Laws in this country are a disaster because they always benefit criminals, as in the case of these minors who savagely beat a cat to make a viral challenge to later upload it to social networks to show that they fulfilled it. The four are identified by the Police, but as they are minors it is very likely that they will only receive a scold and then go unpunished, we already know that it is like that because it is always like that in this country.
They threw the poor cat to the ground, hit her with a stick, threw her against a fence and then against the wall, that’s how savage her attack was. Luckily, the cat did not die, but everyone knows that several cats have disappeared lately and others have appeared dead, so it is suspected of these people, that it would not be surprising that they have done it before with those animals.
We ask the corresponding authorities to comply with the Animal Abuse Law, these acts cannot go unpunished because they are minors.
Conviction in Santa Fe for squashing animals for sexual pleasure
This aberration is called Crush fetish and it serves to make these sick people sexually aroused while semi-naked women crush puppies of dogs or cats, and other animals as well. They arrested a man here in Santa Fe who hired women to crush animals and filmed them. The videos were also uploaded to the Internet, so imagine that this sick person is not the only one who gets turned on by this.
This man has to end up in jail, it cannot be that in this country no one goes to prison for animal abuse. Please, animal associations and people who love animals, we want the Justice in this country to judge and condemn these people because it is the only way for this to end.
This happened in Misiones and these girls uploaded the video to social networks, poking a dog’s eyes with a stick and laughing, and even though they are minors, this is intolerable and we ask that the full weight of the Law be applied to them. These girls tomorrow are killers of people, that’s how all murderers begin, torturing and murdering animals, it is a sign and we must do something.
They are both identified, they are sisters, and I hope that the Argentine Justice will give a signal to all and apply the Sarmiento Law to these two torturers and potential murderers, let’s not allow them to go unpunished because they are minors!
Gamannossi cared for over 100 strays on the island. Before the attack, she reportedly witnessed an angry mob with sticks, axes, and other weapons descending upon her refuge, including three men who are believed to be responsible for the mass slaughter of all 24 dogs, Rescue Animal North Africa (RANA) co-founder Florence Heath told the Daily Mail.
Authorities freed the suspects after locals showed up to the police station demanding their release, according to Heath. Whoever is responsible for laying siege to a sanctuary filled with innocent dogs must be found and charged before more animals are harmed or killed.
Sign this petition urging Tunisian Ambassador to the United States Fayçal Gouia to push local authorities to use all available resources to investigate this case and find and charge the perpetrator(s) of this deadly and heartbreaking attack.
Target: Anne Marie Schubert, Sacramento County, California District Attorney
Goal: Give woman most stringent punishment for allegedly setting fire to dog on purpose.
A brindle pit bull was allegedly burned on purpose, facing near death as a result. The woman reportedly responsible has not been publicly identified by authorities. She needs to receive the harshest legal sentence if she is found guilty of committing such unfathomable cruelty so that she will be less likely to harm other animals.
The dog was brought to the Bradshaw Animal Shelter. Officials said that over 40 percent of the pit bull’s body was burned. According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, an accelerant, or something that is used to spread fire more rapidly, was purposely sprayed on the dog before he was set on fire. The woman who is thought to be responsible for this act is being brought up on charges of animal cruelty and arson.
Purposely hurting an innocent dog should not be tolerated. Sign this petition to demand this woman get the strictest sentence the law will allow if it is found she abused a helpless dog.
Dear District Attorney Schubert,
Police recently charged a woman with animal cruelty and arson for reportedly setting a pit bull on fire. Although the woman has not yet been identified to the public, she should be appearing in court in the near future. If she is found guilty of these crimes, she should receive the severest punishment the law will allow to better ensure more animals will not be hurt or killed.
It was determined by the local sheriff’s office that an accelerant was poured on the dog before he was reportedly set on fire. While it is good news that the dog was taken to a local shelter, he will likely need four to six weeks of treatment, since 40 percent of his body was allegedly burned.
Treating an animal in this manner is inexcusable. We therefore demand this woman receive the strongest punishment under the law if she is found guilty of such disgusting and unfounded animal abuse.
Target: Josh Minkler, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana
Goal: Punish woman who allegedly tortured animals to death and filmed the cruel acts.
