Demand Action Against Horse Cruelty!

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This is Nature‘s Child. She was a track winner, winning tens of thousands of dollars for her owners.

Investigators from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) found where she had ended up – alone and unwanted at a knackery just 20 minutes away from Flemington, Australia‘s most famous racetrack.

Her final moments are both shocking and heartbreaking.

 WARNING:Viewer discretion advised; this clip is not easy to watch.

The story of Nature’s Child – hidden horror at Laverton Knackery from Animals Australia on Vimeo.

Nature’s Child is shot in the head in front of her equine companion who had fearfully rushed into the ‘killing box’ behind his friend. While still alive, she is dragged by a tractor to the slaughter-room floor, and has her throat slit and tail cut off. In a nearby paddock a stallion is also shot in the head. Still alive, he is dragged by tractor 60 metres across gravel and concrete to the slaughter-room where he is shot again.

It is not just the killing methods that should force the closure of this knackery in VictoriaOther serious problems investigators observed included: horses being beaten; being transported while injured; sick and injured horses being left untreated; and the body of one dead horse left lying in the holding yard while others stood around him.

It is clear that these men cannot be trusted to handle animals. Show you care for horses by urging authorities to shut this place down.

Nature’s Child deserved more than this

There was no happy retirement for race-winning thoroughbred Nature’s Child. Her last moments were spent in fear and terror at Laverton Knackery. No horse deserves to die this way. Help save other animals from the same fate by taking action today.

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Outrage: Dog so badly abused that it dies, owner walks

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Tougher penalties are needed for dog killers/abusers. That’s the inescapable conclusion that comes out of a story from The Canadian Press.

The report, picked up by HuffPost British Columbia, reveals that a Victoria man received a slap on the wrist after pleading guilty to animal abuse and neglect.

Tiny (R.I.P.)

Tiny (R.I.P.)

In and of itself, that story is hardly unique. What causes it to stand out from the typical story is the gravity of the neglect and the leniency of the punishment.

On Thursday, the dog owner, Douglas Pattison, was fined $250 for the death of a 10-year-old Shih Tzu named Tiny that had been in his care (if care is the right word). Pattison was also barred from owning another pet for three years.

But it is the nature of Tiny’s death, not to mention his final days on earth, that is compelling. In August, the dog was found barely alive and wandering the streets of the city. It is unclear whether Pattison had turned the tiny dog out, but according to the article, its “fur was so matted and filthy that maggot-infested abscesses had developed on the dog’s skin.” In addition:

It also had extensive dental disease and was so severely dehydrated that internal organs were affected.

Veterinarians tried to save the little pooch. They treated Tiny for severe skin abscesses and other ailments. But he was so ill that they had no alternative but to euthanize him three months later.

Here’s the kicker. Shih Tzus are expensive dogs. And they must be bought since they never turn up in shelters. With some Shih Tzus selling for over $1,000, Pattison’s fine was roughly one fourth the cost assigned to the dog’s life.

What is more is that in three years time, he can walk into a pet store and buy another dog to neglect.

Dogs deserve better. And people like Douglas Pattison deserve much, much worse.

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Cat rips off its own ears to end agony of skin cancer after being abandoned by owner because of its illness

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  • Victoria the cat found roaming the streets of Gloucester with injuries
  • Worried vets were forced to remove the remainder of cat’s ears
  • The cat is now staying with employee from rescue centre, Wendy Hyde

A cat abandoned by its cruel owner because it had cancer was so ravaged by the illness it ripped off its own ears.

Convalescing: The earless feline is healing while staying with Wendy Hyde, one of the charity workers who helped rescue her

Victoria the cat was found wandering the streets half-starved with both ears barely attached to her head.

Animal welfare officers say the distressed feline was in ‘constant agony’ with skin cancer.

They believe the cruel owner had let the animal go untreated for months and then abandoned her to avoid expensive vets bills.

Her ears had begun to rot away and she was in so much pain from the disease she had begun ripping off what remained of them.

Victoria was found on a street in Gloucester and taken to the local New Start Cat Rescue Centre for an operation on her ears.

Carers say it will cost them thousands of pounds to rehabilitate her.

Sue Cowlishaw, a spokeswoman for the rescue centre, said: ‘She was in a very bad state so we rushed her to a vets as an emergency.

‘It became apparent that the cat’s ears had been ravished by skin cancer.

Due to non-treatment of this condition for months, this cat’s ear had rotted away.

‘The cat had been in so much discomfort it had resorted to ripping its own ear off to try and relieve itself of its constant agony, leaving it in such a state of self-disfigurement.

Victoria had her operation last Sunday, 20 minutes after the charity received a frantic call from a member of the public.

