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ANIMAL WELFARE DATA

posted February 8th, 2017 by
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ANIMAL WELFARE DATA

USDA SENDS ANIMAL WELFARE DATA INTO DARK HOLE

 

Kirkpatrick Foundation Renounces USDA Action that Removes All Animal Welfare Protection Data

Animal experts, advocates, and researchers underscore the need for continuing the USDA’s decades-long transparency.

 

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that inspection reports, annual reports, and other information on facilities holding animals protected under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act will no longer be available through searches of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) online database. These files have been available for easy and ready research for decades until last Friday’s swift action to hide them.

Kirkpatrick Foundation strongly repudiates this action and urges the USDA to return all data to online access, believing animal welfare reports on the USDA’s online database are essential to maintaining transparency in the interest of animal welfare. The foundation is concerned that the USDA will issue further orders to remove data on the humane handling of livestock compliance and enforcement actions and food safety violations.

This action essentially eliminates the public’s ability to know what is occurring in nearly 9,000 facilities across the U.S. including animal breeders, dealers, exhibitors, transporters, and taxpayer-funded animal research facilities. These reports will now be accessible only through Freedom of Information Act requests, which can take years for approval.

In Oklahoma, more than 260 facilities and individuals have licenses or registrations under the Animal Welfare Act including dog and cat breeders, zoos, exotic animal parks, and research institutions. Information obtained through searches of APHIS’s online database was an essential component of research gathered for The Oklahoma Animal Study, published by Kirkpatrick Foundation in 2016. Principal Investigator Kristy Wicker says that there would have been no way to determine the number, location, and status of animals located in the state or even fact-check information without access to the database. http://kirkpatrickfoundation.com/uploads//the-oklahoma-animal-study-final.pdf

Louisa McCune, editor of the report and executive director of Kirkpatrick Foundation, concurs. “The Oklahoma Animal Study is a landmark report on the condition of Oklahoma animals that would have been impossible to achieve given this new action by the USDA. Anti-humane corporate interests who wish to shield information about these practices are undoubtedly behind this government action.”

Adds Wicker, “This information is vital to understanding the welfare of animals in our state. Without it we would have no way to respond quickly and effectively to reports of animal abuse such as those that came to light in recent years at Oklahoma research labs and roadside zoos. The public cares about these issues, but without ready access to this information, there is little accountability and much would go undetected.”

Kirkpatrick Foundation program associate Manda Shank, co-author of The Oklahoma Animal Study, attended the Animal Welfare Act at 50 Conference at Harvard University two months ago in December 2016. The federal law, signed by Lyndon Johnson in 1966, is the only law that regulates the treatment of animals in research and exhibition. “Friday’s action contradicts the spirit of the Animal Welfare Act,” she says. “ The AWA is designed to protect animals and this shadowing of data does just the opposite.”

The foundation echoes the statement of National Geographic: “These records have revealed many cases of abuse and mistreatment of animals, incidents that, if the reports had not been publicly posted, would likely have remained hidden. This action plunges journalists, animal welfare organizations, and the public at large into the dark about animal welfare at facilities across the country. The records document violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the federal law that regulates treatment of animals used for research and exhibition. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which has maintained the online database, cites privacy concerns as justification for the removal. Critics question that reasoning. The agency has long redacted sensitive information from these records, and commercial facilities do not necessarily have the same right to privacy as private individuals.”

 

You can access a PDF of the 2.8.17 press release, here. Also please visit our Kirkpatrick Foundation’s webpage for more information about Safe & Humane and he Oklahoma Animal Study.

Program Associate Manda Shank can be reached by calling (405) 608-0934 or email [email protected]

A New Year

posted January 25th, 2017 by
Looking Back

A New Year – A New Home –A New Job

A New YearLate last year, when they were calling me “Sasha,” I went to live with Gail for a few months.   She was my foster Mom while I had the treatment for heart-worms.  I knew I was a lucky girl, so I did everything she asked of me.  What she didn’t know is that I really wanted to just be her “girl.”

Four months later, my treatment is through, she’s decided she really wants to call me Sugar and yes she’s realized I need to be the newest member of her family.  Gail has had lots of medical challenges and I learned that the most important thing I could do was sit quietly beside her in her recliner so she would know she wasn’t alone.  It worked – it really worked.  She’s all better now and I’m an important person in her life.

Gail has a giving heart so she decided to visit people who were in hospice care.  One day I learned a gentleman, who’d seen my picture, wanted to pet me.  So, Gail took me to meet him.  I knew I had to be on my best behavior with all the people, the staff and any other four-legged friend I might meet.  I passed the test and spent 45 minutes with the gentleman so he could gently stroke my coat and I could give him comfort.

