Saturday, March 29, 2008

Seal Hunters Die in Canada. Karma.

A boat carrying seal hunters capsized while being towed, killing three with one missing. Open season on seals started last friday amidst worldlwide protest from animal rights groups. Young harp seals are ruthlessly bludgeoned to death for their fur. Some 275,000 harp seals are expected to die. This is a very inhumane business, and I have no sympathy at all when the hunters lose their lives along the way. I'd say that God himself has come down on the side of the seals. Here is the story:

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Princeton, NJ: Congo, the German Shepherd, goes back to Court.

This is an update and an alert. Congo's case will be heard on April 4, 2008 in the college town of Princeton, New Jersey. The presiding judge will be Judge Mitchel Ostrer who months earlier allowed Congo to go home to his family with certain restrictions. Click HERE for my post late last year on Congo's case.

The first thing I did was to send an email to Governor Corzine, asking for a pardon. This is very important in case Judge Ostrer does uphold the death sentence. You can send the same email at . Select Law and Public Safety as the topic, and then Pardons and Clemency as the sub-topic. You can then send a polite but heart-felt letter to the Governor. Please do it ASAP. You can also call in your support for Congo at 609-292-6000. Do not worry. Nothing confrontational there.

You can write Judge Mitchel Ostrer directly. Your strong but polite letter can be sent to:

Judge Mitchel E. Ostrer
Mercer County Courthouse
209 South Broad & Market Streets
PO Box 8068Trenton, NJ 08650

Sign the online petition to save Congo here:

Let Judge Mitchel Ostrer and Gov. Corzine know that Congo's case is important to you. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Japan: Praying Dog. Temple Attraction.

In its ever so vigilant reporting on animal welfare, The Daily Mail put out a report about a praying Chihuahua at a temple in Japan. It's wildly interesting, and click HERE to read about it. (Photo: The Daily Mail)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Political Quote. James Carville on Bill Richardson's Endorsement of Obama.

"Mr. Richardson's endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out (Jesus) for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic."

Bill Richardson might have earned himself an epithet that will not go away easily. While the contest between Clinton and Obama has its own twist and turns, Richardson seemed to have carved out his own niche amidst the fray that will overshadow his service to this country on a national level. The niche is that of a political Judas.

Professing great fondness and gratitude for the Clintons, the New Mexico Governor did a 180 and endorsed Obama, the peddler of false hopes and the spiritual offspring of Pastor Jeremiah Wright. Richardson went on to stress that Obama is a once in a lifetime leader, and then added that it ( American politics ) should not be just Bush-Clinton, Clinton-Bush. Then, as if to create his own safety net, Richardson pledged to strongly support Hillary Clinton if and when she becomes the nominee.

In my opinion, Richardson is working both sides of the street. His pledge to support Hillary serves no one but himself. It is a safety net in case his treason does not work, and he can always ingratiate himself to the Clintons once again. This man does not know the meaning of friendship, and he does not respect personal debts. Richardson should have stayed neutral considering that he owes his national stature to the Clintons.

Photo: MSNBC

Two Dogs Rescued. Saved to begin New Life at PAWS Shelter.

These are two notable rescues performed by an actor, Jericho Rosales, and the Animal rescue Team of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Jericho Rosales took pity on the dog pictured on the left while filming a movie on location. He has been a major supporter of PAWS, and one who not too long ago rescued a kitten also while on location. Just think of it. This actor could have just looked away, and very easily decided that a dirty and miserable dog will not be part of his day. But, Jericho crossed the line from sympathy into action and that made a world of difference for this unfortunate dog. Chris is now in the hands of PAWS where he will enjoy a better life, and with good luck get adopted.

Gilligan was found stranded on an island between two very busy highways. Thus, the name. He could not get off the island for days until the Animal Rescue Team of PAWS rescued him. As you can see from the photo, Gilligan needs to fatten up. His miserable life on the streets ended when the rescue team arrived to save him. Let's hope and pray he gets adopted soon. Good luck to the boys!

