Breeders Also Supply Universities with Research Animals

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I didn't know that there were specific breeders out there producing animal subjects for medical research. Tags: universities breeders animal experimentation USDA medical research I guess I'm living in a cave. According to this article, some are so bad that the University of California and the University of Cincinnati have actually decided to end their relationships with them and stop purchasing animals bred for research use.

Canada Mink Breeders Association Annual Meeting in WI on August 31st

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The Canadian Mink Breeders Association will be holding it's annual meeting in Madison WI. Here is the link to the CA Mink Breeders site, but it seems to be down. Here is a list of the attendees.

Obama to Get Dog From Shelter, Biden Gets One From Breeder

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PETA takes Biden to task for buying a dog from a breeder.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds: Conspicuous Wetland Breeders

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Yellow-headed Blackbirds ( Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus ) are robin-sized blackbirds found in prairie and mountain meadow wetlands of the western and central United States and Canada. They are conspicuous not only because of the male’s bright yellow head and breast and their highly social behavior, but they produce some pretty strange calls as well. You can hear the Yellow-headed Blackbird call by clicking on the sound link courtesy of Xeno-Canto.org.

Another Pet Store Goes Out of Business

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Tags: breeders pet stores puppy mills

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Quebec to Review Puppy Mill Laws

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breeders canada animal cruelty quebec puppy mills dogsThe fallout from the huge puppy mill seizure is fueling calls for a review of Quebec's animal rights laws, which are abysmal even for Canada. It's unbelievable that the maximum penalty would be $1,200 if convicted. Exerpted from CTV News. Animal welfare workers are calling for stricter laws on breeding facilities after more than 500 allegedly malnourished dogs were seized from a Quebec puppy farm last week.

PETA Supporters Protest at Westminster

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While there may be responsible and loving breeders out there, they are only contributing to an out-of-control supply problem. Tags: breeders dogs PETA I am a total supporter of this protest. There are too many animals out there and not enough homes. Why don't they stop making things worse? It's plain supply and demand. If they love animals so much, love the ones who NEED homes! We are not encouraged to love only pure-bred humans of certain racial lines.

Getting a Kitten from Kansas

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I am no fan of breeders, I'll admit it. I think there are many disreputable breeders, I think they are increasing a bloated supply of pets, and I think there are many purebreds already available from shelters. Are there good breeders out there that care for their animals and run their business out of pure love of their work and the animals? I also know there are people who want to buy from a breeder and no one else. Tags: breeders

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Bo Obama in "Much Ado About Nothing"

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Others are accusing him of getting a dog from a breeder. He came from a breeder and did not have a successful first placement, but his is nowhere near the tough stories we hear about in shelters. (It But he wasn't really adopted from a breeder either. Tags: breeders Obama dogs There is a bit of a drama around the adoption of the Portuguese (yay!) Water Dog puppy Bo. Some are saying that President Obama broke his promise to get a rescue dog.

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American Veterinary Medical Association Makes Despicable Decision

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Tags: breeders animal research veterinarians animal shelters medical research avma

Humane Society Exposes Petland Practices

Critter News

It has about 140 stores nationwide that sell puppies that supposedly come from "good" breeders (are any breeders good? Many of Petland's puppies are not supplied directly by breeders but are purchased from a "middle man"—large-scale "pet distributors," otherwise known as brokers—showing that the company may not even know who the breeders are or what their standards of care may be like. Some of the breeders were found with sick or dead dogs in their cages.

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Meet Billy, Rescued from a Puppy Mill

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Please, if you are getting a puppy or kitten, consider rescuing from a rescue or shelter, or find a very reputable breeder. Have a tissue or two handy! Luckily Billy found a happy ending, sadly many puppy mill dogs aren’t as lucky. Sadly too many dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills like this one. Gratefully more and more people are becoming aware of puppy mills, hopefully someday, they will be a thing of the past. dogs people helping animals

Irish Senator Complains of Animal Welfare "Cabal"

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The draft Bill proposes a new regime of annual inspections and fees for dog breeders. Fine Gael and rural Fianna Fáil backbenchers have called for greyhound breeders to be exempt because the industry is already regulated by existing legislation. This complaint is the result of proposed legislation to ban puppy mills in Ireland. Legislators are being contacted by people around the world to support the legislation.

