Sunday, January 30, 2011

Nearly naked PETA protest planned in Seattle-Seattle Post Intelligencer Friday (blog)

PETA activists, from left, Tricia Harris, Meggan Anderson and Amber Tegantvoort show some human skin to bring attention to the use of animal skin in clothes during a PETA protest on Friday 5 November 2010 at Westlake Park in Seattle. (Joshua Trujillo, View a gallery of PETA here.

Are back and they're naked.

Well, almost naked.

Underwear-clad protesters with animal rights group PETA will take to the streets of Seattle on Friday to make a statement about wearing animal skins.

"Protesters sexy"--that are of PETA's description, not mine--will stand behind a banner reading "Skin--don't wear skin" at 12 p.m. Friday near Fourth Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle.

This is according to naked protest in the city by PETA in a few months. In November, the organisation staging a bare-all stand against buying and wearing fur.

This time, it's animal skin that is specifically on the agenda. And here's why, according to PETA:

Animals who are killed for their fur are electrocuted, poisoned or gassed or have broken neck. The cows who are killed for their skins endure painful circumcision and physical abuse on factory farms and cruel treatment during transport and slaughter. Exotic animals don't fare better: snakes, for example, have a tube rammed into their mouths and are pumped full of water, so that workers can cut more easily skin tight animal while the animals are still alive.

The Organization routinely protests stages involving young girls take off their clothes. The last time, women wore body paint depicting animals coats.

Visit the homepage of Seattle for more news. Contact Amy Rolph at or on Twitter as @ amyrolph and @ bigblog.

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Fire barn in upstate NY kills approximately 200 animals-Wall Street Journal

JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. — a woman who has lost about 200 farm animals in an accusation of fire of upstate New York barn of the disaster on a heater propane she had set up to protect the baby and pregnant sheep and goats from below freezing cold.

Robin Dillenbeck, sitting with his mother at their kitchen table, he shouted as he Thursday described its animals as the center of his life. Friends managed to save 10 scorched ovine and caprine animals from fire Sunday in Johnstown, Mohawk Valley, about 40 miles west of Albany.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira says that dillenbeck had a "hoarder" care for the animals than you could handle when she was charged with a misdemeanor in March 2008. When Dillenbeck decided to hold a minimum number of animals, was rejected by the burden of providing underfed.

The Dillenbeck of 56 years living on a dead-end road a few miles from the barn, which she had rented by a resident of New York City, since his barn collapsed 18 years ago.

The night of fire, Dillenbeck said that he stopped at the barn at 16.00 to do his chores and feed animals before going to work as dishwashers restaurant. With temperatures forecast to drop to 20 below zero at night, has established a propane tank mounted portable space heater in a room in the barn.

"One of the goats must have pushed the door open and knocked over the tank," he said. "My brother and his girlfriend went to the restaurant later and told me that the barn was on fire. I went crazy when they told me. They don't let me go over there; They knew I would run into and try to save my animals. "

In addition to dozens of sheep and goats, the fire killed a horse, two Shetland Sheepdog, many cats, two pigs, a beef and a knife, he said.

Sira said there was no criminal investigation of fire and it seemed that dillenbeck had been complying with the terms of the previous case.

Nancy Hart, an animal control officer, said Johnstown-Albany Times Union you have known Dillenbeck from when he was young. She said she wouldn't describe as an animal hoarder Dillenbeck, but as someone who loved animals and "probably had more to take care of what you could handle".

HART said that she was not aware of any claims of abandonment of animals on properties of misdemeanor charge Dillenbeck because in 2008.

"I've always loved animals," Dillenbeck said. "I was never one to go out and have a good time in the city. I just want to be with my animals, work with my pets. This is what makes me happy. I wasn't getting rich off them; Enjoyed being with them. "

She said she worked three part-time jobs — as a dishwasher, a school and a custodian of a dairy farm near Milker — to provide food and veterinary care for its animals.

"I'm like my family," he said. "They were all as tame as can be. They would run right up to me when I called. "

By visiting his animals remaining 10 to friend's barn, Dillenbeck racing his hand over the signature of a sheep wool and examined her eyes swollen goat billy whose face was burned. A small lamb black nibbled fingers and she scooped one of its arms, saying that she was breastfeeding artificial, since his mother died in the flames.

"I haven't slept more than three or four hours from the moment it happened," said Dillenbeck. "I see their faces just in my head. I see them crying for their mothers, and we cannot help you. "

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We kid you not: PA Man fined $ 935 to use goats owned by the town of Weed-CBS News

10 : 00 AM one of the officials of Frank Trigona goats (Trina Orlando/KDKA), JEANNETTE, PA. (CBS/AP/KDKA) in a city of Western Pennsylvania, finally got the goat of a resident-28 January 2011, all four of them, actually.

Entrepreneur Frank Trigona tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-review that he decided to move his goats from a tract of six acres he owns in Jeannette, a town about 25 km east of Pittsburgh.

