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Dog Dies During a Post–Baseball Game Fireworks Show | PETA

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By Zachary Toliver
Published June 4, 2019

Fireworks explosions are more than terrifying for animals—they can be fatal.

A Toledo, Ohio, baseball team has announced that it will no longer host dog-friendly events in conjunction with fireworks shows after a dog named Stella died during a recent display.

The death occurred during the Toledo Mud Hens’ “Paws and Pints” promotional night, which encourages families to bring their companion animals to the ballgame. A fireworks show followed the game at Fifth Third Field. While no official cause of death has been released, dogs have been known to suffer heart attacks during these loud, frightening displays.

Many online commenters have pointed out that the minor league baseball team should have known that fireworks make dogs anxious and even petrified. In a statement, the Toledo Mud Hens admitted that it fell short in hosting a safe, friendly event for all family members. The team also stated that it will be “making a memorial contribution to an animal charity” of the grieving family’s choice.
Whether they’re set off on the Fourth of July, on New Year’s Eve, or at any other raucous celebration, fireworks are terrifying for animals.

Many dogs and cats flee in fear from the deafening blasts. They become confused and panicked, and animal shelters see a spike in the number of admissions after fireworks displays.

Our Animal Companions Depend on Us to Keep Them Safe

Simply keeping animals indoors during fireworks displays may not be enough. It’s important for frightened animals to have their guardians nearby. They may flee their homes when trying to escape the startling and confusing blasts. It’s not uncommon for dogs to break through a window or screen door or to dig under a fence in panic. Prepare your home and animal companions before the event:

Distract your cats and dogs by giving them lots of love and attention.
Play some soothing background music or turn on the TV.
Close the curtains or blinds.
Make sure that all your animals are wearing collars with current identification tags and that they’re microchipped.

As popular as fireworks displays are, animals don’t understand that the bursts of light and deafening explosions are just for fun. For more ways to keep animals safe, check out our feature below.

 

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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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NC animal rescue group wants your old bra to help save injured turtles

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – It sounds bizarre, but it’s also true. The clips on the backs of bras can save a turtle.

It sounds bizarre, but it’s also true. The clips on the backs of bras can save a turtle. (Carolina Waterfowl Rescue)

“It acts like a little fixator, it’s the eyelets that we need,” Keenan Freitas at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue says.

The group, you could say, is after your unused unmentionables. These are the same people who spend most of their time among a team of injured turtles.

“80 percent of them are hit by cars,” Freitas says. “The other five percent are hit by boats, the remaining are environmental.”

When these sometimes shattered shells come in, they’re not in good shape, and in the summer, there are quite a bit more of them.

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12-year-old boy makes stylish bow ties for shelter dogs and cats to help them find a home

Animal shelters often encounter the issue of cramped space due to the number of cats and dogs that are rescued and surrendered but never find a forever home, one boy from New Jersey is aware of this problem, so he decided to do something about it. Despite his young age Darius Brown has found a way to use his talents for the betterment of animal lives. To help our furry companions get adopted faster, he creates handmade bow ties for shelter cats and dogs to get the attention of possible owners.

Continue reading here and watch the video, donate to the GoFundMe…

https://mypositiveoutlooks.com/kid-makes-shelter-cats-and-dogs-stylish-bow-ties/

Animal brains, like humans, sync up with one another

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So it turns out that like humans, animals’ brains sync up with one another during social interactions. This, according to new research examining the neural activity of Egyptian fruit bats and mice engaging within their respective social groups.

We already know from prior research there is synchronization of neural activity in humans’ brains during social activities such as conversation when one person picks up social cues from the other and modulates his or her own behavior based on those cues. Now there is evidence the same thing occurs with nonhuman animals–especially with animals that are highly social by nature like bats and mice.

The synced-up bat study overview

Researchers monitored the bats for sessions of about 100 minutes each as they engaged in a wide range of natural social interactions, such as grooming, mating, and fighting. The bats were filmed with high-speed cameras, and their specific behaviors and interactions were carefully characterized.

