Emma Watson Outrage: Pink Dog Riles Animal Groups

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“OMG…how utterly selfish can these people be? It does nothing for the dogs health, nor how it feels! It is done purely for the owners self gratification…stupid!”

Harry Potter” star Emma Watson, criticized in the past for wearing fur, is sure to rile animal activists, again, for dying her one-year-old bichon frise dog hot pink, like a certain D-List celebrity.

It’s illegal in about 30 states in the United States to dye animals. A woman in Colorado was prosecuted and fined in 2008 for dyeing her dog. But it’s apparently legal in Britain, although scorned by animal rights groups.

Watson was spotted on a London street with her one-year-old bichon frise Darcy on a leash. It’s fur was bright pink. But the British star potentially would be breaking the law in Los Angeles and possibly in New York City where its against the law to sell dyed chicks and rabbits. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) tried to bring charges against a woman in Swindon-Wilthire two years ago for dying her cat hot pink. But authorities refused to charge her.

Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was recently spotted walking BFFJennifer “JWoww” Farley’s dogs, dyed pink and purple, drawing a protest from PETA, formally known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Dyeing a companion animal’s fur causes the animal stress and can lead to complications or allergic reactions that endanger the animal’s health,” a rep for PETA told Celebuzz. “Our dogs and cats love us regardless of how we look; we should extend the same kindness to them.”

Snooki dyeddog Emma Watson Outrage: Pink Dog Riles Animal Groups

Jersey Shore stars Jennifer ‘JWoww’ Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi were spotted with dyed dogs recently.

The Florida Legislature in April overturned a 45-year-old ban on dyeing animals, causing outrage among animal rights groups, according toThe New York Times. Such laws were originally meant to protect baby chicks and rabbits.

“This law has protected thousands of animals from neglect and abuse, and it shouldn’t be lifted on the whim of one dog groomer who wants to dye poodles purple,” said Don Anthony of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.

Pet authorities say pets can be physically harmed from exposure to pet dyes, and the dyeing process can be stressful. Animals constantly groom themselves with their tongues and ingest much of the dye in the process.

News Link:http://www.theimproper.com/42313/emma-watson-outrage-pink-dog-riles-animal-groups

Federal oversight needed to address cruel, corrupt treatment of horses

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“A well presented article…it’s just a shame people have forgotten what horses have done for our Countries. The world would be a very different place, had horses not played such a big role in it’s development! Yet some see fit to treat these magnificent intelligent beast’s, like they were nothing more than vermin, to dispose of once they’ve been outgrown or no longer bring home money!

My horses are my life… apart from this blog 🙂   

Horses hold an iconic place in our nation’s history. Without Paul Revere’s trusty steed, Brown Betty, the colonists in New England might have never known of the British forces’ late night advance toward Lexington. As American settlers moved west to the Pacific, horses pulled covered wagons and plowed fields on new homesteads. Horses accompanied many of our military commanders into battle, and horses still carry our fallen soldiers to their final resting places at Arlington National Cemetery.

Horses have been our companions and helped make this country what it is today.
Unfortunately, there is a dark side to our nation’s relationship with horses. America’s admiration for horses’ natural magnificence is the foundation of numerous industries, yet many of the horses used in these enterprises are treated poorly. Two sporting industries plagued by this inconsistency are the Tennessee Walking Horse show circuit and the world of horse racing.

Tennessee Walking Horse shows are too often gaudy pageants that mask a deeply entrenched subculture of abuse. The Tennessee Walking Horse is a breed long-admired for its unique gait and gentle disposition. Unfortunately, these same traits have motivated unscrupulous trainers to practice what is known as “soring” — the infliction of extreme pain on the horses’ feet by using caustic chemicals and painful devices to elicit an exaggerated version of the horse’s natural walk. This gait, known as “the big lick,” is prized at certain horse shows and draws handsome stud fees for champion horses.

