PETITION: Justice for Dog Repeatedly Punched in Face for Viral ‘Boxing’ Video
PETITION TARGET: Ada County Prosecutor Jan M. Bennetts
In a sickening video posted on Snapchat, a German shepherd cried out in pain as he was punched in the face over and over by a woman wearing boxing gloves in Eagle, Idaho.
“I hit him so hard, I felt that through –” the attacker said, as the video abruptly ends.
As the suspect repeatedly struck the visibly terrified canine, someone in the background made a taunting statement against animal lovers and laughed.
“We’re boxing animals. Where’s Sarah McLachlan?” the onlooker snidely remarked, referencing the popular singer and animal rights activist, before erupting into laughter at the violence unfolding before his eyes.
Disturbed viewers are overwhelmingly responding to the horrifying clip, which went viral on social media, with demands for justice. The suspect could face an animal abuse charge, Idaho Humane Society spokesperson Kristine Schellhaas told the Idaho Statesman, but for now, the case sits on the prosecutor’s desk, awaiting a decision.
The person who beat this innocent dog in an obvious display of cruelty must not get away with their actions. Sign this petition urging Ada County Prosecutor Jan M. Bennetts to charge the perpetrator for their suspected crimes, and to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
In addition to the logistical and financial crises so many continue to endure as a result of COVID-19, extended social distancing has plunged much of the world into a full-blown existential crisis as well. Shelter-in-place mandates, shuttered businesses and community spaces, and the loss of important social and familial rituals has found us confronting an unprecedented moment of alienation. We are profoundly disoriented by the sense of being estranged from our own lives.
While this feeling of separation is emotionally harrowing, I believe it can also provide an opportunity to consider the abjectly alienated existences we routinely inflict on so many of our fellow beings; the nonhuman animals we breed or capture for the purposes of exploitation. For us, this estrangement from the lives we belong to is temporary. For the animals languishing on farms, in zoos, vivisection laboratories, aquariums, circuses, pet stores, breeding mills, kill shelters, and anywhere else humans have imprisoned our fellow creatures, alienation is the very essence of their existence, and a permanent condition.
A “beef” cow at a “livestock” show. Photo by Unparalleled Suffering Photography.
And while the plights of all of these creatures is urgent and worthy of closer examination, in the interest of time I will limit this reflection to animals who are farmed; not only because they comprise the bulk of my research and advocacy, but because our consumption of animals, and our obsession with meat, is now unavoidably implicated in the current pandemic on multiple levels.
Our Fatal Flesh Obsession
While it is widely believed that COVID-19 jumped to humans via the animal flesh trade, this has led to a disproportionately critical focus on wildlife and “wet” markets. In reality, the “livestock” sector is the single largest source of human zoonotic disease pandemics globally. A 2012 global study mapping human diseases that come from animals found that “While zoonoses can be transmitted to people by either wild or domesticated animals, most human infections are acquired from the world’s 24 billion livestock, including pigs, poultry, cattle, goats, sheep and camels.”
Indeed, the World Health Organizationstates that “the greatest risk for zoonotic disease transmission occurs at the human-animal interface through direct or indirect human exposure to animals, their products (e.g. meat, milk, eggs…) and/or their environments,” while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations notes that “Seventy percent of the new diseases that have emerged in humans over recent decades are of animal origin and, in part, directly related to the human quest for more animal-sourced food.”
Just a decade ago, swine flu, an H1N1 influenza virus, jumped from farmed pigs to humans and infected nearly 61 million people in the U.S. alone, where it resulted in 12,469 deaths, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Worldwide, as many as 284,500 people were killed by the swine flu pandemic.
The infamous 1918 influenza pandemic known as the Spanish Flu was also caused by an H1N1 virus. Attributed to having developed from either a swine flu or avian flu virus on a pig or poultry farm (pre-dating so-called factory farms, it should be noted), the pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people globally.
While these pandemics are tragic, they are not inevitable. In the grand scheme of things, they are symptoms of a much deeper sickness, one of our own making, with which we have infected not only ourselves, but whose toxic consequences can now be seen across the globe: in the burning of the Amazon rainforestto make room for ever more cattle ranching; in Australia where the ceaseless bulldozing of koala habitat, and the deliberate mass killing of kangaroos, both on behalf of the beef industry, kill far more of each species every year than the recent wildfires that drew a collective gasp of horror; in the unprecedented rates of wildlife species extinction resulting from habitat loss, whose number one driver is animal agriculture; in the climate crisis to which meat and dairy production contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than all global transport combined, leading to more and increasingly devastating droughts, floods, fires, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events, while inching global temperatures inexorably toward the point of no return.
A koala mother and joey on a bulldozed log pile in Queensland. Photograph: WWF
Killing animals is killing us.
And the sickness is not in the scale of our killing; this is not an argument about the evils of industrial animal farming and a need to simply shift to more so-called humane, bucolic forms of exploitation and slaughter. The sickness is the mentality that designates sentient beings as something to be farmed at all. These animals, from whom we have stolen so many dignities; the dignities of self-determination, of bodily and reproductive autonomy, of family, of wildness, and of inherent existential worth, live suspended in a Frankensteinian netherworld of separation, entirely outside the natural order their ancient instincts once belonged to.
