Friday, October 31, 2008

Fall 2008. Verlaine. Autumn Song. We weep and Sweep.

Below is an English translation of Verlaine's famous poem, Chanson d'Automne ( Autumn Song ). Now that we are waist-deep into the Fall of 2008, I thought that the sentiments expressed here are very apropo. They are, indeed, melancholy. But, for many, like myself, Fall's beauty is accompanied by a certain sense of loss captured so beautifully by Verlaine.

Of the violins
Of autumn
Wound my heart
With a languor

All suffocating
And pale when
The hour strikes
I remember
The old days
And weep

And I go away
In the ill wind
that carries me off
This side and beyond
Like the
Dead leaf

When the world was in the grips of a world war, the liberation of Europe hinged on a successful landing at Normandy. The Germans knew it was coming, but when was the question. The French resistance listened to coded messages broad casted from London to occupied France by Radio Londres. The messages seemed arbitrary and nonsensical to most unless they were meant for you. On June 6, 1944, the first stanza of this poem was broad casted to let the resistance know that Operation Overlord, the invasion, would begin within 24 hours. The words, " Blessent mon cœur d'une langeur monotone " ( Wound my heart with a langour monotonous ) was the specific phrase that signalled a call to action. The rest is history.

New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance. Tricky Tray. December 2008.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dog Rescue. Philippine Animal Welfare Society. PAWS. Reno. Update on Condition.

Do you remember Reno, the dog saved by volunteers, Daisy Medel and Joe Claret, from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the one rescued from under a parked vehicle in Cubao with the bloody snout? If not, click HERE to see the post I wrote about him.

What were slim chances of survival has turned into a promising recovery under the capable and caring hands of Dr. David Arceo. I've got some new photos to show you that will surely make you smile and be happy for Reno. These photos were taken on October 20, 2008.

Before you go, please note that PAWS cannot pay for the entire cost of Reno's treatment and neither can the good doctor cover the expenses without help from animal lovers like us. I have already sent in my donation, and I hope that you will too. Click on the Donate button on the sidebar to start the process. Thank you. Here are the photos:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New York City. Demo Against Horse-Drawn Carriages. Nov. 1, 2008. Bloomberg's Genteel Tradition.

And they thought things have come to a lull, the issue forgotten, and the uproar a matter of history. Not! As you can see from the announcement below, the spirit of protest is very much alive. How could it die out? Each day the horses pull carriages is a reminder not of how great our city is, but how cruel it can be. This is one New York City tradition ( Mayor Bloomberg's concept ) that must go. It's a tradition alright, one of pain and misery throughout the four seasons of the year when the mayor and city council members are snug and warm in their plush offices. Coffee, croissant? Go ahead while animals pull heavy loads for the sake of human entertainment.


Ban the Horse Carriages Demo

Location : Grand Army Plaza, 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001
When: November 1st 2008. Sat 7:00 PM

Please join NYC Animal Rights as we hold a peaceful demo against the horse carriage industry. We will hold signs and show a slide show of the abuse. More info to follow. We will be on Fifth Avenue and Central Park South. Thank you for your support.

The New York City Animal Rights Meetup Group

Please see below video clips of the cruelty.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Jacksonville, Florida. A Lizard on the Wall.

I arrived back at the house I was temporarily staying in, and found this lizard clinging to the wall. The sun was shining on the wall, and I suppose it was warming itself. In a few minutes, it went on its way to a place it only knows. Click on the photo for a closer look.

Sarah Palin. Anti-Animal. Not a Reformer, But a Deformer.

Well, you have heard it on the news. As one republican party official put it, Sarah Palin is " going rogue. " What an embarrassment to the party to have it's VP candidate buck their own system, have no respect for order, and setting out on her own agenda. The falcon is no longer obeying the falconer. Is this the type of person we should elect to the White House?

In a CNN report, a McCain campaign source described Palin as " she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign...She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone.. She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. "

The same report also stated that Palin is " playing for her own future," and is considering herself to be the next republican party leader. It looks like the republican party has its hands full with a problem child, the consequence of their own bad decisions.

Another insider observed that "This is what happens with a campaign that's behind; it brings out the worst in people, finger-pointing and scapegoating."

What a mess. What a scary person to put in the White House. I am just worried that after she loses the election, she'd go out and shoot up the animals in anger and retaliation.

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Friday, October 24, 2008

St. Augustine, Florida. Wooden Schoolhouse. October, 2008.

I am down here in the Jacksonville, Florida area on personal business and I found some time to visit St. Augustine, a quaint town by the sea. It is rich in Spanish history, Florida being a Spanish colony before it became part of the U.S.. Here, I chanced upon the oldest surviving wooden schoolhouse in America. I know, there are many claims being made here and there that one has to take such things with a healthy dose of skepticism. The schoolhouse first appeared on the tax roll of the city in 1716, but it is generally accepted that the structure was built before that year. The great thing about this structure is that it has not been altered significantly in the last 200 years, probably even earlier, and so we can see how wooden structures were built in the early American colonies. The chains around the house ( date unknown to me ) secured it to the ground against the high winds of storms. This is a 2-story structure with the classroom at ground level and the schoolmaser's living area situated above. Take note of the squirrel by the anchor. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

EBAY. No More Ivory Sales.

