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Billboard Magazine’s “Dance Music Artist of the Decade” Releases
Episode One of Her Three Part “Issues” Album, “Love and Lies”
Kristine W returns to the dance floor with Love and Lies, the first part of her three-episode
Issues double-album that includes the #1 single “Stars” and her brand new single,
“Barracuda”. Being distributed globally through The Orchard, all eight songs on Issues
Episode 1: Love and Lies deal with love in its complexities: the deception from others as
well as the lies we tell ourselves. Kristine W’s Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies album is
available now at
“This album is all about real songs and stories,” explains Kristine W. “They tell tales of
true experiences from my life. Nothing is held back because my ultimate hope is that
these songs help others confront their own issues head on.”
Kristine’s previously released single, “Just a Lie,” depicted her painful experience with
divorce. In “Barracuda,” a remake of the classic rock track first released by Heart, Kristine
W takes aim at a record industry that hasn’t always been fair to her. “The song fit perfectly
with the "Keeping It Real” vibe of the Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies album,” she says.
“Growing up In Washington (state), we were all immersed in rock,” Kristine W continues.
“Heart, in particular, were super heroes to all of us because they were global rock stars
that gave us young aspiring musicians hope that we could make it big somehow too.”
The original “Barracuda” was written as a testament to Heart's anger towards the music
industry. Believing in that old adage of ‘any publicity is good publicity’, the band’s label
issued press releases filled with fake stories to create any kind of buzz about the band in
order to sell records. Many were unflattering and even detrimental to the band’s longterm
success and they eventually led to the band splitting from the label.

“Barracuda” presented a few challenges for Kristine. The biggest being matching Ann
Wilson’s incredible vocals. Wilson was 18 when she recorded the single, allowing her to
hit notes in the stratosphere. “I told my engineer I didn't want to cover ‘Barracuda’
unless I could sing it in the original key,” Kristine W explains. “He looked at me like I
was nuts but three sessions later, I nailed it.”
Kristine and her producer, John Keenan, manage to reframe the single, adding a bit of
dance influence into the production while keeping its original magic.
Kristine W hails from Pasco, Washington. After winning titles as Miss Tri-Cities and Miss
Washington and placing first in the talent competition at the Miss America pageant, she
went on to pursue her educational and musical dreams in Las Vegas. There, she found
success headlining her own show at the Las Vegas Hilton, winning several 'Las Vegas
Entertainer of the Year' awards and being officially sanctioned as the entertainer who
performed more live shows at the Las Vegas Hilton than any other performer in its history,
including Elvis. The award led to June 28th being officially sanctioned Kristine W day in
the state of Nevada.
She began recording pop and dance tracks in 1994. Her first track, “Feel What You
Want” reached #1 and since then, Kristine W has had a steady flow of chart toppers.
“Stars,” the first release off Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies, was her 17th Billboard #1.
She now ties Mariah Carey for the sixth-most No. 1s since the chart’s August 28, 1976,
inception. Madonna leads the chart with 46.
The three episodes of Issues are intended to take listeners on a journey, with songs
relating to the subject of each episode. Following Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies, Issues
Episode 2: Struggles will deal with life’s battles including those associated with
relationships, work, time management and self-esteem. Then, Issues Episode 3:
Redemption will celebrate life's small victories. All thirty tracks of Issues will be released
as a double album in early 2021.
The producers who lend their talent to Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies read like a
veritable who’s who of today’s top hitmakers. Hans W. Mallon from Holland, best known
for his work with Tiesto, shines with his productions of “Wind In the Trees”, “Can’t take
No More" and "Whites Girls.” Joey Moskowitz, responsible for creating some of the
biggest US house anthems of the last two decades, masterfully reinvents Kristine's #1
smash "Land Of The Living." London superstar FREEJAK hits gold again with his
radiating production of Kristine’s “Stars.” Jesper Kettenis and Phill Wellz (both from
Amsterdam) also appear on the album.
“I still have my issues,” Kristine admits, “but I’m not obsessing over the small things like
I use to do, especially when it comes to my music. Unlike the Wilson sisters in the 70s, I
feel very blessed to have a great team of talented people working with me on Issues
Episode 1: Love and Lies. We are a family with lots of music coming out this year and so
much to be grateful for.”
Kristine W’s Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies album is available now on all digital retailers
via Kristine’s own imprint, Fly Again Music Productions. Fly Again Music is a diversified
entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best
of dance, pop and jazz culture. For more information on Kristine W and her music, visit