A mother goat at a “livestock” show. Unparalleled Suffering Photography
“Isolated from the natural world to which they belonged for millennia, farmed animals are forced to live their short lives in severely degraded physical and psychological environments that are far different from the ecosystems and cultures from which they historically derive. Severed from the intricate social structures that governed and guided their free-living communities, and confined, without the possibility of escape, to a human world where they have no place in the present, no link to the past, and no possibility of a future, domesticated animals have no power whatsoever over the most important aspects of their lives.
Humans decide where they will live; if they will ever know their mother; if, and how long, they will nurse their babies; when, and if, they will be permitted to see or be with their families and friends; when, where, or if they will be allowed to socialize with members of their own species; when, how, and if, they are going to reproduce; what, when, and how much they will eat; how much space they will have, if any; if, and how far, they will be allowed to roam; what mutilations they will be subjected to; what, if any, veterinary care they will receive; and when, where, and how they are going to die.”
Photo by Toronto Cow Save.
What can it mean that in a society obsessed with personal identity and freedom, we have erased the very concepts of identity, liberty, autonomy, and consent from entire populations of sentient individuals without so much as blinking at the moral implications of the indignity and debasement we needlessly inflict on them in the name of profit and palate pleasure?
To degrade any individual, much less entire species, to the lifelong status of property, captive, and commodity, is the grossest devaluing of life, and the ultimate alienation.
A dead hen on the egg conveyor. Jo-Anne McArthur/WeAnimals Media
“When we use other individuals, they have not a thing to call their own; not their bodies, not their children, not even their very lives. Nothing. Reduced to commodities and resources, every moment of their existence is governed by human economics of the service that can be taken from them, the cash value of such substances as milk, eggs and body fibres that can be stripped from their living bodies, and ultimately the value per kilo of their pitiful corpses hacked and sawed to pieces. Our use of them is thorough and utterly pitiless.
These are the innocent victims of our deluded species. They do not ‘live’ as we know and value the word. They endure an existence. They are powerless, brought into the world by violation on an industrial scale for the sole purpose of gratifying human indulgence.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can thrive without causing this devastating harm.”
And here’s author Will Tuttle:
“Harboring the idea of owning another living being is in itself an act of violence, and our outer violence toward nonhuman animals, which is so devastating to us all, springs from this idea… [W]e are never owners of others. We can be their guardians, companions, friends, protectors, admirers, and appreciators, and this blesses us far more than we might think. The move from “owner” to “guardian” frees both the “owners” and the “owned,” and establishes the foundation for peace, freedom, and justice. We are all harmed by the culturally mandated ownership mentality that reduces beings to mere commodities, whether for food, clothing, entertainment, or the myriad of other uses. It is long past time for us to awaken from the cultural trance of owning our fellow beings…”
It is no coincidence that our systematic destruction of animal lives, which is in large part facilitated by our refusal of their subjectivity, is also destroying the earth. As I write this, U.S. slaughterhouses and meat processing plants have been identified as the largest hotspot for coronavirus infection in the country, but are being forced to stay open by executive order of Donald Trump in order to supply the flesh fetish. Meanwhile, headlines continue to report “mass meat shortage” fears alongside images of people in full medical masks browsing empty meat refrigerators.
Our culture is in a state of addiction. It is pathological. And it is wrecking our planet, which ought to be incidental to the immorality of needlessly breeding billions of sentient individuals into captivity, reproductive subjugation, and slaughter. Bodies are not commodities. Body parts are not barcodes. Beings are not property.
Until we divest from this poisonous sense of entitlement, this stupor of violence, exploitation, and consumption, our species is doomed.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released new guidelines for pet owners and coronavirus. After two cats tested positive for the coronavirus in different parts of New York, the new guidelines are out to share with pet owners how to care for pets in the pandemic and how to keep them safe.
Public health officials stated that there is “no evidence” that pets are part of spreading the virus. The CDC stressed the importance of the need for additional information and testing to be able to provide specific guidelines for pet owners. The CDC recommends treating pets like family members and to practice social distancing for animals too. In the meantime, the CDC has reocmmended:
“Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.”
If you’re sick with coronavirus, suspected or confirmed, follow the CDC guidelines and let someone else care for your pet while you’re sick, avoid contact until you’re well and use face coverings and hand washing if you must care for your animal during your illness.
IDEXX Laboratories said it would be providing a COVID-19 test to veterinarians. The agency also said it would continue to provide updates as more information was available.
Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.
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A dog suffered a slow death after she was allegedly abandoned without access to food. Though multiple concerned neighbors reported her desperate howls, rescuers could not legally breach the house due to property rights and bureaucratic red tape. Demand that animal lives be placed over property rights.
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Our rescue, Husky Education And Rescue Team, Inc ((H-E-A-R-T)). was contacted two weeks ago by the staff of Dorchester Paws, an open intake shelter, asking for our assistance with Cloud. Cloud was a Siberian Husky who had been brought to the shelter by someone who found him roaming the streets and he began to deteriorate in the shelter environment. He struggled with allowing strangers to handle him but once you earned his trust there was no concern.
Dorchester Paws is a 501c3 organization who serves Dorchester County, SC. The important thing to note here is the shelter uses the NO KILL designation as stated right on their website. We received many videos and notes on Cloud over the next week.
H-E-A-R-T’s Director had a conversation earlier this week with the Shelter’s Behavior Manager who was very invested in Cloud’s best interest. She wanted Cloud to go to a breed specific rescue who understood the breed. She told us about some neck sensitivities and his low grumbling when he was uncertain. These are all things H-E-A-R-T is accustomed to handling and rehabilitating in our beloved breed.