Ebay has agreed to ban all sales of ivory on its site. Ebay came to this decision with some help from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the World Wildlife Fund, Humane Society of the United States and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The global ban will commence on Jan. 1, 2009. Happy New Year.

EBay’s decision came just before the release of IFAW’s latest investigative report indicating that online trading in wildlife poses a serious and immediate threat to the survival of elephants and many other endangered species.

EBay's in-house blogger Richard Brewer-Hay said, "However, given the complexities of the global ivory trade, and the distinct and unique characteristics of the eBay Marketplace, the sale of any ivory on our site continued to be a concern within the company... So, to protect our buyers and sellers, as well as animals in danger of extinction, eBay has decided to institute a global ban on the sale of all types of ivory. "

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dog Rescue. PAWS. Icy. A Chow from the Streets.

I love before and after photos especially if they showcase the gradual amelioration of miserable, marginalized, and unloved animals. The metamorphosis can be both heart-breaking and heart-warming. Those gut-wrenching photos speak of the sad truth about stray dogs. However, they also bring spiritual and emotional upliftment to see a homeless dog from the dregs, living in abject misery, transformed into a cuddly and healthy pet living at home. Compassion changes lives, and we should always be vigilant for opportunities to render assistance to those who need it.

Icy was one of those dogs who normally would have perished in the streets if not for the intervention of a compassionate human. We can learn about Icy's rescue from a very good source, her rescuer, Clarisse, a member of Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) : " I was by the car outside Ice Monster when I was surprised to see a dog in the middle of the road in front of a car. She wouldn't budge from the front of the car so the driver bumped her a bit, hurting her and scaring her to death. She ran towards me howling and crying and went inside the shoe repair shop next to Ice Monster... The people at the shoe repair shop were stunned and a bit afraid of her. No one knew where she was from, though the people there were really nice and they just waited there patiently for us to capture her. We brought her to the vet and visited her everyday. "

You can mark Icy's salvation from that point on. That was October 2007. So, this month, Clarisse and family celebrated Icy's rescue one year ago. See for yourselves how individual actions make our world a better place:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus to Stand Trial in Washington DC. Federal Case. Violation of the Endangered Species Act. Animal Cruelty.

It will please you to know that the Asian elephants performing for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus will closer to salvation come Oct. 27, 2008 when the federal case against the circus begins. Yes, this is a federal case to be tried in Washington DC against the circus. The plaintiffs are the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Animal Protection Institute (API), Fund for Animals (FFA), and Tom Rider, a former barn man for the circus. The plaintiffs alleged that the mistreatment of the elephants by the circus violated the Endangered Species Act. Asian elephants are listed as an endangered species. The circus has done its best to delay the trial and after eight years they will finally face a federal judge.

The specific charges include 1) the forceful use of bullhooks. These are large clubs with sharp curved points meant to train and control the animals through fear 2) the chaining of the elephants for long periods throughout the days and nights 3) the forcible removal of baby elephants from their mothers at Ringling Bros.’ “Center for Elephant Conservation,” (CEC) where it breeds elephants for use in the circus.

The plaintiffs are well-armed with video footage, eyewitness accounts, and investigative reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Former circus employees will also be testifying about the mistreatment of the elephants that they personally witnessed on a daily basis.

There is more. The circus will have to deal with evidence pertaining to the deaths of at least four baby elephants who died in their care over the past few years. They include the 4-year-old Benjamin who died when his trainer attacked him with a bullhook; 4-year-old Kenny who was forced to perform in three shows even though he was gravely ill; 8-month-old Riccardo who, in August 2004, inexplicably broke both of his hind legs while “climbing on a round platform 19 inches high.” He was euthanized afterwards; and there was the baby 11-day-old Bertha whose birth and death wasn’t even acknowledged by the circus, but who perished at the CEC in July 2005.

This is pretty hideous stuff.

The presiding judge will be the Honorable Emmet J. Sullivan. Representing the plaintiffs is the law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, a very well-regarded environmental law firm.

For those of us who have rallied and demonstrated against Ringling Bros., this case has been our pie in the sky and it is about to be plunked unto our plates for our delectation. We are hoping that this will be the beginning of the end of Ringling's reign of terror over the elephants.

On Oct. 11th, we had a meeting with Tom Rider and the League of Humane Voters (NYC). Rider was very optimistic about the case. He believes that the right judge is presiding over this case, no-nonsense and critical of the arguments presented before him.

We also had the opportunity to handle a bullhook, passed around the dinner tables, and it is by every means a fearsome weapon. It is precision engineered to be top-heavy so that when you swing it the centrifugal force adds power to it. It has a spear-like tip and a barbed hook on the side. Tom Rider has lived in his van for eight years, traveling around the country spreading his gospel of hope and mercy, championing the release of every elephant in every circus. This man will go down in history as the man who freed the elephants from the circuses.

On a lesser note, Sunday, the 19th Oct., marked the final day of protest against Ringling Bros. at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. This action was coordinated by Hearts for Animals, a new group formed by circus nemesis Claudia Emerson. We took turns over the four days, covering every show there was ( two shows per day ). The circus squeezed approximately ten elephants into a tent measuring 75 X 100 feet which in turn was situated only 15 feet from vehicular traffic. There, the elephants remained for four days in chains unless they were performing in the indoor arena. We engaged the patrons coming into the show and leaving the show, informing them of the hidden cruelty behind the fanfare and glitter. I think our protest was categorically a success.

