February 21, 2014
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“Please sign the petition below; no animal should be treated in this horrific way, then sold to the public!”
20th February - Posted By Matt Rice
Today, The Humane Society of the United States released horrifying hidden-camera video footage of pigs being fed diarrhea and the ground up intestines of their own piglets at a factory farm in Kentucky – Iron Maiden Hog Farm.
Although the practice of feeding pig guts and shit to other pigs is common on industrial farms across the country, it is illegal under state law.
The video, which was profiled by The New York Times, also shows mother pigs crammed into filthy metal cages so small they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives. Seemingly without irony, the facility is named after a medieval torture device by which human victims were confined in a metal box barely larger than their own bodies.
Watch the graphic undercover video here:
Viewer Discretion – Pigs Suffer at IRON MAIDEN
Published on 20 Feb 2014
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An undercover exposé of Iron Maiden Farms in Owensboro, Kentucky revealed that sows confined in cramped cages known as gestation crates were fed intestines from ground up piglets who had recently succumbed to a highly contagious diarrhoeal disease.
Like a medieval torture device, the use of gestation crates by the pork industry is perhaps the cruellest form institutionalized animal abuse in existence.
In fact, these crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine states and the entire European Union. In the last couple years, more than 60 major food providers, including Costco, Target, Safeway, Kroger, and others, have committed to phasing gestation crates out of their supply chains. Even major pork producers like Smithfield and Hormel have recognized the need to do away with cruel crates.
Unfortunately, Walmart, the largest pork retailer in the world, continues to support factory farms that keep pigs in gestation crates. Multiple undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals at Walmart pork suppliers have revealed thousands of pigs crammed inside these metal torture boxes. As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart has the power and the responsibility to put an end to this horror once and for all.
Please visit WalmartCruelty.com to take action and find out more. OR sign the petition here:-http://www.walmartcruelty.com/#petition
While grocery retailers can help put an end to some of the most egregiously cruel factory farming practices, consumers can also help prevent needless cruelty to animals every time they sit down to eat by adopting a healthy and humane, vegan diet.
December 30, 2013
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“BE THE CHANGE…Please support this movie; donate what you can! Read the information, digest it, then share it will everyone you know! Nobody needs the skin of an animal except the animal, their fur is to protect them from the elements; not us!!! Please do whatever you can to stop this inhumane trade; read the MISSION statement below, read the links & sign petitions, thanks!”
Every year, more than 50 MILLION fur-bearing animals, including man’s best friend and feline companion, are brutally murdered without mercy in the name of greed, vanity and ignorance. The fur trade is criminal and an atrocity at the lowest level of inhumanity. To address the issue of animal cruelty in our society is to address the complexity of the human condition and our collective consciousness, which perceives animals as commodities, rather than loving, sentient beings.
ABOUT THE MOVIE: This compelling film reflects the need of a changing society and its revolution for evolution – not a battle with armor but a quest for spiritual epiphany and the redemption of our planet.
THE CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The voices that can’t speak
Published on 2 Dec 2013
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
This film speaks the voice of truth for those who cannot speak for themselves. It does not rely on gruesome images as a means to convey the message, but it does reveal the reality.
This precedent-setting film will unveil the spiritual truth behind the veil of a culture that perpetuates the holocaust of animals for personal gain. Its pure intent is to probe into the deeper level of the psyche, so that the nemesis can be healed.
If we cannot witness inhumanity, we cannot empower humanity, and we fail as a “human” species. If we are not willing to hear their cries or experience their terror, then we are not willing to bear witness to the truth, which is the only path to redemption and transformation.
This film is one that needs to be made, for it would be a tragedy of epic proportions to passively consent to the silence of mass murder for profit and self-aggrandizement.
I have asked myself the question: If not me, then who? Someone needs to make this film, to beckon the soul of humanity to awaken. That’s us, you and me. If not us, then who? If not now, when?
Without our voice, the animals have no voice.
Thank you for your support of this critical film, on behalf of the animals and humanity on our planet.
THE CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The voices that can’t speak (Movie Trailer Premier)
Published on 28 Apr 2012
CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can’t Speak
A Kathleen Lowson Film http://www.cryoftheinnocent.com
Indiegogo Campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cry…
FILMMAKER INTERVIEW AT THE ANTI-FUR SOCIETY CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON D.C. 2013 via Skype:-http://www.cryoftheinnocent.com/wp-co…
Causes campaign: http://www.causes.com/actions/1711686…
Animal rights is the greatest social justice issue of our time
“A lie goes half way around the world before truth puts on its boots.” - Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
What is the state of our world’s conscience when we can tolerate the needless and horrific act of a sentient being skinned alive for its fur and empower the industry that profits from such atrocity?