We were concerned about how best to get Cloud to MD. If he was unsure of strangers, a volunteer transport with multiple legs was not going to be successful, however maybe we could meet someone from the shelter halfway. But the Shelter staff was able to arrange a flight in which Cloud could be loaded into a crate and then the crate into the plane and then reversed once safe in MD. This would allow Cloud to be handled safely getting in and out of the plane.
We were all set! H-E-A-R-T sent the necessary paperwork to facilitate the Rescue pull and PAID the rescue pull/transfer fee of $100. Cloud was ours and he was coming to MD! We even shared his photos with our followers on our Facebook page on Thursday.
THAT’S WHEN EVERYTHING WENT WRONG!!!
At 5 pm on Friday, we received a ‘refund’ of Cloud’s adoption fee. Our Director immediately called the Shelter’s Behavior Manager and when she answered the phone she was devastated and in tears. The medical staff came to issue Cloud his health certificate so he could travel across state lines and when they went to examine him he became defensive, jumped on the medical staff and gave her a ‘pressure’ bite. He did NOT break the skin.
Now Husky lovers….how many of you have male Sibes who need to be muzzled at the vet’s office? It’s actually VERY common. Huskies are generally known for misbehaving or becoming defensive during a medical exam. Heck….this information is even on our Education page on our website.
The Shelter’s Behavior Manager was called in to assist with Cloud at this time. She was able to safely muzzle him for the vet to finish her examination and Cloud was issued a Health Certificate. But then the Executive Director of Dorchester Paws, Kim Almstedt ordered the immediate euthanasia of Cloud. They did not call H-E-A-R-T. They did not consult us about OUR dog. This NO KILL shelter simply ended his life and refunded our pull fee. Kim stated she could not endanger anyone on the transport. Well, we had a well laid out plan so no one needed to handle Cloud on the short flight to MD and we had a plan b in which we would have transported Cloud by ground! Even if Cloud had really hurt someone, we had committed to him. It should have been our decision on Cloud’s fate. And we would have tried to save him! Cloud was confused and being defensive with medical staff. Normal breed stuff but sadly this person who runs the Dorchester Paws shelter clearly hasn’t educated herself on our breed!
We are beyond crushed over this news. The tears haven’t stopped flowing yet. We’ve never worked with a shelter staff so extensively to save a Husky to simply have their Executive Director overrule a breed specific rescue and their own Behavior Manager and euthanize a dog when they pride themselves on being NO KILL. We immediately called the Executive Director, Kim on her cell phone and have not received a call back. And while the Board of Directors do not have contact information on the Dorchester Paws website, one of our Directors messaged 6 of the 7 on Facebook. The President has responded that he will “do some investigation and connect back with us”. But honestly, what could he possibly say that would justify what they’ve done? NOTHING.
We cannot let this injustice go. We must get CLOSURE FOR CLOUD. We must demand Kim Almstedt be removed from her position. She certainly has no business working in Animal Welfare. Not when there are volunteer organizations like H-E-A-R-T who are fighting so hard to save these beings when Kim is using her paid position to kill them.
So H-E-A-R-T network, we call on YOU. Help us be the voice for Cloud – a voice that we will never get to hear. A Husky who we will never get to hug. We must stop Kim Almstedt from killing another innocent being. Please sign the petition to have her terminated as the Executive Director of Dorchester Paws.
You can also call the Dorchester Paws Shelter at 843-871-3820, ask to speak with or leave a message for a Board Member and demand Kim Almstedt be removed from her position for the death of Cloud.
Happy New Year from all of us at the NhRP! Please see some of the year’s highlights in the fight for #nonhumanrights and what we achieved together in 2019 in our first ever Annual Report: https://t.co/htjD08EA96
By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com 23:44 25 Nov 2019, updated 00:08 26 Nov 2019
Donald Trump signs landmark animal cruelty bill into law, making sadistic killing of animals a felony in some cases
New law is an extension of an Obama-era statute that targeted ‘crush’ fetish videos, which depict animals being killed for sexual gratification
New law carries a maximum of 7 years in prison
Lara Trump: ‘Our companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes’
Donald Trump signed the first animal cruelty bill of his presidency on Monday, outlawing narrow types of egregious violence usually committed for the purpose of videotaping them.
The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act this month after a similar House vote in late October. It applies to non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, building on a 2010 law that criminalized the distributon of so-called ‘crush’ videos—footage meant to satisfy an unusual sexual fetish—by also outlawing the production of the films.
Producing a crush video typically consists of filming a small animal being killed by stomping on it. But the new law expands the definition to include animals that are ‘purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.’
President Trump said the bill would stop people from sharing footage of animal cruelty. ‘It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty,’ he said.
President Donald Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act in the Oval Office on Monday
The bill signing came on thesame day the president gave a military dog named Conan a medal
Animal welfare advocate Lara Trump told DailyMail.com on Monday that she is proud her father-in-law put his Sharpie signature on the legislation.
‘I could not be more excited for President Trump to take this historic step today, publicly signing into law a bill tackling the nefarious and unacceptable world of animal cruelty,’ she said in a statement.
‘Our companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes, and any movement to signal and enforce a positive environment for these great animals is a step in the right direction,’ Ms. Trump said.
The new law carves out a broad variety of activity for exemptions, including slaughtering livestock, hunting, trapping, fishing, and medical or scientific research.
