Written by PETA
A participant in a photo shoot became a
model of compassion when she saved a goat's life. The goat was being used as a "prop,"
and the shoot took place on a scorching-hot summer day on a California ranch.
The visitor found the goat lying on the ground with hooves that were so
overgrown that he was unable to stand up or reach food and water.
The witness contacted PETA, and we quickly
alerted animal control. And voilà! The goat was surrendered to animal control
within 24 hours. It likely took months for the hooves to grow so painfully long,
but the goat's owner claimed that he "didn't notice." (Yet the photo shoot
participant noticed them with one glance.) PETA is asking for cruelty charges.
After a long overdue hoof trim and some TLC,
the goat was put up for adoption, his photo prop days behind him.
You don't have to be an expert to tell
that an animal might be suffering. If something doesn't look right, it probably
isn't right, so please speak up!
Written by Michelle Sherrow
A concerned resident called PETA after seeing this
feral cat. Take one look at his photo, and you can see why.
A PETA supporter went to the scene and was able to
trap the cat and take him to a veterinarian.
In addition to the cat's obviously horrific ear
was suffering from an aggressive and painful form of cancer that had reduced this
formerly gorgeous cat to a weak, bedraggled skeleton. The veterinarian
immediately put the suffering cat out of his misery, giving him more comfort in
his final moments than he had likely known for much of his life.
Unless they are rescued, as this poor cat was, feral cats do
not die gently—they incur ghastly injuries and infections, contract painful diseases,
are poisoned and shot by people who don't want them in their yards, are hit by
cars, are attacked by wildlife, and so on. Easily treatable conditions for cats
who live in our homes, like urinary tract infections and flea infestations, can
become miserable and even deadly for cats who cannot be handled.
If there are feral cats in your neighborhood, please don't
prolong their agony by simply putting out food and hoping for the best. Trap
them and bring them into your home (but be aware that some feral cats never
become tame and spend their lives in hiding, afraid of you and any noise); take
them to a reputable open-admission shelter (not a so-called "no kill"
shelter that warehouses frightened, unadoptable animals in cages for years); or
take them to a veterinarian for a peaceful release from a world that has turned
its back on them. I've personally done all three, and this last option, while
the hardest on me, was by far the easiest on the cat.
Written by Alisa
Update: The suspects were arrested on August 2 and charged with violations of child abuse and animal welfare laws. The Ridons may face more charges, but they are currently out on bail. PETA Asia-Pacific has hired an attorney and is working to make sure that the suspects appear in court and are vigorously prosecuted. Please support these vital efforts by making a donation today.
After a year-long investigation by PETA Asia-Pacific and the National Bureau of Investigations, police have now charged a Philippine couple with cruelty to animals and other crimes related to producing a series of pornographic videos in which young girls torture and kill animals. Faced with the charges, suspects Dorma and Vic Ridon have fled. Warrants have been issued for them.
WARNING: Graphic descriptions follow.
The "crush" videos that the Ridons are believed to have produced show scantily clad 12-year-old girls as they stomp on live animals, a rabbit as he or she is skinned alive, other rabbits as they scream while their ears are cut off and they are set on fire, a dog as he or she is burned with a clothes iron, and a monkey who was repeatedly hit in the eye with the sharp end of a stiletto heel. There is more, including puppies crushed until they vomited their own internal organs. A bill currently in the Philippine Senate would criminalize the sale of such "crush videos," already illegal in the U.S. and other countries. You can e-mail Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. and ask him to vocally support the bill and help prevent the videos from being produced in his country.
PETA Asia-Pacific is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the Ridons. You can also make a donation to PETA Asia-Pacific to help the group fight cruelty to animals in this case as well as in many others.
A sweet mixed-breed dog has lost her battle and passed away after being tortured and nearly decapitated with an electrical cord. Reportedly, the dog's teenage owner, Monterion Davis, wrapped the cord around the dog's neck and tied her to a tree in the woods, leaving her there to struggle and die alone. A rescue group in Forsyth, Georgia, found the dog on July 7 and rushed her to a veterinary hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery. She clung to life until yesterday, when she left this world, surrounded by people who cared about her.
Police arrested Davis on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, and he faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. PETA has contacted the Monroe County District Attorney's Office to call for vigorous prosecution for this heinous crime. You can send a very polite e-mail to prosecutor Richard Milam to ask him to consider the link between abusing animals and abusing people in formulating his case.
This sweet's dog owners may have tossed her a bit of food, but that is where their kindness stopped. Neglected and relegated to life at the end of a chain, this tiny Chihuahua mix suffered every day and night without shelter from whatever the weather threw at her. Her fur was painfully matted and she seemed desperate for a kind word or touch.
