Saturday, November 25, 2017

#themtoo movement for animals at risk under Trump

The Trump administration is currently doing away with all protection for animals. One by one, animal programs are being wiped out with a simple signature courtesy of Donald J. Trump.

Trump's appointed pick as Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, tweets regularly about hunting and even installed a hunting and killing video game in the cafeteria.

The Trump sons, Don Jr. and Eric, love killing animals and post photos of their activities all over social media, often donning the offspring in look-alike hunting gear.

One of the most truly evil Trump moves has been to authorize the killing of hibernating bears and wolf pups.

Practically no animal does not come under fire.

"The United State Department of Agriculture removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. The same goes for inspection reports under the Horse Protection Act, which prohibits injuring horses’ hooves or legs for show.

The agency said in a statement that it revoked public access to the reports “based on our commitment to being transparent … and maintaining the privacy rights of individuals.”
Killed while hibernating

According to Science Magazine, "inspection reports contain little, if any, personal information about individuals. Although the act covers animals like dogs and chimpanzees, it does not cover rodents like laboratory mice. The Humane Society of the United States said in a statement: “This action benefits no one, except facilities who have harmed animals and don’t want anyone to know.”

Wild horses are under the gun, too. In a recent Washington Post article, "It’s an escalating equine-
population problem, and the fiscal 2018 budget President Trump proposed this week suggests a solution: using “humane euthanasia and unrestricted sale of certain excess animals.”

Think for minute about the Trump plan to escalate drug testing. Are you aware of what this means to animals? Animals like beagles and other dogs. Cats and rabbits. Monkeys. Already, under the Trump administration, protection has been removed for these companion pets.

According to a piece in Science Magazine, "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access to the information will need to file a Freedom of Information Act request. The same goes for inspection reports under the Horse Protection Act, which prohibits injuring horses’ hooves or legs for show.

The agency said in a statement that it revoked public access to the reports “based on our commitment to being transparent … and maintaining the privacy rights of individuals.”

We are living in the stuff of horror movies. Safekeeping is being removed from the very beings we are entrusted to protect. What kind of society do we live in? The president's daughter, Ivanka, who presides over much of this decision-making owns companies that perform horrible tests on animals. Ivanka Trump's company also sells millions of hats made from skinned rabbits, many skinned while still alive. Both Donald and Melania Trump own cosmetics companies that test on beagles and other pets.

This is not ok. Most Americans do not approve of the horrible treatment of animals under the Trump administration. Show your support by sharing #themtoo.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tell H & M to remove dogfighting fashions

A petition has been created objecting to H & M Department store's dogfighting hoodie.

According to the petition, "dogfighting is one of the most heinous activities that takes place in our society. It forces what is truly our "best friend" to battle to the death for the "entertainment" of humans, and is not only illegal, but an act of brutality against the humanity of the dogs as well as anyone with a conscience."

The photo was taken at the H&M store at Sugarloaf Mills in Duluth, GA. The hoodie displays the wording "Dogfight in Random Alley" in their window. The petition is beseeching animal lovers to object by signing and sharing this petition.

"Most people view such a bold placement to be a statement of what they find acceptable to their patrons, and the culture and mentality of the store's board of directors and investors. We need to let them know that it is not only UNACCEPTABLE, but that we will not walk through their doors with such an article in that store for sale."

"We also need to look at the big picture here. This is not about just one item for sale. This is about a mindset that sees something like this as acceptable. Innocent dogs lose their lives on a regular basis because of people that deem this acceptable."

Citing boycott as a way to empower messaging,  the petition has been released during the holiday season to raise awareness. "We vote with our dollars friends. The busiest shopping season is upon us. Let H&M feel our outrage by our unwillingness to shop in ANY of their stores nationwide.

As a group, we demand that H&M remove these hoodies from their inventory world wide, destroy them, make a pubic apology, and put their money where their mouth is by contributing a LARGE amount of money to a verifiable Anti-Dogfighting Campaign in the United States."

H & M Sugarloaf Mills
Duluth GA

H & M Corporate
Phone +46 8 796 55 00
Fax +46 8 20 99 19
Communications Director
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08
Investor Relations

Head of Media Relations
Katarina Kempe
+46 8 5780 85 54

Friday, October 27, 2017

Your president is an animal abuser

Yesterday, President Trump and his wife, Melania, a former model of sorts, launched a plan to fund a huge effort in their war on drugs. One of their main objectives is to make huge tax-free funds available to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop non-addictive pain killers. What most pet owning and animal loving Americans do not know is how these drugs are developed.

House cats, little beagles and other dogs, primates, rabbits, guinea pigs and white mice among others are tortured beyond any reasonable understanding day in and day out. And, you pay for it!