‘[C]ustomary and normal veterinary, agricultural husbandry, or other animal management practice[s]’ are also nestled in a loophole, along with predator control and pest control.
Anything ‘necessary to protect the life or property of a person’ or done as part of euthanizing an animal is also exempt.
Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and a longtime animal welfare advocate, said ‘[o]ur companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes’
Lara is a seniot Trump 2020 campaign adviser and the wife of the president’s second-eldest son Eric
The president asked rhetorically on Monday ‘why hasn’t this happened a long time ago?’
‘Because Trump wasn’t president,’ he said.
The new law has a maximum penalty of fines and seven years in prison.
Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, one of its cosponsors, said Monday that ‘[t]he torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Signing this bill into law is a significant milestone for pet owners and animal lovers across the country.’
Federal prosecutors have brought cases against producers of ‘crush’ videos in the nine years since President Barack Obama signed the original bill into law.
One woman who filmed herself torturing and maiming small animals for viewers’ sexual gratification pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2015.
In the films, a scantily clad Ashley Nicole Richards, then 24, could be seen stabbing helpless animals including a puppy, a kitten and a chicken.
She would sometimes chop off their limbs and urinate on them while making sexual comments to the camera.
Ashley Nicole Richards from Houston admitted to four counts of creating animal crush videos and one film distribution charge in one of the first cases of its kind in the United States, just a few years ago
The Houston Chronicle reported at the time that one video seen by authorities featured Richards puncturing a cat’s eye with a shoe heel.
Richards and Brent Justice, 54, were the first two people to be charged under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act.
Richards was already in state custody in Texas, serving a 10-year animal cruelty sentence.
Federal Judge Sim Lake had dismissed five counts of animal cruelty video creation and distribution against Richards and Justice, citing the films as protected free speech under the First Amendment.
But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the charges, noting that the First Amendment allows limited restrictions on some speech, including obscenity, and that the federal law was constitutional because of the ‘secondary effects’ of the videos.
After a whistleblower told the U.S. government that the Explosive Detection Canines (EDCs) were being neglected, the inspector general’s (IG) office for the State Department began to investigate. What they discovered was horrifying.
At least ten bomb-sniffing dogs given to Jordan over the past 8 years have perished. Some of the dogs were young and healthy pups when they left but died shortly after they arrived in the Middle Eastern nation.
Zoe, for example, a 2-year-old female Belgian Malinois, died of heatstroke just 9 months after she arrived. Another dog, Mencey, a 3-year-old of the same bread, got so sick in Jordan from a tick-borne disease that she had to be returned to the United States for treatment. He died shortly afterward. Other dogs were found to be parasite ridden, emaciated, and lacking in proper medical attention. In light of their investigation, IG’s office determined that no more dogs should be sent to Amman. Yet, despite the initial complaint and the devastating findings of the IG’s report, dogs are still being sent.
These dogs are American heroes. They keep us and our allies safe by doing the jobs that are too dangerous for humans. The least we could do is make sure that they are well taken care of and have happy, healthy lives.
If Jordan or any other country that receives American EDCs cannot treat them humanely then they shouldn’t be allowed to have them. It’s just that simple.
Please sign the petition and demand that the U.S. State Department stop giving dogs to countries that can’t take care of them.
By Lorena Mongelli and Jackie Salo
May 15, 2019 | 12:56pm | Updated
Ellie Knoller and wife Jessica Kuncman were arraigned Wednesday in court. A Goldendoodle named Bella (left) was allegedly abused in their care.
Ellie Knoller and wife Jessica Kuncman were arraigned Wednesday in court. A Goldendoodle named Bella (left) was allegedly abused in their care. Victor Alcorn
A Long Island man and his wife brought three lovable puppies into their Mineola home, where the husband viciously beat the pooches while his spouse did nothing — leaving two dead and another fighting for her life, according to prosecutors.
Jessica Kuncman, 30, and Ellie Knoller, 29, were hit with charges stemming from the torture of their three dogs, one after the other, each beaten within days of being brought back to their Mineola home.
The couple — who has been married less than a year — pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Nassau County Court to the heinous crimes, which prosecutors describe as “serial” animal abuse.
“In my 28 years as a prosecutor, I have never seen a case where someone committed this kind of serial violence against different puppies,” said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Prosecutors said the pair adopted the first pup, a male shepherd mix named Tucker, on Feb. 8 from North Shore Animal League — but nine days later the new pet was dead from a kidney rupture as a result of Knoller’s “blunt force trauma to the dog.” Tucker suffered from extensive internal bleeding and died.
The very next day, the couple purchased a Goldendoodle named Cooper from a Pennsylvania breeder. But the designer dog — which can fetch as much as $3,000 from a breeder — was dealt a similar fate.
Three days after his adoption, Cooper bled to death from internal injuries, which were the result of being pummeled by Knoller, according to prosecutors. He suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest from the disturbing abuse.
On Feb. 20, Knoller allegedly brought the puppy into Garden City Veterinary Care in cardiac and respiratory arrest.
By the time a veterinarian examined Cooper he had already died.
Knoller then returned to the same breeder days after Cooper’s death and complained he was sold a sick animal. He was given another Goldendoodle named Bella from the same litter.
The couple’s lone surviving dog was then allegedly choked, beaten and suffered several broken bones. The shaggy pooch was left with injuries that total more than $18,000 in medical bills — including broken ribs, a forearm fractured in two places and a pulmonary contusion, according to the Nassau County SPCA.