Trigona bought goats in summer to eat weeds on property, only to have the City Council to pass an Ordinance that prohibits barnyard animals from city property.

Trigona named goats after city officials also animals and marched in a parade of Halloween, where some people cheered and whistled animals. The goats are also a Facebook page with almost 2,700 "friends" (other children, no doubt).

The contractor was cited for "goat violations" at least five times, according to CBS affiliate KDKA.

Trigona says he gave the fight and moved the goats on a farm after he was fined $ 935 to keep them.

Tags: goats, crimesider, jeanette, kids, pennsylvania topics: Daily blotter

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Border Collie frozen in a block of ice left in yard of Dawson Creek-Vancouver Sun

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Animal cruelty officers are investigating a disturbing case involving a dead dog that was frozen in the ice block and left in the courtyard of a man of Dawson Creek.

The man discovered the dog on January 15th, but said that he had no idea why you left her body frozen on his property.

"I thought I'd seen everything, but when I open [file] was blown away. It is so disturbing. We want some answers, "said Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations of BC SPCA. "Who would do something so sick — are worried if they have other animals in their care."

Moriarty said that the case is such a mystery that investigators are asking the public's help, hoping that someone may have known the black dog or assisted fell out in the courtyard of an unidentified man Dawson Creek. He said that humans are not pets, never knew the dog and has no idea why the animal was left in his backyard.

"The only salvation is that we have just discovered that the dog died before being placed in there. Drilling had injuries consistent with being a dog fight and all his intestines were missing, "said Moriarty.

You can another animal ate part of the intestine of the dog, but it seems that the dog (40-pound) 18-kilogram was owned by someone, because he had a healthy weight, he said. He also noted that wild dogs usually do not survive winters of BC North because time is so cool.

The SPCA wishes to find out who was responsible for placing the dog in the block of ice, which seems to have been made using a large rubber, he said.

From Thursday, public indignation on locating the dog was popular internationally with calls of concern from as far away as New Zealand.

But despite the high media profile a bit so far has come to identify the dog or the owner of the RCMP or the BC SPCA.

"People are emotional," said Dawson Creek RCMP Cpl. David Ossinger ...

The BC SPCA conducts investigations of cruelty almost 6,000 a year and last year seized 1000 animals and 133 executed search warrant in order to obtain evidence for cases of animal cruelty complaint.

Moriarty said Association has 24 full-time constables, investigating complaints of animals, but could easily use double that number. A constable is not assigned to the area of Dawson Creek/Fort St. John, but said that there are plans to get an official in Northern b.c. area in the near future.

The problem is funding, he said.

"We are the only Agency with authority to investigate animal cruelty on animals."We have a budget [annual] 2.2 million and zero dollars from the Government, he said.

"Living in a province that likes to think of themselves as very progressive environmental and that may come as a shock we are one of the few provinces in Canada that receives funding from the Government zero to protect animals."

Moriarty added that cruelty investigators work could possibly avoid injury because studies have shown some criminals who have injured and killed another human started their criminal career of torturing animals.

Anyone with information about frozen dog is invited to contact the South peace of SPCA at 250-782-2444.

Meanwhile, an Association of nonprofit rescue Northern call Turtle Rescue gardens, yet three puppies are trying to find homes for those who were nearly frozen to death before Christmas. Puppies, spaniel mix that are sheltie, were discovered under a porch open live-29 C time. Their names are glacier, in winter and Miss Freezie, which closed eyelids were literally frozen when they were collected.

Founder of turtle gardens Yvette Labatte said there were six puppies, but one died an hour later be brought indoors and the other two were adopted locally in the area of Burns Lake.

While the two males, glacier and in winter, now 12 weeks, have not suffered any damage eye Miss Freezie suffered a permanent vision loss.

"It was the smallest pup and being the weakest was pushed out. The mother had puppies after digging a hole in the snow under a patio open someone's House, "said Labatte.

The mother has been spayed and vaccinated and will soon go to his new foster home in Vancouver.

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Marion couple to appear in court on charges of animal cruelty-Kalispell Montana news KAJ18

Posted: Jan 27, 2010 4: 38 PM by Katy Harris (kaj News)
Updated: Jan 27, 2010 6: 42 PM

KALISPELL-A husband and wife by Marion appeared before a county district judge Thursday to the hoarding of over 100 cats.

Edwin and Cheryl Criswell pleaded not guilty after being charged with a felony count each of aggravated cruelty to animals.

The animals have been found after Flathead County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of two trailers in Marion for reports of a few animals that was hungry.

Many of the animals were in poor health, including dehydration and blindness, according to the authorities.

Cheryl Criswell says they are currently looking for help.

"I don't want to hear this, and can't manage physically take care of a lot of cats as we did. We got stranded out and kept trying to get help and nobody would help us. "

The cats were confiscated from the property and are much better Criswell condition could be taken within the next few months.

