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Talkin' Pets News

January 18, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Christopher Lloyd author of Humanimal will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/18/20 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his new book


The Mason Elephant Park & Lodge of the Indonesian island of Bali was incredibly proud to be the first elephant park in Asia to be officially awarded Gold Certification from Asian Captive Elephants Standards. This accreditation comes in the wake of reports from animal welfare activists which have criticized Bali for negligence and mistreatment towards animals across the island. Initiated in 1997, the Mason Elephant Park & Lodge was founded by the Mason family in response to the devastating situation in Sumatra where rampant deforestation and poaching have dwindled the native elephant population. Since then, the park has rescued a total of 27 displaced critically-endangered elephants from the dismal conditions in their native homeland to bring them to a new place to call home in Bali. A natural breeding program was created and saw the birth of the first "Balinese" baby elephant in 2009, and several more over the years which has expanded the park to a healthy herd of 32 elephants in total.

The park receives no donations or support from local or government entities and is completely self-reliant on looking after these placid pachyderms. In order to help support them, the park provides visiting guests with the rare opportunity to get up close, interact, and learn all they can about these gentle giants.   Asian Captive Elephants Standards (ACES) is an independent animal welfare enterprise providing elephant camps with the methodology, guidance, and on-site support to ensure all captive elephants are receiving the highest level of welfare possible through a rigorous assessment and audit process conducted by an experienced and dedicated team of elephant specialists, veterinarians, researchers, and conservationists.

ACES assess elephant camps throughout Southeast Asia to provide the highest level of elephant welfare for all elephants working in the tourism industry, where elephant camps must meet all 119 mandatory criteria to pass, and complete further standards for higher validation. ACES scrutinises all areas of camp management including elephant shelters, diet, veterinary care, socialization, feeding, riding, physical and mental enrichment, staff training and entitlements and many other facets of camp care.   The Director of ACES, Nicolas Dubrocard stated that "The Mason Elephant Park & Lodge is an exceptional example of elephant-based tourism. The Sumatran elephant is among the world's top 10 most endangered species on the planet, along with the Sumatran rhino, Sumatran tiger, and orangutan.

Wild Sumatran elephant numbers are currently estimated at less than 800, and at the current rate, it is predicted that this entire population could become extinct within the next 10 years. Although the situation in Sumatra at this stage is direly uncertain, the Mason Elephant Park & Lodge continues to uphold a successful natural breeding program, with a fifth healthy baby born earlier this year in June, further adding to the healthy herd with more expected on the way, to hopefully ensure that this beautiful species still has a future for generations to come.

For more information on the Mason Elephant Park & Lodge, visit
For more information on Asian Captive Elephant Standards, visit



After nearly seven years of U.S. government service, former wild mustang Bob, age 10, is settling into a well-deserved retirement at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. 

In 2011, Bob was adopted by the U.S. Border Patrol to work as part of the mounted patrol. Prior, he had been gathered from a herd management area by the Bureau of Land Management and entered a program with the Kansas Department of Corrections that helps train and adopt mustangs. He was placed at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Kansas where inmates trained him prior to his adoption by the government. 

According to U.S. officials, Bob holds the record for the longest active service for a U.S. Border Patrol horse. His records note that he was known as “dependable and safe,” often paired with the newest agents because he was so easy to work with. This exceptional horse never needed a medical or behavioral break. He routinely served at busy border crossings amongst crowds and cars and he made several public appearances with agents.

Noelle Almrud, director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, said, “We are honored to provide a home where Bob can live out his retirement grazing on hundreds of acres, enjoying sunshine on his back, roaming with a herd, running and kicking up his heels. Since he was accustomed to humans in his work, our devoted caregivers are more than happy to give him all of the attention – and treats – that he desires and deserves.”

Almrud believes that Bob is the first retired government horse resident in the 40-year history of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, operated by the Fund For Animals, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States.

A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving., a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.


The Florida Aquarium and Thaddeus Bullard, aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil announce a $51,608 donation to the Australia Zoo to support their efforts to save wildlife affected by the bushfires in Australia.

The Florida Aquarium President and CEO Roger Germann and Titus partnered together to raise critical funds this past Saturday, January 11. Net proceeds from every general ticket sold – as well any donation designated through the Aquarium’s online donation site ( on January 11th – are to be donated to Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital and rescue efforts. The Aquarium raised $26,608 in net revenue and donations from Saturday. 

Titus, through his Bullard Family Foundation, matched all funds raised by the Aquarium up to $25,000. Australia Zoo was started by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. Terri Irwin and her two children have continued conservation and education efforts after Steve Irwin’s death.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which has treated more than 90,000 patients since 2004, will use the funds to support its long-term commitment to saving wildlife and wild places and help with current relief efforts, such as building new wards for native patients impacted by the wildfires.


Bettie the beagle, a detector dog for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, picked up the scent of pork on a woman arriving from China at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Soon the dog's handler discovered and confiscated a ham sandwich in the purse of a passenger who had flown on a China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai. The danger? That the food might be contaminated with African swine fever and spread the disease to the United States.  Bettie is among an expanded team of specially trained beagles at U.S. airports, part of a larger effort to protect the nation's $23 billion pork industry from a disease that has decimated China's hog herd, the world's largest. Governments worldwide are scrambling to shore up their defenses as the disease spills over China's borders, according to Reuters reporting from nine countries. The efforts underscore the grave threat to global agriculture.