“I’ve never ever seen a case of serial animal abuse like this. Basically serial murder of an animal,” said Gary Rogers, the SPCA’s president, outside the court. “It’s just wrong.”
Both newlyweds were charged Wednesday with over-driving, torturing and injuring animals. Knoller also faces a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Knoller and Kuncman face a max of two years and one year, respectively, if convicted on the top count.
“I don’t know why this happened and unfortunately the dogs can’t tell us,” Singas said. “Maybe there are anger issues. Maybe it’s some kind of sick sport.”
Judge Meryl Berkowitz ordered the couple Wednesday not to have any pets during the trial.
“The defendants are not allowed to have any kind of animals — not a dog, not a cat, not a bird, not a goldfish,” Berkowitz said.
The pair were released without bail but had their passports taken away. They drove off in a Range Rover without commenting.
In the early hours of the morning of May 10, a man shot and killed a two-year-old Dalmatian named Sir Edwin in the dog’s own home.
The suspect, Joshua Marcantonio, reportedly visited the residence in Glens Falls, New York, to catch up with friends. Jacqueline Gilligan, one of Sir Edwin’s guardians, told WNYT that Marcantonio had punched her father in his sleep before leaving the house, only to return with a shotgun.
He then fired the gun through the closed front door, narrowly missing a man on the other side but killing Sir Edwin almost instantly. Gilligan says she heard the blast of the gun followed by the yelp of her precious dog who died shortly after, terrified and confused.
Glens Falls Police arrested Marcantonio, who is now in the Warren County Jail. Police charged him with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said the department would also file animal cruelty charges, according to The Post-Star.
Sign this petition urging Warren County DA Jason Carusone to treat this case with the severity it deserves, and prosecute Marcantonio to the fullest extent of the law — ensuring he can’t hurt another animal or endanger human life again.
In a shocking act of cruelty, someone shot an arrow through a 10-month old kitten named Wolfie in Laconia, New Hampshire, in April.
The thick arrow pierced Wolfie’s back leg, shattering her tibia and fibula, and only narrowing missing her femur and femoral artery, according to an update on her guardian Liz Carmignani’s GoFundMe page.
Carmignani found the injured kitten outside her house, terrified and in pain. After the traumatized cat went into shock and lost consciousness, she rushed her to the vet to get the arrow removed.
Initially, vets thought they would need to amputate the mangled limb, but they were fortunately able to repair it using metal rods. However, Wolfie’s recovery will be lengthy, and she will need further surgery to remove the rods.
Laconia Police Chief Matt Canfield told the Laconia Daily Sun that the arrow was a Mossy Oak brand, commonly launched by compound bows and crossbows. Local police are still investigating this malicious attack.
We need to act now to bring Wolfie’s attacker to justice before they can hurt or even kill any more animals like her.
Sign the petition urging the Laconia Police Department to use all possible resources to find the person responsible for this horrific abuse.
Anyone with information about the attack should call the Laconia Police Department crime line on 524-1717.
PETITION TARGET: Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels
An off-duty deputy drew his gun and shot one-year-old puppy Parker dead as the friendly dog played in a local park in Clay County, Florida.
Parker was running around off leash when he spotted the deputy walking his dog. The excitable hound/boxer mix was running towards the pair to say hello when Lt. Mark Cowan pulled out his personal handgun and killed him.
According to the incident report, Cowan thought Parker was a 40-50 pound pitbull and shot him in self-defense.
Parker’s guardian, Miranda Abba, was out of town at the time, but she says Parker was a sweet, friendly dog who had never shown aggression towards anyone.
Although a report was made, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office says no charges will be filed, and the case is closed.
This is a shocking act of unnecessary force, used against a dog showing no signs of aggression. As a law enforcement officer, Lt. Cowan should have used non-lethal alternatives to deal with this situation.
Sign this petition urging the Clay County sheriff’s office to take cases of animal death seriously, and enact a mandatory training program for all officers so they can deal with animals properly and safely.
On Tuesday, the city of Cabot, Arkansas announced that it will change its rules on pit bull ownership.
Effective May 15, previously banned pit bull breeds will be allowed to live within city limits. Residents who adopt pit bulls will be required to register their dogs. In coming weeks, the city’s official website will provide updates on the implementation of the registration process.
Once the change goes into effect, the City of Cabot Animal Shelter will be able to adopt pit bulls out to city residents.
In the announcement, the city acknowledged a growing need for animal sheltering and services within Cabot, as well as a need to focus on progressive animal welfare by changing their way of thinking and ordinances.
The ban went into effect in 2007, when the city stopped allowing people to register several dog breeds that were considered pit bulls. Dogs who were registered prior to the implementation of the ban were allowed to remain in the city, but under very strict rules.
The Cabot City Council’s decision to lift the ban on pit bulls reflects a shift away from the aggressive stigma associated with the breed, as well as a willingness to place more responsibility on guardians of pit bulls for the dogs’ behavior.
Under the current ordinance, pit bulls are classified as ‘vicious.’ The new policy is not breed-specific and will apply the term to individual dogs who show aggression.
Cabot is one of several cities that have recently repealed pit bull bans. So far this year, pit bull bans have been voted down in Gardendale, Alabama; the Missouri cities of Eureka and Liberty; and Garfield Heights, Ohio.
