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Illinois Could be the First State to Ban Performing Elephants

Illinois wants to ban performing elephants, and would be the first state to do this (though bullhook training is already banned in Rhode Island and California). The bill should be a no-brainer. At least you’d think so, particularly on the heels of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus shutting down, with the final performance in…

Elephant Falls on Big Game Hunter

Big game hunter Theunis Botha, 51, of BTB Game Hound Safaris, was reportedly killed when he was crushed to death after an elephant had been shot at Good Luck Farm in Zimbabwe, Africa. According to reports, the elephants were enraged and, when shot, one fell on the hunter. The hunt was reportedly legal. The above…

Illinois Poised to Ban Performing Elephants

Illinois wants to ban performing elephants, and the state would be the first to do this (though bullhook training is banned in Rhode Island and California). The bill should be a no-brainer. At least you’d think so, particularly on the heels of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus shutting down with the final performance on…

Animals Starving at Venezuelan Zoo

Ruperta the elephant is starving. She is the lone elephant at the Caricuao Zoological Society. That, in itself, is sad. Worse, as described in news reports and from my Facebook friend Darvin Melendez, who lives in Venezuela, zoo animals are dying of starvation. According to a story from July 2016 on National Geographic, at least 50…

Steve Dale with Bill and Wendy on WGN

People all over the country have now called me “noted pet expert,” only because that is what Bill Leff and  Wendy Snyder call me. I always have fun on the radio, but never as much as I do with these two, who I have known for a very long time.  LISTEN IN HERE.  We talk…

Circus Closed: Might Elephants Be On Their Way Out?

The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is closing after more than 100 years in operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years. When this news hit the press, many of my animal-loving friends said “it’s about time!” Perhaps, that is true, but still…

Trump Kids are Killers

When I wrote about the Trump sons killing big game in Africa (and elsewhere), including endangered species – I’d like to share some of the in social media responses from that post, followed by my comments: “This is all a left wing media conspiracy to get at Trump – which you are a part of.”…

Elephant Loves the Foot Pad Trim

C’mon you can’t clip your dog or cat’s nails – but this can happen…..from the ZooLeon in Leon, Mexico; this African elephant is simply asked to have his foot pads trimmed. He contentedly complies because he offered special treats. The Fear Free initiative in veterinary medicine is all about reducing fear, anxiety and stress both…

World Elephant Day

Pack your trunks – it’s World Elephant Day. Because they require so much space, the ability to travel and carry valuable tusks  – habitat needs and poaching for ivory pose an enormous risk to wild African and Asian elephants.  In places, this intelligent and social species is under enormous pressure. The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation is…

Elephant Tears are Real

Elephants are emotional beings, just as dogs, cats, chimpanzees and people are – and a long list of other animals. People who work with elephants have for many decades told stories involving elephant tears. It turns out these stories aren’t fiction. According to Mail Online,  an elephant named Raju held for 50-years in painful, spiked…

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