Praise President Obama for Keeping Animal Cruelty Out of the Military

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“Please sign the petition below…no animal should suffer for military training!”

TargetPresident Barack Obama

Goal: Commend President Obama for signing a bill that will eliminate animal cruelty from military drills

For years, Department of Defense (DOD) regulations have required that military trainers use humane alternatives to animal cruelty whenever possible. However, video footage of a recent Coast Guard training session in Virginia Beach revealed horrifying animal abuse.

Fortunately, President Obama just signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, a section of which requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan within two months for phasing out the use of animals in military training. The President deserves praise for taking a stand for animals, and to be encouraged to keep the pressure on the DOD.

Animals have been a part of military trauma training for many years. The exercises, which mutilate and ultimately kill animals, are meant to replicate battlefield injuries and are supposed to help soldiers learn how to save lives in battle. However, a report from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claims that the exercises did little to help soldiers learn how to save others.

Public outcry against military training involving animals reached a fever pitch after PETA obtained video footage of goats being mutilated by a company hired by the military to assist in training. The shocking footage showed goats–alive and inadequately anaesthetized being stabbed, having their legs broken and cut off with tree trimmers, and getting their organs pulled out. The whistle-blower who provided the footage to PETA also claimed that goats were shot in the face and hacked to pieces with axes–while they were still alive.

The fact that practices like this continue to exist is all the more horrifying given the availability of extremely lifelike training dummies which, according to PETA, “can breathe, bleed, talk, and even ‘die.’”

All these facts make the passage of legislation prohibiting the use of animals in training long overdue. While this is a victory, there is still more to be done. Thank President Obama for signing anti-cruelty legislation into law, but urge him to continue pressuring the DOD to phase out animal use as quickly and effectively as possible.

Petition Link:-http://forcechange.com/51308/praise-president-obama-for-keeping-animal-cruelty-out-of-the-military/

Related: Animals used in Coast guard Training: both links contains the graphic video:

Animal Cruelty Suspect in Spring Valley Sought by County Authorities: Dog Found In Trash

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“WTF…only a cold-hearted non-feeling, inhumane bastard, could do something like this. The dog was alive when it was tied in a bag…& it was found alive…but euthanized due to its poor condition. Whoever owned this dog, knew it would suffer & slowly die; how fxxxxxg cruel is that? Who could do a thing like that?? Somebody must have seen this dog alive & in someone’s back yard at some point, it clearly wasn’t looked after properly while it was alive; it’s coat was very matted which would have been very noticeable! Who know’s what terrible abuse this poor dog suffered whilst alive, before being dumped & left to suffocate to death!! Did this person live near the school? Did they dump the poor dog from a car or on foot?”

“This dog was 10 years old…please think about it…have you noticed the neighbours dog has disappeared? Cocker spaniel’s are easily identified by their long ears, & shaggy coats, often curly hair which covers their whole body. However this owner totally neglected to brush the dogs coat. They are very placid dogs who love attention & love to give it, especially wet kisses…I have never met a Cocker Spaniel that hasn’t wanted lots of cuddles; they are an adorable breed, anyone who has one would agree with me!”

“Look around you, please anyone with any information, even if you think it is not linked; a neighbour may have said their dog died of natural causes or it was taken to vets due to illness…come on guy’s, unless this dog was locked in a basement for 10 years, never to be seen…somebody know’s who it belonged to. Please contact the numbers below. This person needs to be found & convicted; before they go buy another dog, which they will soon neglect!!”

A 10-year-old Cocker Spaniel was found in a trash bin at Mount Miguel High School. The animal’s condition was so severe, it had to be euthanized that same day.

The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services is looking for any witnesses or information regarding a severely neglected dog that was found in a large trash bin Saturday, Jan. 5 at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley.

Found alive in trash bin

The dog, a tan-coloured, 10-year-old neutered male cocker spaniel, was wrapped in a blanket and placed in a black plastic trash bag, which was tied shut and put in the school trash bin.

When found, the dog’s coat was so severely matted that it is likely the dog could not walk. The animal’s condition was so severe; he had to be euthanized at the Department’s animal care center in Bonita that same day. No medical intervention would have reversed the condition of the dog.  

Whoever did this horrific act needs to be found and held accountable,” said Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson.

