Jaris Update: Man who Threw Dog From Window Gets Prison Time

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Back in April we brought you the story of Jaris, the Belgian malinois police dog that was thrown from a second-story window by a parolee refusing to surrender. 

We are please to tell you that the man has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Police had arrived at the Fontana, California home of Brian Bills, who had violated his parole.  The woman who answered the door claimed he was not home, but police saw him trying to escape out of an upstairs window.  He refused to comply, so a K-9 was sent after him.  Jaris lunged toward the man, and using the dog’s forward momentum, Bills propelled him out the window.

“Jaris was not able to stop himself and fell to the concrete below,”police explained.

Miraculously, Jaris survived.  But after landing on his head, his nose was bleeding and he was staggering, so he was immediately rushed to an emergency veterinarian.  He has suffered some nerve damage between his brain and sinuses, but after spending enough time recuperating, Jaris returned to work.

Bills continued to resist arrest even after Jaris’ shocking plummet to the ground.  He was caught and pleaded guilty to one count each of resisting a peace officer and intentional injury to a police dog.  Today he was sentenced to three years in prison.  Yes, we know – not nearly long enough.

 News Link:http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/05/jaris-update-man-who-threw-police-dog-from-window-gets-prison-time/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

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Bitless bridles are allowed says British Eventing

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“Brilliant, now all they need to do is allow bitless bridles in dressage & a lot more of us would be happy!”

British Eventing (BE) has amended its rule book to make it clear that bitless bridles are acceptable for showjumping and cross-country.

It follows an incident when competitor Mark Smith was wrongly banned from the showjumping because his horse was wearing a bitless bridle.

BE apologised. But on 20 July at Aston-le-Walls(2), Georgina Mckeown — who also competes in a bitless bridle — was told by a BE steward she could not go cross-country in the open novice.

She was eventually allowed to run and finished sixth on Del Piero.

Chris Farr of BE said: “The resultant rule change was appropriate, understandable and enforceable.

 “I can confirm it has been published on the website and sent to all BE officials.”

News Link:http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/competitionnews/391/313637.html?utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hhnewsletter060812

 

Patrik Kittel Reignites Rollkur Controversy at Olympics

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“A horse above, over, evading the bit, mouth open, tongue showing, however you call it, it’s all evidence that the horse is avoiding contact and has problems… (That’s just the mouth)…The FEI Rules, state marks from 1-3 can be deducted for each instance seen, so I don’t understand why some are scoring so high! My mare is only ever ridden bit less, even in dressage, (obviously not to this high level, I wish) but bit less is not accepted in dressage, so she can’t enter local competitions, its ridiculous! A horse doesn’t nor shouldn’t have to be tortured through aggressive use of the bit & reins etc. to achieve this look!”

A photo capturing Swedish dressage rider, Patrik Kittel, has reignited the rollkur debate in the horse community. Kittel was warming up his horse Scandic on Thursday when the image was captured. 

Dressage enthusiasts world-wide called for Kittel’s disqualification from the Olympics, however he competed Friday posting a score of 74.03. His score qualifies him – among thirty – to compete for an individual medal.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) initially responded on its Facebook page to the outrage and allegations of abuse. “We are aware that there is concern about some training methods, but photographs can be misleading. Rest assured that our stewards are always there, on the ground, monitoring all training sessions. We are on the case.”
While the FEI tried to calm fans, its Facebook page continued to received hundreds of posts calling for action.
As more photographs surfaced throughout the day, we pressed the FEI for additional answers. “We completely agree that the pictures are unattractive, but we have spoken to the Stewards who were monitoring the session and they have clearly confirmed that Patrik Kittel was not in breach of the rules as he only maintained the horse’s head and neck in that position for very short periods,” says FEI Dressage Director, Trond Asmyr, in a statement to Rate My Horse PRO.
The rules state that “deliberate extreme flexions of the neck involving either high, low or lateral head carriages, should only be performed for very short periods. If performed for longer periods the steward will intervene,” he says. More pictures at the link.
Kittel responded to the accusations on Facebook. “The surprise of the day came when St George (again of course) put pictures from the training up, I really think they went below the belt this time,,, I for sure have not ridden Scandic in anyway that will harm him, but I seem to be a good target to get clicks for… Anyway I have so much support!!! And to the critics All I can say don’t believe photos that were taken in a bad moment go to the Show and see for yourself then believe.”
Kittel is no stranger to scandal. The infamous “blue tongue video” from 2009 shows him riding his stallion hyper-flexed to the point the horse’s tongue is blue and hanging out of his mouth. After review, the FEI ruled “there is no reliable evidence that the warm-up techniques used by Mr Kittel were excessive.” 

