Humor with a Twist….

Boy do I know about freedom in the red white blue 🚓 I received 3 speeding tickets in one month, it was 1992 to be exact. When the officer came back up to my car for me to sign, he said… And I quote… You know Nancy you’re one point away from losing your license and your freedom to drive, don’t you think it’s time you start paying attention to the speed limit? I said………Yes sir and  went bought a radar detector…. I haven’t had a speeding ticket since. 😇

Boundless Blessings by Kamal

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-I find it ironic that the colors red, white and blue stand for freedom, until they are flashing behind you at the back of cars.

-The last thing I want to do is hurt you in a most horrible way, but it is still on my bucket list. I will surely have my way.

-My mind isn’t twisted and perverted, its strategically bent and curved in a precarious way in several places.

-Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak and cause fools of themselves.

-Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit- salad and spoiling its awesome taste.

-To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

-I’m great at multi-tasking, I can waste time, be unproductive and procrastinate all at once.

-Women will never be equal to men…

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How Buying ‘Teacup’ and ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dogs Contributes to Puppy Mills | One Green Planet

How Buying ‘Teacup’ and ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dogs Contributes to Puppy Mills

Kathleen Summers, HSUS
June 4, 2017 

Sixty million people suffer from asthma or allergies and allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It’s understandable that a family thinking about getting a puppy would be concerned about the potential reaction in children or other family members who have allergies. But too many parents think that buying a hypoallergenic puppy is the panacea. Responsible breeders and humane organizations alike are concerned about the hype.

Because allergies are different for every person, “hypoallergenic” or “nonallergenic” dogs don’t necessarily exist. All dogs can carry outside allergens inside on their coats and a breed that can be tolerated by one individual may not have the same effect on another.
The Myth of Hypoallergenic

A study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that “there is no evidence for the classification of certain dog breeds being hypoallergenic.” Many national breed clubs agree and dislike seeing dogs deliberately cross-bred just to follow a trend. The Labradoodle was one of the first hybrid dogs marketed to the public as hypoallergenic, presumably because poodles do not shed, but instead have hair that must be trimmed. The Labradoodle was soon followed by Yorki-poos, Malti-poos and almost any other breed crossed with a poodle. But the parent clubs for both poodles and many other breeds agree that the hype is a problem.

The Poodle Club of America asserts that so-called designer mixed breeds are a marketing ploy for irresponsible breeders to sell puppies for highly inflated prices. Responsible breeders do not practice breeding purebreds together to produce “designer dogs.” The Labrador Retriever Club even states on its website that “a Labradoodle is nothing more than an expensive crossbred. Because the genetic makeup is diverse from the Poodle genes and the Labrador genes, the resultant first generation offspring is a complete genetic gamble … Indeed Labradoodles do shed.”

Why then do so many puppy-selling websites offer “hypoallergenic” puppies? Puppy mills are irresponsible dog breeding operations that churn out large numbers of puppies with little regard to their health or quality. Due to their focus on profit over welfare, puppy mills are eager to cash in on any popular breed or trend – such as “designer” mixes and consumer desires for tinier and tinier pups.
What About Teacups?

Another trend that grates on the nerves of responsible breeders is the interest in “pocket,” “micro” or “teacup” varieties of certain breeds. Teacup puppies are deliberately bred to be much tinier than the norm, which often results in frail and unhealthy puppies. According to The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America’s website, the club’s code of ethics “precludes the use of the words ‘teacup,’ ‘tiny specialists,’ ‘doll faces,’ or similar terminology by its members, and for good reason. All breeders may occasionally have an unusually small Yorkie, though no responsible breeder breeds for this trait.” The club also confirms that tiny dogs “are extremely susceptible to both hereditary and non-hereditary health problems, including birth defects that may go undetected for a long time.”

The Chihuahua Club of America (COAA) agrees, adding that micro-size dogs are not any more valuable than standard size Chihuahuas, which are already quite small. “Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard – are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years,” according to the club’s website. “The CCOA is concerned that these terms may be used to entice prospective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are not, and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading.”

