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2021 doesn’t seem to be letting up, and scientists are now saying that you may need to get your dogs and cats vaccinated to help fight against the coronavirus.

Scientists are warning us about the “significant long-term risk to public health” due to viral evolution in an editorial published in the medical journal Virulence.

Dr. Linda Saif, a professor at Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine, said, “I think the questions are how common are the infections in animals, especially dogs and cats, but also farmed and domesticated animals?” She said that animal scientists are most concerned about minks, in light of the outbreaks occurring at mink farms around the world.

They saw viral evolution and transmission of COVID-19 from minks back to humans in Denmark, where 17 million minks were culled. Mink also had extreme symptoms caused by the virus.

“All the other animals that have been surveyed, none of them get this severe disease,” said Saif.

Even though there is no evidence right now showing that the virus can spread to humans from pets, there is evidence that it can infect dogs and cats, but the CDC is categorizing the risk as low.

“I’ve been in contact with Idexx Laboratories, they’re running tests, looking to see if we can document COVID-19 in our pets, and we’re just not finding very many cases that would be supportive of a high level of concern,” said Dr. Frank Krupka of Avon Lake Animal Clinic.

Saif says it’s necessary to get the vaccine for pet owners and animal caregivers to try to decrease the amount of virus shedding.

“Over precaution is never a bad thing. You know here at the Avon Lake Animal Clinic, we’re wearing masks, and we’re sanitizing, doing our part to make sure we’re not spreading disease,” Krupka said.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says people shouldn’t panic or consider abandoning their pets.

“I don’t want people living in fear of living with their family members, their pets. They’re part of our families; no one should be getting rid of their animals over this,” Krupka said.

Researchers are saying that more surveillance of these domesticated animals is needed before possibly developing a vaccine. As a precaution, the CDC recommends keeping pets away from sick people and anyone outside their immediate household.


A statement released by AVMA on the issue reads:

While it has been hypothesized that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) may have originally been transmitted to people via an animal host, COVID-19 remains primarily a human disease, with primary means of spread being people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet).

At this time, there are no COVID-19 vaccines licensed for use in animals in the United States, nor is there any indication that animals playing any significant role in the spread of COVID-19 to people, and human vaccination remains the number one priority.

We are aware that data has been submitted to the USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics as part of an application for a vaccine in mink; however, the USDA CVB has also stated that “Currently, CVB is not accepting license applications for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines for use in dogs or cats because data do not indicate such a vaccine would have value.”

Because we know that dogs and cats can be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends those ill with COVID-19 restrict contact with their pets, just as they would restrict contact with other people. We don’t currently have evidence that either dogs or cats transmit the virus back to people.

Pet owners shouldn’t panic or consider abandoning their pets during the pandemic. Instead, people should wear a mask, practice social distancing, use good hygiene, and social distance their pets from people who are ill or not part of their immediate circle and other animals that are unfamiliar. These are simple steps you can take to protect you and your pets.






American Flag Jacket Wearing Insurrectionist Seen Assaulting Officers With Fire Extinguisher Identified





In a bright American flag jacket, the man seen assaulting police officers with a fire extinguisher during the U.S. Capitol Riots has been identified as 53-year-old Robert Scott Palmer.

The Huffington Post reports that Palmer can be seen on camera spraying officers with a fire extinguisher and then throwing the empty canister at them. The outlet spoke to the Florida husband and father, who complained that Capitol police hit him with crowd control munition. There is footage of him as he showed off the bruises he received to a female journalist during the riots, identifying himself as Robert Palmer from Clearwater, Florida.

Speaking with the outlet, he lamented that he didn’t do anything wrong that the Biden administration is attempting to “vilify the patriots” who participated in the riot.

“I’m just going about it and letting them make the mistakes that they want and ruin the country as they want, and I’m just trying to live my life right now,” he told HuffPost, and “wasn’t anything I had made special — [I] just bought it in a store.”