Mr. and Mrs. Trump have a long history of animal abuse. Sandwiched between the groping and the nude modeling, both Trumps created perfume and skin-care companies that routinely torture millons of animals to sell product. Animal abuse is no stranger to these two. Both Trumps gave lengthy speeches citing addicts to drum up sympathy for their launch.

"At my direction, the National Institute of Health, headed up by Francis Collins, has taken the first steps of an ambitious public-private partnership with pharmaceutical companies to develop non-addictive painkillers and new treatments for addiction and overdose.  So important.  (Applause.)
I will be pushing the concept of non-addictive painkillers very, very hard.  We have to come up with that solution.  We give away billions and billions of dollars a year, and we're going to be spending lots of money on coming up with a non-addictive solution." Translation, willing to spend billions more performing hideously cruel tests on animals.

The NIH explains its work as 'exciting'.

"This is an exciting time for medical research. Every day, NIH-funded scientists make advances that will lead to safe and useful drugs, therapies, and cures. These advances are due to many different kinds of research, from the laboratory bench, to computers, to animals - including testing in humans."

This Web site provides information reflecting the important role of animals in research and their contributions to the improvement of health and quality of life for both humans and animals. Our goal is to provide key information to the researchers who work daily to improve the Nation’s health, and to the public we serve"

The NIH makes their intention well accessible with tons of online brochures like they're selling time-shares or insurance plans. What they're selling is pain, plain and simple.

Starve 'em:

"Food or caloric restriction is necessary for some of the animal models described. These animals are sometimes maintained below their free-feed weight in an effort to encourage response to food and drug reinforcements. Studies have shown that ad libitum food access does not necessarily provide the optimum feeding conditions, and longer healthier life spans are associated with limited caloric intake across multiple species."

Solitary confinement:

"Often, because the drugs being tested have behavioral effects or because they need to be administered by means of a chronic indwelling device, animals need to be housed singly to safeguard the device or to protect the animals from aggressive behavior that may be associated with a drug effect. This need presents challenges for environmental enrichment. Although some compensation for the lack of cage conspecifics is desirable, enrichment itself can be a variable affecting experimental results and therefore may need to be minimized or avoided if scientifically justified.

The models often require long-term studies in either rodents or nonhuman primates, surgical procedures including chronic instrumentation, food or caloric restriction, specialized housing and testing equipment, substantial use of controlled substances with its associated issues of drug reinforcing behavior and withdrawal symptoms, and administration of novel drugs with potentially unknown clinical effects."

Yeah, exciting stuff, all right. What kind of monsters do this for a living? And, what kind of mega-monsters use the government, federal funds and huge media presence to pitch this kind of abuse?

Maybe you see a guy and his wife shilling for government funded drugs like they've shilled for perfume and cold cream over the years. Maybe, they've gotten pretty good at it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dog to be shot in Oklahoma

This is urgent, folks. Marietta, Oklahoma...transport available to Texas for anyone who will save this pup! Very sweet dog! Info below. Please someone.. Help.

My friend's boss is ordering him to shoot a dog that is on their company property. The dog is apparently very sweet, and my friend is begging for someone to help the dog before something happens to her. I believe this is in southern OK, and the area is not exactly enlightened when it comes to animals nor do the shelters get much public attention. Basically, she seems to have a death sentence whichever way you look at it where she is now. .

Facebook link:

I'm quite sure I could transport her if there is someone who could help.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Odin...the story of a champion

Roland Tembo Hendel is one of so many who have lost their homes and much else during the northern California fires. This is Odin, his Great Pyrenees and this is his story.

“Even now as I write this, I am crying tears of gratitude and awe at (my dog’s) bravery and devotion."

This is Odin.

He is a hero.

Despite the fire, he never left the goats he was in charge of.

Here’s what Roland Tembo Hendel wrote about his dog:

As many of you know, Ariel, Scott, Stephen, and I lost everything we had in the Tubbs fire that devastated our forest home in Sonoma County earlier this week.

We had minutes to load up the animals and run from the advancing firestorm.

Despite the sounds of exploding propane tanks, twisting metal, and the hot swirling winds, Odin refused to leave our family of 8 bottle-fed rescue goats.

Hours later when we had found relative safety we cried for Odin and our goats.

I was sure I had sentenced them to a horrific and agonizing death.

Days later, when we were able to make it back to the property, we found a burned, battered, and weakened Odin, surrounded by his 8 goats, and several small deer who had come to him for protection and safety.

Odin was weak, and limping, his once thick and beautiful coat singed orange, his whiskers melted.

Since then, Odin has been reunited with his sister Tessa.

He appears to be getting stronger, and his sister's presence will surely help to lift his spirits and take some of the burden off his giant shoulders.

Also the wonderful volunteers at Sonoma County Fairgrounds gave Odin a check-up and said he is in remarkable health given what he’s been through.

