Tucson Greyhound Park still skirting ordinance to inject racing dogs with steroids

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Despite a ban on the practice inside the city limits of South Tucson, Ariz., racing dogs from the Tucson Greyhound Park are being routinely moved outside city limits to be injected with anabolic steroids.

The track CEO claims in a KGUN-TV story that the injections are for birth control only, not to enhance performance. Why didn’t Barry Bonds think of that? – ‘Hey, I was just trying to not have any more kids. It wasn’t to hit more home runs.’

Two things: Racing dogs live 20 hours or so a day crammed inside kennels, but can be let out in all-female and all-male shifts. (But I guess they’ll claim that can’t be done, even though it’s done at greyhound rescue kennels.) AND – They could be spayed and neutered. (But they’ll claim that slows them down.)

If it was an industry-wide practice then no one would have an advantage. (But they’ll cry about that suggestion.) And when I’ve look at our rescued greyhounds and other dogs, I’m not seeing the slow-down in energy levels. If our younger rescues had any more energy, we could tap it to power our home – and sell the excess back to the utility company.

From the article: “” In 2008, dozens of veterinarians signed a petition supporting the ban of anabolic steroids on female greyhounds.””

Councilman Steve Kozachik is saying the use of steroids for birth control is unethical. And he is quoted as saying evidence will be presented showing adopted dogs have died from UTI infections and enlarged livers.

Steroids use not for performance enhancement? Yeah – right.

World Wildlife Fund introduces new website

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Earlier today, the World Wildlife Fund announced it has revamped its website, which features new page for 90 species and subspecies.

You can also look through a list of endangered species.

This is an important organization that fights for wildlife and wildlife habitat, at a time when greed – worldwide – is a huge problem. Greed is eating away at habitat and the environment and the climate.

Pack Topics: Greyhound racing; new anti-poaching movie; undercover video

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Greyhound racing thankfully in decline: Carey Theil of Grey2K USA posted on his blog Tuesday on some important current trends in greyhound racing. The statistics come from the National Greyhound Association.

For example, the number of greyhounds registered to race is down 14 percent, compared to last year. And the amount wagered in July 2012 on races at Florida dog tracks was down by $1.6 million, compared to the same month last year.

Let’s hope the pace of decline picks up drastically for the rest of this year and next year.

Three actors planning new anti-poaching film: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy are teaming up to produce a film about wildlife poaching and animal trafficking

Hopefully, we will continue to see more news about this project.

Three Congressmen fighting to ban undercover video on factory farms: Three US Congressmen are billing recent undercover videos that have exposed cruelty on factory farms as an “onslaught of attacks” and “economic terrorism” – according to an article on OpEdNews.com.

It seems the three Reps from California didn’t like the fact that the Central Valley Meat Co. was shut down after the release of undercover video allegedly showing cows being tortured. They don’t want to see cruelty exposed.

Again, if we had working regulations these undercover videos would not be necessary. The OpEdNews reports the facility had been inspected by the USDA. It seems the current system has too many holes in it.

Venezuelan poodle moth is like a Sci-Fi creature

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The Venezuelan poodle moth is causing quite a stir in science circles on the web. It look very much like something out of a Sci-Fi film

NBCNews.com science editor Alan Boyle described it as looking like everything from a fluffy dog to a Pokemon character or Power Rangers villain and Mothra from the old Japanese movies.

Pack Topics: Homeless pure-bred dogs; and teaching kids compassion

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The Go San Angelo website featured a great editorial last week by Jenie Wilson, under the headline – “Teach children pets are living beings not to be cruelly discarded.” Wilson is the executive director of Concho Valley PAWS group.

Wilson encourages animal lovers to get involved with local rescue groups, promote spay/neuter and adds, “The only way to enact change is to be a part of it.”

And this is equally important “… thousands of purebred dogs are euthanized by San Angelo Animal Control every year.” So here is someone on the front lines in Texas who reports purebred dogs are dying by the thousands each year in a single shelter.

Yet, the folks on the other side, who constantly fight against any and all new regulation on dog breeding, continue to spread the lie that only mutts and pit bulls are in the homeless ranks. Their propaganda has their pants on fire.

Wanna see some real factory-farming propaganda?

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It’s the old argument little kids use with their parents: “But Mom, Billy did it too. He does it all the time. No fair.”

