Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion Gets Slaughtered on Yelp and Social Media

Cecil-the-LionDr. Walter J. Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who admittedly killed a beloved lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe, is getting killed – in the figurative sense – in the court of public opinion.

Ever since the news broke that Palmer and a hunting companion lured the popular animal from a wildlife park for the purpose of killing him for use as a trophy, for which he reportedly paid $55,000, the dentist’s Yelp page has been bombarded with furious posts and one-star reviews.

Meanwhile, animal lovers seeking justice for this senseless killing launched a Facebook group called RIP Cecil the Lion – Let’s Tell the Dentist He is a Coward. Plus, Care2 Petitions has posted a petition online demanding that Palmer be suspended from practicing dentistry.

Cecil, who was 13, was well loved by tourists, and had been wearing a GPS tracker for research purposes. Palmer and his companion reportedly removed the tracker after seriously injuring Cecil with a bow and arrow, and then stalked him for 40 hours before ultimately killing him.

Palmer has admitted to killing Cecil, but claims that tour guides misled him into believing that the hunt was legal.

Huh?! He lured a lion that was wearing a GPS collar out of a wildlife preserve, and thought the hunt was legal?!

This is not the first time Palmer has pulled a stunt like this. In 2008, he was convicted of poaching after killing a black bear in Wisconsin, 40 miles from a legal hunting zone. He was sentenced to one year’s probation and fined $3,000.

In other developments, news sources report that Palmer’s dental practice was closed today. And I noticed that his practice’s website has gone dark.

As a seasoned journalist, I try to avoid getting emotional about the news. But in this case, I have made an exception.

I hope you will join me in seeking justice for Cecil by signing the above petition and making your voice heard on social media. Let’s all honor Cecil by helping to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons


Nature’s Variety Recalls Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Due to Salmonella

Natures-Variety-RecallIn yet more pet food recall news, Nature’s Variety has just announced that the company has issued a voluntary recall of Instinct Raw Chicken Formula due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The potentially affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula frozen diets packaged in 4-, 6- and 7-pound bags with a Best By date of April 27, 2016.

Pet parents are advised to cease feeding this to their pets and to return any unused portions to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you have any further questions, you may call the company at (888) 519-7387 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. central time seven days a week during the recall. Or you may e-mail

To view the FDA’s press release regarding this recall, please click here.

Bravo Recalls Chicken Pet Foods Due to Salmonella

Bravo-Pet-Foods-RecallLeading raw pet food maker Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Conn., has issued a voluntary of select chicken products for dogs and cats due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.

The discovery was made during routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture.

The following product tested positive for Salmonella:

Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs and cats – Chub; Item # 21-102; Size 2 Lb./#2. oz.; Best By Date 12-05-16; UPC: 829546211028.

Meanwhile, the company is also recalling certain lots of three other chicken products that did not test positive for Salmonella, out of an abundance of caution:

  • Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for Dogs – Patties
  • Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for Dogs – Chub
  • Bravo Blend Chicken Diet for dogs and cats – Patties

For more details, you may refer to the Bravo website by clicking here. You may also contact the company at (866) 922-9222, or e-mail them at

Spanish Town Grants Cats and Dogs the Same Rights as People

Cats-Dogs-Human-Rights-SpainThanks to a landmark declaration that’s the first of its kind in Spain, kitties and pooches that live in Trigueros de Valle will now have the same rights as humans.

The people in the tiny town located in the north of Spain with a population of 300 love animals so much that they decided to pass the decree as a way to protect cats and dogs, in similar ways to child protection laws.

The ordinance officially decrees that all abandoned pets will be cared for by the town, and that animal abusers will be harshly dealt with.

Animal welfare group Recaste 1 issued the following open statement: “Today, we are closer as species and we are now more human thanks to the sensitivity and intelligence shown by the people of Trigueros del Valle. This is a great day for humans and non-human citizens alike.”

