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Wyoming and the United States Department of Interior have reached an agreement over how to end federal protections for wolves in the state, officials said Wednesday. Environmentalists criticized the deal, saying that Wyoming’s plan — unique among Western states — to classify wolves as predators that could be shot on sight in most areas fails to give the animals enough protection. Gov. Matt Mead (at right in photo with Mr. Salazar >) hailed the deal, saying wolves have taken a heavy toll on livestock and wildlife since they were reintroduced in the 1990s. Wyoming is the last state in the Northern Rockies that still has federal oversight of its wolf population. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the deal “recognizes the success of this iconic species and will ensure the long-term conservation of gray wolves.” Under the agreement, Wyoming would commit to maintaining at least 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves outside Yellowstone National Park. There are now about 340 wolves in the state.
Wolves immediately outside Yellowstone would be subject to regulated hunting
Caribou, the scientists found, graze on lichen, their chief winter food, in flat wetlands, partly because the open landscape makes it easy for them to see and hear predators, including humans.
Researchers found the caribou population larger than recent estimates, and moose, wolf and caribou populations were steady during the study period. They emphasize that this does not mean that these caribou are free from risk. But they say management of human activity, not wolf control, is the still best way to minimize it.
experts still believe that killing wolves is essential. Stan Boutin,
a professor of biology at the University of Alberta, believes that
three steps are required if the caribou are to survive: protection
of areas where there is little or no human activity; restoration of
areas humans have altered; and culling the wolf population, which
has exploded in recent years with changes in vegetation and the resulting
proliferation of deer. “People don’t enter into predator
control lightly,” Dr. Boutin said. “It has huge implications.
But without actually shooting wolves, the only other way is vegetation
control. That takes a long time to work.”
“It would be better to move the roads to more complex terrain,” he said, “areas that go up and down in elevation where you can’t see far. That will create a buffer so that the caribou can eat without being disturbed. Everything we’ve done suggests that wolf removal is not the best approach to this problem.”
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But the biggest beneficiaries in the eccentric designer's will were English charities -- including animal shelters. McQueen left nearly $165,000 to both the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity. Battersea chief Spencer Wisdom called it "a lovely surprise."
who was gay, left the same amount to the Terrence Higgins Trust,
which promotes safe sex, and to the London Buddhist Center.
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True to its subtitle — “A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure” — “The Exultant Ark” showcases surprising, funny, touching, sad, heartwarming pictures by photographers all over the world. Dr. Balcombe’s text is a serious examination of the subject of animal pleasure, a study that “remains nascent and largely neglected in scientific discourse.” But it also delights us along the way with Dr. Balcombe’s observations and examples.
the subject of food as pleasure, for instance, he tells us,
“Rats will enter a deadly cold room and navigate a maze
to retrieve highly palatable food (e.g., shortbread, pâté
or Coca-Cola).” If they happen to find rat chow instead,
“they quickly return to their cozy nests, where they stay for
the remainder of the experiment.”
Sex is a pleasure that in humans clearly has some nonprocreative aspects. But Dr. Balcombe points out that this is true in the animal world as well. He gives numerous examples; one particularly racy one (not pictured) is a pair of manatees embracing “with each male’s penis in the other’s mouth.”
is a term scientists are reluctant to apply to animals, preferring
“bonding” and “attachment.”
But look at the photograph
of two adult giraffes nuzzling a calf, the baby’s eyes half closed
in bliss. Or a Japanese macaque cradling her infant. Call it love or
call it bonding, but, Dr. Balcombe writes, “the hormones
are exactly the same in a human and a vole (right)” — one
of the most studied animals in the realm of emotional attachment —
“and the evolutionary benefits align.”
“The real arbiter of whether or not a being deserves respect and compassion is sentience. Being sensate to pleasures and especially to pains is the true currency of ethics.”
It’s hard to deny that animals are not sensate to pleasure after studying these joyous photographs, and reading Dr. Balcombe’s persuasive arguments.
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Bondeson writes of these claims, noting that “the Nazis, who had such conspicuous disregard for human rights, felt more strongly about the animals.”
Nazi propaganda dwelled on Hitler as a dog lover. He owned two German shepherds named Bella and Blondi. He tested a cyanide capsule on Blondi and killed her just before he committed suicide.
Nazis took their dogs seriously. As The Guardian
reported in January, the Nazi government was so furious about
a dog in Finland [Jackie, right] that had been trained to imitate Hitler
with a Nazi salute that the foreign office in Berlin started “an
obsessive campaign” to destroy its owner [Tor Borg, a businessman
from of Tampere, right].
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“ ‘Say Anything’ is Topper’s favorite movie, favorite band and most grating social tendency.”
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“There was no way for me to cross-examine the dog,” Mr. Martin added.
In written arguments,
the defense lawyers claimed it was “prosecutorial misconduct”
for the Dutchess County assistant district attorney handling the rape
case, Kristine Hawlk, to arrange for Rosie to be taken into the courtroom.
Cute as the dog was, the defense said, Rosie’s presence “infected
the trial with such unfairness” that it constituted a violation
of their client’s constitutional rights.
gave him courage when he was afraid, Mr. Lare said in an
was like I had no other friends in the courthouse except Ellie,”
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owners Down Under are taking their best friends to the bakery.
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“No,” Ms. Mascia insisted, breaking into a grin. “I just stick with what the vet tells me — Iams!”
For her part, Ms. Gritzka seemed to go into sticker shock when told the price. She stole one last glance at Dickson’s ruby red marbled meats and said, “That’s one very spoiled puppy.”
An autopsy showed Cowboy's heart was fine, but his throat was swollen and his stomach was full of air, a sign of respiratory distress, the suit says.