Next court appearance of Criswell is 16 February.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Veterinary laboratory is coming to the KC-Kansas City Star

A company of California plans to open a laboratory near Kansas City International Airport this year for the blood, tissues and other analyses of pets.

The arrival of Abaxis veterinary laboratory of reference would add yet another piece of the so-called animal health corridor that extends from the University of Missouri in Colombia at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Abaxis said the lab, in the final analysis, would generate 150 jobs, but a press release of K-State projected 50 to 100 jobs. Although the workshop is expected to land near the airport, the company said that it will set up shop on the side of the Kansas State line. Abaxis hopes to open laboratory area of Kansas City in six to eight months.

Most of the business of Abaxis comes from the sale of equipment and supplies for laboratories dressed in veterinary offices, catering to pet owners.

The new laboratory of Kansas City area aims to serve the market itself, although it would also include blood testing of horses and exotic animals. The workshop would be even more sophisticated tests that can perform most veterinarians in their offices.

"This is a whole new deal for us," said Michael Solomon, Director of Abaxis of business development for the North American animal health.

Abaxis veterinary Lab is teaming with the K-State Diagnostics to manage the tests beyond the powers of the Kansas City next society.

Beyond implementing more sophisticated testing than that the laboratory is able to handle, Solomon said K-State is essentially a subcontractor who performs the pathology and the consultation on the basis of test results.

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Man sought in cases of dog mutilation-Californian Salinas

The society for the prevention of cruelty to animals in Monterey County is looking for other pet owners help the authorities to identify, arrest and finally convicted a man they believe is mutilating dogs area.

From Friday, the Group of animals-care non-profit said that has saved four dogs suffering from infections following surgery of poor and unhealthy performed by a man who identified as Damian Maldonado.

SPCA authorities consider that Maldonado falsely represents himself as a licensed veterinarian.

Known as "ear cropping", the surgical procedure involves removing parts of a dog's ear to help you get up. Reasons range from purely cosmetic procedure to gain advantage in the fight against the dog, said spokeswoman Beth Brookhouser SPCA.

"Ear-cropping is controversial," she said. "But beyond this dispute, it is always illegal to perform a veterinary clinic without a license in California. [Maldonado] is putting them at greater risk. "

The cases were brought to the attention of the SPCA after humane officers find three pit bull puppies, each about 4 months of age, with ears cut off on Jan. 21 Two puppies suffered from painful and infections were treated immediately.

Tuesday, an owner of a Doberman Pinscher 11-week-old contacted the SPCA. On a plastic folding table were cropped ears and the tail of his dog, said Brookhouser. The procedure has been believed that took place in a courtyard.

Veterinarians noted that the ears are not clipped by a vocational training that there wasn't enough left ear cartilage to support your ears properly. Maldonado, investigators said, place two inch sticks inside the ear canal of the puppy to keep the dog's ear, sewn cuts with fishing line and wrapped the tape directly on open wounds.

Officials said that both dog owners provided service tickets under the names "servicio veterinary surgeon" and "El Cartel Bully dog kennels" with a cell phone number and e-mail address Yahoo of Maldonado.

The phone number is disconnected, officials said. And because of its "209" area code, the officers to believe that many victims are likely to be outside of Monterey County.

The SPCA is offering a reward of $ 3500 for information leading to the conviction of Maldonado.

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Bison Stephens Creek released after concerns that they could be slaughtered-the Bozeman daily Chronicle

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 12: 15 am | Updated: 6: 17 pm, Wed Feb 27, 2011.

Sixty-two bison held for weeks in a fenced pasture Creek Stephens-some or all of which could have tackled slaughter-were released Thursday Back in Yellowstone National Park.

Spokesperson Park to Nash said "all options were considered" in deciding what to do with animals, but ultimately, officials of the Park "felt comfortable releasing all bison."

The animals were originally part of a group of 88 bison circumscribed in the pasture and tested for exposure of brucellosis, a disease that causes the animals and wildlife to stop their young. Of those who tested negative, 25 have been chosen to be herded about Gallatin National forest, part of a project to give more space to wander bison North Park during the winter.

The animals were first admitted to winter on public lands to the North of Yellowstone in decades. Historically, bison were limited to the park for fear that they will spread of brucellosis cattle that graze on private ranches and public lands around the Park.

62 bison released in the Park Thursday, 19 had tested positive for exposure of tested negative brucellosis, 21 and 22 have not been tested.

Dan Brister, Executive Director of the advocacy group Buffalo field campaign, said he was happy to see the animals released from the company.

"I am relieved that they're not going to slaughter," he said. "They weren't caught in the first place."

If the bison is naturally not migrate far south of the Park, officials were prepared Thursday herd them towards trying to keep them from migration outside the boundaries of the Park.

"We hope that they remain and return in the Park," said Nash.

However, the northern part of the Park had more snow than usual this year, officials said. And that makes it more difficult to predict what will the bison.

