Category Archives: animals

And Now, A Happy Story


So moving:

Mohammad Alaa Jaleel who founded Il Gattaro d’Aleppo (The Cat Man of Aleppo), provides a refuge for cats that have been left behind because of war in Syria.

He came across a street dog named Amira, and began to care for her the best he could. When they discovered that she was pregnant, Alaa gave up his room so she could have a comfortable place to rest.

Since they have 80 feline residents, to keep every animal comfortable, Alaa built a little house for the dog next to the sanctuary.

A couple weeks ago, Amira went into labor, but sadly, all three puppies were stillborn. It left her broken hearted. “We were sad and shocked… We gave her a stuffed teddy bear and tried to cuddle with her because she was very sad,” Alessandra Abidin, volunteer of the rescue group, told Love Meow.

That’s when Junior, a kitten they took in from the streets, noticed the teddy bear, and decided to approach it and the dog.

She slowly walked up to Amira and eventually made her way to her paws. Then she proceeded to rub her face on her. It was then things began to change.

A few days later, Amira was no longer holding her teddy bear.

Instead, she was playing with a tiny kitten on her back and tending to her like a mother would her puppies.



Lab-grown ‘clean’ meat could be on sale by end of 2018, says producer

…In vitro animal products, sometimes referred to as “clean meat”, are made from stem cells harvested via biopsy from living livestock, which are then grown in a lab over a number of weeks…

…Chicken nuggets, sausage and foie gras created using the technique could be served in restaurants in the US and Asia “before the end of 2018”, (Josh Tetrick, CEO of clean meat manufacturer JUST) told CNN.

But public perception and a reluctance to diverge from traditional farmed meat still represent considerable hurdles for the clean meat industry to overcome, he said.

…one recent study revealed one third of Americans would be willing to eat clean meat regularly or as a replacement for farmed meat.


American Afghanis fined for relieving suffering of Icelandic lamb

Googling pictures of cute lambs to remind myself why I don’t eat lamb, I came across this story from July and ran it through Google Translate.

I also avoid pork.

Foreign tourists who went on Breiðdalsvík last night began to chase a lamb and cut it on their neck when they reached it. The tourists, nine men, (Gentlemen, have any of you even gone on holiday with eight of your male buddies, leaving the gals at home? Just curious. – Ed) said they intended to relieve the lamb’s suffering, but one of them was both charged and fined for the act.
Björgvin Gunnarsson, a farmer at Núpi in Berufirði, was in a food shop in Breiðdalsvík last night when he received a call from his daughter that foreigners were chasing lambs south of Breiðdalsvík, not far from Kleifaréttur. His uncle and other daughter began to investigate the matter. “Then the game had arrived there towards Breiðdalsvík and had the lamb of there by the sea and on which it flows to the sea. Then they called us over to Breiðdalsvík and the policeman who is a temporary worker, and we went to a closer look and there was only a lamb in a rubbish bag inside a big mobile home they were wearing and cut it on the neck, “says Björgvin.

Hreinn Pétursson, a farmer at Ósi, says the men were badly speaking in English. (Terrific. They can barely speak English. How did America get so lucky? – Ed.) He has counted nine people, most of whom said they were from Afghanistan but residing in the United States. Björgvin says they respected the policeman even though he was unharmed, but before he came to the place, someone else had been on the cube. “They started lying and did not want to acknowledge anything. They were just taking pictures, but when they began to thrive more, they began to relieve the suffering of the Lamb. But they did not want to recognize it immediately. They just had to take pictures and something. ”

According to information from the eastern police, the sheep were taken to the police station at Fáskrúðsfjörður, where one of them killed the lamb was fined by 120 thousand krónur, then he had already paid the farmer the damage by about 20 thousand krónur. He was also charged with violations of the Animal Welfare Act and property damage. Björgvin says that the lamb was in the range of 10-12 kilograms. “It was untrue to see the lamb cut on the neck in a black rubbish bag and the knife under the bag. It’s all unhappy with this, “says Björgvin Gunnarsson, a farmer at Núpi in Berufirði. (Emphases mine.)



