ONE – I really don’t enjoy knocking the work of other writers, but at times, when the facts go unreported, I have to speak out. An article posted on the Denver Post website about a former greyhound racetrack has a gaping hole in it – beyond the fact that the piece was under the heading of “Sports.”
Greyhound racing is NOT a sport – it’s an industry that exploits dogs.
Three interesting news stories popped up today on the Pack News Wire, under the heading of puppy mills.
ONE – The federal bill H.R. 835 – also known as the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS) could close a loophole in the old Animal Welfare Act from 1966. The current loophole means commercial breeders who sell directly to the public and over the Internet can avoid licensing and regulations that other breeders face.
It really is long-past time to ban gas chambers as a means to euthanize animals. ALL of the excuses for using gas chambers have been wiped off the table.
I’m not sure how any shelter operator at this point can really claim they have to use the gas chamber. So many communities have banned the practice and have proven there are other means to deal even with dogs or cats or wildlife that are deemed dangerous.
What a waste this industry really is. A few people are hanging on to it in a handful of states, despite the fact that dogs are dying and suffering to keep it going and a vast majority of Americans don’t want anything to do with dog racing.
The government in Spain is going out of its way to protect a barbaric “tradition” – bullfighting.
The Guardian out of the UK is reporting – “” Prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s socialist government announced that the ministry of culture will from now on be responsible for the “development and protection” of bullfighting, which previously fell within the remit of the interior ministry. “”
A statement from the ministry of culture called bullfighting “an artistic discipline and a cultural product.” I’m sure people who run dog-fighting rings would love to call their industry “an artistic discipline and a cultural product.” But that statement is worth less than the droppings the bulls might leave in the dirt around the stadiums.
Scientists at the Seoul National University Hospital for Animals in Korea have developed a genetically-altered beagle that glows in under ultraviolet light. The studies are reportedly focusing on health benefits in human medicine, such as new techniques for tracking diseases.
But a very disturbing quote is included at the end of an article on the Discovery News website. Chemyong Jay Ko, an associate professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky, offers another take in a possible byproduct of this research.