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    Grand County officials investigating 2 ‘significant animal welfare’ incidents this week

    GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two “significant” animal welfare incidents this week, with one involving dogs and another involving horses. On Sunday morning, the sheriff’s office received a tip regarding possible animal neglect at a home in the Gore Pass subdivision in unincorporated Grand County. Deputies, along with animal control officers, responded to the property, where they found several short-haired mixed breed dogs. They evaluated the dogs’ condition. Deputies spoke with the homeowners, who agreed to allow the officers to take 15 dogs to the Grand County Animal Control and Shelter in Granby, according to the sheriff’s office. The dogs were evaluated by a…

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    Animal Welfare Audits: Why Are Third Party Audits Important? | Main Edition

    What is a third-party animal welfare audit? To understand this, we need to discuss what an audit is, what animal welfare means, and why animal welfare audits are important. What is an audit? An audit is a verification of adherence to a set standard. These standards need to be clear for the audit to be successful. An audit is also a snapshot in time. It is not a hunt to find errors, a management review or training, or proof that the site is meeting all criteria all day, every day. It is also not the auditor’s personal opinion about the facility. There are three types of audits — first party,…

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    Two local animal welfare providers to be honored Nov. 14

    Memory book supplies will be available at tables curbside for those who want to share their gratitude, favorite memory, anecdote, and/or photo to help create a memory book for the family of each honoree. The community is invited to participate in a drive-up tribute to celebrate the lives of two special animal welfare providers in San Benito County who passed away in 2021:  Dr. Robert Darrell (Doc) Wilson and Ms. Terry Klein. This event honors two beloved local animal care-givers and pets are also invited to this drive-up tribute. The community event will take place on Nov. 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 72 California Street in Hollister.…

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    EU Commission seeks feedback as it looks to revamp animal welfare rules

    The initiative will explore several options for addressing the shortcomings identified in a recent evaluation of such legislation, which looks to regulate animal welfare at farm level, during transport and at slaughter. The consultation​​ period is open until January 21, 2022; the Commission is hoping to present a revised legislative proposal to member states and the European Parliament by Q4 2023. EU legislation on the welfare of farmed animals consists of one directive concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes and four directives laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens, broilers, pigs and calves; it also includes regulation on animal transport as well as rules…

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    Federal Regulators Must Enforce Animal Welfare Law to Protect Toki

    Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is urging the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of Agriculture to initiate enforcement actions against Miami Seaquarium (MSQ) for failing to protect the health and welfare of its animals, particularly Toki (also known as Tokitae, Lolita, and Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut), the world’s oldest captive orca. Toki has been languishing in the world’s smallest orca tank for half a century. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for administering the Animal Welfare Act through regulations specific to marine mammals such as Toki. The Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for…

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    USDA accused of ignoring animal welfare violations in favor of business interests

    During a 2017 inspection of Monterey Zoo, formerly known as Wild Things Animal Rentals, Inc., in Salinas, California, federal officials found a squirrel monkey, kept alone in a cage, with a chain dangling from its waist. An elderly kangaroo was “exhibiting tremors and vision loss,” a federal inspector wrote in an internal memo. A rodent died after several days of declining health, without receiving veterinary care, the memo said. Two inspectors from the United States Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), detailed these problems in an internal memo after a routine check of the zoo on September 25, 2017. But the memo included…

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    Federal inspectors issue warning after finding animal welfare violations at Virginia Tech | State and Regional News

    “Virginia Tech has been aware of the USDA concerns and has been working with them since the inspection to address the issues raised,” Mark Owczarski, associate vice president for university relations, said in a statement to The Virginia Mercury. “We are doing so with great diligence and care and we believe that all matters will be addressed.” Owczarski said he did not have additional information on specific actions the university has taken to correct the violations. Federal inspectors also found multiple problems with Virginia Tech’s animal housing. Seven sheep and five cow pastures do not provide any shade for the animals “by either natural or artificial means,” the report noted.…

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