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Kill Rate at PETA's Shelter in VA Is Eighty-One Percent


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has reportedly threatened to close its animal shelter in Hampton Roads if the Virginia General Assembly passes Senate Bill 1381.

The bill, which asks shelters to make a sincere effort to find adoptive homes before euthanizing animals, passed the House 95-2. It returns to the Senate for final passage before going before the governor.

According to CBS, a state report shows that PETA euthanized eighty-one percent of the more than three thousand animals that it took into its Virginia shelter last year. PETA has been criticized for its high numbers of euthanasia.

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Posted February 24, 2015

Virginia Horses Confirmed Positive for EHM


A horse in Albemarle County, northwest of Charlottesville, Virginia, that displayed neurologic abnormality was confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) on February 5, 2015. The boarding stable at which the affected horse is located, along with fourteen other horses, has been placed under quarantine. No horses may leave or enter the premises until the quarantine is lifted.

EHM is a neurological form of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), a highly infectious disease that generally affects the respiratory system.

Although the condition of the horse in Albemarle County has been improving, a horse in Loudoun County was tested positive for the neurolopathogenic strain of EHV-1  on February 12. That horse has been isolated at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, and is also recovering. The farm where the horse was stabled is also under quarantine. Thirty-three other horses at that farm have shown no signs of the disease.

Updates are published periodically by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Posted February 20, 2015

Cuban Exports: Rum, Cigars, and...Fancy Show Jumpers


The Associated Press reports that Cuba has added another luxury product to its traditional export list of fine rum and fancy cigars—Dutch Warmblood show jumpers. Colts and fillies are purchased as yearlings from the Netherlands, trained at government-sponsored equine enterprises, and auctioned off to buyers mostly from Latin-America.

Fidel Castro’s communist government banned horse racing, gambling, and professional sports when it gained power, but amateur equestrian sports continued. The sport of show jumping declined during Cuba’s economically-troubled times, but in 2005 the government saw a possible way to bring needed foreign currency into the country.

At a recent auction at the National Equestrian Club, thirty-one horses sold for a total of about $435,000 to buyers from Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, the Netherlands and Mexico. Cuba splits the proceeds with a Dutch equine company, and is now reinvesting much of its share into a new initiative to breed the horses in Cuba rather than importing. Besides increasing profit margin, it allows the country to select on breeding prospects which best handle the heat and humidity of the Americas.

Click to read the complete AP article by Anne-Marie Garcia.

Posted February 13, 2015

Sporting Dog Art Exhibit Coincides with Westminster


rosseau paintingOil painting by Percival Rosseau

The William Secord Gallery will present an exhibit—"Canine Masters, The Nineteenth Century"—featuring works by English artists such as Maud Earl (1864–1943), Thomas Earl (fl. 1836–1885, John Emms (1843–1912), and Arthur Wardle (1864–1949), as well as as American artists such as Percival Rosseau (1859-1937) and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905).

Timed to coincide with the Westminster Kennel Club’s 139th annual dog show in New York City, the Gallery will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on February 15, 16, and 17.

Moore County, NC: Is the Eastern Coyote a new Subspecies?


Every foxhunter in the eastern U.S. is by now well acquainted with the coyote—the Eastern coyote, that is. The question, according to in Moore County, North Carolina, is this: is the Eastern coyote a new subspecies, or just the same old coyote formerly seen only in our western states?

Dr. Colter Chitwood has been studying the Eastern coyote, its DNA, diets, behavior, and movements on the Fort Bragg Military Reservation, an area covering 251 square miles in North Carolina.

Chitwood earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at UNC, Chapel Hill, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology from N.C. State University. He grew up in North Georgia, hunting, fishing, and tramping through the woods.

Dr. Chitwood will deliver a presentation of his findings at a meeting of Save Our Sandhills (SOS) on Thursday, January 29, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Pines Civic Club, located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Ashe Street. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.

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Posted January 25, 2015

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