Saturday, August 30, 2008

New York City. Music Fest. Carnegie Hall. In Defense of Animals. September 2008.

If you're a music lover and an animal lover as well, you're in luck. On September 27, 2008, Saturday, at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, you can enjoy the World Flute Fest Concert and help the animals at the same time. This musical event will benefit In Defense of Animals (IDA), a super organization founded in 1983 by Dr. Elliot M. Katz, DVM. It is based in San Rafael, California. Here are the musicians who will be performing: flutists Carol Alban, Marco Granados, Robert Dick, Bassam Saba, James "Nyoraku" Schlefer, Skip Healy, Nancy Tyler and Ann Licater. They will be joined by pianists Taylor Eigsti, Matt Herskowitz, Elaine Kwon, bassist Harish Raghavan, didjeridoo player Paradiso, vocalists Alvenson Moore and Jacquelyn Familant, guitarists Bert Lams and Joshua Dukes, and many more.

What: 2008 World Flute Fest Concert - Benefit for IDA
When: Saturday, Sept. 27th, 2008 at 8:30pm
Where: Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Ave., New York

It will cost you $40 while students and seniors have to pay only $30. Heck, I am nearly 51 years old. Does that make me a senior? For more info:
www.carnegiehall.org or 212-247-7800. For more information visit www.worldflutefest.com, or Email: worldflutefest@aol.com

Friday, August 29, 2008

Northern New Jersey. Dog for Adoption. Kayla. German Shepherd Mix.

I have featured Kayla here before, about 3 months ago, and she is still at the shelter. She's on our website as well, and certainly many people know of her. Kayla was there when I started volunteering at the shelter in January 2008. She could be our longest staying resident at this time, and for no apparent reason. Kayla is friendly and playful, not aggressive and young enough to give her human many years of love and companionship. One of the easiest dogs to walk, Kayla's distinctive ears ( one is up and the other down ) makes her easy to spot. She's got this nice golden hue to her and her eyes are clear and light brown. Why is she still with us? I really don't know except that there is a certain randomness in life, and she has become the proverbial dry twig at the edge of the bonfire. It pains me to see her remain at the shelter while the others have come and gone. Kayla's a good dog, and she needs just a tad of luck to get her on her way to a happy home. So, please, if you know of anyone looking for a young ( 1.5 yrs old ), medium sized dog, active and not overweight, friendly and playful, Kayla's the one.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Puppy Mills. Parkersburg, West Virginia. Humane Society of the United States. Whispering Oaks Kennel Raid.

Another puppy mill busted. This time, it's in Parkersburg, West Virginia where approximately 1,000 dogs have been liberated last Saturday by the Humane Society of the United States. The name of the puppy mill is Whispering Oaks Kennel. Sounds like a serene campground, doesn't it? Actually, it's a living hell for animals. The video says more than I can tell:




Donate Here : https://secure.hsus.org/01/stoppuppymills07

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pet Friendly Places. USA. Traveling with your Pet.

Big holiday weekend coming up, Labor Day 2008.

It's always a concern. Where can we stay so that Fidelma ( my chihuahua ) can come with us? I have never used a pet boarding facility because just the idea of Fidelma in a kennel or cage will certainly take away the enjoyment of my vacation. She's simply my squeezy, cute, little girl-girl, and the daughter we never had! Oh, don't get me started with this baby talk...

Anyway, here are some websites that will help anyone who suffers from the same worries as I do. Okay, sometimes, I feel that the hotel is not giving us the best rooms and the pet-friendly rooms seem to be in some odd corner of the complex...but...it's okay. I can live with that, and I certainly keep the room tidy and clean for the next occupant.

Did I tell you that Fidelma has a cute, little nose that is simply heavenly to kiss when it is moist and cool? Oh Lord have mercy...

So, here they are:

http://www.petswelcome.com/
http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/
http://www.officialpethotels.com/
http://www.pets-allowed-hotels.com/
http://www.1clickpethotels.com/
http://www.doginmysuitcase.com/
http://www.tripswithpets.com/index.asp

Monday, August 25, 2008

Pigs as Pets. There's a Pig behind that Pork.

Take a couple of minutes off from the drudgery of life, and enjoy this video ( and more ).



Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pet Transport. Yahoo Groups. A Nationwide System. One more Way to Help Animals.

