The online lottery has come and gone for the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll. More than 35,000 will be selected to join the Obama family on the South Lawn on April 9, for the event. And, guess who made the announcement? Bo, the first dog, donned bunny ears to invite everyone to enter the lottery.
Here’s Bo’s special Easter announcement.
More people going to court for pet
A 2006 survey of matrimonial lawyers showed a surprising trend: Pet custody cases are on the rise. While pets have always been considered as property in the courts in the past. Now, “Judges are viewing them more akin to children … They are recognizing that people have an emotional attachment to their animals,” said Ken Altshuler of Portland, Maine, a divorce attorney and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers president.
PETA defends euthanasia practices
PETA is in the hot seat, again. This time, the group Center for Consumer Freedom has created Petakillsanimals.com, where it claims that PETA has euthanized 1,965 of 2,050 animals – in 2011 alone. Earlier this week, PETA responded and admitted that 95% of the animals at the headquarters shelter in Norfolk, Va., were euthanized last year. PETA spokeswoman Jane Dollinger explained in an email with USA TODAY that “most of the animals we take in are society’s rejects – aggressive, on death’s door, or somehow unadoptable.” Learn more about PETA’s euthanasia policies.
New species of bat discovered
A new species of bat was discovered in Vietnam, according to National Geographic. The bat, whose nose is shaped like a leaf, was at first confused for the great leaf-nosed bat. However, “genetic tests confirmed the species – named Hipposideros griffin – is genetically distinct.”