Sri Lanka Attempts to Establish Animal Research Guidelines

Critter News

Last Monday (January 18, 2010), this country reached a milestone with regard to animal research when a booklet on the ‘Guidelines for Ethics Review of Research Proposals Involving Animals in Sri Lanka’, was launched at a simple ceremony held at the Colombo Medical Faculty presided over by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Prof. From the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka.

Deadline Approaching for Animal Essays

Animal Person

Submission guidelines are here : PASS IT ON. " Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays about the bonds--emotional, ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise--between humans and animals. We're looking for stories from a variety of viewpoints. For the past 16 years, Creative Nonfiction has devoted itself to publishing vividly-written literary nonfiction on a variety of topics. The postmark deadline is April 2, 2010."

2010 100

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of April 2020?

10,000 Birds

” While I wouldn’t recommend getting all your medical advice from the American Birding Association, you can and should follow the ABA Guidelines on Birding and Social Distancing , even if you live in a country that has been far more responsible in efforts to flatten the curve.

2020 87

Bullfighting to Appear on Spanish TV Again

Critter News

In 2006, guidelines prohibited the showing of live bullfights because the "violent images" were unsuitable to be broadcast between 6 and 8 pm, during hours when children were most likely to be watching. From the Telegraph. State-financed broadcaster RTVE said it would screen a bullfight from the city of Valladolid on September 5, overturning a ban imposed under the previous socialist government.

2012 109

Petition to Urge Japanese Government to Require Registration of Zoo Animal Handlers

Critter News

JAZA does not have the resources necessary to properly monitor their member institutions and they do not have the authority to ensure member compliance with their own guidelines and standards. From the Petition Site. please visit and sign. The Ministry of the Environment is in the process of amending the Japanese animal protection law.

2011 118

Vick Back Home

Critter News

Vick’s construction job is part of his probation, and he was to find out more about the restrictions he faces in home confinement from the probation officers, though it was not clear if those guideline were laid out Thursday. Vick has returned to his home in Virginia. From the AJC: He will spend the next two months being monitored at home and working a $10-an-hour job as a construction laborer.

2009 100

Air Canada To Stop Shipping Lab Primates

Critter News

Airlines in Canada must obtain approval from the CTA to revise their shipping guidelines. Excellent news! Animal advocacy groups have been lobbying for this for a while. Thank you Air Canada! The announcement below comes verbatim from the Pacific Free Press.they still need approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency though.

Another Reason Conservatives are Bad for Birds

10,000 Birds

Apparently, the Harper government doesn’t like organizations questioning, well, anything to do with the environment or, for that matter, anything that might not be sufficiently conservative: The rules say a charity can devote no more than 10 per cent of its resources to political activities, and none to partisan activities, but critics say the guidelines are fuzzy or can be Byzantine in their complexity.

2014 78

British Center Working On Animal Replacement in Research?

Critter News

The Centre funds high-quality 3Rs research, organises workshops and symposia to disseminate and advance the 3Rs, and develops 3Rs information resources and guidelines. We'll see. I just signed up for the e-newsletter. The group is called NC3E (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research).

Animal Stories Wanted

Animal Person

Guidelines : Essays must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less, postmarked by November 13, 2009, and clearly marked “Animals” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. Now's your (/my) chance! In my inbox yesterday evening was the following from the Associate Editor of Creative Nonfiction . U PCOMING THEME: Animals For an upcoming issue, we're seeking new essays about the bonds--emotional, ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise--between humans and animals.

2009 101

Give your dog the best dog food for the best health! #GetHealthyHappy

4 The Love Of Animals

Hill’s has some helpful guidelines for transitioning your dogs or cat’s diet. As part of the Hill’s® Science Diet® “Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.” ” campaign, I’m sharing tips to help you keep your pets happy and healthy. Today’s topic, as you might have already guessed, is the importance of proper nutrition. Good health starts with the right diet, and this isn’t just true for people!

