Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
CNN's Fareed Zakaria perspicaciously points out in a CNN interview why McCain's choice of Sarah Palin is fundamentally irresponsible. It behooves you to read Zakaria's arguments HERE
Friday, September 26, 2008
Philippines. Romeo. Dog in Need of Surgery. Donations Requested. Philippine Animal Welfare Society. September 2008.
This appeal is being sent out to the local communities in the Philippiines and also overseas, as in this case. If this fracture is not corrected, Romeo will be walking with a horrible limp for the rest of his life plus the pain will continue to hurt him. I will do my share, and I hope that some of you will also take pity on Romeo
PNB Current Account No. 072-830174-0
PNB Branch: PNB Financial Center (Main Branch)
-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) "
Thursday, September 25, 2008
" My fur Coat, " it's one of those phrases that makes my blood boil, usually uttered by a slave to high fashion, obviously seeking attention and praise. It makes me wish that a discreetly sized aerosol can, bright orange, was within reach. How wonderful it would be to see the mist fly, and hear the woozing sound of the spray...High fashion does not justify the skinning and killing of innocent animals for their fur. Below is PETA's latest video on the problem of fur coats. If you haven't seen videos of this sort, be warned. Gruesome images will follow, and they can upset you. But that is the nature of the beast. It's a cruel business, and you should at least see what really goes on in the fur trade, at least once. Here it is:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
PETA has awarded Vivisector of the Month for August 2008 to Dr. Marina Picciotto of Yale University. For outstanding achievement in the field of pain and suffering, Dr. Marina Picciotto clinched the title ahead of her closest competitor, from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, resident and Wake Forest assistant professor Allyson Bennett . Professor Allyson Bennet's work also involves uncommon cruelty to monkeys, rats and mice. PETA reported that approximately 1,500 monkeys are housed at Wake Forest, and federal funding is abundant. So, pain and suffering will continue even if many experts emphasized that results from animal experimentation are at best unreliable. As for the award, the field is crowded but there are only two finalists and Picciotto reigned supreme.
PETA referred to the two finalists as an " all girl lineup. " Actually, this reminded me of Hillary and Sarah but their work and records are very public, not secretive and intentionally lacking openness. Let's be fair to Bennett and Piscciotto. Animal experimentation is gruesome and merciless. Wouldn't you, yourself, ply your trade covertly if it resulted to animals hideously deformed, paralyzed, made sick, and then cut up like bread? Well, most of us wouldn't be in that business to begin with.
If the experimentation was open to the public, vivisectors would be out of business. Public outcry will be greater because the true extent of animal suffering will be very evident. Ambiguities and double speak will not cut the mustard. The sight of helpless, captive, and miserable animals rattling around cages, or strapped down for drilling, injection, cutting, or burning will be too much to bear for any decent human being. Covert operations, the name of the game. But how can they do that when they are using our tax dollars? We should be able to go in there, film the horrific practices, and expose the cruelty. Again, it's our tax dollars. Why does PETA have to resort to undercover video?
I predict that Bennett will win the award in the future, but the month of August belongs to Marina whose piece de resistance " involved giving monkeys Kool-Aid mixed with liquid nicotine as a sole source of fluid, with the amount of nicotine ingested by one monkey nearly reaching the equivalent of smoking 17 packs of cigarettes per day. " (PETA)
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Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-446-6808 to let us know how you can help.And don't forget, if you still have any gifts to donate, let us know!Janine----------------------
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PO Box 174 Englishtown, NJ 07726
New 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.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
You may not recognize me now so I'm sending my old photos way down below just to help you recall who I am. I myself don't want to remember how I ended up on that tiny shoulder in the Shaw Tunnel two months ago.
My rescuer from PAWS says I was severely dehydrated when she got me.
I'm still a bit scrawny but, hey, my ears are a lot cleaner now, and I really am quite a handsome fellow if you look at me closely.
I am currently staying at my foster mum's place where I am immensely enjoying lazy afternoons by my window "station". My foster mum says I shouldn't make myself too comfortable because someone will eventually adopt me and give me what she calls a "forever-home"
"Forever home" sounds nice. Whatever or wherever that is.
If you give me this "forever home", I promise to love you and keep you company even during the darkest episodes of your life. Abandonment is something I would not wish on anyone.. My next owner and I will have a relationship that's definitely for keeps.
Take that as a promise from a kitty who's been in a dark, scary tunnel.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES)
QUEZON CITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . .) S.S.
Ako si JUAN DE LA CRUZ, nasa hustong gulang na, at naninirahan sa ***** EP Village, Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, matapos manumpa ayon sa batas, ay nagpapahayag ng mga sumusunod:
1. Nuong ika-10 ng Disyembre, 2006, mga bandang alas 10:00 pasado ng umaga, ako ay nasa bahay ng lolo at lola ko sa Bataan St., UP Village, Quezon City.
2. Kami ng aking pinsan na si Roberto “Atoy” Mendez ay nagpipinta ng mga rehas at gate sa may bandang labas ng bahay ng aming lolo at lola.
