Police say a woman who owns a Phoenix, Arizona, pet rescue operation has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, reports CBS affiliate KPHO.
The station reports that police began investigating Rebekah Fox after an emaciated dog that had allegedly been in her care was turned in for treatment to the Arizona Humane Society. The dog was found to be suffering from Valley Fever, a virus that affects the lungs.
Bretta Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Humane Society, said the organization determined the dog was linked to Fox's organization, Mavyn Animal Rescue.
The Arizona Republic reports that police got involved after a video surfaced on social media showing the emaciated dog. The person who posted the video wrote that another dog who had been housed at Mavyn Animal Rescue had been put down, and that multiple rabbits "in poor condition" were removed from the facility.
A recent New York Times report explains how illegal ape traffickers are using social media sites to conduct business. Traffickers are posting pictures of gorillas, chimps and orangutans on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook in order to advertise these endangered species for sale.
These companies must take responsibility for the part they play in the illicit global ape trade and do their part to help bring down ape smugglers.
Please join us in demanding that Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook take the necessary steps to shut down ape trafficking accounts.
Ape trafficking is a billion dollar business that has affected tens of thousands of apes who have either been captured and sold, or killed. Baby apes are commonly smuggled because their smaller size makes it easier to do so. Often times, traffickers will kill the baby apes’ entire family in order to seize the baby.
Apes are incredibly social animals, so being torn apart from their families is especially detrimental. Once sold, these apes are subjected to a life of torture as they are used for human amusement in either zoos or in the homes of private collectors.
Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook can go a long way in helping protect apes, many of whom are endangered and on the brink of extinction, from illegal trafficking. Let’s call on these social media sites to identify and shut down ape traffickers for good!
A controversial effort to allow the sterilization of a herd of wild horses in Idaho, which threatened to set a dangerous precedent throughout the West has been dismissed by a federal appeals court.
The move follows the approval by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month of an obscure request by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to stop its own appeal.
The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), one of the groups that had planned to fight the move in the appeals court, had BLM not withdrawn its appeal, called the outcome “another significant legal victory in the fight to protect mustangs and burros” as it affirmed that the “BLM has a legal mandate to manage wild, viable herds.”
As per a post on the organization’s Facebook page: “An Idaho court ruled that: a.) BLM has a legal mandate to protect wild horses’ free-roaming behaviors and manage them in self-sustaining herds; b.) Sterilizing wild horses impacts the herd’s social structure, wild horse behavior and the public’s interest in observing natural wild horse instincts and behaviors; c.) The BLM must consider these impacts; and d.) Cannot ignore the results of the National Academy of Sciences report, which affirmed the impacts of castrating wild stallions and surgically removing the ovaries of wild mares.”
As noted on its website, The American Wild Horse Campaign, The Cloud Foundation and Return to Freedom, previously sued the BLM in 2016 following the department’s release in 2015 of plans to sterilize horses in the Saylor Creek Herd Management Area and replenish the herd with wild horses captured elsewhere to maintain a herd of 50 to 200 horses.
A U.S. District Court in Idaho ruled in September that the herd had to be able to produce healthy foals, and the BLM appealed it last month.
The goal of the American Wild Horse Campaign is to protect America’s wild horses and burros by stopping the federal government’s systematic elimination of these national icons from public lands in the United States.
Donations to the American Wild Horse Campaign are forever appreciated and needed!
Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) and Laurel Canyon Association, announced yesterday that they had successfully completed the purchase of a 17-acre mountain ridge in Los Angeles’ historic Laurel Canyon to be used for open space and a wildlife habitat,
The coveted more than a million-dollar property located between Lookout Mountain Avenue and Stanley Hills Drive in the Hollywood Hills was secured following a two-year “Let’s Buy a Mountain” non-profit donation campaign.
Legendary rocker Don Henley of The Eagles was among those who contributed to the campaign after he made a $100,000.00 donation in memory of Glenn Frey, his close friend, collaborator, and fellow former Laurel Canyon resident.
“I greatly appreciate your efforts to preserve the rare undeveloped lands that remain in the Laurel Canyon area,” said Henley. “These resources are precious, both in terms of wildlife habitat, and in terms of the human history that resides there.”
The David Schwartz Foundation also generously donated the final $300,000.00 necessary to close the sale.
The land will be turned over to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) for land management and permanent preservation.
“As a result of our collaborative fundraising efforts, this very large piece of LA’s greenbelt will be protected forever from the threat of development,” stated Tony Tucci, Chair of CLAW. “Our parks and hillside open spaces are the lungs of our city and this mountain ridge is critical habitat for a variety of species including deer, coyote, bobcats, pumas, owls and red-tailed hawks. This land will be maintained as open space where the preservation of natural vegetation and wildlife come first.”
