Biden Administration Restores Endangered Species Act

By Catrin Einhorn
June 23, 2022
Updated 12:43 p.m. ET
The Biden administration is throwing out the definition of “habitat” for endangered animals, returning to an understanding that existed before the government under President Donald J. Trump shrank the areas that could be protected for animals under threat of extinction.

By striking a single sentence from the regulations, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries could once again protect a “critical habitat” even if it had become unsuitable because of development or other changes but could be restored.

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/climate/biden-endangered-species-habitat.html?

350 dogs are getting a second chance

Over 350 dogs are getting a second chance after police and animal activists intercepted a truck carrying the canines to China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

According to Humane Society International (HSI), several days before the 2022 Yulin Dog Meat Festival started on June 21, police and animal activists in Shaanxi, China, intercepted a truck filled with canines heading to Yulin.

More information here: https://people.com/pets/386-dogs-rescued-from-truck-heading-to-yulin-dog-meat-festival/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

16 dogs rescued from ‘horrific living conditions’ in Kansas woods

By CNN

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (CNN) — Sixteen rescued dogs are recovering at Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) Animal Services. Rescuers say the dogs were freed from horrific conditions after they were abandoned to live alone in the woods.

KCK Animal Services Director Ashley Scott said the dogs are adjusting remarkably well and will soon be available for adoption.

“All these guys were on heavy thick chains,” Scott said. “They do have wounds from those heavy chains and collars because they were on so tight.”

While executing a search warrant, investigators discovered the 16 dogs. KCK Animal Services brought the dogs to a shelter to be assessed and treated.

“We knew that we could not leave these guys behind. There is no way these animals were getting adequate shelter,” Scott said. “The dog houses were falling apart. They were standing in several inches of mud and water. They had no food and no water.”

Rescuers hiked and used ATVs to bring the dogs out of the woods safely.

“We had to hike the rest of the way by foot. It was too muddy for a military grade ATV to get to,” Scott said. “I would say it was about a quarter mile into the woods. We were able to take one dog at a time.”

Scott said once the dogs are spayed or neutered, they will be ready to find new homes.

“They were so happy to be out of that environment. They’ve given nothing but love to us so far,” Scott said. “They are all very sweet and very gentle even with other animals.”

Friends of KCK Animal Services are collecting donations for medical care for the rescued dogs.

“This is why I do what I do. We can take an animal living in those conditions with no love, and they are resilient and forgiving even when they shouldn’t be,” Scott said. “We can try to give them the best life that they should have always had.”

Read here: https://nbc-2.com/cnn/2022/06/22/16-dogs-rescued-from-horrific-living-conditions-in-kansas-woods/amp/

Formula shortages: Options

The reason is the hundreds of recalls in February and the lack of production of it now. Many parents are finding it difficult to come up with solutions.

During my time in Texas there was a period of formula shortages due to bulk buying during hurricane Harvey. (In the area I was in) and I wasn’t able to travel far.

And seeing as my kid is lactose intolerant it was double difficult to find a solution, since breastfeeding was out of the question, due to my medication (insulin and Lexapro).

I then called my mother and asked what she did during the shortage in the 80s.

Quite simply put. She used evaporated milk. Until I turned age one. Then she switched over to cows milk, where she would boil it down and skimmed off the top skin.

Again my kid is lactose intolerant. So that wasn’t an option. However, I am writing this for those who have kids who can drink regular milk products.

Use evaporated milk in a can as a substitute. Or breastfeed if you can. If your child is age one and up boil the regular milk, before giving it to your kids.

Lactose intolerant milk lactaid at age one. Before that it’s soy, almond, cashew, and coconut. That’s what my pediatrician suggested.

DO NOT MAKE YOUR OWN FORMULA. There’s risks, very dangerous risks. Unforeseen illness or allergies and even Deaths.

These options may not work for you, and I encourage parents to talk with their pediatrician about these options, BEFORE, trying them. Because each baby/child is different. Just know there are options out there.

(Note I do Not agree with using any dairy products as it’s theft from the calf. However, during dire circumstances, such as shortage, one must do what they have to.)

Winter Weather and Animals

We have winter weather this year that has been causing degrees to drop in the lows of 6. That alone should be common sense enough to bring your animals inside.

However, common sense in this Era seems to be a rarity. People are being stupid and leaving their companions outside all night.

This leads to severe consequences. Hyperthermia, and death. You NEED TO BRING THEM INSIDE OR have an environmentally controlled habitat for them. Meaning a structure with heat and A.C for the summer time.

Bring them inside don’t let them die of hostile exposure.

We also must be vigilant when starting our cars. Stray animals find your car warm and will huddle up inside a tire well or engine. Before turning on your car, check your car.

