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Iditarod 2014 is Underway…
The Iditarod 2014 Ceremonial Start started at 10 a.m. Alaska time today (March 1, 2014). It should end between the 9th and 21st of March. The Iditarod Sled Dog race will start from Willow as planned. Each team consists of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 8 to 20 days. The dogs were off at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. It was exciting. I gathered interesting information about the race. The pictures below are beautiful, too! It was rumored Sarah would host the ceremonial start but no mention was made. Reaction as we watched the start: “Watching the teams take off.. the Siberian vs. Alaskan huskies is an interesting match-up given the current politics between Russia and the US.” Rob Hart.
H/T OP Ditch. Story lead by Vets for Sarah
March 2, 2014 Posted by justonemorepet | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Events | Leave a comment
So what the heck is going on in Arizona? Vicious wild Chihuahuas? They are Chihuahuas for God sake… Why didn’t they notice this sooner? And as for Chihuahuas nipping people, even at kids… really? A big deal? Not so much in my book… And terrorizing neighborhoods? Again, really? A bit of a stretch I’d say, but cops say wild packs of Chihuahuas are causing quite a problem. So lets all dig in and help out…
Video: Chihuahuas running wild in Maryvale, Arizona - The original video was removed…
Animal Control needs public’s help wrangling Chihuahuas running loose in Maryvale
According to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, the little ones have been breeding indiscriminately with each other and now have been overrunning residential areas.
"Part of it is these animals aren’t spayed or neutered, so they’re out looking for a mate and having babies, which also contributes to the problem," stated a representative from Animal Control.
Authorities believe the high number of foreclosures and undocumented workers forced to leave Arizona when the economy crashed, has caused the overpopulation of the small breed.
Sadly, chihuahuas are the most popular breed at the Arizona shelters.
Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dogs, and named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, although some experts argue that the breed originated in China and were brought over by Spanish traders.
The adorable little breed, with varied temperaments and intense loyalties toward their humans, were made popular by Paris Hilton and her famous "chi" named Tinkerbell.
Residents are urged to safely corral the little dogs if at all possible, and then call Animal Control.
While chihuahuas may not be a popular breed in Maricopa County, many city dwellers in New York City find the adorable little ones perfect for apartment living.
As Bob Barker has been repeating for years and years, please spay and neuter your pets.
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Thi featured Chihuahua featured by the Examiner is named Artie; he is available for adoption. Please refer to ID# 14-02-16-00249, but there are many more.
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If everyone that can adopted just one more pet and then acted responsibly, there would be no more homeless pets and no pets euthanized needlessly!!
February 27, 2014 Posted by justonemorepet | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Abandonement, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Stop Euthenization, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | Leave a comment
Logan, a husky owned by Matt Falk of Wales Township, died from complications of someone allegedly spraying acid in his face. / Gannett Michigan
By Nicole Hayden – LSJ.com
Gannett Michigan: Logan’s Law, a package of four bills designed to fight animal abuse passed through the Michigan House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
“We are pretty excited about the bills being passed through the committee,” said Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City.
Muxlow sponsored House Bill 4534 of Logan’s Law. The bill stipulates that before someone can adopt a shelter animal, the shelter must use the Internet Criminal History Access Tool, which is a Michigan State Police database, to search for a history of child and spousal abuse and other violence.
The other bills include language that non-profits do not have to pay to access ICHAT; state police will prepare an annual report of animal abuse offenses; and convicted abusers cannot adopt an animal for five years after their time has been served.
The annual report will serve as a registry of animal abusers.
“This is a very big victory for Logan’s Law and for all of the animals in Michigan,” said Matt Falk, owner of Logan, a Siberian husky for whom the law was named.
In 2012, someone splashed Logan, who was in his outside kennel, with acid, Falk said.
“(Logan) liked to sleep outside because it was much cooler,” Falk, of Wales Township, said. “When I went to bring him inside in the morning, I noticed he had red burns on the right side of his face. We immediately rushed him to the vet.”
