White youth have more empathy for battered dogs than battered adults
A study conducted by Northeastern University sociology professors Jack Levin and Arnold Arluke, resulted in the duo publishing their findings including the fact that (white) "people feel more empathy towards a hurt, or battered dog, than they do for an adult human. "
Dogs are not eco-friendly
Writers are calling it the "ecological paw", or "carbon pawprint". They say that owning a dog is not at all eco-friendly and worse than owning a Hummer or Toyota Land Cruiser. Dogs utilize vast food and energy resources, spread disease and more pollution to an already over-taxed environment.
Pets also kill wild animals: According the figures noted in the New Scientist article the cat-loving British own almost 8 million cats which kill over 188 million wild animals annually.
For further reading:
"How green is your pet?", Kate Ravilious, New Scientist.com, 23 October 2009.\
"Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living" by Robert and Brenda Vale.
Dogs and cats 'still eaten in Switzerland
It is legal to eat dogs in Switzerland and people still do so on a regular basis.
"If you want to be green, get rid of your dog", News.com, 25 October 2009
"The carbon pawprint: Couple serves up green dividends for planet with vegan diet for pet" Andre Meunier, The Oregonian, September 17, 2009.
"Tackling the carbon pawprint", Dave Hall,The Guardian, 23 September 2006.
* Newsweek, "How To Cut Your Carbon Paw Print", 7 October 2007
5 year old needs rabies shots
Pit bull chops on boy's leg: owner lies about dog and falsifies rabies vaccination report
The Seattle Times reports that a Longview, WA, woman not only falsified her pit bull's rabies vaccinations, but turned in a "decoy dog" instead of the dog that tore up a five year old boy's leg.
Child needs surgery after dog bite
The 8 year old boy was attacked in the parking lot of a church by a Labrador-Chow mix. The child and other kids who witnessed the attack dispute claims by adults who say the kids let the dogs out. The kids say the dog is too mean to even consider that option.
Dog bites a major insurance liability
According to an article on KATU.com, dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims paid out last year. Read more.
Off-leash dog causes hiker to fall and break leg and he ends up saving rescuer
The series of events started when the hiker's dog pushed against his legs in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and he landed awkwardly. Other hikers came along, called 911, and when a rescuer rescuer exited the chopper sent to save the injured hiker, he was hit in the head by one of the helicopter's rotor. The injured hiker, a critical care pulmonologist, then crawled up a hill to work on the inured rescuer. Read more
Another case for licensing: rabies vaccination
Rabid bat bites unvaccinated dog in Corvallis
Officials noted (not to mention common sense, seemingly lacking in some dog owners) is that "pet owners should keep their animals up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations."
The article quotes Emilio DeBess, state public health veterinarian who notes that the dog did not have rabies vaccinations. That means its owner will either have to have it euthanized or quarantine the dog.
Book review: The 100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs
All dog owners (and people that know dog owners) need to buy and read Alexandra Semyonova's book The 100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs. Semyonova deconstructs myths about dogs, their behavior and more importantly what dog owners need to understand about their dogs.
Hey, Portland: Your dogs are a nuisance Published on Wednesday, July 12 2012 |
City, county show little will to stop threat of off-leash pets.
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