2014 180

Canadian Council Says Mouse Pain Study Was Ethical

Critter News

In our reading of the national guidelines, this came very close to a violation. I understand that, per the researcher's words, you have to create pain to study pain, but was this study really necessary? There's just something that sits in my gut and says this is wrong. From CBC News. The research in question took place over many years and involved inducing various degrees of pain in mice using methods such as dipping their tails in hot water or injecting them with mustard oil or vinegar.

2010 109

The benefits of good puppy food

4 The Love Of Animals

The feeding guidelines printed on the puppy food label are well researched and should be followed unless a veterinarian says otherwise. The first two years of a dog’s life are critical to its longevity and lifelong health. The food a puppy eats during this crucial time frame will make a huge difference to not only its energy and happiness as an adult dog, but to the health of the coat, teeth, and vital organs.

Puppy Chow: Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Your Little Pup

4 The Love Of Animals

In order to ensure that owner’s of new puppies are prepared to feed their new pet, the following guidelines have been designed to explain the basics of new puppy feeding. A new puppy’s boundless energy will require some serious puppy chow as soon as they arrive at their new home. However, because a new puppy’s nutritional needs are very different from an adult dog’s, they may need some extra special care in their feeding.

2012 151

Pet First Aid – What to Do in an Emergency

4 The Love Of Animals

While no one can be prepared for all emergencies, there are some simple guidelines you should follow and things to look for if your pet seems ill or is involved in an accident. To supplement these basic VCA CPR guidelines, many local American Red Cross chapters offer hands-on training in pet first aid procedures. When a pet gets injured or stops breathing, it can be a stressful and frightening situation.

2011 149

Is fostering the answer? We think it is.

4 The Love Of Animals

As a foster parent, you can set certain guidelines with the rescue group as to what type of animal you prefer. NEW JERSEY – Animal shelters are full, they have no space, they often have no money, and they have a small amount of dedicated volunteers. Animals in the tri-state area are euthanized daily, rescue groups are unable to save as many lives as they wish, and animals spend years in boarding kennels while awaiting adopters to fall in love with them.

2014 213

Puerto Rico Plans Huge Primate Breeding Facility to Supply Researchers

Critter News

This new law provides specific guidelines for experimentation on live animals: specifically, scientific research on animals at universities is allowable only when it meets criteria deeming it “absolutely essential;” any other experiments are prohibited for educational purposes at the elementary, intermediate and higher education levels, and completely banned in facilities outside of university research labs.

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

She also explores pronouns and metaphors, and she even offers style guidelines and a thesaurus of "Alternatives to Speciesist Terms." A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer. And now that I've read Animal Equality and begun Speciesism , I think I know why.

2010 105

Costa Rica Opens! What About the Birding?

10,000 Birds

But don’t take my word for it, check out the CDC guidelines. Back in March, back when the world realized that a pandemic was happening and that it was spreading with tenacious unconscious determination, Costa Rica closed its borders.

Changing Bird Names (Again)

10,000 Birds

The guidelines that apply to name changes were barely discussed, nor was there any discussion of the process by which scores of names might be changed, or whether the NACC has the bandwidth to change dozens of bird names on top of its other work.

On the Road Again

10,000 Birds

I stayed there as it became increasingly clear that the government guidelines were being honored much more in the breach than in the observance. Well, I managed to stick it out for six weeks. Six and a half weeks, to be precise.

2020 66

You Can Go Your Own Way

10,000 Birds

Follow these guidelines: Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough: Use the terrain function and find the highest and lowest points within your area.

2020 61

Choosing a food that is right for you and your dog

4 The Love Of Animals

Providing you follow these basic guidelines, you can be sure that you are helping your pet to live long, healthy and happy lives. Since their initial domestication, dogs have been fed scraps from their owners until commercial pet food became readily available in the 1940’s. The convenience of ‘ready-made’ dog meals has been the key to its success, and since then many brands and varieties have been created, all coupled with great marketing strategies utilizing colorful labels and pictures.

