At first glance, the adult lanternfly is a beautiful spectacle with spotted, bright red wings and a little bumble bee-esque body. But as the species continues its trek across the U.S., federal and state officials have a unified message: If you come across the insect, kill it.
The lanternfly is an invasive species from China that wreaks havoc on agriculture. They aren’t physically harmful to humans, but they threaten everything from oak, walnut and poplar trees to grapes, almonds and fruit orchards. It was first detected in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 2014, but it has now spread to at least nine states, primarily in the Northeast. Growing numbers have been spotted in New York City this summer.
Glaciers are melting faster, losing 31% more snow and ice per year than they did 15 years earlier, according to three-dimensional satellite measurements of all the world’s mountain glaciers.
Scientists blame human-caused climate change.
Using 20 years of recently declassified satellite data, scientists calculated that the world’s 220,000 mountain glaciers are losing more than 328 billion tons (298 billion metric tons) of ice and snow per year since 2015, according to a study in Wednesday’s journal Nature. That’s enough melt flowing into the world’s rising oceans to put Switzerland under almost 24 feet (7.2 meters) of water each year.
Geneva — The United Nations’ health agency on Tuesday urged countries to suspend the sale of live animals captured from the wild in food markets. The World Health Organization recommended it as an emergency measure, saying wild animals are a leading source of emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus.
Meow Mix-brand cat food sold by Walmart in eight states is being recalled because it might be contaminated with salmonella, manufacturer J.M. Smucker announced in a notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.
Two lots of 30-pound bags of Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food are involved in the recall and were shipped to more than 1,100 Walmart stores in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The lot numbers are 1081804 with an expiration date of September 14, 2022, and 1082804 with an expiration date of September 15, 2022. Consumers with questions can call J.M. Smucker at (888) 569-6728, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, the company said.
Salmonella symptoms in felines include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite and excessive drooling. People can also get salmonella from animals that have been in contact with contaminated food, or from handling it or touching unwashed surfaces that held them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella infects 1.3 million Americans every year, killing about 420 and hospitalizing another 26,500. Those most at risk from salmonella include the elderly and children under five. Most of those stricken experience fever, vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea for four to seven days.
COVID-19 has forever changed our world. In one year, 115 million global cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. And sadly, 2.5 million people around the world have died. In the United States, over 28.7 million cases have been confirmed and over half a million people have died.
Most infectious diseases can be traced back to animals, including COVID-19. Large live animal markets provide a perfect breeding ground for a pandemic. So do the livestock auctions and live animal markets of the United States.
But how different is a live animal market abroad or in the U.S. compared to an industrial chicken farm in the United States? The similarities are frightening. 99% of animals raised in the US come from large-scale operations where stressed and terrified animals are crammed into small spaces often living in their own feces and other bodily fluids.
That’s why calling for an end to wild animal markets is not enough. It is time to make a change. To prevent pandemics like coronavirus we must end the demand for animal flesh and go vegan.
Stop pandemics where they start. Sign our petition today and demand an end to live animal markets and industrial factory farms.
As rising global temperatures continue to melt the ice in Antarctica, scientists predict that we’ll face serious problems in the coming decades — from rising sea levels to devastating storms to temperatures rising even faster because there’s less ice to reflect heat.
Now, it turns out all those problems could be even worse than scientists predicted, according to research published in the journal Climate Dynamics. Existing models tended to predict ice melt based on average conditions over time, but accounting for fluctuating extremes paints a far more dire picture.
Climate models need to represent how chaotic weather patterns can be, study author and Penn State climate researcher Chris Forest argued in a press release. Accounting for those fluctuations, Forest’s work shows that the Antarctic ice sheet could retreat 20 years sooner than expected.
Factoring that in, the melting ice could raise the sea level by an additional 2.7 to 4.3 inches on top of the 10.6 to 14.9 inches that simpler models predict by the year 2100.
“We know ice sheets are melting as global temperatures increase, but uncertainties remain about how much and how fast that will happen,” Forest said in the release.
