Thursday, December 31, 2009
People don't even want to sit on a park bench that is dirty, but they will eat meat whose past is unknown to them.
We, as a species, must be incredibly stupid. Most animals will check out their food by sniffing at it, but we go right in and put it in our mouths, presuming, trusting, that all is well from live cow to ceramic plate. Meat is cruel. It is unhealthy. It is unchristian. There are no accounts of Christ eating meat. Always bread and wine.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
We must ask, whose bright idea was it to use live animals and what is in it for the town of Scotch Plains? Is it that the town officials keep score and the live animals make their display better than the others? Bragging rights at the expense of animal welfare is despicable.
Since this live display has become a tradition, fifty years, it will take a strong will to stand up to a flawed tradition. Mayor Nancy Malool, Deputy Mayor Jeffrey Strauss, and Council members Domick Bratti, Mary DePaola, and Kevin Glover don't seem to have it. They would rather seek the safety and comfort that traditions provide than courageously confront the error and stop the abuse of animals. Evidently, they don't know their gospels either or else they wouldn't put any animals, ceramic or real, in a city-funded religious display. It's kinda scary to have people in elected positions of power and authority who can't get a biblical story right, isn't it? But they want to be seen in church as pious worshippers. Politicians who spend other people's money and tout themselves as judicious individuals should do better than this.
PLEASE SEND LETTERS URGING SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ TO DISCONTINUE ITS LIVE NATIVITY
The lack of care for the animals (and the possible danger to the public), is detailed below. The Mayors (past and present) have refused to meet with concerned citizens since we first approached them during 12/07.
PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING (POLITELY):
**** NOTE: Please send copies of your letters to me, Susan Gordon, at http://firstname.lastname@example.org , so I have a record of the correspondence sent to the town. Thank you!
(1). Mayor Nancy Malool (I include 3 separate e-mail addresses for her—use them all), Deputy Mayor Jeffrey Strauss, and CouncilMembers Dominick Bratti, Mary DePaola, and Kevin Glover
FAX: (908) 322-8678
http://email@example.com ; http://us.mc396.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=MayorMalool@scotchplainsnj.com; http://firstname.lastname@example.org; http://email@example.com
http://us.mc396.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=DBratti@scotchplainsnj.com ; http://us.mc396.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=MDepaola@scotchplainsnj.com; http://firstname.lastname@example.org
SEE HER LETTER TO US, INSULTINGLY DISMISSING OUR CONCERNS, DIRECTLY BELOW THE CONTACTS. And, see below, the information that we had provided to the Mayor, prior to her letter, which disputes all of her claims.
* There is little hope that politicians so little-concerned about the animals or the public, will stop this year’s event, but let’s do all we can to convince them to replace, in the future, events that harm animals with humane events that truly celebrate the Christmas season.
* Feel free to make suggestions to them, on alternative holiday displays, whether animal neutral (such as a nativity without live animals) or ones that will actually benefit animals (such as collecting supplies and donations for local companion animal rescue groups or for the For the Animals Sanctuary.
* Ask them if they are prepared for the financial liability should a child be injured or made ill by the animals? Or if there is a car accident caused by the animals again escaping? Is this a risk that taxpayers will want the town to assume?
* Ask why they are so attached to a display that angers and saddens so many individuals and groups, during what should be a season of peace.
(2). The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association
CONTACT them from: http://www.visitscotchplains.com/contact.php3
Let them know that as long as events that use animals are held, you will not spend your shopping dollars in Scotch Plains. I spoke to one of their representatives, last year, and he was disinterested in seeing any of my documentation.
(3). Send letters to the editor, including, but not limited to, the below:
(a). The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times: http://email@example.com
(b). The Star Ledger http://firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MAYOR, IGNORING OUR CONCERNS
From: Mayor Nancy Malool
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:53 PM
Subject: manger animals
I received your emails, but have not had the opportunity to set up a meeting as I have been consumed with issues that involve the welfare of our human residents. I am not unsympathetic to animals and would not be involved in anything that I believe to be abusive. The manger scene has been a tradition in Scotch Plains for more than 50 years. Cloverland Farm has been providing us with the animals for many of those years and I have spoken with the owner who assured me that we were providing adequate care. The animals are being cared for by both our Dept. of Public Works employees and our police. According to our DPW director, the manger animals were safe, warm and fed throughout the evening on Saturday during the snowstorm and an added tarp was put in place as a wind screen. The heater for the water was working on Sat. afternoon; I actually checked it myself.
