Protecting Your Pets from Pests and Disease

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The virus traveled across continents because it easily infects birds. When a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a human or mammal, it can transmit the virus. It can affect humans, birds, horses, dogs, cats, and other mammals.

Hen Harriers Persecuted in Britain

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These birds of prey are being seriously threatened by shootings, poisonings and other attempts to disrupt breeding on grouse moors, probably by gamekeepers on estates. Grouse are a bird species which the hen harriers hunt and their population is also declining. One of Britain's most threatened birds of prey, the hen harrier, is being almost entirely eradicated from grouse moors because of systematic persecution, a new report has found.

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Where to Place Your Birdcage

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So you’ve got a new pet bird. You’ve got a good cage and included everything your bird should need (newspaper lining the bottom of the cage, some toys, some bird seed, etc.). The height of a birdcage can affect your bird’s psychology. If you place it down low, your bird will think that you’re a predator and panic. This anxiety could cause the bird to suffer health problems. over your head), your bird will start to think that he’s superior to you.

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Unintended Consequences of Predator Control

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The intent was to protect birds by removing one of their predators: cats. What happened was something that hurt the birds worse. But the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover, researchers said Tuesday It seemed like a good idea at the time: Remove all the feral cats from a famous Australian island to save the native seabirds.

On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

For only $450,000, we could buy almost all of the habitat neded to protect Ecuador's remaining frogs. When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent.

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5 Pet Projects to Bring the Family Together

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Make bird feeders. Bird feeders, on the other hand, are a fantastic creative project even for toddlers. Mix to create the base of your bird feeder; then have kids knead in 4 cups of bird seed (take your time; this step is messy and a lot of fun).

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Ag Subsidies Cut for Scottish Landowner Using Pesticides

Critter News

It's the largest civil penalty imposed under EU legislation in which wildlife protection is a condition for receiving funds from the EU's Single Farm Payment Scheme. He owns the Glenogil estate in Angus and has suffered the largest ever financial penalty under European Union legislation that demands landowners protect wildlife to qualify for farm subsidies. Mr Dodd denies there has been any persecution of birds of prey on his estate.

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Portugal Pursued by EU for Poor Environmental Policies

Critter News

The European Commission said on Wednesday it is pursuing legal action against Portugal for breaching nature protection legislation. The resort falls within a site protected by the Habitats Directive and in the vicinity of a Special Area of Conservation for wild birds (Costa Sudoeste sites). Oh, it's no surprise that the Portuguese are allowing rampant development for tourism. But I'm glad the EU is calling them on it. From the Portugal News.

Hope for Hen Welfare

Critter News

Animal Welfare Groups Win Industry Backing for First-Ever Federal Regulation of Hen Welfare Groundswell of Public Support Results in Full Court Press for Nationwide Law Protecting Chickens to Replace State-by-State Initiatives WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. Currently, approximately 50 million laying hens are confined at only 48 square inches per bird. For too long, animals on factory farms have had no federal protection from even the most heinous abuse.

France's Ugly Secret: Eating Endangered Songbird

Critter News

In a co-ordinated protest, members of the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) destroyed hundreds of traps and set free the birds inside. During the hunting season, which lasts from mid-August until the end of September, the birds are taken from their cages, fattened up in the dark and then drowned alive in Armagnac. Now France can add another to its long list of gastronomic sins.eating ortolan, an endangered songbird. From the Guardian.

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Quash the Squash

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The RSPCA are trying to raise awareness of its urgent campaign to protect the welfare of UK meat chickens. Even at current minimum standards, each bird is given less space than a sheet of paper.

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Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

Engber mentions that in 1972, the USDA put into place "a special exemption for rats, mice, and birds, allowing scientists to treat them however they saw fit—in cages of any size, in experiments with any degree of pain and suffering. To this day, 95 percent of the animals used in research labs receive no federal protection whatsoever under the Animal Welfare Act." The animal-welfare groups have failed in their most ambitious efforts to protect laboratory rodents. "We

A Cute Story of Sandhill Surrogacy

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The team came up with a unique solution: Pair the two birds together. The Cuban sandhill and Mississippi sandhill are both subspecies of cranes that are listed as endangered and are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

Critter News

In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected a broad challenge by animal protection advocates to the state’s rules on the care of farmed animals) but struck down regulations that regard husbandry practices as being “humane” merely because they are routine. The court upheld regulations permitting pig and calf confinement, the transport of ill and injured cattle, and force molting of birds. Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8.

