From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May 2012:


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

 F. Barbara Orlans died on June 18,  2010.  ANIMAL PEOPLE learned of her death on April 5,  2012.  A noted biomedical researcher,  Orlans in a 1964 letter to Science endorsed the then just introduced Laboratory Animal Welfare Act,  the forerunner of today’s Animal Welfare Act.  She served for the rest of her life on the scientific committee for the Animal Welfare Institute.  Educated in England, Orlans “conducted research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Institutes of Health,”  recalled AWI president Cathy Liss.  “In 1984 she founded the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare. From 1989 until her death,  she was a senior research fellow and assistant professor at the Georgetown University Kennedy Institute of Ethics.”  Orlans’ books included Animal Care from Protozoa to Small Mammals,  In the Name of Science:  Issues In Responsible Animal Experimentation,  Applied Ethics in Animal Research (with John Gluck and Tony Dipasquale),  and The Human Use of Animals:  Case Studies in Ethical Choice (with Tom Beauchamp,  Rebecca Dresser and David Morton).

Georgia Lee Dvorak,  76,  died on December 24,  2011 in Oak Lawn,  Illinois.  At request of Fifth Third Bank director of personal trust Jeffrey Schmidt,  Cook County Probate Court Judge Susan Coleman on April 2,  2012 overturned a clause in Dvorak’s will,  written in 1988,  which asked that any cat or cats left after her death be euthanized.  Dvorak’s 11-year-old cat Boots is instead to be sent to a no-kill sanctuary called Cats Are Purrsons Too,  with an endowment for care of $2,000,  half of it provided by Fifth Third Bank waiving part of an estate management fee.  Dvorak left the balance of her estate to 12 animal charities.

Tachi Tatehana,  69,  and Take Tatehana,  75,  both of the Hachimantai-Sakabitai district of Kazuno,  Akita Prefecture,  Japan, both longtime employees of the Hachimantai Bear Farm in Kazuno, were killed on April 20,  2012 by one or more of six Asiatic brown bears who escaped from the zoo and were later shot in the vicinity.  “The bears escaped by climbing over the walls on accumulated snow piles,” reported Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia New Network.

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