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Talkin' Pets News May 8, 2021 Host - Jon Patch Co-Host - Charlie Logan - Owner & Healer at Logan Light Center, Venice, Florida Producer - Matt Matera Network Producer - Randall Boettger Social Media - Bob Page Special Guests - JB Kropp, President of Dinovite, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/8/21 at 530pm ET to discuss Dinovite's new Meal Boosters Tammy Billups, Author of Animal Soul Contracts,will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 5/8/21 at 620pm ET to discuss and give away her new book
In South Africa The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment released the recommendations of the Ministerial High Level Advisory Panel regarding existing policies, legislation and practices relating to the handling, breeding, hunting and trade of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. The Panel’s recommendations include some wins for animals including ending the practice of captive lion breeding which is linked to canned lion hunts. In 2019 and 2020, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International conducted undercover investigations at the Safari Club International convention and found “canned” lion hunts for sale, where customers pay to shoot a captive-bred lion, violating SCI’s very own ban that it implemented in February 2018. While the captive lion industry in SA will end, tragically, the Panel recommends continued promotion of the trophy hunting industry at the expense of the country’s iconic species. This is of great relevance to U.S. as the largest importer of hunting trophies from SA. The U.S. bears a significant responsibility to halt contribution to the decimation of these animals for the sake of bragging rights. U.S. / SA import facts from Humane Society International: • Between 2014 and 2018, the U.S. was, by far, the largest destination of trophies exported from South Africa over the period, comprising 54% of those exported. A total of 11,437 trophies, or 2,288 per year on average, were exported to the U.S. from South Africa. Spain, Russia, Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, Sweden and France rounded out the top ten countries to which South Africa exported trophies. • South Africa exported 1,337 African elephant trophies over the period, or 268 per year on average. Most (625 or 47% of the total) were exported to the U.S. • South Africa exported 4,176 African lion trophies over the period, or 836 per year on average. The vast majority of African lion trophies exported were sourced from captive animals either bred in captivity (93% of the total) or born in captivity (1% of the total); only 6% of the total were wild-source lions. Most (2,170 or 52% of the total) were exported to the U.S. • South Africa exported 574 African leopard trophies over the period, or 115 per year on average. Most (305 or 53% of the total) were exported to the U.S. Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International released this statement: “The South African government did the right thing by deciding to end the horrific captive lion breeding and commercial lion bone trade. However, its chance to dismantle the destructive trophy hunting industry was sadly not taken. The government instead opted to risk one of the country’s greatest assets – its wildlife - by allowing and in fact seeking to expand trophy hunting. This decision imperils not only these magnificent animals but also ecotourism, which attracts millions of visitors each year to observe South Africa’s wildlife - rather than kill them for fun. The United States is on the hook, too, contributing to this deadly industry as the largest importer of trophy parts from endangered and threatened African wildlife in the world. We need to put our own house in order through regulatory and legislative restrictions on trophy hunting and trophy importation by Americans once and for all.” Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund said: “African wildlife is being exploited through trophy hunting and the importation of trophy parts to the U.S. which has been linked to wildlife trafficking activities—a scourge that bankrolls international terrorists and other illegal, harmful activities. We are the largest trophy importer from South Africa, and with the African lion and elephant listed under our Endangered Species Act we have the moral and political responsibility to press an agenda for protection so that these precious species don’t disappear from the wild forever. Our Congress must pass the ProTECT Act to prevent the hunting of endangered and threatened animals before it’s too late.” ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ New York state legislators are considering a potential ban on the sale of cats, dogs and rabbit in pet stores. The measure has won the approval of the state Senate and Assembly agriculture committees, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. “With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for puppy mills that abuse animals to supply pet stores,” said Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris. “Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities. I am pleased this important proposal continues to build momentum in the legislature.” The Democrat & Chronicle reports reports that the bill “would end so-called puppy mills and instead put a focus on saving rescue animals.” The legislation has been considered in Albany before, but has always stalled. Animal right organizations have advocated for the bill. