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When I Was A Puppy

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple

of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend.

Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" -- but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.

My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together.


Whales, seals and fishermen rarely take same prey

12 May 04

Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition.

A classic conservation dispute, fuelled by stark images and emotive arguments, may be challenged by the findings of a new study.

Fishers accuse whales and seals of eating their precious, diminishing fish stocks, leading to renewed calls that these mammals be culled to safeguard the future of a beleaguered industry.


Truck Seized with 800 Bear Paws

MOSCOW (Reuters) March 22 - Russian customs seized a truck heading for China after agents uncovered a load of animal parts, including nearly 800 severed bear paws prized for exotic dishes, Russian media reported on Saturday.

NTV television showed footage of agents unloading bags on Friday full of the paws, which fetch high prices in Chinese restaurants.

It said the illicit cargo, concealed beneath piles of used car batteries and boxes of food, also included assorted antlers, pelts of fur-bearing animals and dried sea cucumbers.


African Elephant Annihilation Continues UK 'Awash' In Ivory Despite International Trade Ban

By Helen Johnstone
The Guardian

"One trader told undercover investigators from the charity that a lot of new ivory was coming into Britain from China, because it was 'so easy to smuggle' past Customs.

Ivory is being sold illegally in high streets across Britain, with the world's largest antique market in London "awash with it", an investigation found.


Scientists doubt animal research

Many animal experiments may be of little benefit to treating human disease,

according to experts.

Much of the research is poorly conducted and not thoroughly evaluated, say scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

They are now urging a systematic review of all existing animal research before new experiments are carried out.

The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, have boosted animal rights groups.

However, on the same day that the BMJ paper is published, the Royal Society has produced a guide w


Why Iams?: Features

On January 7, in a very disturbing move, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced that the Iams Company will be the "Grand National Sponsor" of HSUS' "Pet Fest America." According to the HSUS Web site, "Pet Fest America is designed to showcase The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in a very positive festive atmosphere." This unholy alliance with Iams is the work of Paul Irwin, president and CEO of HSUS.

Iams, which is under public fire for allowing cruelty to dogs in its contract laboratories,


Cat and Bear Odd Couple Reunited in Zoo

Fri January 9, 2004

BERLIN (Reuters) - Muschi, a small cat that formed an unlikely friendship with a half-ton bear called "mouse" in Berlin Zoo, has been reunited with her companion after pining outside the bear's cage for months, the zoo said Friday.

Muschi, which means "pussy," has been popular with zoo visitors ever since she appeared in the bear's enclosure three years ago. But the pair were split up last October when the bear was locked in a cage while her living space was enlarged.