New Law Cracks Down on Animal Fighting and Puppy Mills!
The U.S. Senate followed the lead of the House of Representatives and overrode President Bushís veto of the Farm Bill, ushering in key new protections for animals. The final bill -- which is now considered law, except for one section excluded due to a technical glitch -- bans the import of puppies from foreign puppy mills for commercial sale in the U.S. The law spares young, unweaned, and unvaccinated pups from harsh, long-distance transport -- during which they are exposed to extreme temperatures and often die in cargo holds -- and will keep foreign breeders from adding to the tragic overpopulation of pets in this country.
The Farm bill also adds a provision to federal law to make almost any form of animal fighting a federal felony. Itís also now a federal crime to knowingly possess or train animals for fighting, and the maximum prison time for a single violation of any section of the law goes from three years to five years. It is hard to overstate what a blow this is to dogfighters and cockfighters, and it brings us one step closer to eradicating these criminal industries.
The law also authorizes an increase in potential fines -- quadrupled from $2,500 to $10,000 -- for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, fines that havenít been upgraded in more than 20 years. Such penalties will more effectively deter abuses at puppy mills, laboratories, circuses, and other facilities that use animals
PET FRIENDLY SHELTERS AND MOTELS!
HURRICANE SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
When evacuating with your pets you should have the following supplies and equipment for them:
A leash and a collar or halter with identification tags for most animals. Animals such as birds and some reptiles which cannot have identification on their bodies must have proper identification on their cage if they are to be returned to their owner. Tags that have your contact information and an emergency contact will be helpful in case of separation.
A portable carrier in which the animal can easily move around. Since the pet may have to live in the crate for several days, it is important that the crate be large enough for the pet to be able to stand, stretch and turn around. For cats, the crate must be able to hold a small litter box and still leave room for the cat to move around.
Water in gallon-size plastic containers, dry pet food and food dishes. There should be a one to two week supply of food and water for the pet. Pets need 1 gallon of water per day per pet.
A supply of the pet's regular medications, such as heartworm medicine and flea prevention products.
Up-to-date health records, including vaccination history. Many veterinary clinics or kennels will not board dogs and cats without proof of vaccination. Without that proof you may have to pay for the animal to be re-vaccinated.
Written instructions on the pet's feeding schedule and diet, medications, and any special needs.
TEN MOST COMMON POISONOUS HOUSE PLANTS!
Marijuana Ingestion of Cannabis sativa by companion animals can result in depression of the central nervous system and incoordination, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and even seizures and coma.
All parts of Cycas Revoluta are poisonous, but the seeds or “nuts” contain the largest amount of toxin. The ingestion of just one or two seeds can result in very serious effects, which include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and liver failure.
Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestions of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result.
The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.
Azalea/Rhododendron Members of the Rhododenron spp. contain substances known as grayantoxins, which can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness and depression of the central nervous system in animals. Severe azalea poisoning could ultimately lead to coma and death from cardiovascular collapse.
All parts of Nerium oleander are considered to be toxic, as they contain cardiac glycosides that have the potential to cause serious effects—including gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.
The poisonous principle in Ricinus communis is ricin, a highly toxic protein that can produce severe abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, weakness and loss of appetite. Severe cases of poisoning can result in dehydration, muscle twitching, tremors, seizures, coma and death.
Cyclamen Cylamen species contain cyclamine, but the highest concentration of this toxic component is typically located in the root portion of the plant. If consumed, Cylamen can produce significant gastrointestinal irritation, including intense vomiting. Fatalities have also been reported in some cases.
This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.
Yew Taxus spp. contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, incoordination, and difficulty breathing. It can also cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.
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