Social responsibility, ecological preservation and evolution of consciousness are the challenges of this decade. It is evident that we have not yet fully evolved as a society when the unconscionable practices and cruelty of the fur trade, and the inhumane suffering of all afflicted animals, is still a reality in the 21st century. The killing of defenceless animals is an atrocity and reprehensible violation of the innocent, and should no longer be tolerated in a civilized and evolved society.
What is the price an innocent animal must pay for the sake of commerce, in the guise of fulfilling society’s needs? Does our desire for material adornment outweigh human compassion and empathy?
How can we witness the massacre of innocent baby seals taken from their mother while nursing in Canadian waters and condone such an egregious act by continuing to invest in Canadian products, tourism and Canada’s stock market?
What is the state of society’s consciousness when man’s “best friend” and “feline companion” are mutilated and heinously killed for the skin on their bodies? Where are the laws to protect them? And why do we continue to invest in China and export their products to North America?
The impetus that drives the fur trade is the fashion industry, and film is the most powerful medium in which to convey the truth.
This precedent-setting film will leave an indelible imprint on the soul of humanity, intuitively evolving the collective consciousness toward sustainable change by bridging the link to cruelty through the soul perspective, with its center on the fur trade as a paradigm of a larger nemesis permeating our world.
AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY ON OUR PLANET
This critical film is a calling for transformational social evolution.
The impact of the film’s message will intuitively evolve the collective consciousness toward fundamental and sustainable change and iinstilthe principles of compassion, empathy, love and humanity on our planet, and in turn, save the lives of countless animals around the globe. The power of respect will change our world.
We will unite in a new world paradigm that stands in the power of good that will forever overcome the forces of evil and harm to all sentient beings and mother earth.
The way our animals are treated is the moral and spiritual compass of our humanity.
The World Will Change Through You. No Other Means Can Save It.
IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
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March 24, 2013
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SACRAMENTO – A statewide cattlemen’s group is facing criticism over a bill it’s sponsoring in the state Legislature to require those who document agricultural animal abuse to share the information promptly with law enforcement.
The California Cattlemen’s Association is behind Assembly Bill 343, which would give people who “knowingly or willingly” take photographs or video of abuse 48 hours to provide copies to the local police or sheriff’s department.
The bill is a way for the industry to be proactive in stopping abuse by responding to it more quickly and preventing further suffering for animals, asserted Justin Oldfield, the CCA’s vice president of government relations.
“The entire intent and emphasis behind the bill is to prevent further animal abuse and protect animal welfare and food safety,” Oldfield said. “The merits of the bill really stand out for themselves. Anybody who wants to know what the bill does or doesn’t do should just read the bill.”
However, the legislation by Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, has drawn fire from the Humane Society of the United States, which contends it is merely an effort to discourage people from gathering evidence of animal abuse.
“In short, this is a bill intended to suppress whistleblowers, pure and simple,” HSUS spokesman Paul Shapiro said. “For that reason it should be rejected.”
The bill comes after a spate of undercover videos taken by representatives of animal welfare organizations have given a series of black eyes to livestock industries. Last year, for instance, videos depicting abuse at dairies in Central California and southern Idaho had industry officials scrambling to convince consumers that the incidents were isolated.
A landmark $500 million agreement was reached in November to settle a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008. The civil settlement with the owners of Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. came after a widely circulated video shot by an undercover operative showed “downer cows” – those too weak or sick to walk – being dragged by chains, rammed by forklifts and sprayed with high-pressure water to coax them to slaughter.
That video footage was gathered over a six-week period, Oldfield noted. If the operative had shared the information with law enforcement sooner, “think about how many cows wouldn’t have suffered … and been put into the food supply,” he said.
The bill doesn’t require original copies of videos to be handed over to police, Oldfield said. It also protects employees by applying the state’s current whistleblower protection laws to those collecting such evidence, the CCA asserts.
But requiring evidence to be brought forth within a 48-hour window is unreasonable, Shapiro counters. Sometimes it takes weeks to document a pattern of abuse, he said.
“Just in the same way we wouldn’t ask law enforcement to immediately blow their cover and go public with all their evidence two days into their investigation, the same is the case here,” he said.
