PETITION: Let’s Put An End To Dog Fighting and Politicians Who Want To Legalize It

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“Dog fighting needs to be banned period! We have all seen the evidence this horrific blood sport causes to the fighting dogs & the animals they use to train their dogs, the poor bait animals.  Humans have a voice to say NO Animals do not, if a politician thinks there is nothing wrong with dog fighting; I don’t think he should be a politician, do you??

“Watch the video, listen to this knob head slating the HSUS, remember, he wants to undo all the good things in animal welfare that so many have fought for; then please click the link below to sign the petition!” 

Published on 31 Jul 2012 by 

This is an article I read on www.thinkprogress.org

GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting
By Scott Keyes on Jul 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm

If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not. You’ve got an ally in the United States Congress.

During a tele-townhall late last week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) fielded a question about his opposition to animal rights and recently introduced legislation that would undermine local standards preventing animal torture.

“It’s wrong to rate animals above human beings,” he told the questioner. To make his point, King argued that “there’s something wrong” for society to make it a “federal crime to watch animals fight” but “it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting.”

KING: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.
King did not say whether it was also hypocritical that society allows people to get married yet not animals.

Of course, there is a very good reason we ban dogfighting and other similar forms of cruelty: animals don’t have a choice in the matter. Manny Pacquiao chooses to step into the ring. Michael Vick‘s dogs did not. Similarly, when a human boxer loses a fight, he is not ritually executed after the fight. The same is not always true in dogfighting.

Unfortunately, King is a longtime advocate for legalizing dogfighting, cockfighting, and other forms of animal torture. Most recently, he fought legislation that would make it illegal to bring a child to an animal fight. He has also set aside his love for states’ rights in order to forbid localities from enacting anti-animal torture standards.

Petition Link:http://www.causes.com/actions/1670890?recruiter_id=73390439&utm_campaign=invite&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb

Ohio Shelter Turns Off The Gas

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Animal advocates in Ohio applaud the decision by the Fairfield County Commissioners to immediately suspend the use of gassing at the Fairfield County Dog Shelter. (NBC4I)

“What great news, the previous post relating to this issue was a post I did beginning of the month, but due to hospital didn’t get posted so I am playing catch up…thank goodness I checked out the previous post link, or else I wouldn’t have known they decided to ditch the gas chamber…so this truly is great news!”

Animal advocates and dog lovers packed the meeting hall in Fairfield County, Ohio Tuesday morning, to see if there would be a decision reached regarding gassing at the Fairfield County Dog Shelter.

The Commissioners voted unanimously to discontinue using the gas chamber, effective immediately.

The decision was considered a victory for advocates who have been trying to stop the gassing at the shelter for years. County Commissioner Mike Kiger said that the cost comparison he received detailing euthanasia by injection versus gassing was the deciding factor for him.

Although Kiger credited vet-tech Laurie Schmelzer Kays with providing him with the data, Janice Kobi, President/Founder at Fairfield County C.A.R.E.S. said that Kiger had been provided that information long ago. It is widely believed that the public outcry generated by news reports over the weekend were instrumental in forcing Tuesday’s decision.

The shelter is attempting to find a vet to deliver EBI while employees are trained in the procedure. The HSUS has offered to cover the cost of training for lethal injection and willing to pay for setup, but now they are coming under fire for offering to help kill any of the shelter’s animals by any means. While all would prefer a no-kill solution – the step to a more humane method of euthanasia should not be denounced in the interim.

Kobi would like the shelter to be restructured as a model no-kill, which would probably require a complete turnover of shelter officials. Advocates are taking the battle one step at a time.

Today, the Vice President of the rescue that pulled the twelve dogs the day after the mass gassing on July 12th submitted a call for termination of two shelter officials, Sandy Moyer and Nina West.

On July 12, 2012, 13 dogs were unnecessarily gassed to death while these dogs had rescue,” she wrote. “These 13 healthy animals were placed in a gas chamber by two employees; Deputy AC officer, Sandy Moyer and a secretary Nina West. The Dog Warden, Mike Miller was on a camping vacation at the time of this gassing and therefore, do not hold him accountable for the actions of these two rogue workers. With 54 active kennels at this shelter, there was no reason for this, as I had contacted them and said I would rescue these dogs.”

The letter was addressed to the three County Commissioners and asks for the employees’ immediate removal, however for the moment, animal advocates are taking solace in the fact that gassing is now a thing of the past in Fairfield County.

