Learning to socialize and play for the first time in his life, Mikey has a new friend named Teddy
Washington, D.C., April 17, 2017 -- Four months ago, Born Free USA staffers transported Mikey—a two-year-old tantalus monkey who was being kept as someone’s “pet” in Alabama—to his new home at the 186-acre Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas. There, he will live the rest of his life with grass, trees, water, veterinary care, and hundreds of other primates.
For his first 30 days at the sanctuary, Mikey was kept in quarantine because he was not under veterinary care at his previous home. He needed to stay separate from the other monkey residents at the sanctuary while the veterinary staff assessed his condition and viral status. During this time, sanctuary caregivers monitored him closely and assisted in his transition to a more normal monkey life—far different than his life in captivity as a pet.
According to Tim Ajax, Director of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, “Mikey came through these first four critical months with flying colors. We needed to give him a significant amount of proper human attention until he was able to take baby steps to begin socializing with our vervet monkeys. Given his relatively young age, we believed he would integrate quickly into the existing group and soon start living a much happier, healthier life outdoors. We are pleased to announce success for Mikey!”
Some behaviors are inborn, but Mikey missed out on all of the information and social nuances he would have absorbed if he had been reared by his mother and primate group, rather than by humans. Ajax explains, “Mikey had never been face-to-face with another monkey in his entire life, but we recently introduced him to a female vervet named Teddy, and they hit it off. After a brief grooming session, it was pedal to the metal, chasing and playing for hours. Teddy is much more experienced with socializing than Mikey and was very patient with him.”
According to Kate Dylewsky, program associate for Born Free USA, “Monkeys are wild animals and should never be confined in a home or considered a ‘pet.’ They have needs that cannot be met in captivity, and natural behaviors that are stifled through isolation and neglect. Private possession of primates is not only inhumane to a wild animal but is also a serious public health and safety issue.”
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 31—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. However, the public can support the work of the sanctuary by making a financial donation. 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.
Ricky Gervais awarded for animal protection advocacy
Animal Defenders International (ADI)has presented multi-talented comedian Ricky Gervaiswith the prestigious Lord Houghton Award for his high-profile advocacy on animal protection issues, creating awareness in a unique wayto worldwide audiences.
ADI President Jan Creamer said: “Ricky Gervais is an outstanding and outspoken campaigner for animals who has raised animal protection issues with new and growing audiences. This award is in recognition of the longstanding and passionate role Ricky plays in giving animals a loud and powerful voice.”
On receiving the award, Ricky Gervais said: “I am honoured to receive the Lord Houghton Award for a cause so close to my heart. The suffering of animals absolutely sickens me and I will continue to speak out and support the sterling work of organisations like Animal Defenders International.”
Ricky is currently on tour with his ‘Humanity’ show, and has been a supporter of ADI for many years, being one of the first to champion their ‘Stop Circus Suffering’ campaign. While at XFM in the late 1990s, Ricky spoke out against the horrific abuse of elephants, a baby chimpanzee and others documented by ADI at animal trainer Mary Chipperfield Promotions, which resulted in cruelty convictions for the owners and their elephant keeper. Ricky has continued to be an outspoken advocate for the campaign, urging governments in both the UK and US to introduce legislation to prohibit travelling wild animal acts.
The shocking violence inflicted on Anne the elephant at Bobby Roberts Super Circus in 2011 and exposed by ADI “graphically displays why the government should ban wild animals in circuses” Ricky said, continuing “I am appalled that wild animals are still kept in circuses and fully support the call for a ban. It is high time that government got on and implemented one.”ADI’s evidence led to agovernment commitment to ban and a cruelty conviction for Anne’s owner – yet five years later, the government’s bill has still not been presented to Parliament.
The comedian, writer and producer, who has over 12 million twitter followers is an outspoken advocate on several animal issues including trophy hunting, blood sports and animal experiments.
Last year, supporting proposals to uplist the African lion to Appendix I (greatest protection) at the CITES conference in Johannesburg,Ricky said "The survival of the African lion hangs in the balance. We must stop blood-thirsty hunters from decimating our wildlife for a barbaric adrenaline rush or trophy piece to show off to their mates.” Sadly, fierce opposition from lion bone/body part traders fought off lion protection this time, but the campaign continues.
The Lord Houghton Award was initiated in 1980 as a lasting recognition of the significant contribution made by Lord Houghton to the animal welfare movement. During his long parliamentary career, he was a passionate animal welfare advocate, actively campaigning for changes in legislation to bring about improvements in animal welfare, even into his nineties.
Each year one of the four participating organizations – Animal Defenders International, OneKind, Cruelty Free International and League Against Cruel Sports – selects the recipient of the award.
