Four new fanzine issues at Further Confusion

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Four Furry fanzines debuted their new issues at Further Confusion at the end of January: Fur Plus (#17), Fur Visions (#27), North American Fur (#11), and Yarf! (#66). Devoted readers of those fanzines may want to contact their publishers to buy copies, or order them from Rabbit Valley Books.

Colorado May O.K. First Animal Companionship Law

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Found at Yahoo:

Several Colorado lawmakers are supporting legislation to elevate the status of cats and dogs from property to companions. The measure would allow people in Colorado to sue veterinarians and animal abusers and seek damages for "loss of companionship," up to $100,000. Colorado has more than 2 million dogs and cats in 1.6 million households. Current law classifies them as property, and pet owners can seek only "fair market value" in a lawsuit.

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Camera catches evidence of tigers returning to China

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A baited camera trap caught the first image of a wild Siberian tiger in north-eastern China, raising hopes that the species might return to its old haunts. The tiger was all but extinct in China from poatching, but much of its old habitat remains intact. Scientists hope migrating tiger populations from Russia and captive bred introduced animals can rebuild the population if hunting bans can be maintained.

Man beats ferret to death after being told ferrets not allowed on flight

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In a disgusting display of wanton animal cruelty, a man who was told during a layover that the ferret he had smuggled on board in a cooler wasn't allowed on the plane, proceded to beat the animal to death and attempt to flush it down the toilet. The airline offered to take the animal to the local SPCA if the man wanted to continue his flight, and was shocked at how the passenger chose to handle the problem. American Airlines does not allow ferrets in the cabin, and they must have special arrangement to be taken as cargo.

Gregory Benford on the future of the Shuttle

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Gregory Benford, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California as well as a renowed SF author, comments on the future of the space shuttle, and NASA itself.

Valentine's Day lineup features Lustful Animals

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This article discusses some of the randier television programming planned for Valentine's week on Canadian television.

"The Discovery Channel, meanwhile, is offering a full line-up of humping critters including Out in Nature: Homosexual Behaviour in the Animal Kingdom, Weird and Wild: Wild Sex and a lovely little David Attenborough documentary on the peculiar seduction rituals of bowerbirds."

And the cat came back...

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Toonces the cat went missing during a camping trip seven years ago, after fleeing from a dog. But the cat has finally returned, skinny but otherwise healthy. Rob Etmanski doubts his cat will remember him after all this time, but hopes she'll be happy to be home.

Cheetahs love Calvin Klein

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According to this article, cheetahs just go wild for the scent of Calvin Klein's perfume, Obsession.

Makes scents to me...

Mysterious glowing object struck space shuttle Columbia before disintegration

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The Good Morning Silicon Valley newsletter (by John Paczkowski this morning mentioned two articles mentioning a mysterious glowing purple object that appears in an image taken by an amateur astronomer in the SF Bay Area, seven minutes before the shuttle disintegrated. The image is thought to NASA to coincide with the moment sensors first detected heat buildup in the shuttle's wheel wells, which soon led to massive system failure.

Site Promotion

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A couple of small changes, tonight. First, you may have noticed the addition of the PayPal Donate button in the menu bar. Donations recieved from PayPal, as well as any proceeds from our CafePress Store go towards offsetting cost of hosting this website. Also, you can link to us using this banner. Very belated thanks to Xydexx for providing it!

Pixar shopping for a distributor...

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Pixar, producers of Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo, is looking for a distributor to replace their long-time partner, Disney.
Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, and Sony Pictures are thought to be among the top candidates.

"I think they're in discussions with everybody," said Jeffrey Logsdon, an analyst with Gerard Klauer Mattison. "There's a lot of guys who want to take the girl to the prom."

"Spirited Away" Takes the Annie Award

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On Feb. 1st the Annie Awards saw Miyazaki's film Spirited Away take home four awards for best feature film, writing, music, and direction.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron also won four awards, including character design, effects animation, production design, and storyboarding.

Furtopia Furry E-cards Now Open :)

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Yea! *does a happy dance* After weeks of work fighting with perl and pascal code I got my original Furry E-cards back up now under Furtopia and improved. It basically lets furs send furry oriented e-cards to each other while promoting the web pages of the artists who have created cards. There is also a link for artists to create their own Furry E-cards for their own web pages. :)

For those who want to check it out here is the link: http://furcard.furtopia.org .

It still needs a little checking and appearance fixes. But over all everything seems to work smoothly so far. I am so happy this is finally done. I've been trying to get this off the ground for sooooooooooo long. ;) Give it a try and let us know what you think!

WhiteShepherd (Furtopia Admin)

Another Good Press article on the fandom

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Another article arising out of Further Confusion 2003 by Roger Colton is available over at http://www.jimhillmedia.com.

Jim Hill keeps a highly regarded "inside Disney doings" sort of website I read regularly.

The article is the one titled: It's not just funny animals.

"Rogue panther" responsible for mauling?

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According to this article in the Virginian Pilot, a big cat of unknown species and origin has been spotted in the community of Chincoteague Island, VA. The rumors of the cat's presence have recently been compounded upon by a reported mauling of a resident.

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