Activists Continue to Target UC Animal Researchers

Critter News

California recently passed a law protecting animal researchers from animal activists. Frederic Theunissen is responsible for the torture of birds in his laboratory. In the short term at least, it's not working. The communiqués read, in part: We were inspired by the recent passage of the 2296 bill and the raid of an anarchist infoshop in Oakland. As the vivisectors revel in their false safety, know this. This law changes NOTHING. We are still here and we intend to act.

Preparing Your Pet for Winter

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This shelter should have an entrance that faces away from the wind, and be covered to protect against harsh weather conditions. Some pets will benefit from specific forms of entertainment, for example, a bird feeder. For cats, a bird feeder provides a constant source of entertainment which will keep them busy for many hours each day. The following is a great guest post from the folks at Pet Care Education! Good tips for the coming cold season. PREPARING YOUR PET FOR WINTER.

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Why Is the Federal Government Awarding Contracts to a Company That Was Involved in Smuggling Primates?

Critter News

This is the case in which six infant orangs were discovered on February 20, 1990, at the Bangkok airport in two small containers marked "Live Birds." The International Primate Protection League was active in exposing and urging prosecution of this case. Worldwide Primates Inc. was started by Mathew Block to import primates into the US for animal experimentation. In 1993, he went to prison for smuggling baby orangutans.

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

Critter News

In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency charged Wildlife Services for its illegal placement of a sodium cyanide M-44 (a highly lethal booby trap) on public land, which harmed a U.S. The WS program operates in accordance with its program wide Environmental Impact Statement, local environmental assessments and workplans, and Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

And bird watchers across the United States and Canada face the prospect of a quieter, less colorful spring as a combination of climate change, tropical deforestation, mountaintop mining in the Appalachians and other activities destroys key wintering, breeding and stopover habitats. Migratory birds protect forests and crops from insect pests; butterflies, bats and other migratory species are important pollinators.

Golf with Malicious Intent

Animal Ethics

After impact, the hawk, a protected migratory bird, fell to the ground bleeding from the nostrils. The bird was buried on the golf course—perhaps in an effort to hide the evidence—but was later dug up by Florida investigators. Far from leaving the hawk alone, Isenhour (allegedly) took it upon himself to take repeated potentially-lethal potshots at the innocent bird, apparently thinking it funny at the time (according to Jethro Senger as quoted in the story).

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The rooster watches over the flock protectively and often participates in a hen’s egg-laying ritual, an extremely important and private part of her life. Free range” does not solve the problem of painful debeaking, enormously oversized flocks or the unnatural isolation of the birds from other sexes and age groups. To the Editor: Re “ Suddenly, the Hunt Is On for Cage-Free Eggs ” (front page, Aug.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

How far do we go in protecting them? I hope that Mr. Steiner’s essay will result in people at least stopping for a moment, before carving the birds on their tables, and giving these ideas some serious critical thought.

Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

Animal Ethics

Ninety-seven percent of all poultry are raised in sheds containing over 100,000 birds, and hog facilities routinely house thousands of hogs in the same building. The Bottom Line: The government cares more about protecting agribusiness profits than it does about protecting the health of consumers. Meanwhile, protect yourself and your family from such germs by refusing to purchase or consume any meat produced on factory farms.

Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

I shall endeavor to protect and take care of all living creatures. Layer hens spend their entire lives permanently confined in battery cages with 6-9 other hens and have only half a square foot of living space per bird. These birds are some of the most abused animals in agriculture. I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

The column, which you can read here , is a call to arms to factory farmers to fight back against those individuals and organizations working to protect farm animals from the abuses inherent in factory farms. Recent victories by animal protection advocates have an increasing number of pro-factory-farming lobbyists worried about the future of animal agriculture. A column entitled "Ag Industry Threatened by Animal Rights" appeared in today's High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal [ HPMAJ ].

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