In 2012 ADI presented the award to legendary multi-Emmy award winning TV host Bob Barker – an ardent public advocate for animals who, among other achievements, had ended each episode of his iconic show ‘The Price is Right’ with a plea to his audience to spay and neuter their pets.
This presentation of the 2016 Lord Houghton Award to Ricky was delayed for the completion of a record-breaking 18-month rescue mission in South America. ADI rescued over 100 wild animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in a mission to assist the governments of Peru and Colombia with enforcement of their new laws ending the use of wild animals in circuses. Native wildlife such as bears, monkeys, birds and others were rehomed in Amazon sanctuaries, a tiger to a sanctuary in Florida and 33 Africa lions were rehomed to their native Africa.
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National Report Names Best and Worst States for Animal Protection Laws
For the ninth year in a row, Illinois takes first place—followed by Oregon (2), Maine (3) and California (4). Rhode Island (5) broke into the top tier this year. Kentucky holds steady at fiftieth place for the 10th year in a row, followed by Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) rounding out states with the weakest animal protection laws.
Wisconsin was the most-improved state in 2016, jumping fourteen places in rank, in part, by passing a comprehensive cost-of-care law, mandating reimbursement of the costs of caring for a cruelly treated animal to the caregiving agency prior to the disposition of the case. While 25 states require reimbursement of costs of care after the offender is convicted, only 16 states require reimbursement prior to, or regardless of, a criminal conviction.
Other notable changes this year included Michigan’s and Wisconsin’s new provisions to allow pets to be included in protective orders in domestic violence situations, Tennessee’s enactment of the first-ever statewide animal abuser registry, Idaho’s new felony provision for torturing a companion animal, and Maryland’s and Pennsylvania’s new prohibitions on possessing animal fighting paraphernalia. Kentucky showed some progress by strengthening animal fighting statutes, but it was not enough to shake its reputation as the “Worst State” for animal protection laws ten years in a row.
The past five years of the Rankings Report reveal that more than three quarters of all states have significantly improved their animal protection laws. “The Animal Legal Defense Fund works year round to strengthen laws, and we are gratified to see that reflected in the Report,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Despite this, there’s still a long way to go in animal protection, and Americans should use the Rankings Report as an indicator of where their home state can improve.”
The Rankings are based on a comprehensive review of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws including over 4,000 pages of statutes. This is the longest-running and most authoritative report of its kind, and tracks which states are taking animal protection seriously.
The full report, including details about each state, is The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s complete “Animal Protection Laws of the U.S.A. and Canada” compendium, on which the report is based, is available at.
For more information visit, aldf.org.
About The Animal Legal Defense Fund
The Animal Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1979 to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. To accomplish this mission, the Animal Legal Defense Fund files high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm; provides free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes; supports tough animal protection legislation and fights harmful legislation; and provides resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law. For more information, please visit.
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Tired of your dog slobbering on your face? Trying to minimize mouthing? What supplies do you need before you bring home a new puppy? What do you do during a thunderstorm or with an elderly animal? For 15 years, Adopt-a-Pet.com has brought companions into the lives of thousands and now, for the first time ever, the editors at Adopt-a-Pet.com present The Total Dog Manual, a comprehensive guide to understanding your furry friend.
From understanding a dog’s anatomy and those deep-down doggie instincts to training methods and grooming tips, all the information you need to understand your dog is now at your fingertips. Broken up into three sections–behavior, training and care–and easily organized from puppy-hood to old age, you will learn tips on curbing bad habits, teaching basic commands, vacationing with your dog, communicating effectively and much, much more. The Total Dog Manual’s easy to follow format and step-by-step training methods makes this your foolproof guide to dog care.
Dr. Pia Salk specializes in social justice and the human-animal bond.
In both her clinical work and in her writing, Pia addresses topics ranging from the loss of a personal companion animal to the climate of animal welfare as it relates to social justice on a broader scale.
Her writing is included in the recently published, Pet Loss and Human Emotion. And her extensive involvement in the animal rescue effort following hurricane Katrina has been featured on such shows as Animal Planet’s Hurricane Heroes and 20/20 to name a few. Pia is the spokesperson for www.Adopt-A-Pet.com , North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website. This site gives adoptable animals national exposure and a chance at being adopted into loving homes.
Pia hosts The Save-a-Pet show and is a contributing writer on the Adopt-a-Pet.com website. She covers such topics as why adopting not only saves lives, but makes for good parenting and promotes pro-social behavior in today’s youth.
