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Category: Pet People


Friday, September 12, 2008

Please take the time to see “Earthlings”.

As we contemplate our future while discussing the merits of differing fuel sources, let’s also discuss how we treat the least among us, the animals we live with.  This is a very disturbing, but extremely important documentary.

I watched this 80 minute documentary last night and had difficulty going to sleep.  The images were too striking for me to dismiss as isolated events.  Understand that what is presented here is just the trailer.  I’ve read that the video is on Google Videos.  I haven’t checked so I don’t know for sure.

If you are strong enough to watch this video in its entirety, take the time to talk about it to the people in your life that you care about.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

The jury has been selected if Michael Vick goes to trial.

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Posted by SPN on 08/24 at 09:28 AM in Justice / InjusticeFunny StuffPet People
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

My Life as a Dog By JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

Interesting article on dog ownership

FOR the last 20 years, New York City parks without designated dog runs have permitted dogs to be off-leash from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Because of recent complaints from the Juniper Park Civic Association in Queens, the issue has been revisited. On Dec. 5, the Board of Health will vote on the future of off-leash hours.
Retrievers in elevators, Pomeranians on No. 6 trains, bull mastiffs crossing the Brooklyn Bridge ... it is easy to forget just how strange it is that dogs live in New York in the first place. It is about as unlikely a place for dogs as one could imagine, and yet 1.4 million of them are among us. Why do we keep them in our apartments and houses, always at some expense and inconvenience? Is it even possible, in a city, to provide a good life for a dog, and what is a “good life?” Does the health board’s vote matter in ways other than the most obvious?

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Posted by rosevine69 on 11/29 at 12:26 PM in Pet People
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Saturday, August 05, 2006

At least the government got one thing right! PETS Act passes

With Hurricane Season Upon Us, Congress Passes Landmark Bill To Leave No Pet Behind

August 4, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Humane Society of the United States praised the U.S. Senate for unanimously approving a Senate substitute to H.R. 3858, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, just before adjourning for the August recess. H.R. 3858, as originally introduced in the House, was approved by that chamber in May by an overwhelming vote of 349 to 24.
The PETS Act, introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Chris Shays (R-CT) and in the Senate by U.S. Senators Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), will require local and state disaster plans to include provisions for household pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or emergency. As this year’s hurricane season approached, The HSUS had lobbied Congress and mounted a national advertising campaign to pass this legislation quickly to keep people and pets together next time disaster strikes.
“The House and Senate have taken an important step in ensuring that Americans will never again be forced to make an impossibly difficult choice: leave their animal behind while they flee a disaster or take their chances by staying in a disaster-stricken area with their pet,” said Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president and CEO. “We are grateful to Senators Stevens and Lautenberg and Representatives Lantos and Shays for championing this important legislation. We hope it will soon be on its way to President Bush, who said during Hurricane Katrina that he would be sure to take his dog, Barney, if he was forced to evacuate.”

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Posted by rosevine69 on 08/05 at 06:12 AM in Pet People
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Friday, August 04, 2006

Pet humor ….oldie but goodie

A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to “Where do pets come from?”

Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”

And God said, I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves”

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Chinese county massacres 50,000 dogs

Disgraceful and Uncivilized

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SHANGHAI, China—A county in southwestern China has killed as many as 50,000 dogs in a government campaign ordered after three people died from rabies, official media reported Tuesday.

The five-day massacre in Yunnan province’s Mouding county spared only military guard dogs and police canine units, the Shanghai Daily reported, citing local media.

Dogs being walked were taken from their owners and beaten on the spot, the newspaper said. Other killing teams entered villages at night, creating noise to get dogs barking, then honing in and beating them to death.

Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their dogs before the teams were sent in, the report said.

The massacre was widely discussed on the Internet, with both legal scholars and animal rights activists criticizing it as crude and cold-blooded. The World Health Organization said more emphasis needed to be placed on prevention.

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Saddam Dog Looking For New Home

A Great Dane thought to belong to the son of former Iraq dictator, Saddam Hussien has arrived in England and is now looking for a new home. Rocky, who is believed to have been one of Uday’s dogs.

Willem van der Waal, who is a former soldier and prison officer, rescued the dog, who was being tormented and stoned by local children outside of one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces. The dog has since been dubbed ‘Scooby’.

Mr van der Waal, was working in Iraq as a security consultant, had to trade one of his gun’s with a market stall holder to ensure he could take the dog with him.

Mr van der Waal told local press in his native Devon: “The dog was already called Rocky, but people also referred to him as Scooby Doo, as he looks like the cartoon series character.”

Scooby is now being quarantined and it is hoped that a new home can be found for him soon.

Great Danes require an experienced owner and are not dogs to be taken in without ensuring that they are the breed for you.

Posted by rosevine69 on 07/31 at 04:52 PM in Pet People
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Friday, June 02, 2006

A quote that I like…….

