A dog whose rejection by his owner caused an Internet uproar has been adopted into a new, and presumably more tolerant, home.
The male pit bull mix, whose name no one seems to know, was left at the Madison County, Tennessee, Rabies Control animal shelter, CNN affiliate WBBJ reported.
According to the irreverent website Gawker, Facebook users had a hissy fit Wednesday when they found out the dog’s owner got rid of the animal after he (the dog, not the owner) humped another male dog.
“His owner threw him away (because) he refuses to have a ‘gay’ dog!” a Facebook user named TN Euthanasia wrote.
The post went semi-viral, with 861 likes, 1,869 comments and 5,048 shares. After Gawker told the rest of the digital world about it, noting that the dog was in imminent danger of being put down, the shelter was swamped with calls offering to adopt the uncloseted canine.
By Thursday morning, shelter workers confirmed to WBBJ that the amorous animal had been adopted by a person associated with a rescue/shelter group.
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A dog whose rejection by his owner caused an Internet uproar has been adopted into a new, and presumably more tolerant, home.
UNITED KINGDOM – Six years ago, an Oxford student named Sam Brown asked a mounted police officer a question: “Excuse me, do you realize your horse is gay?” Brown was arrested for making homophobic remarks. He refused to pay the fine and the prosecution dropped the case. The following year a 16-year old from Newcastle was charged under the same Public Order law, for saying “woof” to a dog in front of police officers.
Both were charged under Section 5 of Britain’s Public Order Act. The law, which covers both the spoken and written word, stated that a person could be found guilty of an offense if he or she used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior. But what was considered “insulting” was left to the discretion of the police and prosecutors, an aspect of the law that has drawn strong criticism from free-speech advocates.
This week, the House of Lords has agreed to amend the law so that “insulting” words or behavior will no longer be considered prosecutable offenses under Section 5. The Home Secretary announced that the government would accept changes to the act after receiving assurances “that the word ‘insulting’ could safely be removed without the risk of undermining the ability of the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] to bring prosecutions.” It’s a change that free speech advocates are applauding.”This is a victory for free speech,” Simon Calvert, campaign director for the Reform Section 5 group, told the BBC. “People of all shades of opinion have suffered at the hands of Section 5. By accepting the Lords amendment to reform it, the government has managed to please the widest possible cross-section of society. They have done the right thing and we congratulate them.”
from Time Magazine
Researchers discovered a tropical male fish that becomes more attractive to females when it displays homosexual behaviour.
Scientists believe homosexuality is widespread throughout the animal kingdom. But it can be puzzling since males that prefer same sex relations father fewer offspring than their heterosexual counterparts.
Research has shown the female Atlantic molly (Poecilia mexicana) prefer mating partners whom they saw having sex with a female – a phenomenon called mate copying.
This also occurred when males interacted sexually with another male, according to the findings published in Biology Letters.
Male fish can therefore increase their attractiveness towards females by displaying homosexual behaviour and thereby improve their chances of future heterosexual mating, the scientists believe.
David Bierbach, of the University of Frankfurt, and colleagues said this new mechanism might explain the occurrence and persistence of homosexuality also in other animal species.
The researchers said: “Male homosexual behaviour – although found across the animal kingdom – remains a conundrum, as same-sex mating should decrease male reproductive fitness.
“In most species, however, males that engage in same-sex sexual behaviour also mate with females, and in theory, same-sex mating could even increase male reproductive fitness if males improve their chances of future heterosexual mating.
“Females regularly use social information to choose a mate; e.g. male attractiveness increases after a male has interacted sexually with a female (mate choice copying).
“Here, we demonstrate that males of the tropical freshwater fish Poecilia mexicana increase their attractiveness to females not only by opposite-sex, but likewise, through same-sex interactions.
“Hence, direct benefits for males of exhibiting homosexual behaviour may help explain its occurrence and persistence in species in which females rely on mate choice copying as one component of mate quality assessment.”
from The Telegraph
SAN FRANCISCO – Organizers of San Francisco’s Best Buck in the Bay gay rodeo say they have taken strides to create an event that treats animals with respect, but activists have two words for them: Goat panties.
The practice of two cowboys racing down a dirt arena to quickly outfit the captive goats with dainty undergarments is unique to gay rodeos, and the group putting on this year’s show in mid-September in La Honda was the subject of protest Saturday outside a fundraiser for the event.
“It’s cruel,” said Andrew Zollman, who led the protest in front of the Powerhouse bar in South of Market. “It’s just a docile animal.”
