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Talkin' Pets News

February 22, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Dr. Linda Register - East West Animal Hospital

Reporter - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest -Angela Hughes, DVM,PhD, senior manager of Global Scientific Advocacy Relations at Mars Petcare will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/22/20 at 635pm ET to inform us about the Wisdom Panel and how Mars is making a better world for our pets

The No. 1 Animated Feature Film of All Time Disney’s “Frozen 2” Arrives Home on Digital Feb. 11 and on Blu-rayä Feb. 25 - Call and Win a Blu-ray copy on Talkin' Pets 2/22/20 5-8pm EST


North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data.

Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.

State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.

North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.

According to customs data reviewed by Reuters, Russia exported 12 horses worth a total of $75,509 to North Korea last year.

It was the biggest buy since 2015, when North Korea spent $192,204 on 61 horses from Russia. Altogether, North Korea has imported at least 138 horses between 2010 and 2019, at a cost of $584,302, according to the Russian data.

The imagery of Kim astride a white stallion was designed to instill confidence in North Koreans that they have a man of strength and destiny holding the reins of power, analysts said.

The horse purchases also came as North Korea is under strict international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmers.


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,

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 Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) – the largest alliance of wildlife centers in Africa – has launched its "Not a Pet" petition, demanding that tech giants Facebook and Google stop enabling wildlife crime. "Not a Pet" is part of a three-pronged strategy to fight the illegal wildlife trade that began in January with Action for Chimpanzees (AFC), a program to curtail poaching of western chimpanzees and prevent their impending extinction, and continued with the call to close markets selling bushmeat.

"Wildlife crime is an existential threat to primates in Africa," said Gregg Tully, PASA Executive Director. "And while our members are a crucial bulwark against trafficking, they can't do it alone. We need to hold social media companies accountable for their role in this heinous trade."

Social media companies play a key role in the wildlife crime supply chain. Traffickers share videos and images of monkeys and apes for sale – often as light, fun content that is quickly shared. When buyers signal interest, social media companies enable the next phase of the sale by providing private, encrypted channels like WhatsApp for communication between buyer and seller. This contributes to a trade involving hundreds of thousands of primates every year, according to research – and lives of misery for the unfortunate animals who are the victims of this criminal activity.

Primates are not suitable pets for many reasons. A baby chimp usually spends the first five years of its life nursing. Without this critical contact time, primates fail to pick up natural behaviors, and they may even develop aggressive or fearful behaviors. But the hard part comes when they reach sexual maturity. For smaller monkeys, this occurs around 18 to 24 months of age, while chimps mature around seven years of age. At this point, the animal will likely become aggressive and territorial. In an effort to contain adult primates, owners often resort to locking their "child" up in a tiny cage, filing their teeth or having them removed, forcing them to wear shock collars, or even beating them. When these tactics fail to control their adult primate, owners are forced to give up their pet or risk their safety.

"Internet markets can be much larger than physical markets," said Dan Stiles, head of the Project to End Great Ape Slavery (PEGAS) and a leading researcher tracking wildlife crime. "Thousands of buyers located in many countries can be involved. That's why the Not a Pet petition is so important. We have to bring social pressure to these companies so that they have an incentive to enforce their policies or develop stronger ones."

Fast Facts:

  • There are fewer than 300,000 chimps left in the wild.
  • Wildlife crime is the fourth largest type of international crime.
  • In 2015, the primate trade volume was estimated at $138M, a 40% increase over three years.
  • The United States has remained the largest importer of live primates since 2009.
  • Wild chimpanzees are already extinct in four of their former African range countries
  • Chimps and other primates are killed for bushmeat and sold in wildlife markets similar to the one believed to be the source of the coronavirus. The mothers are killed and their babies are sold as pets.


The Price Is Right” tapings have been postponed following news that host Drew Carey’s ex-fiance was killed last week.

Family and sex therapist Amie Harwick, 38, was found Saturday morning at her home in Los Angeles with injuries consistent with a fall. She later died at the hospital. Her ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse has been arrested as a suspect, according to CNN.

