Justice Served For 11 Year Old Boy’s In Kitten Killing – Yeah Right!!

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After two court delays, psychological evaluation, and six kittens dead, all of a sudden, there’s no evidence the boys killed the kittens while being born to the mother cat.

All of a sudden, witnesses heard glass shattering around an apartment building, when initially, they reported seeing the two boys laughing and pelting the kittens with rocks.

All of a sudden, it doesn’t matter if the kittens showed signs of torture and died in the hands of veterinarians who tried to save them.

All of a sudden, it was unclear when the kittens died because no autopsy was performed.

The boys admitted throwing rocks at the mother cat, but didn’t see the kittens.


I just don’t get it.

How could the psychological evaluation not show any signs of an underlying psychological issue? Who is this doctor?

Defense Attorneys for the boys said their clients have been traumatized since this incident. They are stressed, scared, and depressed…good. Just how the mother cat and her kittens felt when they were being jokesters throwing rock after rock at helpless animals.

“Good Kids?” No. Troubled kids who need long term help.

Stacia Newman of Nevada Political Action For Animals, and animal advocates were hoping for the maximum penalty, which includes probation until 21 years old.

Instead Judge William Voy sentenced the boys to 12 months probation, 80 hours of community service, attend school, no further contact with one another, and write an essay about how to properly treat animals.

How about writing an essay on “How we got away with pelting 6 kittens to death with rocks.”

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/justice-served-for-11-year-old-boys-kitten-killing-yeah-right?CID=obinsite

Buddy the Chimpanzee Killed In Nevada Because He Wasn’t Really a Pet

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” I have long been an admirer of Marc Bekoff & think he is one of the most brilliant minds when it comes to the behaviour & moral conduct of animals. I have asked for his opinion on several things, recently, Tony the truck stop tiger & was pleased to hear that he agreed with the majority; that keeping a lone tiger in such an environment is wrong on so many levels! Keeping exotic animals as pets is wrong, hence the post below. Read it, then listen to the audio video below, one of Marc Bekoffs & Jessica Pierce called ‘Wild Justice‘…makes you really think about animals & their capabilities!!

Animal Emotions -Do animals think and feel?

There’s a need for strong regulations against keeping exotic animals in homes
Published on August 24, 2012 by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. in Animal Emotions

Wild animals are dangerous and should not be kept as pets. Consider the tragic story of C.J. and Buddy, two chimpanzees who lived in a home in Nevada. When discussing the need for regulations on the private possession of exotic pets in Nevada or elsewhere, it’s important to see the jungle for the trees.

C.J. and Buddy, the two chimpanzees who escaped from a residential Clark County neighbourhood in July, were treated as pets, but were and always remained highly sentient wild animals. In a natural situation, chimpanzees typically remain with their mothers, nursing, playing with siblings, and learning to forage until they are about 8 years old. A mother chimpanzee in the wild patiently teaches her young vital skills such as hunting, foraging, and using tools, as well as the subtleties of their community’s culture.

But the story of C.J. and Buddy followed a drastically different course: Born at a chimpanzee breeding facility in Texas, ripped from their mothers and sold shortly after birth, dressed in baby clothes and pampered as virtual children, C.J. and Buddy were propped up in front of cameras and thrust into the spotlight, and then, too powerful to handle after just a few years, eventually locked away in a backyard cage. Such treatment would drive a person mad and it drives a chimpanzee bonkers. We know that chimpanzees (see also) and other animals suffer from a wide variety of mood and anxiety disorders (see also and).

When you understand that an adult chimpanzee is many times stronger than any human and has the capability to crush bones with his jaws, you see the animal the Clark County officer was forced to shoot dead that fateful July morning when C.J. and Buddy ran amok. C.J.’s life was undoubtedly shattered as she watched Buddy, the only companion she had ever had, die, and it is because of this trauma that she likely acted out again, escaping two more times following her escape with Buddy.

