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Archive for April, 2009

2009 California Animal Legislation: Will these laws affect you?

Deer by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, California

2009 California Animal legislation as of March 29, 2009

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AB 233 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Pet Adoption. SUPPORT.
Allows deduction of pet adoption fees up to $300 on state income taxes when adopted from shelters and rescue groups. To Be Heard: Assembly Revenue & Taxation. Assemblyman Charles Calderon, Chair. April 20. Write: Tell the legislators that encouraging spay/neuter will save cities/counties in animal control costs and will save countless animal lives.
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Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
Under: Animal protection legislation, Paw Pac, Pets, Wildlife | 5 Comments »

Spider photo: Come into my parlor, said the spider to the …

Spider and prey by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Dear Gary:
While checking native bees out in the flowers I noticed some really nice looking spider webs, saw a large bee fly into one, roll around and escape. While waiting for more bees to show up I saw this guy wrapping up a catch to eat at a later time. With a macro lens set up, that tiny world looks very large. This kind of thing is very fun to “explore” in the small world of native insects.
Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek

Dear Brian:
Come into my parlor, said the spider to the … /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Under: Spider web, Spiders | No Comments »

Jaguars: These spotted cats could be reintroduced into the U.S.

Macho B, last known jaguar in U.S., died in early March. Photo by Arizona DFG.

Dear Gary:
In a lifesaving break for jaguars, the Center for Biological Diversity just this morning won our court case to throw out the federal government’s decision to deny critical habitat and a recovery plan for jaguars in the United States.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Under: Endangered species, Jaguar | No Comments »