Animal Welfare Wrap Up: Volume #14
RSPCA Queensland’s animal hospital at Wacol used vodka as an antidote to save the kitten’s life. The kitten was close to death when it was discovered after it had consumed toxic antifreeze. It has been named Tipsy. ABC reported that “Vodka was effective because the cat’s enzyme, which metabolized the antifreeze also metabolised alcohol.”
U.S. Greyhound Racing ‘Has a Drug Problem’
In Florida, reports show that 12 greyhounds tested positive for cocaine 18 times in four months. The Florida greyhound racing industry is experiencing a decline in popularity, which “…can also be traced to the persistent complaints of inhumane animal treatment. The Washington Post states that forty states in the U.S. now ban greyhound racing. Forty-three tracks have stopped or ceased live events since 1991.
The Dark side to wildlife tourism: thousands of Asian elephants Kept in Cruel conditions
World Animal Protection found that three out of every four elephants kept for tourist entertainment, such as rides, are kept in horrendous and cruel conditions throughout Asia. The Guardian reported that “the captive elephant population now is thought to represent one quarter to one third of the remaining animals in the region.”
Expedia Announces changes to bookings for Wildlife Animal Attractions.
Expedia, Inc., a major travel booking company, has announced that bookings for many animal attractions will be discontinued. The company is working with animal protection organizations to identify tourist activities that harm animals’ welfare. Expedia also plans to use an educational portal to inform travelers who are searching their websites for animal attractions.
The inaugural Do Something Day was celebrated on July 19. Australians took part in a day of giving to causes that they care about. We put together this handy list to commemorate the day and to spark ideas about how Aussies can help all animals, big and small. RSPCA welcomes your help and appreciation on any given day!
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Vincent, the beautiful cat who has 50% fewer ears than other cats, is looking for a forever home at RSPCA NSW Sydney Shelter.
The video of Boris, the Great Dane, was well received. He was thrilled to be adopted by his forever family after being fostered by RSPCA Tasmania.