Talkin' Pets News
October 05, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services, Tampa Bay, Florida
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guests - Dr. Gary Weitzman will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/05/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away the new books by National Geopraphic Kids: Dog Breed Guide & Cat Breed Guide
Livestock and poultry breeds provide one-third of the world's protein supply and are vital to brain development in infants. However, the selection of specific breeds for their desired traits in food production and consumption is contributing to a loss in genetic diversity of livestock and poultry. A new paper from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology addresses the associated risks with the loss of genetic diversity in livestock and poultry, as well as what should be done to protect remaining breeds.
The genetic diversity of livestock and poultry is dwindling, leaving one-third of the world's protein supply at risk to events such as weather extremes and disease outbreaks. A new paper from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology addresses the associated risks with reduced access to genetic traits, as well as what should be done to protect remaining breeds. According to the paper, "up to 25 percent of global livestock breeds are either at risk of being lost, or have already been lost."
Current conservation practices such as cryopreservation and germplasm repositories are already in use to protect the genes of some animal livestock breeds, but the authors of the CAST paper argue more must be done to prepare for unpredictable future events. "By losing breeds we make finding potential solutions to future production demands much more difficult, and recent history indicates that predicting future demand is problematic," the authors write. "Conserving breeds saves these options and keeping them in the agricultural landscape is a reminder that these options exist." The paper, Protecting Food Animal Gene Pools for Future Generations—A paper in the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050, is available for free download on CAST's website.
Download the full paper here.
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Task Force Authors
Dr. Julie Long, Chair, Animal Biosciences & Biotechnology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture—Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Harvey Blackburn, National Animal Germplasm Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture—Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Alison Martin, The Livestock Conservancy
Dr. Robert L. Taylor, Jr., Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, West Virginia University
Dr. Fred Silversides
Dr. Curtis R. Youngs, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University
Australia’s capital region has imposed strict new requirements for how pets should be treated.
Failing to walk your dog at least once a day, for example, can result in a fine of up to $2,700 (AU$4,000), CNN reports.
Australian Capital Territory’s Legislative Assembly recently passed legislation to recognize animals as sentient beings. It’s the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so.
“These new laws will make the ACT a national leader in animal welfare, and reflects a zero tolerance approach to animal cruelty,” Minister for City Services Chris Steel said in a press release.
“Modern animal welfare is about considering how an animal is coping both mentally and physically with the conditions in which it lives.
“For the first time under law we are recognising the science, that animals are sentient, and they feel emotion and pain.”
The territory includes the capital city of Canberra and some surrounding townships.
Steel continued: “People who do not properly care for their animals, such as failing to provide a dog with water or shelter, face new on the spot fines. Fines for these offences can now be easily issued by officers as part of the new escalating enforcement framework to deter further acts of cruelty from happening.”
Under the new laws, if serious animal welfare abuses are committed, the Animal Welfare Authority can impose an interim ownership ban of up to six months. The authority can also seize, retain, sell or rehome an animal where appropriate.
The maximum penalties for serious cruelty offenses have also been increased with up to three years jail time for aggravated cruelty.
Delta is discontinuing its eight-hour flight limit for emotional support animals.
The policy change, effective immediately, comes on the heels of U.S. Department of Transportation guidance regarding service and support animals.
“After working with the DOT and cross-divisional business groups, Delta was able to develop a solution to protect the health and safety of those onboard while also allowing ESAs to fly on longer flights,” the company stated.
The eight-hour rule has been in place for a year.
In the same announcement, Delta said it is maintaining the ban on pit bulls that it instituted in 2018. The airline states that pit bulls account for less than 5 percent of the overall dog population but 37.5 percent of vicious dog attacks.
“Understanding this risk, Delta has not come to a solution for allowing pit bulls onboard that satisfies its own rigorous safety requirements,” the company stated.
“We will never compromise on safety, and we will do what is right for the health and safety of our customers and employees,” said John Laughter, senior vice president for corporate safety, security and compliance. “We continue to work with the DOT to find solutions that support the rights of customers who have legitimate needs to travel with trained animals.”
In 2018, more than 40 instances of aggressive animal behavior occurred aboard a Delta aircraft, said Allison Ausband, senior vice president for in-flight service.
“Our 25,000 flight attendants are my greatest responsibility, and I will do everything I can to keep them safe and send them home to their families in the same condition they came to work,” Ausband said.
