Friday, July 31, 2009

Michael Vick. Football Anathema. Bad News Dog.

" And the survey said... " Remember Family Feud? Well, anyway, Michael Vick, bankroller for a dog fighting business, is the most disliked person in American sports according to surveys conducted by E-Poll. Why not? Don't argue. He's earned it. Aside from shelling out the dough, Vicky participated in years of killing and torturing dogs who displeased him by their subpar performances in the pit. Punishment included electrocution and drowning. The commissioner of the National Football League, Robert Goodell, allowed Vick to re-enter the league but he can't play until the sixth week of the regular season and only the last two games of the pre-season. That is, if, a team is willing to take him in. The New York teams, Giants and Jets, have already declared Vick as persona non grata. He's in quite a dilemma. His status as anathema has turned him into a player without a team. If you were the general manager of an NFL team, would you be willing to shell out millions of dollars in salary and benefits for someone who is known more for his hideous abuse of animals than his on field performance? I think Vick, now that he has served his sentence, has a right to rebuild his life but that does not necessarily mean in the NFL. I reckon what the New York teams are saying is that Vick can't expect to shit in their hat and then expect them to wear it too.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Vernon, New Jersey. Two Bears Killed. Demo Scheduled August 1 2009. Saturday.

I am cross-posting an alert from the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance. Here, again, is an example of the needless kiling of a bear who, if left alone, would have gone back to the woods. It climbed the tree to protect itself rather than attack anyone. This bear showed clear signs of fear of humans. Yet, the NJ Depart of Fish and Wildlife chose to kill it. This course of action is inhumane and unneccesarily deadly. These officers should be sanctioned.


PROTEST: Bear Killings in Vernon, NJ

WHEN: August 1, 2009
TIME: 11am - 1pm
WHERE: Corner of Route 94 & Church St. in Vernon, NJ. 07462

Mapped location:,+Vernon,+NJ&sll=41.199287,-74.485824&sspn=0.002696,0.004801&ie=UTF8&ll=41.199372,-74.484547&spn=0.002696,0.004801&t=h&z=18


Municipal Parking lot on Church Street, across from the Municipal Center. Additional parking is also available at the Vernon United Methodist Church, 303 Route 94, Vernon, NJ.


A yearling was killed in the Lake Wanda section of Highland Lakes on Sunday, July 26. This was the second bear to be killed in less than one week in the Township. This bear, a 2-year recently released from his mother, was not seen by a witness doing nothing but walking through the neighborhood. It took 4 shots to kill him. Residents at the scene were horrified, upset and unable to protect this poor young bear. The Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) uses the killings of bears to garner support for a bear hunt. In fact, the homeowner, who is responsible for causing the death of several bears in this community, continues to attract them to his home. On Sunday, he threatened to have another bear killed as soon as he could arrange it. This same man has been seen running through the neighborhood with a paintball gun, aiming and shooting at bears, trespassing on private property and causing a major disruption of the quiet enjoyment and peaceful nature of the community. The Vernon police do nothing to investigate this situation and often make it worse.




Rhode Island. Greyhound Racing Comes to an End. Cruelty Exits.

There is reason to rejoice. The powers that be in Rhode Island have decided that there will no longer be greyhound racing in the state beginning August 2009. That's next month. I believe that with Rhode Island dog racing gone, the New England states will be completely rid of this most vile, most cruel gambling enterprise. If you listen hard enough, you'd hear a collective sigh of relief from the greyhounds in America's smallest state. Greyhound racing is legal and operating in only eight states with Rhode Island gone. They are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. An estimated 22,000 dogs are killed each year because they are injured, too slow, unfit to race to begin with, sick, and at retirement age which is five to six years old. You might ask, but they can live up to twelve years and beyond? Yes, you are right. Racing greyhounds are usually slaughtered when they are no longer race-worthy unless a rescue group comes to save them.