We provide a standard of care that is at least equal to that provided at the farm. The owner of the animals would not continue to let us keep them if they were being treated well. If you still have an issue with how the animals are being treated, I urge you to contact their owners at Cloverland at email@example.com. If the owners agree that we need to change the way we are sheltering or feeding the animals, then I will be sure to institute the changes.
Thank you for your concern.
Mayor, Scotch Plains
For over 2 years, activists have tried, unsuccessfully, to meet with the Mayor, to no avail. Residents opposed to the live nativity, who have approached the town, have also met with no interest in their concerns.
First, we repeatedly approached then-Mayor Martin Marks (who ran for Assembly this past election and lost), who ignored our concerns. For the past year, we have repeatedly contacted current Mayor Nancy Malool (Mayor since 1/09), who barely paid lip service to our concerns.
We provided Mayor Malool with letters from (a). retired Reverend Frank Hoffman (stating that such cruelty is not in keeping with Jesus’ teachings) and (b). Debbie Kowalski, of the For the Animals Sanctuary ( http://www.fortheanimalssanctuary.org/), who stated that the conditions for the animals do not meet what her sanctuary would consider even minimal standards.
In addition, we provided a press release from the Centers for Disease Control, educating the public to the dangers to children from contact with farmed animals at such public events.
We also advised her that: (a). the Vice Chancellor for Administration for the ArchDiocese of Newark (which covers Scotch Plains), Deacon Joseph A. Dwyer, Jr., stood behind our efforts to stop the live nativity, and that he was willing to either join us in meeting with the Mayor (his schedule permitting) or to provide a written statement, (b). I had been advised by a Scotch Plains teacher that many of the students at her school were upset by the obvious cruelty of the live nativity, (c). several Scotch Plains residents had contacted me, in opposition to the live nativity, (d). we had been told, by a Scotch Plains police officer that the animals had escaped twice, from their enclosure, in 2007, and could easily cause an accident on the busy, main street or the nearby very busy highway, and (e). the For the Animals Sanctuary had been willing to give sanctuary to the calf, which would have generated positive publicity for the town.
So, apparently the humans whom Mayor Malool was too busy looking after, to meet with us, do not include the school children and adult residents opposed to the display or religious leaders who find the spectacle at odds with the Christmas spirit. Or the Scotch Plains school crossing guard who tried various channels to make changes, and got nowhere.
The following are the conditions that we have observed, during 2007, 2008 and 2009.
All three years, the exploited animals consisted of a calf, 2 sheep, and 2 goats. They are surrounded by a locked, wooden picket fence, about 4 feet high, enclosing an area about 20 feet X 30 feet. The only shelter is the wooden manger (entirely open at the front, with a shallow roof and sides), which is barely big enough for all of the animals to sleep in, at the same time. Malicious individuals could easily throw dangerous materials into the enclosure or jump the fence and harm the animals. I found and removed a pacifier from the enclosure.
Even on the rare (if, at all) occasions that the animals are well-cared for, while at such events, live nativity scenes and petting zoos should be banned. The frightened animals, rented for such events, are generally trucked from locality to locality, during the heat of summer and the cold of winter, to be manhandled and gawked at, only to end their days in slaughter-houses.
Bringing hay to the animals, and monitoring their safety, gave us the opportunity to talk to members of the public who came to look at the animals, frequently with their young children. Without exception, everyone we spoke to came to look because they love animals, and were shocked and dismayed to learn the truth about these cruel displays.
