A proposed law in Connecticut would ban the practice of pet leasing.
The legislation seeks to outlaw leases in which the new pet owners accept high interest rates and believe they are agreeing to a payment plan, the Connecticut Post reports.
Such agreements open the possibility of the pet being repossessed at a later date, according to the publication.
The state Senate approved the ban last week. The proposed legislation will now be considered in the state House.
Bob Duff, a Democrat serving as Senate majority leader, said: “As a pet owner myself, I could never imagine leasing a pet and then after six or nine months or whatever it is, giving it back. They might actually think they own the pet instead of leasing the pet.”
According to the Post, pet leasing has already been banned in Nevada, California and New York.
For years, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has mismanaged wild horses and burros, failing to invest in proven fertility control programs and instead rounding-up and removing thousands of wild horses and burros from our public lands and shipping them off to holding facilities. There, they are supposed to be adopted by private citizens, but the program has been severely compromised by kill buyers masquerading as legitimate adopters and diverting the horses to foreign slaughter plants. Our wild horses and burros – in defiance of the Wild Horse and Free-Roaming Burros Act, and annual anti-horse slaughter proscriptions – have ended up as slabs of horse steak on the plates of diners from Italy to Japan.
Animal Wellness Action is advocating in the West for more tolerance for wild horses and burros on the range, but also in Congress for increased investments in humane management of populations through fertility control. We recognize that there must be active management to address the social concerns of ranchers and other users of our public lands. Fertility control achieves the key objectives of major players with a stake in the future of wild horses and burros; it reduces reproduction and stabilizes growth and it achieves active management through humane means.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) joint proposal advocates for mass removals of tens of thousands of America’s wild mustangs and burros from federal lands on the open range, while conducting aggressive contraception for the horses and burros who would remain on our federal lands.
The NCBA, which gets millions in funding for the beef check-off program to run its operations and lobbying programs, has been the leader of the pro-horse slaughter movement, openly advocating for the reopening of slaughter plants in Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and other states since the last of the U.S. plants were shuttered in 2007. It has never once supported animal welfare legislation and has actively worked to kill wolves, grizzlies, and other predators with poisons, traps, and aerial gunning on our public lands; advocated for U.S. Rep. Steve King’s Farm Bill Amendment to wipe out state animal protection laws; worked to scuttle an agreement supported by the egg industry to give hens more space in their enclosures; and opposed efforts to limit the use of antibiotics on factory farms; and so much more.
The “10 Years to AML Plan,” as it’s been named, is a thinly disguised two-step, with the second step being the slaughter of our wild horses and burros. If the plan is implemented, it will swell the population of captive horses by rounding up wild horses – perhaps to as many as 65,000 or more. NCBA has previously likened “horse slaughter” to “euthanasia” – a view that contradictsthat group’s belief that inspected slaughter plants are a fine place for the lives of horses to end.
The reality is, there are far more cattle and sheep on our public lands than wild horses and burros. This is an attempt to further imbalance the ratio by liquidating populations of wild horses and burros, so that beef may graze on more federal lands.Animal groups should know better, and appalled by their proposition. We’ll be fighting this effort with our allies in the wild horse and burro community – and with the American public that abhors this practice - on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. This is the wrong plan, and it’s not a close call. Please call your Members of Congress at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose any measure to remove wild horses from federal lands.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with General Tô Lâm, Minister of Public Security in Vietnam, to enhance and strengthen cooperation between the countries to combat wildlife trafficking. Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar illegal business that threatens our global biodiversity and is directly tied to transnational organized crime, making it a serious national security risk to the United States and our partners around the world.
The United States has partnered with Vietnam on efforts to combat wildlife trafficking for many years, and this new MOU will allow for stronger law enforcement collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Office of Law Enforcement and Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security. Through the MOU, the Service and the Ministry will collaborate through information sharing, exchange of best practices, and strengthening bilateral investigations into wildlife trafficking crimes.
“Wildlife trafficking is a global problem that demands strong partnerships, and we are working to make that a reality,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “Today’s landmark occasion enhances our bilateral relationship with Vietnam, which will provide both of our nations the tools and shared insights that are critical to combating wildlife trafficking."