Yet, it is only because of this tragedy that C.J.’s luck turned around, and she is headed to a sanctuary where she will make new friends in a more suitable environment. It’s the best outcome for her, but it’s a very rare outcome for most pet primates who are cast into roles as surrogate children or household pets. When pet primates reach sexual maturity and begin powerfully acting out many are locked away in a backyard or basement cages, dumped at shoddy roadside zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, backyard menageries, or breeding facilities. These sentient, emotional, and intelligent animals, who can live to be 60 years old, often spend those years wasting away in a cage, slowly losing their minds. Others, seeking an escape from the profound and relentless boredom, make a mad dash for freedom, which, as was the case for Buddy, almost always ends badly.

And chimpanzees are not the only primates kept as pets who are capable of inflicting serious injuries; smaller primates also pose a significant danger. Even those individuals who have been subjected to painful tooth extractions can inflict serious bruising and break skin, and they can all spread parasitic, bacteria,l and viral infections. Macaque monkeys, popular in the pet trade, naturally carry the Herpes B virus that is often fatal to humans. Health risks are so serious that people in Canada who work with primates are not allowed to donate blood for fear of spreading known and unknown diseases.

There have been hundreds of dangerous incidents involving captive primates, many kept as pets, including the tragic story of the Connecticut woman (see also) whose face was torn off by her friend’s pet chimpanzee named Travis. Scores of children have been injured by pet monkeys, many requiring hospital treatment while worried parents wait to hear from doctors if they’ve contracted any infectious diseases.

Exotic pets still have wild genes

Travis was not a “domesticated chimpanzee” as a story published by the AP called him. This is a complete misrepresentation of who he was. Travis was accustomed to drinking wine and using a WaterPik to brush his teeth and while this may sound “cute“, asking a chimpanzee to do these things is an insult to who they are. In response to this story I noted that domestication is an evolutionary process that results in animals such as our companion dogs and cats who undergo substantial behavioural, anatomical, physiological, and genetic changes during the process. Travis was a socialized chimpanzee who usually got along with humans but not a domesticated being. He still had his wild genes just as do wolves, cougars, and bears who live with humans, and tragedies occur because these are wild animals despite that they’re treated as if they’re humans. To say there was no known provocation is to ignore this basic fact. Wild animals do not belong in human homes, they can be highly unpredictable (consider other attacks by famous animals on their handlers), and they should be allowed to live at sanctuaries that are dedicated to respecting their lives while minimizing human contact.

The Ohio Exotic Animal Massacre

Let’s not forget the massacre of exotic animals in Ohio who were released right before the man who lived with them killed himself. It took a public disaster and embarrassment over a lack of policy to awaken Ohio lawmakers. At the time the animals were released and killed, Ohio had no regulations concerning the keeping of exotic animals as pets but now they do.

Unfortunately, Nevada has set itself up for situations like the Clark County escape and even worse scenarios. Without restrictions regarding the private possession of dangerous wild animals, law enforcement officers will never know if their day will involve holding off a rampaging gunman or trying to stop a neurotic ape. Maybe the Clark County incident will help serve as an impetus for change.

As one of only six states in the nation without restrictions for private ownership of exotic animals, Nevada lawmakers are playing Russian roulette with public safety, and a pet chimpanzee might as well be holding the trigger.

Please contact Nevada’s members of Congress (see also) and ask them to change their laws.

Read the rest of this post here:http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201208/buddy-the-chimpanzee-killed-in-nevada-because-he-wasnt-really-pet

Wild Justice; The Moral Lives of Animals (sample) by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

Published on 25 Jul 2012 by 

A sample of the audiobook edition of Wild Justice; The Moral Lives of Animals, written by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, narrated by Simon Vance, and produced by University Press Audiobooks.
More information about this audiobook is available here:http://universitypressaudiobooks.com/detail.php/109 

Two teens accused of drowning kittens face criminal charges

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Two 16-year-old boys face animal cruelty charges after a woman accused them of drowning a pair of 2-day-old kittens more than a week ago.

