Carol Jodar, key figure in 1984 City of Hope case

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

Carol Williams Jodar,  66,  of Bozeman,  Montana,  died on September 21,  2013 after fighting multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years while raising two children,  serving with her husband Bruce on the boards of the Williams Foundation and Jodar Family Foundation,  and supporting many animal,  environmental,  and performing arts charities.   Read more

Ohio activist kills herself plus 31 dogs

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

Sandra Lertzman,  62,  was found dead with 31 dogs on November 8,  2013 in a running car in the garage of her home in Moreland Hills,  Ohio,  six days after she was last seen.  Said to have been involved in animal rescue for 45 years,  Sandra Lertzman styled herself executive director of the Animal Rights Foundation,  but Guidestar,  contracted by the IRS to share IRS Form 990 filings,  shows no record of ARF. Read more

Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate Conservation

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

 Ignoring Nature No More:  The Case for Compassionate Conservation Edited by Marc Bekoff The University of Chicago Press,  Ltd.  (427 East 60th St.,  Chicago,  IL 60637), 2013. 456 pages.  Paperback $38.00.  Kindle $19.89.

When I was a child,  the Earth seemed huge and full of exciting places where wild animals roamed,  where as yet no human had set foot.  There were only three billion of us back then. Feeding us all seemed to be the main problem.   Read more

Obits: Angela Cope, 97, senior RSPCA volunteer

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

Angela Cope,  97,  died in London on October 28,  2013.  “She was a lifelong animal welfarist of the practical rather than the sentimental type,”  former Royal SPCA director general Peter Davies told ANIMAL PEOPLE,  recalling that one of her projects was organizing a working horse show to benefit the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.  “She was involved with the Central London Branch of the RSPCA for many years,”  Davies continued.  “When the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital was created,  she formed the Friends of Putney Animal Hospital Committee,  which raised substantial sums for the hospital,  largely through the onsite shop that she ran with volunteers selling donated goods.  She was a long-serving member of the RSPCA Council,”  but was retired in 2001,  along with fellow RSPCA vice presidents William Jordan and Dame Janet Fookes,  who were replaced on the council by celebrities Geri Halliwell,  Elton John,  and Cliff Richard.   Read more

BOOKS: Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance & the Essence of Wilderness

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

Deerland:  America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance & the Essence of Wilderness  by Al Cambronne  •  Lyons Press (246 Goose Lane,  Guilford,  CT  06437),  2013.  263 pages,  paperback.  $18.95.

Opens Al Cambronne,  “We live in Deerland.  The U.S. now has over 30 million deer,  a hundred times more than a century ago.  They routinely disrupt entire ecosystems.  They ravage our gardens and suburban landscaping,  and every year they kill and injure hundreds of us on our highways…Still,  deer are magical.  Their mere existence makes the woods feel wilder.  They signify far more to us than just meat,  antlers,  or a graceful,  mysterious creature slipping through the shadows…We commute farther and borrow more so that we can live beside them.  If money remains,  we buy vacation homes where we’ll see even more of them.  A few of us happily spend two or three years’ salary for a small piece of untillable land on which we can hunt them…Regardless of how you may feel about hunting,  in many parts of America we now have a very real problem with too many deer.  In some of those places,  hunting is a big part of the solution.  It’s also,  some would argue,  a big part of the problem.” Read more

Death of RSPCA critic is ruled a suicide

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

Dawn Aubrey-Ward,  43,  hanged herself on May 8,  2013 in her home in Martock,  Somerset,   U.K.,  coroner Tony Williams ruled on October 14,  2013. A Royal SPCA animal welfare officer from 2008 to 2010,  Aubrey-Ward was among the three named sources for allegations published by Nick Craven and Lynne Wallis of The Daily Mail on December 29,  2012 that the RSPCA unnecessarily kills animals and inappropriately pursues prosecutions.  The RSPCA countered that,  “Dawn Aubrey-Ward is a disgruntled former employee who was subject to a disciplinary investigation for alleged theft of animals,”  who “left with matters  still pending.” Read more


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

Patricia Ritz,  67,  is believed to have been eaten by some of the 50-odd wolf hybrids she kept at her rural home near Fordsville in Ohio County,  Kentucky.  Investigating a neighbor’s report that Ritz had not been seen in several days,  Ohio County sheriff’s deputies found only a skull and jawbone believed to be hers.  The wolf hybrids had apparently not been given food or water in some time.  Ohio County Animal Control,  Adopt-A-Husky,  and Roby’s Hybrid Wolf Fund took custody of the wolf hybrids,  29 of whom were later moved by Animal Rescue Corps to a warehouse in Lebanon,  Tennessee that already housed about 100 dogs and two parrots,  according to Brian Wilson of the Nashville Tennessean.  Ritz reportedly was charged with mass neglect of dogs in 1986,  1987,  1991,  1997,  1999,  and 2002,  was convicted five times,  and was not prosecuted in the 1991 case after promising she would not again take dogs into Indiana. Read more

James Harlan Steele, 1st U.S. public health vet

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

James Harlan Steele,  DVM,  100,  died on November 10,  2013.  Earning his veterinary diploma from Michigan State University in 1941,  and a masters degree in public health from Harvard a year later,  Steele served in the U.S. Public Health Service during World War II,   stationed in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.   Read more

BOOKS: Rhinos and Elephants on the brink of extinction

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

The Last Rhinos:  My Battle to Save One of the World’s Greatest Treasures by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence Thomas Dunne Books,  c/o St. Martin’s Griffin (175 Fifth Ave.,  New York,  NY  10010),  2012. 333 pages,  paperback.  $16.99.

Kony’s Ivory:  How Elephant Poaching in Congo Helps Support the Lord’s Resistance Army by Kasper Agger and Jonathan Hutson Co-produced by the Enough Project,  The Resolve,  Invisible Children,  & the Satellite Sentinel Project (with DigitalGlobe),  January 2013. 16 pages.  Free download from Enough,  1333 H St. NW,  10th floor,  Washington,  DC  20005;  <>.

The Last Rhinos,  by the late South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony and his brother-in-law Graham Spence,  and Kony’s Ivory,  by Enough Project staff members Kasper Agger and Jonathan Hutson,  offer superficially opposite perspectives on the role of the Lord’s Resistance Army in poaching,  particularly of elephants for ivory,  in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read more

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