2011 100

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Critter News

She said that there were guidelines on how to treat animals and that, in medical ethics, they are considered "sacrifices." So, I belong to this book group of 5 to 7 women. I've been with the group for a while and it's not bad. I do enjoy reading books and discussing them, but I have a quandary that I'm going to post about. There is one member of this group who works for a pharmaceutical company. She is the "science" one and likes to call herself an "independent" on the political landscape.

2008 100

What are the Costs of Changing Bird Names?

10,000 Birds

The NACC “ Guidelines for English Bird Names ” make this point clear: The NACC recognizes that there are substantial benefits to nomenclatural stability and that long-established English names should only be changed after careful deliberation and for good cause.

2020 85

Unlikely Healer Walks on Three Paws

4 The Love Of Animals

These lessons are guidelines for living a healthy tolerant and fulfilled life and are the underpinnings of “Henry’s World,” and “What’s the Matter with Henry?” Half a decade ago, in a little mountain town about 60 miles northeast of San Diego, a feral kitten dragged his front left leg uselessly. The dog-loving owners of the property in Julian where he sought refuge rushed him to the local veterinarian, who informed them that if his leg was amputated, he could live as an indoor cat.

2011 158

Windjana Gorge

10,000 Birds

You can walk in the riverbed and it is advisable to remain at least 5 metres from the crocodiles following the National Park guidelines. Not everything in the gorge follows the guidelines and we observed several birds ignoring the rules and walking close to the crocodiles! On our recent birding and camping trip we decided to head to Windjana Gorge due to the fact that it had been a long time since we paid a visit to this spectacular gorge.

2013 57

The Golden-cheeked Warbler and Conservation Banks

10,000 Birds

In 2013, FWS issued a document entitled “Guidelines for the Establishment, Management, and Operations of Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo Mitigation Lands.” The endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler breeds only in Texas Hill Country near Austin and San Antonio, but much of its nesting grounds have cleared in favor of subdivisions. Given the explosive growth of the region, development will continue , placing additional pressure on the warbler’s vanishing habitat.

2019 46

National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

10,000 Birds

I like my field guides to have clearly stated taxonomic guidelines in the Introduction, even if it includes a page of exceptions, and a cut-off date. Audubon guides to birds have been around since 1946.

Ingrid Taylar: Bridging the Divide Between Cat and Bird Lovers

10,000 Birds

With all of her photos, she follows NANPA ethical guidelines, putting the welfare of birds and other wild animals ahead of any image. . This blog is written by writer, photographer, and animal advocate Ingrid Taylar. Years ago, I became a wildlife volunteer and advocate because of a cat who caught a bird. A sweet Mourning Dove , his crop stuffed with seeds from a feeder, struck gold when he landed atop a pile of millet and sunflower.

2016 72

How Close Is “Too Close” To An Owl?

10,000 Birds

What do you use as your guideline for how close to get to an owl? I had an interesting email come in this winter: “I have been photographing birds for the past 8 years and have been confronted by numerous “Rude Birders.” ” My question that I hope you can help me with is what would be considered a safe distance to photograph Northern Saw-what Owls? My practice has normally been 6-10 feet from the subject since i have a 300mm lens.

2013 85

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and schools can be reimbursed for selling them. To the Editor: Re “ The School Cafeteria, on a Diet ” (Business Day, Sept. 5): While we need to ensure that healthier foods are sold in vending machines and served during school celebrations, parents should also know that the “strict nutrition standards” that govern federally subsidized school lunch programs still fall short of being truly healthy for children.

Drones: The Next Thing Birders Will Be Arguing About

10,000 Birds

Oh sure, the FAA has some guidelines: don’t fly them over populated areas, don’t go higher than 400 feet–unless you’re near an airport, then be lower. Amazon had a brilliant press release on Cyber Monday 2013 about using drones as a possible delivery service for their products in the near future.

