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[22 Feb 2010|03:50pm]

Must Love Dogs Rescue of Maryland rescued 4 heartworm positive dogs... Treatment costs $300-$400 per dog... so if you could donate ANYTHING, that would be completely awesome, just follow the link and click on the CHIP IN button in the little box. You can donate through PayPal or... credit card. I donated $20 cause that's all I can give, but yeah, anything helps. They've only gotten 5 contributors so far and only $200 out of $1000 needed... Please help if you can!

Must Love Dogs Rescue of Maryland
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Please Help Hope for Paws Animal Rescue Org- [16 Jan 2010|03:19pm]


HOPE FOR PAWS is the ONLY pet rescue  in the Chase competition on Facebook.  We save all animals from both the streets and shelters, foster them, get them medical care, and find them loving homes.

 Below is one video of CHASE, a Maltese/Chihuahua we just rescued this week who the shelter was going to euthanize for being vicious


 Here is a video of Eldad Hagar (founder) rescuing Ace, the injured Pit Bull off the streets in Downtown LA. 


this is the link  to VOTE


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Petition against the UP cat killer [05 May 2009|04:53pm]


Justice for Tengteng

Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Sponsored by: Ted Teodoro

There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and  pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food,  a home and a family to protect her.

Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.

How much hate, you might ask?

Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone.  The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.

Why should we care?

Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable.  It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute  force.

Why take my word for it?

You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :

"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ]  I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer? "

To Whom Should We Appeal?

We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.

These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare

I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.

Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.

05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.

05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.


Tengteng at play

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[09 Apr 2008|01:20pm]

The petition is asking the British Government to force companies that test their products or ingredients on animals to have to clearly state this on their packaging.
So far there are approx 443 signatures and the deadline is 10th April 2008.
More people need to be made aware of this petition to try and put some pressure on the government. Many people aren't aware of the tests conducted on animals for their products, and it would surely put a huge number of consumers off, forcing companies to test in other ways.



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More Cruelty as "Art" [26 Mar 2008|03:34pm]

Courtesy of fierce_femme21 

Six animals shown being bludgeoned to death in San Francisco art gallery

Please take 30 seconds to ask the SF Art Institute to remove the exhibit. The email is set up for you here.

cross posted.
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Animal researchers stealing pets [08 Sep 2007|09:29pm]

[ mood | angry ]

Read all about "bunchers" and other unscrupulous characters that steal pets for animal research. Plus, ways to keep your pet safe.


Article courtesy of Labrador Retriever Rescue.

P.S.: Take a look at some of the labs up for adoption. They're adorable!

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[21 May 2007|01:24pm]

I need some help.

In my Knowledge Representation class, we're interviewing novices and experts in various domains of knowledge, to compare how their understanding and reasoning changes. I'm doing my project on animal welfare, with the idea that this information could be useful to inform humane education efforts.

I need one or two more experts.

Please let me know if you meet the following guidelines:

- You have volunteered or worked for pay for an animal shelter or rescue group for several years (say, 3 yrs minimum)
- You have iChat AV (standard on any Mac that came with a camera) or some other way to do video IM and would not mind this video being recorded (but kept private)
- You would be willing and able to sit down for about an hour-long interview sometime in the next week or so

I've called/emailed around to shelters in the area, but have only had one person get back to me (including contacts I got from classmates). I interviewed her this weekend. I know many more AW people online than in Chicago, so I finally figured out a way to record a video iChat so that I can take advantage of the great resources I know here.

xposted: aw_info, porcupine8
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New Label for Meats [21 Nov 2006|09:47pm]


The new "animal welfare approved" sticker is placed on meats that were humanely raised.
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[18 Nov 2006|10:43pm]

Two things that I thought might interest people:

First, I was eating at Chipotle today, and their soda cup was saying some kind of silly stuff about how they're "not a chain." Whatever. But the interesting part was that it says they're now the "largest restaurant seller of naturally raised beef, chicken, and pork - animals that are raised humanely, eat an all-vegetarian diet free of animal byproducts, and are never given antibiotics or added growth hormones." I'm not that worried about growth hormones, but humanely raised and fed what they're built to eat is good.

Also, new legislation is taking aim at some of the extremist tactics used by animal rights groups:


Although, I kinda assumed it was already illegal to threaten bodily harm to people, but maybe not.
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Weird Definition of Shelter [04 Aug 2006|09:33am]

[ mood | bummed ]

A couple of animal shelters in St. Louis apparently have no air conditioning and a couple of dogs had to die before anybody bothered to do anything about it. Maybe I'm just crazy, but in a city where the temperature in summer routinely hits 90°F an above, shouldn't an animal shelter have air conditioning? One of the shelters is even in Ladue, one of our wealthiest areas. I'm surprised, with temps hitting 100­­° fairly often over the past few weeks, that only two animals died. I wonder if more died, but no one bothered to say anything.

