Inspired global campaign to close the Macau Canidrome A greyhound named Brooklyn, who inspired the successful international campaign to close down the worst dog track in the world, died on June 22, 2022 in the Boston area. Brooklyn was born on December 10, 2008 at a breeding farm in New South Wales, Australia. After failing […]
Lara Trump’s theme: bash China, boost Donald, in the name of dog rescue
Donald Trump hotel gets 45% cut of expected take from Big Dog Ranch Rescue fundraiser for dogs to be brought from China PALM BEACH, Florida––Does anyone really believe former U.S. president Donald Trump just happened to show up at a fundraiser for Big Dog Ranch Rescue, organized by his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, held in his […]
Trump allies in the animal world squirm after U.S. Capitol storming
From “Joe Exotic” to Wayne Pacelle WASHINGTON D.C.––Soon-to-be-former U.S. President Donald Trump and his die-hard defenders who are now facing criminal charges for storming the U.S. National Capitol building on January 6, 2021 were scarcely the only big losers from the events of the day. Former U.S. Air Force security dog handler Ashli Babbitt, […]
Horsemeat, dog meat, & how “angel” Marc Ching fell from grace
Donors ignored years of warnings about convict turned “rescue” celebrity LOS ANGELES––Marc Ching, who in November 2018 offered to sell the city of Los Angeles vegan food for impounded dogs at a substantial discount, is reportedly to be arraigned in December 2020 on one misdemeanor count each of practicing veterinary medicine without a license, false advertising, […]
Puppies & kittens everywhere, but none in shelters to adopt
Suspension of spay/neuter & intake services due to COVID-19 cuts adoptions by a third from 2019 NEW YORK CITY––Celebrating rehoming every dog and cat in custody soon after COVID-19 shutdowns began, animal shelters from coast to coast are suddenly––and predictably––weeping, wailing, and tearing hair about having no adoptable animals to offer in response to […]
COVID-19: India feeds stray dogs; ASPCA says “don’t fix them”
ASPCA advice to shelters could increase puppy & kitten litters by about half a million While pet keepers in the developed world fret about the apparently infinitesimally small risk of pets and humans infecting and reinfecting each other, following the discovery of COVID-19 infecting one cat in Liege, Belgium, and two dogs and a cat […]
Why COVID-19 is NOT the zoonotic illness most likely to kill you
Panicked stress may be killing more people than the disease itself SEATTLE, ATLANTA, HONG KONG––Amid escalating global panic over the worldwide rapid spread of the recently identified coronavirus COVID-19, a person not familiar with ProMED–mail might expect the most panic-stricken person of all to be ProMED–mail deputy editor Marjorie P. Pollack, M.D. ProMED-mail is […]
Will African swine fever make China vegan?
Whatever happens, most of the world will eat less pork SYDNEY, Australia; HONG KONG––Will African swine fever, a viral disease now projected to kill at least half the pigs in China and a quarter of all the pigs in the world, accelerate the trend toward vegan eating? Or speed the transition toward factory farming? Or […]
Will Nairobi shoot dogs, vaccinate them, or serve them for dinner?
Governor’s proposals confuse & alarm Kenya NAIROBI, Kenya––Does Nairobi County governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko want to shoot street dogs, vaccinate them against rabies, or serve them for dinner? Three and a half months after the Sonko administration began running the three proposals up the flagpole to see who might salute, neither Nairobi citizens, news […]
Will lawsuits slow use of dogs as “ambassadors” for dangerous breeds?
Attacks by “service dog” and “reading dogs” illustrate risky practices ATLANTA, Georgia; BAKERSFIELD, California––Pending lawsuits on behalf of the victims of dog attacks aboard a Delta Airlines flight and in an elementary school classroom could potentially slow down the deployment of dangerous dog breeds as “canine ambassadors” in public places––or not, depending on the […]