Friday, December 31, 2010

Bat Die-Off Moves West to Arizona

NY and some of the eastern and south-eastern states have experienced a 90% bat-die off over the last couple of years, and now, apparently the disease has migrated all they way across country skipping all the other states but somehow finally end up in odd for it to spread that way.

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Date: 28 Dec 2010
Source: Arizona Daily Star

Bat die-off here a mystery
Almost 70 bats were found dead Monday morning along an east-side
walking path -- a mystery that has Arizona Game and Fish officials
searching for answers. One possibility: unseasonably warm Tucson,
Arizona, temperatures.

"The whole situation is somewhat of a mystery in part because the bats
are Mexican free-tailed and should have been long gone by now," said
Mark Hart, a spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "They
should have migrated to Mexico 2 months ago. What they were doing
there was unclear. Temperatures have been a little warmer. They may
have overstayed their visit."

Early Monday [27 Dec 2010] morning, a local resident was walking his
border collie [dog] along the path that runs under a bridge on East
Speedway where the road crosses the Pantano Wash when he discovered
dozens of bat carcasses strewn across the walking path. "I hike and
bike a lot and go under a lot of bridges, and I've never seen anything
like it," the resident said.

Of the bats found on the ground, 7 were alive. All of the dead bats
and 3 live ones were sent to the Arizona Department of Health Services
laboratory in Phoenix for rabies testing. 4 remaining live bats were
sent to a U.S. Geological Survey laboratory, where they will be tested
for white-nose syndrome, a fungal infection 1st documented in upstate
New York in 2006. The syndrome has killed millions of bats in the East
and has spread as far west as Oklahoma. The infection does not affect
humans, Hart said.

Investigators could find no evidence of foul play in the death of the
bats. Game and Fish officials used metal detectors to look for spent
ammunition, but they found no sign that the bats had been shot. It's
unlikely that the bats were sickened by chemical perhaps used in
surfacing or de-icing the bridge, Hart said. And the chances are
equally remote that almost 70 bats would simultaneously die of rabies.

The more likely hypothesis is that the bats died from the cold after
failing to migrate south to Central America and Mexico for the winter.
Hart said bats are still roosting under the bridge, and he has a
warning for recreationists who may find one of the mammals on the

"Don't handle or come near a bat that appears to be either dead or
injured," he said. "That would hold true of a lot of different species
of wildlife, but especially bats, because they do carry rabies."

About the species
Mexican free-tailed bats (_Tadarida brasiliensis_) like the ones found
under the Pantano Wash bridge, are found in the western United States,
south through Mexico, Central America and into northern South America.
They are medium-size bats, weighing between 0.4 and 0.5 ounces, with a
wingspan between 12 and 14 inches. Their fur is reddish to dark brown
or gray in color. They have broad, black, forward-pointing ears and
wrinkled lips. Their tails extend more than a third beyond the tail
membranes; most other bats have tails that are completely enclosed
within the tail membranes. Their wings are long and narrow.

Mexican free-tailed bats prefer to roost in caves but will also
inhabit attics, bridges and abandoned buildings. They choose roosts
near water because it attracts the insects they eat. Females produce a
single baby each summer, and all of the babies roost in a "nursery" of
sorts, in the highest and warmest reaches of the cave or other roost

[Byline: Kimberly Matas ]

Communicated by:

[Free-tailed bat is so named because it possesses a tail free and
protruding beyond the uropatagium (hind membrane). The Mexican Free
Tail bat is also known (perhaps more correctly) as the Brazilian Free
Tail bat.

Photos may be found at:

Let's hope that some of the bat bodies were sent to a diagnostic
laboratory for a necropsy and perhaps some testing. - Mod.TG]

[The interactive HealthMap/ProMED map for Arizona is available at:
- CopyEd.EJP]
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Honey-Bee Die Off, Colony Collapse, Transmission by Pollen Suspected

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Date: Fri 24 Dec 2010
Source: Science News [edited]

So far, 11 species of wild [insect] pollinators in the United States
have turned up carrying some of the viruses known to menace domestic
honeybees, possibly picked up via flower pollen.

Most of these native pollinators haven't been recorded with honeybee
viruses before, according to Diana Cox-Foster of Penn State University
in University Park. The new analysis raises the specter of diseases
swapping around readily among domestic and wild pollinators,
Cox-Foster and her colleagues report online 22 Dec 2010 in PLoS ONE.
Gone are any hopes that viral diseases in honeybees will stay in
honeybees, she says. "Movement of any managed pollinator may introduce

A pattern showed up in the survey that fits that unpleasant scenario.
Researchers tested for 5 viruses in pollinating insects and in their
pollen hauls near apiaries in Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois.
Israeli acute parasitic virus showed up in wild pollinators near
honeybee installations carrying the disease but not near apiaries
without the virus.

In domestic honeybees, such viruses rank as one of the possible
contributors to the still-mysterious malady known as colony collapse
disorder that abruptly wipes out a hive's workforce, Cox-Foster says.

Now she and others are looking at what the viruses do to wild
pollinators. Preliminary results of ongoing lab tests show some
disturbing effects, Cox-Foster says. "Is this part of the reason why
we've seen the decline of native pollinator species in the US?" she

Surveys show that wild bumblebees, for example, are dwindling in
numbers, and the new study raises further concerns. "We recognize that
those viruses likely pose a major threat to wild bumblebees," says
Sarina Jepsen of the Xerces Society, an invertebrate conservation
group in Portland, Oregon.

One of the most interesting results in the study is the detection of
deformed-wing virus and sacbrood virus in pollen carried by foraging
bees that weren't infected themselves, comments Michelle Flenniken of
the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied bee
viruses but was not involved in the new work.

Healthy foraging insects carrying virus-laden pollen are one of the
pieces of evidence that Cox-Foster and her colleagues use to argue
that pollen by itself can transmit viral infections. "Knowing that
viruses are found in and can be transmitted from pollen is an
important finding," says Flenniken. This raises concerns about
possible virus transmission through the 200 tons of honeybee-collected
pollen used to feed bumblebees in bee-raising operations worldwide,
Cox-Foster says.

