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Hanoi, Vietnam - Thousands of live cats destined "for consumption" have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance.
  
Cat meat, known locally as "little tiger," is an increasingly popular delicacy in Vietnam, and although officially banned is widely available in specialist restaurants.
  
The truck containing "three tons" of live cats was discovered in the Vietnamese capital Tuesday, an officer from DongDa district police station told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
  
The truck driver told police he had purchased the cats in northeastern Quang Ninh province, which borders China, and that they had all been sourced from the neighbouring country.
  
He told police the cats were destined "for consumption" in Hanoi, without specifying whether they would be sold to restaurants.
  
The officer said that according to Vietnamese laws on smuggled goods, all of the cats would have to be destroyed.
 
"But we have not made up our mind what to do with them" because of the large volume of animals, the policeman said.
  
Photos on local media websites showed the smuggled cats crammed into dozens of bamboo crates stacked on top of one another.
  
Vietnam has long banned the consumption of cat meat in an effort to encourage their ownership and keep the country's rat population under control.
  
But there are still dozens of restaurants serving cat in Hanoi and it is rare to see felines roaming the streets — most pet-owners keep them indoors or tied up in fear of thieves.
  
Such is the demand from restaurants that cats are sometimes smuggled across the border from China, Thailand, and Laos.
  
Cat meat is not widely eaten in China but can be found at some restaurants, particularly in the south where it is sometimes considered a speciality.
  
Vietnamese customs officials routinely seize large volumes of dead animals, including tigers and pangolins, smuggled into the country for use in traditional medicine or speciality dishes.
 
 
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Paris - France's parliament officially recognised animals as "living, sentient beings" rather than "furniture" on Wednesday.
 
After more than a year of often passionate debate, a bill updating the legal status of animals in France was adopted, aligning the 200-year civil code with current rural and penal law that already recognised animals "as living and sentient beings."
 
When the civil code was drawn up by Napoleon in 1804 animals were considered primarily as working farm beasts and designated as goods or furniture that could be owned.
 
France's powerful farm lobby, the FNSEA, along with some politicians, had voiced concern that the change in the legislation could undermine the interests of farmers, particularly cattle breeders.
 
 
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'Zombie Cat' Claws Its Way Out of Grave After Being Buried Alive http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/zombie-cat-claws-its-way-out-grave-after-being-buried-alive-32450









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One pet cat in Tampa, Fla., might be suited for a role on “The Walking Dead” after making a miraculous recovery that rivals the resurrection of Lazarus. 
 
According to Fox 13 News, Ellis Hutson found his cat Bart lying in the middle of the road, covered in blood after being struck by a car. Hutson told reporters that the cat was stiff and unresponsive. The grieving pet parent said the cat showed no signs of life. 
 
Hutson did what most pet owners would do — he buried the cat in his yard. Hutson’s friend, David Liss, helped bury Bart. Liss also told reporters that the cat appeared to be dead.
 
But five days later Bart inexplicably appeared in a neighbor’s yard. The cat was severely injured, but he was alive and had somehow managed to claw his way out of his grave. The neighbor called Hutson to tell him Bart was still alive.
 
Shocked at the turn of events, Hutson rushed Bart to the Humane Society of Tampa, where veterinarians addressed fractures in Bart’s jaw and inserted a feeding tube. Bart’s left eye will also have to be surgically removed because of the injuries he sustained from the accident. 
 
Dr. Justin Boorstein said that in his years of veterinary service, he’s never seen a case like this before.
 
Hutson has no explanation for how his cat survived the accident and managed to crawl out of the earth after being buried alive. But Hutson says that the family’s other cat may have gone out looking for Bart, and could have possible helped dig up the grave. 
 
For now, Bart remains at the Humane Society and will be returned to Hutson and his girlfriend once he has fully recovered.
 
It looks like this lucky cat really does have nine lives.
 
 
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Indiana based pet food manufacturer J.J. Fuds announced the recall of a select lot of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.
 
According to a press release issued by the FDA, the recall came after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development conducted routine tests and the results showed positive for Listeria.
 
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
 
Animals ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those seen in humans.
 
At this time there have been no reports of human or pet illness as a result of these products. 
 
