Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Florida Law Would Allow Saving Animals From Hot Cars

People would be able to smash the windows of hot cars and remove unattended dogs or cats after getting law enforcement approval, under a bill proposed Monday.  Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, filed a proposal (SB 200) that would allow individuals --- first responders, animal-control officers and people instructed by such agencies --- to gain access to vehicles and remove unattended animals when the animals' health is endangered and the owners "after a reasonable effort" can't be found.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Weird Service Animals Show Up In Odd Places

A woman and a kangaroo wearing a diaper walk into a McDonald's, and the woman says: He's my service kangaroo.  No, it's not the setup for a joke. But it may be a sign of the times.  In a culture that has increasingly embraced animals as an extension of family, the kangaroo incident earlier this year seems to be part of a growing problem. With pigs flying — literally — aboard passenger flights, monkeys cruising the grocery aisles and large snakes hanging out in restaurants, the issue of what's legitimately a service animal for someone with a disability can get murky.

Friday, August 28, 2015

World’s Most Endangered Cat May Be on the Rebound

An extremely rare spotted cat could be stepping back from the brink of extinction.The Amur leopard appears to have doubled its wild population in the past several years from fewer than 40 adults in 2007 to 80 or more in 2014 and repopulated some of its historic range in China, according to a joint announcement by Russian and Chinese scientists.  Land of the Leopard National Park, a federal nature reserve that sits on Russia’s far southeastern border with China, released the finding online last week.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Picture Is Worth An Endangered Animals Life

From the blue whale to the orangutan, there are a number of endangered animal species around the world And a nine year old girl from Tea wants to bring awareness to these animals and help save them. The saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words."  "I really like doing the eyes on them and I like doing the background with sponges."  But what if it went, "a picture is worth an endangered animals life"?  "I really love animals and I really wanted to help them," said Bria while working on a painting of the spectacled bear.  Nine year old Bria Neff has been painting and selling picture


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We’re Killing Off All The Animals

Take note, parents: The next time you take your kids to the zoo, if you really want to give them the full experience, be sure to tell them that behind all those cages full of super happy animals, zoos have vials upon vials of animal sperm.  That’s right — vials of frozen elephant sperm might not be as exciting as Dumbo himself, but they’re just as important to wildlife conservation. As Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, discussed in her interview with Grist last year, scientists are hoping to use all that frozen goo to keep endangered species alive through artificial insemination.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Save Black Rhinos From Poachers By Moving Them

The black rhinoceros went extinct in Chad in 1990 owing to high levels of poaching. But one park in the Central African nation will likely get a welcome boost of biodiversity in the near future.  Conservation organization African Parks plans to introduce between five and 10 black rhinos to Zakouma National Park in Chad next year, The Guardian reports.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Four-Legged Heroes on the Front Line

They seem to come up all the time.  This one was awarded to Private Thomas Byrne who fought in the last major British cavalry charge by the 21st Lancers at the battle of Omdurman in 1898.  But it is worth noting that three times as many horses were slaughtered as Lancers and yet none got a medal or a mention.  Unthanked and unacknowledged, horses have been horribly expendable down the ages.

Friday, August 21, 2015

‘Superpredator’ Humans Hunting Other Animals Out of Existence

A new study drives home the destructive power of our species. Not only do we kill other animals at much higher rates than other predators, but our ability to bring down larger adults can make it very difficult for some prey populations to recover. This superpredator status may fill our bellies, but it has darker implications. "Any predator capable of exerting such impact will eventually drive its prey to extinction," warns Gerardo Ceballos, an ecologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Activists: Question Would Protect Farm Animals From Cruelty

Animal advocates are planning to converge on the Statehouse to launch a ballot question campaign they say will help protect farm animals from cruelty.  The coalition, Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, includes veterinarians, animal welfare groups, farmers, and others hoping to eliminate what they describe as the extreme confinement of farm animals in small crates and cages.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Meet the Woman Who Reads to Shelter Dogs

After losing her beloved dog to pneumonia last year, Sandy Barbabella decided to help dogs at her local animal shelter armed only with her soothing voice and a stack of children's books.  "I go to the Humane Society to read to the dogs and pet them and talk to them,'' Barbabella told TODAY.com. "They do more for me than I do for them. So many of them are so scared and afraid that just the voice relaxes them. A lot of them lay against the door of the cage, and they sleep against the cage."