3. Nang dumating ang isa pa naming pinsan na si Joseph at binuksan ang gate, and aso naming si “Blacky” ay biglang nakapuslit at tumakbo patungo sa park.
4. Dahil alam ko na bawal ang pagala-galang aso sa UP Village ay agad kong tinawag si “Blacky”.
5. Huminto naman at sumunod si “Blacky” at ito ay bumalik kaagad na papauwi sa aming bahay.
6. Nang malapit na si “Blacky” sa aming gate, nagulat na lang ako sa tunog ng putok ng isang “air gun”.
7. Napalingon ako sa pinanggalingan ng putok sa may Bataan St., UP Village, Quezon City, at aking nakita ang nakatirang tao duon na si ATTY. SANTOS na may hawak na “air rifle”.
8. Walang kaduda-duda na si ATTY. SANTOS ang namaril dahil siya ay may hawak na “air rifle”.
9. Ineksamin namin ng mabuti si "Blacky” at nakita naming tumutulo ang dugo sa likuran ng aso bandang sa may puwet.
10. Hindi ko alam and dahilan kung bakit binaril ni Atty. SANTOS si “Blacky” samantalang wala naman ang aso sa kaniyang bakuran, at hindi naman siya nito inaangilan para kagatin.
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11. Nagsumbong kami agad kay lola na sumugod naman sa barangay upang magsumbong sa barangay.
12. Patuloy lamang ang aming pag-obserba sa aso hanggang kinabukasan, ngunit napansin namin na wala siyang ganang kumain, matamlay, hirap maglakad at namumula ang mga mata.
13. Dinala namin si “Blacky” sa beterenaryo na kung saan nakuha sa kaniyang sugat sa puwetan ang bala ng “air gun”.
14. Kami ay mga responsableng mga may-ari ng mga aso at hindi naming pinababayaang gumala ang mga ito sa kalsada.
15. Ako ay gumawa ng sinumpaang salaysay na ito upang sabihin ang tutuo at upang patotohanan ang reklamo ng aking pinsan na si Roberto "Atoy" Mendez laban kay Atty. SANTOS na lumabag sa REPUBLIC ACT 8485 - ANIMAL WELFARE ACT.
Juan De La Cruz
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ___th day of February, 2008, at Quezon City, Metro Manila. I FURTHER CERTIFY that I personally examined the affiant and I am satisfied that he read and understood his statements and that he freely and voluntarily executed the same.
Now, for ongoing cases of cruelty, like a dog slaughter taking place, you can call 117. This number 117 is the official Patrol number to report crimes. It wasn't too long ago that the police, when called at 117, reponded only to crimes against humans. But you can call 117 to report cases of animal cruelty as well, just as PAWS has done many times over. Animal cruelty is undoubtedly a crime, an offense of Section 6 of Republic Act 8485. PAWS has had many good responses to their calls. You have to be forceful and clearly inform the officer that animal cruelty is a crime, and they have to send someone to the scene of the crime. Ask for the officer's name and tell them you will call back for an update. Remember, an animal's life or well-being will depend on the urgency of your call. Insist that they take action on the basis of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act.
If the case involves a wild animal, find out if the owner has CWR or WFP to keep the animal by calling up DENR-NCR . Tel 4352509 (lina). DENR requests that they be given the names and numbers of the barangay within the area as well so that they can act swiftly on the matter. Photos taken will be extremely helpful as well.
I hope this helps. Also, please remember that nothing is better than taking immediate personal action against animal cruelty. Time is very important and critical, and in many cases you can intervene and save the animal. Declare that animal cruelty is unlawful and the) Philippine Animal Welfare Act protects animals from cruelty.
It's my first transport, and I was pretty eager to get on with it. My ride took me from Montvale, New Jersey to Danbury, Connecticut, a distance of 60 miles and approximately an hour of driving. I took possession of Pharoh at the last rest stop on the Garden State Parkway North from a guy name Tony who drove up from Mount Holly, New Jersey, a drive of approximately 94 miles ( 1 hr. and 45 mins. ). At my destination, I handed off Pharoh to Katie who took Pharoh 123 miles ( 2 hrs ) to northern Massachusetts where Pharoh's new human companions picked him up and drove him to Vermont, covering another 136 miles. And, you can add our respective return trips to the overall mileage. Can you believe it? We did this for free, a purely altruistic endeavour, for Pharoh and the good people who decided to take him into their lives.
