Baron, the rottweiler mix found abandoned and severely injured with both ears and his nose mutilated, was likely a victim of dogfighting.
Dogfighting is an absolutely disgusting and inhumane practice that is unfortunately still too common in our society. Not only are the dogs forced to hurt one another, the people who fight them will often harm the dogs themselves. While the people who did this to Baron still haven’t been caught, Baron’s horrific injuries point to what is likely dogfighting. They could be have been carried out on him as punishment for losing a fight or as a crude way of treating injuries he sustained from another dog. Because of the extent of his injuries, investigators assume more than one person must have been involved:
“I have a hard time believing that one person could hold the dog, cut off both ears, cut off his tail, injure his back legs and slice off…
Little makes us happier than seeing dedicated animal lovers create change in the world, and today we are over the moon with joy because a dreadful UK zoo has been denied its renewal license thanks to public pressure!
The South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton, Cumbria has long been under fire for its astonishing neglect, abuse, and murder of innocent animals. Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) has been a voice for the animals, diligently investigating this zoo. Reports detailing the events that occurred within its confines are some of the most gruesome and devastating we have ever heard.
Perhaps the most well-known of these tragedies is the death of zookeeper Sarah McClay, who was mauled to death by a tiger. Despite her family’s requests to not kill the tiger, the animal was euthanized with no documented reason why.
Other shocking crimes of neglect have included the electrocution of a tortoise, a squirrel monkey rotting behind a radiator, and two snow leopards who were found partially eaten! Likely suffering from zoochosis, a jaguar chewed off its own paw! Additionally, seven lion cubs and five baboons were murdered with no reason given other than there was not enough space at the zoo. A rhinoceros was crushed to death and a giraffe was killed after collapsing.
These heartbreaking reports are just the tip of the iceberg. In just four years from 2013-2016, 486 innocent animals died at South Lakes Safari Zoo. CAPS’ representatives say the crimes at the zoo are some of the absolute worst cases of animal cruelty they have seen in sixty years.
Thankfully, after CAPS’s investigations and persistent outcries from concerned animal lovers, this terrible facility has had its renewal license denied. The council describes the zoo’s owner, David Gill, as “not a fit and suitable person” to manage the facilities and properly care for the animals.
Although this is a major victory for animal rights, the fight has not ended. Gill still has the option to appeal this license denial. Although our fingers are crossed the governing council will continue to rule in favor of humane practices, we still need to keep our voices heard.
Please share this story with your friends and family and encourage them to stand up for zoo animals!
It’s almost unthinkable, but veterinarians say it’s happening with increasing frequency. People addicted to opioids are so desperate to score that they’re injuring innocent animals so they can take the drugs prescribed for their pets.
Horrible, you say? Yes, it is. Just imagine snapping your dog’s leg or purposely making him bleed. Imagine inflicting so much pain a narcotic is necessary to make him feel better — but never giving him that relief. Addicts are doing all this and more.
In 2014, a Kentucky woman named Heather Pereira cut her dog Alice’s leg with a razor blade on more than one occasion to get a prescription narcotic. Of course, she didn’t give it to Alice, who was in great pain.
When Pereira returned to the vet clinic twice in a short period, Dr. Chad Bailey realized the injuries were “not the sort of cuts you see in nature,” as he told The New York Post. He called the police while she waited at his clinic. Pereira was convicted and jailed for animal torture and trying to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. Alice has since been re-homed and is fine.
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“What’s scary is it took me two times to pick up on what was happening,” Bailey told The New York Post. “It worries me about the instances we miss.” Veterinarians now have to keep a close eye out to avoid inadvertently facilitating this behavior.
The drug these addicts typically try to obtain is Tramadol. It’s a pill developed to dull the pain for human cancer patients. It’s also often used on animals because of its narcotic pain-relieving effect and its reasonable cost.
“It’s a fairly safe narcotic,” Dr. Duffy Jones, an Atlanta veterinarian, told CBS News. “We use it a lot. We like it and it’s relatively inexpensive.”
Sadly, addicts are figuring out that carting in an injured animal to a veterinarian can be a rather easy way to get their hands on a cheap narcotic. Tramadol wholesales for less than $25 for 1,000 pills. Oxycodone, on the other hand, can cost $10 per pill. It’s easy to see why hitting up the veterinarian seems an approach worth trying.
Vets now have to be vigilant and ask a number of questions before prescribing narcotics for animals. There are several red flags that can signal to a veterinarian that something fishy is going on:
New patients they’ve never seen before bring in a seriously injured animal
Refusing to let the animal hospital obtain prior veterinary care records for the injured pet
The injury doesn’t really match the story being told by the pet owner
Asking for a specific narcotic (like Tramadol) by name
The pet owner needs a refill much sooner than he or she should, maybe because the pills were “spilled” or “lost”
“We’re really looking for things that don’t match up,” Jones told CBS News. “As we start to question the owner, we look at the owner’s response.” The situation is bad enough that vets now often refrain from prescribing a narcotic and try other options first.
We all know addicts harm themselves and people they love. They’re often dangerous to other people. Now they’re even dangerous to innocent animals. We need to do a better job of identifying and helping opioid addicts. They’re going to greater and greater lengths to score their drugs, and it’s becoming a crisis even for dogs and cats.
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MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — News of the Horse reports that the livestock auction in New Holland, Pennsylvania, is banning photos and videos.
New Holland auction is notorious among horse lovers chiefly because it is one of the largest sales rings where horses are dumped in some of the most deplorable circumstances imaginable and preyed on by meat man acting on behalf of horse slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico.
Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of horse slaughter has heard of New Holland auction.
It is where thousands of horses each year enter what has commonly become referred to as the “slaughter pipeline”.
Ford Turner, reporting for McClatchy-Tribune Informational Services, writes:
Every Monday, 200 or more thoroughbreds, Amish-owned work animals, Tennessee walkers, tiny “miniatures” and other varieties of horses pass between tiered plank seats full of auction spectators. The roughly 1,500 consignors, or sellers, who bring animals to the auction every week…
The first of many planned steel shipments from Russian Steelmaker NLMK to the US arrived at the new Port of Paulsboro facility in New Jersey on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, according to NJ .com. NLMK is apparently a competitor to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s Evraz.
NLMK is controlled by majority shareholder Vladimir Lisin, who is ranked 116th on the Forbes list of world billionaires. According to Forbes, as of March 7, 2017, his net worth is $15 Billion, a huge increase from the $9.3 Billion which was his net worth in 2016.
Within three days of the Trump Victory his net worth increased by $830 million. Between Trump’s victory last November and January 9, 2017, he gained $1.4 billion in net worth, according to Forbes staff writer Dan Alexander, who credits the overall rising value of Russian stocks and currency in the wake of the Trump win.
Evraz is controlled-owned by Putin friend and King-maker Roman Abramovich, along with other Russian oligarchs. Some of the other owners appear to be or to have been close to Putin, as well. Evraz makes large diameter pipe in Canada, as seen below. Trump’s daughter Ivanka appears to be friends with Abramovich’s wife and to have invited her to the inauguration.
Pipes by Russian company Evraz in Canada. The steel could be made in Russia. Evraz makes some products in the US, as well as Europe. If it were Made by Evraz in USA, rather than Canada, would it be American made or Russian? If it brings in foreign workers on temp permits? Made in Russia and imported to Canada?
“Keystone XL builders can use non-U.S. steel, White House says now
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:55:30 -0500 (Reuters) – The Keystone XL oil pipeline does not need to be made…
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