Monthly archives: March, 2017

‘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, …