Pray for the elephants

UPDATE : Oct. 29, 2008 The trial has been postponed indefinitely. More later.

Animal Welfare. Ten-year old Matthew Steps Up to the Plate for the Cats at PAWS.

Nearly three weeks ago, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), typical of most animal shelters, sent out an appeal for much needed supplies. There was a particular request for cat food.

From Sherwin Castillo's blog Me.Find.Home , a site dedicated to PAWS and animal welfare in the Philippines, we can learn something about supply and demand at the shelter: " The shelter cats consume about 4.5 to 6 kilograms of cat food (kibble) every day which cost about Php360 to Php450 ($7.66 to $9.57) on the average.A 22.7 kilogram (or 50 lbs.) bag of Princess Cat (the cheapest one we are able to find right now, available at Whiskers n' Paw Prints in Katipunan Rd., Quezon City) costs about Php1,800 ($38.30) and would last about 4 to 5 days. That's around Php10,800 ($230) per month which is a really significant amount considering PAWS doesn't have a steady source of funding. "

Enter Matthew. He's ten years old and already an animal lover. He broke his piggy bank and asked his mom's assistance to get to the nearest pet food store. There, Matthew spent his entire year's savings on cat food which amounted to 30 kilos of dry cat food, approximately 66 lbs. Matthew, it was reported, has began building up his savings once more to render more aid to the homeless cats at PAWS in the future.

That's what we want to see in our young folk. Matthew's compassion and sacrifice is exemplary and I don't think this is the last time we are going to hear about him. Matthew, you're da man.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

PETA. Alicia Mayer. Pitches for the Animals.

Here's Filipina model Alicia Mayer urging us to give up meat and go vegetarian. Well, Alicia, I have been moving towards that for nearly a year now. As I have stated in one of my recent posts, I have totally given up meat, but I still eat seafood. I am inching, slowly but surely, towards an all-plant diet. I can't even look at the meat dish now without seeing the animal behind it.

It doesn't show on the ad but there is a not so very subtle hint at the PETA website that was aimed at men folk. Yeah, those macho men who think beef makes them big and manly: " No one wants a limp banana! "

Here's Alicia all wrapped up like the meat you buy at the grocery store. As the sign says, no one wants to be treated like a piece of meat. Have mercy on the farm animals. Live a healthier life. Give up Meat.

Monday, October 20, 2008

San Antonio Zoo. Lucky. Help Release Her from Captivity. Cruel Conditions. Animal Cruelty by Captivity and Profit.

I received this email from In Defense of Animals, and I will just post it here in its entirety because it speaks so well for itself. Please, don't just read it. Take action. Send those emails to the proper authorities in whose hands this elephant's life is in. This elephant doesn't have a large area to live in plus her mate died a year ago and she's the lone elephant now. It's time to give this elephant her freedom. Forty Six years on display. Lord, have mercy. The zoo has earned enough money off her already. For pity's sake, let her go. How could they even name this elephant, Lucky. To the San Antonio Zoo officials, this matter will not go away. The life, or the lack of it, that you insist Lucky should live in your compound is already a source of embarrassment for your zoo, a stain on your reputation, and an indication of your level of humanity. You can argue that you know what's best for Lucky, but the facts don't agree with that. What right have you to take away an animal's freedom for 46 years? What right have you to deny Lucky her freedom now that the elephant sanctuary in Tennessee is willing to pay all cost to free her?


Help Send Lucky to a Sanctuary!
San Antonio Zoo elephant is held in cruel isolation

Lucky desperately needs your help. She’s a 48-year-old female Asian elephant who has been living alone at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas since the death of her companion, Alport, almost one year ago. Female elephants are intensely social, making her solitary confinement especially cruel.

In addition to Lucky’s inhumane isolation, she likely suffers from foot problems, as evidenced by the zoo’s frequent foot treatments, and has a large abscess on her back leg. Foot problems are no surprise, as the San Antonio Zoo elephant display is extremely small and outdated, giving Lucky only about one-half acre of barren space.

Foot problems and arthritis, caused by inadequate zoo conditions, are the number one reason for euthanizing elephants in captivity. Another elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, Ginny, was euthanized in 2004 after suffering for years from painful, infected feet and arthritis.

As if all this weren’t bad enough, the San Antonio Zoo is adding a unique twist to Lucky’s story. The zoo is constructing a new attraction that will feature African animals, including elephants. As Lucky is an Asian elephant she will have no place in this new display. Yet rather than retire Lucky to a sanctuary, the zoo has come up with a nonsensical plan to bring in another Asian elephant and then ship out both Asian elephants when the African section is complete!

After 46 years on display in a tiny, unnatural exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo, Lucky deserves to be sent to a spacious natural-habitat sanctuary where she can spend her final years roaming freely in the company of other Asian elephants. Once at the sanctuary and living on soft, natural surfaces, many elephants see improvement in foot problems.

A coalition of San Antonio activists needs your help to urge city leaders to do everything in their power to help Lucky, including sponsoring a resolution to send her to a sanctuary.

