Note To My Critics:

The links to the many sites that I've included contain information that I believe to be relevant, be it the graphics, the videos, the undercover investigations, etc. . Exposing & and ending the brutality and savagery inflicted on the non-human animals is what I am focused on. I strongly believe that every voice against animal abuse/exploitation is of value and -and- collectively we have the power to end it. I am here for the animals, not for anyone's approval and for that I make no apologies. ** I do not promote violence towards humans. ___________________________________________________ Bookmark and Share

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I Am An Animal Rescuer

 NOTE: I found this poem posted on my Facebook wall.   I thought I'd share it with you.  I think almost every person driven to rescue non-human animals can relate to it.

I Am An Animal Rescuer

My job is to assist God's creatures

I was born with the need to fulfill their needs

I take in new family members without plan, thought or selection

I have bought dog food with my last dime

I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand

I have hugged someone vicious and afraid

I have fallen in love a thousand times

and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body

I have Animal Friends and friends who have Animal Friends

I don't often use the word "pet"

I notice those lost at the road side

And my heart aches

I will hand raise a field mouse

And make friends with a vulture

I know of no creature unworthy of my time

I want to live forever if there aren't animals in Heaven

But I believe there are!

Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind?

We may be master of the animals,

But the animals have mastered themselves

Something people still haven't learned

War and abuse make me hurt for the world

But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for humankind

We are a quiet but determined army

And making a difference every day

There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan

Nothing more rewarding than saving a life

No higher recognition than watching them thrive

There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play

who only days ago, was too weak to eat

I am an Animal Rescuer

My work is never done

My home is never quiet

My wallet is always empty

But my heart is always full

In the game of life, I have already won!

~ Annette King Tucker ~

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cats And Christmas Trees ~VIDEO

Posted for all of my Animal Loving Friends. As you all know this is not one of my usual posts but for once I thought I would post something light-hearted. Any one who has or has ever had a cat can relate to this. LMAO

Shalom,
Patty


Saturday, December 18, 2010

We Are All One ~VIDEO

Friday, December 17, 2010

"Extremist Watch" Newsletter On Preventing A.L.F. Attacks | Voice of the Voiceless

"Extremist Watch" Newsletter On Preventing A.L.F. Attacks | Voice of the Voiceless

The Story of Jenny

This made me cry this morning. It will stay with me forever, until I die, just like all of the other stories & videos.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

US – Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has announced $300,000 in Meat Processing Facility Investment Credits for 17 meat processors.

 http://www.thecattlesite.com/processing/news/12873/300000-for-meat-processing-plants-modernisation 

NOTE: This not where I want my Tax Dollars to go!

 

$300,000 for Meat Processing Plants' Modernisation

US – Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has announced $300,000 in Meat Processing Facility Investment Credits for 17 meat processors. 
The tax credits will leverage $3.4 million in investments and generate 49 jobs.

DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski made the announcement on behalf of the Governor at an event at Nueske’s Meat Products in Shawano County. Nueske’s received a $20,943 grant to upgrade its equipment and facility and create 12 jobs.

“In Wisconsin one of our great, great strengths is in food processing,” Governor Doyle said.

“It is critical that we continue to invest in this industry, even in these really tough national economic times. We have already seen the powerful effects modernization tax credits can have on our state agriculture industry. The new meat processing facility tax credits will build on the success of our dairy modernization tax credits to help Wisconsin processors modernize, expand and compete in the global market.” 

The Meat Processing Facility Investment Credit program was created in the Governor’s last budget to support the modernization of the state’s meat processing industry. 

The tax credits build on the success of the state’s dairy modernization and investment tax programmes. 

The programme provides a tax credit for up to 10 per cent of the expenditures meat processors invest in modernization or expansion. Eligible costs include construction, additions, utility upgrades, equipment, technology and other upgrades.

This is the first year that meat processors can apply for the tax credits. In the next fiscal year, $700,000 will be available for the programme. The program will continue until 1 January 2017.
TheMeatSite News Desk

Abuse At Livestock Actions (Video)

Abuse At Livestock Auctions (VIDEO)


In an undercover investigation conducted by The Humane Society of the United States, footage obtained from livestock auctions in four states reveals horrendous neglect and abuse of animals.