If you can't volunteer at a shelter due to its physical and emotional challenges, can't write a blog on animal welfare because the creative juices simply are not flowing, can't always donate because it cost money, then there's still an opportunity to make a difference in animal welfare.

You can transport animals to their freedom. Obviously, you must be a licensed driver and have access to a vehicle. The time and place of your participation will be up to you, and also up to devoted and heroic individuals running Yahoo Groups dedicated to transporting animals for free. The Yahoo Group provides the information, and you try to fit in. Remember, sometimes, the difference between life and death is a ride.

Here are two groups I joined recently:
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/I80-Transport/
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/I-95_Rescue_and_Transport/

You can see from the map that the area covered by these groups run thousands of miles. Interstate 80 crosses the country from coast to coast while Interstate 95 goes from Florida to Maine. These interstate highways, coincidentally cross each other in my area. If you intend to volunteer, you need not worry about doing the whole trip. You just have to do a leg which seems to be approximately 50-60 miles or roughly an hour and change. The job entails meeting with a driver at a predetermined place, relaying the animals and their paperwork to you, and off you go to meet the other driver at another meeting place. You're part of a chain, really. No one is forced to participate. It's all volunteer work. I am quite eager to do my first trip.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Great Dog Dash. Philippine Animal Welfare Society. August 31, 2008.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society is having their annual fundraiser very soon, on August 31, 2008. This year, they are setting limits ranging from medium to large dogs. That' still kinda vague, isn't it? Well, dogs must measure at least 16 inches in height from tip of paw to top of head. They should also be friendly to other dogs & humans. Participants will need to present their updated vaccination records upon registration 1PM. Race commences an hour later. Just click on the poster to get more information. This event is to benefit PAWS.

IAMS. Pet Food Giant. Animal Cruelty in Its Laboratory.

Well, once again, PETA, through its undercover work, has been proven that the emperor has no clothes. IAMS, a pet food company who claims that they care about your pet, in reality, doesn't care a hoot about animal welfare. A boycott of its products is the least an animal-loving consumer can do. For those of us on a more aggressive footing, we can spread the news, spread the video, join the demonstrations when planned, and personally inform other consumers at the pet supply store about IAMS' skeleton in the closet.

Here's the case: The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an official complaint against a contract laboratory for IAMS based on reports by government inspectors and an undercover investigation by PETA in 2002 and 2003. The government's main thrust is that this company “has shown a lack of good faith.” The government complaint alleges that the following violations:

1) Failure to provide pain relief to sheep used in experiments that caused pain or distress
2) Failure to ensure that personnel were trained to perform experiments on animals
3) Failure to provide veterinary care and to observe animals daily
4) Failure to properly ventilate housing facilities for dogs and cats
5) Failure to house cats with a sufficient number of litterboxes and resting surfaces
6) Failure to keep animal-housing facilities clean and in good repair, resulting in injuries
7) Failure to maintain comfortable temperatures in animal-housing facilities
8) Failure to provide animals with sufficient space


IAMS, what a shame, what a farce! This is like an animal welfare advocate who beats his own dog, like the priest who sermons on a Sunday and then steals the collection basket, like a cop who drinks and drive. Can we trust anyone anymore in this world? Here's a quote from PETA's website about the undercover investigation:

" For nearly 10 months in 2002 and early 2003, a PETA investigator went undercover at an Iams contract testing laboratory, where a dark, sordid secret was discovered beneath the dog- and cat-food manufacturer’s wholesome image. Our investigator found dogs who had gone crazy from intense confinement in barren steel cages and cement cells, dogs who had been left on a filthy paint-chipped floor after chunks of muscle had been hacked from their thighs, dogs who had been surgically debarked, and horribly sick dogs and cats who were languishing in their cages, neglected and left to suffer without veterinary care. "

Need more reinforcement, let's watch the video:




People to write to:


Jeffrey P. Ansell, President Iams Company
7250 Poe Ave.Dayton, OH 45414-58011
800-675-3849
937-898-7387
customer.service@iams.com

A.G. Lafley
Chairman of the Board and CEOProcter & Gamble
1 Procter & Gamble PlazaCincinnati, OH 452021-
800-543-1745
513-983-9369 (fax)
http://www.pg.com/

Bill Miller
Director of Sales Iams Canada
920 Gana Ct.Mississauga, ON L5S 1Z41
800-658-5657 (press 5 for the name directory)
905-565-4711 (fax)

Managing Director
Iams UK Ltd.Procter & Gamble
The Heights, Brooklands Weybridge
Surrey KT13 0XPUK: +44 (0)808 100 7010

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Spain. Bullfighting. Savagery. Blood Bath Galore. Animal Cruelty. Lyvon in Protest.