Please make a call or send a letter today!

Please write a polite letter to Mayor Phil Hardberger and the following city council members and let them know that:
It is cruel to keep Lucky in solitary confinement.
Lucky shows signs of foot disease caused by decades of life in a tiny, inadequate exhibit; she must removed immediately from that damaging environment.
The City of San Antonio should do the right thing and show it cares about Lucky’s welfare by sponsoring a resolution to send her to a sanctuary.
Lucky’s sorry condition is a black eye for the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Zoo.
CONTACT: Here's an e-mail string of all the contacts listed below. If you're sending them each the same e-mail, cut and paste this string into your "cc" field:,,,,,,,,,,

Mayor Phil Hardberger
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Phone: 207-7060/7107
Fax: 210-207-4168

District 1 - Mary Alice P. Cisneros
Phone: (210) 207-7279
Email: or use the message form at

District 2 - Sheila D. McNeil
Phone: (210) 207-7278

District 3 - Jennifer V. Ramos
Phone: (210) 207-7064

District 4 - Philip A. Cortez
Phone: (210) 207-7281

District 5 - Lourdes Galvan
Phone: (210) 207-7043

District 6 - Delicia Herrera
Phone: (210) 207-7065

District 7 - Justin Rodriguez
Phone: (210) 207-7044

District 8 - Diane G. Cibrian
Phone: (210) 207-7086

District 9 - Louis E. Rowe
Phone: (210) 207-7325

District 10 - John G. Clamp
Phone: (210) 207-7276

The San Antonio News-Express recently ran an op ed about Lucky. You can view it at Please write a letter to the editor of the San Antonio News-Express at Include your daytime phone number and address for verification purposes only. No word count is stated, but letters to the editor are generally limited to 150-200 words.

For more information on Lucky’s plight, please visit (where you can also sign an on-line petition) and

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dogs. Don't Under Estimate Them. Some Prefer Books over Bones.

" Okay, let me see here...Roe vs. Wade... here we are...So, Roe v. Wade centrally held that a mother may abort her pregnancy for any reason, up until the point at which the fetus becomes viable... "

Cameroon. In Defense of Animals. Chimpanzees. Dorothy. Animals as Sentient Beings.

Chimpanzees taking part in a daily animal amusement park parade for 25 to 40 years, can you fathom that? Do you think that circus and amusement park animals wake up in the morning and say, " I wanna balance on top of a ball today. ?" The trouble with these institutions of wholesome(?) family entertainment is that they take away the dignity of animals. In Cameroon, one such animal was Dorothy.

PETA reported that the first armed confiscation of primates in Cameroon led to Dorothy's freedom, along with others like her. She was then taken to In Defense of Animals ' refuge in Sanaga-Yong in 2000. Well, Dorothy passed away recently and that means, if you do the simple math, she lived freely for only eight years.

If there is any question relating to animals as sentient beings, take note of the photograph wherein members of Dorothy's community, perhaps relatives, stand in mournful silence as Dorothy's body is displayed to them. They are so human-like that we can immediately recognize the similarity to our own ways of mourning a loved one. I believe that all animals mourn their dead, fear their own death, and yearn to be free and not caged. We just express these feelings in different ways.
( Photo credit to PETA and In Defense of Animals )

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Politics. Obama-McCain Third Debate. My Impressions.

First of all, these guys must be quite relieved that they have come to the end of debates for this election year. I believe that Obama took part in more than twenty debates and McCain around sixteen. The road to the White House is, indeed, fraught with danger. Who wants to wake up in the morning and know that people have been on the attack overnight? But politicians seem to have a good level of equanimity that is essential for their survival in the political arena. I find this to be very true with Obama. He is not flustered, not angered, and certainly very well-composed in his delivery plus he preaches his gospel in a well-modulated voice. Obama is also highly-educated, with degrees from Columbia and Harvard. In the beginning, I felt that he was seriously lacking in experience to be running for President, but I am no longer convinced of that. After more than a year of campaigning, now in October, Obama has captured the hopes, dreams, and support of most Americans amidst unrelenting fire from his opponents. Anyone who can successfully pass through this gauntlet, this ring of fire, is certainly entitled to take the helm and steer the ship.

Senator McCain, who I supported prior to his appointing of animal-killer Palin as his VP, is a genuine American hero. No one can question his military service and pedigree. His suffering as a POW is heroic. This is why I supported him. However, now, I do question whether biography can get us out of an economic mess. I also question McCain's relationship with Charles Keating, giving him preferential treatment and protection during the Savings & Loans debacle. I further question McCain's well-known support for deregulation of lending institutions. This has to be a major contributor to the economic collapse we are seeing now. Let's not forget, he declared that the economy was in good shape just days before the floor caved in. This man is out of touch, or chose to ignore the writings on the wall. I don't question his choice of VP because I am already convinced that for all the talk about " Country First " McCain placed party politics ahead of national security. His choice meant that he would rather win an election than keep the country safe.