Asked if he believes undercover activists should be given the same authority as police, he said, “I’m just using it as an example to illustrate that if you’re building a case of a pattern of abuse, it can often take weeks.”
Oldfield said the CCA is willing to negotiate on the length of time, but “it’s not going to be six weeks.” He added that even one instance of abuse is a crime in California, eliminating the need to prove a pattern.
Assembly Bill 343
Proposal: Require those who take photos or video of agricultural animal abuse to notify law enforcement within 48 hours.
Author: Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/AD23/?p=pr
Proponents include: California Cattlemen’s Association: http://www.calcattlemen.org/
Critics include: Humane Society of the United States: http://www.humanesociety.org/
Read the bill: http://leginfo.ca.gov/
March 3, 2013
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“Please note, I have just copied this from my email, as a horse owner myself; I don’t want this to happen. So please read the information below then sign the signature where it says “please click here to spread the word” then copy & send to all your friends.”
“We don’t amalgamate with cows, pigs or sheep nor do we ride any, they are livestock! I hate the fact that they are killed too being a vegetarian (nearly vegan) Horses are pet’s, therefore should be classed as such & given the same rights. They make a big impact in the lives of those who love them.”
|URGENT NEW INFORMATION ON THE OKLAHOMA HORSE SLAUGHTER ISSUE
To all our Shambala Supporters!!!!!
Last week, the Legislature of the State of Oklahoma voted to lift its ban on slaughtering horses for shipment to Europe and elsewhere. It awaits Governor Mary Fallin‘s signature to become law.
With the horsemeat scandal in 13 European countries raging (and growing), this seems like the ultimate example of bad timing. Yet, the Oklahoma legislature claims that the slaughter of wild mustangs and horses is necessary — “humane euthanasia,” they call it — but you can bet it is solely a money-motivated scheme. The truth is that those who lobbied for this law include people who own mineral rights on land with gas, oil, and in some cases, uranium. They want to see their land clear of these beautiful animals so that government regulations do not interfere in their questionable practices. No horses = no federal investigators.
These “concerned” landowners trot out images of feeble, sickly horses with their rib cages poking through their hides to make you think these pathetic “poster children” are better off slaughtered so that they can feed people in Europe and Asia. But think about it. If you were one of those “gourmands” hungry for horsemeat, would seeing such old, bony horses have you sharpening your steak knife? Of course not. Young, healthy horses are what they want.
For the past two years, Vickery Eckhoff, a writer for Forbes Magazine has been doing an excellent series of exposés on the fraudulent practices of those greedy landowners and lobbyists. She documented that 90 percent of the horses going to slaughter are “healthy and sound.” This includes thoroughbreds, even some winners of several venerable horse races, that have outgrown their usefulness. She also cited a study showing that under four percent of the horses sold for slaughter were older than age 10.
Since horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. were banned until last year, U.S. horses traveled 24 hours or more, without food, water or rest, in livestock trucks designed for cattle, to Mexican or Canadian slaughter plants, using slaughter methods also designed for cattle. Horses cannot stand up straight in these conditions. It is pure torture. Now plans are underway to start slaughtering these magnificent creatures in the State of Oklahoma.
The Roar Foundation/The Shambala Preserve, the American Humane Society, the ASPCA, the Doris Day Animal League, Saving Americas Horses, Wild For Life Foundation and virtually every other animal rescue and relief organization stand in solidarity against this needless torture and slaughter.
Please click here to spread the word. Tell 25 friends about it, or 10, or even just one.
Governor Fallin’s office is taking count of calls received pro or con on the horse slaughter issue. It just takes 1 minute to call and tell the receptionist that you’re calling to voice your opposition to the repeal of the horse slaughter ban, that horse slaughter is inhumane and unnecessary. Governor Mary Fallin’s office number is 405-521-2342 during normal business hours. Or call and leave a message on the Governor’s voice mail at 405-522-8857. If the voicemails are full, keep calling. You can also email the Governor by visiting her website.
This is about as sad and heinous a situation I’ve come across. Please be a part of the growing outrage against the slaughter of horses to be sold for human consumption by making these urgent, life and cruelty saving calls and e-mails to Governor Mary Fallin. (Numbers above)
With love and undying concern for the animals to whom we are responsible.
YOUR VOICE COUNTS, thank you for using it…..
The Roar Foundation
January 6, 2013
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HBO is facing a lawsuit concerning unreported animal abuse occurring on set of its cancelled horseracing drama Luck.
