Obituaries (July-August 2013)

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:


“I come to bury Caesar,  not to praise him.  The evil men do lives after them.   The good is oft interred with their bones.”  ––William Shakespeare

Jan Worrell,  87,  a longtime resident of Pasadena,  Maryland,  died on June 23,  2013 at the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. “Marjanet  Ann ‘Jan’ Worrell served as  a missionary in India for more than 13 years,”  recalled Nicky Ratliff,   executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County.  “She retired in 1992 after 18 years as the head of Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control in Glen Bernie.  Her shelter had the best computerized animal tracking system in Maryland,  long before there were commercial systems widely available.  She and six others formed the Professional Animal Workers of Maryland in the mid-1970s,  and began to provide training [for animal control personnel] with the help of the University of Maryland and local veterinarians.  PAWS is still benefiting those of us who continue the work she loved,”  Ratliff added. Read more

Obits: Nina Austenberg

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

New Jersey activist Nina Austenberg,  76

Nina Austenberg,  76,  died on May 25,  2013 at her home in Flanders,  New Jersey.  

“After many years serving United Methodist churches with her husband,  the Reverend Kenneth Austenberg, Mrs. Austenberg became active in animal protection,”  recalled the Bergen Daily Record.  “She was involved with much of the significant animal welfare legislation of the last forty years,  including New Jersey laws to ban the steel-jaw leghold trap,  strengthen criminal penalties for dogfighting,  and allow pets in some types of senior citizen housing.  She considered her career highlight to be her work on the state’s groundbreaking Animal Population Control Fund spay/neuter program,  and the ‘Animal Friendly’ license plate that helps to fund it.” Read more

Laws pre-empting breed-specific ordinances pass––but polls tilt the other way

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

HARTFORD,  RENO,  PRESCOTT,  CALGARY–Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on May 24 and June 6,  2013  endorsed into law bills that prohibit municipalities from passing breed-specific dog ordinances.  A similar bill passed both houses of the Rhode Island legislature between May 27 and July 2,  but had not yet been signed by Governor Lincoln Chaffee when ANIMAL PEOPLE went to press two weeks later.   Read more

Confucian Virtue Ethics vs. Animal Rights & the Predation Problem

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July-August 13:

Confucian Virtue Ethics vs. Animal Rights & the Predation Problem by Wolf Clifton

Steve Cooke, author of the Thrifty Philosopher blog, in a recent installment entitled Animal Rights & The Predation Problem demonstrated the fallacy of attempting to devise a perfectly coherent, all-encompassing ethical philosophy perhaps especially as regards a topic as diverse as the range of human relationships with animals, across the spectrum of species. Read more

SPECIAL: The dog care field manual

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

The Dog Care Field Manual: How to care for mangy run-down dogs in 2nd and 3rd world countries  (and in developed countries,  too) by Harrell Graham 46-page free download by clicking HERE

The Dog Care Field Manual,  by Harrell Graham,  covers wound treatment;  treatment of both internal parasites such as worms and external parasites such as mange;  emergency response to poisoning;  and avoidance of rabies.  Each topic is reviewed in depth and detail,  recommending crisis care that almost anyone can give when the nearest veterinarian is many miles and hours away.   Read more

New Gentle Barn IRS Form 990 filings respond to probe by California Attorney General

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

SANTA CLARITA,  California––Newly accessible IRS Form 990 filings for 2010 and 2011 from The Gentle Barn Foundation hint at a history of financial irregularities,  some of which were also alleged in three lawsuits filed in 2012 by five former staff.  The lawsuits were recently settled in mediation on undisclosed terms. Read more

Another summer of mayhem & mendacity on the rodeo circuit

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

CALGARY,  RENO––The July 11,  2013 death of a chuckwagon outrider’s horse from officially unknown causes and the death of a steer who suffered a broken neck two days earlier during a steer wrestling event raised the Calgary Stampede animal death count to 62 in the 27 years that fatalities have been tracked.   Read more

Dutch to push “vaccination for life” ––may end culls of healthy livestock

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

DEN HAAG––Dutch state secretary of economic affairs Sharon A.M. Dijksma on June 4,  2013 committed The Netherlands to trying to reverse European Union and other international policies which require culling livestock who have been exposed to contagious diseases of concern,  even if the animals are apparently healthy and have been vaccinated against the feared diseases. Read more

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