As for the debates, I saw a man of ideas and vision face off with a crusted opponent from the old regime, one who became increasingly angry. Last night, Obama spoke directly to us while McCain spoke to Bob Schieffer. This is something that the celebrated political pundits missed in their post-debate analysis. I felt that Obama, staring into the lens, spoke to us directly while McCain pleaded his case with the moderator. Obama treated the debate as an opportunity to speak directly to us while Senator McCain so it as propitious time to attack his opponent. A tactical blunder by McCain. He had his last chance to address a national audience, and he flubbed it. There must be thousands of people who feel the same way I do. And why does McCain come across as an angry man in debates? Because he IS an angry man. Have you forgotten that several years ago McCain's stigmatic bad temper cost him the nomination? Have you forgotten that McCain afterwards, full of anger, only begrudgingly endorsed George W. Bush for President? A sore loser, he is, for one thing. Senator McCain strikes me as someone who has a very low tolerance for dissenting opinions, suggestions, and the possibility that other people might have the right answer. Obama seems more circumspect and approachable. He operates in cooler temperatures with the utmost conviction. And as far as trust in government is concerned, McCain is not the one to bring that back.

Finally, a CNN poll indicated that 58% of people felt Barack Obama won the debate, compared to 31% who felt that John McCain performed better. Furthermore, the poll showed that the majority felt Obama would do a better job on the economy, health care, and taxes. Obama was more likable and the stronger leader according to those polled.

I found this video to be interesting:

Farm Animals. Animal Cruelty. Pain and Suffering. Proposition 2.

This video can be disturbing to you, but it certainly shows us the pain and suffering farm animals go through. That's why I gave up meat. I am convinced that any meat dish has a cruel past, and that's definitely a factor in choosing the food I consume. Don't get me wrong. I am a only newcomer to a non-meat diet. I stopped eating meat right after New Year's Eve, on Jan 1, 2008. I don't miss it at all, and through this time I have learned to see the animal behind any meat dish that comes into view. Part of my transformation is the realization that eating meat is eating a dead animal. That's what it really is, a dead animal whose parts you are eating. I now consider it an insult to my body to consume meat. It's as bad as smoking.

Support compassion for farm animals. If you are a voter in California, please vote YES on Proposition 2. If you can't give up meat, then at least support the better treatment fo farm animals. Your meat didn't have to stand in their own feces during their lifetime.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Newark. Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Demonstration. October 2008.

Once again , the Saddest Show on Earth has come to New Jersey. This time, however, they will be performing at the Prudential Center in Newark instead of the IZOD Center in the Meadowlands. NJARA will be there, and so will other animal rights organizations. Please join us.

And then there is our pie in the sky, the beginning of the federal court case against Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus on Oct. 20, 2008 in Washington, DC. That's monday. That's judgment day for these animal abusers who were charged as violating the Endangered Species Act. Let's hope that the federal judge will issue an injunction, and put an immediate halt to the use of the bullhooks and shackling the elephants.

Here is the schedule for demonstrations in Newark.


Prudential Center
165 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 757-6000 (2 blocks from Newark Penn Station)

Demo Dates:

THURSDAY, October 16, 2008 OPENING SHOW 6:30PM - 8PM (show 7:30pm)
FRIDAY DEMO, October 17, 2008 6:30PM - 8PM (show 7:30PM)
SATURDAY DEMO, October 18, 2008 2PM - 3:30PM (show 3pm) 6:30PM - 8PM (show 7:30pm)SUNDAY, October 19, 2008 12PM - 2PM (show 1pm) 4PM - 6PM (show 5pm)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Animal Rescue. Philippine Animal Welfare Society. Injured Dog. Reno in Cubao. October 2008.

Check out another memorable rescue by members of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. An alerting email was sent to PAWS about a wounded dog in Cubao, said to be lying underneath a parked vehicle, bleeding, presumably a stray, possibly near death. The director of PAWS sent out an APB to all members at large, calling for volunteers to do the rescue. Just like here in the USA, a call like that is tantamount to telling the bears where the berries are. They will come. Nothing gets an animal lover's blood to pulsate more than a cry for help. However, things are not as easy for an animal welfare society in Asia, this one propelled solely by donations and sheer volunteer spirit, to effect such rescues. Fuel, vehicles, liquid money don't come as easy to them as they do to us.

Not to be discouraged, on the night of October 3rd, intrepid volunteers Joe Claret and Daisy Medel set out to make the rescue. They found the dog on Real St., corner North Road, and they subsequently named him " Reno. " You can see from the photos how extensive Reno's injury was. It seemed that his snout was inflamed with two gaping holes on both sides of it. We can only guess what caused the injury, perhaps an act of cruelty or maybe it was a bad accident. We know that nature will heal itself, but sometimes she needs a little push either by the hand of God or a human---or both.

Joe and Daisy took Reno to the clinic of Dr. David Arceo, another blessed soul and champion of animal rights, where Reno is still undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. The initial prognosis was bleak, but as Joe said, " Let's all cross our fingers and hope for the best for our dear friend Reno, that he gets well and recovers soon. He deserves more in life and let us pray that he can get that chance to live it better and give us too, a chance, to make his life better. "

UPDATE : Oct. 22, 2008 Reno is doing well according to a text message from Dr. David Arceo. The doctor was amazed that a presumed blind eye is now viable seeing eye. Reno is now on the second cycle of chemo therapy and the lump ( on his snout?) is now smaller. Reno is still thin but he has been dewormed and exhibits a good apetite. He has less discharges and therefore, less odor.

