In checking out the International Fund for Animal Welfare website for the previous post concerning the evacuation of animals in Japan, I found a bit of new about a great new postage stamp series.
The new 55-cent stamps will go on sale in September and all net proceeds will go to the Multinational Species Conservation Fund (MSCF). The United States Fish and Wildlife Service program “allocates grants for on-the-ground conservation projects for African and Asian elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes and marine turtles.”
Continue reading New stamps to help endangered animals →
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) recently led a summit in Japan to offer safe methods to remove abandoned pets from the evacuation zone near the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. In response, the Japanese government is finally on board to open the door for the evacuation and treatment of animals contaminated by the radiation.
Continue reading Japanese government finally getting onboard to help animals in evacuation zone →
Animal Defenders International is charging that the organization that supplied the elephant – Tai – used in the film “Water for Elephants” was abuse during training.
ADI has released a video showing the alleged abuse. Warning – this may be tough for many people to watch.
American Humane oversaw the use of animals in the making of the movie. But it appears that ADI is stating the abuse occurred in training and not during filming. Have Trunk Will Travel is denying it used electric shock, as is shown in the video.
Continue reading Animal Defenders International: ‘Water for Elephants’ elephant trained with inhumane techniques →
I’m going to step slightly off track for this post, although it does relate to and has an impact on environmental and wildlife issues.
Don’t you feel so bad for the Big Oil CEOs who appeared before a Senate committee Thursday? The silver-spoon-fed little boys had their poor wuttle feelings hurt by the mean old Congress-people.
Continue reading Big Oil CEOs go crybaby at Senate hearing →
The news concerning the suspension of live greyhound racing at the VictoryLand dog track in Alabama made it to the Bloomberg Businessweek website on Wednesday.
Officials at VictoryLand are blaming the state ban on electric bingo for the need to shut down racing there. They claim these games subsidized the cost of racing for many years.
This is actually an admission that the dog racing industry is a loser and can’t stand on its own.
Continue reading More on the suspension of greyhound racing at VictoryLand →
Yet another terrible case of animal cruelty was reported Tuesday in story about a dog in Saginaw, Mich. who was found starving and tied to tree. Her collar was embedded into her neck.
WNEM.com reports – “” Addy had a two-hour operation to remove maggots from around her neck that got into the wound formed due to the tight collar. “”
The VictoryLand greyhound race track will drop live racing as of June 1, as reported by the Montgomery Advertiser out of Alabama.
Obviously, the economic realities are setting in – in the few states greyhound racing still exist. With the general population becoming increasingly aware about the horrible life the dogs lead in racing, too few are placing bets now on this industry.
Continue reading Great News: VicotoryLand greyhound track to end live racing →
The Dog News Examiner is reporting a dog was rescued in Ohio before being shot by an Amish breeder. The reason offered up for the possibly shooting the dog? – It wasn’t giving birth to enough puppies to be sold.
Not only was Jada facing a horrible death, but she was also suffering from several untreated ailments, as so many dogs do in puppy mills.
Continue reading Report: Dog saved from being shot by Amish breeder →
Links to three articles showed up on the Pack News Wire today concerning the use of animals in lab testing.
The Independent Mail out of Anderson, SC listed the key findings of a recent study, including -
- Animal use is down in research, but government hurdles are high in developing better changes in the system.
- Toxicology (studying poisons) is making breakthroughs in reducing the use of animals.
- .05 percent of animals used in testing are dogs and cats, but that number still equates to more than 90,000 each year.
- 16 states have banned shelters from turning over animals to research labs.
Continue reading Results released on study of the use of animals in biomedical research →
We know this is happening in at least some of the states that have dog and horse racing, but when I read that the state of West Virginia hands over nearly $100 million to these industries it hit home.
Phil Kabler wrote about this in his column on the Gazette-Mail website. He reports this is the amount the state offers up each year to subsidize thoroughbred and greyhound racing.
Especially in these tight budget times, people should be strongly protesting against this huge, annual corporate bailout.
Dropping racing in the state could face a tough road, as Kabler also notes Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin’s mother and brother have ties to greyhound breeding.