2014 68

Plugging Kids Into Birding

10,000 Birds

Over the years, I have found that all kids learn differently but there are a few guidelines that can assist in encouraging kids to participate in our -- often selfish! -- pastime. My 8-year old daughter got interested in birds from a VERY early stage. By age 2 she could identify over 10 species of birds in our Johannesburg, South Africa, yard by call alone. And perhaps 20 others by sight. Her natural talent was astounding and surprising.

2011 87

Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

This chapter and the following one, “Step 11: This Bird Looks Different (Variation),” offer a lot for intermediate and advanced birders, principles and guidelines on observation, reasoning, and field guide use that you may already be using but maybe not in a conscious or consistent manner. Two reactions on hearing that Steve Howell and Brian Sullivan have written a guide entitled Peterson Guide to Bird Identification–in 12 Steps : (1) What?

2018 56

Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

10,000 Birds

Shelves of feeders to choose from, ranging from inexpensive tubes to porcelain sculptures; bags and barrels of shelled and unshelled seed, including something called variously thistle, nyjer or niger; guidelines on when, how, where to do the actual feeding. I came late to bird feeding, and when I was finally able to put out a “thistle” sock and a seed feeder (or two or six), I was amazed by the learning curve.

2015 78

Feral Cats in American Cities

10,000 Birds

However, if a municipality wishes to allow cat colonies, they should develop standards through ordinances for the proper and managed operation of such colonies, based on the guidelines below, that would provide accountability and oversight by the health officer and animal control officer. The other day, Minneapolis, Minnesota passed a feral cat ordinance. This got me wondering what other cities were doing.

How to Be a Better Birder: A Review by an Aspiring Birder

10,000 Birds

There is a lot in this chapter about fallouts and tropical storms, but there are also guidelines for analyzing the commonplace, case studies of how shorebirds are grounded by a strong storm system and how increased tailwinds may result in wonderful rarities that have ended up too far north. How to Be a Better Birder is a very different kind of birding book, and, once you think about it, the perfect book to be written at this particular moment in the birding universe.

2012 80

Changing Career? 7 Ways To Make The Right Change First Time

Corn on the Job

You could easily check out website builders online that could have your business idea online within hours and there are plenty of guidelines online that can help you start something from nothing. As we end one year and begin another, our minds can often be a whirlwind of possibilities and changes we want to make. Many of us focus on self-improvement and it can either go one of two ways.

2017 40

Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: A Review by an Aspiring Seawatcher

10,000 Birds

The Introduction sets the framework for the book and gives guidelines on how to identify birds at sea. In the old days, I watched the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy the view—the wavering line between sky and water, the infinite shades of blue and green, the threatening height and roar of waves on a windy morning. Well, now I’m a birder and all that beauty is beside the point.

2013 78

The Feathery Tribe: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The color plate from Color Standards and Color Nomenclature was obtained from the Google digital version of the book, available to the public under Google Books copyright guidelines, and is not in The Feathery Tribe. I spent the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the usual post-hurricane activities—looking for storm birds, making sure my loved ones were o.k.,

2012 55

Hawks In Flight, Second edition: A Review of a New Version of a Birding Classic

10,000 Birds

Another addition is Other Birds That Soar, a chapter that gives guidelines for differentiating amongst hawks and all those other birds who just might be up there in the sky. If it’s October, then it is time to look up. Look up for migrants, look up for confusing fall warblers, but, most of all, look up for hawks. And, then you see it, a large shape with wings stretched out, gliding on a thermal. High, very high, too high to see any colors.

2012 77

The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland — A Review of the Book

10,000 Birds

The 14-page Introduction provides the rationales for the Crossley system, guidelines for the most effective use of the book, explanation of the terminology used for plumage and molt (the Life-Year System), and Bird Topography diagrams—nine images illustrating different bird parts. I needed a book showing a Linnet.

2013 59