Named by Billboard Magazine as the #8 Greatest Dance Artist of All Time and the #3 greatest
from the Last Decade (trailing only Madonna and Beyoncé), Kristine W has proven herself a
lasting talent. Through nearly twenty-five years in music, she has consistency delivered songs
that touch hearts and souls and compel bodies to find the mighty groove out on the dance
floor. With “Stars,” Kristine’s 17th #1 single, she now ties Mariah Carey for the sixth-most
Billboard #1 dance hits. The song was also included on Billboard’s "Best 100 Dance Songs of
2018,” coming in at #25, next to Ariana Grande and U2:
In addition, Kristine recently made waves in the cabaret circuit, starring alongside her longtime
friend, the Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York
Times best-selling author, Carson Kressley. Together, the dynamic duo toured the USA,
presenting lovely evenings of comedy and jazz music classics in a live stage show called
Straight Up with a Twist.
Kristine W has made a career by focusing on the art and profession of being a singer,
songwriter and musician. She enjoys a grassroots mutual affection with fans who revere her
voice, appreciate how the aspects of life and emotions she sings about echo their own feelings
and experiences.
So how did a ranch-raised small-town girl from rural Washington State end up as “the most
soulful vocalist in dance music, period,” according to All Music Guide? Kristine credits Donna
Summer for instilling the love of dance into her.
“She had that big gorgeous voice,” says Kristine of the late disco music pioneer and superstar.
“Her voice sounded almost like gospel to me. It was dance with the big background vocals
and the layered harmonies. She was everything I would aspire to.”
Kristine’s mother was also an entertainer. She showed Kristine that a singing career was
possible. “Mom did it because my Dad passed away when we were babies and it was a matter
of survival. Singing and performing was how she was able to keep food on the table for us,”
Kristine explains.
Her maternal grandmother, who helped raise Kristine and her four siblings, was a classical
violinist who was struck by lightning (“One of the few people to survive that,” Kristine notes).
The bolt threw her arms out of their shoulder sockets. After they were wired back in place, she
could no longer play the violin, so she taught herself how to play the guitar set in her lap. “It
just showed me the power of music because she continued to be musical and figured out ways
to adapt to her situation. She was an amazing woman.”
Kristine’s paternal grandfather was a rancher and competitive horseman. “He was like John
Wayne.” Her late father was a rodeo champion and country music singer. “I had a lot of
inspirational people around and nurturing me. I was blessed,” she says of her childhood.
From almost the time she could walk Kristine was singing in church, talent contests and local
Oprys. The music she heard ranged from the sophisticated jazz her mother sang to hard-core
country to the classical warhorses and all between, plus the pop music on the radio. When she
first heard Summer, Kristine saw how all she was learning was also a part of her icon’s training
and background.

