If you lived next door to someone who had been convicted of felony animal cruelty for beating his neighbor's puppy with a rock so severely that she had to be euthanized -- wouldn't you want to know?
In the last month, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has made national headlines with a grassroots campaign urging states to adopt legislation that would require mandatory registration of convicted animal abusers. The campaign is designed to protect our animals and our communities from these dangerous, often violent, criminals.
Go to ExposeAnimalAbusers.org to sign the petition and demand that your state require animal abusers to register in their communities!
I had a previous neighbor that I knew, who unbeknownst to me wasn't taking care of his pets and they were left starving and abandoned in the apartment he had skipped out on the rent. Animal control came to rescue them. I told them where he was employed and how to find him.
He ended up fleeing the state for Connecticut or Rhode Island. If he were to show up here again I've got an aluminum bat with his name on it. I'll show his ass some cruelty.
How Bats Deal With Clutter
Bats navigate by bouncing their calls off every object that surrounds them, a behavior known as echolocation. But how do they keep things straight when several of these calls echo back at once? To find out, researchers trained big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) to fly through a dense maze of dangling plastic chains, then suddenly altered the maze path. Recordings from microphones placed on the bats' heads showed that the bats rapidly shifted the pitches of their calls up and down when navigating this new maze, allowing them to discriminate between multiple arriving echoes. It's as if the bats assign acoustic nametags to each call, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings might also apply to other animals who echolocate, such as whales and dolphins, further revealing how these animals' brains make sense of the noisy world around them.
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With your help, we will begin the process of bringing and end to the stray dog overpopulation problem, starting this year. In simple terms, we are expediting the final development of "super" birth control pellets for animals - better known as sterility pills - starting with dogs.
Once approved by regulatory agencies, this product can be used as a humane method of resolving the global dog overpopulation problem -- in place of poisoning, shooting, and other violent methods of killing.
A black man who had grown tired of the incessant barking of a dog that reportedly dislikes minorities was arrested on Monday night after he slashed its face, police said.
The German shepherd lost an eye, and the suspect — who worked for an oil delivery business where the dog stood guard — was arrested on a felony aggravated cruelty charge. He also was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.
People never cease to disgust me. The dog learned the behavior obviously from the owner or other employees but I'm sure was trained to bark at minorities. It's not unusual. Especially in the south. But it is also not unusual in the tristate NYC area, I could make cracks about the Tony Soprano-like owner. He knows very well how his dog was trained. I bet it loves Italians. I've seen that type of behavior in dogs especially guard dogs first hand.
But the behavior of Owens is inexcusable. He's got some anger issues of his own to deal with. Any bets on a history of previous assault charges?
Where the Bison Roam: The Status of Bison in North America
Bison are an icon of North America. However, bison today are restricted to less than one percent of their original range, according to a new report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Peter Gogan, a USGS scientist and co-author of this bison report, discusses the status of North American buffalo and how they are affected by current management practices.
BAN ON THE USE OF WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES IN ENGLAND IMMINENT?
Our Animal Loving Public has spoken – and the Government is listening. Today Jim Fitzpatrick, the Animal Welfare Minister announced that the huge response to the Government’s consultation on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in England clearly indicated that this is no longer acceptable and he is ‘minded to pursue a ban on the use of these animals in circuses’
The Born Free Foundation has long campaigned for such a ban and has actively participated in deliberations and the Government consultation process, believing firmly that a complete ban is the only humane and sensible approach. This view is shared by over 94% of those who responded.
Nearly a month old post, but still relevant. You can read the rest here.
Jason Goldman of The Thoughtful Animal. is a doctoral student studying cognition and behavior at the University of Southern California. You may already be familiar with Jason’s blog, his Pi Day Content pie, or his involvement in Research Blogging, where he has just started a stint as a Psychology and Neuroscience editor there. His series of posts on the navigational abilities of animals, including desert ants, were fodder for one of the most popular Research Blogging column of all time. He kicks off his first post on SB with the behavior of an animal nearer and dearer to our hearts, however: the family dog. Now, if you liked Jason's post about desert ants on stilts, you’re going to love our other new blogger: Alex Wild of Myrmecos. Like Goldman, Wild’s no stranger to SB or the science blogosphere; his awesome insect photography was featured on Photo Synthesis last year, and his original home has been a regular digital hangout of myrmecologists and nature bloggers of all stripes and species since 2007. Wild's archives have been ported over, so there’s over two years worth of posts to check out. To start, take a look at his weekly mystery insect contest, or just say hello in his inaugural comment thread.
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