The Service has been working with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi since 2015 to develop this MOU. Vietnam is a critical location for wildlife trafficking investigations and has demonstrated a willingness to collaborate with the U.S. Government and other organizations in the fight against wildlife trafficking.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security is responsible for managing Vietnam’s police and public security forces, which play a key role in wildlife law enforcement. Increasing coordination and cooperation on law enforcement with the Ministry is a cornerstone of our efforts to combat wildlife trafficking across the globe.
A six-month-old Rottweiler named Fifi needed to be rescued after she got her head stuck in a cinder block while sniffing around her yard in St. Johns County, Florida. Fifi's owners tried to free the puppy but had no luck, so they called 911.
When deputies from the St. John's Sheriff's Office arrived, they attempted to use soap and water to free Fifi but were unsuccessful. They called St. Johns County Fire Rescue, who on Facebook, explained the lengths they went to to release Fifi.
The department had to use the Jaws of Life, which are normally reserved for ripping open cars to rescue people who are trapped inside, to break apart the cinder block and free the young puppy.
Acupuncture can be traced back thousands of years, and is one of the four branches of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. Animal acupuncture was introduced to the U.S. in the early 70s, and has continued to gain popularity ever since.
This ancient technique consists of inserting needles into specific points on the body to treat and heal physical and emotional issues. Major benefits of acupuncture include increased blood and lymphatic flow to tissues and increased release of neurotransmitters and pain modulators. It can also stimulate nerve function, influence inflammatory responses, and help balance hormones.
Some of the conditions for which acupuncture is especially useful include:
-Chronic kidney, liver, and bladder issues
-Nerve injuries, such as paresis, paralysis, and degenerative conditions
-Arthritis, muscle trauma, atrophy, and spinal disease
As people watch the vet sticking needles into their pets, some worry that it is painful for the animal. In fact, quite the opposite is true. It is common for an animal to lay down and relax while the needles are working their magic.
Most pets begin to experience results in two to six treatments, but it depends on the animal and what you are treating for, as acupuncture uses the body’s own resources to create change. The good news is that results are often long lasting, and acupuncture has fewer side effects than most pharmaceutical cures.
Spring-Green Lawn Care has been donating to Arbor Day Foundation for the planting of trees, totaling over 100,000 trees to date being planted. Since 2010, the donations were allocated by Arbor Day Foundation towards the planting of trees in forests across the country such as Florence County State Forest, Pere Marquette State Forest, Shawnee National Forest, Michigan State Forest, and Douglas County Forest. This year, the donation to plant trees will be allotted to Arbor Day Foundation's Community Tree Recovery Program.
The Community Tree Recovery Program plants trees in areas that have been affected by natural disasters in areas all over the country. Currently, there are several campaigns in the works and each tree is planted with the goal of bringing beauty, healing, and hope to communities that have been affected by natural disasters. Trees are planted along streets, parks, and yards.
Spring-Green Lawn Care chose to begin working with Arbor Day Foundation in 2010 because of their love for the outdoors and for greener, healthier lawns – which cannot be accomplished without trees. This year, Spring-Green Lawn Care wanted their donation to be applied specifically for communities in need and Arbor Day Foundation was happy to help. Spring-Green Lawn Care's donation will go to Georgia's upper Altamaha watershed.
The Altamaha River watershed supports the largest concentration of rare species of any river in the state. Over 10 rare endangered plant and animal species are found in or along the river. This project will help restore habitats for these species, including the gopher tortoise, a keystone species for many other animals in the watershed. Additionally, long leaf pine will be replanted in the uplands of the watershed to restore native habitat and to provide clean water for the smaller streams and rivers in the area.
After a prod from a lawsuit filed by conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that giraffes may qualify for protection under America’s Endangered Species Act. The 2018 lawsuit — brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, Humane Society of the United States, and the Natural Resources Defense Council — seeks a response to their April 2017 legal petition for Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes. The species is gravely imperiled by habitat loss and fragmentation, civil unrest and overhunting, as well as the international trade in bone carvings, skins, and trophies.
