Sad Story about Exotic Animals in Ohio

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exotic animals ohio endangered speciesThe owner released them and killed himself. Now, 48 of the 56 animals have been put down. Tragic. These animals include endangered species. What was he thinking?

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Ohio to Phase Out Veal Crates

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Despite last year’s agreement with agribusiness interests in Ohio to ban and phase out certain cruel factory farming practices, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB) voted in favor of veal crate confinement. Today, we are happy to report that, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Farm Sanctuary members like you, on April 5, the OLCSB voted unanimously to reverse their decision, and to phase out the use of veal crates in Ohio.

Going to Ohio for the Midwest Birding Symposium. Wait, Ohio?

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By the time you read this post I will still be in New York but I’ll be looking forward to leaving for the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio. But Ohio worries me. Let’s take a gander at some of the pros and cons that I came up with… CON – There is a song called “ Only Bad Things Happen in Ohio.&# That can’t be a good sign. PRO – The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio in December of 1886.

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Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

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Ted Strickland.The deal calls for Strickland, the Humane Society, the Ohio Farm Bureau and their partners to join forces in favor of tougher laws governing farm animals, including provisions that ban certain crates and cages and the use of strangulation as a form of euthanasia. Tags: ohio humane society farm animal welfare To me, it's another example of the Humane Society's growing savvy and clout in the US.

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Ag's Reaction to Ohio Deal with Humane Society

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Yesterday, I raised the issue that some may think the Humane Society copped out by making a deal with Ohio agriculture and NOT bringing new animal welfare regulations to the ballot. Well, it looks like, on the other side, big agriculture and others of that ilk feel like Ohio ag itself made a deal with the devil by entering this agreement. Tags: ohio humane society farm animal welfare agriculture agribusiness

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Farm Animal Welfare Fight Heats Up in Ohio

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Issue 2 in Ohio would create 13-member state board to oversee the care of farm animals in the State. Tags: ohio farm animal welfare us agribusiness 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. There may also be unintended consequences.

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Driving Across Ohio to the Midwest Birding Symposium

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I was somewhere around Pittsburgh on the edge of Ohio when the boredom began to kick in. Instead of talking on the cell phone, singing along to the radio or do other activities that drivers everywhere do to stave off boredom I decided to grab my camera and document my trip from the eastern edge of Ohio all the way to beautiful Lakeside where the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium was about to kick off. Here, then, is my journey across Ohio in six pictures.

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Man Convicted of Illegally Trafficking Live Deer

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He was transporting them across state lines from Ohio to a hunting preserve in South Carolina. Tags: wildlife crime wildlife trafficking ohio south carolina Lacey Act deer The deer were not tested for disease. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison. I hope he serves the whole term. The deer still got screwed because they ended up at the hunting preserve, but any kind of sentence for wildlife trafficking must be enforced.

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs. The surprise truce in Ohio follows stronger limits imposed by California voters in 2008; there, extreme caging methods will be banned altogether by 2015. Tags: ohio eggs california humane society farm animal welfare factory farm Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go.

Conklin Farm Owner Will Not Face Charges

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Tags: ohio animal enterprise terrorism act mercy for animals farm animal welfare

Birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

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When in northwest Ohio there are many options from which to choose a birding site. But if you want herons and ducks and shorebirds and geese and egrets and swans and rails the best bet is the famed Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along State Route 2 in Oak Harbor, Ohio. And if you ever get a chance you should visit this gem in northwestern Ohio. Trips Midwest Birding Symposium Ohio Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Cape May at Magee Marsh

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In fact, this might be the beginning of some kind of birding black hole that sucks all of the birding world into a single spot (though it feels that way right now with nearly 1,000 birders having gathered in Lakeside, Ohio for the Midwest Birding Symposium ). Birds magee marsh midwest birding symposium Ohio wood-warblersIt is not every day that one gets a taste of Cape May while at Magee Marsh.

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Birding Magee Marsh

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This impressive spectacle is the prime reason that northwestern Ohio is rapidly becoming recognized for some exceptional birding, birding that draws tens of thousands of birders and millions of their dollars to the region. If you somehow made the absurd decision to not attend the symposium this year you should make amends and plan to attend the 2013 Midwest Birding Symposium which will also be held in beautiful Lakeside, Ohio. Trips Magee Marsh Midwest Birding Symposium Ohio

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Danny and Little Ben

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Danny and Ben were rescued on April 27 by the Ohio SPCA after receiving a complaint about malnourished horses. They were brought to the Ohio SPCA Farm Sanctuary to recover physically and heal spiritually. The Ohio SPCA operates solely on donations. Visit the Ohio SPCA to learn more, give them a like on Facebook , and please help spread the word. Little Ben was so sick that he had to be transported to Woodland Run Equine Veterinary Center.