Zollman also takes issue with the “chute dogging” event that has bulls being dragged to the ground by their heads, a common event at rodeos.
But Paul “Popper” DuBray, the rodeo director, says the content of the event has to be determined by the International Gay Rodeo Association, and he doesn’t feel the current attractions rise to the level of abuse. DuBray noted his rodeo’s use of breakaway lassos for calf roping events.
“I respect people’s opinions and respect what they have to say,” DuBray said. “At the same time, they also have to afford us the same opportunity and do what we feel passionate about. We have put things in place to keep the safety of the animals at the upmost.”
DuBray added that the goats don’t seem terribly bothered by wearing panties.
“They just sort of stand there,” he said. “I don’t really know. I don’t speak goat.”
Gay-rodeo standards require goats to be “rested” after every eight “dressings.”
Zollman also criticizes the group’s overall fundraising and spending structure, which was hit with a $24,000 embezzlement scheme by former treasurer Jeffrey Harper in 2010. DuBray said the rodeo has since taken measures to prevent future fraud, and that information on its finances is tough to nail down because many of its files were lost in the embezzlement.
According to the group’s nonprofit form filings, the event’s charitable contributions have fluctuated widely over the years. While the rodeo gave charitable grants of $5,750 and $14,808 in 2006 and 2007 respectively, it only gave a total of $4,000 between 2008 and 2010. In recent years, the cost of the event has been between $60,000 and $90,000, according to the forms.
“It seems like just a shell for them to have special events and keep it tax free,” Zollman complained.
His group, LGBT Compassion, also has been protesting the rodeo’s backers, including a winery that canceled its sponsorship in October. The group previously catalyzed the shutdown of live chicken sales at The City’s Civic Center farmers market and others.
from The San Francisco Examiner
Donkey semen will not be served on network TV tomorrow night — the”Fear Factor” episode featuring the stunt has been yanked … at least according to a website where NBC posts its media releases.
The controversial episode is entitled, “Hee Haw! Hee Haw!” An NBC media release teased it by saying the contestants will eat “the unimaginable.”
But the NBC website no longer lists that episode as airing tomorrow … and instead lists a repeat of an episode entitled “Snake Bite” — which first aired on January 2.
We also checked two channel guides — one in LA and one in NYC — and both now list the repeat instead of the one with the donkey semen stunt. Additionally, promos for the episode are no longer posted anywhere on the Internet.
TMZ broke the story … NBC had given ‘FF’ producers the thumbs up on airing the episode — but according to our sources honchos at NBC and its parent company, Comcast, started having second thoughts after TMZ published details of the challenge.
We’ve made several calls to reps at NBC, Comcast, and Endemol — which produces ‘FF’ — but so far … radio silence.
The good people at the peacock just got back to us — NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt says, “I reviewed the episode late last week and decided it was a segment we should not air.”
Sources at the network tell us Comcast was not involved in the decision.
One of the “Fear Factor” contestants who drank donkey semen is finally breaking her silence — claiming her spunk-chugging experience “was the hardest 15 minutes of my life.”
Twins Brynne and Claire Odioso — who competed on the episode — called in to the Cowhead Show in Tampa today, describing the donkey splooge-o-rama in graphic detail.
According to Brynne, the twins got to choose who downed the semen and who drank the donkey urine — Claire pulled the short straw.
According to Claire, producers left the semen sitting out all day in the hot sun — and by the time she got to drinking it, it was boiling hot … which made the smell unbearable.
Claire said it was extremely bitter going down … “with hints of hay” — and she vomited several times before successfully drinking the entire glass.
As for how the donkey stuff compares to the human variety — Claire added, “It’s a lot thicker.”
Not that she knows from experience or anything.
JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY – A Jersey City assemblyman is apologizing this morning for a misogynist, homophobic message that he says a friend posted to his Facebook wall during yesterday’s Giants game.
Assemblyman Charles Mainor, a Jersey City police detective who represents the 31st Legislative District in the state Assembly, posted a message last night that read, “We are not going to just lay down, we come to play. Who the hell do you think we are the DALLAS COWGIRLS OR THOSE GAYBIRDS FROM PHILLY…NO WE ARE THE NEW YORK GIANTS.”
Today, after being told that The Jersey Journal had received at least one phone call complaining about the message’s anti-woman, anti-gay tone, Mainor apologized, and said he only wrote half of it.
Mainor was in Jersey City last night at a party to watch the Giants play the Green Bay Packers when he posted almost the entire above message on his Facebook page, he said. A friend of his sat at the computer and added the comment about the “gaybirds from Philly,” Mainor said.