In March of last year, HBO confirmed its decision to cancel the racehorse drama starring Dustin Hoffman Luck after only its first season. Although they promised safety of the animals was their first priority, throughout the production of the nine episodes, Paste Magazine reports several of their horses died during filming.
Recently, a lawsuit has been filed claiming both the network and its animal rights supervising committee, the American Humane Association, may have covered up even more animal abuse that had occurred behind the scenes. The Hollywood Reporter reveals the official document. Barbara Casey, who had worked on the set of Luck as the Director of Production in the AHA’s Film and Television Unit, is suing HBO for multiple counts of unreported animal abuse. She had allegedly been pressured to keep her lips sealed on the matter under threat of being let go from the team, and was eventually wrongfully fired for alerting authorities.
“In order to save time and money…minimize any disruption of its production schedule…rather than fully cooperate with AHA, continued to engage in and/or direct animal abuse and cruelty,” Casey states. Among the charges, she recalls underweight, sick, and retired racehorses being “drugged to perform.” Moreover, another horse, Hometrader, was killed, but because it was during a summer hiatus, his passing “did not count.”
July 27, 2012
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“As a follow on from the previous posts, nothing will change unless we make it change…I see animals as sentient beings…but I have to convince others of it too! Why, because too many people think animals are only there for human consumption, human ridicule, human torment, human entertainment, garden ornaments, throw away items etc. Truly understand the meaning of ‘sentient’ which is; capable of feeling! So if it breathes & bleeds, just like animals sent to slaughter… it can feel pain…just like we can!!”
“Hard to believe but it’s true, so please, do the right thing by signing the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare…because farm animals, horses, etc. feel exactly the same feelings as your pet dog or cat, some may not be as smart, but they hurt all the same…they are sentient beings… just like us!!”
Please support the campaign to achieve a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) at the United Nations.
In principle, the Universal Declaration will call on the United Nations to recognise animals as sentient beings, capable of experiencing pain and suffering, and to recognise that animal welfare is an issue of importance as part of the social development of nations worldwide.
The campaign to achieve the UDAW is being co-ordinated by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, with a core working group including Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Humane Society International (HSI).
A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare would be an agreement among people and nations that:
- Animals are sentient and can suffer
- Animals’ welfare needs must be respected
- Animal cruelty must end for good.
View the draft declaration ( 65KB)
What will it achieve?
The adoption of a UDAW by the United Nations would:
- Establish animal welfare as an international issue
- Encourage governments to improve and enforce national animal welfare legislation by providing a benchmark
- Recognise that animal welfare is a key factor in humanitarian and environmental policy making
- Encourage industries which use animals to keep welfare at the forefront
- Acknowledge the risks to animals caused by environmental factors such as climate change, habitat loss and pollution
- Create a more compassionate global attitude to animal welfare, including their needs and habitats
A declaration would also enhance the lives of over 1 billion people who rely on animals for their livelihoods, and the countless others look to animals for companionship.
You can support this campaign by signing the “Animals Matter to me” petition:
Visit the petition website and sign the declaration
July 11, 2012
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ZANESVILLE — Justin C. Smith said he slit a dog‘s throat with a box cutter because he wanted his girlfriend out of his house.
“He was dispatched with honor,” Smith, 32, told Zanesville Municipal Court Judge William Joseph on Tuesday morning. “She brought a diseased, mangy, flea-ridden dog into the house and wanted me to spend my money on it. She bamboozled me.”
Zanesville police officers were dispatched in late June to Smith’s Luck Avenue home and found his girlfriend covered in blood, screaming and crying over the almost lifeless body of 20-pound Midnight, a mixed-breed dog, according to police reports.
The woman told officers Smith had cut the dog’s throat, and Smith admitted to officers he had done it to “get her attention.”
Joseph sentenced Smith to serve 180 days in jail and fined him $1,000 on a charge of cruelty to a companion animal and 60 days in jail and a $500 fine on a resisting arrest charge. The jail terms are to be served consecutively.
Smith scuffled with officers as they tried to arrest him, police said.
Smith, who has been in the Zanesville City Jail since his arrest, told Joseph he needed to get out of jail to pay his rent, bills, water and electricity.
“I want to get out of here,” Smith said.
Joseph gave Smith a chance to explain why he killed the dog after Smith pleaded no contest to both charges.
Smith said he was living with a “drug-addicted” woman who brought drugs and alcohol into his home and then a “discarded dog.”
