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Pack of Putrid Punditry Award: Rep. Steve Stockman

I haven’t handed out a Pack of Putrid Punditry Award in a long while. But this week, we have someone fully deserving of the (dis)honor. Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas Tweeted the following recently – “The best thing about the Earth is if you poke holes in it oil and gas come out.” For him, […]

Puppy mill manager handed very light punishment

The news on the topic of puppy mills is pouring into the Pack News Wire in-box. Today, let’s look into a horrible ruling in the Hawaiian puppy mill case: Puppy mill manager in Hawaii given very light sentence: The manager of a dog-breeding facility in Hawaii was sentence this week to only six months in […]

Rep. Steve King of Iowa supports those who support dog fighting

I haven’t been dishing these out of late, but today I’ve got a Pack of Putrid Punditry Award to present – and it’s a major one. Representative Steve King of Iowa has stepped in it. With King’s statements last week in support of dog fighting, he suddenly manages to look worse than Michael Vick, who […]

Supporters of pet store puppy sales call the rest of us “anti-pets”

We have a double-winner this week. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) gets both a Wacky Mentality Award and a Pack of Putrid Punditry Award for calling the movement to end the sale of puppy mill puppies – an “anti-pet movement.” The reference is actually to the banning of the sale of puppies in […]

Sarah McLachlan asks Canadian PM to halt seal clubbing cruelty

One of my favorite all-time musical artist, Sarah McLachlan, has written a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, calling for an end to the country’s annual seal hunt. The the so-called ‘hunt’ is actually the clubbing of baby seals – the brutal beating of defenseless baby seals. The Globe and Mail notes Russia banned […]

Florida reverses 45-year ban on dyeing small animals

Florida legislature and Gov. approve dying of animals for Easter sales: A Pack of Putrid Punditry Award goes out this morning to the Florida State legislature and Governor Rick Scott, who took part in passing a law which reverses a 45-year ban on artificially dyeing birds and other small animals. It is amazing what some […]

Movement grows to end abuse of circus animals

Game-show host Bob Barker, actress “CSI” star Jorja Fox, Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) have joined forces to promote legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act would “restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses,” according to an article published […]

Video: Greyhound racetrack manager will not allow media inside

GREY2K USA has released a video showing the manager of the Tucson Greyhound Park refusing a media request to visit the kennel area of his operation. A previous undercover video had shown greyhounds living in a dark kennel, in cages with only pieces of carpet to rest on – and muzzled. Photos from a subsequent […]

Genetic experiments yield glowing beagle, with disturbing possibilities

Scientists at the Seoul National University Hospital for Animals in Korea have developed a genetically-altered beagle that glows in under ultraviolet light. The studies are reportedly focusing on health benefits in human medicine, such as new techniques for tracking diseases. But a very disturbing quote is included at the end of an article on the […]

State government in India poised to endorse cruelty of greyhound racing

While awareness of animal cruelty is on the rise – I believe – some people remain clueless. Add a state government in India to the ranks of the clueless. Officials in one region are backing a plan for a new greyhound racetrack in Punjab, India. Coupled with another track in the area, a writer calls […]