Let’s talk adoption. 17 million Americans get a new pet each year, but only 3.5 million adopt that pet from an animal shelter.
Many people don’t realize that breeders and pet stores are simply reproducing mass quantities of cats and dogs to sustain their business.
That’s where animal shelters come in! Walk into any shelter in Louisiana and you'll find pets of all shapes, sizes and personalities. They're vaccinated, spayed, neutered, microchipped and ready to be adopted!
Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 7:18 am
Dolphins are getting very sick from exposure to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A government study confirms a host of problems in dolphins who live in one of the heaviest-oiled bays in Louisiana. Scientists say the dolphins are gravely ill with injuries consistent with the toxic effects of exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons.
The Breaux Bridge swamp tour guide that a national animal rights group accused of cruelty to an alligator has been cleared of one charge but admitted to a misdemeanor violation of illegal possession of an alligator.
Chester Cedars, chief prosecutor in St. Martin Parish, tells The Advocate Bryan Champagne was fined $250 plus court costs for the possession charge.
The investigation of Champagne followed a YouTube video that showed him striking the head of an alligator with boat oar while members of a tour watched.
Six African Black-footed Penguins born earlier this year have just joined the adults, full-time, in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas' display. Darwin Long, senior aviculturist at the Aquarium, says the juveniles have shed their down, grown their water-proof plumage, and are ready to swim with the grown-ups.
“They’re going to get in little fights here and there, nothing serious. But it’s mainly: 'Hey, this is who’s who. This is where to go and where not to go.' You can see how they kind of hang out together. This is kind of like the adolescent shore over here.”
Guest host Bob Mann talks with Louisiana state lawmakers Representative John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) and Senator Robert Adley (R-Benton) about the state budget conflict and other matters at the Capitol, with just two days left in the Legislative Session.
Deborah Simmons-Harris, who has created her own private animal sanctuary, and former LSU professor Robert Zinn, who recently had over 100 pet box turtles confiscated by state Wildlife & Fisheries, discuss caring for wild animals.