You may also recognize Pia as a frequent guest on The Martha Stewart Show, where she highlights the important role that animals play in our lives and how our societal treatment of animals conveys important messages to our youth. Pia is also a regular guest contributor to The Martha Stewart blog, "The Daily Wag"
Pia has developed programs that pair at-risk teens with animals who share similar histories of abuse and neglect. According to one of her Psychologist colleagues, “She may be little in stature, but she is big on personality. The kids and animals she works with love her ability to roll around and get dirty, both physically and emotionally. She has a knack for reading both animals and humans!”.
Dr. Salk brings her own rescued animals into her clinical work. And she often credits the animals as being “the real therapists.”
JUST ANNOUNCED – Newly signed to REVIVER RECORDS
NEW SINGLE “POWER OF GARTH,” to be released to mainstream country radio THIS SPRING
Summertime anthem “Flip Flops” premiered on Sirius XM’s The Highway and stirred up fan support in 2014
A small-town Hubbell, Nebraska native, Lucas’s hometown of 50 people came together to throw a farewell concert for him, donating $2,500 to fuel his dreams in Nashville.
Upon moving to Nashville, Hoge built a loyal fan base performing in honky tonks on Broadway.
Lucas won "Country Album of The Year" with his debut album Dirt, at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, and was also named Contemporary Christian Singer/Songwriter Of The Year for his song "Get The Door.”
Lucas received his first nomination in the ICM (Inspirational Country Music Awards) as ICM’s “New Artist of The Year” 2011. Lucas gained recognition in the Christian Country genre when he answered a woman’s dying wish and wrote a song inspired by her poem. “How Was I To Know” quickly became a favorite debuting at # 66 and climbed all the way to number two (#2).
Lucas appeared at the ICM Awards as a presenter and is nominated for “Best Male Vocalist” 2012. His song “Have I Done Something” is the # 1 song on the Christian Country Charts for November 2012.
Hoge has proved to be a TV darling, with his song "If I Only Could," featured in the hit television show, Smallville, inclusion in the Sunday Night Football commercial campaign with Faith Hill, Toby Keith's Christmas special, GAC's Tom's Wild Life, (which features his song "Give A Damn"), and Animal Planet's Last Chance Highway, in which he starred as himself, a singer/songwriter who has volunteered to help rescue dogs in the south and transport them nor to their new forever homes.
Lucas also penned and performs the show's theme song, "Last Chance Highway," which was released to iTunes in 2010 by the Discovery Network. He's appeared on The Today Show, Inside Edition, The Daily Buzz, Daytime TV, and many more.
Hoge is currently on tour, performing in major markets across the U.S. On May 19, he will head out on the Wrangler National Patriot Tour, performing in Alaska on several coast guard bases.
An avid supporter of the U.S. military, Lucas has toured Denmark, Norway, Sweden and has traveled to the Middle East to perform for our troops. His songs “Soldiers Creed” and “Medal of Honor” are featured on his Music for Our Troops CD. Since, Lucas has become involved with ThanksUSA.org, which is a charity that helps military families with education scholarships.
Lucas is also is the official spokesperson for Guardian Angels for a Soldiers Pet, a group that fosters animals for our soldiers while they are stationed overseas.
Lucas made his debut performance at the Ryman in Nashville, TN in 2011 performing with the legendary George Jones and Lucas received a standing ovation.
'Catification': New book shows you how to make your feline feel at home without littering a room
In their new book, cat aficionados Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin explain how to please your pet with cat-tastic additions that match the rest of your house.
It’s time to give your house some cat-titude.
And feline superfans Jackson Galaxy, 48, and Kate Benjamin, 43, know just how to transform your pad into a kitty-friendly paradise without wrecking a room’s aesthetic.
Their new book is called “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!).”
“We are going to ‘Catify’ the world,” Galaxy told the Daily News of the book, which will be released, claws out, in October. “That is our goal.”
The tattooed rock and roller, who lives in Los Angeles, is the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” program, and he is all about the “cat mojo.”
What makes cats tick, he writes in the book, “is confident ownership of territory and the instinctive feeling of having a job to do in that territory.”
Understanding how your cat sees the world is part one of the “Catification” process.
Meanwhile, Benjamin, the Phoenix-based founder of feline-focused Hauspanther design site, specializes in the other aspect of Catifying your house — pleasing your pet without turning your home into an unsightly array of cat towers and litter boxes.
“The people have to like it. It has to function for the people as well as the cats,” she told The News. “It has to be easy to clean and something you aren't ashamed of.”
As such, the book is filled with do-it-yourself projects, including kitty hammocks, cat patios (“catios”) and catwalks, but each with its own aesthetic. And many of them were submitted by other cat lovers.
As for the felines, Galaxy said they need to “find their mojo based on vertical access.”
This requires you to “set them up for success,” which can be as simple as clearing off your mantle or book case.
You can also rearrange your furniture or think outside the litter box and repurpose something you already own.