Falk said that it took four to five days to neutralize the acid.
The bills will now move to the Michigan Senate floor for a vote, then back to the House floor for a full vote before going to the governor to sign into law.
Falk said he hopes “the law will be signed by the summer or early fall of this year.”
Falk, along with House and Senate members, have work on passing the law for two years.
“There has been about 12 different bill numbers for the animal abuse registry all together,” Falk said. “Most of the original bills didn’t make it through the process.”
Falk said he wants to protect other animals from what his dog suffered.
“Logan lost his eyesight, and his sense of smell,” said Falk. “There was a time when his face was just melting off.”
Four months after the attack, Logan died.
“Through our investigations we found there is a lot of animal abuse,” said Muxlow. “There is much more animal abuse than we will ever know or assume of.”
If the bills pass, Michigan will be the first state to enact an animal abuse registry.
“This will be historic legislation,” said Falk. “The bills will set a precedence for other states to begin legislation for registries of their own.”
*Nicole Hayden is a reporter for the Times Herald in Port Huron
February 11, 2014 Posted by justonemorepet | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, Animal Rescues, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, NO KILL NATION, Pets, Political Change, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | Leave a comment
What exactly is BSL?
My Pit Bull Friend: BSL is an abbreviation for Breed Specific Legislation. Not only is this Legislation targeting specific breeds of dog, but dogs that appear to have characteristics of certain breeds. Your dogs may not even be close to what is on the ban list but may be affected negatively nonetheless. In Iowa, a Pit Bull is defined as “any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds (more so than any other breed), or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics.”
Pit Bull type breeds are included in every single breed restriction or ban that has been set in place by each region that has implemented a legislation, every single one! This ban affects dogs all around the world. These bans and restrictions around the world vary from region to region but the effect that it’s having on these dogs is very real.
The following are some of the legislation requirements that you must follow depending upon the region your are in:
Must not own, sell, harbor, breed, keep a Pit Bull type dog.
Leash and or muzzle your dog when in public.
Must be 21 years of age or older
Post “Beware of Dog” signs around your residence.
Procure $100,000 US in liability insurance.
Spay/neuter the dog.
Must surrender the dog to be euthanized if it has bitten a person or animal.
Everyday, Pit Bulls are being killed due to legislation. In the areas where these dogs are illegal to have, there are many people that have no choice but to relocate their dogs within a certain time frame or give them up where they eventually are killed. Since it is already hard as it is to relocate Pit Bulls, the rise in deaths has grown drastically. These are dogs that have never harmed a thing in their lives and are gentle and loving and are being forced out of their homes to suffer an unjustifiable death with no where to go but shelters where they are put down. It’s a Holocaust of sorts and is completely unfair to loving dogs and owners alike, who both feel the impact.
The ban affects home owners and renters alike because insurance companies see these breeds as a liability and will not allow them on their properties, making finding a residence extremely hard for owners that do not wish to give up their dogs.
There is a fear of these breeds now and this causes people to cast judgment solely based upon a false sense of fear. The truth is that dogs sometimes attack people,, not just a specific breed or breeds, but the species as a whole. By banning and killing off dogs solely based off of appearance, we are endorsing and showing that stereotyping is okay and should be enforced. It is showing that every dog that looks a certain way is exactly the same. This is so wrong on so many levels. Instead of killing off dogs that belong to a responsible owner why not punish owners who are irresponsible. Why should the actions of the few affect the masses so dramatically?
Banning these breeds, instead of implementing new laws that target irresponsible owners and dogs that actually are dangerous, is not working. These dogs are now being bred by people who just want to make a profit based on their desirability, who in fact, are worsening the breeds. These dogs are being bred in mills and with no concern for good temperaments, genes, and health problems, which is causing more stereotyping to happen. What should be done instead of banning the breeds, is enforcing proper breeding practices and responsible dog ownership.