Great work, PAWS rescuers. God Bless You.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dogs for Adoption. Northern New Jersey Area.

Right now, we are looking for the forever homes for all our dogs and cats at the Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society . Here are three dogs who sadly have been waiting for a while for their human companions. They have been lovingly cared for by our volunteers at the shelter, but they truly deserve to find a permanent home with a loving family. We do not euthanize dogs or cats to make room, and so they are safe. We, however, would like to see them go for obvious reasons. The shelter is not the right home for them. Chase is a larger than average dog, energetic, and playful. We're surprised that he has not been picked yet. He'll make a wonderful companion. Bailey is focused and interested in many things. She loves her walks and is friendly. She's part Doberman and her colors show it. Carmen, a sweet girl who appreciates companionship, very responsive to humans, personable and nice. I find that there is a certain dignity in her. You should come and meet her. We are located at Exit 53 of I-287 South. The shelter serves as the animal control center of four towns although we don't receive financial support from them. The shelter's phone number is (973) 838-2220.

UPDATE: Carmen adopted April 5, 2008 !!! UPDATE: Chase Adopted May 11, 2008 !!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

New York. Michelle Paige Paterson. Scandal in Albany. Shame on You.

No, this is not about Eliot Spitzer and his prostitute. It's about the wife of the incoming Governor of New York State, Michelle Paige Paterson who showed up wearing what looks to be a real fur coat. Was that an attempt at elegance? It didn't work, repulsive. Was that meant to make you look classy? Sorry, but wearing the skin and fur of dead animal is hideous. The lady is either ignorant or arrogant, or both. Mrs. Paterson, obviously, needs to hire advisers if she's going to live under a political spotlight. At the very least, she must be aware that there is great controversy over fur coats and so this is a slap on the face for animal welfare advocates. I don't think that Mrs. Paterson is uninformed at all. The disgrace continues after Spitzer. Here is PETA's reaction :

Dear Mrs. Paterson,

I hope that this finds you well. As you may know, PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 1.8 million members and supporters dedicated to the protection of animals.

We’re writing today after receiving several phone calls and e-mails from our supporters — many of them New Yorkers — who were disappointed to see that you were wearing what appears to be a real fur coat in a photo on this Web site: Please know that animals killed for their fur endure immense suffering and that most fur comes from China, where there are no laws that protect animals on fur farms. A recent undercover investigation of Chinese fur farms revealed that workers swing raccoon dogs and foxes by their hind legs and smash their heads on the ground, injuring them but often leaving them conscious as they are skinned alive.

In light of this information, please consider donating your fur coats to PETA’s fur-coat giveaway program. Every year, PETA holds “fur kitchens” at homeless shelters around the country in which we distribute dozens of free fur coats — donated to PETA by former fur-wearers — to those who have no other means of staying warm. And we’ve even shipped hundreds of furs to help warm the women and children freezing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although nothing can bring back the animals who were killed in order to make these coats, we believe that this is one way to honor their lives while helping people who so desperately need protection from the cold.

You’d be in great company. Other compassionate women who have participated in PETA’s anti-fur efforts include Charlize Theron, Stella McCartney, Mariah Carey, Kim Cattrall, and Martha Stewart. I can be reached at 323-644-7382, extension 25, or Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Michelle Cho

Take it off. Get over it. Give it Away, Michelle. Let's be civilized in Albany. If you haven't done so, here's what happened to animals whose fur are now worn by some of the " elegant " women in society like yourself:

Friday, March 14, 2008

Beijing Olympics and Animal Cruelty

The Daily Mail has once again reported on a horrific case of animal abuse, and the perpetrators will not surprise you. After you read the article, you'd wish that Beijing never won the bidding. Chinese authorities, a thought that doesn't conjure up images of compassionate and animal-loving people, are rounding up stray cats in the capital plus those given up by their owners in the hopes of making the city look cleaner and disease-free for the Olympics. The truth is, the cats are headed for slaughter. All too often, animals bear the brunt of the blame for almost anything. Click HERE for the article.

