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Elephants in France

Guest blog post by Diana Essert who worked at Washington Park Zoo, now called the Oregon Zoo, in Portland, OR

Elephants have a huge vocabulary of sounds.  When they’re happy or contented, they make a noise like a very low rumbling purr.  You can see the area of their head between their eyes actually vibrating if you’re standing close enough.  And, of course, when there’s a reunion of old, long-time-no-see friends, they trumpet and whoosh air in their trunks as well as purring.

Their skulls are very porous, which enables them to create loud and soft sounds including the long-distance calls which travel through the ground as well as through the air.

They also make roaring/screaming sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard or imagined if they’re really distressed or angry.  I only heard that once at the zoo…when a calf was separated from its mother and aunties to be quarantined in preparation for being sent to another zoo.  That was a scary and amazing event, at least to my inexperienced self.

All it took was opening a hydraulic door between two rooms wide enough for the calf to charge through, which it loved to do ahead of the adults. Then the door was closed and the resulting commotion sounded like the end of the world which, for the mother and aunties, it was.  Rosy stood on her hind legs and beat on the door with her front feet and head.  Soon enough, everyone settled down though and just sort of grumbled among themselves the rest of the day.  All those particular females had had other calves taken away, so they seemed resigned that it had happened again.

I’ve done a lot of soul-searching in the past few years, thinking about captive animals in general and the ones I worked with in particular.  I think there are too many egos and uneducated people involved in a lot of zookeeping situations.  Our elephants weren’t injured or abused, when I was there, but there were also too many (3 bulls, 8 cows and 2 calves) for only three keepers to do justice to individual attention, enrichment and physical care (attention to feet in particular).

Elephants in captivity are probably happy at least some of the time or at least resigned to their state of being as best they can be, depending on the environment of their exhibits, enrichment programs and the attitudes of their keepers.  There are zoos that are absolute hell for animals, not just the larger animals, but all of them.  And there are excellent zoos, too.  Elephants are far happier in sanctuaries where they can roam and have natural substrates…grasses, dirt.  There are two in the U.S. ~ PAWS near here in Galt, CA and the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN.  Both have thousands of acres.

These elephants in France may have overall health problems like advanced arthritis or infected feet where, if they’re in pain or having trouble walking, getting up and down, etc. may make euthanasia a kindness.  Because of their size and intelligence, it’s difficult to get enough medication into an elephant if a medical problem is acute.  
There’s a lot of politics and face-saving that goes on behind the scenes, so the media/Bridget Bardot may not, probably don’t, know the whole story.  She seems to have a sanctuary of some sort, but who knows whether it’s decent or appropriate.

The story in the news:

French President Francois Hollande has personally stepped in to prevent two elephants from being put down in the eastern city of Lyon.

http://www.thelocal.fr/page/view/hollande-steps-in-to-save-bardots-elephants#.UPcPThUeCmA

“Should President François Hollande intervene to rescue two sick elephants in a Lyon zoo?

The fate of Baby and Nepal, Asian elephants exiled from a circus for bad behaviour, has hung in the balance for almost three years. They are suspected of carrying the human form of tuberculosis. In theory, by government edict, they are to be given lethal injections by Friday of this week.

A petition on the internet calling on President Hollande to save the elephants has gathered over 70,000 signatures.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/franois-hollande-faces-brigitte-bardot-over-rescue-of-two-sick-elephants-from-a-lyon-zoo-8441769.html

http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/saving-brigitte-039-s-elephants-a-controversial-death-sentence-at-the-lyon-zoo/animals-peta-brigitte-bardot-safety-tuberculosis/c3s10645/#.UPcNfRUeCmA

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One of our elephants, my favorite one, had very bad arthritis and foot problems.  The vet tried everything he could to give her pain meds and antibiotics, both injections and huge bolluses of aspirin.  But 8,000 pounds of elephant needing large amounts of meds twice a day was practically impossible to do.  We ground them up and mixed in with her grain, diluted them in water with chocolate or butterscotch syrup from the concessions, hid them in apples, cantaloupes etc.  She caught on pretty fast to every trick and then it was on to some different new idea.  Eventually, when it was obviously painful for her to get around, she was euthanized (fortunately after I no longer worked there).  I think her skeleton is on display in the Elephant Museum at the zoo.