Crippled cows (dubbed downers) too stressed to even walk from years of mistreatment at dairy farms are commonly seen left to die in pens with other cows or in the parking lot.

The willful neglect of these innocent creatures is inexcusable, yet being routinely ignored by the owners of these auctions, the industry and even the USDA.

There is a common phrase among animal activists that "there is no justice, it's just us". Take a stand against this senseless cruelty and demonstate every day that you don't support the abuses these animals endure by living a lifestyle free of animal exploitation. Go vegan!


Please visit:  http://www.meat.org/

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Aaron Sorkin: In Her Defense, I'm Sure the Moose Had it Coming

Aaron Sorkin: In Her Defense, I'm Sure the Moose Had it Coming


NOTE
 This is an article that I ran into on The Huffington Post 
this morning. I' wonder if the author is aware of just how much animals
 raised for food/leather/skin suffer. At one point in time I was 
where he is right now. I always loved animals and couldn't bare 
the thought of them suffering but I ate meat for years and years. 
I get a sense that Mr Sorkin is a compassionate man and that is a start. 
Anyway, I thought this article was worth posting for a couple of 
reason one being Mr Sorkin has picked up on something here, 
like Societies double standards. I agree with Mr Sorkin, Sarah Palin 
is no better than Michael Vick except when she murders animals TLC pays
her $250,000.00 per episode to air it. Mr Sorkin has also touched on a 
couple other interesting points that shine a light on  Sports/Trophy Hunters as well.
Who know's maybe Mr. Sorkin is on a slow path to vegetarianism...it could happen.


~Shalom~

Aaron Sorkin

Posted: December 8, 2010 02:26 AM


"Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation."
You're right, Sarah, we'll all just go fuck ourselves now.
The snotty quote was posted by Sarah Palin on (like all the great frontier women who've come before her) her Facebook page to respond to the criticism she knew and hoped would be coming after she hunted, killed and carved up a Caribou during a segment of her truly awful reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska", broadcast on The-Now-Hilariously-Titled Living Channel.
I eat meat, chicken and fish, have shoes and furniture made of leather, and PETA is not ever going to put me on the cover of their brochure and for these reasons Palin thinks it's hypocritical of me to find what she did heart-stoppingly disgusting. I don't think it is, and here's why.
Like 95% of the people I know, I don't have a visceral (look it up) problem eating meat or wearing a belt. But like absolutely everybody I know, I don't relish the idea of torturing animals. I don't enjoy the fact that they're dead and I certainly don't want to volunteer to be the one to kill them and if I were picked to be the one to kill them in some kind of Lottery-from-Hell, I wouldn't do a little dance of joy while I was slicing the animal apart.
I'm able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don't watch snuff films and you make them. You weren't killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I've tried and tried and for the life of me, I can't make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing. I'm able to make the distinction with no pangs of hypocrisy even though I get happy every time one of you faux-macho shitheads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face.
So I don't think I will save my condemnation, you phony pioneer girl. (I'm in film and television, Cruella, and there was an insert close-up of your manicure while you were roughing it in God's country. I know exactly how many feet off camera your hair and make-up trailer was.)
And you didn't just do it for fun and you didn't just do it for money. That was the first moose ever murdered for political gain. You knew there'd be a protest from PETA and you knew that would be an opportunity to hate on some people, you witless bully. What a uniter you'd be--bringing the right together with the far right.
(Let me be the first to say that I abused cocaine and was arrested for it in April 2001. I want to be the first to say it so that when Palin's Army of Arrogant Assholes, bereft of any reasonable rebuttal, write it all over the internet tomorrow they will at best be the second.)
I eat meat, there are leather chairs in my office, Sarah Palin is deranged and The Living Channel should be ashamed of itself.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lucy ~ The Result of a "Free To Good Home" Ad on Craig's List

http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/a-vigil-for-lucy-a-dog-thrown-away

Milwaukee, WI -- She was once a puppy -- wiggly and adorable -- full of life, hope and wonder for her world. She was a dog that had a home once upon a time -- she had a name -- her name was Lucy.

