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Talkin' Pets News

March 31, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jay Stutz - Good Dog U Animal Planet

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author of "The Wild Inside" Jamey Bradbury will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/31/18 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her novel

Skip Cherryholmes, guitarist/vocalist and co-founder of Bluegrass band SIDELINE will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/31/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away their new CD

MARIA MENOUNOS, host of Sirius XM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos,” actress & author, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/31/18 at 721pm EST to discuss the Beverly Hills Dog Show and the "Every Dog is a Star" movement

(Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2017) Conserving Greater Sage-Grouse requires more habitat protection, not less. That’s the message conservation groups are delivering to the administration as it considers potentially devastating revisions to the landmark 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse conservation planning initiative. The revisions, if enacted, would come at too high a cost to the sage-grouse and the remaining sagebrush habitat on public lands, sending the future of both the bird and its iconic landscape back into uncertainty.

More habitat protection is needed to conserve sage-grouse. Photo by Warren Cooke“Because of these proposed backward-looking changes and new development plans for public lands in the region, the grouse is once again at risk of extinction and in need of stronger protection,” said Steve Holmer, American Bird Conservancy’s Vice President of Policy. “The stability and certainty provided to local communities and land users by the federal management plans and other grouse conservation measures are also now at risk of being lost if these changes are put into place.”

Instead of changing direction, the federal government should live up to promises it made in 2015 to ensure sage-grouse protection — promises that formed the basis for not listing the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act. The coalition of conservation groups, which includes those most focused on sage-grouse protection over the past decade, are gravely concerned about the recommendation made in the Interior Department’s Sage-Grouse Report to roll back those vital protections and eliminate Sagebrush Focal Areas.

“We oppose the administration's plan to roll back these protections, and also oppose efforts to reduce sage-grouse habitat by further reducing protected habitats, reversing adaptive management that occurs when habitat or population triggers are tripped, or eliminating general habitat management areas in Utah,” said Rebecca Fischer of WildEarth Guardians. “It's also appalling that the planning effort is occurring on a state-by-state basis. This ignores the need to consider the species’ needs at a range-wide scale and will result in the failure to apply strong and consistent protections.”

The Greater Sage-Grouse has become a wildly popular and iconic symbol of the American West and its wide-open sagebrush basins. Year after year, sage-grouse gather in the spring at small arenas in the sagebrush called leks to dance, display, and mate. Their mating dance is one of the great natural spectacles of the West.

“The protections which the administration appears ready to eviscerate are essential, not just for sage-grouse but for a broad diversity of wildlife and the health of public lands in the West,” said Erik Molvar of Western Watersheds Project. “Sagebrush Focal Areas are the only habitats where the land-use plans even come close to the protections recommended by scientific experts, so at minimum all of the priority habitats should receive this level of protection.”

The groups are urging Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to adopt the scientific recommendations of the Bureau of Land Management’s own science team on sage-grouse. Those recommendations include refraining from fluid-mineral leasing in priority habitats, buffering leks by four miles to prevent any impacts from known disturbances, ensuring that all grazing allotments are meeting science-based standards for sagebrush habitat integrity, ceasing vegetation treatments that degrade sagebrush habitat, preserving winter habitats, limiting disturbances to one per section and 3 percent of each square mile of priority habitat, and withdrawing sagebrush habitats from mining. The agencies’ analysis should preserve priority habitats through a network of areas of critical environmental concern and zoological areas managed to protect sage-grouse, according to the groups.

John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, said: “This ill-timed revision of federal sage-grouse management plans, before they have had a chance to work, runs counter to the best available science.”

Instead of balancing development with conservation, the administration has adopted a policy of “energy dominance,” prioritizing fossil fuel development over other uses on western public lands.

“This attack on sage-grouse conservation is part of a larger trend of plundering public lands and resources,” said Michael Saul of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Secretary Zinke’s proposed gutting of the sage-grouse plans reads like an oil and gas industry wish list, and is a recipe for accelerating the decline of Greater Sage-Grouse across the West.”

Photo of Greater Sage-Grouse by Warren Cooke

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American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.5 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.