So now Gail and I are frequent visitors. We know we’re spreading happiness and giving people a chance to enjoy my company.  Yes, this is our picture. 

Grooming

posted January 23rd, 2017 by
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Grooming

Grooming isn’t just about your dog looking good.  It plays a much more important roll.

Brushing is only the beginning to a good grooming routine.  But it’s a great place to start.  Brushing not only rids your pet of dead hair, dirt and dandruff, but it also helps to bring out the oils in your dog’s coat.  Spreading the oils helps your dog’s coat remain shiny and healthy.

Taking the time to brush your dog gives you a great opportunity to bond with them and show them you love them.  Making a point to spend time with your dog builds your relationship and increases happiness for both you and your pet.

Grooming is also a good opportunity to look your dog over and check for any problems.  Looking at ears, teeth, paws, etc will allow you to get help earlier and head off potential problems before they become emergencies.

Add teeth brushing, ear cleaning and nail trims to your grooming routine to improve the health of your pet.  The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body.  Keeping a pet’s teeth clean helps to keep the entire pet healthy.  Trimming nails will ensure the nail doesn’t grow into the paw pad causing pain for your pet.  Excessively long nails can make walking painful and distort the structure of the toes.  Keeping your pet’s ears clean keeps yeast and bacteria from causing bigger problems and keeps them feeling fresh and clean.

The cleaner your pet is, the healthier they are!  Happy Grooming!

OKC Pets Mag Jan / Feb 2017

posted January 11th, 2017 by
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OKC Pets Magazine  January / February 2017

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Cheryl Steckler, Kellie Rose McNeilly

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Pat Becker, Lloyd Benedict, Nicole Castillo, Anna Coffin, DVM, Jay Cronley, Anna Holton-Dean, Camille Hulen, Farah Payton-Snider, Jordan Southerland, Kirstie Starr-Carter

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2017 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

OKC Pets Magazine provides Oklahoma City area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now OKC Pets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

Second Chances

posted December 31st, 2016 by
Looking Back

Second Chances

We all get second chances and, most of the time, we learn the lesson and try to not get caught again or, best case scenario – we don’t do it again.

First hand, I’ve seen the benefit of second chances for both homeless dogs and inmates.  Sarge, the grouchy/growly schnauzer got a second chance training with Mr. Miller in the prison program at Lexington.  Today, Sarge reigns supreme at the Norman Veteran’s Center – he greets you at the door, rides the elevator and visits with everyone.

On Monday, the 19th, I had the privilege of watching inmates from NOCC work hard, help dogs and puppies coming into PAAS headed to Colorado, and see the smiles on the inmate faces and the happy/wagging tails of the dogs as they were unloaded from partner rescues.

We certainly appreciated all the help and the dogs most assuredly loved the attention.

Looking back at 2016, PAAS has transported 1100+ dogs to our partner – Denver Dumb Friends League.  In addition, we’ve implemented a Trap/Neuter/Release of feral cats, worked with law enforcement and other rescues to save abused/neglected dogs and started an effective low-cost, income verified, program for unaltered pets.

Along with our training program at the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center, we’re making a difference.

We’re a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.  Donations are tax-deductible, appreciated and play a key role in our continuing work to save thousands of homeless dogs and cats who have no voice.

Obstruction in Dogs

posted December 30th, 2016 by
Grooming

Obstruction in Dogs

We can’t even begin to tell you the things we have seen at the ER that cause obstructions in dogs!!  Socks, towels, bedding… the list just goes on and on. 

Intestinal obstruction in dogs refers to complete or partial blockage of fluid and food flow through the small intestines.  This can quickly become a life-threatening situation. 

Symptoms to watch for that can indicate your dog is possibly obstructed include:

Vomiting

Loss of appetite

Straining during bowel movements

Diarrhea

Tarry stools

Inability to defecate

Lethargy

Burping

Excessive drooling

Abdominal bloating

Abdominal pain

Remaining still

Refusing to lie down

 

If you see your pet swallow something that can become stuck in their intestinal tract, take them to the vet immediately!  The vet will work to induce vomiting to try and produce the object.  If this is unsuccessful, the next step is to try an endoscope to pull the object back out with the last resort being surgery to remove the object from the intestinal tract. 

Your pet will require several days of hospitalization to ensure they have recovered completely.  All of this will make an obstruction a costly trip to the vet! 

Check your pets’ environment and remove any items that can potentially cause an obstruction.  Having your pet in a crate when you can’t be around is a good way to ensure they remain safe.