Maryland just banned the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores

April 24, 2018 by  
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Maryland just became the second state in America to ban pet stores from selling puppies and kittens. Animal rights advocates say the move will help cut demand for animals from puppy mills . The bill, HB 1662 , also encourages pet stores to work with rescue groups and animal shelters to promote the adoption of homeless animals, according to The Humane Society . Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan signed the legislation into law with bipartisan support. The state already has regulations in place requiring stores to reveal breeder information, and stores cannot use breeders that the United States Department of Agriculture has cited in the last two years. But delegate Benjamin Kramer, a Democrat who sponsored the legislation, told The Washington Post the regulations aren’t enough to protect animals. Related: California bans puppy mills and requires all pet stores to sell rescue animals Pet store owners fought against the law, hoping Hogan would veto it. Just Puppies co-owner Jeanea Thomson said her store doesn’t want animals from puppy mills, and that she and her husband visit their breeders, most in Iowa and Missouri, to vouch for conditions. But Kramer said the farms that store owners describe are abominations, telling The Washington Post, “There is not a single one that is this righteous, beautiful, loving, caring facility where there is room for puppies to roam and for breeding dogs to play.” Humane Society Maryland state director Emily Hovermale described the ban as a lifesaving measure that would close the state’s pet store market to puppy mills. She said, “Maryland has set an important precedent with this rejection of animal abuse that other states will surely follow.” Emily McCobb, a professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, said a ban could result in a dog shortage, and people might not be sure where to go to get a pet. “There’s a lot of messaging around ‘adopt, don’t shop,’” she said. “But we haven’t done a good job of messaging about how to find responsible breeders.” The law will fully go into effect in 2020. It follows a bill passed in California last year that requires all pet stores to sell rescue animals. + The Humane Society Via The Washington Post Images via Depositphotos and Lydia Torrey on Unsplash

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First ever video footage of wild sand cat kittens in Morocco

October 12, 2017 by  
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Get ready for cuteness overload. Researchers recently filmed sand cat kittens in the Moroccan Sahara , and they’re crazy adorable. The team thinks this could be the very first time scientists “documented wild sand cat kittens in their African range.” Sand cats can be incredibly elusive. They don’t leave many visible footprints. They’re quiet when they meow. And they don’t leave prey remains around. Their fur offers excellent camouflage in the desert, and they move around during the night, or at dusk or dawn. According to Grégory Breton, Panthera France managing director and one of the team members, “Finding these kittens was astonishing.” Related: At this “cat library,” you can check out a kitten for the day Breton was headed back to camp with Alexander Sliwa, Cologne Zoo curator, and Sahrawi driver Elhaj at 2:00 AM, after seven hours of searching for sand cats that day, when they saw the glimmer of three pairs of eyes: the sand cat kittens. Breton described them as having wider faces and bigger ears than a regular house cat. The researchers think they were between six and eight weeks old. Sand cats haven’t been well studied in their natural range, according to Breton. After the sightings, the team acquired a permit from the authorities in Morocco to catch and collar the cats. Breton said they’ve spotted 29 different sand cats and radio-collared 13. They’ve started gathering information that will help protect the species, and some of their findings have surprised them, like the fact that “sand cats are traveling more than we thought and more than what’s been recovered for any other small cats.” The team makes clear in their video above that sand cats are a wild desert species, and say, “Please don’t try to acquire them as a pet , rather save an abandoned domestic cat!” You can follow the team, which also includes Jardin Zoologique National veterinarian Saâd Azizi and other local guides and drivers, on the Sand Cat Sahara Team Facebook page. Via Panthera Images via screenshot

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Light-filled home for book lovers and their cute cats is built of recycled materials

