Category Archives: Animals

Hurricane Irene to Batter East Coast

Hurricane Irene a powerful category 2 Tropical system which slammed Puerto Rico, Cuba, and The Bahamas  is making landfall on Wrightsville Beach,NC Friday.From Atlanta Business Chronicle:

Hurricane Irene is barreling toward North Carolina early Friday with landfall expected Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. Forecasters said the storm will hit eastern North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with winds estimated at 115 miles per hour. Mandatory evacuations of coastal North Carolina residents will take place throughout the day on Friday. Officials are expected to order evacuations Friday as far north as New Jersey. Forecasters said early Friday the storm is as large as the Southeast, and has the potential to affect as many as 65 million people as it moves north along the East Coast of the U.S.

Even the mayor of New York City is considering mandatory evacuations. Officials there are watching forecasts to determine the storm’s anticipated strength as it moves north. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said officials expect to shut down the city’s entire transit system Saturday afternoon ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene. He said service likely won’t be available again until sometime Monday or perhaps later. A transportation official said the system cannot operate with sustained winds of 39 mph.

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Egg Recall now Widens to 22 states and 500 million Eggs

The federal government recall on egg has grown dramatically. Now salmonella reported in 22  states and 500 million eggs have recalled.

The Food and Drug Administration say they do now how the chicken and the egg became contaminated.

This bring the total of egg recall to 550 million  and 22 states.

“We’re continuing to investigate aggressively to determine the exact source of the contamination,” Hamburg said on NBC’s “Today” show.

“As we move forward with the recall, we may see some additional sub-recalls over the next couple of days, maybe even weeks as we better understand the sort of network of distribution of these eggs that are potentially contaminated,” she said.

On Monday, the FDA discovered a second farm Hillandale Farm had contaminated with Salmonella. 170 million eggs from this farm says Julie De Young spokeswomen for Hillandale Farm.

“We don’t know exactly how the contamination got into the chicken population, into the egg population, and we’re not yet fully sure the extent of the recall that will be necessary to protect consumers,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“We are in the midst of probably the largest egg recall that has happened in recent history,” she said.

Hillandale Farm eggs were marketed withe following names Hillandale Farm, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadows, Wholesome Farms, and West Creek.

Reuters

San Francisco is About to Do It Again: City Considering Banning of the Sale of Pets by Pet Stores

You gotta wonder about those brilliant minds in San Francisco.  the City’s Commission of Animal Control and Welfare is considering banning the sales of pets at pet stores. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Sell a guinea pig, go to jail.

That’s the law under consideration by San Francisco’s Commission of Animal Control and Welfare. If the commission approves the ordinance at its meeting tonight, San Francisco could soon have what is believed to be the country’s first ban on the sale of all pets except fish.

That includes dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, lizards and nearly every other critter, or, as the commission calls them, companion animals.

“People buy small animals all the time as an impulse buy, don’t know what they’re getting into, and the animals end up at the shelter and often are euthanized,” said commission Chairwoman Sally Stephens. “That’s what we’d like to stop.”

San Francisco residents who want a pet would have to go to another city, adopt one from a shelter or rescue group, or find one through the classifieds.

The Board of Supervisors would have final say on the matter. But not before pet store owners unleash a cacophony of howling, squeaking and squawking.

“It’s terrible. A pet store that can’t sell pets? It’s ridiculous,” said John Chan, manager of Pet Central on Broadway, which has been in business 30 years. “We’d have to close.”

‘Terrible for our business’

Joe Taylor, bird manager of Animal Connection on Judah Street, called the proposal “ludicrous.”

“What difference does it make if you get a parrot at the SPCA or a pet store? If it doesn’t work out, in either case, you just bring it back,” Taylor said. “This would be terrible for our business.”

The idea originated about two years ago, when the commission began looking into a ban on dog and cat sales as a way to discourage puppy and kitten mills. But the city’s animal control staff said that excess puppies and kittens are not the problem at the city shelter, thanks to the plethora of rescue groups. In any case, only one or two pet stores in San Francisco sell dogs and cats. The rest stick to small animals.

San Francisco Chronicle has the rest of the story.
Unreal! Doesn’t San Francisco have people with common sense, Huh? Just Asking!