Hard for Russian Veterinarians to Use Anesthesia Due to Russian Drug Laws

Critter News

After eight years of fighting a strict law that virtually bans an anesthetic essential for their work, Russia's veterinarians say they have nearly reached the end of their tether. leaving them to sometimes do procedures with nothing to numb the animals' pain. Read the full article in The Moscow Times.

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week

4 The Love Of Animals

Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined. Did you know that May 16-22 is National Dog Bit Prevention Week? Neither did we! That is, not until we got an email from the USPS. Now that we know, we are happy to spread the word. They are working hard to help spread that word about how to prevent dog bites. Here are the tips and stats that they sent us: Nearly 2,900 letter carriers were bitten by dogs last year, yet that pales in comparison to the 4.7

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Black Bear

Animal Person

In a stroke of the surreal, my heart beat frantically as my eye was yanked from the cheery, colorful bears on the sticker, to a mammoth black bear, tethered to the back of a white pickup truck, and held down with chicken wire. A month or so ago I stated my intention to alter the way I blog and one thing I wanted to get back into that I did for a brief time last year was podcasting. I planned to make that a personal storytime.

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The Winter of our Discontent

10,000 Birds

They play and dance in front of tethered dogs, all the while going about the serious business of stealing those same dog’s food. It’s snowing back home. That’s not unusual this time of the year, nor is it guaranteed that this will be the snow that stays. But it is likely. And I’m a long ways from home, at the opposite end of the world’s fifth largest island, some 1200 kilometres away.

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Starlings and Eagles

10,000 Birds

Here I was, sitting patiently in a blind, watching a tethered European Starling on a string. It required a bit of an ethical adjustment. When a hawk came in at a good angle towards the ridge where we were perched, either the starling or one of the two Rock Pigeons beside it would get a little tug, enough to make them flutter haplessly. Enough to draw the attention of a predator.

Owls, the debait

10,000 Birds

One wouldn’t tether a rabbit out to get a shot of a fox or a coyote, or is that somehow different? I love great bird photography, I truly do. Photos that capture great behaviour, and the incredible beauty of birds. Great photographs also inspire me to try and do better with my own photographs. Inspire me to try a little harder to get that composition just right, to get that jaw-dropping moment. Should I worry about how those photos were obtained?

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So this is Christmas

10,000 Birds

Or they called at us from dog teams tethered on the ice, too busy stealing food to have a closer look. A couple of days ago, my end of the world started to tip back towards the Sun. In six weeks it will have tilted enough that the Sun will peek over the horizon for the first time since November. For those of you who shudder at this, know that I love it. I enjoy the dark season and it really flies by. Christmas up here is a busy season.

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