“When you latch onto an artist like that at such a young age and just immerse yourself in their
music, you pick up on all of their nuances,” Kristine explains. “She really was a huge influence
on how I approached my music career, including taking opera lessons.”
Kristine learned to play guitar and piano from her grandmother and took up alto saxophone at
seven years old to help her with her scat singing and improvisation. She would ride her bike
around her hometown of Pasco, WA searching out classic jazz albums at yard and garage
sales. “I studied with jazz coaches and was in all the jazz choirs, church choirs and in R&B
groups. Won all the local talent contests and then went to Seattle and Portland and Spokane
and beat them all there.”
Ultimately Kristine won the biggest local competition, Miss Washington, and went on to
compete for Miss America, winning the opening swimsuit and talent categories (the latter by
singing the Gershwin Broadway classic “Summertime”). The scholarship funds she earned
enabled her to head out from Pasco to pursue her musical dreams.
“I decided to take my scholarship money and head to Las Vegas,” Kristine explains. “I couldn’t
afford UCLA, it was too expensive. I couldn’t drive to New York because my car was too old
and beat up. So I thought: I can make it to Vegas and I can afford to go to school there. And I
know I can work my way through college performing. And I did. As soon as I arrived here I
started getting hired to do everything.”
She was determined to front and lead her own band as her mom had done. “I heard a lot of
you can’t do that, you can’t do this, you’re not going to be a female bandleader, it’s not gonna
happen, you’re going to have to sing with somebody else’s band. I was like I’m going to sing
with other people’s bands until I make enough money to buy my own PA and put together my
own band.”
And so she did, leading her group Kristine W and the Sting to prominence in the fiercely
competitive Vegas market, eventually performing at the Las Vegas Hilton more than any other
entertainer, including Elvis. “I won Entertainer of the Year, Best Singer, Best Band, Best
Showband,” explains Kristine. “I had 18 employees. I was the most successful female
bandleader probably ever as far as showbands go.”
Record labels and production companies constantly courted Kristine with offers to sing every
style of popular music imaginable. But her band’s specialty – molding pop and rock hits and
classics into propulsive dance numbers – belied her musical aim. “I’m a high energy person,”
she says. “I love the energy of dance music, always have. It’s really joyful and happy. To me
dance music is like the energy of life.”
So she took her voice and songs to Europe, where dance music reigns supreme and most of
the genre’s cutting edge producers and mixers are found, and recorded her first album in
London. In 1996, “Feel What You Want,” Kristine’s debut single, made an immediate mark in
the dance clubs, soaring to #1 here and abroad and becoming a dance floor classic. “One
More Try” followed for another #1 dance hit, and a third chart-topper on the album’s title song,
“Land of the Living,” secured Kristine’s place as a new dance floor star. When the album was
officially released in 1997, Kristine’s in-store concert at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square
drew lines of adoring fans around the block.
She signed with RCA Records and followed with more #1 hits on her 2000 album, Stronger like
its title tune and “Lovin’ You.” Just as she was establishing her career, Kristine was diagnosed
with a particularly aggressive strain of leukemia and given only a 30 percent chance of survival.
She was given an experimental stem cell transplant and spent two years fighting the disease
while also raising two infant children. Ironically, songs she had written before being struck by
the disease like “Land of the Living” and “One More Try” proved almost prophetic as well as
motivational as Kristine struggled to overcome the disease. “My music always seems to give
me the inspiration to keep fighting for it,” Kristine notes.
When Kristine returned with Fly Again on the pioneering indie dance label, Tommy Boy, in
2003, she racked up three more #1s: the title song, “Save My Soul” and “The Wonder of It All.”
Writing the album while hospitalized and recovering, Kristine further distinguished herself as an
artist whose songs of struggle and triumph speak to the lives of countless fans as well. After
topping the charts again with her dance remake of the Ashford/Simpson-penned Diana Ross
hit “The Boss,” Kristine then debuted as a totally independent and self-managed artist with The
Power of Music in 2009. Its seven #1 hits proved Kristine’s enduring appeal as a major dance
music artist.

Next up was a longtime singer’s dream project that also fulfilled a promise to her mother:
Straight Up with a Twist, a Top 15 two CD jazz chart album, on which she enjoyed three radio
hits, including a sensual reworking of her first dance hit, “Feel What You Want” and a jazz
rendition of heroine Donna Summers’ disco music landmark, “On The Radio.” Kristine also
transformed such rock classics as “Stairway to Heaven” and “Take It to the Limit” into vocal
jazz stunners, redid “The Boss” in yet another genre, and closed the set with her impassioned
reading of the folk-pop standard “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”
Kristine returned to dance with her next album, New & Number Ones, revisiting some of her
past hits with new mixes and edits and offering new songs that also topped the charts. The
collection featured seven re-worked Kristine W originals, including “I Get Up,” “So Close To
Me,” Glow On,” “Busted,” “and “Through the Fire.” “Land of the Living” (1997) got a
Subgroover edit, ‘96’s “One More Try” enjoyed an expansive JRMX mix, and “Lovin’ You” from
2001 was edited by Soul Seekerz. “Love Come Home” opened the album in Subgroover style
and closed the set with a Frankie Knuckles Vs. Bitrocka Epic Club Duet. (Love Come Home
went Top 5 on Billboard’s Clubs Songs Chart in 2015 and Top 30 on the UK Club Chart.)
The collection was rounded out by covers of Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire” and Donna
Summer’s “Sometimes Like Butterflies”; a tribute edit that recalled the golden days of disco.
Her new album is Love and Lies. It is the first part of her three-episode Issues double-album.
Being distributed globally through The Orchard, all eight songs on Issues Episode 1: Love and
Lies deal with love in its complexities: the deception from others as well as the lies we tell
The producers who lend their talent to Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies read like a veritable
who’s who of today’s top hitmakers. Hans W. Mallon from Holland, best known for his work
with Tiesto, shines with his productions of “Wind In the Trees”, “Can’t take No More" and
"Whites Girls.” Joey Moskowitz, responsible for creating some of the biggest US house
anthems of the last two decades, masterfully reinvents Kristine's #1 smash "Land Of The
Living." London superstar FREEJAK hits gold again with his radiating production of Kristine’s
“Stars.” Jesper Kettenis and Phill Wellz (both from Amsterdam) also appear on the album.
Following Issues Episode 1: Love and Lies, Episode 2 will deal with life’s battles including those
associated with relationships, work, time management and self-esteem. Episode 3 will
celebrate life's small victories. All thirty tracks of Issues will be released as a double album in
early 2021.
“I love creating the work and seeing people’s reaction to it,” Kristine W concludes. “My voice is
a gift and I’m thankful for it. It has definitely made my life very interesting. I’ve gotten to make a
difference and bring a lot of joy to the world, and that’s really what’s important.”

