Poaching is a national security issue, WWF study finds

Source: International Business Times

(December 12, 2012) Poaching of wild animals for ivory, horns, skins and other parts has been a dangerous business for animals for decades, but it's evolved into a security threat as well, according to a WWF report. Elaborate criminal syndicates that protect and augment the trade have developed, the report found. "It is one thing to be worried about the traditional poachers who come in and kill and take a few animals, a few tusks, a few horns or other animal parts," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "It's something else when you've got helicopters, night vision goggles, automatic weapons, which pose a threat to human life as well as wildlife." ...

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Connection between animal cruelty, domestic abuse

Source: Clarion Ledger

(December 8, 2012) Veterinarians often have a perspective on domestic violence situations that others would never consider. Dr. Sharon Fooshee Grace, a clinical professor in Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, frequently addresses the connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence. She recently spoke to veterinarians and law enforcement officials about the need to work together to protect human and animal lives...

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It’s Time to End Soring–Take Action Now on H.R. 6388, the Amendments to the HPA

Source: AVMA @ Work

(December 3, 2012) On November 20th the AVMA and AAEP released a statement indicating our support of HR 6388, the Amendments to the Horse Protection Act (HPA). Expressions of support for the AVMA and AAEP decision from veterinarians and other stakeholders came in enthusiastically and quickly. And, on November 27 and 28, responses from the Walking Horse industry began to trickle in...

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Marshfield dog is first in state to win domestic violence protection order

Source: Marshfield Mariner

(November 28, 2012) MARSHFIELD — A 6-year-old Labrador mix has become the first animal in the state to win protection from a new state law that allows endangered pets to be included in domestic violence restraining orders...

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Old dogs, new ways to baby them

Source: Boston Globe

(November 28, 2012) Life with Dempsey, a blonde Labrador retriever with a soft round head, has changed for Kevan and Sheila Cunningham. The trio once hiked on conservation land near their home in Southeastern Massachusetts. They relaxed in front of the TV as Dempsey curled up in his own chair. They took vacations as a family and slept together in a big bed...

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Prescription for Safety: Tips on Proper Medication Disposal

Source: AVMA

(November 27, 2012)Let us pose a question: How many people, your clients included, know how to properly dispose of pills and other medications that are no longer needed? Do they flush them? Toss them in the household trash? Or simply leave them sitting in a cabinet, creating the risk of accidental exposure to both people and pets? ...

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Roy Exum: Stop Soring! No More Pads!

Source: The Chattanoogan

(DATE) The American Veterinary Medical Association – with 82,500 professional members – and the American Association of Equine Practitioners – with another 10,000 who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of horses – delivered a savage kick in the face to the despicable “Big Lick” crowd in Shelbyville early this week when the two groups called on Congress to soon pass the Amendments to the Horse Protection Act, House Bill No. 6388...

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Excellence in Exotics: Enriching the Lives of Small Exotic Pet Mammals

Source: VetLearn

(November 21, 2012) All too often, clients ignore the concepts of environmental enrichment, socialization, and exercise for their small exotic pet mammals. Sometimes, these pets, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, and rats, live most of their lives in cages or tanks with little regard given to their mental and physical stimulation. With poor husbandry and inappropriate diets, animals become obese, lazy, and less likely to interact and provide pleasure as pets. It is also well known that constant confinement can lead to stress, as well as certain otherwise avoidable behavioral and health problems...

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