The fight to end BSL is one that will take the efforts of every person that cares about these dogs. If we don’t stand up for them no one will and then what? Let them die, suffer, and soon be banned everywhere causing the extinction of many breeds? Ending BSL starts with you. Educating yourself and others and being a responsible dog owner is just the beginning to a long road of changing the view about Pit Bulls and Pit Bull type breed.
So will you join in on the fight?
February 11, 2014 Posted by justonemorepet | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, NO KILL NATION, Outreach for Pets, Pet Abuse, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Owner's Rights, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization | 1 Comment
Hopeful News: LA City Animal Shelter Deaths Plummet by Nearly Half During First Two Years of Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA Initiative
“Lives are at stake. Not only is this program important for Los Angeles, but we are laying a path forward for other cities to follow [in] making no-kill an achievable goal,” says Batista
Digital Journal: Success of coalition approach to ending the killing of healthy animals in shelters provides road map for cities across the nation. The number of healthy or treatable dogs and cats killed in Los Angeles city animal shelters has been cut nearly in half in just two years, Best Friends Animal Society announced today.
Save All of Them!!!
Statistics provided by LA Animal Services show that since the formation in 2012 of a 70-organization coalition led by Best Friends Animal Society, shelter deaths have dropped 48 percent. In 2011, the year before Best Friends launched its NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative with the City of Los Angeles, approximately 17,400 healthy, treatable dogs and cats were killed in LA shelters. One year later, the number was reduced to approximately 13,400. In 2013, the number decreased further to 9,075.
“We’ve reached an incredible lifesaving milestone for shelter pets and animal lovers in Los Angeles,” says Francis Battista, a co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society, the Utah-based organization who worked closely with the city to form the partnership. “There’s no doubt we are on the right track to reach a day when animals are no longer killed in LA shelters simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home.”
Best Friends’ NKLA initiative, which is built around a partnership with the City of Los Angeles, began in January of 2012, with the goal of ending the killing of healthy and treatable pets in LA shelters by 2017. The approach provides economically targeted spay/neuter services so fewer animals enter shelters, as well as adoption incentives and promotions to ensure that more animals exit the shelters alive.
Brenda Barnette, general manager of LA Animal Services, says the partnership and resulting coalition has paid big dividends.
“The unique public-private partnership of Best Friends Animal Society and Los Angeles Animal Services has enabled us to make life-saving strides for the animals in Los Angeles,” says Barnette. “When NKLA launched two years ago we had no idea that we would exceed our goals to reduce shelter deaths and increase live outcomes for our animals so significantly.”
The number of animals killed each year in shelters around the country is around four million -approximately 9,000 every day. Best Friends, which has introduced “Save Them All” as its national call-to-action, is working with no-kill advocates across the country to bring that number down to zero.
Coalition provides replicable model for other cities
Several key factors make these kinds of strides possible in a city the size of Los Angeles.
“The main driver is that the entire coalition works toward the same goal,” says Battista. “From the beginning we knew we had to accomplish something uncommon in animal welfare: bring a large number of local groups to affiliate with a campaign in a major U.S. city. At first it wasn’t easy, but two years into it our local coalition has grown and is pulling in the same life-saving direction. Clearly, we couldn’t have done this on our own, without all the groups working together.”
Best Friends regards Los Angeles as both a trendsetter and a representative proving ground, suggesting that this type of program can be replicated in other cities around the country.
The coalition focuses on two key areas – promoting adoption as the best way for Los Angeles residents to get their pets, and making it much easier for low-income pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered through the delivery of free or low-cost services into communities with little or no access to veterinary care.
“By establishing programs for low-income pet owners we are reaching an underserved group of animal lovers who have few resources to care for their pets,” says Battista. “We’re tweaking things as we progress to ensure that we’re making the greatest impact on the problem. The coalition is gathering momentum, and the NKLA campaign is generating more and more popular support.”