As this was happening, the scientists were using a technology called wireless electrophysiology to simultaneously record the brain activity in the bats’ frontal cortices across a wide range of neural signals, ranging from brain oscillations to individual neurons and local neural populations. They saw that the brains of different bats became highly correlated and that this correlation was most pronounced in the high-frequency range of brain oscillations. Furthermore, the correlation between the brains of individual bats extended across multiple timescales of social interactions, ranging from seconds to hours. Remarkably, by looking at the level of correlation, they could predict whether the bats would initiate social interactions or not.

The in-sync mice study overview

Researchers used a device called a miniaturized microendoscope to monitor the brain activities of mice during social situations. These tiny devices, which weigh only two grams, are fitted on the mice and allow the researchers to monitor the activity of hundreds of neurons at the same time in both animals. They saw that mice also exhibit interbrain correlations in natural social interactions where animals freely interact with each other. Moreover, the access to thousands of individual neurons gave them an unprecedented view of both animals’ decision-making processes and revealed that interbrain correlation emerges from different sets of neurons that encode one’s own behavior and behavior of the social partner.

Social interactions are often nested within the context of a dominance hierarchy. By imaging two mice in a competitive social interaction, they discovered that behavior of the dominant animal drives synchrony more strongly than behavior of the subordinate animal. Remarkably, they also found that the level of correlation between two brains predicts how mice will respond to each other’s behavior as well as the dominance relationships that develop between them.

https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another/

overview

Journal Reference: Wujie Zhang, Michael M. Yartsev. Correlated Neural Activity across the Brains of Socially Interacting Bats. Cell, 2019;

Study DOI: https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another//j.cell.2019.05.023

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Journal Reference: Lyle Kingsbury, Shan Huang, Jun Wang, Ken Gu, Peyman Golshani, Ye Emily Wu, Weizhe Hong. Correlated Neural Activity and Encoding of Behavior across Brains of Socially Interacting Animals. Cell, 2019;

Study DOI: https://firepaw.org/2019/06/25/animal-brains-like-humans-sync-up-with-one-another//j.cell.2019.05.022

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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/

5 Ways Doris Day Made the World a Better Place for Animals | Care2 Causes

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Doris Day, who died at age 97 on May 13, may be remembered for her famous song, “Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).” But as one of the first celebrities to advocate for animals, we should also remember her for making sure that—as far as dogs and cats are concerned—whatever will be, will be a whole lot better.

Day “didn’t just love animals—she was one of the first celebrities to recognize that star power could be used to advocate for change,” noted the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in a tribute to the legendary actress.

From creating what we now call World Spay Day to co-owning the first pet-friendly hotel, here are some of the ways Day helped make the world a better place for animals.

1. Created World Spay Day

In an effort to reduce pet overpopulation, in 1987 Day founded the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL), a nonprofit lobbying organization. In 1995, the DDAL launched Spay Day USA, now known as World Spay Day. Held on the last Tuesday of February every year, this day is an opportunity for shelters and rescue organizations to raise awareness of and support for their spay/neuter programs.

During its first 15 years, the DDAL provided the funding to spay or neuter over 15 million dogs and cats. In 2006, it joined the HSUS. It now operates as a political affiliate of that organization but remains a separate legal entity.

2. Founded Two Other Animal Welfare Charities

Prior to starting the DDAL, Day became a founding member of Actors and Others for Animals in 1971. This nonprofit also helps address the pet overpopulation problem by subsidizing spay and neuter surgeries in Southern California.

Seven years later, the actress launched the Doris Day Pet Foundation (now called the Doris Day Animal Foundation), whose mission has always been to “help animals and the people who love them.” The DDAF provides grants to nonprofits across the country that care for and protect animals. Last year, it donated $1.5 million to support the amendment that banned greyhound racing in Florida.

3. Advocated for Adopting Shelter Pets

In a public service announcement filmed nearly 50 years ago, Day encouraged viewers to visit their local shelters and adopt homeless pets, like the two of hers sitting in her lap.

“Shelters are unbelievably overcrowded,” she says, “and we can and must do something about it.”

4. Shared Photos of Homeless Dogs and Cats

Decades before there was an internet, social media or websites like Petfinder, Day was known as “the dogcatcher of Beverly Hills,” according to the DDAF website.

She always carried photos with her of dogs and cats needing forever homes and shared them with friends and colleagues. If someone expressed interest in adopting one of the pets, Day would personally inspect their home to make sure the pet would be happy there.

