November 5, 2013 |
Chinese animal-rights activists are combing a forest in eastern China with the hope of finding more than 1,000 kittens. The cats, some as young as 4 months old, were rescued from a meat supplier last week - destined to end up on dinner plates - an organizer told Agence France-Presse on Monday. "They were being sent to Guangzhou to be eaten by people," Ni Zhijiang, the head of the Wuxi City Assn. for the Protection of Small Animals, told the news outlet. Instead the kittens were released into the forest.
October 31, 2013 |
Everyone knows the Internet is all about cats, but Dell may have taken that too literally with one of its new computers. The Texas company on Wednesday issued one of the funniest customer service notes in the world of tech when it offered to replace a part in laptops that smell like cat urine. For months users have taken to Dell's community forum to complain that the Dell Latitude 6430u laptop smells like it was assembled near a litter box. Many in the thread point out that they have had to apologize to their clients when they take out their laptop in front of them while others expressed their frustration with Dell because they have scolded their cats for the odor.
October 27, 2013
1. The State Department this month renewed its warning on Colombia, noting that people travel safely to the South American country but that "violence linked to narco-trafficking continues to affect some rural areas and parts of large cities. " 2. The State Department also renewed its warning on North Korea, saying "U.S. citizens crossing into North Korea, even accidentally, have been subject to arbitrary arrest and long-term detention. Since January 2009, four U.S. citizens have been arrested for entering North Korea illegally, and two U.S. citizens who entered on valid … visas were arrested inside North Korea on other charges.
October 22, 2013 |
A mysterious jerky treat-related illness that has killed more than 500 dogs and cats and sickened thousands more has prompted to U.S. Food and Drug Administration to request the help of pet owners. On Tuesday, the FDA asked pet owners and veterinarians to contact them if their dog or cat has become ill after eating jerky pet treats -- packaged snacks made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit. At least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have become ill after eating jerky treats since 2007, according to the FDA. Of those cases, 580 have involved the death of a pet. While the agency has issued a number of consumer alerts as a result, and has initiated investigations that have taken scientists to jerky treat manufacturers in China, they have yet to determine the exact cause of the illnesses.
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October 17, 2013 |
A Los Angeles firefighter is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges he and his mother beat a woman feeding stray cats in the West Adams district after she threw cat kibble at him during a verbal altercation. Fire engineer Ian Justin Eulian, 37, is charged with a felony count of battery with serious bodily injury, assault likely to produce great bodily harm and an enhancement of causing great bodily harm. He's being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. His mother, 70-year-old Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, is due in court Friday.
October 17, 2013 |
Here's the life cycle of a declawed cat, according to "The Paw Project": As a kitten, its toes - the top third of the fingers on a human - are amputated. Shorn of its defenses, that cat has a 1-in-3 chance of developing a behavioral issue, like biting or urinating outside its litter box (because stepping on gravel becomes painful). Because of such problems, that cat is more likely to be given up to a shelter and, finally, euthanized. As an exotic-animal veterinarian, director Jennifer Conrad witnessed mountain lions walking on their wrists or forearms after declawing made normal movement agonizing.