Abused kitten found in dumpster ready for adoption

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A kitten found near death in an Albuquerque city dumpster is ready to be adopted by a welcoming family.

Tuffy” was found more than a week ago in a dumpster near 63rd and Central, covered in a white paint-like material, police said. He was unable to open his eyes.

Another kitten was also thrown in the dumpster, but it did not survive.

Donna Smith has been nursing Tuffy back to health.

“He’s a miracle kitten. He’s active. He has a voracious appetite. He gets along great with my dog,” Smith said.

If anyone is interested in adopting Tuffy, call the Westside Animal Shelter at (505) 768-1975

Two horses deliberately lamed by farrier

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“OMG…That man shouldn’t be allowed to work as a farrier ever again, he of all people would know that exposing the lamina would cause horrendous pain to the horse! It was done out of spite, because the lady changed farriers! He intentionally pulled the shoes the way he did using the wrong tools, to cause damage, then intentionally cut the hoof back, that is blatant & gross animal abuse!” 

“So why would the police charge him with criminal damage & not animal abuse…is there more to this case than has been revealed?? Had it been my horses, I wouldn’t have let it lie at a 3 month ban, I would make sure he never worked as a farrier ever again!!”

The owner of two horses deliberately lamed by her former farrier has blasted the Farriers Registration Council (FRC) for not barring him from shoeing horses again.

Mark Wellfair of Bentham, Glos, was handed athree-month ban, running until 23 August, by the FRC’s disciplinary committee on 24 April.

He was convicted of criminal damage to Cassandra Price’s horses on 21 July 2011 at Cheltenham Magistrates Court.

The court conditionally discharged him and ordered him to pay £220.80 compensation with £85 costs.

“I feel completely let down by the system,” said Miss Price. “The cruelty he caused to my horses was horrendous.”

Wellfair shod Miss Price’s horses for five years before she changed farriers in January 2011.

On 7 and 23 February 2011, Wellfair went into Miss Price’s field and pulled a shoe off first her five-year-old eventer Coolagadden Clover (known as Eric) and, on the second occasion, her advanced eventer Arron Carneval Hill II (Arron).

The shoes were pulled off with pliers and the hoof cut back, with large amounts of the hoof wall removed. In Arron’s case, the lamini were revealed, causing the hoof to bleed.

Both horses needed remedial farriery and Arron will always need stick-on shoes.

A vet told the hearing that it would have caused both horses pain and unnecessary suffering.

“Mark told the FRC he wanted to cause me inconvenience,” said Miss Price, “but the suffering he caused to my horses was absolutely disgusting.

“They trusted him because he had been their farrier.”

She said she felt disappointed that the police had prosecuted Wellfair for criminal damage rather than animal cruelty and that the FRC had not banned him for life.

A spokesman for the FRC said: “A three-month suspension is relatively rare and is a serious finding, which the committee considered was fair — taking into account the recovery time for the horses, the impact on the profession and that Mr Wellfair fully admitted the charges and showed remorse for his actions.”

She added that if the committee had felt Wellfair was indifferent to the suffering he caused the horses, it would have barred him from working again.

Wellfair could not be reached by H&H for comment.

News Link:-http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/312911.html

Bodhi gets a second chance | Fox10tv.com

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) – Staff Sergeant Nick B. has served in the Army for 13 years.

To some, Nick appears to be a tough, commanding figure. But to Bodhi, an Afghan herding dog, Nick is his savior.

Bodhi was flown into Pensacola Saturday. It’s the first time Nick and Bodhi have seen each other in weeks.

“I’ve missed him so much and just seeing his face and seeing how happy he was to see me was just a great feeling,” said Nick.

Nick was on patrol in Afghanistan when he found Bodhi, The dog was tied up and covered in mud. His ears and half of his tail had been cut off.

“They were going to use him to fight other dogs as entertainment. You could just tell he hadn’t been fed properly. He was really skinny and malnourished. When I saw that, it just broke my heart. I knew I had to get this dog out of here,” Nick said.

Nick says the owners didn’t want to give him Bodhi, so he traded packs of cigarettes for him.

Nick and Bodhi got to know each other over pieces of beef jerky.

“I went to give him another piece and he licked my hand and then ate it. It was a friendship building process for a little while. Once he realized I was a good guy and I was going to save him, he wouldn’t leave my side,” said Nick.

Read the rest:-http://www.fox10tv.com//dpp/news/local_news/pensacola/Bodhi-gets-a-second-chance

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Two bears need to be saved from their concrete prison

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For years, Bummi and Tapsi have had to endure living in barren conditions at an animal park in Sachsen-Anhalt, in Germany.

There is no natural vegetation in the concrete prison. The water pool is far too small for bathing – even though having a swim is very important for the well-being of bears!

Yet these aren’t the most shocking facts: Bummi was to be put to sleep because he suffers from arthritis!

FOUR PAWS protested and pledged to take the bears.

We will transfer Bummi and Tapsi to our bear sanctuary in Müritz, Germany, where both bears can live like real bears, free to play and swim to their hearts’ content!

A donation of £40 can support the bears with much-needed medical treatment. A donation of £50 will help to maintain the FOUR PAWS bear sanctuaries and provide the perfect environment for the rescued bears.

Please help us rescue the bears now! 

Click to help these bears

News Link:-http://www.four-paws.org.uk/website/output.php?id=1013&idcontent=2931&language=1

Petition against fur – Please sign

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The petition, initiated by Fur Torture , will be sent to various organizations and companies involved in the fur industry to halt production, importation and sale of fur.



By this petition, I request the abolition of the fur industry and support the following initiatives:  the end of the breeding of animals for their fur,  a complete ban on trapping fur-bearing animals,  the prohibition of import of fur (raw hides, clothing or accessories),  prohibiting the sale of fur (coats, trims, accessories …)

Click Here to sign petition:- http://www.fourrure-torture.com/petition-anti-fourrure.html

Chilling Cruelty in the Down Industry – YouTube

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Footage from Hungary and China, where most down originates, exposes down’s true cost. Find out why compassionate people are ditching down!

The coldhearted and cruel down industry often plucks geese alive in order to get their down— the soft layer of feathers closest to a bird’s skin. These feathers are used to produce clothing and comforters, but for geese, the down industry’s methods are anything but comfortable.

Undercover video footage shows employees on goose farms pulling fistfuls of feathers out of live birds, often causing bloody wounds as the animals shriek in terror. The frightened animals are often squeezed upside down between workers’ knees during the painful procedure—in one instance, an investigator photographed aworker who was sitting on a goose’s neck in order to prevent her from escaping.

Live plucking causes birds considerable pain and distress. Once their feathers are ripped out, many of the birds, paralyzed with fear, are left with gaping wounds—some even die as a result of the procedure. Workers often sew the birds’ skin back together without using any anesthetics.

That’s not all—buying down can also support the cruelty of the foie gras and meat industries because many farmers who raise birds for food make an extra profit by selling their feathers as well. When these birds are slaughtered, they often have their throats cut or are dumped into tanks of scalding-hot water while they’re still conscious.

It’s impossible to tell whether the down used in the products you buy was obtained from live-plucked birds. The only way to stop live plucking and ensure that no birds suffer for your clothing or bedding is to choose cruelty-free materials. Please make the compassionate choice to sign the pledge to go down-free now!

If you haven’t already done so, please share this information on Facebook and Twitter with everyone you know so that they, too, can make the compassionate choice to pledge to be down-free. You can also spread the word to everyone that you come in contact with by wearing “Down Hurts” merchandise! That way, everyone will know that the down industry abuses birds.

Click the following to find out how you can help:-down-investigation.aspx

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