Blaxploitation? No, Bruceploitation!
The Film Detective Presents 40th Anniversary Edition of the
Cult Classic Fist of Fear, Touch of Death on Blu-ray & DVD
Collector’s Set 4K Restoration With Exclusive Special Features
(With Blood-Red, Blu-ray Case), Available March 31st
ROCKPORT, Mass. — March 31, 2020 — For Immediate Release — The Film Detective (TFD), a leading classic media streaming network and film archive that restores classic films for today's cord-cutters, is proud to announce the 40th anniversary edition of the cult classic Fist of Fear, Touch of Death in a special collector’s set.
First presented in 1980 by veteran distributor and producer Terry Levene and director Matthew Mallinson, the action-packed Fist of Fear, Touch of Death premiered as one of the final pieces of the Bruceploitation era.
A subgenre of 1970s cinema, Bruceploitation clung to the box office success of the Bruce Lee legacy after the star’s untimely demise in 1973, utilizing Lee lookalikes and archival footage from the legend himself. Carving a niche within the grindhouse market, Bruceploitation not only appealed to fans of the day, but has generated a cult status in recent years.
True to Bruceploitation fashion, Fist of Fear, Touch of Death features eye-popping combat scenes viewers will have to see to believe, putting the 1979 World Karate Championship at center stage, where martial artists take their shot at eliminating the competition and claiming the title of “successor to the Bruce Lee legacy.”
Using mockumentary-style interviews in the film, hosted by Academy Award-nominee Adolph Caesar, martial arts masters Fred Williamson and Ron Van Clief, among others, emerge from every corner of the martial arts world to give their take on whether any competitor can be deemed worthy of the Bruce Lee legacy.
Lee himself receives top billing in the film, appearing in archival footage dubbed “The Bruce Lee Story,” a chronicle of Lee’s early years partially taken from the 1957 film, Thunderstorm. In the film, a Kung Fu move known as the “Touch of Death” shrouds Lee’s untimely demise in mystery, before returning to the World Karate Championship to watch the new victor claim the title.
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Said the film’s star, Fred Williamson, “It was never meant to be a serious martial arts movie. It’s a comedy and satire … a bad movie that was good. Why was it good? It was entertaining, which is, after all, why you make a movie.”
Said Phil Hopkins, founder of The Film Detective, “We are excited to be giving Fist of Fear, Touch of Death the restoration it deserves in honor of its 40th year. Fans of Quentin Tarantino’s recent tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Age, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, are sure to appreciate this grindhouse classic and new, never-before-seen special features.”
A drive-in circuit sensation in 1980, this special 40th anniversary collector’s set is guaranteed to pack a punch with audiences, featuring a blood-red, Blu-ray case and a stunning 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative under exclusive license from the film’s original producers at Aquarius Releasing, Inc.
EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES: Stars Fred Williamson and Ron Van Clief are reunited for interviews, masterfully produced by Prince Henry Entertainment Group founder Frazier Prince; and producer Terry Levene, director Matthew Mallinson and scriptwriter Ron Harvey give their behind-the-camera take on the film in new interviews conducted by producer and editor Jim Markovic as part of an exclusive, 30-minute featurette, That’s Bruceploitation, by Daniel Griffith from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures. Limited-edition Blu-ray copies will feature a special liner note booklet written by Justin Decloux and Will Sloan, hosts of The Important Cinema Club podcast.
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death is available for purchase on The Film Detective website March 31 in a limited-edition Blu-ray ($24.99) or on DVD ($19.99). With a limited pressing of just 1,500 Blu-rays, this exclusive deal won’t last long. Fans can secure a copy by pre-ordering, beginning March 3, at
About The Film Detective:
The Film Detective is a leading distributor of restored classic programming, including feature films, television, foreign imports, and documentaries. Launched in 2014, The Film Detective has distributed its extensive library of 3,000+ hours of film on DVD and Blu-ray and through leading broadcast and streaming platforms such as Turner Classic Movies, NBC, EPIX, Pluto TV, Amazon, MeTV, PBS, and more. With a strong focus on increasing the digital reach of its content, The Film Detective has released its classic movie app on web, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. The Film Detective is also available live with a 24/7 linear channel available on Sling, STIRR, and DistroTV. For more information, visit us online at
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
The Film Detective
Genre: Action-Adventure
Original Release: 1980 (Color)
Rated: R
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 (Blu-ray) / $19.99 (DVD)
Pre-Order Date: March 3, 2020
Release Date: March 31, 2020
UPC Code: 810044711004 (Blu-ray) / 810044710991 (DVD)
Catalog #: FB1006 (Blu-ray) / FD1006 (DVD)
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Saturday, 02 May 2020 15:48