A weeks-long investigation by ordinary citizens and law enforcement alike has resulted in an arrest in an alleged horrific case of animal cruelty involving scores of cats and dogs. Sickened social media users first began seeing videos and pictures of someone skinning, hanging, and otherwise brutally killing animals on platforms like Instagram and TikTok. Over the next two months, the person seemingly associated with these atrocities (who had named themselves Crazy Cat Lady) continued posting highly disturbing images of torture and ultimate slaughter.
Determined advocates sought to track down the individual responsible. A subsequent investigation by authorities, who initially believed the perpetrator to be a man in Idaho, led to a 19-year-old Indiana woman’s arrest. Krystal Scott now faces charges under both a federal animal crush law and the newly minted Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act.
Scott had been suspected by local police of animal cruelty, but they lacked evidence to indict her. When law enforcement obtained a warrant for this woman’s dwelling, however, they reportedly discovered the most damning and disturbing evidence. Scott’s home allegedly contained multiple skulls and body parts believed to belong to deceased animals. Several living cats, dogs, and lizards were also found and perhaps spared from a grotesque fate. Reports claim that Scott secured animals by answering online ads from people searching for a good home for their pets.
Now that the alleged perpetrator of these unfathomable acts of cruelty is behind bars, sign the petition below to help ensure she stays there for a long time to come, if found guilty.
Dear Mr. Minkler,
An animal cruelty investigation that spanned from Idaho to Indiana, and across several social media platforms, has finally led to an arrest. Tragically, untold numbers of cats and dogs reportedly lost their lives in the interim. The case of Krystal Scott must be seen through to its appropriate conclusion.
Scott stands accused of skinning, hanging, and slaughtering innocent animals she obtained from unsuspecting online pet owners. Even worse, if possible, she then allegedly distributed these sickening, inhumane acts online for the world to see. Such actions, if they happened as reported, demonstrate a level of depravity and sociopathic tendencies that must be unequivocally condemned.
Please prosecute and seek penalties for these horrifying alleged acts to the fullest extent of the law.
Krystal Cherika Scott, 19, of Kokomo, Indiana is accused of creating sick ‘animal crushing’ videos and sharing them on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter under the name “Crazy Cat Lady”
A woman who allegedly shared videos of her hanging, skinning and killing cats and dogs under the name “Crazy Cat Lady” has been has been charged for animal cruelty.
Krystal Cherika Scott, 19, of Kokomo, Indiana is accused of creating sick ‘animal crushing’ videos and sharing them on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.
Scott is said to have obtained some of the animals she allegedly tortured and killed by responding to online ads from people looking to rehome their pets.
According to the Indiana U.S. Attorney’s Office, Scott has been accused of creating and sharing the videos and images on different social media platforms from around May 3 until at least July 8. When officers searched Scott’s home they found three live dogs, twelve live cats, and several lizards, as well as numerous animal parts, including skulls believed to belong to cats and dogs
She could face up to seven years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 (£195,000) if found guilty of the charges under the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.
Police were alerted to the videos after several people spotted them online and conducted their own investigation into who was behind them, before providing information to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
When officers then searched Scott’s home they found three live dogs, twelve live cats, and several lizards, as well as numerous animal parts, including skulls believed to belong to cats and dogs. Scott was identified as the alleged person in the videos by social media users who had conducted their own investigation to find out who “Crazy Cat Lady” was
The investigation began on June 16 when the Boise, Idaho Police Department received information from social media users across the world and animal campaigners. After reviewing the videos and images, the officers concluded that they constituted “animal crush videos,” which is a federal violation.
The Boise Police Department then teamed up with the FBI and Ada County Idaho Sheriff’s Office.
The forces discovered that Kokomo Police Department had been investigating Scott for similar animal cruelty complaints, but they had been unable to make an arrest and were unaware of the other investigations involving Scott. The investigation began on June 16 when the Boise, Idaho Police Department received information from social media users across the world and animal campaigners(Image: KTVB)
As agents worked to gather evidence, Scott allegedly continued to post images of dead animals on Instagram and Tik-Tok as late as July 8, 2020 before officers were granted search warrants.
The FBI searched her property on July 14 and seized a phone found to have been used to distribute a animal crushing videos.
Scott told officers that her mother did not participate in acts of animal crushing or posting animal crushing videos.
Scott has been charged under the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act and the 2019 Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, which allows higher sentences for this type of crime.
Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan, FBI Indianapolis said: “Animal abusers have total power over that animal and, if someone is willing to be that cruel to an animal, evidence suggests they may target vulnerable humans as well.
