To honor those animal care workers who suffer from compassion fatigue, all of the animals pictured in this article are available for adoption.
In September of 2014, 48-year-old veterinary behaviorist and best-selling author Dr. Sophia Yin died of suicide. Dr. Yin was a trailblazer in the dog training community. She wrote books, created instructional videos, and developed tools for positive reinforcement training.
If you were a Bird………
This is not a story about Birds, but of Cat Abuse, in Australia. May 2015
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It annoyed me greatly to see a high profile footballer and footy show condone animal abuse.
I watched an episode of the Footy Show on 13 May 2015, and I was shocked to see one of the leading panelists, Garry Lyon, kick a cat! It was not a real cat, but the message sent to the audience is that it is acceptable to kick a cat or hurt any animal! What message does this send the audience- especially the young children who look up to footballers, often for leadership? That animal abuse is ok? IF Garry can do it, I can do it too?
What was the Footy Show thinking???????? This is the full episode.
Garry Lyon, why on earth would you blame and kick a cat if you are upset with WADA?
Below is the short version video showing Garry Lyon kicking the cat! Shame on you Garry!
A Monash University study has established a link between animal abuse and domestic violence. In the survey by Monash University and Melbourne’s Eastern Domestic Violence Service, more than half of the victims of family violence said their animals had been abused. The report mirrors the findings of research overseas where pet abuse is now seen as an indicator of other violent behaviour.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries suggests that ‘when a person abuses an animal there is a risk that they may also be abusive towards other people in their lives; Animal abuse can take the form of physical violence, torment, neglect, or threats to safety – be it to household pets, wildlife, or farm animals. It is often used by the abuser to demonstrate power over other family members, and promote an environment of fear, vulnerability, and isolation’.
Paws Of Love Animal Rescue Inc. was founded in May 2014 in Victoria. As a reputable cat/animal rescue service, they rescue lost, homeless or surrendered companion animals and place them in loving foster homes. ‘Animals do much better in foster care than in a shelter, so we have a network of wonderful volunteers who open their hearts and homes to our rescues. Animals are rehabilitated if required (veterinary or behavioural) and all our animals are completely vet worked’.
Paws of Love aims to give a second chance to animals that would otherwise have little hope. ‘We also campaign for best practice animal management and animal welfare practices’.
Shame on you Garry and the Footy Show for accepting animal abuse.
It appears Garry and those who condoned the cat kicking require a mental health check up immediately and even legal charges on the basis that they advocate animal abuse.
While in Australia as the keynote speaker for the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series, NhRP President Steven M. Wise was a featured guest on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s news and current affairs show Lateline.
watch video here
Article of Veterinarian Mattew Gosbell of Melbourne re welfare of companion birds
HUMANS have kept animals as pets since ancient times and now, a new book charts some of the extraordinary facts about our reverence and affection for all kinds of creatures – furry, fishy, feline, equine and canine in all societies and throughout history.
The thesis examines relationships between people’s values, attitudes and behaviours with respect to threatened bird conservation in Australia. Three main research questions are addressed regarding:
- how Australians value threatened birds;
- who is involved in threatened bird conservation and how they communicate their values;
- and whether the values held for particular species of threatened birds affect the success of strategies used to conserve them.
The inquiry is situated within the discipline of social psychology, social constructionism theory and the field of human dimensions of wildlife research. It is informed by Kellert and Clark’s (1991) wildlife policy framework and Kellert’s ‘attitudes towards animals typology’. An interpretive, mixed-methods approach examined values held by different sectors of Australian society. A new typology of 12 avifaunal attitudes was developed to describe the different ways Australians value birds. Three quantitative online surveys of 3,818 members of the public examined Australian attitudes towards threatened birds. Three qualitative case studies (three matched pairs) of Australian threatened birds investigated the opinions of 74 key informants about the influence of stakeholder values, and those of other sectors of society, on threatened bird conservation.
This research demonstrates the importance of understanding how social factors influence wildlife policies and processes relating to threatened bird conservation. It highlights consequences associated with privileging scientific values in the conservation process. The findings reveal how the social constructions of threatened birds and the issues affecting them influence societal interest and conservation investment. The results provide decision-makers with insights into developing effective frames to convey a broad range of threatened bird values to policy-makers and society.
LYON, France – More than 8,700 birds and animals, including reptiles, mammals and insects have been seized and nearly 4,000 people arrested in an operation across 32 countries coordinated by INTERPOL against the illegal trade and exploitation of birds and their products.