AM News Pack: dog fighting, greyhound racing, PUPS Act and animal cruelty

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Links galore again this morning as we take a look at some important news from late in the week -

A Petside.com blogger offers her thoughts on the PUPS Act (Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act), noting the current loophole in federal law that allows unlicensed breeders to sell directly to the public, primarily over the web.

Jo Singer notes that on March 1, a group of bipartisan representatives in the US House reintroduced the PUPS Act. Hopefully this time we’ll see a fully bipartisan effort in the full House and Senate to get this bill passed. It should only take a few minutes to pass something this important and morally right.

We have this thing now called the Internet and some really bad breeders – puppy mills – are using it to sell directly to people who are clueless as to what horrors are going on on the other end of that Internet connection.

Can Congress catch up to the 21st Century on this issue?

That Florida greyhound racing trainer who was investigated for the starvation deaths of 37 greyhounds at Ebro Greyhound Park has been fined $170,000 and his Florida license has been permanently revoked.

WMBB News 13 reports Ronnie Williams still faces criminal charges.

The cable network Nat Geo Wild will be airing a new series -”Philly Undercover.” The show will follow team of police officers investigating dog-fighting, exotic pet trading and other crimes.

And finally this morning we have yet another case where domestic violence is tied to animal cruelty. Actually both crimes are domestic violence, since our pets are part of our families.

A 22-year-old Arizona man was arrested after physical evidence of abuse was discovered on his 4-month-old son. KOLD.com reports the baby had “fractures to his legs and ribs, a swollen right arm and internal head bleeding.”

The accused is also facing one count of animal cruelty after a veterinarian discovered the family’s 4-month-old puppy had a fractured shoulder. The article states Johan Wall threw it to the ground last September.

Okay, this <censored> is innocent until proven guilty, so let’s speak in general.

What kind of weakling picks on babies and puppies? How could anyone be so low on the evolutionary scale to do something like this?

I’ve studied animal behavior, cognition and self-awareness for a long time now. But this trait in some humans – this ability in some people to be so extremely cruel and brutal – is something I will never understand.

As far as I know, this sort of person is the only group of living things on the planet that engages in actual torture – of its own kind or of other living things. Carnivores and omnivores do of course kill for food, but do any animals actually engage in torturous acts, just to mentally and physically brutalize another being? I do not think this is the case.

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