BOOKS: Silent Victims: Recognizing and Stopping Abuse of the Family Pet

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:

Silent Victims:
Recognizing and Stopping Abuse of the Family Pet
by Pamela Carlisle-Frank & Tom Flanagan
University Press of America (4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 220,
Lanham, MD 20766), 2006. 296 pages, paperback. $39.95.

Social scientist Pamela Carlisle-Frank and Tom Flanagan, a
Boston police officer turned humane officer, in Silent Victims pull
together information from a broad range of sources, seasoned by
practical experience, which might usefully be on the required
reading list for anyone aspiring to a career in social work or law
enforcement–but for what specific class?
Few universities teach humane law enforcement, or the
sociology of animal rescue. Newly hired humane officers these days
often have some formal law enforcement training, and many of the
best humane society crisis counselors have background in social work.

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BOOKS: Kathryn & the Runaway Zoo

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:

Kathryn & the Runaway Zoo by William B. Catton
Vantage Press Inc. (419 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016), 2007.
140 pages, paperback. $11.95.

Kathryn, a 13-year-old passionate animal lover, is a
frequent visitor to the local zoo, which houses the largest
collection of animals in America, and is owned by one Mortimer
Farrington, known to all as an “ill-tempered and arrogant skinflint.”
Because of her way with animals she is offered a part time
job after school and weekends. She is, however, horrified at the
outdated, cramped conditions of the zoo, and seeks improvement by
writing to Farrington, asking him to consider refurbishing the zoo
in order to give the animals more space. He refuses, so she writes
to the newspapers, which infuriates him.

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BOOKS: What Every Pet Owner Should Know

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:

What Every Pet Owner Should Know
by Karen Halligan, DVM
Harper Collins Publishers Inc. (10 East 53rd St.,
New York, NY 10022), 2007. 312 pages, hardcover. $24.85.

Karen Halligan, director of veterinary services for SPCA/LA,
is well-known to television viewers through her frequent appearances
on animal-related programs.
What Every Pet Owner Should Know comprehensively addresses
the whole range of potential problems faced by pet owners, including
how to reduce veterinary bills by taking preventative measures such
as cleaning a pet’s teeth; what pet to choose for one’s particular
needs and circumstances; the ins and outs of pet insurance; and
especially, how to recognise illness and address it.

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BOOKS: The Dogs of Windcutter Down

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:

The Dogs of Windcutter Down
by David Kennard
St. Martin’s Press (175 Fifth Ave., New York,
NY 10010), 2006. 277 pages, paperback. $24.95.

The Dogs of Windcutter Down is British sheep farmer David
Kennard’s sequel to his first book, A Shepherd’s Watch, which we
reviewed in the June 2006 edition of Animal People.
It is a nostalgic look at the vanishing traditional farming
lifestyle. Dog lovers will enjoy Kennard’s descriptions of sheep
dog trials, but the hardships of sheep farming may surprise many
readers. Besides long, arduous hours of working with sheep through
often miserable weather, Kennard laments the declining market value
of sheep, the intrusion of European Union bureaucracy at every
level, and the slaughter of millions of sheep and cattle in 2004 in
a failed government effort to halt the spread of hoof-and-mouth
disease without resorting to vaccination.

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Socotra clinic

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:
U.S. Army captain Gwynne Kinley, Combined Joint Task
Force-Horn of Africa veterinarian and mission commander, in March
2007 directed a three-day seminar on animal health care for 30 women
from the villages of Qalanisah and Hadibo on Socotra, a Yemeni
island off Somalia in the Indian Ocean. Women are the main caretakers
for the estimated 150,000 goats and sheep on Socotra.
“It was important to have an all-female team,” U.S. Army
staff sergeant and civil affairs specialist Jennifer A. Brooks
explained to technical sergeant Carrie Bernard. specialist. “The
women in Yemen are usually completely covered, except for their
eyes, and do not socialize with men who are not family members.”
A local male veterinarian served as interpreter.
Bernard relayed the particulars and photo to ANIMAL PEOPLE
via Air Force News Agency Public Relations representative Gerry
Proctor, of San Antonio, Texas.

Ex-orang trainer Berosini loses again

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:
SAN FRANCISCO–The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on
February 6, 2007 upheld a lower court order that former Las Vegas
orangutan trainer Bobby Berosini owed $340,230 in legal fees and
interest to law firms representing former PETA executive director
Jeanne Roush.
The money was paid in May 2000, but Berosini appealed. The
appellate verdict appeared to end 17 years of litigation originating
in 1988, when PETA distributed a video clandestinely made by one of
Berosini’s employees, which showed Berosini striking an orangutan
backstage. Berosini won a $3.1 million defamation verdict against
PETA in 1990, but lost on appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Jordan clinic opens

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan on March 19, 2007 opened
the Garden Sanctuary for Animal Welfare Center in Amman, to provide
free veterinary care to the animals of farmers and villagers.
Directed by Margaret Ledger, co-founder of the Humane Center for
Animal Welfare, the center will be funded for two years by the World
Society for the Protection of Animals, which has been active in
Jordan since 2004. The Brooke Hospital for Animals has operated an
equine clinic and a mobile unit in Jordan since 1988, and the
Society for Protecting Animals Abroad, involved in Jordan since
1991, now operates two clinics and four mobile units in Jordan.

Animal Rescue League of Boston closes five-year-old Pembroke shelter

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:
BOSTON–The Animal Rescue League of Boston announced on
February 28, 2007 that it will close the Pembroke Animal Care &
Adoption Center, only five years after completing it, at cost of $7
Animal Rescue League president Jay Bowen, heading the league
since 40-year president Arthur Slade retired in December 2005, told
news media that the Pembroke shelter has lost more than $1 million a

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Letters [April 2007]

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2007:
“Dr. Bean” of Mdzananda clinic in South Africa

When Thobane Dolophini was ten years old, he investigated
the comings and goings of cats and dogs at Mdzananda Animal Clinic.
At the time, neither he or friends and family were aware that he
possessed an innate affinity and ability to care for sick and injured
Vet Mario van Rensburg nicknamed Thobane “Dr Bean,” and the
name has stuck.
Recalls Mdzananda director Jane Levinson, “In 2003, when
we did a spayathon, a very badly burnt puppy needed constant care
and nursing. Dr. Bean helped put this puppy on a drip. He nursed
the puppy, dressed the puppy’s wounds, and fed the puppy. Dr.
Bean saw the staff members involved in the spayathon and on his own
initiative, he cleaned the cages and gave the dogs in hospital clean
water and food. He also washed the floors of the clinic.”
Over the years Dr. Bean has quietly watched vets and vet
assistants clean, stitch, dress wounds, administer medication and
patiently explain proper animal care procedures to pet keepers. Even
though Thobane has a quiet and reserved manner, he has never needed
an invitation to do the same. His continued interest and hands on
approach to animal care has earned him the attention of the vets at
Mdzananda, who have become determined to further his education and
teach him clinical skills whenever they can.
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