Boycott the Olympics! Write to your respective olympic committees!

Miss Piggy Gets Adopted

Here's a super nice cat named Miss Piggy. I frequently visited her at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in New Jersey, all caged up but always reaching out through the bars to play with me. I noticed from her data sheet that she's been there for months, and I was afraid that she'd become " Urgent " one of these days. She's a really sweet girl, tilting her head from side to side, her face round and girly, very responsive to humans. I visited her last about two weeks ago, and just yesterday I saw her photo on the shelter's website under " Adopted. " Wow, I wish you all the best little girl.
I am so very glad you're out of your stainless steel jail, and living in a home now. You've spent too much time waiting and waiting, but finally your new human companion arrived. God bless you, and may you live a long and happy life...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Paul McCartney. Vegetarian.

Personal Action Saved Dog from Slaughter. Certain Death Turned into Happy life.

Take a look at the photos. You'll quickly like this dog. His good nature and charm comes across quite easily even in pictures. What more in person? Although this dog's life is now the envy of other less fortunate dogs, his past experiences were grim and cruel. Nancy Cu Unjieng, President of Compassion and Respect for Animals (CARA) gracefully recounted Pogi's story to me, exemplifying a level of personal responsibility against animal cruelty that resulted in life-changing experiences for both animal and humans.

Nancy and a colleague named Grace Mercado were at a women's correctional facility where they learned that a dog was given away to a garbage collector presumably for slaughter. The ladies raced after the garbage collector in a tricycle, and confronted him about the dog. At first, the collector denied having the dog. Obviously, he expected to received some cash, however little that may be, from the dog-eaters when he delivers the dog to them. All this commotion, however, led to the discovery of the dog in a sack underneath the garbage truck. Yes, someone back at the correctional put the dog in a sack and handed it over to the garbage collector for disposal. The inhumanity! So now, reacting to human voices, the dog started wriggling his way out of the sack and by sheer survival instinct managed to pop his head out of the sack for all to see. Denials were over. Nevertheless, the garbage man still refused to give up the dog. What to do?

Nancy decided to threaten the man with police action. Had she offered money, Nancy realized, she would be setting a bad example, a precedent for future bucks-for-your-dog ransom scheme. It must have been quite a forceful threat because the two ladies took possession of the dog, and headed back to the correctional facility to find the culprit. There, with the help of the garbage collector, they found Rose who took back the dog after some stiff lecturing and stern warnings of police intervention. In other words, that dog better be there when Nancy returns for her regular visits to the correctional. No dog = Police. The equation was easy enough to understand and fear.

Time passed and Rose was ready to be released from the facility. She didn't plan to keep the dog, and offered Pogi to Nancy who readily accepted him into her home. Pogi lived with Nancy for a while until a Canadian couple decided to adopt him. They had just lost their older dog, and they couldn't help but fall in love with Pogi. The lady renamed him Skype, and he is headed for Canada to live with them in his forever home.

Skype's story reminds us that we have a personal responsibility to reject animal cruelty whenever and wherever we come across it. It also reminds us that we need to take immediate personal action against animal abuse. Time is of the essence when it comes to cruelty. Skype, surely, would not be with us today if not for the timely and forceful intervention of individuals like Nancy and Grace who chose to stand up for their principles and take action.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Mis-steak? I don't think so. No meat. Thank You.