The authors say that compromise is key if you don’t want a sour puss on your hands. They compare Catification to being an interior designer with a furry client.
“Anybody can do it, and you can do in a way that doesn't make you look like the crazy cat lady,” Benjamin said.
From “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Car (and You!)”
Arana’s Inside Playground
Submitted by: Nico and Katu of Bogota, Colombia
Materials and Budget
“This was not an expensive project; overall we spent around a hundred dollars. We bought wood from a local store, and the accessories — like screws, wood sealant, shelf brackets, flat braces, rivets and a PVC tube — from a warehouse store.”
“The trick for successful construction is having a clear idea of the design before you start.”
“At first Arana didn’t pay much attention to the playground. It was a strange thing for her, and she wouldn’t go near it, but with a little bit of patience and some food to encourage her, Arana quickly figured out that it was her own special place. Now she uses her playground every single day.”
Galaxy and Benjamin are taking "Catification" on the road and will stop at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on Oct. 22.
LazyBonezz, a luxury pet products company with a boutique feel, was founded by Adrienne Shamie and Lorraine Gold in 2008. The mother-daughter duo's amazing style and aesthetic immediately caught the eye of celebrity clients and major media outlets, and jump-started the companys popularity.
Today, LazyBonezz continues to be at the forefront of market trends. With its unique mix of designs, LazyBonezz provides products that meet the needs of retailers who want luxury products at affordable prices, and modern consumers who want to have the best for their pets.
LazyBonezz is a women-owned company with the resources of Delta Children's Products, the worlds largest childrens furniture company and an industry leader in product safety, behind it. LazyBonezz knows how important a pet is to its family and therefore holds its products to similar safety standards as those of Delta. Delta Childrens expertise has helped LazyBonezz to grow from a small boutique operation into a major player in the pet industry, with products available in select mass-retail stores.
Their celebrity following has been off the charts and continues to grow. A-list stars such as Denise Richards, Serena Williams, Kelly Osbourne, Michelle Trachtenberg, and many more, love and use Lazybonezz products.
The media continues to spotlight LazyBonezz for its style and functionality. LazyBonezz has been featured on The Today Show multiple times, including as recently as July 1, 2013. The Real Housewives of NYC visited and filmed in the LazyBonezz showroom in 2012. Publications such as The NY POST, US Weekly, and Life and Style along with a number of other fashion, gossip, and pet publications and blogs have featured LazyBonezz items as being both trendy and irresistible.
LazyBonezz is a brand that is unique and growing. As the pet market continues to change, LazyBonezz is poised to remain a trendsetter and leader in the industry. With products that are always tasteful and up to date on current fashion, LazyBonezz will be where consumers and retailers alike look to identify the next best pet product.
SMITHTOWN, NY – (June 12, 2013) – Stolen from his parked car last August, in Jacksonville, Florida, Adalida, the Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix therapy dog owned and loved by an Iraqi war veteran, is still missing. While helping his mother with groceries, Sgt. Kenneth Chambers spent only four minutes away from his best friend, only to return to the car and find her gone. Pet theft has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, but this particular theft is more heartbreaking than most, as Sgt. Chambers suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD,) and Adalida is his therapy dog.
After being designated an official diagnosis in 2010, PTSD affects many returning soldiers serving in combat zones, and therapy dogs have been credited with aiding the healing process the vets must go through to overcome this illness.
After Adalida's disappearance, Chambers passed out countless fliers, posted signs on his truck, created a Facebook page and took out a billboard. Guardians of Rescue, a non-profit organization based in New York, is dedicated to the rescue and aid of all animals in need, and the therapy dogs are no exception. The rescue group is also offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads up to her safe return.
“For veterans suffering from PTSD, they are very dependent on their therapy dogs to maintain their daily lives,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are going to do everything possible to get Adalida back to Kenny.”
It's been almost a year since she's been gone, but Chambers is still just as determined to have her back, and Guardians of Rescue is stepping up to make this happen. "She's more than a dog and is my heart and soul,” he says. She is his best friend and he credits her with saving his life, a relationship that many vets suffering from PTSD attest to.
Sue Perry, a former law enforcement officer and current licensed private detective in Florida, where Adalida went missing, has been secured by the Guardians of Rescue. Together with the Guardians "Watchdog" program, she will serve as lead investigator of municipal animal shelters in the U.S. to solve this case.
"I just want my dog back,” says the distraught Chambers, and Guardians of Rescue is doing everything they can to make that happen.
Guardians of Rescue, is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. Guardians “Watchdogs” is a recently implemented program to investigate municipal animal shelters nationwide to uncover cruelty and animal abuse. Guardians also founded Paws of War to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist in post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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