Royal Society for the Protection of Birds culls goats at Loch Lomond

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

DUMBARTON,  Scotland––Less than two days after representatives of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds pledged to Scotland for Animals that they would fully investigate the possible alternatives to culling 40 feral goats at Inversnaid,  on the banks of Loch Lomond,   RSPB conservation planning officer Anne McCall announced that the killing “has ended as we have reached the target of 20 culled goats for this year.” Read more

After shooting street dogs, Malaysia massacres long tailed macaques

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

PETALING JAYA,  Malaysia––Malaysian natural resources and environment minister Douglas Uggah “has ordered an immediate investigation by a team from his ministry into the alleged inhumane massacre of wild monkeys by its contractors,”  Michelle Chun of the Sun Daily reported on March 29,  2013. Read more

Bangalore court rules that “menace or nuisance” can be cause to kill a dog, regardless of ABC status

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

BANGALORE––The Karnataka High Court on December 7,  2012 ruled that dogs who “are a menace or cause nuisance,  irrespective of whether there is evidence of them having mauled or bitten children or adults, could be exterminated.”

Problem dogs may be killed “even if they are vaccinated,  sterilized and free from diseases,”  summarized The Hindu.   Read more

Editorial: Evolving an ethical response to mice & rats

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

Editorial:  Evolving an ethical response to mice & rats

Probably the most ethically vexatious of all mammals,  if not all sentient beings,  are mice and rats–who are also by far the most numerous,  problematic,  and at times the most deadly of all non-insect pests to human beings.

From the origins of food storage,  well before the beginnings of agriculture,  mice and rats were the most ubiquitous and successful of food thieves.  We owe our long association with dogs in great part to the role of dogs as rodent hunters,  attracted not only to our refuse but to the chance to eat the mice and rats who were already feasting on it. Read more

Cockbreeders may lose Honolulu contract to control feral chickens & noisy roosters

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2011:

HONOLULU--New Honolulu mayor and former city prosecutor Peter
Carlisle is expected to end a city contract which since 2005 has paid
cockbreeders Pat and Jose Royos of Royos Farm in the Waiahole Valley
$480,000 to field complaints about feral chickens and roosters
crowing. Read more

International animal control data

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July/August 2011:

	Much of the international animal control data offered below 
was collected by the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization 
during an online expert consultation conducted in mid-2010.  The 
United Kingdom data was collected by the eighth annual Dogs Trust 
survey of U.K. dog wardens,  and does not include dogs who are killed 
after surrender to nonprofit humane societies--probably about half of 
the actual total of dogs killed by U.K. shelters.  The remainder was 
collected by ANIMAL PEOPLE,  in the same manner as the accompanying 
U.S. data.  Only the Canadian and Japanese totals include cats,  who 
are not commonly impounded in the other nations whose data is 
presented.  Nepal officially no longer kills dogs for animal control 
	Many of the differences in the rates of animal control dog 
killing from nation to nation are attributable to differences in 
national ratios of dogs to humans.
	Known dogs-to-people ratios in the listed nations include: 
Canada 1/10;  Japan 1/13;  Ukraine 1/15;   United Kingdom 1/9.  The 
FAO believes the global ratio to be 1/16.
	Ratios of dogs killed for animal control to total dogs among 
the listed nations include:  Canada 1/237;  Japan 1/321;   Ukraine 
1/5;  U.K. 1/1,060;  U.S. 1/46.

Animals killed   YEAR   1,000s   Animals
per 1,000 people      of people  killed
Belgium     0.5  2008   10,414     5,447
Canada      4.2  2010   33,487   141,200
Ireland     1.6  2010    4,203     6,500
Japan       2.4  2009  129,357   310,457
Kyrgyzstan  1.8  2010    5,432    10,000
Nepal      10.9  2000   23,151   252,345
Pakistan    5.7  2010  175,578 1,000,795
Ukraine    13.2  2004   45,700   603,240
U.K.        0.1  2010   61,113     6,404

Editorial feature: Getting wise to “invasive species” rhetoric

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2011:

In the name of eradicating non-native
“invasive” species, the Texas House of
Representatives on April 4, 2011 voted 137-9 in
favor of a bill to allow landowners to sell
hunters the chance to shoot feral pigs and
coyotes from helicopters.
Feral pigs have only been in Texas for
about 300 years, twice as long as ten-gallon
Stetson hats and Texas-style cowboy boots, but
coyotes have evolved in the vicinity from their
Miacias ancestors for 12 to 15 million years.
Indeed coyotes much resembling those of today had
already inhabited Texas for approximately nine
million years before the first creature even
dimly resembling a Texas legislator evolved
knuckle-walking in what is now Kenya and Ethiopia
and began to stand upright.

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Hyenas replace dogs in Addis Ababa

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2010:
(published October 5, 2010)
ADDIS ABABA–Predators, including hyenas, are in decline
across Africa–but not in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.
Like coyotes in North American cities, hyenas are becoming
established in the suburbs, parallel to a steep drop in the numbers
of free-roaming dogs.
Chiefly nocturnal, the Addis Ababa hyenas are seldom seen,
but the staff of the Donkey Sanctuary clinic in the grain market
district on the west side of the city see increasing numbers of hyena
bites to the hindquarters of donkeys, along with the more familiar
injuries resulting from overloading, traffic accidents, and
improper care–and the rabies and anthrax cases that are also not
uncommon in Ethiopia, where animals are rarely vaccinated against
either disease.

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