“I have to take full responsibility because it was under my name,” he said. “I have no excuse, other than me not looking before he did send the post.”
Steven Goldstein, chair and CEO of gay-rights group Garden State Equality, called Mainor’s comments “inadvisable,” adding that they “hurt a lot of people.” Still, he defended the assemblyman.
“I don’t believe, from what I know of Assemblyman Mainor, that they reflect any deep prejudice on his part,” Goldstein said. “He is a good and decent man who made an unfortunate misstep here.”
Mainor, who was recently named chair of the Assembly’s Law and Public Safety Committee, said he hopes his constituents do not take the comment posted on his Facebook wall to mean he isn’t supportive of gay rights.
“I have very, very close relatives who are gay,” he said. “I have nothing against them. I’m far from that.”
Goldstein said he advises every public official to think before they post messages on Facebook, Twitter or any other social-media site.
“Facebook is public,” he said. “It’s a public expression of who you are, and people really need to be careful … it’s not your own personal stream of consciousness.”
from The Star-Ledger
An aquarium in China has given a ‘gay’ penguin couple a newborn to raise as their own.
Twin baby penguins were born at Harbin Polar Land in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province at the end of November.
To ensure both babies were taken care of properly, staff decided to hand one of the newborns over to a ‘gay’ penguin couple.
This couple are notorious in the aquarium’s penguin community as they have been caught many times stealing eggs during the hatching season.
Penguin males have strong natural parenting instincts and, in the wild, share the incubating duties with females.
The news comes after it was revealed a gay African penguin couple at Toronto Zoo are to be separated to preserve their endangered species.
But the zoo has reassured everybody that Buddy and Pedro will be reunited in the spring after mating season is over.
Where’s Leslie Nope when you need her? A pair of (possibly) gay penguins, Buddy and Pedro, at a Toronto zoo will soon be separated so that they can find proper mates.
Zookeepers say that Buddy and Pedro, two male African penguins, are inseparable. The two gay penguins are also starting to display signs of mating rituals. But according to the Star, the two love birds will soon be separated because Buddy and Pedro have “top notch genes” and will soon be partnered with females for breeding.
Joe Torzsok, chair of the Toronto zoo board, said:
“It’s a complicated issue, but they seem to be in a loving relationship of some sort.”
According to the Daily Mail, African penguins are endangered so the Toronto Zoo has to follow through with its species survival plan.
Buddy, 20, and Pedro, 10, are part of the popular African penguin exhibit which opened in May. They were both bred in captivity in Ohio. Zookeepers refer to their unique relationship as “pair bonding.”
A study conducted by the University of Berkeley found that birds can form long lasting gay relationships. According to the study, penguins in an all-male group will typically find a partner. If females are later introduced, five out of eight pairs will ignore the female and stick with their male partner.
Lead author Dr Julie Elie said:
“Relationships in animals can be more complicated than just a male and a female who meet and reproduce. My observations led me to this surprising result: same-sex individuals would also interact like male-female pairs.”
from The Inquisitr
INDIA – Here’s something that is truly hair-raising. Two giant male tortoises, the pride of possession of the Nehru Zoological Park in the City, have turned gay. Yes, you read that right. And what’s their age,? you may ask. They are both octogenarians! One is 82 and the other is 80.
And the reasons for their abnormal behaviour, if one can call it that? “The two have been indulging in homosexual acts for two reasons. Firstly, they have been together for a long time and they do not have a female companion,” explains Dr B Srinivas, veterinary assistant surgeon at the zoo park.
Classified as giant tortoises, the two naughty ones weigh 105 kg each and are 1.5 mts in length and 0.75 mts in height. Srinivas says homosexual behaviour is not uncommon among animals. “If they are together for a long time without proper female companionship, they tend to turn gay or lesbian as the case may be. It is not a surprise that the two male tortoises are involved in homosexuality,” he points out.
The Nehro Zoo Park doesn’t have a giant female tortoise. “I have been trying to get a female tortoise to our zoo. But I could not find any in any zoo in India. I am looking for a female tortoise outside India,” says M Mallikarjun, AP Zoos Director.
The two tortoises, natives of Galapagos Islands, West of Ecuador, have been in the zoo almost since its inception in 1963. When there was no Wildlife Protection Act 1972, the then zoo curator Pushpa Kumar reportedly bought the two giant male tortoises in1969 in New Delhi where exotic species were sold in those days for Rs 8,000, the zoo records reveal.
