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    Study: Greyhound racing is a huge loser – in multiple ways

    January 27th, 2015 No Gravatar

    West Virginia has become a recent focal point of the crumbling, losing, misguided greyhound racing industry.

    On Monday, the Charleston Daily Mail ran an article that refers to a new report as “breathtaking,” concerning the monetary drain the dog-racing industry has on the state. As the state’s taxpayers are contributing more to keep the tracks afloat, more dogs are being injured and killed.

    And while those two troubling trends are rising, the revenue and attendance from the races are falling. There’s a lot wrong with this picture. I can’t think of any other case where the taxpayers are asked to support an industry where the above factors exist.

    The taxpayers are being forced to support a needless operation where animals are killed and injured – and killed and injured at an alarming pace.

    The evidence is abundantly clear. On both economic and compassionate levels, we need to see and immediate ban on greyhound racing – nationwide.

    The aforementioned report shows wagering at racetracks in West Virginia declined 55 percent between 2004 and 2013. From 2009 to 2013, 162 greyhounds were killed at West Virginia tracks and 3,331 injuries were reported.

    All of that carnage took place at two dog tracks.
    And the report rightfully noted that many of the people who work at the track sections of the casinos can be transferred to other areas of the casinos and keep their jobs. So another argument out of the pro-racing side is shot down.
    The Charleston Gazette also, of course picked up on the story. The article quotes the Spectrum Gaming Group report as concluding:
    “Even if the return were close to neutral, we suggest that it does not make sense to spend more than $29 million a year to make a little over $30 million a year, with so much of that money going to residents who live in other states.”
    Florida, West Virginia and the few other states that still allowing dog racing, should act immediately. For every day that passes, more dogs are suffering.
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    Off Topic – Sorta – 100 Impressions

    January 26th, 2015 No Gravatar

    A man named Brian Hull posted a YouTube video last week where he reeled off 100 impressions in less than four minutes.

    It’s not really quite so far off topic, as many of the impressions are of animals – cartoon animals.

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    Preview of Keystone XL Pipeline? – Huge oil spill

    January 20th, 2015 No Gravatar

    Could the huge oil spill today into the Yellowstone River be a red flag for the Keystone XL Pipeline? We continue to be told that everything from pipelines to offshore drilling to fracking is safe and sound.

    Then we read over and over again about spills and health risks, while the same folks who claimed the operations are safe look around the room and whistle and turn away as if it’s no big deal.

    CNN reports the pipeline in Montana burst, sending up to 50,400 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River and prompting the state’s Governor to declare a state of emergency. Nearby residents are being told to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.

    The article also notes that in 2011, a ruptured Exxon Mobil pipeline poured 42,000 gallons of oil into this same river.

    But for the deniers, it’s okay. For them, spoiling the drinking water for people and the suffering of wildlife is small price to pay for adding to the back accounts of Big Oil CEOs.

    Spill after spill after spill – and we’re supposed to forget it. We’re supposed to blindly turn away and ignore the degradation of the environment, all in the name of corporate profit. For too many, the future for our kids doesn’t matter and the animals don’t matter and our health and welfare just doesn’t matter. It’s all about profit.

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    Misguided Question of the Day (Topic – Greyhound Racing)

    January 18th, 2015 No Gravatar

    I am sometimes just stunned by articles written on greyhound racing (although by now I should not be stunned).

    This time, it’s an article posted today on the Australian Racing Greyhound site. The question: “Can there be too much racing?” The writer’s conclusion seems to be that with more races, it means “slower and weaker” dogs are racing.

    The reality for the dogs is – one race is too many. With the constant threat of severe injury and death – one race is too many. With some dogs never making it out alive because they are deemed to be “slower and weaker” – any more races at all are too many.

    To ask if there are too many races because the field is too weak is misguided at best.

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    Climate change debate should be about much more than temperature change

    January 18th, 2015 No Gravatar

    The science-deniers are routinely commenting about climate change with observations about temperature. And too often it sinks the overall discussion into nothing more than a comparison of temperature over particular eras.

    The deniers really don’t want the debate to slip beyond this level – into the impacts of climate change and even more importantly, the deeper overall impacts of human activity.

    While the specific temperature trends are certainly an important factor, too much is made in the media and within debates about temperature ONLY.

    The keys are actually the impacts of the temperatures and the pollution/emissions being poured into our air, water and land.
    The oceans are being impacted to an extreme level by human activity – trash, overfishing, pollution and more.
    While the US is doing better in some respects with air pollution, some regions of the globe are still horrible – as in China.
    The Appalachian Mountains are being destroyed by mining operations – with entire ranges blown up. The material is dumped into mountain streams.

    Deforestation is a huge tragedy. Animal species moving into extinction at a rapid pace is a huge tragedy.

