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Veterinary Care and Good Fortune

Gunther, Hillcrest Animal Hospital.

Money, it seems, is constantly an issue when it comes to animal welfare. For example, in terms of what is going on in Davidson County, things could easily be fixed with a little money. But, of course, it is not always possible to acquire the money necessary to do achieve x, y, and z. This is especially true for homeless and unwanted animals.

Luckily, no expense has been spared for Gunther, a German Shepherd certified Rescue Dog with fibrotic myopathy. In an article entitled “Pets as Patients: Stem Cell Use on Rise, Including in Rockford,” author Sean F. Driscoll discusses the dog’s recovery, as well as the costs associated with the long-term treatment.

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Aquarium Boycott

The other day I met a young lady who adamantly opposed the idea of zoos and aquariums, believing that they were unnatural and unethical.  Essentially, she believed there were better ways to encounter wildlife in the world. But, I wondered, what about those zoos and aquariums that are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an organization whose mission statement promises to “provide its members the services, high standards and best practices needed to be leaders and innovators in animal care, wildlife conservation and science, conservation education, the guest experience, and community engagement.”  Still, she remained steadfast in her opposition.

Apparently, she is not alone.

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Chimps Suffering in Zoos

Bronx Zoo Monkey House

Although I had already known about captive chimpanzees that were self-mutilating in research facilities, I was surprised to read that similar behavior has been found amongst captive chimpanzees in zoos.

Research conducted by Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher and Lucy Birkett show “serious behavioral abnormalities” among captive chimpanzees. The study was conducted among 40 socially-housed chimpanzees from zoos around the U.S. and UK and determined that the abnormal behavior, which is similar to symptoms of mental illness in humans, was prevalent despite efforts by zoo keepers to create a social atmosphere.

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Last Friday, Wayne Pacelle, the current President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, came to New Haven to promote his new book, entitled “The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.”  Early that morning, Pacelle spoke with the interns at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Rather than situate the conversation in terms of animal rights or welfare, he lectured about our responsibility towards animals, arguing that “it’s more about us, than them.”

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***CALENDAR ADVISORY***

Humane Society of the United States President
to Make New Haven, Conn., Appearance

New Haven Native, Yale Alum and Author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them at The Yale Bookstore on July 8

WHO:     Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States

WHAT:    Discussion, Q&A and book signing

WHERE:  The Yale Bookstore, at 77 Broadway in New Haven

WHEN:    Friday, July 8, at 6 p.m.

 

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Over the weekend, animal activists gathered at the Berlin Fairgrounds in East Berlin, Connecticut to protest the National Trappers Association’s Northeast Regional Convention and Expo.  Among the events planned for the convention were trapping and skinning demonstrations on a variety of animals, vendor showcases, supply auctions, and children’s activities.

As the trappers and trapping enthusiasts noticed the activists, reactions ranged from indifference to hostility, with some threatening to “shoot and skin them too.” At one point, one of the trappers began to articulate his position.

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