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) — the nation’s leading source on parasitic diseases that threaten the health of pets and people — released its annual 2021 Parasite Forecast and corresponding 30-day Pet Parasite Forecast maps to alert pet owners of impending outbreaks across the United States. The forecasts support CAPC’s recommendation for annual testing and having pets on preventative treatment year-round. For 2021, CAPC predicts the following risk areas for parasite-related diseases: Infection with heartworm, which causes a potentially fatal disease is expected to be higher than average along the Mississippi River, throughout southern portions of the Midwest, and along the Atlantic Coast north into Virginia and southern New Jersey. Increased risk is also expected in southern Arizona, New Mexico and portions of Colorado, Kansas, Montana and North Dakota. Unique to this year’s forecast is increased risk in northern California, Idaho and western Montana. In addition, states with historically lower prevalence of heartworm are at increasing risk, including central and southern Florida, Indiana, central and northern Illinois, southern Iowa, as well as lower Michigan and Ohio in the Great Lakes region. Much of the upper Midwest and New England region is expected to have little change, but small increases in prevalence may be seen throughout. Pet owners should take extra care to limit their pets’ exposure to mosquitoes, test their pets annually for heartworm disease, and use heartworm preventatives year-round. Lyme disease is a high threat and continues to expand southward and westward. There is a higher than average seroprevalence predicted throughout eastern Kentucky, northeastern Tennessee, western Michigan and Ohio, with high-risk “hot spots” expected in northwestern and southwestern Michigan, and southern and northeastern Ohio. High risk persist throughout the Northeast, including Wisconsin, Minnesota and the upper peninsula of Michigan. A higher than normal risk is expected in North Dakota, northern South Dakota, Iowa, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky. The southward movement of Lyme is evident in the increasing risk in the Carolinas and Tennessee. Pets living in or traveling to these states are considered at high risk. Pet owners should talk to their veterinarian about a Lyme vaccination in addition to testing for the disease and protecting pets year-round against ticks. Ehrlichiosis, transmitted by ticks, is expected to be above normal for the majority of the United States, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona, southern California, northern Colorado and southern Wyoming as well as central and northeastern Illinois and parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Risk is expected to remain high throughout the southwest, south-central and coastal Atlantic states. CAPC recommends protecting pets year-round against ticks and routine examination of pets for the presence of ticks. Prompt removal of ticks is imperative. Anaplasmosis, also transmitted by ticks is expected to have increased risk, including areas where pets have historically had low exposure to the disease. Increased risks are expected to the north and east of its traditional New England prevalence, as well as in western regions of Pennsylvania and New York. Risk remains high in Wisconsin, Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Higher than average increases are expected in portions of Virginia, West Virginia, west and south Texas, and northern California. These areas and surrounding regions have historically had a lower risk of exposure. In light of these predicted changes, pet owners should be vigilant in protecting pets with year-round tick preventatives and annual testing. Pet owners are encouraged to regularly check their pets for ticks and remove them promptly. For more information about the Companion Animal Parasite Council visit capcvet.org. To view local 30-Day Pet Parasite Forecast Maps, visit www.petdiseasealerts.org. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ China is racing to lead the world in electric vehicle (EV) production as major car manufacturers around the globe are shifting away from traditional combustion engines. The New York Times reports Chinese automakers are on pace to produce more than 8 million electric cars annually by 2028. That’s a significant jump considering car makers in China produced 1 million cars last year. That’s compared to the 5.7 million fully electric cars Europe is expected to produce annually by 2028 and the 1.4 million electric vehicles North American automakers are on track to build each year, according to estimates from global data firm LMC Automotive. The Times notes that China is building EV factories as fast as the rest of the world altogether and has rolled out more than 800,000 public charging stations, nearly twice as many as the rest of the world combined. Chinese EV automakers face challenges, however, including the lack of name recognition amid competition with the world’s largest car brands. “We have the will, and we have the patience,” He Xiaopeng, chairman and chief executive of Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Xpeng, told The New York Times. “I think we will find it very challenging, but we also have to move forward.” Meanwhile in the U.S., President Biden is aiming for a low-emissions future based on a massive investment in electric vehicles. Biden’s infrastructure proposal would spend up to $174 billion to boost the production and sale of zero-emission buses and cars and increase the number of EV charging stations. “We have a lot of catching up to do but we’re going to be in a position where we ought to own the future,” Biden said during a virtual tour of an electric bus and battery manufacturing plant last month. “We ought to be the single most significant suppliers of electric buses and vehicles in the world before it’s over. Right now, we’re running way behind China,” he said. Automakers including General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford motor have made big EV promises. General Motors earlier this year outlined plans to phase out gasoline- and diesel-powered passenger cars and sports utility vehicles by 2035. Good for you, good for the environment. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ America’s consumption of red meat has only increased during the pandemic, but problems cited by climate change experts say this trend needs to be addressed. Whether it is from the grocery stores or ordering takeout, beef byproducts have gone up in sales in 2020 over 2019, soaring nearly 24 percent and grossing $30.3 billion in 2020. “March 2020 experienced the biggest spikes in the history of grocery retailing as the nation,” Marie Roerink, president of marketing research firm 210 Analytics, said. There does not appear to be an end to American’s chewy, red-flavored preference, Business Insider said. The meat trend contradicts what the Biden administration, focusing its effort to cut greenhouse emissions, wants to accomplish — zero-emissions by no later than 2035. Concerns of what drastic efforts Biden might do to combat American appetite for beef were published and broadcasted in a false story about the president banning red meat. Despite some knowing the associated consequences of eating too much beef, specifically the effect it has on the planet, Americans have made the decision to go their stomachs rather than listen to scientists. "There is really no way around it. If we want to have even a small chance of avoiding dangerous levels of climate change ... then we have to change the way we eat,” Marco Springmann, a senior researcher of sustainability at the Oxford Martin Program for the Future of Food at the University of Oxford, told Insider in 2019. "The vast majority of Americans see red meat as permissible and favorable and consume it in moderation,” Roerink said. The production of beef emits a lot of greenhouse gases from the waste and flatulence of cattle, Scientific American reported, and production of harvesting and consuming livestock is a significant contributing factor to climate change. Responding to those concerns, the media within the food industry have sometimes avoided mentioning meat-based food. Epicurious, a popular publication for foodies, stated last week that it would not publish new recipes with beef. The Takeout, a G/O Media-owned food publication, had only eight original recipes and three reprinted recipes that use beef or beef stock in 2020. Condé Nast’s Bon Appétit, The New York Times, the Dallas Morning News and others have declined to exclude beef at this time. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Builders were treated to a rare sight when they found a giant wood moth at a Queensland school next to a rainforest where they were building new classrooms. Found at the Mount Cotton State School in Australia, the giant wood moth, which is the heaviest moth in the world, had a wingspan measuring up to 9 inches. Commonly found along the coasts of Queensland and New South Wales, female giant wood moths can weigh close to 30 grams, while males are typically half the size. It isn’t common to see giant wood moths, as they live inside trees for about a year as grubs until they reach adulthood, and when they emerge as moths they only live a few days, dying after they mate and lay eggs. About 60 species of wood moth can be found in Australia, but most aren’t as big as the giant wood moth. The school’s principal, Meagan Steward, said the school’s location near a rainforest means teachers and students have seen a wide range of animals on campus, including bush turkeys, wallabies, koalas, snakes and even a turtle in the school library, but the giant wood moth was a first. “A giant wood moth was not something we had seen before,” she said. After taking a photo with the rare insect, the builders released the moth into the rainforest. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A new report found that over the last decade the Brazilian Amazon released approximately 20 percent more carbon dioxide than it absorbed. According to the journal Nature Climate Change, the Brazilian Amazon released 16.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide and only absorbed 13.9 billion tonnes from 2010 through 2019. "We half-expected it, but it is the first time that we have figures showing that the Brazilian Amazon has flipped, and is now a net emitter," said Jean-Pierre Wigneron, a scientist at France's National Institute for Agronomic Research and co-author of the study. Also cited in the study were instances of deforestation, both from fires and clear-cutting, which increased almost fourfold in 2019 in comparison to the two previous years. "Brazil saw a sharp decline in the application of environmental protection policies after the change of government in 2019," the INRA said in a statement. The change coincides with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro taking office. Combating climate change would be increasingly difficult if the Amazon became a large source of carbon dioxide, experts say. "We don't know at what point the changeover could become irreversible," said Wigneron. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Thirty-five members of the largest Asian elephant herd in the western hemisphere are being shipped to a lush new habitat at Florida's White Oak Conservation Center — a far cry from the days of forced performances and conditions that many animal lovers considered abusive. The elephants are retirees from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Just beginning in the spring, the first 12 animals in the herd have been sent to the conservation center just south of the Florida-Georgia line. For conservationist Michelle Gadd, it is a dream come true. "A lot of kids have this dream of running away and joining the circus," Gadd told CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez. "Well, I was that kid who wanted to run away and let all the animals out of the circus." Elephant attractions were a part of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus for most of its 146-year history. They retired the act in 2016 after years of public outcry against what many considered to be animal cruelty. They were originally moved to a small preserve south of Orlando before a nonprofit called the Walter Conservation stepped in last fall and bought the 35 elephants, and started construction on the habitat. In their new habitat, the elephants are able cool off in the water when the Florida sun becomes a bit too much. CBS News The animals were finally able to roam free and bond as a herd, and even cool off in the water when the Florida sun becomes a bit too much. "Elephants are among the most social and empathetic animals out there — and not only are they getting to know their new surroundings, they're getting to know each other" Bojorquez said. Gadd said it was the first time the elephants were really