Our good friends at Grey2K deserve a lot of credit for this victory; perhaps emancipation is a better word. They have worked hard against greyhound racing not only in the New England states but also in other states and even overseas. Please check out their website and get to know them better. This is a great victory.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Northern New Jersey. Dog for Adoption. Silky Terrier Mix. Frankie.

Meet Frankie Boy. He's a new arrival, and already a favorite. I like small dogs. Frankie is figured to be a silky terrier mix, and he could not weigh more than six pounds. Of course, he walks well and he is very friendly. We don't expect Frankie to stay at the shelter very long. Small and cute dogs go quickly. The sooner our dogs find a loving home, the sooner we accomplish our mission. Frankie is estimated to be around eight years old. Come quick. And yes, his ears are black.

Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Newark. Lawsuit. Cancer Project Against Processed Meat Producers.

Just in the news today, a group in Newark, New Jersey called Cancer Project is suing Kraft Foods Inc. (makers of the Oscar Mayer brand), Sara Lee Corp., Nathan's Famous, and the manufacturers of Hebrew National and Sabrett brands. Cancer Project believes that processed meat is hazardous to our health and these products should carry warning labels like tobacco products. The law suit was filed at the Superior Court in Newark on behalf of three New Jersey residents who, I presume, developed cancerous growths from regular consumption of processed meat. It is widely accepted that processed meat is bad for us, that they can lead to greater susceptibility to colorectal and other forms of cancer. We know this from a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Well, I think these companies are lucky that the lawsuit only requires them to put warning labels on their products. What if the lawsuit stipulated that the manufacturers knowingly put out products that have been clinically proven to be hazardous to our health? I reckon that the arguments presented here would parallel those made for and against the tobacco industry several years ago. Perhaps, the more costly lawsuits, in terms of punitive damages, will come in the near future. I was listening to a lawyer talk about the neccesity of punitive damages, and he argued that some people/companies learn and mend their ways only after they pay. Agreed.

Avoid the stuff. Live longer and healthier. Be more animal friendly.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sandy. Pitbull. Sweetie. A Remembrance. July 2009.

I say good-bye to Sandy who was euthanized a week ago. Her failing health necessitated sending her to the bridge. Sandy's bout with diarrhea and vomiting seriously dehydrated her, and her medication did not stabilize her condition. If she lived, Sandy would have to take her medication for life. The doctor, a volunteer, and our president made the decision. She stayed with us for approximately five months. Someone adopted her but after a several weeks she was returned to the shelter. I remember Sandy when she was first brought in by our animal control officer. A lady found her loose on the road, somewhere in Ringwood, and she stopped to help Sandy. Supposedly, Sandy was seen tearing away at a possum, having lived in the woods on her own. Well, we loved her and I hope that made a difference in her eyes. Good girl, Sandy.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Philippines. Greyhound Racing. A Misguided Step. Greed vs. Kindness.

Could you believe that greyhound racing might have a start in the Philippines? That might very well be if a handful of uninformed and misguided congresspeople get their way. This issue has occupied my mind for over a week now, and I have even written an online PETITION to be submitted to members of the Philippine congress in hopes that the enlightened opinion of the world might sway their vote. I make my case there, and I pray that I have made a good one. Greyhound racing is presented to the people as an economic picker-upper, ignoring the horrendous mistreatment of animals and basically trading cruelty for profit. There are certainly other ways to stimulate the local economy including a nationally-funded spay and neutering program. That would also provide employment throughout the country.

I find it incredible that bills were even introduced to make greyhound racing legal in the Philippines. With all the bad publicity behind greyhound racing, some people thought it a good idea to make it a Filipino institution. The sponsors for Bill 5291 are :

Ben-hur L. Salimbangon
4th District of Cebu

Nerissa Corazon Soon-Ruiz
6th District of Cebu
1992-1998, 2001-present

Ferjenel Biron
4th District of Iloilo

Someone is going to profit and that surely will not be the animals. Twenty-thousand dogs are killed a year in America, but already 36 states have prohibited greyhound racing. Race tracks continue to close not only in America but in countries like Australia and the United Kingdom. But the Philippines heads towards the wrong way, and the world is telling them so. Will the congress people listen? Will they have the wisdom to see the light?

