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Puppy ice cream? Hard to swallow for some

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Given Taiwan’s location, just off the coast of China, this new gelato treat being offered by a shop in Kaohsiung is raising some eyebrows.

The shop, known as Wilaiwan, is producing a peanut butter-flavored ice cream treat in the shape of a puppy — a shar-pei, it appears — and it is delighting some customers and disturbing others.

Taiwan is not known for its consumption of real dogs, and the legislature there declared the consumption of dog meat illegal in 2017, but it is still believed to be practiced by some, mainly immigrant workers from Vietnam.

But with dog meat being consumed in many parts of Asia, including China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea and Indonesia, according to Humane Society International, this, in the big picture, is a little bizarre.

The dessert item comes in peanut, chocolate or milk tea flavors. Each is made in an individual mold and they take five hours to create, with special attention to the eyes and the wrinkled features. The shop is making about 100 a day, selling smaller ones for $3.50, larger ones for $6.

Taiwan outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat in April of 2017 when the island’s legislature passed a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws.

Before that, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat, but the new amendment specifically prohibited the actual consumption of dog meat.

Individuals who eat or trade dog or cat meat can now be fined between $1,640 and $8,200, and the maximum penalty for animal cruelty has doubled to to two years.

Yet, it has been reported that “dog and cat meat factories” have been set up in Taiwan to satisfy the appetites of the 200,000 Vietnamese migrant workers, some even offering delivery service.

Videos of the shop’s realistic looking dessert treat have gone semi-viral on the Internet, and with mixed reaction — some find them cute, others cringe-worthy.

Crated dog was placed in bay to get revenge on rival boyfriend, prosecutors say

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The man charged with leaving a pit bull mix in a cage to drown in the Sandy Hook Bay was trying to get revenge on a romantic rival, prosecutors say.

Aaron Davis, 34, is being held without bail pending trial on third-degree charges of animal cruelty and disorderly persons charges.

A judge in Monmouth County Courthouse Monday sided with the state in its bid to deny bail and keep Davis behind bars until he is tried in the case, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The dog was discovered and rescued before the tide came in July 30 by a woman who had been walking her own dog at Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands, N.J.

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During a hearing Monday in Superior Court in Freehold Borough, prosecutors revealed that the dog — actually named Blaze — belonged to the ex-boyfriend of Davis’ girlfriend. The woman has children by both men.

The prosecutor said that the ex-boyfriend, Benito Williams, tried to break into the woman’s home but Davis stopped him and a fight ensued. Davis acted with “malice and depravity” to eliminate an “emblem of his enemy,” a prosecutor said.

Davis’ attorney, Adamo Ferreira of Hackensack, argued that the charges would likely result in probation in the event of a conviction and that the state’s case was “paper thin.”

Jennifer Vaz, who rescued the dog and named him River, has been fostering the dog.

She had planned to adopt him, but announced this week that she would be turning the dog over to the Monmouth County SPCA because her own dog has not taken well to the new dog.

Ross Licitra, executive director of the Monmouth County SPCA, said the dog will not be returned to the original owner.

(Photos: Asbury Park Press)

Omarosa is Trump’s latest “dog”

omarosabookPresident Trump has once again called a person he is displeased with a “dog” — his derisive term of choice for anyone who badmouths him, and one we’ve criticized before.

Not because it’s ridiculously outdated — right up there with such vintage slurs as “Your mother wears combat boots,” as far as verbal jabs go.

Not because it is rude, not because it can be racist, not because it is vague. It can mean lazy, dishonest, or evil; it can mean an ugly woman, or a man who treats women shabbily.

It’s because it shows a total disrespect for, and misunderstanding of, dogs. He is seemingly oblivious to the esteem in which most of the public now holds dogs.

Dogs never were an accurate metaphor for bad behavior, lowly character, or dirtiness, or lying — and they certainly are not now. Fact of the matter is, humans lead the way in all those things.

But Trump nearly always falls back on “dog,” as he did this week when Omarosa Manigault Newman, his “Apprentice” contestant turned White House aide, went public with a book she has written about him and some tapes she secretly recorded.

Manigault Newman’s new book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” slams the president as racist and in mental decline.

That, and her release to NBC of a 2017 audio recording, prompted Trump to take to Twitter.