“In November of 2019, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act was passed to address this issue and to assist law enforcement to better target intervention efforts with respect to animal cruelty and the crimes for which it serves as a marker.
“Our agents and law enforcement partners will continue to diligently work to identify and investigate those who would perpetrate these crimes.”
“This case is an outstanding example of society’s intolerance to animal cruelty and the public’s willingness to do the right thing,” said Special Agent in Charge Paul Haertel of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office.
“Tips poured in from all over the world, assisting in an intense and technically complex investigation to find the alleged perpetrator and put a stop to the senseless and horrific abuse of innocent animals.”
The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) are in the process of laying animal cruelty charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act (APA), 71 of 1962, against Walter Slippers, owner of two captive predator breeding facilities in Alldays, Limpopo.
Leaked photos show the emaciated lions at Walter Slippers’ Lion Breeding Farm – March 2020. All photos supplied.
During inspections in April and May 2020, the NSPCA found deplorable conditions with underweight lions, lack of adequate shelter, lack of veterinary treatment, as well as unhygienic and small enclosures.
Slippers has 72 lions on his farm, which is in liquidation, and he allegedly feeds them a giraffe every two to three weeks.
On 12 May 2020, the NSPCA was informed that seven of the lions housed at one of Slippers’ facilities had escaped… which appears to support their findings that he is not only negligent in the way these lions are kept from a welfare point of view, but also in terms of public safety.Lions at Walter Slippers Lion Breeding Farm – April 2018
“We believe that permits should never have been granted to keep lions, or any other predators like the tigers, as not only was the fencing wholly inadequate, but there are specific dramatic shortfalls on the welfare of these animals – and their welfare has consistently been compromised,” said Senior Inspector Douglas Wolhuter (Manager NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit).
The NSPCA has issued further warnings in terms of contraventions of the APA to all role players concerned. A deadline has also been issued for an action plan regarding the animals and the NSPCA is taking further legal action, which will see criminal charges brought about.Walter Slippers Lion Breeding Farm – July 2016
Sadly, this is not the first time that evidence of shocking animal neglect and cruelty has emerged from Slippers farms, with images of malnourished lions surfacing in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020. More in Home
In 2016, Slippers accepted responsibility and promised the NSPCA he would address the frequency and quantity of his lion feeding regime, as well as provide them with ongoing vet records.
With subsequent evidence of abuse in 2018 and now again in 2020, a consistent pattern of neglect is unfortunately emerging from his farm, putting Slippers in breach of his permit conditions and in further non-compliance with the APA, according to a press statement from Blood Lions.
“In the absence of national norms and standards for the captive keeping and breeding of big cats for commercial purposes, sadly animal cruelty and issues of neglect are rife in this industry,” says Dr Louise de Waal (Blood Lions Campaign Manager).
“Considering there are at least 8,000 lions in captivity in South Africa, but probably many more, the scale of such welfare issues is of huge concern.”
Paul Tully from Captured in Africa told SAPeople: “It’s quite absurd to think that the South African Government continues to allow what are clearly crimes against nature. The connected industries of lion parks (that offer tourists a chance to pet lion cubs) and the disgraceful lion bone trade – which is still legal in South Africa and clearly promotes the continued poaching of lions (both wild and captive) for their parts – must be industries that are ended sooner rather than later, before more lions are abused and tourists scammed out of their money.”
In October 2018, the Lion Coalition wrote a letter to Sam Makhubele (LEDET’s Director for Wildlife Trade and Regulation) asking for Slippers’ predator breeding permit to be revoked and to ensure he would never be allowed to breed big cats again.
Notwithstanding, Limpopo’s provincial nature conservation authority has renewed his permit every single time.
Images from Walter Slippers Lion Breeding Farm – February 2015
Slippers has a history of controversy going back as far as 2010, when he attempted to purchase two white rhino bulls for pseudo-hunts involving Vietnamese citizens. It was also reported that he used to transport cubs from his breeding facility to his restaurant, Toeka Plaas Kombuis, for visitors to interact with.
The NSPCA is the statutory body tasked with responding to wild animal welfare complaints, conducting its own welfare investigations and attempting to regulate good welfare practices without state funding or resources. They need your help to carry out their duty of looking after the welfare of our wild animals. Please help by donating HERE.
A service dog was found shot in the head, face and shoulder after disappearing from his home with a military veteran. He survived, but the person behind this horrific cruelty is still at large. Demand justice for this innocent animal.