Louise Barrow, speaking on behalf of the rescue centre, said: ‘At first we thought she had been attacked by a dog but then we discovered she had cancer in the ears.

‘It looks like the owner has abandoned her. How could anyone do that?

‘We, more than anyone, know just how expensive vets bills are at the moment, but it is awful.

‘Victoria is on the road to recovery now but it is going to take a while because she is very depressed.

‘It is going to take a lot of cuddles and TLC to get her back to her usual self.’

Victoria is now staying with Wendy Hyde, who works with the charity.

She said: ‘We don’t yet know if all the cancer has been removed.

She’s out of pain but her life is still shaded. We’re hoping for the best.’

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Victoria the cat found roaming the streets of Gloucester with injuries. Victoria is being looked after by New Start Cat Rescue Sanctuary. They believe the cruel owner had let the animal go untreated for months and then abandoned her to avoid expensive vets bills.

Her ears had begun to rot away and she was in so much pain from the disease she had begun ripping off what remained of. The charity’s co-ordinator Wendy Hyde says that the animal must have been suffering a lot to have made it do that to herself.

Government issues licences to kill wombats, wallabies, kookaburras, swans, emus and parrots

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PERMITS to kill thousands of native animals, including black swans, kookaburras and more than 1500 wombats were issued by Victoria’s Department of Sustainability and the Environment last year in a move that has outraged animal rights activists.

Authorities also gave the nod for more than 32,000 kangaroos and wallabies to be killed.

In two cases, permits to kill up to 300 parrots were issued to protect golf courses.

Authorities also granted permits for wildlife officers to kill up to 10 Australian fur seals.

Other Australian animals marked for death included eastern rosellas, rainbow lorikeets and sulphur-crested cockatoos.

Should permits be issued to kill such high numbers of native animals? Vote and have your say. Go to the link to vote.

The kill list was obtained under the Freedom of Information laws by Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber who has been campaigning to have all animal killing permits made public.

In June, Mr Barber attempted to have all permits to cull wildlife tabled in State Parliament, a move that was frustrated after Environment Minister Ryan Smith said it would involve an unreasonable diversion of his department’s resources.

Other documents obtained under FOI show authorities gave permission to shoot 100 brushtail possums in the Geelong Botanic Gardens, while Avalon Airport was allowed to kill 10 magpies, 20 galahs, 40 ravens and two Cape Barren geese that were interfering with aircraft.

The documents also reveal wildlife officers at Parks Victoria‘s Serendip Sanctuary applied to kill an emu that had become aggressive and was threatening human safety.

They were also given the right to destroy 80 emu chick nests to control population numbers.

Permits to kill more than 500 emus were issued statewide last year. 

Felicity Andersen, a spokeswoman for Animal Liberation Victoria, which opposes all animal killing, said she was shocked at the scale of the slaughter.

“It’s obscene,” Ms Anderson said.

“There is no justification for this killing whatsoever.”

Mr Barber said there needed to be more transparency over the issuing of permits to kill native animals.

“This all happens under the cloak of secrecy,” he said.

“‘If the full extent of the slaughter was known there would be outrage.”

DSE spokesman Nick Talbot said all native wildlife was protected in Victoria but where it was significantly affecting agriculture or primary production or posing a threat to public safety and health, people could apply for a permit to control it and in some instances, this permit allowed for its destruction.

He said the permits to kill fur seals were issued to wildlife officers in case they needed to euthanise an animal for welfare or public safety reasons.

“Destruction of wildlife under an authority to control wildlife permits only occurs after all other options have been considered and each application is assessed by a DSE wildlife officer,” he said.

“Should this be necessary, ATCW conditions specify the maximum number and permitted method.

“This ensures it is carried out in an ethical and humane manner and that the sustainability of the species is not compromised.”

The DSE killing practices were condemned by John Kelly, head of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Victoria, which has long campaigned for a kangaroo meat industry in Victoria.

“In a protein-starved world, it’s a criminal waste of meat,” he said.

“It’s highly likely the same number are being killed without permits.”

Emily Broadbent, a spokeswoman for Environment Minister Ryan Smith said that following disagreements last year between landholders and other residents over applications to cull kangaroos, he had created a committee of experts to advise the secretary of DSE on the most appropriate management options for wildlife.

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PETA intervenes in PIL against Victoria horse carriages

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MUMBAI: Adding strength to the ongoing public interest litigation filed by the Animals and Birds Charitable Trust, an intervention application by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India was accepted by the Bombay High Court.

PETA has in recent years gathered substantial evidence of cruelty to horses used for Victoria horse carriages in Mumbai as well as the traffic risk that they pose to citizens. Several of the group’s celebrity supporters, including Hema MaliniJohn Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez have also backed its call for a ban on the Victorias.

