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ASPCA OKs Pets as Presents

Animal welfare groups have long advised against purchasing a pet as a gift for a loved one during the holidays, believing that there is a greater likelihood that the animal will be rejected or returned than if the recipient had been the one to pick the pet out. Some animal shelters even close down for a week or more in advance of Christmas to prevent pet gifting. However, a new study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests these fears are unfounded. The survey found that people who received pets as presents kept them at the same rate as those who obtained their animals in other ways. More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ALICE HAMILTON (1869) A Pioneer in Industrial Toxicology

Alice Hamilton (1869)

A pioneer in industrial toxicology and the first female faculty member at Harvard University, Hamilton became an authority on lead poisoning and a worldwide specialist in occupational diseases. Her services as an authority on industrial conditions, ailments, and poisons were eagerly sought by government agencies, and her reports on substances such as lead and rubber resulted in improved safety standards in industrial workplaces across the US. Her name was once included in what unlikely list? More… Discuss