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Here's the link to thread #4, for those who missed something..

4 years ago

Bill Maher Asks Supports Great Ape ProtectionBill Maher Asks Congress to Pass Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act
Outspoken television host Bill Maher recently told Congress that “it’s time to get real about ending invasive experiments on chimpanzees.” Maher wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and asked him to help pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. Read letter >

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4 years ago

End lethal pig use in trauma trainingBillboard, Protest Urge End of Lethal Pig Use in Trauma Training
A bloody scalpel points to the words “Baystate Medical Center: Animal Cruelty Doesn’t Save Lives.” This PCRM billboard alerted Massachusetts drivers last month that Baystate should end the unnecessary use of live pigs in its trauma training program. View Billboard >

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4 years ago


Use of cats in pediatrics trainingUse of Cats in Pediatrics Training Continues at University of Virginia
“End Cruel Live Animal Labs.” That’s one of the messages PCRM supporters and Virginia residents carried at a demonstration to end the use of live cats in the University of Virginia’s pediatrics residency program. Alternative >

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4 years ago

Nearly Half of Supermarket Chicken Tainted by FecesNearly Half of Supermarket Chicken Tainted by Feces
Nearly half the chicken products marketed by national brands and sold in supermarkets are contaminated with feces, according to a new PCRM report. Warning Label >

4 years ago

I'm delighted to share some exciting news. Today, Canadian senator Mac Harb introduced a historic bill to end Canada's commercial seal slaughter. Now that Russia—which had imported 95 percent of Canadian seal pelts—has joined the U.S., the E.U., Mexico, and others in banning seal fur, there are no markets for this fur. If passed, Harb's bill would transition people in sealing regions into sustainable economic programs. Senator Harb's bill comes on the heels of Sarah McLachlan's recent appeal on PETA's behalf to Prime Minister Harper urging him to end the slaughter and consider a government buyout of the sealing industry.

We are finally near ending the seal slaughter once and for all, but we need your help. Please take a few minutes and click here to urge Canadian senators to support Harb's bill.

A victory is within reach, but it is not possible without your support. Please share this urgent alert with your friends and family on Facebook, and ask them to join you in speaking up for seals today.

Thank you for everything that you do to help animals.


Dan Mathews
Senior Vice President
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

4 years ago

Action Taken where possible. Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn!

Help Spare Animals
4 years ago

There's a new amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that, if approved, would provide our troops with improved military medical training and completely replace the military's ineffective and crude use of animals in trauma training exercises with superior, high-tech human-patient simulators.

Switching to these advanced simulation models will save the lives of countless people wounded on the battlefield and spare the more than 10,000 live animals who are shot, stabbed, mutilated, and killed in horrific military training exercises each year.

Please click the link below to help spare animals by urging your congressional representative to approve this amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

To take action on this issue, click on the link below:

If the text above does not appear as a link or it wraps across multiple lines, then copy and paste it into the address area of your browser.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn

You're welcome, Joan, Val and Nyack
4 years ago
Click here to view this online.
May 3, 2012 

Elephant, Los Angeles County FairAnother Huge Win - Los Angeles County Fair Ends Elephant Rides

After 23 years, elephant rides will no longer be offered at the Los Angeles County Fair – the largest county fair in the nation – thanks to a coalition effort by IDA and other organizations. The decision follows a recent vote by the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California, to end elephant rides.

The rides were provided by Have Trunk Will Travel, the company caught on video (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) viciously striking elephants with bullhooks and abusing them with electric shock devices during training – including an elephant calf. It is the same outfit that provided the elephant Tai for the film Water for Elephants and many other films and TV ads.

This isn't the first time IDA helped shut down Have Trunk Will Travel. IDA's complaints ended a notorious Los Angeles art display featuring an elephant who was full-body painted and made to stand in a sweltering warehouse. And we forced cancellation of a circus-style stunt involving an elephant at the Science Discovery Center in Santa Ana after mobilizing thousands of people to write and call in protest.

4 years ago

IDA India Water Bowl ProjectIDA India Installs 1,200 Water Bowls To Help Animals Survive Summer Heat

From The Hindustan Times: "The sweltering heat isn't forcing only you to take cover during the day. The city's many feathered and four-legged friends are also having a tough time dealing with the rising temperatures. ... Offering them a respite is In Defense of Animals' Water Bowl Project. Though started two years ago on a small scale, this summer's spin-off has a new twist. Apart from actually putting out water bowls in open areas and near offices, volunteers and do-gooders are also being asked to cement these bowls to the ground to ensure that they aren't stolen. Till date, over 1,200 such bowls have been set up around Mumbai." Click here to read more.

4 years ago

BlackBear3_jpgCalifornia Bill To Ban Hunting With Hounds Passes Committee

In California, hounds are used for hunting black bears and bobcats. Packs of radio-collared dogs chase frightened bears and bobcats, sometimes for many miles, until the animal nears exhaustion and is forced up a tree. When the dogs stop running, the hunter knows they have an animal cornered. A tracking device locates the hounds and the hunter shoots the bear or bobcat out of the tree.

SB 1221 would ban hound hunting in California. It passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee on April 24. Thanks to the hundreds of IDA members in California who contacted the committee about this bill, and those who showed up at the hearing in Sacramento. It worked! Click here to read more and post your own thoughts on our blog.

