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No-kill pioneer Richard Avanzino to retire after dispensing $153 million in Maddie’s Fund grants

by Merritt Clifton          PLEASANTON, California––Maddie’s Fund on March 25, 2015 announced that founding president Richard Avanzino is to retire in June, at the end of the current fiscal year. Said David Duffield,   who cofounded Maddie’s Fund with his wife Cheryl, in honor of their deceased schnauzer Maddie, 1987-1997, “We truly appreciate everything Rich contributed to Maddie’s Fund—thought leadership, a no-kill purpose, a dedicated and talented team, and a good sense of humor. He is an inspiration to the entire animal welfare movement, and we are grateful for his vision at Maddie’s Fund over the past 17 years.” Headed SF/SPCA for 22 years Avanzino, 72, president of the San … [Read More...]

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CDC safety scandals & the legacy of former star scientist Charles Rupprecht

ATLANTA––The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention during the third week of March 2015 quietly posted a highly critical report of itself by an outside panel of biosecurity and safety experts. The CDC at the same time issued a public statement accepting 20 specific recommendations for improvement. “Leadership commitment toward safety has been inconsistent and insufficient at multiple levels,” the report opened. “Safety, including lab safety, is viewed by many as something separate from and outside the primary missions of public health and research. Safety is not integrated into strategic planning and is not currently part of the CDC culture.” The report may have considerable … [Read More...]

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International Animal Rescue cofounder John Hicks dies at 63

John Hicks, 63, cofounder of Animal Activists, International Animal Rescue, and International Animal Rescue/Goa, “passed away earlier this week,” Federation of Indian Animal Welfare Societies spokesperson Varda Mehrotra e-mailed to FIAPO membership on February 27, 2015. “All of us at FIAPO are saddened to hear of this,” Mehrotra continued. “Our … [Read More...]

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Produced by Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn A.U.M. Films & First Spark Media documentary Animals United Movement A.U.M., 2014 85 minutes running time. $9.95 as download; $19.95 DVD; discounts available for orders of five, 10, and 25 copies at a time. Screening licenses available for $108 up. “Organizers in the US can also host a … [Read More...]

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Ringling to give up signature elephant acts by 2018

ELLENTON, Florida; UDAWALAWE, Sri Lanka––Feld Entertainment president Kenneth Feld and executive vice presidents Alana and Juliette Feld on March 5, 2015 announced from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus headquarters that the circus will quit exhibiting elephants by 2018, when current contractual commitments will have been … [Read More...]

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Tiger pelts confiscated in Malaysia,  apparently en route to China via the Laotian trafficking conduits.  (Big Cat Rescue photo)

United Nations arm CITES recommends trade boycott of Laos over wildlife trafficking

GENEVA, VIENTIENE–– The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a treaty organization formed by the United Nations, on March 19, 2015 issued a rare recommendation that all 170 CITES member nations should “suspend commercial trade in specimens of CITES-listed species with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic until further … [Read More...]

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Humane Society of the U.S. president Wayne Pacelle woos anti-gay evangelist

by Lee Hall Barrett Duke, a founding fellow of the Research Institute at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, on March 17, 2015 received accolades from Humane Society of the United States president Wayne Pacelle in his personal blog "A Humane Nation." Explained Pacelle, "It’s part of my commitment, and that of The HSUS, to integrate – or to reintegrate – … [Read More...]


Audit hits San Antonio Animal Care Services for neglect of public safety

SAN ANTONIO, Texas––A City of San Antonio “Audit of Animal Care Services Dispatching & Operations” released on March 13, 2015 has identified critical deficiencies in animal control officer “compliance with guidelines related to aggressive and dangerous dogs, bites, and permits.” San Antonio has over the past 10 years led U.S. cities in human fatalities from dog attacks, all of them … [Read More...]

Volunteer with dogs rescued by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society.  (PAWS photo)

More medical warnings link dog meat to rabies

MANILA––Philippine, Chinese, and international public health media in mid-March 2015 warned that eating dogs can spread rabies, after at least 13 people ate meat from a rabid dog in Cabatangan village, Zamboanga, the Philippines. Summarized Robert Herriman of Outbreak News Today on March 15, 2015, from reports published on March 14, 2015 by Philippine media and the South China Morning Post, “At … [Read More...]