[Byline: Susan Milius]

Communicated by:
Thomas James Allen

[Interesting connections seem like they are being made. Perhaps this
will lead to treatment or prevention for colony collapse disorder. -

[Images of honeybee compared to bumblebee:

- Mod.JW]

[The PLoS paper mentioned above is available at
- Sr.Tech.Ed.MJ]

[see also:
Colony collapse disorder, apis - USA: possible cause 20101007.3635
Colony collapse disorder, apis - Europe: EU 20100915.3348
Colony collapse disorder, apis - USA: cause 20090826.3008
Colony collapse disorder, apis - USA: multiple causes susp 20090731.2687
Undiagnosed die-off, apis - China: (GD), RFI 20081119.3654
Undiagnosed die-off, apis - UK: pesticides susp. 20081004.3133
Honeybee die-off - UK 20080818.2574
Colony collapse disorder, apis - Germany: chemical ban 20080613.1868
Colony collapse disorder, apis - USA: (FL) 20071026.3490
Undiagnosed die-off, apis - USA (Multistate) (03): agent identified
Undiagnosed die-off, apis - USA : (Multistate) (02) 20070503.1436
Undiagnosed die-off, apis - USA : (Multistate) (02) 20070503.1435
Undiagnosed die-off, apis - USA (Multistate) 20070208.0497]
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Deep Inside the Enemy Camp - A PAC Against Animal Rights and the Politicians Who Support Them

The Sportsmen and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) is a nationwide, nonpartisan group of volunteers seeking to elect politicians who will oppose the "Animal Rightist" (AR) threat to "their rights as Americans" to own and/or exploit animals in any way they see fit,..much like any other "property" or comodity they own. It is the only national group working to protect both sportsmen and animal owners in the legislative and political arenas. SAOVA's members hunt, fish and own livestock, dogs, cats and other pets. They study political candidates in all states to identify those who understand and resist the AR threat, as well as those who are in the pocket of the Animal Rightists."

SAOVA Website;

And the politicians who love them;

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lost Dog - Boxer / N. Greenbush, NY

Please keep an eye out for this poor lost dog. His name is Diesel, a 2yr old neutered male boxer missing from the fenced yard at his residence on Rt.4 North Greenbush, 2 miles south of Hudson Valley College. Please contact the owner at 518-369-7769 or Animal Control at 518-810-2400. There is a 1,000 dollar Reward

Friday, December 24, 2010

Just a Dog


From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog,"
or "that's a lot of money for just a dog."

They don't understand the distance travelled, the time spent,
or the costs involved for "just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog,"
but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by
"just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch
of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you probably understand
phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."

"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship,
trust, and pure unbridled joy.
"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience
that make me a better person.
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look
longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog"
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts
away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that its' not "just a dog"
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
"just a man" or "just a woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog,"
just smile,
because they "just don't understand."

~Unknown Author~

Dont Breed or Buy While Shelter Animals Die

Save a Life Not Create a Life


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Senate Bill Outlaws Shark Finning

Restricts Shark Fin Trading

On Monday the Senate passed legislation that will promote the conservation of sharks internationally and provide a more equal playing field for U.S. fishermen. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), closes loopholes in a ban on shark finning imposed by then-president Clinton.

First, vessels are prohibited from having custody, control, or possession of shark fins without the corresponding carcass. Second, it is a violation of law if the total weight of shark fins landed or found on board exceeds 5 percent of the total weight of shark carcasses. Third, and most particularly, all sharks landed must have their fins naturally attached.

With more than 90% of the sharks already absent from world oceans, this is legislation is a big step for sharks. If one is going to kill and harvest a shark, one must use the whole shark. The bill legislates public shame under the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act with the identification and prominent listing of nations that have fishing vessels that have not adopted a regulatory program for the conservation of sharks that is similar to the U.S.

More good news on sharks - the Shark Conservation Act has passed the House, and now only needs President Obama's signature to become law!

Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud in their film Oceans show from underwater the dropping into the ocean of a shark with dorsal and tail fin cut off. The shark is still alive and sinks despite attempting to swim. The cameraman/diver follows the shark down to a sandy bottom where the shark continues to try to swim to no avail. Such images are not easily forgotten. Now shark finning legislation enacted by the Senate and House outlaws such terrible treatment of sharks.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Vulture Die Off / Poisoning / Kenya

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Date: 17 Dec 2010
Source: BBC Earth News [edited]

Poisoning drives vulture decline in Masai Mara, Kenya
Vulture populations in one of Africa's most important wildlife
reserves have declined by 60 percent, say scientists. The researchers
suggest that the decline of vultures in Kenya's Masai Mara is being
driven by poisoning. The US-based Peregrine Fund says farmers
occasionally lace the bodies of dead cattle or goats with a toxic
pesticide called furadan. [Furadan is a carbamate pesticide. - Mod.TG]
This appears to be aimed at carnivores that kill the livestock, but
one carcass can poison up to 150 vultures.

Munir Virani, who is director of the Peregrine Fund's Africa programs,
has called for use of Furadan to be banned in the region "to preserve
these keystone members of the scavenging community. People may think
of vultures as ugly and disgusting, but the birds are essential for
the ecosystem," he says.

Their taste for carrion actually makes them the landscape's clean-up
team -- ensuring the region is not littered with bodies, helping
contain the spread of disease and recycling nutrients.

The results of this latest survey of vultures are published in the
journal Biological Conservation. The terrible consequences of a
vulture population crash have already been demonstrated during a case
that became known as the Asian vulture crisis. Populations of Gyps
vultures in particular, in South Asia, crashed by more than 95 percent
over just a few years in the 1990s, primarily because farmers treated
their cattle with the pain-killing drug diclofenac [acid].

The pain-killer, it turned out, was lethal to the vultures, which fed
on the dead cattle. As well as driving 3 species of vulture to the
brink of extinction, the crisis provided a huge amount of food for
wild dogs, which moved in to take the place of the birds. This had the
devastating side-effect of increasing the spread of rabies. And Dr
Virani is concerned that a similar situation could happen in Kenya.

The solution in Africa though, could be much more straightforward than
in South Asia. By boosting the public image of vultures in the
country, the Peregrine Fund hopes to stop people from carrying out
these "revenge poisoning attacks."

Between 2003 and 2005, Dr Virani and his colleagues drove across the
expansive Kenyan landscapes, counting vultures. He and his colleagues
then compared the results of these surveys with the results of surveys
carried out in the 1980s. The comparison revealed a 60 percent decline
in vultures.

Corinne Kendal's work has taken this survey a step further. Ms Kendal
is a researcher from Princeton University in the USA, who has also
been working with the Peregrine Fund -- tracking and monitoring the
birds to investigate the extent of the poisoning.