4 years ago

Take action! dotlineCentralLineMan System
CentralLineMan System

We need your help to stop the abuse of animals by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Please ask the school to end the use of animals for training anesthesiologists today.

In the Biannual Hands On Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) needles and catheters are placed in the veins and arteries of live pigs. These procedures are repeated numerous times on each pig. Nonanimal training methods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel but completely unnecessary.

So far, the responsible UTHSCH faculty and administrators have ignored pleas to change this practice. Please e-mail UTHSCH department of anesthesiology chair Carin Hagberg, M.D., and urge her to end this cruel and unnecessary practice before the next workshop, scheduled for July. Send an automatic e-mail.

Pigs are anatomically incorrect for this training. In contrast, Simulab's CentraLineMan System is a human-based medical simulator designed to provide physicians with the opportunity to learn ultrasound-guided catheter placement, while the company's Deep Vessel Venipuncture Pad is designed to teach ultrasound-guided needle placement in difficult-to-reach veins.

In addition, Blue Phantom's Branched 4 Vessel Ultrasound Training Block was designed to help physicians develop, practice, and maintain the skills necessary for ultrasound-guided venous and arterial access procedures. The abundance of purpose-designed replacements makes it clear that there is no ethical or medical justification for continuing to use pigs to teach these procedures.

Thank you for all of your help.

John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C. Director of Academic Affairs
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of Academic Affairs

4 years ago

The Bureau of Land Management could preserve the best caribou and migratory bird habitat – or let oil and gas development destroy it.

Save caribou and other Arctic wildlife

To decide, they'll have to hear from you.

Each spring, a herd of almost half a million caribou travels hundreds of miles north to western Arctic Alaska. These iconic northern creatures have another name you may know them by – reindeer. In their sheltered summer home, caribou moms calve and nurse their young. Cooling, coastal breezes keep ravenous insects away, and wolves, bears, and other predators rarely venture this far from the foothills.

Without this safe haven, few of the newborn calves would survive. In this currently remote and undeveloped landscape, caribou movements through foothills and migratory bird populations in coastal wetlands represent our country's last, greatest wildlife spectacle.

Right now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is deciding how to manage 23 million acres of Arctic Alaskan lands that caribou calves need. They're giving the public a brief window of time to weigh in on their top proposals, including one that will protect caribou and other wildlife, such as migrating birds, while allowing for responsible oil development. This gives us an amazing opportunity to help them make the right choice.

If we don't act now, companies will be allowed to develop in key regions – Utukok and Teshekpuk – where Alaska's largest herd of caribou give birth. Baby caribou will be displaced from their safe calving grounds – and into grave danger. That same development would attract more nest predators and disrupt the coastal wetlands international nursery of migratory birds.

These 23 million acres of terrain in Arctic Alaska make up the largest public landscape in the United States – and one of our most precious wild places. In addition to hosting caribou that journey hundreds of miles each year to their traditional calving grounds, the region draws millions of migrating waterfowl and shorebirds to nest each spring. WCS has been working in western Arctic Alaska for more than a decade to study and protect this huge array of breathtaking wildlife.

As the BLM considers several proposals for what to do with the land, one of their top choices is a smart, workable plan we are excited to stand behind as it balances areas for development with key protection from development in the most important areas for wildlife. In addition to our commitment to saving the region's precious wildlife, we have a concrete proposal for how to develop its natural resources, too.

This is the best proposal for wildlife conservation in the western Arctic. It protects the coastal plain around Teshekpuk Lake – home of millions of migratory birds that come from all over the planet, and tens of thousands of caribou – and the Utukok Uplands, a landscape rich in caribou (the largest herd) and their natural predators – wolves, grizzlies, and wolverines.

4 years ago
funny pictures - Dogs
4 years ago

Support the Canadian Swift Fox's Comeback

Among Canada’s most at-risk species is the small, aptly-named swift fox, whose numbers were severely depleted by the early 1900s due to habitat destruction, and poison and traps laid out for coyotes. For today's Secondary Action, learn more about the coalition of conservation groups working hard to give this tiny fox a chance at a come back.

Swift fox
4 years ago


4 years ago

All actions taken, all petitions signed. Many thanks, dear Lynn. 

What an amazing dogs list, what a remarkable loyalty to their owners! 

I had only had ever heard just about Hachiko before. 

I don't know why but I've just remembered Jimmy Stewart's poem about his dog Beau


4 years ago

Noted signed sent letters and messages Lynn Loved the list of Loyal Dogs......Thanx ) ) )

4 years ago

Thank you Carol, Gabriela and Barbara. I too, remember the poignant poem about his deceased dog that Jimmy Stewart read on the Johnny Carson show. At the end of the poem he was in tears, so was Johnny Carson and so was I.


They made a movie about Hachiko. It was with with Richard Gere as the man Hachiko waited for. Oh my, was that heart rending!

What is this world coming to?
4 years ago
Donkey Tormented for Mindless Entertainment


During a break at a Mexican rodeo at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, IL September 2011, a donkey is brought out and harassed in a repulsive attempt to "entertain" the bored audience. The poor donkey is completely passive and endures the torment without retaliation. SHARK investigators were monitoring the abuse, and now we want to make certain that it never happens again.

