Friday, September 22, 2017

Ivanka Trump's horrible animal abuse you didn't know about

Rabbit tortured in Chinese fur farm
When Ivanka isn't posing for photo ops with her daddy or jet setting around the country, she is guilty of some of the most horrific animal abuse we've ever encountered.

What most Americans do not realize is the lovely soft-spoken president's daughter, wife and mother runs a company that skins rabbits, many while still alive, to make hats.

The Ivanka Trump company "sells hats with pompoms made of fur from rabbits killed in China received a letter from PETA revealing that rabbits live in urine-encrusted cages before they are hit, hung up and skinned – sometimes while still alive."


Chinese fur farm


PETA and other animal rights groups have begged Trump for years to stop this cruel practice, but their pleadings have fallen on deaf ears.

The Chinese fur farms used by Ivanka Trump's company have been investigated for cruelty. "Every single fur farm that PETA Asia has visited in China has been exceptionally cruel: A previous investigation in China revealed that rabbits were shocked with electrical devices, causing them to scream in pain. Investigators have also witnessed foxes being electrocuted, dogs bludgeoned to death, and raccoon dogs skinned alive. Selling fur from China – where there are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms – means supporting the worst kind of unabated cruelty to animals."



Ms. Trump often peddles her daughter, Arabella, into state meetings to recite and sing songs in Chinese. It appears the Trump presidency has been quite lucrative for the beanie business.

The Trump family's White House presence has enabled Ivanka Trump to secure priceless Chinese trademarks to promote her business. How many millions has Ivanka Trump made from these Chinese business deals?

Not only are animals being cruelly abused, but outcry over low pay and long hours have dogged Ivanka Trump industries. The Washington Post reports, "workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than $62 a week, according to a factory audit."

According to the House Rabbit Society "the 2012 American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Owners Survey, 2.5 million households now live with rabbits, who remain the favorite pet of the “small animals,” and, because they are often spayed and neutered, live as multiples in many homes. They also count 18 million small animals living in American homes, with rabbits being the most popular of those. That same year, the AVMA did their survey again, but found only 1.2%  of American households (or 1.2 million American households) living with about 3 million rabbits."

Jimmy Stewart and 'Harvey'
People love rabbits, the longtime subject of literature and art like the fictional character Peter Rabbit and the beloved movie, Harvey.

A petition has been created to raise awareness of Ivanka Trump's companies' animal abuse. Do you approve of an animal abuser of this magnitude representing fellow Americans in the White House?


Articles written about Ivanka Trump and company's horrible abuse:

Daily Mail UK:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3451923/PETA-hits-pregnant-Ivanka-Trump-shocking-use-real-rabbit-fur-hat-design-urging-right-thing-stick-faux.html

India Times:

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/peta-shocked-to-see-donald-trump-s-daughter-ivanka-using-rabbit-fur-hats-urges-her-to-stop-it-270366.html

New York Post:

http://nypost.com/2016/02/16/peta-shocked-to-find-ivanka-trump-sells-rabbit-fur-hat/

Female First:

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/vegan/chinese-rabbit-slaughter-peta-921437.html

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/17/politics/ivanka-trump-peta-rabbit-fur/

PETA:

http://www.peta.org/blog/peta-to-ivanka-trump-ditch-the-fur/

Capital Bay News:

http://www.capitalbay.news/female/981109-peta-hits-out-at-ivanka-trump-s-use-of-real-rabbit-fur-on-hat-design.html

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hideous dogfighting art featured at Guggenheim exhibit

You might call it art, but as a pit bull rescuer and animal activist, I call it cruelty. Featured in the 'Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World' exhibit at New York's Solomon Guggenheim Museum is a purely awful videotape of 8 tortured American Pit Bull Terriers facing each other and forced to run on antiquated treadmills to the point of exhaustion.