If you saw anyone near the school dumpsters on Friday, Jan. 4 or Saturday, Jan. 5 dumping a large black plastic bag or have any information about this case, contact Deputy Director Dan DeSousa at (619)767-2624 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

A $1,000 reward is being offered by San Diego Animal Advocates for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this dog’s suffering. If a suspect is identified, he or she could face felony animal abuse charges, punishable by imprisonment in state prison and a $20,000 fine.

News Link:-http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/animal-cruelty-suspect-in-spring-valley-sought-by-county-authorities

British Woman Sees Dog Beaten To Death On Her Own Drive

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“I can’t believe the women who witnessed the attack on the dog, has been asked to withdraw her claim, because the guy (who beat his dog to death); has children!! WTF… alarm bells should be ringing for the safety of those children…the psychological literature available to all, is replete with major studies that have identified the animal/human violence link.  What they should be doing is giving his name to animal control & police; asking them to seize all his other animals! He should then be forced to undergo some kind of anger management course; then the police should keep a close eye on him.  I doubt very much this person will be prosecuted for his heinous crime. People should be concerned for those that have to live with a person, capable of breaking a dogs spine, in temper; not helping him to get away with it because he has children!” 

A BRITISH expat witnessed a dog ‘brutally beaten and killed’ outside her home in Almogia, Malaga.

Susie Murdoch, 55, saw a man trying to retrieve a male mastin from the top of her drive before launching a vicious attack on the animal.

“I saw the mastin, then a man following it and shouting as it tried to hide behind a tree.

He picked up a very large stick from the ground and began beating the dog so I ran up the drive shouting,” said Murdoch.

He shouted something back at me in Spanish and then walked away.” As the owner left the premises, Murdoch went after the injured animal.

After nearly 30 minutes of searching, Murdoch saw the dog collapse in a nearby field through a pair of binoculars.

Murdoch, originally from Brighton, found the animal dead with what appeared to be a broken spine.

After reporting the attack to local police, Murdoch has been asked by some locals to withdraw her claims because ‘the man has a wife and children’.

“That is something I will not do,” she said.

“It’s absolutely disgusting, the dog was killed just because it wouldn’t go back to him,” added the expat.

It emerges that the man, who is thought to be in his mid-forties, also owns several other animals.

Mastins are commonly used throughout Spain to guard livestock due to their size and temperament.

The incident is just one of many recent reports of animal cruelty in Andalucia, with one man running over his own dog in Estepona.

The case has now been referred to the Guardia Civil.

News Link:-http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2013/01/28/british-woman-sees-dog-beaten-to-death-on-her-own-drive/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theolivepress%2FnZgG+%28The+Olive+Press%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

Why Are Elephants Dying for Religion?

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“Please note, the link below contains some petitions to sign regarding elephants & other wildlife!”

Figurines and statues have been a part of Christianity since its inception, but should we be killing animals to make them?

This Jesus figurine is made of elephant ivory. (DeAgostini Library/Getty Images)

This Jesus figurine is made of elephant ivory. (DeAgostini Library/Getty Images)

Sadly, religion figures heavily in the demand for ivory, something Noah probably didn’t have in mind when he marched those animals onto the ark.

Despite the efforts of multiple organizations and governments throughout the world, the killing of elephants for their tusks continues at an alarming rate.

Just last week, Kenyan authorities seized two tons of illegal elephant ivory at the Kenyan port of Mombasa that was bound for Indonesia. And earlier this month, custom agents in Hong Kong discovered 779 elephant tusks hidden in the false bottoms of shipping crates from Kenya, which represented at least 389 elephant deaths.

Last September, Oliver Payne, a National Geographic journalist, decided to tackle the lust for tusk from a different anglethe God angle. According to Payne, “The religious use of ivory is among the least publicized and seemingly most easily correctable drivers of the massive elephant slaughter now taking place across Africa.”

Payne wrote to Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican’s press office, to see if “the Vatican would take a leadership role regarding the use of ivory by Catholics.”

Contacted for comment, Father Lombardi sent TakePart a lengthy letter dated January 22 that was addressed to “Oliver Payne and friends of the elephants.” It stated, in part, that “regarding animals, the position of the Catholic has always been that, even if these certainly do not have the same level of dignity and thus of rights as human beings, they are living beings and of a higher perfection than plant life, especially those more evolved animals that are capable of relationships and sensations, of feeling pleasure and pain, for which they merit respectful treatment. They cannot be arbitrarily killed or made to suffer.