The announcement comes “even though new federal guidelines forbid service animal limitations based on types of breeds,” the Los Angeles Times notes.
Justice Alison Y. Tuitt of the Bronx Supreme Court has granted the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) its request for a temporary restraining order that prevents the Bronx Zoo from moving Happy the elephant out of New York State before an Oct. 21st hearing in her historic elephant rights case.
The NhRP sought the order on Monday after legal counsel for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the Bronx Zoo, refused to agree not to move Happy from New York before the upcoming hearing. As detailed in an emergency affirmation, this refusal represents a marked departure from the Bronx Zoo’s previous assurance that it had no intention of moving Happy, who has been held in captivity in the zoo’s roughly one-acre elephant exhibit for over forty years, the last 13 of which she has spent alone. Removal of Happy from New York would strip the New York courts of jurisdiction and prevent the NhRP from obtaining its requested habeas corpus order requiring Happy’s release to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee or the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in California.
“We don’t know why the Bronx Zoo is now refusing to agree not to move Happy given their prior statements,” said Kevin Schneider, Executive Director of the NhRP and the attorney who argued the proposed order. “What’s clear is that, unless Happy is released to a sanctuary, any move the Bronx Zoo makes will serve only the Bronx Zoo’s interests, not hers.”
The NhRP filed a habeas corpus petition on Happy’s behalf in October 2018, seeking recognition of her personhood and right to liberty and her release to an accredited sanctuary. The lawsuit is supported by world-renowned elephant experts, including Dr. Joyce Poole, who wrote in a recent op-ed that “the Bronx Zoo’s exhibit is too small to meet the needs of Happy or any elephant.” “The primary question Justice Tuitt had for the Bronx Zoo was: what is the harm in granting this order? The Bronx Zoo didn’t have a good answer,” Schneider said. “We look forward to discussing the harm caused by Happy’s imprisonment itself at our client’s next hearing.”
Justice Tuitt last week presided over nearly five hours of argument in Happy’s case. On Oct. 21st, the NhRP will argue—among other pending motions and the core merits of Happy’s habeas corpus petition—a motion for a preliminary injunction that would prevent the Bronx Zoo from moving Happy out of state until the case is resolved.
Earlier this year, the Orleans Supreme Court transferred Happy’s case to the Bronx after it held a widely covered habeas corpus hearing in which the NhRP argued for recognition of Happy’s legal personhood and fundamental right to liberty. This was the first such hearing on behalf of an elephant in legal history.
Alongside the NhRP’s litigation, its grassroots advocacy campaign on behalf of Happy has gained significant momentum, drawing the support of influential public figures such as Queen guitarist Brian May, elected officials such as New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and animal advocates in New York and around the world. A Change.org petition for Happy’s release from solitary confinement has over a million signatures and continues to grow.
About 29 million people plan to dress their pets in costume for Halloween this year, the National Retail Federation reports.
That amounts to 17 percent of those who intend to celebrate the holiday.
These are the most popular pet costume ideas among those surveyed:
- Pumpkin – 9.3 percent
- Hot dog – 7.2 percent
- Superhero – 7.2 percent
- Bumble Bee – 3.9 percent
- Cat – 3.2 percent
- Witch – 2.5 percent
- Lion – 2.2 percent
- Dog – 2.1 percent
- Devil – 2 percent
- Shark – 1.7 percent
Overall, shoppers say they will spend an average $86.27, down just slightly from last year’s record $86.79, according to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. That works out to $8.8 billion in total spending, down from last year’s $9 billion.
This year’s total is expected to be the third-highest in the survey’s 15-year history, after the record $9.1 billion set in 2017. A total of 172 million people plan to celebrate Halloween – 68 percent of those surveyed – down from 175 million last year.
“Spending hasn’t changed much over the past few years, but we are seeing a noticeable increase in consumers whose Halloween purchases are inspired by their friends, neighbors and even celebrities on social media,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Retailers expect to have another strong Halloween season and have stocked up on candy, decorations and the season’s most popular costumes.”
According to the survey, consumers plan to spend $3.2 billion on costumes (purchased by 67 percent of Halloween shoppers), $2.6 billion on candy (95 percent), $2.7 billion on decorations (72 percent) and $390 million on greeting cards (34 percent).
The survey of 7,419 consumers was conducted September 3-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.
Sad news is coming out of a Michigan zoo this week.
Two Mexican gray wolf pups have died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan, announced Wednesday. For the mosquito-spread virus to infect “canines is very, very rare,” a staff veterinarian at the zoo said in a statement.