The 'artists' Peng Yu and Sun Yuan, known as 'the bad couple of China's art,' are featured in a New York Times article which refers to "the couple’s work at the Guggenheim is one of their less radical pieces. "

"The seven-minute video shows four pairs of American pit bulls tethered to eight wooden treadmills. The camera closes in on the animals as they face each other, running at high speed.

The dogs are prevented from touching one another, a frustrating experience for animals trained to fight. The dogs get wearier and wearier, their muscles more and more prominent, and their mouths increasingly salivate"

You call this cruelty art? And host it here in the United States with a complimentary New York Times piece?

What will be featured in the next 'art' exhibit? Skinning live dogs and boiling them for the citizens of Yulin to munch on? I mean, really. Where does entertainment stop and art begin? What happened to good old-fashioned paintings of dogs playing poker?

Chairman Mao had the right idea with the cultural revolution. These two 'artists' should be harvesting rice and not promoting animal cruelty. To clarify, "In 1958, after China's first Five-Year Plan, Mao called for "grassroots socialism" in order to accelerate his plans for turning China into a modern industrialized state. In this spirit, Mao launched the Great Leap Forward, established People's Communes in the countryside, and began the mass mobilization of the people into collectives. Many communities were assigned production of a single commodity—steel. Mao vowed to increase agricultural production to twice 1957 levels."



If this is art, then you can have it.



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New York, NY 10128-0173
212 423 3500

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Houston SPCA strong arms volunteers.....and about those missing pit bulls

Only one of the many pit bulls and other animals
saved by Spring and other volunteers at
Beaumont's Ford Center
Spring Fults operates Country Love Bullies in Conroe, Texas. She has been rescuing pit bulls for over 9 years. Their facility was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, but after their rescue made it through the storm, she felt the need to help others in distress from the most horrible hurricane the people and animals in these parts had ever experienced.

She set out for Beaumont with supplies and her own stock including 30 crates, the very crates that had provided shelter for the Country Love Bullies when she brought all of the animals inside her home to keep them safe.

For a week, Spring and other first responders worked around the clock barely eating and sleeping in the makeshift set up in a hotel parking lot. They rescued pit bulls and cats, horses and other livestock. Everyone worked together to save as many lives as they could. Spring left 1/2 her kennels set up at the Ford Center and would trade out empty kennels for the full crates of saved companion pets they'd bring in on each run....
.....and there were a lot of runs.

This all came to a screeching halt Saturday, September 2 when the Houston SPCA took over the operation and shut Spring and other hard-working devoted saviors out of the building. When Spring asked about the animals they'd saved and if she could have her crates back, she was told to 'get out' and accused of 'causing a scene.' Bitter Houston SPCA employees told her, 'she was not helping.'

You can say a lot about someone, but when they've gone without sleep and nourishment, not to mention a hot shower, in order to save animals' lives, this was cruel punishment. If this how the Houston SPCA treats human beings who are trying to help, the rumors of killing pit bulls and other animals are not hard to believe.

No name pittie will die at Houston SPCA is a Facebook page created in 2012 to raise awareness of the Houston SPCA's mass killings of all pit bulls. The Houston Mayor's task force discovered some horrifying figures in 2005 before the Houston SPCA began secreting their impound and euthanasia
numbers:

 


The rumors began to circulate among the volunteers who began posting items on Facebook and social media. Pit bulls disappeared. The same dogs who these volunteers had risked their lives to save were now gone and replaced with pandemonium amidst banning anyone who dared to ask questions.

Live on Country Love Bullies Facebook page are videos documenting the goings on at the Ford Center under the armed direction of Houston SPCA a.k.a. Houston Animal Cops, the name of their long running Animal Planet TV show. 

Spring documented her return to the Ford Center in this video:

https://www.facebook.com/countrylovebullies/videos/1371441889620464/

and followed up with another video to try and make sense of the takeover by the Houston SPCA at the Ford Center:

https://www.facebook.com/countrylovebullies/videos/1371480122949974/


Pit Bulls and Other Animals has reached out to Safe K9 Transports and Guardians of Rescue who were at the Ford Center during the takeover by Houston SPCA in hopes of answering questions about the missing pit bulls who disappeared Saturday, September 2. Neither group has responded with a statement.