Video & News Link:http://news.petpardons.com/ohio-shelter-turns-off-the-gas/

Republican Congressman – Gloats About Bill To Enable Animal Torture

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“Sorry, I’m going to have a real rant about this, so feel free to just ignore me & go straight to the post (in black writing)…I don’t know much about politics, but I know this congressman wants farm animals to go back to their pitiful lives, which will have a knock on effect to the end product, which totally defeats the object of healthy meat.  I know a little about farm animals & meat quality, from courses done at Agricultural College! How can this buffoon, justify farm animals reverting back to living  daily torturous & painful lives in cramped & filthy conditions; conditions that have a knock on effect to the price of the meat, i.e. no profit due to inferior quality of the meat & hides!”

“If he really wants to ‘fix food production’, he should be fighting to ban the cruel treatment of farm animals, not encourage it! I don’t really like talking about consuming meat, as I’m vegetarian/99% vegan (can’t call myself vegan because I do love an egg butti, from my friends pet chickens) but it’s my duty, well in this case it is!”

“Animals that are able to live by the 5 F’s rule (still sometimes referred to as Brambell’s Five Freedoms) are:-1.Freedom from Hunger and Thirst, 2.Freedom from Discomfort, 3.Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease, 4.Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour, 5.Freedom from Fear and Distress:-will, in the end, produce better quality meat; which consumers will pay more for…meaning more profit…think about it..”.

Pink meat – caused by stress or abuse, don’t buy it!

If animals are given the above, they are likely to produce good quality offspring. As soon as an animal is born, it’s treatment throughout life on the farm will affect the quality of the meat.”

“Keeping animals fit & healthy is paramount to their ultimate value. Farmers must ensure all their workers treat the animals with respect. If you see pork that is light in colour, chances are that animals was severely stressed at the time of slaughter; so if you care for animals don’t buy meat of this colour!!”

“Ill treatment such as kicking, poking, prodding, or any form of abuse, will cause trauma to the animal, that will ultimately cost the farmer in the long run.”  

Dark meat, the cause of most of the meat wastage!

“This causes the greatest amount of meat wastage, money down the drain! If inspected, sometimes whole carcasses are wasted due to bruising of the skin & ultimately dark meat! “

“Take cows, sheep sometimes poultry or pork, if the animal was stressed, injured or diseased before being slaughtered, it will be dark in colour. It has something to do with the muscle glycogen & little lactic acid production, which results in dark coloured meat.

 “If you like steaks, don’t buy dark coloured meat, it won’t be as tasty as it should be & it will be as tough as old boots!.” 

This is healthy meat form a healthy animal!

“It’s simple, farmers must treat livestock well through out their lives on the farm. Once they leave the farm towards slaughter, anyone handling them must ensure there is no abuse, keep stress levels down & all will be rewarded, with everybofdy making a profit!”

“Which is why I can’t believe thist old numb nuts want to change it…I’ve decided he just doesn’t like animals…Period!!”

This isn’t an unintended consequence — King told the Daily Caller that his amendment “fixes the states and their political subdivisions regulating food production everywhere in America.” However, King might want to reconsider that position, as his amendment would legalize several horrific farming and food practices that some states have chosen to do away with:

  • Florida, Ohio, and seven other states have banned confining pregnant pigs in cages that prevent them from moving their limbs or walking in a circle. Pigs confined in so-called gestation crates are forced to defecate where they stand, exposed to serious risk of traumatic injury as a consequence of immobility, and develop sores as a consequence of attempting to move against or bite the bars the bars that confine them. They live their whole lives like this.
  • Seven states have banned similar confinement for baby calves. So-called veal creates are designed to atrophy muscles to improve the taste of meat, creating what the ASPCA callslives of agony and frustration” for the cows until they are slaughtered at four or five months.
  • Three states have banned tail-docking, wherein parts of cows tails are lopped off, occasionally without anesthetic. The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes tail docking as unnecessary and highly painful.
  • Maryland prohibits adding arsenic to chicken feed, which – besides the obvious problems – also spreads the poison into the surrounding soil.

King, though, brags that his legislation “wipes out everything they’ve [animal rights advocates] done with pork and veal.” Indeed, King has a long record of opposing animal welfare law — he has, for example, been Congress’ leading advocate against anti-dogfighting legislation.