Two LA facilities boost adoption of shelter animals
Best Friends operates two dedicated facilities to increase adoptions of city shelter animals. The Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills is run out of a city-owned facility and only offers for adoption shelter dogs and cats from any of the six Los Angeles shelters. The NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, operated by Best Friends through a foundation grant, features homeless LA pets for adoption from a variety of coalition partners. Total adoptions from both centers numbered approximately 3,800 dogs and cats in 2013.
The Mission Hills center clinic performed more than 6,200 spay/neuter surgeries, over 3,000 of which were reserved for pets of low-income families.
Best Friends also employs special pet transports to save LA shelter animals. During the past two years several thousand LA Animal Services dogs and cats were delivered to guaranteed adoption rescue partners across the country, while more than 1,700 neonatal kittens and dozens of nursing mothers were saved though an on-site kitten nursery in Mission Hills. Additionally, the lives of hundreds of neonatal puppies and several nursing mothers were saved through a foster network.
Battista says that while Best Friends and its partners are on track to meet the goal of taking the city to no-kill by 2017, there are no plans to take the collective foot off the pedal.
“Lives are at stake,” Battista says, “so every day, the efforts of our LA team are focused on working with our coalition partners to stop the killing in shelters. Not only is this program important for Los Angeles, but we are laying a path for other large cities to follow and making no-kill an achievable goal for cities and towns across the United States.”
About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.
To like Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety
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‘Until One Has Loved an Animal, Part of Their Soul Remains Unawakened’ – Join the NO KILL MOVEMENT
February 8, 2014 Posted by justonemorepet | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Help Familie Keep Their Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Owner's Rights, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | 1 Comment
Yellow-bellied marmots really pack on the pounds during spring and summer. Though they prefer gorging on flowering blooms, they’re not above eating grasshoppers or bird’s eggs. Why all the eating? Because the yellow-bellied marmot may hibernate for as long as eight months. And when you sleep from September to May, a little extra padding ensures you survive to climb out of that burrow come summer. Or to make a special appearance on Groundhog Day.
And today’s Groundhog Day verdict was six more weeks of winter by world famous Punxsutawney Phil
AP Photo: Keith Srakocic, File
In a Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Groundhog Club Co-handler John Griffiths holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as he is surrounded by photographers in Punxsutawney, Pa. Groundhog Day coincides with the Super Bowl for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 2, , but Punxsutawney Phil’s people say they don’t expect the big game to steal his early morning spotlight
By Marion Algier – Cross-Posted at AskMarion: Pennsylvania’s famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.
Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn’t see it, spring will come early.
In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.
Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.
The prediction is a welcomed one to those in the west who are in a major drought, but a big of a nightmare prediction to those in the east who have has horrifically cold winter. If only we could share that snow pack!!
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World’s oldest flamingo which has been in the same Australian zoo since before World War II dies aged 83
- The bird named Greater was a star attraction at Adelaide Zoo
- It had arrived in 1933 as a mature adult but records aren’t clear where from
- Heart-broken staff to the decision to put it down this week
- Arthritic and blind, Greater had taken a turn for the worse
- Since its death, only one flamingo remains in Australia
Mail Online: Difficult decision: Staff at Adelaide Zoo yesterday put Greater down, their 83-year-old flamingo
It survived World War II and being set upon by a gang of youths but yesterday the world’s oldest known flamingo died in Australia at the age of at least 83.
‘Greater’ was put down by staff at Adelaide Zoo because its quality of life had deteriorated and it was ‘complications associated with old age’ and arthritis, the zoo said on its blog.
They admitted the decision had been ‘difficult’.
‘Greater is best known for being the world’s oldest flamingo and the last Greater Flamingo to have resided in Australia,’ they added.
Greater was brought to the zoo in 1933, although records are unclear about whether it came from Cairo or Hamburg Zoo.