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.
by Will Twigger13:20, 14 Apr 2020Updated20:35, 14 Apr 2020 3-4 minutes
Carolyn Mueller Kelly was disgusted by the ‘appalling’ animal abuse in the Netflix hit after she was urged to give it a watch by friends
A zoo keeper has lashed out at Netflix hit Tiger King for the “appalling” animal abuse committed by the show’s central figure, Joe Exotic.
Joe – real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage – is currently serving time behind bars for 17 federal charges of animal abuse, as well as two counts of murder for hire.
Tiger King focuses on Joe and his collection of exotic animals.
Now, tiger keeper Carolyn Mueller Kelly has given her damning verdict on the show after she finally sat down to watch it on the insistence of her pals.
“The animal abuse was appalling,” she wrote for Huffington Post. The show focuses on the character of Joe Exotic(Image: Daily Mirror)
“Seeing Joe Exotic tear tiger cubs, only minutes old, away from their mother so that they could become props in his ‘cub petting’ scheme is not a scene I will quickly forget.”
Carolyn, though, took more of an issue with Big Cat Rescue founder and Joe’s nemesis Carole Baskin’s claim that she doesn’t hire animal caretakers, as “people will do that stuff for free.”
Carolyn describes the degree of care and attention the animals need, as well as the expertise required for someone to take care of these animals, expressing discomfort with the notion that just anyone would come along to do it.
Carolyn slammed Joe for his cruelty(Image: Daily Mirror)
She continues that Carole’s attitude is even more troubling in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
“I was prepping to leave my safe space,” she writes, “Potentially risking the safety of my family, to care for the zoo’s animals.”
Mirror Online has approached representatives of Netflix for comment.
Carole responded to calls to pay her volunteers with a video posted to her YouTube channel, in which she explains that the care of the animals at Big Cat Rescue is done by volunteers and interns.
Carole said people would ask as caretakers for the animals ‘for free.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they have had to let go of half their paid staff, and Carole and her husband have taken a pay cut.
She added that the volunteers love being around and caring for the animals, and that she’s offered to pay volunteers in the past – which has been met with refusal.
She also said that Big Cat Rescue receives “excellent ratings” from charity watchdog groups.”
Despite her horror at what is perpetrated during the series, Carolyn ends her piece with a message of hope.
“None of us knows what a post-pandemic world will look like,” she admits, “But I sure hope that there will be a bright future for both humans and tigers.
We look back on 21 new state laws that were enacted in 2019 that address The Link between animal abuse and domestic, child and elder abuse and other crimes, and list 45 new bills that have already been introduced in the young 2020 sessions.
In Medinaceli, a picturesque town in the province of Soria, a “tradition” called Toro Júbilo brings shame on Spain.
Image: “Toro Jubilo 2011 – Medinaceli – PACMA” by PACMA Fotos / CC by 2.0
On the second weekend in November, balls of pitch (a sticky black substance made from tar or turpentine) will once again be stuck onto the horns of a bull and set on fire. The burning bull is called Toro de Fuego (literally “bull on fire”).
The bull is then released onto the streets and can do nothing but run around in pain. The bull often smashes into walls in an attempt to douse the fire. The agony the bull must suffer is unimaginable. These fiery balls can burn for hours, and they burn the bull’s horns, body and eyes and cause tremendous stress – all while spectators cheer and run around the victim.
This distressing video from PACMA shows the full horror:
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Zorra, a partially paralyzed husky mix and an emotional support dog was in a locked car with the air on and parked in handicap parking outside the convenience store while Zorra’s guardian went in to pick up a bag of ice, a illegal immigrant stole the car, after a massive search they found the car and Zorra dead. Demand that justice be served for this helpless animal victim.
Wild burros are the target of an unidentified shooter, resulting in dozens of deaths so far. The casualties have been adding up for months and there is no end in sight as long as this offender walks free. Demand justice for these iconic creatures.
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.
The U.S. govt spends millions of dollars to train bomb-sniffing dogs essential to fed & local law enforcement capabilities but some are gifted to foreign countries that abuse them, often resulting in the spread of infection & premature death. READ: https://t.co/wkZN9fxdZ7
A dog named Luna overheated and died after daycare workers reportedly confined her in a tiny crate in scorching hot temperatures. The dog reportedly could not stand up, straighten her legs, or properly pant in the restrictive cage. Demand justice for Luna.