Spring, whose group is under jurisdiction of Houston SPCA, felt the need to speak out as a pit bull lover and longtime rescuer even if "the Houston SPCA wants to try and shut down my rescue in retaliation. They need to be stopped!"

Photos below were taken by Spring and published on the Country Love Bullies Facebook page:
























Saturday, September 16, 2017

Are you missing an animal from Hurricane Harvey?

Murdered at Houston SPCA for being a pit bull
We want to help! September 2, the Houston SPCA took over the Ford Center in Beaumont, Texas. The outcry for missing pets has become muddled and confused due to the false, misleading statements from Houston SPCA.

We created the page No name pittie will die at Houston SPCA in 2012 due to the no name pittie on the page who was murdered by Houston SPCA for being a pit bull. The Houston SPCA kills all pit bulls. Period.

Over the years, American Pit Bull Examiner, Pit Bulls and Other Animals and No Kill Houston have covered stories about murdered pit bulls at Houston SPCA. We may not have Animal Planet and 25 million dollars a year income, a huge presence and facility like the Houston SPCA, but we can object to their mass killing of pit bulls others know what this organization does with its support.

If you or anyone you know is missing a dog or other animal from Hurricane Harvey, please post on our page No name pittie will die at Houston SPCA. Be sure to include a link, photos, videos, bio and description along with contact info for the owner. This is important. We want to help you find your pet or livestock.

A photo album will be created on our No name pittie will die at Houston SPCA Facebook page to help organize this effort. With your help, we can match video and photos shot at the Ford Center in Beaumont, Texas with missing pets.

If the Houston SPCA will not fulfill it's well-funded mission to protect animals, then we will.

In the honor of the little no name pittie who was murdered at the Houston SPCA for being a pit bull...along with hundreds of thousands of other pit bulls and puppies...help us try to reunite people with their beloved pets.









Friday, September 15, 2017

Houston SPCA screws the pooch at Beaumont's Ford Center

Katelyn Reid photo of Harvey rescue
Now that the dust has settled, or rather the levee leveled, boots on the ground first responders are recalling horrible experiences with Houston SPCA.

The Houston SPCA rolled into Beaumont the afternoon of Saturday, September 2nd and completely took over operations and animals being cared for by rescuers and volunteers who'd been sweltering in the hot and humid Ford Center for a week.

Katelyn Reid had organized the Ford Center operation and despite heat, flooding, fleas and other disaster and pests, the center was operating surprisingly efficiently. People from all over the United States had driven to Beaumont, many like Erika Pearce from Indianapolis who drove with her husband and a car filled with donated vet supplies and much needed medicine to help care for the incoming hundreds of dogs, cats and other animals.

These good people worked tirelessly and missed meals to save these animals before Houston SPCA took over and shut everyone out.

Shylah Salas was one of the hard-working animal lovers and has issued a gut-wrenching statement to the Houston SPCA:

To the HSPCA, I am NO LONGER a SUPPORTER of your organization. After our encounter at the Ford Center in Beaumont, I walked away feeling distraught towards your efforts which were UNPROFESSIONAL, UNORGANIZED and seemed to have LACKED SINCERITY.

Your employees, especially TRAVIS came off Ignorant & lacked administration skills. Grant it, yall did a wonderful job w/ organizing our supplies. HSPCA claimed to "take charge" yet instead of "CALLING A MEETING with THE COMMUNITY at FORD CENTER", the information was being transfered through word of mouth.

YOUR EMPLOYEES SLEPT COMFORTABLY IN your company van WHILE Sandra Kelly and I, along with 3 members, TENDED to a trailer carrying 8 DOGS (1 w/parvo) and a sick horse. NONE OF YOUR STAFF WAS AVAILABLE until 8am then held a "Staff Meeting" for an HOUR & A HALF while DOGS SAT WITH URINATION & DEFFICATION in their crates.