And why shouldn't we look at bullfighting with a critical eye? Because tradition has enshrined it beyond reproach? That's a lame excuse for perpetuating animal cruelty for the blood-thirsty mob. This bullfighting is worse than using animals in circuses. The mob cheers whenever the bull is stabbed, and the torero raises his arms in glory after the bull succumbs to its mortal wounds. Pretty barbaric stuff, really.

Believe it or not, not all Spaniards are hungry for blood. According to Lyvon, a Spanish rock group who wrote a song in protest called El Rock del Torero ( Bullfighter's Rock ), 70% of the Spanish population are no longer interested in bullfights. If and when you go to Spain, don't go to the bullfights. Spain is blessed with innumerable art museums, cathedrals, and libraries. Don't hobnob with the boorish crowd at the arenas.

Below is Lyvon's performance as presented in YouTube:



Here are the lyrics in English:

Hundreds of bulls who are murdered
Their blood spilt by the fans
A slow agony and a bloody death
By insensitive people who kill without conscience
Impassive eyes they watch the massacre
And a gloomy government that pay for this blood
They charge us this "fiesta" Which is called national
No with my taxes to mistreat an animal
"Bullfightkill", the art of killing
Is not a culture, not even "fiesta" to murder
They charge from my incomings the mistreatment to animal
It's enough torture, final abolition
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
It's enough of national "fiesta"
With my taxes I'm not going to subsidize it
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
Such an unworthy game, with no ethic and morality
The rest of Europe is looking very badly to us
A clown guy, dressed in bumpkin clothes
Who claims to be very "macho" and very traditional
To any virgin he offers the ritual
And cheat so many people by ill-treating to an animal
Opium for the people who clap the trick
they shout an "olé!" to the crappy bullfighter
The jackal ends the scene with the sword
And they say that is culture the national "fiesta"
"Bulfightkill" the pleasure of killing
Is unworthy from a rational human being
Assassins and thieves 'cause they steal
The taxes from my working sweat
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
It's enough of national "fiesta"
With my taxes I'm not going to subsidize it
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
Such an unworthy game, with no ethic and morality
The rest of Europe is looking very badly to us
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
It's enough of national "fiesta"
With my taxes I'm not going to subsidize it
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
Such an unworthy game, with no ethic and morality
The rest of Europe is looking very badly to us
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
It's enough of national "fiesta"
With my taxes I'm not going to subsidize it
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
Such an unworthy game, with no ethic and morality
The rest of Europe is looking very badly to us
Bloody bullfighter, fucking cheeky
Put yourself the sword into the ass
It's enough of national "fiesta"
With my taxes I'm not going to subsidize it

And finally, Lyvon's website:

http://www.lyvon.com/

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn Animal Foster Network. Adoption Event. August 23, 2008.


Adopt or Foster a cat or dog on Saturday, August, 23rd at Starbucks!
Greenpoint, 910 Manhattan Ave. (between Greenpoint Ave. & Kent St.) (718) 609-0467

The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network will be outside Starbucks (910 Manhattan Ave.) from 12:00-5:00pm with many adoptable cats and dogs, kittens and puppies, who are looking for their forever homes.

WHAT: Animal Adoption Event – adoptable cats and dogs, kittens and puppies upon application approval, refernce check and and home check and small adoption fee.
WHEN: Saturday August 23, 2008 12 -5:00pm
WHO: Brooklyn Animal Foster Network
WHERE: Starbucks, Greenpoint910 Manhattan Ave.(between Greenpoint Ave. & Kent St.)
Directions

Northern New Jersey. Dog for Adoption. Blue Pit Bull. Urgent. Bloomingdale Animal Shelter. Ashton.