I have been trying to get my diet in line with my philosophy, and I've had some very good success. However, eggs and dairy products are still major attractions for me. I love cheese and 3-minute eggs. So, I am not a complete vegetarian although chicken and beef have slowly faded into my dietary history.
About two weeks ago, I attended a friend's daughter's sweet sixteen celebration in a fancy hotel in town. That must have been $200 a plate plus a live band and an open bar. In other words, the guests had a great time. The guests with whom I shared a table must have found it odd that I took photos of my plate. And they must have considered me wasteful after they noticed what was left on my plate by dinner's end. I used to enjoy a good steak, but not anymore. I, now, always look back on the images found in slaughterhouse videos whenever I see a piece of meat. No, it's not right. The huge scallops, crispy veges, potato and creamy desserts plus some dancing was recipe enough for a great evening.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

New Jersey Meadowlands. Demo Against Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus. March 9, 2008. PETA and NJ-ARA. Photos.

It was rained out yesterday, but we managed to get it going today. This was the second time in a week that we protested Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus in New Jersey. When we demonstrated for the first time, we were an all-PETA group of eight. Today, in the Meadowlands, the group numbered thirty and it was a blend of PETA and the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance. We strategically positioned ourselves between the multi-level parking garage and the IZOD Center. We managed to meet the crowd who came early for the pre-show presentation and of course for the main event. We did very well because the crowd had nowhere else to go but through us, and we were ready for them. So good, in fact, that security arrived and strong-armed us into two specific and confined areas for the rest of the night. I hope that somehow we have planted seeds in the hearts of many attendees, and they may not be back for more of the circus in the years to come. Our next demo will be at Madison Square Garden in New York City, March 20, 2008. That would be opening night for their New York series, and we will be there again. I expect an even larger, noisier, and more aggressive group who will line both sides of the street. I will be investing in a high quality, high power megaphone just to be heard! Enjoy the photos. Click to enlarge.

The scene of the crime

The guys started setting up in the late afternoon an hour before the show started.

No, she's not with the circus. She's one of us.

B & B does not mean Bed & Breakfast

Attendees squirmed at this poster a lot, shows a dead and abused elephant.

We positioned ourselves just outside the parking garage and waited for the crowd.

Appealing to those across the street

Greeting the crowd as they come out of the garage

leaflets, DVDs, comic books, even stuff in Spanish

Just wanna make sure they got the message

Darn security people arrived to rein us in. We had a permit!

Night fell and it got chilly. Security walled us in.

We showed how the elephants were beaten

We like the Sopranos, but we don't like the circuses!

A small group shot near the end

Got a bit colder, but we ain't movin yet

Tougher than Old Man Winter

Some intrepid and kindred spirits. Time to call it a day.

Friday, March 07, 2008

New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance Protest Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. March 8, 2008.


Ringling Bros. Circus animals: Lifetime of cruelty, chains, cages, and bullhooks is all they know. Jumbo Video Screen depicting elephant training circus method.

" Sink that hook into 'em. When you hear that screaming, then you know you got their attention."

Circus Activists! Help educate the public about the cruelty, suffering, and death animals in Ringling Bros. Circus endure under the big top. After traveling in cramped box car trains for hours, the elephants and horses were forced to walk on the highway under dangerous conditions for both animals and public to the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ (Meadowlands). Here the endangered Asian female elephants will be chained and the tigers caged unless they are performing. Help is needed to hand out flyers and hold signs for the suffering animals in circuses!

What: Ringling Bros. Circus Demonstration
When: Saturday, March 8, 2008Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Izod Center (formerly Continental Airlines Arena)50 State Route 120, East Rutherford,
NJ 07073

All materials will be provided. Please RSVP to Claudia at or any questions, Tel: (917) 664-0516.Thank you for helping the animals in circuses. Claudia EmersonNJ-ARA No Circus Animals-Campaign Coordinator Directions:

1. From the George Washington BridgeFollow Interstate 95 South signs to the New Jersey Turnpike south western spur (Sports Complex to exit 16W), which provides direct access to the Sports Complex parking areas.

2. From the Lincoln TunnelTake Route 3 West and follow the signs to the Sports Complex and Racetrack.

3. Traveling North on the New Jersey Turnpike Follow the Western Spur (Sports Complex to Exit 16W), which provides direct access to Sports Complex parking areas. If congested, use eastern spur (Lincoln Tunnel) to exit 16E to Route 3 West, follow directions above.

