Petition: These Girls Shoved a Lit Cigarette in Their Puppies Mouth and Laughed as it “Smoked” It

Warning: The following video contains scenes of animal cruelty that some viewers may find upsetting.

The disturbing video starts with the above warning, and then opens to an adorable Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy that appears to be sleeping. Its paws and belly stick up in the air while it rests between the legs of a faceless person. At first glance, you might think the whole scene is quite cute. That is until you take a closer look and actually see what’s happening.

The person in the video has put a cigarette in the sleeping pooch’s mouth, and while it naps they light the cigarette. From the video, you can see that the smoke bothers the dog because as it inhales it twitches in its sleep as if fighting some unknown presence.

The dog’s owners Rattiyakorn Prangthong and her partner Tango thought the whole thing was good clean fun, and posted the video to social media. The rest of the internet, however, didn’t think it was so funny.

Netizens were furious at the couple’s blatant disregard for their animal’s health and welfare and now are demanding that the authorities in Bangkok, Thailand —where the video was filmed — seize the pup so it can go to a better home.

Rattiyakorn and Tango have since apologized but that isn’t enough. Any pet owner should have known that what they did was animal cruelty. Being a pet owner is a privilege and it’s not for everyone. Some people aren’t interested in the extra commitment, others aren’t cut out for it and still, others squander their chance by abusing the animals that trust them with their care.

That’s just what this pair did. Sign the petition and ask the Bangkok authorities to take away the abused puppy.

Petition: Eleven Seals Live in a 3-Foot Deep Pool, All So This Aquarium Can Make Money

The Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon, stands around 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean. The sounds of the waves echo against its facade and visitors come and go with sand on their feet. But that short 300-foot walk to the sea might as well be 1,000 miles for the 11 harbor seals the aquarium holds captive.

One of Seaside Aquariums biggest draws are these helpless seals that live in a small pool-like enclosure, perhaps 8X5 feet and no deeper than 2.5 feet. Customers can have the “pleasure” of seeing them in their miserable tank and for a small fee you can buy a tray of fish and feed them. The poor seals clap and howl competing for the few bits of fish between the 11 of them. According to one aquarium worker, during the summer this is their main source of food.

This is not the way it should be for these beautiful marine mammals or the several other animals that unfortunately call the aquarium home. Seals for one, are extremely intelligent social beings that need stimulation to live a healthy, normal life. In the wild, these animals have the whole of the ocean to call their home but at Seaside they barely have a pool, and a shallow one at that.

Seaside aquarium defends their facilities saying that they are governed by USDA standards. But these rules are clearly minimum standards, and even if they aren’t breaking our laws, they are breaking the rules of nature by forcing the seals to live in captivity for their entire lives.

It’s time Seaside recognized that it is not OK to imprison marine mammals and use them as tourist traps to line their pockets. Please sign the petition and ask Seaside Aquarium officials to give the seals to a sanctuary where they can live the rest of their life in peace.

Breaking News-Why Has The Ontario SPCA Announced A Plan To Stop Investigations Of Animal Cruelty Involving Horses & Farm Animals? – World Animal News


By Lauren Lewis –
November 2, 2018

There seems to be confusion and controversy brewing around the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
Per the Canadian Press Service, the local animal welfare agency has stated that it needs to restructure, beginning with stopping investigations into animal cruelty cases involving farm animals and horses.
Lack of funding and years of financial losses are reportedly the reasons for OSPCA’s controversial need to restructure.
The organization wants to shift the investigations to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.


The government, which reportedly pays the OSPCA $5.75 million each year to handle all animal welfare issues, was not aware of the change that some insiders are calling “immanent.”
Under their current agreement, OSPCA is responsible for maintaining “a call center to respond to animal cruelty tips, a major case team to investigate complex cases, a registry of zoos and aquariums and specialists to investigate those facilities.”
OSPCA is also tasked with maintaining animal cruelty coverage of First Nations, an indigenous American Indian community in Canada, as well as Northern Ontario.
The OSPCA Act also gives the OSPCA officers the power to impose legal charges for both provincial offences and animal cruelty charges, as well as the authority to “inspect premises where animals are kept for the purposes of exhibit, entertainment, boarding, hire or sale.”