Western Watersheds Project works to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives, and legal advocacy. WWP works to influence and improve public lands management throughout the West with a primary focus on the negative impacts of livestock grazing on 250 million acres of western public lands.

WildEarth Guardians is a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. Guardians has worked for years and continues to work to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse and the Sagebrush Sea so that future generations might continue to enjoy this spectacular species.

Animal-Welfare Organization Mutual Rescue™ Launches Fourth Film with PetSmart Charities

“Jessi & Andi” is the uplifting story of a woman who overcomes tragedy with love from a shelter dog

[September 25, 2017], [Silicon Valley, CA] – National animal-welfare initiative Mutual Rescue created a new film series for 2017 in partnership with PetSmart Charities. On August 30, 2017, the organization launched the fourth film in this series: “Jessi & Andi.” Set against the majestic Rockies, it is the uplifting story of two lost souls whose paths crossed at a pivotal moment in both their lives.

Jessi’s boyfriend was always the life of the party. They spent lots of time together as a couple, going out with friends and planning their future marriage. When he took his own life, Jessi was not only shocked and saddened, but also left derailed from the path she had planned with the love of her life.

At night, Jessi couldn’t sleep. During the day, she felt like she couldn’t get out of bed. Life began to lose all meaning. Then one day she was browsing shelter dogs online, trying to take her mind off of her sorrow. That’s when she saw Andi, a lab mix who she says “looked how I felt.”

The more time Jessi spent with Andi, the better she felt. Andi helped renew Jessi’s spirit and her interest in life’s possibilities.

“One of the biggest things I learned from Andi,” Jessi shares, “is how to live in the moment and take joy in the littlest of things. … I think that’s something we could all be better at.”

Mutual Rescue, whose films collectively have garnered over 122 million views, emphasizes bringing local communities together to support both animals and humans. People everywhere have stories to tell about how shelter animals changed their lives for the better, and Mutual Rescue is bringing these stories to light. The 2017 film series highlights this impact, from Pittsburgh to Seattle, from Georgia to the Rockies.

The lives of both people and pets are enriched when homeless animals are adopted and local shelter groups are supported through donations and volunteering in their communities. Visit MutualRescue.org.

 

Hillsborough, NJ (September 6, 2017)The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has revised its previous 2015 position statement on declawing to strongly oppose declawing (onychectomy) as an elective procedure. 

Scratching is a normal feline behavior. It is the obligation of veterinarians to provide cat owners with education on normal scratching behaviors and options for cats to exhibit appropriate scratching behavior in the home. The AAFP’s position stresses the need for veterinary teams to educate cat caregivers as many are unaware that declawing is a surgical amputation of the third phalanx (or ‘toe bone’).

“The AAFP has been the leader in the world of feline medicine and veterinary care.  It is appropriate that our organization has taken the lead with this strong position statement opposing the declawing of cats,” states Dr. Marcus Brown, Chair of the AAFP’s Welfare Committee.

The AAFP supports a path of change that focuses on educating veterinary teams and cat caregivers in an effort to help them learn and understand in order to make a future impact that sees lasting results. Veterinary teams will be supplied with a toolkit of resources to assist them in educating cat caregivers about why cats have claws, why cats scratch inanimate objects, best practices for living alongside a cat with claws, ideal scratching surfaces, training cats to scratch appropriately, and troubleshooting inappropriate scratching in the home.

These materials provide guidance to veterinary teams and have been freed up for any veterinary practice, including non-members, to download: www.catvets.com/scratching. This information is also available to cat caregivers which can be found on the consumer website, The Cat Community, powered by the AAFP: catfriendly.com/scratching.

Dr. Nancy Suska, co-author of the statement, explains, “With proper client education from the initial veterinary visit and onward, our clients will be able to provide their kittens and cats with the essential means to exhibit this natural feline function.  The American Association of Feline Practitioners has produced many resources, for both owner and veterinary team, to educate about natural feline scratching behavior and alternatives to declawing.”

Other changes to the previous statement include additional resources. To view the revised position statement in its entirety, visit: www.catvets.com/guidelines/position-statements/declawing.

