Monthly Archives: May 2014

Council for all wildlife


This comment is from a mother, now a grandmother, who still vividly remembers the experience of keeping her small children indoors during hunting season…

“When I lived in Pennsylvania, during small game season, especially the first day, I would not let my children out of the house.  It was not safe.  We lived in suburban and rural areas and, on occasion, you could hear the shot whizzing by you.  Many hunters were trigger happy and would shoot at almost anything without too much caution.”

Betty, a Kanab, Utah resident

Photo: ID 23179302 © Yarruta |  


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Council for all wildlife


Dear Members of the Utah Wildlife Board,

Thank you for taking comments on the proposed crow hunt.  I am a resident of Southern Utah and oppose the hunt.  I have read a sample letter that is being suggested for use in this correspondence.  I agree with all the points in the letter, but I would like to add additional thoughts of my own.

Before I go into my own thoughts I want to address one of the points in the sample letter that I believe is the strongest argument against the statewide hunt.  I am honestly at a loss in trying to understand why this hunt would be allowed to take place throughout the state.  As is stated in the sample letter if a farmer has an issue with crows destroying crops then the farmer can obtain a depredation permit and take measures to resolve the problem.  Why should anyone…

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Feeding horses near the Pyramids.

Feeding horses near the Pyramids.



ESAF (the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) continues their program of feeding and treating the Pyramids animals. These are horses, camels, and donkeys who would normally be giving rides to tourists – perhaps not a great life for the animals at the best of times. But during the times of unrest in Egypt, since 2011, when there have been almost no tourists, life has been tough for the owners, who often have no income and no way to care for their animals.


ESAF and other Egyptian animal groups have been stepping in to provide food and veterinary assistance to the animals.


A donkey gets a fly mask and a treat.

A donkey gets a fly mask and a treat.


The camels, donkeys, and horses all need help. The camels tend to fare a bit better in difficult times since they are hardy desert animals, as are the donkeys; so it is especially the horses who need extra feeding and care.


ESAF has expanded their work to more areas to reach more animals. The total number of animals fed and treated from February 1 through April 30 was 8,311.


A horse being fitted with a fly mask.

A horse being fitted with a fly mask.


The working animals need on-going vet care – attention to their hooves and teeth, and care for wounds caused by saddles and by wire nose bands. The ESAF vets care for the horses and donkeys, fitting them with fly masks to keep the flies away and with soft nose bands to replace the wire ones.


Beginning May 1, they added carrots and clover to give the animals more nutrition – which is a tasty treat too, welcomed by the animals.


A vet examining a horse.

A vet examining a horse.


Ahmed El Sherbiny, Chairperson of ESAF, EFAW, and MENAW writes, “The tourism business is still almost nonexistent, but we hope it will be improved after the presidential election, May 26-27, and the parliament election too by the end of August… Many thanks to SPANA, Animal Aid Abroad, Sue Evans and her UK group, and Mr. Richard Gabriel for their generous contributions to support this important project.”


Thanks to ESAF for faithfully feeding and giving vet care to the Pyramids animals.


Photos: Courtesy of ESAF


To visit ESAF’s facebook page, click here






By Sharon St Joan


When an elderly Guatamalan man brought his young pup to be spayed, both looked hopeful, though a little apprehensive, but all went well. She sailed through the surgery with flying colors, and he was grateful that he won’t have to worry anytime in the future about having too many puppies to care for.


SNIP works with many other animal organizations throughout Central America to get community dogs and cats spayed/neutered – or “snipped.” Carla Ferraro, SNIP’s Founder and Executive Director, has developed an amazing, highly successful program.


Veterinarians are trained in the Small Incision Field Surgery Program, then they conduct low-cost spay/neuter clinics. The clinics benefit the vets too, since they gain new clients when the dogs and cats are brought back to them for vaccinations and any vet care that’s needed.


One of the unique features of SNIP’S program is that their first step is to identify a few community leaders in every new city they go to. It only takes a few, very committed local people – then these leaders organize events and act as a bridge to the rest of the community – explaining what spay/neuter is and why it’s a great idea. With the help of volunteers, these community leaders set up spay/neuter clinics, raise funds, and make sure everything is running well for the benefit of the dogs and cats and their people.


SNIP’s emphasis is on community animals living in low-income neighborhoods, where they often roam the streets. Dogs and cats may have one person who cares for them – or they may rely on several families to feed them and keep an eye on them. People want to do what’s best for their animals, but sometimes they’re not familiar with spay/neuter and its benefits in preventing a situation where there are too many animals to feed and care for – so explaining why it’s such a good idea is essential.


Now, 30% of the community dogs and cats in Costa Rica have been spayed and neutered – and SNIP’s goal is to bring it up to 70%. 30% is already a huge leap forward – from a time not so long ago when spay/neuter was almost unheard of in many rural communities. And Costa Rica is already a no-kill nation!


SNIP, working with local animal groups, conducts many clinics in Costa Rica and Panama. The recent clinic in Guatamala was a wonderful success, with many people bringing their animals.


To visit SNIP’s website, click here.

To visit SNIP’S Facebook page, click here.


Photo: Courtesy of SNIP


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This video from Canada says about itself:

Indigo bunting, Blackburnian warbler, stop on migration at my bird feeder

14 May 2013

My first sighting of Indigo bunting, Blackburnian Warbler, photos and video on their way North, Woodslee, Ontario.

From Wildlife Extra:

US songbirds are found to migrate with the wind

Millions of tiny songbirds, many weighing less than an ounce, migrate thousands of miles from North America to Central and South America each year. How they do it has been somewhat of a mystery, but now scientists have discovered how far they take advantage of prevailing wind patterns to save calories.

“Most of what we’ve known about migration routes comes from ducks and geese,” said Frank La Sorte, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology research associate and lead author of the paper in the Journal of Biogeography. “But terrestrial birds are much smaller and…

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Peaceful fish swim among beautiful sea anemones — and a new order of sea animals

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This video is called Wonderful World – Sea anemones.

From Wildlife Extra:

Study of sea anemones leads to new branch on the tree of life

A deep-sea animal with tentacles more than six and a half feet long was once thought to be one of the world’s largest sea anemones, but has now been reclassified as belonging to a new order of animals and is not a sea anemone at all.

This animal, previously called Boloceroides daphneae, was discovered in 2006 in the deep east Pacific Ocean and labelled as one of the largest sea anemones in existence. But a new DNA-based study led by the American Museum of Natural History shifts it outside of the tree of life for anemones. Instead, researchers have placed it in a newly created order—a classification equal to carnivoria in mammals or crocodilia in reptiles—under the sub-class Hexacorallia, which…

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