The sport of horse racing has also been overtaken by rampant cruelties inflicted for the sake of financial gain. Once referred to as “the sport of kings,” horse racing is now subject to widespread drugging of racehorses. “Doping” is the practice of administering drugs to horses in order to give them a competitive advantage when racing. According to an investigative report in The New York Times earlier this year, “trainers experiment with anything that might give them an edge, including chemicals that bulk up pigs and cattle before slaughter, cobra venom, Viagra, blood doping agents, stimulants and cancer drugs.” Doping is extremely dangerous to the horses and the jockeys who ride them because it masks warning signs of injuries and can cause horses to push beyond their limits. Devastating human and animal injuries and deaths have occurred as a result.

While the decentralized horse-racing industry has long promised to end this abuse, industry oversight has proved ineffective.

Lax enforcement allows violators to evade sanctions or receive mere slaps on the wrist as penalties. Inconsistent rules among various state commissions create a “race to the bottom” environment where individuals can avoid stricter sanctions by simply taking their operations to states with more lenient or non-existent regulations.

Horses are our companions, our partners in sport and a living reminder of the American spirit. We owe it to them to acknowledge this special bond and to give them the humane treatment they deserve.

Read the full post here:http://thehill.com/special-reports-archive/1345-animal-welfare-june-2012-/232415-federal-oversight-needed-to-address-cruel-corrupt-treatment-of-horses-

Big Purses, Sore Horses, and Death

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Large payouts to owners make it profitable for owners to field thoroughbreds that are past their prime, sometimes with fatal results.

As he trained for his first race, at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the 3-year-old thoroughbred Wes Vegas galloped on the track most mornings and had two timed workouts. But his handlers also prepared him in another way: In the month before the race, records show, he received 10 intravenous injections of potent drugs for pain, one the day before he ran; two injections of a drug for joint disease; corticosteroid injections in his two front ankles; a sedative; and an ulcer drug.

For all the preparation, that first race, on March 3, turned out to be his last.

As he approached the first turn, Wes Vegas broke a leg and had to be euthanized.

A week earlier, another horse, the 4-year-old Coronado Heights, who records show had “early degenerative joint disease,” suffered a fatal breakdown at Aqueduct after receiving 13 injections for pain and cartilage damage in the month before his race.

Since a casino opened at Aqueduct late last year, offering vastly richer prizes, 30 horses have died racing there, a 100 percent increase in the fatality rate over the same period the previous year. Like Wes Vegas and Coronado Heights, many had been injected repeatedly with pain medication in the weeks before their breakdowns, according to a review of veterinary records by The New York Times.

Pain medication during training is legal as long as it does not exceed certain levels on race day. But the prevalence of drugs is a graphic illustration of how the flood of casino cash has created powerful and dangerous incentives to run sore, tired or otherwise unfit horses in pursuit of that big score.

“If the public knew how many medications these horses were administered after entry time, I don’t think they would tolerate it,” said Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board.

Amid the uproar over the Aqueduct death toll, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York ordered an investigation to “ensure against needless injuries to horses and to riders.” Experts are examining various factors — not just drugs, but issues like track conditions and pre-race inspections.

But what is indisputable is that casinos opening at Aqueduct and a growing number of racetracks have recalibrated the age-old economic equations of the horse-racing game.

To survive amid a riot of new, technologically advanced gambling options, track owners have increasingly succumbed to the gambling industry’s offer to sweeten racing purses with slot machine revenue. But if casinos promise to prop up a struggling sport, they can also erode the loyalty that owners and trainers feel toward their horses, turning them, in the words of Maggi Moss, a leading owner, into “trading cards for people’s greed.

The casinos’ impact is greatest at the sport’s low end, the so-called claiming races, a world away from the bluegrass pageantry of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. In the claiming ranks — where some of the cheapest horses fill starting gates at tracks like Aqueduct, Penn National, near Harrisburg, Pa., and Evangeline Downs in Louisiana — the casino money has upset the traditional racetrack balance of risk and reward.

Watch video & read more about this:-http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/us/casino-cash-fuels-use-of-injured-horses-at-racetracks.html

Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys – Death & Disarray At America’s Racetracks Video

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A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on Sept. 3 at Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico and was euthanized. His body was then dumped in a junkyard next to an old toilet at Ruidoso, a short walk from where he had been sold at auction the previous year.

