Dog flu outbreak sweeping Midwest is ‘strain never seen before in US’   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Rick Kupchella's - BringMeTheNews.com:

Dog owners have been told to be on alert for a strain of canine flu that has sickened more than 1,000 across the Midwest.

The Associated Press reports that the virus has yet to appear in Minnesota, but that it has been detected in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, having believed to have originated in the Chicago area.

Tests by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Library confirmed the strain as H3N2, AP reports, which is believed to have come from Asia and causes coughs, a runny nose and fever in dogs.

KSTP reports that the strain is highly contagious, has never been seen before in the United States, and has so far killed five dogs.

The TV station says that dogs are contagious for about two weeks and should be kept away from other dogs during that time should they develop the symptoms.

FOX 9 reported last week that Minnesota’s veterinarians are keeping…

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Six words that hide animal cruelty   Leave a comment

14 april 2015

from AnimalsAsia

Animal Voices

By David Neale, Animals Asia’s Animal Welfare Director

If we are to afford animals the lives and respect they deserve, then it’s not enough just to think differently about them – we have to speak differently too.

Words can have a defining impact upon us. Cruelty can hide behind language. Without additional thought as to what is really happening – it can be too easy to dismiss or overlook suffering.

The power of words can therefore influence our perspective and values – including our acceptance of the way in which animals are treated.

1. Vermin 2. Pest

The words “vermin” and “pest” are often used for animals such as rats. Society accepts that these words have negative connotations which are passed onto the animals themselves.

This leads to a general acceptance of inhumane killing methods such as the use of poisons and traps – methods that would not be acceptable for other species. Most chemical rat poison works by disrupting the coagulating process of the animal’s blood. Large doses can damage blood vessels causing them to leak, ultimately resulting in death through internal bleeding.

Yet rats are sentient animals who can suffer both physically and psychologically just like any other species. However society in general would not accept the mass use of poisons, which deliberately inflict untold suffering on millions of individual animals, if the species in question was a dog or a cat.

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3. Cull

The word “cull” is used when a population of animals is deemed to be too large for its current environment, or a disease outbreak has occurred or is suspected within an animal population.

The word is synonymous with the word “kill” and used to make the action more politically and socially acceptable.

This is particularly relevant during times of disease outbreak where governments must be seen to take prompt action to prevent the spread of a disease which may endanger human lives.

In these circumstances, methods of killing animals (including burying animals alive in some cases) are often deployed which would generate moral outrage under different circumstances. To prevent such outrage, “kill” becomes “cull” to soften the impact. Yet the same process has happened, in most cases a perfectly healthy animal has been killed because its life had little or no value to us.

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4. Agricultural Animals 5. Production Units 6. Economic Losses

On intensive farms, animals are often referred to as “agricultural animals” and “production units”, each with an economic value to the farmer. The use of the word “agricultural” before the word “animal” helps to distance us from the individuals that are part of the farming process.

This paves the way for animal deaths to be referred to and calculated as economic losses and helps us to distance ourselves from the act of raising an animal in deplorable conditions and subjecting it to countless situations which can cause suffering, pain and death.

Below is an extract from a December 2014 edition of online magazine “The Poultry Site”:

“Mortality in broiler flocks represents lost income to growers and integrators alike. Even though mortality is an everyday part of broiler production, growers should tailor management programs to reduce its overall effect on flock performance. An aggressive culling program early in each flock that humanely removes substandard birds as they appear can improve overall flock uniformity and performance with a minimal negative effect on feed conversion ratio.”

The words used in this paragraph utterly distance us from the reality – the fact that we are referring to sentient animals who feel pain and suffer from fear and distress. They represent an industry that has lost any moral value for the individuals unfortunate enough to be born into it.

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Think about what the words really mean…

We all consciously and sub-consciously assign moral values to certain species. This moral ladder is used to justify our actions and shape our moral outrage or acceptance of the use of animals in certain situations.

During this evaluation process, we should not allow the above mentioned terms to influence us into accepting poorer welfare and suffering for species which society has deemed as pests, those being killed as part of a “sustainable harvest” or “culled” for reasons of “population and disease control”.

In the words of American author Matthew Scully:

“If one animal’s pain – say that of one’s pet – is real and deserving of sympathy, then the pain of essentially identical animals is also meaningful, no matter what conventional distinctions we have made to narrow the scope of our sympathy'”.

Confession of an Insecure Soul   Leave a comment

Wolf is my Soul:

How do YOU feel ?

Originally posted on A Word about Me:

How easy it is to stand in front of someone, gather all the pain you have…
And hit back for the strike you got
With same pressure or even more than that

Just to be at ease
Just to shift the pain back to the one who gave you

You weep, you shout, you can even kill
Just to relieve yourself from the burden of Anger, Pain and Revenge !