Meanwhile, the high court had in its latest hearing asked the state authority to find out if alternative jobs can be given to the horse handlers in places such as the race course, while delving on the plea of the petitioners to ban the Victorias.

Forcing horses to haul tourists in carriages through congested traffic is already banned in Delhi, Paris, London, TorontoBeijing and other cities,” said PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs, Dr Manilal Valliyate.

Most tourists despise the cruelty to horses, and locals prefer forms of entertainment that do not harm animals. A ban on Victorias is necessary and inevitable,” he added.

PETA decided to intervene in the wake of growing concerns from compassionate citizens regarding accidents in which horses have collapsed and even died. A carriage horse was critically injured after he collapsed because of exhaustion at Gateway of India on July \3, 2012. Another horse died immediately after being hit by a taxi in front of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on July1, 2012. Another carriage horse collapsed at Kala Ghoda on May 2, 2011, and The Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued the animal.

On September 8, 2011, a horse pulling a carriage collapsed from exhaustion and was unable to stand for 20 minutes. Also, on November 14, 2011, another horse pulling nine riders on a Victoria cart had collapsed at the Gateway of India.

The group intends to point out in court that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi already made the landmark decision to ban tonga horses in the city in 2009 and recently scrapped a proposal to use ceremonial horse carriages for tourist rides.

Horses used to pull carriages are typically fed unwholesome food and given dirty drinking water – when any food or water is given to them at all. They are made to live in filthy, damp stables amidst their own faeces and urine and often left to stand without any shade. Horses are forced to carry heavy loads through crowded streets and sweltering heat. Pushed past the point of exhaustion, they often collapse when they are too worn out to continue and are repeatedly whipped in an effort to get them back on their feet.

Many horses suffer from untreated injuries, and most will never see a veterinarian in their entire lifetime. Horses used to pull carriages are also often kept illegally, without a valid license. Regulations pertaining to animals forced to work are almost never enforced.

HC asks Maha Govt to enumerate schemes to rehabilitate Victoria Horse carriage drivers

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Stressing on the need to rehabilitate ‘Victoria‘ drivers in the city, the Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra Government to place on record the welfare schemes that can be extended to them.

The direction was given by a division bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah while hearing a PIL seeking a ban on Victorias alleging that horses are subjected to cruelty when people go for joy rides.

The bench asked the state government to file an affidavit by July 26 enumerating the welfare schemes available to Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and economically backward class that can be offered to the Victoria drivers and owners.

The judges also asked the petitioner — Animals and Birds Charitable Trust — to check with the Race Course here whether licenced drivers and helpers of the Victorias could be absorbed with them.

The bench also asked the association of horse owners and drivers to table a list of its members in the Court.

The Animals and Birds Charitable Trust, which conducts feeding programmes for horses and ponies in South Mumbai, said it became aware of the plight of horses used for pulling carriages, including Victoria, through one such programme.

Trust officials contended that the laws protecting these animals were “knowingly disregarded” and “blatantly violated”.

Currently, there are 170 horses, including ponies, mostly found on beaches, gardens etc. There are 130 victorias now, down from about 800 a few years before.

The petitioners argued that the horses are made to stand all night, with their legs tied making them sick.

“Also, the Victorias are getting bigger and accommodating more people when the rule says that only three people should be allowed per carriage.”

As per records of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), there are 10 horse stables in the city, of which nine are illegal. Only the stable of the Royal Western India Turf Club which houses only those horses which run in the races, is legal.

The BMC has already filed an affidavit saying it had last issued licences for stables in 1974 and stopped issuing more licences after finding the stables being “filthy and unhygienic”.

The BMC further said that it has been taking regular action against horse owners and had recently issued fresh notices to them.

However, as per Bombay Municipality Act, the owners, whose horses are seized, can redeem them after paying Rs2,500 and accepting the condition of not plying the horses again for commercial use.

Kangaroo killer walks free from court

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(Victoria, Australia) An Albury man who killed and tortured a kangaroo and its joey before dumping the mother’s body in Wodonga’s CBD has walked free from court today.

Nigel Franks, 20, received a six-month jail sentence that was suspended for 12 months. He was also fined $750 and placed on a 12 month community corrections order.

The decision was met with anger by protesters, who gave Franks a hostile reception when he arrived at Wodonga Magistrates Court.

The kangaroo had been tied to the back of a car and dragged for at least two kilometres through suburban streets, according to police at the time.

The dead kangaroo was found lying in a pool of blood in the middle of High Street about 3.35am with a rope tied around its neck and paw.

Officers discovered a two-kilometre trail of blood and fur leading to where the carcass was found by a passerby.

Animal welfare supporters followed Franks and his family as he left court today, deriding him for the killing.

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