For the Love of the Dog

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Jimmy Lovell

He dragged his estranged girlfriend’s dog for miles behind his pickup truck.  Stops…curses at the witnesses, and later abandons the poor thing on the side of the road.  All unintentional he claims.  And he “really felt bad about it and stuff”.

His trial was held last week and resulted in a deadlocked jury.  They only deliberated for two hours.  The judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial and set a new trial for August 7.   Lovely.  We can probably expect the same come August.

It took many weeks for Little Brown Dog to recover from her injuries.  But she’s happy in a new home with a veterinarian and has her own Facebook page called “Justice for LBD.”

via For the Love of the Dog.

Ponte Vedra man arrested on animal cruelty charges, 700 cats corraled |

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700 cats removed; owner charged with animal cruelty

A nonprofit cat sanctuary in Lee run by a Ponte Vedra Beach man has been raided by Madison County officials, who remove the felines and arreste the owner, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.ASPCA--2/27/12 One of an estimated 700 cats huddles in the rain at the Caboodle Ranch  as 125 law enforcement and animal care investigators arrived at the cat sanctuary in Lee, Fla. to investigate animal cruelty charges. Over the next few days, all of the cats will be rounded up, treated at an emergency shelter and put up for adoption at some point.

Craig Grant, who started the Caboodle Ranch in 2007, was the only person on site when investigators arrived Monday to remove an estimated 700 cats at the request of the Sheriff’s Office and animal control agency.

Grant remains in the Madison County jail on three counts of cruelty to animals and one count each of scheming to defraud and felony cruelty to animals, with bail set at $250,000, said Madison County jail officials.

About 125 law enforcement and animal care officials went to the ranch after a 5-month undercover investigation into animal cruelty complaints resulted in a search warrant, said society senior investigator Tim Rickey. Now a three- to five-day recovery effort begins, he said.

“A lot of cats have upper respiratory disease, the type unknown, but they are sick. There are cats with open wounds and some with neurological issues,” Rickey said from the scene. “Overall conditions of some of the buildings are filthy and pretty deplorable.”

Complaints have been coming in steadily for a long time from a lot of outlets and organizations that visited there, he said.

via Ponte Vedra man arrested on animal cruelty charges, 700 cats corraled |

Salem City man beat pit bull puppy so severely dog had to be euthanized, NJSPCA officials allege |

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SALEM — A city man has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly beating his pit bull puppy so severely that the dog had to be euthanized, animal welfare officials said.Salem County Puppy.jpg

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed two counts of animal cruelty against Raseem McNeil, 18, according to the NJSPCA.

Officials with the animal welfare organization allege McNeil admitted to beating and kicking the eight-week-old pit bull puppy, but did not say what prompted the alleged action.

Examined by Dr. Heather Lingley, NJSPCA veterinarian, because of its injuries, the puppy was euthanized, NJSPCA officials said. They added a necropsy on the dog reconfirmed the severity of its injuries.

The charges against McNeil were filed by the NJSPCA on Thursday, officials confirmed Monday.

via Salem City man beat pit bull puppy so severely dog had to be euthanized, NJSPCA officials allege |

Animals Australia – Indonesia same cruelty

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Last year the Gillard government gave the live export industry a second chance that it didn’t deserve — and reopened the live cattle trade to Indonesia despite overwhelming calls from the community for the trade to be permanently banned.

We were promised that a new ‘regulatory framework’ would protect Australian cattle from ever again being abused in Indonesian abattoirs, but new footage from Indonesia reveals how hollow that promise was. Knowing that local abattoirs would be warned to be on the lookout for Australian animal cruelty investigators — Animals Australia engaged an Indonesian investigator to visit three abattoirs in Jakarta.

What he documented there over three nights has again shocked and appalled Australians and has conclusively proven that the new ‘system’ will in no way protect Australian cattle from cruelty on a nightly basis. Animals Australia has lodged an official complaint with the Gillard government highlighting that the evidence provided contains 61 different breaches of the basic standards expected from workers in abattoirs — including not checking that cattle were dead before they were being butchered.

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This further evidence again conclusively proves that Australia cannot ensure the well-being of exported animals in importing countries — especially where there are no laws to protect them from cruelty. It also reveals once again the immoral nature of Australia’s live exporters who continue to reap profits from animal cruelty.

Australians overwhelmingly want live export to end. The Gillard government is out of excuses — since they are unable to guarantee to the Australian community that exported animals will be treated humanely — this trade must end. Take action below:-

Please contact your local MP and convey that no amount of profit, excuses or justification can excuse continued government support of this industry.


End The Poaching And Smuggling Of Rhino Horns

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Target:  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Goal:  Stop the illegal smuggling of rhino horns

Poaching of rhinoceros for their horns in southern Africa has been on the rise. Horns are smuggled and sold to buyers who believe the horns hold medical properties. This week seven arrests were made in four states following an 18 month investigation by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Homeland Security. The demand for rhino horn needs to be quelled, and poaching of rhinoceros needs to end, otherwise remaining rhinoceros will continue on their path to extinction. The recent arrests in the US are a positive sign that smuggling will not be tolerated in this country.