There are several codes of conduct for Ethical Rescuing, while running an Ethical Organisation. If a founder or CEO or even a Volunteer cannot adhere to the codes of conduct enacted to make the ship sale straight. Well, then you have people who poke, prod and dig into the situation to expose the corruption. Organisations and Rescues like businesses place a code of ethics to ensure the quality of life for the animals while ensuring that all funds collected is used appropriately, such as used for the intended beneficiary. These codes of ethics help improve relationships between donor and rescue or organisation.
Not only this yet those who are fully registered and compliant with the IRS, USDA or their Gift Aid Certificate agent, are obliged to follow the handbook and contract given to them upon finalization of their paperwork. Ethical Organisations – Are always required to show their financial status when it is requested by the populace either through posting receipts and yearly statements publicly or privately. This in a way shows good faith to those whom are donating, if you ask for proof of where money has gone and all the organisation can do is give you a backhanded response while blocking you. Then there is seriously something wrong.
They are also responsible for the financials obtained through donations, are responsible for their paperwork and the ethics their accountant may hold. Organisations are completely liable if something should go awry. That includes the responsibility and liability of a volunteers muck up in public forum.
Organisations are solely responsible for maintaining a sound environment for their volunteers and or animals in their care. They are responsible to VET their volunteers, meaning are supposed to do background checks before allowing any volunteer to be a part of their organisation. After all, you wouldn’t want an animal abuser working with an organisation or even shelter.
Rescue Organisations: Are required to have any companion animal spayed and neutered upon intake and or before adopting out. An Ethical Rescue Organisation SHOULD NOT take in more animals if said Rescue Organisation cannot afford to fix, feed or maintain the animals care. All potential adopters and or fosters should be thoroughly screened by way of applications, veterinarian references and most definite must – Home Checks. This includes speaking with property owners if said potential foster/adopter is renting. Doing so will ensure that the particular companion animal in question is allowed in the apartment or housing development.
All adopters and or fosters should be handed a contract to sign, insuring pet safety and care. For legal purposes; if said foster or adopter should fail to uphold these rules, than the rescue organisation can obtain the animal back if such issues occur. This is called Rescue Etiquette and Responsibility for the code of ethics (Common Sense).
Rescues need to know their financial and emotional limits so they do not take on more than they can handle. It is unethical to take on an animal you do not have the funds to provide proper veterinary care, even in the case of an emergency. Reputable rescues should have a reserve fund and/or a relationship with a veterinarian that will allow them to hold a balance for an emergency. Balances should be paid off in a timely matter, so that the rescue does not lose their relationship with their veterinarian.
A rescue license should be used for the rescue listed on the license only. In most states, including GA, it is illegal to allow an individual or unlicensed group to use your rescue license to pull an animal from a county shelter. The practice of allowing people to use your license defeats the purpose of a licensing system.
Rescues should not be run for profit. All rescues should be incorporated and it’s ideal if they obtain non-profit 501(c)3 status so that donations are tax deductible. It is very unethical to lie about being a 501(c)3. Seeing as if your are NOT fully 501c3 the donors cannot claim TAX DEDUCTIBLE status. However, if you are a pending 501c3 you are required to give the donor said information.
Animals should be kept in clean, comfortable conditions with ample room to move around and access to fresh water and food. Animals should be provided with human interaction and dogs given potty breaks. The conditions should be better than animal control, which is only a temporary holding facility. It is important those animals’ emotional needs are met and that they get plenty of human interaction so that the rescue can give useful information to adopters about the animals’ temperament. Animals should not be living in a cage/kennel 24/7 as this can cause distress and aggression.
Disease outbreaks should be taken very seriously and reported to a licensed veterinarian for the proper protocol. All animals exposed or in the same home, need to be quarantined. Intake of new animals should be stopped until the outbreak is completely cleared and until the veterinarian deems safe to bring in new animals. (After All, we would not want another Fort Worth Texas shelter episode. Would we?