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

May 2, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer - Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Zach Budin

Producer in training - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jerry Grymek - NYC Hotel Penn Doggie Concierge - Toronto, CN


This week we are diving into our videos with Dachshunds. Learn what makes a Dachshund a Dachshund, see 2020 judging and more.
Best of Breed Minute
Did you know that the Dachshund was originally bred to hunt underground? Learn more about this very popular Hound breed in the Westminster Best of Breed Minute.
Wirehaired Dachshunds at the 2020 WKC Dog Show
Watch the Wirehaired Dachshund breed competition and the other Dachshund varieties compete for Best of Breed at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on our YouTube channel. 
From the Road to WKC
Professional Handlers, Maddie and Adam Peterson are on their #RoadtoWKC. What is it like to work and travel together across the country to dog shows?
Throwback to the Dachshund National Specialty
A “National” is an annual event where handlers of the same breed bring their dogs to compete. What is it like to win at a National? We caught Randy right after her big win. ‬
Conversations with Veterinarian, Deneice L. Van Hook 
Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is the key to a long and happy life. We spoke with Deneice L. Van Hook DVM to learn tips to keeping your dog healthy.
Want more videos?
Check out the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show YouTube Channel.
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Friday, 24 April 2020 23:02

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

April 25, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer

Producer - Zach Budin

Producer in Training - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Hour 1 - Michele Paterson Animal Wellness Action - Pennsylvania Pet Stores continue selling Dogs from Puppy Mills Despite Covid-19 Crisis

Dallas Van Kempen President of EQyss Grooming Products, Inc. will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/25/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away his shampoo

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —It was a turkey sandwich she’ll never forget.

On March 19, with the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals closed for all but emergencies because of COVID-19, Erin Gorey, a client liaison for the UF Large Animal Hospital, was doing her job as best she could given so much uncertainty and operational changes. Suddenly, dozens of boxes of lunches arrived, filled with turkey, ham and vegan sandwiches, chips and cookies.

The 40 meals arrived courtesy of Sally DeNotta, D.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor and UF’s equine extension veterinarian, and Chris Sanchez, D.V.M., Ph.D., the interim associate dean for clinical affairs at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and a large animal internist.

“It was really nice to have the lunches at such a kind of a crazy and unknowing time,” said Gorey, who assisted in delivering the meals to several different locations within the hospital when they arrived. “It really mattered that they thought of us that way.”

As essential faculty, house officers and staff worked valiantly to keep the hospitals running and to care for their animal patients, all the while navigating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their own families, faculty clinicians from the large and small animal hospitals recognized the toll the situation was taking on their co-workers. A few who regularly patronized certain local restaurants were also acutely aware of the consequences the pandemic was having on these establishments.

“We wanted to thank the people working so hard to keep the hospital going, while also raising awareness of the major hit our favorite restaurants and their owners were taking as a consequence of the social restrictions,” DeNotta said.