“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out,” Trump wrote. “Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”

omarosaManigualt Newman, a memorable contestant from “The Apprentice,” became a White House aide and the highest ranking black person on the White House staff before she was fired last December, reportedly for taking too much advantage of the White House car service.

In being called “a dog” by the president, she joins the ranks of Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, NBC News journalist David Gregory, NBC’s Chuck Todd, conservative commentators Erick Erickson and Glenn Beck, Lindsey Graham, Michael Bloomberg, Marco Rubio, David Axelrod and Hillary Clinton.

This time, though, because he used it to describe a woman of color, and in light of previous derogatory remarks about African Americans — such as calling Rep. Maxine Waters “low IQ” — it’s getting a bit more of a reaction.

“The president of the United States is calling a woman of color ‘a dog.’ How dare he!” Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) said during an interview on CNN. “He has taken this country to its knees.”

Of course, Trump should lighten up on all those people, but he should also lighten up on dogs, and realize they are not so universally hated as to be used as a term of derision. We won’t suggest he use “pig” or “rat” instead, because those animals deserve better too.

That Trump is not a fan of dogs has been clearly established. He’s the first president since William McKinley not to have one, and even though he seemed to like being photographed with winners of Westminster, his ex-wife Ivana noted in a memoir that he was definitely not a fan of dogs.

That’s fine (because we doubt most dogs would like him, either), but he still needs to let it sink in that most people do, and they don’t appreciate the term being hurled at his latest enemy.

Maybe, in the future, a better insult will become obvious — if not to him, at least to the public.

Maybe, 50 years from now, we’ll all be saying, “He’s lying like a Trump.”

Dog park opens for homeless at LA shelter

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For decades, Los Angeles was one of those city’s that, like most, turned away homeless people in need of shelter who refused to part with their dogs.

More often than not, nationwide, those homeless aren’t willing to part with what is often not just one of the few things they own, but one of the few things they love, and, maybe more importantly, that loves them back.

As a result, thousands of homeless people don’t receive needed services.

In recent years, Los Angeles has been working to change that, and one of the latest examples is a dog park, opened Friday, at the Weingart Center, a transitional residential shelter in the heart of downtown LA’s Skid Row, on 6th and San Pedro streets.

The dog park is part of the center’s newly launched Assistance Animal Accommodation Program that allows people to stay at the facility with their pets.

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Shaded by a tree and decorated with dog graphics, the Weingart Center’s park comes amid a growing recognition that shelter pet prohibitions have posed a major barrier to helping L.A.’s 53,000 homeless people turn their lives around.

Two years ago, the Inner City Law Center and L.A. Animal Services opened a weekly pet resource center on skid row, providing free food, supplies, veterinary care and spay and neuter services.

Several big shelters have relaxed or eliminated pet bans, and now, Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to make accepting pets a big part of his upcoming, $20-million citywide shelter expansion.

“People in the streets have always had dogs and now we’re finally starting to incorporate services so they will want to go into housing,” said Lori Weise, founder of Downtown Dog Rescue, which helps run the resource center.

Nearly half of skid row’s pet owners are homeless and most of the rest live in motels, renovated flophouses or shelters, officials at skid row resource center said. The Weingart dog park will be restricted to use by the center’s clients, 15 of whom currently live with dogs or cats in the 11-story center, formerly the El Rey Hotel.

“We know that individuals sleeping on the street have pets for comfort, protection and solace, and faced with transitional housing that doesn’t allow pets, they therefore stay on the streets longer,” said Tonja Boykin, chief operating officer for the Weingart Center.

“We want people to come in,” she told the Los Angeles Times.

The dog park measures 22-feet by 23-feet. Grants and donations totaling more than $15,000 helped pay for it. In addition to the dog exercise area, the Weingart Center arranges access to veterinary care, obedience training and more services.

“Homeless people stay on the street because they’re afraid of what’s going to happen to their pet. They’re not willing to put it in a separate shelter,” Jet Doye, senior development director for the center, told the Los Angeles Daily News. “Women stay in violent situations because they’re afraid of what’s going to happen to their pet if they leave.”

One of the residents visiting the park on opening day was Jennie Link, there with her 95-pound bull mastiff/pit bull mix.

“This is my baby. He’s everything to me,” she said.