He also noted that in his experience the Church has not encouraged the use of ivory for devotional objects. “We all know that there are ivory objects of religious significance, mostly ancient, because ivory was considered a beautiful and valuable material. There has never, however, been encouragement on the part of the Church to use ivory instead of any other material.”

“Nevertheless, we are absolutely convinced that the massacre of elephants is a very serious matter, against which it is right that everyone who can do something should be committed.”

Father Lombardi then went on to outline three things he thought could be accomplished by “a program of information and empowerment through some ‘Vatican’ organizations.” These include:

1) “To bring this issue to the attention of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which is the Vatican dicastery responsible for studying precisely those problems associated with justice and peace, but also with the environment.”

2) “To propose to the sections of Vatican Radio that prepare programming for Africa (in English, French, Portuguese, and Swahili) to investigate into this topic and to speak about it in radio programs in order to encourage the ecclesial communities it addresses to engage in the fight against poaching and the illegal ivory trade, as well as to propose informational material to the other sections of Vatican Radio in order to raise awareness among their audiences.”

3) “To make the contributions of the research of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on environmental issues and biodiversity more widely known.”

Father Lombardi ended his letter by saying that, “The slaughter of elephants will not stop because of these initiatives, but at least we are working together to seek practical solutions to stopping it with the possibilities of information and training available to us.”

The Catholic Church has publicly condemned the use of ivory for religious figurines.

Do you think religious organizations should be more actively involved in trying to stop the slaughter of elephants?

Petitions to sign & News Link:-http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/01/23/elephants-and-ivory-vatican-hopes-we-can-all-live-together-perfect-harmony

When Tourists Attack: 9 Crocodiles Stoned to Death at Chinese Zoo

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“WTF…first it’s lions, now it’s crocodiles…who are the real monsters here? It seems some, REPEAT some, Chinese knob heads are not happy unless they are seeing an animal suffer, or watching a live animal be fed upon by lions kept at such zoos in China. Your seriously telling me that if zoo staff were around, they would stop these stupid MF’s from having their fun…I doubt it. What I do know is that the wrong animals are behind bars…these animals are free; to go kill other animals that don’t satisfy them!!”

“Please note, go to the link at the end to sign petitions to protect wildlife.”

At best, zoos are institutions of conservation and wildlife education. At worst, they’re abusive prisons that exploit wildlife to make money.

But this tale of zoo cruelty out of China is beyond the pale—recently, visitors to a Shenzhen zoo killed nine crocodiles by throwing rocks and garbage into their exhibit.

Who are the real monsters??

The incident apparently stemmed from visitors’ dissatisfaction with the hibernating crocodiles. Trying to get the reptiles to move, guests began yelling and spitting at the animals. This behaviour quickly escalated into more extreme abuse: trash, stones and random objects were thrown at the sleeping crocodiles. 

The zoo’s staff maintains that it was unable to stop people from hurling things into the crocodile enclosure. It was only later, when zoo-keepers went to clean the garbage out of the exhibit, that they discovered nine of the 11 crocodiles were dead.

While a violent crowd may seem out of zoo-keepers  control, Chinese zoos have faced accusations of negligence before. It seems unlikely that the zoo officials were completely powerless to protect the crocodiles. Even if they were, they could have checked on the animals sooner rather than later—potentially saving some crocodiles from death.

Unfortunately this is not the first time a Chinese zoo has come under fire for careless staff or animal cruelty.

A few days ago visitors to the Hangzhou Zoo threw snowballs at the zoo’s lions; there was no zoo staff present to stop the crowd.

Two years ago the Animals Asia Foundation published a report chronicling the horrible conditions and untrained staff found at many Chinese zoos.

One of the worst offences was forcing zoo animals to perform tricks using whips and metal hooks to direct them. The report says: “The appalling treatment of many animals by performance staff demonstrates a lack of compassion and respect for animals.

Allowing the public to view animals being forced to behave unnaturally, and in many cases being beaten into performing, conveys the message that it is acceptable to dominate and harm animals in the name of entertainment.” Chinese zoos have also been accused of live-feeding, which involves starving predatory animals and having them stalk live prey to entertain visitors.

Take Action:-visit the link below to sign petitions to protect wildlife.

