WILL YOU PLEDGE: to Circulate the Truth about Barbaric Trapping.

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Goal is to ban barbaric trapping of animals in the USA, just as it is already banned in most civilized countries. PLEASE READ THE ELOQUENT ARTICLE BELOW, BY ONE OF THE GREATEST MINDS IN THE NATURAL WORLD AND PLEASE SHARE, RE-POST, SEND TO YOUR LEGISLATORS AND LET THIS GO VIRAL!
Wolf trapped and bludgeoned to death. Wild animals who are trapped are terrified, they are in agony, they cannot return – forever – to their offspring or families. They are subjected to the elements and other predators before their nemesis arrives to bludgeon them or strangle them to death.


Years ago I was backpacking in Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness with my friend, Rod, and his  Malamute, Jake.  Like most dogs, Jake was happily running ahead of us investigating this and that.  Suddenly Jake let out a sharp cry and began yipping from someplace up ahead in the brush.

We rushed to him to find with his leg snared in a giant leg-hold bear trap set by a deer carcass. This trap was the size of a car tire.

We desperately tried to free him from the trap, but even with the two of us trying to open the contraption, the springs were just too stiff and we couldn’t get Jake’s leg out. So Rod and I took turns carrying 100 pound Jake on our shoulders, along with the heavy trap plus our backpacks, to our car so we could rush him to a vet.

The vet had to get a special trap opener to compress the springs so we could open the jaws enough to remove Jake’s leg. Jake was lucky. Because the trap’s teeth were so large, Jake’s leg was caught wedged between the teeth instead of having it go through his leg.

He fully recovered from the experience. But most pets and nearly all wildlife are not so lucky. There was no sign indicating the presence of the trap, nor any other effort to warn people of the lurking danger. Had either one of us stepped into the track, we might have suffered serious damage. Unfortunately the trapping of wild animals is a legal activity in all of the United States.

In fact, I am not aware of a single state “wildlife” agency that doesn’t promote trapping, instead of questioning its legitimacy. It’s amazing to me that in this day and age we still allow this barbaric activity to be justified in the name of “sport”. Leg-hold traps and snares are particularly treacherous devices. Animals caught in such traps suffer pain, exposure to weather, dehydration and often a long painful death.

Snares are even more gruesome with animals slowly strangling to death as the wire noose tightens. How is it that cock and dog fights are now illegal and yet we permit state wildlife agencies to sanction an equally cruel activity? The statistics are astounding. More than 4 million animals are trapped for “fun” each year, many enduring immense suffering in the process.  Millions more are trapped as “nuisances” or die as “non-target” animals.

For example more than 700 black bear are snagged each year in Oregon as “nuisance” animals by timber companies (because in the spring bears eat the inner cambium layer of trees). Only a few states have banned the use of leg-hold traps for sport trapping and then usually only through citizen initiative process.

Yet 90 countries around the world have banned these traps and the entire European Union has banned these contraptions. Most trapping targets “fur bearer” animals like lynx, musk rat, beaver, marten, fisher, river otter, weasel, mink, bobcat, red fox, coyote, and bears, and in some states like Idaho and Alaska, trappers also take wolves.

Most of these animals are important predators in their own right, and help to promote healthier ecosystems in many, many ways from the way that wolves reduce the negative impact of large herbivores like elk to reduction of rodent populations by coyotes.  Thus indiscriminate trapping disrupts natural ecological processes, often in ways we don’t appreciate.

If you want to see how sport trapping harms wildlife, view the video below;  Hint it does have a happy ending. If you can, support groups that attempting to end this barbaric “sport.”

