Category Archives: Companion Animals

On Eating Cats and Dogs

 

We eat cows, pigs, chickens and fish, and we eat and drink dairy products (well, WE don’t
but HUMANS do) . Each one the culmination of a short life of such misery that it should have been a lot shorter. We AR activists are very aware of this and protest it in our own country wherever we can — which is why I feel completely justified asking you ONCE AGAIN to protest against South Koreans eating (raising, transporting and killing) dogs and

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cats as well. In Korea, there is the very significant difference that the killing is protracted due to the belief that prolonged suffering results in better-tasting food. I like to think THAT wouldn’t fly here, awful as our slaughterhouses are. So I want you to write to your government representative and ask them to urge South Korea to ban the consumption of dogs and cats. I am not telling you that will do the trick, but NOT writing one definitely won’t :-)
THANK YOU!

 Find your House Representatives!

 Find your Senators!

Using the sample letter (courtesy of Koreandogs.org, which has a lot more info and other people to contact) below, put together one of your own, as a personalized letter is always better. A paper letter AND an email would be great.

Dear _____________,

Please watch this video: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

Animal welfare organizations and animal lovers worldwide strongly feel that this unprecedented cruelty towards animals in South Korea can no longer be tolerated and it is the moral duty of our Government to intervene on our behalf. Our Government should urge the South Korean government to respect and enforce not just its own but also the Global Animal Protection Laws. We oppose this cruelty on ethical, health, environmental and moral grounds. The issue concerns all of us as citizens of the world because nations from around the world sacrificed their loved ones to protect the South Koreans in the Korean war of the 1950′s and even today we are still spending our hard-earned money to ensure their freedom and safety every year. It is unconscionable for our Government to ignore the huge, growing shock and outcry on social media sites worldwide about this barbaric practice. With the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea we feel that the timing is now perfect for worldwide pressure on South Korea!

South Korea is the World’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are brutally slaughtered and eaten as “health food” each year. Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment from the moment they are born till the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives with no protection from extreme weather and no water, exercise, companionship or medical care. Their eardrums are often burst to prevent them from barking! In broad daylight, often in the presence of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death. People’s beloved pets are also lured and caught and end up as meat! This is a profit-driven, tax-free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating a dog (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and gives men energy! Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dogs suffer, the more the consumer will enjoy the health benefits and taste of the meat. Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism! The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China!

It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers in the world and boasts one of the highest educational levels in the world, is still committing this type of barbaric and despicable brutality in this day and age! But for the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare that they can’t escape from. If South Korea wants to join the civilized nations and be respected as a nation of conscience, they need to strengthen their animal protection laws and ban the dog- and cat meat consumption once and for all. This has been going on far too long and it’s time for the South Korean government to take moral leadership on behalf of their citizens. Not only does this protect the Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will also further South Korea’s economic interest in the global business community. People of the world will not stop condemning South Korea’s cruelty towards their defenseless animals!

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
We urge you as our Government to a take a strong stand on this and boycott the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics and the South Korean businesses until the South Korean government takes the necessary steps to ban this atrocity! As our Government who has been elected to listen to the voices of its people, we sincerely hope that you will not turn a blind eye on this tragic situation and use your power and position to urge South Korea to ban the dog- and cat meat consumption once and for all!

For more information on the South Korean Dog Meat Trade visit:www.koreandogs.org
Sincerely,

[Your name]

 

Animal Welfare Bills in the 2014 Washington State Legislature

Fighting for animals is often an uphill battle. Animals don’t usually get a lot of respect of attention in the legislature. That’s why it’s important to let your state reps know that animals matter!

For the 2014 session, several animal-related bills will be brought before the legislature.

SB 5202 Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Assistance. This is a follow-up of the substitute spay/neuter bill that passed the senate in 2013. The substitute bill doesn’t include the original pet-food fee funding source, but it does provide the basic outline of a statewide spay/neuter assistance program. The bill will need to be reconsidered in the senate before it can proceed to the house.