Donkey Tormented for Entertainment
Donkey Tormented for Mindless Entertainment
What You Can Do

Please contact the Sears Center hosting this event and the radio station sponsoring it and politely let them know what you think of their involvement in this abuse.

WLEY-FM (107.9 FM):

4 years ago
The following press statement was released to Philadelphia-area media today:

Humane Society Police Officer Johnna Seeton filed five citations for ill-treatment of animals against the Philadelphia Gun Club (PGC), located at 3051 State Road, in Bensalem, Pennsylvania in Bucks County.


Officer Seeton resides in Harrisburg, and is affiliated with the Pennsylvania Legislative Animal Network (PLAN).


The first citation stems from a live pigeon shoot held at the PGC on March 17, 2012. The other four citations stem from a PGC live pigeon shoot held on March 31, 2012.


Each citation represents a pigeon wounded by people involved with the PGC and retrieved alive by members of SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK). SHARK personnel were in boats on the Delaware River which borders PGC property.


Officer Seeton filed a similar charge against the PGC in 2010, again after a wounded pigeon was retrieved by a member of SHARK who was in a boat.


In the 2010 case, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler, who publicly scoffed at the cruelty charge, brokered a private arrangement for the PGC to evade the citation by making a small donation to a local humane society. The arrangement was condemned by the humane community, including Humane Officer Seeton and SHARK.                                                      
For more information, see SHARK's videos:

Philadelphia Gun Club - Cruel, Cowardly Killers

Cruelly Shot Pigeon Rescued from Delaware River

What You Can Do


Please contact District Attorney David Heckler and politely insist he do his job this time and prosecute PGC for the five citations in violation of Pennsylvania Humane Laws. 


D. A. David Heckler
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-348-6344
Fax: 215-348-6299

4 years ago

Baby Foxes Saved from Path of Construction (Video)

Posted: 04 May 2012 11:27 AM PDT

Whether we realize or not, wild animals are all around us. Wildlife face threats every day from human development, roads, vehicles, and intolerant or poorly informed property owners¯as well as abusive practices like poaching.

Red fox

That’s why our urban wildlife, or human-wildlife conflict, work is such an important part of our animal protection portfolio at The HSUS. The personnel associated with this work provide solutions to these conflicts and seek to foster great tolerance of our wild neighbors.

I wrote earlier this week about a federal government program that kills predators and other wildlife with your tax dollars, but at The HSUS we focus on finding humane and non-lethal solutions to wildlife conflicts.

Recently, our Humane Wildlife Services program set up remote video cameras, not far from The HSUS’s Maryland office, to monitor wildlife activity in a forested area about to be leveled for a new housing development. The cameras captured a remarkable sight: a red fox caring for her young. Take a look at our video of the baby fox kits exploring and being fed by their mother, just a stone’s throw from a busy highway. It’s a marvel to see how adaptable wild animals are, and how they can survive in the presence of such human-dominated landscapes.


Because of this development activity, our staff¯following state law¯carefully relocated turtles, snakes, and other small animals from the property. Working with the developer and a local wildlife rehabilitation center, we were also able to make sure these fox kits are out of harm’s way. If you find baby wildlife, our website has tips on how to help them (and when to leave them be).

4 years ago

Sunny Days for Street Cats in Serbia

Any animal lover who feeds strays in the street on a regular basis has the recurring daydream of whisking them all away to safety, and for Danica Mirkovic of Serbia, dreams do come true. For today's Action, read about the sanctuary that's offering sunny days for street cats in Serbia.

4 years ago

More than 20,000 birds have already died in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (located on the Oregon-California border) as water levels reach dangerously low levels. The Refuge is widely considered the most important habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48, and yet the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has failed to provide adequate water to support the millions of birds arriving for spring migration. With more than two million birds forced to bunch together in the remaining wetlands, an outbreak of avian cholera has caused the massive die-off.

Take Action Please send an email to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Ask him to direct the Bureau to send more water to the Refuge to avert a major disaster for birds.

The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is a national treasure. It was the nation's first waterfowl refuge when it was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. And its importance has never waned. Approximately 40 percent of the migratory waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway depend on this Refuge during spring and fall migrations. It hosts the largest concentration of wintering Bald Eagles south of Canada and harbors more than 80 species that are listed as sensitive, threatened or endangered.

Take ActionWe need to demonstrate overwhelming public support for helping the millions of birds that depend on a healthy Klamath Basin. Please send your email today.

David Yarnold

David Yarnold
President & CEO

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn for all the updates, petitions signed where needed

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn for posting. everything signed!! 

4 years ago

Noted new News, signed petition from the Audoban Society....Read about Danika Mirkovic's Sanctuary in Serbia on the Take Action Today Link and left a nice comment there...Thanx Lynn

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn for all what you share with us. you are a

Hi, Patrizia!
4 years ago

You're welcome, everyone. Thank you all for taking an interest in what I post.

4 years ago

Help Avoid a Disaster for Birds ACTION

More than 20,000 birds have already died in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (located on the Oregon-California border) as water levels reach dangerously low levels.

4 years ago

Join me in the fight to help the animals at Lagoon Amusement Park.

Lagoon Corporation, owner of Lagoon amusement park, has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of their animals used their exhibition and yet the amusement park remains open.

