Archive for the ‘SUSTAINABILITY’ Category

Dumbing-Down our Pets with Insecticides?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Three recent articles have revealed exposure of the fetus to Organophosphates (OPs), a class of insecticide commonly used on our food crops and pets, stunts cognitive development  throughout… Read more

Unnatural Selection: The Bovine

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

The Belgian Blue, the Arnie breed of the cow world, stirs mixed feelings. You may view this as funny, grotesque, perverse,  sad, or mouth-watering if unashamedly carnivorous. In the future, the… Read more

Advantage? Not for Bees, Perhaps

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

A recent study published in the Journal of Toxicology has revealed higher levels of environmental persistence and sensitivity of bees to Imidacloprid, the active in Advantage and Advantix, than… Read more

Gulf Oil Spill: Now Killing Pets Too

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

If the grotesque images of oil-soaked wildlife weren’t depressing enough, now the economic impact of the BP oil spill is landing large numbers of pets on welfare death row. Full article in the New… Read more

Dispatching Beached Whales

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Vets living in beachside towns may be called to attend a beached whale, more commonly to euthanase than heal.   Here’s a few pointers on declaring or inducing death in marine megafauna, and the use… Read more

Seasonality of Tick Paralysis in Byron Bay

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

If you were surprised when your dog was struck down by tick paralysis last spring, think again.  Just like many insects, the life cycle of the paralysis tick is closely tied to the seasons. Cued by… Read more

Flipper as welfare-mum

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The cetacean PR machine must be working overtime to maintain the image of dolphins as the angels of the deep, in the face of yet more data describing their sordid behaviours.  As if reports of gang… Read more

A tale of two turtles

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Turtles are ancient creatures, having lived in the oceans for hundreds of millions of  years. They out-survived the dinosaurs and predate the crocodile. Some can live for hundreds of years, survive… Read more