It arrived as a mature adult but its gender and exact year of birth are unknown.
The bird, who was named after its species, had been a star attraction as it would confidently approach visitors.
Greater Flamingos, characterised by pale plumage and pink bills, have a life expectancy of between 40 and 60 years in captivity, but less in the wild.
The zoo’s chief executive Elaine Bensted told The Australian newspaper staff had taken the decision after their octagenarian bird, who was already almost blind, took a turn for the worse this week.
She said there was no more treatment that would have improved Greater’s life.
The zoo’s veterinary team had already put Greater on a course of anti-inflammatory pain medication to ensure its comfort after its health started to deteriorate last year. ‘Greater responded well to treatment and remarkably survived the cold winter,’ Ms Bensted said.
Prime: Greater had been a favourite at the zoo over the decades. It arrived in 1933 as an adult from either Germany or Egypt
Wily old bird: Greater stunned staff with its recovery from a vicious 2008 attack that left it with a fractured skull
Seniority: Great was the zoo’s oldest resident
Perfect match: Greater and Chilly were described as ‘a pair of grumpy old men’. Chilly is now the last flamingo in Australia
Winging it: Greater, with his striking red wing feathers, had a companion in Chilly. Staff will check up on Chilly to see how it is affected by its friend’s death
The elderly bird, whose sex is unknown, had already beaten the odds to make a remarkable recovery after a vicious attack in 2008 that left it with a fractured skull. Four youths aged 17 to 19 were charged with the attack.
The zoo said it may erect a memorial to Greater near the heritage-listed Flamingo Grotto, the zoo’s oldest exhibit, which was built in 1885.
Those were the days: When Greater arrived the zoo was home to several flamingos but because of an import ban Greater had just one companion in his twilight years, Chilly the Chilean flamingo, now the last flamingo in Australia
The flamingo is survived by companion Chilly the Chilean flamingo, 65, which is said to be the last flamingo in Australia.
Zoo staff said they would keep a close eye on Chilly to see how Greater’s death affects it.
The former head of South Australia’s zoos, Chris West, said at the time of the attack that Greater and Chilly were ‘like two grumpy old men but they will certainly miss each other if they are apart for any length of time’.
Chilly is the only remaining flamingo in the country. Although Adelaide Zoo used to be home to several, but the zoo has not been able to replace those which have died because there is now a moratorium on the importation of flamingos, which can carry a raft of avian diseases, into Australia.
Two By Two… Was Noah’s Ark ROUND? 3,700-year-old clay tablet reveals giant boat was made out of Reeds and Bitumen
Noah’s Ark is typically portrayed at a traditional ship, such as in this Italian mid-16th century painting
Mail Online: It was a vast boat that saved two of each animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood.
But a controversial new theory claims that in fact, Noah’s Ark was round – and made of reeds.
a leading academic claims a recently deciphered 4,000-year-old tablet from ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) reveals the striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah.
Irving Finkel, curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum, poses with the 4000 year old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood, that claims the Ark was actually round
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AN ARK
The text describes god speaking to Atram-Hasis, a Sumerian king who is the Noah figure in earlier versions of the ark story.
He says: ‘Wall, wall! Reed wall, reed wall! Atram-Hasis, pay heed to my advice, that you may live forever! Destroy your house, build a boat; despise possessions And save life! Draw out the boat that you will built with a circular design; Let its length and breadth be the same.’
The ancient Babylonian text describes the ark as a round 220-ft diameter coracle with walls 20-ft high.
According to the tablet, the ark had two levels and a roof on the top.
The craft was divided into sections to divide the various animals into their own sections.
The 60 lines of text, which Dr. Finkel describes as a ‘detailed construction manual for building an ark’, claims the craft was built using ropes and reeds before being smeared with bitumen to make it waterproof.
It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle — as well as the key instruction that animals should enter ‘two by two.’