It is very clear that the animals at Lagoon are suffering. They look sick and unhealthy, and Lagoon Corporation has been cited numerous times for animal mistreatment.

Lagoon must clean up their act and take care of these animals.

Sign this petition and join me in the fight to save Lagoon Amusement Park's animals!


Thanks for taking action!



4 years ago

I have this little "story" on my profile page and I thought I'd share it with you all. I hope you enjoy reading it.



Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering

apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2009 Rescue Me Dog;

Avoid a Disaster, Petition on Lagoon Amusement Park, I Rescued A Human Today
4 years ago

Already signed one petiton, Signed The Birdie Petition, Noted the Heartwarming Story Thanx Lynn ) ) )

4 years ago
Down by the River: Couple Stops Car to Help Lost Dog
Down by the River: Couple Stops Car to Help Lost Dog

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Great Story!!
4 years ago
Northern California Fishermen Free Entangled Grey Whale
Northern California Fishermen Free Entangled Grey Whale

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4 years ago

Signed your latest petitions. Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Noted the story about the Freed entangled Grey Whale Lynn Thanx

4 years ago
United Airlines Removes Breed Discrimination from Pet PolicyPETITION:



United Airlines, the world’s largest air carrier, has removed an embargo on nine breeds of dog they deemed “dangerous” based on appearance rather than the dogs’ behavior. The policy shift comes after more than 45,000 people signed a petition started on by Jessie Huart when her 10-year-old pit bull, Slaw, was denied travel. Petition signers included military families, show dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, and dog lovers and travelers around the world. The campaign was also supported by Best Friends Animal Society, which runs the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Jessie is grateful for the widespread support for the campaign and thrilled with the outcome, which she calls “a victory for responsible dog owners everywhere.”

4 years ago
Saving the Planet’s Most Unique Bird: The Kakapo Parrot

Saving the Planet’s Most Unique Bird: The Kakapo Parrot

With only 124 individuals left in the world, the kakapo parrot is quickly on its way to join other animals that have become extinct. With the right amount of education and conservation, however, this kakapo parrot may be able to fight its way back from the brink of extinction.

The Kakapo Parrot
4 years ago

Petition Signed. Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Take action today!

Harvard Medical School has a history of neglecting, harming, and even killing animals in its laboratories, and the situation just keeps getting worse. Last October, a marmoset escaped from his cage, was captured, and died during an imaging procedure at Harvard’s New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC). PCRM has uncovered disturbing new details about this incident, and we need your help to ask NEPRC interim director Mark Barnes, J.D., LL.M., to immediately end the cruel and unnecessary experiment that killed this marmoset.

From correspondence received through the Freedom of Information Act, PCRM learned that in this experiment, marmosets are forced into restraint tubes barely larger than their bodies. Then, they are placed in an EchoMRI machine while fully awake. It appears that the marmoset who died during the experiment was so panicked that he suffered lethal injury during capture, restraint and placement in the tube, or the imaging procedure.

Not only is this experiment extremely cruel, it is also completely unnecessary. Marmosets are being used to study the human aging process—something that is being effectively and ethically investigated in humans through population studies and clinical trials.

PCRM has asked federal authorities to investigate this experiment for waste, fraud, and abuse, but the marmosets still at risk at NEPRC need help this instant. The protocol has been suspended, but it must be terminated to save the remaining marmosets. Please e-mail Mr. Barnes  today to ask him to end this deadly experiment and retire the marmosets who are still alive to sanctuary.

Thank you for your support on this urgent matter.


John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.

4 years ago

humane action

The Humane Society of the United States released undercover video footage revealing cruel treatment of animals and inhumane conditions at a Wyoming pig breeding facility owned by a supplier to Tyson Foods. The investigation revealed workers kicking piglets like soccer balls, swinging sick piglets in circles, and ruthlessly beating mother pigs. Along with individual acts of animal abuse, this investigation also highlights the suffering pigs endure when locked in metal "gestation crates" where they cannot even turn around for nearly their whole lives -- a standard pork industry practice.

Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Safeway, Compass Group (the world's largest food service provider), and other major food companies have announced, at the urging of The HSUS, that they'll remove gestation crates from their supply chains. As several leading pork producers are actively moving in that direction, Tyson lags far behind and still defends this extreme confinement. We need your help to move the company to do the right thing. Will you please help pigs by urging Tyson to stop allowing them to be confined in tiny gestation crates? Thank you for all you do for animals.
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

4 years ago

To-days two petitions signed. Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Abhorrent Abuse of Mother Pigs and Piglets Uncovered at Tyson Foods Supplier

Posted: 08 May 2012 09:25 AM PDT

[Please note: Includes graphic descriptions of animal abuse.]

Breeding sow in a gestation crate at Wyoming Premium Farms
Take action to help pigs today.

Time and again, The HSUS’s undercover investigators have exposed appalling abuses of animals¯at animal fighting pits, at puppy mills, at slaughter plants, and, with unnerving frequency, at industrialized factory farms. Our investigators have seen it all, or so we thought. The investigation we announced today¯conducted at Wyoming Premium Farms, a supplier to the meat industry giant Tyson Foods¯is a case of sickening and blatant cruelty. It cannot be excused and should not go unpunished either by law enforcement, by regulators, or by the food retailers, including Tyson, that do business with this factory farm¯to say nothing of the company’s management, which ought to feel shame and revulsion.

