New legislation in Rhode Island means that pets can be included in domestic violence protective orders.
The measure was recently signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo, The Associated Press reports.
In domestic abuse situations, Family Court now has the ability to enter protective orders that cover household pets, according to the report.
State Rep. William O’Brien and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio introduced the legislation.
“Often in cases of domestic violence, pets can be severely harmed by the abuser as well. Many states in the country already have laws that include pets in domestic violence protection orders,” O’Brien has said, according to NBC 10. “An innocent animal should not be allowed to be left with dangerous and violent abusers.”
Friend of the Sea, the preeminent global certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced today that it has added new members to its program forSustainable Dolphin and Whale Watching. By certifying three fisherman/dolphin tour operators on Lampedusa Island, which is situated south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Friend of the Sea is helping protect dolphins in their natural habitat while spreading valuable information about the issue of sustainability in marine wildlife.
“It’s great that people want to see dolphins and whales in the wild,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “They appreciate the wonders of the marine world. However, even with the best of intentions, these tours can inadvertently harm the creatures themselves. Our Sustainable Dolphin and Whale Watching Certification is meant to enable people enjoy these incredible experiences while protecting the animals at the same time.”
Friend of the Sea has certified the fishing and tour operations of Salvatore Fragapane, Rosario Domenico Sanguedolce and Francesco Palmisano. Each man offers visitors a two-hour excursion that features sightings of the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops gervais). This species is known to frequent waters off Lampedusa. The Friend of the Sea standard seeks to minimize unintentional disturbance to the dolphins’ habitat by setting a maximum number of vessels in the area at any one time.
The standard also sets limits on maximum approach speed and distance between the boats and the dolphins. At the same, it prohibits swimming with the animals and the use of monouse plastics on board the tour boats. Customers can interact with Friend of the Sea, giving feedback on the tour.
“Despite the situation in Lampedusa, these fishermen have decided to do something concrete to help the local population of dolphins,” remarked Mario Passoni, a scientific officer at Friend of the Sea. “This shows the importance of the issue for people who depend on the sea for their livelihoods.” Passoni, who was in the lead in this certification project, worked in collaboration with Area Marina Protetta Isole Pelagie, which is involved in protecting the local marine area, as well as with the research groupAssociazione Me.Ri.S., which is focused on studying dolphins. “We all joined forces to protect the marine area and the dolphins. It was a great partnership,” Passoni added.
About Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea, a project of the World Sustainability Organization, awards sustainable practices in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Fishmeal and Omega 3 Fish Oil. The organization promotes pilot projects related to restaurants, sustainable shipping, whale and dolphin-watching, aquaria, ornamental fish, UV creams and others. It is the only sustainable fisheries certification program recognized and supervised globally by a National Accreditation Body.
For more information, visit https://friendofthesea.org/
Pets and their owners often share a deep connection, and researchers at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln may have figured out one of the reasons.
They surveyed more than 3,000 cat owners in the U.K. to learn about the respondents’ personalities as well as their pets’ personalities, People.com reports. The research was published in the journal PLOS One.
Among the humans, traits evaluated were extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness and neuroticism.
Various traits in the owners correlated with different behaviors in the pets. For example, higher neuroticism in the owner was linked to higher aggression or anxiety in the cat.
Owners with more agreeable personalities tended to have cats with less aggression and less aloofness, People.com reports.
The study authors wrote: “Our findings mirror the findings of research on parental personality, parenting styles and child behavior in various ways.”
Birds of a feather flock together, but this cockatoo rocks alone. A new study reveals that the internet-famous cockatoo named Snowball can do more than just bust moves — whether headbanging, wildly tapping its foot or gyrating its mohawked head — in sync with the beat of the music. The parrot creates his own steps as well.
This entertaining finding has profound implications for our understanding of animal intelligence. In effect, the discovery indicates that spontaneous dance isn't a human invention, but rather something that occurs when certain cognitive and neural capacities align in animal brains, the researchers said.
"Parrots are absolutely amazing in their human-like abilities and, though not related to us, are possibly the closest animal group to us in terms of musical (and other) abilities," said Robert Heinsohn, a professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University, who has studied cockatoos but wasn't involved in the new research.
The inspiration for the study began with the pet bird Snowball, a sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita eleonora) whose hilarious dance moves went viral on YouTube a decade ago, as he shimmied to the Backstreet Boys.
Intrigued, researchers studied Snowball to gain insight into how animals process music, which in turn could shed light on the evolution of human musicality, said Aniruddh Patel, a professor of psychology at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Snowball surprised the researchers again. "After that study, we noticed him doing new movements to music that we hadn't seen before," Patel said. They filmed the 12-year-old parrot dancing to two classic '80s hits: "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper. The team played each song three times, for a total of 23 minutes of music overall. The scientists found that Snowball has 14 distinct dance moves and two composite moves, more than one might see at an awkward middle-school dance.
Patel, the senior researcher on the new study, and his colleagues proposed that five traits together allow both humans and parrots to dance:
- The ability for complex vocal learning, which "creates strong links in the brain between hearing and movement," Patel said.