WAN contacted Melissa Kosowan of the OSPCA communications department to try to gain some clarity on the situation.
Kosowan sent WAN the following official statement:
“The Ontario SPCA would like to assure the public that we continue to investigate animal welfare concerns relating to livestock and horses.
In addition to the charitable programs the Society provides for the welfare of animals, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is under contract by the Province of Ontario to enforce provincial animal welfare legislation. The Society is here to serve animals and we want to do what’s in their best interest. To do that, we need to consider adjustments to provide the best possible protection of animals within funding provided by the Government of Ontario.10454231_10153233439816648_2952583822718898039_o-632x420230748713.jpg

One consideration includes restructuring our role in cases that occur with large animals in rural areas. Our hope is to become a supporting agency to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to provide urgent and ongoing care to animals while Ministry personnel focus on enforcing government legislation.
As these discussions have yet to occur, we cannot provide additional details at this time. However, the Ontario SPCA has always been a resource for animals across the province; this restructuring will identify ways animals can be better supported within the resources provided by the government.”
Meanwhile, as per CBC News, Ottawa police said in a statement that “officers have the authority to investigate animal cruelty complaints and lay charges, but would not address whether officers have the proper training to investigate those complaints.”
“Investigating abuses of livestock is specialized and it’s unlikely most police forces across the province have that type of training,” Ottawa Humane Society executive director Bruce Roney told the media outlet. “Police certainly have their hands full with human crimes and always in that situation, we’re worried that crimes against animals will be given a low priority.”
While Roney has had his own issues with the OSPCA taking away the Ottawa Humane Society’s powers to investigate animal cruelty in 2016, his current concerns regarding this situation seem to be valid.

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Canada Urged To Expand The Closure Of Fisheries To Save Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale From Extinction – World Animal News

By WAN –
November 2, 2018

Wildlife and animal-protection groups submitted recommendations today urging Canada’s fishery management agency to continue and expand protections for critically imperiled North Atlantic right whales. Following an unprecedented 12 right whale deaths in Canadian waters in 2017, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) closed key fishing areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including in the entanglement-prone snow crab fishery. The agency is now considering measures for the 2019 season.
“The right whale population is plummeting as these incredible animals continue to get entangled in Canadian and U.S. fishing gear,” said Sarah Uhlemann, international program director at the Center for Biological Diversity and the letter’s author in a statement. “Canada and the United States should both do their part to save these endangered whales by closing key habitat areas and moving to ropeless fishing gear. Right whales desperately need quick action.”
Fewer than 440 North Atlantic right whales likely remain. In 2017, 17 right whales — almost 4% of the population — were observed dead, including 12 in Canadian waters. Troublingly, scientists did not document a single right whale birth during the 2017-2018 calving season. At the current rate of decline, the North Atlantic right whale will be functionally extinct within several decades.
“Entanglement in fishing gear is the single biggest threat to the right whale’s survival,” said Jane Davenport of Defenders of Wildlife. “Entanglements can cause immediate death by drowning, or cause longer drawn-out deaths by injury, infection, and starvation. Entanglements also weaken females to the point that they can only calve once every 10 years instead of every three, if they live that long.”
In recent years, right whales have been noticed more in Canada’s cool Atlantic waters such as the Gulf of St. Lawrence, likely due to shifting prey. In response to the 2017 deaths, DFO adopted entanglement risk reduction measures in 2018, including season-long (“static”) closures and intermittent (“dynamic”) closures when right whales were present and in the snow crab fishery, there were line-length limits and gear marking requirements to track the source of entangling gear.
“Maintaining and expanding closures of key fishing areas is critical given the fact that the right whale population is declining so precipitously,” said Kathryn Kullberg, director of marine and wildlife protection for the Humane Society of the United States. “It is urgent for Canada and the U.S. to continue to protect these magnificent whales from the suffering they endure while entangled in fishing gear.”
It is likely DFO’s actions reduced the risk of right whale deaths this year. However, since DFO adopted the measures in 2018, two right whales have been found dead with injuries consistent with fishing-gear entanglement and at least three more have been seen entangled in Canadian waters. Last week a DFO represenataive attended a meeting with the fishing industry and reportedly indicated that the government is open to weakening protective measures for right whales.
Weakening protection? They must be strengthened and enforced!
“Canada’s actions this year definitely kept whales alive, but what Canada does next year and beyond will decide the fate of the entire species,” said Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
“It is simply unacceptable that a government fisheries representative would cave to industry demands,” said Kate O’Connell, marine wildlife consultant for the Animal Welfare Institute. “More restrictions, not fewer, are needed if there is to be any hope for right whales in the North Atlantic.”
In today’s letter, the groups urged DFO to maintain the closures and expand them into other areas frequented by right whales in 2019, require comprehensive gear marking in all Atlantic Canadian fisheries. It is also critical to transition trap and pot fisheries to more protective “ropeless” gear. These measures are needed to ensure Canadian fisheries can continue exporting seafood to the U.S. market, as U.S. law prohibits foreign seafood imports caught in a manner less protective than U.S. requirements for marine mammals.
“We commend the Canadian government for taking swift action this past summer, but these measures must be continued and expanded. It is also imperative that the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service stop their willful foot-dragging and enact similar protections before it’s too late to save this majestic species,” said Erica Fuller of the Conservation Law Foundation.
“The ropeless technology is a lifeline the North Atlantic Right Whale needs for survival,” said Zak Smith, senior attorney with the Marine Mammals program at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Continued leadership is needed from both Canada and the United States. If we fail, we will lose this iconic species.”

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