The ICU PATIENTS did not have REFILLED BAGS, a chicken was DEAD. Travis ordered an elderly man to leave the premises (who was granted permission to stay by Ford shelter original coordinator) because "This is not a camp ground!" How dare you tell this man that if his 12 cockerspaniels and 1 lab were not transferred or taken elsewhere, they will be EUTHANIZED AFTER 2 WEEKS when your policy stated " 30 days". How is 2 weeks a sufficient amount of time for OWNERS WHO LOST EVERYTHING but their lives to recover their beloved pets?!? 


HOW DARE you transport 20+ dogs w/out providing proper documents or communication regarding their transfer. First of all, WHY TRANSFER these DOGS?? WHERE DID THE REST OF THEM GO? Yepp...we have proof of animals missing in crates and 1 who was walked at 8pm, but never returned. Why only start inventory POST TRANSFER of DOGS? And why were pups labeled aggressive & specific animals(excluding the sick) segregated?

HOW DARE YOU ASK FOR DONATIONS WHEN YOU ALREADY SEIZED 80% that EXISTED PRIOR to YOUR ARRIVAL. Why donate money when you are planning to euthanize after 2 weeks? Those donations sustain you for MONTHS.

I FELT YOU TREATED this NATURAL DISASTER as if it were another CORPORATE JOB!!
Your lack of communication, administration, and most importantly, Honesty screwed yall over. I cannot prove you were euthanizing, but what I do know was something felt shady when HSPCA arrived. I was BOOTS ON GROUND....


Leila Barry, another hard working Ford Center first responder adds this to Shylah's statement:

I was boots on the ground as well, and was amazed that after 6 hours, 6 you couldn't tell the rescuers how many dogs were there. Yeah Travis you know how to count money really well, but not dogs. And how were the 22 dogs flown outta state when all the airports WERE CLOSED AND UNDER WATER. and why was the single room under the pavilion STAFF ONLY . You have a lot of explaining to do HSPCA. I WANT TO KNOW.


When Shylah received a Houston SPCA plea for donation money, it was just too much and she posted her statement. These people see the orchestrated money raising campaigns all over social media by the Houston SPCA taking credit for their work and the lives these volunteers rescued from flooded homes and brought to the Ford Center. It is infuriating and it is nauseating. They are getting a dose of the way Houston SPCA does business...and to them, it's business. Pit bulls aren't good business and that's probably why you never saw a pit bull on their hit Animal Planet series Animal Cops: Houston.

Since 2012, we have been questioning Houston SPCA's high kill practices with our Facebook page No name pittie will die at Houston SPCA.

According to No Kill Houston "The Houston SPCA's Save Rate was only 35% the last time that they were honest and released their records to the public.  We believe that their Save Rate is drastically lower than this now."

World Animal Awareness Society also tried to get some answers from Houston SPCA in their
No Hope for Paws as Houston SPCA accused of killing dogs after Hurricane Harvey: Operation Houston video:



We will continue to write about and research the Houston SPCA and the goings on at Beaumont's Ford Center. Please contact Pit bulls and other animals with photos, videos and animal stories related to Harvey and the Beaumont Ford Center.




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Update: Fact Check - Red Cross Harvey donation toss



video


Snopes.com, the urban legend fact checker, is jumping the train to capture some of the mass audience of animal lovers around the world incensed over the Red Cross tossing donations in Houston.

Wendy Underwood shared a video which has now been claimed by Cody Sloan who shot the viral video and updated September 12, 2017 with this video.
                                                                                                                                                     According to Snopes, "On 10 September 2017, a now-viral video posted to Facebook contains claims
the Red Cross in Houston, Texas was instructed to throw out a significant quantity of food and supplies donated by the public in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey."