September 18, 2017 by  
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If you’re a bibliophile who loves cats, prepare to swoon over this light-filled row home in New York City . Barker Freeman Design Office (BFDO Architects) transformed a row house in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn into the House for Booklovers and Cats. The renovated dwelling was built with materials recycled from the original architecture wherever possible, and features an expansive built-in book wall and special cat accommodations. The clients, a pair of poets, asked BFDO Architects to infuse color and light into their old Brooklyn row house , while creating a live/work arrangement with room for their extensive collection of art and books. The literary couple also requested that the renovation include special circulation for their two shy cats that like to hide in high and small places. The architects began the renovation process by sprucing up the facade and painting the front door a vibrant shade of red. They gutted the interior—originally dark, musty, and narrow—and knocked down walls to create an open and airy space and repainted it with bright white walls. Full-height rear windows and a skylight flood the interior with natural light. The main floor comprises the 20-by-50-by-10-feet tall primary living space with an eye-catching full-length bookshelf on one end integrated with special pieces that allow the cats to circulate through the room. “Shelves project to create steps for the cats to climb up to a continuous open ledge where they can observe activities from a high vantage point,” said the architects. “Trap doors allow the cats access to rooms above at either end of the house.” Related: CATable: A Multifunctional Work Desk to Keep Your Cat Entertained and Off Your Keyboard In addition to the living room, the main floor includes a media room, dining area, and kitchen. The upstairs houses the studio with a balcony, as well as a concealed skylit “nest” built from timber recycled from the home. The bottommost level is a “cat-free zone” comprising a workout space and guest suite. Playful pops of color punctuate the modern space, from the yellow-hued columns and melon-popsicle shelf niches. Materials in the home were recycled when possible; the architects reused the existing paneled wood doors, doorknobs, and hardware, and also refinished the pine flooring. + Barker Freeman Design Office Photo credit: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

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Your cat may be giving you road rage

March 24, 2016 by  
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Could cats be to blame for road rage? A new study has discovered a potential link between Toxoplasma gondii , a parasite carried by cats, and intermittent explosive disorder (IED) in humans. But don’t give up your cats for adoption just yet. Read the rest of Your cat may be giving you road rage

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6 foods you can easily grow from kitchen scraps

March 24, 2016 by  
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New hoodie lets you wear your pet like a baby kangaroo

January 27, 2016 by  
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Large organic farm in Saudi Arabia switches to solar-powered irrigation

January 27, 2016 by  
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A major agricultural firm in Saudi Arabia has launched a new solar project to power its irrigation system . U.S.-based First Solar installed the solar array on a large organic farm owned by Al Watania , and the electricity generated from the array runs a number of pumps that supply water to the farm. The large-scale solar pilot program demonstrates the power of renewable energy with a huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions , and may help spur the solar industry’s growth in the country. Read the rest of Large organic farm in Saudi Arabia switches to solar-powered irrigation

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Vincent the disabled cat receives new titanium legs

December 8, 2015 by  
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In a experimental procedure, a 3-year-old cat named Vincent has been fitted with rare, high-tech titanium prosthetics that attach directly to the bone of his injured limbs. Found abandoned as a kitten with injured back legs, he was immediately adopted by an employee of the Story County Animal Shelter and put on a physical therapy program to help him learn to walk on the stumps of his hind legs. Unfortunately, as he grew, his weight began to put too much pressure on the area, causing him painful sores. That was when his doctor decided to try an innovative new surgery to help Vincent walk like a normal cat. Read the rest of Vincent the disabled cat receives new titanium legs

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Tommaso Guerra unveils whimsical interior for cat cafe in Rome

January 19, 2015 by  
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We love Italian designer Tommaso Guerra’s upcycled lamps , and he’s applied those same creative principles to his design of the Romeow Cat Bistrot’s playful interior in Rome, Italy. Part cat cafe and part vegan bistro, the light-filled Romeow Cat Bistrot features a cozy and modern interior that feels like home. Guerra added high ledges, floating bookshelves and a small tree installation to give the cafe’s six cats a variety of climbing surfaces. + Tommaso Guerra The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bistro , cat cafe , cats , interior design , modern interior , reader submitted content , tommaso guerra , vegan bistro , whimsical interior

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3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

December 5, 2014 by  
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If the people on your gift list this year are ardent  bird lovers , then you might like to look into gift ideas that also benefit our little feathered friends . Since wild bird numbers have been dwindling in recent years due to pesticides , habitat loss, and murder by pet cats allowed to roam (and hunt) outdoors, they can use all the extra help and love they can get. Read on past the jump to discover a few of the great gift ideas that give back to wild birds around the world: Read the rest of 3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Bird Conservancy , bird , bird conservation , bird gift , bird gifts , bird habitat , bird habitat loss , bird populations , bird presents , bird protection , bird-friendly , bird-friendly coffee , birds , Birds and Beans , Caffe Ibis , cat murdering birds , cat patios , Catios , cats , cats hunting birds , coffee , gift , gift for bird lovers , gift idea , gift ideas , gifts for bird lovers , habitat , holiday gifts , pesticide use , pesticides , save the birds

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