2007: There was a thin layer of hay (wet from melting snow and rain) on the ground, but NO bedding, whatsoever. There was very little hay for the animals to eat (virtually none on 12/23, the first day we went). The small food trough was too small to hold a day’s food for even one animal. Parker Gardens, a local garden center, compassionately donated 6 bales of hay to us, for the animals. We were not aware of the live nativity until several days after it started. We went there every day, for the remaining days (including Christmas Eve and Christmas) to check on them and give them the donated hay.
I showed the photos of the animals to Debbie Kowalski, a nurse who runs For the Animals Sanctuary in Blairstown, NJ ( http://fortheanimalssanctuary.org/), a sanctuary that has saved, and provides a permanent home to, cows, goats, pigs, and chickens. Ms. Kowalski said that the calf (estimated to be 2 months old—see his photo below) should have been with his mother. At the VERY least, he should have been in a barn. The sanctuary houses their now grown, rescued cows in a heated barn, but this baby, and the sheep and goats, were outside, 24/7, with no real shelter. Ms. Kowalski said that what Cloverland Farms (which supplies the animals to the town) was instructing, to Scotch Plains, as care for the animals, is totally insufficient for even minimal care. I shared her letter with Mayor Malool. As Mayor Malool’s letter indicates, she does not care what a sanctuary, as opposed to a business that uses animals, considers minimal care—and we were not urging minimal, or even maximum, care, but an end to animal-exploitative events.
As stated above, a Scotch Plains Police officer told us that the animals had escaped on 2 occasions and had to be rounded up, endangering the animals and local drivers. This live nativity is on a main street (Park Ave) and is ½ mile from VERY busy Rt. 22 (especially during this holiday shopping season).
2008: While Mayor Malool made a very minimal attempt to respond to our concerns (which Mayor Marks did not)—e-mails from the town attorney, attempting to assure us that the animals were cared for, she did not address the real issue: such events should not be held, at all.
2009: There was very minimal bedding available. The calf was lying on a small amount of bedding, barely the size of his body, out in the open, on the snow (in the fenced enclosure, outside of the manger). The other animals were huddled in the manger, on the only other bedding available. School children were shrieking at the frightened animals. As mentioned in the beginning of the alert, the animals were on display during a bad snow storm on 12/19. The witness felt the manger might not be big enough for the calf, who remained outside, lying on the snow, during her 2 visits, the weekend of the snow storm. One 12/19, she found the water frozen, and at 4 or 5:00, when it had started to snow, and was bitter cold, the tarp was not yet up. Another witness saw the tarp being removed the next day.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Is it sufficient compensation when the man who shot your dog is ordered to do 100 hours of community service, a year's probation, pay for vet bills and cremation ($4000) resulting from his harmful and criminal act? According to Denis and Sarah Scheele of Annapolis, that isn't enough.
The culprit is 76-yr old Lewis Dustin ( Vine Street, Northfield, Vermont ) who shot the Scheele's dog, Shadow, with an air gun when it wandered into Dustin's lawn. The Scheeles were visiting relatives in Vermont. This stupid, old man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after claiming he didn't mean to kill the dog, that he meant to shoot its rear end and not its heart. Well, why don't we just forget it then! It's all perfectly acceptable. Dustin only meant to shoot the dog in the ass! A little scratch here and there and things should be alright. I get it now; I get it.
The Scheeles argued that the loss of a companion pet like Shadow isn't like losing inanimate personal property. True, dogs love us back unlike cars, furniture, clothes, or television sets. Animals are sentient beings, and they react very much like us in terms of fear, pain, happiness, loneliness, expectation, and gratitude. The pain of losing a loved one, including an animal, is more than the loss of chattel property. When someone kills our pet, we've lost a personal relationship, a partner in life, and their premature departure ushers in a period, sometimes years-long, of depression and agony. This is the gist of the Scheeles' lawsuit. In my book, that's murder. No decision is expected until after Spring of 2010.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The photos below tell you the story of a dog who ran for its life, and found the only safe refuge in a sewer. This dog reportedly ran away from some guys who intended to slaughter it for its meat. Horrible, horrible stuff. If God had a drop box for suggestions, I would implore the almighty God to endow all animals a natural element, a cell or pigmentation, or whatever, that would make them inedible to humans. Now, that would be the only true God! I am still waiting.