Missouri Lawmakers Repealing Puppy Mill Measure Approved by Voters

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Months after Missouri voters approved a measure that cracks down on what animal advocates say are some of the nation’s most notorious puppy mills, lawmakers are poised to repeal much of the law, saying the rules are too costly and punish legitimate dog-breeders who generate an estimated $1 billion annually in the state. This is infuriating. Here's a link to the full story.

It’s Deaf Dog Awareness Week

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They have changed the minds of many Dalmatian breeders and hope to continue with this difficult task. Did you know that it is Deaf Dog Awareness Week? Did you also know that Dalmatians are most likely to be deaf, in fact 30% of Dalmatians are born deaf in either one or both ears. Today we would like to introduce you to TN Safety Spotters ! This group is made up of rescues that are trained with American Sign Language and hand commands.

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On Dogs and Unconditional Love

Animal Person

She's an insulin-dependent diabetic who can hardly see (she had cataracts which we replaced, but then her retinas started to detach and we didn't catch them in time) and has very few teeth due to severe gum disease (greyhound breeders and trainers don't take care of the teeth of the hounds, as that's not where the money is). Saturday was the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of my Charles Hobson Booger, III and it got me thinking about how easy he was to love. Everyone loved him.

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On Bestiality

Animal Person

People who are breeders use racks to allow a male animal mounting the female without damage. This occurs in all animal breeders: bovine, horses, dogs, cats, pigs, and other animals. Breeders force a female to have sex with a male even if the female doesn't want to have sex. My internal conflict in my own statement would be, "Wouldn't it be the same for the breeder who is looking to make money off breeding animals forcefully?"

2009 103

On Horses too Thin to Slaughter

Animal Person

In " Prominent Horseman Faces Questions About Neglect ," Joe Drape of the New York Times reports: Four undernourished and neglected former racehorses belonging to Ernie Paragallo, a prominent New York thoroughbred breeder and owner, were rescued from a New York kill pen last month, one step from being slaughtered. Stephanie wrote about horses dying across the pond yesterday.

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On Bad Presidential Puppy Decisions

Animal Person

It's disheartening to know that after being educated about the "pet" trade and the implications of buying from a breeder, and seeming to understand the problems and issues, we nevertheless will have yet another pure breed dog in the White House. They can say that the puppy was needing to be re-homed, therefore it's like adopting from a rescue group.

Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs

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In Pukka’s Promise, Kerasote travels the dog world in Europe and throughout North America interviewing breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal-welfare movement, and uses cutting-edge research to help dog owners rethink the everyday choices they make for their pets. Dog lovers all want the same thing, for their dogs to live longer!

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Farm Animal Welfare Fight Heats Up in Ohio

Critter News

Would such a bill lead to jurisdiction over puppy mill breeders as well? Issue 2 in Ohio would create 13-member state board to oversee the care of farm animals in the State. The Humane Society and other groups oppose it as a power grab by big agriculture to prevent another Proposition 2 (the initiative passed last year in California to improve standards for farm animal care.) And, of course, this board would be dominated by big ag's people, so I think they're right.

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Great Question About Obama Pup

Animal Person

Here's a great question I received via direct message on Twitter ( www.twitter.com/mary_martin ): "Do you think that even if Obama had adopted a shelter dog-it still may have caused a run on breeders? Would it matter?" This is why I didn't campaign for a greyhound--it raises their profile. More people become interested for the wrong reasons, and then who knows, maybe racing would actually be reinvigorated!