New York City. Brooklyn Animal Foster Network (BAFN). Appeal. October 2008.

The Brooklyn Animal foster Network has sent out an appeal for a laptop and/or wireless Card and account to help spread their mission online. I don't think that the laptop has to be top of the line. It won't be used for gaming purposes, but more towards publishing photos and text. So, if you have a spare laptop in your closet, now is the time to give it up for a great cause. Please call Laurie at 718 789-6865 if you can help out. So, think of the lapdog pictured above and then think laptop.

Like any other animal welfare group, BAFN's everyday supplies go quickly and therefore the supplies need to be replenish constantly. They cannot come and pick them up, and so please consider dropping them off. Again, you can call the number I listed above. The following is BAFN's wish list.

Leashes and collars
You and Your Van to transport
animals from foster homes to adoption events
Digital Cameras
Blankets, sheets and towels
DID WE SAY Blankets, sheets and towels
Cleaning and desinfection supplies
Pet cages/houses Dog/cat beds Cat Condos
Dog/cat food (Wheat and by product free)
Dog/cat toys
Litter and/or litter boxes
Vitamins, supplements, treats
Brushes, clippers
Shampoos, organic anti-flea soaps and shampoos
Puppy and/or kitten milk replacer (KMR)
Deparasitation products
Antibiotics Ointment for wounds
Antiseptics for wounds treatment
Frontline Plus for fleas and ticks
Metal Crates
Volunteer workers
Blankets, sheets and towels

Monday, October 13, 2008

New York City. A Different Kind of Pet Shop. Animal Welfare.

Check out this link. I better get down to Greenwich Village, and see this exhibit in person. This report from the BBC will fill you in:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Northern New Jersey. Dog for Adoption. Patrick. Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society.

Here is Patrick, a very handsome dog. I love his fur and the blending of the white, and brown with the black. The story goes that he was adopted out from our shelter some time ago to a very good home. The man no longer has time to share with Patrick, and instead of leaving Patrick alone at home for lengths of time he decided to give him up for adoption. We concurred that it was the right thing to do, the responsible thing to do. Good thing Patrick was given back to us; we love our dogs to death. So, at this time, Patrick has been at our shelter for two weeks. I took him out to the yard, and let him run loose last week. He loved it, ran after the ball with gusto, easy to reign back in, and no pushing on my tummy with his paws. As for size, Patrick would be a medium sized dog, or the lowest end of the large size. When in his kennel, Patrick moves around with a squeeze toy in his mouth. Funny. Come and see him at the shelter:
Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society

UPDATE: Patrick adopted November 2008.

Jack Cafferty. Sarah Palin. The Dumbing of America.

Ok, by popular demand, my mailbox is overflowing with requests, banging on my door, cell phone ringing at 3am, people approaching me at the bus stop...she said, " drill babe drill " but you said " More Babe More. " Please leave me alone and don't threaten my dog!

Have you ever seen Jack Cafferty lose it? I mean, he was quite irritated on this video clip you are about to see. When Cafferty news casted on regular channels, back years ago, I thought he was very boring. He seemed stodgy and humorless, a wooden newscaster sporting an awkward haircut. Then, he disappeared and resurfaced on cable. Now, he's got things to say outside reading the news, and even a popular, well-visited blog of his own. Good for you, Mr. Cafferty. More power to you...

What got Jack Cafferty riled up was no other than Gov. Sarah Palin. Yes, she's the one who recently was found abusing her authority by putting undue pressure on a safety officer to fire her state trooper former brother-in-law. And Todd, the husband, got into the act too---a non-elected man and a non-official of the government of Alaska. God, this stinks to high heaven.

That aside, here is the video of Jack Cafferty and his disgust...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Politics. Brigitte Bardot Blasts Sarah Palin. Bardot Not Kidding.

There are things that come easy, like disliking Sarah Palin. The ultra-conservative, animal-killing, anti-choice, enemy of the environment, fluffy bunny, and republican nominee for vice-president of the United States has earned the ire of former film superstar, fashion model, singer Brigitte Bardot. She's 74 now. I remember Madame Bardot, alright. Guys over fifty do remember her, no question bout that! She has become a staunch advocate of animal rights, and she has given us, by means of an open letter to Palin, more things to remember her by...

"I hope you lose these elections because that would be a victory for the world. "

Like you, Ms. Bardot, I hope so too.

"By denying the responsibility of man in global warming, by advocating gun rights and making statements that are disconcertingly stupid, you are a disgrace to women and you alone represent a terrible threat, a true environmental catastrophe."

I think I can go along with that...obviously referring to the delisting of polar bears from the endangered list, lifetime membership in NRA, opposition to choice, and those stupefying interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric...okay, not bad, Ms. Bardot. This is true. Say it like it is, Ms. Bardot. I like your hard-hitting style, unlike those non-answers we've heard from the governor.

"This shows your total lack of responsibility, your inability to protect or simply respect animal life."

Okay, that's a reasonable conclusion. I have no problems with that...$150 bounty for every severed foreleg of a wolf, spending $400,000 to defeat a bill meant to stop aerial hunting of wolves, boasting of a freezer full of killed animals...Sarah Palin, you have no respect for life.