"We attached the GPS trackers like little backpacks," she tells BBC
News. "There's a piece that sits on their chest and 2 loops around
each wing. But we had 4 out of 16 vultures killed in the 1st year and
3 of those were confirmed cases of poisoning. From a sample of 16,
it's difficult to know how representative that is, but it's extremely

The transmitters also revealed that most of the poisoning happened
outside of the reserve, which is a protected area.

"If they stayed in the Mara Serengeti they would hardly ever get
poisoned," says Ms Kendall. "But, based on the transmitters, it
appears that the vultures that use the Masai Mara have very large home
ranges -- from 30 000 to 80 000 square kilometres [11 583 to 30 888
square miles], depending on the species." And the birds can travel
over 250km [155 miles] in a single day. This means that poisoning in
and around the Masai Mara could have an effect on the vulture
populations, not just in other parts of Kenya, but in other countries
in Africa.

Ms Kendall explains to BBC News that in the Mara ecosystem, the birds
consume 70 percent of all available meat. "If we lose vultures,
there's no other animal that will be able to consume the volume," she

The reserve is a vast dining table for the birds, especially during
the annual wildebeest migration, when 1.5 million of the animals march
across the plains in search of grass.

"So without vultures, during the wildebeest migration you would have
carcasses lying everywhere and you would see lots of disease spread,"
said Ms Kendall.

Under threat
In the last 3 months alone, Dr Virani says he has discovered 6 cases
where vultures have been poisoned.

The Peregrine Fund has now recommend that 3 vulture species -- the
African white-backed, Ruppell's, and hooded vultures -- be relisted as
Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, an internationally recognized
compilation of threatened species.

"If we lost the vultures," says Dr Murani, "tourists would have to
travel around the reserve with face masks on, because the stench from
rotting wildebeest carcasses would be unbearable."

[Byline: Victoria Gill]

Communicated by:
HealthMap Alerts via ProMED-mail

[Furadan or Curater is the market name for carbofuran, a very toxic
carbamate pesticide. Carbofuran is a systemic plant insecticide
meaning the plant can take it up through the roots and the plant pests
are killed when they consume the plant. Carbofuran is also toxic to
insects via contact with them.

Carbamates are a class of chemicals that work by reversibly inhibiting
acetylcholine esterase, a nerve transmitter. In contrast,
organophosphates irreversibly inhibit acetylcholine esterase.

Carbofuran has been banned from use in Europe and Canada. The US EPA
(Environmental Protection Agency) announced its intention in 2009 to
stop use of the chemical on all crops produced for human consumption.
In essence, it has had the same effect as banning the chemical in the

Prior to the ban of the granular form of the chemical, one granule was
enough to kill a bird of substantial size. There is a liquid
formulation that is less harmful to birds. However 1 teaspoon of the
liquid is enough to kill a 70 kg [155 pound] human.

These formulations, however illegal, remain a major culprit for
wildlife deaths in Canada, the USA and Britain. Domestic animals in
these same countries are also targeted with this poison. Especially
the granular formulation and to a lesser extent the liquid formulation
has been used in Kenya to kill lions.

Photos of the African White-backed vulture (_Gyps africanus_) may be found at:


Photos of Ruppell's vulture (_Gyps ruepellii_ [that is NOT a typo])
may be found at:

Photos of hooded vultures (_Necrosyrtes monachus_) may be found at:

CBS News 60 Minutes tv show:

BBC News:

Wobeser et al. 2004. Secondary poisoning of eagles following
intentional poisoning of coyotes with anticholinesterase pesticides in
Western Canada. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40(2):163-172

US EPA/OPPTS; Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) Database on
Carbofuran (1563-66-2). EPA-738-R-06-031. August 2006

Environment New Service:
- Mod.TG]

[Location map of Kenya:

Location map of Masai Mara Reserve:


[see also:
NSAID intoxication, vulture - Asia (03): ketoprofen, pot. hazard
NSAID intoxication, vulture - Asia (02): ketoprofen, pot. hazard
NSAID intoxication, vulture - Asia: ketoprofen, pot. hazard 20091210.4204
Rabies, vulture die-off - India (02): link susp. 20080818.2576
Rabies, vulture die-off - India: link susp. 20080817.2554
Vulture die-off - Africa, Asia (02) 20061110.3236
Vulture die-off - Africa, Asia 20060718.1978
Vulture die-off - India (Gujarat) 20050612.1644
West Nile virus, vulture - Russia (Vladivostok) 20040630.1744
Vulture die-off - India, Pakistan, Nepal 20040204.0415
Vulture die-off - India, Pakistan, Nepal (02) 20030620.1515
Vulture die-off - India: etiology 20030613.1459
Vulture die-off - India: RFI 20030612.1447
Vulture die-off - India, Pakistan, Nepal 20030212.0375
Rabies and vulture die-off - India 20030207.0329
Vulture die-off - India, Pakistan, Nepal (04) 20021018.5590
Vulture die-off - India, Pakistan, Nepal (03) 20021015.5557
Vulture die-off - India, Pakistan, Nepal (02) 20021014.5552
Vulture die-off - India, Pakistan, Nepal: RFI 20021010.5514
Vulture die-off - India (04) 20010210.027
Vulture die-off - India (03) 20000922.1637
Vulture die-off - India (02) 20000920.1619
Vulture die-off - India 20000530.0867
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Video footage documenting the extreme cruelty is available here:

State Agencies Brought under Fire for Failing to Uphold Special Texas Law Outlining Basic Mandates for Protecting Confined Birds

AUSTIN, TEXAS—Concerned residents of Travis County and Gonzales County, Texas, represented by the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund, are filing a lawsuit in Travis County District Court today in an effort to stop the horrific abuses to birds and the human health risks posed by Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.—the nation’s largest egg supplier—at its chicken-raising and egg production facility in Waelder, Texas. Cal-Maine came under an international spotlight last month when an undercover investigation there revealed harrowing, clearly illegal conditions for chickens and a veritable breeding ground for human health threats. The three plaintiffs, who eat eggs and are thus at risk for contracting diseases like salmonella that can be generated at dirty and improperly regulated egg production facilities, are suing the Texas Public Health Commissioner, the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, and the Texas Animal Health Commission for their failure to protect public health, public safety, and animal welfare in accordance with Texas law. Facilities with conditions like those at Cal–Maine’s Waelder farm have had their eggs recalled in the past.