A kind-hearted citizen had been trying to reach members of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for hours. Unfortunately, PAWS was out rescuing animals from the floods that typhoon Ondoy brought to the Metro Manila area. Upon their return around midnight, they received the information about this dog in Banawe. It has been said many times over, no rest for the weary. No time for a break because an animal is in distress. We don't need to convince PAWS about it, really. At about 11pm, in a beat up PAWS van, volunteers Joe Claret, John Tangkeko, Karla Garcia and PAWS staff Doc Wil Almoro, Anna Cabrera and Cha Laxamana arrived at Banawe.
As it turned out, this midnight rescue lasted till sunrise because the dog could not be coaxed to come out of the sewer. Can we blame the terrified dog? How is it to know who is a dog-eater and who isn't? One of the photos shows a PAWS volunteer actually entering the sewer to get a better grip at the dog. Well, they finally succeeded and brought the dog to PAWS headquarters where it was bathed and blow dried. I reckon at this point the dog already realized that she was in good hands. They named the dog Carlee in honor of the two female volunteers, Charlene and Karla, who crawled into the sewer to rescue her.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I reckon men who are vegans can have a field day with this poster, but it will be one of those unsubstantiated claims reminiscent of PETA's ad about vegetarians having better sex. But, in reality, this poster reminds us that they are chicks behind those boiled or fried eggs. And for those who can't make this equation, remember that a diet heavy with eggs could translate into arteries with plaque. As a vegetarian, I consider myself a lumpen vegan, short two yards of the required ten. I still wear leather shoes and a leather belt although they are holdouts from the past, just like my leather jacket which I refuse to wear anymore. And my expensive leather portfolio? That one is in the closet, replaced by a nylon shoulder bag. Look closer and we will find an abundance of animal products in our daily lives.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
As for those Thanksgiving dinners of the past, my family opted to served some Filipino dishes at home, sometimes partaking in a Japanese buffet or some Italian cuisine minus the yams, the cranberry sauce, and the bird. All these done in the spirit of giving thanks for the good life we have enjoyed so far. Let there be no one to accuse me of being a lesser American because I chose to give thanks in a non-traditional way. America culture is ever-changing because her demographics are ever-changing. Diversity is our strength, and not our liability. Since I became an animal rights proponent, it has become even clearer how absurd some traditions are...
Friday, November 20, 2009
The specifics for Manhattan:
11/27/09 – FUR FREE FRIDAY –
Meet at Lord & Taylor 424 5th Ave by 38th Street 1:00 – 1:15
March to Macy's 151 West 34th Street between 7th & Broadway
Protest starts at 1:30 and goes to 3:00pm
This year is the 1st Annual FFF Costume Contest
Come Dressed As Your FAVORITE Fur Covered Animal
We know, it's hard to choose!
And then, there is a gathering of animal rights proponents in Red Bank, New Jersey on Saturday, Nov. 28th, to protest at Winter Furs at 43 Monmouth Street. That's going to be between 1 and 4 pm. Activists are invited to gather from 12pm in the Municipal Lots near and around Wallace Street for discussion and review codes of conduct. Then, the group will walk over together at 12:50pm - No payment needed for municipal parking on weekends. Contact: Anthony at (732)-693-9044 for more info.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
But wait. There's more. With Spain in their cross hairs, Ringling hoped for a better reception there. But again, Ringling was forced to call off its visit to Valencia, Spain. All dressed up and no place to go. Well, they can return home to the United States where the federal case against them is still in the judge's hands. That case is about violating the Endangered Species Act by chaining and beating the Asian elephants. If the decision comes down on the side of the plaintiffs, Barnum must give up their bullhooks and their chains, and their unventilated boxcars and so on. It's like being strong-armed into a certain level of humanity.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
50 billion animals suffer for meat, milk and eggs. They are cruelly confined, mutilated, burned, condemned to a life of degradation, loneliness, pain, and terror of slaughter. Most spend their lives unable to turn around or spread their wings. Most never see the sun. Most never leave their cages except to die.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Humane Euthanasia Bill (NY A. 999B) became law last October 9th when Governor Paterson signed it after laying dormant for nearly a year. The prime movers of this bill were the ASPCA, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and their respective staff. God bless them. They just made this world a better place. The law, however, takes effect a year from now. The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they are turning. The ASPCA provided us with the provisions of the law:
(1) Prohibit carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide poisoning (gassing) of stray and shelter animals (effective in 90 days).
