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Carriage Horse Had Ulcer and Cracked Tooth Before Death, Necropsy Found

Published 11/01/11
By Mary Johnson, DNAinfo.com

Charlie the Central Park, New York City, carriage horse, who dropped dead on his way to work in midtown, was suffering from a pronounced, chronic ulceration of the stomach and a fractured tooth before his death, according to his preliminary necropsy results. The horse's cause of death has yet to be determined, but the necropsy results likely meant Charlie was in severe pain prior to dropping dead en route to work at 54th Street and Eighth Avenue on Oct. 23, according to the ASPCA, which performed the necropsy.

Link: Huffington Post

Toronto Bans Shark Fin

Published 10/25/11
By CBC News

Toronto city council has voted to ban the sale of shark fin in the city. The ban, suggested by councillors John Parker, Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam, will outlaw the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins or their derivative products. The proposal passed easily - by a vote of 38 to 4.

Link: CBC News

Police Kill Dozens of Animals Freed on Ohio Reserve

Published 10/21/11
By Greg Bishop and Timothy Williams, New York Times

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The woman’s voice sounded a little annoyed. “There’s a bear and a lion out,” she told the 911 operator on Tuesday. “Right up behind us.” Come again? the operator said. “Yeah,” the caller replied. “They’re chasing Terry’s horses.”

Link: New York Times


Ohio Escape Renews Call for Exotic-Animal Crackdown

Published 10/19/11
By James Eng, MSNBC

The case of an Ohio man who set loose his collection of wild bears, lions, tigers and other beasts before apparently killing himself has animal-welfare organizations renewing their call for a clampdown on ownership of exotic animals. “Exotic, dangerous animals simply do not belong in private hands. It’s not worth the risk,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA.

Link: MSNBC.com

Circus Elephant Tramples Vietnamese Girl to Death

Published 10/18/11
By Associated Press

Police in Vietnam say a circus elephant has trampled to death a girl who sneaked into a yard to feed it. Police officer Pham Ngoc Tien of Lao Cai province in the north says the elephant was part of a troupe from Hanoi on a 10-day tour of the province. He says the elephant was tied to a chain in the fenced backyard of a cultural center when it was not performing.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo! News

Polar Bears Ill from Accumulated Environmental Toxins

Published 10/13/11
By Science Daily

Industrial chemicals are being transported from the industrialized world to the Arctic via air and sea currents. Here, the cocktail of environmental toxins is absorbed by the sea's food chains, of which the polar bear is the top predator.

Link: ScienceDaily.com

Aging and Ill Animals Increasingly Bring Tough Choices to Zoos

Published 10/11/11
By Wynne Parry, LiveScience.com

Maggie retired from the petting zoo at the Brevard Zoo shortly after her 16th birthday. A fallow deer with familiar white dapples on her back, Maggie had lived at the Florida zoo since 1994, where staff and guests alike knew her for her calm, sweet nature and attraction to men wearing strong cologne.

Link: LiveScience.com/Yahoo! News


'Elsa' Wins Prestigious Award at Film Festival

Published 10/07/11
By Born Free Foundation

"Elsa: The Lioness That Changed the World" (Brian Leith Productions/BBC/WNET) captured the prestigious Conservation Hero prize at the 11th Jackson Hole (WY)Wildlife Film Festival Awards this week. In the competitive world of documentaries, the work and legacy of pioneering conservationists George and Joy Adamson won plaudits from judges and the public.

Link: Born Free Foundation

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