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About the American Association of Feline Practitioners 
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) improves the health and welfare of cats by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education, and scientific investigation. The AAFP has a long-standing reputation and track record in the veterinary community for facilitating high standards of practice and publishes guidelines for practice excellence which are available to veterinarians on the AAFP website. Over the years, the AAFP has encouraged veterinarians to continuously re-evaluate preconceived notions of practice strategies in an effort to advance the quality of feline medicine practiced. Launched in 2012, the Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP) program was created to improve the treatment, handling, and overall healthcare provided to cats. Its purpose is to equip veterinary practices with the tools and resources to reduce stress associated with the visit and elevate the standard of care provided to cats. Find more information at
www.catvets.com.

Talkin' Pets News

August 5, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Emmy Award winning co-anchor of FOX News Tampa Bay, Cynthia Smoot will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 8/5/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the Cheetah Conservation Fund & the House Appropriations Committee amendment to eliminate restrictions on killing wild horses

 

New York, NY, USA, August 3, 2017—Today, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and a coalition of other wildlife conservation organizations partnered with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to crush nearly two tons of illegal elephant ivory confiscated through state enforcement efforts.

The ivory tusks, trinkets, statues, jewelry and other decorative items, representative of approximately 100 elephants being killed, were crushed in Central Park while the public gathered to watch, sending a clear message that the state will not tolerate wildlife crime that threatens to wipe out Africa’s dwindling elephant population.

"The State of New York is showing today that they are standing by their commitment to save elephants,” said Jeff Flocken, International Fund for Animal Welfare, North American Regional Director said. “The killing won't stop until the demand for ivory ends, and today's crush sends a statement that New York and all the partners gathered here are working to make the end of ivory markets a reality. Ivory belongs on elephants. Period."

New York was the first, of now seven, states to pass state legislation ending the sale of ivory. Since state legislation was passed, NYDEC enforcement efforts have led to a dramatic reduction in illegal ivory sales – going from being the leading US ivory market to the third.

"These actions make it clear that in New York, we condemn the depraved, violent and illegal industry that is ivory sales," Governor Cuomo said."The ivory crush along with our vigilant enforcement efforts take us one step closer to ending this senseless slaughtering of animals - I urge other leaders across the nation and across the globe to join us is working to protect these magnificent threatened species for generations to come."

It is also clear that an overwhelming majority of Americans feel the same way in opposing ivory sales. Recent polling by IFAW found that nearly 80% of Americans support prohibiting ivory sales in the U.S.

The crush comes as federal and state initiatives are underway to curtail the ivory and other wildlife trade in the U.S. IFAW has played a critical role in passing bans in the top three states for illegal wildlife trade – New York, California and Hawaii – in addition to New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and Nevada and continues to forge ahead fighting for stronger protections for wildlife everywhere.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on social @action4ifaw and Facebook/IFAW.

 

three people eating lunch at a restaurant

Recognizing that the welfare of animals is an important component of a healthy and sustainable food system, United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) has worked with the ASPCA to add transparent and meaningful animal welfare standards to its restaurant certification program, REAL Certified. By 2021 all REAL Certified restaurants will be required to source a significant portion of animal products from farms or ranches that are Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane or Global Animal Partnership Steps 2 and above—three welfare certifications recognized by the ASPCA’s Shop With Your Heart campaign.

Surveys show that no matter what they eat, consumers have no appetite for animal cruelty—and they instinctively understand that raising animals in unhealthy, stressful and filthy environments may pose health risks. In recent polling, diners reported they were willing to travel farther and pay more for verifiably higher-welfare options.

USHFC developed REAL (Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership) Certified to be a mark of excellence for foodservice operators committed to nutrition and environmental stewardship, and today certifies nearly 500 restaurants in 32 states. With the addition of these animal welfare standards, REAL Certified becomes a model for consumers, chefs and foodservice operators that value animals’ welfare as a key part of a more ethical food system.

Five REAL Certified establishments, fresh & co, Sabio on Main, Genuine Foods, Ceres Project and Mossback café, have committed to transition at least one major animal product on their menus to be entirely welfare-certified. These five companies collectively serve more than 135,000 meals each week, impacting countless animals’ lives.

