Posts Tagged ‘Animal Cruelty’

Jane Goodall urges Nobel prize for sparing lab animals

May 27, 2008

The primatologist Dr Jane Goodall will today propose that a Nobel prize be set up for advancing medical knowledge without experimentation on animals. The scientist, who pioneered research on chimpanzees in the wild, says moving away from animal research is a “goal towards which all civilised nations should be moving”.

She will speak at an event organised by animal rights groups and MEPs to put pressure on the European commission to review directive 86/609, which governs animal research across the EU.

“As we move into the 21st century we need a new mind-set,” she said. “We should admit that the infliction of suffering on beings who are capable of feeling is ethically problematic and that the amazing human brain should set to work to find new ways of testing and experimenting that will not involve the use of live, sentient beings.

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Teenage thugs attack animals at popular safari park

April 21, 2008

Scotland’s only safari park has banned visitors from getting close to the animals after a series of sickening attacks.

Thugs have kicked llamas and pot-bellied pigs, beaten goats with branches and thrown stones at wallabies.

They speared an apple on a goat’s horns and goaded others to chase it at Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Animals became ill at its pets farm after visitors ignored warnings and fed them beef and ham sandwiches and chocolate.

David Booth, chief game warden at the park, near Stirling, said: “Visitors could walk among the animals at the pets farm.

“But the behaviour of some people – mostly teenagers and kids – has made it impossible.

“The problem has got worse in the last couple of years. Some things that happened are unbelievable.

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“Regardless Of Outcome, Landmark Trial Highlighted PETA’s Puppy-Killing”

April 15, 2008

Today the North Carolina Court of Appeals vacated the convictions of two PETA employees originally convicted of littering in a case involving nearly three dozen dogs and cats they killed while performing their duties at PETA. In response, David Martosko, the Director of Research at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, made the following statement:

“Regardless of the outcome, this criminal trial brought PETA’s disturbing animal-killing program into the light of day. Most PETA supporters had no idea that the group was killing thousands of adoptable animals every year, but PETA can’t keep its actions secret any longer. The facts in this case were undisputed: These employees took possession of nearly three dozen adoptable animals, including puppies and kittens, with the explicit promise that they would try to find them adoptive homes. They killed the animals just a few short hours later, and tossed the bodies in a dumpster that one of them had used on several other occasions for the same purpose.

“PETA killed 97 percent of the dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens it took in during 2006. If any other so-called animal protection group had such an abysmal record, PETA would be hitting the streets to protest it. This is a group that claims chickens and lab rats have a “right” to life, but its leaders think nothing of condemning thousands of pets to death out of sheer convenience. PETA raises over $30 million every year, which is more than enough to care for every animal it kills. If there’s a more hypocritical organization in America, I have yet to find it.

“PETA’s employees got off on a technicality, but the damage has been done. The public is giving PETA less and less money, and the group has had to turn to its millionaire celebrity donors to make up the shortfall. This will probably continue unless PETA cleans up its act and stops running a hypocritical angel-of-death program out of its Norfolk offices.”

Public records filed by PETA with the Virginia state government show that the group has killed 17,400 pets since 1998. Copies of these records can be viewed at

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I couldn’t immediately find a full statement from PETA about this online. How about you?

Anti-cruelty farm animals bill qualifies for state ballot

April 11, 2008

A measure that proponents say would provide basic protection for 20 million farm animals in California has qualified for the November ballot.

California Secretary of state Debra Bowen certified the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act for the Nov. 4 general election.

The measure would mandate that farm animals including cattle, pigs and chickens would be given enough room to turn around and extend their limbs in the crates and cages in which they are confined by food producers.

If approved, the law would not take effect until 2015, allowing seven years for compliance.

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CSI goes four-legged

April 2, 2008

I first encountered an animal cruelty case as a veterinary student eight years ago. The patient, a pet rabbit, had a 10 centimetre cut across her left thigh. The wound itself was clean, the edges neat. My boss explained that this was consistent with the use of a sharp instrument, probably a razor blade. It was the third occasion a rabbit from this household had come in with the same kind of wound.

I was dumbfounded when my boss agreed to stitch up the wound without grilling the owner, an unhappy-looking teenage boy accompanied by his distraught mother. Surely we had a duty of care not to return this rabbit to a high-risk household. We could seize the rabbit and notify the authorities, putting an end to this cycle of cruelty.

“It would never get to court,” my boss explained. “How would you prove it?”

She had a point. We’d be unlikely to find a witness willing to testify, given both boy and mother reported that the rabbit had simply “fallen over”. We didn’t have the resources to collect samples for forensic testing, and we had only written records to back up our claims that rabbits from the same household had come in with similar wounds.

