Sometimes in the excitement of vacations and summer fun it’s easy to overlook the needs of animals, whether they be our companions or those we encounter in our summer travels and recreations. The tips below will help you ensure that your activities this summer will remain friendly to animals.
State and local fairs are as much a symbol of America as apple pie and Fourth of July. Traditionally fairs brought communities together to celebrate the bounty of summer and show off the skills of local people through contests and talent shows.
You are walking down the street. Suddenly two thugs grab you and pull you into an alley. One points a gun at you while the other punches you in the solar plexus. You go down, helpless, momentarily breathless and very frightened. You feel your wallet or purse being taken, and see it rifled through for money and credit cards. You look up and through a blur of tears find yourself staring into a revolver’s muzzle. You see the finger on the trigger squeeze.
In October 2001, the Animal Protection Institute and the Fund for Animals sued the California Department of Fish and Game (CF&G) for its failure to enforce and comply with state laws governing captive wild animals.
An international spotlight focused on rodeo as controversy raged over the “Olympic Command Performance Rodeo” at the Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Thousands of letters and calls of opposition were received, but the event proceeded as planned. The rodeo cowboys (40 each from the U.S. and Canada) competed for $140,000 in prize monies, unlike the true Olympic athletes, who are forbidden financial gain.
In no other Olympic event are half the participants forced to perform via flank straps, electric prods, raking spurs, twisted tails, pain and fear. Every major animal welfare/rights organization condemns rodeos due to their inherent cruelty, and the terrible message that such a violent activity sends to impressionable young children. It’s high time we acknowledged that human abuse begins with animal abuse.
Should outdoor animals stay outside for the winter?
Rain, snow, and winter temperatures are just as hard on dogs and cats as they are on people. Young or old companion animals — especially arthritic or sickly — should be brought inside for the winter. Cats should always be brought in the house or into heated garages or enclosures at night. Bring animals inside during cold snaps or when it rains.
Many wish to see the wolf restored to provide for recovery of an endangered species. Certainly that is what is legally driving the wolf recovery efforts across the country since the animal was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973. But I hasten to add that we should also be advocating for wolf recovery because wolves are an essential evolutionary factor that has shaped wild ungulate populations and influenced many other species like competing carnivores, such as coyotes, throughout time. By definition, biodiversity preservation means we preserve the elements that create and shape biodiversity evolution. The wolf, as top predator throughout most of North America, is analogous to fire in its interaction with vegetative communities. We can not accept the idea of restoring a few token wolf packs in a few select areas. We need to restore wolves across the landscape to restore a major evolutionary force — the wolf. Biologically there is no reason why this can’t be achieved.