The result: Carry Out and Carry On, an effort through which DeNotta and Sanchez purchased 40 boxed lunches from Fresco’s Pizza & Pasta and Limerock Road Neighborhood Grill, both located in Haile Village, and had the meals delivered to appreciative employees of the large animal hospital. 

“The restaurants were still selling meals as takeout, and everybody loves free food, so it seemed like a win-win,” DeNotta said.

DeNotta, a Haile resident, and Sanchez, a former Haile resident, had a special affinity for Frescos and Limerock. Both knew the restaurants’ owners, Gordy and Jen Braund, a local couple who support various charities and fundraisers throughout the year. Gordy Braund personally packed the meals to ensure that all were made as cleanly and safely as possible.

Meanwhile, at the other side of the hospital complex, Kris Cooke, D.V.M., an associate professor of small animal medicine, was mulling a similar concept.

“Dr. Sanchez is the common denominator,” Cooke said. “I’d been talking to her about trying to support local restaurants to try to keep them in business. She mentioned what Sally planned to do, and I thought it was a great idea. So I stole it.”

The restaurant Cooke especially wanted to support was Blue Gill Quality Foods, a popular spot for UF employees located on SW 13th Street near the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital. Blue Gill is owned by Chef Bert Gill and his wife, Tara, who also own Mildred’s Big City Foods and New Deal Café.

“He’s a big supporter of local agriculture,” Cooke said. “On a personal level, the staff at Blue Gill is fabulous and know many of us from the UF vet school on a first-name basis.”

Blue Gill has also supported the Alachua County Veterinary Medical Association by allowing the group to schedule meetings there, said Cooke’s small animal clinical sciences colleague, Amy Stone, D.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor who serves as secretary/treasurer of the group. 

Cooke talked to a few of her colleagues about the possibility of pooling resources, given that the number of faculty and staff working in the small animal hospital is quite a bit larger than those working in the large animal facility.

“I ordered 90 lunches from Blue Gill for me to pick up on the designated day,” Cooke said. “Later, the staff at Blue Gill called me to offer to deliver the lunches, because they were worried that I wouldn't have enough room in my car. Ninety lunches disappeared in a matter of minutes!”

Unfortunately, Blue Gill closed soon after the lunches were delivered. Closing its doors was essential to ensure the best likelihood of its eventual reopening, Bert Gill said, adding that the hardest thing was having to lay off 47 employees, although he hopes to bring them back. Gill continues to cook his made-from-scratch, locally sourced food for takeout at his other restaurants, and devotes much of his time these days to community feeding efforts in conjunction with other partners.

His relationships with the veterinary school and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are longstanding and sincere, Gill said.

“We get to know a lot of people, and have a genuine culture within the business, caring about what we do, and the needs of our guests. When Vet Med comes in, it’s a big deal. And I watch how everybody develops relationships with my co-workers and myself, and there is genuineness to that.”

Gordy Braund, Fresco’s owner, also had to lay off employees. Fresco’s last meal was served on April 11. Limerock Café, remains open — for now.

“This all hit us in our busiest time of the year, and we don’t have a road map, unfortunately. Nobody does,” Braund said. “We’re going a day at a time, a week at a time, negotiating with vendors and trying to keep going as well as we can.”

He said the UF veterinary college interested him because it brings faculty to the community from all over the world and, he said, veterinarians by nature tend to be community-minded people.

“Sally’s a good example of how someone comes to town and forms a bond,” Braund said. “She came to us and said, ‘You need help, and the people in the large animal clinic need help, so let’s collaborate.’”

On the day the boxed lunches were delivered to the UF Large Animal Hospital, DeNotta showed up at Frescos in a Limerock T-shirt, running shorts, gloves and a mask and helped load and deliver the lunches.

“Those lunches amounted to half of our sales for that day,’’ Braund said. “It was a huge part of our revenue.’’

Numerous emails of thanks and calls to the restaurant ensued. DeNotta’s efforts even generated another request for 40 meals to be delivered to UF Health. “This allowed us to stay in business and do a little good,” Braund said. “It was good for our staff, a number of people heard about it and ordered other meals and it was good all around. We were grateful for that opportunity to connect.”

Large animal veterinary technician Chelsea Lopez, was among those who enjoyed her lunch that day.

