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World Elephant Day

In 1989, CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) issued an international ban on the ivory trade. Despite this, legal trade still exists in many countries, including Japan, and the black market continues to do a brisk business, more business than ever before. In many cases, poachers out weaponize game wardens, and governments…

Pit Bulls on Planes to Pets In Divorce to Power of a Dog’s Nose with Karen Conti on WGN Radio

I can talk to the animals – but wish I could listen better. Our pets are always talking to us in some ways, but we’re not always aware that they are. I appeared with WGN Radio legal analyst Karen Conti on her show HERE. Karen asked me about the pit bull attack in the new…

Magical Mexico: Destinations You Might Not Have Heard About

I love Mexico, and explain why….but still we discuss if there are safety issues traveling there; often Mexico gets a bad rap. And bad things can happen in Mexico, but they sadly do everywhere in the world these days. Mostly, though, we talk about the Mexico most may not know, magical destinations you may not…

New York State Senator Holds Airlines Responsible for Safe Pet Travel

When industry doesn’t step up to solve problems, well-meaning public officials often step in to create regulation. Senator Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan) is demanding justice for 10-month-old puppy Kokito and his family, who were forced by a United Airlines flight attendant to stow him in an overhead bin, through a criminal investigation of the airline and…

Another United Airlines Pet Mix-Up?

United Airlines‘ issues with pets continues, and now the airline has acknowledged its third issue within a week. A flight was diverted to Akron, Ohio, on Thursday after the airline realized a pet had been loaded onto the flight in error, according to CNN and various news outlets. Flight 3996 was carrying 33 passengers from…

United Airlines Sends Dog to Japan Instead of Kansas

A family moving from Oregon to Kansas claims that somehow United Airlines sent their dog to Japan instead of Wichita. Kara Swindle was traveling to Wichita with her two small children on a United flight Tuesday, March 13. The family’s 10-year-old German Shepherd Dog, Irgo, was being flown on a separate flight the same day,…

United Airlines Takes Full Responsibility for Dog that Died in Overhead Bin

Regarding the dog that died on a United Airlines flight when a flight attendant allegedly insisted a passenger place the dog inside its appropriately sized carrier inside the overhead bin, rather than under the seat in front of her: Apparently, either the dog was barking and/or the carrier blocked part of the aisle. It’s unknown…

United Airlines Employee Orders a Dog Placed in Overhead Bin

United Airlines apologized today, March 13, for the death of a passenger’s dog after it was stored in an overhead bin, as reported on many media outlets. When I first read about this, it seemed too outrageous to be true, so I didn’t even want to report on it. But now, United Airlines concedes that this…

Celebrate World Gorilla Day: Beat Your Chest

World Gorilla Day September 24 celebrates us…or at least a species very close to us. First the good news: The Mountain Gorilla species are holding their own, even gradually building on their numbers in places. They are the only great ape species (all are endangered) that can make that claim. That is solely because of…

Cars Are Going to the Dogs

Just over 60 million American households—nearly half—have at least one dog. So, it’s no surprise that car manufacturers are marketing to dog owners. But they’re taking a step further by developing autos with dogs in mind. In 2014, according to the American Products Association, 37 percent of dogs joined the family on some sort of…

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