Read the rest of this topic & the reasons why trappers justify this outdated cruel practice:-http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/10/trapping-the-barbaric-sport/

Bobcat Rescued from Snare – Part 1 of 2

Watch this heartwarming story of a bobcat named Freedom, who was rescued from certain death in a snare that was illegally set on private property. You can help Predator Defense ban dangerous traps and enable people and wildlife to coexist at http://predatordefense.org.
Bobcat Rescue – Part 2 of 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39umvONjDAc

Killing of pet dog leads to deputies getting non-lethal weapons

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HOPE MILLS — Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies will now carry nonlethal weapons and undergo animal training after an officer shot and killed a small dog.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (bit.ly/JORv65) that Deputy Barbara Siau of the Child Support Enforcement Unit was at a home looking for someone when the dog attacked her.

The homeowner said Siau kicked away the 18-pound Pekingese-dachshund mix named Gizmo before shooting him. The homeowner said there were small bite marks on the officer’s pants but it is unclear if the assault broke the skin.

A lawyer for the sheriff’s office says the plain-clothes members of the child support unit will undergo animal training and will be armed with non-lethal weapons such as mace, a baton or Taser.

Police: Man hit girlfriend, killed 6 puppies

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office booking photo of Mathew Simmons

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man they said assaulted his girlfriend and killed six puppies.

According to a police report, Mathew Simmons and his girlfriend got into a fight Saturday at a home on Orme Road on the Westside.

Simmons threw a dog out of the house, breaking its leg, according to the report. Simmons’ girlfriend got angry and broke her car window, and Simmons grabbed her and hit her several times, police said.

Simmons later killed the dog’s six 2-day-old puppies, according to the report. The carcasses were found in a trash bag in the kitchen, police said.

Simmons is charged with domestic battery and seven counts of animal cruelty.

News link:-http://www.news4jax.com/news/Police-Man-hit-girlfriend-killed-6-puppies/-/475880/14276064/-/9cq1u0/-/index.html

Pet dog found skinned on the brink of death

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(WBRC) – A dog owner in Alabama believes her pet was skinned alive.

The dog was found on the brink of death and in such bad shape, it had to be euthanized. 

“Bama” had to be euthanized after it received the devastating injuries.

Chilton County authorities are investigating this horrific incident.

Delana Dunnaway cannot remember “Bama” as the sweet little Chinese pug he was.  Instead, there is a disturbing, graphic, and heartbreaking image of her pet etched in her mind.

Dunnaway said, “I hope and pray it goes away but right now every time I think about him. I think about him being nothing but skin, bleeding.”

Dunnaway believes someone used a knife to skin her dog. She says Bama goes in and out through a doggie door and Friday morning, he went out and never came back.

Dunnaway’s son-in-law searched for him on their property. He found the 2-year-old pup in a wooded area, bleeding and barely alive.

Dunnaway said, “From the neck down there was nothing but raw meat, nerves, no hair on his legs.”

Dennis Potter, a manager at the Calera Animal Hospital, says what happened to the poor dog was not caused by another animal. It was intentional because the cuts were too precise.

Potter says there was nothing that could be done to save his life. Bama was euthanized.

Potter said, “Over 65 to 70 percent of the animal’s skin, plus fur were ripped off by a knife. There’s no way a body could regenerate that over a period of time. The animal was suffering.”

Dunnaway said, “I just don’t believe anybody that did this was sick, they were just evil.”

And Dunnaway says the person needs to be caught, before this happens to someone else’s pet or worse.

Dunnaway adds, “People are thinking it’s just a dog well it may have been, but the next step could be a child.” Dunnaway strongly believes if this person would do this to a little dog, then they’re probably capable of hurting a human being at some point.

The animal’s vet says it had trauma to its head, indicating the person who skinned him also hit the dog on the head with a blunt object.

She wants to know why someone would do this.

The state’s humane society is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a suspect.

News Link:-http://www.waff.com/story/18646340/pet-found-skinned-in-north-chilton-co

Maple Ridge cat killer strikes again

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Seven more cats have been found mutilated in Maple Ridge in the past two weeks, three months after the SPCA appealed for information about the disturbing killings.

In the past year, a total of 22 dismembered cats have been found in the municipality.