Thirty-six innocent beagles are to be put to death in July, after a year of torturous testing by the Dow Chemical Company. Over 60,000 dogs are captured and forced into testing facilities every year, with many dying due to repeated exposure to toxic chemicals; it is a miracle these 36 survived at all, and they do not deserve to be disposed of like tools after all they suffered. Sign this petition to stop the pointless killing of these dogs.
Animal advocates are applauding the introduction of legislation in California that could make it the next state to end circus suffering by banning wild and exotic animal performances.
The Circus Cruelty Prevention Act (SB 313), which was just introduced by Senator Ben Hueso, would make it illegal to use wild and exotic animals in traveling shows, and would leave anyone found breaking the law facing fines of up to $25,000 for each violation.
Not only was this bill introduced over concerns about animal welfare, but also about the threat performing animals pose to public safety.
Even though wild animals have been used as performers in circuses for decades, we now know so much more about what they need to be physically and psychologically healthy and there’s no shortage of evidence showing that circuses can never come close to meeting those needs.
Both research and undercover investigations have exposed not only the problems inherent with keeping animals this way, denying them everything they need to thrive, but also the heartbreaking and violent abuses they’re exposed to behind the scenes that range from having food withheld to being beaten and blatantly mistreated.
While a number of cities in the state have already enacted bans or restrictions on the use of wild and exotic animals, a statewide ban would go much further to protect them from cruelty and exploitation, and it would send a strong message that using them as performers isn’t acceptable.
Please sign and share this petition urging lawmakers in California to take a compassionate and common sense stand for animals by passing the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act.
amanda Jones started this petition to RSPCA and 3 others
She must also be stopped selling kittens she has bred, and puppies she has bred. She sells them when they are so young they can’t fend for themselves and most of them are dying even after veterinary treatment. The ones in the picture are dead also. They were sold at 3 weeks old. She lied.
They are never inoculated, never wormed, never microchipped. She is an all-too-frequent dealer in an illegal, and fraudulent business of animal selling, also without a licence.
Lisa Downing is negligent. The majority of the animals in her care do not survive, because of neglect and cruelty – why is this allowed to continue?! The RSPCA, Walsall Housing LTD, Trading standards, and Willinghall Council are also all negligent for allowing this to continue! Each one of these places has been contacted many times, by many people with evidence, over a long period of time.
Lisa lives in social housing. She is committing multiple cases of benefit fraud, multiple trading standard issues, and shocking cruelty to animals. This is an illegal fraudulent business because she is not declaring her assets and income, as well as being on benefits.
This business has become exceptionally viable as, for example, the last lot of kittens cost her £30 each, and she is selling them for £180 each. These, however, are not the most expensive ones she has sold. We are not talking about small change! Lisa Downing is buying kittens every day. She is a prolific dealer!
Lisa Downing is also involved with serious incidents of threatening behaviour to anybody who disagrees with her ‘business’, and Facebook harassment to a large degree. In the buying and selling, she uses many, many different names including Lisa Dee.
Even in 2019 when the Lucy’s Law comes in, she will breed and breed from the many cats she has in her social housing home. And she will breed puppies from her Jack Russell bitch which has had 2 litters already and is under 2 years old (Jan 2019)
That will not change! None of this will change unless the authorities named above DO THEIR JOBS!
Petition · American Belgian Malinois Rescue: BRING K9 ENDY HOME · Change.org
Frank Rpk9f started this petition to American Belgian Malinois Rescue and 3 others
Earlier this month K9 Endy, a Retired U.S Customs and Border Patrol K9, escaped from his handler’s yard due to fireworks. Endy was found wondering the streets nearby and was given to Kingsville Animal Advocates who turned Endy over to the American Belgian Malinois Rescue.
K9 Endy is microchipped, which comes back to the US Border Patrol but American Belgian Malinois Rescue failed to make the right calls and is now refusing to give the K9 Endy back to his handler, Brian Buchanan, who has proof of ownership, vet records, dental records, pictures and videos of Endy at home with his family.
After many failed attempts to get Endy home, Brian Buchanan contacted us to see if we could help. Retired Police K9 Foundation has made a commitment to get Endy back home. Please contact the rescue and ask them to release K9 Endy back to his family! Retired Police K9 Foundation will make sure Endy has proper vet care needed now and for the rest of his life!
Please contact Marcia Tokson, National chairperson, and ask her to give K9 Endy back!
Lawsuit Argues Animals Have the Right to Sue Their Abusers in Court
A photo from March 2017 shows Justice, an American Quarter Horse, in Cornelius emaciated from months of little food or shelter. His owner was later convicted of animal neglect and now the horse is being represented in a lawsuit against the ex-guardian seeking damages for pain and suffering. (Animal Legal Defense Fund)
Hillsboro, Oregon – On January 22nd the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, appealed an Oregon state court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a horse named Justice against his abuser. Justice’s lawsuit seeks to recover the costs of his ongoing medical care and his pain and suffering caused by the abuse.
Washington County Circuit Court Judge John Knowles dismissed the lawsuit in September 2018, holding that a non-human animal lacks legal standing to sue on his…
by: Care2 Team
recipient: Washington Officials
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Cinder was a 30 lb young black bear in Washington state. In 2014, she miraculously survived severe wildfire burns and won the heart of us humans. Tragically, she was shot and killed almost immediately upon being released back into the wild.
Sign the petition to demand justice for Cinder!
