A new company in Colorado is trying to develop cell-cultured meat for use in pet food.
Bond Pets wants to grow the meat from small numbers of animal cells, with no need to kill an animal, Quartz reports. Other companies are working on the same concept for consumption by humans.
Rich Kelleman, founder of Bond Pets, says growing meat in this highly controlled manner would "mitigate a lot of the safety issues" that sometimes lead to recalls in the pet-food industry.
Ryan Yamka, consultant to the pet food industry, tells Quartz that the pet food trends often mimic those occuring in the food industry at large.
"So it’s not surprising that you see what I would call the sustainable-food movement getting into the pet-food side," he says.
It's not clear how soon a cell-cultured pet-food product could be in the market. Kelleman says it's conceivable that it could happen in the next couple of years.
After all, Hampton Creek, a company working on cell-cultured meat for humans, hopes to bring a product to market next year.
A Louisa County woman was found guilty of animal cruelty charges for hoarding more than 500 animals on her farm. One week after being rescued from what were deemed deplorable living conditions, experts said the animals were stronger, and healthier than ever.
“They are resilient, very resilient,” expressed Donnie Embrey, Team Leader of Community Animal Response Team (CART).
Court documents show the farm owner, 77-year-old Clara Mae Collier was charged with five counts of animal cruelty. She could have been sentenced up to 12 months for each charge. However, the judge sentenced Collier to six months for each charge, totaling 30 months, with all 30 of those months suspended. She won’t serve anymore jail time.
Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire announced the county spent $7,500 to care for the animals and based on Collier’s finances, she will be able to perform 500 hours community service to satisfy the obligation.
In addition, Collier was sentenced to two years’ probation, agreed to no longer possess any animals other than two birds, and allow animal control to check on her to ensure she does not possess more animals and that the birds are being treated properly.
As for what made it possible to rehab, shelter, and feed hundreds of animals instantly, Embrey said, volunteers donated four to five thousand dollars’ worth of goods. Local business owner Wesley Chiles of Chiles Enterprises Landscape, Tree & Turfcare was part of that movement.
Many animals were saved from a situation where they were sick and dying, and rehabilitated for safe and healthy adoptions. CART volunteers said the animals started transferring to adoption shelters on Friday.
However, family members of the woman who had been taking care of the animals disputed the decision to seize the menagerie. “All the goats and all the animals were plenty fat, no ribs were showing on them,” Cecil Colna, whose mother owns the farm, argued. “My mother takes very good care of her animals.”
Colna said his aged mother was doing the best she could to care for the hundreds of animals. “This is what she lives for. She’s 77 years old and she works two jobs to take care of the animals, I mean this is her life,” Colna said. “I’m afraid she might not make it after this."
Amidst the relentless flames that are threatening much of Southern California, a hero who risked his life to save a small rabbit from the Thomas Fire has emerged.
According to KABC, the compassionate young man who did not want to be interviewed at the scene, stopped and exited his car to help the wild rabbit who was running scared along Highway 1 in La Conchita, a small community just outside of the Santa Barbara County border.
After his desperate attempt to coax the rabbit to safety proved successful, the kind-hearted man quickly knelt down, picked up the frightened animal and held it in his arms to help it calm down.
The daring rescue was captured by a news photographer who came upon the dramatic scene. The Thomas Fire, which started Monday and exploded to more than 90,000 acres by Wednesday, continues to threaten communities from Santa Paula to La Conchita. It is one of the numerous wildfires currently burning throughout the Southland.
People are being advised to keep their animals indoors and to leave water outside for wildlife who may pass through their yards while fleeing from the wildfires.
World Animal News and animal lovers everywhere applaud this humble hero for his selfless actions to save another life. He provided a much-needed reminder of what is good in this world
Los Angeles County animal control officials have detailed their response to a Sylmar ranch where nearly 30 horses died during the Creek fire, as public concern over the incident grows. The fast-moving fire was first reported at 3:43 a.m. Tuesday. The family who owns Rancho Padilla, where the horses perished, said they awoke to flames and were instructed by a fire crew to leave. The county’s Department of Animal Care and Control received a request for assistance at the location at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the department late Thursday.
When animal control officers arrived, the statement said, they found a barn burning, with some areas of the roof collapsing. Officers “could see and hear horses in distress” and quickly freed two horses and a puppy. They later returned to the burning barn to rescue four more horses, which they placed in an arena on the property away from the fire.
They flagged down a fire truck to douse the barn with water, according to the statement. When additional officers arrived, the barn was still burning. When the officers entered, they had to break padlocks on 10 stalls in order to rescue the horses inside, the department said. The barn then became inaccessible because of the fire and collapsing roof.
The rescued horses were taken to the command post for the fire, where some were returned to concerned owners. The remaining animals were taken to the department’s emergency shelter at Pierce College. A team of four officers, joined by owners with trailers, returned to the ranch to rescue the horses that had been placed in the arena. “Sadly, many horses locked in their stalls at the barn did not survive the fire,”. The Padilla family, who was at the ranch Wednesday morning, put the count of dead horses at 29. They had their own horses stabled there and boarded horses for others.
