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Archive for September, 2008

Mosquitofish vs. West Nile: Good idea gone bad?

Good news, or bad news?

There was a story on Sept. 26 in the San Jose Mercury News by Lisa M. Krieger: “Hungry mosquitofish — the defense against West Nile — is also munching threatened frogs.”

The story explains that mosquitofish dine on larval mosquitoes as planned when county vector control people distribute thousands of the fish to residents for free to fight skeeters in backyard pools and ponds … BUT … “scientists have learned the tiny fish also have an appetite for the tadpoles of frogs, toads and other amphibians — including the threatened red-legged frog and the endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamander.”
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Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Under: Mosquitoes, Mosquitofish, West Nile virus | No Comments »

Somebody’s been sleeping in my tomatoes!


On Sept. 11, I wrote a little note here mentioning that I’d spotted a very tiny, skinny orange feral kitten hiding in the tomato jungle in my backyard garden.

What to do? I left a bowl of food and another of water for the starving little gal. That was two-and-a-half weeks ago.
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Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2008
Under: Cats, Feral cats | 39 Comments »

Coyotes — two leashes and one dog — Please don’t feed the wildlife

don't feed wildlife

Dear Gary:
A lady was walking her dogs off-leash in the open space (natural habitat of coyotes and other creatures). The small dogs spotted a coyote and started chasing it.

The coyote grabbed one of the dogs and disappeared into the open space.
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Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2008
Under: Coyote attacks, coyotes, dogs | 3 Comments »

Do you want to be an animal activist?

Animal Activist Training Class at Animal Place sanctuary, 3448 Laguna Creek Trail, Vacaville, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday (Sept. 27); $10 per person.

An interactive and informative training session with facts about farmed animals and tools on how you can help. Learn effective letter writing, legislation, tabling, leafleting, personal ways to help and more. Sanctuary tour is included.

Call 707-449-4814 to sign up, or visit and click on Animal Activist Training under Upcoming Events.

Want to get involved and help farm animals? This is a great program. Check it out. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2008
Under: Animal Activists, Animal Politics, Animal protection legislation, Farm Animals | No Comments »

Animal Liberation Front (ALF) terrorists strike again


I just received the following press release from Press Officer Jerry Vlasak, MD, the Animal Liberation Press Office , 6320 Canoga Ave., #1500, Woodland Hills, CA 91367:

For Immediate Release September 23, 2008:
“In an anonymous communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) claims to have set ablaze another UCLA van as part of their campaign to force the university to stop torturing and killing non-human primates in their laboratories.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Under: Animal Activists, Animal Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Movement | 5 Comments »

Cloned animals, spay/neuter & other new animal laws in Sacramento


Here’s the status of 2008 California Animal Legislation as of Sept. 18.

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 Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
Under: Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, Cats, dogs, Wildlife | No Comments »

Lots of concern over impulse buys of Chihuahuas

Looks like I’m not the only one who’s concerned about what’s going to happen with Chihuahua sales after the new movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” comes out.

I just received this press release from best friends Animal Society in Utah:
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Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2008
Under: Chihuahua, dogs | No Comments »

City of Martinez is NOT making it easy on the beavers

poor beavers

Dear Gary:
The Martinez Flood Plain project was intended to improve the capacity and health of the creek, and reassure downtown property owners that high waters could be managed.

Beaver supporters expressed concern about the plan to remove all vegetation from the east bank of the water between Marina Vista and Amtrak. We were initially offered a 2-foot strip of vegetation preserved, and eventually this was increased to six feet.
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Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2008
Under: Animal Politics, Animal welfare, Beavers | No Comments »

Feds retreat on Northern Rockies wolf hunting plan

Breaking news! The Bush administration today announced it will abandon its defense of an ill-fated decision to remove the gray wolf in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list, which would allow hundreds of wolves to be killed by hunters and state agencies.
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Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2008
Under: Animal Politics, Wildlife, Wolves | No Comments »

How to stop some of the farm animal abuse on factory farms

One way to help stop some of the abuse of pigs and other farm animals on commercial factory farms in California is to vote YES on Prop 2 in November.

Prop 2 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.

Find out more about Prop 2 at

Thanks for caring! /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Under: Factory Farms, Farm Animals, Pigs | 1 Comment »