News Link:-http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/01/22/when-people-attack-zoo-visitors-kill-nine-crocodiles

Compassionate Police Officer Stays By Side Of Dying Dog

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“Yes, I’m writing through tears, why? well obviously because I’m saddened by this, but also; because I wish there were more people like this in the world. Why can’t all people have the compassion & empathy, this young police officer showed? It doesn’t cost anything to be kind…people around the world should remember that!”

Too frequently we see stories of police acting inappropriately – shooting innocent and friendly pet dogs, without so much as a whisper of remorse.  But there is always the other side of the coin, police acting heroically and showing compassion to our best friends.  We do not see this side often enough.

Be prepared to bust out the Kleenex for this video, accompanied by Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” which we know all too well from those heartbreaking ASPCA commercials.  The video shows a police officer in Spain making just a few simple gestures to show a dog he cares.  The dog was struck by a car, and Carlos Rosa stays with him on the side of the road, refusing to leave his side.

Sadly, the dog did not survive.  His internal injuries were too severe to repair, and he was euthanized at a veterinary clinicBut before he departed this world, he was brought some comfort by being shown the kindness of a human who made sure this dog would not be alone when he died.

Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/01/compassionate-officer-stays-by-dying-dogs-side/

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President Of Animal Rescue Charged With 120 Counts Of Animal Cruelty

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“WTF…this kind of thing doesn’t just happen overnight…why had it got so bad…surely she isn’t the only one at fault here. A shelter is a place were animals should be safe, cared for & given ample food & water…this wasn’t a shelter…it was a hell hole for sentient beings, forced to live amongst their own waste, whilst slowly dying of hunger & thirst. I just can’t believe it was left so long before someone intervened…didn’t anyone who worked their give a shit??? I just pray that they all are banned from owning any animals for life, as well as some serious prison time…for a serious crime!!”

In what the Oregon Humane Society is calling the largest animal neglect case they have ever had 149 dogs and two cats in deplorable conditions, starving and suffering from neglect, were seized on Sunday night.

Dogs kept in tiny crates, some unable to turn around, all starving to death

The president of Willamette Valley Animal Rescue, 24-year-old Alicia Inglish, was arrested and charged with 120 counts of second-degree animal neglect and one count of tampering with evidence.

When police raided the Willamette Valley Animal Rescue on Sunday what they saw was the opposite of what one expects from an animal shelter.

Police found 149 dogs in awful conditions. Some dog’s eyes were sealed shut with bodily fluid and as many as five dogs were crammed into a kennel fit for one.

 Many of the dogs had open sores. None of the dogs had access to food and what water they did have access to was dirty.

“This is so far and away from the perception of warmth and caring people expect in an animal shelter,” said executive director of the Oregon Humane Society, Sharon Harmon. “I saw one animal stuffed into a cage that was so small he was unable to lie down, sit or stand up,” said Oregon Humane Society veterinarian Kris Otterman. “He had no food or water in his cage, and I’m not sure how long he’d been left in that condition.”

Many of the dogs were starving, some so severe that they will need to be put on “ re feeding programs”  to re-introduce small amounts of food that is easy for them to digest. “Those dogs were shut down,” said Harmon. “They don’t show interest in food.”

A team of 21 deputies and volunteers from Oregon Humane Society and Willamette Humane Society worked through Sunday night to care for the seized animals. The dogs were taken to three different shelters. The Oregon Humane Society took in 110 of the dogs. In doing so the Oregon Humane Society is now at double its capacity for dogs.

They are asking the public for help minimize the crowded conditions. They currently have 80 dogs available for adoption and are reducing the adoption fee of all dogs one year and older to $50 through January 18th.

The dogs from the raid are being held as evidence and are not available or adoption at this point. In addition whether all the dogs can be rehabilitated or adoption is still unknown. The Oregon Humane Society hopes to get the dogs healthy and into good homes as soon as the legal system will allow.

Sheriff’s officials said they had tried to work with Inglish to address issues with the rescue after receiving complaints previously but were again and again met with no cooperation from Inglish and the Willamette Valley Animal Rescue. The Oregon Humane Society also tried to help and inspect the facility but also faced lack of cooperation when they were turned away.

Inglish is currently being held at the Marion County Jail on $300,000 bail. Sheriff’s officials are expecting to make additional arrests in this case.

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/01/president-of-animal-rescue-charged-with-120-counts-of-animal-neglect/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

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