Heard an interesting discussion on NPR's Science Friday yesterday:Research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that predation by humans through hunting, fishing, and gathering has had significant influences on the rate of evolutionary change in a wide variety of species. Traits such as body size and first reproductive … Continue reading The Big One That Got Away
Patty, originally uploaded by YesBiscuit!/Shirley Lyn Thistlethwaite/Eiderdown.Pretty good akshuly.
B-More Bulldogs has more on the seizure of 127 pitbulls in the NC raid. The kennel owner, who has not yet had his day in court and has admitted no wrongdoing, is being forced to come up with more than $50K to pay the county for 60 days worth of "care" for his seized dogs. … Continue reading Pitbull News Roundup
I usually try to have one or two meat-free days for the dogs each week. Instead of using meat or fish for protein in their meals, I might feed eggs, yogurt, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, buttermilk, or some combination of these type of foods. I still use my rough guide for the overall meal: 1/3 … Continue reading Recipe: Sweet Oat Bars
Tonight's theme: Simplicity.Boneless chicken breast (BOGO!), boil in pot. Remove meat and chunk. Boil green beans in same pot using same water. Remove to cool. Boil potatoes in same chicken-y, green bean-y water. Remove to cool. Combine, add calcium and oil, serve. Try to get Billy to wash pot.
You may have heard of Black Dog Syndrome - black dogs (and cats) being more difficult to adopt out than other rescue pets. The general public seems to be put off by black pets perhaps because they appear intimidating or have a "generic" look to them. My local no-kill shelter, the Animal Protection League (APL), … Continue reading SC No Kill Shelter Targets Black Pets for Adoption
When the BBC aired the documentary "Pedigree Dogs Exposed", there was much speculation on dog forums and mailing lists that the film was funded by, or otherwise affiliated with, animal rights extremists. Never one to miss an opportunity for free publicity, PETA has now gotten on board:“I am horrified that PETA is using the film … Continue reading PETA: Take Your Endorsement and Shove It
Think of them as the "Hello Kitty" of iguanas. Their scientific name is rosada and they're pink. From the BBC:A spectacular pink type of Galapagos iguana promises to rewrite the family's evolutionary history in the islands. Rosada was missed by Charles Darwin during his 1835 visit, but appears to indicate the earliest known divergence of land … Continue reading Pink Iguanas Want Their Own Parking Space in the Animal World
China View reports:On Dec. 22, 2008, the agricultural authority received a report which said more than 300 dogs died at two shelters in Taipei county. Staff with the shelters said the dogs were extremely weak, jaundice, and had blood in their urine. The symptoms are typical of liver damage. According to Taiwan media, another 1,000 dogs, with … Continue reading Aflatoxin Kills 1300 Shelter Dogs in Taiwan
Is animal cruelty - itself a crime in the US - on video still illegal or does it fall under "free speech"? The New York Times explores this complicated issue:So, in 1999, Congress made it a crime to sell “crush videos” and almost all other depictions of unlawful cruelty to animals. The conduct itself is disgusting, … Continue reading Cruelty on Video and the US Constitution