May 15, 2014
Action Alert, Animal Aid, Animal Health & Welfare, Animal Welfare, Environmental Groups, House Of Commons MP's, Human Greed = Animal Cruelty, Sentient beings
Animal Aid, Animal welfare, Democratic Unionists, Human Environment Animal Protection, Labour, Liberal Democrats, London, Plaid Cymru
“I know who I will be voting for; as a voice for animals!”
The European Elections take place on Thursday 22nd May. Since many laws relating to animals – including at slaughter and in vivisection laboratories – are generated in Europe, Animal Aid is asking you to do two things: 1) vote, and 2) think of the animals as you do so.
Animal Aid wrote to the key political parties standing at these elections to ask for their animal protection policies, and we also put to them five questions relating to animal issues affected by European laws. The Green Party, Animal Welfare Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru all responded in the required timeframe.
The Conservatives, UKIP, the SNP, Sinn Fein, UUP and the Democratic Unionists did not respond at all.
The Green Party supports an end to live export from the UK; mandatory CCTV for all slaughterhouses; ‘absolutely’ opposes cages for egg-laying hens, farrowing crates for pigs and zero grazing of farmed animals; is committed to ending animal experimentation and investing in non-animal replacements; and does not support the use of animals in circuses, horse racing, dog racing or sport shooting. Green Party candidates are standing in every region.
The Animal Welfare Party is a new political party focused squarely on being a voice for animals in Europe. It opposes live transportation of animals; supports mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses; opposes cages for hens, farrowing crates for pigs and zero grazing; supports a phase-out of all animal use in laboratories; and opposes all use of animals in sport and entertainment. The Animal Welfare Party is standing in London only.
Read the full responses made by these two parties, as well as Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru.
Thank you for making your vote count for animals.
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May 13, 2014
Cruelty to animals, Dog, Domestic Disturbance, LUCIE, Port St. Lucie Florida, Sawed-off shotgun, Scrappy, Shotgun
“What a moron, he needs to locked up for a very long time!”
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A 24-year-old man was arrested after severely beating his dog with a sawed-off shotgun and holding his head under water in a bathtub, then turning the gun on his girlfriend who was trying to get him to stop, police say.
Port St. Lucie police responded at noon Wednesday to 304 SE Walton Lakes Drive on a domestic disturbance report. They were met by a crying woman who said her boyfriend, Kyle Romain Hall, got mad at his dog for tearing things up in the apartment and pooping on the floor.
She said he yelled at the dog and hit him, which made the dog cry and howl, according to a police report. She said the more the dog cried, the more severely Hall attacked him. She said Hall tied the dog to a bathtub faucet and began hitting it in the head with a sawed-off shotgun. The dog’s howling continued, so Hall turned on the faucet and held the dog’s head under the water.
The woman said she began screaming at Hall to stop hurting the dog and her turned his attention to her, confronting her at first with a kitchen knife and then the sawed-off shotgun. She fled the apartment and called 9-1-1.
When police arrived, Hall denied all her allegations.
Police found the sawed-off shotgun behind a television in the living room.
The dog, named Scrappy, was barely conscious with swelling and severe cuts to his head. Police say Scrappy was dazed and unresponsive. Scrappy was taken to Animal Kindness Hospital for treatment.
Hall was arrested and jailed on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and animal cruelty.
Police seized the shotgun and a .22-caliber revolver in the home.