This is further evidence that animals are regarded as beloved companions throughout the world. And rightfully so for the many ways that they enrich our lives, and deserve to be loved and protected.

Photo from the Telegraph

Natural Dog Company Recalls Tremenda Sticks Due to Salmonella

Tremenda-sticks-dog-treats-recallThe Natural Dog Company of Windsor Colo., has announced a voluntary recall of select Tremenda Sticks pet chews due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.

The affected products are 12-ounce bags of 12″ sticks. The UPC code for the recalled products is 851265004957.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture made the discovery after testing a sample from one of the packages. Production of the sticks has been suspended while the FDA conducts an investigation into the possible cause of the contamination.

The sticks were distributed through retails store in the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Utah
  • Washington State

Consumers are advised to cease giving the chews to their pets and return any unused portions to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any further questions, you may contact the company at (888) 424-4602, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT.

Nestlé Acquiring Merrick Pet Food

Nestle-Buys-MerrickIn a move that many pet food safety advocates and informed pet parents are not too happy about, Merrick pet food has just announced that the company is in the process of being acquired by Nestlé Purina PetCare.

Merrick’s parent company Swander Pace Capital, a private equity firm which acquired the pet food maker in 2010, did not reveal the terms of the deal.

The company is a leader in the natural pet food market with its various brands including Merrick, Castor & Pollux and Whole Earth Farms.

This is just one of the many natural independent brands to be purchased by huge corporations in recent years.

In 2010, Proctor & Gamble acquired Natura Pet Products – maker of such respected organic pet foods as Evo, Innovo, California Natural, Karma and Mother Nature. Last year, P&G sold the bulk of its pet care business to corporate behemoth Mars.

In 2013, Del Monte Foods acquired leading natural pet food maker Natural Balance, which was launched by late actor Dick Van Patten in 1989.

As such, the acquisition of independent pet food makers by large conglomerates appears to be a continuing trend, which doesn’t make pet food purists happy.

While all of the large companies that acquired the independent pet food makers promised to continue to uphold the brands’ high standards for purity and quality ingredients, many industry observers are highly skeptical of these claims.

This was underscored in 2013, when several lots of Natura’s dry pet foods were recalled due to Salmonella contamination.

What do you think? Please share your comments below.

I Am Now Offering Pet Psychic Services

Dog dressed as fortune teller, at table with crystal ball

I am happy to announce that I just launched my pet psychic services business.

In addition to being a journalist, I am also a fourth generation psychic who first discovered my abilities as a child. I have been a professional psychic for more than 40 years, and I can read both people and companion animals.

I am able to read pets in person and through photos. Thanks to my acute empathic abilities, I can tell you what your pets are thinking and feeling in order to help them live happier and healthier lives. I can also conduct readings for deceased pets that have crossed over to the spirit world.

Please check out and like my new Facebook page for more details: Pet Psychic Alissa

I am available for in-person readings in the Philadelphia and South Jersey regions. At some point, I will be available to conduct readings over the phone and via e-mail.

So stay tuned to my Facebook page for more info.

Stella & Chewy’s Dog Food Recalled Due to Listeria

StellaChewys.LOGO_Stella & Chewy’s, maker of premium raw foods for pets, has recalled the brand’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs after being issued a stop sale order from the Maryland Department of Agricultural because it tested positive for listeria.

Listeria is a bacterium that can severely sicken or even be fatal to pregnant, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, as well as pets.

According to the company’s website, the affected products were 15-ounce bags with the Lot # 111-15 and a use by date of April 23, 2016.

People who have purchased this are advised to exercise extreme caution. If you have any unopened bags, keep them sealed. Those who have already opened the bags are advised to use disposable rubber gloves place it in two plastic bags, tightly seal this and discard it, according to a recommendation on the Dog Food Advisor website.

To see detailed list of the recalled food, you may visit the Stella & Chewy’s website by clicking here. If you have any further questions, you may contact the company at or (888) 477-8977.