(2) Require that the euthanasia of stray and shelter animals be performed by injection.
(3) Require that such euthanasia be performed by a certified euthanasia technician, licensed veterinarian, or licensed veterinary technician.
(4) Prohibit intracardiac euthanasia—a painful injection right into the heart—on unsedated shelter animals.
(5) Require that veterinarians who perform intracardiac euthanasia on unsedated animals not under the care of a shelter do so only if it is the most humane option and that they document the event and rationale.
Pretty good stuff. It's comforting to see that the " heartstick " method on conscious animals was also prohibited.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Troy is a Beagle mix who came to us as a stray. He's a bit overweight, and so he must not have been a stray for a long time. He's my favorite at the moment. He is most willing to roll over and have his tummy rubbed. Troy is syrupy sweet, wagging his tail and cocking his head sideways at you, keeping low in some kind of submissive position. What a sweety! I could hug this dog all day. His left eye is kinda cloudy, but the doctor said to leave it alone.
Uh oh, looks like Troy isn't the only super nice dog at the shelter! This is Polly, and she's a Rat Terrier. Polly gets up from her bed and greets volunteers at her gate, a bit shy at first but warms up to people very quickly. She's got no issues, and on the quiet side. Polly is bigger than a Chihuahua, but she could become a lapdog if you allow her. What a nice dog!
Maggie is a Hound mix who also came to us as a stray. You can see that she is on the skinny side. Calm and well-mannered, Maggie will not give you any trouble at all. She tolerates other dogs, and is not food aggressive. She's a real friendly dog, and very easy to walk. Some dogs just have a certain peaceful quality to them.
Gee, here comes Clyde but without his favorite green alligator toy. Clyde holds this rubber toy in his mouth most of the time, letting go of it to sniff around and then picking it up again when he's ready to move on. He's so funny that way. It's like he never had a friend until he met this green alligator. Clyde is mid-sized but you will feel his strength when he pulls. He likes to sniff around, very curious about his surroundings. The last time, he was pointing his nose up the rocky hill along our path, like he was telling me that there was something there. Since it was early morning and not yet Winter, I got out of there before a bear jumped out of the bushes. This dog is smart and very friendly. You can't miss with this Lab-Beagle mix.
Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Dottie, a cattle dog mix, went home last Sunday with a couple looking for their first dog together. She stayed with us for approximately a month and a half. Mostly White, Dottie had a few black spots on her body and head. Thus, the name. About medium to large in size, Dottie was strong and a puller. She's the type who will give you nylon burns on your hands from the leash. Dottie didn't fully realize what was going on until our president heaved her unto the back of the SUV and shut the tailgate on her. And off she went to a place easily superior to the best kennel we can provide at the shelter.
And then, there was Tony Baloney. A young hound mix, Tony Baloney made the shelter his home for approximately one month. He also went home last week, evidently, to someone with a very big heart. For a while, we had Tony Baloney shaking and salivating uncontrollably. His seizures would make your heart sink. It wasn't a nice sight to behold, and your loving embraces do little to settle his condition. The shelter, as usual, provided the proper medical attention to stabilize his condition. The last time I walked Tony Baloney, I walked him very slowly in order not to excite him. It was like walking in molasses. At one point, I was just standing with him by the bushes, looking out to nowhere, waiting for a propitious moment to proceed. We must have looked like two lost souls in the woods.