The following J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends product(s) are being recalled:
 
J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends, Chicken Tender Chunks
All 5 lb. bags
Product UPC Number: 654592-345935 
Manufacture/Lot Code Date: 5/5/14
 

 
The product was distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code printed on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. This product is a frozen raw poultry product.
 
The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should return it to their retailer for a refund and proper disposal.
 
People who have concerns about whether their pet has symptoms associated with Listeria infection should contact their veterinarian.
 
For further information or questions regarding this recall, please contact us at jjfuds.com or by phone at 888-435-5873 Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM CST.
 
 
Images: J.J. Fuds, Inc.
 

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New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal wants you to know that even if your cat scratches the furniture or digs into you with her claws, deciding to remove those claws is an inhumane practice and should be stopped.
 
“It's like taking off your first knuckle," Rosenthal told the NY Daily News. “(Cats) are born with claws and they are meant to have claws.”
 
That’s why Rosenthal, a huge advocate for animals, has introduced a bill that would ban declawing of cats in New York State. The Humane Society of New York and the Paw Project in California back the bill.
 
Many veterinarians across the country have already stopped the practice, citing several medical and behavioral problems associated with declawing.
 
Utah veterinarian Dr. Kristen Doub told Pet360 that x-rays of declawed cats reveal that 66 percent of declawed cats have bone fragments left behind by a sloppy surgeon, and 30 percent of declawed cats develop osteomyelitis, a painful bone infection. Other problems related to declawing include litter box avoidance, bladder inflammation and lower urinary tract disease, and aggression.
 
“It is a selfish decision to decide to declaw your cat,” says Doub. “Cats are born with claws and using them is part of their physiology and way of expressing themselves. People declaw because they are worried about damage to furniture, etc. It’s like taking a living creature and turning them into a stuffed animal.”
 
Rosenthal’s bill has not yet been introduced into the state Senate, but the Assemblywoman hopes that it gains enough support to pass. And while feline declawing is already banned in over 37 countries and in several California cities, passage of Rosenthal’s bill would mark the first statewide ban on declawing in the country.
 
Previously, Rosenthal has seen success on several animal-related issues, including a bill banning the tattooing or piercing of pets.
 
 
Image: phasinphoto / Shutterstock
 
 
More to Explore
 
Do You Declaw?
 
Is Declawing Cats Inhumane?
 
10 Ways to Unknowingly Crush Your Cat's Spirit
 
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Marlanacornelius Outlaw the declaw 01/23/2015 10:04pm I agree that it is in-humane to de-claw a cat, unless there are circumstances, such as medical, that would require this to be done. Cats are born these claws for various reasons...climbing, defense and survival to name a few. A pet owner can not 100% garentee that their cat will ALWAYS be indoors. Things happen. Also, some cat parents have this done and then for one reason or another the cat gets re homed. I feel this is maiming no matter how the procedure is performed. I feel the same way about docking a tail or clipping the ears on any living creature. If its needed to save a life that is a different matter. To do anything like this, in my opinion, is cruel. Reply to this comment Report abuse


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Virbac U.S. has issued a voluntary recall on three lots of SOLOXINE (levothyroxine sodium) Thyroid Supplement tablets.
 
Michael Albo, Director of Communications with Virbac, said that the recall was initiated as a result of missing product labeling.
 
Some of the labels on the affected lots are missing their lot numbers or dates of expiration, he said, but the medication met all specifications at the time of release and there is otherwise nothing wrong with the product.
 
Albo explained that the company is exercising an "abundance of caution" by recalling the products, to avoid any potential confusion, and that only these lots have been found to be affected by the improper labeling.
 
The lot number (if present) is listed on the side of the bottle on the product label.
 
Affected strengths and lot numbers are:
 

SOLOXINE 0.2 mg/250 count — lot number 141103
SOLOXINE 0.1 mg/250 and 1000 count — lot number 130846
SOLOXINE 0.8 mg/250 and 1000 count — lot number 130921

 
If you are concerned about whether your pet's Soloxine medication may have been affected by this recall, contact your veterinarian regarding the start of a new lot of the product.
 
