As more states legalize marijuana, veterinarians are seeing more reports of marijuana poisoning among pets.
In Massachusetts, for example, numerous edible marijuana products hit the market when the drug was legalized, and in some cases pets have consumed them, Wicked Local reports.
One veterinarian, Dr. Kiko Bracker, said it’s typical to see several such cases a week. Recreational marijuana use became legal in Massachusetts in 2016.
The increase in Massachusetts reflects a trend that’s also occurring elsewhere, especially in other states that have legalized marijuana.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that there were 1,800 marijuana-related emergency calls in 2018. Ten years earlier, there were only 208.
Pets that ingest marijuana can experience symptoms such as sleepiness, vomiting and depression, Wicked Local reports. Death is possible, but rare.
Bracker explained that the symptoms are similar to what a human experiences, but that in many cases the pet is ingesting a relatively higher dose given its lower body weight.
It’s well known that President Donald Trump is unique among modern presidents in that he has no pets.
And he recently provided some explanation as to why.
Trump said at a campaign rally in El Paso, TX, that he’d like to have a dog, but his schedule is too packed, Time reports. He was speaking after watching German shepherds that work for the Secret Service show off their drug-detection abilities.
He then asked the crowd if he’d look good walking a dog across the White House lawn, before dismissing the idea.
“Feels a little phony, phony to me,” he said.
Presidents have kept a wide variety of companion animals in the White House in a tradition that dates to the Thomas Jefferson era, according to the article. Presidential pets have included not only dogs and cats, but also more exotic creatures, from bears to sheep to, in the case of John Quincy Adams, possibly an alligator.
Vice President Mike Pence’s family, on the other hand, has owned several pets, including cats, dogs and a rabbit.
Officials found an abandoned tiger in a small cage inside of an abandoned house in Houston. He was transported to the world renowned 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, joining more than 800 resident animals including two tigers – Charlie, rescued from a breeder in 2016, and Alex, a former pet who arrived in 2014. He will undergo a thorough medical examination and be placed in quarantine for a minimum of two weeks. He will receive proper diet, veterinarycare and the respect and dignity that he deserves. His permanent placement is pending possible court action. The ranch has a five-acre, naturally wooded habitat complex that emulates a native environment and that will be the tiger’s new home pending a decision about permanent custody.
The discovery of this tiger who had been in private hands is the most recent exotic animal incident that has put a community and first responders at risk and uncovered wild animals living in appalling, confined conditions. Among such horrific incidents in Texas: in 2018 a two-year-old child in Edinburg was severely injured by a snow macaque kept as someone’s pet. In 2016, the Conroe Police Department received a report of a tiger roaming a residential neighborhood after an escape from someone’s backyard. In 2001 in Lee County, a three-year-old boy was killed by a relative’s pet tiger. In Channelview, a four-year-old boy had his arm torn off by a 400 pound tiger in 2000.
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said: “Texas lawmakers must follow the lead of countless states that have recently strengthened their laws prohibiting the private possession of dangerous wild animals. The time is now to pass meaningful legislation on the state and federal level. Keeping wild and exotic animals in private hands threatens public health and safety as well as animal welfare. Wild animals can cause death, inflict serious injury, and spread diseases. They are not pets and deserve better. The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to BARC Animal Shelter and the Houston Police Department for their quick and compassionate response and we are relieved that this tiger is now in safe hands in sanctuary at Black Beauty. We hope the people who subjected the tiger to this situation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
In Texas, Senator Joan Huffman and Representative Eddie Lucio III have introduced SB 641/HB 1268 this legislative session, which prohibits the private ownership of big cats, bears, great apes, hyenas, macaques and baboons and contains reasonable exemptions, such as for wildlife sanctuaries and breeders, dealers and exhibitors licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture who meet specific criteria.At the federal level, the Big Cat Public Safety Act is expected to be reintroduced in the 116th Congress. It will create a national framework for regulating the private possession of dangerous wild animals as well as prohibit public contact with certain species. The bill will address the thousands of animals being kept as pets or in grossly substandard conditions at unaccredited zoos, and end future ownership of big cats by unqualified individuals. It would also allow for a series of exemptions for individuals meeting specific requirements.