However, the source of the problem lies in countries who value the horns, and countries that have rhino populations. In 2011 341 rhinos were killed in South Africa national parks.  In comparison, only 36 rhinos were killed in 2005. These numbers are increasing due to the demands of countries in Asia and the middle east. Countries such as China and Vietnam believe ground rhino horn can cure cancer. Rhino horns are used in the middle east to make the handles of ornamental daggers. One kilogram of rhino horn can bring in $35,000 on the black market. The trafficking of rhinoceros horn violates federal law and all species of rhinoceros are protected under international law. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which regulates rhino horn trade, must stop all illegal poaching and smuggling of rhino horn.

Demand for rhino horn is at an all time high for reasons that are useless and antiquated. The belief that rhino horn can cure cancer is absurd since the horns are made of keratin, the same material human fingernails are composed of, and there is no evidence that keratin has any medicinal properties. For this, rhinos are shot with tranquilizer darts and their horns are sawed off leaving them to bleed to death.

Please click the link below to sign the petition – Thank you

The government must act now to ban wild animals in circuses – Ann Widdecombe

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Having served as a member of parliament for more than two decades, I’m well aware that there can be genuine constraints that affect the speed at which certain issues progress. The government’s failure to ban wild animals in circuses, however, has me, along with much of the country, utterly baffled. The British Veterinary Association has stated unequivocally that the complex needs of animals cannot be met in a circus environment. Other highly respected organisations, including Peta, the RSPCA, Born Free and the Captive Animals’ Protection Society, have all been calling for a ban, and the vast majority of the British public is also in favour. In a rare show of unity, even parliament went so far as to direct the government to introduce a regulation prohibiting wild-animal acts last June, and yet here we are, eight months on, and no further forward.

It’s clear the government was biding its time to see the outcome of Circus Krone’s challenge to Austria’s ban, but the Austrian constitutional court staunchly defended the legality of the ban and, in December, threw out the application to have it overturned. An elephant expert who worked in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for eight years has called the lack of action on this issue “completely barking mad” and said circuses were “fundamentally unsuited” to keeping elephants, big cats, bears and other wild animals. The European Commission has twice affirmed the validity of national bans on animal circuses. Even Greece introduced its own national ban last month. It’s unconscionable for us to deny wild animals in British circuses their freedom, and while Defra dawdles, these animals continue to endure cramped cages, whips and ankuses.

Who could forget the gut-wrenching undercover video footage of Anne, the elephant who was hit with a pitchfork and a club while she was chained up and unable to escape? The abuse of Anne at Bobby Roberts Super Circus is not unique.

I created a petition on Care2 regards Anne with over 3,500 signatures; so I am very familiar with this case. I have also been proactive regards trying to get a ban on circus animals in Britain”.

“I have written numerous letters to Defra, Lord Henley & the government etc. regards imposing a ban on wild animals in UK circuses; If Greece can impose a bill, so can Britain… below is one reply to a letter sent”.

The Government claimed earlier this year that there were legal impediments to a ban, and cited the upcoming Krone case – even before it had been lodged. (Just like the above reply I received)

Animals do not belong in circuses period; have you seen the way young elephants are trained? performing stupid tricks is both detrimental to the health of the animal & also degrading!

Now, the Government’s last so-called ‘impediment’ has gone. The Austrian Court told ADI that it: “could not find that such a ban would encroach on the applicant’s right “to practice every kind of gainful activity” guaranteed by the Basic Law of 21 December 1867 on the General Rights of Nationals in the Kingdoms and Länder represented in the Council of the Realm. Though the ban was interfering with this right, this interference was based on public interest (namely the protection of the animals) and both necessary and appropriate for the legislator to reach this goal. Thus the interference with the applicant’s right was justified and proportional.” 

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of ADI said: “This case proves that there are no obstacles at EU level that will prevent the UK from enacting an immediate ban.

via The government must act now to ban wild animals in circuses | Ann Widdecombe | Comment is free |

Groups assail bill that would criminalize filming farm animals | The Salt Lake Tribune

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The Utah Humane Society opposes a bill that would make it a crime to videotape or photograph agricultural operations without permission from owners, saying the legislation would have a chilling effect on stopping animal abuse.

HB187, which passed the House on a 60-to-14 vote last week, is before the Senate.

Rep. John Mathis, R-Vernal, said his bill is intended to stop groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals from taking what he described as distorted videos alleging animal abuse.

PETA spokesman Jeremy Beckham said photographs and videotapes “often are the best tools we can give to law enforcement” in uncovering animal abuses in factory farms. He said several covert operations in other states have lead to criminal charges.

“The Utah bill would help protect abusers,” he said.

Gene Baierschmidt, executive director of the Utah Human Society, said the bill would discourage “individuals from obtaining the documentation required by government officials and law enforcement authorities to address possible animal cruelty cases.

via Groups assail bill that would criminalize filming farm animals | The Salt Lake Tribune.

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