 
Related
 
Thyroid Hormone Deficiency (Hypothyroidism) in Dogs
 
What You Need to Know About Thyroid Disease in Dogs and Cats
 
Excess Thyroid Hormone (Hyperthyroidism) in Dogs
 

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jwpadget Old recall???? 01/27/2015 01:50pm Why is this being mentioned now? Virbac issued this recall in December 01, 2010. Reply to this comment Report abuse 2 petMD Editorial 01/28/2015 03:15pm Thanks so much for pointing out our error! We followed up and found the correct information and the article has been edited to reflect that.

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Oma’s Pride, a Connecticut-based pet food manufacturer, is recalling Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
 
According to a press release issued by the FDA, Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal was distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors, and directly to consumers.
 
Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal is sold frozen. It is packaged in clear 12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9) and 2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) plastic packaging under the Oma’s Pride brand as a poultry blend with code #1524. It was manufactured on September 12, 2014 with a use by recommended date of September 12, 2015.  
 
At the time of this article, no illnesses have been reported.
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, you are urged to contact a medical professional.
 
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program resulting in a positive test for Salmonella. Oma’s Pride has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
 
Customers are advised to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Oma’s Pride Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm, at 1-800-678-6627.

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BOLLATE, Italy - With a bark of excitement, Titti, Tato, and Carmela scamper down the corridors of the Bollate prison near Milan and are enveloped by prisoners who shower them with treats, pats and hugs.
  
It's pet therapy day, and Valeria Gallinotti, founder of the Dogs Inside association, has brought her Labrador, Doberman, and a mongrel to play with inmates in Italy's model jail, where a host of such initiatives keep repeat offender rates at a record low.
  
Convicted murderers and sex offenders scoop up the canines for kisses, burying their hands in their fur and playing endless games of fetch with tennis balls in the prison yard, chasing them oblivious to the rain.
  
"My dream was to organize pet therapy sessions in prison because it's the one place where there is a total lack of affection, where dogs can create calm, good moods, emotional bonds and physical contact," Gallinotti, 47, told AFP.
  
She volunteers once a week to teach the prisoners how to train the animals
— with treats handed out for sitting, shaking paws, and lying down — as well as how pet therapy works so that some can go on to set up their own initiatives once released.
  
"I have always loved animals. I had a cat and dog at home, and pet therapy has been wonderful," said Nazareno Caporali, who is serving life for murder,
  
The 53-year-old, who divides his time between the dogs and studying for a third university degree, said he wanted to pass on the joys of pet therapy to others.
  
"I hope one day we will be able to give to someone else what we have received — by doing pet therapy with people with Alzheimer's or children with psychophysical problems — with the same dignity it's been done with us," he said, as Titti, tired out by the game, settles down for a snooze nearby.
  
Murder, Mafia, and a Fresh Start
  
The theory of using animals as agents of socialization and relaxation dates back to the 18th century.
 
Later Sigmund Freud and Florence Nightingale favored the use of dogs or other pets during sessions or while treating patients.
  
It is also a way of tackling solitude within the towering walls at the medium-security facility in northern Italy, set up in 2000 as an experimental project designed to cater to prisoners who wish to study or learn work skills.
  
Maurizio, 36, who was found guilty of ordering five mafia killings and expects to serve at least 30 years of a sentence which officially ends in 2087, has done time in over 15 prisons and said Bollate is "by far the most advanced in terms of giving you opportunities to recreate yourself."
  
Italy has the second-highest level of prison overcrowding in Europe, partly due to the number of convicts who commit crimes once released, landing them back behind bars.
  
While 78 percent of prisoners in Italian jails go on to become repeat offenders, in Bollate just 20 percent do so.
  
With training for cooks, electricians, and carpenters, as well as courses such as painting, yoga and gardening on offer, there's a waiting list to get in.
  
In exchange for a chance to spend their mornings playing tennis, learning a foreign language, or playing with dogs, inmates must agree to conditions, including living with sexual offenders, who are traditionally housed separately.
  
Nicolo Vergani, 25, a former Red Cross volunteer, said he wanted to work with animals once he has finished serving time for sexual acts with minors, and hopes to specialize in zoology after he gains his biological science degree.
  