In addition to showing dedication to better welfare practices through certification, fresh & co. and Genuine Foods have further committed to transition their chicken meat supply to solely higher-welfare breeds reared in cleaner, more spacious and better-lit housing conditions (as defined by Global Animal Partnership) and to implement a more humane slaughter system for chickens by 2024, all verified by third-party audits.

Through their focus on plant-based menu options and now animal welfare-certified meat, egg, and dairy products, REAL Certified and their establishments represent the more humane and transparent food system that the ASPCA is working to achieve through our Shop With Your Heart initiative. We are looking forward to working with REAL Certified to add more restaurants to their program and improve the lives of farm animals across the country.

If you visit a REAL Certified establishment, make sure to learn which of their animal products are welfare-certified or plant-based, and encourage them to expand these options. And if you’re shopping for food in supermarkets, check our Shop With Your Heart grocery list before you go to find out which brands are welfare-certified. 

May 3, 2017

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Fantastic Five!
Mercy For Animals celebrated its five-year anniversary fighting for farmed animals in Canada with a beautiful fundraiser in Toronto that raised over $100K! Get the details.
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Plant-Based President
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has been speaking out about his transition to a plant-based diet. After just eight months, he’s lost 30 pounds and reversed his diabetes! Learn more.
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Disgusting Dairy
A dairy farm in Oregon has come under fire after an above-ground tank leaked more than 190,000 gallons of cow manure into Tillamook Bay, forcing a closure. Read on.
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In a recent AMA, Bill Nye, also known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, recommended a plant-based diet to fight climate change. Check it out.
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Washington, D.C., May 1, 2017 – Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, and The Body Shop have announced a new partnership that will benefit the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. With The Body Shop’s new Love Your Body™ Club rewards program, its members earn points with every purchase. Those points become rewards, which members can use to treat themselves to their favorite product, or choose to help care for rescued monkeys by donating the rewards to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.

Additionally, Love Your Body™ Club members will be entered into a contest to win a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize trip for two to Texas for a behind-the-scenes look at the sanctuary, which is not open to the public.

According to Angela Grimes, interim CEO of Born Free USA, “Born Free USA and The Body Shop are both committed to compassion. We are thankful for The Body Shop’s generosity in choosing us as the sole beneficiary for this campaign. Born Free USA assures The Body Shop customers that their donations will go directly toward the critical support and care for more than 600 monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.”

The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas (75 miles south of San Antonio) is the only one of its kind in the U.S. in that the majority of its residents—ages two to 34—live in free-ranging groups in natural enclosures of several acres. The sanctuary provides a safe, permanent home for its residents, many of whom were rescued from roadside zoos, private possession, or retired from research facilities. In order to allow residents the maximum amount of privacy and freedom, the sanctuary is not open to the public. The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). 

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of "compassionate conservation": the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

The Love Your Body™ Club demonstrates The Body Shop’s inherent belief that business can be a force for good, and exemplifies the commitment to enrich, not exploit. The Love Your Body™ Club not only offers exciting rewards for consumers, but also provides a unique opportunity to directly contribute to its charity partner, Born Free USA.

The Body Shop’s motto is simple: make products that make you look and feel so good. At the heart of feeling good is loving yourself, including your body. The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Brighton, England, starting with the belief that business could be a force for good. The Body Shop has always done things differently and created innovative, naturally-inspired products. Today, its Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment is stronger than ever. Dedicated to enriching people as well as the planet, The Body Shop works fairly with farmers and suppliers, and helps communities thrive through its Community Trade program. The Body Shop has never tested any of its ingredients or products on animals and never will. An iconic British retail brand with an extensive and growing global presence, it now employs more than 22,000 people in more than 60 countries around the world. It has exported innovative products, created campaigns that matter, and believes in an ethical approach to business and its unique English reverence to countries all over the globe.

The Voice April 5, 2017

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The story of Paul Checkley has warmed our hearts! After years of battling alcohol dependency and PTSD, this man’s life was changed for the better by rescued battery hens. Grab the tissues.
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After police raided the company for bribing officials to let it process rotten meat, JBS SA, one of the world’s largest meat producers, is down 35 percent for beef production. Learn more.
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