Archive for January, 2010
In the next stage of our work we’ll extend our alliances with the Haiti-based Christian Veterinary Mission and the Dominican Republic-based Veterinary Care and Human Services, and explore every useful avenue for cooperation with relief agencies, the government of Haiti, and the representatives of other nations responding to Haiti’s dire needs.
Terrence Murphy and Elmo have just graduated from our Pit Bull Training Team classes and earned a Canine Good Citizen® certificate. Star students, the video of this pair celebrating their successes is something you’ll want to see.
Ted Williams goes in search of government efforts to save the harmless black-footed ferret, America’s most endangered mammal. And he comes face-to-face with the harsh truth.
Since arriving in Haiti, our veterinary response team continues to help animals affected by the earthquake. Perhaps the most exciting news is also one of the most improbable and remarkable of stories.
The images in the aftermath of a cataclysmic disaster like the one that struck Haiti last week are jarring, causing despair for even those somewhat hardened to suffering in the world. But there’s another side to the human psyche. Even in the worst of times, we search out for rays of light that break through the darkest . . .
Many readers have inquired about the animal welfare situation in Haiti. You also weighed in on my recent blog about the environmental and public health toll industrialized animal agriculture takes on local communities and continue to react to my list of bookshelf favorites.
Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did the right thing. He announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will formally propose early next month the listing of nine large constricting snakes as “injurious wildlife” under the Lacey Act, forbidding the interstate transport or import of the animals as pets.
While companies like Compass Group, Sonic, and IHOP have taken steps to improve the lives of farm animals in the United States, other companies have refused to make progress.