Why are Texas residents taking their concerns about the treatment of Cal-Maine’s chickens to court? Texas has a special law protecting its feathered residents—Texas Health and Safety Code § 821.003 provides that persons who receive live birds for confinement must keep coops, crates or cages clean, must not overcrowd chickens confined in a cage, and must immediately remove all injured, diseased, or dead birds from coops, crates, or cages. This is in stark contrast with the nightmarish conditions at Cal-Maine that made international headlines last month when a four-week undercover investigation of the facility by the Humane Society of the United States revealed hens confined in overcrowded cages with the rotting corpses of long-dead birds, chickens drowned in filthy manure pits, hens covered in feces from birds in the cages above them, birds suffering from severe, bloody uterine prolapses, and eggs destined for human consumption covered in blood and feces.

The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief for an immediate stop to the abusive practices at the Waelder, Texas egg production facility, which violate state law and endanger public health and welfare. Because the state agencies named in the lawsuit are charged with enforcing the Texas Health and Safety Code—including its specific mandates with regards to the confinement of birds—the lawsuit also asks the Court to find, as a matter of law, that these agencies must administer the law statewide in the future – the same law which is being rampantly violated at the Cal-Maine facility.

“Texas law is clear in its provision to provide protections for birds kept in crates, coops, and cages,” says Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “The horrifying sight of birds at the Cal-Maine egg production facility covered in filth and crammed in cages with the decaying corpses of other birds is not only shocking in its cruelty—it is an affront to Texas law and a true health threat to consumers, who have real reason to be concerned about the safety of their eggs.”

ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing interests of animals through the legal system. A copy of the complaint is available upon request.
For more information, visit

Friday, December 10, 2010

Professional Animal Torturers Issue Proclaimation Against ARAs

Organizations Unite Against AR Violence

AALAS - The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science - has issued a position statement condemning threats and harassment of those who work with animals in research.
AALAS's stance comes in the wake of the latest of numerous incidents - a razor-laden death threat being sent to UCLA neuroscientist, Pro-Test for Science founder and AMP director J. David Jentsch, and the targeting by militants of one of his graduate students.

The statement from AALAS reads in part:

"Acts of terrorism do not result in improvements in animal welfare. Progress comes only from thoughtful discussion and scientific assessment of alternative methods that refine the animal research process-efforts that AALAS itself fosters through educational and scientific programs. Terrorism in the name of "animal rights" jeopardizes the lives of people and animals-in the present by the violence itself, and in the future by hindering the progress of ethical animal-based research designed to find cures and treatments for diseases that affect humans and animals. The AALAS membership extends heartfelt support to our scientific colleagues and their families who have been affected by threats and acts of violence."

This most welcome comment is the latest by a large membership professional association. The 80,000 member AVMA - American Veterinary Medical Association - issued a condemnation of violence, as has the American Society of Primatologists, and Society for Neuroscience. We understand other associations' statements will be issued in coming days.
Visit the Speaking of Research website to read a letter of appreciation by Dr. Jentsch in which he also talks about some of the personal comments of support he and his fellow scientists have received. Be sure not to miss the comments section: In reply to an activist, he states:

"Both in the UK and in the US, researchers are finding the confidence they need to confront the terror face forwards. The days of people being forced into giving up biomedical research are nearly (if not already) over. We may move; we may have extra security concerns; but that's only because of our determination to continue our struggle against human suffering through responsible research. "I am only one person; there are tens of thousands like me that are just as committed. The violence and hate of animal rights extremists will not prevail."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Riverside, Ca. Cat Cruelty Case / Offenders Need to Be Found


Please call and speak with the shelter manager and request that this cat NOT be released to its owner, and ONLY be released to a responsible rescue group.

Supposedly, this is at least the 2nd act of abuse to this specific cat, and the 5th or so time something similar has happened at this apartment complex. Plus she's not spayed!

Please call and speak to the shelter manager and request that this cat ONLY be released to a rescue group, where she will receive proper medical care, be spayed, and placed into a loving home.

CONTACT NUMBER: 951-358-7387
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 7:46 PM
Subject: RIVERSIDE, CA: Cat Tortured in DRYER, etc...

This kitty was taken to Riverside shelter...I searched but am not sure which cat it is.
PLEASE NETWORK and let's get this cat out of there!!!!,0,239154.story

Cat Tortured, Bound With Duct Tape, Left in Clothes Dryer to Die

The cat suffered a fractured tooth and some bleeding in her left eye but she is expected to survive.
Officer Chris Peck Holds Cat Found in Drier

4:17 p.m. PST, December 3, 2010

RIVERSIDE ( KTLA) -- Authorities are searching for the person who tortured a cat by binding it with duct tape and placing it into a clothes dryer.

It happened at an apartment complex on Watkins Drive near UC Riverside.

A resident found the animal and called police who immediately alerted the Animal Services Department.

Officers say they are not sure whether the dryer was turned on after the cat was put inside but given the injuries sustained by the animal, "there is a good chance the dryer was turned on when the cat was inside," said Sgt. Jason Sanders of Riverside County Animal Services.

"This is an act of a coward," Sgt. Sanders said. "Who would do something like this to a defenseless animal? I hope the person is found and brought to justice."

The 4-year old female tabby was taken to Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Riverside.

Veterinarians removed the duct tape and say the cat suffered a fractured tooth and some bleeding in her left eye but she is expected to survive.

Riverside County Animal Services Registered Veterinary Technician Eileen Sanders said the cat is doing remarkably well despite what she called a malicious act against her.

"I can't imagine what this poor thing must have felt going through that ordeal," Sanders said.

"Whoever did this is going to move up and harm other animals -- or maybe people."

Sanders believes the cat may be a new mom and say they're concerned there could be a litter of starving kittens that have been left to fend for themselves.

Officers searched the apartment complex but as of late Friday afternoon, no litter was found.

Authorities are asking the public's for help and urge anyone who may have seen anything to call

951-358-PETS (7387)

Shelley Davis
Independent Animal Rescue Aide
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Friday, November 26, 2010

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fur-Free Friday - 11/26 Albany, NY Demos

Hi all,

Just a quick reminder that Fur Free Friday is only a couple of days away!

Please join us as we protest the barbaric fur industry:

Friday, November 26th
Corner of Western Ave and Fuller Rd

After approximately two hours we'll be moving on to a few other locations.

Feel free to make your own sign, or use one of ours.

Hope to see you there!

Jessica Ryle
Adirondack Animal Rights
Glens Falls, NY

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Do You Know Where Your Fur Comes From?