At this gestation crate confinement facility (see video), workers punched and kicked mother pigs. They kicked piglets like soccer balls, whipped them around by their hind legs, smashed them into concrete floors, and threw them high into the air. A few even threw piglets’ testicles at each other and fed them back to the mother pigs for “fun.” The people who engaged in this behavior should be prosecuted, and the callousness they exhibited should be a matter of serious concern to everyone, not the least of all their co-workers, neighbors, and family members.

Pregnant pigs with rectal and uterine prolapses were refused proper treatment. Pigs died in their gestation crates and were left there for days. One dead pig was half-buried in grain from an automatic feeder. One dying pig, barely even able to move, was desperately trying to inch her way to water, and the only hydration she received came as an act of mercy from our investigator. There were other cases of sadism and cruelty that I’ll leave unsaid here.


Why does it take The HSUS to expose this cruelty? Where are the company executives who run this factory farm? Where are the responsible leaders in this industry? Are they actually paying the least bit of attention to how their employees are behaving or what’s happening to the animals in their facilities? This is one major problem with the movement away from family farms to industrialized factory farms—the owners are nowhere to be found, and often a bunch of poorly paid, untrained, desensitized, and violent people are watching over the animals—with horrid consequences.

This post was modified from its original form on 08 May, 21:39
Abhorrent Abuse of Mother Pigs and Piglets - continued
4 years ago

Abhorrent Abuse of Mother Pigs and Piglets Uncovered at Tyson Foods Supplier

Just yesterday, Safeway—the nation’s second-largest grocery chain—announced that it will work to eliminate these gestation crates from its supply chain. And since February, other major food companies like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Compass Group have made similar announcements. This series of decisions should be a signal to the pork industry that there’s a crisis in conscience not just among members of the public, but among leading food retailers.

How about the images that we are transmitting today? Why would Tyson Foods buy from a wretched place like this? And where is the National Pork Producers Council, the trade association for the industry? How many cases of extreme cruelty must we uncover before the industry acknowledges that there’s something rotten at some considerable number of industrial pig farms throughout the nation?

And what about the NPPC's frequently trumpeted Pork Quality Assurance Program? The pork industry says self-regulation is working and there is no need for new humane standards, but time and again our investigators are uncovering unspeakable cruelty in a broken system. Rather than spend its time and resources trying to thwart legislation in Congress backed by The HSUS and the egg industry to improve the treatment of laying hens, the NPPC should clearly turn its attention to cleaning up the problems in its own industry.

In fact, I can’t think of a single time when the pig industry called out one of its own. Instead, the leaders in the industry spend their money and their political capital defending extreme confinement. They even oppose efforts by other industries, notably the egg industry, to create national standards to improve the treatment of laying hens. They and their political allies seek to suppress the activities that reveal and document such cruelties by every means necessary, including ag-gag bills in our state legislatures. How can they show such disdain for animals, even though they make their livelihoods from them?

What kind of people are they, and are they so arrogant as to think that the drumbeat of exposés, as well as the routine images of extreme confinement, will go unnoticed by the American public?

4 years ago

Noted and both of todays petitiions sent ( Marmoset and better treatment of Pigs :-0 ) Thanx Lynn

You're welcome, Barbara
4 years ago
Animal Welfare, Petitions — By Kristin Harkness on March 1, 2012 9:21 am

Target: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Goal: Ban abusive practices in Indonesian slaughterhouses.

This week a video aired on Australian television that showed disturbing instances of cattle abuse at an Indonesian slaughterhouse. Australia already suspended live cattle exports to Indonesia for a month in 2011 following a video that aired showing cattle in a slaughterhouse being whipped and beaten. Indonesian government must ban this horrific abuse.

The latest video, a joint effort by the RSPCA and Animals Australia, shows a distressed cow having its throat slit without first being stunned. The cow continues to moan minutes after, as workers cut out pieces of its throat. Australian government now requires exporters of Australian cattle to ensure animal welfare standards are met, with punishments for those who ship cattle to places where abuse is knowingly occurring. Australian government may be able to improve conditions for its own cattle, but it is difficult to control the plight of cattle slaughtered overseas. Moreover, there is no protection for non-Australian cattle.

Much of the abuse stems from the use of Australian-supplied restraint boxes, which results in a slow, torturous death. Australian firms Meat & Livestock Australia and LiveCorp, along with support from the federal government, have been supplying these boxes to Indonesia for ten years, as workers were having trouble restraining the Australian cattle, which are larger than those native to Indonesia. The methods used to slaughter livestock would be illegal in Australia and violate international animal health guidelines.

While Australian cattle may now have some protection against slaughterhouse cruelty in Indonesia, abuse will continue to occur if Indonesian government does not enact regulations to stop it. Urge Indonesia to adopt higher standards for the treatment of livestock destined for slaughter.

Demand Indonesia End Cattle Abuse in Slaughterhouses
4 years ago

Noted and signed Lynn :-0 Heartless!!!

4 years ago
Italy-the Mafia involved in shelter activities

Dogs of Italy are being made to suffer in concentration camps all across Italy!

The Government is paying for these shelters, unaware that most of them are being run by criminals!