On Wednesday, Las Vegas police spokesman Jose Hernandez said one of the boys had been arrested, and the other was to surrender to juvenile authorities. A spokeswoman for the juvenile district attorney’s office would not confirm the boy’s arrival later Wednesday.

This is the first case in which the felony animal cruelty charge has been applied in Nevada under a new law enacted in 2011.

On June 16, Christine Ohm said a gray cat gave birth to two kittens in the backyard of her home on Painted Moon Street, near Cheyenne Avenue and Cimarron Road. Two days later, the cat and the kittens were gone. Later, while cleaning her pool, Ohm heard animal cries and boys’ laughter coming over the 10-foot fence that separates her yard from the backyard of her neighbor’s home on the 7900 block of Indian Cloud Avenue.

“I ran in the house, got the ladder, got up on top of the ladder and looked down,” Ohm said. “I saw they had drowned one kitten in a cup of water. They other was in the water and dead, but the boys were still holding it down.”

Ohm used her phone to take a photo from the fence and called the police.

Police are recommending two felony charges of cruelty to an animal against each teen, with gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy. Cruelty to an animal can be prosecuted as a felony, even on the first offense because of a law championed last year by the Nevada Voters for Animals, an animal rights group.

Las Vegas spokesman Jace Radke said animal cruelty charges are handled on a case-by-case basis. He said animal control turns over investigations to the Metropolitan Police Department when felony charges might be appropriate.

Ohm hopes the teens are punished.

“This is a problem,” Ohm said. “This is where it starts. Kittens now. What next?”

News Link:http://www.lvrj.com/news/two-teens-accused-of-drowning-kittens-face-criminal-charges-160612645.html

Danger in Your Backyard – Wild Animals as Pets

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“These are not puppies or toy’s, these are dangerous animals that can be living next door to you!  I understand the term ‘ It’s my right etc. ‘ but come on, there has to be rules & regulations for wild animals…just like there are rules for owning guns etc.! Why can’t these people have a dog like others, why do they feel the need to have an animal that can kill you, soon as look at you or worse, escape & kill a neighbor!. Did they lack something in their past, or whilst growing up or are they trying to out do the neighbors…it’s stupid & thoughtless?”

“I know of one so called zoo/sanctuary, that breeds big cats like crazy, all sorts of cross breeds, which is wrong & of no use what so ever to replenish wild stocks! They say it’s so they can sell them to zoo’s, so a big cat isn’t taken from the wild, bla bla…Ok, some may well be sold to zoo’s…but we all know the truth! A certain breeder hauls baby tiger cubs around the Country, to use as entertainment gimmicks at shopping malls. Everyone wants their pictures taken with a little tiger cub or for more $$$ you can even feed a tiger cub a milk bottle! But do the public ever stop to think, this is wrong, this cub should be with it’s mother, not being hand fed by Aunt Doris. It’s  shameful when tigers become nothing more than money making machines”

“Those who breed big cats are supplying back yard wannabe tiger owners,who probably know nothing at all about tigers or their needs!. Never mind just me, we should all care about them living in backyard cages for the rest of their lives…they are wild animals, not meant to live in wire cages. I don’t care how big the cages are…if it has no enrichment & the animal can’t behave as it would in the wild, then it might as well live in a 4×6 cage!! There will always be captive bred tigers, who end up having to be saved, I’m just glad there are charities like IFAW who will rescue them & let them be as wild as they can be, at sanctuary’s who are able to give them the freedom to roam to interact & behave as they would in the wild”

“Are wild animals happy in wire cages, little to no enrichment, staring at the same 4 walls of a cage every day? No, they are not, it amounts to the same as a human prison, but the animals did nothing wrong!!”

Published on 20 Jun 2012 by 

When a facility holding 32 exotic animals folds in Ohio, tigers, lions, cougars and a bear find themselves needing new homes. International Fund for Animal Welfare‘s (IFAW) Gail A’Brunzo walks us through the perilous world of big cat ownership and the inherent dangers of keeping dangerous wild animals in people’s backyards. 