Chances are, it was ripped off of the animal alive. WARNING Graphic undercover vid of Chinese fur trade;

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Diabetic Kitties

The Lantus my vet prescribed for my kitty comes in a pen. You just screw
the needle on the end of the pen, turn the dial for the desired dose, remove
the needle cap and administer. When the pen is empty the dial for adjusting
dosage will not turn so no danger of giving an injection when the pen has
been used up. The needles are DB Ultra Fine lll pen needles. They are 5mm
(3/16in) in length and are 31 gauge. I inject the insulin into Nota's

My glucometer is an Accu-Chek Compact Plus. It was free with the first
package of test strips. There is a lancet pen attached to the glucometer or
you can remove it and use it separately.. When the glucometer is turned on
to test it automatically dispenses a strip. You have 5 minutes to allow the
strip to draw up 1.5 microlitres of blood before the machine automatically
turns off. After testing I just turn the meter off and it automatically
ejects the strip into the garbage or wherever. The meter has a memory for
500 tests. It measures glucose in mmol/L or mg/dL. It even has an alarm
function to remind you when to test when during a glucose curve.

I find the combination of the pen and the meter very easy to work with.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Shoot a Tame Deer or a Zebra at "Heartless" Canned Hunt Ranch

I dont think they advertize it here, on their website, but I have heard from other sources you can bag a captive zebra here;

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Battling Cancer Together: An ARA & Her Dog

Hello, My name is Dawna and my dog Suzie and I are both battling cancer

This is my Suzie Q. She came to me about 10 years ago, just before I was diagnosed in Sept. 2001 with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. When I had my surgery for it in 2002, Suzie never ever left my side. At that time she was able to jump up on my bed & sleep or just stay right beside me if I ever needed her. After going through a radical right mastectomy with limpnoid removal & 6 months of chemotherapy, she showed more compassion then any human ever could. When I went through Chemo, it almost killed me, several times. Several times I had fallen and couldnt get up, but she was there for me and I would tell her, go get Daddy (my husband Ed) & she would!!!! She would find him no matter what & bark, run to me, then go to him, bark & then run to me. I would have died if not for this girl! She is now battling Cancer herself as well & I want to be there for her! Her vet bill so far is in excess of $900.00. and she will need continuing treatment and care. Being on disability with my husband only receiving retirement from social security, we have pawned or sold everything to save our girl. My plea to fellow animal lovers and advocates is to help us to be able to help her. She deserves all the time she can get but I need help paying her vet bills. So far she is doing well but after talking to our vet, her days are few so we are enjoying what time we have left with each other so I can tell her just what a special girl she really is! In January 2010 I was diagnosed with Liver cancer & Suzie was diagnosed with a mast cell type cancer. Her & I went through surgery at the same time. Me in Shands at Gainesville University & her at Dr. Amy Huff in Leesburg, Fl. We both came through our surgeries amazingly enough with the same amount of sutures!. We went through our rehab together & now she had to have surgery again to remove a tumor blocking blood flow to her leg. If anybody can please help us, I would be eternally grateful! She saved my life, I'm just trying to make her life good until we have to say our farewell.
Contributions to Suzies fund are not tax-deductable but will be greatly appreciated.
Contributions can be made directly to the vet at:
Suzies Fund
c/o Animal Clinic of Leesburg
1231 W. Dixie Ave.
Leesburg, Fl 34748.
Tele# (352)326-8940
Thank you
Dawna Christy & Suzie

(352) 429-8058

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The American Research Facility Animal Experimentation Entitlement Act

Otherwise known as the Federal Animal Welfare Act, enacted to codify that animal experimentation is "A-ok" in the USA...

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Tough Call Tomorrow: Big Eyes Failing

A little way into this short vid you will meet Big-Eyes,(at 0:54 sec.) an ex-feral we rescued about 5 years ago but he came with a severe case of peridontal disease and we and our vet have been battling with it ever-since. He has had most of his teeth pulled over the years, and has been on un-ending regimins of anti-biotics and predizone and even steriod shots. Over the last couple of days he has taken a turn for the worse. Doc says she belives the infection has gone to the bone in his jaw and now is even effecting his breating (sinisus). His mouth is swollen to the point where he cant even close it no more and his tounge is sticking out. Hes drooling and mouth bleeding and now trouble breathing...Poor thing hasent eaten much at all in days...he tried, but cant seem to manage even liquids anymore without going into pain. Even pain meds dont help at this point. We have tried everything short of removing parts of his jaw. Trip to the vet in the morning for one more (final?) evaluation but it does not look good for him. I simply cannot stand by and watch him suffer and slowly starve to death. Tomorrow it will be tough-decision time.

RIP Big Eye
Humanely Euthanized and Passed Peacefully in My Arms as I Wispered Sweet Nothings in His Ear and Scratched Him Behind the Ears.

Someday I will tell you the story of what we went through with Big Eye's and his peridontal disease. We thought we were doing everything possible, extracting teeth, antibiotics and predisone everyday,...near the end we tried steroid shots but it didnt do any good...but what I am finding out through further research into this disease makes me wonder,...did we really do everything possible? Was there another course? Was there a better way? Was there something we overlooked in the way of treatment and/or prevention? I cant get this question out of my head, but the answer is a definate "I think so." I hate to say it...but I think we missed an opportunity to increase his chances of survival. For starters, waay back when the vets first started pulling his teeth, a few at a time cause they wanted to save the ones they could,.... I think, given his history and problems with peridontal disease, that ALL of his teeth should have come out...the hell with trying to save a few ... these are the ones that got re-infected and ulcerated. These are the ones that let the infection get to the bone, all the while on predizone....hummmm. I am SO sorry Big-Eye. In our ignorance and BLIND FAITH in our vets, we could have done better by you. You might have still been with us today. At least you are out of pain and for that I am glad. We miss you.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Horses in Danger in Upstate NY

gelding, bay, stocky hackney/welsh X, stands for farrier, trlrs, 15yrs 13.2H, drives only, not broke to ride, companion/driver,

$350 Feura Bush, NY (518) 269-2447

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What to do about Duke.

Duke, our old new england that we rescued from a fighting ring several years ago, got kicked by the donk and got himself mortally wounded. Had him to the vet who several days ago said it appears as if his chest bone was broken but said as long as he is up and around and eating well, he might be ok, as long as there was no internal bleeding. He did alright for a few days, but this morning I found him on his side, not moving. No reaction when I called him and cold to the touch, though he did raise his little head when I petted him. No doubt in my mind that he is dying. Vet says best way to end his suffering is to "give him the axe." God I hate this part of loving them. Thinking now what shall I do? I would really rather he go on his own but how long should I wait? What would you do? Advice please..