interacting as a herd. "They seem to have sorted out a hierarchy amongst themselves," she said. "They regrouped right outside the fence and again reassured each other. Rumbled, touched each other, put their trunks in one another's mouths." "The two oldest girls, I referred to them as the mean girls, but perhaps they're just a little bit bossy," Gadd said. The conservationist wants people to see that elephants are beautiful just as they are. "They don't need to be ridden or trained or do tricks or travel the world," she said. "Just let them be where they are and there's nothing more beautiful than that." Conservationist Nick Newby Newby said his mission is to give the elephants "a holistic life and a complete life." CBS News The White Oak Elephant Project is led by conservationist Nick Newby. Working with the animals every day, Newby knows them all by name — even from behind. Because the elephants have been raised and trained to become dependent on humans, Newby said, sending them into the wild is not an option. But here, he hopes they can help humans better understand and appreciate this endangered species — of which only about 50,000 remain. Newby said his mission is to give the elephants "a holistic life and a complete life." "The best thing for these animals is to live in a complex environment that's pretty darn close to the wild, honestly," he said. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A tiny deer-like animal has been born at a zoo in the U.K. – and it's so small, it resembles a mouse. In fact, the animal is called a mouse deer and it is about 8 inches tall, around the size of a standard pencil, the Bristol Zoo said in a statement. The lesser Malayan mouse deer is an infant, born during the third national lockdown in the U.K. Despite its deceptively long legs, the deer is short and will only weigh about three pounds once fully grown, the zoo said. The gender of the deer, who was born to first-time mom Brienne and father Jorah, is not yet known. The mouse deer is just the second born at the zoo in the past decade, with another born last year. That mouse deer, named Missandei, was moved to the Ouwehands Zoo in the Netherlands to help with its breeding program. Mouse deer are actually distant relatives of deer. They eat flowers and vegetables and usually live in forests in South East Asia. A similar animal, Vietnamese mouse-deer, was thought to be "lost to science" for nearly 30 years – until was caught on camera in Vietnam in 2019. The rediscovery of the silver-backed chevrotain, an elusive fanged mouse-deer, sparked researchers to "urge immediate conservation actions to ensure its survival," according to an article published in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. The mouse deer born in Bristol comes from parents who were brought to the zoo to breed more of these creatures. "Brienne is being a fantastic first-time mother and has been very attentive to her infant," said Paige Bwye, senior mammal keeper at the zoo. "It will be a little while until we are able to determine the gender of the fawn as they're so small and quite shy. It's doing really well though, and has recently started to discover new tastes, such as sweet potato." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Humane Society of the United States released information and a statement about John Cox – a Republican recall candidate for California governor – and Tag the captive bear he is traveling with on the campaign trail. According to the HSUS, the bear, named Tag, is owned by Steve Martin, who supplies animals for movies, television and advertising and who has never prioritized the interests of the animals he uses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Martin for failure to provide veterinary care, failure to provide environmental enrichment for primates, failure to provide shelter from the elements, failure to provide minimum space, and mishandling an underweight cougar whose food may have been withheld for training purposes. Martin has disposed of unwanted chimpanzees, bears, wolves and other wild animals by advertising them in a publication that catered to exotic-animal auctioneers, trophy-hunting-facility operators, breeders, dealers, and the exotic “pet” trade - and placing them in poorly run pseudo-sanctuaries. Sabrina Ashjian, California State Director at the Humane Society of the United States just released the following statement: “By parading around with a captive bear, candidate John Cox demonstrates that he is profoundly out of touch with Californians and their love for all things wild. Citizens are rightfully outraged and disgusted by a dangerous captive brown bear, weighing hundreds of pounds, being carted around in a bus as a mere campaign prop. Mr. Cox is putting the public and Tag in severe danger. He must remove Tag from the campaign trail and to ask his owner to retire Tag from show business. Tag needs to go to a legitimate sanctuary where he can spend his remaining days in a natural, safe and healthy environment that allows him to engage in normal bear behaviors such as foraging, digging, climbing and swimming.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Hate-fueled, government-sponsored extermination and bounty programs brought gray wolves to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the early 20th century. By the time wolves were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1974, there were just a few hundred left in northeastern Minnesota and a small handful on Isle Royale, Michigan. Over the last few decades, we have seen wolves slowly start to make a comeback, although they still remain absent from about 70% of currently suitable habitat. Since the early 2000s, we have seen repeated attempts to prematurely remove federal protections for wolves. In April 2011, Congress delisted wolves in Idaho, Montana, and portions of Washington, Oregon, and Utah. Later that year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also removed federal protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region, and in 2012 the agency delisted wolves in Wyoming. While wolves in the Great Lakes region regained their federal ESA protections in 2014, they