Animals in severe heat distress were panting, drooling, lethargic, breathing heavily, non-responsive to activity around them, and unable to cool off.
The complaint and USDA inspection reports can be found here:
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Thursday that President Donald Trump will personally give $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
Sanders said that Trump told her he will personally give the money to help those affected by the storm and claimed the president told her he asked her to see if journalists in the White House press briefing room will also be giving to relief efforts.
The announcement comes on the heels of a request from the Trump campaign for Americans to donate to several charities. These organizations were: American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The United Way, The SPCA of Texas, The SPCA of Louisiana, The Houston Humane Society, and The Louisiana Humane Society.
In spring and early summer we did outreach, articles and webinars about “your voice.” What we found is that many people do not understand where, when and how to use, voice in process. More disturbingly we found that so many people did not even understand how in many ways, they lost much of their voice this year.
We have written about advisory boards, Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) and the land use planning process. We usually end those types of articles with a statement that recognizes that piles of paper don’t make a good meme for social media but that engagement is the most crucial aspect of advocacy for wild horses.
Earlier this year (April) we wrote about trying to engage a RAC and then the RACs were shut down. Massive amounts of information was rapidly being removed from government websites. To us this represented a terrifying trend; exclude, ignore, delete…
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August 28, 2017
Natural disasters affect humans and animals alike, and Hurricane Harvey is forcing many families to evacuate to emergency shelters, where pets are not permitted due to possible allergic reactions from other people at the shelters. As a result, animal guardians are unwillingly relinquishing their beloved pets to animal shelters.
Austin Pets Alive! (APA!), an animal rescue in Austin, Texas, is working hard to keep up with the growing animal shelter populations, and as of this past Saturday, they have transported 235 animals to their shelter, and they anticipate many more.
APA! says they are humbled by the outpouring of support they have received, but they still need more assistance, and they are asking you for your help to save and care for these frightened and displaced animals who have been tragically separated from their families.
Due to the generous donations they have already received, APA! is running out of storage space for crates, bags of dry food, and other large items. They are asking for financial donations in lieu of these items, which will allow them to allocate funds as needed. If you are able, you can donate to APA! here. If you are in the Austin area, they will also accept donations of flea and tick treatment, bedding, and treats.
If you cannot make a financial contribution, you can help save these innocent lives by volunteering as a foster or adopting one of these animals. Fostering truly does save lives, and APA! is asking for volunteers who will be able to commit to fostering until the animals are adopted to forever homes. To learn more about fostering or adopting through APA!, visit here.
There is great power in a community joining together for a common good, so please share this with your network to help gain more support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
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August 28, 2017
Animal rights and environmental issues need all the publicity they can get – and we can all agree that to get it, it is seriously helpful to have some celebrities on deck. British comedian Ricky Gervais has been a long-time advocate for animals, promoting adoption, donating money, and criticizing cruel practices, all of which generate a lot of interest in and conversation around the topics. This time, he has targeted the practice of trophy hunting – and shared what he thinks about it in no uncertain terms.
Gervais calling out trophy hunters is not a novelty, however – in a recent post on his Facebook page, he inserted a screenshot of a post on the subject written in 2015. Unfortunately, not much has changed in the matter since then and the critique Gervais made in the post still holds true today.
Captioned “My thoughts on Trophy Hunting,” the post is a reminder that the issue of this bloody practice is still very much relevant – and Gervais’s words are not at all subtle.
Gervais especially points out the controversial financial aspects of trophy hunting and underlines how hunters claiming that they “provide a service” to communities where they hunt actually just exploit impoverished communities that have no choice but to accept their offers.
Parading as conservation, trophy hunting is a cruel pseudo-sport which has a number of seriously detrimental effects, among them the harm to the overall populations of the hunted species. Curiously, killing animals in the name of conservation is something that a number of groups actually claim.
Gervais is, without a doubt, doing a great job as an animal advocate by making use of his platform in order to reach as wide an audience as possible and spread awareness and knowledge about important animal rights issues. Public figures speaking out on the matters cause not only a heightened interest in the topics but also help inform people that animal and environmental problems are something we really should think about and engage in solving. At the end of the day, it’s something we should all feel responsible for.
Lead image source: Animal Defenders International