Friday food for thought quote: animal welfare and the church

"Still, there is a growing awareness that how we treat animals is a measure of our own humanity—that violence inflicted on animals is inexorably linked to human-against-human violence, that compassion is a big enough idea to encompass animals as well as humans." Christine Gutleben,  senior director of the Faith Outreach program of The Humane Society of the United States, in a piece about animal welfare and the church … [Read more...]

Pet sales banned at malls nationwide; rescue stores begin to replace pet shops

Even though the story broke in October, it's still making the rounds on Facebook -  just in time for Christmas: retail developer Macerich announced that it will no longer allow pet stores that sell animals in more than 70 malls nationwide. According to a story from October at, "This new humane policy designed to break the puppy mill business chain is taking effect nationwide within 30 days. Macerich confirmed that they will not renew the leases of existing pet stores that sell an … [Read more...]

Humane Society of United States announces winner of hymn contest (video)

I love that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a faith outreach dedicated to engaging people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues, recognizing that religious values call upon us all to act in a merciful way toward all creatures.And to launch that outreach, the HSUS held a contest and invited people to submit a video of themselves performing their interpretation of the hymn “O God Your Creatures Fill the Earth,” by lyricist Pastor Carolyn Gillette. A … [Read more...]

Black bear hitches a ride to downtown Vancouver atop a garbage truck (video)

Earlier today I shared with you a story about some juvenile black-tailed deer who hopped aboard a fishing boat last year for a ride to safety. This week comes news that on Monday, a black bear hitched a ride on top of a garbage truck and ended up in downtown Vancouver.Silly old bear.Conservation officer Alex Desjardins told the Vancouver Sun that its believed the bear was inside of a dumpster that was picked up in North Vancouver on Monday. Bear climbs in for a snack, dumpster is ... … [Read more...]

Deer hitch a ride on Alaskan fishing charter (photos)

Photos of these deer hitching a ride on an Alaskan fishing boat are making the rounds on Facebook.I love when stories make the rounds on Facebook, because they're often very inspiring. But oftentimes they're not completely true. The latest story making the rounds is about four deer who hitched a ride on an Alaskan fishing boat. True story, but not recent.It was October 2010 when captain Tom Satre, along with his daughter Anna Satre, brother Tim Satre and sister Sharon Kelly, were … [Read more...]

Year-End Study Names 2011’s “Five Best States to be an Animal Abuser” (Where does your state rank?)

The Animal Legal Defense Fund this week released its annual report ranking animal cruelty laws across the nation, and according to the report Kentucky, North Dakota, Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota are the five best states in the country to be an animal abuser.Based on a detailed comparative analysis of more than 4,000 pages of statutes, tracking fourteen broad categories of provisions, the report recognizes the states where animal law has real teeth and calls out those like Kentucky – the s … [Read more...]

Relax with a little “cat yoga” (videos)

Holiday season got you a little tense? Relax with a little cat yoga! Breathe in ... breath out ... meow!And if you're new to yoga, why not let Shorty the kitten demonstrate some poses? … [Read more...]

Bring back the Wooly Mammoth? Have we learned nothing from the bunny rabbit?

It came out this week that Japanese and Russian scientists have recovered viable bone marrow from the frozen thigh bone of a Wooly Mammoth, recovered in Siberian permafrost soil. They plan to use it to clone the prehistoric beast.You got it: they want to bring back the Wooly Mammoth.Obviously the first thing that comes to mind is a real life Jurassic Park. Velociraptors and T-Rexs and giant hairy elephants on the loose? Brrrr. Scary.But let's assume that the Wooly Mammoth comes back … [Read more...]

Cargill recalls River Run and Marksman dry dog food for aflatoxin contamination

Cargill Animal Nutrition today announced a voluntary recall of River Run and Marksman dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. The affected products, which are regional brands of dog food, were manufactured at Cargill’s Lecompte, Louisiana, facility between Dec. 1, 2010, and Dec. 1, 2011.Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product. Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or … [Read more...]

World’s oldest living dog dies at 26

Pusuke, recognized last year by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living dog in the world, has died. The male Shiba Inu mix was 26 years and 9 months old, according to the Japan Times Online. According to the story, he was eating keeping up with his daily walks right up until the end.Pusuke was born in Japan on April 1, 1985 and according to the Guinness record was owned by Shigeo Nagai (Japan) in Sakura-shi, Japan.Twenty-six-years is old for a dog, but Pusuke wasn't the oldest do … [Read more...]