Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:16:35 GMT
A Jones County Adult Detention Center inmate who walked away from a work crew Monday afternoon is now back in custody. While officers searched for inmate Micah Phillips on Highway 11, Phillips father pulledMore >>
A Jones County Adult Detention Center inmate who walked away from a work crew Monday afternoon is now back in custody after being turned in by his father.More >>
Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:09:06 GMT
Since then end of the 2013-2014 basketball season, Southern Miss head men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has been rumored to be a candidate for several openings at other schools. Monday night, TyndallMore >>
University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Director Bill McGillis confirmed on his twitter account Tuesday morning that men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has accepted a position at the University of Tennessee.More >>
Monday, April 21 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-04-21 16:52:34 GMT
A 40-year-old Walthall County Junior High teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual battery. Nolana Griffin pleaded guilty to the four counts ofMore >>
A 40-year-old Walthall County Junior High teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual battery.More >>
As a principle, The Humane Society of the United States strongly opposes the keeping of exotic and nondomestic animals (wild animals) as pets.
Appropriate care for wild animals requires considerable expertise, specialized facilities, and total dedication to the animals' needs. When wild animals are kept as pets, their lives are likely to be filled with misery. Often they languish in a cramped backyard cage or circle endlessly in a cat carrier or aquarium. Their suffering may begin with capture -- every year millions of birds and reptiles suffer and die on the journey from their habitat to the pet store. The wild-pet trade threatens the very existence of some species.
With few exceptions, wild animals are difficult or impossible to care for. They often grow to be larger, stronger, and more dangerous than owners expect or can manage. Their nutritional and social needs are generally unknown, and recognizing medical problems is difficult for the untrained individual. They can even pose a danger to human health and safety through disease and parasites.
Wild animals are not domesticated simply by being captive-born or hand-raised by a human mother. It's a different story with dogs and cats, who were domesticated thousands of years ago. These special animal companions depend on humans for food, shelter, veterinary care, and affection. Wild animals, by nature self-sufficient, fare best without our interference. As any animal matures, the need for a mother ends and the instinctual behavior of the adult animal replaces the dependent behavior of the baby or juvenile. Inevitably, the cuddly baby wild animal becomes an aggressive biter or displays destructive and seemingly temperamental behavior without provocation or warning. Such an animal has become a problem and is either neglected, passed from owner to owner, or disposed of in other ways.
Owning any animal means being responsible for providing appropriate and humane care. Where wild animals are concerned, meeting this responsibility is usually impossible; invariably it is the animals who suffer.