Last Friday, someone discovered Lucy. Lucy was struggling to free herself from the cold waters of a lagoon at Washington Park. The local animal control was contacted -- it was obvious that the struggling dog was in desperate need of help.

What the animal control officers found saddened them, but it did not surprise them. Lucy, a young pit bull, was suffering from more than the frigid waters of the lagoon -- her body was battered, torn and scarred. Lucy had been used as a bait dog for dogfighting.

When the people that used her were done with her 'services,' they threw her away -- literally discarding her beaten body in the cold waters. Their intent was clear -- by throwing away the dog that they no longer needed -- she was meant to die.

And die she did. So badly abused was Lucy's body that she was beyond saving. She was suffering from hypothermia, seizures and an array of injuries.

The humane thing to do at this point was to euthanize Lucy -- to free her from her pain and let her run free, away from the horrors of the world she had come to know. Little did her owner know that "free to good home" meant a death sentence to innocent Lucy.

How did animal control know what Lucy's name was? Her prior owner had cared enough to implant a microchip in the dog. Animal control contacted her prior owner and discovered that her original owners had given her away for free on Craigslist years earlier.

Years ... how long had Lucy been suffering as a bait dog? How many times had she been thrown into a dog pit to be subjected to gnashing teeth, torn flesh and absolute terror?

Authorities in Milwaukee report that dogfighting has continued to grow in popularity in this area, especially among gang members. These people have become so immune to the horrors that they are inflicting that they no longer see the dogs as living creatures -- they are solely a means to an end -- a thing.

So objectified are the dogs that they have cease to be seen as dogs -- dogs that breathe, feel, love.

On Friday, a vigil will be held at the Washington Park lagoon at 6:30 pm. Organized by a group known as 'Battle Against Dogfighting,' the vigil is meant to not only honor and mourn the lost life of Lucy, but also, to call attention to the horrors that go with dogfighting.

If you do not live in the Milwaukee area, you can still take a moment on Friday evening to light a candle for Lucy's lost life. In her memory, you can help stand up against the cruel sport of dogfighting.

And always, if you suspect the presence of a dogfighting ring please contact the police right away. Those involved in dogfighting must be stopped. Not only are their activities despicable, but these people are typically involved in other dangerous, illegal activities.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bruised, tied up and caged: The desperate plight of starving orangutans forced into villages to look for food as their rainforest home is destroyed