I'm a beautiful Blue Nose Pitbull. I'm up to date with all my shots and neutered. I'm about 1 year old and VERY sweet and loving. I love to cuddle up, sit in your lap and give kisses. I gladly roll over for bell rubs, which are my favorite. Since I'm a puppy, I do need lots of exercise because I have alot of energy. However, I'm not doing well at the shelter and the people here are very worried about me. I'm very depressed because I hate being kept in a run and I'm not getting enough exercise. The people here love me and do their best to play with me and walk me as much as they can, but a shelter is no substitute for a home. Dogs were not meant to live in cages and I desperately want my own home. I've been to Basic Obedience classes and know how to mind my manners - walk nicely on leash, sit, stay, etc. I also go to Agility class on Sunday morning and I LOVE it!!!! I walk over ladders, run over an A frame and jump over obstacles. It's tons of fun and really helps burn my pent up energy and feel better. Will you consider adopting or even fostering me? I really need to get out of here because I'm so very unhappy and it's starting to effect me. Can you please help me? Contact Nancy at nsnowb@aol.com.

Texas. San Marcos. Dog Dies while Cop Writes Speeding Ticket. Officer Paul Stephens. Insensitive. Animal Cruelty by Neglect.

I am not being unjustly sarcastic when I say that a discerning outlook and an ability for critical thinking should be required of the person who receives a badge, a gun, and a police car from the state. The problem with people who complain about people who complain about the police is that they assume that the police forces are without their rotten apples. No wonder many citizens are resentful of police authority. Take for example Police Officer Paul Stephens of the San Marcos PD, Texas area. He'd rather write a speeding ticket than escort a car to its emergency destination. He was informed by the driver that a dog was choking to death in the car, and Officer Stephens' response was to take it easy because it was only a dog. The dog ultimately died, having spent its last remaining critical moments on hold while Officer Stephens concentrated on issuing a speeding ticket. It's a scary world, isn't it, when you have people who are suppose to help you, don't. Officer Stephens, instead, assured the owners that they could always get another dog in case this one died. He's suppose to serve the community, and he did not.

Those who are inclined to defend and excuse this officer's behaviour are as guilty of animal cruelty as the man himself. I don't blame the officer for stopping a vehicle that was speeding on the highway, but I do blame him for not serving the good of the public after he learned that an emergency was ongoing. Here's a link to the story:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/pets/officers_actions_as_dogwas_dying_anger_driver100.html

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sparta, New Jersey. Deer Hunt Planned. NJARA. August, 2008.

NJARA is trying to help a local activist in Sparta, New Jersey.

Please give Robert Comiskey your support, help, suggestions, etc. If you need more info, please contact Robert Comiskey directly at bigrob1956@juno.com.

The township of Sparta is planning on having a Deer Hunt in Open Space Land this year!

We are urging everyone, particularly residents of Sparta to speak out against the proposed hunt. Please bring friends. Please write - see below.

When: August 21, 2008
Where: Sparta Town Hall 65 Main Street Sparta, NJ 07871
Time: 7:30 PM

View Agenda

Talking Points:

1. Hunting is a dangerous activity that goes against the Township's mission statement (see below).
2. Deer hunting does not address car collisions & landscaping issues.
3. Deer hunting causes the population rate to go up as twins & triplets are born because the surviving deer have more food available to them, stimulating reproduction. This is the main reason, coupled with overdevelopment that has led to deer being seen in many communities. It is much wiser to allow mother nature to control the deer population.
4. Deer repellents, deer-resistant plants, fencing, reflectors are all solution-oriented methods available to help reduce deer-related concerns.
5. Contraception methods are on the horizon.
6. It's simple math. Approximately 99.4% of the population of NJ do not hunt. The non-hunting majority want a voice in wildlife decisions.
7. Tell them you will not vote for anyone who supports deer hunting.

Please send a short and polite note to each council member:

Mayor Brian L. Brady brian.brady@spartanj.org

Deputy Mayor Scott K. Seelagy sparta.council@spartanj.org

Councilman Manny Goldberg
mannygforsparta@hotmail.com
Councilman Jerry J. Murphy
sparta.council@spartanj.org
Councilman Michael J. Spekhardt, SR.
michael.spekhardt@spartanj.org

Please also write to: Virginia Mohr, Parks & Recreation Director
virginia.mohr@spartanj.org
Tel: 973-729-2383 Fax: 973-729-0795

Sparta's MISSION STATEMENT ( http://www.spartanj.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=30&TPID=3908 ) Sparta Township Parks and Recreation Department exists to provide and facilitate access to parks, recreation, cultural opportunities, and open space. Our staff members are committed to delivering the benefits of parks and recreation services including:

· Leisure time benefits of providing a wide variety of quality and introductory programs at affordable costs.
· Personal benefits of strengthening self-esteem and self-image, improving health and fitness, and reducing stress in an enjoyable atmosphere.
· Social benefits of building stronger families, creating community spirit, promoting opportunities to develop new friendships, and providing positive alternatives for all segments of the community.
· Environmental benefits of protecting and rehabilitating natural areas and open space, and contributing to overall community livability. We strive to provide parks and facilities which are safe and attractive and offer recreation programs which are enjoyable and meaningful. We look forward to working with other area agencies and departments to help enhance the overall quality of life. We believe in being honest, positive and responsive to the needs and interests of the public.