Pet retail facilities taking advantage of “essential services” designation and using it to peddle unhealthy dogs to unsuspecting consumers
LANCASTER, PA – Animal Wellness Action, a national animal protection group promoting legal standards against cruelty, conducted a survey, conducted between April 13-20th, of nearly 40 stores in Pennsylvania that sell dogs obtained from puppy mills and found that 30 percent of stores have been selling dogs during the COVID-19 crisis. Animal Wellness sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf, urging him to clarify that the sale of puppies from puppy mills is not an essential service, halt the transport of puppies for retail sale in the state, strengthen laws and regulations to protect dogs and consumers, and increase enforcement of the current law. Rather than buy puppies from a pet store, the public should be encouraged to adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue instead.
Nearly all puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills -- large, commercial dog breeding operations that sell dogs at stores and over the internet. Hundreds of puppy mills operate within Pennsylvania, and thousands of puppies are transported into the state each year from puppy mills located in the Midwest, despite a pullback on business activities to encourage social distancing during the crisis. While pet supply stores have been deemed essential, that designation was almost certainly driven by the need to provide food and other goods for proper pet care and not as a means to continue a live-animal sales activity that undermines animal welfare.
“We agree pet supply stores are essential, but only for the sale of food and other necessities for our pets, not for the purpose of continuing the trade in inhumanely produced, often sick animals,” said Michele Patterson, national puppy mill committee chair for Animal Wellness Action and a resident of Lancaster County.  “Given that Pennsylvania has often referred to as the ‘Puppy Mill Capital’ of the east coast, we must be especially vigilant and prevent the industry from doing more harm to dogs and consumers.”
Current federal and state standards for the care of mother dogs kept in mills are barely adequate for survival, loopholes allow violators to continue renewing their licenses, and fail to adequately address the fraud and deception of puppy mills. Puppies often become sick due to the poor breeding, unsanitary conditions of mills, and long-distance transport to pet stores. Families are devastated after their new puppy dies of illness, and according to a 2019 CDC investigation, the ill puppies have passed dangerous diseases onto people, such as campylobacter, a bacterial infection.
While Pennsylvania has made some progress in regulating puppy mills, major gaps in the law still exist.  AWA and other groups support Victoria’s Law, introduced by State Senators Tom Killion (R-9) and Andrew Dinniman (D-19), to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores. Over 300 localities across the nation have adopted legislation restricting the sale of puppies in pet stores, and numerous state legislatures are taking up the issue.
In Congress, the PetFax Act (H.R. 5715), recently introduced by U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) – and modeled after CarFax reports -- would mandate honesty and transparency in the sales of dogs and cats. It would require that sellers of dogs and cats disclose certain information to a customer about the animals, including information identifying the dealer who bred the animals, the number of dogs and cats bred and sold by that dealer over the past two years, a listing of any violations the dealer has had in the past two years, and health information about the animals.
The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.
Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.
Friday, 17 April 2020 21:20

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

April 18, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Producer in Training - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests -  Paolo Bray Founder & Director of Friend of the Sea / Friend of the Earth & Director of International Programs for Dolphin-Safe project / Earth Island Institute will Join Jon & Talkin' Pets 4/18/20 at 5pm ET to discuss an upcoming Webinar / Pangolin

Adam Bacho, COO of Tickless Ultrasonic Tick and Flea Repeller will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/18/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away his product