Carey mourned Harwick’s loss and said he’s “overcome with grief.”

“Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime,” Carey said in a statement that Variety obtained. “She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.”

“Price is Right” production company Fremantle confirmed that this week’s scheduled tapings of the game show will be postponed in light of Harwick’s death. Since the show records episodes months before they air, the delays won’t affect CBS’ lineup this week.

Carey who continues to end his show with “Spay and Neuter” took over “Price Is Right” hosting duties from our friend of Talkin’ Pets and animal advocate Bob Barker in 2007. He began dating Harwick in 2017. They got engaged the following year before calling off the engagement months later.

According to the LAPD, Harwick had filed a restraining order against her former boyfriend that has since expired.

Carey shared a picture of the couple Monday afternoon on Twitter. “I hope you’re lucky enough to have someone in your life that loves as much as she did,” he wrote.


According to a report from John Gibbons, AKA the Pet Business Professor, more than 70 Chinese exhibitors have cancelled their booths at Global Pet Expo, an annual event in Orlando Florida, due to the travel restrictions relating to coronavirus.

“With less than 7 days until Global Pet Expo, they are gearing up for another amazing event! Currently, they have more than 1,000 companies from 28 countries around the world planning to exhibit. Buyer registration is strong and they’re expecting over 7,000 buyers from 80 countries.

As they eagerly prepare for the Show, they are confident that Global Pet Expo will deliver a successful business experience for all participants. However, they want to take a moment to address how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact some of their exhibitors. They have been in contact with exhibitors from China. The vast majority have notified them that they will not be exhibiting and will not have outside representation available to take their place at this year’s Show. Moreover, any foreign nationals that have visited China within the last 14 days are barred from entering the United States. Therefore, these attendees will not be able to participate in this year’s Global Pet Expo.

The health and safety of all Show participants are paramount. The Global Pet Expo management team is working closely with the Orange County Convention Center and surrounding hotels to stay apprised of developing precautionary measures to further reduce potential health risks at the Show. Additionally, they will continue to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, and will provide emerging information accordingly.


The fatality rate of the new coronavirus is far higher than that of the seasonal flu, according to a new analysis from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study found a fatality rate of 2.3 percent in China as of last week, though later figures suggest the rate has increased. In the U.S., flu fatality rates hover around 0.1 percent.

On Monday Americans flown home from a contaminated cruise ship in Japan said they were unaware until late that some evacuees were infected. “I didn’t know until we were in the air,” said Carol Montgomery. “I saw an area of plastic sheeting and tape.”

Cambodia’s decision to let hundreds of passengers leave another cruise ship on which a person was infected could dramatically complicate the effort to contain the virus.

HSBC, one of Hong Kong’s most important banks, said that it would cut 35,000 jobs over the next three years, in part because of disruptions caused by the outbreak. On Monday, Apple cut its quarterly sales expectations and warned that the virus threatened global supply chains.

The Tokyo Marathon, which planned to accept about 38,000 runners, will be restricted to about 200 elite participants. The race is scheduled for March 1.

Before traveling make sure you speak with your doctor regarding any precautions that can be taken to ensure your own health and well-being.


All American Licensing has announced the signing of Dr. Michelle Oakley, star of Nat Geo Wild television series “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet,” for brand representation and new product development under the banner Dr. Oakley Wilderness Vet.

Currently shooting its eighth season, “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” chronicles the adventures of this renowned animal doctor and her three daughters. The trio make house calls and perform veterinarian practices all of kinds to a vast array of both domestic and wild animals located in and around the remote Yukon Territory of Northern Alaska. The family does everything from chasing boars by helicopter, to stalking wolverines in the wilderness, to caring for a large family’s dogs, cats, horses and other pets.

Since the health and safety of animals is incredibly important to the people who live in the Yukon, Oakley and her daughters prove that they will do quite literally everything in their power to protect these precious creatures. The weekly TV series chronicles how Oakley juggles her multiple roles as a full-time vet, wife and mom, all in addition to running a renowned animal clinic in Alaska.

