British TV hit rolls over into Indian vet training & rabies eradication drive

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2011:
MUMBAI, LONDON–The most ambitious dog
and cat surgical sterilization training program
in India has rapidly expanded into the most
ambitious rabies eradication program in India.
The multi-directional project began with
a 2009 visit to the India Project for Animals &
Nature by Luke Gamble, founder of Worldwide
Veterinary Service, to film the pilot for Vet

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Bali dog & Jakarta cat rabies vaccination drives show rise in Indonesian awareness

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2011:
JAKARTA, BANTUL, UBUD–Amid rumors that
the Bali government will reinstitute aggressive
dog-killing when a new fiscal year begins in May
2011 came two hints from Jakarta that Indonesian
authorities may be starting to realize that only
high-volume vaccination lastingly reduces rabies
More than 150 people have died from
rabies on Bali since October 2008, more than 90%
of them infected before the Bali government
authorized the Bali Animal Welfare Association to
vaccinate dogs throughout the island, funded by
the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

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Equine illness kills big cats in Iran–feral cats blamed

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2011:

TEHRAN–A Russian/Iranian zoo animal exchange reportedly
promoted by Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin came to grief, the
Iranian National News Agency and the Russian ITAR-TASS agency
disclosed in January 2011, after an Amur tiger sent from the
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Zoo in Russia to the Eram Zoo in Tehran died from
the bacterial disease glanders. Fourteen African lions were later
euthanized after also becoming infected.
Russian natural resources minister Yury Trutneve and Iranian
counterpart Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh brokered the deal in early
2010. In April 2010 a Russian aircraft flew a pregnant female Amur
tiger and a male to Tehran, picked up a pair of Persian leopards,
and returned to Moscow.

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U.S. “bear product” linked to bile is synthetic

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2011:
HONG KONG–Trying to shake bad publicity and attract
investment, a leading Chinese bear bile producer apparently planted
news items with two Wall Street Journal subsidiaries in 2009 that
paralleled bear bile farming with the work of a U.S. company founded
to develop a synthetic analog of a hormone produced by North American
black bears.

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Anti-rabies Philippine state governor speaks out against eating dogs

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:
Iloilo,  The Philippines“Let us learn to be responsible dog owners and once and for all,  let us avoid eating dog meat,”  pleaded Iloilo provincial governor Arthur Defensor Sr. through the Panay News after the January 8,  2011 rabies death of a 38-year-old mother of two.

The dead woman and her sister were bitten by a rabid puppy on June 22,  2010.  The sister and three other family members received post-exposure vaccination,  but the dead woman refused the treatment. Read more

South Korea kills 1.6 million pigs, cattle, & dogs in fight against foot and mouth disease

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

–Water taps spat blood on New Year’s Day 2011 in Paju, Gyeonggi Province,  South Korea,  “just one day after some of nearly 1,000 pigs within a 500-meter radius of a foot-and-mouth-hit livestock farm were buried alive to prevent further spread of the disease,”  reported Park Si-soo of Korea Times.

The quarantine officers who ordered the live burial claimed the water would soon run clean,  but “many experts insist that blood from the buried animals will eventually contaminate underground reservoirs,”  Park Si-soo wrote. Read more

Animal welfare language added

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2010:


GENEVA, SCHAUMBERG–The International Org-anization for
Standardization and American Veterinary Medical Association have
added language strengthening recognition of animal welfare to their
governing documents.
ISO 26000, a standard issued in November 2010 to define
social responsibility, states that socially responsible
organizations “respect the welfare of animals, when affecting their
lives and existence, including by providing decent conditions for
keeping, breeding, producing, transporting and using animals.”

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More health findings hit PMU industry

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2010:
(Actual press date November 3.)

LOS ANGELES, DALLAS–The fast-falling numbers of horses bred
to produce estrogen supplements made from pregnant mares’ urine are
expected to drop further after publication of new findings from the
U.S. government-funded Women’s Health Initiative linking estrogen
supplements to elevated rates of death from breast cancer and risk of
developing kidney stones.
The new findings came eight years after the Women’s Health
Initiative in July 2002 reported thatestrogen supplements appear to
be linked to increased risk of women suffering heart attacks,
strokes, and blood clots in their lungs.

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Studies reveal injury rates in greyhound & horse racing

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2010:
(Actual press date November 3.)

SOMERVILLE, Mass.–The Massachusetts-based anti-greyhound
racing organization Grey2K USA on October 14, 2010 embarrassed the
Iowa greyhound racing industry for the second time in two years by
publishing an analysis of injuries to racing greyhounds.
Like the 2009 Grey2K report, the 2010 report is based on
data reported to the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission. The 2009
report detailed injuries suffered by 101 greyhounds during 2008,
including 10 greyhounds who were euthanized due to the severity of
their injuries.

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