The producer would like to thank Bobbi Brink from Lions, Tigers and Bears in California for her invaluable work during the rescue, Lynda Sugasa from Safe Haven Rescue Zoo in Nevada for opening her doors to us and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) for reaching out to IFAW. 

To learn more about big cat rescue and legislation efforts in the US, go to http://www.ifaw.org.

Fate of killer dog discussed with Nevada judge

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“Just got one thing to say, what the hell was a toddler doing on the floor, with a 120 pound mastiff-Rhodesian ridgebackdog???”

LAS VEGAS— The fate of a 120-pound dog that killed a toddler at home in Henderson was being discussed Friday at a meeting involving a Nevada judge, city attorneys and lawyers for a New York-based animal rescue group that wants to send the animal to a sanctuary outside Denver.

Clark County District Court Judge Joanna Kishner was being asked to reconsider a May 11 ruling giving Henderson city officials the go-ahead to euthanize the animal as vicious. Kishner said at the time the Lexus Project didn’t have legal standing to take possession of the 6-year-old mastiff-Rhodesian ridgeback mix named Onion.

No immediate decision was expected Friday on the request, court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said.

The situation has drawn intense interest and an appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, which issued an order this week halting any action against the dog pending Kishner’s ruling. The animal is healthy and being kept at an animal control shelter, Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said.

Henderson officials took ownership of the dog from the child’s grandmother on April 27, minutes after the fatal mauling of the 1-year-old boy. Family members later said the dog reacted suddenly when the toddler grabbed its fur to pull himself to a standing position.

The family later said in a statement that ownership of the dog had been turned over to Henderson animal control officers, and family members would no longer comment on its future.

Rescue group head Robin Mittasch submitted documents to the court saying the grandmother didn’t know what she was signing when she gave up ownership to the city, and that she wanted the animal to go to the Lexus Project.

Lawyer Kathy McCarthy, representing the Lexus Project, said the grandmother’s move gave the rescue group a legal basis to take the dog.

Kishner didn’t publicly release a time for Friday’s closed-door meeting. Lawyers for the Lexus Project of Oceanside, N.Y., did not respond Thursday and Friday to messages.

News Link:-http://online.wsj.com/article/AP19ba68bc01294a41a160ab531308cda4.html

Allergen concerns prompt turkey burger recall

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Misbranding and an undeclared allergen prompted a recall of 15,040 lbs. of turkey burger product from Foster Farms, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The product contains a seasoning mix with hydrolyzed soy protein, a known allergen that was not declared on the label. FSIS uncovered the problem during a routine label review, the agency said, “…and occurred as a result of the company receiving a spice mix from its supplier after an ingredient reformulation request by the company to have the hydrolyzed soy ingredient removed.

“The reformulation included soy, which was not declared on the turkey burger label,” according to FSIS.

Neither FSIS nor Foster Farms has received any reports of illness or adverse reactions from consumption of the product. The turkey burger was produced on various dates between Dec. 28, 2011, and May 10, 2012, and was sold for institutional use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

News Link:-http://www.meatpoultry.com/News/News%20Home/Food%20Safety/2012/5/Allergen%20concerns%20prompt%20turkey%20burger%20recall.aspx

BLM Thugs

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“I  have shown videos of the BLM round ups before & I will continue to show them until this barbaric form of rounding horses up; stops! “

Broken Arrow 2010, foal born at Broken Arrow



Roundup contractor pushes tired, running mare with helicopter; stampedes horses with no trap site in view; pens several bands of wild horses together




Video and photo footage of small band of wild horses from Gerlach after roundup in 20-degree weather. BLM has a funny idea about what a “piece of cake” looks like


About Wild Horse Education

This issue is complex and often the public, Congress and even government employees involved
in the programs are not aware of basic operations. Many people in America don’t even know we still
have wild horses in the West.

PDF document on wild horse education

ALDF – Death & Agony: Wild Horse Roundup

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Help stop the Bureau of Land Management’s mistreatment of America’s wild horses!