The Board of the Laurel Canyon Association expressed its appreciation in a statement which also recognized government officials including LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl who gave $100,000.00 Proposition A grant to the project, as well as support from City Councilmembers David Ryu and Paul Koretz.
A community dedication of the preserve will take place in early 2018. Donations to Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, a non-profit corporation which advocates for the protection of wildlife in Los Angeles, educates citizens about its fundamental importance and promotes the establishment of wildlife habitats and wildlife corridors in L.A. County and beyond, can be made at www.peace4animals.net/donate!
Public opposition to fox hunting is at an all-time high according to new polling figures. According to the report, 85% of the British public supports keeping the ban on fox hunting, including 81% of people living in rural areas. While the results of the survey of more than 2,000 people conducted by Ipsos MORI for the League Against Cruel Sports are positive, sadly, more than 250 hunts reportedly still occurred this year as a part of annual Boxing Day events. Fortunately though newly-engaged Prince Harry did not participate in this year’s hunt in order to please his fiance, Meghan Markle, a known animal rights advocate. The polling figures were released at the end of a turbulent year for hunting, where the Government’s announcement to offer a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act of 2004 triggered public outcry, causing the issue to become one of the most talked about during the election.
The Hunting Act 2004 is the law which bans chasing wild mammals with dogs in England and Wales, which basically means that fox hunting, deer hunting, hare hunting, hare coursing and mink hunting are all illegal. A League Against Cruel Sports study estimates that the Hunting Act 2004 has helped over 100,000 animals, including foxes, hares, and deer, but increasing amounts of evidence suggest that since hunting with dogs was outlawed, most of the hunts in England and Wales have been held illegally by abusing exemptions and using “trail hunting” as a cover. Trail hunting purports to mimic traditional hunting by following a scent trail. The questionable basis of trail hunting is that “those laying the trail are not meant to tell those controlling the hounds where the scent has been laid, so if the hounds end up following a live animal scent, the hunt can claim that they did not know.”
“With 85 per cent of the public saying they do not want fox hunting made legal again, there has never been a better time to strengthen the Hunting Act and bring an end to the illegal persecution of wildlife still going on under the guise of ‘trail’ hunting,” stated Director of Policy, Communications and Campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports, Chris Luffingham. “The realities of trail hunting have been well and truly exposed this year and the extent to which foxes, hares and deer are still being chased and killed has really shocked people. Time and time again hunts are getting away with circumventing the law and that needs to stop.”
“During 2017, we’ve seen the Government make some great steps in terms of its commitment to animal welfare, and as we move into 2018, we’d like to see a strengthening of the Hunting Act as part of this commitment,” continued Luffingham. “There is overwhelming support for the ban on hunting; now it’s time for improved legislation to put an end to wildlife suffering in the name of ‘sport’ once and for all.” The League Against Cruel Sports is recommending four amendments to the Hunting Act in England and Wales, to ensure that animals are properly protected:
The use of dogs below ground should be prohibited.
A ‘reckless’ provision should be inserted to stop hunters using the false alibi of ‘trail’ hunting.
Sentencing powers should be increased.
The Observation and Research exemption abused by stag hunts should be removed. The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport.
More than a year after the city of Montreal decided to ban Pit Bulls and similar breeds, the controversial law has now been reversed.
In September 2016, it became illegal for citizens of Montreal to adopt Pit Bulls or other "at-risk" dogs, including Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers. Pet parents who already owned the banned breeds would have to get permits and keep their dogs leashed and muzzled in public.
As of Dec. 20, 2017, the breed ban—which was met with criticism from both dog owners and advocates—will be lifted.
According to CTV News, councilman Craig Sauvé stated that all dogs should be looked at the same. Sophie Gallard of the Montreal SPCA, a prominent organization in the fight against the ban, told CTV, "We’re very happy to know that we’ll be able to place all our dogs into adoption."
In a statement released to petMD, Montreal's Compassionate Animal Adoption Rescue said, "We are thrilled that the newly elected leadership in Montreal has decided to listen to the experts, to science when it comes to the ineffectiveness of breed specific legislation.
"We look forward to once again being able to help Pit Bull-looking dogs find forever homes, though we recognize that this will take time in light of their damaged reputation as a result of the former administration," the statement continued, adding that the ultimate goal is "to make our city a truly safer place for humans and dogs alike."