Their deaths prompted the SPCA to issue a public warning in March, urging cat owners to keep their pets inside.

Lorie Chortyk, with the B.C. SPCA, said all the cats have been killed in the same manner, either cut in half with a saw or sharp knife.

The latest killings happened in an area between 217th and 230th Streets.

“We are doing necropsies on the bodies, but unfortunately we still have no leads – we are still pleading to the public for information if anyone has seen or knows anything,” said Chortyk.

Eric Wernicke’s cat Buttercup disappeared Wednesday and was found after someone noticed a posting for alost cat on Craigslist.

Buttercup was killed sometime last week. Her head was found on a lawn five block from her home.

Buttercup’s head was discovered on the front lawn of a house five blocks away from Wernicke’s home on Selkirk Street.

“It was definitely her,” said Wernicke, who identified the year-old Calico from her distinct markings. Wernicke found Buttercup’s tail and tufts of fur later at a street corner. “We try to keep her in because, from what I hear, this has been happening for a year,” said Wernicke.

But like most adventurous felines, Buttercup often slipped out when the front door opened. Wernicke hopes the person responsible for the cat mutilations is caught soon. “I hope they get him,” he said.

The first cat mutilation was reported to RCMP and the Maple Ridge SPCA last July, but the owner was initially told her kitten was killed by a coyote.

Monika Soos’ three-month old kitten, Mau, was found July 15 on her front lawn on Stephens Street, near 118 A Avenue, its head cleanly severed and placed neatly next to a bubble-gum pink collar.

Police received three similar reports in the next few months. The deaths concerned Mounties because all the cats were similarly disfigured.

Maple Ridge vet Dr. Adrian Walton looked at several cat carcasses in March and told the SPCA to order full necropsies on the animals after he noticed clean cuts on their bones.

Walton has been urging cat owners in Maple Ridge to keep their pets indoor for years – not because there’s a serial cat killer on the prowl but to keep them out of the jaws of coyotes.

Read the rest of this post:-http://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/155351805.html

Veterinarian Accused of Dumping Animal Remains on Parkway

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A Bronx veterinarian who promised owners proper burials for their beloved pets has been arrested and accused of dumping remains of animals along the Hutchinson River Parkway.

The animals discovered last month included dogs, cats and a lizard. The SPCA said they had been euthanized before they were dumped.

Police say the veterinarian, Andrew Manesis, accepted cash for “proper burial” and then dumped the bodies. He collected anywhere from $100 to $300 per animal, according to authorities.

“I think it’s particularly egregious because many pet owners treat their pets as family,” said Westchester County Public Safety Sgt. Edward Reich. “They regard them as family members.”

 Manesis told NBC 4 New York the allegations were “false” as he left the Westchester police station Tuesday, but declined to answer any other questions about the case.

The remains were found near an entrance ramp to the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison.

The animals were in varying states of decay and some appeared to have been there for months.

A veterinarian in Mount Vernon performed necropsies on five of the animals and found no signs of abuse.

News & Video Link:-http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Animals-Hutchinson-River-Parkway-Veterinarian-Arrest-155413865.html


Livestock house video draws animal cruelty charges

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SANTA ANA, Calif. –  Prosecutors have filed animal cruelty charges against the owner and seven employees at a Southern California livestock auction house after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers kicking, hitting and tossing the animals as they were readied for sale.

The grainy video, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press and shot by the Los Angeles-based group Mercy for Animals, shows workers at Ontario Livestock Sales in Ontario, Calif., kicking and stomping on pigs to get them to move through a narrow chute, hitting emus with a baton and slinging baby goats by the neck and hind legs. In one shot, two workers drag a sick sheep that can’t walk by its ears and heave it into the back of a van.

Prosecutors have filed a total of 21 misdemeanor counts against the owner, Horacio Santorsola, and seven employees after conducting further investigation with the help of the Inland Valley Humane Society, said Reza Daghbandan, a prosecutor with the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office.

