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8 years ago

Dear Christina: I'm sooooo glad that dog racing is declining. Now, my only worry is, what will happen to the dogs? Where will they go?
On the story of the chickens wandering the Pittsburgh campus, I'm sure the idiots who painted them and set them free on campus thought it was all a big joke. The university has to investigate this matter, find the culprits and expel them.

8 years ago

What lovely ending for Gucci.

Pombo Comeback Would Be Catastrophe for Animals
8 years ago

In a year that could spell trouble for long-serving incumbents, as voters are fed up with Washington insiders and politics as usual, it seems unlikely that a former seven-term congressman with ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff could stage a comeback. But that’s what former Rep. Richard Pombo is trying to do—by moving to another district.

Richard Pombo

Northern California voters in the 11th congressional district ousted Pombo and his malversation in 2006. So he’s moved southeast, deeper into the Central Valley, and he’s taking a run at the 19th district seat left open by Rep. George Radanovich’s retirement. It’s a solidly Republican district, and the action will be in the crowded GOP primary where state Sen. Jeff Denham, Fresno City Councilman Larry Westerlund, and Fresno Mayor Jim Patterson are all vying for the nomination.

HSLF played a role in the 2006 contest, citing Pombo as “one of the most extreme and corrupt members of Congress,” running radio ads and going door-to-door in the district to educate voters about Pombo’s cruel and shameful record. We pointed out that during his seven terms in Congress, Pombo opposed animal welfare at nearly every turn, and detailed a few of his positions:

  • Pombo protects dogfighters and cockfighters. He voted against funding for enforcement of laws to combat illegal dogfighting and cockfighting.
  • Pombo supports the barbaric slaughter of America’s horses. He voted repeatedly to promote the slaughter of horses for human consumption, even though Californians voted to outlaw horse slaughter by statewide ballot initiative in 1998 (Proposition 6).
  • Pombo consistently supports spending taxpayer dollars on animal abuse. He supported taxpayer subsidies for trophy hunting of African elephants and the luxury mink coat industry.
  • Pombo allows trophy hunters to kill wildlife on our public lands. He voted to support the continuation of cruel and unsporting practices such as bear baiting on federal lands, even though bear hunters in California are prohibited from using bait, and the use of steel-jawed leghold traps on National Wildlife Refuges, even though California voters outlawed the use of these traps by passing Proposition 4 in 1998.
  • Pombo supports dragging sick and injured livestock to slaughterhouses. He voted to allow farm animals to be dragged with chains and pushed into slaughterhouses with bulldozers for human consumption. Processing these “downer” livestock is a tremendous threat to public health, since these animals are far more likely to carry Mad Cow Disease and other risks to our food supply. California state law and a USDA regulation both ban the processing of downers.
  • Pombo supports killing whales, dolphins, seals, and polar bears. He’s the only member of Congress who has advocated for the resumption of commercial whaling by Japan and Norway.

Richard Pombo couldn’t have a more terrible record on animal protection issues. He’s received tens of thousands of dollars from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff for influence peddling; he receives money from almost every political action committee that fosters animal abuse; and for many years he was the leading opponent of animal welfare in the entire Congress. Pombo is too close to the special interests and too extreme for California.

You can be sure that HSLF will be keeping an eye on this race, as the outcome could be critically important for animal protection policies at the federal level. The primary will be held on June 8.


Crowd gathers to bid farewell to Gucci
8 years ago

Victim of animal cruelty remembered, celebrated. (video)


MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - He overcame a severe act of cruelty and went on to live a long and happy life. Saturday friends gathered to say goodbye to Gucci, the dog who helped change animal abuse laws in Alabama.

Hung, beaten, and burned. Over the last 16 years you may have heard Gucci's story. How at just three months old he survived horrific abuse, how he recovered, enduring multiple surgeries, and how his case brought attention that changed laws in Alabama. Gucci's owner, Dr. Doug James, described the night when he heard Gucci being tortured.

"I heard the barking, the yelping when they were slapping him. I didn't know what was going on," said James.

Sixteen years ago, Dr. Doug James found the burnt puppy and brought him home. At the time he didn't expect he would live through the night.

"He never complained. It was amazing. He never complained," Dr. James said.

Gucci may not have complained, but his ghastly injuries brought a flood of outrage, especially when the the teenagers who where charged got light sentences. Today at a memorial at B&B Pet Store, folks remembered Gucci and the impact he had on toughening Alabama's cruelty laws.

"Through that tragedy, through his life, we see that good can prevail over evil," said Donna Turner, President of the Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter.

Now abusing a domestic dog or cat is a felony in Alabama, a legacy that Dr. James is proud of. But he believes more can be done.

"It protects only animals, dogs and cats, that are owned by people. It does not take into account livestock, stray dogs, iguanas, or any other animals," he said.

Gucci, who died of old age earlier this week, found a peaceful end in a loving home - exactly what he deserved.

Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter are accepting donations to build a memorial garden for Gucci and other abused animals at the shelter. If you'd like to help go to .


This post was modified from its original form on 28 Mar, 8:28
Gucci, dog that survived torture and inspired tougher animal cruelty laws in Alabama, dies at 16
8 years ago

Gucci, dog that survived torture and inspired tougher animal cruelty laws in Alabama, dies at 16


MOBILE, Ala. — A dog who was severely burned as a puppy in a case that drew worldwide attention and led to tougher animal cruelty laws in Alabama has died.

Doug James rescued the dog named Gucci after it was hung by the neck, tortured and set on fire by a group of youths in 1994. James said the 16-year-old chow-husky mix had been in declining health in the past few months and was euthanized on Wednesday.

Passed in 2000, the Pet Protection Act, called Gucci's law, made first-degree cruelty to a domesticated dog or cat a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Abuse and neglect of a cat or dog is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

James said Gucci turned 16 on Monday and his annual birthday party is scheduled Saturday at a local pet shop. He said the gathering will now be a memorial service.

-- Associated Press



This post was modified from its original form on 28 Mar, 7:55
8 years ago

I certainly hope that the dog racing industry is headed for the outhouse! Those poor, sweet creatures do not deserve the horrible treatment they get.

8 years ago

Very interesting news Cristina, thanks for sharing. Poor chickens must suffer. I only hope they find out who did it

Dog racing industry decline worsens
8 years ago

LAS VEGAS, March 22 (UPI) -- Greyhound racing leaders were meeting in Las Vegas Monday amid what they called a further slide into oblivion for the industry.

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8 years ago
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Chickens found wandering Pittsburgh campus


PITTSBURGH, March 18 (UPI) -- Campus police at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh are investigating the mystery of the spray-painted chickens.



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