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Should a Dog Die Because the Owner Does?

What happens to your companion animals when you die? Some of us have no plans. Others of us have family members or friends who will take in our beloved companions, and provide them a comfortable home. Still others of us have made arrangements with a rescue group or sanctuary to care for our furry friends. … Continue reading

Does Santa Bring Puppies and Kittens?

MEOW! My name is June Buggie, and I have something to say! Two years ago I posted a rant entitled, Does Santa Bring Puppies and Kittens? The post is getting a good bit of traffic this year, despite Rumpy adding a disclaimer at the top of the page that we no longer believe what I wrote. … Continue reading

Chris Christie: Elected by New Jersey to Serve….. Iowa?

Recently the New Jersey state legislature passed a law banning the use of gestation crates on the state’s 300 pig farms. The bill passed 53-13 in the state Assembly, and 32-1 in the state Senate. Polls suggested that 93% of the state’s population supported the bill. But the bill is not law, because Governor Chris … Continue reading

What Does Racism Have to do with Animal Exploitation?

OK, so it’s easy to assume that people who look down on people of different ethnic or racial backgrounds also see humans as superior to animals. But can we prove it? In children, no less? Well, turns out, we can. A study conducted by Kimberly Costello and Gordon Hodson of Brock University, Ontario, set out to see if … Continue reading

The Secret Monkey Breeding Facility Florida Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Unless you are a Luddite, you are aware of the recent Ebola scare in the United States. What you may not know is that Ebola is spread to humans by some animals, including monkeys. So riddle me this, Batman: Why is Hendry County, Florida’s local government allowing a company to open a macaque breeding facility there?  Well, … Continue reading

The “New Age” of Shock Collars: Are Static Correction Collars Safe?

Recently I received an email touting “research” proclaiming that most people that try static collars are happy with the results. The press release was sent by PetPR.com on behalf of Radio Systems® Corporation (RSC), the maker of PetSafe®,Invisible Fence® and SportDOG™ According to the press release from PetPR.com, “The survey of more than 1,000 pet owners reveals … Continue reading

The Perpetual Holiday Dilemma: What to Eat?

Ah, the holidays! Time for meals with friends and family, parties where food and drink are served, snacks and treats brought to the office. Yum! But some of us are being more conscientious about how we eat. Maybe you’re “that one” at work or in the family that is the picky eater. While you are … Continue reading

The End of the African Elephant

In 20 years, most of us will still be alive. Which means most of us will be around to witness the extinction of the African elephant.  Killing of elephants for their tusks has reached unsustainable levels. Humans now kill more elephants than are born each year. George Wittemyera, Joseph M. Northrup, Julian Blanc, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Patrick … Continue reading

Some New Thoughts About Animal Adoption

Happy Halloween! May your treats be many, and tricks be few! Speaking of tricks, there are some new tricks being utilized in the animal adoption trade. Some you may find frightening! But should they be? When I talked recently with Olivia Melikhov and Susan Furukawa of the ASPCA, I asked about old notions of animal adoption that … Continue reading

The ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge- Did It Do Any Good?

The ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge recently came to a close. This 5-year challenge was designed to encourage shelters to find creative ways to save the lives of more animals.  I recently talked with Olivia Melikhov, Senior Manager, Social Media, and Susan Furukawa, Program Manager, of the ASPCA to get the inside scoop on how … Continue reading

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