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Animal Research Booming in State of Victoria

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Animals for research purposes are coming from municipal shelters, breeders and the greyhound trade. Unwanted farm dogs are another source. From the Herald Sun. In 2007, 394 dogs died during procedures for canine and human research. The fate of many others remains unclear. None of the animal shelters contacted by the Herald Sun have come across ex-research dogs in need of a home. RSPCA state president Dr Hugh Wirth slammed municipal pounds for being involved in the research trade.

"Zoo from Hell" Owner Convicted in New York

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A farm-animal breeder who ran what a prosecutor called "the zoo from hell" was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty. And people wonder why I'm so disappointed by humans. A jury in West Haverstraw deliberated less than two hours before convicting Robert Everle of all 13 charges of torturing, injuring and starving animals.

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The Importance of Citizen Science in Mexico

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Howell’s A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America , which is absolutely my birder’s Bible for the region, says that Snowy Plovers are fair to uncommon summer breeders in the Lake Cuitzeo area, which they certainly are (breeders, though not uncommon).

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2020?

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This is not to say that you won’t find great birds where you are, but only that they will likely be the resident breeders or wintering species you’ve already grown accustomed to. Welcome to the doldrums. As we ascend to the height of the season, we become more likely to encounter extreme weather coupled with extremely mundane birding.

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Thoroughbred Dealer Convicted of Animal Cruelty

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Prominent New York thoroughbred breeder and owner Ernie Paragallo was convicted Wednesday of mistreating dozens of malnourished horses on his Hudson Valley farm. This guy sounds like a real jerk. He didn't know how his horses were being treated on his own farm? Come on, that's a Michael Vick defense that didn't work with him either. Plus, this is the guy's BUSINESS. And he didn't know? Yeah, right. From the Associated Press.

Another Fake Animal Welfare Group

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Our members are pet owners, dog and cat clubs, obedience clubs and rescue groups as well as breeders, trainers, veterinarians, research scientists, farmers, fishermen, hunters and wildlife biologists. I was browsing for some quotes when I came across this group - The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA).

November is. Awareness Month

Animal Person

Having a biological child isn't supporting an exploitation industry and at odds with the goal of the cessation of animal use the way buying from a breeder or pet store is. My inbox this month has informed me that November is Vegan Awareness Month! And Diabetes Awareness Month. And Adoption Awareness Month. Who knew November was such a potentially-informative month? Here's my attempt to bring it all together in an Animal Person post.

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The Simple Economics of Pet Overpopulation

Critter News

A second strategy is limiting the number of breeders out there who simply keep adding to the supply for their own personal profit. It seems to me that the root of the problem in pet overpopulation can be expressed simply in economic terms. The supply of pets is way, way greater than the demand for them. What we need to do is reach an equilibrium where the supply for pets equals the demand. Many groups and individuals are working very hard on this by trying to decrease the supply.

2009 100

Goochi Poochi

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From the website: Veterinarians, Groomers and Breeders reported that the condition/detangler acts as an effective tick and flea repellent (non-toxic) as well as healing skin allergies and hot spots. There is nothing quiet like a clean dog… and Goochi Poochi products clean your pooch with natural, non-toxic shampoos and conditioners. We were lucky enough to try the products out!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2019)

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Are these, I ask gesturing figuratively around me, all the winter visitors or resident breeders we’ll be observing for the next few months? The rush of migration seems to have ended just about everywhere in the world. Thankfully, the answer is no, that the grand dance of avian irruption, digression, and vagary never really ends. Don’t give up on the next season of birding just yet.

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Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover Premiere Jan 7, 2012

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Just moments after they document a critical meeting between the suspect and a known dog breeder, a neighborhood “scout” marks their vehicle, forcing them to quickly flee the scene. Video: Busting Breeders. Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover have their season premieres tomorrow, January 7, 2012 on NatGeo Wild! Once again, Cesar Millan works with dogs and their owners to help dogs suffering from phobias and obsessions!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2020)

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But we’re not confined to a wasteland of resident breeders just yet, are we? If May represents the apex of avian observation opportunities in most areas, June signals the slide down the slope towards a truly tedious valley. Hopefully, you’re still finding surprises. Saturday night, a surprise found me. Around midnight, I heard the most emphatic grunting right outside my window–unexpected because I was on the second floor.