Multiple raccoons have been killed and placed in gory displays throughout a small town. Hung by the intestines or nailed to buildings, these poor animals did nothing to deserve this cruelty. Demand that this killer be brought to justice.
Spending so much time on the Internet and being there all the time these days, reading everything that is served to us – good or bad – sadly enough, often are the times we hear or read stories of dogs being used for experiments.
And, truth be told, it breaks my heart every time.
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What took the internet by storm this time, is this video taken by a drone of hundreds of dogs being kept in horrible conditions and living the life no one would want. The video was uploaded on YouTube by Shark, and according to its caption, the dogs are there for experiments.
In a Covance Research facility, in Cumberland, Virginia you can see hundreds of Beagles in extremely stressful conditions.
Keeping them trapped and in such horrible conditions according to experts is developing them ‘very toxic and aggressive behavior patterns.’ In the video, you can hear the poor creatures barking and crying at all time.
Another thing noticed there, is the so-called ‘repetitive behavior’ of the dogs which is caused by stress, seeing many of them pacing in circles. This is an indicator of a serious problem with the mental state of an animal or person. It really breaks your heart!
The cages that the Beagles are being kept, are over-filled and you can clearly see they are under so much stress, where fighting and other signs of dominance occur. Who even blames them?
It is heartbreaking knowing that these lovely dogs are going under so much stress. While the barking and the crying of the Beagles – is the new sound of the Covance research facility.
Turns out that the Covance research facility has been blamed for illegal treatment in the past as well. They were accused by PETA for immoral practices in a monkey laboratory.
To help these loving creatures who are suffering from living a stressful life being trapped in cages, living a life they do not deserve, people have created a petition to shut down the Covance research facility and rescue the poor dogs.
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PETITION TARGET: Thai Ambassador to the U.S. Pisan Manawapat
Horrifying pictures have emerged of elephants brutally struck over and over again with sharp metal hooks on the island of Phuket in Thailand, blood dripping down their heads and their bodies covered in dozens of scars from old wounds. Mahouts, or elephant trainers, hit the poor elephants with razor-sharp tools to make them behave for human entertainment — the most popular form being riding elephants.
Add your voice to stop this senseless torture of elephants in Thailand.
There are currently 3,500 wild elephants and 4,500 domesticated elephants living in Thailand. World Animal Protection reports that of the 3,000 working elephants in Asia, 77% are treated inhumanely. This abuse ranges from being fed poor diets, kept near distressing loud places, and, when not working, being held in captive isolation with chains less than 10 feet long.
As reported by UNILAD, Dr. Patrapol Maneeorn, a wildlife veterinarian of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, claims that Thailand is working to improve, and eventually eradicate, elephant cruelty.
“What we are doing is collaborating with different organizations and sectors in Thailand to reduce and hopefully eliminate animal cruelty as much as possible.”
But we have a long way to go and no time left to wait. We must speak out to end elephant tourism now. Elephants are intelligent, social creatures who do not deserve to spend their lives being mercilessly beaten for entertainment.
Sign this petition to urge Ambassador Manawapat to end elephant tourism once and for all and spare these majestic creatures from a life of unrelenting pain.
Image Credit – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
PETITION TARGET: Director of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement Jim Landon
Florida wildlife officials discovered a fatally wounded bottlenose dolphin along the coast of Upper Captiva Island in Lee County, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“There was a wound penetrating from above and in front of the right eye, extending almost 6 inches toward the top and back of the head. The wound ended inside the head at the top of the skull and had evidence of hemorrhaging, indicating wounds consistent with being impaled prior to death,” the NOAA stated.
The necropsy revealed the dolphin was likely “begging” for food when gruesomely stabbed by a “spear-like object.”
“People can help prevent future harm to wild dolphins by not feeding or attempting to feed them. Not only is it illegal, dolphins fed by people learn to associate people, boats, and fishing gear with food, which puts dolphins and people in harmful situations,” the NOAA informed.
“Harassing, harming and killing wild dolphins is also illegal,” the Miami Herald warned.
Sign this petition to urge NOAA Director Jim Landon to use all available resources to investigate this horrific crime against protected wildlife, so the perpetrator can be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
A man in Lurgan, Ireland has been jailed for the murder of an 11-week-old puppy.