What do you feel when you have reacted like a beast
Achieved, Relieved, Sick, Guilty…..?

Let me tell you
YOU ARE A COWARD !
You were never capable of holding  grudges like these and carrying such a heavy burden in your head and in your heart

You can never imagine
How hard it is to listen everything you don’t want to
And absorb it like nothing happened
And never letting a single word slip through your tongue
Holding it, carrying…

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Posted 13 April, 2015 by Wolf is my Soul in News/Nyheter

Coexistence with Coyotes   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Animal Blawg:

Semi-Rural, Suburban Coexistence with the Wild

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Coyotes roam the Northern California landscape as naturally as the curving arms of oak trees and shimmering light of golden grasses. Animals are the environment, the land is our home, and no matter where I rest my head, I dream of this homeland. Its skin, scattered with abandoned Quonset huts, fading into fields with salted, rusting farm equipment baring aquamarine metallic undersides from fog long come and gone. Pines and redwoods sighing through picnics and lovers’ quarrels, soaring bi-planes overhead rising and falling like the Cooper’s hawks who cross the valley floor, searching amongst the mustard meadows as the earthy smells of dairy pastures carry the work of day into dusk, and the awakening of streetlights flicker amongst the song of the crickets. Night falls and a coyote cries.

It is the intersection of the nonhuman and human world where that dream is disturbed…

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Posted 10 April, 2015 by Wolf is my Soul in News/Nyheter

15 Photos of the Most Amazing Animal in Alaska – Arctic Wolves.   19 comments

Alaska is where the majority of the wild Arctic Wolves live.

No other wolf in the world can offer the same coloring as the Arctic Wolf. It is very unique due to the location where it is found. While some species of wolves do have some white coloring, this one is almost completely white. They do offer some aspects of yellow, gray, and black in places though.

The overall size of them will depend on where they happen to live in their region. Some of them only weight about 75 pounds. Others though can weigh up to 125. Some of them are about 3 feet in length when they are fully grown. Others are twice that long though at about 6 feet.

Alaska is where the majority of the wild Arctic Wolves live. They are able to walk on the frozen ground due to the way their feet are designed. That allows them to shift their weight around and to keep a good grip. Not only can they stand the very cold temperatures, they don’t seem to mind the part of the year when it is dark for both day and night.

Both Greenland and Canada have Arctic Wolves that are found in various locations as well. However, the numbers of them in these areas are drastically low. They have moved or they have perished due to a lack of food and habitat for them to survive. Around Alaska the natural habitat for these wolves has been untouchable due to the land being too cold for people to thrive in.

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Essential Species Quiz   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Here is a short multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge of our fellow animals. 

Instructions: Choose the species that best fit the descriptions below. 

Note: Although some may share a few of the characteristics, they must meet all the criteria listed in order to qualify as a correct answer. 

1. Which two species fit the following description? 

  • Highly social
  • Live in established communities
  • Master planners and builders of complex, interconnected dwellings
  • Have a language
  • Can readily learn and invent words
  • Greet one another by kissing 

A. Humans

B. Prairie Dogs

C. Dolphins

D. Penguins 

Answer:  A. and B

2. Which two species fit the following description? 

  • Practice communal care of the youngsters on their block
  • Beneficial to others who share their turf
  • Essential to the health of their environment
  • Without them an ecosystem unravels
  • Have been reduced to a tiny portion of their original population
  • Vegetarian 

A. Humans

B…

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Over 50 beagles rescued from filthy Polk County home, one dead   Leave a comment

Wolf is my Soul:

Yet another case of animal abuse on a large scale!

Originally posted on Rick Kupchella's - BringMeTheNews.com:

Scenes of filth and squalor met Minnesota Humane Society workers when they arrived at a Polk County home Tuesday and rescued dozens of beagles.

Acting on a report from a neighbor, authorities seized 51 dogs and took them to various animal shelters, according to Valley News Live.

The station notes the dogs appeared to be “well fed,” but that many were suffering from skin diseases, with one of the beagles appearing to have had an ear bitten off.

A Humane Society official told the Star Tribune the house was in disrepair and covered in feces, saying it was an environment unsuitable for both humans and dogs.

The paper says authorities are building a criminal case against the homeowner, an as yet unidentified woman.

One of the dogs was found dead, according to KARE 11.

There may be a bright future for the beagles, however – the West Central Tribune suggests they’ll be available…

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Posted 12 March, 2015 by Wolf is my Soul in News/Nyheter

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