The tablet went on display at the British Museum today, and soon engineers will follow the ancient instructions to see whether the vessel could actually have sailed.
It’s also the subject of a new book, "The Ark Before Noah," by Irving Finkel, the museum’s assistant keeper of the Middle East and the man who translated the tablet.
Finkel got hold of it a few years ago, when a man brought in a damaged tablet his father had acquired in the Middle East after World War II.
It was light brown, about the size of a mobile phone and covered in the jagged cuneiform script of the ancient Mesopotamians.
‘It was really a heart-stopping moment — the discovery that the boat was to be a round boat,’ said Finkel, who sports a long gray beard, a ponytail and boundless enthusiasm for his subject.
‘That was a real surprise.’
New revelation: According to an ancient Babylonian tablet, Noah’s Ark was a 220-ft wide coracle – the equivalent of six London buses – with walls 20-ft high
Finkel believes a round boat makes sense.
Coracles were widely used as river taxis in ancient Iraq and are perfectly designed to bob along on raging floodwaters.
‘It’s a perfect thing,’ Finkel said. ‘It never sinks, it’s light to carry.’
Elizabeth Stone, an expert on the antiquities of ancient Mesopotamia at New York’s Stony Brook University, said it made sense that ancient Mesopotamians would depict their mythological ark in that shape.
The tablet records a Mesopotamian god’s instructions for building a giant vessel, two-thirds the size of a soccer field in area, made of rope, reinforced with wooden ribs and coated in bitumen.
Finkel said that on paper (or stone) the boat-building orders appear sound, but he doesn’t yet know whether it would have floated.
A television documentary due to be broadcast later this year will follow attempts to build the ark according to the ancient manual.
The 4000 year old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood stands on display at the British Museum in London
A PRICELESS TABLET
The artefact was discovered in the Middle East by Leonard Simmons, who indulged his passion for history while serving in the RAF from 1945 to 1948.
The relic was passed to his son Douglas, who took it to Dr Finkel to translate.
The tablet went on display at the British Museum today, and soon engineers will follow the ancient instructions to see whether the vessel could actually have sailed
The flood story recurs in later Mesopotamian writings including the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh.’
These versions lack the technical instructions — cut out, Finkel believes, because they got in the way of the storytelling.
‘It would be like a Bond movie where instead of having this great sexy red car that comes on, somebody starts to tell you about how many horsepower it’s got and the pressure of the tires and the capacity of the boot (trunk),’ he said.
‘No one cares about that. They want the car chase.’
‘Already in 1872 people were writing about it in a worried way — What does it mean that Holy Writ appears on this piece of Weetabix?" he joked, referring to a cereal similar in shape to the tablet.
Finkel said he has no doubts.
Irving Finkel, curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum, poses with the 4000 year old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood.
‘I’m sure the story of the flood and a boat to rescue life is a Babylonian invention,’ he said.
He believes the tale was likely passed on to the Jews during their exile in Babylon in the 6th century B.C.
And he doesn’t think the tablet provides evidence the ark described in the Bible existed. He said it’s more likely that a devastating real flood made its way into folk memory, and has remained there ever since.
‘The idea that floods are caused by sin is happily still alive among us,’ he added, pointing out a local councilor in England who made headlines recently for saying Britain’s recent storms were caused by the legalization of gay marriage.
‘Had I known it, it would have gone in the preface of the book,’ Finkel said.
The sexually transmitted cancer is common in street dogs around the world
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NPR – January 23, 2014 3:31 PM: Our four-legged friends suffer from many of the same cancers that we do. But one type of dog tumor acts like no other: It’s contagious.
The tumor spreads from one pooch to another when the dogs have sex or even just touch or lick each other.
"It’s is a common disease in street dogs all around the world," says geneticist at the University of Cambridge. "People in the U.S. and U.K. haven’t heard of it because it’s found mostly in free-roaming dogs in developing countries."
