Video: Rescuing Bethany – by Hope for Paws

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Hope For Paws rescued Bethany recently from a city sidewalk. She had severe sick problems and infections. But thanks to some great and compassionate rescuers, Bethany is much better and is ready to be adopted by a loving family.

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Proposed amendment to the recent Farm Bill was set to strip protections for animals

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US Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) is an anti-animal welfare as they come. His latest effort – the so-called King Amendment to the latest Farm Bill – was set to do several things, such overturning the ban on gestation crates for pigs.

An Examiner.com article included the following:

According to the Olympian, it would effectively force states to authorize the sale and consumption of agricultural products, regardless of how unethical, environmentally destructive, or dangerous they may be.

And the article noted the amendment might have nullified “important state laws that prevent animal cruelty” and reported “King has voted in favor of killing American bison in Yellowstone National Park, killing horses for human consumption, and trophy killing of polar bears, despite their endangered status.”

But thankfully, the King Amendment went down in flames.

On Wayne Pacelle’s blog on the HSUS website, he stated the King Amendment “would have repealed dozens of state laws on animal protection.”

And Pacelle had more good news:

… the Senate Appropriations Committee approved by voice vote an amendment, offered by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections at horse slaughter plants in the United States. This comes just a week after the House approved an identical amendment by Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Bill Young, R-Fla., to do the same thing.

 

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A step in the right direction – to ban horse slaughter in the US

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The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted last week to approve an amendment to an Agriculture Appropriations bill. If the measure makes it all the way through the Congress, it would shut down the use of taxpayer dollars for inspections on horse slaughter plants.

Without these inspections, horse slaughter operations would not be allowed to operate in the United States. This would be a tremendously compassionate move on the part of the Congress.

A Wall Street Journal article notes the bipartisan amendment was introduced by Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Bill Young (R-Fla.). The WSJ also reminded its readers that a spending ban was in place going back to 2005. But in 2012 the spending was reintroduced. So several applications for new horse slaughter facilities were subsequently filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

And there ‘s more good news. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) have introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094). If passed into law, no one would be allowed to transport American horses abroad to be slaughtered.

And finally, the article cites a national poll commissioned by the ASPCA. The results show 80 percent of American voters and 71 percent of horse guardians  are opposed to the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption.

 

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Georgia animal shelter filled with homeless pets and too many are dying

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A Georgia animal shelter is overwhelmed with homeless pets and many have and will lose their lives if people don’t wake up in the community.

One county spokesperson interviewed in the report is right when she says this is not an animal problem. It is clearly a people problem.
But when will the people causing this problem in so many areas of the country wise up? Or when will they be held accountable for being one of the key sources of this problem?

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Former TransCanada employee has harsh words for company’s practices

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A former TransCanada Corp. employee testified last week about the company before a Canadian Senate committee and used phrases such as a “culture of noncompliance” and “coercion” and “deeply entrenched business practices that ignored legally required regulations and codes” and “significant public safety risks” – according to an articled posted Tuesday on the Huffington Post website.

And of course, all of this related to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada, through the US and on to the Gulf Coast. After the hearing, Evan Vokes told the Huffington Post – “It’s organized crime, in my opinion.”

Big Oil’s safety record across the board and over many, many years is poor at best – from the Exxon Valdez to the Gulf Oil Gusher to another recent pipeline spill to many other spills and disasters in the United States and worldwide.

Who could honestly say they’d want work done around their homes by companies with sort of track record? But because it’s Big Oil, some people and some politicians will give them a pass every time. Remember in the few years leading up to the Gulf Oil Gusher how many politicians praised Big Oil as having a great safety record. That turned out to be huge strike out.

I tend to not trust people who get it all wrong to this extent. We should all be concerned with what could happen with the Keystone XL Pipeline. And because it might not be running through your state, it doesn’t mean you should not be concerned.

 

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Good News: Proposed horse slaughterhouse hitting roadblocks

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The proposed slaughterhouse in New Mexico has reportedly hit a roadblock due to environmental regulations. So it seems regulations to protect the environment can have a duel purpose – in this case to save horses from extreme suffering.

At the heart of the issue is a permit required under the federal Clean Water Act, one needed for discharging waste into water. It might be a technicality in this case. But we need is something to stop horse slaughter without the need for technicalities.

We need a firm, federal ban – today. And we need regulations in place ensure that individuals who breed horses for activities such as horse racing are required to care for each one over the course of their natural lives – or turn over guardianship to others who will care for them.

We have a system in place now where far too many horses are being bred for some profit-making venture and then discarded when they are no longer of “value” to that venture.

In this case, let’s hope more logical and compassionate heads prevail and a ban is put in place before the first horse is sent through the New Mexico facility.

 

 

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Suffering and death on greyhound tracks in Florida and Texas

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More reports of injuries and deaths are coming out of greyhound race tracks in Florida and Texas. I’m sure we’ll hear the tired excuse from insiders, claiming the percentages are not so bad.

So we’re expected to ignore suffering and death because a lot of races are held and the math doesn’t seem so bad to those who look the away – where suffering occurs. People who care tend to show concern for the dogs; not so much on percentages.

The suffering is real, as we see from the following video footage from Gulf Greyhound Park in Texas:
(Warning: The images are graphic and are not intended for all viewers.)

The Herald-Tribune out of Florida reports on a conflict between the Sarasota Kennel Club and GREY2K USA. It seems officials at the racetrack told GREY2K they were going turn over injury records. But now the SKC is withholding the information, because they claim a GREY2K representative was rude on the phone.

The dogs at greyhound racetracks would trade in their suffering, along with the constant risk of death or severe injuries for just “rude” behavior.

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Study: Living with dogs is good for you

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A recent study suggests living with dogs is good for you. Exposure to the bacteria that dogs bring into your home could be good for your body’s overall defenses.

I believe it. In fact, I think being out in the woods from a young age or just being exposed to more stuff like this can help your body learn to fight it off.

The LiveScience article posted on Huffington Post has all of the details and links.

 

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Legislative news out of Alabama and Texas

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The Waco Tribune-Herald reported last week on a proposal to require most Waco, Texas pet guardians to have their pets spay or neutered and microchipped. The proposal came from the city’s Animal Welfare Advisory Board.

The article states:

The proposal would prohibit keeping or selling intact animals unless the owner is registered with the city as a breeder or the animal is younger than 4 months or medically unfit for sterilization.

And there is some really good news out of the Circle Road animal shelter, where the monthly rate of euthanasia for homeless animals dropped from 45 percent last December to a reported all-time low of 16 percent in April.

In Alabama at last report, a bill that would increase the criminal penalties for acts of animal cruelty just needed the Governor’s signature. Under the law, a Class A misdemeanor those found guilty could serve up to a year in jail and face a $1,000 fine.

Extreme acts of torture to animals could become Class C felonies, according to Fox 10 TV.

 

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