SB 5203 Limiting Sales of Animals in Public Places. This bill would restrict certain sales of animals in public places, such as roadside sales. A draft substitute bill, that improves the original bill introduced in 2013, is currently being prepared .

SB 5204 Animal Cruelty Prevention. This bill covers several issues. It tightens up the animal fighting law, addresses animals confined in vehicles and other spaces during extreme temperatures, and cleans up the definition of second-degree animal cruelty. A draft substitute bill has already been prepared, which includes a new provision to correct weaknesses in the first-degree animal cruelty statute.

HB 2117 Breed Based Dog Regulations. More than two dozen cities in this state have breed-based bans. The bans place restrictions on certain breeds (usually pit bulls). In the 2014 session, a bill is being introduced that, if passed, would prevent a dog’s breed from being a factor in a ban or in classifying him or her as dangerous or potentially dangerous. Read more about how you can help bring pass this bill here.

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Thanks to Save Washington Pets (Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation) for the info about these bills.

Action Alert for HB 2117: Breed-based dog regulations

Here in Washington State, more than two dozen cities have breed-based bans in place. The bans place restrictions on certain breeds (usually pit bulls). In the 2014 session, HB 2117 (Breed-Based Dog Regulations) is being introduced. This bill would prevent a dog’s breed from being a factor in a ban or in classifying him or her as dangerous or potentially dangerous. The bill’s sponsor is Rep. Sherry Appleton.

Contact Your State Representatives!

All members of the Washington State House of Representatives have until 2 pm on January 13 to sign on as cosponsors of the bill. Please contact your two state reps today or tomorrow and encourage them to sign on and support this bill.

You can find your reps here and you can find their phone numbers here. If you can’t call, or would rather email, here’s a template by Best Friends Animal Society.

Please offer a brief, polite message with your full name, address and phone number, asking your rep to cosponsor HB 2117, a bill that addresses dog breed discrimination, and explain why it’s important to you.American pit bull terrier

Thanks to Save Washington Pets for the information about this bill.

Keep Horses out of the Food Supply: Ask Your Members of Congress to Pass the SAFE Act

From http://www.pcrm.org/lf/lf/safe_act/safeguard-american-food-exports-safe-act

Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R.1094/S.541), a crucial bill to protect both consumers’ health and American horses, was recently introduced in Congress. This legislation will prohibit the sale and transport of horse meat and horses intended for human consumption, thereby keeping toxic meat out of the nation’s food supply.

Because horses in the United States are raised as companions and sport animals—not for human consumption—they are routinely given hundreds of drugs and chemicals that could cause harm to human health if their meat is ingested. Many of these substances have never been tested on humans, while some are known to be deadly if ingested by people. These pharmaceuticals—steroids, antibiotics, growth promoters, sedatives, artificial hormones, vaccines, painkillers, and others—are often labeled “not for use in animals used for food/that will be eaten by humans,” and more than 50 drugs regularly administered to horses are expressly prohibited by federal regulations for use in food animals.

There is no system in place to track these medications and veterinary treatments to ensure that horse meat is safe for human consumption. Even small traces of these chemicals in adulterated horse meat could pose serious health risks, most of which are completely unknown.

Please click here to urge your members of Congress to keep toxic horse meat out of the food supply by co-sponsoring and supporting the SAFE Act.

https://secure2.convio.net/pcrm/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=669

Helping people and animals this season

waywardNARN now has a donation box at Wayward Vegan Café!

We’re having a donation drive to collect supplies for the companions animals of the low income and homeless. We’re working in particular with the organization Peace on the Streets by Kids on the Streets.

Please stop by Wayward, and drop in a can of cat or dog food, a doggie or kitty bed, a leash, flea treatment, or other item for animals.

Where: 5253 University Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (open 9-9 every day)

Help the kids and the animals this holiday season!

CA County Set to Require PBT Sterilization

Riverside County, CA, is moving forward with a proposed ordinance that would make the sterilization of all pit bulls and pit bull mixes over the age of four months mandatory.  Hundreds of them languish in county animal shelters, where they make up about 20% of the total canine population and about 30% of the dogs euthanized.