I will not rehash my arguments against greyhound racing. They are all expressed on the petition site. PETA-Asia, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, AnimalsAsia, and Grey2k, along with two print journalist, have been hacking away at this most insidious proposal. The Philippine congress is set to deliberate on the first of the two bills by the end of July 2009. This first bill was railroaded through the lower house before anyone say " sneaky. " It is now up to the senators to oppose and kill the bill. This is truly worrisome. If greyhound racing becomes legal in the country, it will be the beginning of a long, nightmarish period in the Filipino animal welfare movement. Please visit the petition site, read and sign it, and circulate it among your friends. You can also send your own emails to the senators ; their email addresses are listed there. And then, pray.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Andover, NJ. Bear Encounter. Who scared Who?

Sorry, no photos for this one but it would have been nice. I've had encounters with bears before, but last Sunday's sighting was the closest. Quite surprisingly, this encounter with a bear didn't occur in an isolated path in the woods but in the parking lot of an antiques mall in Andover, New Jersey. Well, yeah, that part of the state is bear country and the local campgrounds warn people to secure their trash. Trash is almost always the only reason why a bear will venture out of the woods. Anyway, I was walking my dog along the perimeter of the parking lot when I looked to my right and saw the black bear walking towards us. In spite of its huge size, it didn't make any sounds and I could have walked right into the bear if I didn't look around. I reckon it didn't find much in the trash bin, and it was on its way to the next one. This bear's back, when on all fours, measured just about the top of a car's window. Well, as soon as I saw him ( I will presume he was a male ), we locked eyes and I started to back up with my dog in tow. Approximately seventy-five feet separated us. My " moonwalk " startled him, and he jumped into the bushes and ran into the woods. For his size, he was very quick. My dog never sensed his presence. That's my bear story.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Metro Manila. PETA Asia-Pacific. Cat Rescue. Glorietta 4 Mall.

Curiosity killed the cat. Yes, we know of many examples except in this case where curiosity saved the cat, or kitten actually. A member of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society happened to be shopping at Shell Canvass, a well-known fabric store in Metro Manila, when she heard the plaintive cries of a kitten. Upon further inquiry, she learned that a kitten had somehow wormed her way between the walls and remained trapped for approximately five days already. Why so? Well, that's a matter of finger pointing between the staff of Shell Canvass and the Ayala Administration who manages the mall in which the store is located. A call was placed to PAWS who in turn requested help from Rochelle Regodon and Ashley, two local representatives of PETA Asia-Pacific. Well, they went over there and showed the folks that apathy and stasis can kill the cats too. In the end, the kitten was rescued and it is shown here in the caring arms of Ashley. The rescuers took the little angel to the PAWS shelter for immediate care and future adoption. Special thanks to the Ayala Administration for their cooperation.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

ARISE. Animal Experimentation. A New Blog. NJARA.

The New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA) informs us that a new blog dedicated to issues concerning the hideously cruel business of vivisection has gone online. It is called ARISE which is an acronym for Animal Replacements Innovate Scientific Experimentation. Stuart Chaifetz is Program Director, and he promises to write regularly. The man could become a permanent fixture at his keyboard considering that cruelty in animal experimentation can be measured in biblical proportions. It is a lot of ground to cover. So, let's give him our support by checking in regularly. An accompanying Facebook site can be found HERE. ARISE provides us with a very important and revealing quote on their post dated June 3rd:

Consider just one stark statistic: Today, nine out of 10 compounds developed in the lab fail in human studies. They fail, in large part because they behave differently in people than they did in animal or laboratory tests.” Andrew C. von Eschenbach, Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Jan. 12, 2006

This is not the first time I have heard this claim. If we peel off the double-speak and the intentional vagueness that surrounds animal experimentation, we will find that it does nothing to assure us that the drugs or other products tested on animals are safe for us. The only reliable results are the ones done on living human tissue, and there are ALTERNATIVES to animal experimentation.

