislation that would begin to phase out and eventually end new animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. The Humane Cosmetics Act has also been endorsed by 195 stakeholders in the cosmetic industry including COTY, H&M, LUSH, Paul Mitchell and The Body Shop. We call on all cosmetic companies to join our #BeCrueltyFree campaign and drive cosmetic animal testing out of the marketplace.

The time has come for the U.S. to join the global movement away from cosmetic animal testing. Please join us in urging your legislators to support the Humane Cosmetics Act.

Together, we can make cosmetic cruelty a relic of the past.

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Opioid Addicts Are Injuring Pets Just To Steal Their Drugs | Care2 Causes

By: Susan Bird
March 6, 2017

It’s almost unthinkable, but veterinarians say it’s happening with increasing frequency. People addicted to opioids are so desperate to score that they’re injuring innocent animals so they can take the drugs prescribed for their pets.
Horrible, you say? Yes, it is. Just imagine snapping your dog’s leg or purposely making him bleed. Imagine inflicting so much pain a narcotic is necessary to make him feel better — but never giving him that relief. Addicts are doing all this and more.

In 2014, a Kentucky woman named Heather Pereira cut her dog Alice’s leg with a razor blade on more than one occasion to get a prescription narcotic. Of course, she didn’t give it to Alice, who was in great pain.

When Pereira returned to the vet clinic twice in a short period, Dr. Chad Bailey realized the injuries were “not the sort of cuts you see in nature,” as he told The New York Post. He called the police while she waited at his clinic. Pereira was convicted and jailed for animal torture and trying to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. Alice has since been re-homed and is fine.
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“What’s scary is it took me two times to pick up on what was happening,” Bailey told The New York Post. “It worries me about the instances we miss.” Veterinarians now have to keep a close eye out to avoid inadvertently facilitating this behavior.

The drug these addicts typically try to obtain is Tramadol. It’s a pill developed to dull the pain for human cancer patients. It’s also often used on animals because of its narcotic pain-relieving effect and its reasonable cost.

“It’s a fairly safe narcotic,” Dr. Duffy Jones, an Atlanta veterinarian, told CBS News. “We use it a lot. We like it and it’s relatively inexpensive.”

Sadly, addicts are figuring out that carting in an injured animal to a veterinarian can be a rather easy way to get their hands on a cheap narcotic. Tramadol wholesales for less than $25 for 1,000 pills. Oxycodone, on the other hand, can cost $10 per pill. It’s easy to see why hitting up the veterinarian seems an approach worth trying.
Vets now have to be vigilant and ask a number of questions before prescribing narcotics for animals. There are several red flags that can signal to a veterinarian that something fishy is going on:

New patients they’ve never seen before bring in a seriously injured animal

Refusing to let the animal hospital obtain prior veterinary care records for the injured pet

The injury doesn’t really match the story being told by the pet owner

Asking for a specific narcotic (like Tramadol) by name

The pet owner needs a refill much sooner than he or she should, maybe because the pills were “spilled” or “lost”

“We’re really looking for things that don’t match up,” Jones told CBS News. “As we start to question the owner, we look at the owner’s response.” The situation is bad enough that vets now often refrain from prescribing a narcotic and try other options first.

We all know addicts harm themselves and people they love. They’re often dangerous to other people. Now they’re even dangerous to innocent animals. We need to do a better job of identifying and helping opioid addicts. They’re going to greater and greater lengths to score their drugs, and it’s becoming 
a crisis even for dogs and cats.

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Livestock auction in New Holland where meat men prey on horses is banning photos and videos

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MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — News of the Horse reports that the livestock auction in New Holland, Pennsylvania, is banning photos and videos.

New Holland auction is notorious among horse lovers chiefly because it is one of the largest sales rings where horses are dumped in some of the most deplorable circumstances imaginable and preyed on by meat man acting on behalf of horse slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico.

Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of horse slaughter has heard of New Holland auction.

It is where thousands of horses each year enter what has commonly become referred to as the “slaughter pipeline”.

Ford Turner, reporting for McClatchy-Tribune Informational Services, writes:

Every Monday, 200 or more thoroughbreds, Amish-owned work animals, Tennessee walkers, tiny “miniatures” and other varieties of horses pass between tiered plank seats full of auction spectators. The roughly 1,500 consignors, or sellers, who bring animals to the auction every week…

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Captive Animals Lose Public Monitoring

Animal welfare scorecard:  Industries profiting from the use of animals = 1  ;    Captive animals = 0     USDA abruptly purges animal welfare information from its website Washington Post …

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