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April 29, 2008

Swiss to ban cat fur trade after pets vanish

Switzerland is to ban the trade in cat fur following an outcry in France over the disappearance of hundreds of domestic cats allegedly poached for their soft coats.

Under Swiss law, it is permitted to kill stray cats and sell their fur for £3 a piece to tanneries.

Cat fur products in clothes and belts are believed to ease rheumatism.

However, the Swiss have come under intense pressure to end the practice after hundreds of domestic cats vanished over the French border.

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April 26, 2008

Away for the weekend,

see you Tuesday!

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April 24, 2008

Bears on the loose!

MSNBC is reporting that 3 police helicopters are folowing 2 escaped Bears!
They are near two schools, so outside activities have been cancelled..
good idea.

They are waiting for the Bears to go up into trees so they can traanquilize them.

The nearby Golf Course is still open. =)

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April 22, 2008

China to build world's largest panda-breeding center

The world's largest panda breeding centre is being built in southwest China, an official at the country's biggest sanctuary for the notoriously sex-shy animals said Tuesday.

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The new centre, which will house 200 pandas, will be an extension to current facilities at the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province, reserve official Zhang Hemin told AFP.

"It will be the world's largest panda research centre based on its area and functions," Zhang said. "The first period of construction will be finished by the end of this year."

Besides pens for feeding and breeding, the base will also include a playground measuring 19,400-square-metre (210,000-square-foot) , Xinhua news agency said.

Pandas, one of the world's most endangered species, are a rare national treasure in China.

The rest of the story

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April 21, 2008

Super Fish!

NATURE details the epic ocean journeys and bizarre life cycles of the largest and most highly prized of all game fish – marlins, swordfish, spearfish and sailfish in Superfish, premiering Sunday, May 4 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

Sunday May 4th at 8PM on PBS

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April 18, 2008

Equine Health Database

This index is accessible by subject area, and sorted within subject area by the university of organization conducting the research. Larger subject areas have been split into multiple files to minimize download times. You can use the "Search" or "Find" function of your browser to look for keywords within each subject area. Subjects included are:

Anesthesiology
Bacteriology
Cardiopulmonary & Cardiovascular
Digestive System
Endocrine System
Exercise Physiology
Genetics
Hematology
Hepatic System
Immunology
Musculo-Skeletal (A - Cambridge)
Musculo-Skeletal
(CEZ de Rambouillet - Murdoch)
Musculo-Skeletal (Ohio State - Z)
Neoplasia
Neonatal
Nervous System
Nutrition
Ophthalmology
Parasitology
Pathology
Pharmacology
Radiology
Reproductive System (A - Florida)
Reproductive System
(Goulburn Valley - Z)
Respiratory System
Skin
Surgery
Toxicology
Urogenital System
Virology
Miscellaneous

Visit the site, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

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April 16, 2008

April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Signs of Animal Cruelty:

Preventing animal cruelty starts by learning to recognize it through the following signs and symptoms:

Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal's death.

Wounds on the body.

Patches of missing hair.

Extremely thin, starving animals.

Limping.

An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.

Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.

Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any of the signs listed above-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.

Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.

Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

From the ASPCA

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April 15, 2008

Dolphin enjoyed our dip

From the Metro UK.

Two swimmers accused of endangering a dolphin when they went for a drunken dip in the sea yesterday told a court the animal 'enjoyed itself' during the incident.

Michael Jukes and Daniel Buck said they swam with the female bottle-nosed dolphin – known as Dave – last June after she approached them.

Jukes denied reports by witnesses that he had grabbed hold of the dolphin's dorsal fin and tried to climb on top to ride on its back.

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April 12, 2008

Owner refuses to have ailing horse euthanized, faces cruelty charges

Full Story at the Boston Herald

An equine right-to-die struggle over an elderly, arthritic horse is being fought on the Internet and in court, where the old bay mare’s owner is facing cruelty charges.

The case for euthanasia for Quincy, a 29-year-old bay mare who is plagued with sores and can barely stand, is being championed by animal-welfare advocates, who have given the horse her own MySpace [website] page detailing her plight.

“She’s taken a group of divergent people and managed to galvanize them,” said Jane Belleville, a Mendon horse trainer who boarded Quincy nine years ago. “No animal should suffer like this animal is suffering.”

But Quincy’s owner, Elliot S. Saffran, 57, of Milford, refuses to have the old horse put down. Saffran is due in Uxbridge District Court May 6 to answer one count of animal cruelty. He could face up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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April 11, 2008

Owner refuses to have ailing horse euthanized, faces cruelty charges

Full Story at the Boston Herald

An equine right-to-die struggle over an elderly, arthritic horse is being fought on the Internet and in court, where the old bay mare’s owner is facing cruelty charges.

The case for euthanasia for Quincy, a 29-year-old bay mare who is plagued with sores and can barely stand, is being championed by animal-welfare advocates, who have given the horse her own MySpace [website] page detailing her plight.

“She’s taken a group of divergent people and managed to galvanize them,” said Jane Belleville, a Mendon horse trainer who boarded Quincy nine years ago. “No animal should suffer like this animal is suffering.”

But Quincy’s owner, Elliot S. Saffran, 57, of Milford, refuses to have the old horse put down. Saffran is due in Uxbridge District Court May 6 to answer one count of animal cruelty. He could face up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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