  • 5. Opened the First Pet-Friendly Hotel

A visionary when it came to pet-friendly travel, around 1990 Day became co-owner of the historic Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. This boutique hotel became the first to welcome four-legged as well as two-legged guests.

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Day didn’t just make the world a better place for pets—she also helped make it better for the people who love them.

https://www.care2.com/causes/5-ways-doris-day-made-the-world-a-better-place-for-animals.html

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Find the Snow Leopard

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Find the snow leopard, but please when you spot it, don’t give it away just comment…done!

But if you can’t… you’ll need to wait till Sunday May 12th, when I reveal this gorgeous snow leopard exact location.

Good luck

Heroic Pigeons

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By Elissa Katz, President, Humane PA PACSee the source image

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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Sign the Petition: We Demand A Worldwide Law For Animals Abusing And Torturing Them Is A Crime To Be Impounded

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Dr. Annamaria Grabowski M.A. started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 6 others
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“The more helpless the victim the greater the crime”

To be able to see the whole picture from above, please https://www.change.org/p/we-demand-a-worldwide-law-for-animals-abusing-torturing-them-is-a-crime-to-be-impounded?recruiter=504837&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition&recruited_by_id=04c57a60-ca63-012f-6db2-4040ea65fa16 on:

Holy Father, Pope Francis,

Dear Madam,

Dear Sirs,

OUR PICTURES FROM TORTURED DOGS and CATS IN ABYSS-CRYING ARE REFUSED FROM FACEBOOK TO POST THEM. PEOPLE BEG US, NOT TO SHOW EVEN ONE OF THESE PICTURES – THEY REPORT DEPRESSION, CRYING FITS, NIGHTMARES. ONE OF THIS VIDEOS – THE UTMOST HORRORFUL – MAY BE THIS:

Greyhound dog boiled alive for meat trade practice
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3778933/Horrific-video-shows-greyhound-screaming-BOILED-ALIVE-rural-China.html#v-48644746927818652
Heartbreaking moment little girl finds her missing dog roasted and ready for sale
https://youtu.be/en-zkihG-4w – more links to find on the end of this Petition

Newspapers started to report regularly the torturing of living dogs and cats in many countries in Asia. At the other hand many newspaper report the cruelties done on farmanimals in CAFOs, mass-stalling, mass-transporting, mass-slaughterhouses.
The casus of violence done on animals are not longer hidden:
It is opened and all people could see this and are free to react.

GERMAN:
Menschen, die Tiere quälen und foltern, bringen großes Leid in die Welt, Menschen und Tieren. Das Leid, das furchtbare Leid, das Hunden und Katzen in China, Korea, Vietnam und anderen asiatischen Ländern angetan wird, wird jetzt mitgeteilt: in alle Welt hinaus getragen.
Auch Rumänien mit seinem unmenschlichen Umgang mit Hunden, die auf der Straße leben müssen, sind im Radar der Menschen. Pandabären, geschlachtet, aus reiner Gier, das wollte man verstecken: wir haben es entdeckt. Massentierhaltung in schrecklichsten Formen, Massen-Tier-Transporte und -Schlachtungen von Kühen, Kälbern, Pferden, Schweinen, Geflügel: all dies bedeutet eine große Not: für Tiere und Menschen, die empathisch sind.
Es darf kein Land, keine Nation mehr geben, die keine Tierschutzgesetze kennen, oder wenn, dann diese nicht anwenden.
Kürzlich organisierte die Regierung in Shunyi District, dass Hundebesitzer eine Chance bekamen, ihre Hunde aus einem Käfig herauszuholen, bevor sie „geschlachtet“ wurden. Diese Hunde haben geschrien vor Angst und Entsetzen. Zumal sehr viele Hunde aus den Gärten und Höfen gestohlen werden, also Besitzer haben, auch Hunde auf der Straße werden oft grausam an sich gerissen und zum Schlachten gebracht.
In einem Essay habe ich ausgeführt, wie Gewalt an Tieren zur Gewalt an Menschen führen kann, fast zwingend: http://wp.me/p3ARcp-3Nv Akte der Gewalt an Tieren – eine mögliche Täterpersönlichkeit.
MENSCHEN, die Tiere foltern, sind GEFÄHRLICH, für Mensch und Tier und die Gesellschaft, in der sie leben.