In winter, is typical of bison migrating out of the Park and in areas with less snow and more opportunities to pasture. It is possible that these 62 bison return to the catchment area of Gardiner-near Stephens Creek--and out of the Park in search of food.

Carly Flandro can be reached at 582-2636 or

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Godzilla-like Monitor Lizard roams Calif. Neighborhood-Yahoo! News

A lizard 5-foot, Black-throated monitor was discovered Tuesday free roaming down a sidewalk residential district of California. The giant like Godzilla "Elmer" was reunited with owner Tom Casarez Jr., after being captured by an animal control officer understandably reluctant, but asking the question again: wild animals should be kept as pets?

Riverside, California, animal control officer Jenny Setzer received the call that a big lizard was wandering around in a residential yard. Animal control spokesman John Welsh said to the press-Enterprise, "said she saw and almost jumped back in his truck. Residents were freaking out because here is the creature of Godzilla, like walking on the sidewalk. "

Monitor lizards are poisonous as their American cousins South West the gila Monster. but as members of the species Varanus lizard, crocodile monitor, including the Komodo Dragon, and are larger lizards on the planet. The monitor lizards are carnivores. They are known to be docile, but like any wild creature scared when cornered. Elmer was hiss and swishing his tail unfortunately when caught. It turns out that the escapee was only about 20 meters from the House, but was clearly confused and scared.

In addition to scare the locals, Elmer probably was not a threat. Is it legal to keep the monitor lizards as pets and are popular on the market goods reptile. However, it's safe to keep large reptiles or any wild creature, especially in a residential area? Is healthy for residents? Is healthy for wild animals?

* Reptiles: In most cities in Michigan, it is illegal to keep barnyard fowl within the city limits. However it is legal to keep ball Python, some boas and other venomous snakes or dangers. The former residents of our House kept two seven-foot long Python caged ball. When they could not afford to pay the Bills, the electricity was off and ectothermic creatures died. We found a carcass of dead snake out when we were moving in.

* Piranha: Muskegon Lake, were discovered several piranhas in the 1980s. These carnivorous fish were kept as pets and washed the toilet when they could not be cured. They made their way to the flow of hot water near the local power plant, killed by much of the fish population and severely damaged the ecosystem.

* Wildcats: a recent visit to the animal rehabilitation clinic of Blandford nature center, we met a bobcat who was saved by pet owners. Wild cat de-clawed was was able to defend themselves.

* Skunks: De-scented skunks were used as pets. These animals are completely helpless and need to rely on proprietary things they could provide for themselves, in the wild.

* S primate: that it used to be very popular for keeping monkeys as pets. How animals grew older and were no longer cute, or how it has become too expensive to feed, pet owners often abandon their pet monkeys. Monkeys have a length of 40-50 years. These animals were taken from the wild and have also been rendered helpless.

Animals whose natural defenses are taken from them or are kept as pets are at risk of imprinting in humans. This is especially dangerous for animals taken as children. Imprinted animals and wild animals, taken from their natural habitat, how pets pose danger to the survival of the species.

Wild animals kept as pets pose dangers for children too. Exotic pets require special expensive food, cages and expensive equipment. As a teacher, I know of several families whose children lack adequate resources: adequate nutrition, clothing, medical care. Home visits, I know that their homes are not properly maintained. These families keep exotic pets. There are resources for animals, but not children. I've known personally two cases where wild dogs, one crossed with a Wolf, attacked small children. A child died. The other was maimed for life. Are these isolated incidents? Is anyone's best interest to keep wild animals? Not the right to their wild animals as pets replace common sense and safe to do so?

Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben writes for 25 + years of teaching K-8, EI, CI, ESL, adult education, Montessori and homeschool. She is passionate about child welfare, Family Affairs, emotional health, developmental psychology, nutrition, sustainable lifestyles and build bridges of the community and paid in. She writes on parenting issues for the network of collaborators of Yahoo!.

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Animal Hoarding Horrors-KBTX

"This is the first case of seizure-accumulation of Brazos County," says Judy LeUnes, of Brazos animal shelter.

Even if this is the first--took one too many. A woman Brazos County, happily, live with more than 60 cats--two dogs and many other exotic animals--all under one roof. Dr. Fran Kimbrough, Bryan, says psychologist hoarding animals is a serious issue which is rooted well beyond the four walls.

"People who hoard animals generally have a deep love for animals and there are so many animals out there who are abandoned and feel like they can take care of them all," Kimbrough says. Then in the end, just spins out of control and become very overwhelming.

Is a disorder that involves a complex health issue, yet intricate Community--and something that Kimbrough says it is not easy to treat.

"This is a serious disease--it's hard to see improvement real quick when you're trying to clean up things so that it is not a problem of quick fix."

Kimbrough says accumulation of animals is more than just a misguided attempt to rescue animals. Going to say that the effects are profound and include not only animal welfare, but also mental health.

"Especially with animals, they give you back love and a lot of times people who do this have had a loss in their lives and want to fill this loss," Kimbrough says. "You feel out of control in some way and this is a way to feel in control, shall take care of things and you know, what is strange is what you want to check, go to control you."

