Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Michael Markarian, executive Vice President of The Humane Society of the United States, said, " Animals killed to make fur coats and fur-trimmed apparel suffer in numerous ways, but one of the most inhumane and painful methods is the anal or genital electrocution of foxes, chinchillas and other animals...We applaud state lawmakers for their foresighted leadership in protecting animals from this horrifying fur factory farm practice...The anti-cruelty laws of a state are a reflection of our basic values and attitudes toward animals, and this pair of path-breaking bills is a measurable step forward for animals and consumers in the state of New York. "
Senator Frank Padavan: " By enacting this legislation into law, we are outlawing the barbaric, callous and inhumane practice of electrocuting animals for use of their fur...I am pleased we have been able to take another significant step forward in the fight to ensure all animals are treated with the highest standard of humane treatment and care."
Assemblymember Deborah Glick: " This painful method of killing fur bearing animals is inhumane and gruesome...Most people would be appalled at these methods that are considered unacceptable according to guidelines by the American Veterinary Medical Association. It is reassuring that this inhumane practice will be prohibited in at least one state. "
According to the Humane Society of the United States : " Prior to being killed, animals in fur factory farms are warehoused for months in rows of barren wire battery cages. When animals are electrocuted through their anus or genitals, which is typical on fur farms, the electricity does not go through and stun the brain; the animals must remain awake and feel the full excruciating force of a massive heart attack. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association's guidelines for euthanasia, "Use of a nose-to-tail or nose-to-foot method alone may kill the animal by inducing cardiac fibrillation, but the animal may be conscious for a period of time before death. Therefore, these techniques are not acceptable."
So, folks, it's a very cruel business. All this cruelty coming out of the fur business should be enough to turn off everybody, but some still cling to the notion that fur is classy. Well, it isn't classy. That's a dead animal's skin and fur. It isn't yours! Stop patronizing the fur business. Here is a video about life in a fur farm (disturbing images):
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Calls are needed to stop the imminent killing of a black bear in Highland Lakes.
Recently, a black bear, attracted by huge amounts of unsecured garbage, broke into the house of a Highland Lakes resident. The man was not harmed but the bear was shot at the other night as he was was running away. It's uncertain whether the bear was hit or not.Today (4/24), Fish & Wildlife has a lynch mob out for this bear. They are combing the woods and streets and even enlisting local residents to find, and ultimately kill this bear. The bear will not be properly identified (not that we want any bear to be shot), so they are likely going to shoot the first bear they see and claim that the problem is solved. It's interesting that F&W chose today to do this, not yesterday or the day before, as today is garbage day, so it's likely they will see bears.It is INSANE that the bears keep on paying for human irresponsibility. Unsecured garbage is THE #1 cause of human/bear interactions.
We have a LAW requiring residents to make provisions to contain their garbage.
It was enacted years ago and is STILL not being adequately enforced. Please call the following and demand that the state enforce the law and get people to clean up their garbage once and for all and that this bear be aversively conditioned (he was already running away!), not killed.
DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson: 609-292-2885
You can also call the DEP hotline: 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337) (This is a toll-free telephone hotline established to report environmental incidents, abuses and complaints in New Jersey or impacting it.)
Monday, April 14, 2008
UPDATE : ADOPTED May 4, 2008!!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
April 10, 2008
Dear Friends and Animal Lovers,
As you most certainly know, through no fault of our own, the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network, which has tirelessly served the community and its homeless animals for years, remains suspended from saving further animals from the New York City kill shelter system (NYCACC). Many other groups and rescuers have also been banned.
As a result, I am forced to plead for your continued and steadfast support. In the past, BAFN has been able to accomplish its mission mainly through the collection of adoption fees for the animals we saved from NYCACC. Now unable to rescue these dogs and cats, we are now in dire need of income to be able to continue to accept the many animals we rescue before they enter the shelter system. They come from Brooklyn’s streets, gardens and alleyways and from people in dire need of re-homing their pets.
Your continued and consistent donations are vital. In addition to standard vetting costs, as a business, the BAFN must also find ways to fund animal transport, additional medical costs, veterinary boarding fees, training fees for those with behavioral issues, insurance and modest general operating costs.
Without you, we could not have saved the life of a tabby found by our Park Slope neighbors last week. Starving, this abandoned housecat was brought up to date on vaccinations and neutered. The BAFN placed him into a loving furever home at last Saturday’s weekly adoption event. Still, our adoption fees remain at a reasonable $200 for dogs and $100 for cats. Without BAFN, and without your donations, this happy tail would have ended very differently.
Today, animals like little Swee Pea still need your help! This unconditionally loving, petite Lab mix pup was abandoned to forage for food in garbage cans. At 7 months old, she has already seen some of the worst that life has to offer, and yet she is boundless in her love for her foster family. Without your help, we could not have saved this sweet girl from emaciation and a life in the streets or worse— and without your continued help, others will not have the opportunity to find the joy of a permanent home.
Please consider making and immediate donation to the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network. You can provide life to these abandoned animals, and in light of the current situation, there has never been a more urgent need for your donation.
