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December 3 2019

WSAVA One Health Certification

One Health is an increasingly important topic especially as our world shrinks. One Health refers to more than illnesses we can potentially get from animals (from wildlife to companion animals; one of many examples is monkeypox). That is the most common impression of One Health but there’s so more to One Health than getting sick…

November 8 2019

PACT Act: Why Should We Even Care?

Comment regarding my post on PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, bipartisan legislation which passed the House of Representatives in October and the Senate November 6, and did so unanimously. “We don’t need this. We already have laws about it. What about people cruelty? You’re all more concerned about animals…

October 30 2019

Should Chicago Ban Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides?

Chicago Alliance for Animals leader Jodie Wiederkehr and myself join John Williams HERE on WGN radio to talk about the latest with the horse drawn carriage rides. There are likely enough votes in Chicago City Council to ban the horse rides, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot may not allow there to be a vote. What!!!??!!!! HEAR…

August 15 2019

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…

August 4 2019

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.

August 1 2019

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…

May 5 2019

Petco Really Is Pet Friendly

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

April 29 2019

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.…

March 23 2019

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…

March 21 2018

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…

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