Rescues need to know when an animal is better off being humanely put down. Every rescuer needs to understand we cannot save them all in order to be a responsible rescuer. No one wants to have an animal euthanized, but sometimes it has to be done. If an animal is suffering for medical reasons and cannot be treated, a veterinarian should humanely euthanize said animal. If the animal seems human aggressive then there should be steps taken to retrain/rehabilitate the animal. Otherwise if said animal cannot be retrained/rehabilitated then and only then should euthanasia be considered, if all routes have been taken. Euthanasia is a LAST resort.
Rescues need to evaluate animals before taking them in to make sure they are a good candidate for adoption. Taking in non-adoptable animals leads to warehousing and/or hoarding of animals, which is no life for the animals. They also need to examine the animal and take in to account any possible health issues and determine if they have appropriate funds to care for the animal. Pulling animal’s sight unseen is irresponsible.
Rescues should always be honest and upfront to adopters about an animal’s temperament, health, and if they have any issues. This will help prevent returned animals. Rescues should also be honest about common issues with certain breeds. Breed specific rescues should provide even more honest information about their breed. A rescue is better off talking someone out of adopting a dog rather than talking them into it in order to prevent an animal being returned.
A rescue should always respond to adopters if they have questions about the dog they adopted. The rescue should offer guidance and resources to help the adopter if they are having difficulties with their new pet. If the adopter no longer wants the pet, the rescue should take the pet back. If they do not have room for the pet, they need to stop taking in more animals until they can take the returned animal back.
Rescues should not rely on boarding to house the pets in their care. It is understandable if a rescue has to board animals every once in awhile because of unforeseen circumstances, but in the meantime, they should not be taking on anymore animals until they no longer have animals in boarding. Even with a discount, boarding fees can add up quickly and drain a rescues fund. Also, animals kept in boarding for long periods of time tend to decline emotionally and develop temperament and even health issues. Rescues need to keep organized records of each animal they take in. These records should include their intake paperwork, spay/neuter record, rabies certificate, vaccine history, any other medical records, adoption application, and adoption contract.
Most rescues rely on foster homes. Foster homes should be screened through an application and a home inspection. They need to be near the rescue because it’s vital that the rescue be able to check in on them regularly. Rescues should offer full support for their foster homes, including providing all supplies, vetting, and advice. Foster homes should also foster for only one rescue at a time.
Puppies and kittens should not be adopted out until they spayed/neutered and are at least 8 weeks old. It is illegal in most states to adopt out or sell a puppy or kitten before this age.
If a rescue has to suddenly get rid of the majority of animals in their care and/or has to reach out to the rescue community to take the animals in their care, it is irresponsible and unethical for them to continue to take on more animals. After they have adopted and/or transferred out all the animals in their care, they should respectfully shut their doors.
All in All if rescues or organisations are not keeping up to code, protocol or following specific guidelines set forth for them. Then most likely they’re a dirty corrupt organisation and FAIL to uphold common sense standards.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets any Performance Dog frozen raw pet food after a sample tested positive forSalmonellaandListeria monocytogenes(L. mono).
Two samples of different finished products collected during an inspection of Bravo Packing, Inc., the manufacturer of Performance Dog raw pet food, tested positive forSalmonellaand/orL. mono. One of the products sampled had not yet been distributed.
The product that entered the marketplace is Performance Dog raw pet food, lot code 072219, sold to customers frozen in two-pound pouches. However, the FDA is cautioning about all Performance Dog frozen raw pet food produced on or after July 22, 2019 because the products do not have lot codes printed on retail packaging. If you have any Performance Dog product that you purchased after July 22, 2019, throw it away.
FDA is issuing this alert because Performance Dog raw pet food represents a serious threat to human and animal health. Because these products are sold and stored frozen, FDA is concerned that people may still have them in their possession.
SalmonellaandL. monocan affect both human and animal health. People with symptoms ofSalmonellaorL. monoinfection should consult their health care providers. Consult a veterinarian if your pet has symptoms of Salmonella orL. monoinfection.
What products are involved?