"I do pet therapy to prepare me in even a small way for what I'd like to do in the future," he said, as his fellow inmates tried to stop the dogs from eating the cakes and pizzas they had made for lunch in the ovens in their cell-blocks.
  
He said his favorite dog is "Carmela, because she arrived and didn't know what to do. She was so scared, sort of like us when we arrive in prison."
  
"Now, like us, she too is getting used to the experience," he said.
 
 
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PARIS, France - Owning exotic reptiles such as snakes, chameleons, iguanas, and geckos could place infants at risk of salmonella infection, according to a British study.
 
Researchers in the southwestern English county of Cornwall found that out of 175 cases of salmonella in children under five over a three-year period, 27 percent occurred in homes which had reptile pets.
 
Salmonella is a germ that, in humans, can cause gastroenteritis, colitis, blood infections, and meningitis.
 
Reptiles, however, are unaffected by the bug, which colonizes their gut and is passed on in their stools.
 
If the pet is allowed to run free in the home, this poses a risk, especially if the child is at an exploratory stage of crawling or licking surfaces.
 
The average age of children who fell ill with "reptile-associated salmonellosis" (RAS) was just six months, said the study, led by Dan Murphy of the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
 
"RAS is associated with a severe outcome — hospitalisation and disease,"
it said.
 
"Coupled with evidence of increasing ownership of indoor reptile pets, the incidence of RAS hospitalization is likely to increase. Health professionals such as general practitioners and pediatricians need to be aware of this risk."
 
The investigation is published in a specialized British journal, Archives of Disease in Childhood.
 
A U.S. study in 2004 estimated that RAS was behind 21 percent of all of laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella among people aged under 21.
 
 
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ALEXANDRIA, VA, U.S. - A dozen dogs originally destined for dinner tables in South Korea arrived in the Washington area earlier this month to be adopted as pets.
 
They were the first of a total of 23 dogs being imported into the United States as part of a campaign to combat the eating of dog meat in East Asia.
 
Washington-based Humane Society International (HSI) located the dogs at a farm in Ilsan, northwest of Seoul, where they were being bred specifically for human consumption.
 
The farmer — who acknowledged a personal fondness for dogs — agreed to give up the animals, accept an offer of compensation, and grow blueberries instead, HSI director of companion animals Kelly O'Meara told AFP, as the mongrels settled into kennels at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia, after a long flight from Seoul.
 
HSI has been working with local groups in China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to raise public awareness of the dog meat trade. While other countries target feral dogs as food, "...South Korea is unusual because it actually farms dogs to supply demand," O'Meara said.
 
Every year, between 1.2 million and two million dogs are consumed in South Korea, she said, supplied by farms that number "at least in the hundreds."
 
O'Meara said it was the first time that dogs from South Korea intended for human consumption had been rescued and brought into the United States, where a brisk demand for adopted dogs and cats is met by a thriving network of animal rescue groups and shelters.
 
All 23 South Korean dogs will undergo veterinary checks in Alexandria before being distributed among five other shelters in the Mid-Atlantic states for adoption.
 
"By helping these 23 dogs, we'll be helping a lot of other dogs in South Korea" by raising public awareness of the dog meat trade, said Megan Webb, executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which finds homes for about 1,000 dogs a year.
 
 
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Jump Your Bones Recalls Select Kangaroo Bites and Roo Bites Pet Treats http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/jump-your-bones-recalls-select-kangaroo-bites-and-roo-bites-pet-treats-32382









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Jump Your Bones, a Florida-based pet treat company, has voluntarily recalled its Kangaroo Bites and Roo Bites brand treats because of potential Salmonella contamination.
 
The affected lots of Jump Your Bones Pet Treats were distributed to retail pet food stores nationwide and in boutique bags and online stores. Pet treat products affected by this recall can be identified with the following UPC codes:
 
63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz, including samples of .32 oz.
 
Jump Your Bones recalled the items because they had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella due to a packaging issue in Australia during one shipment received in early 2012, which has now been resolved for all products produced in 2012 and 2013.
 
Jump Your Bones has since tested all products at their warehouse for Salmonella. The results from the FDA show no presence of Salmonella. Furthermore, no pet or consumer illnesses associated with this recall had been reported at the time of this press release.
 
Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
 
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.
 
If you have purchased pet treat products affected by this Jump Your Bones recall you are urged to stop feeding them to your pet and to return the product(s) to the place of purchase for a full refund.
 
For further information about the recall, call (888) 249-6755 from Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).
 
 

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Richmond, Va., based Barkworthies announced the recall of select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
                                                                                      
The dog chews were distributed nationwide beginning on May 6, and they can be identified by the lot code printed on the side of the plastic pouch. The following Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews are being recalled:
 
BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES
Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch
Best Used by Date: May 2016
UPC: 816807011510
 
The recall began after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in a single lot of the chews. The batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. No additional products are affected by this recall, and the company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.
 
The Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews should not be sold or fed to pets. For a full refund, pet owners can return all unused product to their place of purchase along with a completed Product Recall Claim Form available on the Barkworthies website www.barkworthies.com/recall.
 
Those thought at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.
 
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
 
More information on the recall can also be found at www.barkworthies.com/recall, or call toll free (877) 993-4257 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).






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When Canadian model Meagan Penman was traveling in Thailand this summer, she didn’t expect to go home with a dog. But when Penman was at the beach in Hua Hin, a paralyzed stray wandered up to her, dragging his back legs in the sand. 
 
Penman refused to leave the dog, and according to the Huffington Post, she took the dog back to her hotel and began calling around to local rescues to try to save his life.
 
She named the dog Leo and took him to a vet in Thailand where he was treated for bladder stones and an infection. The vets discovered that Leo’s back was broken. He had been hit by a motorcycle and was left to fend for himself. After multiple failed attempts to find a Thailand-based rescue to take the dog in, Penman decided to take him back to Canada. 
 
Penman started an online fundraiser and Facebook page to raise money for Leo’s transport to Canada. On October 17, the dog arrived in North America and Penman picked the dog up at the airport. 
 
Penman knew she wouldn’t be able to care for the dog in the way he needed. She searched for a foster home and found Jamie Smith of Sarnia, Ontario, who has been caring for Leo since he arrived in Canada. 
 
Leo’s care is expensive. He has regular appointments at Rapids Veterinary Clinic in Sarnia, and he may need surgery in the future. Leo has been gaining weight and has a new wheelchair to help him get around; he even chased his first squirrel in Smith’s neighborhood. 
 
For now, Smith is committed to fostering Leo and helping him lead a happy and healthy life. On Leo’s fundraising page, Smith says that she may be looking at adopting Leo, but is unsure whether she has the finances to provide for him throughout his life. 
 
But one thing is for sure — whether he lives with Smith or another family in Canada, Leo’s life will be infinitely better than the life he would have had if left on the beach in Thailand.
 
 
Image: Leo at the veterinarian, via the "Help Save Leo" Facebook page
You can see more images of Leo, from when he was found to where he is currently, here.
 






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MANAGUA - His corn and bean fields ravaged by drought, Nicaraguan farmer Leonel Sanchez Hernandez grudgingly found a new harvest: tarantulas.
 
He gets a little over a dollar for each of the hairy critters, which breeders sell overseas as pets. His take may not be much, but in Nicaragua, a dollar buys a kilo of rice or a liter (quart) of milk. And in just two weeks, Sanchez Hernandez, his aunt Sonia and cousin Juan caught more than 400 of the spiders.
 
The hunt is playing out in northern Nicaragua, which suffered severe drought from May to September. Sanchez Hernandez's fields were a total loss. The 27-year-old was skittish at first about poking around in underground nests, under rocks and in tree trunks in search of the feisty arachnids. But he donned thick gloves and mustered up the courage, because the alternative was to see his family go hungry.
 
"It is the first time we have gone out to look for tarantulas. We were a bit afraid, but we sucked it up and did it because of the drought," he told AFP.
 
Sanchez Hernandez has a wife and four kids to feed. His aunt is not well off, either — she is a single mother of five children, and was also hit hard by the drought.
 
Their loot secured, the pair traveled more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the outskirts of the capital Managua. There, they handed the tarantulas over to Exotic Fauna, a firm that started this month to breed the spiders for export. With approval from the country's environment ministry, the company is hard at work, setting up glass cases with sawdust beds as part of a project to breed 7,000 tarantulas.
 