A neighbor, desperate to help the dog, called PETA for help. We got on the blower and reported this wanton neglect to the local humane society and law enforcement officials, who both paid visits to the house. The pressure worked, and her owners put up a sign advertising a free dog.
Our complainant arranged for a friend to go by, and the owners handed the dog over without a second thought. Her sentence in chains was over. Our complainant’s friend insisted on picking up the tab for a good grooming for the dog and a much-needed visit to the vet. When she found out that the little dog was infected with heartworms, which would have been fatal, she knew she would foster the dog until treatment was complete. Now this little miss is reveling in the love of her foster mom and the cozy indoor life that she deserves and, who knows, foster homes have a way of becoming permanent ones.
No dog deserves a life on a chain. Please read PETA’s advice on how to help a chained dog in your neighborhood.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
An Apple Valley, Minnesota, man is facing a cruelty charge for allegedly hurling a tiny dog 10 feet in the air after the dog defecated indoors. The landing reportedly broke the dog's pelvis, causing the dog to scream in pain from injuries that, according to a veterinarian, were on par with being hit by a car.
PETA is calling for vigorous prosecution and the maximum sentence if the man is convicted. Please help by urging the prosecuting attorney to aggressively pursue this case and reminding him that animal abusers' temper tantrums are often directed toward members of their own species too.
Please send polite comments to:
The Honorable Michael E. MolendaCity of Apple Valley Prosecuting Attorney 7300 W. 147th St., Ste. 600Apple Valley, MN email@example.com
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
It just got harder to get away with cowardly acts of cruelty to animals. In New York City, abusers were recently convicted in two separate cases because DNA evidence from their victims linked them to their crimes. One case involved a cat named Scruffy who was doused in lighter fluid and set on fire, leaving the cat severely burned down to the muscles in his legs. The other case involved a cat named Madea, who was beaten so viciously that her lungs were lacerated and she had to be euthanized.
Collecting and using animals' DNA to convict abusers is becoming more common among law-enforcement agencies. Authorities now even have a national DNA database of dogs used in fights to help them track down dogfighters. Penalties for cruelty to animals get harsher every year. And as more people become aware of "the link"—animal abusers' tendency to take their issues out on human victims as well—more people are coming forward and notifying authorities of cruelty, even when it means blowing the whistle on a friend or family member.
If you suspect an animal is being abused, call the authorities right away. Animals can’t be saved—and their abusers can’t be brought to justice—if no one reports the crime.
Showing the world that you're compassionate toward animals is easier than ever with PETA's purple ribbon. Today we reached our goal of 100,000 postings of the ribbon on Facebook, thanks to you, our ever-helpful supporters. By reposting this ribbon, you're telling friends and family that animal abuse will not be tolerated and that public awareness of animal issues is growing.
Now that's something to be proud of. Let's keep this momentum going. Who knows? Perhaps a new record will be reached, which could only mean more good news for animals.
Written by Christine Becknell
In a landmark ruling, a Rancho Cucamonga, California, man was sentenced to seven years and eight months behind bars for mutilating and torturing several cats. Timothy Arie Kooyman, who was already serving five years in prison for torturing cats, had nearly three years added to his sentence after he was found guilty of luring several cats to his Corona, California, motel room, where he broke each of their legs before decapitating one with an ax, running over another with his truck, and killing a third by repeatedly slicing her with razor blades.
Police Sgt. Lori Curran spoke at the sentencing hearing, saying that she feared Kooyman would soon move on to human victims, as animal abusers often do. She said Kooyman was "the worst of the worst" and told him, "You are a coward and you deserve to rot in hell." The judge agreed, calling Kooyman's crimes "mind-boggling." This is Kooyman's second felony conviction, so if he ever attempts to harm another animal, he will go away for 25 years under California's "three strikes" law.
Thanks to this no-nonsense judge, the residents of Rancho Cucamonga and Corona can rest a little easier knowing that a violent criminal is going to be safely behind bars for the next seven and a half years.
PETA is offering up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who apparently mutilated a dog with a machete in a southern Texas town last month. The poor dog (renamed "Angel" by rescuers) "somehow escaped" from his family's yard and was found the next morning suffering from deep lacerations on his head, face, back, and feet after apparently being hacked with a machete at least six times. Angel's tail had been nearly severed and had to be amputated.
If you have any information on this case, please contact PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department immediately. People who hurt animals are cowards who seek out "easy victims," and they often take their issues out on humans too. And for the love of dogs, cats, and other animal companions, please ensure that your animals don't end up like Angel—keep them safe indoors and never let them out of your sight when they are outside.
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animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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