Native Americans outraged by white buffalo hunts

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The white buffalo is sacred to the Lakota Sioux and other Native American groups. Many people are rightfully outraged by the news that the Texas Hunt Lodge is offering a package priced at $13,500 for individuals to hunt the animals.

An article on the Indian Country Today Media Network website explains one study notes only about 50 white buffaloes exist in the US. The article quotes the Texas Hunt Lodge website as calling this animal the “Rare White Buffalo.” So the fact that the animals are rare makes it more expensive and more exciting???

This is the sort of hunting that is really disgusting. It’s one thing to go out and hunt for a meal. Native Americans did so, while at the same time honoring the animals and honoring nature. But it is something else – something really sick – about paying thousands of dollars to kill something for the fun of it. And killing a rare species so they can brag about it later back at the lodge takes the sickness to another level still.

I have a new phrase for it – Elitist Hunting.

US needs stronger anti-dog fighting laws

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Michigan could soon have the toughest anti-dog fighting laws in the United States. reports a package of three bills has advanced through the State Senate and the hope is the House will soon approve the measures.

The article notes the bills would “allow law enforcement agencies to seize property associated with dog fighting and turn it over to local or state governments, would deem animal fighting a public nuisance and allow citizens or prosecutors to sue those who participate, and would put those who organize dog fights at risk of racketeering charges.”

An editorial published Monday on the Fayetteville Observer website out of North Carolina is suggesting anti-dog fighting laws should include provisions for  confiscating vehicles from those who participate and the land where the fighting takes place.
These are terrific proposals. Tomorrow would be a great day to pass federal and state bills to make this happen.

Video: A howling good canine time on the piano

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Most dogs wait for the music or other sounds that prompt a howl. This dog supplies his own musical backdrop.

Bullfighter’s return glorified

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A Spanish bullfighter was gored in the face last year by a bull. He lost an eye and has paralysis in one side of his face.

Instead of retiring from the barbaric industry of bullfighting, he choose to return to torture more animals. Instead seeing the light through his one remaining eye, he choose to go back to ring of horror.

In a New York Times article, it is reported that he killed 10 bulls during his training. It’s mentioned in a way one might mention that he wrecked 10 cars training to become a NASCAR driver.

I wish the article made more than a brief mention of how horrible bullfighting is. And I wish it could be reported that his return to the ring was a topic of protest in Spain, as opposed to something to be cheered and glorified.


The annual Idiot-rod Race begins

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The Idiot-rod sled race is sadly underway and over the next week or so many articles will be published about the event – many written as if this was a legitimate “sport.”

Of course, the only way this would be a sport is if humans pulled the sleds while the dogs rode in the back.

An Associated Press story today includes this quote, which sounds like it came right out of the mouth of a greyhound racing insider.

“They look like this is what they live for,” said Leigh Hopper, 53, a registered nurse from Hendersonville, Tenn., as she watched mushers get their dogs ready for Sunday’s start. “They can’t wait to get out there and run.”

So completely clueless. Could these folks attend a dog fight and come out saying, “Wow. Those dogs were really excited about fighting each other”-?

And I guess they think the dogs just love living on the end of a short chain in the bitter cold, next to a tiny dog house, while their “owners” are inside by the fire every night.

Two stories – Two examples of uncaring acts

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An artist in Florida has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for illegally trafficking endangered and protected wildlife and turning the body parts into odd pieces of art (so-called art).

NBC Miami reports he searched for the animals online and some were alive before being killed and shipped to him.

In a quote, he tried to spin his acts as drawing attention to endangered species. – “I accept this judgment because its brings attention to the destruction of animal species and the dangers of genetic manipulation in our food.”


And on Friday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill into law to insure animal cruelty on factory farms will remain hidden and will continue. The law makes it a crime to take undercover video to animals being abused.


The movement to hide animal cruelty on factory farms

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More articles and editorials are streaming into the Pack News Wire every day on this topic of banning undercover video that exposes animal cruelty on factory farms. A number of state legislatures have taken steps to criminalize the act of photographing or shooting animal-cruelty video on farms.

In Utah, Rep. John Mathis has sponsored a bill to criminalize the use of hidden cameras on farms. The Daily Activists quotes him as comparing it to “a neighborhood watch group that goes into your home and hides cameras because you may one day do something to your kids.”

The comparison is full of holes. The factory farming industry has a history of mistreatment of animals. As farming in this manner has gone from family-owned businesses to massive operations where animals are crammed in by the thousands to meet the desired profit margins, abuse has been the trend.

