December 13, 2013
'TIS the season of giving, and veganism increasingly shows up as a factor. I'm not just talking about Jay Z and Beyonce, with their "vegan till Christmas" stunt. Many of us have to buy for those on an animal-free path, and during this "Peace on Earth" time of the year, gifts celebrating nonviolence make perfect sense. For foodies, a new cookbook may not be the most innovative category (see my top 10 vegan cookbooks for the holiday season ), but these can be thoughtful if you target the personality of your recipient.
November 30, 2013 |
MOORESTOWN Kate Decker worries about her pets as she fights allegations of animal neglect by Burlington County animal welfare workers who raided her home nearly a year ago. The 68-year-old widow faces a municipal trial next month in Moorestown, where her two houses have become orphanages filled with 24 dogs, a cat, and at least two cages of small birds. "What they are doing is trying to extort money from me," said Decker, who is fighting 66 charges filed against her last year by the Burlington County SPCA.
November 1, 2013 |
ANIMAL HUMANE officers made a rather ghoulish discovery yesterday when they found one dead cat and recovered more than a dozen others at the former home of actress Grace Kelly. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said officers recovered 14 cats and one dog from the stately, redbrick home at Henry Avenue and Coulter Street in East Falls. The homeowner, Marjorie Bamont, 81, is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation and is expected to face animal-cruelty charges.
October 29, 2013 |
The population of bears, turtles, and cats roughly doubled at the Philadelphia Zoo over the weekend, as costumed visitors flocked to the annual Boo at the Zoo event. Jim Brophy of Marlton said he attends the event every year with his family and friends. "It's a tradition, every Halloween," Brophy said, holding a 2-year-old Minnie Mouse. "I'm liking the tigers a lot," said his son, Xavier, 6, who dressed up with friends as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. "I'm the orange one. Mikey.
October 12, 2013 |
Watch animals play with and devour pumpkins and other seasonal treats during Beast Feast this weekend at the Philadelphia Zoo. Throughout the day, animals including hippos, bears, leopard cubs, and great apes will be given pumpkins to feast on courtesy of Linvilla Orchards. Guests can watch the animals enjoy their savory treats, some even downing whole large pumpkins in one bite. The beasts will feast every half-hour between 10 a.m and 3:30 p.m. Beast Feast, Saturday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Activities are included in admission, which is $20; $18 ages 2 to 11; free, members and 1 and younger.
October 2, 2013 |
MEDIA Delaware County said Monday that it had submitted the names of a lawyer, an accountant, a police chief, and a veterinarian to join the board of the beleaguered Chester County SPCA. The shelter accepts strays from Chester County as well as from most towns in Delaware County under a $30,000-a-month contract. The SPCA has been the target of criticism by current and former staff and volunteers over alleged mistreatment and ineffective management and concerns over rising euthanasia rates at its 84-year-old facility.
September 29, 2013 |
Nature-watching - an outsider's hobby, right? Geese crisscross the sky, eagles nest all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, hawks and falcons are on their way, and elk whistle ghostly in Benezette. But birders, hunters, conservationists, and animal enthusiasts of all furs are also turning to Twitter, Facebook, blogs, apps, and a proliferation of "hawk cams" and "eagle cams" to get their beast on. Here, as in so many realms of human life, social media help people build communities around shared interests.
September 18, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER In a major shake-up, the beleaguered Chester County SPCA, the target of criticism by current and former staff and volunteers, will soon add 11 board members, officials announced Monday. In a deal brokered between the SPCA and State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D. Chester), the new members will be in place by the end of October and serve with the handful of remaining active board members. "This should make a significant difference," Dinniman said. The shelter has come under fire from former and current staff and volunteers, who attributed the center's problems - including a rise in euthanasia rates - to ineffective board leadership, board members who miss meetings, and unfilled senior management positions.
August 26, 2013 |
In the Animal Welfare Association's early years, "we answered any kind of call," says Jim Denelsbeck, who specialized in complaints about squirrels gone wild. The retired draftsman is 83, lives in Deptford, and still volunteers occasionally at the association his former mother-in-law helped set up in 1948. But AWA (awanj.org) has evolved; these days it no longer responds to calls about squirrels in attics but does keep an eye on feral cats through geo-mapping. And as the nonprofit marks its 65th birthday, the expansion of its Voorhees facility dramatizes the changing approaches - and enduring realities - of the animal-welfare world, where professional and personal commitments to our fellow creatures run as deep as blood.