“It was the only way I could get her to leave my home,” Smith said. “I could think of no other way. I guess I have some regret, but since the woman is out of my house, or at least I hope she is, that was my intent.”
Assistant City Prosecutor Emily Tarbert told Joseph she had received hundreds of emails, phone calls and letters from not just local residents, but also from around the world wanting Smith to get the maximum sentence for the death of the dog.
“He’s one of the worst offenders,” Tarbert said. “He didn’t dispatch the dog with honor. He murdered it. That was a great dishonor. He also had the murder weapon in his pocket when officers arrived.”
Smith argued with Tarbert and told her the dog was “unregistered and unlicensed” and that he told officers where the knife was when they arrived.
“Besides, no animal has rights over a human,” Smith said.
Joseph cut Smith off and told him there was no debate — the dog wasn’t asserting any sort of “right” over Smith. He said if Smith had wanted the woman out of his house, he should have called the police to evict her then taken the dog to the Humane Society.
“I don’t even know what you mean when you say the dog was dispatched with honor,” Joseph said.
Then, Smith told Joseph he has a head injury that doesn’t allow him to make sound decisions and that generally he is a “peaceful man.”
Joseph shook his head and said that was no justification and no animal deserved to be treated that way.
“Slitting a defenseless dog’s throat makes no sense to me,” Joseph said. “To top that off, the conduct towards the police after they get there is not good. Your actions speak louder than your words. Those weren’t peaceful actions. Not that day.”
A small group of protesters gathered outside the courtroom. They represented Nitro’s Ohio Army, Ohio residents who advocate the passage of House Bill 108, which would make animal cruelty charges felonies and not misdemeanors.
Cris Hughes, who is on the board for WHINNY Horse Rescue in Crooksville, said she is satisfied that Smith got the maximum sentence.
“Animals deserve better,” Hughes said. “Children, animals and elderly are always the ones who get abused. They’re the ones that can’t defend themselves.”
Tina Stanton, of Nashport, also was there to support the Nitro bill and to see that Smith got a stiff sentence.
“I was so disgusted when I heard what happened,” Stanton said.
May 31, 2012
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(CBS News) Wild horses that roam America‘s prairies are the very heartbeat of the old west. While some see majesty in their freedom, others see profit. Not in what horses bring to wranglers and ranchers, but to slaughterhouses for their meat.
Rick de los Santos of Roswell, New Mexico has spent tens of thousands of dollars to retrofit his slaughterhouse hoping to become the first meat plant since 2007 to butcher horses and export their meat.
The tough economy took its toll on de los Santos. He and his wife Sarah run this family business together. They’ve lost more than $200,000 over the past two years.
But they saw a new opportunity. Upon the recommendation of its accountability office, Congress reversed a five-year-old ban on American horse slaughter, agreeing it had made conditions worse for the animals. Many of them were trucked over the border to Mexico for slaughter under horrible conditions as documented by the Humane Society.
“So, these horses are going into Mexico to be slaughtered there,” de los Santos said. “And all we want is to take care of ‘em here.”
De los Santos applied for a license and began to retrofit his plant to meet the new USDA requirements. He was delighted to learn his would be the first American slaughterhouse cleared to sell horsemeat to Mexico, Belgium and a host of other countries where it is considered a delicacy. Now relief has turned to frustration.
“It’s cost us about $75,000, that’s what it’s cost us, just to get ready to slaughter horses,” de los Santos said. “It’s sitting idle.”
Believing he’s fulfilled the USDA requirements, he’s been anxious to get his final government inspection and license. But it’s been nearly four expensive months of waiting for the USDA to pay a visit. “It’s very frustrating for when, when you send your paperwork to the USDA and get it back, and we get, “It’s incomplete.’”
De Los Santos thinks the delay is deliberate since he’s become a focal point in the anti-horse slaughter movement. A bill has been introduced on Capitol Hill to ban horse slaughter for good. And even the governor of New Mexico released a statement about his business, saying “…creating a slaughterhouse in New Mexico is wrong.”
Over a hundred thousand of these animals are already rounded up every year and slaughtered across the border – the meat shipped to Europe and Asia. It’s a thriving international business, but still barely making a dent in the U.S. horse overpopulation problem. Domesticated horses are abandoned and wild horses simply left to breed unchecked.
Still, animal rights advocates insist more regulated and supervised horse slaughter here in the U.S. is not the answer. “Horse slaughter can never be done humanely, partially because of the nature of horses,” said Lisa Jennings of Animal Protection of New Mexico. “When you have an animal that’s what is called ‘fractious,’ where they wanna run, they wanna be safe, you can’t humanely slaughter them.”