The animal control department’s statement comes as public outcry increases over the horses’ deaths, with many on social media expressing outrage about some of the horses being locked in their stalls. The Padillas are no longer talking publicly about the fire, saying they had been receiving hate mail.
Three of the horses taken to Pierce College were injured in the fire, and animal control officials said the animals immediately got emergency veterinary treatment. One had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. The second was treated and released, and the third is still at the college undergoing treatment. The L.A. County Animal Care Foundation is paying for the medical treatment of the third horse, which is expected to recover after several months of care.
County animal control officers are “committed to saving the lives of animals and heroically struggled in this difficult situation to save as many horses as possible,” the agency’s statement read. “The department extends its deepest condolences to the horse owners who lost their beloved equine friends.” Officials stressed that those who have horses on their property should have evacuation plans in place and that stalls or other enclosures should never be padlocked or otherwise made inaccessible. Horse owners were also encouraged to microchip horses for identification during emergencies and to have alternative housing sites established in case of evacuations.
The Florida man accused in the brutal stabbing death of a pit bull named Ollie is facing 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty — one for each of 16 deep stab wounds and one for trapping the dog inside a suitcase.
Prosecutors filed formal charges Friday against Brendan Evans, 31, of Hollywood, who remains behind bars in Broward County Jail.
"We think this is the right thing to do," Assistant State Attorney Alex Urruela said of the decision to charge Evans with multiple counts of animal cruelty.
Evans’ defense attorney, Sarah Anne Mourer, says her client and his family are saddened by the death of Ollie.
"Brendan is a young man whose life has been fraught with pain, hardship and major mental illness," she said in an email. "For years, Brendan has been frustrated by the Florida health care system and desperately seeking psychiatric help. On more than 30 occasions he has attempted to obtain care, admitting himself to hospitals or health care facilities. Each time, Brendan failed to receive a proper diagnosis or receive appropriate treatment."
Vets expected Ollie to survive, despite more than 50 stab wounds. But he died Oct. 12, two days after being found near an abandoned home on Lee Street, not far from Evans’ apartment.
Evans was arrested the day after police searched his apartment on Nov. 14 and found two cat paws and several mutilated rats in the freezer, some with severed heads, legs and tails. They also found knives covered with dried blood, including an 18-inch machete, a Hollywood police report said.
In social media postings, Evans claimed to be a voodoo priest and said he practiced an Afro-Caribbean religion known for animal sacrifice, according to police.
Hollywood officers arrested Evans Nov. 15 after linking his fingerprints to the burglary of a home on Aug. 23. Animal cruelty charges were added Nov. 22 after police linked Evans’ DNA to the same suitcase Ollie had been trapped in.
Evans was on probation for a 2015 bank robbery outside Tampa when he was arrested on the animal cruelty and burglary charges. That means "he can be classified as a habitual violent felony offender," Urruela said. "That doubles the penalty (on the animal cruelty charges) from five years to 10 years."
With the holidays right around the corner here are some great tips for to think about when putting up a Christmas tree in your home with pets..
If you choose a real tree, You may want to give that tree a very good shake before bringing it into your home... and give insects and any possible tag-a-long wild animals a chance to flee before taking residence in your home after the tree is up... Once up up want to make sure that you keep the stand covered so that your pets can’t drink out of it. Many of the tree preservatives are toxic or irritating, and even the bacteria that can grow in the tree water can cause stomach issues if swallowed.
Make sure to get a good sturdy stand that will make it difficult to knock the tree over. Consider placing a ceiling hook and anchoring the top of the tree to the ceiling to prevent it from falling over if a rambunctious puppy slams into it or a fearless kitty climbs to the top!
Lights should be sturdy and nontoxic. Make sure to use a plastic cord cover over the exposed areas to help prevent chewing. Keep the tree unplugged when you are not able to closely watch your pets. Pets can get serious burns or die from chewing on electrical cords.
All decorations should be out of reach. Look for larger ornaments that are made of plastic and avoid glass. Glass can break and cause cuts if stepped on, and serious injuries, if swallowed. Small decorations are easily swallowed and should be avoided. Ornament hangers with softer wire that can be twisted tightly are better, but can still be swallowed and cause problems. Make sure to sweep up and don’t leave any unused ornament changers around.
Don’t use tinsel, garland, string or ribbon. Don’t use edible decorations like strings of popcorn or candy. Kittens love to play with ribbons and strings — if they accidentally swallow it, they will need surgery to remove it.
Teach your pets to stay away from the tree and other decorations. Stay close to them after the tree is up and supervise their first introduction to the new decorations. Perhaps give your dog a new chew toy to keep him occupied and gently redirect him if he tries to jump up on the tree or play with the decorations. Discourage the kitty from climbing the tree and playing with the ornaments.
Keep in mind... your pooch normally can stroll right up to a tree outside and relieve himself... you want to correct this right away if it happens indoors.