English:
People who torture animals bring great suffering into the world, to people and animals. But: The suffering, the terrible suffering, the pain of dogs and cats in China, Korea, Vietnam … is now communicated: to all the world! Living dogs and cats boiled alive: we have witnesses for this cruelties: Videos! Stealing pets from owners, torturing these poorest animals to death – we could watch all these crimes done on LIFE.
Also Romania with its vicious handling of dogs, which must live on the streets, are in the radar of the people. Little Panda-Bears, slaughtered, from pure greed, that one wanted to hide: we have it discovered. Mass-Factory and Mass-Slaughtering in the most terrible forms, transports of cows, calves, horses, pigs, poultry: all this means a great burden.
There must be no country, no nation that does not know animal rights laws, or did not apply them.

It happened recently in Shunyi District of China’s capital Beijing where customers were given the chance to pick their dog from a cage before it was slaughtered and screened in front of them. Animals are soulless things? Watch videos here if you really think so!

In an essay I have shown how violence against animals leads to violence against other humans, almost growing, almost more gruesome,
Those people had lost her empathy for life and living and the utmost bad is, that they teach their children the same by learning through expertise.

Humans who torture animals are DANGEROUS, dangerous for humans and animals and the whole society in which they live.

http://spiritandanimal.wordpress.com – my blog

http://world.people.com.cn/n/2015/032
https://youtu.be/en-zkihG-4w Heartbreaking moment little girl finds her missing dog roasted and ready for sale

PETS AS FOOD IN CHINA.

https://youtu.be/U_rOOw-eIfc

Top Fakten #7 China tötet Hunde und Katzen


Feed The Survivors Of The Dog Meat Trade

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Stop yuiln dog meat tortureval

https://youtu.be/o9znL3q-tLo

Dogs Abusing In China Rescue Dogs Need Your Help Stop Yulin Dogs meat tortureval 2016 China

https://youtu.be/WeAWYiHTbTI




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYT2l45rx2o schreiende hunde rumänen


Shocking video reveals appalling conditions in Romanian dog sheltershttps://youtu.be/-q-w5yNBm8c Katastrophale Zustände in rumänischen Hunde-Tierheimen
https://youtu.be/i–gxh7_WME Film Aufklärung Hundemorde Rumänien
https://youtu.be/cvoGhPH4R9Y Misshandelter Hund wird zum ersten Mal gestreichelt
https://youtu.be/bWsMu4M2MnU Schlachttiertransporte durch Europa
http://wp.me/p1Hnx3-W4 Schwein gehabt? Wissenschaftliches Werk über Tiere in der Massentierhaltung
http://fightdogmeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Tin-Tức-Thời-Sự-Ngày-19_09_2016_-Giật-Mình-Công-Nghệ-Bơm-Tạp-Chất-Cho-Chó-_-VTV24.mp4

China – Video: Live Dog Boiled Alive

https://fightdogmeat.com/2017/01/01/china-video-live-dog-boiled-alive/

and much, much more…

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/

Deadly Heart Disease in Dogs Linked to Trendy Diets, report scientists – FIREPAW, Inc.

Please let your family and friends with dogs know about the findings of a new study: some of the new, trendy boutique diets popular today have been linked to deadly heart disease in dogs.

Continue reading here…

https://firepaw.org/2019/01/29/deadly-heart-disease-in-dogs-linked-to-trendy-diets-report-scientists/#comments

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.

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Scottish Wildcats are Virtually Extinct, but European Cousins Could Help | Care2 Causes

A new study finds that Scottish wildcats are now functionally extinct in the wild, with only a handful of so-called “pure” animals remaining in the wild.

The research, carried out by a team from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) at the Wildgenes Lab at Edinburgh Zoo, found that among the nearly 300 wildcats they tested, all of those living in the wild shared what has been dubbed a hybrid gene pool. This means that Scotland’s wildcats are now “virtually extinct”, the authors say, because the wildcats have bred with the now-ubiquitous domestic cats of Scotland, watering down their own genes to such an extent that there appears to be no true population of wildcats left.

