In Breda the animal food bank will soon be located in the hall of the former court on the Sluissingel. A suitable location is still being sought in Tilburg.
Support The food bank for animals is intended for people who can no longer care for their animals due to circumstances. “If you have a job, but you get sick or get fired, it is quite something to get rid of your pet. Nobody wants to make that choice. There are many clients who get isolated because they have nothing left and then their pet still the only support. It’s nice that those people have something to share their love with, to be able to tell a story. “
However, the animal food bank has the rule that customers are not allowed to take new pets.
Debt restructuring Debora Sep is also a customer of the pet food bank in Etten-Leur. As ordered, she receives a bag of cat baking grid and cat food from Priscilla. “Unfortunately, I cannot afford this myself. We are at home in a debt counseling process and as a result it is now a lot less financially.” Removing the cats is not an option for her: “To be able to cuddle with the cats is something to look forward to. We have support for that.”
Priscilla de Veth started the pet food bank almost three years ago: “I heard that more and more people are struggling to care for their animals. I also have pets and know that they are a very important part of your family.” The relief organization is now temporarily in a former boarding school in Etten-Leur and is looking for an alternative location in Roosendaal.
Runs well “It sounds really stupid to say so, but it is actually going very well here. We have a lot of clients, a lot of donations are made and we have a lot of volunteers. So we can run it well. It’s just a shame so many people need our help, of course, “says De Veth.
Recently a young Argentine girl was attacked by a friend’s pet (a German shepherd dog) while trying to take a photo session with the animal. The event caused surprise in many people after leaving obvious sequels on the face of the young woman who received about 40 points in a surgery that lasted two hours, reported the newspaper La Nación, from Argentina.
This is a not so common situation, however, some people have lived through it. The cases They are usually related to age, hormonal load and health conditions that pets present, and therefore their reactions may be moved by discomfort, fear or discomfort.
Signs that can alert us to your behavior change such as sharp barking, tail or hair erection, sticking your tail between your legs or showing your teeth
Olga Lucía Molina, a veterinarian, says that it is initially important to rule out if there really is a problem of aggressiveness or if they are simply manifestations of the animal because it feels threatened or bothers a situation. “A dog or any other pet may attack or bite its owner or another person if it feels threatened, afraid or uncomfortable. with an external situation that for us can be normal, ”explains Molina.
For Kenai’s bite of Lara, the young woman received 40 points on her face.
Twitter Lara Samson
Therefore, the expert recommends attending to the signals that can alert us about their behavior change as “sharp barking, tail or hair erection, sticking your tail between your legs or showing your teeth”, In order to prevent possible aggression.
For its part, veterinary doctor Rocío Cortés explained to the newspaper El Mercurio (Chile) that another factor that can influence an attack It is if the animal is in heat or if it is already very old, because they are more vulnerable to pathologies that affect them. “They can attack their owners because they feel pain or if there is an increase in their sex hormones (zeal),” said the specialist, adding that they can attack a person they do not know, by marking territory or defending their owners.
When we are not the masters of the puppy we must be alert to their reactions, because we can unintentionally invade their territory and can attack in defense of him or his master
In fact, when Lara Samson, the attacked young woman, spoke with the newspaper El Clarín (Argentina), she emphasized that the dog had never been aggressive, but that simply being so old, she felt invaded. “The dog is good, never bit anyone. It was a reaction that arose because he felt invaded. I don’t hold a grudge, I’m not angry or angry. I decided to take it in the best possible mood, ”said Lara.
Therefore, Molina emphasizes that it is important when we are not the puppy masters be alert to their reactions, in addition to respecting their space, because “without wanting we can invade their territory and can attack in defense of him or his master.”
To prevent any kind of attack or aggression by her furry friend, the experts give some advice. Rocío Cortés explains that it is important to perform a castration or ovariohysterectomy –Depending on the sex of the animal–, “to avoid a hormonal accumulation that triggers in aggressiveness”
For his part, Olga Molina says that “the more you know your pet, it is much easier to reduce a percentage of any aggressive event.” Y suggests doing courses in canine ethologyFor example, “at the Red Cross, they offer courses in which they teach pets to socialize with people and others of their kind, to do sports and other activities that help them to be calm,” he says.
Cortés adds that if the animal is very spoiled and new members (children) arrive in the family, to avoid a jealous attack, there should be a gradual approach between the animal and the infant, and “avoid the signs of affection in the presence of the animal “
Molina adds that in those cases It is key not to leave children alone with the pet, if you leave with them, the dog should wear a muzzle and finally the pet should be taught that there is a new member in the family that is more important.