Breed-specific legislation, as it is called, is a polarizing issue. Some of the proponents say the dogs are loose cannons and it is only a matter of WHEN they will ‘go off’, not IF. Opponents of this kind of legislation say the breed is being unfairly targeted, the dogs are unjustly maligned, and pit bull attacks are always sensationalized in the media, whereas attacks by other breeds pass unnoticed.

I have had four pit bulls over a period of 25 years. They slept and played with my cats and my children. They were without a single exception ever, loyal, gentle and dependable. It is obviously not the dogs — but to my HUGE regret, a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for the people of Riverside County isn’t likely to pass.

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Patrick's Law Signed by NJ Governor Chris Christie

Do you all remember Patrick? The pit bull who was starved until he was almost dead by his owner, Kisha Curtis, and then stuffed in a trash sack and thrown 19 stories down an apartment trash chute in Newark? It was hard to believe from the pictures at the time that he could possibly still be alive. But he was, and he is well and happy today. His story and pictures sparked massive outrage around the WORLD, and led to the demand that stronger laws be put in place to deter and punish animal abusers (Curtis will not be receiving jail time). Tens of thousands of you called or wrote in, demanding some semblance of justice, if not for Patrick, then for other animal victims in the future. Last week, on August 7th, “Patrick’s Law”, unanimously passed the NJ Senate and was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
Under Patrick’s Law, starving or otherwise abusing an animal will be considered to be a fourth degree crime, which is a step up from a disorderly persons offense. If the abuse causes the animal’s death, it would be a third degree offense. Fines would increase from $1,000 to $3,000 for the first offense and range between $3,000 to $5,000 for any further offenses.
You and I know this is still a grim joke of a punishment for a crime so terrible, so prolonged, and so deliberate.  Would Curtis fit, I wonder, down the trash chute?

New York Gets Animal Abuser Registry

Sounds like a no-brainer, but it is a first: the New York Senate has passed a bill requiring convicted animal abusers, like convicted sex offenders, to register with the appropriate criminal justice department. In addition, those convicted of torture have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and are banned from ever owning a pet again. I am glad it is clear to at least one state that animal torture isn’t a merely a momentary lapse in the judgement of otherwise good people — like giving someone the finger in traffic after a bad day at work.
Now, the names and addresses of convicted animal abuses in New York will be made readily accessible to the public — meaning, just for example, that shelters can check the registry before finalizing to an adoption. This bill is on its way to the NY Assembly, where it will be sponsored by Jim Tedisco, the same man behind NY’s original 1997 ‘Buster’s Law” making animal abuse a felony. (I could tell you about Buster but I won’t.)
Considering that it is no easy feat to be convicted of animal abuse to begin with, and that there is a high rate of recidivism (partly because it’s so EASY), let’s hope NY’s registry is just the beginning. Michigan and California are also considering animal abuser registries, but an attempt to pass a similar law earlier this year in Maryland failed, largely due to the efforts of the PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Committee), which claimed that keeping animals out of the hands of psychos would make life too hard for pet retailers.

Urge Congress to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

From HSUS:

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5934&autologin=true&s_src=web_hp_bb1052913

Urge Congress to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

Legislation to crack down on puppy mills has been reintroduced in Congress. S. 395 / H.R. 847, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, will close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act regulations that currently allows puppy mills to sell dogs over the Internet without any oversight or standards of care.

This bipartisan bill will require the following changes to the AWA: 1.) All dog breeders who sell more than 50 puppies per year directly to the public will be federally licensed and inspected; 2.) Dogs at commercial breeding facilities must be given the opportunity to exercise for 60 minutes a day; and 3.) The bill will not affect small breeders and hobby breeders who sell fewer than 50 dogs per year directly to the public, but is crafted to cover only large commercial breeding facilities.

The PUPS Act is sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif.

TAKE ACTION
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Look up your legislators’ phone numbers here.

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