Doctors say seeking help is the first step--in collaboration with continuing support from family and friends.

If you know someone suffering from this disorder, you can always contact your local authorities or seek the help of a therapist. You will find contact information for Dr. Fran Kimbrough below.

Dr. Fran Kimbrough
403 South Houston Avenue
Bryan, TX 77803-7029
(979) 775-9406

Brazos animal shelter
2207 Finfeather Road
Bryan, TX 77801
(979) 775-5755

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Best friend pets a-Staunton News Leader

Jane White, 57, is a volunteer at the store to benefit Augusta County SPCA on West Beverley Street. She is responsible for sales, storage, and display prices. It also serves on the Board SPCA. She was a volunteer for eight years and on the Board of Directors since 2003.

"About a year and a half ago we decided to renew and update your store and transform what was a closet space for gently used clothing. We have also expanded our hours to include not only the morning but afternoons as well, "he said.

Donations are accepted at any time the store is open.

"All proceeds from sales go directly to the care of animals in the shelter. We also have several fundraising events throughout the year that generate income, "he said.

White was born in the Hospital of the King's daughters. She grew up in Churchville graduating from Buffalo Gap High School. Lives in Staunton, with her husband, Tom. Her father and her mother lives in Staunton. Has a sister in McKinley.

"After school, I worked in retail for a while and then got a job at Planters Bank where I worked for 25 years," he said.

After retirement, she immediately got involved with the SPCA.

"I've always wanted to be with animals and work with animals," he said.

White loves mountains and the change of seasons in the Valley. Attends Memorial Baptist Church.

Pets: "a German Shepherd, Merrific, which, depending on its behavior, can be horrible Merrific or Merrific. We also have three cats rescued from the SPCA, Manggo, rebellious and Spokee. "

Must see TV: Animal Planet

Holiday dreams: Santa Lucia

Pet peeve: delay

What qualities you most admire in a person? A positive perspective

Team: "my husband graduated from Lee High and we've been fans of the basketball team from the 1970s".

If you could go back in time and experience life in another time, what would it be? Victorian era

If you had the chance to climb aboard a space shuttle and the orbit of the Earth, would you go? "If I could take my pets with me."

Superpower: "the power to heal, especially animals."

If you could sit down with President Obama, what would you say to him? "You are a great Communicator".

Favorite music: "I like everything except rap music. I can't wrap my mind around rap. "

That one what would take you to a deserted island? "To radio waves with lots of batteries."

If someone wrote a book about your life, what the title would be? "I hope that made a difference in the world".

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Friday, January 28, 2011

MPs back drive against animal testing-independent

More than 100 MPs have backed a campaign to end the sale of cosmetics, developed with the help of animal experiments.

Animal testing of cosmetics is outlawed in the UK and the EU, but continue outside Europe.

Many consumers unwittingly UK buy beauty items and toiletries that contain ingredients tested on animals.

An EU-wide ban on the sale of these products is due to come into force in 2013, but there is growing concern that the term could be moved back with more than 10 years.

The problem is that in the course of a lack of adequate alternative methods to test cosmetic chemists.

Both the Royal Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals and the British Union for the abolition of vivisection (Vivisection) urged the Commission not to bow to pressure from industry.

They argue that if the prohibition is delayed, will lead to hundreds of thousands more animals being killed or maimed in product tests beauty.

More than 10,000 supporters signed the petition No cruel cosmetics, Vivisection and the campaign is backed by celebrities including supermodel Jodie Kidd Jenny Seagrove, actress and designer Meg Mathews.

More than 100 MPs now have signed an early day motion (EDM), presented by Caroline Lucas MP, urging the British Government to press for a ban on 2013 be accepted.

Vivisection chief executive Michelle Thew said: "we are delighted that so many members of Parliament have signed the EDM to end cruel animal tests for cosmetic products sold in the European Union. Animal testing is cruel and pointless ".

Consumers can be sure to buy cosmetics without cruelty looking logo of "leaping bunny of Vivisection", said Ms Thew. In addition, they can sign the petition at

Common animal testing for cosmetic products include the placing of caustic chemicals in the eyes of rabbits in detention.

Tests on animals are used to determine the levels of skin irritation, eye tissue damage and toxicity caused by cosmetic ingredients.

Draize test, caustic substances are placed in the eyes of rabbits kept to see how harmful are sensitive to tissue.

Lethal dose (LD) tests are used to discover much of a substance that takes to kill a predetermined fraction of animals.

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Yellowstone Park managers release 62 buffalo-Reuters

By Laura Zuckerman

SALMON, Idaho | Sat Feb 27, 2011 10: 48 pm EST

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters)-Yellowstone National Park managers released 62 buffalo from a pen company Thursday, putting aside the fears of animal lawyers that animals may be slaughtered.

The Buffalo or bison, were among dozens of animals captured in the pen in Yellowstone at the beginning of January.