In addition, it is important not to change your habits: “Do not change the time of your meals or modify the place where you rest”, in order to avoid behavioral changes.
To take into account
If you are attacked by a puppy or any other type of pet, you should see a doctor immediately, rinse the wound with water only and do not wrap it, unless there is bleeding.
LIFE WRITING * With information from ‘El Mercurio’ (Chile), GDA.
In order to take advantage of resources and optimize recycling worldwide, initiatives such as the circular economy have emerged, which seeks to reuse waste materials in order to reduce the extraction of new resources.
For this reason, the countries that make up the Pacific Alliance met in Medellín in the Meeting of the Economy of the Pacific Alliance to agree on the roadmap that will be carried out regarding the Circular Economy to improve waste management in the coming years.
Mario Schembri, engineer and waste management expert, was in Colombia to participate in the meeting. The specialist spoke with EL TIEMPO about the actions that Colombia must implement to have a transition towards the circular economy and how to make this a successful model in the country and in the world.
Mario Schembri is an engineer specialized in environmental consulting. He has worked on environmental issues for more than 20 years.
What benefits does the circular economy generate for a country in economic, social and environmental terms? Are there any disadvantages?
The circular economy mainly facilitates the preservation of a country’s own natural resources for future generations and also improves the security of the supply of materials, which makes it less dependent on other countries. Similarly, the circular economy also improves social status by creating jobs, often at a level of society where it is most needed. As for the disadvantages, I believe that not adopting the circular economy would be the disadvantage.
In your experience, what policies or actions do you consider Colombia should implement so that the packaging and packaging industries in Colombia meet the criteria for recycling, reuse and reduction?
The preservation of waste materials is essential in the circular economy. The key challenges to realize the circular economy are costs, technology and public participation.
The best model we see today, and one that has been in effect for many years in various parts of the world, is what we call Extended Producer Responsibility (REP). In this approach, the producers, in addition to being responsible for the design, manufacture and distribution of the product, also They are responsible for collecting used products from consumers and recycling them. This approach has allowed Europe to recover from the waste of millions of tons of packaging materials every year.
What business models should the different packaging companies follow to accelerate their transition to the circular economy?
To successfully recover packaging and packaging waste, the producer’s extended responsibility business model It must be applied to all companies involved in the sale of packaged products and not only to those companies that provide the package or product container.
In the producer’s extended responsibility business systems, in fact, we see that it is the owners of the brand and the fillers that are responsible and not the packaging companies. The REP must be applied throughout the supply chain, otherwise it would fail.
In addition to its application in packaging companies, other REP success stories are seen, such as consumer electronics, appliances, tires, clothing and others. There are other very good examples that Colombia can adapt according to cultural, economic, environmental and social specificities and develop its own REP solution.
And how to make this model work successfully?
What could be done is that all companies use some type of packaging in their products, which are basically all, can gather and create an association, in which companies depending on their size (large, medium or small) pay a value per ton of your waste and with that money you can finance the collection system of these packages nationwide.
Tell me about the success stories of circular economy in the world. Why do they succeed? Why were there others that didn’t have it?
The circular economy today is considered as a destination that must be reached step by step, however, the REP has allowed many countries to arrive much faster.
The key to its success is a good policy, one that clearly defines the responsibilities of the different actors, such as those of government authorities, consumers, waste management companies and not just the responsibilities of producers. The correct implementation of the policy, as well as transparency in the presentation of financial and recycling data, are essential ingredients to achieve a successful circular economy. Any deficit in any of the above points would lead to a certain failure.
Is there a worldwide projection of how long it will take all countries to join the circular economy policies?
Last year, the European Union set itself the ambitious goal of establishing a circular economy by 2030. Countries outside the Union have taken note and are setting similar goals, as I understand what the Pacific Alliance countries are doing, including Colombia.
What aspects should a country consider when it begins its transition to the circular economy?
A country must be fully aware of the benefits it seeks to obtain when making the change to the circular economy. While it sounds simple, the right decisions are based on good and reliable information. Often, data is missing or, if they exist, may be incorrect or obsolete. So, I believe that an open and honest discussion between the key actors, which are industry, government and the public, is important. Once the dynamics are understood and acceptance between the different actors is achieved, the following steps will be presented.
For the first time, a new EU report gives an overview of the animals used in Europe for research purposes. According to this, 10.7 million animals were used in animal experiments in the EU in 2017. In addition, 12.6 million animals were bred and killed for scientific purposes, but were not used in animal experiments. These include, for example, those that are necessary to maintain genetically modified animal strains.