The United States provides a large market for giraffe parts: More than 21,400 bone carvings, 3,000 skin pieces and 3,700 hunting trophies were imported over the past decade. Limiting U.S. import and trade would give giraffes important protections, and an ESA listing would also help provide critical funding for conservation work in Africa.
“The U.S. on average imports more than one giraffe trophy a day, and thousands of giraffe parts are sold domestically each year,” said Anna Frostic, attorney for the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. “The federal government must now expeditiously take stock of the role we are playing in giraffe decline and how we can work to instead save these unique animals.”Africa’s giraffe population has plunged nearly 40 percent in the past 30 years. It now stands at just over 97,000 individuals.
“This is a big step toward protecting giraffes from the growing use of their bones by U.S. gun and knife makers,” said Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s disgusting that it took a lawsuit to prompt the Trump administration to act. Saving everyone’s favorite long-necked animal from extinction should have been the easiest call in the world.”
With fewer giraffes than elephants left in Africa, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature elevated the threat level to giraffes from “least concern” to “vulnerable” on its “Red List of Threatened Species” in 2016. That finding was confirmed in 2018 along with a critically endangered assessment of two giraffe subspecies and an endangered assessment for another.
“The United States has long been complicit in the trade of giraffe parts, so it’s time for the federal government to stick its neck out for this species,” said Elly Pepper with NRDC. “The United States has taken action to help staunch the trade of numerous species in trouble. Sadly, now it is time to take action to ensure giraffes remain on the planet. They need Endangered Species Act protections and they need them now.”
Known for their six-foot-long necks, distinctive patterning and long eyelashes, giraffes have captured the human imagination for centuries. New research recently revealed that they live in complex societies, much like elephants, and have unique physiological traits, including the highest blood pressure of any land mammal.
The IUCN currently recognizes one species of giraffes and nine subspecies: West African, Kordofan, Nubian, reticulated, Masai, Thornicroft’s, Rothchild’s, Angolan and South African. The legal petition seeks an endangered listing for the whole species.The Fish and Wildlife Service has 12 months to decide whether Endangered Species Act listing is warranted.
Horse parents should know there are various poisonous plants that can cause harm to horses. Make sure you know what plants are in your space before they become a problem, and always ensure that your horse is being fed quality, weed-free hay.
Lately, one plant has become a growing cause of pet poisoning across the United States: the Sago Palm. While the Sago Palm’s seeds are the most poisonous component, the entire plant is toxic. Clinical signs of Sago Palm toxicity include vomiting, bloody stools, jaundice, increased thirst, bruising, blood clotting disorders, liver damage or failure and death if not treated immediately.
All parts of the oleander (also referred to as rose-bay) and yew plants are toxic to horses, as well as dogs and cats. An exposure to either plant causes severe cardiac issues and can also cause weakness and even death if not treated quickly.
Found in the Eastern and Midwest United States, black walnut is not only a common plant, but the shavings are sometimes used as stall filler. Exposure to black walnut can cause lameness, laminitis and colic for horses.
For a full list of toxic plants, and more important information on toxins for horses, dogs, cats and birds, download the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) Mobile app today.
Researchers in Japan say cats can recognize their own names, even if they aren’t enthusiastic about responding.
They looked at data from four experiments involving 77 cats. To see if a cat comprehended its name, they “tested the name against other similar-sounding nouns,” ScienceDaily reports.
“Researchers played recordings of their own voices and the cat’s owner’s voice saying five words: the first four words were the similar-sounding nouns and the final, fifth word was the cat’s name,” according to the report.
Cats that ignored the other nouns but moved their heads or ears when they heard their name were deemed to recognize their name.
But even if they didn’t respond, it’s possible they still understood, said Atsuko Saito, first author of the research paper. After all, cats are not as social as dogs and some other animals.
“Their lack of response may be caused by their low motivation level to interact with humans, or their feelings at the time of the experiment,” Saito said.
The researchers wrote: “These cats discriminated their own names from general nouns even when unfamiliar persons uttered them. These results indicate that cats are able to discriminate their own names from other words.”