The Humane Society of the US has announced its nominations for the 2013 Genesis Awards, which focuses on the promotion of animal welfare.
The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala is scheduled for March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
The HSUS Press Release:
News and Entertainment Media in 15 Categories Receive the Nod for Positive Animal Welfare Messaging
(Feb. 22, 2013) –The Humane Society of the United States has named Universal Picture’s “Big Miracle,” Imax/Warner Bros.’ “To the Arctic” and Sony Pictures’ “Darling Companion” among the diverse selection of nominees in contention for its 2013 Genesis Awards, which honor the news and entertainment media for their role in raising awareness of animal issues. Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and “Futurama,” and NBC’s “The New Normal” are in the running for the Genesis Sid Caesar Comedy Award, while ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” are up for the dramatic series award.
Logic is great. It works. It’s reasonable. And in this case, anyone with the smallest ounce of logical thought patterns will understand that no state should force casinos to hold greyhound races and no state should subsidize the racing industry. And most importantly, no funding handouts should ever go to the promotion of animal cruelty.
Breeders of racing greyhounds enjoy a highly unusual subsidy in the Mountain State. Dozens of them receive payments, totaling between $5 million and $6 million annually, out of the Greyhound Development Fund.
The GM of the Wheeling Island track recently wanted to reduce the number of races held there. But the Racing Commission didn’t like the idea. So he is being forced to hold more races, even though it’s a losing proposition.
It is an industry that should be banned forever. But beyond this fact, how can states actually require it to exist and then hand over subsidies to those involved.
Petfinder has announced the release updated apps for Android and iOS devices. Hopefully, this will help more homeless pets find loving families.
The full release from Petfinder:
– Petfinder iOS and Android Apps Help Prospective Pet Parents On the Go –
Silver Spring, Md. – Petfinder, the top digital destination for adoptable pets and the online leader in responsible pet ownership, announces the release of its new Android app today, on the heels of an updated iOS app. With more than one million downloads of Petfinder’s iPhone app to date, pet lovers are using their smartphones to make smart decisions about adoption when looking to add a furry friend to the fold. Continue reading Petfinder releases updates for its Apple and Android apps →
In New Hampshire, where live racing is out, a bill would allow simulcast gambling only from states where injuries are reported to the public. A bill in Arizona could completely decouple live racing from other forms of gambling. This would allow for the dropping of dog racing. In Texas and Arkansas, bills could increase penalties for violations in dog racing.
An article and an editorial ran this week on the Charleston Daily Mail website. In the article, greyhound breeders in West Virginia are crying over what they claim is a reduction in the number races being held at the Wheeling track. The Racing Commission ruled Tuesday that the track must hold 109 races each week.
The attorney for the kennel owners association says the facility is just trying to get out of the business of racing dogs. Do these people even hear what is coming out of there own mouths? This would be like a product manufacturer trying to stop a store owner from failing to buy its product – or that manufacturer trying to prevent the store owner from being able to close their own store. So the state’s breeders are trying to force the casino to lose money on racing, so that they can keep breeding racing dogs.
This is crazy. The state is going to allow one industry to force another to operate – even if its loosing money with that operation? I have never heard about this happening with any other industries.
The editorial on the Daily Mail site rightfully suggests the state completely drop the mandate for racing. The piece rightfully notes – “” The greyhound racing business is on its last legs. “”
I received a press release today concerning an undercover wildlife operation in two states. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission exposed poaching and other illegal hunting activity.
Over 80 violators were uncovered, involving about 900 violations, including illegal bear baiting, illegal taking of bears, deer and other wildlife, illegal use of dogs and the operation of illegal bear enclosures.
RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2013) — State and federal wildlife officials announced today an undercover operation involving more than 80 wildlife violators and as many as 900 wildlife violations detected.
Primary violations stem from illegal bear hunting but include an array of wildlife and game law charges. The investigation continues and more charges are possible.
The four-year investigation targeted poachers in North Carolina and Georgia, with some work in adjacent states.
Officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission infiltrated poaching circles to document violations including bear baiting, illegal take of bears, deer and other wildlife, illegal use of dogs, operation of illegal bear enclosures in North Carolina, and guiding hunts on national forest lands without the required permits.
An important study is advancing our knowledge of dogs, in showing they can recognize other dogs of their specific species, by viewing images of their faces.
Scientific American published the findings. And in the article I found about this news, I really like some other statements made about dogs, including this – “” When interacting with us, dogs can read and use our facial expressions to gauge where our attention lies and sometimes what we’re feeling. “”
And this one is equally as important – “” Dogs also display a range of facial expressions themselves, which researchers believe are used for communicating with other dogs, whether it’s to impart hostility, friendliness, fear, and so on. “”
I am really excited about the recent advancements made in the study of animals and their level of intelligence and their connections to us. We are learning so much about them.
But unfortunately, it will take more time to convince the anti-science side of the room. Over the last few years, too much press have been given to the anti-science side.
Science needs to be moved deeper into the discussion and debate about animal-welfare laws and regulations. We must advance these protections into the 21st Century.
In Missouri last week, a man charged with dog fighting pleaded guilty to one count, as part of a plea deal to reduce the number from four original counts. His punishment for this horrible crime? – A three-year suspended sentence, a $3,000 fine and five years of probation.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch story also reports he cannot ‘own’ or live in a residence with a dog, but it does not indicate if this only for the probation period. Once again, a VERY weak sentence for taking part in the torture of animals.
And in the Bronx, NY, a man pleaded guilty to taking part in a major dog-fighting operation. He was sentenced to one to three years in prison for animal fighting and one year for animal cruelty. But he will serve them concurrently.
He is only barred from having animals during the period of his parole, as reported by the North Country Gazette. For one thing, who in their right mind would think a person guilty of dog fighting should ever be able to be around animals?
He be out in no time and dogs will again be at risk. And the other dog fighters who see how lenient the courts are will continue to torture animals.
Why is dog fighting still a major problem in this country? One key answer to this question is the fact that the punishment for this horrible crime is too often very, very weak.
Case in point – Shelby County, Ohio, where a father, mother and son are set to be sentenced for dog fighting. WHIOTV.com reports the maximum sentence each one them faces is 90 days in jail and as much as a $750 fine. To his credit, the County Sheriff is seeking over $27,000, to cover the cost of the investigation and the care of the dogs.
Realize that they will not serve the full 90 days, on top of the fine being a joke. And I will be surprised to hear that they’ve actually been forced to pay the restitution.
This penalty is less than a slap on the wrist to people who have the mental capacity to torture animals. When will our state legislatures, our federal government and our judicial system understand this? Who could possible think this weak level of punishment is appropriate?