Before pets can be imported to New Zealand, they need to meet health requirements. When examining the relationship between pet ownership and health, it is helpful to first consider the mechanisms through which we believe the effect might work. For example, do pets promote health through companionship and emotional support; do they encourage healthy behavior; or is there something else about them that could improve mental or physical health? Understanding these mechanisms is vital for understanding how pets might impact health so that we can translate findings into broader public health policy.
Veterinarians have realized that it’s to their benefit for us to treat our pets like children. If you treat your cat like a toaster, there’s no way you are going to spend $500 at a vet. If you treat your cat like a member of the family, you’ll spend thousands of dollars on chemotherapy for your cat. A RAMPAGING circus elephant lifts a car off the ground, a jaguar ambushes an unsuspecting caiman, and an 80lb dog won its weight loss battle – these are just some of the incredible moments that feature in Barcroft TV’s animals and pets 2015 round-up.
The welfare of performing animals is provided for in the general provisions to avoid suffering and ensure welfare in the Animal Welfare Act 2006. In addition the training and exhibition of performing animals is further regulated by the 1925 act which requires trainers and exhibitors of such animals to be registered with the local authority. Notoriously independent cats need somewhat less care and attention than dogs, but no less commitment. Like dogs, cats require regular veterinary checkups and immunizations.
This is more a fun thought experiment than anything else, and we definitely don’t recommend you go looking for some of these critters to adopt. (In many places, … Read moreRead More →