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Trump Favors Industry Over Environment: Guts Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced changes to regulations that spell out how it will implement parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The changes focus on how officials should decide whether to list a species as endangered or threatened, what kind of protections threatened species should receive, and how officials will decide which…

Saving a Green Turtle

People can be good, and it doesn’t matter what country they happen to live in. A woman and her boyfriend rescued a green turtle jammed between rocks on a beach in Oman.

Human Animal Bond Isn’t Species Specific

Dr. Jenifer Chatfield notes that the human/animal bond includes far more than the dogs and cats were typically think about, or even other pets. Zookeepers have a bond with the animals they care for. Farmers have a bond, even with food production animals. And beekeepers even have a surprising bond with their insects. Chatfield is…

Petco Really Is Pet Friendly

This is taking pet friendly to an entirely new level! Well, this “pet” is on a leash.    

Big Game Hunting Quietly Supported by Trump Administration

While Sir David Attenborough and Charles Prince of Wales just announced renewed efforts to move to heal the planet and save species; the Trump administration has quietly moved to allow big game hinting and to allow for import big game trophies, including elephant tusks and lion hides, according to the New York Times and others.…

Condor Visits his Human Father

This man helped to raise this orphaned condor. Not sure of the species, though this condor is clearly still younger. He returns periodically to visit the man who raised him. It’s his choice to return, and you can tell they are both happy to see one another. Yes, happy. If you don’t see it, you’re…

Trump Administration Supports Killing Big Game

This isn’t politics; it’s ethics. A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of big game, like African elephants, lions, and various rhino species, is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family (which is supposed to…

8 Resolutions for Pets

Here are eight messages I resolve to attempt to communicate in 2018: Fear Free:  There’s an initiative, called Fear Free, which began among veterinary professionals with the intent to lower the fear, anxiety, and stress of veterinary visits. And, that fear, anxiety, and stress is real. Most cats and many dogs are so terrified of…

Trump Sanctions Killing Endangered Elephants

Elephants are intelligent and emotional beings, and they are the prime shaper of any ecosystem they happen to live in. Humans are their only significant threat, and they are still being poached to death, particularly in Africa. Now, with President Trump’s personal support, the U.S. government will allow hunters to import trophies of elephants killed…

Holiday Inn Turns Away Family Dogs During Hurricane

This story about the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Katy, Texas, is shocking. Most of the largest shelter facilities in Houston and nearby cities are accepting pets, including the George R. Brown Convention Center, which is the largest of them all, and as I wrote about, even two furniture stores, which between them accepted around 800…

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