• Consider a donation of $300 to provide an animal with a full round of vaccinations and a spay/neuter operation. • Donate $100 to fund the life-saving training of an animal previously thought unadoptable. • Donate $25 to help provide leashes, collars and other supplies to animals who have no one else to provide for them.
Your tax-deductible donations are vital to the life of this organization, and without them, we and the animals we serve are without hope. Please open your heart to them today.
Laurie Bleier Director
Your tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted!
Whether you are visiting us from just around the corner or from across several continents, you can touch the lives of these deserving, wonderful animals in our care. Donation receipts are available upon request. BAFN is a non-profit community animal service organization which has been serving NYC and surrounding areas since 2005.
501 (c) 3 Fed. I.D. #20-3635635 Tax Exempt
Donations can be mailed to:
The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network 392 14th Street, 4B Brooklyn, NY 11215
Or you can donate securely online here. http://brooklynanimalfosternetwork.org/donate.html
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Monday, April 07, 2008
My wife curiously asked me if I yell and scream at demonstrations. Well, no. That's why we have those loud speakers. Taped messages are played over them while video images are projected on a screen. I meet people, hand out literature about cruelty in circuses, engage people in a conversation about the lives of circus animals, suggest alternatives to animal circuses ( the Big Apple Circus stopped using animals; Cirque de Soleil has no animals ), and I urge them on to visit Circuses.com where they can get more information about the problem.
The confluence of the exits/entrances and the sidewalks served me very well. It's the best place to meet the people who actually paid to see the circus. Some people resented my raining on their parade---I carried a large poster of a miserable, old, chained elephant, as if to shove it up their faces--- but this is something I have to do.
Being courteous and pleasant with the public is a must. I wished those with prepaid tickets a nice evening, but to avoid the circus next time---now that they have an idea of the inherent cruelty in animal circuses. One lady told me that our video presentation turned her off to the circus, and I handed her some literature for further reading. Most people are equally pleasant, but there are some who figuratively thumbed their noses at me. I talked to a large group, probably ten people, who knew nothing about the cruelty. They were not there to watch, but only passing by. Nevertheless, they are now ten people who know better. The word is that attendance at the circus is down, and Ringling is giving away free tickets as a promotional gimmick. I did not get the chance to take a lot of photos. The following are the only photos I took of the demonstration:
Two ladies taking their case to the street
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
But, what do you know? The good Senator had the heart to reply to an email sent to his office by a fellow animal lover. Here it is:
“The following statement has been released to the media.
“Growing up on the family farm, I developed a love and respect for animals at a very young age that has stayed with me throughout my life. As a result I have adopted four dogs during my life, all of whom have been attended to and provided for with the utmost care. My German Shepherd was given to the local shelter for her own safety, with the knowledge that I would reclaim her if no one else did. Any suggestion to the contrary is a complete and utter falsehood.”
Senate District 30″
Absolutely, Kent. Who do they think they are? A Senator and a self-proclaimed animal lover like you surely knows that one can't reclaim any dog surrendered to a shelter. And, giving up a dog to a high-kill shelter for its own safety is perfectlly understandable, Sir. It's like throwing a child to a python and insisting that it will be safe there. But, let's pretend I didn't say that. I believe that you are a greatly misunderstood man.
Oh, by the way...
Here's a comment on the web, spotted by our eagle-eyed friend Deanna from For the Love of the Dog, that says more about the good Senator; she found the comment on Fitsnews:
" 24. AngieLuvsAnimals - April 3, 2008
I assure you this is all true. I called the office myself and confirmed it before it got on the internet. The info is public. Kent williams address was on the surrender form that is placed on a clip board on the caged cell of death. I know I worked there almost two years. My name is Angie. I used to work at the shelter. When I worked at the shlter, Kent Williams came in and aasked me to look for a smart lab. A few weeks alter a beautiful black lab came into the shelter. She was a great fence climber, so I could not keep this dog inside. I called Kent Williams and told him about the dog. He said he had to have her and he then adopted without paying an adoption fee for her. He did have her taken to the vet by his right hand man, best friend , animal control officer buddy Donald Fling. He did have that one spayed at least. Kent knew she had heart worms and Kent promised me there was no way she could escape his fence. The dog kept getting out and he or Donald Fling would call me to tell me to go get the dog. Donald Fling was the animal control officer not me, but I went and got the dog anyway in personal vehicle. Finally after Kent had not came back for the dog I gave him a call and asked if he was coming back for the blkack lab, he said he did not care for or have time for that dog to put her to sleep or what ever, he did not have time to deal with her anymore. I then called the vet to find out what had been done with her so I could find rescue for her. I then found out from the vet that she had tested positive for heartworms and Kent had never brought her back for her heart worm treatment. I called Kent back and told him about the heart worms and he said the dog is not his problem and do not bother him with it again. So some great kids in the county raised over $300 for her heart worm treatment and we found a great rescue for her. So, you see this lack of interest for animal life is not an iscolated case. This is the way Kent is. Why have an animal if you could care less about them. "