By WIL LONGBOTTO


Arms wrapped dejectedly around his mother, this baby orangutan can only cling on to her for comfort after being tied up in a cage.  The pitiful creatures were captured after going into a village in Sungai Pinyuh, Indonesia, in a desperate search for food.   They were then beaten by villagers so badly one of the primates died before being locked in the tiny cage without food or water.
Enlarge Desperate: A baby orangutan clings dejectedly to its mother after she was beaten, tied up and shut in a tiny cage while looking for food in Sungai Pinyuh, Indonesia
Desperate: A baby orangutan clings dejectedly to its mother after she was beaten, tied up and shut in a tiny cage while looking for food in Sungai Pinyuh, Indonesia
Enlarge Plight: Orangutan numbers have been badly hit in Indonesia and Borneo as unscrupulous logging companies tear down their rainforest habitat to sell wood or grow crops like palm oil
Plight: Orangutan numbers have been badly hit in Indonesia and Borneo as unscrupulous logging companies tear down their rainforest habitat to sell wood or grow crops like palm oil
Rainforests cover 60 per cent of Indonesia, but orangutans - which means man of the forest - have seen their habitat cut down at an alarming rate, often to fuel the need for space to grow palm oil crops.
Many adult orangutans are killed by farmers in Indonesia and Borneo to prevent them eating crops as their natural food disappears, leaving helpless orphans to die in the wild.
Indonesia is one of the world's leading emitters of carbon dioxide, blamed for global warming.
Tropical forests play a key role in soaking up carbon dioxide and regulating the climate.
Enlarge Industry: An illegal logger cuts down a tree to form planks for construction in a forest south of Sampit, Kalimantan province
Industry: An illegal logger cuts down a tree to form planks for construction in a forest south of Sampit, Kalimantan province
Enlarge A worker uses a chainsaw to chop up a massive tree. More than 60 per cent of Indonesia is covered in rainforest and it is one of the highest producers of carbon dioxide in the world
A worker uses a chainsaw to chop up a massive tree. More than 60 per cent of Indonesia is covered in rainforest and it is one of the highest producers of carbon dioxide in the world
Millions of hectares are cut down every year in Asia, Africa and South America every year.
A UN-backed scheme called Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) has been launched aimed at rewarding poorer nations for preserving their forests.
New data reveals that around 10 per cent of mankind's greenhouse gas emissions come from the clearing and burning of forests.
The programme is one of the points of debate at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, and the REDD policy could form a central part of any new global climate agreement from 2013.
Under the scheme, a value would be placed on every ton of carbon that rain forests soak up.
This could lead to a global market in carbon credits potentially worth $30billion a year. These credit could be used to reward governments and local communities to preserve their forests and to compete against other interests including palm oil and pulp or paper firms.
Enlarge Ecological disaster: Boats travel along a shallow transportation canal in central Kalimantan. Peat bogs which thrived among the rainforest are drying up as a result of massive deforestation
Ecological disaster: Boats travel along a shallow transportation canal in central Kalimantan. Peat bogs which thrived among the rainforest are drying up as a result of massive deforestation
Enlarge Initiative: A UN-backed scheme, Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, is being debated in Cancun which would reward poorer countries for protecting their forests
Initiative: A UN-backed scheme, Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, is being debated in Cancun which would reward poorer countries for protecting their forests
Governments, polluting companies and investors would buy REDD credit from projects that preserve and protect large areas of tropical forest.
In return, the credit would be used to offest a portion of the greenhouse gas emissions in rich nations.
Money from the sale would then flow to governments in REDD countries, project investors and communities for livelihood programmes.
REDD would also recognise steps to boost carbon stocks in a forest, including replanting cleared areas, sustainable forest management and conservation efforts.
Nations agreed to look into a national system of carbon accounting under the Kyoto protocol.
For more information or to donate money to help save orangutans, visit www.orangutan.org.uk or www.orangutan-appeal.org.uk


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1335367/Starving-orangutans-forced-villages-look-food-rainforest-destroyed.html#ixzz1795Kumf5

Thursday, December 2, 2010

5 worst states to be an animal: Abuse laws lax

5 worst states to be an animal: Abuse laws lax - Health - Pet health - msnbc.com
By Kim Campbell ThorntonWhat's the punishment for being cruel to an animal? In five states — Idaho, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota — the law’s response is, “Not much.”

Those five states have the weakest animal protection laws in the nation, according to a recent report by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization based in Cotati, Calif. The report says the states' failings include not requiring owners provide basic animal care such as adequate food and water, no requirement for mental health evaluations or counseling for those convicted of animal abuse and no restrictions on future ownership of animals following a conviction.

Three of the five states do not consider cruelty, neglect or abandonment a felony. And of the five, only North Dakota regards all animal fighting as a felony, not just dog fighting.

People in these states aren’t more likely to mistreat their animals, says Stephan Otto, ALDF’s director of legislative affairs and author of the report, but the laws haven’t caught up with society’s values.

“Most people treat their animals wonderfully, but the question is whether there are appropriate penalties when they don’t,” he said.

In Mississippi, for instance, the penalties for neglect and dog fighting are the same: a fine of between $10 and $100 or jail time for between 10 and 100 days. Someone who maliciously injures or kills a dog or cat cannot be fined more than $1,000 or imprisoned for more than six months. The only restitution required is the replacement value of the animal, plus the cost of any veterinary fees or other expenses incurred. By contrast, in California, one of the states with tougher penalties, dog fighting is punishable by imprisonment for 16 months to three years, a maximum fine of $50,000 or both.

Kentucky vets not allowed to report abuse
In Kentucky, veterinarians are prohibited from reporting suspected cruelty or fighting, an unintended consequence of a law mandating client confidentiality. Otto says a bill was recently introduced to rectify the problem.

