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Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre.  
(Animals Asia Foundation photo)

Viet officials agree to send last bile farm bears at Halong Bay to sanctuary

HONG KONG––Local authorities in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam “have agreed to completely end bear bile farming in the province by transferring all of the remaining 38 bears [still on bile farms] to Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre,” publicists Maya Gottfried and Steve Jackson of the Hong Kong-based Animals Asia Foundation announced on April 23, 2015. “The Quang Ninh government has agreed to reward each farmer who complies with the transfer,” Gottfried and Jackson said in a media release. “In return Animals Asia has agreed to cover the cost of the bear rescues, housing, rehabilitation and subsequent care.” The 17 remaining bear bile farmers in Quang Ninh authorities are to begin … [Read More...]

Taiji dolphin captures.  (Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project photo)

Out the WA-Zoo for Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums

GENEVA, Switzerland––The World Association of Zoos & Aquariums governing council on April 22, 2015 announced that it had voted unanimously to suspend the membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Calling itself WAZA for short, but “The WA-Zoo” to critics,  the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is officially “the unifying representative of the global zoo and aquarium community,” working “in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, national governments and non-governmental organizations” to “harmonize the principles, policies, practices and strategy of over 1,300 leading zoos and aquariums” on matters including species … [Read More...]

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N.Y. judge starts habeas corpus procedure for two lab chimps

NEW YORK, N.Y.–– Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe late on April 20, 2015 ordered Stony Brook University to show cause why two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, should not be released under a writ of habeas corpus from confinement for biomedical research. “Under the law of New York State,” explained Nonhuman Rights Project founder … [Read More...]

Tell Mitt Romney: no dogs allowed on car roofs in Ohio

AKRON, Ohio––Perhaps Wendell Steiner, a Mennonite from Nova, Ashland County, Ohio, imagined he could safely emulate 2012 Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on April 17, 2015, when Steiner set out for Chambersburg, Pennsylvania with his four toddlers and his wife inside the family mini-van, and four caged mixed-breed puppies on the … [Read More...]

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Man who had “15 minutes of fame” for attempted pit bull rescue to be sentenced for involuntary homicide by pit bull

         STOCKTON, California; DAYTON, Ohio––Brian Hrenko, 60, now awaiting sentencing for an involuntary homicide committed by a pit bull, became briefly a pit bull rescue celebrity on March 9, 1995 after jumping off the San Mateo Bridge in a futile attempt to save his pit bull Nitro from drowning.          "In the future,  everyone will be … [Read More...]

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H5N2 has spread farthest in North America among domestic turkeys.  
(Beth Clifton photo)

H5N2 avian flu goes pandemic in U.S. & Canada

HARRIS, Iowa––Workers at Sunrise Farms near Harris in Osceola County, northeastern Iowa, on April 22, 2015 scrambled to kill 3.8 million laying hens to try to quell a fast-spreading pandemic of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that started in British Columbia, Canada, in December 2014. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa confirmed the Sunrise Farms outbreak on … [Read More...]

African lion enjoys the last of the day's sunshine at Big Cat Rescue.  (Beth Clifton photo)

Big Cat Rescue: remembering every large & exotic cat

TAMPA, Florida––Visitors to Big Cat Rescue will see almost every species of cat whom anyone has ever raised in captivity. The cats are without exception kept in exemplary conditions, displaying the relaxed ferocity in repose that most cats take as a birthright. But visitors will see no “Wall of Shame,” not even for breeders, traveling exhibitors, and proprietors of roadside zoos … [Read More...]

Sniffer dogs are on the front lines of biosecurity defense,  but are also often among the first to inhale any virus transported from one place to another.

Canine influenza, dog meat, & the rescue connection

CHICAGO––An outbreak of an Asian strain of canine influenza, H3N2, not before seen in the U.S., has hit more than 1,300 dogs in the Chicago area, spreading from Illinois into Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana. But contrary to widespread rumor, there is no hard data yet, nor even strong circumstantial evidence, to link the H3N2 outbreak to rescues of dogs from Asian meat markets. Rescue agencies … [Read More...]

Beth & Merritt Clifton at VegFest 2015 in Seattle.

Happy birthday to ANIMALS 24-7!

One year ago today, at 2:27 a.m. on April 12, 2014, I took a deep breath and sent out the first announcement of the existence of ANIMALS 24-7. After 45 years on humane beats in print journalism, but barely 45 days of learning the ropes and wires of electronic publication, I was about to find out if the world would respond positively to the debut of a new kind of humane news media –– not a slick … [Read More...]