An opinion piece on the Beef Magazine website popped up on the Pack News Wire concerning the topic of the “Emotion in Animal Welfare.” – (Interesting already)

It seems a Purdue University associate professor of animal behavior and well-being spoke before a group in Nebraska and offered some very odd spin on that well-being part. She apparently showed a photo of hens in battery cages beside a photo of two parrots in a cage. And used the Billy-does-it-too argument. Of course, it’s more like – ‘I burned the house down, but Billy broke a lamp, so no fair punishing me.’

And she is quoted as saying, “When we think about animal welfare, everyone has a different idea of what that means.” – No, not really. And later, the associate professor is quoted on the topic of what meat producers should be saying, – “Make sure people know no one is more concerned about our animals than us, and that we are committed to their health and welfare.”

And in the middle of that editorial, I found a link to another piece submitted by the Center For Consumer Freedom (a name not really related to what the group wants).

It starts off trying to define the terms ‘animal rights’ versus ‘animal welfare.’ The writer suggests “animal welfare requires science-based, sometimes difficult choices.” Actually, that’s right – and science-based is where people like me like to go. But then the text turns away from science.

It is suggested hens in cages have a lower mortality rate than hens in cage-free and free-range environments. So stuff the hens in cages where they suffer 24/7 and they’ll live longer. Forget the suffering, even within the notion that the suffering goes for a longer period of time.

It seems their ‘science’ fails to take other factors directly related to the hen’s health into account. What’s the term I need here … what is it? …. oh yeah, that’s science limited to the narrow confines of a cage.

Pack Topic: Ferret mills

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There are puppy mills and kitten mills; unfortunate but true. And there are mills of all sorts for other pets in the pet trade, including ferrets. The mass “production” of pets is a real problem, but too many people walk into pet stores without considering where the animals come from.

Triple F Farms in Sayre, Pa. is being accused by the the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of several violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Small Animal Channel is reporting the facility is being offered “the choice of waiving its right to a hearing and paying a penalty of $16,679, or proceeding with a hearing” – and it paid the fine.

On her Philly Dawg blog, Amy Worden reports the charges came on the heels of an undercover investigation by PETA. Worden explained the videos show “disturbing images of ferrets with gaping wounds, exposed internal organs, ruptured and bloody eyes, left to suffer with no veterinary care.”

Once again, it took an undercover video effort to expose the horrors at this mill. Some people will be immediately turned off by PETA being involved. But the results in this case are clear – whether PETA was involved or not.


Undercover video once again reveals cruelty at a slaughterhouse

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Until states governments and the federal governments become serious about regularly inspecting slaughterhouses across the nation and imposing serious punishment in cases of abuse, undercover video will be the only means available to uncover that abuse.

The individuals and groups trying to criminalize undercover operations are only trying to hide the abuse. It’s a cyclical argument – don’t allow undercover video because it will uncover abuse.

Over the last couple of days, another horrible case has been highlighted in the national media. The cruelty is not something that might be twisted or misinterpreted by camera angles, in the video taken at a slaughterhouse in California. The abuse shown in the video turned over to the USDA by the group Compassion Over Killing is very clear.

An Examiner.com article reports the Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford, Calif. supplies meat to the National School Lunch Program and to several fast-food chains. In-N-Out Burger, McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, Burger King and others have now cut ties with the company, according to the LA Times.

Note the statement from the American Meat Institute, which is typical of those trying to defend the indefensible.


Pack Topics: Animal cruelty; dog fighting; puppy mills

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Act of cruelty leads child to an act of compassion: The body of a cat was discovered recently in a park in South Minneapolis, with a stake driven through its throat and into a tree stump.

A local child was so saddened by the act that he worked with his parents to organize a vigil at the park, as reported by the Twins Cities Daily Planet. Half of the people who attended the vigil where kids.

For his efforts, Spencer Snyder and his parents get a well-deserved Pack of Compassion Award.

Judge gets standing ovation for dog-fighting sentence: A judge in Ohio got a lot of praise from local animal-welfare advocates when she called the convicted dog fighter “a monster” and apparently sentenced him to the maximum allowed – six months in  jail, five years community control, more than $12,000 in fines, restitution and court costs. And he is never allowed to have animals again.

Pet store owner sees the light on selling puppies: A pet store owner in California wrote an opinion piece for the Burbank Leader, reporting she no longer sells puppies. Her experiences with the transporters, who delivered the puppies to the store and the reality that she was selling puppy-mill puppies, led to her decision.

Sometimes the truck would show up without all of the puppies she had ordered and sometimes the driver would try to sell her sick puppies at a reduced rate. This is part of the ugly underbelly of the pet trade that the pet trade does not want anyone to see.