"We plan to sell them at a price even higher than that of boas," which go for up to $8 apiece, said Exotic Fauna owner Eduardo Lacayo. Lacayo has invested more than $6,000 in the business. He got the money...
from selling turtles.
 
Customers in U.S., China
 
Tarantulas are carnivores that eat crickets, worms and newly born mice that breeders drop in their tanks — one tarantula per tank, so they don't fight and kill each other. "It is easier to handle a boa than a spider," Lacayo said.
 
Tarantulas are territorial and when they feel threatened, they bite and secrete a toxic goo that causes allergies and pain, he said.
 
The spiders abound in tropical and arid parts of Central America. Despite the fact that they are so common, lots of people are afraid of them. Females lay about 1,000 eggs when they give birth. The larvae come out in sacs, which the mother places in a spider web. Of that load, anywhere from 300 to 700 will hatch.
 
"We have customers who have confirmed they want this kind of species," Lacayo said, referring to clients in China and the United States.
 
Trade in tarantulas, which can live many years in captivity, is one of the ways Nicaragua is trying to diversify its exports by taking advantage of its rich biodiversity. The country is the second poorest in the Americas, after Haiti.
 
The first to get the bug was Ramon Mendieta, owner of an exotic animal farm in Carazo department, south of the capital. He sells around 10,000 tarantulas a year to clients in the U.S. and Europe. Mendieta, who has been at it for three years, says profit margins are thin because production costs are high. These costs include special care that the tarantulas need to protect them from parasites while in captivity.
 
But there is competition out there. Chile sells a species of tarantula that is less ornery than the Nicaraguan ones. Colombia and the United States are also market players.
 
"There are a lot of people that love to have them at home, some as pets and others because they like danger," said biologist Fabio Buitrago of the Nicaraguan Foundation for Sustainable Development.
 

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Natura Issues Voluntary Limited Recall of Dry Cat and Dry Ferret Food due to Vitamin Insufficiency http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/natura-issues-voluntary-limited-recall-dry-cat-and-dry-ferret-food-due-vitamin-i









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Natura Pet Products initiated a limited voluntary recall of dry cat and dry ferret food due to a formulation error that left these products with insufficient levels of vitamins and minerals.
According to a release from Natura, there have been no reports of animal health issues, but these products did not meet company quality standards. Natura said no other EVO® products or lots are being affected.
 
The problem was discovered during the investigation of an ingredient inventory discrepancy. Only the five lots listed above are affected. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online.
 
The following Natura Pet Products are being recalled:
 
PRODUCT                 EXP DATE         LOT CODE
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food              02/19/2016         4300A700D2
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food              02/20/2016         4301A700A4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food              02/20/2016         4301A700B4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food              02/20/2016         4301A700C4
EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food                                                                 02/19/2016         4300A700D3
 
Retailers have been contacted and instructed to immediately withdraw these lots from store shelves. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue using the product immediately and discard. In the release, Natura apologized for the inconvenience caused by this incident and said they are taking immediate corrective action as a result of their investigation.
 
Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.
 
For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST or visit www.evopet.com.
 






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Dogs Dumped in Countryside Traced to Former Pet Shop Worker http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/dogs-dumped-countryside-traced-former-pet-shop-worker-32146









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TOKYO - Japanese police have arrested a former pet shop worker for allegedly abandoning 80 dogs, dead and alive, in the countryside, officials and reports said Wednesday.
 
Masaki Kimura, 39, admitted that he had been paid 1 million yen ($8,500) by a breeder to dispose of the miniature dachshunds, toy poodles, and corgies.
 
He gave them no food or water, Jiji Press reported, and all but eight of the animals died in the wooden crates he was using to transport them, initially with the intention of selling them.
 
When he discovered so many had perished, he decided to dump them in isolated parts of Tochigi, north of Tokyo.
 
"I took the dogs from an acquaintance who said they would quit breeding, receiving 1 million yen from the person," Kimura told police, according to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.
 
"The dogs died when I was transporting them by truck after putting them inside wooden boxes," he was quoted as saying.
 
