Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

House passes bill that would make animal cruelty a federal felony

By: Caitlin O’Kane The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make animal cruelty a federal felony. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT Act, bans abusive behavior including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling and other bodily injury toward any non-humans. The bill was introduced by two Florida congressmen, Democrat Ted Deutch and Republican Vern Buchanan, in January. It was approved Tuesday by a voice vote. The PACT Act expands the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which was passed by Congress in 2010 and made the creation and distribution of animal crushing videos illegal. However, the new […]

International Environment Minister supports new elephant welfare guidelines and importers and exporters urged to prepare for Brexit

There has been coverage in the Telegraph of the Association of British Travel Agent’s (ABTA) upcoming new guidelines which will deem interacting with elephants without a barrier unacceptable. The guidelines are expected in November and will include activities such as riding, washing and touching elephants as well as viewing shows where the animals are forced to do tricks. The Government has long been working with the ABTA to encourage them to make their customers aware of welfare concerns around elephants and the International Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith has given his full support to these new guidelines. The Minister has called on […]

Protect your pets from fireworks-induced distress

With the festive season fast-approaching, it is one of the most stressful times for our furry friends. Fireworks can send domestic animals into a panic and increased levels of stress and anxiety can lead to them running away. Pedigree understands that fireworks form an important part of religious celebrations and that’s why we have come up with 7 tips to keep pets safe when fireworks are on the cards. Update your pet’s ID details Whether your pet has a collar or a microchip, it is important to ensure the information is kept up to date. If your pets do make […]

Get the upper paw with these dog training tips

Just like humans, dogs need to know who’s in charge and what their boundaries are. The best way to develop this understanding, while spending quality time with them, is to provide them with proper training. While it’s best to start training dogs when they are puppies, older dogs can be trained too – contrary to the adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. At first, dog training can seem daunting, especially if it’s the first time you’re attempting it. The truth is: training a dog requires commitment and patience, but the quality time you spend together will […]

Noordhoek Bunny Rescue hops into our hearts

When Sian Huyser first moved to Noordhoek in 2017, she found out about the feral colonies of bunnies and how they were breeding too quickly. Often ending up as roadkill, she knew she wanted to do something to help these furry friends. Huyser founded the Noordhoek Bunny Rescue organisation and decided to help all the bunnies in need, as she had previous experience as a bunny owner. Nowadays, she receives approximately three calls a week to collect bunnies. These little creatures often make their way to the Noordhoek Bunny Rescue after their owners emigrate, when children lose interest in them […]

Heart warming story – Lions arrive in SA after a bad time in Europe

VIDEO OF RELOCATION AND RELEASE International wildlife charity, Born Free, is delighted to announce that the Lions of Lyon – four lion cubs rescued from horrendous captive conditions in France – have been released at Born Free’s Big Cat Sanctuary and are now starting their new lives in their ancestral home of Africa. Horus, Dadou, Thea and Cersei, believed to have been taken from their mothers before they were weaned, were each found in different locations across France. They were kept in captive conditions no animal should ever be subjected to – an apartment, a garage, even a Lamborghini on […]

Global pet trade in amphibians is bigger than we thought

By: Nitya Mohanty Humans keep all sorts of animals as pets and new species are constantly being brought into the trade — some reared in captivity, but many sourced from the wild. As a result, the global pet trade often puts wild populations at risk of over-exploitation. The Global Amphibian Assessment pegs 47 amphibian species to be predominantly threatened by unsustainable harvesting for the international pet trade. And the risks don’t end there. For various reasons, people release pets into the wild, resulting in biological invasions. People might do this because keeping the animal isn’t the experience they expected, or because they can’t afford it […]

CATastrophes – When Your Cat Needs an Emergency Room

Here’s a sobering fact. At some point in your cat’s life, they will experience a life-threatening emergency – what I like to call CATastrophes. You don’t know when it will happen, but it will happen. And it will probably happen in the middle of the night. When your family veterinarian isn’t available. So, you’ll need to head to your local veterinary emergency room. But knowing what is and isn’t an emergency isn’t always straightforward. CATastrophes – Trouble Breathing Cats do a great job of masking illness. For this reason, sometimes it isn’t obvious when there’s a problem. In the wild, […]

Pet Obesity Month: Benefits of a balanced diet

October is National Pet Obesity Month and Whiskas is all about feeding your cat’s curiosity with a balanced diet. A cat’s nutritional requirements depend on their stage of life but with so many cat food options out there, how do you know which will be best for your cat or kitten? Should you give your cat dry food or wet food? Is it enough to provide your cat dry food alone? Whiskas is here to help you structure a perfectly balanced diet for your pet – whether your cat is getting on in their years, or still a kitten. For […]

Getting a handle on cats: What types of restraint lead to stress?

By: Mikel Delgado If you’ve ever worked in a shelter or veterinary setting, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve spent some time scruffing cats. Maybe you’ve taken your cat to the vet and the veterinary staff placed your cat in a “scruff-hold.” For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, scruffing is a way of restraining cats, by holding them firmly by the loose skin at the back of the neck. For some cats, this type of handling restricts their movement, which can facilitate handling and various procedures like getting a blood sample. Although scruffing […]