“We patronize them for thier incompleteness, for thier trajic fate of having taken form so below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
Henry Beston 1925

Posted by rosevine69 on 06/02 at 08:38 AM in Pet People
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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Dogs becoming thugs’ ‘weapon of choice’

This is so sad....This what causes the stupidity known as BSL (Breed specific legislation) Thousands of innocent “pit bull type dogs” have already been murdered because people are too stupid to treat animals correctly. I wonder what breed will be next.... 

Publisher:  Jon Land
Published: 28/04/2006 - 09:12:17 AM Printable version

Dogs have become a “weapon of choice” for a rising number of young thugs, senior police officers have been told.

Deputy chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) Cindy Butts claimed she believed there had been a significant increase in youngsters using the animals as weapons or to instil fear.

Her move follows an incident earlier this month in which a 39-year-old was attacked after he asked two dog walkers to control their animals in a well-to-do west London suburb.

Speaking at the MPA’s meeting in London, she said: “I am aware, anecdotally, that increasingly dogs are being used by young people, young men in particular, as either weapons of choice or to instil fear and intimidation.

“I wondered whether any analysis had been done across London to the use of dogs by young people either to commit crime or to instil fear.

“I have certainly noticed a significant increase, particularly of young people carrying some quite potentially dangerous dogs.”

The Metropolitan Police commissioner said it was a “very important issue” for public and officer safety which would be investigated.

One man was arrested and bailed in the wake of the attack on the 39-year-old in west London. The victim was walking home when he saw the men and their dogs, which began biting his ankles.

He shouted at the men to put the Great Dane and a Staffordshire terrier on the lead, and they then followed him into nearby Kinnear Road, where they set the animals on him.

One also produced a meat cleaver and began hacking at him with it, inflicting deep head wounds.

Copyright Press Association 2006.

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

New Maine Law Expands to Protect Pets

Hopefully all states will follow in Maine’s footsteps....

By Associated Press
JERRY HARKAVY
Updated: 04/11/06

PORTLAND, Maine

Spurred by growing evidence of a link between domestic violence and animal abuse, Maine has enacted a first-in-the-nation law that allows judges to include pets in protection orders for spouses and partners leaving abusive relationships.

In helping pets, advocates hope to help battered women and others who aren’t willing to abandon their animals to be saved themselves.

“This is a very innovative, new approach, and it makes perfect sense because the protection order is a critical stage for women and others seeking protection,” said Nancy Perry of the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States.

Gov. John Baldacci says the law, which provides for civil penalties such as fines or jail time for those who violate a protection order, should give pause to abusers who might resort to violence or threats against pets as a means of keeping their victims from leaving a relationship.

Law enforcement officials, animal welfare agents and advocates for domestic violence victims say it’s not unusual to hear of abusers who vent their rage against a partner’s pet.

“It’s just another tactic to keep power and control over the victim,” said Cindy Peoples of Caring Unlimited, a shelter in York County.

Susan Walsh, whose dog and sheep were killed by her husband, said many victims stand to benefit from including pets in protection orders.

“I’ve heard so many horror stories from other women that I knew I was not alone,” she said.

When the bill came up for consideration at a public hearing in January, Walsh recounted how she remained in an abusive marriage in part out of fear for what might happen to her pets and farm animals if she left.

Walsh said her husband shot two of her sheep inside their Ellsworth barn. Another time, when she was visiting her parents in Pennsylvania, he deliberately ran his truck over her deaf and blind border collie in their driveway, she said.

Walsh, who stayed in the marriage for more than 12 years before her divorce in 2001, said she would have left sooner had it not been for her responsibilities to the animals.

“It’s kind of hard to pack up a whole barn full of animals,” she said. “And I knew that any animal I left behind would be dead in 24 hours.”

The law was an outgrowth of a seminar by the Maine State Bar Association in June on the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence, said Anne Jordan, a Portland lawyer who serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Council.

During an informal discussion after the presentation, a judge raised the idea of expanding the scope of protection orders, Jordan recalled.

Legislative support was overwhelming, said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Piotti, a Democrat. He and others cited a study that found that 71 percent of pet-owning women in a Utah shelter said their abusers had either harmed, killed or threatened their pets.

Although Maine’s law is unique, other states have statutes that reflect the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Laws in California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee encourage cross-reporting among agencies involved in law enforcement, domestic violence, child protection and animal control, Perry said.

Animal welfare agents already have been looking at ways to help potentially endangered pets whose owners are in abusive situations.

“A growing trend is called safe havens. These are cooperative agreements between shelters for women and shelters for animals,” Perry said.

Several agencies in Maine participate in a program called PAWS _ Pets and Women to Safety _ that arranges confidential placement of animals in foster care so their owners can move into a shelter knowing that their pets will be safe.

The Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk has a PAWS program that works with Caring Unlimited. “They’ve worked with all kinds of pets and farm animals,” Peoples said, “from cats and dogs to horses and exotic birds.”

On the Net:

PAWS: http://www.animalwelfaresociety.org/prg_paws.html

Posted by rosevine69 on 04/13 at 04:29 AM in Pet People
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