On July 10, Craigavon Crown Court sentenced 24-year-old Kyle Keegan to two and a half years for the crime. Keegan, who admitted earlier this year to animal cruelty, will spend half of his sentence behind bars.
After being released, he will spend the remainder of his sentence “on licence,” or required to adhere to certain restrictive conditions (similarly to what’s known as “probation” in the United States).
The judge also imposed a 30-year ban on Keegan having any animals in his care.
Keegan was arrested for causing unnecessary suffering to animals in February 2018, after a mixed-breed puppy named Sparky was brutally beaten with a hammer and placed inside a microwave during a house party. He was identified as one of two males seen committing the gruesome act in a viral video that circulated on Snapchat and other social media platforms.
After Keegan and his 16-year-old counterpart murdered Sparky, his body was disposed of in a garbage receptacle at Ailysbury Park in Lurgan. An autopsy determined that Sparky had multiple fractures and severe brain trauma as a result of his head being smashed.
A Lady Freethinker petition urging the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to arrest Sparky’s killers and ban them from having animals garnered nearly 25,000 signatures. Thank you to everyone who signed, helping in the fight to deliver justice to Sparky.
“It is difficult to imagine how violence could be any more gratuitous than when meted out to an 11-week-old small breed pup by the use of a claw hammer to stove its skull in,” Judge Neil Rafferty stated during Keegan’s sentencing.
“There is little can be said that would express the horror of this small dog’s death at your hands.”
PETITION TARGET: Greek Minister of Justice Kostas Tsiaras
A crowd of tourists on a beach in Chalkida, Greece tormented and attacked a disoriented swordfish who had accidentally comes too close to shore, stoning the innocent creature to death.
A video on Facebook shows onlookers laughing heartlessly while the attackers strike the swordfish with rocks and other objects, trying to grab the fish as the animal swam around in a confused state, desperately trying to escape to safety.
The frightened swordfish finally managed to get away, but a small group of men then further hounded her, intent on continuing the attack. Officials later discovered the animal dead in the harbour.
Not only did onlookers stand by and allow this terrible attack to happen, but harbour officials reportedly failed to take measures to prevent the escalation of the brutality.
This shocking incident must be investigated thoroughly and the attackers punished. Greek authorities need to make it clear that the abuse of animals is completely unacceptable.
Sign this petition to urge the Greek Minister of Justice, Kostas Tsiaras, to ensure that this case is fully investigated and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
PETITION TARGET: Plainfield Police Department Director Lisa Burgess
A defenseless raccoon trapped in a cage in Plainsfield, New Jersey was soaked in accelerant and burned alive, dying in terror and agony on the 4th of July.
Police discovered the body of the juvenile raccoon in the early morning after responding to calls reporting the incident. They found the burned corpse in a small cage on the curbside.
Two other raccoons were discovered in cages outside the home, but they were unharmed. An investigation revealed that a pest control company set up the cages.
Plainfield Police are still investigating this horrific act of cruelty and ask anyone with information to contact Police Lt. Edward Hafekin at 908-753-3131 or Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Vito Colacitti at 908-527-4670.
Anyone capable of torturing and murdering an innocent animal in this way is a danger to animals and humans, and needs to be caught.
Sign this petition urging Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess to ensure police conduct a thorough investigation and prosecute whoever did this to the fullest extent of the law.
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PETITION TARGET: DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin
Crammed into tiny, filthy cages stacked atop one another, 29 dogs burned to death in a kennel fire in Carol Stream, Illinois. With nobody there to watch the dogs and zero fire safety measures in place, the dogs had no hope of escape as the building quickly became engulfed in flames.
A six-month investigation by local authorities revealed abhorrent practices at the kennel long before the fire. Officials discovered dogs with puncture wounds, lacerations, abrasions, weight loss, and dehydration.
Investigators say the house reeked and water bowls lay empty. One of the dogs that perished in the fire was tied to a bathtub so tightly that the canine wouldn’t have even been able to lie down to rest.
While firefighters and police managed to rescue 22 of the 58 dogs housed on the property, they were unable to reach those trapped on the second floor of the building.
Police have charged owner Garrett Mercado with 14 counts of animal cruelty and 14 counts of violating his duties as an animal owner. Now, we must urge prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves, and call for a lifelong ban on the defendant from ever having another animal in his care.
Sign this petition urging DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin to ensure that justice is served in this tragic case, and protect future animals from neglect.
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "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