Update: Took Duke to vet same day to have him properly euthanized. RIP Duke. You were a good boy.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Boycott All Things China

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International Society for Infectious Diseases

Date: Sun 26 Sep 2010
Source:, Xinhua News Agency report [edited]

Local drug authorities said Sunday [26 Sep 2010] that 8 people have
been arrested in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region for
producing or selling fake rabies vaccinations which caused the death
of a child and threatened more than 1000 others.

"They will be prosecuted for the fake rabies vaccines in Laibin
City," Guangxi's regional drug administration said in a statement.
The statement, which did not name the suspects, said the authorities
discovered 1263 fake rabies shots in a 2-month period from January
[2010]. Some 1214 of the shots had already been [administered]. The
fake shots, found in 13 village hospitals and 20 privately-run
clinics in Xinbin District, Laibin City, were reportedly produced by
an underground workshop and sold for about 330 000 yuan (USD 48 530).

Drug authorities have confiscated all the remaining fake shots. The
vaccine scandal was uncovered in December last year [2009], after the
death of a 4-year-old child. The child died 3 weeks after he was
bitten by a dog in his home village in Xinbin District. The victim's
father said the child received 6 rabies vaccine shots for 700 yuan
[approx USD 103] at the village clinic. "He had a high fever and
couldn't eat or drink after the shots," said Ye.

Local authorities said the boy was the only confirmed victim of the
fake shots so far, adding that there have been no other reports of
the fake shots causing health problems. By June [2010], health
workers in Laibin had located all the patients who had received the
fake shots and had given them a free standard shot.

Rabies has emerged as a major public health issue in China. Last year
[2009] China was 2nd only to India in the number of human deaths
caused by rabies. Around 2000 people per year in China die from rabies.

[Byline: Xu Leiying]

Communicated by:

[A similar incident was reported in February 2009 (ProMED-mail
archive number 20090219.0691) in Liaoning province involved the
recall of 320 000 doses of a contaminated rabies vaccine produced by
a single manufacturer. In that incident there were no adverse
consequences. The current incident in Laibin City, Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region, involves the sale of a counterfeit product
manufactured by an unlicenced supplier. Since the incubation period
for rabies virus infection in humans may vary from a few days to
several years, but typically is 1 to 3 months, it is likely that
death of the 4-year-old child 3 weeks after being bitten by a dog can
be attributed to the fake vaccine rather than disease. No other
adverse outcomes have been reported so far.

Guangxi, in southern China, is one of China's 5 minority autonomous
regions. A map of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region can be accessed at
A map of the provinces of China is available at
, and the
HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of China at
. - Mod.CP]

[see also:
Rabies - China (04): Ministry report 20090927.3379
Rabies vaccine - China: recall, RFI 20090219.0691
Announcements (03): Rabies vaccine supply limited - USA (CDC) 20080826.2659
Rabies, human - China: vaccine failure suspected 20050718.2071
Rabies vaccine: recall (03) 20040406.0939
Rabies vaccine: recall (02) 20040403.0911
Rabies vaccine: recall 20040402.0909]

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Thursday, September 9, 2010


A ProMED-mail post

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Date: Thu 2 Sep 2010
Source: Parliamentary newspaper "Izvestia Tyumenskiye" [in Russian, trans.
Corr.ATS, edited]

A mass die-off of young foxes has occurred in a government-owned fox farm
in Khantia-Mansia autonomous okrug [district]. Since May 2010, about
1700-1900 out of 3000 red and black-silver young foxes have died in the
farm. All the animals were less than 1 year old. The cause of this incident
is not clear yet.

An immunisation [the source does not mention the antigen] was carried out
in an attempt to stop the mortality. The managers consider that the danger
has gone because the die-off has stopped and the adult vixens remained
alive. There is a possibility that contaminated feed caused this die-off. A
regional veterinarian said that there is a reason to believe that
_Clostridium perfringens_ caused all this trouble because some tests
reacted positively for this bacterium. Another hypothesis is the presence
of fungal toxins, such as aflatoxin.

[byline: Vitaly Titov]

communicated by:

[Final field or laboratory based diagnostic conclusions would be
appreciated. - Mod.AS

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Ugra or Khantia-Mansia, is an autonomous
district of Tyumen Oblast (region) in Central Russia. It can be seen on the
map at .
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Shrine Circus Protest this Saturday

Hi all! Here are some more details on Saturday's circus protests. Please share and crosspost widely!

Please join Adirondack Animal Rights for a demonstration against circus cruelty.

Saturday, September 11th
1:00PM and 6:00PM
West Glens Falls Fireman's Field
33 Luzerne Road
Queensbury, NY 12804

Some signs will be provided. Please feel free to make your own.

Walker Bros. Circus will be performing.;

According to the information I have been given, they use horses, ponies and dogs. While most of the anti-circus information out there focuses on exotic animals, it is important to remember that all animals in the circus suffer, regardless of species.

While there is very little regulation and protection for exotic animals used incircuses, there is even less for domesticated animals in the circus.

According to the PETA factsheet on Walker Bros Circus:

"Walker Bros. Circus has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has charged Walker Bros. Circus with numerous violations of the AWA, including failure to maintain programs of disease control and prevention for transporting two elephants infected with a human strain of tuberculosis and endangering both animal and human lives. In 2004, Walker Bros. Circus admitted to 18 violations of the AWA. Walker Bros. Circus no longer has its own USDA license..."

Thank you for your time and I hope to see you on Saturday!

Jessica Ryle
Adirondack Animal Rights
Glens Falls, NY;!/group.php?gid=260512472314&ref=ts;;

Saturday, September 4, 2010

From: ""

Sent: Thu, August 26, 2010 12:10:25 PM

Subject: Carrollton,KY~3 Legged Kitty came in with duct tape on his claws

~ now needs his own home

--- On Sat, 8/21/10, wrote:


Subject: 3 Legged Kitty needs his own home

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 9:15 PM

Trey is approx 3 yrs old and would love to have a home w/o dogs. He does

ok with them but would prefer a home w/o them. He came to us with duct

tape on his paw. Come to find out his foot had no feeling and his hind leg had

to be removed. It does not slow him down one bit. He is fully vetted and

ready for a new home.

Permission to cross post.


Contact Tammie at or 502-732-6040.

No calls after 10 pm EST.

$20.00 pull fee for approved rescues.