It’s illegal to kill a black bear in Washington state unless you have a license and it’s open season. Whoever killed her probably did not have that because they just left her body there. If a bear gets hurt or killed in self defense, the killer is supposed to notify the authorities. But Cinder’s body was just left to rot instead.
Scientists had hoped her collar had just stopped working because she was hibernating for the winter. That’s why they were so dismayed when they found her skeleton and realized it was because she and her collar had been shot.
Cinder lived through a horrible tragedy and healed, just to be shot by a selfish hunter and left to rot.
It’s heartbreaking that Cinder survived and then died so quickly after being able to return to her home. Please help us honor sweet Cinder by demanding that authorities find Cinder’s killer and hold them accountable!
Prison for life, without bail or death penalty, against Gerardo Herrera alias Junior
Gerardo Herrera alias Junior lives in NAPOLEÓN GÓMEZ SADA, COLONIA SUTERM, is CFE worker José López Portillo. Hopefully some animalist association and animal advocates who want to mobilize to do justice and act legally . #Piedras Negras #Recompensa #Red
They offer $ 60,000 to find Gerardo Herrera, responsible for killing little dogs in the Suterm colony. It is said that he has escaped to North America, they are looking for him there, and we need him to bring him to be judged.
If the authorities do not act quickly against this person it will end in tragedy, as some people are offering a reward for torturing and killing the Junior. Neither the former Mayor Sonia Villarreal, nor her parents will be able to do anything to avoid any type of attempt against the life of an individual.
Let him go to jail, which is where he should be and where he should spend his whole life.
There are lots of people who love and treat their dogs like humans; feeding them, giving them a bath and even dressing them and looking after their health. Unfortunately, there are some cruel pet owners who don’t have the same compassion and love for dogs.
Some people don’t really care about their dogs and leave them outside despite the really cold weather. But thanks to the touching story of Libre, a survivor dog, pet owners who leave their dogs in the cold can now face felony charges.
Libre, the Dying Puppy, Rescued in the Cold
One example of an unattended, abandoned dog in the cold is Libre. Libre is a Boston terrier and was only seven weeks old when found and rescued by a produce driver named Dextin.
Apparently, his owner left him in the cold too long that he developed a serious skin condition called demodectic mange which made him crusty and hairless. He had secondary infections and ulcers had also developed in his eyes.
The doctors who assessed his condition said there’s a very low chance of survival for Libre. Luckily, the helpless dog survived and is now adopted and taken care of by a loving pet owner, Janine Guido.
Janine said she fell in love with Libre at first sight, “I just really connected with him. I don’t know why, because I’ve rescued so many dogs. I get butterflies before I visit him. Something about Libre really captured my heart.”
House Bill 1238 Successfully Signed into Law
The story of Libre touched many people’s hearts and Pennsylvania lawmakers were no exception. Apart from Libre, there are many other dogs in the state that are abandoned in the cold by their owners. This alarming situation made them step in and develop a law in hopes of preventing animal abuse and punishing people who abandon their dogs, especially in extreme weather conditions.
This year, House Bill 1238, also known as Libre’s law was signed into law. Pennsylvania residents who will leave their dogs outside in the cold can now face felony, particularly animal cruelty charges.
“Don’t leave them outside,” says Paul Tobin, a Mercer County Humane Officer. “The new law is pretty clear. Anything under 32 degrees, anything over 90 degrees, your dogs are not allowed outside for more than 30 minutes.”
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Teach Neglectful Pet Owners a Lesson
Residents who will break this law will need to pay a $15,000 fine and can be jailed for up to seven years. Significantly, Pennsylvania lawmakers are creating tougher animal protection laws not only to save animals but to also send a message that animal cruelty should not be tolerated and whoever abuses and neglects their pets should be punished.
According to Jennifer Nields, a worker at the Lancaster County Animal Coalition, “this won’t stop animal abuse but it will emphasize the importance of justice for animal suffering.
Libre’s Law Makes Pennsylvania “Most Improved” for Animal Protection Laws
Though Libre’s law was signed into law just recently, Governor Tom Wolf has long been running his advocacy on animal protection. He signed the Libre’s law last June 2017 and it is one of the laws that made the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society acknowledge Pennsylvania as the most improved for animal protection laws.
Since Governor Wolf signed the Libre’s law, residents and pet owners became more responsible and gave back their dogs to shelters if they thought they could not take care of them properly.
Last July 28, Governor Tom Wolf celebrated one year of animal protection with Libre himself with a doggy cake. Wolf wrote on his Twitter account, “I’m here with Libre to celebrate the first anniversary of #LibresLaw. Together we signed Pennsylvania’s animal welfare reforms into law one year ago today, making the commonwealth a safer place for PA pets.”
A lot of trending and inspiring stories have touched the hearts of many individuals but Libre’s story did not just make people cry but it also taught them an important lesson on animal protection. Most importantly, it made a big difference in the lives of many animals and the entire community of Pennsylvania.
If you think pets should be allowed to sleep inside the house especially during extreme weather — please share this post and spread this awareness!
By WAN –
November 14, 2018
Photos from IUCN
The Fin Whale and the Mountain Gorilla are among the species with improved status, according to today’s update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The IUCN Red List now includes 96,951 species of which 26,840 are threatened by extinction.
The Fin Whale has gone from Endangered to Vulnerable following bans on whaling, while the Mountain Gorilla subspecies has moved from Critically Endangered to Endangered as a result of collaborative conservation efforts.