Heartless Kitten-Tosser Turns Herself In


I hope they put her kitten-throwing @$$ in jail:

The driver who allegedly tossed two kittens from the window of a pickup truck in central Alberta on Wednesday has turned herself in to the Wetaskiwin RCMP, according to police.



Police dogs in Toronto will be getting armoured vests designed to protect them from sharp weapons.

The Toronto Police Services Board voted Thursday to accept an anonymous corporate donation of 18 of the vests.

The donor came forward after Lonca, a canine with the force, was seriously injured in November 2015 by a suspect armed with a machete.

The donor is buying the vests — designed to protect a dog’s major internal organs if attacked with a sharp or blunt object — from Line of Fire Defence Systems in Edmonton at a total cost of more than $22,000.


Pig Removed From Plane

The “support” hog, too:

A US Airways passenger was given the heave-ho off a jet when her emotional support pig went hog-wild during a flight from Connecticut.

The havoc-wreaking hog began sprinting up and down the jet’s aisles and attempts to settle the animal down by strapping it in went sour.

One passenger described the brown pig as being around 32 kilograms. The woman grunted and tossed the animal over her shoulder and left the plane. Some thought the petulant porker was a duffel bag — until it began oinking.


Saint Catharines City Council Unhappy About Vet

Behold the multi-tiered legal system of Canada:

St. Catharines city council is adding its voice to community members who are unhappy that animal abuse charges were dropped against a local veterinarian.

Councillors unanimously passed a motion Monday night to send their objections to criminal charges being withdrawn against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi to Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.

They are also asking for a written explanation from the Crown as to why the charges were dropped.

That does nothing. This is a pointless gesture in the face of absolutist law from activist judges and incompetent lawyers.

But it looks good to the voters.


Man Punches Bear In the Face

I’m not making it up:

A 57-year-old man from Qualicum Beach, B.C., is recovering at home after being attacked by a juvenile grizzly bear on a remote island north of Port Hardy.

Randal Warnock said he set off from Cortes Island on his 40-foot boat Monday morning. 

After around six hours of sailing, he hit rough weather and decided to anchor his boat in Millbrook Cove.

He says he then jumped into a 14-foot aluminum skiff and headed to Brown Island to stretch his legs.

Warnock said he was walking along the rocky beach and taking pictures for his Instagram account when he saw a juvenile grizzly bear charging him.

“He was probably on me in about two seconds,” he said.

“When I first saw him charging at me it just sort of went through my head, ‘Is this how it’s all going to end?’ I thought I was a goner.”

The bear began mauling his legs, shaking him violently. 

Warnock said he concentrated on staying on his feet, and attempted to grab a knife he had in his back pocket when suddenly, he saw his chance to defend himself.

“He was shaking away and I had an opportunity — I punched him as hard as I could in the nose and he just sort of stepped back two feet in front of me and was looking at me.”

Warnock said he then grabbed a piece of driftwood and hurled it at the bear, which disappeared into the forest. 

“I didn’t really have time to be scared,” he said, adding that he didn’t feel any of the pain from his injuries as he hobbled the 15-minute walk back to his skiff, glancing over his shoulder to see if he was being followed.

Back aboard his main boat, Warnock patched up his legs using first aid supplies he had on board, travelled for around an hour until he had a clear radio transmission, then called the Canadian Coast Guard. 

Warnock then sailed for two more hours until the coast guard arrived to help him, eventually dropping him off at the Port Hardy hospital around midnight.

He got 30 stitches on his legs and fingers and is currently using crutches to move around, but is expected to make a full recovery.


The Paris Agreement: Two Different Approaches

While Trump may withdraw from an agreement that does not guarantee less pollution, Canada has a different approach:

As the U.S. flirts with fleeing the Paris climate-change accord, Canada is aligning itself with the world’s other two largest economies to take a global leadership role in the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna would only say Wednesday that Canada remains committed to the Paris Accord, refusing to speculate about U.S. President Donald Trump’s musings about withdrawing from the agreement.

“Canada’s just going to keep marching on, like the rest of the world,” McKenna told an event in Toronto.


Animals of War

Animals not only served as cuddly mascots that buoyed the spirits of soldiers but also acted as beasts of burden and couriers.

Cases in point:

Judy, an English Pointer who twice survived Japanese POW camps


This cat


A pack horse during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge