Looking ahead: same content, new station

Hi and (sort of) goodbye, everyone. This note will be the last post about animals to appear here – but it will continue from a different site and with a different name. Why? Well, since this blog started last December and we’ve published a dozen posts, it occurred to us that there’s an easier way …

Focus on foxes: it started right here

It began with APLNJ’s original blog motif — the beautiful fox in snow. Whenever I saw it, I thought about foxes I have known. “Seen” would be the better word, since I’ve never been closer to one than from the car window to the side of the road, where I’ve watched occasional foxes moving along. …

Selected short (animal-related) subjects

Haven’t you been wondering . . . . . . what’s “shark finning” all about? You’re swimming along in the ocean, minding your own business, when suddenly your arms and legs are cut off. Without means of propulsion, you sink to the bottom, dying a painful death by suffocation, blood loss and attacks by other …

‘Birds of a feather’ flock to Trenton

I’d rather describe last week’s 6th annual “Humane Lobby Day” in Trenton as “Useful Info Day” – it was that jam-packed with issues and discussions about animals. It also featured numbers of people I was happy to see, meet and hear from. And yes, there was some lobbying too, although the networking that occurred may …

New bill promises better NJ animal shelters

Right now, what happens to the animals in many New Jersey animal shelters is uncertain, at best. Facility conditions can be unsafe and/or unhealthful; medical treatment, inconsistent; and live-release rates, especially for cats, shamefully low. An “Intake & Disposition” report filed each year with the state supposedly lists animals entering and leaving a given shelter. …

Feds block online animal welfare data

Extensive commentary after last year’s presidential election included the belief – or was it a fervent hope?—that caring for and protecting animals is a bipartisan effort, so activities already underway on behalf of animals would simply continue. Then came reports that US Dept. of Agriculture records having to do with the Animal Welfare Act and …

Considering Canada Geese

Think “Canada goose” and your first image might be a V-formation in the sky. Or geese in water, suddenly diving to harvest bottom grasses. Or, undeniably, the messes they make on sidewalks and paths. But messes happen everywhere, right? In fact, there’s much to be said about these birds that’s positive. And surprising. For instance, …

Poor pigs: loved for all the wrong reasons

(From a phone call to a bakery): “Do you want the ones with bacon or the regular ones?” “Did you say ‘bacon,’ B-A-C-O-N?” “Yes, I did.” OMG! and Ai yi yi! But then . . . why was I surprised? Last fall, I saw billboards for pricey chocolates, with bacon. Then I noticed the doughnuts …

Show your love: spay or neuter

“One cat just leads to another.” –Ernest HemingwayThink February and probably think Valentine’s Day: hearts and flowers, caring, love. There’s also World Spay Day on the last Tuesday of the month – this year, Feb. 28. And building up to that animal-caring and loving day, February is also Spay/Neuter Awareness month! So, happy Spay/Neuter Awareness …

Animal activists can be too active

In the interest of keeping APLNJ people – and all others! — alive and well, this cautionary tale comes your way. Earlier this month, a woman affiliated with APLNJ heard that a deer and a car were by the side of the road in front of her home. Being the huge-hearted person she is, she …