Report on seal slaughter: Numbers killed down but cruelty on the increase

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The season’s horrible East Coast seal hunt season draws to a close, the Canadian Press is reporting the number of pups beaten, shot and killed through any means possible was down significantly.

From the story: “” The total number of harp seals killed in the 2011 commercial slaughter was about 38,000 — less than 10 per cent of the allowable catch, set at 400,000. “”

The European Union banned the importation of most seal products last year and the thankfully the United States banned it in 1972. But sadly, with the backing of the Canadian government, the hunt goes on.

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Pro-greyhound racing propaganda taken to new heights

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I received a link to an incredible piece of propaganda about greyhound racing. This one fully deserves a Pack Of Putrid Punditry Award.

The editorial was posted on the National Greyhound Association Website – with the headline – “Greyhound Racing Showing Life After All.”

The writer compares the decline in attendance at dog races to the decline of bowling. Strange comparison at best. And he goes on to slam and blame the “inept” management of greyhound racing across the board.

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Connecticut House passes bill to link animal abuse to child abuse

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Connecticut could become the next state to track cases of animal abuse and link them to domestic abuse cases.

The Capital Watch blog on Courant.com reports as follows –

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The bill requires local animal control officers and employees at the state Department of Children and Families to report cases of animal cruelty to the state agriculture department. The agriculture commissioner would then be required to issue a monthly report, starting in November 2011, to the DCF commissioner, who would determine whether anyone suspected of animal cruelty is also simultaneously on the list of families at DCF.

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Game developer renames “Dog Wars” app and reintroduces it to the Android market

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So Android pulls the game app “Dog Wars” and all the developer has to do is rename it “KG Dogfighting” to get it back on the market? The developer didn’t even have to come up with a sneaky name?

Paul Weber, the head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s officers union is quoted by LA Times as saying, renaming the game “does not make it any less sick, disgusting or appalling.”

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Missouri farmers group spits propaganda concerning Missouri’s Prop B

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A brand new Pack of Putrid Punditry Award goes to Missouri Farmers Care, described as “a coalition of leading Missouri agriculture advocacy groups” by a piece of warped propaganda posted on the website – DairyHerd.com.

The group falsely claims that the bill recorded as SB 113 – which guts the anti-puppy mill measure Proposition B – actually strengthens the enforcement of Missouri’s animal welfare laws and preserves the voters’ intent on Prop B.

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Canadian Fisheries Minister increases the number of seal pups that can be beaten to death

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The Pack of Putrid Punditry Award for the day goes to Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, who increased the level of seal pups that can be brutally beaten to death this “season.”

It is callously mislabeled as the “total allowable catch” and the cap now stands at 400,000. It should be called the total allowable brutality.

Sheryl Fink, the Director of International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Seal Program, is quoted in a MarketWire article as saying –

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Whoopi Goldberg steps in it on the topic of puppy mills

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The animal-related message boards and Facebook pages are hoping over the news that Whoopi Goldberg defended today on “The View” her so-called “right” to purchase puppies from pet stores.

She also reportedly made the tired and false claim that suggests people know better what they are getting if they buy a purebred dog. That’s two hugely inaccurate statements in the same TV segment.

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Bills introduced in NC to allow leghold trapping of foxes and coyotes

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The Pack of Putrid Punditry Award for today goes to the sponsors of bills in the North Carolina General Assembly that would allow the use of leghold traps to catch foxes and coyotes.

An alert posted on the North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare website notes 89 of the state’s 100 counties have banned the use of leghold traps.

I see where one bill applies to Surry County and the other to Bladen County.

Some folks just keep wanting to put society in reverse.

 

PM News Pack: SC shelter shootings, greyhound racing and animal trapping

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Just wanted to post some news links this afternoon as an update on some recent reporting –

First up, the South Carolina attorney general has requested that state law enforcement begin an investigation into the shooting death of dogs from the Chesterfield animal shelter. A number of dogs were discovered recently in a nearby landfill, with wounds indicated they had been shot to death.

I read some early discussions debating whether or not the shootings were illegal under South Carolina law.  But Penny Eims of Dog News Examiner posted text from state law concerning this issue.

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