He was limping and lying down more often than usual because his poor paw-pads are burned.

But he will make a full recovery.
Tomorrow he gets a shampoo, a grooming, and nice steak.

And with that, we are going to enjoy a pizza and a beer and a good night’s rest.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and for sticking with us through this roller-coaster ride.

—Roland Tembo Hendel

What an an amazing Dog!


God Bless Odin!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Here today, gone tomorrow: 100's of missing Harvey dogs from Houston SPCA

Three of the pets from Houston SPCA website...gone. Where are we?
Pit Bulls and Other Animals has been tracking the Ford Center dogs and other animals since Houston SPCA stormed in and took over the operation September 3, 2017. The highly funded public charity pushed out Best Friends and other first responders which raised huge concerns as HSPCA has a long history of killing pit bulls.

Social media went viral with reports of 40 some odd pit bulls that disappeared and were suspected of being killed by Houston SPCA. Best Friends created a petition begging Patti Mercer, director of Houston SPCA to keep the animals safe until owners could be reunited. Mercer refused. The HSPCA did post over 200 dogs on their website, but these dogs have mysteriously and suddenly disappeared.

We have placed several calls to Houston SPCA, but they seem to be very tight-lipped about the animals. We were referred to their media person Julie K who has not returned our calls. What is the big secret?

The only response we have been able to squeeze out of the tight-lipped Houston SPCA was this on their Facebook page:

At the time of this post, there were only a total of 47 dogs on the Houston SPCA website for adoption. Hundreds of animals disappeared from the Harvey link which is no longer offered on their site.

Where are these dogs? Were they, at best, shipped off to other shelters and rescues? With all of the horrors in the news regarding high-kill shelters and dangerous rescue organizations, we are concerned about these Beaumont, Texas animals and their well-being. Are they still alive?

Or...were they killed as has been the history at Houston SPCA to kill all pit bulls and other animals they deem not cute enough to raise huge funds like the present I Walk for Animals campaign. The Houston SPCA rakes in about $40 million a year as a public tax-exempt charity. This means these animals are publicly owned and the Houston SPCA must account for the whereabouts of these dogs and cats.

The Houston SPCA's number is 713-869-7722. These dogs and cats need to be accounted for and by law, the Houston SPCA owes an explanation for each and every animals they impounded.

No name pittie will die at Houston SPCA is a Facebook page dedicated to the animals missing or killed by the Houston SPCA.

We can only hope that the missing hundreds of dogs placed into the care of Houston SPCA which has always killed all pit bulls are safe. If only this institution placed a fraction of the effort they put into fundraising drives like their I Walk for Animals event and Chevron sponsored Run For a Reason, maybe there wouldn't be so many missing and dead pit bulls and other animals.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Public outcry over Alabama animal slaughters


Lawrence County, Alabama rescuers and animal lovers are begging for help. According to locals, the stray and other animals at risk are being euthanized in mass quantities.

Lawrence County commissioner Bobby Burch 'made the motion to show we are serious about (a shelter)' in May of this year.

"It's time for this man to take responsibility. Responsibility for the zoo, responsibility for Bobbie Taylor's. Responsibility for the suffering of thousands and thousands and thousands of animals in Lawrence County. It's time for this SOB to step aside. He tried to have the dogs sold at a flea market. He is a man without ethics. A man who doesn't give a shit what happens to the animals of that county. Only that no money goes to them. But you can bet his pockets are lined thickly."

The county is currently in a six-month contract with Kimberly Carpenter and Changing 42 Animal Rescue to take in animals previously going to the Morgan County animal shelter.

"All the drama that happened in Lawrence County was for NOTHING! Nothing was resolved, nothing solved. Nothing improved. In fact it's worse. And we go again!"

Carpenter is paid $20 per animal, the same amount Morgan County was receiving.
"are you going to allow your tax dollars to be spent shipping dogs 55 miles away to be euthanized for 12.00?"

The six-month contract was approved on March 29, with Commissioner Joey Hargrove saying the county would build its own shelter in that time from with money from the capital projects fund.

"Now he is wanting to send Lawrence County animals to Marion County where they will pay 12.00 per dog, 6.00 for smalls and just euthanize them."

These local animal rescuers and advocates are begging locals to call and publicize the plan to ship the local Lawrence County animals to Marian Count only to be euthanized.

"this is UNACCEPTABLE and we, as rescuers, are sick and tired of cleaning up after this sickening man. They need to man up and build a damn shelter and stop this contract crap. And this county needs to be audited."

"Elections are coming up next year. If the commissioners want to play, let's make them pay. Vote them OUT!?"

Commissions office is 256-974-0663


District 1 - Mose Jones -

District 2 - Normal Pool -

District 3 - Bradley Cross -

District 4 - Bobby Burch -

District 5 - Joey Hargrove -

Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation (AVRAL)