Mallikarjun is optimistic that he may procure a female tortoise from abroad soon with the help of the Central Zoo Authority of India (CZAI).
from IBN India
A male mouse’s desire to mate with either a male or a female is determined by the brain chemical serotonin, scientists report in a new study. The finding demonstrates for the first time that a neurotransmitter governs sexual preference in mammals.
Serotonin is known to regulate sexual behaviors, such as erection, ejaculation and orgasm, in both mice and men. The compound generally dampens sexual activity; for instance, antidepressants that increase the amount of serotonin in the brain sometimes decrease sex drive. [Top 10 Aphrodisiacs]
Neuroscientist Yi Rao of Peking University and the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing, and his collaborators have now shown that serotonin also underlies a male’s decision to woo a female or another male. They published their results in the March 24 issue of the journal Nature.
Rao and his team genetically engineered male mice to lack either serotonin-producing neurons or a protein that is crucial for making serotonin in the brain. Both types of altered mouse couldn’t make serotonin.
Unlike typical males, mice deficient in the neurotransmitter showed no inclination to mount sexually receptive females more than males, nor did they prefer to smell females’ genital odors or bedding. Instead, they climbed onto males and serenaded them with ultrasonic love songs more frequently than normal. Males emit these vocalizations when they encounter females to make them more receptive to mating.
While all of the males who possessed serotonin mounted females first, nearly half of the mice that lacked serotonin clambered onto males before females, and about 60 percent spent more time sniffing or hovering over the genital odors and bedding from males than from females.
When the researchers injected a compound into these mice to restore neurotransmitter levels, they found that the animals mounted females more than males. But too much serotonin reduced male-female mounting, suggesting that the amount of this chemical must stay within a certain range to foster heterosexual rather than homosexual behaviors.
“An unavoidable question raised by our findings is whether [serotonin] has a role in sexual preference in other animals,” the authors wrote in the paper. But one of the co-authors, neuroscientist Zhou-Feng Chen of Washington University, cautioned against forming hasty conclusions about the potential influence of this neurotransmitter on human sexual orientation.
Elaine Hull, an expert in rodent sexual behavior at Florida State University who was not involved in the study, said that the findings “may have implications for homosexuality or bisexual behavior in humans,” adding that the neurotransmitter could help to guide sexual development.
Still, she agreed with Chen, cautioning against overinterpreting the results.
“A lot of people are going to be reading more into this than may or may not be warranted,” Hull told LiveScience. “Much more information is needed to specify the brain areas involved and possible developmental regulation of serotonin in those areas, before we can jump to the conclusion that serotonin is the factor that inhibits male-to-male attraction.”
from Live Science
UNITED KINGDOM – Zoo-keepers are preparing a special Valentine’s Day treat for a pair of love-struck gay monkeys named Elton and David.
The male spider monkeys, who share an enclosure in the zoo at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, became a couple last March, a park spokeswoman said.
She added: “They were given their names after they started going off together and hugging a lot. Elton is the more dominant of the couple.”
Colin Bryan, the park’s managing director, said: “They have been inseparable since they got together last year, and they love to spend their time cuddling and kissing one another.
“They make a wonderful couple and to celebrate their first Valentine’s Day we plan to give them a special romantic meal.”
The three-year-old monkeys will be given a special meal of fruit and nuts.
from The Belfast Telegraph
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – A man who tried to have his dog’s body cremated was arrested Wednesday on an animal cruelty charge. Authorities said he beat the white puppy and choked it to death at his home.
Shane Thompson, 20, who lives west of Boca Raton, took the dead, three-legged dog, named Moonshine, to Cole Animal Clinic in Boca Raton on Oct. 7, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Thompson told the staff that his pet, a wolf-dog mix, had died that morning, possibly from a seizure.
A veterinarian examined the dog and found it had bruised ears and a bloody nose. Moonshine had food stuck in his throat and likely choked to death, the vet said, according to the report.
The same day, a friend of Thompson’s called Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control to say he believed Thompson had killed his pet. He said Thompson had called asking for money to pay for the cremation.
“Our investigators spent lots of hours trying to find that dog,” animal control Capt. David Walesky said Thursday.
They eventually tracked down the dog at the animal clinic and demanded that the staff release the body. A necropsy concluded that Moonshine, who was less than a year old, had been beaten and then choked to death.
Investigators interviewed Thompson’s roommate and friends, who all said they had seen Thompson abusing Moonshine in an attempt to discipline the animal.
At one point, Thompson’s roommate told detectives Thompson bit off a piece of the dog’s ear.
If convicted, Thompson faces up to five years in prison.
