Coalition pushes for sow stall ban in New Jersey

Source: Global Meat News

(September 18, 2013) A coalition of US animal welfare groups have joined forces to urge New Jersey legislators to push for a statewide ban on sow stalls.The New Jersey state legislature voted for a bill which would ban gestation crates in May, but the bill was subsequently vetoed by New Jersey governor Chris Christie. The coalition, made up of the local and national animal production groups, are now calling on legislators to override the veto and press ahead with the legislation, which would require that breeding pigs are able to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs...

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New Documentary Condemns Declawing of Cats; Who Is Right?

Source: National Geographic

(September 13, 2013) A California veterinarian is taking her crusade across North America with a documentary that opens this month. The Paw Project is directed by Jennifer Conrad, a vet who spent much of her career working with exotic animals. After observing the debilitating effect of declawing on tigers, lions, and other big cats, she began to perform reparative surgeries on their paws. Her attention soon turned to smaller felines: the millions of domesticated pet cats in America....

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REPORT: The Economic Impact of Stray Cats and Dogs at Tourist Destinations on the Tourism Industry

Source: Humane Advisor

(September 8, 2013) A compelling report that presents information about how stray cats and dogs ruin millions of tourists’ vacations and impact profits for tourism companies and tourist destinations. The only humane solution is sterilization to end the overpopulation of these strays...

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A Critical Crossroad for BLM's Wild Horse Program

Source: Science magazine

(August 23, 2013) Although horses evolved in North America, they went extinct 10 to 12 thousand years ago. Spanish conquistadors returned domestic horses to the continent in the mid-1500s, and since then, domestic horses have escaped captivity and also were purposefully released onto western rangelands where they thrive today. Most free-roaming horse populations are managed primarily by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the U.S. Department of the Interior...

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Report criticizes management of wild horses: Herds continue to grow at fast pace

Source: AVMA

(August 15, 2013) The Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior needs to continue making changes to its Wild Horse and Burro Program, including stepping up its use of fertility control, taking additional measures to ensure the humane care of animals, and ensuring further program transparency...

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Should apes have legal rights?

Source: The Week

(August 3, 2013) Where did this idea originate? Twenty years ago, philosophers Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri published The Great Ape Project, a book that called for chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans to be accorded the same basic rights as human beings. Since then, a movement has taken root to urge governments and the United Nations to grant legal rights to chimpanzees and other great apes, banning their captivity in zoos and circuses and their use in medical testing for diseases like AIDS or hepatitis. ..

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New Tick-Borne Illness Could Be Worse Than Lyme Disease

Doctors May Not Even Know To Look For Borrelia Miyamotoi Infection

Source: CBS New York

(July 2, 2013) A new disease spread by deer ticks has already infected 100,000 New Yorkers since the state first started keeping track.

As CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported, the new deer tick-borne illness resembles Lyme disease, but is a different malady altogether – and it could be even worse...

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Midwestern University joins AAVMC as 29th U.S. veterinary college

Source: SOURCE NAME

(June 14, 2013) Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Ariz., is now the 29th college of veterinary medicine in the United States to become a member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Midwestern’s inaugural class of 100 veterinary medicine students is scheduled to enroll in August 2014...

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