Each episode of “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” imparts Dr. Oakley’s primary mission: to help ensure that all animals live healthier, happier lives, while inspiring others to follow her example.

“I am excited about our partnership with AAL, and bringing the highest quality pet products to market,” said Oakley. Adds Michael Gottsegen, AAL’s co-founding partner, “Dr. Oakley is a true original, and the pet product deals that we secure for her will all be holistic, simple, and based on years of veterinary science. While these new products will be synonymous with the rugged outdoors, they will also be designed to create comfort and joy for a diverse range of pets. Whether it’s an innovative and educational toy, or a brand new CBD product, all of Dr. Oakley’s products will be authenticated as ‘Vet Approved.’’’

A portion of each purchase of a new Dr. Oakley Wilderness Vet product will go to support grassroots wildlife conservation efforts around the world.


Imagine seeing an approaching cloud that`s massive, 37 miles long and 25 miles wide and instead of water or dust it`s a cloud of locusts. That`s the size of just one of the swarms that`s descended this year on eastern Africa. Specifically these are desert locusts. The most destructive type of locusts that eats food and that`s terrible news in a region that`s food insecure, meaning there are already problems with people getting enough to eat. The United Nations says this is the worst invasion of desert locusts in 25 years. What might have made it so bad was a cyclone, a major storm that hit parts of Somalia and Ethiopia last December. That brought a lot of rain to the region and that creates the best conditions for these pests to breed. The United Nations wants the world to contribute more than $75 million so pesticides can be sprayed to kill the insects.
Ravenous and ruthless, locusts have been known and feared by the world`s most ancient civilizations but their biblical emphamy is all too real today. Right now millions of these insects are sweeping across the farm lands of east Africa. Some reports say there are billions destroying crops and threatening livelihoods. For farmers across the region this is the sound of danger.
One woman stated, We depend a lot on this season and we worry that the locusts will destroy our harvest and we will end up remaining hungry throughout the rest of the year. Waiting for October when we have the next planting season.
This years locusts invasion is so bad that the UN is warning of a serious food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia. The UN`s Food and Agriculture Organization says massive food assistance now maybe needed.
One man states, There`s already 13 million people in that region that are in acute food insecurity. This is just one level below famine. Seventy-five percent of those people live in areas that are now currently infested with desert locust.
Somalia has already declared a national emergency and the UN warms this could become the most devastating plague of locusts in living memory if the world doesn`t step up against the onslaught.
Climate experts are blaming unusual heavy rain fall and cyclones which provide ideal environments for rapid breeding for this years massive swarms. And with wetter and hotter weather than usual forecast until May, they warn the worst is yet to come.

Today`s show starts with the number 780 million. That`s almost half the population of China. It`s more than twice the population of the United States and 780 million is the number of Chinese under some form of travel restriction as their government tries to stop the spread of the Wuhan corona virus. As we`ve reported it`s spread around the world but China has been hardest hit, 70,000 people there have been infected with the virus, 1,070 have died there from it. That`s about 2.5 percent of those who catch the disease in China. Deaths have also been reported in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan and France and cases have been reported in more than 24 countries on almost every continent.
There`s no vaccine or cure for the new corona virus. Some people get severe symptoms and develop pneumonia. Some people have almost no symptoms at all and quarantines have been put in place in China and abroad in an effort to protect those who don`t have it from those who do. Aboard the Diamond Princess, that`s a cruise ship that`s been docked in Japan for two weeks at least 456 people have tested positive for the corona virus. There were roughly 3,700 people aboard in total. More than 300 Americans who were on the ship have been allowed to travel back to the U.S. but they`ll reportedly be quarantined again on American soil for another 14 days.
The World Health Organization, which is part of the United Nations, is not officially classifying the new corona virus as a pandemic. A disease epidemic that spreads throughout the world. Officials there say they`re not seeing the virus spread widely in individual communities outside of China but for those inside China the scenes are eerie and the economic impact is growing.

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