The Government has the option to kill buffalo crosses the boundaries of the Park, who wanders the plains of Montana, where they are not tolerated.

Yellowstone bison have high rates of exposure of brucellosis, a disease that causes cows abort. Industry leaders say Montana cattle could infect buffalo cows.

That would cause the State to lose the nomination of brucellosis that allows export of livestock without testing and maintaining the market value.

Wildlife managers seek to these concerns of cattle with an experiment to some of Buffalo Wild Yellowstone return to historic winter grazing grounds of balance.

Yellowstone spokesman said that Nash At the 62 bison released Thursday were pushed South Park in hopes will put.

"Today felt like a good day," he said.

Worried about the Government would truck bison slaughterhouses, the advocacy group Buffalo field campaign this week stepped up calls and e-mails, petitions to the Park to set free animals.

"We are pleased that have made the right decision. It is a real victory for bison, "said Dan Brister, head of the Buffalo field campaign.

Last week, 25 free bison were pushed North Park on open land in the Gallatin National forest in Montana.

Officers shot and killed a bison cow Monday after two days have resisted efforts to push back on public lands and after wranglers Government said that it acted aggressively.

(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Jerry Norton)

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3 accused of theft of livestock from the DNR building Media-Pioneer Press

Three men suspected of theft of 20 mounted animal heads and other items from the Department of natural resources have been accused of offences Thursday.

One of the men another called from Washington County Jail, where he was kept on an independent cost of stealing a tomato and giving a false name to the police, said a criminal complaint.

The conversation was recorded.

Timothy Heidenreich said Terry cotton blank on a van which mounts the animal, as well as the outboard motors, power tools and computer were stashed, the complaint said.

"It's like Christmas in there," presumably Heidenreich said, estimating that the value of the elements in the van has been at least $ 15,000. "Clean that (expletive)."

Mounted animals were part of an exhibition "wall of shame", who took the DNR around the State to educate the public about the poachers.

Heidenreich, 39, was indicted for burglary of the third degree. Cotton, 37 and the third man, Shane James Rylander, 40, were charged with possession of stolen property.

Criminal complaints filed Thursday in Ramsey County District Court give further details:

The DNR called St. Paul police, 10 January, after discovering that his storage building at 1200 Warner Road was burglarized during the weekend.

Someone had gotten through the doors locked and stole about $ 40,000 worth of property, including boat motors, power tools, chainsaws, Dell desktop computer and mounted deer heads, fish and other animals.


found that boots that Heiden-reich matched prints found in the snow at the site of burglary.

They also had information from an informant that a person named "Tim" broke into the building DNR and stole things; the informant said that were elements in St. Conway to 702 in St. Paul, where he lives girl Heidenreich.

Cotton upper unit lives in the House.

Another informant told police that he saw power tools and boat engines in the courtyard of Conway 702 and believed that they had been stolen by the DNR.

Masterlock key found on Heidenreich, when he was arrested along with the block to main gate DNR; It had been stolen from a building, the complaint said.

When the police established surveillance at the Conway Street 13 January, they saw two men loading power tools from backyard into a van.

One of the men was Rylander.

Rylander, Sao Paulo, said it had bought goods stolen from cotton on more than one occasion. He said the police went home cotton Conway Street and bought several power tools. He knew that they were stolen, but not that they were stolen by the DNR, he said.

Rylander apologized in his interview with the police, saying that he knew they shouldn't be buying stolen goods.

Execute search warrant for the home, police found five stolen outboard engines, all of the DNR. In the top drive of casa cervi were 20, montages, a montage of walleye, a montage of Turkey feather and a bear mount.

Cotton told the police that had Heidenreich told him that made a great score tools, boat engines and montages. Heidenreich said cotton was to keep the bear Mountain.

Heidenreich will be held at the prison in St. Cloud.

The other two men are scheduled to appear in court on March 7.

Another man arrested in theft, Aia Will White Bear Lake, has been charged.

Emily Gurnon can be reached at 651-228-5522.

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World wish Apple more animals, Microsoft-CNET

Please lie down. I want you to tell me what you truly desire. No, really, deeply and with all your internal exposed insanities.

Would be peace? Would that all animals and people should be saved and edited? Or would it be an iPhone brand new, shiny (and preferably free) 5?

This insight into the human psyche was caused by a new survey, courtesy of clear. Clear is not, in fact, anything that helps with acne, but a vital part of the advertising agency M & C Saatchi. (Yes, that c. Saatchi. The one who got married with the fascinating TV chef Nigella Lawson.)

Clear surveyed 17,000 people from Singapore, China, United Kingdom, USA, Germany and North Korea. Oh, wait, they couldn't get to North Korea. In any case, these people have asked which brands have wanted more.

You will feel tortured, when I say that Apple is the most desirable brand worldwide. Google presumably slips in there at number two (with no doubt, many votes from China), ahead of BMW, Gucci, Disney, Microsoft and IKEA--to name just a few of the top 15.

