BOOKS—Beautiful Old Dogs

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

Beautiful Old Dogs Edited by David Tabatsky,  with photos by Garry Gross St. Martin’s Press  (c/o MacMillan,  175 Fifth Avenue,  New York,  NY  10010),  2013. 144 pages,  hardcover.  $17.99.

Beautiful Old Dogs features photos by fashion photographer turned dog photographer Garry Gross (1937-2010),  matched with literary contributions by prominent dog-loving New Yorkers or former New Yorkers.  Most are contemporary,  including Anna Quindlen,  Ally Sheedy, Doris Day,  Dean Koontz,  and Marlo Thomas,  but the playwright Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953) is also represented,  celebrating the endearing qualities of aging pets. Read more

Mission Rabies vaccinates 60,000 dogs in 10 Indian cities in 30 days

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

NILGIRIS,  Tamil Nadu,  India––Vaccinating 60,000 dogs in 30 days at 10 rabies hot spots around India,  Mission Rabies exceeded its preliminary target by 10,000 and kept right on rolling. Mission Rabies “will continue for three years,  with a goal of vaccinating two million Indian dogs,”  said Worldwide Veterinary Services founder Luke Gamble,  who set for himself the goal of eradicating rabies in India while visiting Nilgiris as the star of a veterinary television show in 2009. Read more

BOOKS: The State of Canada’s Birds 2012

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

By the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI-Canada),  under the leadership of Environment Canada,  Bird Studies Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada,  Nature Canada,  the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada |  Free download: and   Avian Conservation & Ecology 8(2).   Free download:

Alleged an October 1,  2013 media release from the American Bird Conservancy,  “A new study from the government of Canada that looked at more than 25 human-caused sources of bird mortality has found that domestic cats, both feral and owned,  are the leading lethal threat to birds in the country.” Read more

Killing of cow protection activist ignites riots

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

Vikrant Singh Yadav,  25,  a bank clerk in Khwaspur village,  Haryana state,  India,  was killed on August 25,  2013 while chasing a truck believed to be driven by cattle rustlers who were taking cows to be illegally slaughtered.

Police and the local cow protection society Gae Bachao Samiti had reportedly been tipped that the rustlers were hauling cattle.  Yadav trailed the alleged rustlers’ truck on a motorcycle,  with other Gae Bachao Samiti members following in a car.  After police waved the truck through a checkpoint but briefly detained Yadev,  he resumed the pursuit at high speed.  He apparently caught the truck,  but was then either run over or hacked to death with an unidentified weapon,  according to conflicting accounts.  The truck drivers escaped.   Read more

OBITUARIES (Sept. 2013)

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

Donald Low, M.D., 68, died of a brain tumor on September 18, 2013 in Toronto. Co-author of nearly 400 peer-reviewed articles for scientific and medical journals, Low was best known for advising against panic responses to zoonotic disease outbreaks, including occasional appearances of raccoon rabies in Toronto, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which hit 375 Torontonians in 2003, killing two and causing 27,000 people to be quarantined. Read more

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