As my wife and I and our band of rescues get in some pre-meal snacking and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade together, it’s time to wish everyone a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.
We’ve lost several of our older dogs and a cat to various ailments over the last couple of years and at this time of year the feelings can be bitter-sweet. But we are grateful that can we spend time together as a vary diverse family. And we’re thankful that we have been able to adopt two more homeless pets this year.
For Murphy (a lab) and Tillie (a basset/yellow lab mix) it will be their first Thanksgiving with us.
We hope your holidays are filled with hugs, snuggles, family time, great food and maybe a few slobbery licks to the face.
From the in-case-you-missed-it file, Target and McDonald’s are no longer purchasing eggs from a factory farm accused to cruelty to its chickens.
The video shot by animal rights activists on factory farms in three states operated by Sparboe Farms shows chicken being severely mistreated.
The Associated Press reported Monday that McDonald’s Corp., Cargill Inc., Target and the Minnesota chain Lunds and Byerly’s have all stopped doing business with Sparboe Farms.
This sort of factory farming has gone on far too long. It is time to force all egg producers, cattle operations and pork production facilities to go cage free. As I’ve stated before, the mass-production system has nothing to do with traditional farming. It’s time to ban it for good and step into a more compassionate 21st Century.
This is a really sad story, but one that features self-awareness in dogs. This particular canine remains by his guardian’s grave and people in the area have been giving him food and water and were considering putting a shelter area for him on the site.
Petfinder.com will play host this December to its third annual Foster A Lonely Pet For The Holidays program, “with a goal to empty out shelters from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.”
For a full list of participating shelters across the nation, go to THIS LINK.
From the press release -
Everyone deserves a home for the holidays. That’s why for the third year in a row, Petfinder.com is launching its annual Foster A Lonely Pet For The Holidays program along with hundreds of shelters and rescue groups with a goal to empty out animal shelters from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day. Continue reading Petfinder: Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays →
Of late, we’re seeing an increase in important news items on the topic of greyhound racing. As regular readers of Pack Mentality know, it is an industry I have a high level of disdain for.
In her blog Tucson Tails, on TucsonCitizen.com, Karyn Zoldan regularly highlights troubling news about greyhound racing. Today, she blogged about the situation at the Canidrome on the island of Macau. Thirty racing greyhounds are dying each month there.
GREY2K USA reports more than 700 greyhounds were euthanized at the track in 2009 and 2010. The Macau Daily Times puts the number of deaths at 383 “healthy greyhounds” at the Canidrome last year, in an article it published in August.
A new bill (HB 641) filed Monday in the Florida legislature would remove the requirement for a minimum number of greyhound races per year at the state’s “racinos.” This could lead to a number of casinos dropping dog racing altogether.
This could be a great win for greyhounds suffering within the industry in the nation’s No. 1 state for dog racing. By far, Florida has the most dog tracks.
“” The new bill (HB 641) would remove what has become a sham, and allow the racinos to simply operate as the casinos they have become. “”
A “sham” – couldn’t have said it better myself.
Two similar version of this bill passed in both houses of the state legislature in the last session, but the effort stalled when comprise language could be agreed upon. CBS Miami suggest one big road block in the way this time appears to be a debate over three luxury casinos for proposed for South Florida.
Lets be clear – In reality, horse racing is NOT a sport. I’ve made this point before: It would only be a sport if the horses rode on the backs of the jockeys. This industry largely – like greyhound racing – exploits animals to entice people to gamble. Horses die. The horses that don’t win are discarded. Many are sold off to slaughter when they are no longer of value to the industry.
We see on national TV the top of the line racing, the peak of the industry where the survivors race for gold. What happens behind scenes? What happens in horse racing’s minor leagues?
Surprise – Surprise – Fracking chemicals have been detected, in a big way, in the aquifer for the town of Pavillion, Wyo.
But wait. The TV ads (propaganda) out of Exxon claim it’s all safe and wonderful to drill for natural gas. The drilling sites are contained and there’s no way the groundwater is polluted by drilling. Right?
Really – No. And if you believe the Big Oil propaganda, I’m sure the town of Pavillion will sell you bottled drinking groundwater by the truckload. Go ahead – Buy some and drink it down with your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
(The residents claim) hydraulic fracturing in particular — has caused their water to turn black and smell like gasoline. Some residents say they suffer neurological impairment, loss of smell, and nerve pain they associate with exposure to pollutants.
A shelter dog in the Wake County (NC) shelter was euthanized just hours after she appeared on TV to promote her adoption. Sassy, an 8-month-old labrador/hound mix was on WRAL TV’s noon news show Tuesday, as a shelter staff member reported her ready to go to a new home.
A spread of illness and an increase in the number of dogs coming into the facility are being used to explain away a troubling increase in the number of dogs being euthanized of late. WRAL reports the rate was approximately 18 percent (131 dogs) in January. And the number had increased to 327 loosing their lives in August, a rate of 42 percent.