Special EARTH DAY Webinar “Pangolins: probable
origin of COVID-19 and most trafficked endangered
mammal” 22nd of April 2020
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Friend of the Earth is pleased to invite you to the free of charge webinar on
“Pangolins: probable origin of COVID-19 and most trafficked endangered
This webinar can be of interest to:
- media professionals, journalists
- environmental conservation groups, NGOs
- government officials
- pharmaceutical companies
- companies’ sustainability and environmental managers
- bloggers, influencers and many more.
During this half an hour session, Patrick Boehler (editor of The Pangolin
Reports) and Paolo Bray (Founder and Director at Friend of the Earth and
Friend of the Sea) will cover the following subjects:
Earth Day & Pangolins Pangolins’ Biology and distribution
Threats and IUCN Redlist status Illegal trade of pangolins
Claimed pharmaceutical proprieties of pangolins’ parts
Wet wildlife markets, coronavirus and pangolins
Conservation initiatives to protect pangolins.
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New Petition Asks Chinese and Vietnamese
Governments to Enforce Pangolin Trade Ban
Goal is to stop poaching almost-extinct scale-covered mammal used in traditional Chinese
medicine and prized as a food delicacy.
Friend of the Earth, the preeminent worldwide certification for agriculture and
land-based ecosystems, has initiated an online petition requesting that the
governments of China and Vietnam enforce a ban on the trade in pangolin parts.
The scale-covered mammal has been hunted nearly to the point of extinction to
feed a lucrative marketing trafficking in pangolin parts for use in traditional
Chinese medicine. Pangolin are also considered a delicacy in China and
Vietnam, the two countries that bear the most responsibility for the illegal global
trade in pangolin scales and meat.
“This harmless, ant-eating mammal is now endangered due to the black
market,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of Earth “Unfortunately,
international legislation is not sufficient to protect the species because the laws
have not been enforced. This is, in part, due to a lack of political will and a lack
of funds. Local populations are also not aware or engaged in the drive to
conserve these unique animals. Our hope is that the petition will demonstrate a
worldwide interest in saving the pangolin, which will drive action on the parts of
the Chinese and Vietnamese governments.”
The Pangolin is believed to be the world’s most trafficked mammal. Poachers in
Africa are paid about $2 for each pangolin they catch. At the buying end of
the market, in China and Vietnam, a kilo of pangolin scales can sell for more
than $750, according to Pangolin Reports. The scales are falsely marketed as
having medicinal properties that can cure a variety of ailments.
The monetary incentive has led to innumerable pangolins being taken from the
wild. The IUCN SSC Specialist Pangolin Group estimates that, despite the
reduction in numbers over the past decades, a pangolin is illegally taken from
the wild every five minutes. Habitat loss is also affecting pangolin populations in
both Asia and Africa. The primary cause is deforestation.
Of the eight species of pangolin, four (Phataginus tetradactyla, P. tricuspis ,
Smutsia gigantea, and S. temminckii) are listed as vulnerable, two (Manis
crassicaudata and M. culionensis) are listed as endangered, and two (M.
pentadactyla and M. javanica) are listed as critically endangered on the
International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
Pangolins have a highly specialized diet, relying on ants and termites for their
nutrition. Though they are not closely related to anteaters, pangolins occupy a
similar ecological niche to these animals. They are important for controlling
insect populations. According to research, a single pangolin can eat upwards of
70 million insects a year. As such, pangolins have an important role in the
control of forest termites and without them, the balance of their delicate
ecosystems will tip.
Friend of the Earth will send all signatures from the petition to the relevant
decision-makers in the Chinese and Vietnamese governments and companies.
The organization will subsequently ask for feedback and updates on the
undertaken measures.
About Friend of the Earth
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Paolo Bray

Paolo Bray has been engaged for the last 30 years in protecting endangered species and in environmental conservation activities.

He is currently Director of International Programs – Dolphin-Safe® project / Earth Island Institute and Founder and Director of World Sustainability Organization and the Friend of the Sea® certification programme.

Over his almost 30 years of experience in conservation, Bray has helped start and develop several certification projects. The Dolphin-Safe project has been the pioneer of all certifications of products from sustainable fisheries. Dolphin-Safe helped save millions of dolphins from being killed by tuna fisheries deliberately targeting also dolphins.

In 2008, Bray created Friend of the Sea, currently the major international sustainability certification programme for seafood, aquaculture, Omega3, shipping, whale and dolphin-watching, and other products and services to act on potential impacts on the marine habitat. It is the only independent certification, nationally and CE accredited, covering both fisheries and aquaculture.

In 2016, Bray created Friend of the Earth, a major international certification programme for products from Sustainable Agriculture and Farming. Dozens of companies from all continents obtained the Friend of the Earth certification, including producers of rice, eggs, wine, oil, dairy products, quinoa, coffee, etc.

Bray has also founded the World Sustainability Organization, which supports conservation projects and campaigns.

Paolo Bray studied at the International Sevenoaks School of Kent, UK, and graduated in International Politics at Bocconi Economics University of Milan. Bray lived and travelled all over the world and his international and pragmatic approach to sustainability, and his dedication to conservation projects, helped to establish organisations aimed to achieve important and tangible environmental protection results.

He is often invited as speaker at the major FAO meetings and other institutes conferences.

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