"correct diagnosis of severe laryngeal edema and airway obstruction,
followed by proper emergency procedures, would have saved Cowboy's
life," the suit says.
no, but English bulldogs like Cowboy can, said Dr. Ann Hohenhaus
of the Animal Medical Center. They have three issues that can lead
to suffocation if their throats get swollen:
So it’s about not buying any of your pet supplies at pet stores that sell puppies,” Menkin (left) said.
The advocacy organization also commissioned a poll that found 80 percent of people would not purchase a puppy if they knew it came from a puppy mill.
“Our poll results indicated that nobody’s making the connection between pet stores and puppy mills. And if that continues the demand for those puppies is going to continue,” Menkin said.
“The more we can hit at the demand and decrease the demand for their ‘product,’ the more impact we can have on the market. If people stop buying the puppies, the puppy mills will stop churning them out,” said Menkin.
Spike's owner had died, and the orphaned dog was slated to be euthanized.
is among a group of New York City middle-schoolers who participate
in the Paw Pal program through the nonprofit
The after-school leadership program for girls empowers them to become
social change agents, using animal rescue as their leadership laboratory,
said Stacey Radin, Unleashed's founder. "They
are encouraged to look at social problems in the world and think about
a solution," said Radin, a psychologist and leadership consultant.
Donations can be sent to Glen Wild Rescue, P.O. Box 75, South Kortright, N.Y. 13842, or through the group's Web site, www.glenwildanimalrescue.org.
Unleashed also relies on donation. For info, go to www.unleashed.org.
fund-raiser to benefit three local animal rescue groups will be held
Tuesday, July 19) at Copia in Manhattan from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The event, organized by Weil Gotshal & Manges
LLP as part of the "Weil Pays it Forward"
effort, will raise funds for Bully Breed Rescue, Four Paws
Sake NYC and Rescuzilla.
In Kalamazoo, Mich., where Jeter grew up, there are four dogs named for the hometown hero. Oh, and two cats, too.
there has been, along with the harmless good fun, at least one truly
solemn story involving a dog named Jeter (right). In Dayton, Ohio,
a Great Pyrenees named after the shortstop died in a fire in June
2009 after alerting his owner about a fire in the basement of their
The Levines’ Jeter was born on June 25, 2009 — one day before Derek Jeter’s birthday — and was taken home to his new family on Sept. 11, 2009, the night Jeter passed Lou Gehrig on the Yankees’ career hits list.
“The easy answer is I’m a die-hard Yankees fan,”
Levine said when asked about why he named his dog Jeter. “I
was a big fan of Thurman Munson, and in my adult life, Jeter has played
that role. He’s the epitome of class and character.”
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DNA is now being used to identify the culprits who fail to clean up
after their pets, an offense that Deborah Violette
(left), for one, is committed to eradicating at the apartment complex
she manages. Everyone who owns a dog in her complex, Timberwood
Commons in Lebanon, N.H., must submit a sample of its DNA,
taken by rubbing a cotton swab around inside the animal’s mouth.
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Katya Andresen, chief strategy officer for Network for Good, knows a good story when she hears one. A former journalist, Katya has honed the art of capturing the essence of a campaign, program or rescue in a narrative that grabs attention and drives public action and support.
and more are the reasons we are proud to present Katya as our keynote
speaker at this year’s No More Homeless Pets
new ways to connect with fellow animal lovers before, during and after
Companions in Battle: Animals of the Civil War
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The 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was known as the barking dog regiment for its canine mascots. Harvey, a bull terrier, was a special favorite. When Harvey’s owner was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant in 1862, he inscribed Harvey’s collar with, “I am Lieutenant D.M. Stearns dog; whose dog are you?” Harvey was wounded during the war, but survived.
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After winning the presidency, Lincoln reluctantly decided to leave his skittish dog Fido with friends in Springfield, Ill., rather than take him on the long journey to Washington. Lincoln made the family promise to feed Fido from the dinner table and not to scold him if he came inside with muddy paws. After the president’s assassination, Fido’s new family brought him to the Lincolns’ Springfield home to greet mourners.
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George A. Custer and His Dog
A brindle bull terrier named Sallie — memorialized at the foot of her regiment’s monument at Gettysburg — became the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry’s mascot when she was just four weeks old. At the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Sallie became separated from her regiment and was eventually found standing guard over the dead and wounded. She died in battle in February 1865 during the siege of Petersburg, Va. Despite heavy gunfire, her regiment buried her on the battlefield.
Irish Wolfhound memorialized in the Irish Brigade monument at Gettysburg
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— 29 April 1945) was Adolf Hitler's favourite German Shepherd
dog, given to him as a gift in 1941 by Martin Bormann.
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dog's place within the arts is particularly fascinating. There is,
above all, an extraordinary polarity of symbolism in its depiction,
from being symbolic of faithfulness and love to all that is deplorable
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“I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all Alaska’s animals — right next to the mashed potatoes.”
~ SARAH PALIN
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On Palin - Her Anti-Wolf, Anti-Wildlife Agenda
mind that the former governor was an unabashed champion of Alaska's
brutal and bloody aerial wolf-slaughter program.
Sarah Palin's Alaska is a "reality TV" show that aims to showcase the "powerful beauty of Alaska," according to Discovery's TLC website.
But the real Sarah Palin's Alaska is an ugly reality!
governor for only two-and-a-half years, Sarah Palin escalated
a bloody aerial wolf-slaughter campaign that continues to this
very day. She even planned to offer a $150 bounty for the severed
forelimb of each killed wolf.
May the Dogs be with you!
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