“Today’s update to The IUCN Red List illustrates the power of conservation action, with the recoveries we are seeing of the Fin Whale and the Mountain Gorilla,” Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General said in a statement. “These conservation successes are proof that the ambitious, collaborative efforts of governments, business and civil society could turn back the tide of species loss.”
“Unfortunately, the latest update also underlines how threats to biodiversity continue to undermine some of society’s most important goals, including food security,” continued Andersen. “We urgently need to see effective conservation action strengthened and sustained.”
Previously listed as Endangered, the Fin Whale is now listed as Vulnerable, as the global population of species has roughly doubled since the 1970s. The recovery follows international bans on commercial whaling in the North Pacific and in the Southern Hemisphere which has been in place since 1976, there has been a significant reduction in catches in the North Atlantic since 1990. The status of the western subpopulation of the Gray Whale has also improved, moving from Critically Endangered to Endangered. Both of these whale species were historically threatened by overexploitation for their blubber, oil and meat.
“Fin Whales and Western Gray Whales were severely depleted by hunting and it is a relief to finally see their populations on the rise. These whales are recovering largely thanks to bans on commercial hunting, international agreements, and various protection measures,” stated Randall Reeves, Chair of the IUCN SSC Cetacean Specialist Group. “Conservation efforts must continue until the populations are no longer threatened.”
The nearly complete protection of Fin Whales throughout their range, has allowed the global population to reach around 100,000 mature individuals.
This update of The IUCN Red List also brings hope for the Mountain Gorilla, which has improved in status from Critically Endangered to Endangered, thanks to collaborative conservation efforts across country boundaries and positive engagement from communities living around the Mountain Gorilla habitat. The Mountain Gorilla is one of two subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla; the Eastern Gorilla species remains Critically Endangered.
Intensive conservation action, including anti-poaching patrols and in-situ veterinary interventions, such as the removal of snares, has contributed to the growth of Mountain Gorilla populations since the previous IUCN Red List assessment, published in 2008.
The 2008 Mountain Gorilla population was estimated to be around 680 individuals, but 2018 estimates show that it has increased to over 1,000 individuals, the highest figure ever recorded for the subspecies. The population growth has been confirmed through coordinated and improved survey methods.
Mountain Gorilla habitat is restricted to protected areas in two locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda – The Virunga Massif and Bwindi-Sarambwe. Both locations are bordered by land intensively cultivated for agriculture by a growing human population. Threats to this subspecies remain high, including poaching, recurring civil unrest, and human-introduced diseases ranging from respiratory infections to Ebola.
“While it is fantastic news that Mountain Gorillas are increasing in numbers, this subspecies is still Endangered and therefore conservation action must continue,” said Dr. Liz Williamson of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group. “Coordinated efforts through a regional action plan and fully implementing IUCN Best Practice guidelines for great ape tourism and disease prevention, which recommend limiting numbers of tourists and preventing any close contact with humans, are critical to ensuring a future for the Mountain Gorilla.”
Sadly, the largest North American tortoise species, the Bolson Tortoise, is one of the species that had its status change from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered on The IUCN Red List due to exploitation for subsistence consumption, as well as widespread habitat loss.
The population of the tortoise, found in isolated areas in the Bolsón de Mapimí basin in Mexico, has plummeted by over 64% in the past 30 years. The species is endangered under Mexican federal wildlife laws and captive breeding programs aiming to reintroduce the species to New Mexico and Texas in the United States.
By WAN –
November 13, 2018
Photo from Animal Defenders International
Animal Defenders International (ADI) has rescued six more tigers from suffering in a circus in Guatemala, as the organization continues to help enforce the country’s ban on animal circus acts. ADI has in total removed 21 lions and tigers, only one circus with animals remains.
Adult female tigers Bimbi and Lupe, parents Itsa and Sombra, and their two unnamed cubs, were removed from the circus on Saturday. During the day-long rescue, which ran into the night, the tigers were taken from the scrapyard where they had been living, and transported to ADI’s Temporary Rescue Centre in Guatemala. They join six lions and nine other tigers already rescued by the organization.
Previously, the circus had refused to hand over the six tigers when ADI removed two of the lions and nine other tigers in June. ADI is working with the government’s Animal Welfare Division UBA and wildlife department CONAP to enforce the ban on animals in circuses.
“We vowed to not let these six tigers down, and we kept our word. ADI’s mission is to ensure that no animal will suffer in circuses in Guatemala ever again,” Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International said in a statement. “With the public’s support we can save them all.”
At the ADI Temporary Rescue Centre, the animals have more space than they have ever known. Enrichment such as swinging tires, hay bags filled with catnip, and pools for the tigers to bathe and play in, keep the animals entertained and healthy. Such simple pleasures also help build muscles and improve coordination.
It is expected to take several months to complete the documentation needed to take the animals to their forever homes. For the lions, this will be to the new 450 acre sanctuary ADI is establishing in South Africa, their natural homeland. The first nine tigers rescued by ADI have been offered permanent homes at United States tiger sanctuaries Big Cat Rescue and Tigers for Tomorrow, and ADI is actively seeking permanent homes for the six new tigers.
Following this latest rescue, there is just one circus with animals in Guatemala, reported to have 15 big cats. ADI is raising funds to save the remaining animals, and care for the 21 big cats now in their care.
Donations to ADI can be made here
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.
"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard