A recent incident where a macaque escaped his enclosure while being moved through the San Antonio International Airport caught our attention. The animal, who was tranquilized and gently recaptured, is now safely living the good life at Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Prashant K. Khetan, Chief Executive Officer & General Counsel at Born Free USA joins Peter to provide details on this incident as well as describing the great work of America’s largest primate sanctuary.
Lori continues speaking with estate attorney Frances Carlisle, in which they begin with the story of Trouble, the dog who belonged to Leona Helmsley. When Helmsley died, 12 million dollars was put in a trust for Trouble, which was very generous, but caused many headaches for the executors, not to mention what would have been a big tax hit. So, they revised the figure to only 2 million dollars, more than enough to keep Trouble living the high life until his death in 2010. Carlisle goes on to speak about pet trusts for the rest of us.
Peter then welcomes Wendy Keefover, National Carnivore Protection Manager at the Humane Society of the United States. The Department of the Interior is considering changing a rule that would allow misguided, scientifically unsupported and profoundly cruel hunting practices, including the shooting of hibernating bears, swimming caribou, and wolves and coyotes in their dens on national park and preserve land in Alaska.
Now is the time to act! Post a comment right now! Here is the link to the page at Regulations.gov, which is our voice in Federal Decision Making!
Here is a sample of what you can post, but it is better if you write your own, or modify this one, in order for your comments to carry their full weight.
From the HSUS:
“I am opposed to the National Park Service’s plan to repeal the 2015 rule, which would be inconsistent with the agency’s statutory conservation mandate, prohibiting killing hibernating bears and their cubs using artificial light, shooting wolf and coyote pups and mothers in their dens, using bait to attract brown and black bears to shoot them point blank, shooting vulnerable swimming caribou, and using dogs to hunt black bears. Americans do not support these hunting methods and travel to Alaska to see these wild animals, providing billions of essential dollars to the local economy to do so. Please keep these prohibitions in place.”
We conclude with pet peeves about pets, annoying things people do with and to their pets, from the benign and silly, like nail polish on dogs to the dangerous, like making dogs walk on hot asphalt in summer.