- The capacity to learn imitation of nonverbal movement.
- A tendency to form long-term social bonds. This relates to the fact that Snowball and humans seem to dance for social reasons, Patel said.
- The ability to learn a complex sequence of actions. "[This] also requires sophisticated neural processing, since we're talking about movements that aren't innate," Patel said.
- Attentiveness to communicative movements, which relates to the structure of movements and not just the consequences of these actions.
Patel added that while Snowball is "a wonderful animal," he's not unique. "There are examples of other parrots making diverse movements to music on the internet, but Snowball is the first to be studied scientifically in this regard,”. ----------------------------------------------------------
The star from film and TV has also given his acting talents to the world of educational television as Laurence Fishburne hosts "Behind The Scenes." This informative show seeks to shine a light on the many issues facing modern society today. One of the most recent episodes focused on climate change. There are numerous tools being developed to monitor its progression which "Behind The Scenes" discusses.
Climate change has spent much of the past few decades in the spotlights as politicians and scientists have continued to debate its causes and effects. Meanwhile, scientists and researchers from all over the globe have been working hard to develop new tools to gather evidence showing the damage that climate change is causing. For example, new tools have been developed to monitor the changes in the ozone layer that have resulted from the excess deposition of carbon dioxide. In addition, tools are being developed that measure the balance of carbon dioxide between the air and the oceans. As excess carbon dioxide is deposited into the air, it also gets deposited into the oceans. This changes their pH and can threaten the animals living under the sea. It remains to be seen just how this will impact the environment in the future. All of this is discussed in an episode of "Behind The Scenes."
Most dog owners in a new survey said they give their pet more kisses than they give their partner, People.com reports.
The poll by Riley’s Organics found that 52 percent of owners were handing out smooches more freely to their canine companions.
The same percentage also said they prefer sleeping in bed with their pooch as opposed to their partner.
Among those surveyed, well over 90 percent identified their dog as one of their best friends, People.com notes.
Unwelcome visitors are irritating beachgoers and keeping some of them out of the water.
Lifeguards at the Oceanfront say this week there has been an increase in reports of people being stung by sea lice.
Sea lice is a word for can be jellyfish larval or blue crab larval. They are commonly found in the Atlantic Ocean, but many swimmers say they have never heard of sea lice before.
At the Oceanfront Thursday, people told News 3 they were only in the water for a few minutes when they began to feel a tingling sensation.
"It felt like sand on your clothes and then it started to feel like things were biting you," explained Cade Welsh, who has lived in Virginia Beach for the last four years and had never heard of sea lice. "If you, like, scratch, it will feel like sand and if you look, you'll see a clear thing with blue eyes."
A group of girls visiting the Ocean front from New York were seen running towards the showers on Thursday seeking relief.
"We started running up to the shore, and then we felt around and there was stuff crawling on us," one girl said.
It is unclear why there has been an increase of sea lice at the beach this week, but lifeguards say if you are stung, the best thing to do is rinse yourself and your bathing suit with fresh water.
The creatures are tiny, so they often get stuck in the netting of bathing suits and people's hair. The most common side effect is a rash or bumps, but they typically disappear shortly after rinsing with fresh water.
If you need extra assistance, find a lifeguard immediately.
When cats roam free, small wild animals die. And the body count in Australia exceeds 2 billion native animals per year.
Environmental researchers in Australia compiled the alarming figure by combing through hundreds of studies on the predatory habits of Australia's free-ranging pet cats as well as feral felines. The scientists documented cats' historic and ongoing toll on Australian wildlife in the book "Cats in Australia".
In just one day, Australia's millions of cats kill approximately 1.3 million birds, 1.8 million reptiles and over 3.1 million mammals. Cats were introduced to Australia in the 18th century by European colonizers, and a report in 2017 found that feral cats could be found in 99.8% of the continent, including on 80% of Australia's islands.
Current estimates of the number of feral cats in Australia range from about 2 million to more than 6 million during years with a lot of rainfall, when prey is abundant. And every feral cat kills about 740 native animals annually, co-author Sarah Legge, a principal research fellow with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Australia's University of Queensland, said in a statement.
There are also about 4 million pet cats in Australia. Pet owners who allow their cats to spend time outdoors may never witness their beloved animal's killer instincts. Yet a single pet cat kills, on average, about 75 animals each year. That may not sound like much compared to the death toll racked up by feral cats. However, urban cat populations tend to be denser than in rural areas; with about 180 cats per square mile (60 per square kilometer) wildlife in urban areas pay a deadly price, Legge explained.
"As a result, cats in urban areas kill many more animals per square kilometer each year than cats in the bush," she said.
Australian officials are exploring multiple strategies for controlling populations of feral cats, including shooting, trapping and poisoning them with bait such as toxic sausages.
Such culls are expected to eradicate around 2 million cats by 2020, but some species of vulnerable Australian wildlife may be running out of time, said study co-author Christopher Dickman, a professor in terrestrial ecology with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. Cats are recognized as a threat to 35 species of birds, 36 mammal species, seven reptile species and three amphibian species, according to Australia's Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPAC).