Fix pets first, says founder of successful neuter/return projects in Turkey & Romania

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

I read the September 2013 ANIMAL PEOPLE editorial feature “Successful neuter/return must recognize reality” with interest and agree with much of what you say,  especially the bit about how difficult it is,  probably impossible,  to transfer a privately funded neuter/return project successfully to municipal funding and management,  as we tried to do here in Oradea,  Romania.  But one important point occurs to me. Read more

Ethicist addresses making euthanasia decisions in a no-kill context

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

BARCELONA–– Among the more unusual and useful offerings at the 2013 International Companion Animal Welfare Conference was a session entitled “Ethical decision making,”  presented by Dorothy E.F. McKeegan,  British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Read more

Battling multiple sclerosis, volunteer rescue driver Nathalie Klinge became street dog population ecologist

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.) 

BARCELONA,  BUCHAREST–– “Stray Dog Ecology:  Back to the Basics” is for Dutch humane volunteer Nathalie Klinge not just the title of a talk,  but a summary of her way of life. Addressing the 2013 International Companion Animal Welfare Conference,  the ninth Klinge has attended but the first at which she has spoken,  Klinge brought to her presentation the experience of 13 years on the road in Romania,  Bulgaria,  and Turkey,  observing the lives and sometimes the deaths of street dogs from an actuarial perspective. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000,  at age 30,  Klinge resolved to spend the rest of whatever time she had left to live working for animals.  Klinge left her career in the life insurance industry to become a driver for eastern European animal charities,  helping to relay dogs to western Europe for adoption. At first Klinge just drove,  looked,  and listened.  But eventually Klinge realized she was recognizing realities that seemed to elude the credentialed experts,  government officials,  and directors of animal charities who kept failing to resolve street dog issues.   Read more

Legislation advances to protect Spanish bullfighting as cultural heritage

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

MADRID––Legislation to protect bullfighting as part of the cultural identity of Spain,  pushed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the center-right Popular Party,  moved closer to passage on October 2,  2013 when endorsed by the parliamentary culture committee by a vote of 24-6,  with 14 abstentions. 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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