Connecticut. Bird Rescue. Fourth of July Weekend.

The big Fourth of July weekend is over, and we go deeper into Summer. We've got the rest of July, August, and September to enjoy the warm weather. Whoever can stop Winter from arriving will get a hug and a kiss from me.

I was hiking in Woodbury, Connecticut last Friday, enjoying the nice breeze and warm sun, walking in a nice grassy area when I came upon a chick that obviously fell from its nest. I could have missed it except my dog picked up its presence and led me to it. Well, I have learned from my last experience to let fallen chicks alone unless you can put it back in the nest. I have also learned that wearing gloves will prevent our human scent from attaching to the chick which could be detrimental to the mother-chick relationship. So they say. Mother knows best, and she probably was waiting for us to leave so she can swoop down and feed her offspring. So, leaving it alone is the rescue. This one is considerably older than the one I tried to save last year. Good luck and may you enjoy many years of flying. Before moving on to greener pastures, I took photos:

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Philippines. Quezon City. Joseph Carlo Candare. Criminal Charges Filed. Self-Confessed Serial Cat Killer.

For those of you who are following the Joseph Carlo Candare Case, you will be pleased to know that criminal charges were finally be filed in Quezon City against this serial cat killer. Mr. Candare is charged with violating the terms of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act of 1998 , otherwise known as RA 8485. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) came through and made it official on June 19, 2009. Included in their case is a signed affidavit by one of the witnesses to Mr. Candare's killing of Tengteng, a one-month old kitten. There were several witnesses to the crime but most of them refused to submit an affidavit, fearing retaliation or simply lacking a good sense of citizenhood. PAWS' volunteer lawyer, Roy Kayaban, will be prosecuting the case. There will be an inquest by Quezon City's Office of the Prosecutor and that will take two to three weeks.

This is going to be a long, hard climb but it has to be done in the name of animal welfare. Two years ago, charges were filed against the ring leader of a dog fighting business in Antipolo, and it is only now that the case is being tried. We know that the wheels of justice turn slowly, and so it might very well take the same amount of time to bring Mr. Candare in front of a judge. But, that day will come. Let us have hope so we can have purpose. Let us have faith so we can persevere. Onward.

UPDATE: August 7 2009 Mr. Candare missed his court appearance on July 23 2009 at the Hall of Justice. Another subpoena was issued for Mr. Candare to appear in court on August 20 2009 at 1pm. The Director of PAWS personally delivered a copy of the subpoena to Dr. Maricor Soriano, Deputy Director of Academic Affairs of UP, who said that she will make sure that Mr. Candare receives it. Mr. Candare is still enrolled at the university.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Northern New Jersey. Dog for Adoption. Shiba Inu. Coy.

Meet Coy. She's an adult Shiba Inu, and a total sweetheart. She lived in the woods until captured and brought to the shelter. At first, her rescuers mistook her for a coyote and thus her name. For a dog to subsist on forest food ( my term ) and to endure the dark and lonely nights, it has to be strong physically and emotionally. I don't think my chihuahua would last two days in the wilderness. This dog has good survival ability. But for all her tenacity and fortitude, Coy is one of the most serene dogs I have ever met. When all the dogs form a chorus, Coy is silent in her kennel, unruffled and in utter calmness. She's simply not an emotional dog. Coy also has an uncanny ability to raise both her hind legs when she pees! It's amazing. She's like a gymnast on the pommel horse. I love this dog. If you're looking for a companion, please give Coy a chance. UPDATE: Adopted July 15, 2009.

Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society