Bang or open the hood, tap or check your tire wells, if you should find an animal and they refuse to come out. Call Animal Control. Do not attempt to remove the animal without proper equipment.

Which consists of gloves (work tough gloves) blankets and or towels, And a crate. Along with wet food and water. (And animal formula on hand.

always check your cars. Even if it’s not that cold or hot, check your car.

Cats Need Claws: Petition

About 2 years ago, I created a petition, to get the barbaric declawing of cats abolished. I have been in talks with my representative and as many know, that representative has been stonewalling me. Saying things like we can’t put that on the docket right now, or not enough people are interested in said petition. yet over the years, the petition has accumulated 3,999 signatures. If it reaches 5,000 according to Change.Org, the petition could get media attention. (Not that I want or need that kind of attention, yet if it helps get this barbarity abolished so be it.)

With that being said, I will continue to push this issue, no matter how many times I may get stonewalled, or even ignored by the local Legislator. In addition, if I have to expand our petition to “All 50 States”. I will.

Therefore, I am asking once again for people to sign and share widely. So we can make this goal. Of getting declawing abolished for good.

Please sign and share https://chng.it/YGXxs5sq

Cats need claws since they cannot live a normal life without them. It’s like cutting off your knuckles, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people would be out of work if their knuckles, let alone their hands were all mangled. Cats have Jobs too, in fact, many Cats are Barn Cats, and their job is keeping rodents away from crops and feed. Then those who have cats as companions, also use them to keep rodents out of the house. And as much as I do love all animals including the little rodents, they cannot be in a person’s household, since they can spread illness and fleas. I allow my cats to track the mice, and I immediately place a humane trap, lined with peanut butter, cheese or veggies in front of where they may come in. I transport these mice to a faraway, field after they go into the traps. Now, I could not do this without my cats, and they would not be able to track without their claws.

And I’ll tell you why because if they were declawed, their mental status would be changed. They would be more focused on their paws, they would “shake” their paws with each step they took and they would lose balance. If they were declawed.

I’ve seen this too many times at the vet office I visit. These cats that have been declawed, act differently, the reason being is they are in pain, and with each step, it is completely painful.

However, I must state this, the Vet office I visit is completely against declawing. The cats that come in had it done elsewhere, and the Vets there are constantly explaining to these owners why their cats are acting out of the ordinary. There is NO REVERSAL for declawing, once done that’s it. Damage is done.

So yes, there are vets out there who will do this barbaric act of mutilation and not think twice. And these are the places that need restrictions and why I want to have this practice of declawing abolished.

Cats need their claws for more than just hunting and their job as rodent stoppers. They need their claws for Stretching, being able to grip is essential to them. Climbing to get away from others or an overly playful pup/dog. They need their claws for protection, because there is no guarantee you can keep your cat in doors 24/7. Trust me I know they are little escape artists/ninjas. And the last thing they need their claws for, is balance, yes balance. Tails can only help for so long when it comes to balance, yet their claws. When a cat is declawed, it’s not at all like clipping nails. Declawing is amputating the claw and related bone and muscle tissue. Without their claws, cats often have trouble balancing, with each step.

https://chng.it/YGXxs5sq Please Sign and Share.

Activists Speak Out Against Turkish Camel Wrestling.

Wrestling camel Ozarslan Bey, adorned with colourful ornaments, is paraded during the Camel Beauty Contest ahead of the annual 40th Efes Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival, in the Aegean town of Selcuk, near Izmir, Turkey January 15, 2022. Picture taken January 15, 2022. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Photo Credit Reuters

According to News Source Reuters, In Istanbul, Turkey. There is a traditional Camel Wrestling Festival. That attracts thousands of people every year. On Jan 16, This cruel festival garnered attention from Animal Rights Activists who had plenty to say about this.

According to many Activists/Advocates, the camels in question are abused and even injured during the events that take place. According to Reuters, The 40th International Camel Wrestling Festival was held in Selcuk, part of the Aegean province of Izmir, on Sunday with 152 camels sporting saddles and ornamental cloths and embroidery of various patterns and colours on their humps and necks.

The Camels are led/brought into a Sandy Arena where they are pitted against each other. Although According to Reuters they are equipped with muzzles to “prevent” bite wounds. Allegedly there is also other personnel in the ring with the camels, along with a Referee.

Gulgun Hamamcioglu, the Izmir representative for the Animal Rights Federation (HAYTAP), said goading animals to fight each other was a “big crime”. “You see an animal, a live being fight in front of you and it is suffering, is wounded and maybe they kill each other. People enjoy this and maybe make a financial profit,” she said. “Please let’s all together stop this picture of shame, this scene that makes us ashamed of humanity,” Hamamcioglu added.