These criminals brutalize, neglect, beat, and starve these animals to death! They never get adopted! They don't want them to! The more animals they have, the more money in their pockets!

Even the EU (European Union) participates with € 8.50 per day to run the dog camps in Italy so effectively that the Mafia is keeping the tortured poor souls "alive" with an absolute minimum of costs. Even water is considered as unnecessary fee and therefor the dogs gets none. The reproduction of the dogs is desired, their adoption is not.

Black economy, tax evasion, arms trade, drug trade, extortion, racket, violence, prostitution, sex slavery, constructions without planning, transformation of the cost in a mass of cement, zoomafia, arsonism, deforestation, the poisoning of the land and of the sea with ships full of toxic and radioactive waste and now the kennel concentration camps!

Let me explain briefly how this is done, how the mind of a bad owner of a kennel camp operates.

Let’s get into his mind set.

This is what he would suggest to you if you want to create a kennel camp:

First you must - preferably - choose a territory where the law is a joke. The South is perfect.

The area of Benevento, Campobasso, Caserta, Irpinia, the region of Molise, Sicily, Basilicata and Calabria are ideal for the job. Choose an area of intense animal abandonment. Campania is perfect (read the book of Saviano or rent the CD of Matteo Garrone “Gomorrah” from your local video shop and you will understand what I am talking about).

Make sure that you have solid political contacts, right or centre or left it’s totally unimportant.

Be a great friend of the parish priests. Give generously to the local churches.

Make sure you have a statue of Padre Pio in your house. Avoid the one of Francis of Assisi like the plague. He loved animals. He is not adequate.

Once the contacts are solid, try to appear like a benefactor: like Marlon Brando in the “Godfather”.

Then build a kennel in a desolate distant place. Make sure that is in an impervious area.

Make sure that the kennel, like many in Calabria, have high walls. Silence and privacy are absolutely paramount.

When the kennel is constructed, employ preferably foreign workers that you can keep silent. If the workers talk it’s big trouble. If they talk send them away - back to their country.

When the kennel is ready, make a deal with the town councils of the area (in the case of the infamous kennel of Cicerale, close to the temples of Paestum, 97 towns councils are involved with the operation).

Use your smart way. Oil the machine. Give decent backhanders. Make sure the local politicians are on your side. Make solid deals. Choose the stronger political party but be open towards the opposition.

Make sure that you have good relations with the local judges.

Establish contacts with the internationals multinationals of the vivisection; you can sell strays to the Mengeles of the animal world. It’s very easy.

Now go collecting dogs. The more dogs you collect the more money you make.

Each dog you catch is worth 50 euro plus a monthly or a yearly amount established with the local town council. Be smart: dog catching, plus dog maintenance, plus dog death with consequent incineration equal a lot of euros. It follows a fluent rhythm. More dogs, dead or alive, more green dollars.

Make sure that:
The idea of a national control of the kennels will never be activated, or we are lost.
The idea of a CCTV camera in the kennels is absolutely resisted.
The visits are prohibited so that nobody can see what is happening in the kennel.
Sterilization is not done properly.
The medical controls are inadequate.
The ASL (the medical organization that includes the veterinary control) is absent, irrelevant or abjectly corrupted and make sure that will write always false reports declaring that everything is alright.
Microchiping is done in a very limited way.


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4 years ago

Hi Lynn, i've been gone for a while and only recently got back, all actions taken and signed where i was able to.Thanks for all your hard work.

Welcome back Linda, and thank you!
4 years ago

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Dear Friend,

It's spring! In nearly every tree baby songbirds and squirrels, and even tiny owls and hawks are being cared for and nurtured by their parents.

It's an exhausting job, but wild moms and dads are dedicated to raising their tiny helpless babies.

But what happens if mom or dad comes home to find the nest cut down and all the little ones gone?

This happens so often in the spring— tree trimming and other yard work makes orphans of hundreds of babies. And although those babies can be cared for at WildCare, many won't survive the trauma of nest removal and orphaning.

You can help! Please wait to trim trees if nests are present!

WildCare asks you to please delay trimming your trees unless an experienced person has determined that there are no active nests.

Disturbing an active nest is against Federal law, but even many experienced tree companies don't know legal guidelines for wildlife. Click for resources for local arborists that have experience determining the presence of nests and babies:

It's usually only a few weeks from the time babies are born until the time they leave the nest, so your project won't be delayed long. Click to read more about tree trimming and find out what to do if you find a baby or babies alone.

Please consider your wild neighbors in this sensitive time, and plan to prune and trim in a few months when the babies are grown!

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Karen Wilson
Executive Director 


Orphaned squirrels cut from a tree. Photo by Alison HermanceThese tiny squirrels survived their branch being cut and were raised as orphans at WildCare. Please consider the helpless babies this time of year!Nest cut out of a tree. Photo by Alison HermanceTree trimmers cut down this tree limb and brought a nest of baby birds with it. Unfortunately, the babies didn't survive the fall. Please delay tree work or use a wildlife-aware service!
Baby Scrub Jays. Photo by Alison Hermance
 These baby Scrub Jays survived tree trimming but two of their siblings didn't.