4. Traveling South on the Garden State Parkway Garden State Parkway South to exit 163 (Route 17). Follow Route 17 to Paterson Plank Road. Take Paterson Plank Road east to the Sports Complex.

5. Traveling North on the Garden State ParkwayGarden State Parkway North to exit 153A (Route 3). Follow Route 3 East to the Sports Complex.

6. From Holland Tunnel or Brooklyn-Staten Island Bridge Crossings: Take New Jersey Turnpike extension to the Turnpike North. Follow directions above. From Port Authority's 41st Street Bus Terminal in Manhattan For more information call (800) 772-2222

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

New Jersey: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. PETA Protest. East Rutherford.

Well, we were out there today in East Rutherford protesting the arrival of the Barnum & Bailey Circus in New Jersey. We got pretty good coverage from news agencies plus all the people who drove by and honked their horns. We stationed ourselves at the junction of Park Avenue and Ridge Road, and when it started to rain we didn't abandon our posts. It wasn't a particularly large group, probably eight people in total. We had a caged PETA Campaign Coordinator named Virginia Fort who donned nothing but body paint and panties to highlight the circus' abuse of animals. The attraction was a real eye-catcher. " I'll gladly bare my skin if it will help expose Ringling's abusive treatment of animals," says Fort. "The best way to stop this abuse is for people to boycott Ringling and other circuses that use animals." (PETA)
Ms. Fort was, in fact, referring not only to the general animal population of the circus but also to a caged tiger shot dead by a circus employee. The abuses continue at the circus. We created a bit of a slow down in traffic which is good from our point of view. As usual, the protest attracted both skeptics and sympathizers. One fellow said that the circus was " nice. " Another drove by and yelled disparagingly " Get involve in your country! " There were two ladies who came over and congratulated us for our work and dedication while several young men came over to enjoy the sights. They got a handful of our literature and an earful of our thoughts. Other people honked, rolled down their windows and gave us the thumbs up. The cops drove by several times, and I don't think they realized that we had a near-naked lady in the cage. The body paint can be illusionary. The protest took approximately two hours altogether.
Photos by Ted Teodoro. Click on photos to enlarge.

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Dog for Adoption: Chubby

Written by Sharon Say
Edited by Alya Honasan
Photo by Sharon Say

Just when Christmas was about to come, Chubby found himself abandoned by his human, all alone on the doorstep of PARC. Beside him, though, was a colored ball, almost like a bittersweet message from his owner, telling us that he was loved but could no longer be kept. Today, Chubby still keeps that ball near him, waiting for the day when he can happily run around with a human again, ball in mouth.

Chubby is about 4 years old, an energetic male. He seems to have some Labrador in his blood, what with his deep brown eyes and pristine white coat. He must have been chubby when he first arrived, which was why he was given that name. Over the months, however, missing a home and initially being set apart from the other dogs in PARC has saddened him and affected his appetite, making him a lot less than chubby nowadays.

He has no diagnosed ailments, is fully vaccinated, and is well taken care of by the staff. He’s a bit of a leash-puller, and wants to inspect every nook and cranny. He’s also very crafty; he surprised the staff one day when he unhooked the latch of his cage on his own! Chubby has so much spirit, yet you know he could be so much happier. He needs a bit of supervision with other dogs, but with humans, he is a sweet bundle of joy.

Will you be the one to give Chubby a new home, and to throw that beloved ball for him to chase once again?

CLICK HERE FOR THE ADOPTION PROCEDURE. You may also email us at or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.
UPDATE: adopted April 12, 2008 !!!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

India Moves to Protect Its Tigers

Conservationists in India and abroad have reason to celebrate. The Indian government has recognized a threat to the country's wildlife, and consequently more funding and land will be provided to address the issue. This is the kind of governmental backing that Philippine wildlife needs and the Filipino conservationists deserve. Read about it HERE