Rescuing Moon bears from China’s infamous bile farms was always going to be a harrowing experience. Whichever way you look at it the practice of bile farming is brutal and inhumane. But Animal’s Asia senior veterinarian Heather Bacon is hopeful for the future of the bears – and wouldn’t trade her position for the world.
The Animals Asia Foundation is a Hong Kong-based animal welfare charity founded by Jill Robinson in 1998. While it runs a broad range of animal welfare programs, the most prominent is the rescue and rehabilitation of Asiatic black bears (Ursus selenarctos) which are farmed for their bile. Asiatic black bears, also known as Moon bears, are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Appendix 1, the most critical category of endangerment. There may be as few as 16,000 in the wild – but it is estimated that up to 7000 are kept in bile farms in China alone. Continue reading Clinical Zoo: Setting free the bears
On the basis of superior outcomes from electrochemogenetherapy (ECGT) compared with electrochemotherapy in mice, researchers from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, determined the efficacy of ECGT applied to spontaneous canine neoplasms.
Whales caught under Japan ’s so called scientific whaling program are ending up in sushi restaurants in the United Sates and South Korea , a new scientific study has found.
The study, published in the journal Biology Letters, found three whale species currently caught under Japan ’s controversial program, but protected from international trade, were ending up on the tables of Japanese restaurants in Seoul and Los Angeles . Continue reading Whale sushi for sale in US
A study led by Peter Kirkland of the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute at Camden, NSW, has revealed a number of Australian dogs kept near horses were affected by the equine influenza virus (EIV) during the 2007 outbreak of the disease.
The study said the first case occurred near a large stable, where a dog was reported as inappetant and lethargic with slight nasal discharge and a harsh, persistent cough.
In the following weeks, dogs in or near stables with infected horses, including dogs whose owners were handling infected horses or dogs that were only housed with infected dogs, were examined. Continue reading Study reveals EIV in dogs
A four-year-old female neutered Burmese cat with a taste for adventure made headlines this month after sustaining massive injuries secondary to “high rise syndrome”. The apartment-dwelling cat, named Akira, fell off a window ledge, plunging eight floors onto a driveway late on a Saturday night.
“She was just lying there sort of splattered on the driveway,” owner April Twyford told The Daily Telegraph. “She actually left a bit of a mark when we scraped her up.”
Akira presented to the Veterinary Specialist Centre at North Ryde with extensive injuries, including a mild pneumothorax and lung contusions, haematuria, non-displaced fractures of both temporomandibular joints, a luxated left elbow, bilateral metacarpal fractures, subluxation of the right carpometacarpal joints and a small chip on her caudal glenoid. The VSC’s team of emergency vets worked around the clock to stabilise Akira before surgery.
According to surgeon Martin Havlicek, high rise syndrome is a not an uncommon presentation at specialist centres like the VSC.
“We see them fairly frequently, the injuries depend on the height of the fall as well as whether they land on concrete or in bushes, sometimes they hit a window ledge.”
Common injuries include head trauma, fracture of the hard palate, mandibular and maxillary fractures and pulmonary contusions.
What was unusual about Akira was the combination of metacarpal fractures with palmar luxation of the carpometacarpal bones. Continue reading Specialist team save victim of high rise syndrome