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BISSELL MVP Pet Photo Contest

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The 2009 BISSELL MVP grand prize winner, golden retriever Norman, is a breeder for a Columbus, OH service dog program – 4 Paws For Ability. BISSELL’s annual Most Valuable Pet (MVP) contest is under way. Now in its third year, the 2010 BISSELL MVP Contest invites pet parents to submit photos of their furry friends for a chance at the title of Most Valuable Pet.

2010 144

Puppy Mills Exposed on Animal Planet

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While respectable breeders cherish their animals by providing safe, clean environments; plenty of food and water; and space for exercise and socialization, puppy mills are run for profit alone, without considering the quality of life of the animals that are born within their confines. A Special Episode of Animal Cops: Philadelphia Premieres Monday, April 27, at 10 PM (ET/PT). Boney legs poke out from between harsh metal wires. Food and water dishes remain empty for days.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2020)

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Weather patterns have been far from ideal for us to get our last big burst of migrating spring songbirds and the parks seemed relatively quiet this weekend, with few but local breeders there to be seen. Those of us in the United States are celebrating Memorial Day Weekend, normally a time to gather with friends and family for barbecues, beach outings, and other fun group activities.

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Book: Shift Your Habit

4 The Love Of Animals

The Shift: Instead of buying your new friend from a pet store or breeder, adopt one from a shelter. Shift-It Tip: If you’re set on a purebred dog or cat, buy one from a rescue association instead of getting a pedigree from a breeder. We recently got a review copy of a great new book called Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet , which is going to be available on March 9th. We really enjoyed the book a lot!

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Dog Whisperer: Inside Puppy Mills

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After negotiating with the owners of one of these kennels, the team, including Cesar, is able to rescue 11 dogs considered worthless by breeders — a small start in their hope to save as many dogs as possible from these conditions. Add another voice to the growing choir of those speaking out against puppy mills! DOG WHISPERER: INSIDE PUPPY MILLS. Friday, May 8 at 9PM ET/PT.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2019)

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Spotting Blackpoll Warblers around here breaks bittersweet; obviously, anyone would enjoy spotting one of these monochromatic songbirds, but with this late migrant comes the promise of months of little more than resident breeders. In the midst of a three-day Memorial Day observance, many American birders still have a day left to nail down a BBOTW. If you’re not happy with your progress so far, make the most of what is left of May.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Every time someone buys a puppy or kitten from a breeder, a shelter animal loses its chance at a home and pays with its life. Breeders kill shelter animals’ chances to find good homes. To the Editor: “ Should Most Pet Owners Be Required to Neuter Their Animals? ,” by Verlyn Klinkenborg (Editorial Observer, July 30), is right: “The rate at which dogs are purchased and euthanized in this country is not a sign of our affection for them. It’s a sign of our indifference.”

Chock Full of Celebration

4 The Love Of Animals

Kyla Duffy is a foster parent for MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue and Breeder Release Adoption Service. 11pm: Tuck foster dog (aka Munchkin – after 34 they’ve all become “Munchkin”) in on the couch and head off to bed. 2am: Wake up to “tap, tap, tap, tap” as Munchkin frantically searches the house for companionship. Tuck Munchkin back in and go back to bed. 4am: Wake to the smell of poop.

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What To Do If You Find a Pit Bull

4 The Love Of Animals

This makes him or her more attractive to potential owners and less likely to be adopted by a dog fighter or breeder; dog fighters and breeders find unfixed animals without shots to be more attractive than the opposite. As a breed, pit bulls have a bad rap. Like every dog they are vulnerable to homelessness and mistreatment. However, they are more vulnerable to being forced into fighting than other breeds.