The Captive Wildlife Crisis – Part 1

By Pat Craig Guest Blogger Founder and Executive Director of The Wild Animal Sanctuary |Keensburg, Colorado Note from CAP: We present this guest blog to assist in the education of the public regarding this lesser-known animal welfare crisis. The wider the educational efforts of all animal welfare enthusiasts spread, the more public involvement and advocacy…

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The Captive Wildlife Crisis – Part 2

By Pat Craig Guest Blogger Founder and Executive Director of The Wild Animal Sanctuary Keensburg, Colorado Note from CAP: We present this guest blog to assist in the education of the public regarding this lesser-known animal welfare crisis. The wider the educational efforts of all animal welfare enthusiasts spread, the more public involvement and advocacy…

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Memoir of Sacramento teen’s fight for animal rights gets endorsed by the world’s best-known conservationist

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Justin Barker’s story of battling local officials over numbing zoo conditions gets a thumbs-up from Jane Goodall. By the time Justin Barker was 15, he was already a thorn in the side of the Capital region’s most entrenched politicians. As a kid who was struggling with being bullied, growing through an awkward phase and having…

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Puppy Mills: Part One – Good-bye, Rosie the Riveter & Hello, Farmer John

The late 1940s turned the financial difficulties of the Great Depression and WWII around. The economic boom years of the 1950s brought the United States interstate highway system, widespread corporate wealth, and the construction of the American suburban sprawl. A new phenomenon, suburbia provided affordable houses to thousands of returning soldiers and their new families.…

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Puppy Mills: Part Two – Taken From Mom: Now What?

There are four usual ways puppy mill proprietors divest themselves of puppies they have bred. They are: selling directly to pet stores, advertising on the internet, selling to a broker, and selling at auctions. Pet Stores The first way a mill breeder can unload puppies is to sell directly to their regular clients of pet…

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Puppy Mills: Part Three – Will Economics Always Overcome Ideals?

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi   Why is it so difficult to ban puppy mills in Colorado? House Bill 1084 died February 22, 2020 in a 6-5 vote in the Colorado Legislature. Originally blocking pet stores from selling…

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What is an Animal Attorney? Part Two

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Part Two: Animal Welfare Law   In our previous segment, we discussed Animal Rights Law. It is one of two animal law specialties: Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. In this segment we will delve into the Welfare field and look at the differences this type of law practice entails. An attorney in Colorado since 2017,…

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What is an Animal Attorney? Part One

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Part One: Animal Rights Law    Careers working with animals have expanded in the 30 years since I became involved. In the old days we fostered dogs in our backyards because shelters were few, pet/horse training was forceful not positive-based, and there were no animal related college courses other than veterinarian degrees. Wild animals were…

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How to Create a Certified Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

Most Metropolitan areas have exploded and neighborhoods are increasingly squeezed into shrinking acreage. Pavement dominates turf, and traffic cuts into natural animal movement more each year. There are several major migratory pathways for innumerous creatures, especially birds, across the United States. As our human species expands, other species lose access to resources sorely needed on…

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