Oh, before I let you go, we let Pharoh out of his crate and walked him in Danbury and he was the most lovable, playful, funny, tumbling, little pookin dog! He rolled over several times for a tummy rub, and played catch with a plastic cup. Have a good life, sweetie!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
" Piolo was rescued from a pound who reportedly did not regularly feed or water the dogs under their care. Indeed, Piolo was positively skeletal when he arrived at the shelter a month ago. Despite his emaciation, Piolo was the happiest, friendliest, and sweetest dog you could meet. He was happy to meet everyone and would play with anyone. His indomitable spirit made him an instant shelter favorite with volunteers and visitors. Though a new dog, he has already completed the necessary vaccinations and is ready for adoption. Piolo's new forever-family would be very very lucky to have such a sweet dog. " More photos of Pioli : http://mayangelafelix.multiply.com/photos/album/28
" Jerby was abandoned along with another dog by his former family, when the family had to leave the country and unable to take their dogs along with them. A PAWS shelter denizen since November 2007, he is considered by most PAWS volunteers to be the sweetest dog in the shelter. His companion was lucky to have been adopted already, a few months back. A lot of PAWS shelter adopters neglect to choose Jerby maybe because he is not as attractive as the other shelter dogs. But what Jerby lacks in appearance, he more than makes up for in heart. Already neutered, Jerby is ready to go home with a new forever-family who would be lucky to have this very sweet and loyal companion. "
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Sarah Palin. A Political Liability. Shoots Animals. Mat Damon Deplores Palin's VP Selection. Foresees Disaster in Washington.
Sarah Palin doesn't even know what the Bush Doctrine is about, as evinced in her interview with Charles Gibson. Remember, unlike us, she is running to become the VP of the USA. Virtually, Palin is running for President by dint of McCain's old heart. This is essentially the gist of Mat Damon's comments. Palin did her best to fudge it, but her ignorance was transparent even when she tried to drown Gibson in a blizzard of words. Saying that she's ready doesn't mean that Palin is actually so. Palin's qualification for foreign affairs, according to John McCain, is that Alaska borders Russia. Really? Does living in New Jersey endow me with profound experience and deep understanding of Pennsylvania then? Putin would have a field day with Palin, and we don't have to help McCain put us in a situation like that. Ok, but never mind what I think. Let's listen to what Mat Damon thinks ; he's entitled to his opinion:
Friday, September 12, 2008
Proposition 2 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposition_2
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER, BASS WILL STILL BE THERE FOR PIZZA SINCE THE CLUBHOUSE HAS BEEN RENTED FOR THE EVENING.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Did you know that Gov. Palin proposed paying a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf? Why, because wolves prey on moose and Gov. Palin is a moose hunter at the least.
What kind of human being will offer money to have animals killed so that she can have more animals to shoot?
But wait, there's more. Did you know that Sarah Palin approved a $400,000 state-funded propaganda campaign to promote aerial hunting? You betcha.
Gov. Palin's stand on life is contradictory, hypocritical, and shameless moral double standard. On what other issues is she playing both sides of the street? Should I dare say a Bridge to Nowhere? Now, there's a political double standard. Look it up.
Palin, however, is consistent in her assault on what makes America beautiful. Her drill, drill, drill is also kill, kill, kill. We need people in Washington who have sympathy for animal welfare and respect for our natural treasures and resources. And yes, opposing Palin is thinking of our " Country First. " Please do not support the McCain-Palin ticket. They are the wrong choice for our country for many other reasons: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rosen.palin/index.html
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The choice of Palin was about ideology, and not meant for the good of our country. Most certainly, it was to appease the conservatives who have been lukewarm in their support for McCain. So, after all that " Country First " mantra, John, it was party first before country. You'd rather win an election than see the best possible people in the White House. But wait, there's more. You judged that Palin would be the lure to attract Hillary supporters to cross the line. So, are we to relate Palin with Hillary, see a connection and breath a sigh of relief? I think those Vietnamese guards beat you too much, John. That's like linking a dolphin with a tadpole. The only similarity this Palin has with Hillary are body parts. I have crossed party lines for you, John McCain, but not for Palin. Thanks to this mooseburger aficionado, I am a democrat once more. Talk about fixing something that wasn't broken in the first place.
John, listen to me. You don't want the White House. You're against drilling, but Palin is for it. You have and enjoy the company of many animals, but Palin loves to kill them. You claim to be a maverick, but you voted over 90% of the time with George W. Bush. Clearly, you don't know which direction to go. If you want to go nowhere, don't take the country with you.
Palin placed a bounty for every Alaskan wolf killed so that there will be more moose left to be hunted and shot. To increase the odds against the animals, Palin supported the aerial hunting of wild animals and argued with the Bush Administration that polar bears should not be on the endangered list. John, you are on the endangered list yourself. With your advanced age, a great deal of uncertainty will overshadow your term as a President. No doubt, Palin stands ready to take advantage. People are concerned. Don't you realize that Palin's appointment as your VP adds up to an early Christmas gift to Obama? Hello, wake up. This is not a Vietnamese guard speaking to you, but an American. Perhaps, with all the twists and turns in this election year, the good Lord has decided that Obama is really what is good for us at this point in history.
Sorry, John. I think you've made a grave mistake with Palin. Palin is the skunk in my garden party, and I am left with no good choices but to go with lesser evil. Some might argue that Obama isn't such a bad choice after all. He's young, well-educated, a family man, willing to make changes, and not extreme. No one challenges his decency. I am willing to give a decent man a chance.
Above all, I hate people who shoot animals.
Retiring Republican Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia on the GOP : "The Republican brand is so bad right now that if it were a dog food, they'd take it off the shelf."
Bear Photo by STEPHEN NOWERS / Anchorage Daily News