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Disrupting the Dog-Meat Trade
Animal rights groups target South Korea’s taste for canines.
In January, I wrote about a raid on China’s dog-meat trade. The rescue of 149 dogs from appalling conditions provided a chilling glimpse into the supply-side of this tradition. Now we’re hearing from South Korea, where eating dog is also a strong, albeit often low-profile, practice. The Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) organization estimates that more than two million dogs are killed each...
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Dark Side of Dairy Farming
The organic milk–puppy mill connection.
This spring, Newsweek reporter Suzanne Smalley reported about Main Line Animal Rescue’s efforts to crackdown on Pennsylvania puppy mills. In that story, she revealed how organic dairy farming operations—in this case, one supplying Horizon Organics and Whole Foods—were sometimes also breeding puppies for profit in wretched conditions. In a July follow-up, Smalley wrote that when she alerted...
News: JoAnna Lou
Tax Break for Pets
Rep. McCotter introduces HAPPY to encourage responsible pet care.
Earlier this month, Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter introduced HR3501, a bill more commonly referred to as HAPPY, the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years Act. The new bill proposes a change to U.S. Tax Code that would allow pet care up to $3,500 to be tax deductable. Qualifying expenses include veterinary care, but won’t include the cost to acquire a new pet. The deduction is...
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Taco Bell’s Spokesdog Dies
Who's your favorite pitchpup?
Dogs are the perfect pitchpups. Consumers find them cute and compelling to watch, whether they’re hawking toilet paper or soda pop. Sadly, Taco Bell’s popular spokesdog, Gidget, recently passed away. The charming little Chihuahua was 15 years old. She starred in numerous print and television ads from 1997 to 2000 (beginning with her debut above.) Who's your favorite spokesdog?
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Spay/Neuter in Costa Rica
CSU students and veterinarians provide much-needed, free surgery.
The photos and the report are in from a January spay/neuter mission to Costa Rica. Early this year, 30 Colorado State University students helped spay and neuter more than 240 animals for free during a makeshift clinic in a school gymnasium in San Isidro.   “Students and veterinarians used baby cribs and school desks as surgery tables and soccer goalie boxes as IV carts. To reach the free clinic,...
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Moms Reject Babies - Why?
A red panda and a Chihuahua refuse to nurse their own offspring.
A red panda (think raccoon) recently gave birth to two little cubs at a Chinese zoo. But while the crowd watched, it became clear to zoo staff that mama wasn't all that interested in being a mom. They managed to find a Chihuahua--a new mom herself--who was willing to nurse them. (Follow the link to see a photo of the surrogate dog.) Strangely, the Chihuahua has now rejected her own baby and the...
News: JoAnna Lou
A New Kind of Service Dog
Puppies Behind Bars trains canines for veterans with Port Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Wall Street Journal isn’t exactly my go-to place for dog news, but while reading the financial newspaper this month, I discovered an amazing program. Puppies Behind Bars has been working with prison inmates to raise guide dogs since 1997. Three years ago they launched Dog Tags, a program that provides service dogs to injured veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The trained dogs...
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First Chomper
New York’s governor hires a trainer for his testy Maltese.
Why is it that when small dogs are aggressive and biting it’s treated as a joke? Take New York Governor David Paterson’s Maltese, Cheerio--a full-time tough guy with at least two bites to his credit. Imagine if those teeth belonged to a bigger dog with a tougher reputation living in the home someone with a lot less clout. I’m just glad the governor finally recognized that a pint-sized...
News: JoAnna Lou
First-Ever Animal Policy & Advocacy Degree
New Humane Society University to fosters understanding of our relationships with animals.
Dogs have lived alongside humans for ages, but in many ways we know little about them. For decades our understanding of animal-human relationships has been largely limited to anecdotal stories. Institutions such as Harvard’s Canine Cognition Lab and the American Humane Endowed Chair at the University of Denver would’ve been unthinkable until just a few years ago. Recently, the possibilities for...
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The Problem of Celebrity
Some veterinarians and behaviorists decry Merial’s partnership with Cesar Millan.
Earlier this month, the executive board of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) issued a statement that it was “deeply troubled” by the Merial’s decision to partner with Cesar Millan to promote their products. Merial is a huge animal-health company and the maker of Frontline and Heartgard. As part of the promotion, the company is offering veterinary clinics a free Cesar...

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