Saturday, April 23, 2011

Over 500 dogs rescued on the way to slaughter


 04-18-2011 09:26 BJT

A volunteer helps unload incaged dogs, which are rescued before being slain, in
Beijing, April 16, 2011. Animal protection activists Friday stopped a truck on the
way transporting 520 dogs to a slaughterhouse in Northeast China's Jilin province on
the Beijing-Harbin Highway. LeepPet Holding Corp, a pet service company, and Shangshan
Animal Charity Fund finally bought all the animals with 115,000 yuan ($17,606) from
the dog trader early Saturday morning. Volunteers then transported the dogs to an
animal care center of the China Small Animal Protection Association (CSAPA) in
Beijing, providing them with food and medical treatment. [Photo/CFP]

The dogs are scared and reluctant to get off the truck at a care center of the
China Small Animal Protection Association in Beijing, April 16, 2011.[Photo/CFP]

Walking your dog: good way to keep physical health

03-15-2011 14:03 BJT

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhuanet)—People who own and walk dogs regularly are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines, according to new study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Pet dogs attend the "My Dog Loves Central Park" country fair in Central Park,
New York, the United States, Oct. 17, 2010. (Xinhua File Photo)
The survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Community Health, found that dog owners who walked their dogs least 150 minutes per week are 34 percent more likely to meet U.S. federal benchmarks for physical activity.
In addition to giving people an opportunity to increase physical activity, owning and walking a dog also seems to encourage more active lifestyles.
"Obviously you would expect dog walkers to walk more, but we found people who walked their dogs also had higher overall levels of both moderate and vigorous physical activities," said Mathew Reeves, an epidemiologist at Michigan State University.
"There appears to be a strong link between owning and walking a dog and achieving higher levels of physical activity, even after accounting for the actual dog walking," Reeves added.
Besides the above benefits, owning a dog can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, according to previous studies.

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