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

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

Obituaries (July-August 2013)

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 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

Jan Worrell,  87,  a longtime resident of Pasadena,  Maryland,  died on June 23,  2013 at the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. “Marjanet  Ann ‘Jan’ Worrell served as  a missionary in India for more than 13 years,”  recalled Nicky Ratliff,   executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County.  “She retired in 1992 after 18 years as the head of Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control in Glen Bernie.  Her shelter had the best computerized animal tracking system in Maryland,  long before there were commercial systems widely available.  She and six others formed the Professional Animal Workers of Maryland in the mid-1970s,  and began to provide training [for animal control personnel] with the help of the University of Maryland and local veterinarians.  PAWS is still benefiting those of us who continue the work she loved,”  Ratliff added. Read more

Obits: Nina Austenberg

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

New Jersey activist Nina Austenberg,  76

Nina Austenberg,  76,  died on May 25,  2013 at her home in Flanders,  New Jersey.  

“After many years serving United Methodist churches with her husband,  the Reverend Kenneth Austenberg, Mrs. Austenberg became active in animal protection,”  recalled the Bergen Daily Record.  “She was involved with much of the significant animal welfare legislation of the last forty years,  including New Jersey laws to ban the steel-jaw leghold trap,  strengthen criminal penalties for dogfighting,  and allow pets in some types of senior citizen housing.  She considered her career highlight to be her work on the state’s groundbreaking Animal Population Control Fund spay/neuter program,  and the ‘Animal Friendly’ license plate that helps to fund it.” Read more

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