Advocates say there are other ways to manage horse overpopulation – including finding more funding for places like The Horse Shelter - a non-profit that takes in, treats, and occasionally euthanizes abandoned animals. The shelter’s Jennifer Rios says Americans have an emotional bond with horses making it impossible to think of them simply as livestock.
“I think they represent freedom,” Rios said. “You see a horse running, and there’s nothing more freeing-looking than a horse.”
But to De los Santos’ horses represent economic freedom. They point out there are too many unwanted horses to be sheltered. Besides, they just want to put their employees back to work.
“Why continue to outsource,” Sarah de los Santos asked. “I mean, this whole election is gonna be about jobs.”
The USDA says it’s not preventing the de Los Santos’ from providing jobs. The agency just needs more time to train inspectors. Now the couple is also being threatened with fines for alleged improper composting and both fear the threat they face from activists who have targeted them.
“They yell and scream and picket and do everything else,” Rick de los Santos said. “And, for a small voice out here, in Roswell, New Mexico, you know, how loud can we scream? You know, those organizations are very powerful, very wealthy. And you know, how long can we go on?” But he has faith. “And I believe things will work out. I really do.”
De los Santos knows it’ll be easy selling horsemeat to foreign markets. But it’ll be much more difficult to sell the American public on a simple idea: Horses can be your friends, but they can also be your food.
May 28, 2012
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“It was a classic tale of love at first sight Thursday as a Livonia woman finally got to meet her newly adopted pet at the Michigan Humane Society in Detroit.
The Michigan Humane Society is currently caring for Gladys, a 2-year-old female Beagle who was dumped in a trash bag on the east side of Detroit. Anyone with information is asked to please call (313) 872-3401. There is a $2,500 reward and your anonymity will be respected
As Stephanie Elliott, 27, hugged Gladys, the recently abandoned beagle whose sad story touched the hearts of many, she vowed to provide her with a good home and lots of tender loving care.
The 2-year-old beagle was discovered in a sealed trash bag in an industrial area on Detroit’s east side earlier this month. More than 100 people offered to adopt her. She has been recuperating at the Humane Society.” - freep
Authorities believe the pooch had been abandoned for several days, and she may have suffered physical abuse because the poor thing was in severe pain when the Humane Society picked her up.
It’s takes as much time and energy to drop an unwanted animal at an animal shelter, as it does to drive to an industrial area and dump it in a garbage bag.
There is simply no excuse or rational explanation for animal cruelty; I hope someone will respond to the $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for abandoning the beagle, named Gladys.
I’ve adopted two dogs from the Humane Society, and they have provided me with years of love and companionship. One of my mutts has passed away, and I wouldn’t sell the other one for a million bucks. The monster who threw away Gladys like so much garbage, doesn’t realize that he threw away the kind of love and loyalty that you can’t buy with all the money in the world.
This is a story with a happy ending, Stephanie Elliott who adopted Gladys has a lot of experience raising dogs, and she has already fallen in love with the pooch.
There are many puppies and adult dogs in animal shelters, and they are also waiting for a happy ending. Visit an animal shelter today, and adopt a pooch who will provide you with years of entertainment, love, loyalty and companionship.
May 11, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – NewsChannel5 investigators have found Ohio’s animal protections laws are more lenient than most U.S. states.
In Ohio, animal cruelty is a second degree misdemeanor for a first offense. In 44 other U.S. states, animal cruelty is a felony.
“It seems like you can do horrific things to animals and you’re only going to be met with a slap on the wrist,” said Karen Minton, the Ohio state director of the Humane Society of the United States.
The Humane Society of the United States releases a yearly “Humane State Ranking” report assessing states’ animal protection laws. Ohio ranked 45 in 2010. The ranking was changed to 36 in 2011, after Ohio’s Livestock Care Standards Board adopted new rules to protect farm animals.
Click here to look at the Humane Society‘s animal protection rankings: http://on.wews.com/Ju63TL
Another animal rights group, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, ranks Ohio 31st. The state’s lack of felony legislation for animal cruelty cases is a “substantial flaw” in the law, according to Scott Heiser, the senior attorney and criminal justice program director for the ALDF. Heiser said animal cruelty laws are a large part of the reason Ohio is ranked 31.
Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/ohio-punishes-animal-cruelty-less-severely-than-most-other-us-states#ixzz1uZhAnncV