Police began investigating after the rotting bodies of dozens of dogs were found at two different spots — a riverbed and a forest — earlier this month. Kimura handed himself in at a police station last week, telling officers, "I regret what I've done," media reports said.
 
A spokesman for Tochigi police told AFP he was being questioned on suspicion of violating laws on animal rights, river management and waste disposal.
 
Small dogs are popular pets in Japan, but the issue of animals abandoned by their owners frequently makes the news.
 
 
Image: Eky Studio / Shutterstock
 

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Group's Fight to Keep Gay Bull Alive Succeeds - Bull to be Given Sanctuary http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/groups-fight-keep-gay-bull-alive-succeeds-bull-be-given-sanctuary-32145







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DUBLIN - An Irish bull destined for the slaughterhouse because he appears to be gay has been saved following a campaign supported by the co-creator of "The Simpsons," animal rights activists said Tuesday.
 
Benjy's failure to inseminate even one of a herd of cows in which he was mixing rendered him useless on his County Mayo farm, and the farmer decided to send him to the abattoir.
 
But after a story in the local newspaper and a campaign picked up by animal rights groups and a gay magazine, the Charolais-breed bull can now look forward to ending his years in an English animal sanctuary.
 
More than 250 people donated money to buy Benjy from the farmer. Among them was Sam Simon, co-creator of the hit U.S. animation series "The Simpsons," whose
£5,000 (6,250-Euro; $7,800-U.S.) donation proved decisive.
 
"All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he's gay would've been a double tragedy," said Simon, a philanthropist and animal activist.
 
The producer, who has terminal cancer, said he was pleased to help "make Benjy's fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich," according to a statement issued by animal rights group PETA.
 
PETA worked with Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) and gay website TheGayUK, who set up a crowdfunding website and campaign to save Benjy on social media.
 
More than £4,000 had already been raised by members of the public. With Simon's contribution, that total rose to £9,000 — enough to buy the bull and arrange his transportation to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in England next month.
 
However, ARAN spokesman John Carmody told supporters that any extra funds would help the sanctuary in its work.
 
"What could be better than to present Benjy with a Christmas gift that will literally last a lifetime, by giving him a one-way ticket to freedom," he said.
 
 
 
Image: A young Charolais bull (Not Benjy), by Pixavril / Shutterstock
 

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kbonanno13 So i wonder if Benjy deci 11/21/2014 12:48pm So i wonder if Benjy decided to be gay ???? or was he born that way....maybe some thing in his gene's.....
Reply to this comment Report abuse 4 Timothy1964 Gay Bull??? 11/28/2014 11:53am How can you tell when a bull (or any animal, other than humans) is gay??? Reply to this comment Report abuse 5


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TEHRAN - Dog lovers in Iran could face up to 74 lashes under plans by hardline lawmakers that would ban keeping the pets at home or walking them in public.
 
A draft bill, signed by 32 members of the country's conservative-dominated parliament, would also authorise heavy fines for offenders, the reformist Shargh newspaper reported.
 
Dogs are regarded as unclean under Islamic custom and they are not common in Iran, although some families do keep them behind closed doors and, especially in more affluent areas, walk them outside.
 
Iran's morality police, who deploy in public places, have previously stopped dog walkers and either cautioned them or confiscated the animals. But if the new bill is passed by parliament then those guilty of dog-related offences could face lashes or fines ranging from 10 million rials to 100 million rials ($370 to $3,700 at official rates).
 
Patting dogs or coming into contact with their saliva is seen as "najis" — direct contact and behaviour that leaves the body unclean — in the Islamic republic.
 
"Anyone who walks or plays with animals such as dogs or monkeys in public places will damage Islamic culture, as well as the hygiene and peace of others, especially women and children," the draft law states.
 
Confiscated animals would be sent to zoos, forests or the wilderness, it said.
 
Hardliners in Iran's parliament are worried about an "invasion" of Western culture, including satellite television and the Internet, with dog ownership also being seen as un-Islamic.
 
The law, however, would exempt police, farmers, and hunters from the penalties, which are mostly aimed at dog owners living in apartment buildings in big cities such as Tehran, according to the Shargh's report on Thursday.
 
