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Chinese Animal Lover Adopts 140 Stray Dogs


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« on: June 03, 2012, 01:56:44 pm »



Chinese Animal Lover Adopts 140 Stray Dogs

By Spooky on March 29th, 2011 Category: Animals, News
 
...There has always been a lot of controversy regarding the way Chinese people treat dogs and cats, especially with gory videos of dogs being violently killed and prepared as food, but in reality, but people like Li Zongwen are proof that things are changing in the far east. For centuries, most Chinese people have been too concerned with feeding themselves and their families to waste food and affection on animals, but in recent years their attitude towards dogs has been gradually changing ...

http://www.odditycentral.com/news/chinese-animal-lover-adopts-140-stray-dogs.html


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Chinese Woman Adopts 1,500 Stray Dogs and 200 Cats

By Spooky on November 30th, 2010
Category: Animals, News

Ha Wenjin, a dog lover from China, has given up her job, sold her house, car and jewelry to take care of over 1,500 dogs and 200 cats.

http://www.odditycentral.com/news/chinese-woman-adopts-1500-stray-dogs-and-200-cats.html


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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012, 08:06:30 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 09:22:25 am »


Putting our cities' fatcats on the map
IAN STEWARD
Last updated 05:00 03/06/2012



                                                                               PHIL DOYLE/Fairfax NZ
CAT WOMAN: Anne Batley-Burton spends ''a fortune'' on strays at two Auckland colonies.


Auckland's cats stray along economic lines, with a new study showing higher concentrations of ownerless cats in areas of deprivation.

Academics at Unitec Institute of Technology have mapped where the Auckland SPCA picked up 8573 strays in the year from March 2010.

Using mapping software, Mark Farnworth and Glenn Aguilar determined that the highest concentrations of cats were found in areas with high scores for socio-economic deprivation.

Across the whole of Auckland there was an average of 15 cats per square kilometre, but Manurewa, which topped the list, had 50. The next four suburbs were Papakura (35/sqkm), Mangere (33), New Lynn (30) and Papatoetoe (29).

Farnworth, who is completing a doctorate on the sterilisation of cats, said the data points represented single pickups but several cats may have been gathered at once.

The total number of strays collected in the year might have exceeded 10,000.

Although the data could have been skewed by the presence of the SPCA headquarters in Mangere, there were definite "hot spots", he said.

"I suspect we are seeing a true effect."

Farnworth said residents of deprived areas would have fewer resources to care for stray cats and so would possibly be more likely to report them as a problem.

In wealthier areas, residents often just fed the strays and did not report them, as was the case in "New Zealand's most famous cat colony" at the rose gardens overlooking the port in Auckland's ritzy Parnell.

"I've heard anecdotally of them being fed quite choice cuts of meat, warm flasks of milk on a cold morning that kind of thing."

SPCA Auckland executive director Bob Kerridge said most stray cats were once owned and had been discarded.

The correlation with areas of socio-economic deprivation had been noted but he did not think it was a wholly economic effect.

"It doesn't surprise me. They don't think twice about just leaving the cat. They don't have the same sense of responsibility. It's the way they think."

But Farnworth said the fact strays were reported in poorer areas showed residents there did care.

Anne Batley-Burton, who feeds the 40or so cats at Parnell one night a week, admits caring for the cats costs "a fortune". Batley-Burton, who turns up for her night of feeding in her gunmetal Porsche 928 GTS, said she spent about $300 per week feeding cats, though she did support two colonies.

"I like to give them a lot of meat and mackerel and tasty things. It costs me about $150 for one night."

Her 90-year-old father had built the cats a shelter at the park. "He's marvellous."


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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7036278/Putting-our-cities-fatcats-on-the-map

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 09:29:06 am »

I hope none of them end up on a coathanger.  Shocked
I also hope NZ is alert at the border as this item from the Sydney Mornning Herald would indicate.
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/fashion-retailers-told-they-may-be-sold-a-pup-20120602-1zokp.html
Fashion retailers told they may be sold a pup
Melissa Kent
June 3, 2012

A faux fur shrug

Buyer beware … a model wears a faux fur vest. Photo: AP

CONSUMERS rugging up in this season's faux fur designs could unwittingly be wearing dog fur.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has stepped up surveillance of imported fur shipments following concerns that clothes containing illegal dog fur are escaping detection.

A sting operation by the Humane Society International in Sydney and Melbourne found six items labelled synthetic or rabbit fur actually contained illegally imported dog fur. They included fur-trimmed vests, scarves and a child's bag.

The director of the society, Verna Simpson, said it was often cheaper for Asian manufacturers to use dog fur rather than synthetic or other animal fur, which they then sold to unwitting retailers.

''The Asian markets are aware we are not likely to buy domestic pet fur, so it may be labelled rabbit, specify no species at all, or even labelled faux fur,'' she said.

''Our message is don't buy fur out of Asia because you really don't know what you're buying.''

Customs and Border Protection has increased sampling of fur clothing over winter and has also written to major fur importers reminding them that dog fur cannot be brought into Australia and that measures must be in place to prevent it being used in the products they import.

Ms Simpson said the federal government had failed to enforce labelling laws to specify species of origin, making it ''impossible to know whether the product contains fur from a domestic cat or dog''.

Animal rights groups say 10 million dogs and cats are killed for their fur each year, mainly in China, Thailand, the Philippines and Korea. Most are purpose-bred but there is evidence pets are being kidnapped for their fur and animals are being skinned alive to preserve the pelts.

Ms Simpson said although most major retail fashion outlets had stopped using animal fur, many smaller boutiques and designer labels continued to use it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2013, 08:16:26 pm »

Man gets shock of his life when he buys two toy poodles for $150 only to be told by a vet that they are actually GIANT RODENTS pumped up with steroids to look like dogs

By James Nye

PUBLISHED: 13:44 GMT, 7 April 2013  | UPDATED: 22:48 GMT, 7 April 2013 

Gullible bargain hunters at Argentina's largest bazaar are forking out hundreds of dollars for what they think are gorgeous toy poodles, only to discover that their cute pooch is in fact a ferret pumped up on steroids.


One retired man from Catamarca, duped by the knock-down price for a pedigree dog, became suspicious he had bought what Argentinians call a 'Brazilian rat' and when he returned home took the 'dogs' to a vet for their vaccinations.


Imagine his surprise when his suspicious were confirmed - he had in fact purchased two ferrets that had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2305310/Man-gets-shock-life-buys-toy-poodles-150-told-vet-actually-GIANT-RATS-pumped-steroids-look-like-dogs.html

I love ferrets, I love rats, but they are incompatible with my current lifestyle and each other.


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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2013, 05:24:11 pm »

Man gets shock of his life when he buys two toy poodles for $150 only to be told by a vet that they are actually GIANT RODENTS pumped up with steroids to look like dogs

By James Nye

PUBLISHED: 13:44 GMT, 7 April 2013  | UPDATED: 22:48 GMT, 7 April 2013 

Gullible bargain hunters at Argentina's largest bazaar are forking out hundreds of dollars for what they think are gorgeous toy poodles, only to discover that their cute pooch is in fact a ferret pumped up on steroids.


One retired man from Catamarca, duped by the knock-down price for a pedigree dog, became suspicious he had bought what Argentinians call a 'Brazilian rat' and when he returned home took the 'dogs' to a vet for their vaccinations.


Imagine his surprise when his suspicious were confirmed - he had in fact purchased two ferrets that had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.





But it doesn't even resemble a dog of any description - it looks like something that has been doctored. He might be wise to visit an Optometrist
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2013, 07:12:56 pm »

ummmm

looks like something that has been doctored dogtered?

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