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MMMMMM.... Karma... [01 Aug 2006|04:26pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Not news: Man runs from police.
News: He gets bitten in the glutes by a police dog.
Karma: He was wanted on animal cruelty charges.

With pic of heroic dog!!


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[29 Jul 2006|11:46pm]

Please sign this petition for animal welfare: http://www.animalsmatter.org/

unlike 99% of homemade petitions out there, this one has real organizations as supporters and partners, and has a realistic action plan to achieving its goal.
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k9 amber alert [27 Jul 2006|12:47pm]


crossposted to all my dog groups... spread it around!!!!!!
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In light of Barbaro's catastrophe at the Preakness... [22 May 2006|05:45pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

Anyone know what exactly happens to racehorses that can't race anymore? Are there adoption centers for these horses?

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[27 Apr 2006|05:06pm]

Has anyone ever had success using http://www.certifiedhumane.org ?

It seems like a perfect idea - certifying humanely-raised animal products and giving locations where you can buy them. Just what I've been looking for! But when I went to the store near me that it claimed had some, I couldn't find anything that had any kind of "certified humane" seal or anything on it. Do I just have to guess which of their meat products are CH? I thought about asking the guy working at the meat counter, but it was some bored-looking teenager who probably would have just looked at me really funny.

What am I doing wrong here?

ETA: Weird, now the grocery store in question isn't even listed as a CH provider anymore. (It was a couple months ago that I looked.) Maybe the whole problem was that they didn't really carry anything? I'd still like to hear if anyone else has had success finding this stuff.
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Kewl... :) [27 Apr 2006|07:02am]

So they found an extremely potent antibiotic in wallaby milk:


What's so cool about it? No need to milk the wallabies. It can be synthesized easily.

I love how we find most of our answers to diseases in nature. :)
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Toronto (Ont): Local Farms (& a.w. link, Grandin) [17 Apr 2006|09:59pm]

Toronto Farmer's Market"

gekked from greentoronto

Well, I know, since it's in Toronto and we do have humane laws, buying local here will gurantee that it's not cruel...but I don't know where to find a list with details as to exactly how the animals in the various farms are treated.

In fact, I don't quite know how to search for stuff within this category. I know labels like "organic" exist...regarding the genetics of the product or their diet, but standards of the treatment of the animals? Could someone please refer me to a terminology FAQ? Thank you.

A site I really liked so far:
Dr. Temple Grandin's Web Page, addressing the topics of "Livestock Behaviour, Design of Facilities and Humane Slaughter".
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[13 Apr 2006|06:12pm]


Possibly the world's first pro-animal-testing (for medical research only, not household products) activism group. They held counter-protests in support of a new animal research facility at Oxford.

Apparently they've been getting a lot of crap (including death threats) from animal rights groups - drop them an email and let them know you think they're doing the right thing!
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Interesting... [13 Apr 2006|03:37pm]

I was listening to a local talk radio on tuesday and they were discussing free-range farming. Apparently, it's not all it's cracked up to be. The "free-range" usually consists of a shed about the size of a football field with a mini "backyard" where the animals can go outside. But since the animals have the doors closed on their shed in the cold months (about 5 months), they are afraid to go outside. Also, since these animals do not have antibiotics in them, so potentially, one bacterial strain could wipe out the entire flock/herd.

However, they had hope. Apparently, there is a man who, for a small fee, will drive his small flock of chickens to your cattle farm and let his chickens basically eat grubs that live under cow pies and spread the cow pies with their feet, firtilizing the grass. I think this is a wonderful idea. What do you guys think?
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Could use an icon... [29 Nov 2005|05:07pm]

[ mood | mellow ]

Anyone particularly talented at icon-creation want to contribute a userpic (or two) to this community?

Also, if you have any suggestions - communities or interests to add to the userinfo, mood icons or color schemes, etc - post them here.

If you have anything to say about how you think this community should be run, say that here too! Since it's new, I'm open to suggestions - but that doesn't mean I'll use them. :) If I like any of the suggestions, the userinfo will be modified accordingly. If I don't use your suggestion, please don't bug me about it any further. If I decide not to take any more suggestions/opinions, comments will be closed on this thread. Please do not take these issues into any other threads.

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