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National Animal Interest Alliance
Portland, Oregon
Promoting the welfare of animals, strengthening the human-animal bond, and safeguarding the rights of responsible animal owners since 1991!
Interests: Animal Rights, Animal Welfare, Biomedical Research, Canine Agility, Dog Shows, Field Trials, Hunting
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The NAIA Blog has moved along with the rest of the site: Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
That is an important observation, Mackinze Klima. Lost in the hullabaloo of this shift is the fact that Purina is a big supporter of rescue dogs -- it's just that in their case, it's not the primary focus, but part of the entire package. From some of the coverage we've seen, you'd think Purina hates rescue dogs!
It may be hard to imagine, especially if you are living in a world with leash laws, animal control, and a culture that spays and neuters its pets, but stray dogs -- not just one or two or a small pack, but thousands upon thousands -- are a very real... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
If you tune in to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show tonight, be prepared for a change of tone in the advertisements. Gone will be the usual ads focused on homeless dogs, sad and desperate for adoption, in will be commercials portraying happy, vibrant dogs at work and play --... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Students: would you be interested in taking a minor like this if you were in college? "The Animal Studies minor is for students interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the diverse ways in which the lives of animals and humans intersect," says McEachern. "The interdisciplinary nature of the minor... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of Diane Makinney. Diane is one the finest people I have been blessed to know; a protector of animals and their owners, a woman who was never afraid to fight for her beliefs, a tireless volunteer for NAIA, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
After a condo's tough restrictions against pit bulls and harassment by neighbors and management left actor Nick Santino feeling that he had no choice but to put his dog Rocco down, the guilt-ridden owner took his own life as well. His suicide note bares the anguish of the decision: Today... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
There was an article in Slate yesterday that may have hit a little too close to home for those among us who have recently adopted from a rescue. If you've ever felt like the adoption process has become less a step in finding permanent homes for needy pets than a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
If you were cast as the villain in a horrific string of cat mutilations by the media, sent hate mail and death threats, and forced to live under house arrest for 18 months while your family spends thousands upon thousands of dollars defending you in court... do you think you'd... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Last September in Texas, nearly 200 dogs were seized from the Alpha Tex Kennels after a complaint of bad conditions. Last week, a jury found that Mark and Sandra Smith, operators of the kennel, did not treat their dogs cruelly; the seized dogs will be returned to the kennel once... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Animal rights activists are fuming over a farm show display that portrays commercial farms and farmers in a favorable light -- because heaven forbid the public associate clean facilities, healthy animals, and well, anything even remotely positive with large-scale animal agriculture. It's not as much fun when someone else controls... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Since before the age of the automobile, Dalmatians have been a firehouse fixture. In the early days, they would help guide the horses by scouting and clearing paths on the way to fires; during down time, they would protect the horses and valuable equipment from thieves. For firefighters, they were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Last month, the USDA authorized APHIS to conduct an animal welfare scientific forum which would be receiving input and pre-planning assistance from none other than the Humane Society of the United States. Not the smartest of pairings by the USDA, given HSUS's history of antagonism toward animal agriculture and its... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
In a bizarro Atlantic piece yesterday, James McWilliams, aggrieved vegan and longtime locavore critic, argued that allowing locavores to humanely slaughter their own meat will be their undoing, and that slaughter should be kept behind closed doors so we can all live safely in denial. Now, however, food reformers are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
While we've been busy with our website and communications redesign these past few weeks, it's been impossible to keep up with the blog. But that doesn't mean we can't let you know what other people are writing about, and use that as a jumping-off point for our own quick tangents...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Oh goodie, the California State Legislature is standing up and shouting out one of those ridiculous statistics that just refuse to die: (c) In six years one unspayed female dog and her offspring can reproduce 67,000 dogs. Well, I suppose it is theoretically possible, but probable? No, in fact, it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
By Julian Prager There has been a lot of notice on websites, e-lists and newspapers of the successful appeal in Garwood and Garwood v Indiana Department of State Revenue in the Indiana Tax Court. This decision is certainly good news for the Garwoods. However, it is only a small, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
A dog can save lives by letting us know when there's been an accident, by keeping us humans from blowing each other up, or in any number of ways through specialized training. Heck, they can even perform life-saving surgery on you in a pinch (though we strongly recommend against this).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Should adoption fees help pay for low (or no) cost spay and neuter? That's what's happening in Oklahoma City, where a new ordinance places half of the city's adoption fees into spay/neuter/public outreach fund. The city will begin to offer free surgery to spay and neuter dogs and cats belonging... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Big hat tip to the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners (IFDCO) for their excellent work earlier this summer on Illinois SB 1637, which amends the state's Animal Control Act, improving the welfare of animals (and by extension, their owners) by: Requiring all impounded cats and dogs to be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a blog. No idea who writes it, but it does offer some valuable insights into the organization's view of itself -- or at least, how it wants to be viewed by others. A prime example of this came... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
Don: appreciate your comment, and definitely agree that some dogs (and certain breeds) possess almost supernatural problem-solving abilities when it comes to getting off-property. That said, have to respectfully disagree with you on this. Because there's a big difference here. You put out the time and effort (and money, presumably) to fortify your fence and didn't stop until you solved the mystery. That is the responsible thing to do, and something we have a great deal of respect for -- because it isn't always easy. Luna's owner, on the other hand, just said his dog would "go berserk" and used that as an excuse not to solve the problem. Nobody is perfect. Even the most responsible dog owner makes mistakes. And we do not believe in punishing or castigating people who are trying to improve as owners and do the right thing. However, in this case, it really looks as if the owner was making excuses in order to take the easy way out. If more information becomes available, and we learn that this is not the case, we'll definitely change our position on that, of course.
No agreement was reached yesterday on the fate of Luna the Chickenslayer, but it looks like sanity has finally prevailed in Tolland, with Luna being given a reprieve by the judge: The owner of the chickens that Luna killed said he would be happy if Luna finds a new home... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance
A Facebook User: Glad they finally came to their senses with your dog. The idea that a dog chasing a cat makes it classifiable as "dangerous" would be laughable, if not for the harm and heartbreak it can cause dogs and their owners. Deni: Dogs, llamas, and chickens? Your place sounds like a lot of fun. Can we visit? Rosebud: Not all the details are in. He may have been fined, he may have simply received warnings. We'll learn more as the day goes on and keep you posted.
Why did the Siberian Husky cross the road? Not sure, but it probably had something to do with killing the chicken: It started on June 14, when Tolland animal control officer Tina Binheimer notified Luna's owner, Paul Doyle, that she had placed a restraint order on the dog, meaning that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at National Animal Interest Alliance