Cat lovers and haters unite: Company creates synthetic feline

Source: Business Observer

(May 13, 2021) Cats. Just seeing the word in print will send some people running for allergy pills, lint brushes and air fresheners. Sure, others will see it and imagine cuddling on a couch or happily watching a loving pet chase a piece of yarn or nap in a thin patch of sunlight. But not the first group. Well, a Tampa biotech firm has come up with a solution that could make both parties happy: a synthetic cat. It wasn’t created as a compromise between cat lovers and cat haters, though. It was developed, instead, as a tool to help students in veterinary school learn how to spay the animals without having to practice on a real one...Read more»

 

Let's Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat

Source: The New York Times

(April 24, 2021) I’m a vegan, but I’m also a realist. There’s no chance humanity is going to give up meat, en masse, anytime soon. That said, we can’t just wish away the risks of industrial animal agriculture. If we don’t end this system, soon, terrible things will happen to us and to the planet. Terrible things are already happening...Read more»

 

The very cute, totally disturbing tale of the American "it" dog

Source: Vox

(April 20, 2021) In 2021, the French bulldog, commonly known as a Frenchie, became the second most popular dog breed in America. If there’s an “It” breed of the 21st century so far, it’s these dogs, with their squat figures, flat faces, and outsize bat ears. American Kennel Club registrations for the breed have risen steadily for over a decade, growing by 830 percent since 2009. Rather than requiring human owners to change their lives to accommodate a new dog, the French bulldog is a breed that’s been broken to accommodate us... Read more»

 

Frequency, Stressfulness, and Type of Ethically Challenging Situations Encountered by Veterinary Team Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Source: Frontiers in Veterinary Science

(April 12, 2021) Ethically challenging situations (ECS) are common in veterinary settings and can lead to moral stress. However, there is no published information about how a global pandemic affects the frequency and types of ECS encountered by veterinary team members. An online mixed methods survey was developed to determine the frequency, stressfulness and types of ECS experienced by veterinarians, animal health technicians and veterinary nurses since the advent of the global COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020...Read more»

 

AAVMC report points to bias in admissions process

Source: VIN

(April 9, 2021) Claims of bias in veterinary medical school admissions have generally been the product of intuition, anecdote or extrapolation from research involving other professional schools. Now, a report from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges puts meat on the bones of those conjectures with evidence of bias in the 2019 application cycle...Read more»

 

The Wild World of Mink and Coronavirus

Source: Sierra Club

(January 7, 2021) The first sign of trouble was that the mink stopped eating, said Hugh Hildebrandt, one of two main mink vets in Wisconsin. Next came coughing and sneezing, lethargy and labored breathing. Hildebrandt had worked with mink for 30 years. He wrote the Merck Veterinary Manual section on mink. But he had never seen anything like this...Read more»

 

Saving Animals: A Vegan Veterinarian's Perspective

Source: PETA Prime

(December 10, 2020) As a reprieve from the pandemic, politics, and the busy holiday season, I would like to offer a glimpse into the world of saving animals from a vegan veterinarian’s perspective. At the age of 30, I had an early midlife crisis while working as an investment banker in New York City. Fortunately, I found a way to help animals by switching careers and becoming a veterinarian. After seven years of studying and a one-year internship, my dream came true! Little did I know at the time that I would learn some of the ugliest secrets about animal abuse and exploitation in vet school...Read more»

 

A Lesson for Humanity From 17 Million Doomed Creatures

Source: The New York Times

(November 16, 2020) It’s not news that life on earth is out of balance. We already know that human behavior — not just in burning fossil fuels but also in food production, wilderness fragmentation, habitat degradation and overpopulation, among other planetary depredations — has imperiled everything from global biodiversity to the actual weather. In the general public, however, warnings from scientists and environmental activists have fallen mostly on deaf ears, even when those depredations come with a cost to us...Read more»

 
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