"I know them well and I can assure you that no pitbull, no dog, nor any other animal for that matter is as dangerous as you are."

Sarah Palin is, indeed, dangerous. The White House is no place for a Sarah Palin. McCain and Palin are not mavericks. Even the true Maverick family disowned these people. They are G.W. Bush's sidekicks, virtually his third term in office if elected.

Euthanasia Laws By State. American Humane Organization.

Perusing the website of the American Humane Organization, I came upon a listing of the laws governing euthanasia by state. True to our decentralized mode of government, euthanasia laws are the purview of states, not the federal government. As you can surmise, much of the information deals with which substances and manners of killing are acceptible. Here is the part for New Jersey:

" N. J. Statutes Section 4:22-19.3: Neuromuscular blocking agents prohibited.

When euthanizing a domestic animal succinylcholine chloride, curare, curariform drugs, or any other substance which acts as a neuromuscular blocking agent is prohibited.
N. J. Statutes Section 4:22-19: Destruction of impounded animals.

New Jersey does not allow euthanasia by hypoxia induced by decompression, by lethal gas other than an inhalant anesthetic, or by any other means not generally accepted by the veterinary medical profession.

Penalties: 1st offense (fine of $25 for each animal).
Subsequent offense (fine of $50 for each animal).
New Jersey Administrative Code 8:23A-1.11: Euthanasia.

The primary recommended method is an intravenous injection of a barbiturate. New Jersey also allows administration of injectable solutions approved for use in dogs and cats, inhalant anesthetics, and intravenous injections of combinations of chloral hydrate, magnesium sulfate and pentobarbital for large animals, such as horses. "

Here is the entire PDF:

Thursday, October 09, 2008

World Animal Day. St. Francis of Asisi. CARA. Philippines. Pet Blessings. 2008.

October 4 was the feast day of St. Francis of Asisi, patron saint of animals and the ecology. For those in the dark about religious history, he emphasized that the animals and nature are also God's precious creations. He addressed this mundane issue directly while others focused on ethereal matters like saving souls or condemning them to that flame-engulfed place called Hell. God's world is all around us, hiding in plain sight, you included. We are it, and so animal abuse is an affront to God's creation and to our basic human sensibility.

The world celebrated the feast day with animal blessings, calling it the World Animal Day. Compassion and Respect for Animals (CARA), a Philippine-based animal welfare group, celebrated the feast day with an animal blessing at Malate Church, one of the oldest churches in Manila outside of Intramuros ( walled city of Manila ). Allow me to digress.

The church dates back to the 16th century, rebuilt in 1773, and restored again after WW2. My memory of this church hinges on a tragic incident in my family, the death of a first cousin who was no more than 22 years of age, killed in an automobile accident, sometime in the mid 1960s. He was the lone fatality. His wake was held in one of the apses of this church, the one on the left as you enter. I can still frame the moment in my mind, an indelible image of his casket surrounded by hulking wreaths on tripods along with flower arrangements that did more to assault your olfactory senses than please them, the plaintive cries of the mourners in black veils, my uncle seated in a discreetly located pew and hunched over with grief , the overpowering blast from the funereal lights, the children playing, too young to fathom the tragedy and recognize the unfulfilled promise brought on by my cousin's untimely death. Sad. Obviously, I need to revisit this church and create a new and pleasant memory.

Fast forward to October, 2008 and we have a very nice slide show of the animal blessing held by CARA at that very same church. It looked like people and their pets arrived in droves. You will see a wide variety of pets, from dogs to turtles to snakes. The huge attendance reflected the growing awareness to animal welfare in the Philippines. Once considered an odd concept, a sidebar to life, a pastime for people who had nothing better to do, animal welfare is slowly moving to the forefront of Filipino social consciousness. As it has often been argued, one can measure a society's level of civilization by the manner they treat their animals. Perhaps, that is slowly dawning on Filipino society. Here is an excerpt from Nancy Cu Unjieng's ( President of CARA) email:

"...And so they came, in their Sunday's best, wearing fur, feathers, scales, shells...CARA Welfare Phils. (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals) sprinkled angel dust once again to animals and their humans. To make the occasion more significant, their medical mission was made to coincide with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the honored saint known for taming even the wildest wolf. Venue was the historical Malate Church.After the animals were given free rabies vaccines, medical check-ups, free collars, leashes and mange soap they, with their humans waited patiently for the blessing of animals after the noontime mass. How wonderful it was to watch the procession on the center aisle, while St. Francis beautiful prayer-turned-into-a-song filled the entire church. And guess what... the animals were all behaved! I somehow expected the place to sound like a zoo but it seemed they felt the whole event was something special for them. "

Here is the slideslow:

Ingrid Newkirk. PETA. Book Signing. One Can Make a Difference.

Here's your chance to meet the doyenne of the animal rights movement, Ingrid E. Newkirk, co-founder of PETA. I said " co-founder " because, as I recall the story, a small group of people met at someone's apartment, possibly Ingrid's, and decided to form a group for the ethical treatment of animals. However the organization was founded, Ingrid Newkirk has become the face of PETA.