States that are soft on crimes toward animals often have an agricultural lobby that may see animal protection issues as potentially limiting options for farmers, says Francis Battista, a founder and director of Best Friends Animal Society, a non-profit organization based in Kanab, Utah. When animal issues come up, they tend to be put on the back burner in favor of human issues. Cultural or traditional attitudes can also affect the way people relate to animals and the willingness to adopt animal protection laws, he says. People in southern and western states can have an independent mindset that precludes being told how to treat their property, including animals.

In 2009, when a Mississippi man tied his dog to a tree, set her on fire and let her burn to death, it was considered only a misdemeanor. He was fined $1,000 and given a six-month sentence. Last month, the Mississippi legislature introduced a bill that would increase the penalty for acts of cruelty toward dogs and cats. If passed, people convicted of cruelty could go to prison for up to five years and pay a fine of $10,000.

Beyond greater penalties, there are other consequences to being convicted of a felony rather than a misdemeanor, Otto says.

“Those convicted of felonies will usually serve their sentences in a state or federal prison rather than a local, city or county jail," he says. "A felon will also have more restrictions on their rights than a person convicted of a misdemeanor. In many states, convicted felons cannot serve on juries. They may also lose their right to vote or to practice certain professions, such as lawyer or teacher. Felons may also be prohibited from owning guns or serving in the military.”

Arkansas, which was once ranked at the bottom of the ALDF's annual report, improved its standing last year after the state’s attorney general brought together people from agricultural and animal protection organizations and hammered out an agreement that included a felony penalty for torture, including starving, and neglect, improved the definition of care, and provided for mental health evaluations and counseling. People who commit animal cruelty in the presence of a minor face stronger penalties.

“It catapulted them from the very bottom to the middle,” Otto says.

Many states are taking steps to offer better legal protection for animals, including mandates for mental health evaluations, counseling or restrictions on animal ownership for people who are convicted of animal cruelty. Those are important because people who commit crimes against animals frequently repeat them.

Emergency care for canines

There’s also a strong connection between animal abuse and other types of violence, particularly domestic violence, a link that has been shown in many studies.

A 1997 study by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University found that those who had committed a violent crime against an animal were five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people.

When animal abuse is addressed early, before it becomes a habit, it can help to reduce overall violence in a community, Otto says.

“We think it’s incumbent that the mental health angle of this is addressed in laws,” Otto says. “A lot of states too are looking at prohibiting those convicted of animal cruelty and neglect from owning animals for a certain period of time after conviction. We think that’s another helpful tool to break the cycle of abuse and potentially eliminate new victims.”

Better definitions of care provide a baseline for pet owners to meet as well as objective criteria for law enforcement to know whether the law has been violated. But in the end, enforcement is key.

“You can have the best laws on the books, but if you’re lacking enforcement, they’re not worth anything,” Otto says.

Second chance for abused animals
The good news is that animals are resilient, Battista says. Whether they have suffered neglect, abandonment or overt physical abuse, they have an amazing ability to respond to rehabilitation efforts.

Video: Vick dog’s new life He would know. Best Friends took in 22 of the 47 dogs rescued from the estate of Michael Vick after he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to engage in dog fighting in violation of the Animal Welfare Act. Many were so shut down and unresponsive due to the abuse they'd likely suffered that they that they would have been euthanized if Best Friends hadn’t taken them, says spokesperson Barbara Williamson. Because of judicial requirements regarding their placement, only a few are in adoptive homes so far, but the rest are at Best Friends or in foster care and all are making progress. Only one is considered aggressive toward people, Williamson says, and even she is now friendly if introduced by someone she trusts. She will stay at Best Friends for the rest of her life.

“Animals are survivors, like people, and they will take every opportunity to respond to help,” Battista says. “Depending on what category of abuse you’re talking about, the way we rehabilitate and the time for rehabilitation might be different. Some animals are never going to be lap cats or lap dogs, but they’ll always improve and they’ll always respond. It’s simply a matter of time and patience.”

Kim Campbell Thornton is an award-winning author who has written many articles and more than a dozen books about dogs and cats. She belongs to the Dog Writers Association of America and is past president of the Cat Writers Association. She shares her home in California with three Cavalier King Charles spaniels and one African ringneck parakeet.




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