Dr. Helen Senn, head of conservation and science at RZSS, told The Press and Journal, ”Crossbreeding with domestic feral cats has long been known to be a major threat to the Scottish wildcat. We now have genetic data which confirms our belief that the vast majority of Scottish wildcats living in the wild are hybrids to one extent or another.”

The population sample was an interesting mix. There were 125 “wild-living” cats who were deceased but whose cadavers had been collected over the last quarter of a century. In addition to these, there were the corpses of 60 cats believed to be wildcats that farmers had shot between 1895 and 1985. Added to this were 19 cats that were trapped by Scottish Natural Heritage, 72 confirmed wildcats, and 19 domestic cats (or their DNA) sampled from across Edinburgh. Together this allowed the researchers a good basis for unpicking the current makeup of Scotland’s wildcat population.

They found that there may be a small minority of wildcats whose genetics would put them in a class of “pure” wildcats, or at least close enough to that end of the spectrum to be a meaningful DNA source for future breeding campaigns. The vast majority of wildcats, however, are so hybridized that they are not viable. Until now, scientists suspected this to be the case, but they did not have concrete data to confirm it. Now they do, and it begs the question: how can we save Scotland’s majestic wildcats?
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How Do We Save Scottish Wildcats?

As few as 35 pure wildcats remain in the Scottish wilds, with feral cats outnumbering the wildcats 3,000 to one. To put it bluntly, there is now no way of helping the wildcat population in Scotland by relying on the population alone, as there are too few animals from which to build genetic diversity. However, there are some options.

Wildcats can be bred in captivity—which, for these purposes, means sheltered enclosures that are as close to their wild habitats as possible—but that alone is slow-going and would likely require greater genetic diversity than we currently have at our disposal in domestic zoos and wildlife facilities.

There is another option that can supplement and support this approach: introducing wildcats from abroad to enlarge the gene pool and create a more diverse platform on which to rebuild the wildcat population.

This kind of approach requires clearing a number of regulatory hurdles, and Scottish Natural Heritage would have to carry out the proper assessments and give approval, but there is precedent for an approach like this in Scotland. A 2009 project released Norwegian beavers in Argyll, then supplemented them with beavers from elsewhere in Scotland, helping to bring the beaver population back.

Wildcats live in several places across Europe, India and Africa, but they are on the IUCN Red List because of their low numbers. They are currently rated as “least concern”, but scientists say a new assessment is warranted. As is the case in many of these places, wildcat territory in Scotland has diminished rapidly over the past century. With the encroachment of feral domestic cats who, through sheer numbers can out-compete the wildcats, there is yet another layer of pressure as the wildcats—who aren’t choosy about their partners—cross paths with ferals and mate.

However, as serious as this situation is, there is hope. Unlike with issues facing other animals that involve complexities like fighting disease or finding a way to slow climate change, the wildcats’ problem is, while not simple, more easy to manage.

Researchers say that, as with other wildlife transplanting operations, we can build a framework and create reintroduction and management schemes to help the wildcats. This will take time, resources and financing from the government, but there seems no overriding reason why we can’t help the Scottish wildcats bounce back and protect their legacy for many years to come.

This research was a first step: by shining a light on just how bad the problem is we can take the first steps to solving it.
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Lack of diversity isn’t the only issue Scottish wildcats are facing. Deforestation is threatening their habitat. Join over 78,000 Care2 members and sign this petition asking the Scottish government to protect this endangered species.

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

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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

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Appreciating the Good Done by President Trump

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Just sharing some Trump news

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President Donald Trump is no friend of animals or animal advocates (while his daughter-in-law Lara is), but have we ever had a president that was opposed to animal agriculture, hunting, etc.? Obama’s USDA Secretary was cattle rancher Tom Vilsack, for just one example, while Trump’s USDA Secretary is Sonny Perdue, a veterinarian, businessman and politician (NOT of the Perdue chicken family), although Trump certainly has some animal agriculture people and other abusers in his administration. But, what president hasn’t?

But when the PEOPLE reverse the market demand for animal products, all that will change.

Veganism surely has a great place in my dreamed-of thriving worldwide economy, but especially here in the US which is one of the world’s most influential nations. A thriving economy makes for a happier more secure population, which makes for less animal abuse and other violence…

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