Adoptions never fail to warm the heart, and it is a bittersweet moment when you see them hop into a vehicle and drive away with their new family. The irony here is, you never want to see them again at the shelter no matter how dear they have become to you. So long, good-bye, farewell.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Politically, I am neither democrat nor republican. I can best describe my position as " anti-incumbent. " I believe that power corrupts and elected officials should not be allowed to stay in office for a long time. One term is enough. Power has an intoxicating effect, and long staying politicians albeit legitimately re-elected are like drunken drivers who believe that they are on a straight course but are actually straying. One example, if not for vetting or confirmation proceedings, we wouldn't know that many elected officials have not paid their taxes in full or paid them at all. It is inevitably excused as an oversight, but such tax delinquencies are more easily forgiven because the erring parties are in power. I say, vote the incumbents out not excluding Obama, Bloomberg, or Corzine.
The League of Humane Voters-NJ has a different take on it. They are asking us to support Corzine and his running mate Senator Loretta Weinberg and give thanks for their support of animal welfare. According to the LOHV_NJ ,
" During his first bid for Governor, Jon Corzine opposed a bear hunt and said there would be no bear hunts during his term. While other issues such as property taxes and health care reform have to go through the legislature, CORZINE had direct control over a bear hunt. Corzine made a promise to protect black bears and he kept it.Senator Loretta Weinberg (Corzine's running mate) is a staunch supporter of all animals. She has consistently voted to protect them and advance their rights. In fact, she was the first legislator who introduced a bill to protect black bears over a decade ago. Weinberg has sponsored a large number of animal-friendly bills and she is known for standing up for what she believes -- no matter who is applying pressure. "
From this, it seems to me that Senator Weinberg should be running for governor, not Corzine. I don't think she's ever been governor. What else has Corzine done for the animals? And that isn't a rhetorical question. When Congo, the German Shepherd who attacked a landscaper who he taught was attacking his master, was sentenced to death, people asked Gov. Corzine to commute his sentence. The governor never even issued a statement. Governor Corzine is not a friend of the animals notwithstanding his opposition to bear hunts. As an animal lover and anti-incumbent, I say NO to Corzine. In this year's New Jersey gubernatorial elections, there are no good choices but that doesn't mean we should vote for Corzine.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Strays to the Rescue
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Here's a recipe from VegNews Magazine for a Barley and Porcini soup. If you're the type who can't work a screwdriver, you should still be able to put this soup together. ( Credit is given to VegNews for the photo and recipe.)
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 cup barley5 cups water or mushroom stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
1. Remove the porcini mushrooms from the soaking liquid, reserving the water. Thinly slice the porcinis and return to the soaking liquid. Set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook until soft and lightly caramelized, about 7 minutes. Add the barley and water, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Add the reserved mushrooms and soaking liquid plus half the dill. Cook until the barley is tender, about 10 minutes longer. Serve hot, garnished with the remaining dill.
If there is something I can kick myself in the rear for, that would be for being tardy in making this dietary change. I am only on my third year of a meatless lifestyle, but my weight has lessened and my blood tests have become much better than before. It's like coming face to face with yourself about your past and asking, " Why did I do that to you? Why did I not realize that I was feeding you life-shortening garbage? " There is so much good food out there and there isn't anyone stopping you from having them. What's the point about sticking with hamburgers, steaks, meatballs, beef stews, pork loins, and hotdogs? As I have asked so many times before, why eat the body parts of dead animals? Go Vegetarian.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Bob Carr, lawyer for Mr. Norcliffe, stated that "In my respectful submission this didn't do any harm whatsoever." But how do we know that? Are harmful effects always evident? If we start with the assumption that cows are sentient beings, long periods spent in a dark room must cause some harmful effects. I don't think that we need to point to something and say, " That's what is wrong. " We are not talking about bats or other nocturnal beings. In fact, our ideal picture is one of cows that are out to pasture under sunny conditions.