Despite the public’s outcry against wild horses being run long distances in high temperatures during the height of summer, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) blazed forward with a plan to roundup 1,400 federally protected wild mustangs from Nevada’s Tuscarora region in Elko County in July 2010. Tragically, the roundup resulted in the death of at least 21 horses and several others being treated for painful colic and brain swelling due to dehydration and exhaustion.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

This horse is very frightened. Fear is evident when horses’ eyes are “wide and white,” i.e., when the whites of their eyes can be seen.
Photo by Elyse Gardner

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Many horses are injured just before entering the chute as they rear into bars above them in an attempt to escape.
Photo by Elyse Gardner

Animal Legal Defense Fund

This stallion was attacked by another stallion after being placed in a temporary holding corral.
Photo by Elyse Gardner

Wild horses forced to gallop down steep hill at Twin Peaks rounup

These horses are all stallions forced into a small enclosure during

The BLM is planning to repeat wild horse roundups in six westerns states this summer! Help stop this massacre of America’s wild horses! Contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators and urge them to:

Call on the Interior Department and President Obama to halt the BLM’s summer roundups; and

Use their appropriations authority to strip funding for this abusive practice while the National Academy of Sciences conducts its independent review of the program (to be completed by 2013).

Thousands of additional wild horses and burros are slated for removal in California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming and Utah, paid for with your tax dollars.

Violating their own protocol of waiting until mid-August (after the foaling season) to begin helicopter roundups, the BLM started the Nevada roundup in July last year and is planning to do the same in 2011. Last year, adults and foals, some only days or weeks old, were chased up to eight miles over dangerously rocky and rugged terrain during the hottest part of the summer. In the winter of 2009, after being run over similar terrain, two foals suffered horrible deaths when their hooves separated from their leg bones.

While there is an ongoing debate around the reason for these summer-time gathers – the BLM claims it’s to protect the horses; wild horse advocates say it’s driven by helicopter availability, using taxpayer money before the end of the fiscal year and making public lands available for cattle ranchers – there is no question that the horses’ best interests should dictate the schedule and size of the roundup. Chasing mothers and their newborn foals across the desert during the hottest months of the year is clearly not protecting these majestic animals.

The BLM’s mismanagement must be stopped before another horse suffers and dies at the agency’s hands. Send a letter to your Representatives and Senators through ALDF’s website, demanding a moratorium on all summer roundups and stripping of all future funding for this abusive practice.

via Animal Legal Defense Fund.

BLM Receives More Than 15,000 Public Comments Opposing Wild Horse Roundup in Challis, Idaho

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received more than 15,376 public comments opposing the second roundup of wild horses in Idaho‘s Challis Mountains in three years. In 2009, the BLM received just nine comments on its plan to roundup and remove over 350 horses from the Challis HMA. Five of those comments were submitted by ranchers favoring the roundup. Now thousands of Americans are standing up for wild horses and burros!

Read a news article on the tremendous opposition to this roundup by clicking here or below. (Photo of Challis horses before the 2009 roundup by Elissa Kline.)

Tiny Step…BLM Cancels Plans to Castrate Burros in Arizona

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After receiving over 6,000 public comments opposing a roundup, removal and castration plan for burros in the Cibola Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) in Arizona, the BLM has cancelled plans to capture and geld 50 male burros (jacks) and return them to the range. Unfortunately, the agency is moving forward with the roundup itself, targeting 350 burros for removal from their homes in the southern Sonoran Desert.

The scrapping of the castration component of the Cibola Trigo roundup is a tiny step forward in the fight to protect America’s remaining wild horses and burros, as it was part of a larger BLM strategy to replace wild free-roaming horses and burros with castrated stallions and jacks on the range. AWHPC, The Cloud Foundation and the Western Watersheds Project are currently fighting this “manage to extinction” strategy in federal court. Read the BLM’s Decision Record for the Cibola Trigo roundup by clicking here or below.

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