Right now, at the San Antonio Zoo, there’s an elephant ironically named Lucky and her exhibit-mate, Queenie, who’re in a tiny, barren
 exhibit with not even an adequate water feature for animals their size.  The Director of the zoo is the former animal curator at Oregon Zoo.  I’m amazed and appalled that he would allow them to stay there in those conditions, especially when they’ve been guaranteed a space at the Hohenwald sanctuary.

There are three elephants in Toronto scheduled to come to PAWS sometime later this year.  But a lot of people there are up in arms about it, including their keepers at the zoo, even though the winters are very hard on all three of them.  I think it’s the city council who’ve made that decision because of budget cuts as well as pressure from animal welfare groups.

I think, in general, all the animals on earth would be much better off if there were no people to poach, pollute and persecute them.  The best of all possible worlds for animals would be one without humans…just my opinion!!

Here’s a sweet little video.  I love the calf at the end who senses something suspicious, flaps its ears and stops to stare at the camera.  For more sweetness, check out the pictures and stories at an elephant orphanage in Africa ~ http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/

P.S.  Elephants don’t believe in God.  They do, however, believe in themselves and in Mother Nature, from whence everything began.

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Comfort the survivors

10 Golden Retriever therapy dogs have arrived in Newtown, CT to comfort the survivors

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/northeast/2012/12/dogs_arrive_newtown_comfort_survivors

The animal shelter of choice is The Animal Center, located right in Newtown. There is a link to donate on their website, or you can mail your memorial gift to PO Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470.

http://www.examiner.com/article/newtown-shooting-victim-can-be-honored-by-donating-to-local-animal-shelter?cid=db_articles

we pray for the survivors that they heal and find peace and pray for our nation, that we ban assault weapons and provide gun control regulations and take care of mentally ill NOW…

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/15/1341921/over-80000-sign-white-house-petition-calling-gun-regulation-bill-in-just-24-hours/

‎”These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.” —President Obama at yesterday’s vigil in Newtown, Connecticut

In 1996, Australia banned semi-automatics. In the 18 years before, there were 13 mass shootings. Since then, none.

Piers Morgan @piersmorgan
Key question for gun lobby: if owning guns protects you in your home, how come Mrs Lanza died – given that she had 6 of them?

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This is Victoria. She died a hero Friday. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students. She deserves to be remembered for her bravery.

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Funny Pet Photos

your dog/cat can have their own business card…

http://celiasueink.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/pet-projects/

New Apps Help Pets Get Adopted by Making Funny Pet Photos Easy

Of the 6-8 million animals being cared for in shelters, 3-4 million will be euthanized this year.  Mobile app developer Cat Game Apps wants to help more of these animals find “forever homes” with their new apps Pet Royals and Pet Holidays.

“Engaging photos help more pets get noticed” says developer Tim Wilson.  “And our new apps make it easy for anyone to make engaging photos.”

The new apps make it easy to add accessories to photos.  Users simply take a photo of an animal’s face with their smart phone or tablet, choose the accessories they want to add to the photo, and then adjust the size and position of the accessories using their fingers. Text bubbles with quotes can be added to the images also.

Pet Royals includes a variety of royal accessories like crowns, jewels, hats and fascinators.  Pet Holidays includes holiday accessories such as Santa hats and reindeer antlers as well as items for Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July.

“Every shelter understands the importance of good photos in increasing adoption rates.  But it is not just about getting great pictures of the animals, it is about creating attention getting images and Pet Royals and Pet Holidays make it easy for anyone to create fun and engaging pet photos.” adds Wilson.

Finished images, can be saved to the camera roll, emailed, or shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. “These apps make a shelter’s social media efforts, newsletters and blog posts much more interesting without spending a fortune.” says Wilson. “Photos can also be uploaded to Shutterfly to make thank you cards, donation reminders or fundraising event invitations.”

This app is not just for shelters.  Tim explains, “If you are a small business with an office pet, an animal groomer or a blogger who focuses on the pet market, these apps are also a great way to connect to your audience in a viral way.  You can also just have fun with your own pets!”

For more fundraising ideas visit Cat Game Apps LLC.  The basic versions ofPet Royals and Pet Holidays are free and available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

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Adopt a dog

do not talk much about Cici’s spots/Dal side, but this is a wonderful resource about Dalmatians…

http://www.squidoo.com/dalmatians101

now on to the pit bull side…

first, the good news…

Seven happy and healthy former Vick dogs have reunited, five years later

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/11/five-years-rescued-vick-dogs-reunite/

how to adopt or rehome a pit bull

http://www.badrap.org/adoption-strategies

Now, the not so good news, a”vicious” pit bull KTLA banned from the show.

email: sarah.grooters@ktla.com, Nancy.Cruz@ktla.com

Yesterday morning, Sally was scheduled to be on KTLA, a local news station in Los Angeles, with two adoptable dogs, Gideon and Franklyn (see Franklyn’s video)

Franklyn’s foster lives an hour away and arrived early to be there.