He also believes that the Humane Society and other animal rights advocates are attempting to ban “production agriculture” and has fantasized about exposing vegetarians with “an agenda for our diets” on the House floor.

News Link:http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/07/18/540441/republican-bill-animal-torture/?mobile=nc

Puppy suffers broken neck after being tossed from car in NY – SPCA offers reward

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Joey suffered a multiple neck fractures after being thrown from a moving car.

A $2,000 reward is being offered by theSuffolk County SPCA for information leading to the arrest of the person who put a pit bull puppy in a plastic bag and tossed him out the window of a moving car.

Last Saturday afternoon, another driver witnessed the puppy being thrown onto Pilgrim Psychiatric Center property near the Sagtikos Parkway in Brentwood and called authorities.

Islip Animal Shelter personnel brought the puppy to Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island(VMCLI) in West Islip following the incident, where he was named Joey.

 Click here to watch NBC News video of Joey.

According to the veterinarians who treated him, he suffered multiple neck fractures, was malnourished, and has bite wounds on his neck, which authorities say might indicate he was used as a bait dog.

If you would like to contribute to the Joey Donation Fund for his medical care, you can do so by calling VMCLI at (631) 587-0800, or mail your check to: VMCLI, 75 Sunrise Hwy., West Islip, NY 11795-2033. Be sure to indicate it is for Joey.

Anyone who may may have seen or knows anything about this incident is being asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722.

Dogs Being Burned Alive At Ohio Shelter

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Animal advocates have been trying to put an end to gas chamber euthanization at the Fairfield County Dog Shelter near Lancaster, Ohio. Two of the county’s three Commissioners have postponed the vote, even when presented with eyewitness accounts that dogs are coming out of the gas chamber still alive and are thrown into the incinerator along with the dead animals.

Dogs are being burned alive in Ohio.

This week, about 100 people packed the Commissioners’ hearing room to speak to decision makers about discontinuing the inhumane practice. Animal welfare advocates want the county Commissioners to start using lethal injection instead. Fairfield County is among approximately ten of the eighty-eight Ohio counties that still use the gas chamber to kill county-shelter dogs, according to the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association.

Related:  Second Witness Speaks Out Against Ohio Dog Burning Shelter

Commissioner Steve Davis said that he is in favor of changing the policy from gassing to injection. He was the only Commissioner to speak to protestors and thank them for coming to the meeting. He planned to vote on the measure this week, however, Commissioners Mike Kiger and Judy Shupe said they wanted more time to make a decision. Voting was postponed, likely for two weeks. The two Commissioners cited a desire to examine cost and other factors before voting.

Related:  Former Warden Speaks Out Against Ohio Dog Burning Shelter

Commissioner Kiger attended a gassing at the shelter, but still thought the practice was humane. For those who have never witnessed euthanization by gassing, film footage of gas chamber use is included with this article. Although it is not footage from the Fairfield shelter, it is representative of the process.

Published on 3 Jul 2012 by 

WARNING: Graphic.
This scene was taken from “One Nation Under Dog.”
This, in most states, is what happens when a shelter is too full and must dispose of dogs. This isn’t something that was filmed decades ago and no longer exists. This hasn’t changed. This, is probably going on as you read and watch this clip.
Overpopulation of pets is because of one: people don’t spay and neuter their pets, and so they reproduce and have litters with nowhere to go, and two: because people keep buying pets from pet stores.

It is clearly apparent that animals that are gassed suffer emotional and physical distress during the procedure, even when the procedure is carried out correctly – which hasn’t always been the case at the Fairfield shelter.

Although the dog warden maintains that he euthanizes 4 to 6 dogs at a time, a former deputy dog warden and a WEP worker both signed affadavits describing very different experiences. Both employees witnessed the overloading of the chamber, which should hold a maximum of six animals for the gassing to work properly. Both stated that they had seen twelve to sixteen dogs in the euthanization cage at once, more than double the recommended limit.

The former deputy said she had witnessed dogs removed from the chamber who were not dead, and the cage was put through a second cycle. She added that this was often the case with puppies who were too young to be gassed because of their immature respiratory development. She stated that the director of the shelter was instructed to purchase stethoscopes to check for heartbeats, but that he had never carried through.

