Pope Francis Tweets against greed

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Pope Francis Tweeted a great Tweet on Thursday.

My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.

—  @Pontifex

That “self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost” can relate to the unemployed and to those who exploit animals. But whatever the specific issue at hand, the message is one that focuses on greed.

But the response to the Tweet by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi  – as reported by NBC News – doubles down on the topic – from the greedy side. “We are…frustrated, yes certainly,” – Draghi said.

So the Pope rightfully points out that elements of the world’s economy operate on a profit-at-any-cost mentality, and this person is frustrated that someone pointed it out. Really?


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Important study links child abuse with animal cruelty

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An important study has been reviewed in an article on the KJCT8.com website, a study that relates to the relationship between those who abuse kids with those who engage in acts of animal cruelty.

A study by researchers Deviney, Dickert, and Lockwood indicates 88 percent of cases of animal cruelty are found in homes where children have faced abuse. And the article also cites a study showing 71 percent of battered women have reported a family pet was also “threatened, hurt or killed.”

We’ve seen other studies that show abusers often move from abusing animals to abusing family members or other people and too often threats to pets or other family members are used to hold someone hostage to the relationship.

It is another reason why cases of animal abuse should be taken VERY seriously.



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Really unfortunate wording in greyhound racing article

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We all know what happens to too many racing greyhounds at the end of the racing days. We’ve read past news stories of dogs being shot or others being found with missing ears or missing heads.

So when I read an article about a greyhound puppy auction – yes a puppy auction – in Australia, I found one choice of words really a bit disturbing.

“A total of 304 pups have been catalogued to go under the hammer … “

Just a really bad choice of words.


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Today Show reports on AKC and puppy mills

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This one is huge. We are seeing more media coverage on puppy mills, but the national media needs to step up to the plate. The Today Show’s Jeff Rossen is one of the best right now at exposing all sorts of important news – all sorts of important wrongs.

Early today, his Rossen Reports segment focused on the American Kennel Club and how puppy mill breeders are being uncovered, who are AKC registered and inspected.

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During an interview, HSUS president Wayne Pacelle called an AKC registration, “Really just a piece of paper without any practical value to dog welfare.”

Rossen interviewed an AKC representative who said she does not know how many breeders are registered with the AKC. She couldn’t answer a question about the percentage of breeders who are inspected each year. She claims the AKC has conducted 55,000 inspections since the year 2000. That’s about 350 inspections per month for 13 years – with nine inspectors total for the entire country. Using the current claims and numbers, that comes to about 38 inspections per inspector per month.

So rounding down, that’s about one inspection per day, every day for nine inspectors.
The AKC promotes its inspection system as great. But the AKC is inspecting breeders who have a vested interest in not being shut down by the very organization the registration money for its puppies goes to.

And Rossen also notes animal-welfare groups’ concerns about the AKC’s effort to stop new breeding regulations from being enacted. The AKC does not want a system of inspections and it now continues go after legislation that limits the regulations to breeders with a minimum number of breeding dogs.
But these minimum numbers placed in the bills and laws are typically included by compromise, due to the concerns of others who oppose breeding regulations. So this argument is a catch-22 from the AKC.

Sure, animal lovers would love for the regulations to cover all breeders. But for example, the effort in North Carolina is a compromise measure. We have to take what we can get and we can’t NOT protect dogs in breeding operations with 10 or more females merely due to number crunching.
We need to protect as many dogs as possible as soon as possible.

This is why I am supporting the NC bill.

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Pack of Compassion Award: Carrie Underwood

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Singer Carrie Underwood gets a Pack of Compassion Award for speaking out against Ag-Gag laws. But after she did so, Tennessee politician Andy Holt suggested she should “stick to singing.”

Perhaps Holt should stick to twiddling his thumbs, as his actions are indicative of someone who knows absolutely nothing about animal welfare. But still, he told WSMV the Ag-Gag bill he supports is in the best interest of the animals. In reality, the legislation is designed to shut down undercover videos that expose animal cruelty.

We need a greater focus on science education, throughout our education system. And I’d like to see citizenship and compassion get some classroom time. Maybe we can see more kids become elected officials later in life, who have a better background in these studies.


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The documentary “An Apology to Elephants” should be seen by everyone

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This HBO documentary should be seen by EVERYONE. What we allow, as a society, to happen to animals can sometimes be beyond belief.

Some of the images in the film are heartwarming, while the images of extreme cruelty are difficult to watch – heartbreaking in fact.

The videos of elephants being trained are harsh. How could anyone believe this is NOT a crime? How could anyone be that cruel and uncaring?

Clearly, we desperately need better animal-cruelty laws and clearly we need to outlaw the use of bullhooks. But we also need to ban the exploitation of animals in circuses and in other shows – including racing.

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Video: Tennessee Walking Horses rescued from abuse

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Far too often, when contests for money or prizes are mixed with animals, the animals suffer for it. I’m not saying it happens across the board, but it does happen.

We need serious oversight in cases like this.

In the case of the following video, we find horses being abused to make them walk with a high step with their front legs, in Tennessee walking horse shows. I don’t get it.

Once again, the Humane Society of the United States led the charge to save these horses. The practice of applying chemicals to the lower legs of these horses is called “soring.” Anyone caught doing this should be in prison as soon as possible.

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Video: HSUS documents seal slaughter

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The Humane Society of the US is documenting the suffering that is going on at the hands of those slaughtering baby seals on the Canadian sea ice.

How anyone could live with themselves after inflicting this sort of suffering on innocent beings is beyond what I can comprehend.

WARNING: Graphic content.

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Lions could be extinct within two decades

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The population of lions on the Earth have dwindled from 450,000 in the 1950s to around 20,000 today. The less-than-human among humans are wiping them off the face of the planet. It is a horrible trend not limited to lions.

An important Take Part article includes an interview with filmmaker and conservationist  Dereck Joubert, who believes it’s not too late to save this great species. But if too little is done, lions could be gone within two decades.

I still find it hard to believe that greedy and uncaring people are having this kind of impact on the Earth and its wildlife. But I still believe that good people out-pace the bad. We just need to pull in more from those who, to date, have been apathetic or unaware of what’s going on.

And we need to make sure we’re raising the next generation of compassionate people.


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Protect-animal-abusers bill on the way to Tennessee Governor’s desk

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The Tennessee legislature has joined other state bodies in the effort to protect those who abuse animals. This is another Ag-Gag law, with the intent of putting up iron curtains around factory farms or anywhere animals are being abused.

Those with something to hide have something to hide and their buddies in power are right behind them.

The Daily Times has the details and quote from Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the US.


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