One of the most remarkable creatures on the planet, the Asiatic cheetah, is nearing extinction.
According to The Guardian, "Fewer than 50 of the critically endangered carnivores are thought to be left in the wild—all of them in Iran—and scientists fear that without urgent intervention there is little chance of saving one of the planet’s most distinctive and graceful hunters."
The United Nations recently pulled funding to protect these animals, which put them at an even greater risk. Iranian conservationist Jamshid Parchizadeh told The Guardian that lack of funding and protection means certain death for the Asiatic cheetah. "Iran has already suffered from the loss of the Asiatic lion and the Caspian tiger," he stated. "Now we are about to see the Asiatic cheetah go extinct as well.
The Asiatic cheetah, which is one of the fastest land animals on Earth, has seen a steady decline in population in Iran due to hunting, loss of habitat, and road accidents. (Before they were found in Iran, Asiatic cheetahs once lived in both India and Asia, but were driven out because of factors like hunting and farming.)
While efforts have been made by conservationists and scientists over the years to save the Asiatic cheetah, the situation is dire. In a letter written to Nature.com, Parchizadeh stated, "Bringing the Asiatic cheetah back from the brink of extinction will require close cooperation between governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and grassroots stakeholders. The government’s wholehearted support is crucial."
Dr. Laurie Marker, the founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, also recently wrote a letter that urged for open communication about the cheetah crisis, especially via technology. (She also pointed out that the Asiatic cheetah isn't the only type of cheetah in danger: "The harsh reality is cheetahs are on a crash-course with extinction. One hundred years ago, there were 100,000; today less than 8,000.")
"We can share solutions with organizations in all cheetah home range territories and with people everywhere wishing to save this magnificent species for future generations," Marker wrote. "Humans have caused the problems that are threatening the cheetah, but we are also the only species that can save them."
There are a lot of tiny things we fail to think about when we’re considering whether to get a pet (fur and hair all over the place, early morning wakeup calls). But one thing any responsible would-be owner cannot overlook is the potential that they may have a hard time finding a place to live if they have a pet (particularly a dog). Specifically if you are trying to rent. Not all landlords and buildings allow pets, or if they do they have specific restrictions (the ban of breeds, not allowing dogs over a certain weight/size, only allowing one pet).
Before you get a pet, keep in mind that if you are a renter, you may be adding a level of difficulty into your life with your current and all future living situations. But, if you’re persistent about the idea of having a pet, here are 5 tips for gaining rent approval, even with your cat, dog, snake, or whatever.
1. Give yourself time – Most people give themselves plenty of time to find a new home, but if you have a pet as well, then you need to add even more time to your search. You should consider contacting real estate agents and rental agencies at least 2 months before you plan to move.
2. Gather proof that you’re responsible – Some pet restrictions are building-wide (as in if you rent from an association). These bans are a bit tougher to crack; however, if you’re renting from a singular landlord, you do have the ability to instill some persuasion. Still, we recommend you do all that you can to convince any potential landlord that your pet will be okay in its new home. If you’re a current pet owner, get a letter from your landlord or association stating you are a responsible pet owner. If your dog has completed a training class, be sure to include that documentation. Also, get a letter from your veterinarian stating that you’re on top of your pet’s medical care, and provide your potential landlord with documentation that your pet is spayed or neutered and up-to-date with all shots and vaccinations.
3. Promote yourself and your pet – The truth is, pet owners are less likely to jump around from apartment to apartment, because of how difficult it can be to find the right home for a pet. This means lower vacancy rates for your potential landlord. Lower vacancy rates means lower costs and headaches for landlords. Let your potential landlord know this. Also, promote your pet. Invite the landlord to see your pet in his existing home, or bring your pet to meet the landlord.
4. Be open to paying more – Pets can get messy. Their hair and fur can get caught in carpets. Their nails can scratch the floor (and walls), and if they’re feeling rambunctious, they can actually do some structural damage (like chewing the molding of a doorway). Even if your landlord doesn’t require that you pay more in rent for your pet, offer to do so to show that you respect his property and intend to keep it in good form.
5. Get it in writing – Once you’ve been given permission to have your pet, get it in writing, preferably within the lease. Verbal word is not enough. A verbal agreement doesn’t hash out any stipulations, and opens you and your pet up to a “change of heart” by your landlord months down the road.
Even though pet ownership continues to grow in the US, it’s not that easy finding a home to rent with a landlord that is willing to open their doors to your dog, cat, reptile, bird, etc. But if you follow these steps, you can improve your chances of being approved for rent, even with your furry, feathered or scaly friend.