Both pups died the first weekend of the month, and were part of a litter born on June 14 as part of a Species Survival Plan. The pups’ death marks a blow to the species’ rehabilitation; the Mexican gray wolf is the most endangered subspecies of the gray wolf, according to the Endangered Species Coalition. Only 131 were counted in the wild last year.
“Binder Park Zoo is mourning the sudden and unexpected loss of the pups and the impact on Mexican wolf conservation, but our work towards preserving this critically endangered species will continue,” the zoo said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“EEE is carried by certain types of mosquitoes in Michigan and is a potentially serious disease in primarily humans and equines,” the zoo said in a press release on Wednesday. The zoo does house some other animals that are more susceptible to EEE, like zebras, Przewalski’s horses and ostriches, and those animals are vaccinated against the virus annually.
Unfortunately, there is no approved vaccine for canines, the zoo said.
The zoo also said that because necropsies (autopsies) are “performed on every animal that dies at the zoo and additional tests are performed if needed to determine the cause of death,” zoos are “often the first to know about emerging diseases in an area.”
Binder Park is now acting on that knowledge, and said that it is “following MDHHS guidelines to protect against mosquito bites that spread the virus.”
It is also providing complimentary bug spray stations throughout the zoo for guests. According to Michigan Emerging Disease Issues, EEE can effect humans, and children and people over 60 are most susceptible.
“EEE is found primarily in areas with swamps and bogs,” the organization says on its website. “The risk of bites from infected mosquitoes is highest for people who work or play outdoors in these areas. Wearing insect repellent when outdoors (especially at dawn and dusk) is important to prevent EEE.”
Seven Michigan residents have been infected with EEE, and three have died from it, the zoo said in its press release. Nine horses, five deer and one donkey have been infected so far this year.
Florida restaurants and retail establishments could become less pet-friendly if a proposed legislative bill succeeds, ABC 7 reports.
Apart from service animals, pets would be prohibited in such places as restaurants, supermarkets and malls.
The law would be “basically all-encompassing” in that it would also include stores such as Home Depot and CVS, said state Rep. Bruce Antone of Orlando, who proposed the bill.
Service animals would still be allowed in the establishments.
The stated purpose of the bill is to “protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public,” the Boca Raton Tribune reports.
The News Service of Florida reports: “While the bill wouldn’t pre-empt existing local ordinances, it would direct the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation to adopt rules and create a publicly accessible website for complaints.”
The bill is up for consideration in the legislative session that begins Jan. 14.
Staten Island — Hold your horses!
Morgie, the newest resident of Pommer Avenue, is a 12-year-old chestnut mare beloved by some, but not all, of her neigh-bors.
Morgie arrived just six weeks ago when Abdul Elenani and his wife bought their home on a dead-end block and discovered that there is no city law prohibiting horses as pets.
“It’s a passion of mine, a hobby, it relaxes me,” Abdul Elenani, Margie’s owner, told PIX11. “When I come home after a tough day at work at coffee shops, Cocoa Grinder, I put the hay out for her to eat."
The couple spent close to $5,000 building a stable in their driveway and now try to ride their horse at least every few days.
The only disappointment so far was when Abdul rode Morgie to the drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts; he and the horse he came in on were refused service.
“Medium ice coffee, milk and sugar. Thank you, I’m serious. Hey very serious,” Abdul can be heard saying video of the attempted purchase.
In this neighborhood Morgie already has a colt following.
“She’s a real sweetheart,” Ted Hyde, a neighbor, told PIX11 News. “She’s well cared for. She’s loved. She’s an asset to the neighborhood."
PIX11 found there is only one nay-sayer on this block, Morgie’s closest next door neighbor.
“It’s six feet away from my kitchen window, Steve Coyne, an unhappy neighbor, told PIX11 News. “It smells. The flies and mosquitoes are crazy. It whinnies all night long. It’s a nuisance."
The city has received three complaints, but article 161 of the city health code says as long as a horse is used for recreational, non commercial purposes, it’s all OK.
The Elenanis also had a goat, which was against the law. Itleft the premises Thursday.
“I spoke to a lawyer who says even if it’s legal, you can sue them, but it will be costly,” Coyne, the nay-saying Neighbor, told PIX11 News.
But for now, it’s just unbridled passion between Morgie and Abdul, the newest residents of Pommer Avenue.