The defendants, who are not in custody, have a July 20 court date and face a maximum of a year in county jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted, he said.

Santorsola, 73, said the case was exaggerated and he and his employees had done nothing wrong.

He has not been cited once in the 18 years he’s owned the business, he said, and grabbing animals by their necks and legs is necessary because they are not tame.

“I think it’s a bunch of crap,” Santorsola said. “How are you going to pick them up? They don’t have a leash. They run, believe me, they do run.”

The video was taken earlier this year over a seven-week period by an undercover investigator using a buttonhole camera, said Matt Rice, director of investigations at Mercy for Animals.

Prosecutors relied on the help of veterinarians to determine which actions crossed the line into criminal behavior, Daghbandan said.

“This isn’t the same standard of care as a house pet would get … but we felt comfortable that these instances went too far,” he said.

Animal handling experts who reviewed the footage called the treatment of the animals, which include emus, pigs, goats, sheep and cows, “brutally improper.”

“If they were to do this to a companion animal like a dog or a cat, everyone would jump up in outrage,” said Holly Cheever, a veterinarian and expert witness in animal cruelty cases who is also vice president of New York State Humane Association.

Cheever said in one shot, a cow appears to be suffering from a prolapsed uterus and is bleeding.

“Even food animals are supposed to be given proper care and protection from abuse and this is very clear cut abuse,” she said. “The dragging of the downed animals, the tossing of the baby animals onto the floor, leaving them gasping and dying: It’s hard to choose any one aspect because it’s pretty unpleasant from beginning to end.”

A website for Ontario Livestock Sales says the family-owned business 40 miles east of Los Angeles holds auctions every Tuesday and handles horses, cattle, goats, hogs and exotic animals. The facility, which was founded in 1936, sells 1,000 to 1,300 animals every week, according to its website.

Mercy for Animals has filmed at livestock facilities around the U.S., including footage at a poultry farm that last year led Target and McDonald’s to drop their egg supplier after undercover footage showed hens packed into cramped cages, male chicks being tossed into plastic bags to suffocate and workers cutting off the tips of chicks’ beaks.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/30/ap-exclusive-video-draws-animal-cruelty-charges/#ixzz1wSkvTXyS

Related:- https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/livestock-auction-atrocities-under-cover-investigation/

Panther dies of thirst in Rajasthan heat

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Jaipur: Water scarcity in the intense summer heat of Rajasthanhas caused animals in the wild to stray and led to incidents of animal-human conflicts. The dry water holes in forest have also caused a panther’s death last week.

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The panther’s body was spotted on Tuesday in the Devdungari forest area of Bhilwara district, some 300 kilometre from state capital Jaipur. The animal had died of thirst, officials said.

Environmentalists accused the government of not making adequate arrangements for water, forcing wild animals to stray into human habitats to quench their thirst and hunger, as many recent incidents of animal-human conflicts suggest.

“It seems the panther had died at least five days ago. Some villagers told the authorities when they spotted the body near their village on the edge of the forest,” People for Animals’ state in-charge Babulal Jaju told Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).

He added that the panther had not been killed by poachers, as they usually skin the animal and remove its bones before selling the bodies.

“There were also no signs on the body of a fight between two panthers. The young panther seems to have died of hunger and thirst,” said Mr Jaju.

He said there were several panthers in the Devdungari forests, but the diminishing water holes have made life for wild animals difficult in most state forests. He demanded a thorough investigation into the panther’s death.

In April, a panther had mauled to death a seven-year old girl in Rajsamand. The animal had strayed into her village in search of food and water. Similarly, in March a wild bear mauled to death two men over two days and left at least 10 others injured in Dholpur.

“Several other minor incidents of wild animals attacking humans have been reported in the state in the recent past. It is largely because these animals are straying into nearby villages in search of water and food,” said Mr Jaju.

India‘s desert state boasts of two tiger projects, one bird sanctuary and 25 wildlife sanctuaries. These protected areas offer great eco-tourism opportunities for both domestic and foreign tourists.