(Top photo: Bobby Ann Luckett, a Weingart Center resident, visits the new dog park with her dogs, Princess Ann, an 8-year-old Maltese/terrier mix, and Chub-Chub Lee, a 16-year-old cocker spaniel-Rottweiler mix., by Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times; lower photo: Resident Kimberlee McKee gives her dog Maggie May a kiss during the opening of the new dog park at the Weingart Center, by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Alpha — the “first” boy meets dog movie — hits theaters this month

It’s certainly not the first “boy and his dog” movie, but “Alpha,” coming out this month, is the oldest, at least in terms of the history it attempts to portray — that being 20,000 years ago when man and wolf first befriended.

It’s a tale from the ice age, billing itself as historical and an “incredible story of how mankind discovered man’s best friend.”

It takes place in Europe, 20,000 years ago.

Alpha-300x300While on his first hunt with his tribe, a young man is injured and left for dead. He awakens to find himself alone in the wilds.

Things get worse from there when he encounters a pack of wolves and fends them off, injuring one of the younger ones. He can’t bring himself to kill the wolf who, like him, has also been abandoned by his pack.

That proves to be a bumpy process, requiring more than a “here, boy,” or a tossed treat.

The two eventually bond, learning to rely on each other as they encounter dangers that include doing battle with prehistoric animals as they try to find their way home before winter arrives.

The movie was directed by Albert Hughes and features “X-Men: Apocalypse” star Kodi Smit-McPhee and Johannes Haukur Johannesson.

More stunning dog photography

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A Moscow-based husband-and-wife photography team has released another series of dog portraits, and it’s just as spectacular as the first.

Alexander Khokhlov and Veronica Ershova have been a team for years — he taking the pictures, she doing the post-production work — but it was only last year that they turned their attention to dogs.

Intended to visually “explore the wonderful world of our four-legged friends,” The Dog Show, Season 2 continues to showcase dogs in photos that show them in expressive poses that highlight their individual spirit.

This year’s subjects include a Bedlington terrier, a pug, a weimaraner, a Basenji (above), and pictured below, this Australian shepherd.

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This Newfoundland, bloodhound, and trio of xolos were equally striking.

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Khokhlov was born in Calcutta, India. He is now based in Moscow and works as a commercial photographer in creative duo with designer and retouching expert Ershova.

Alexander’s works and interviews are featured in world mass media including CNN, Town & Country, PDN Magazine, Scientific American MIND, Professional Photographer, Talk Magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Wired, Holland Herald, Stern, 20 minutos, Quotation, Life magazine, Petapixel.com, Phlearn.com and others.

You can see a much wider selection at mymodernmet.com, and even more at alexanderkhokhlov.com.

Britain looks at outlawing eating dog

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Prime Minister Theresa May is looking into banning the eating of dogs in Britain after reports that the practice could be increasing.

Officials announced the prime minister is looking closely” at outlawing eating dog amid reports that the practice could spread to the UK and across Europe, due to immigration from the Far East.

The prime minister’s spokesman said that even though the commercial trade in dog meat in the UK is illegal, it’s taking a look at legislation being submitted next month in the U.S. to explicity ban killing dogs and eating their meat, The Sun reported.

Legislation calling for a similar ban is expected to be introduced in the U.S. next month.

“Britain is a nation of animal lovers and we continue to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. We wish to maintain that,” the spokesman said.

Neither killing dogs to eat nor consuming their meat is illegal in Britain.

The chair of the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group, Lisa Cameron, said the development was “fantastic news … I’m sure the ban will have overwhelming cross party support.”

Dr Cameron says there has been a rise in the consumption of dog meat in the UK, but two animal welfare organisations say that they don’t have evidence for this, BBC reported.

Humane Society International says it has “never come across any evidence to suggest that dog meat is being consumed in the UK”.

The World Dog Alliance says it doesn’t know if there are people in the UK who eat dog meat – but still wants it to be made illegal.

An estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan has also spoken out in favor of a total ban on eating dog meat, calling it a “disgusting habit” and adding, “We should nip it in the bud now.”

The World Dog Alliance (WDA) is set to launch a campaign in the UK for a full ban on any activity relating to the eating of dogs.

The WDA’s Kike Yuen told The Sun: “In the U.S., people who eat dog meat are mainly immigrants from Asia. With three million immigrants from East Asia in the UK, we cannot deny this situation exists here too.

“We also believe legislation against dog meat in the UK would provide us with strength to continue our work in Asia, as the UK could influence other countries to stop dog meat consumption,” Yuen added.

(Photo: Dogs headed to slaughter in China; from World Dog Alliance)