For some, however, cannot be the presence of objects that move them to consider the direction of humanity. May be the presence of guilt.

Taking the whole world, survey respondents in some way such affection for the World Wildlife Fund that the mark has been able to get over those animals of aspiration as Rolex, Cartier, Gucci and Mercedes to take fourth place in the pantheon of the passion.

Yes, people are more desperate for animals to be saved more than one class c to appear on their fours. However, even crave a iPhone 5 or 325i (BMW was third) just a little bit more.

The United Kingdom seems doubly devastated by his need to be edited. Not only was one of the most wanted all brands, Fairtrade, high at number 9, but just above it in the eighth place was the Red Cross.

This, of course, can be a little selfish thinking of some impending doom felt deeply the British. But there is still something to tap into thinking that they might desire of the Red Cross, more than an Aston Martin or, gosh, Google.

I am confident that this beautiful piece of craftsmanship will consider each intuitive if their wishes are one with them is essential.

I think there will be a considerable increase of persons who are, almost immediately, be getting their iPhones to make a donation to their charity as you want.

By the end of today, hundreds of small animals and people will be saved in the world. That will make this research completely worth it.

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USDA to probe zoo problems-Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Click to enlarge Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press Zoo worker Paul Bond feeds apples to white-tail deer Tuesday in the petting zoo at the Chattanooga Zoo.

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The federal agency charged with animal welfare in zoos, USDA's Animal and Plan Health Inspection Service, will be looking into allegations of problems at the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park.

"We received an anonymous complaint and entered it into our complaint log on Jan. 14, 2011," said David Sacks, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "We will handle this as we would any other formal complaint. We will send an inspector to the facility to look into the allegations contained in the complaint."

Darde Long, director of the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, said the zoo welcomes the oversight and also has asked USDA to come in and do an inspection.

"We did it to be proactive," Long said.

The zoo has had seven animal deaths in the past month, including Hank -- the zoo's famous chimpanzee and longtime resident -- whose former keeper says the ape was healthy in May.

Keeper John Urstadt is one of several former zoo employees who have told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the zoo's recent transition from city management to oversight by the Friends of the Zoo -- a nonprofit group created in 1985 and dedicated to maintaining the zoo -- has left the zoo without experienced and caring keepers.

Urstadt said he believes the recent deaths were due to "neglect of the animals."

In all of 2010, the zoo had only 10 deaths, according to Robin Derryberry, the zoo spokeswoman and a board member of Friends of the Zoo.

The zoo veterinarian, Tony Ashley, was unavailable for comment, but veterinarian and zoo board secretary Mickey Myers said the spate of deaths is circumstance.

"It's just like family can go a long time without any deaths then have three in a short time," Myers said.

Ashley is a veterinarian associate in Myers' firm, Animal Clinic Inc. on East 23rd Street.

In addition to Hank, who Myers said appears to have died from heart problems, these animals also died in recent weeks:

Click to enlarge Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press Chimpanzees lounge on rocks in the Gombe Interpretive Center at the Chattanooga Zoo.

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• A male muntjac, a small type of Asian deer, died last month after a visitor to Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo noticed he was struggling in the koi pond.

• Two marmosets (monkeys) died after missing food and water for what Long said was one day, but former staff members said was 41/2 days. Myers said preliminary necropsy reports indicate the monkeys had a form of hepatitis that is spread by mice.

• A female muntjac that Long said died from a twisted intestine.

• Two cub snow leopards that were stillborn or died shortly after they were born outside in freezing temperatures. Former staff members said the cat was locked outside her shelter.

Long said the cat was outside, but she took exception to the term locked out. When keepers opened the door to the den, she said, they noticed the leopard having a contraction as she went into shelter and saw blood on her. They began looking around and found two dead cubs. The third and still-living cub was born inside the den.

Questions and complaints

Urstadt said the chimp, 42, should have lived another decade or more.

"Hank was not old for a chimp in captivity. He should have lived until he was 50 or 60," said Urstadt, who left the zoo in May and plans to open his own facility in Florida. "Hank was a depressed chimp because he was never allowed to interact with others of his kind."

A physical in June found that Hank was diabetic. Urstadt said he was told that Hank's new keeper took vacation several weeks ago and returned to find the chimp comatose after not receiving his insulin properly.

Hank was found dead Monday morning and Urstadt noted that a substitute keeper also was working this weekend.

Urstadt said Long's husband, Rick Jackson, is the zoo's new deputy director who normally would be in charge of substitute schedules. Jackson formerly was the zoo's maintenance director.

Long said another member of her administrative team made the substitute schedules, not her husband, and she denied Tuesday that Hank was found comatose in the first incident. The ape did have a day when he clearly did not feel well, she said, and he did have a day without medication because of a "misnotation."

"Humans make mistakes. But his insulin and diabetes was very well controlled," Long said.