The Daily Activist post also quotes Suzanne McMillan of the ASPCA as saying, “Bills like this only serve to heighten suspicion that the agricultural industry has something to hide.” – Exactly.

Iowa might be the first state to reach the milestone of legally protecting cruelty and hiding it in the shadows and at the same time turning those who want to expose cruelty into the criminals.

In response to the videos we’ve seen from factory farms, elected officials should be working overtime to increase penalties for animal cruelty and set up a better system of surprise inspections.

Animal welfare groups are urging Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to veto the bill. But the measure had such a huge vote disparity in both houses, this might not happen.

The Star Tribune quotes Nathan Runkle of Mercy for Animals as saying – “Iowa has some of the weakest animal cruelty laws in the nation. Lawmakers should be focusing on strengthening these pathetic laws, not silencing whistleblowers who expose animal abuse or other serious issues involving the safety and security of the American food supply.”

One farmer in the article suggests that using dramatic music can twist a video into making a bad impression. Really? An animal being severely beaten or bludgeoned on video, without music, is not so bad???? We have to keep reminding ourselves that people with no defense for their actions have to come up with something – no matter how nutty it is.


New Series: Wacky Mentality

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When I find stories that are over-the-top crazy – or wacky – they will henceforth fall into the new series category – Wacky Mentality.

Today, we have a story of man out to shoot a raccoon trapped inside a cage. Divine intervention stepped in to protect the innocent animal.

Opposing Views reports his first shot ricocheted off of the cage frame and struck the shooter in what was described as “the lower abdomen area.” He then dropped the gun and it discharged again, with the second shot hitting him in the same area.

The man will recover, but hopefully his family will take away his gun permit and any weapons he still has.

And the article notes the following – “” The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating, likely to make sure that the man is telling the truth and that the raccoon did not somehow wrestle the gun away from the man and shoot him itself. “”

And then we have the news that an artist in Kansas wants to bring more attention to the plight of chickens – by displaying them in coops at locations across Lawrence – before publicly slaughtering them.

Slaughtering chickens to show how terrible their lives are just doesn’t quite make compassionate sense to me.

Dog Fighting: Ring busted in NC as Pennsylvania looks to strengthen laws

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An Atlanta-based security firm is being credited with aiding a dog-fighting bust in Maxton, NC. In a Saturday-night raid, 27 people were arrested at a home there and 18 dogs were rescued. reports spectators where on the scene from as far away as Maryland and Ohio. A host of organizations cooperated on the bust – including special agents from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina wildlife officers, the North Carolina Department of Corrections, the North Carolina Air National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation – and they seized drugs, guns and tens of thousands of dollars.

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A dog fighting ring in Pennsylvania was busted Friday night, as CBS Pittsburgh reports efforts in the state legislature are underway to improve the animal fighting laws there.


Pack Line Headlines: puppy mill raid; dog fighting raid; undercover video bans

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Raid on puppy mill frees 88 animals: A woman in Sac County, Iowa faces 93 counts of animal neglect after 88 animals were taken from her home back on January 25.

The Pilot Tribune reports “” … five dead puppies in crates on the farm, and live animals crammed up to five per cage, reportedly underfed, marred with waste from animals stacked above them, with matted fur and in some cases deformed paws from standing on cage wire or eye/ear infections “” were found on the site.

Authorities suspect she was breeding without a license.

Dogs rescued from fighting ring near Pittsburgh: The Humane Society of the United States rescued a dozen dogs Friday from a suspected dog-fighting ring in Wilkinsburg, Pa.

Some of the dogs were in the basement of the home while others were chained in the backyard. Sounds like proper housing for the criminals involved in dog fighting – but not for the dogs. On second thought, living chained to a tree is too soft a punishment for those who abuse animals in this way.

Utah House votes to protect those who abuse animals: The Utah State House voted Friday to overwhelmingly approve HB187. The Deseret News reports the bill would “make it a class A misdemeanor to hide a recording device on a farm and class B misdemeanor shoot video or photos after being asked not to or record while trespassing.”

I get the trespassing issue – although in some cases the videos are shot by people who are employees of the farm. But this ban and other similar proposals are not all about trespassing or hiding cameras. They are about hiding the abuses going on within the factory farming industry.

What we really need are new regulations that allow for regular, serious, unannounced inspections of factory farms. So that abuses can be prosecuted, leading to improved and humane conditions in these facilities. But I’d venture to guess industry insiders would push back strongly against against this proposal as well.