In case you missed the “mews”, here’s a recap of important animal topics from around the world in February 2019.
If one of these articles “pulls at your heartstrings,” as they did mine, please let the world know how you feel about animal welfare and the treatment of animals worldwide. You can use the Comments Section of this page and share on social media. Let’s start spreading the “mews!”
February 16, 2019 Fatal Disease in Animals Across U.S. Found in Wild Deer in New County
Wildlife managers have confirmed chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in a central Minnesota county; marking the first discovery of the fatal brain disease among the state’s wild deer outside the southeastern corner of the state.
Ella, a 10-year-old St. Bernard, doesn’t like loud noises. At the first rumble of thunder or pop of fireworks, the dog starts panting and pacing, says Jeffrey Powers, Ella’s owner and a veterinarian who practices in northern Michigan. “The minute fireworks go off, she’s running to hide,” he says.
At least, that’s what used to happen. But recently, Powers says, he has found a way to control his dog’s noise anxiety: cannabidiol — a.k.a. CBD, a compound that can be extracted from cannabis, which includes marijuana and hemp.
USDA inspectors documented 60 percent fewer violations at animal facilities in 2018 from the previous year, in what animal protection groups say is the latest sign of weakened enforcement by an agency charged with ensuring pet breeders, research labs, zoos and other exhibitors follow federal animal welfare laws.
February 1, 2019 Blue Smurf Cats and Dogs after Clacton Ink Fire
Cats and dogs were left resembling “Smurfs” when the air turned blue in a seaside town.
The pets were a little off-colour after sacks of ink powder ruptured in a fire were blown around parts of Clacton, Essex, in the wind.
February 19, 2019 Do You Really Need an Exotic Pet?
Australians love their pets; in fact we have one of the highest levels of pet ownership in the world. However we might need to be a bit more thoughtful about the pets we own.
February 15, 2019 Turkish Airlines Promises to Stop Transporting African Grey Parrots
In response to our newly-launched Wildlife. Not pets campaign which aims to end the cruel exotic pet trade, Turkish Airlines issued an immediate global embargo on the transportation of African grey parrots on any of its planes.
The shocking new report finds that farm animal welfare isn’t even on the agenda for some of these huge companies. This is totally unacceptable, considering the scale of suffering in factory farms:
- 40 billion chickens are subjected to overcrowded factory farms every year
- Many will have a space smaller than a piece of paper to live in, in barns crammed with up to 10,000 chickens
- They will spend most of their lives sitting or lying in their own waste
- Piglets on factory farms have their teeth clipped or ground and tails cut off
- Three out of four mother pigs are confined to cages the size of a fridge
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