The report for 2015 to 2017 is intended to supplement the annual animal experiment statistics. The EU Commission wants to use it to improve transparency. It includes Information about the authorities responsible for animal testing in the individual member states, education and training of people involved in animal testing, approval and rejection of projects requested, inspections of animal testing facilities and also data about “all other animals” that are not recorded in the annual statistics.
The EU report also includes the number of animals bred and killed but not used in animal experiments. For example, organs or tissues for cell lines or organoids were removed from some of these animals. Others served to create or maintain genetically modified animal strains.
“These are healthy zebrafish or mice, which are there to have offspring at the time when you need an animal experiment and live without pain or impairment,” explained the director of the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) Austrian Academy of Sciences, Jürgen Knoblich, opposite the APA news agency.
Part of quality assurance
Such animals would also be needed in order to know their genetic and biological background, for example. This increases the scientific quality and reliability of the results. “You can avoid the worst of it, namely that you have to repeat an animal experiment,” says Knoblich.
Many experiments also require a certain number of animals of one sex or of a certain age. A large number of animals must be bred for this.
Numerous projects are underway in the EU and Switzerland with the aim of reducing animal testing and replacing it if possible. These efforts are summarized under the “3R principle”, in English: “reduce, refine, replace”.
In Switzerland, the number of animals used for animal testing is declining. According to the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), 586,643 animals were used in 2018, almost 28,000 fewer than in 2017. This corresponds to a decrease of 4.6 percent.
The Salamanca town of Santa Marta de Tormes has hired two private detectives during the month of February to investigate neighbors who do not collect their dog’s droppings, as required by the municipal ordinance. They will collect evidence and data that will identify those who will be sanctioned. Something similar they did recently in another town of Salamanca, Carbajosa de la Sagrada.
In ‘La Ventana’ we talked to the mayor of the town David Mingo which has ensured that it is not a collection or prosecution measure; but what they want is to serve as awareness measure, Mingo says he wants to see it “as something positive.”
The concern from town
“I believe that things must also be considered from the point of view of education,” said the mayor in ‘La Ventana’ insisting on “the effect of awareness, let people know that this has to be done for responsibility” ; That is why they have launched this initiative when They detected – he explained – during the election campaign that this was something they saw as an important problem in the town.
These detectives hired by the City Council they will not replace the work of the municipal police in any way; they are hired because, as the mayor explained, “it is impossible materially to make a global campaign with the agents who are working.” What these detectives investigate will be passed to the police, who will have to act and impose the fines that are necessary and can reach 600 euros. Mingo explains that The work of the detectives is “what any neighbor can do as a citizen” and stresses: “we do not intend to replace the local police”.
A matter of coexistence
The mayor acknowledges that, although everyone has seen on some occasion how someone left the excrements of his pet on public roads “It is true that people have a hard time” recriminating it to their owners because “when you try to live together you don’t want to confront either”.
“Generating that awareness and having a result is what we seek”, David Mingo has told about the decision to hire detectives. A measure that the mayor himself understands that may “sound grandiloquent” but that what they seek above all is “to be effective. What really worries us was dirt. ”
The Barcelona population of Vic (Barcelona) has applied the first penalty of 720 euros for not collecting dog droppings on public roads. Properly, the fine for not collecting pet depositions is 500 euros, to which must be added the cost of conducting the test of DNA with which the owner of the can is identified and included in the sample database of the municipality for future infractions.
As the session explained this week, two agents of the urban guard identified a person who did not collect the excrements of his dog on public roads. As established by newprocess, the local police identified the neighbor and the civic agents collected a sample of the excrement to analyze it in a laboratory linked to the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). This will obtain the first data of the new sample base of Municipality DNA, which aims to promote citizenship and eradicate these behaviors that can affect public health.
The mayor of Coexistence and SecurityElisabet Franquesa, remember that the penalties for not collecting dog droppings in the public space are 500 euros and the cost of carrying out the DNA test, which is about 120 euros more, must be added. It also notes that the measures promoted by the City Council to prevent dog droppings on public roads are not eager tax collector but deterrent. It is for this reason that people can take advantage of doing jobs to the community instead of paying the economic penalty.
As the government justified in a press release, with the new stool DNA database, an abandoned stool can be analyzed in the public thoroughfare and identify the animal. A fact that will punish the owner who has a dog and behaves in an uncivil way. In the event that an abandoned stool, once analyzed, cannot be linked to any of the animals in the database, the analytical results will be saved to make subsequent identifications and also sanction retroactively.