- Exotic animals are readily available to anyone who wants to buy or own one.
- An estimated 5,000-7,000 tigers live in captivity in the U.S.
- There is no uniform regulation regarding the private possession of big cats or other dangerous wild animals in the U.S. Thousands of these animals are being kept as pets or in unaccredited zoos.
- Thirty-five states have already passed meaningful laws regarding the private possession of dangerous wild animals.
- The Big Cat Public Safety Act will create a national framework for the keeping of dangerous wild animals in private possession, and prohibits public contact with certain species. The bill ends future ownership of big cats by unqualified individuals and allows for a series of exemptions for individuals meeting specific requirements.
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Faced with new legislation in Florida eliminating 11 of the remaining 17 greyhound racing tracks by the end of 2020, the number of gentle greyhounds in need of homes will drastically increase. This makes April’s National Adopt-a-Greyhound month more important than ever.
These wonderful, elegant dogs are being cared for by adoption groups across the country as they wait to be adopted into permanent homes. The Greyhound Project is spreading the message of greyhound adoption awareness to ensure that 100 percent of these greyhounds find caring homes.
“Greyhounds make great pets and companions; they are gentle 40-mile-per-hour couch potatoes,” said Greyhound Project board member Stuart Fried. “The need to move these dogs to where they can find their permanent homes is more critical than ever. Costs associated with accomplishing this present a real challenge. National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month is the perfect time to welcome an ex-athlete into your dog-loving family or to donate toward our efforts if you’re not able to adopt.”
The Greyhound Project works to support over 300 greyhound adoption groups around the world. In addition to promoting National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month, the charity publishes wall and desk calendars for adoption groups to resell and maintains an international directory of adoption organizations.
About The Greyhound Project
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sea to Shore Alliance have merged, introducing a new division under CMA called Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. The renowned research work conducted by the Sea to Shore organization over the past 10 years will continue and expand under Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.
Executive Director James “Buddy” Powell, Ph.D., a distinguished scientist with over 50 years of field experience, will continue to lead this group of world-renowned scientists and researchers. Dr. Powell and his team have made critical advancements by gathering key research data on manatees, right whales, and sea turtles and providing this to policy makers. The merger of Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sea to Shore Alliance under the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute banner will generate an expansion of this critical work. This includes expanding into new geographical areas, while ensuring the work reaches millions through CMA’s global media reach.
“The collection and distribution of research data is vital for the improvement of our oceans and the marine life that calls them home,” says David Yates, CEO of CMA. “We are thrilled to announce the launch of Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute and the merging with this team of transformative scientists. The work that they have done has made huge environmental strides and we are excited to combine efforts to evoke change, to educate, and to inspire.”
“This merger will broaden our conservation and research scope, which will result in advancements toward the protection of species and habitats,” says Dr. Powell. “Our team is pleased to embark on this new venture with CMA and begin realizing research goals and conservation successes through the newly developed Research Institute.”
A family in Stow, OH, is fighting to keep two alpacas as emotional support animals despite a neighbor’s complaints.
Scott Westberg says his fiancee, Sigga Jackson, and her 12-year-old son have conditions that are helped by the alpacas, MyTownNEO.com reports.
After petting the animals, “she comes back in a different person,” he said of his fiancee.
But a neighbor says the alpacas are a nuisance, in part because of the odor they create.
The city has given the family a deadline of Feb. 17 to find a new home for the alpacas. A violation of the nuisance ordinance could trigger a $150 fine, according to MyTownNEO.com.
One of the alpacas, Scooby, is registered as an emotional support animal, according to the publication. The family is seeking to obtain similar registration for the other, Loratta.
Westberg said he’s willing to take steps such as planting tall evergreen trees or extending a fence in order to keep his neighbor happy and keep the alpacas.