Thompson is a gay porn actor known by the stage name Jason Creed, authorities said. According to the police report, he and his roommate bought the dog in February.
When Thompson’s roommate arrived home from work on Oct. 7, Moonshine lay dead on the floor. Thompson said the dog tried to bite him but never explained how he died.
Animal control investigators had been called to the apartment twice since February after getting complaints that the puppy was heard yelping in pain. But the dog was unhurt and didn’t seem scared, Walesky said, so they issued Thompson a warning.
Animal control investigators cannot legally take away someone’s dog unless they see evidence that the animal is hurt or terrified, Walesky said.
from The Sun Sentinel
UNITED KINGDOM – Two male swans have ruffled feathers at the world’s only swannery in Dorset after they set up a love nest together.
The happy couple at Abbotsbury Swannery are the only homosexual swans among more than 1,000 birds at the reserve.
They are believed to be only the second male pair ever to hook up at the reserve.
he pair show no interest in their female companions and only have eyes for each other.
Dave Wheeler, from the swannery, said: “The two birds both hatched in 2002 and are sort of together.
“They have been together for several nesting seasons and basically keep territory as if they are a nesting pair.”
The twosome flock together at the start of the nesting season in March and perform rituals associated with a breeding couple.
Manager of Abbotsbury Swannery, John Houston, said: “The swans have been nesting together like this for several years and they get together every nesting season and form a nest together.
“They sit on the nest and act in every way as if they were a pair expecting to lay eggs.
“It is quite sweet.”
Like most couples, the swans are known for the occasional lover’s tiff, but are quick to sort out their differences.
“They just always stay together and I hear that they have some spectacular fights with each other, but they always make up and get back together,” said Mr Houston.
“We have more than a thousand swans here in the reserve and they are the only two doing this. We don’t know of any others acting in this way in the area.
“We realised they were together because the swan herds can obviously tell the difference between the males and females as the cobs have a much larger bump on their nose.
“They are sexed and tagged at birth so we know from their rings that they are both male.”
Records for the swannery date back to 1393 and it is believed that they are the only pair of homosexual swans currently nesting at the reserve.
Homosexual behaviour is universal across the animal kingdom, from whales to snails and even nematode worms.
from The Telegraph UK
PHILIPPINES -Human-Size Lizard Hid From Science High In The Trees. It has a double penis, is as long as a tall human, and lives in a heavily populated area of the Philippines. Yet somehow the giant lizard Varanus bitatawa has gone undetected by science until now.
Long known to Filipino tribal hunters, the monitor lizard was identified as a new species in 2009 via its DNA, scale pattern, size, and peculiar penis, a new study says.
At about six and a half feet (two meters) long, the new lizard species is closely related to the world’s largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon. Unlike the Komodo, though, Varanus bitatawa has evolved to be a vegetarian.
The lizard discovery “comes as an unprecedented surprise,” not least because V. bitatawa’s home island of Luzon is “heavily populated and highly deforested,” the study authors write in Wednesday’s issue of the journal Biology Letters.
How the Giant Lizard Hid Out From Science
The researchers suspect the 22-pound (10-kilogram) lizard species escaped scientific detection until now because there’ve been few reptile surveys of the mountain forests where V. bitatawa lives.
These fruit-eating lizards are also “incredibly secretive,” said study team member and biologist Daniel Bennett of Mampam Conservation.
“You could stay in that forest for years and have absolutely no idea that they are there,” Bennett said. “They spend all their time high up in trees, more than 20 meters [66 feet] above the ground.” Similar lizard species spend less than 20 minutes on the ground per week, he added.
But while scientists weren’t aware of the lizard, its existence comes as no surprise to resident tribespeople who hunt the creature for its meat.
Photographs of hunters with the lizard delicacy taken in 2001 spurred the team’s two-month expedition in search of the elusive species last summer.
Split Penis Points the Way
The team captured specimens of both V. bitatawa and the extremely rare but closely related Gray’s monitor lizard (Varanus olivaceus), another Philippines native.
Capturing both types of lizards was crucial, Bennett said, because it allowed the team to inspect the two monitor lizards side-by-side and detect subtle differences that can help determine whether the animals represent different species.
One particularly revealing trait was the double-ended penis common to monitor lizards. The shape of this reptilian feature is unique to each species.
The giant-lizard find “adds to the recognition of the Philippines as a global conservation hot spot and a regional superpower of biodiversity,” the study team says.
And Bennett thinks it’s “very likely” scientists could discover more unknown monitor lizard species in the Philippines—if they can be found before their fast-dwindling rain forest habitat disappears.
from National Geographic