lost them once again when the agency delisted all gray wolves in the lower 48 in November 2020. Regarding the Northern Rocky Mountain (NRM) population of gray wolves, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stated that three scenarios could lead to a status review and potential relisting of NRM gray wolves: 1. If the State wolf population falls below the minimum NRM wolf population recovery level of 10 breeding pairs of wolves and 100 wolves in either Montana or Idaho at the end of the year; 2. If the wolf population segment in Montana or Idaho falls below 15 breeding pairs or 150 wolves at the end of the year in either of those States for 3 consecutive years; or 3. If a change in State law or management objectives would significantly increase the threat to the wolf population. By allowing an excessive and unprecedented level of wolf killing, S 1211 significantly increases the threat to the wolf population and could lead to a reconsideration of listing, including the potential for emergency listing, under the Endangered Species Act. Since losing federal protections in 2011, wolves in Idaho are increasingly being threatened by trophy hunters and trappers. Not only is there no statewide limit on the number of wolves that can be killed each year, but last year the Idaho Fish and Game Commission increased the number of wolves a single individual can kill to 30 and just last month the Commission expanded wolf hunting to year-round in much of the state and expanded the wolf trapping season to year-round on private land in most of the state. In 2020 alone, at least 407 wolves were killed by trophy hunters and trappers. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The cicadas are coming! Sometime in the very near future, residents in 15 states can expect swarms of Brood X cicadas, an event that happens once every 17 years. Billions of the not-so-tiny critters will fill the skies this spring and summer. Typically, they begin to emerge from the ground in early to mid-May, when the soil hits 64 degrees. According to Cicada Safari, a smartphone app that lets users track their whereabouts, southern states will be the first to witness the invasion, followed by southern Indiana and Ohio, then Maryland, and later Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Parts of Michigan can expect them in May and June. The Brood X cicadas were last spotted in 2004, when smartphone app tracking was not really a thing. This year, though, Cicada Safari is crowd-sourcing efforts to track them. Users can download the free app, take pictures of the little buggers, document their location, and send them in. The app was created by Gene Kritsky, an insect expert, who worked with Mount St. Joseph University’s Center for IT Engagement in Cincinnati. You can download it at: • Cicada Safari in Apple’s App Store • Cicada Safari on Google Play If you’re wondering where, exactly, the Brood X cicadas will appear, the University of Connecticut has you covered. The school has two interactive maps that display the cicadas’ expected location based on a database of records from past appearances at. • UConn interactive Brood X cicada maps Does all of this have you a little freaked out? Not to worry. The bugs aren’t dangerous. They’re just noisy—or, rather, the males, who do all the singing, are noisy. Expect to have to deal with them for about four to six weeks, and then it will all be over until 2038. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It's 10-stories tall and twice as heavy as a school bus, and it's set to crash back to Earth this weekend — but no one is quite sure where or when. A piece of a rocket launched by China in late April is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere sometime late today or early Sunday, according to experts and officials. The 98-foot-long, 20-ton section of China's Long March 5B rocket is tumbling through space in an uncontrolled orbit at 18,000 miles per hour after blasting off last month carrying part of the country's new space station. And while it's common for pieces of rockets to fall back to Earth, this particular section has drawn concern because its lack of control means experts aren't sure where it will come down. Scientists say the risk of it killing anyone after it re-enters the planet's atmosphere is small but not impossible: There is a tiny chance the debris could hit New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, the Nigerian capital of Abuja or Beijing. It will more likely land in an ocean or the wilderness. Asked about the rocket Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said it would burn up on re-entry calling its descent "common international practice." "The probability of causing harm to aviation activities or activities on the ground are extremely low." he said. Meanwhile, the Chinese state-run Global Times newspaper said it would likely splash down in the sea. The California-based Aerospace Corporation puts the chance of that happening at 75 percent. It says between 60 and 80 percent of the rocket remnant will likely burn up — but the rest will likely hit ground or water. The risk is low but experts say the re-entry is part of a bigger problem that's only going to get worse, as countries launch more rockets that could either cause damage by crashing back to Earth — or collide and create a cloud of space debris that could imperil other satellites or astronauts. "This is like playing the lottery," said Don Pollacco, a physics professor at England's University of Warwick, who tracks space debris. "You have got a big lump of metal in space that's in a declining orbit because it's rubbing up against the atmosphere." "It will hit the atmosphere, bounce around a bit and it's correct to say most of the planet is covered by water, so that's where it will likely land," he added. "But there's a chance it won't." The U.S. Space Command is tracking the Chinese debris — along with 27,000 other bits of space junk. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin assured reporters that the United States has no plans to shoot it down. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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