New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA)PO Box 174Englishtown, NJ 07726732-446-6808New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance is NJ's only statewide animal rights organization. NJARA has been advancing the rights of animals for 25 years through advocacy, public education and legislation. Visit us at www.NJ-ARA.org.

American Humane. Animal Rescue Emergency Training. Disaster Response.

Ever wonder who gets to go on animal rescue missions in disaster areas like New Orleans( Katrina ) and the recent flooding in the Midwest? Heck, I don't know myself and I am already a volunteer at an animal shelter. Well, the American Humane has put out an APB for those who are interested in becoming an emergency animal rescuer, in case a natural disaster strikes in their area.

The program is called Basic Animal Emergency Services Training. The tuition will be $85 for members and $100 for non-members. Training materials will be provided by the organization, and you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. You'll learn about animal first aid, shelter set up and response, incident command systems, plus others. Training has started in some areas, but here is the complete schedule:

Naples, FL -- July 26-27
Kansas City, MO -- Aug. 16-17
Altoona, PA -- Aug. 16-17
Dayton, OH -- Sept. 5-6
Pasadena, CA -- Sept. 12-13
Binghamton, NY -- Sept. 13-14
Milwaukee, SI -- Sept. 13-14
Anchorage, AK -- Oct. 17-18
Palm City/Stuart, FL -- Nov. 6-7

Here's the registration form:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Northern New Jersey. Dog for Adoption. Bassett Hound. Ralph.

Oh, you'll love Ralph. At the moment, he's my favorite at the shelter. Ralph came to the shelter approximately two months ago, a bit sick and lackluster. We know he's better now because he's turned into a playful and engaging dog. Ralph is about two years of age, and he craves for attention. I thought Basset Hounds were sleepy and unresponsive dogs ( my ignorance ), but Ralph is definitely not the case. Ralph loves his walks and he's got this little bounce in his gait while his ears swing accordingly. Ralph has a deep voice, and if you can't see who is barking you'd think it was a big dog. Definitely, definitely, Ralph deserves a forever home. He's loving and friendly. No aggression at all, but he gets a bit mouthy at a times. So, please check him out in person at the Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society .

Adopted! September 9, 2008.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Beijing Olympics. Chiness Fur Industry. Animal Cruelty. Amanda Beard Poses Nude in Protest.

Amanda Beard, American olympic swimmer, will go where others have gone before. She's going naked in protest against the fur industry. She'd rather go naked than wear fur. I can think of many athletes who waste their leadership roles and iconic figures on drugs, booze, and wild parties, and so it is quite refreshing to see someone step up for a good cause. She's beautiful, athletic, sexy, and possessing a social consciousness that we can all emulate.

Amanda said, "I have seen a lot of the videos, and [it] brings me to tears. "What [some people] think is pretty is actually something that's very gruesome and gross."
Here's a link to the photo shoot:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Beijing Olympics. Spain. Spanish Basketball Team. Crude and Insensitive. August 2008.

Can you believe this? In our day and age, as we progress as a global community, we find that neanderthals still walk the Earth. Somehow, these guys were left stranded on Ignorance Island, forlorn and forsaken, unable to expand their knowledge and understanding of the world. Yet, they made their way to the Olympics. I am quite surprised and disappointed that they hail from what was once the bastion of high culture, leader of the christian faith, the former ruler of the world. Man, what a disgrace. No one on the team objected to this demeaning gesture towards their host and Asians in general. Yahoo Sports reported that the Spaniards in Spain don't give a hoot about the racial putdown.


Jose Calderon, a team member and also a player for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA, just couldn't get it. He expressed his disbelief, “We did it because we thought it was going to be something nice, something with no problem...But somebody wants to talk about it. It is too much of a big deal with you guys (the media) and everybody talking about that.”