Tammie Crawford

Carroll Co Animal Support, Inc.

Get Kodak prints of this picture, and all your other favorites, at

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Phoenix's Song

Crossposting for Phoenix and all sick, starving, suffering abused and neglected animals;

Dear all,

Sharing our song for Phoenix which we finished last night, it took us several months to get around to recording it as we are always a few songs behind and have a list of music to write for animal issues. This song was requested by Zara who has been following the case, part of the email that she wrote to us is below. I never forgot this letter or the kindness of the medical staff who gave Phoenix precious time to just be a dog, even for a few minutes, before she sadly had to be euthanized becaue of her injuries.

So Phoenix now has her song, she rests in peace and I hope her story will help to raise awareness of animal abuse so that we can help other dogs at risk in the future. Please feel free to share and if there are any updates about the court case I'll add them to Phoenix's page on our website. If anyone would like a copy of the song just let me know & I'll send it through.

From Zara's email -

''Phoenix, a 2 year old pit bull. She survived but they did put her to sleep after a while because her kidneys were failing due to her injuries and her pain. I am told by a friend in Baltimore, where it happened that they took her outside and let her see the grass and the sky before they sent her on her final journey. She was giving kisses and wagging her tail right up to the end of her life.

When she closed her eyes for the last time I pray she knew love and her pain ended. I can't stop crying and I can't write anymore sorry my friend.''

Phoenix's song -

Phoenix's story -

Best wishes

Maria & Paul xx

'Compassion is the vital link that makes life bearable when all else fails'

Maria Daines


Saturday, August 28, 2010


Fatal Horse Injury / Gored by Bull;

Broken Leg Calf;

Shocking Rodeo Horses and Dr. John Maulsby, “Cruel Colorado” Rodeo Vet;

Oklahoma Prison Rodeo Cruelty;

Torture of Broken Legged Steer;

Bull with Broken Neck Left to Die;

Bucking Horse Injured / Caught in Shute;

Rodeo Cruelty Exposed: Censored by the PRCA;

Hard Copy Investigates and Gets Harassed;

Anti-Fur Demos in Japan

Forwarding for the Anti-Fur Society; FYI:

On this coming Sunday members of Animal Rights Center of Japan  from Kansai area, the West of Japan, will be demonstrating against fur at "Kobe Collection", from 10 am - 8 pm.

If some of you are in Japan and interested in joining them, please contact Japans ARC for more info.  Japan;

Thank you.

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Capital Region: ADK-AR Events This Weekend

Posted by: "Adirondack Animal Rights"

Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:01 pm (PDT)

Hi all! Don't forget about this weekend's events:

Saturday, August 28th 5:00PM: Vegan Potluck with Special Guest Anthony Marr

X's to O's Vegan Bakery

97 4th Street, Troy

Please bring a vegan dish to share, as well a drink and your own place setting.

This event is free, however a $5 donation for Anthony's travel

expenses would be greatly appreciated! Come eat a bunch of food,

listen to Anthony's presentation, get yourself an ADK-AR shirt and a

VegCap Vegan Dining Guide, sign a petition against the construction of

the Oswego slaughterhouse, get some AMAZING X's to O's Vegan Bakery

goodies for dessert and have an all around awesome time! Hope to see

you there!

Sunday, August 29th 12:00PM: Anti-Vivisection Demonstration at Albany

Medical College

Corner of New Scotland and Holland Avenues, Albany

In 2008, Albany Med killed 12 dogs, 13 rabbits, 8 non-human primates,

38 pigs, 2 goats and 116 chinchillas. They claim that 99% of their

research is done on mice and rats. Mice and rats are not included in

the Animal Welfare Act and therefore do not have to be reported.

Therefore the 189 animals that Albany Med reported to have killed in

2008 represent only 1% of the total number of lives taken.

After some simple math, the actual number of lives taken in 2008 is

closer to 19,000. That's Nineteen Thousand.

We do no accept this number. We do not accept Albany Med's "excuses"

that this cruelty is necessary. It is not, and we will continue to

remind them of this on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Jessica Ryle

Adirondack Animal Rights

Glens Falls, NY!/group.php?gid=260512472314&ref=ts

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

SOS for Canadian Geese

Dear friends of Canada geese:

NYC Audubon is trying to reach a goal of having 1,000 people register formal complaints with the City about the rampant killings of Canada geese. All you have to do is call 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK from outside of NYC) and register a complaint. There are several important things to remember when phoning 311 with your complaint:

When registering a complaint, its important to say that you would like to "register an opinion with the Mayor." 311 may encourage you to submit the complaint through an email address or via mail, but it is possible to register an opinion through 311, and NYC Audubon has confirmed this several times with 311 supervisors. The more people who phone to register a complaint, the more familiar 311 operators will likely become handling this type of complaint.

It's possible that 311 operators will attempt to categorize your complaint. The appropriate category for this type of issue is "Environment."

It's possible that 311 operators will ask you about the date and time of the incident. Its ok to say you're not exactly sure, and to ask that they use today's date and time for their form.

Please e-mail us your tracking number so we can follow up on it later. Emails can be sent to

If you encounter any challenges registering your complaint, please phone Jeff Friedrich at 212-691-7483

With your support, NYC Audubon can encourage City officials to engage with us in drafting a better plan for managing Canada geese in New York City.

Link to their web page:

Choo and Earl

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Iowa Farm Traced as Source of Bad Eggs (Re-call)

A ProMED-mail post

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Date: Fri 20 Aug 2010
Source: Dayton (OH) Business Journal [edited]

An egg recall has expanded to more than half a billion eggs, and
federal officials say 2000 illnesses have been reported connected to
the salmonellosis outbreak.

Eggs from an Iowa producer linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis had
sparked a nationwide egg recall this past week. That has expanded to
a 2nd egg producer, Hillandale Farms. The firms sold eggs to
wholesalers and distributors in numerous states, and the eggs were
distributed nationwide.

The CDC issued the following guidelines for consumers:
-Don't eat recalled eggs or products containing recalled eggs.
Recalled eggs might still be in grocery stores, restaurants, and
consumers' homes.
-Consumers who have recalled eggs should discard them or return them
to their retailer for a refund.
-Individuals who think they might have become ill from eating
recalled eggs should consult their health care providers.
-Keep eggs refrigerated at all times.
-Discard cracked or dirty eggs.
-Wash hands, cooking utensils, and food preparation surfaces with
soap and water after contact with raw eggs.
-Eggs should be cooked until both the white and the yolk are firm and
eaten promptly after cooking.
-Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
-Refrigerate unused or leftover egg-containing foods promptly.
-Avoid eating raw eggs.
-Avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or undercooked, unpasteurized
eggs. Restaurants should use pasteurized eggs in any recipe (such as
Hollandaise sauce or Caesar salad dressing) that calls for raw eggs.
-Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided, especially
by young children, elderly persons, and persons with weakened immune
systems or debilitating illness.