African swine fever has spread to Southeast Asia and eastern Europe, with cases found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines, Poland, Belgium and Bulgaria. Around the globe, those countries and others that have so far sidestepped the epidemic are cracking down on travelers, increasing cargo screenings and banning meat imports. African swine fever does not threaten humans but there's no vaccine or cure for infected pigs.

If the disease enters the United States, the top pork-exporting nation with 77.3 million hogs, the government would struggle to protect the industry. In China, the top global pork consumer, Rabobank estimated the country lost up to 55% of its pig herd last year. But the Chinese government has reported smaller losses in the country's $1 trillion hog sector since the first case in August 2018.

The U.S. government is fielding dogs at airports and seaports, conducting outbreak-response drills and adding capacity to test pigs. France and Germany are killing hundreds of thousands of wild boar that might carry the disease. France also erected 132 kilometers (82 miles) of fencing to keep out wild boar and is planning stricter sanitary rules for pig farming, including requirements to disinfect trucks that transport swine. Thailand culled pigs in a province close to Myanmar, where the disease has been found. South Korea ordered soldiers on its border with North Korea to capture wild boar, while Vietnam used troops to ensure infected pigs were culled. Australia expelled travelers from Vietnam for smuggling pork and banned imports of pork products. Australia also deployed advisors to Pacific islands in an attempt to protect its closest neighbors from African swine fever.

Travelers transporting meat represent the biggest risk for African swine fever to spread to the United States because the disease can live for weeks in pork products, Pyburn said. Contaminated food can be fed to feral pigs or livestock in a practice known as garbage feeding, which the USDA says has caused outbreaks of swine diseases around the world. U.S. farmers are supposed to obtain a license to feed pigs with food waste that contains meat and cook it to kill disease organisms. African swine fever can also spread from pig to pig, from bites by infectious ticks and through objects such as trucks, clothing and shoes that have come into contact with the virus. The disease has been detected in food products seized at airports in South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and northern Ireland. "Every day, millions of passengers and tens of thousands of shipping containers carrying food products cross our nation's borders," said Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, "any one of which could do significant damage to America's food supply and agricultural industries."    -----------------------------------------------  


Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.


The past decade was the hottest on record, government researchers announced on Wednesday, the latest sign of global warming’s grip on the planet. And 2019 was the second-warmest year ever, they said, just shy of the record set in 2016.

Analyses by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that global average surface temperatures last year were nearly 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average from the middle of last century, caused in large part by emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases from the burning of fossil fuels. That much warming means the world is far from meeting goals set to combat climate change.

The average for 2019 was only a small fraction of a degree lower than in 2016, a year with a strong El Niño, when changes in the ocean and air in the equatorial Pacific Ocean led to shifting weather patterns worldwide and pumped a lot of heat from the Pacific into the atmosphere.  Since the 1960s, each decade has been warmer than the previous one, by significant amounts. While the 2010s continued this trend, the second half of the decade was especially warm. The five hottest years ever have occurred during that time span.

“We’ve entered a new neighborhood in the last five years,” said Deke Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch of the National Centers for Environmental information, which conducted the NOAA research.

NASA and NOAA do independent analyses but use most of the same temperature data, which is gathered at sea from ships and buoys, and on land from tens of thousands of observing stations coordinated by government meteorological agencies. This exhaustive data set is then combed for errors and less obvious factors, like the moving of a weather station from one year to the next, that might bias the analysis.

The studies take into account the contribution of natural influences, or forcings, on climate, like volcanic eruptions that can temporarily cool the atmosphere or regular changes in Earth’s orbital cycle. The studies differ only slightly; their overall findings are the same. And their results closely match those from analyses by agencies overseas and private groups, including one released last week by a European climate agency that was based more on computer modeling than on observational data from 2019.

Only a few parts of the world, most notably central Canada and the Northern Plains in the United States, had cooler-than-average conditions. Some regions showed extreme warming, with devastating impacts in some cases.

Fires in Australia, extreme record breaking temperatures in Alaska and massive drought and crop loss in Africa are only the beginning to what this planet will see if efforts are not made to reverse the effects of Climate change.


The North American Veterinary Community, the world’s largest provider of continuing education for veterinary professionals, announced  "embrace,"  an advocacy program that gives veterinary professionals and pet owners a platform to advocate for animals everywhere. 

“What makes ‘embrace’ and the NAVC so unique is we bring together all members of the pet-loving community -- veterinary professionals and pet owners -- to advocate on behalf of animals everywhere,” said NAVC interim CEO Eugene O’Neill. “Through the NAVC’s global community of 500,000 veterinarians and other animal healthcare leaders, ‘embrace’ provides a powerful platform for us to work together to build a better future for animals.”

“embrace,” an animal community alliance, launches with an immediate call to action in support of:

  •  "National Animal Rescue Day." H.R. 34, introduced in the U.S. House of Representative in 2019, designates the first Saturday in October as “National Animal Rescue Day” in support of the six million dogs and cats that are placed in shelters each year, half of which will never find a home and will be euthanized. 
  • “Strengthening Support for Veterans with Service Animals Act."  H.R. 4952, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019, protects veteran access to airplanes with service dogs.
  • PAWS Act.  The Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members (PAWS) Act (H.R. 3103 and S. 2949) seeks to reduce veteran suicides and ensure the well-being of veterans who have already exhausted all other PTSD treatment options by connecting them with service dogs as a form of nontraditional PTSD therapy.

“embrace” launches today at the opening of NAVC’s annual Veterinary Meeting and Expo (VMX), the world’s largest continuing education conference, with approximately 17,000 attendees from more than 80 countries and more than 700 exhibiting companies. 


New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

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