BOOKS: With the Eyes of Love, by Christa Blanke

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

With the Eyes of Love,  by Christa Blanke, translated by Sheelagh D. Graham Animals’ Angels Press (Rossertstraße 8,  D-60323 Frankfurt a. Main,  Germany),  2011. 168 pages,  hardcover.  $16.76

For 21 years, before co-founding ANIMAL PEOPLE in 1992,  I moonlighted as a literary editor and publisher, chiefly of poetry, after hours on mostly animal-related news beats.  Works by many authors I helped to introduce to print now claim shelf space in major book stores–but few of them won readership as poets. Read more

WWF cofounder Russell Train, 92

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Russell E. Train, 92, died on September 17, 2012 at his farm in Bozman,  Maryland.  An attorney prominent in Republican politics,  Train was appointed by then-U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower to the bench of the U.S. Tax Court in 1957.  Recalled Washington Post obituarist Juliet Eilperin,  “Around that time, Train and his wife took two safari expeditions to East Africa,” as the then-British colony including Kenya and Tanzania was then known. Read more

70,000 Australian sheep stranded at sea by disease outbreak

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

KARACHI–Twenty-two thousand Australian sheep on September 22, 2012 won at least a temporary reprieve from being culled in Pakistan, and were still alive two days later while the Sindh High Court reviewed evidence submitted by Rafiq Khanani of the Dow Univesity of Health Sciences that the sheep had not contracted serious diseases during prolonged transport aboard the Ocean Drover. Read more

Animal shelter leadership transitions

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Bill Bruce, 58, director of  Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services since 2000, retired on August 3, 2012.  Dubbed “Bylaw Bill” by Sherri Zickefoose of the Calgary Herald, Bruce worked for the City of Calgary for more than 31 years. Like his predecessor as animal control chief, Jerry Aschenbrenner,  who headed the department for 25 years, Bruce advocated incentive-based animal control.  Under Aschenbrenner, Calgary achieved by far the highest rate of dog licensing compliance in North America and perhaps the world, exceeding 80%, more than twice the highest rate ever achieved by any U.S. city of comparable size.  Bruce boosted compliance to more than 90%.  Read more

ASPCA, PetSmart Charities, and IFAW change chief executives

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

American SPCA president Ed Sayres, 63, on July 25, 2012, announced his retirement, pending selection of a successor.  “I am going to take a breath and assimilate the lessons of the past 10 years,” Sayres told ANIMAL PEOPLE.  “The A has been a great fit for me. I realized I could implement the no kill vision more effectively through the ASPCA than San Francisco SPCA,” where Sayres was president 1999-2003, “and [Mayor’s Alliance executive director] Jane Hoffman has been an outstanding partner in transforming New York City.  Now with Community Partners,” the ASPCA national outreach program, “we have created many different and transparent examples of how to sustain life saving efforts.   We have been fortunate to recruit some of the best in the field, and I am leaving a very strong organization for the next leader. Read more

Attenborough wins Constance Gold Medal

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

MELBOURNE--Australian animal advocate and philanthropist Phil Wollen on August 20, 2012 presented the Winsome Constance Gold Medal and an award of $25,000, given annually in honor of his mother and his nanny, to British wildlife documentary film maker Sir David Attenborough.

Bullfights back on Spanish state TV

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

MADRID--Live bullfights returned to the Spanish state TV network, Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española (RTVE) on September 5, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., the traditional time slot since RTVE debuted by airing a bullfight in 1948.

TVE ended a six-year suspension of live bullfight broadcasts just 18 months after the 2011 updated edition of the corporate stylebook advised in a chapter titled “Violence against animals” that it stopped broadcasting live bullfights in 2007 to avoid upsetting children. Read more

Butterball Conviction

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Former Butterball employee Brian Douglas,  one of five people shown abusing turkeys seen in undercover video footage obtained by Mercy For Animals in late 2011, pleaded guilty felonious cruelty to animals in Hoke County Superior Court in Raeford, North Carolina on August 28, 2012.  Douglas was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail followed by six months of probation and 36 months of supervised probation, to pay $550 in fines, and to provide a DNA sample to the state.  “Cases against the four other people charged are pending,” reported Fayetteville Observer staff writer Caitlin Dineen.

EDITORIAL: Pit bulls & political recklessness

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Editorial feature: Pit bulls & political recklessness

A well-funded and aggressively promoted ballot measure meant to repeal the 23-year-old Miami-Dade County pit bull ban went down to an upset landslide defeat on August 14, 2012, attracting just 37% support–the most lopsided failure of a ballot measure endorsed by major national humane organizations in at least a couple of decades. Read more

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