Irresponsible breeders “risk the overall health and wonderful distinguishing breed characteristics that responsible breeders have worked long and hard to preserve” when they breed solely for size, according to the American Shih Tzu Club. The club’s website goes on to state that “the same is true of ‘breeders’ who deliberately cross-breed two different AKC-recognized breeds to create what they call ‘designer dogs.’”
The Better Option

There are many topics that responsible breeders and humane organizations don’t always agree on, but this is one issue upon which both groups concur. Allergy-prone families who are seeking a puppy should visit a shelter or a responsible breeder in-person and interact with both puppies and adult dogs. But above all, don’t be swayed by marketing hype into buying an overpriced puppy from a puppy mill. Responsible breeders don’t need marketing hype to sell dogs.

This Legislation Could Make Animal Testing for Cosmetics in the U.S. a Thing of the Past | One Green Planet


This Legislation Could Make Animal Testing for Cosmetics in the U.S. a Thing of the Past

Kathleen Conlee, HSUS
June 7, 2017

When you think of cosmetics testing on animals, you may think of big hair and the 1980s but, unfortunately, this practice isn’t a thing of the past. Every day, terrified rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs suffer and die to test cosmetic products like shampoo, lipstick, and cologne. Chemical substances are forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes or smeared onto their skin. These test methods cause immense suffering before the animals are killed at the end of the tests.
Luckily, the U.S. is one step closer to saying “no” to cruel cosmetics with the reintroduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in Congress.

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This legislation, introduced with bipartisan support by Reps. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.; Don Beyer, D-Va.; Ed Royce, R-Calif.; Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif.; Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.; and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., would prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients. It also phases out the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in other countries.

The methods used to test cosmetics on animals are not only incredibly cruel, but they also have significant scientific limitations. Different species often respond differently when exposed to the same substances. A good example of this phenomenon is chocolate, a sweet treat for humans that is highly toxic to dogs. These dissimilarities mean that results from animal tests may under or overestimate real-world hazards to people.
Better Alternatives

Fortunately, there are thousands of ingredients already proven safe for use in cosmetics that can be used to formulate new and innovative products. For new cosmetic ingredients that don’t have a safety history yet, there are many non-animal methods like human cell-based tests and sophisticated computer models that provide human-relevant results often at a considerable savings of time and money for companies.

No animal should have to suffer and die for the sake of a new shampoo or lipstick. That is why The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund are working in the U.S. and Humane Society International and others are working internationally to end animal testing for cosmetics as part of our global #BeCrueltyFree campaign.

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In 2013, the European Union finalized a ban on animal testing for cosmetics by also banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals, creating the world’s largest cruelty-free cosmetics marketplace. Similar measures have also been enacted in India, Israel, Norway, and Switzerland. More than 1.8 billion people can now only buy cosmetics that will never be tested on animals again. American cosmetic companies must already comply with these laws in order to sell their products internationally. Guatemala, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and four states in Brazil have also passed laws to end or limit cosmetic animal testing.

There is overwhelming public support for ending cosmetic animal testing. A 2013 public opinion poll conducted by Lake Research Partners found that 73 percent of American voters would favor Congress enacting legislation that would begin to phase out and eventually end new animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. The Humane Cosmetics Act has also been endorsed by 195 stakeholders in the cosmetic industry including COTY, H&M, LUSH, Paul Mitchell and The Body Shop. We call on all cosmetic companies to join our #BeCrueltyFree campaign and drive cosmetic animal testing out of the marketplace.

The time has come for the U.S. to join the global movement away from cosmetic animal testing. Please join us in urging your legislators to support the Humane Cosmetics Act.

Together, we can make cosmetic cruelty a relic of the past.

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Wisconsin WildCare: A Ray of Sunshine in Our Brutal State

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IMG_4256 Nursing mother raccoon that the blog author photographed last week.

Being a wildlife advocate is not easy. The day after day losses and exposure to the endless cruelty is heartbreaking, demoralizing, and can often push one to the breaking point. This is why every once in awhile we must be able to cling to rays of sunshine in an increasingly cruel and bleak world for our wild friends. One of those “rays of sunshine” exists in our own state in the form of Wisconsin WildCare.

What is Wisconsin WildCare? This description comes from their website:

Wisconsin WildCare is made up of a network of licensed rehabilitators and volunteers who work together to educate the public about the benefits of and how to live with our native wildlife. Together, we strive to help people not only notice, but appreciate, the wildlife around them.When wildlife comes into conflict with people, we…

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Support common sense methane pollution standards for Pennsylvania

The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania alone wastes enough methane to heat over half of the households in Pittsburgh for a year. Act now to support common sense standards limiting methane emissions from new gas operations in Pennsylvania.

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