«This system of genetic analytics will also allow to act in those locations where collect many neighborhood complaints about abandonment of excrement but it is unknown who owns the offending pet. The genetic analysis will allow to determine characteristics of the dog, such as the breed, the size or the coat, to help identify the specimen and thus be able to sanction the owner ”, they affirm from the municipality.
With worms everywhere, dehydrated and abandoned Luckily, that’s how a neighbor in Elche found Ragnar, a mastiff dog, next to a container last week.
The man did not think twice and told Footprints Saved, a protective association of animals, to provide the necessary help to the dog. Since then, the team has completely turned to recovery. “He’s still alive, he’s still breathing and therefore we’re going to fight for him.”
And the call worked. After spreading the hard history of the animal in its social networks, a wave of people contacted the association to contribute its grain of sand and pay for the treatments that were to be done.
“They have not anesthetized Ragnar,” he wrote Footprints Saved on his Twitter profile this morning. «It was too risky. He has behaved like a brave and the tests are acceptable, except for the head as expected … They don’t know if it is a tumor or a very serious infection, so we have to wait for the biopsy results ».
The mastiff continues to fight for his life while recovering from the deep wounds that still mark his skin. The association asks for financial contributions to deal with the tests and treatments you are receiving, since in less than 24 hours they accumulate invoices of more than 1,000 euros.
The Police of Elche ensures that it has already initiated an investigation for a possible case of animal abuse and asks for citizen collaboration for any neighbor who has recognized the dog.
A group of girls was attacked by two German shepherd puppies in the Hortelanos park, in Leganés. The events took place last Saturday, late in the afternoon, when the minors – mostly 14 years old – were surprised by the dogs, who walked without any support. Unexpectedly, the animals pounced on the teenagers, giving scope to seven of them: two had to go to the Severo Ochoa Hospital, while the rest suffered minor injuries. The facts are already reported.
According to eyewitnesses, those affected were listening to music, “without disturbing anyone”, at the time the puppies approached in an aggressive attitude, which caused them to be scared. One of the girls fell to the ground and the dogs bit her. For more information, the owners addressed the victims in offensive terms, doing nothing to help them. After going to the hospital, the parents of two of the minors showed up at police stations to inform the agents of the facts, and with the parts of injuries.
Precisely, the City Council of Leganés has hardened this year its Ordinance of Tenure and Protection of Pets, establishing that dogs “must be under control and subject by belt on roads, parks and urban public spaces except in authorized and duly marked areas ».
Potentially dangerous breeds
Since 2016, fourteen people have died in Spain from attacks by their dogs, the last four in the Madrid region. On November 21, 2018, two women of 57 and 41 years – mother and daughter – lost their lives in their chalet in Colmenar de Oreja after being assaulted by two bulldogs from Bordeaux, a race considered as potentially dangerous. On January 7, 2019, an octogenarian died in the hospital because of injuries sustained three days earlier, caused by three rottweiler of your property. And, on September 29, a 47-year-old man was found dead at his home in Coslada after being attacked by one of his three guard dogs, also of the rottweiler breed.
The state regulation – fixed in Royal Decree 287/2002 – contemplates eight races and their crosses as PPP: pit bull terrier, staffordshire bull terrier, american staffodshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Argentine Bulldog, Brazilian Row, Tosa Inu and Akita Inu. In the Community, this list is expandable to all dogs that present a series of certain characteristics, among others, strong musculature, marked character, thoracic perimeter between 60 and 80 centimeters, weight greater than 20 kilograms, bulky head or wide neck.
In any case, the denomination of potentially dangerous, whether explicit or not, obliges owners to keep their dogs on public roads by a leash of up to two meters and always wearing a muzzle, in addition to having the corresponding licenses.
The Canine Unit of the Local Police of Elda has a new agent. Jhari, a four-year Border Collie, arrives from Novelda with his care agent to be part of the workforce. A dog that is giving very good results in terms of detection of narcotic substances and that will be a reinforcement for this unit that was born in 2016.
Jhari will work for a few months with Wolf, the German shepherd of almost eight years who soon will retire since it is being denoted by its owner, agent José Francisco Martínez, the loss of some powers.
For the session this Canine Unit is essential. The Councilor for Citizen Security, Enrique Quilez said that Lobo has done a great job of deterrence and especially of prevention on the possession of narcotic substances in the actions that have been carried out in parks and gardens as well as toxic controls.
The Elda Town HallIt is developing a plan in which they will also extend the presence of dogs in the local educational centers in order to ensure that retail sales cannot be produced nearby and consumption is avoided.
The incorporation of Jhari presumably will take place on next month. Now the town hall is carrying out the administrative procedures so that this dog already belongs to the town.
The new can will share unity with Lobo until he retires in about half a year.