When veterinarian Maria Lombard took a walk on Waitarere Beach north of Wellington, New Zealand, several months ago she hardly expected to make news. Then she noticed something strange that had been washed up on the beach. It was a skeleton made of cartilage with a rather alarming appearance -- it looked for all the world like she had discovered the skeleton of a dragon.
Many Americans have pet dogs and cats, and would never consider killing them for sustenance. Yet 'dog meat' is a common dish in the West African nation of Nigeria and has a long history in Chinese cuisine. In the States, there seems to be a double standard where we find it heartbreaking to witness a dog being abused but can justify cows and pigs brought to slaughter to feed a portion of our population.
That wild time of year is here and it is a great time to support wildlife by attending your nearest Boo at the Zoo event. You may not be a fan of zoos, but they do exist and need to raise funds to maintain the animals and provide wildlife education. So for Halloween they add Trick or Treating and many other safe family events to their usual fare of animals.