Unfortunately, Turkey Does not have laws against camel wrestling and these matches last 10 to 15 minutes at a time. If this happened in the states it would be a major animal abuse crime. This kind of event should not be forcing Camels to fight. Even if they have muzzles, the camels still become injured by that blunt face gear, not to mention the body blows that camels do. It still leaves the camel injured with wounds. If you have ever watched a Documentary with camels fighting (during mating) you would know how powerful these body blows are.

Male Camels are aggressive during the mating season especially, when a female is near and in heat. Male Camels will literally fight to the death, just to ensure they can pass on their genes. Additionally not just camels, yet Monkeys, Lions and other animals will do the same. In their world it is actually survival of the fittest.

If you want to have a camel festival, how about we judge them based on Health, and looks. This way no animal is harmed during the festival. Just a thought. Respect the animal instead of destroying.

It’s time to break away from barbaric traditions, create new ones that don’t entail violence of animals or humans for that matter. We as people need to do better.

Read more of the Camel Wrestling here: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/animal-rights-activists-slam-turkish-camel-wrestling-festival-2022-01-16/?fbclid=IwAR29DxzgkJr9YoIUBtlWW3lvDVsuNH_xXJ3-i_6ONdD-kpma3Gj9HP8sK-A

Necip Cotura, who has three camels and participates in the festival as a hobby, said the event was a longtime tradition. “It is something that is done with love. It is not a fight, it is wrestling – just like how humans wrestle,” he said.

Wrestling is actual Staged fighting when it concerns humans, they barely touch each other and they, the wrestlers are professionals and go under immense training. CAMELS literally hit each other with “Body Blows and Kicks”. You cannot compare this to a human sport. Forcing animals to fight/wrestle IS NOT LOVE. You are FORCING the Camel to go against the natural order. This is the kind of Twisted Mentallity that gets Animals Culled and Euthanized.

I agree with Mrs. Hamamcioglu, we need to come together and end this violent tradition of using animals as entertainment purposes. Find other ways for entertainment one that does involve harming animals.

If people truly respected or loved their animals, this would not be a thing. It would have been abolished ages ago. It’s time to start protesting the government for change, light that fire for change. Animals Should Have Rights EVERYWHERE.

Animal control seeks donations to help care for DeSoto puppy mill dogs

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation into the puppy mill could lead to more charges for Romano and Polk.
Because of this, no further information can be released on the case, including information on specific dogs and the adoption process, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office said.

The dogs are being cared for at DeSoto Animal Control but are in need of a few items.

If anyone would like to make donations, they can be sent to:

DeSoto County Animal Control
2048 NE McKay Street
Arcadia, FL 34266

Items needed include:

Science Diet dog food
Nylabones
Kong toys
Milk bone treats
Clean/new, thick blankets
Bleach
Liquid laundry detergent
— Read on www.winknews.com/2021/11/16/donations-needed-to-help-with-desoto-puppy-mill-dogs/

Etowah County man faces animal cruelty charges after shooting neighbor’s dogs

UPDATE– The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office served a summons to Ricky Gladden Tuesday morning for two counts of animal cruelty after shooting a nearby neighbor’s dogs, killing one of them. 
According to Kaley and Jerry Richards, their dogs, Maverick and Mosely, got out the morning of November 12th, after their underground fence was damaged by construction workers putting in a pool. 

Kaley said the pair had never gotten out before–immediately causing concern. 

The sheriff’s office says Gladden admitted to shooting the dogs and burying one on his property after the incident. 
— Read on abc3340.com/amp/news/local/etowah-county-family-concerned-after-dogs-shot-one-killed-by-neighbor

New Jersey Bans the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

Beauty products

The sale of cosmetics tested on animals will be banned in New Jersey beginning next year.

According to a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday, any cosmetic item tested on animals, whether that testing took place in or out of state, cannot be sold in New Jersey starting March 2022. New Jersey previously banned in-state animal testing, according to NJ.com.

The legislation was among dozens that Murphy signed on Monday as lawmakers returned from a months-long break. It passed unanimously in the State Senate and Assembly with bipartisan support.

Several companies, including Lush, The Herbs and the Bees, and US Organic Group, also supported the legislation.

Beginning on March 1, 2022, the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals will be prohibited, with a few exceptions, like if “the animal test is required by a federal or State regulatory authority” or if the “ingredient that requires an animal test is in wide use and cannot be replaced by another ingredient,” according to the legislation.

Read More Here: https://people.com/pets/new-jersey-bans-sale-of-cosmetics-tested-on-animals/