“Some of the wildlife reserves and parks are facing an acute water shortage this summer,” Mr Jaju said, and added that the measures taken so far by the state government to augment water supplies were few.

Due to the sweltering heat, many small water reservoirs have dried up while others are on the verge of drying up.

One forest watering project that is yielding results is the channelling of Chambal river waters into the Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan.

Man accused of killing kitten, hurting others

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PALM COAST, Fla. — A central Florida man faces an animal cruelty charge after authorities say he killed at least one kitten and bit the lips off another.

Flagler County deputies arrested 28-year-old Angel Vega Roman this past weekend.

Authorities say Roman had been living in a Palm Coast home with two other people. He was left to care for several kittens earlier this month when the housemates when out of town.

The housemates told deputies that Roman admitted to killing one kitten and biting another. Roman had also asked to give away two kittens while the housemates were away, and it’s unclear what happened to those animals. The housemates also told deputies Roman had burned several other cats.

Roman was being held on $100,000 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.


Alleged Cat Killer Turns Alleged Murderer In Canada

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“I knew it wouldn’t be long before this sicko was back in the news.  Appears he has turned from animals to humans….police should have listened to all the animal advocates that sent his name etc to them, saying he was a killer in the making!!”.

Canadian police are searching for a man in connection with a murder in Montreal. A male human torso was discovered in a suitcase in a pile of garbage at Place Lucy and Décarie in Montreal Tuesday morning. Although authorities have not released the name of the victim, they have released the name of a suspect: 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta.

This sicko enjoyed killing kittens & sending video’s to YouTube

Magnotta is a name well known in the animal rescue community. In 2010, a video surfaced of him on YouTube, torturing and killing two kittens. Photos of Magnotta holding various terrified animals as well as a list of his aliases made the rounds of social media sites, as advocates such as The Barbi Twins, and Rescue Ink searched for leads as to his identity and location.

Magnotta is alleged to have made a number of “crush” films in which he kills defenceless kittens. In four different videos, he is reported to be seen suffocating kittens, defiling dead kittens, feeding a kitten to a python and taping a kitten to a broom handle and drowning it in a bathtub. The Barbi Twins have been tracking his crimes against animals since 2010, but police did not devote any resources to the cases of animal abuse, because they “had bigger crimes to investigate.”

At a certain point the Barbi twins stopped giving Magnotta any press because it was clear he was committing his heinous acts of torture for the attention it brought him.

Every person involved in animal rescue is well aware of the connection between animal abuse and homicide. Magnotta was seen by the animal advocacy community as a killer in the making, but authorities could not be convinced to take his crimes seriously. Now it appears he has made the jump from animals to humans, as many serial killers throughout history have.

This month a new video entitled “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick” surfaced on the Internet which appears to be an actual snuff video. The killer in the video is believed to be Luka Magnotta, stabbing, beheading, dismembering and sexually abusing the corpse of another man.

It is not known whether the victim in the video is the same man found this week in Montreal.

In addition to his crush videos, Magnotta is known for being a male model, exotic dancer and gay porn star. He was born Eric Clinton Newman in Scarborough Ontario Canada, but legally changed his name.

Some of the body parts turned up today. One part, a foot, was delivered to the Canadian Conservative Party headquarters headed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, while the second, a hand, was destined for Canadoan Liberal Party offices, but was discovered by Canada Post workers. Police announced today that both packages had originated in Montreal. Police issued a Canada-wide warrant today, and said they couldn’t rule out more body parts may be in the mail.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Luka Magnotta, please contact Montreal Police at: 514 393-1133   Do not approach Magnotta as he is considered dangerous

Read the full post here:http://news.petpardons.com/alleged-cat-killer-turns-alleged-murderer-in-canada/

Here is the Interpol Link:http://www.interpol.int/Wanted-Persons/%28wanted_id%29/2012-310468

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