Snopes goes on to quote from the video and Pit Bulls and Other Animals blog, "In the video, the camera pans over a pile of food, bags, and crates in what appears to be a garage, while the woman narrating it reiterates that it consisted of donations to the organization that had been discarded. No additional information is given."

Snopes managed to get in touch with the Red Cross whose spokesperson Elizabeth Penniman had this to say, "We work with a large number of partners, who provide bulk donations of goods to the Red Cross. There has been no directive given at any of our operations to discard or dispose of any new

The 'fact check' goes on to say Snopes has made repeated efforts to contact Underwood who resides in Waco and verify the video's origin. Pit Bulls and Other Animals has updated blogs to identify the video as having been shot by Cody Sloan from Houston who is working hard to see that the leftover donations in question are being distributed to needy pets and local Houston animal rescue organizations.

It's important to note the reason this video went viral. The Red Cross is no stranger to controversy. In fact, NPR did a series on the mysterious goings on involving $500 million dollars donated to the American Red Cross in Haiti relief: In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief In response to the furor over the tossed Hurricane Harvey donations, the Red Cross has issued a lengthy statement which fails to address the trashed donations filmed in Sloan's now viral video:



The Red Cross certainly can't be accused of not waxing eloquent, but their polemic in this case only succeeds in fanning the fire. What the Red Cross doesn't seem to understand in their admonishment of the 'dangers of rumors and misinformation' is the audience to whom they're speaking. Many of those who read and passed along this information are hard-working Americans and others who wanted to help their fellows and companion animals displaced by a horrible event. From the comments left on social media, many of these good people had already caught wind of misguided funding in the hands of the Red Cross such as the ProPublica exposé: How one of the country’s most venerated charities has failed disaster victims, broken promises and made dubious claims of success.   

Bottom line, people want clear answers and the response to this incident by the Red Cross is anything but.

Please refer any animal stories and Hurricane Harvey pet updates to Pit Bulls and Other Animals.

donated items such as canned food, water, diapers, blankets or dog food."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pit bull hater Phyllis Daugherty blows hot air and false information

Phyllis Daugherty rolled and curled her tinted hair and applied her thick layer of Merle Norman pancake to appear on CBSLA Channel Two news. What she had to say was filled with error and out and out lies. Daugherty, director of a group called "Animal Issues Movement" which conjures up alt-right pro-Trump racist blogs, began to rant like a banshee about the dogs she really hates, pit bulls:

"pit bulls have a high rate of attack and a high rate of killing people and animals"

"the problem is they're an unpredictable breed"

                                             ......and this one "they are genetically geared and wired to attack"


video


Where is this 'spokesperson' of hatin' on dogs actually getting her information? Dogsbite.org which uses debunked and faked numbers and has been totally debunked by experts in the field? Or maybe Merritt Clifton who writes a pit bull hate blog and pretends to be some sort of backwoodsy scholar. Merritt and his bed-feller, Beth, who hate pit bulls so much, they killed their own pet dog, Trooper.

Where do these people come from? Don't answer that. We do not want to know and certainly do not need any more hatin' haters.

According to Daugherty's Linkedin page, she has spent 18 years "specializing in training' on companion animal and pet overpopulation topics ranging from spay/neuter (where she has some sort of link to a profit business) and 'adoption and animal cruelty issues, especially dog fighting and cockfighting' .. don't even want to go there. From her spewed misinformation, we hope she is referring to 'fowl birds' and not 'foul genitalia.'

Locals in the greater Los Angeles area are calling for a boycott of Phyllis Daugherty. If that means hold your ears and run for the hills, be sure to take your dog with you if you hear anything else coming out of her mouth like froth from a rabid animal.

We have been rescuing pit bulls here at Reunion Rescue, home of the world's friendliest pit bulls, for over 20 years with never so much as a nail scratch. There is very obviously a right way and wrong way to do things and we would strongly recommend not to heed the advice of THIS Animal Issues Movement director.