Ah, so it is the media who is at fault...Someone get this guy a mirror.

The Spanish team's head coach, Aíto García Reneses , also couldn't find his way out of his own ignorance. He said, " If I go to play with a taller team and I put here (raising up on the tips of his toes) it is not an offense...I can’t understand anything more. " Yep, I believe you, Aito. You really don't understand this one.

Here's the game-winner : Jose Luis Saez, president of the Spanish Basketball Federation, told CNN on Thursday that people just don't get it, that they are wrong to suggest the photograph has racist overtones. He said, "It's simply ridiculous...It was a gesture of affection and identification with the Chinese people." Holy Cow! Someone give this guy a wakeup call. Senor Saez, you have twisted sensibilities.

It should make us all wonder what this team would have done if the olympics were held in Africa.

But, wait. Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports reported on more...

In men's soccer in 2004, Spanish head coach Luis Aragones ordered his player Jose Antonio Reyes to “ tell that black (expletive) you are better than him.” That black (expletive) was Thierry Henry, a French player from Arsenal. When criticized, Aragones expressed surprise or incredulity at the uproar.

" At a Formula One motor racing testing session this year, a group of Spanish fans believed to be supporting home driver Fernando Alonso were pictured with their faces covered with black paint. They wore T-shirts with the slogan “Hamilton’s Family,” a reference to Alonso’s world title rival Lewis Hamilton, a black Englishman... Moreover, at an exhibition match in Madrid in 2004, several black members of the England men’s soccer team were subjected to monkey chants and whistles whenever they touched the ball."

Okay. I'll take back all that stuff I said about being the bastion of high culture.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

PETA. Humane Mouse Trap. Cruelty-free Solution.

Catching mice. For most people, the issue is cut and dry. A mouse trap catches them and that normally leads to their death via a quick snap of a lever or by a slow death on a sticky surface. Problem solved, or at least for the moment it is. Catching " vermin " is not that simple for those who love animals. It's a moral and philosophical dilemma, and it's not nitpicking. I hate painful and cruel animal trapping as much as I detest animal lab testing. We should employ a more humane way of capture and disposal. PETA is marketing a humane mouse trap for only $11.00. It's reusable and clean, but you need to relocated the trapped mice. Here's the webpage for this product:

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Indiana, USA. Subaru. Champion of the Environment.

I just have to share this factoid with you guys. Did you know that the Subaru plant in Indiana, USA has not produced any manufacturing trash, or waste, for three years now? Yep, no trash has left the building. The trash was recyled or used to produce energy. That's while the plant manufactured approximately 100,000 PZEV ( partial zero emissions vehicle ) Subarus. The plant is the birthplace of many Subaru vehicles like the Outbacks, Legacys, and Forresters. A PZEV vehicle produces 90% less emissions than other vehicles. So, what we've got here is a plant that produces environmentally friendly vehicles plus it in itself is environmentally friendly. Wait, there's more: the area around the Indiana plant is a designated wildlife habitat and home to all sorts of wildlife including coyotes, herons, ducks, and whatever. That's virtually a home run with bases loaded for the environment. Thanks Subaru!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Broomfield, Colorado. Society of Gynecological Oncologist. Animal Mutilation. Animal Cruelty. Pig Lab Cancelled.

Some good news. First, let it be said that I am as swift and decisive in bringing good news as bad news. the Society of Gynecological Oncologists planned a surgical meeting this week in Broomfield, Colorado which included a " Pig Lab " for August 7. What is a pig lab? Well, essentially, it's a lab session wherein surgical tools will be tried on innocent and unsuspecting pigs. I reckon the session was meant to show off the efficacy of the tools manufactured by Covidien Electrosurgery, the bio-medical company formerly known as ValleyLab. I will leave it up to your imagination what a gynecological society and a tools manufacturer can do the live and unwilling animals with their tools. Think mutilation.

Well, Farm Sanctuary has informed us the that Society of Gynecological Oncologists will forgo the Pig Lab experiments in reaction to the many phone calls and emails sent to them by our fellow animal lovers. The society, however, stated that the use of live animals to to demonstrate medical equipment is still legal. This is a small victory for animal rights, but a victory nevertheless. The Society of Gynecological Oncologists deserves some praise for their 180 degree turnaround on the Pig Lab.