Veterinarians have always worked on the front line of animal welfare, but when it comes to animal cruelty, many have felt they can do little more than patch up or put down abused animals.

But times are changing. This month the University of Florida Centre for Forensic Medicine and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will host the first international conference on veterinary forensics.

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S.F. Art Institute halts exhibition showing killing of animals

March 29, 2008

 Citing threats of violence by animal rights activists, the San Francisco Art Institute said Saturday that it is canceling a controversial exhibition that included video clips of animals being bludgeoned to death, as well as a public forum it had scheduled to address the controversy.

“We’ve gotten dozens of threatening phone calls that targeted specific staff people with death threats, threats of violence and threats of sexual assaults,” said Art Institute President Chris Bratton. “We remain committed to freedom of speech as fundamental to this institution, but we have to take people’s safety very seriously.”

The exhibit that sparked the controversy was a one-person show by Paris artist Adel Abdessemed called “Don’t Trust Me,” which opened March 19.

Along with a variety of other elements, the show included a series of video loops of animals being bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer in front of a brick wall. The animals killed included a pig, goat, deer, ox, horse and sheep.

Animal welfare groups had attacked the video clips as degrading and cruel, and accused Abdessemed of killing animals for the sake of art.

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800 Small Dogs Seized From Arizona Home

March 13, 2008


About 800 small dogs, including Chihuahuas, terriers and Pomeranians, were seized from a triple-wide mobile home whose occupants were overwhelmed trying to care for the animals, authorities said Wednesday.

Pima County sheriff’s deputies and animal welfare officials who removed the dogs also found 82 caged parrots in the home in a rural area northwest of Tucson.

Some dogs were pregnant and giving birth as they were taken to shelters in Tucson, said Jenny Rose, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Ninety-six dogs were taken from the house Monday and another 700 on Wednesday, she said.

“The home was definitely in very bad condition, urine and feces all over the home, in the kitchen and bedroom, with a very strong odor,” she said. “Obviously, 800 dogs in a triple-wide mobile home, they were packed in there. That being said, they were in pretty good shape.”

The elderly owners, who have not been identified, were apparently overwhelmed but have cooperated with authorities, sheriff’s Sgt. James Ogden said. No charges have been filed, but authorities continue to investigate.

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Animal rights activists owe technology a thank you

March 13, 2008

An undercover vegan wired with a camera no bigger than a sugar cube spent six weeks last fall working at a Southern California slaughterhouse. To fit in, he brought sandwiches made with soy riblets and ate them in a dusty parking lot with the other workers.

He tried not to worry about the emotional toll that long days escorting cows to the kill might have. He had more practical concerns, like whether the camera switch hidden in his pocket would fail or a cow would smash into him and crack the recording equipment taped to his body.

The Humane Society of the United States first gave a 32-minute video made from his footage to the San Bernardino County district attorney, then in January released an edited version on its Web site and to a newspaper. The video showed workers flipping sick dairy cows with forklifts, prodding them with electricity and dragging them with chains to be processed into ground meat, some of which likely ended up in chili and tacos at public school cafeterias.

It was as if someone gave Upton Sinclair a video camera and a Web link. Animal cruelty charges were filed, the slaughterhouse was shut down and Congress held hearings. The Agriculture Department announced the recall of more than 143 million pounds of meat — the largest in the nation’s history. (Cows so sick they can’t walk can’t legally be processed into food because they may have mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a form of which can be passed on to humans.)

After more than 25 years of tactics that have included tossing a dead raccoon on to the lunch plate of Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor; boycotting fast-food restaurants; and staging legal challenges, the animal rights movement had a bona fide hit.

A new generation of cameras so small they can be hidden in eyeglass frames or a hat — together with the rise of YouTube and the growing appeal of so-called citizen journalism — has done for animal rights advocates what the best-organized protest could not. Perhaps more than other social agitators, people concerned about animals raised for food have discovered that downloadable video can be the most potent weapon in their arsenal.

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Olympics clean-up Chinese style: Inside Beijing’s shocking death camp for cats

March 9, 2008

Thousands of pet cats in Beijing are being abandoned by their owners and sent to die in secretive government pounds as China mounts an aggressive drive to clean up the capital in preparation for the Olympic Games.

Hundreds of cats a day are being rounded and crammed into cages so small they cannot even turn around.

Then they are trucked to what animal welfare groups describe as death camps on the edges of the city.

The cull comes in the wake of a government campaign warning of the diseases cats carry and ordering residents to help clear the streets of them.