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HBO Documentary on Factory Farm Premiers March 16th

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Called Death on a Factory Farm, the documentary shows animal cruelty on a hog farm in Ohio. You can read about it here

Humane Society Ranks States in First-Time Report

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Ohio, Mississippi, North Dakota, Idaho and South Dakota are at the bottom. It's their first annual "humane state" report. California and New Jersey came out on top.

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Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way. According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. BEST STATES California (best-yay!)

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The Ohio State University is hosting an Animal Welfare Symposium next month

More Clarity About Family Farms

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In " Move to Limit 'Factor Farms' Gains Momentum " in today's New York Times , we learn that farmers in Ohio have agreed to phase out gestation crates within 15 years and veal crates by 2017. Here are the sentences that I want to bring attention to: The family of Irv Bell, 64, has been growing hogs in Zanesville, Ohio, since the 19th century.

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Harvard Medical School Facility Accused of Improper Research Reporting

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An Ohio-based animal rights organization has filed a complaint against Harvard Medical School, alleging that the school's New England Primate Research Center in Southborough did not properly report its experiments on animals. Sounds awful. Again, work by SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now.) From the MetroWest Daily News.

More Reasons to Come to the Midwest Birding Symposium

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Julie Zickefoose makes a compelling case to get your binocular-toting self to the Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio. As if you needed another reason once you heard I was going to be attending. Asides

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Injured Deer Finds Clinic

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Workers at an Ohio pet shop are used to worried pet owners bringing their animals in to be treated in the store's clinic. Lucky deer! She was treated and then released. But an unaccompanied visit Saturday by a deer to the PetSmart in Rossfield was a first for the store. Manager Trudi Urie says the wounded doe was hanging out behind the store and then ran through an open door into a stockroom.

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Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

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I’d like to think that no one could possibly argue that throwing live hens away constitutes any kind of humanity, but then again, the state of Ohio deemed that the Wiles Hog Farm was euthanizing pigs “humanely&# by HANGING THEM. Egg laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on today’s factory farms.

Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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When birding in parks and woodlots of Ohio, Virginia, and Toronto, places with groves of maples and old craggy oaks, it can be hard to imagine that the Red-eyed Vireos of constant song were foraging for caterpillar larvae in rainforest just a few months earlier.

Calling all Dogs: Celebrate National Dog Day with Free Ice Cream August 25

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Best Friends Pet Care is a leading national pet care company and offers boarding, daycare, grooming and training at 42 locations across 18 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

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Borers are not Boring

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Just check out this post about the rare, tangerine-and-black beetle that Jim McCormac and other beetle aficionados found along the Ohio River on The Great Borer Expedition II. Sure it is counter intuitive but the “amorpha borer&# is not boring. Asides

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Canines Go for the Gold at Doggy Olympic Games Across the U.S.

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Canine athletes are jumping through hoops to capture the gold at Doggy Games in Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Texas. London isn’t the only town where athletes are bringing home the gold this week. Best Friends Pet Care ( www.bestfriendspetcare.com ) is hosting its own version – the Doggy Olympic Games — at more than a dozen locations across the U.S. Just check out these amazing doggy athletes!

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UC Davis Named in Criminal Complaint for Mistreatment of Lab Animals

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sponsored by SAEN {Stop Animal Exploitation Now}, an Ohio-based animal research watchdog group. From the Los Angeles Chronicle. The University of California, Davis is the focus of a major federal complaint charging it and two other nationally known university research centers have killed dozens of primates through traumatic injuries, veterinary negligence and other violations. The others are the University of Michigan and University of Louisiana/New Iberia.

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Weekend Protest Against the Oregon National Primate Research Center

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Stop Animal Exploitation Now, an Ohio-based animal rights group, recently ranked the lab at Oregon Health & Science University as the nation's sixth worst animal lab out of 44 others. From Oregonlive. Animal rights activists stretched a 60-foot banner across the Hawthorne Bridge {Saturday} morning targeting the Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU.

Obama's Rules Freeze May Help Wolves

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Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will delay and possibly prevent the removal of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington, Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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Who is Going to the Midwest Birding Symposium?