4 years ago

Our Big Chance to Stick up for Puppies

Posted: 10 May 2012 01:46 PM PDT

We’ve conducted dozens of raids with law enforcement to rescue dogs in distress at puppy mills. There are so many stories of woe¯and then redemption. But one that sticks in my mind is Rudy the dachshund, who was living in a filthy, unlicensed West Virginia puppy mill with about 1,000 other dogs when The HSUS and other groups intervened. When pulled out of his cage, he was fearful, trembling, and had never known the kindness of a person. After Rudy was adopted, he then became best friends with another puppy mill survivor.

Dachshund with puppies at West Virginia puppy mill
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
The unlicensed puppy mill where we rescued Rudy
and about 1,000 other dogs in 2008.

The people who owned Rudy were online sellers of dogs. And under federal regulations, if a dog breeder sells directly to the public, there’s no federal license and no USDA inspections. That gives some of these operators free rein to deny dogs even the basics.

Soon, animal advocates will have one of their biggest chances ever to make a difference for the dogs still suffering in unlicensed puppy mills.

Today, the USDA announced that it’s publishing a proposed rule to finally close this loophole and require large-scale commercial dog breeders selling puppies over the Internet to be federally licensed and inspected. This is a victory for dogs and for the more than 32,000 people who signed an HSUS/ASPCA petition on the official White House website urging the Obama administration to crack down on unregulated mills. It is similar in content to bipartisan bills in the House and Senate, which collectively have more than 235 cosponsors. And a big nod to our affiliate, the Doris Day Animal League, for demanding action on this issue as long as two decades ago.

HSUS investigations have time and again exposed the problems with online puppy-selling websites, many of them linked to substandard, unlicensed puppy mills.

Rudy, a dachshund rescued from a West Virginia puppy mill
Michelle Riley/The HSUS
Rudy after being adopted into a loving home.

While USDA oversight is not without its deficiencies, this is an important step in dragging thousands of unlicensed, uninspected puppy mills out of hiding once and for all. Some of these facilities have been churning out hundreds of puppies a year, often in deplorable conditions, without ever undergoing a single inspection for even the most basic standards of care. Aside from the animal welfare problems associated with the regulatory circumstances, it’s just plain unfair from a business standpoint¯with one class of dealers inspected and the other not at all.

Now that this rule has been announced, we’ll need your support to ensure its swift approval. Please stay tuned here for upcoming details on how you can take action in support of this protection for puppies.

More Good News!
4 years ago

Hope Animal Sanctuary rescue dog EveIDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary Transports 186 Rescued Animals To New Lives

Last week we told you about the first of two rescue transports we planned to complete over two weeks.

Our Hope Animal Sanctuary staff just completed phase two. During the two incredibly long but now familiar journeys, 184 dogs and two kittens were taken from Mississippi to Every Creature Counts in Colorado for the PetSmart “Spring Adoptathon.” The event was a huge success, providing adoption opportunities that just aren't available in Mississippi.

Among the transported animals was Eve, pictured at left, rescued by IDA on Christmas Eve. Little Eve was starving and suffering from advanced pyoderma. It took months of care for Eve to become healthy, but within Hope Animal Sanctuary rescue dog Gandalf with human Laineyweeks she became perhaps the happiest animal we’ve rescued. Her joy was contagious.

Gandalf, pictured at right, was from an abuse case. Blind and tone deaf, Gandalf was still the smartest and friendliest dog around. Having been treated for heartworms and nursed back to health, Gandalf was able to make the journey. He was the first of the dogs adopted and he's been taken under the wing of his new Golden Retriever buddy.

Two mother dogs and their 14 puppies rescued just weeks ago from a hoarding situation also made the trip. Foster homes awaited them.

4 years ago

 IFAW logo  Action Alert   May 2012   Follow Us Facebook TwitterPolar Bear


A polar bear's head is not a trophy!

Polar bears are already threatened by melting sea ice, oil exploration, and declining survival rates.

The last thing a polar bear needs is to be killed simply because a hunter wants to mount its head on the living room wall.

Yet in Canada, where half of the world's threatened polar bears reside, local people and visiting foreigners can get permission from the government to slaughter these majestic creatures and mount their heads on the living room wall.

And a few years ago, a small group of U.S. trophy hunters began lobbying their friends in Congress to create a special legal waiver so they could defy the ban on importing an endangered species back into the U.S.

They're trying to get around the law in order to import the heads of polar bears that they knew they would likely not be able to bring home because of the species' imperiled status - but they killed the bears anyway!

Urge your Senator to reject the cruelty of polar bear trophy hunting.

Allowing just one polar bear trophy head back into the United States will open the floodgates for more American trophy hunters to stream into Canada to shoot more bears.

And to make things even worse...this new bill, called the "Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012", will open sensitive wilderness areas to recreational hunting and shooting as well as new logging, mining, and fossil fuel extraction.

Polar bears are in serious trouble. According to the United States Geological Survey, two-thirds of the world's polar bear populations will be gone by the year 2050. And they predict that the remaining polar bears would disappear gradually after that, with only a small population hanging on to see the next century.

Endangered polar bears are iconic animals that need to be protected in the wild, not mounted as trophies.

4 years ago

All noted and signed. Thank you Lynn.

Thank you, Sandy
4 years ago
Protect caribou habitats
©Steve Zack
Refuge for Reindeer

It's a breathtaking sight: each spring more than half a million caribou (you may know them as reindeer) journey to western Arctic Alaska to calve and nurse their young. Protected from biting insects and other predators, this key region offers caribou calves what other places cannot – survival.

