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Archive for August, 2008

Status of new pet laws in Sacramento

Here’s the status of 2008 CALIFORNIA ANIMAL LEGISLATION in Sacramento, California.

If you like, or dislike any of these laws, write your legislators and the governor and tell them how you feel about it.

The address for legislators and Governor: State Capitol Bldg., Sacramento, CA 95814, 916/322-9900

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Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2008
Under: Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, Cats, dogs, Farm Animals, Pets, Spay/Neuter, Wildlife | No Comments »

Hunters need to get the lead out of bullets — nationwide

According to a press release I just received from Audubon California, the California Condor recovery effort is at a crossroads.

A recent report shows that lead in the environment — which nearly drove the condor to extinction — still blocks the huge bird from living in the wild without human support.

A concerted effort from government and non-profit agencies begun in the early 1980s to bring the California Condor back from the brink of extinction has been more successful than many in the field ever thought it would be, according to a report released last week from a blue ribbon panel of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

However, unless the primary threat to the condor — lead in its food chain — is removed, the endangered bird will continue to rely upon considerable support from humans if it is to survive.
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Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
Under: Condors, Endangered species, Lead bullets | No Comments »

Do you recognize these snakes? You should!


The following snakes are four common local species that are regularly encountered in the San Francisco Bay Area. One is poisonous and the other three are harmless. (In case you haven’t already figured it out, the snake pictured above is a rattlesnake.)

Check these snakes out so you know which is which if you happen to encounter one in your backyard.
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Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008
Under: Gopher snake, King snake, Rattlesnake, Snakes | 3 Comments »

Top wildlife myths: How well do you know your wild neighbors?


According to Laura Simon, field director of urban wildlife for The Humane Society of the United States, “These popular myths have been around forever, passed on from generation to generation. We are hoping that educating the next generation will ultimately result in a better coexistence between humans and wildlife.”

I’ve added my own information to a recent mailing from The HSUS on wildlife myths. Here are the results:
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Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
Under: The HSUS, Wildlife, Wildlife Myths | 1 Comment »

One in ten cats has dementia


A story by health correspondent Laura Donnelly appeared in the Sunday issue of Britain’s London Telegraph newspaper entitled, “One in ten cats has dementia.”

The story reports researchers at the University of Edinburgh say that conditions like Alzheimer’s are becoming increasingly common in cats over the age of 15. They call the condition “geriatric onset behavioral problems.”
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Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
Under: Cats, Feline dementia | 7 Comments »

Once again Marin County flushes its toilets into the Bay

There’s been ANOTHER Marin County sewage spill into the Bay and more wild birds, fish and other creatures are probably dying.

** 5 million-plus gallons of sewage is spilled in Southern Marin on Jan. 25 and Jan. 31 …

** 1,500 gallons of raw sewage is spilled at Marin’s San Quentin Prison on Feb. 14 …

** 250 gallons of raw sewage spilled in North Marin on Feb. 18 …

** 6,000 gallons of raw sewage and storm water spilled in San Rafael on Feb. 24 …

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Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2008
Under: Environmental, Marin County, Pollution, Sewage spills | No Comments »

What to do with the S.F. Zoo?

A story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle says the San Francisco Supes supposedly want to turn the S.F. Zoo into a facility for rescued animals.

According to a report I heard on KCBS News radio about this story on my way into work this morning, the S.F. Supervisor measure would require that any future animal acquisitions at the zoo could only be rescued animals, such as animals confiscated by law enforcement from people who owned them illegally.
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Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2008
Under: Animal protection legislation, Animal rescue Organizations, San Francisco Zoo | No Comments »

Animal welfare issues at the California State Fair

My friend Eric Mills, coordinator for ACTION FOR ANIMALS in Oakland, asked me to pass along the following letter he wrote about some animal welfare concerns he has at CALEXPO which begins on Aug. 15.

Eric is the champion defender of the safety of rodeo animals … and also, whether they believe it or not, of rodeo cowboys.
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Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Under: California State Fair, Rodeo animals | 5 Comments »

How much will it cost for a clone of that sexy girl or guy I dated last night?

An American paid $50,000 to a South Korean company for clones of her dead but beloved pit bull.

According to an Associated Press story by Hyung-jin Kim, five cloned puppies were created by Seoul-based RNL Bio. The company charges up to $150,000 for dog cloning but will receive just $50,000 from Bernann McKinney because she is the first customer and helped with publicity.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
Under: Cloned animals, Cloned dogs | 4 Comments »

Got deer in your yard? Please answer this quick survey


I’m getting more and more reports from people who have deer visiting their yards.

I think it’s time for another one of my impromptu little surveys to see how big this problem is. Or if it really is a problem at all.

If you get deer visits please take a moment to click on leave a comment/reply below and answer these questions:
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Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
Under: Animals, deer, Survey, Wildlife | 8 Comments »