“I’m just going to just leave it like that. I’m not getting myself any — not deeper, ’cause I didn’t do anything wrong — but I’m not involving myself anymore,” Palmer said before hanging up when asked about the fire extinguisher.

Palmer has a criminal record, which includes being sentenced on battery and felony fraud charges.

HuffPost was able to identify Palmer from a tip received from a woman who is a member of an online sleuth community. While quarantining with COVID-19, the woman, only identified as “Amy,” decided to use some of her free time to track down Capitol rioters. She worked with a group called @capitolhunters to pore over video and photographs.

The FBI is still tracking down insurrectionists who took part in the riots on January 6 over Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the Presidential Election. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who were involved in the riot.

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Mom Accused Of Keeping 7-Year-Old Home From School Due To Earache Before Killing Him





A Georgia mother allegedly killed her 7-year-old son after telling her husband that he was staying home from school due to an earache.

Alison Jones, 36, a mother from Georgia, was charged on Monday for the murder of her son Maddox, the Athens-Banner Herald reported.

Jones fatally shot the young boy while he was lying in bed, PEOPLE reported.

The mother also faces aggravated assault charges for using the semi-automatic handgun to shoot at her husband, Douglas Jones. He was unharmed.

Authorities were called to the family’s home around 7:20 am on Monday after Douglas made a call to 911 to say his wife had shot their son and assaulted him, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley stated.

Douglas told authorities that his wife informed him that morning that their child was sick and would stay home from school. Around an hour later, he heard a gunshot. He ran to Maddox’s bedroom, and that is when Alison turned the gun on him.

Douglas was able to disarm his wife, who then fled the scene.

The killing resulted from an hours-long fight between the two. However, police have yet to disclose a motive. Alison has yet to talk to the police about what transpired that morning.

Maddox was a second-grade student at Morgan County Primary School.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Maddox Jones, one of our primary school students,” reads a statement from Dr. Virgil Cole, superintendent of the Morgan County Charter School System.

“Maddox was a beloved member of our school community and we will miss him tremendously,” the statement continues. “The school district is mourning this tragic loss along with the family, our staff and community. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this terribly difficult time.”

Jones has yet to enter pleas to the charges against her and remains in custody.

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NY Times Columnist Calls Out Pepé Le Pew For Perpetuating Rape Culture





In keeping up with an ever-changing world, another childhood fave is being called out for problematic messaging.

Last week it was legendary children’s author, Dr. Seuss, for his work’s racist depictions of black and brown people. This week, in a NY Times Op-Ed article, a writer calls out some Looney Tunes cartoon characters. Most specifically, “Pepé Le Pew” for perpetuating rape culture.

According to TMZ, columnist Charles M. Blow wrote a thought-provoking op-ed piece titled “Six Seuss Books Bore a Bias” that highlights how deeply embedded racism is in American pop culture and points out just how early racist themes are fed to young children.

“Some of the first cartoons I can remember included Pepé Le Pew, who normalized rape culture; Speedy Gonzales, whose friends helped popularize the corrosive stereotype of the drunk and lethargic Mexicans; and Mammy Two Shoes, a heavyset Black maid who spoke in a heavy accent,” Blow wrote.

He maintained that the French skunk, who incessantly pursued Penelope Pussycat, time after time, normalized and perpetuated rape culture, and after some readers attacked his points, he took to Twitter with an example of Le Pew’s now-cringe-worthy, problematic behavior.

“RW blogs are mad bc I said Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture. Let’s see. 1. He grabs/kisses a girl/stranger repeatedly, w/o consent and against her will. 2. She struggles mightily to get away from him, but he won’t release her 3. He locks a door to prevent her from escaping.” It’s true … Penelope Pussycat was often in Pepe’s clutches,” Blow tweeted.

“This helped teach boys that “no” didn’t really mean no, that it was a part of “the game,” the starting line of a power struggle. It taught overcoming a woman’s strenuous, even physical objections, was normal, adorable, funny. They didn’t even give the woman the ability to SPEAK,” he explained.

Does he have a point?

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