International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems

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The Pet Food Institute petitions the FDA on pet food standards. The American Psychological Association awarded Dr. Edward Taub funds to support his legal defense challenging his conviction on animal cruelty. Male piglets are routinely castrated to avoid the development of “boar taint” of their meat. A new technology, immuno-castration, may prevent the need for surgical castration. A mathematical model has been developed to predict the carcinogenic potential of chemicals. The city of Vancouver in Canada announces the substantial benefits of opening a low-cost spay-neuter clinic for pet dogs and cats. Theobromine, a stimulant found in chocolate, can cause problems and even death in dogs. A new method of rabies diagnosis does not require the euthanasia of the suspect animal. A recent study suggests that pet dogs and cats display jealousy. The Galapagos Islands suffer from a range of problems due to introduced species. The eradication of these species is proving very challenging. The North American Black Duck population reportedly fell by 50% or more between 1955 and 1983. The causes of the decline are discussed.