Bravo Packing, Inc. Performance Dog products are sold frozen in two-pound plastic pouches. Lot codes are printed on the outside of the boxes used to distribute the product, but the lot codes are not printed on the individual sealed plastic pouches, also known as chubs. Therefore, there are no unique identification numbers on the individual chubs that would allow customers to verify whether their product belongs to the affected lot.
If you have Performance Dog raw pet food that you purchased after July 22, 2019, or you are uncertain of the date of purchase, and you cannot determine the lot code, FDA recommends that you exercise caution and throw the product away.
A toxic blue-green algae that is potentially lethal to dogs has been found in three New York City park ponds––the latest place it’s cropped up after leaving a trail of sick and dead pets across North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.
According to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the blue-green algae was found in two Central Park ponds and another pond in Prospect Park.
Blue-green algae, also known as Cyanobacteria, is a microorganism that is caused by high nutrients, stagnant water, high temperatures and low oxygen, according to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
“Algae is a natural occurrence that blooms heavily in warm weather and sunlight. Most urban ponds have water high in nutrients like phosphorus, which encourage algae growth,” a statement said. “Most algae are harmless and are important parts of aquatic ecosystems, but blooms that produce blue-green algae (BGA) can be toxic.”
What is spotted lanternfly? The spotted lanternfly resembles a moth when it jumps or flies, but in reality, it is neither a fly nor a moth. It is a type of planthopper that belongs to the Order Hemiptera (cicadas, leafhoppers, and aphids). The adults prefer to feed primarily on the non-native host plant “tree of heaven” (Allianthus altissima) while the immature stages (or nymphs) will feed on a wide range of trees, fruits, and even grape vines. Spotted lanternfly egg masses (or clusters of eggs) are brown, seed-like in appearance, and about 1-inch long. They are covered in a mud-like secretion that helps them stay glued to a surface in a mass. After they hatch, the nymphs go through 4 growth phases, or instars. Immature nymphs are black with white spots, and they gain red markings at they mature through the 4th instar. Late stage nymphs are about ½-inch in length. Adult spotted lanternflies are 1-inch long, have brownish forewings with black spots and hindwings that are red with black spots.
What trees do they damage? Spotted lanternflies will feed on a variety of host plants from May through November, and their feeding preferences change as they mature. Nymphs will feed on a wide-range of host plants while the adults target only a few species. There are over 65 known species of plants that the SLF will feed on, including ornamental trees (like lilac and dogwood), fruit trees, vines (like grapes), small fruits (such as blueberries), hops, and several vegetables.
Preferred plant species for SLF nymphs: Tree of heaven Willow Maple Poplar Prunus spp. (plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots) Apple Pine Grape vines Preferred tree species for SLF adults: Tree of heaven Willow
In addition to this information many of the East Coast farmers and businesses rely on these trees for financial stability. More over, this makes up approximately, 65 percent of the East Coasts economy.
How to control spotted lanternfly
There are 5 steps that need to be taken to help control and prevent the spread of spotted lanternfly.
Stop the spread. If you live in or visit areas of the U.S. where SLF has been found, check any outdoor items for egg masses before moving them. This includes vehicles, firewood, outdoor furniture, picnic tables, boats, and children’s toys.
Remove the eggs. From late September through May, be on the lookout for egg masses. The egg masses can be scraped off surfaces using a knife or a thin plastic card. The egg masses should be sealed in a plastic bag or placed directly into hand sanitizer or alcohol to kill them before they are disposed of.
Remove tree of heaven. From mid-summer through early-fall, cut down high-risk host plants for the adult SLF, like tree of heaven. To prevent the SLF from damaging other plants on your property, only remove about 90% of the host trees and use the remaining 10% as “trap trees” so you can control the adult SLFs. Cut down the trees and then treat the stumps with a tough brush killer, like Ortho® MAX® Poison Ivy & Tough Brush Killer Concentrate, following label directions. Note: Tree of heaven is difficult to control and may require several applications to fully kill the root system. Remember, if you live in a quarantined county in PA, the wood cannot be removed from the quarantined area.