Prior to the day, the producers of the show asked for descriptions of the dogs and were given them.

When they arrived, one of the show producers came out, looked at Franklyn (who was busy kissing a human admirer) and said, “Oh no. We have an anti Pit-Bull policy.”

I calmly told her that we were not informed of this, and had we been, we would have cancelled our appearance as breed discrimination is not something I tolerate, and more so, is against public policy.*

She stated that I could go on with Gideon but not Franklyn. I told her that if Franklyn was not allowed, I was leaving as well, so she went in to talk to another show producer. 30 minutes later in the freezing cold, she came outside to say that they would not allow Franklyn on the air. I explained that this is also a violation of law and that they would have to find something else to fill the spot since there is no way I would support or be in a show that discriminates.

Gideon, Franklyn, and his foster Sally then left.

* California Food & Ag code Section 31683 states, in relevant part: “Except as provided in Section 122331 of the Health and Safety Code, no program regulating any dog shall be specific as to breed.”

JOIN ME IN TELLING KTLA THAT YOU WILL NOT SUPPORT BREED DISCRIMINATION.  KTLA can use some education about pit bulls and could do a show about pit bulls. Be polite and professional. Thanks.

Contact details are below.

Producers for today:

Nancy Cruz
Nancy.Cruz@ktla.com

Sarah Grooters
sarah.grooters@ktla.com and 323.460.5530 (DIRECT)

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ktla5?fref=ts

Fax Number: Morning News: 323-460-5404

To send an email to the morning news in general:

Fill in online form for “Contact the Morning News:”

http://www.ktla.com/about/station/contact/ktla-morningnews-email-page,0,1576831.htmlstory

Twitter: @KTLAMorningNews

http://www.ktla.com/about/station/contact/

Address for letters:
5800 SUNSET BLVD. | LOS ANGELES, CA. 90028

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Happy days are here again

this morning, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and tails are wagging!!!!!    first dog Bo stays in the White House… Big Bird is happy… NO MORE ADS… Landslide. #Obama2012

Last night Ohio and many other states showed the country that our democracy is not for sale.

To the President…”When you were elected in 2008, you inspired the world with a call to take responsibility for the problems we face as global citizens. Since then, you have made earnest efforts to live up to that great hope and trust placed in you by the American public. I believe you have been re-elected now in recognition of that effort.” — the Dalai Lama.”

WOMEN, WE DID IT!!!   18 women were elected to the Senate. That has never been done before.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/women-senate-2012-election_n_2086093.html

http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-want-to-congratulate-the-president-romney-says-i,30283/

Democrats don’t have to cheat to win

http://www.salon.com/2012/11/07/the_obama_mandate/

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Pets and Hurricane Sandy

It is in times of need that true humanity and love of one’s neighbors really shines. May we all remember these actions even when we aren’t caught in such circumstances.  Share the good, power, millions of folks are still without power…
Obama on Hurricane Sandy: “I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. I’m worried about the impact on families.”

http://dogtime.com/hurricane-sandy-causes-devastation-and-pet-evacuations.html

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/pets-rescued-in-storm-slideshow/pets-rescue-photo–1280166863.html

The Huffington Post

A resident and his dog are evacuated on Tuesday from a neighborhood in Little Ferry, N.J., one day after Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast: http://huff.to/X1CaUz
Photo Credit: Getty Images

alley cats

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2012/10/31/atlantic-city-boardwalk-cats-thumb-noses-at-sandy-and-tnr-alarmists/

http://www.theonion.com/articles/romney-pitches-in-to-repair-thousands-of-downed-ro,30205/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post:headline:default

Instead of donating $5,000 to the Red Cross, Romney spent $5,000 staging his own charitable event for a photo op with canned goods.  Red Cross doesn’t want canned food or photo-ops. It needs cash. Text “redcross” to 90999 & give $10.