Senior officials have warned against dog ownership, including Iran's police chief General Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam who two years ago said his officers would "deal with those who carry dogs in public."
 
A similar law was proposed three years ago but after studying the bill lawmakers in the 290-member parliament dismissed it, citing more important legislation on the draft agenda.
 
 
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gspal STRANGE 01/03/2015 05:51pm ISIS beheading of captured non-Muslims, enslaving of girls for sex by their troops, and general Muslim terrorism on neighboring countries (like Pakistan on India) is okay, but keeping dogs/monkeys is dirty?? I just cannot think of spending a day without my adorable adopted adult male German Spitz. Our pet has always been an abandoned German Spitz (Eskimo Dog in American English). Reply to this comment Report abuse 1 _kimiyagar_ 01/12/2015 01:52am You can not imagine how difficult it is to be a dog lover and live in Iran.NO where in Qoran (muslims`holy book) has written that dogs or monkeys are unclean , that`s just a superstition , even God said that dogs are useful and you can eat from what they hunt . Reply to this comment Report abuse


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Not a Tiger, But Wild Cat Still Roaming Outskirts of Paris http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/not-tiger-but-wild-cat-still-roaming-outskirts-paris-search-loses-urgency-3212-32128









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PARIS - French officials on Friday scaled down a frantic hunt for a mysterious big cat prowling on the outskirts of Paris after scotching earlier fears it was a tiger.
 
Sightings of a large feline padding around wooded areas only 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Paris on Thursday sparked a desperate search operation involving at one point as many as 200 police and soldiers, backed by a helicopter.
 
Authorities initially claimed it was a tiger but subsequent investigations on the animal's tracks showed it was probably much less dangerous. Experts from the national hunting and wildlife office and a nearby big cat park said: "We can exclude the presence of an animal from the tiger species."
 
They added though that "the feline is still being hunted".
 
An official source told AFP that the search had been scaled back for the moment and the helicopter grounded although forces remained "mobilised" in case of a fresh alert.
 
The story generated wall-to-wall coverage in France on rolling news channels. Local paper Le Parisien splashed a picture of the animal on its front page with the headline: "The unbelievable tiger alert."
 
But the threat level was downgraded on Friday, with the local director of public safety, Chantal Baccanini, saying there was "no danger for the general population".
 
It's between a domestic cat and a bigger feline," said Eric Hansen from the national hunting and wildlife office ONCFS.
 
The mayor of the town of Montevrain, where the animal was first spotted on Thursday, estimated that the animal weighed around 70 kilogrammes (150 pounds). But Hansen said it was likely to be about half this weight and probably "not dangerous".
 
Despite deploying around 100 police, firefighters and soldiers immediately after the sightings, the search proved fruitless. Torrential rain hampered the scaled-down hunt later Friday.
 
A footprint, initially thought to be that of a tiger, was spotted early Friday morning at the unlikely location of a service station near the A4 motorway. France's traffic centre also said a "stray animal" had been spotted nearby and urged motorists to exercise caution on the motorway.
 
Tiger or no tiger, Montevrain resident Jean-Francois Ameur was taking no chances as he told his 12-year-old son to wait for a neighbour to pick him up from school in a car. "It's been running for 48 hours and it hasn't eaten, so yes, I'm worried," said Ameur.
 
'Hysteria' Grips Locals
  
Meanwhile, officials were still scratching their heads as to where the feline could have come from.
 
A local woman sounded the alarm early on Thursday morning after spotting the animal in the supermarket car park. Several more people later came forward saying they had seen a "tiger" on the prowl.
 
"It's becoming hysteria. That was to be expected," said a police source.
 
More than 100 police officers and firefighters armed with tranquiliser guns had spent Thursday combing the area in the Seine-et-Marne district to the east of the French capital. A dog trained in tracking bears and large game was even brought in to help with the search.
 
Authorities defended their response, which included ordering citizens to stay indoors and posting police at schools. "We were talking about a tiger. This is an animal that is potentially extremely dangerous. Our mission is to measure the response in relation to the potential risk," said Frederic Mac Kain, a top official from the nearby town of Torcy.
 
 
Image: (Not the cat being searched for) European Lynx / Ana Gram / Shutterstock
 

Source: AFP




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