Cat owners, terrified by the disease warning, are dumping their pets in the streets to be picked up by special collection teams.

Paranoia is so intense that six stray cats -including two pregnant females – were beaten to death with sticks by teachers at a Beijing kindergarten, who feared they might pass illnesses to the children.

China’s leaders are convinced that animals pose a serious urban health risk and may have contributed to the outbreak of SARS – a deadly respiratory virus – in 2003.

But the crackdown on cats is seen by animal campaigners as just one of a number of extreme measures being taken by communist leaders to ensure that its capital appears clean, green and welcoming during the Olympics.

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Macao group calls for criminalizing cat barbeque

March 9, 2008

Over 500 people in Macao Sunday took to the street with more than 70 cats and dogs in a march organized by a local animal protection group, which called upon local authorities to criminalize activities concerning maltreating animals.

The march, organized by the non-profit Abandoned Animals Protect Association of Macao (AAPAM), was a direct response from the city’s animal enthusiasts to a cat “barbecuing” case last month, which saw 11 teenagers detained for burning a cat.

Yoko Choi Wing Chi, cofounder of AAPAM, said that those teenagers’ violent behavior toward animals is “intolerable” and cruelty to animals should be criminalized in a bid to prevent similar cases from occurring in the future.

Carrying banners and shouting out slogans against animal maltreatment, the protesters marched peacefully to the local government headquarters to hand over their petition, and the whole process of the march lasted for about 45 minutes.

Last month, 11 Macao teenagers, aged between 11 and 14, were arrested by local police on Valentine’s Day for “barbecuing” a cat they claimed to be already dead at a local vacated construction site, but they were later released as minors under the age of 16 cannot be charged with a crime under the Macao laws.

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Reptiles abandoned at South African airport

March 8, 2008

Three animal transport crates containing endangered reptiles were found abandoned at Oliver Tambo Airport, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said today.

NSPCA’s National Inspector Alistair Sinclair said the organisation arrived at Oliver Tambo yesterday after a tip-off and found five crates that were emanating a “nauseating stench”.

Two of the crates, that were destined for Spain, were returned to Madagascar because the transporting agent had not paid the duties.

The three remaining crates, destined for the Czech Republic, were taken to the Johannesburg Zoo and unpacked.

Sinclair said the crates contained “hundreds” of snakes, geckos, lizards, chameleons and arthropods, contrary to the consignment listing lizards and frogs.

He estimated that about 10 to 15 percent of the animals had died during the five to six days they had been in the crates and he expected more to die of dehydration during the following days.

Sinclair said the incident “again” proved that animal welfare concerns were not adequately addressed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa).

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Puerto Rico Faces Suit Over Roundup of Animals

March 8, 2008

This much seems certain about the events of last October at three housing projects in this town near Puerto Rico’s northern coast: Men working for the municipality entered the projects, rounded up dozens of dogs and cats that they said violated the housing authority’s no-pets policy and took them away.

What happened next is less clear, but a lawsuit filed on behalf of 33 families claims that city employees and contractors drugged and brutalized dozens of animals and then flung them from a 50-foot-tall highway bridge into a weed-choked ravine and left them to die.

Witnesses say they found a pile of dog corpses and skeletons beneath the bridge, but the contractors have denied wrongdoing and city officials have denied responsibility.

News of the event became an international embarrassment for Puerto Rico and something of a vindication for animal rights advocates here and on the United States mainland who had long tried to draw attention to the plight of animals on the island.

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Another email from PETA: “Save Seals From Slaughter”

March 7, 2008

PETA still thinks my name is Naresh. What’s the deal with that?
-Kitty Mowmow

Save Seals from Slaughter -
Dear Naresh,

Once again, defying international opposition and all standards of human decency, the Canadian government is sanctioning the mass killing of helpless baby harp seals.

Donate NowIn the weeks ahead, hundreds of thousands of these animals will be beaten and stabbed with sharp hooks and sometimes even skinned alive—all so that someone can put on a coat, a collar, or cuffs made with real baby-seal fur.

PETA and caring people like you are fighting relentlessly to protect these animals. We must pressure the Canadian government to listen to the pleas of millions of people around the world who want this annual slaughter to stop. This year, seals need your help in raising an international outcry to help end the bloody hunt. Please take two important actions right now:

    1. Sign PETA’s worldwide petition to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding a permanent end to the annual slaughter of seals.

    2. Make an online donation to PETA to help us win the global fight to stop the abuse of seals and other animals for their fur. Your generous gift will help us take on the fur industry—designers, retailers, and consumers—as only PETA can.