But wait a minute. The animal-lover haters will surely portray DEFRA as having gone overboard with concern. Well, first of all, DEFRA is not necessarily an animal-loving entity. They're just applying the laws pertaining to animal welfare. DEFRA isn't PETA, in other words. Those who detest and ridicule animal-lovers are quick to label animal-lovers zealots and misguided fools with a twisted sense of priority. You know the deal. Some in the animal experimentation field even refer to us as extremists. The truth is that Mr. Norcliffe benefited from several notices from DEFRA to improve the conditions that existed in his barn. It was suggested that Mr. Norcliffe clean the glass windows and to cut the bushes around them. But Mr. Norcliffe ignored all improvement notices. The good farmer attached lights to a generator, but when DEFRA came calling the switch was off. Aside from the fine, Mr. Norcliffe was also charged with £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Let there be light.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Vicks might be advised to hold dear and cherish that one year, $1M contract the Eagles have so munificently given to him because that might be the most he's getting from them, or from any NFL team. Pity? Most law-abiding, non-animal torturing citizens will not realize that kind of money in their lifetime, and players normally get one chance at playing in the NFL. Vick had two chances. No pity for Vick.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society
UPDATE : Adopted! 10/11/09
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
MAKATI - c/o PAWS Volunteer MARLA NICANDRO 360 Media, Rm 508, 5th Flr Chinabank Bldg (formerly Manila Bank) Ayala Ave, Makati (MON-FRI 9am-5pm)
QUEZON CITY - c/o PAWS Director RICH ILUSTRE 2-B Legaspi St, Philam Homes, West Ave, QC
PARC Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan Valley Loyola Heights, QC ( http://www.mefindhome.org/search/label/PARC for map and directions). We are right at the boundary of Marikina and Quezon City. Contact Nos.: (02) 475-1688; 0917-7931097
MANDALUYONG CITY:c/o DR. MARGA CARPIOVets in Practice Animal Clinic 2F Doggieland, San Francisco St., Mandaluyongnear the rotonda of Mandaluyong City Hall.
PAWS are in need of the following:
For Humans: 1. Used Clean Clothes. 2. Canned Goods. 3. Bread and/or Rice. 4. Drinking Water.
For the animals: 1. Cat Food; 2. Dog Food; 3. Old Blankets/Towels; 4. Medicines (Antibiotics, Injectable Sedatives, Dextrose, Cefalexin, etc.) 5. Basins and Pails 6. Zonrox, Detergent and Liquid Soap.
Please give generously and as soon as possible. Here are some photos from last weekend:
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I feel for the people as I do for the animals. Where are the stray animals who didn't have a home to begin with? Strays were surely washed away to become flotsam, an ignoble end to a life of utter neglect and apathy. Even those animals who had families who loved them perished. One PAWS director lost a dog ( one of her many dogs ), birds, and chickens to a flash flood in her neighborhood. And her story shouldn't be the worse. How about those horses who pull kalesas? There is a photo of one of them below. How did they survive since they can't climb unto a roof? They must have perished themselves. The thought of lives lost, both human and animal, is all so painful.
The Philippine Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) survived the typhoon and the animals there are unharmed. PAWS Director Anna Cabrera braved the waters to spend the last days and nights there. The center is open to take in abandoned animals, and some have already arrived there. They will need a lot of help, and for those of us who are overseas and cannot help in person, I urge you to donate to PARC. There is a Paypal button on the main page of this blog. I am also going to add a link to the Philippine Red Cross ( http://www.redcross.org.ph/ ) for those who want to donate and help the human victims of Ondoy. Please join me in making a difference.
For people in the Philippines needing assistance, here are some numbers you can call, if you are able to : National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061. Help hotlines: 734-2118, 734-2120. More:NATIONAL DISASTER COORDINATING COUNCIL
NDCC EMERGENCY NUMBERS
BAGYONG ONDOY PHILIPPINE HOTLINE
UPDATE: Oct. 1, 2009 The Humane Society International is sending a team of rescuers to help rescue animals in distress in the aftermath of Ondoy. They are on their way already. The team will be working with local animal rights orgs like the Philippine Animal Welfare Society and the Animal Welfare Coalition.
Lastly, below are photographs that I could find on the web. I would give credit to the photographers if I only knew who they truly are. If there is someone out there who objects to my use of their photograph, please send me a comment and I will oblige you. I have intentionally chosen photos that depict animals in distress, leaving out photos of humans struggling to stay alive, or humans already dead.
Friday, September 25, 2009