Ingrid will be in New York City on Oct. 14, 2008 to sign copies of her new book entitled, One Can Make a Difference. You are invited to join Ms. Newkirk at Borders in Columbus Circle for a signing and discussion on Tuesday, October 14, at 7 p.m. Her book contains 50 thought-provoking original essays, written by a diverse group of stars—including supermodel Petra Nemcova, Sir Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Brigitte Bardot, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, White House correspondent Helen Thomas, and director Oliver Stone. Some essays were written by common people like us, people like the woman who "ran away to join the circus" and now runs a sanctuary for abused elephants in Tennessee, and a retiree who overcame countless obstacles to create the first-ever dog park.

Heck, just shaking the hands of the goddess of animal welfare will be a huge honor.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance. NJARA. Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner. 2008.



DATE: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 12:00-3:00pm (please note the time change from earlier notices)
PLACE: The Clubhouse (at Independence Square Condominiums) 36-1 Whistler Dr., Freehold, NJ 07728
COST: $26 per person (age 13 and older) children between 6 and 12 $16 children under 6 free

Soup: Butternut squash soup
Entrees: Roast nuggets & 'chicken' legs w/rosemary wine sauce, Tofu turkey, 'Meat'loaf
Side dishes: Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stuffing, Baked cauliflower with vegan cheese, Green beans with slivered almonds, Cranberry sauce
Dessert: Cookies and cake & Soda, cider, tea and coffee

RSVP BY 11/13/08: Please send your check or money order to: New Jersey Animal Rights AlliancePO Box 174, Englishtown, NJ 07726
Pay online and find directions at:

Questions? Contact Shari:** We can only seat 50 people, so please reserve ASAP. Your early reply will also help us in planning the best event possible. Also note that parking is limited, so please carpool, if feasible.

Mars, Inc. Animal Cruelty. Bad Chocolate. Animal Experimentation.

For those of you who love chocolate snacks, or simply because Halloween is fast approaching, you may want to know that Mars Inc. has funded deadly animal tests. PETA reported that Mars Inc. funded " a gory experiment on rats to determine the effects of chocolate ingredients on their blood vessels. Experimenters force-fed the rats by shoving plastic tubes down their throats and then cut open the rats' legs to expose arteries, which were clamped shut to block blood flow. After the experiment, the animals were killed. Mars also supported an experiment in which baby mice were crammed into small Plexiglas chambers—which were each about half the size of a 12-ounce soda can—and submerged them for nearly five hours in chilled water—just to see if a chocolate ingredient affected their breathing rate. Not one of the tests funded by Mars is required by law, and studies using human subjects are more reliable. "

The things people do to animals! Incredible, and that's for us to have chocolate snacks that are not good for us to begin with. Clogged arteries and animal cruelty shouldn't be part of our lives at all. Now, it behooves you to know that Mars, Inc. makes M&M's, Snickers, Twix, Dove, Three Musketeers, Starburst, Skittles, and other candies .

Now, by comparison, Hershey's has pledged not to fund or conduct experiments on animals. That's a step towards the right direction. If you can't give up the chocolate habit, at least move towards Hershey's and not Mars, Inc.

Learn more at

Monday, October 06, 2008

Politics. Abortion. Sarah Palin on Abortion. The Moral Judge of Us All.

Oh God, whoever put this fluffy bunny on our laps should be kept out of office. Well, that's John McCain! Anyway, here's a short commentary and video clip of Palin with Katie Couric on the subject of abortion. In a nutshell, the killer of animals wants YOU to have NO CHOICE but HER CHOICE. Listen to the politico who wants to make her choice the government's choice:

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Bloomingdale Animal Control. Animal Control Officers. A Day in the Life of an ACO.

Our shelter, the Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society, is also the animal control facility for several towns in northern New Jersey. They are Bloomingdale, Butler, Riverdale, Wanaque, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood and North Caldwell. That's a large area to cover, and so the animal control officers (ACO) are very busy people. I once saw ACO Lisa Perry rushing out of our compound in her van, and I managed to slip in a question before she went out of sight.

" Where are you headed now? "
" I've got a call about a snake. "

The ACOs respond to many calls a day and to a wide variety of situations involving animals, not restricted to cats and dogs. Recently, the Suburban Trends covered a story about the ACOs and the rise of rabies cases in the area. Most certainly, it was the animal control office that raise the alarm:

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Hugo Boss, Adidas and Perry Ellis reject Cruelty to Lambs. No to Mulesing.

These retail giants, Hugo Boss and Perry Ellis, will begin phasing out any of their products that includes Australian lamb wool. Adidas, reputedly the second largest sporting goods manufacturer in the world, will also refuse to market any such products. The problem is rooted in mulesing, a cruel procedure in which Australian farmers carve chunks of skin and flesh from lambs' backsides. Mulesing is common practice in Australia as a way to reduce the incidence of flystrike on merino sheep in regions where flystrike is common. Flystrike is Myiasis which is an animal or human disease caused by parasitic dipterous fly larvae feeding on the host's living tissue. Other terms for Myiasis include "fly-strike" and "fly-blown".Adidas pledged that if they can't find wool that has not been mulesed from lambs, they will not use the wool at all. These policies have resulted from discussions with PETA. I reckon those Aussie farmers will just have to find a way to protect and treat their lambs better.