Even in an industry known for its cruelty, Canada’s annual seal hunt—the largest slaughter of marine animals on the planet—stands alone for its violence and utter lack of compassion or mercy.

Hundreds of thousands of harp seals will be killed in a matter of weeks. Most of them will be less than 3 months old, and many will still be in their first weeks of life. The animals are so young and innocent that they will lie on the ice as their attackers approach. Even if they know that they should flee, their motor skills aren’t yet developed enough to do so. They have no chance of escaping to the safety of the water.

The carnage begins as the seals have their heads bashed in with clubs. Still conscious, they will be dragged across the ice with boat hooks. Then these sensitive, intelligent animals will be skinned, sometimes while they are still alive. The sealers will take their fur but leave the seals’ bodies on the ice to rot.

Someday soon, Canada will look back on its seal hunt with shame. But until that day comes, it is up to caring people like you and me to come to the defense of these gentle animals.

By signing the petition and making a generous donation online right now, you can help us bring international condemnation to the Canadian prime minister’s doorstep—a critical step in ending these atrocities.

Thank you, Naresh, for your unwavering commitment to these animals.

Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk, President
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Ingrid E. Newkirk

P.S. Help stop the slaughter of baby seals. Sign PETA’s global petition and make as generous a donation as you can afford so that we can show Canadian Prime Minister Harper that the world will not tolerate the mass slaughter of baby seals. Together, we can stand up for the young harp seals who still swim in the waters off Canada’s coast.

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Vancouver, Canada: Increased fines, and more power to SPCA in animal cruelty cases

March 7, 2008

The province is strengthening the Animal Cruelty Act by extending the B.C. SPCA’s powers when it comes to investigating animal cruelty cases. This comes in the wake of last week’s destruction of 1,200 roosters discovered in a cockfighting bust, and other high profile cases.

The new amendments include giving agents the ability to get search warrants by phone. The province is also clarifying agents’ authority to seize evidence and to take abandoned animals into custody. It’s also clarifying the SPCA’s power to hold and dispose of animals, and may force those animal owners to pay back the Society for taking care of those pets.

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Monroe, WA family threatened over video of Marine tossing pup

March 5, 2008

A Monroe family received threatening telephone calls this week after a video apparently showing a Marine throwing a puppy over a cliff in Iraq surfaced on the Internet.

Since it was first posted early this week, the video has become an Internet sensation, gaining widespread attention from news sites, bloggers and animal-rights activists. Hundreds of people have left comments on various Web postings of the video. Some posters have included the Snohomish County home address and telephone number of the alleged puppy-thrower, as well as the names of his family members.

“We learned about the … video and one of our deputies went to check on the family,” said Rebecca Hover, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. “They said they had received threatening phone calls earlier.”

The U.S. Marine Corps said it is investigating, but would not confirm the man’s identity. In the video, a person off-camera uses the Marine’s last name.

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Neighbors outraged after gruesome animal killing

March 5, 2008

Residents in a Blount County community are calling for legal action against the owners of a farm where several dogs ate three llamas alive last week.

“We recorded 8 minutes of the animals being chewed to death,” said Lynda Evans, who lives across the street from the farm on Co. Highway 26 between Garden City and Blountsville. “They (the dogs) are as vicious as a pack of wolves.”

Evans said her brother and sister-in-law called her Saturday, Feb. 23. and told her dogs at the residence across the street were out of their pen and attacking three llamas which were also kept on the property. The Evans grabbed a camcorder and recorded while as many as 10 dogs drowned a young llama in a pond and mauled and ate two adult llamas while they were still alive.

“My sister-in-law called the owner and told her what was happening,” Evans said. “(The owners) never came out to check on them.”

Evans said while her brother was filming the incident, she called Blount County Animal Control and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.

“We kept calling everybody, but it was a Saturday and no one was open,” she said.

Sheriff’s dispatch sent Blount County Sgt. Buddy Hutchinson to the scene.

“The scene was pretty gruesome,” he said. “It looked like the dogs had dug under the fence and got after the llamas.”

Hutchinson said one of the llamas was still alive and in agony when he arrived and he killed it to keep it from suffering.

“One of the animals was still alive. I felt like the animal was injured to the point that the animal needed to be put to sleep,” Hutchinson wrote in his report. “At that time I shot the animal with a 12-gauge shotgun.”

[…] Hutchinson said he did not feel the dogs were dangerous and instead thought they acted like they were pleased to have human company.

Evans’ daughter Samantha Morgan disagreed.

“Those dogs are mean,” she said. The mother of three said she remains fearful for her children’s safety after one of the Devine’s dogs ate her family’s kittens while her children watched through their screen door.