Two witnesses stood up at the meeting saying they had seen dogs come out of the gas chamber that were not dead and that were thrown into the incinerator still alive. Perhaps that is not surprising since employees as untrained as the WEP worker were forced to do the gassing. Apparently, Commissioners Kiger and Shupe don’t find the thought of animals burned alive disturbing enough to shut down the gas chamber.

Animal advocates started a petition to discontinue gassing at the facility which received 7,000 signatures, but the Commissioners shut off their email accounts because they were “tired of receiving the messages.” The only way to contact Commissioners and voice concern is by phone: 740-652-7090 / 614-322-5260, FAX: 740-687-6048 or mail: 210 East Main Street. Room 301 — Lancaster, Ohio 43130

According to the Change.org website, to kill an animal by carbon monoxide poisoning costs $4.98 per animal versus $2.29 per animal by lethal injection (EBI=Euthanasia By Injection). The argument to continue gassing can only be made as a means of convenience, since a group of animals can be done at once, as opposed to individually by injection.

Amy Bogart, with the Humane Society of the United States, said if the only thing preventing the county from going to a lethal injection form of euthanasia is the cost of training, her organization is willing to pay the cost of the training and setup.

The Fairfield County Dog Shelter has already euthanized 183 dogs this year. In 2011, the county euthanized 578 dogs. These numbers represent about 50% of the shelter’s intake.

News Link:http://news.petpardons.com/dogs-being-burned-alive-at-ohio-shelter/

Activists give judge standing ovation in dogfighting sentencing

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CLEVELAND – Animal rights activists gave a Cuyahoga County judge a standing ovation in court Tuesday morning, following her sentence of a man who took a plea deal in a dogfighting case.

Judge Kathleen Ann Sutula sentenced Collin Rand Jr., 33, to six months in jail, five years community control, and more than $12,000 in fines, restitution and court costs. Rand is never allowed to own a dog.

Collin Rand Jr.

If Rand violates the sentence, the judge said she would send him to prison for more than 12 years.

Rand pleaded guilty to six counts of dogfighting, four counts of cruelty to animals, one count of drug trafficking and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Of his six-month jail sentence, Sutula said “it’s a crime in and of itself. If I had the freedom and the discretion, you’d be serving a lot longer sentence, Mr. Rand. Much, much longer. In fact – probably like 27 years. A year for each dog.”

The activists applauded the judge, and said they understood she sentenced Rand to the maximum amount allowed by law. The ovation came when Judge Sutula said in court that Ohio needs stronger laws to protect animals and punish their abusers.

The activists in court support state House Bill 108, which would make animal abuse a felony in Ohio. They wore T-shirts with the phrase “Hope for the 27.”

Police found 27 dogs tied up at Rand’s home on Dec. 22, 2011. The dogs were malnourished and had open wounds and scars. Officers also found a fighting ring and a treadmill with plywood sides to contain the dogs.

In court, it was disclosed some of the dogs had spent their entire lives enclosed in small cages, and their bodies had conformed to the cage walls.

Some dogs needed immediate medical care, and others went to foster homes. Some had to be humanely euthanized.

Vanessa Petrosky is a volunteer long-term foster mom to animals. She told the court nothing could have prepared her for what she saw when she went to see the animals taken from Rand’s home on East 91st Street.

“Cages full – row after row – of barking, shivering, coughing, cowering, quivering… the smell was appalling,” Petrosky said. “It was pure heartbreak, and we were all overcome by tears.”

Rand had claimed he acquired the dogs in the condition they were found in, and that he was trying to find them new homes. He thanked the volunteers for getting the dogs the care and support that they needed.

“I assure them that I will never own a dog again, and that I am very sorry for my actions, and I apologize once again, thank you, your honor,” Rand said.

The judge was incredulous.

“I find your explanations and your statements to be totally incredible,” Judge Sutula said. “They are not worthy of belief. No one with a heart could look at these animals and not get help.

The judge also said Rand’s letter to her in July offended her. The letter stated he needed to serve less time in county jail on the drug count because he had seven children, who are with different women.

Judge Sutula also ordered him to register for child support for all of the children within five days of his release from jail.

“I fear for those children’s lives, and how they are being raised,” Judge Sutula said. “Other people don’t need to support your children. You need to do that.”

During the sentencing, the judge also referenced the stack of letters on her bench.

“I have never received more letters on any case in 21 years as I have on this case,” the judge said. “I have never received such… touching letters on any case. In one way I’m saddened by that because I’ve had many murders and child abuse cases. I wish I had received as many letters on those as I have on this. But certainly, this is an egregious situation.”