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This is the uncut version of the video sequence, which shows the KWPN stallion, Watermill Scandic, being ridden in the hyperflexed/rollkur position with its blue tongue lolling out at the World Cup dressage qualifier in Odense, Denmark in October 2009.

A photographer also captured Netherlands rider Patrick van der Meer riding Uzzo in an unsightly moment during warm-up.

Patrick van der Meer & Uzzo…My question would be, how long did he hold that posistion for??

In 2010, the FEI announced it “resolved the rollkur controversy.” The consensus of the group “was that any head and neck position achieved through aggressive force is not acceptable.” The group redefined rollkur as flexion of the horse’s neck achieved through aggressive force, which the association deemed unacceptable.
The technique known as Low, Deep and Round (LDR), which according to the FEI achieves flexion without undue force, is accepted by the governing body. 
As the world watches our equestrian sports on the Olympic stage, the debate continues regarding acceptable training methods.

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Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!

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To the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Jacques Rogge and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mr. Yong-Sung Park,

Albert Schweitzer said…
“The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo…. We need a boundless ethic, which includes the animals also.”

“The $2 billion dollar-a-year South Korean dog and cat meat industry, which extinguishes the lives of approximately two and a half million dogs a year for meat or gaesoju, a dog wine or broth, and thousands of despised and doomed cats for so-called “health” tonics or goyangyeesoju, and soup, operates in a sordid and illicit world where farmers and butchers kill with frightening impunity in the most abominable fashion.”

In South Korea, dogs are deprived of everything that is natural to them. From birth to death, they are imprisoned in deplorable tiny excrement encrusted raised up wire cages, fed rotten garbage with no protection from scorching heat of summer and freezing cold of winter with no water, medical care or human interaction. This is a hell on earth for these dogs and they have to endure the life of utter misery and agony just to meet their ghastly fate of being electrocuted, hanged, beaten, thrown into boiling water, burned sometimes alive,…

It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea which is one of the major economic power (13th largest) and boasts the highest education level in the world is still committing this type of barbaric and inhumane atrocity in this day and age. But for the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and in private residences, it is a tragic reality and nightmare that they can’t escape from.

If South Korea wants to join the civilized nations and be respected not only as a nation of economic miracle but as a nation of conscience, they need to strengthen their animal protection law and ban the dog and cat consumption once and for all. This has been going on way too long and it’s time for their government to take a moral leadership for their citizens. Not only does this benefit the animals of South Korea but it will further their economic interest in the world because we will not stop speaking out against South Korea.

South Korea can host the most extravagant Olympic game in the history of the Olympics but as long as this treachery against the animals known to be our most loving and faithful companion continues, it will be tainted with heartless brutality and their country and its people will be subject of world’s condemnation.

We will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and the South Korean businesses until the South Korean government stops neglecting their duty and illegalize the horrific cruelty of dog and cat consumption.

Please sign here:-http://www.change.org/petitions/boycott-pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics-in-south-korea-a-dog-eating-nation

Also, I urge you to send a message to the Olympic Committee here: https://secure.registration.olympic.org/en/faq/ask-question

More Info: 
http://youtu.be/uKCdAGfGOsQ
http://youtu.be/LHn8IDRdprE
http://www.kaap.or.kr/s1.html?mode=read&idx=18425&search&kwd&page=1&page_list=1&db_name=s1
http://www.skdogcatcampaign.org/
http://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics
http://www.pyeongchang2018.org/language/eng/index.asp?hb_Manager_PK=VDENAA01&s=

Created By Rachel Howard Raleston, SC

 

Urgent: Ask Danny Boyle to Keep His Olympics Promise to the Animals

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When director Danny Boyle first announced plans to have live animals as unwilling participants in the London Olympics opening ceremony, PETA UK immediately fired off a letter asking him to reconsider.

Sadly, our appeals highlighting how terrified the animals would be and our offers to help source state-of-the-art animatronics in place of the live animals were rebuffed.

However, Boyle did pledge that he would “vigorously” look into retiring the animals to sanctuaries afterwards so at least they would be spared the horrors of slaughter. 

It now appears that Boyle is not a man of his word, and it’s unlikely that any of the animals will be spared slaughter because they are, in fact, being hired from “entertainment” companies who exploit animals as if they were living props. These animals face being continuously hired out before being relegated to the chopping block – unless, that is, Boyle steps in and keeps his promise.

Please contact Boyle today and urge him to retire the animals to sanctuaries. Just as he stepped in to provide for the impoverished young stars of Slumdog Millionaire after the film’s huge success, the world is now looking to him to make good on his promise to compensate these animals for their involuntary service. 

Please sign this petition:http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=15824

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