Farm Sanctuary, the dedicated and tireless champion of farm animal rights that they are, would like to further pursue this issue with our respective legislators. Here is their webpage concerning this effort:

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Beijing Olympics. Animal Cruelty. Chinese Fur Farms.

So, you like the Olympics eh? I tell ya, the Chinese fur farms can win a gold medal in cruelty. Animals are skinned alive. Their heads and neck stomped on by heartless workers, and their furless bodies thrown unto a heap to join other skinned animals. What a way to live and die. I wish Beijing never won the bidding for this year's Olympics, and I will not watch a single event in protest. Here is an undercover video taken in Chinese fur farms, and it is not for the faint-hearted:


Pledge to go fur-free at PETA.org.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

California. Proposition 2. Humane Treatment of Farm Animals. November, 2008.


Have you ever heard of Proposition 2? Well, come Nov. 4 2008, voters in California will be deciding to help farm animals get a better life or not. The proposition, if accepted, would add a chapter to Division 20 of California's Health and Safety Code. It will disallow the confinement of certain farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to freely turn around, lie down, stand up, or fully extend their limbs. The measure concerns three types of confinement. They are veal crates, battery cages, and sow gestation crates. This act would become operative on January 1, 2015, if the voters approve it. Similar laws have been passed in other states like Florida (Amendment 10), Arizona (Proposition 204), Oregon (SB 694), and Colorado (SB 201).

As far as I am concerned, I can't think of any reason why someone would not support this proposition unless they are in the business and the new law will require them to spend more money on the very animals who give them a profit. Yes, the animals are worth the extra buck because they are sentient beings. It is not odd behaviour to care about the animals.

You can get more information from Californians for Humane Farms:

Monday, August 04, 2008

Subaru. Rejects Live Animals in Ads. Joins Puma and Honda.

What a coincidence. I have been seriously considering buying a Subaru Outback 2008, and today I learned that PETA had been after the company for using apes in their advertisements. I seldom watch television and so I haven't seen the ads, but PETA reported that Subaru used a chimpanzee dressed in trunks and carrying a clipboard in a recent limited-edition spot for its Small Tent, Big Event Sale. The ad also included a live deer. PETA's Kristie Phelps, who focuses on animals in entertainment for the advocacy group, sent a letter to Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer for Subaru who reacted favorably to the notice.

PETA requested Mahoney to watch a video narrated by actress Anjelica Huston. It details the abuses suffered by great apes who are forcibly taken from their mothers as babies, beaten up during training. They are then warehoused at about age eight when they become too strong for human handlers.

Evidently, Subaru executives called a meeting and decided to stop using the apes for their ads. Phelps argues that “There is simply no way to train chimps and orangutans without domination and fear... Many of the chimps we see in films wind up living in cramped, filthy cages.” Subaru joins Puma and Honda in not using apes in their advertising campaigns.

What can companies do instead of using live animals? Well, there is computer-generated imagery. PETA cites that this modern imagery was used in “Jurassic Park” and the remake of “King Kong” without entailing animal form of animal cruelty.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Cocoa, Florida. Christine Dawn Abrams. Starved her Dog to Death.

The face of evil. Too harsh? Well, listen to this: Christine Dawn Abrams, 29 yrs, abandoned her German Shepherd for two months without food or water. Ella, the dog, was locked in a metal cage in her former home and Abrams never came back to check on her. Two months? That's probably when the dead dog was discovered. It could not have lived two months without food or water. Why the abandonment? Apparently, Abrams lost her home. But, she did not have to lose her dog. Abram's logic, evidently, equated Ella with the home. Leave home, leave dog. Twisted logic, it is. However, why lock the dog up in a cage when you know she won't have a chance to live? Why not take Ella to a shelter, or offer her to a friend? There's where evilness comes in. She actually admitted to police that she knew her actions would lead to the dog's death. I am sorry. I might have misled you to think that Abrams moved to a far away place. In reality, Abrams moved only six miles away. Read more about this case here:


Ella

UPDATE : Oct. 29, 2008 http://petloverstips.com/ForTheLoveoftheDog/news-updates/evidence-stays-christine-abrams-changes-plea#more-2270

UPDATE : December 2008 : Abrams' sentence came to eight months in the Brevard County Jail, twelve months of supervised probation jail, pay a of five thousand dollars plus the cost of the prosecution and the investigation. Then, eighty hours of community service and she can't possess animals during the period of her probation. That should have been NEVER to possess an animal again.