    It is an indisputable FACT that human activity is impacting the planet. Those wishing to firmly place their head in the sand and ignore the facts will never change the facts.

    Denying that something that is undeniably happening isn’t happening isn’t a logical position. It is nothing more than a child putting his fingers into his ears while crying out, “La, la, la, la ….”

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    FINALLY – A just punishment for dog fighting

    January 17th, 2015 No Gravatar

    Kudos to U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins, who handed down a record $2 million fine this week on participants in a major dog-fighting operation – to serve as restitution to help cover the care of the dogs involved.

    The same judge also imposed the longest sentence ever in a federal dog-fighting case.

    The Star-Telegram reports the money will go to two animal-welfare groups who cared for the 451 dogs rescued in the case.

    The key, evil organizer in the operation received eight years in prison and fined $580,000. Another individual was ordered to pay to pay $627,389 and spend four years behind ball. And another got five years and $458,752.

    This sort of justice needs to happen much more often – especially when the crimes involve acts of cruelty involving animals and people.

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    Score one for the use of drones – to expose factory farming

    January 16th, 2015 No Gravatar

    Not a big fan in general of drones flying around the country, sometimes as a threat to aircraft safety or invading the privacy of the general public. But as is the case with many subjects, some good uses are arising.

    The individual who shot the video below was able to educated us all on the health risks from hog farm lagoons. There are some real horrors going on within too many factory farms across the nation.

    Some will always try to wave off the cruelty-to-animals debate, as strong as the evidence is against factory farming. But even the cruelty apologists will not be able to counter this video, where it shows huge ponds of feces, urine and more – and the sprinklers used to spay this noxious mess into the air over the property of nearby properties.

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    Federal judge completely botches ruling on foie gras

    January 15th, 2015 No Gravatar

    This one is really disappointing. A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a California ban on foie gras.

    For those unfamiliar with this food product, it is an unnecessary delicacy that is manufactured by force-feeding through tubes stuffed down the throat of ducks or geese.

    People eat meat. That will go on. But why does the process have to include cruelty to this level or to the level of gestation crates or battery cages? In many cases, animals lived better lives on farms in the 1800s.

    But this product – foie gras – is a delicacy. It is completely unnecessary. So one less fancy item will be on some high-handed menu. And while some people won’t get to brag that they ate foie gras, more ducks and geese will be spared inhumane treatment.

    I think the diners and chefs can at least give up this item.

    ABC News quoted U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson, who overturned the ban, as saying,

    “California cannot regulate foie gras products’ ingredients by creatively phrasing its law in terms of the manner in which those ingredients were produced.”

    What?

    So if the production of an ingredient for a product was shown to put consumers’ health at risk, I guess Judge Wilson would claim the state couldn’t regulate it. I guess he thinks companies should be able to put lead back into the paint on toys and asbestos into homes.

    So this judge doesn’t think a state can legislate against animal cruelty? Would he suggest a state could not regulate dog fighting, because the state cannot regulate a gambling operation based on the way the participants are produced?

    Of course the states can and should be able to regulate food production, due to the manner in which the products are produced – for the goals of human health, food safety and the protection of animals.

    It appears Judge Wilson based his ruling solely on the impact on the profit for high-end restaurants.

    Maybe the judge needs to watch a video of who the birds are fed and then attempt to justify his misguided judgement.

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    Video: HSUS assists with rescue at Alabama fighting-dog breeding operation

    January 14th, 2015 No Gravatar

    It is so sad what some people will do for profit. In the case exposed below, it is called hog dog fighting.

    The Humane Society of the US assisted law enforcement recently with a rescue at a breeding operation, where dogs are bred to fight pigs.

    Degenerates actually place bets as dogs are released to attack pigs.

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    Quick update – 2015 thus far: Deer farming, red wolves, sea fracking

    January 13th, 2015 No Gravatar

    Three interesting bits of news from the Associated Press have come in on the Pack News Wire that I have not touched on as yet. So let’s toss out a quick update.

    Deer farming: Nine public hearing were slated for January by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, on the topic of deer farming. This practice involves raising deer on farms to be sold as game or directly for their meat and antlers.

    Hunters are joining wildlife advocates to express concern for this sort of industry. One fear is for the risk of the spread of diseases.

    Red Wolves: 2015 could be a key year for the red wolf. The Associated Press notes North Carolina has the only wild population of this wolf species. The program to maintain the species is being debated early this year.

    Due to habitat loss and hunting, the red wolf populations were devastated. In 1987, red wolves were bred and released into the wild in an effort to restore their numbers.

    Sea Fracking: An article from January 9 contained two stunning revelations.

    If fracking waste is discharged by a company into the ocean, it is in most cases up the company to report the spill.

    And one paragraph of the Associated Press piece states the following:

    Little is known about the effects of the chemicals used in fracking on ocean life.

    The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, for failing to honor a request for public records.

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