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HealthMap Alerts via ProMED-mail

[The scope of this outbreak is increasing. ProMED awaits more
information regarding better diagnostic studies of the outbreak
strain. Again, it cannot be stressed enough -- in parallel to _E.
coli_ O157:H7 Salmonellosis, serotype Enteritidis - USA (02): eggs,
recall in ground beef -- that almost all cases can be avoided with
proper cooking and kitchen hygiene. - Mod.LL]

[see also:
Salmonellosis, serotype Enteritidis - USA (02): eggs, recall 20100820.2903
Salmonellosis, serotype Enteritidis - USA: eggs, alert, recall 20100817.2846
Salmonellosis, reptile feed - UK, USA (02) 20100806.2662
Salmonellosis, ST Hartford, Baildon - USA: fast food chain 20100806.2661
Salmonellosis, restaurant - USA: (CO), undercooked eggs 20100805.2653
Salmonellosis, reptile feed - UK, USA: st Typhimurium DT 191A 20100730.2555
Salmonellosis, reptile feed - USA: recall 20100729.2545
Salmonellosis - Canada: (ON, BC) headcheese, alert 20100726.2499
Salmonellosis, unpasteurized milk - USA (02): (UT) serotype Newport
Salmonellosis, unpasteurized milk - USA: (UT) 20100517.1616
Salmonellosis, serotype Hvittingfoss - USA: (IL) restaurant chain 20100609.1932
Salmonellosis, serotype Newport - USA (02): sprouts, alert, recall
Salmonellosis, serotype Newport - USA: sprouts, alert, recall 20100522.1701
Salmonellosis, salami - USA (07): black & red pepper 20100313.0804
Salmonellosis, salami - USA: alert, recall 20100124.0270]

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

40 Cats Need Rescue in Hudson Co., NJ

Please conatct


Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:43:10 -0400


Hello animal rescue friends!!! If anyone knows ANYONE who can help me, I'm
so desperate to find these cats somewhere to go! :(


40 cats in a woman's home are going to put to sleep this Tuesday by the
ASPCA, Associated Humane of Newark. I am the head technician at the
Secaucus Animal Hospital in Hudson County. We have a client who for many
years has been trapping cats, neutering them, and releasing them into her
home. Some of the cats are very friendly and some are wild. She started
out with 6 cats and had a little group of cats that she would feed on her
porch, but she lived on a busy street and was seeing so many of them killed
as they crossed to get to her house. She began taking them in, and although
we didn't think it was the best for the cats, we knew she was taking good
care of them medically. Years passed and before we knew it, she had more
than 40 cats in her home. A few years ago, she lost her job, and due to
health reasons was unable to find work. She was in danger of losing her
home because she could not afford the taxes, when someone made her a deal
that they would pay her taxes if she got rid of all the cats.
Unfortunately,a few years back, one of the cats tested positive for FELV
even though we were testing all the kitties before she was bringing them
in...he was very sick and we had to put him down, and another cat died of
what we think may have been FIP. Because she told this to the Humane
Society, they told her that they had to euthanize ALL the cats because they
did not have the finances to test any of them. Since that cat tested
positive for FELV, we have tested every cat that has come in to our hospital
and they have all been negative. We are willing to test ALL the cats prior
to adoption for anyone who may be able to rescue them.

Our rescue is going to foster 6 of the's all the room we have!
That leaves 34!

I'm sending out a plea for anyone who can take just ONE cat...or anyone who
has property where at least one or BEST two of the wild ones can be

She is a nice lady whose love of these cats just got out of control...I hate
to see these poor guys suffer...alot of these cats I know and love and have
worked with for years!!!

Please help me help her! I am willing to transport in the tri-state area!

Thank you soooooo much,


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Martin Luther King, Jr

"Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature
as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human
lives." - Albert Schweitzer

Sunday, August 15, 2010


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Date: Sat 14 Aug 2010
From: Anne Justice-Allen [edited]

[re: ProMED-mail: Pneumonia, ovine - USA (08): (MT) bighorn sheep
Regarding the comment by the moderator, while _Mannheimia haemolytica_ and
_Pasteurella multocida_ have both been identified in bighorn sheep with
pneumonia, _Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae_ was also isolated from many of the
sheep in the outbreaks in 2010 (in some instances, from 100 per cent of the
animals sampled). To date, no viruses have been positively linked to the
outbreaks but many wild sheep herds have titers to parainfluenza 3 and
(bovine) respiratory syncytial viruses and one report detected a 4-fold
increase in titers to these viruses. Researchers have had difficulty
reproducing the severe pneumonia that occurs in the bighorns with _M.
ovipneumoniae_ alone. It could be that like _M. dispar_ in calves, that
coinfection with a mycoplasma and pasteurella causes a more severe disease
syndrome. In addition, it has been determined that a leukotoxin produced by
_M. haemolytica_ serotype A1 is virulence factor for bighorn sheep.

1. Besser TE, Cassirer EF, Potter KA, VanderSchalie J, et al. Association
of _Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae_ infection with population-limiting
respiratory disease in free-ranging Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (_Ovis
canadensis canadensis_). J Clin Microbiol. 2008; 46(2): 423-30 [available
at ].
2. Dassanayake RP, Shanthalingam S, Herndon CN, Lawrence PK, et al.
_Mannheimia haemolytica_ serotype A1 exhibits differential pathogenicity in
two related species, _Ovis canadensis _and _Ovis aries_. Vet Microbiol.
2009; 133(4): 366-71 [abstract available at
3. Rudolph KM, Hunter DL, Rimler RB, Cassirer EF, et al. Microorganisms
associated with a pneumonic epizootic in Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
(_Ovis canadensis canadensis_). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2007; 38(4):548-58
[abstract available at ].

Anne Justice-Allen, DVM
Wildlife Health Specialist
Arizona Game and Fish Department

[Dr Justice-Allen's comments are appreciated by this moderator. - Mod.TG]

[see also:
Pneumonia, ovine - USA (08): (MT) bighorn sheep 20100814.2794]

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