We now have a unique opportunity to preserve this wildlife spectacle, one of America's last and greatest. Our government is considering a number of proposals to develop 23 million acres of Arctic Alaskan wilderness. One of those plans would conserve the lands that caribou calves and migratory birds rely on for survival.

Send a letter to the Bureau of Land Management today and urge protection for this critical caribou habitat.

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4 years ago

Latest petitions all signed. Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Noted and signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

I'm back all signed. Thank you Lynn.

Thanks Joan, Sandy and Brenda
4 years ago

Do you get a paycheck for doing what you love? What if you could pay the bills by working at animal rescue shelter? By cultivating a neighborhood garden? By teaching eager students who might not otherwise have access to good education.

If you're like me, you've probably thought a lot about just how much good you could do if you could follow your passions full time. »

The truth is, that can happen. Millions of people, especially people who have already had long and successful careers, are taking their experience and passion and reinventing their careers to make our world a better place.

We can help fuel this revolution! But without our passion and dedication, it's far too easy to get down in a job that pays the bills, but neither feeds our passions nor benefits our world.

Join the movement today! Click "like" to learn more about making your career into something meaningful, and harnessing the passion of a generation to create a brighter future for us all! »

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

I am going through them all now. TY

4 years ago

Take your time, Ellen. There's a lot to catch up on.

4 years ago

A mother's love: Yorkie adopts five kittens 8:37 PM

Ravell Call / Deseret News

Modern family: A yorkshire terrier named Bridget tends to kittens at the Humane Society of Utah on April 27.

Just in time for Mother's Day, this heartwarming story of a mom's love transcending species lines caught our eye today.

According to Deseret News, the story starts out rather sad. At the end of April, a 10-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Bridget gave birth to two puppies, but neither survived. An employee at the Humane Society of Utah’s Foster Care Department, where Bridget resides, then placed a litter of five kittens with the dog, and a happy ending began!

Ravell Call / Deseret News

They may not look alike, but you can just feel the love between these kittens and their new mom!

Bridget’s maternal instincts kicked in, and soon the Yorkie was acting as a surrogate mother to the little felines. She is now nurturing and nursing the kittens, and everyone is doing well, according to the Humane Society. Talk about a modern family!

Ravell Call / Deseret News

Love transcends species in this new family.

Ravell Call / Deseret News

Hop on mom! There's nothing more special than bonding time between a parent and her kids.

Ravell Call / Deseret News

Five new kids will be a lot of work for surrogate mom Bridget.

Horse Meat Burgers
4 years ago

Petition signed. I just love the story about the Yorkie and the kittens don't they look so cute together. Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Hi Lynn, how ya be girl ? I have been busy signing petitions ( Italian Mafia cruelty to dogs all closed and sooooo sad ) Sent a letter concerning the Caribous, Noted the article about Spring Time and all the new babies, Noted that the President is cracking down to take action on closing down puppy mills, also the IDA sanctuary has transport 186 dogs to new healthy lives My favorite story of course is the Mama Yorkie and her adopted Kitten babies ) ) ) Soooo Sweet ) Also HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY !!! Barb E

4 years ago

Noted and already sent IFAW letter about Polar Bears Lynn :-0 Thanx

4 years ago

All signed, loved the story of the Yorkie and the kittens thanks for sharing Lynn, have a wonderful Mothers Day all.

4 years ago

Thank you Joan, Barbara, Linda and all of you wonderful people who have taken an interest in what I post.  Happy Mother's Day to all of you lovely mothers!! 

I have opened thread #6, so Val or Nyack, could you close this thread, please?

4 years ago

Great story about the Yorkie and the kittens. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Yahoo! I am up to date

Happy Mom's day everyone!

4 years ago

Hi dear Lynn, today I was a very busy, hardworking garl, here is my report :

- Helped the critically endangered kakapo parrot by spreading the word about the bird’s plight and how the public can help the animal reach a sustainable population.

- Gabriela, You signed on April 28, 2012. Your signature has been delivered to:

Lagoon Amusement Park.

- Thank you for taking action and urging Harvard to implement nonanimal research methods.

- Thank you for contacting Tyson Foods! Now, help The Humane Society of the United States continue its path-breaking investigations.

Ban abusive practices in Indonesian slaughterhouses.

- Protest against the Italian Dog Kennel Hells ! is closed. Terrible story!!

- Thank you for speaking out to help save polar bears and other wildlife. With your help, we can continue our mission to make this a better world for animals.

- Letter sent to the Bureau of Land Management today and urge protection for this critical caribou habitat.

- Clicked "like" to learn more about putting your passion and experience to work to build a better world!

- signed petition "Boycott IGA for promoting and selling horsemeat burgers internationally online."

Thank you so much for your hard work. I greatly appreciate it.

Happy Mother's Day!

Loved so much Yorkie and the kittens story

Here is mine:


4 years ago

Love the story of the orphan squirrel. Thank you Gabriela.

4 years ago

I'm so glad, dear Brenda  

Recently I saw an excellent documentary (in my humble opinion) and thought to share


4 years ago

Animals really are amazing, stunning pictures thanks for sharing Gabriela and also for a very interesting video.

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