“I won’t allow my children to play outside without having someone with them,” she said.

Steve said he and his wife have owned the property on Co. Hwy. 26 for 14 years and have built nearly $6,000 worth of fencing to corral their pets. He said the drought has caused there to be a lack of grass and the dogs were able to dig in the mud to get under the fence and attack the llamas.

“They probably went after the llamas because they were the most vulnerable,” he said. “Ask a hunter why he hunts deer. It’s not because he’s starving. These dogs didn’t kill the llamas because they are hungry. They did it for sport.”

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PR from Marine Corps: Animal cruelty video prompts Marine Corps investigation

March 4, 2008

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Oahu —The video of a Marine mistreating a puppy gained widespread attention on the internet yesterday. The video is shocking and deplorable and is contrary to the high standards the Marine Corps expects of every Marine.

The video came to the Marine Corps’ attention early Monday morning and has prompted an investigation. The Marine Corps does not tolerate this type of behavior and will take appropriate action.

The vast majority of Marines conduct themselves in an honorable manner that brings great credit upon the Marine Corps and the United States. There have been numerous stories of Marines adopting pets and bringing them home from Iraq or helping to arrange life-saving medical care for Iraqi children.

These are the stories that exemplify what the Marine Corps stands for and how most Marines behave.

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Laugh at thrown puppies… and the world laughs with you?

March 4, 2008

I am saddened and appalled at a few of the responses to the video footage of a soldier throwing a puppy off a cliff. If you visit this page (you must have a Facebook account to do so) you see the video that has been edited to read “do it faggot” while the soldier holds the dangling puppy. Someone has commented, “that video made me laugh.” Before the “soldier throws puppy” video was removed from YouTube, several viewers left similar comments.

Most humane, intelligent people feel that torturing and killing a small, helpless animal is deranged and evil. Overwhelmingly, the public’s response leads me to this conclusion. However, some public comments on the video suggest that a small but nonetheless significant percentage of the population is amused and delighted with another living, feeling being’s suffering.

I do realize that, perhaps, some people may believe these videos are fake, and therefore laugh as if they were watching SNL. I would argue that laughing at imagined violence is a short step away from laughing at real violence – and perhaps we would benefit from ascertaining whether or not the violence is genuine before laughing at it.

I also acknowledge that some people making offensive comments are probably just trying to agitate others.

My greatest concern, in all of this, is that our modern western society (and since I am in America, I especially direct this toward the US) is losing our ability and desire to empathize with other living creatures, both human and non-human.

People do not have as much contact with animals today as our agrarian, horse-drawn forebears did. We don’t have pets because of allergies, dirt, expense, and nuisance, or we avoid animals entirely out of ignorance, fear, or harmless disinterest.

According to studies, we also have less meaningful contact with others. We are a lonely, busy society that has an unhealthy tendency toward sitting behind our video games and televisions shows and movies and desks and computers (like myself, blogging away). We are increasingly losing touch with our neighbors, as we spend more time pursuing our own interests and careers and less time forming meaningful relationships with others.

What I’m trying to say is, we need to be careful. Laughing at someone else hurting an innocent creature leads to hurting one yourself. We can not afford to allow ourselves to degenerate into a callous, uncaring people, unconcerned with the value of life. We must educate ourselves and others on ways to save life, not to destroy it – or at the very least, we must send the message that those who indiscriminately threaten life, no matter how irrelevant that life may seem, will be made to suffer repercussions.

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Teens arrested for shooting at zoo animals

March 3, 2008

Two South Jersey teenagers will be in court on Tuesday accused of targeting animals at a local zoo with a pellet gun.

Ganesha, an 11-year-old white tiger, and Holly, a 12-year-old Asiatic bear, reside at the Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton.

Two teenaged boys allegedly shot at the animals using a pellet gun.

“Juveniles are known for bad judgment, but this goes beyond bad judgment when you are actually tormenting animals,” said Bev Greco of the Cumberland County SPCA.

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Australia: Call to alter labels for animals’ sake

March 3, 2008


Food labels should be overhauled to include information on the treatment of animals, says the country’s chief law reform commissioner, David Weisbrot, who believes a push for animal rights could be the next great progressive movement in Australia.

Professor Weisbrot said labelling laws have not kept up with demand for organic and free-range products and could include a “trustmark” logo to show animals had been treated ethically.

“To date, the focus of food standards has been on human health, with no additional consideration of the treatment of animals in the farming and food process,” Professor Weisbrot writes in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s journal, Reform, whose latest issue is devoted to animal rights.

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