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I will be in Ohio for the middle weekend of September with the entire American birding world. I am! Who else out there is going to join us? If you don’t go you will miss the guaranteed Kirtland’s Warbler !* And how do folks feel about we bird bloggers getting together for lunch one day? If you haven’t registered yet, well, get to it ! Kirtland’s Warbler not actually guaranteed. Asides

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Canadian Sentenced for Ivory Smuggling

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Attorney's Office in Cleveland, Ohio. Good news. Tania Julie Siyam, a 32-year-old Canadian art dealer, has been sentenced to serve 60 months in prison and pay a $100,000 fine for illegally smuggling ivory from Cameroon to the United States. The sentence follows a long running international investigation by special agents of the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service, wildlife officials from Environment Canada and the U.S. Siyam plead guilty in a U.S. District Court to four federal felony charges.

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Just in Time: Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind” — a review

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But best of all — the thing that shows, surely, that he was born under a lucky star, is this: he’s now (as of 2005, when he migrated, permanently, to Ohio) — a Buckeye. In the spring (when they look like they do — the males, that is — in the photo on the left, above) they fly more than six thousand miles from the Amazon Basin to the Arctic, via Florida and Ohio. How blessed can one guy be?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2018?

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I and my family will endeavor to stay calm on the road to central Ohio, where we’ll be spending the weekend with more family. Summer weekends often mean summer road trips, mixed blessings at best. Of course, we love to visit new places and enjoy cool breezes at the shore, in the woods, or atop mountains. But travel often involves traffic, which–at least in my case–raises stress rather than lowers it.

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NYT Opens the Door to the Humane Myth

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Let's summarize and deconstruct: After a botched execution, Ohio adopted a single-drug formula to replace the three-drug cocktail previously used to kill people. In this morning's New York Times editorial " There Is No 'Humane' Execution ," we have an imperfect yet nevertheless baby step toward acknowledgment of the HumaneMyth.

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Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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Focusing on an often under-appreciated portion of the continent, the book showcases forty species found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio – but perhaps not for long. I’m hardly the first person to observe that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by bad environmental news, and the title Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest sounds like a pretty major downer.

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How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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Crystal Edelman in Ohio had a notable intake when a woman appeared, reached into her bra, and pulled out a hatchling songbird. I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers!

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

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Remember, they operate out of Ohio. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs , in Cleveland, OH is a wonderful organization! They take in older dogs and try to find them homes. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs makes a lifelong commitment to the dogs they rescue. so even if the dog is too ill or too poorly socialized to be adopted into a loving home, that dog stays with an experienced Sanctuary foster caregiver for life. There has been a big upswing in the number of loving, older dogs, being given up.

Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

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Maybe the two photos below could have been taken most anywhere in America – anywhere east of the Rockies, anyway – but once you know that both were taken in southeastern Ohio, you think “yes, of course – couldn’t be anywhere else.” (The pictures show two of Zickefoose’s favorite places near her home, down near Marietta.) The last time a Julie Zickefoose book was reviewed on this blogsite, the piece began by saying “This is going to be a rave review.”

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On Project Treadstone and Welfare, OED-Style

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The home of ‘the welfare policy’ is the city of Dayton, Ohio. Project Treadstone If anyone in Palm Beach County wants to get involved in the Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) of feral cats, now is the time, as the county's Spay Shuttle is back in business (but for a whopping $40/cat rather than the original $15), and Pahokee ($25/cat) is open as well.

Review: Backyard Birds and More: Looking Through the Glass by Glen Apseloff

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As before, the only rule is that the photograph must have been taken from Apseloff’s own suburban Ohio window, and the wonder is in the sheer diversity of creatures who managed to meet this criteria. Back in 2013, I had the pleasure of reviewing Glen Apseloff’s Backyard Birds: Looking Through the Glass. Time, unlike a Kiwi , flies, and now Apseloff is back with another book: Backyard Birds and More: Looking Through the Glass.

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A Survey of U.S. Birders

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Nationally, most birdwatching occurred in California (9%), followed by New York (6%), Texas (5%), Pennsylvania (5%), Florida (5%), and Ohio (4%). Comprehensive surveys of U.S.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2013)

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Seriously, sexy migrants are flying fast and furious in Ohio and the event has just started! How’s May migration treating you so far? We’re early in the month, but many birds are late compared to last year, at least in my part of the world. Then again, migratory birds arrived very early last year. So I frankly have no idea what to expect. Feels slow though… I headed up to Lake Ontario to spy my first Caspian Terns of the year.

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