Now this strange disease just got even stranger.
Alaskan malamutes were bred about 4,000 years ago and are the closest living relatives to the ancient dog that developed the contagious cancer Alaskan - Alaskan Breeds Only True American Breeds Study Shows… (iStockphoto)
Murchison and her colleagues found that the infectious cancer is a living fossil. The modern tumors contain the DNA of an ancient pooch that hung out with prehistoric people thousands of years ago.
The first arose about 11,000 years ago in a wolf-dog hybrid that’s most closely related to an Alaskan malamute, Murchison and her team Thursday in the journal Science.
About 500 years ago, the tumor jumped from continent to continent via the world’s pooches. And the cells have been living and hiding out in dogs ever since.
"When I look down the microscope and see these cells that came from a dog 11,000 years ago, it boggles my mind," Murchison tells Shots." It’s really incredible."
So how did she figure all that out?
To start off, she and her team sequenced the DNA of tumors from two dogs: a cocker spaniel from Brazil and an aboriginal camp dog in Australia. They then compared the genetic patterns of the tumors with more than 1,000 modern dog breeds.
The contagious cancer first appeared in a dog that looked something like an Alaskan malamute: gray-brown or black coat, short straight fur, pointy ears and a medium-size snout.
But this pooch probably wasn’t as cuddly as a malamute. The ancient doggie also contained a fair number of wolf genes, Murichson found.
"The dog was around during the early days of domestication," she says. "But it seemed to be relatively inbred and had some signs of domestication." For instance, the dog probably could digest carbohydrates, she says, which is a trait found in Fido but not his wolf cousins.
Veterinarians have known about the contagious dog cancer since the late 1800s, Murichson says. The disease even offered scientists one of the first tools for studying live cancers.
"When Russian scientists figured out the tumors were transmissible in the 1870s, it was a hugely important insight," Murichson says. "At the time there wasn’t a model for [studying] cancer. Scientists could only study it in people who had already died."
After the discovery, she says, many labs started trying to figure out how cancer arises and spreads in the body.
Now Murchison hopes the genome of the dog tumor will help solve one of the major outstanding questions about human cancers: how they evade the immune system.
"We found mutations that confer that ability in the dog tumor," she says. "They could potentially offer clues for human cancers, as well."
January 26, 2014 Posted by justonemorepet | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | 2 Comments
Save a Life…Adopt Just One More…Pet!
Everyday we read or hear another story about pets and other animals being abandoned in record numbers while at the same time we regularly hear about crazy new rules and laws being passed limiting the amount of pets that people may have, even down to one or two… or worse yet, none.
Nobody is promoting hoarding pets or animals, but at a time when there are more pets and animals of all types being abandoned or being taken to shelters already bursting at the seams, there is nothing crazier than legislating away the ability of willing adoptive families to take in just one more pet!!
Our goal is to raise awareness and help find homes for all pets and animals that need one by helping to match them with loving families and positive situations. Our goal is also to help fight the trend of unfavorable legislation and rules in an attempt to stop unnecessary Euthenization!!
“All over the world, major universities are researching the therapeutic value of pets in our society and the number of hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and mental institutions which are employing full-time pet therapists and animals is increasing daily.” ~ Betty White, American Actress, Animal Activist, and Author of Pet Love
So if you have the room in your home and the love in your heart… Adopt Just One More Pet or consider becoming a Foster parent for pets… Also check out: Little Critter: Just One More Pet
Photos By: Marion Algier – The UCLA Shutterbug
There is always room for Just One More Pet. So if you have room in your home and room in your heart… Adopt Just One More! If you live in an area that promotes unreasonable limitations on pets… fight the good fight and help change the rules and legislation…
Save the Life of Just One More…Animal!
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If you can adopt or foster just one more pet, you could be saving a life, while adding joy to your own! Our shelters are over-flowing… Please join the fight to make them all ‘NO-Kill’ facilities.
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