From the NJSPCA:  Patrick and the Scavelli’s did fine during the storm just another new adventure for Patrick.  looks like at least 10 days before power is restored here at a minimum. Sorry for the disruption of information. We were hit pretty hard. Please contact your local shelters and see what help they need. NJSPCA is working with many hard hit shelters. Capt is dreaming of a hot shower sometime in the future…

“Hurricane Capt” will strike NJ next week dealing with any and all shelters that refused to accept people with their animal companions. Seriously there are still shelters that will not allow animal companions ?? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told people to keep their animal companions with them as they headed to shelters. Shelters that allow animals are comforting for all involved including children and the elderly. If anyone is refused entry into a shelter here in NJ because of an animal companion Capt wants to hear from you. Take your companions with you and do not accept being turned away. Stay safe and again do not be intimidated into separating from your animal family. Capt

I’ve lived in Jersey most of my life and have NEVER seen such devastation. I have close friends who lost everything they own including their home. Food is scarce and gasoline is a 2.5 hour wait if you can find it. Yet through all this NJSPCA agents and officers are fighting the destruction to help save lost/missing pets – starting with the hardest hit, the Jersey Shore. These animals need food, blankets, crates, towels, cleaning supplies, etc. Donations are urgently needed. NJSPCA will transport and distribute the supplies to animals and shelters in need. Monetary donations can be made at njspca.org hurricane chipin. Thank you for your help! Tiffi

If you want to give / donate for pets, give to local rescues and no kill shelters such as our friends who have helped Patrick, at the NJSPCA,

  • 1119 Livingston Ave.
  • New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone (800) 582-5979
Website http://njspca.org

Please DO NOT donate to ASPCA nor Humane Society of USA nor PETA. They do NOT help animals/pets.   More info at :  http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=10899

Friendly Fire…

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Domestic Violence and animal abuse

RedRover
(www.redrover.org), a national animal protection nonprofit based in
California, is bringing attention to the connection between animal
abuse and family violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by
offering information about grants available to domestic violence shelters.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more
than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters
reported that their batterer had injured, killed or threatened family
pets for revenge or psychological control. As many as 48 percent of
domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because
they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave. Only three
percent of shelters can house pets on-site; a portion provide off-site
housing referrals while the majority of shelters do not offer any
resources at all.

RedRover offers aid to victims of domestic violence and their pets
through the RedRover Relief program. This program provides financial
support for veterinary care and boarding to enable domestic violence
victims to leave their batterers without having to leave their pets
behind, and new in 2012, the program provides grants to domestic
violence shelters to enable them to fund the creation of on-site space
to house pets.

“Sadly, many domestic violence victims stay in abusive homes because
they are afraid to leave their pets,” said Nicole Forsyth, RedRover
President and CEO. “Their pets are often also victims of abuse,
suffering from injuries and neglect. RedRover Relief grants make it
possible for victims to safely escape, reassured that their pets are
protected.”

Donations to the RedRover Relief program have funded critical care and
shelter for animals displaced by family violence. In one case, RedRover
awarded a $300 grant to a woman seeking a protective order against her
husband, who had threatened to drive her cats into the woods and
abandon them. Another applicant finally found the courage to leave her
abusive husband, but said she would sleep in her car before she gave up
her elderly pug. And in another case, a grant from RedRover paid for
two months of boarding for a family’s dog while they sought child- and
pet-friendly housing after fleeing a very dangerous situation.

Increased outreach and greater public awareness on domestic violence
issues have led to a 70 percent rise in applications for the RedRover
Relief program in the last year.

RedRover Relief grants can help  family violence shelters include pets.

Learn more at www.redrover.org/domestic.

Founded in 1987, RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and
into care through a variety of programs, including emergency animal
sheltering and disaster relief services, financial assistance for
urgent veterinary care and humane education. Learn more at
www.redrover.org.

 

beyond the myth free til nov 2

http://www.hulu.com/watch/417334

“Patrick’s Law, which toughens the civil and criminal penalties for animal cruelty, passed the state Senate this afternoon.

“The bill is named after Patrick the Pitbull, a dog that was starved, thrown down a garbage chute and left for dead in Newark in 2011. The legislation was praised by animal rights activists during a committee hearing last month, and it received unanimous support in the Senate today.

“If the bill becomes law, abusing an animal or depriving it of food, water or other necessities would be a fourth-degree crime. It is currently a disorderly persons offense. If the animal dies as a result of the abuse, the crime would be increased to the third degree.

“The law would increase the civil penalty for animal abuse to a fine of $1,000 to $3,000 for a first offense, and $3,000 to $5,000 for a subsequent offense.”

http://blog.northjersey.com/thepoliticalstate/5367/senate-passes-patricks-law-increasing-animal-cruelty-penalties/

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