Judge Sutula said she has a rescue dog in her home, and was grateful her pet was rescued at a young age.

Video & News Link: http://www.newsnet5.com//dpp/news/local_news/oh_cuyahoga/activists-give-judge-standing-ovation-in-dog-fighting-sentencing#ixzz23Z9KHyCW

Daytona police arrest teen accused of abusing pregnant woman, dogs

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“This heinous incident happened in July 2012, the public are clearly outraged at this crime! I found a brilliant article written (below the news post), which tackles the question about minors & animal/human abuse.  I personally think, anyone committing such acts at 17 years of age, should be tried as an adult, with younger children from the age of 8 receiving some form of proper punishment. They know at that age & younger the difference between right & wrong! There is also a petition link below, to ensure Poole gets the maximum prison sentence! “

Daytona police arrest teen accused of abusing pregnant woman, dogs

Jarred Scott Poole, 17, was charged Tuesday night with aggravated battery on a pregnant person and felony animal cruelty, spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

Poole was arguing with Jasmine Adams, 23, on Sunday when he grabbed and drop-kicked her Chihuahua puppy onto North Ridgewood Avenue near Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, according to a charging affidavit. Poole then grabbed Adams’ pit bull and threw it into traffic.

Adams retrieved the puppy and put it on the porch at 318 N. Ridgewood Ave., where the pit bull had returned, but Poole grabbed the puppy again and threw it into the median of Ridgewood, according to the affidavit. The pit bull ran after the puppy, but was hit by a truck that didn’t stop and then ran away.

Poole then pinned Adams, who is six to seven months pregnant, against the wall and choked her, police say.

The puppy had to be euthanized due to its injuries, and the pit bull has not been found.

News Link:http://www.news-journalonline.com/breakingnews/2012/07/daytona-police-arrest-teen-accused-of-abusing-pregnant-woman-dogs.html

Life-threatening ‘minor’ in Daytona and law’s leniency

 By Ernest Dempsey

There are times when a ‘minor’ can commit a major offense, becoming somebody’s nightmare. The recent incident involving the 17-year-old Jarred Scott Poole’s assault on a woman and her dogs in Daytona, Florida, is such a story, evoking concern and raising questions about whether law should show leniency to minors on basis of their age if found guilty of such crimes.

As the story details, Poole physically attacked the woman and repeatedly threw her dogs in the traffic on the road. This led to one dog’s death, a puppy, as it got fatal injuries on the road while the other dog set in motion by the situation got hit by a vehicle and ran away in fear.

The woman, 23-year old Jasmine Adams, was also attacked and choked by Poole – her being also pregnant. The police arrested Poole but soon let him go, as reported by an animal rights activist who called the Daytona police that arrested Poole after the incident. The activist in question was told by the concerned juvenile detention section that any details could not be released about Poole as he was a minor.

One may choose to ask the question here how arbitrary our definition of adulthood and age is in relation to the special consideration given to minors who are just a year (or perhaps months or weeks) younger than what is officially considered an adult.

A 17-year-old teen as Poole who reportedly has commtted an act of aggression fatal for one family pet and potentially destructive to three other lives – including an unborn child – is clearly as capable of killing as a dangerous criminal who has reached the age of majority.

Such an individual can be a minor but his physical strength and capability of doing significant intentional harm is no less than an adult. So when such a person practically terrorizes somebody, he would be expected to be kept in detention; letting him go so soon may not only be possibly threatening to others but detrimental to the psyche of this teen who gets the message: “cool, it’s safe to hurt people and kill pets!”

In contrast, a dog that gets somebody as slight scratch gets killed for it supposedly poses a threat to the public. How do we justify this self-contradictory status of law relating public safety? An animal that left a scratch or just a small bite on a person will be killed for being a public threat, sometimes without evidence; but a human who does practical harm and threatens and destroys life is left to go free while the case is investigated by the police.

Link:http://greenheritagenews.com/life-threatening-minor-in-daytona-and-laws-leniency/

Petition :-Jarred Scott Poole should get the maximum sentence.

http://www.change.org/petitions/jarred-scott-poole-should-get-the-maximum-sentence

Face book page:https://www.facebook.com/JarredScottPooleShouldServeJailTimeForAbuse

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