First Pack News Wire of 2013

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Hope everyone had a safe and pleasant New Years Night. A couple of our rescues are a bit fearful about the fireworks, but it wasn’t too bad.

Let’s start the year off with some news items that crossed the Pack News Wire over the last couple of days.

We need more of this: An egg producer in the UK is being recognized for its high standards of animal welfare. Yorkshire Farmhouse is known as the UK’s largest producer free range eggs. The company has seen a significant increase in sales over the past several years, disproving the false claim that companies must use inhumane factory-farm tactics to be profitable.

Michigan Humane Society program working with at-risk kids: The Humane Society of Huron Valley is working with at-risk kids to turn the tide of animal cruelty. We need more programs like this all across the nation – in schools, churches, etc – for all kids.

18 charged with attending a dog fight: In Indiana, 18 people were arrested and charged with attending an animal fighting contest. The big problem? – These are misdemeanor charges.

The state legislatures all over need to make sure any association with animal fighting is a serious felony.

In Michigan has increased the penalties for animal fighting: Way to go Michigan. As of now, dog and cockfighting operators can be prosecuted as a criminal enterprise and the penalties can run up to 20 years in prison, with fines up to $100,000.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill into law on December 12. The USA Today reports – “” The new laws also allow police to seize homes and vehicles associated with animal fighting; shut down any venue associated with animal fighting and declare it a nuisance; and add animal fighting, shooting and baiting to the list of racketeering crimes. “”

 

Compassion education in Michigan

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The Humane Society of Huron Valley in Michigan has received a $44,ooo grant it will use to expand its animal cruelty education programs for high-risk youth in the area. Ann Arbor.com reports the grant comes from the James A. and Faith Knight Foundation.

We need much more of this, for troubled kids and all kids. Through compassion education, starting in the younger school grades, we might cut down on the number of cruelty cases and maybe reduce the number of cases such as the kind that unfolded Friday in Newtown, Conn.

Education can be a powerful tool.

Pack Line Headlines: Animal cruelty laws, puppy mill legislation, compassion education

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The next generation of animal lovers, hopefully: I believe we need compassion education in our schools, with programs such as the following –

The Santa Ynes Valley News reported Tuesday on third-graders from Los Olivos Elementary School in California visiting Happy Endings Sanctuary. The students were there to learn about animal welfare and how they can help.

Better regulations against puppy mills in Hawaii: The state legislature is proposing better laws to combat puppy mills, according to an article posted Monday on KHON2.com.

It is suggested that the push to stiffen breeding regulations comes after 150 dogs were rescued last February from an alleged puppy mill in Waimanalo.The article reports several bills are being discussed that could firm up the enforcement of existing laws and enact harsher penalties.

HSUS study ranks North Dakota at 48 on animal-welfare front: A letter to the editor posted Sunday on MinotDailyNews.com notes North Dakota is near the very bottom of a recent state ranking by the Humane Society of the US and calls for improvement. She asks why this has not happened to date.

News Alert: The dog-fighting app is back

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Sadly, the developer of a dog-fighting app game is reintroducing the monstrosity to the market, under the name – KG Dogfighting.

The anonymous developer told Fox News recently that he’s an animal lover who wants to bring attention to horrors of dog fighting. But the description of the game – including shootouts with law enforcement and injecting dogs with steroids and training the virtual dogs to fight – offers a much different take on the reality of it.

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