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Archive for July, 2008

Pet Food: Do you really know what’s in the bag?

The natural food trend appears to be going to the dogs and cats as a means to provide a healthier lifestyle for pets.

According to a recent Greenfield Online study more than half (56.2%) of San Franciscans feed their pet natural foods. Interestingly, 44% of these pet owners began feeding natural foods to their cat or dog in the past year.

But when it comes to pet food, natural doesn’t always mean healthy. This is probably a shock to the 94% of San Franciscans who believe natural foods are somewhat or very healthy.
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Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2008
Under: Cats, dog food, dogs, Natural Pet Food, Pet food | No Comments »

Ever been deep in a rain forest?

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I just got back from vacationing in Panama.

My wife and I go down to Panama City on the Pacific Coast of Panama (Central America) every other year to visit my son, who lives there with his wife and our two darling granddaughters.

I just got an e-mail from one of my readers who wants to know if Panama is all jungle, or if they have any big cities down there?

See for yourself:
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Under: Animals, Birds, Panama, Rain forest, Wildlife | 2 Comments »

We need stronger humane laws! Animal abusers have too many loopholes

This is as bad as it gets:
“Santa Cruz Animal Services officers confiscated 38 dogs and puppies Saturday after finding ‘more dead dogs that we could count’ and dog heads hanging from trees.”

Some crazy guy in Santa Cruz County, Calif., is found to be abusing dogs. Animal control officers discover an unknown number of dead dogs and rotting carcasses and dog feces throughout his house … starving dogs chained with no food or water … body parts everywhere … decapitated dog heads hanging from trees … puppies …
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Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Under: Abuse, Animal Cruelty, Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, Animal welfare, dogs, Humane Laws | 6 Comments »

Prop 2 will keep us from torturing our food animals

A study produced by UC Davis researchers and released yesterday provides further evidence that Proposition 2 is good for California consumers.

The study, which was reportedly funded by the American Egg Board, evaluated the economic impact of Prop 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which will appear on the statewide ballot in November.

According to the study’s authors, “little, if any cost increase and no substantial impact on prices to California consumers” will occur when voters approve Prop 2. The measure would prevent the cruel and inhumane confinement of calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens kept in crates and cages so small they cannot lie down, turn around, or extend their limbs.
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Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2008
Under: Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, Animal welfare, Chickens, Food Animal Abuse | No Comments »

Brentwood & Antioch are high risk areas for West Nile virus infection

Utilizing the state’s virus-modeling program, the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District has identified southeast Brentwood as a high risk area for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. The area is Central Boulevard to the north, Guthrie Lane to the east, Creek Road and Claremont Drive to the west, and Payne Avenue to the south. Antioch remains at high risk for WNV infection as well.

In addition, virus-positive dead birds from Antioch and Walnut Creek, as well as two virus-positive squirrels from Antioch are being reported.
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Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2008
Under: Mosquitoes, West Nile virus | No Comments »

Check these candid photos of a young mountain lion in the wild!


I received the following e-mail on Monday, July 21, and answered it on Wednesday when I got back to work from my vacation.

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Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008
Under: Mountain lion, Wild Neighbors, wild predators, Wildlife | 12 Comments »

Rocky Mountain wolf slaughter stopped!

Dear Gary:
In response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice and eleven other conservation groups, a federal judge today (Friday, July 18) reinstated Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

The decision brings an immediate halt to the slaughter of over 100 wolves since the Bush administration stripped Endangered Species Act protection for Northern Rocky Mountain wolves in February 2008.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Under: Endangered species, Wolves | No Comments »

Let seniors take their pets to Cooling Centers on hot days!

** I’m off on vacation to Panama. I’ll be back with a blog and some wonderful photos from the Central American rain forests on July 23. See ya! */Gary *

Many Bay Area communities have opened Cooling Centers to provide relief to seniors from HIGH temperatures.

Unfortunately, pets are not usually allowed at city-owned community centers, libraries and senior centers. And a lot of seniors won’t go to the Cooling Centers if they have to leave their pets behind in the heat.

There’s a simple and easy solution to this that will make sure our senior citizens are not placed at risk on these very hot days …
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Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
Under: Animal rescue Organizations, Cats, dogs, Hot Weather, Pet rescue | No Comments »

Don’t believe Big Oil’s misleading claims on gas prices


New poll shows: Americans support continued protection for Arctic refuge. Majority say drilling would provide no relief at the pump.

Despite a multimillion-dollar campaign to convince lawmakers that they should allow drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the American public is not buying the oil industry’s arguments, according to a new national poll conducted over the past week and released today.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Alaska oil drilling, Arctic Refuge, Big Oil, Oil | No Comments »

Help Obama and McCain pick a presidential pet!

Vice President isn’t the only high-level position that Barack Obama is currently trying to fill.

The American Kennel Club reports that win or lose the Obamas have promised their two daughters a dog after the presidential election. With 158 breeds registered by the AKC, each with its own unique temperament, coat type, size, energy level and appearance, the search for a canine cabinet member is on.
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Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2008
Under: Animals, Cats, dogs, Pets, Presidential Pets | No Comments »