An e-mail to the Times Free Press from a former zoo worker who asked not to be named said the male muntjac's death occurred when the animals were locked out of their cages for the Holiday Lights at the Zoo fundraiser because visitors want to see animals.

"During the event there were dogs in the zoo being walked by their owners without any keepers patrolling the zoo for incidents. ... It is believed ... this animal was spooked by dogs barking at it near its exhibit and was not allowed access inside and began to panic, had a seizure and fell into the pond," the e-mail states.

Oversight and inspections

An internal audit by the city released in March 2010 found the zoo's financial operations were "chaotic."

The report portrayed a zoo that operated on two sets of books -- one funded by the city and the other funded by the Friends group. According to the report, zoo operations:

• Were not in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

• Did not have policies and procedures in place to ensure city assets and funds are protected and well-managed.

• Had an operational structure that was not efficient and effective.

The audit led to the city turning control of the zoo over to the Friends organization.

Richard Beeland, spokesman for Mayor Ron Littlefield, said the city contracted the Friends organization to run the zoo and leased the property to the organization.

The city still owns the zoo, however, and paid the Friends organization $658,577 from the 2011 budget.

Zoo facts

History -- The zoo started operations in 1937 with two monkeys

Visitors -- Last year, more than 247,000 people toured the zoo

Revenues -- Almost $2.4 million in 2008

Animals -- About 200, not counting birds

City funding -- $648,577 in 2011

Friends of the Zoo funding -- $10 million in past decade

Annual budget -- $1.2 million

Source: Chattanooga and Chattanooga Zoo

The audit also found that, while the city was employing Long, the Friends group was paying her a quarterly "bonus" of $3,000.

"The acceptance of this bonus violates city code," the audit states.

Later, under the agreement that passed operations of the zoo to the Friends group, Long now is an employee of the Friends, not the city.

USDA, too, last year found problems at the zoo, including one that former workers have noted recently and that Myers found worrisome when he received the hepatitis finding for the dead marmosets.

USDA's Sept. 29 inspection states that "mouse droppings were found in the spider monkey indoor housing building on the counter adjacent to the sink and food/water bowls and on multiple shelves storing other materials."

Myers said he has asked forensic vets at the University of Tennessee to try to determine whether the monkeys had the hepatitis virus when they were donated to the zoo by a disgruntled owner about a year ago.

"If we have a problem like that, I need to know it," he said.

Urstadt said mice problems at the zoo are no secret.

"The animal feed room is covered up in rats," he said. "Guests would complain about rats running through the zoo."

Urstadt said he knows Long, Jackson and others still at the zoo care about the animals and the facility, but changes need to be made.

When there was debate in the 1980s about closing the zoo, "Darde and Rick saved the zoo," Urstadt said. "They brought it from the 1940s to the 1980s. But it's not the 1980s anymore."

Long had some words, too, for the former workers making allegations.

"The people who really care are the ones who are still here watching over [the snow leopard cub] throughout the night," she said. "The commitment level and passion of this staff has never been stronger. ... It's easy to walk away from a situation. If you care, you stay."

Contact Pam Sohn at or 423-757-6346.

Follow Pam on Facebook by following this link.

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6 soft shell turtles saved from road-NJ-Washington Post

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J.--animal welfare Authorities are offering a reward of $ 1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a group of soft shell turtles along the road in Northern New Jersey.

Animals, who come from the South and cannot survive in the climate Northeast, were identified by a motorist along the Passaic River in West New York on Thursday. A woman stopped her car when she saw a flock of seagulls attacking them, shooed away and asked for help.

Four of the 10 turtles froze to death; the remaining six were taken to an animal shelter and are recovering from the wounds that have suffered the onslaught of bird.

John Bergmann, general manager of Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township, said that animals native to Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

"They definitely don't survive in our climate," he said. "That's why we believe that all 10 turtles were here."

It is illegal in New Jersey for their turtles as pets without a permit.

Soft Shell turtles-actually have a shell, called a carapace, which is not as difficult as those on other turtles. This makes them more vulnerable to injury and sensitive to cold.

Are round, with a nose long and slender. Females can grow to 24 inches long, while the males grow to half.

They are extremely shy around people and will be blocked when threatened, Bergmann said.

Popcorn Park Zoo, which takes care of the injured and abandoned animals, is looking for an individual plant or wildlife rehabilitator South that can properly care for turtles.

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Monterey SPCA offers reward in dog ear-cropping-San Francisco Chronicle

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The Monterey County SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of mutilating three pit bull puppies while posing as a licensed veterinarian.

The SPCA announced the reward Tuesday and says it continues to treat two of the 14-week-old dogs for their infected wounds.

The organization rescued the animals Friday after they underwent ear-cropping surgery, in which part of the ear is removed so the remainder stands erect.

The SPCA has identified the man who administered the procedures as Damian Maldonado. It says he set up a makeshift table in the dog owner's backyard and used fishing line as suture material.

The SPCA says Maldonado does not have the veterinary license required to perform ear-cropping.
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