The new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and rider at risk.

RUIDOSO, N.M. — At 2:11 p.m., as two ambulances waited with motors running, 10 horses burst from the starting gate at Ruidoso Downs Race Track 6,900 feet up in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains.

Nineteen seconds later, under a brilliant blue sky, a national champion jockey named Jacky Martin lay sprawled in the furrowed dirt just past the finish line, paralyzed, his neck broken in three places. On the ground next to him, his frightened horse, leg broken and chest heaving, was minutes away from being euthanized on the track.

For finishing fourth on this early September day last year, Jacky Martin got about $60 and possibly a lifetime tethered to a respirator.

The next day, it nearly happened again. At virtually the same spot, another horse broke a front leg, pitching his rider headfirst into the ground. The jockey escaped serious injury, but not the 2-year-old horse, Teller All Gone. He was euthanized, and then dumped near an old toilet in a junkyard a short walk from where he had been sold at auction the previous year.

In the next 24 hours, two fearful jockeys refused their assigned mounts. The track honored two other riders who had died racing. As doctors fought to save Mr. Martin’s life, a sign went up next to the track tote board: “Hang in there, Jacky. We love you.”

 On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. Many are inexpensive horses racing with little regulatory protection in pursuit of bigger and bigger prizes. These deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills rather than to pathologists who might have discovered why the horses broke down.

In 2008, after a Kentucky Derby horseEight Belles, broke two ankles on national television and was euthanized, Congress extracted promises from the racing industry to make its sport safer. While safety measures like bans on anabolic steroids have been enacted, assessing their impact has been difficult because many tracks do not keep accurate accident figures or will not release them.

But an investigation by The New York Times has found that industry practices continue to put animal and rider at risk. A computer analysis of data from more than 150,000 races, along with injury reports, drug test results and interviews, shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of the world.

If anything, the new economics of racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so. Faced with a steep loss of customers, racetracks have increasingly added casino gambling to their operations, resulting in higher purses but also providing an incentive for trainers to race unfit horses. At Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the number of dead and injured horses has risen sharply since a casino opened there late last year.

Mr. Martin’s injury occurred in a state with the worst safety record for racetracks, a place where most trainers who illegally pump sore horses full of painkillers to mask injury — and then race them — are neither fined nor suspended and owners of those drugged horses usually keep their winnings.

Watch the video & read the rest of this news Link:-http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/us/death-and-disarray-at-americas-racetracks.html?_r=1

Judge Orders Artist: Don’t Strangle Puppies To Protest Animal Cruelty

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A German artist in Berlin has been ordered by a judge to avoid strangling two puppies to death during a life show at a Berlin theater in the Spandau district.

 The show titled  ”Death as Metamorphosis,” was to take place next week and while on stage the article wanted to strangle the puppies to protest the plight of sled dogs in Alaska. You heard that right he wants to kill two innocent new born dogs in order to protest the killing of dogs.

The death of the dogs was to be accompanied by funeral march music and a giant gong. The artist would have used cable ties to strange the dogs after a short period of meditation.

Accompanied by funeral music and a gong, the artist was going to strangle two puppies with cable ties after a brief meditation.

Newspaper Express says the artist was trying to follow in the “traditional Thai art forms” with his live performance protest/

The Friday night performance was stopped by Berlin’s administrative court which noted that animal protect law forbids animals from being harmed in any way during a live show. For his part the artist argued that the countries constitution ”unconditionally guarantees artistic freedom.”

Oddly enough this isn’t the first animal murder attempt by Berlin artists in the last week, Students  Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne wanted to use a guillotine to decapitate a sheep on camera based on the results of an online vote. Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper 190,000 “No” votes and 120,000 “Yes” votes were registered in just six days.

In the meantime perhaps German artists looking to kill poor defenseless animals should consider a noose around their own necks on stage. I would happily be willing to mail them the noose
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/227175/judge-orders-artist-dont-strangle-puppies-to-protest-animal-cruelty/#gI85sE78May1EqET.99

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