Want your dog to win at Westminster?  You might need to cut off its ears or tail.  

Source: The Washington Post

(February 11, 2019) Leslie Fried is a prominent dog breeder who has been turning out champion Rottweilers since 1986. She says she knows a winning Rottie when she sees one, and a number of years ago, she thought she had an outstanding female for the show ring. There was just one problem: Unlike all the other Rottweilers on the circuit, Fried’s dog Tyra still had a “natural” tail — a big, long one. Tyra was from the first litter of puppies whose tails Fried, after seven generations of breeding, had left undocked. Fried is among a small but growing number of breeders willing to voice opposition to docking tails or cropping dogs’ ears to make the point that these are cruelties that should end...Read more»

 

China's Latest Cloned-Monkey Experiment Is an Ethical Mess

Source: Gizmodo.com

Chinese researchers have cloned five gene-edited monkeys with a host of genetic disease symptoms, according to two scientific papers published today. The researchers say they want to use the gene-edited macaques for biomedical research; basically, they hope that engineering sick primates will reduce the total number of macaques used in research around the world. But their experiment is a minefield of ethical quandaries—and makes you wonder whether the potential benefits to science are enough to warrant all of the harm to these monkeys...Read more»

 

New Diet Guidelines to Benefit People and the Planet: More Greens for All, Less Meat for Some

Source: The New York Times

(January 16, 2019)  What should we eat?  Depends on who is eating.  That’s one of the principal conclusions of a comprehensive report that sets out targets on how to feed the world in a way that’s good for human health and the health of the planet. Its lightning-rod recommendation is around beef and lamb, the two forms of livestock that require enormous amounts of land and water and produce heaps of methane...Read more»

 

Poisoned Wildlife and Tainted Meat: Why Hunters Are Moving Away From Lead Bullets

Source: New York Times

(November 24, 2018) Many hunters are ditching traditional ammunition amid mounting evidence that it harms scavengers and pollutes the food people eat. Across the country, state wildlife agencies have tried a range of tactics to encourage hunters to switch from lead ammunition. Yet many hunters are reluctant to stop using lead bullets. They cite a range of reasons, from being unaware of the potential health threat or harm to scavenger animals, to having a stockpile of traditional ammunition they do not want to waste. Indeed, regulating lead ammunition has long been a hot-button point of contention among both conservationists and hunters...Read more»

 

New animal welfare course launched for veterinary medicine students

Source: Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

(November 27, 2018) Every fall, new veterinary students at Colorado State University and other colleges across the country recite this solemn pledge as they begin their four-year education. The oath was revised in 2010 to recognize animal welfare — defined as how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives — as an integral part of the veterinary profession. Colorado State now requires that students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program take an animal welfare class as part of the curriculum...Read more»

 

A vaccine for you, and your pooch, too

Source: The Spokesman-Review

(November 13, 2018) Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the free health screening and vaccination clinic put on Friday by the WSU College of Nursing and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout the day, students in the nursing and veterinary programs teamed up to administer vaccinations to pets and owners alike, and to treat fleas and other simple impairments...Read more»

 

Are we wrong to assume fish can't feel pain?

Source: The Guardian

(October 30, 2018) We like to think fish have no feelings. And yet the idea that they have both memory and a capacity for suffering is gaining ground among scientists. The impression that fish are insensate, short of memory and, therefore, can be caught, killed and eaten without guilt, is being revisited....Read more»

 

New animal shelter being built near LSU's vet school promises better care, more adoptions

Source: The Advocate

(October 21, 2018) The dogs, cats and other wildlife captured by East Baton Rouge Parish animal control officers, or surrendered by the public, will soon head to a new shelter where they can be treated and readied for adoption. Companion Animal Alliance, the nonprofit animal advocacy group that has run the city-parish animal shelter since 2011, is set to relocate from its current facility near the Baton Rouge Metro Airport into a new building near the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. It's a move officials say will not only mean better animal care but also serve as a more inviting place for the public to visit when they are looking for a pet to adopt...Read more»

 
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