Written by Michelle Kretzer
have voices. They cry out when they are being skinned alive for their fur, being beaten and forced to perform painful tricks, or having their throats cut before being hacked
apart for their flesh. Animals express their pain, but often, people don't
understand or they choose not to listen.
animal advocates, we must raise our
voices alongside animals' and put into words what they can't. Whether we are
calmly explaining to someone at the dog park that his or her dog might be
yelping because the animal's prong
collar hurts or telling a friend
that her mascara was smeared
into a bunny's sensitive eyes, we have to speak up.
Animals need us to.
If you haven't yet
made a New Year's resolution, how about this: Never remain silent when an animal is hurting. Just one small voice
can—and often does—save animals from cruelty and abuse. How will you use yours?
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
recently rescued 108
animals from three homes in
Duncanville, Texas, where
dogs and cats were found stacked in filthy, hair-encrusted, rusty cages and
confined to rooms in which urine and feces coated the floors—allegedly up to a foot deep. According to news
reports, the door to one room to which dogs were confined was sealed shut with
industrial tape and hidden behind a curtain, and the dogs had been deprived of
adequate food, water, and care.
woman responsible for these cats and dogs was apparently busy acquiring unadoptable
animals from at least one
local animal shelter
and running a "rescue" group.
like this are common and remind us how
animals suffer when people warehouse homeless dogs and cats for years—with no chance for them to run, play, or feel the
grass beneath their feet—as a "solution"
to quick and painless euthanasia. Animal shelters that
shirk their responsibility by handing over animals to anyone who says that they'll
take them—as shelters across the country are doing to make their euthanasia
rates look better in the face of pressure from the irresponsible snake-oil
salesmen who call themselves "no
kill" supporters—share the
blame for the suffering of animals at the hands of hoarders posing as "rescuers."
Beware, beware, beware!
euthanasia at all costs is not humane, and it is not a solution to the animal
overpopulation crisis. Until the flood of homeless animals is stopped through
spaying and neutering, euthanasia will remain a mercy for unadopted and
unadoptable animals. Spaying
and neutering are the keys to keeping
animals out of shelters—and out of "rescues"
that are worse than death.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
We may never know how
more than a dozen pigeons, crows, seagulls, and other wild birds ended up
crammed into filthy cages in a hoarder's home, but when PETA heard about
the birds—who were spotted piled on the sidewalk after the hoarder was evicted—our
Cruelty Investigations Department
contacted animal control and alerted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
to potential violations of the state cruelty statute and federal Migratory Bird
Treaty Act, all the birds—some of whom appeared to be sick and suffering from
heat exhaustion—were seized, and officers launched an investigation.
Not only is it
illegal to possess most wild birds without a permit issued by the USFWS, these animals were also victims
a mental illness in which the hoarder compulsively acquires more animals than
he or she can properly care for. Animals are often "warehoused" in
filthy cages and carriers and denied clean water, adequate food, and veterinary
care. Accumulated waste and filth often lead to infections and the spread of parasites
and contagious diseases.
If you ever suspect
someone may be an animal hoarder, immediately contact law-enforcement
officials—following up if necessary to make sure that action is taken. PETA's report on hoarding
contains more information about how to protect animals.
poor mother dog was so emaciated that she barely had the strength to nurse her
six puppies. She was confined to a bare wooden box located behind a pizza
parlor and was weighted down with a heavy chain.
a member of Hoovers Hause All Dog Rescue spotted one of the pups wandering near
the busy street beside the restaurant, she soon discovered the mother dog and called
the sheriff's department. But catch this: Law enforcement gave the owner two to three weeks to put weight on the
mother dog. Hoovers Hause All Dog Rescue had a better idea—the group posted
pictures of the dogs on Facebook and asked people to get the sheriff's department
to act now.
a PETA supporter alerted
us to the situation, we asked
the poster to try to persuade the owner to give the dogs over to her. Bingo! All
the dogs were whisked off to a veterinarian (likely the first time the mother
dog had ever received medical care). The rescue group paid for the mother dog's
heartworm treatment and agreed to care for her and her puppies while screening
owner had told police that the mother dog was so thin because she had been poisoned,
but with simple helpings of good food, this lucky rescued girl has already
gained 8 pounds. PETA is now urging officials to pursue cruelty charges.
If you see anything
on social-networking sites that suggests an animal could be in danger, please contact
authorities—and, if they are unresponsive, call PETA.
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UPDATE: PETCO CEO
Jim Myers announced that the company will not reopen the Johnson City store
where approximately 100 animals died in flooding last month. The company is
reportedly looking for another location in the village, but outraged residents
don't want a PETCO store anywhere nearby. The district attorney's criminal
investigation of PETCO employees' actions and the animals' deaths continues.
following was originally posted on September 19, 2011:
PETA joined dozens of animal advocates who
participated in a protest calling for PETCO to leave Johnson City,
New York, after the multibillion-dollar company opted to abandon hundreds of
animals—about 100 of whom drowned
during massive flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.
Despite highly publicized flood warnings
and mandatory evacuation orders, the company had the gall to call the flooding "completely
unpredictable" and intentionally left the animals behind, which Johnson
City Mayor Dennis Hannon called "absolutely disgusting."
animals, including birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, mice, and reptiles,
suffered and died as a result. Cars
that passed the 70 demonstrators honked and waved in support, showing that
Johnson City residents are ready for PETCO to start packing.
PETA and Mayor Hannon called for a criminal
investigation last week, and now that investigation is under way. Please join
us in thanking Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen for taking the
case seriously. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call his office at 607-778-2423. Please be polite in your correspondence with Mr. Mollen and his office.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
and geese in North America are a bit safer, now that "celebrity"
hunter Jeff Foiles
has been banned from hunting
for three years in Canada and two in the U.S. following convictions for cruelty
who sells videos of his hunts online, was reportedly seen in one of his taped
hunts holding up a wounded duck, wrenching the duck's neck, and opening the bird's
mouth while making quacking sounds. According to a news report, "In
another hunt videotaped the next day, Foiles manipulates a wounded duck for
four minutes, whacking it on the head with a duck call, covering its head with
an empty shell box and playing peek-a-boo. He later places his fingers over the
bird's nostrils and holds its beak closed while asking 'Is this how you want to
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expert testified during Foiles' hearing that the birds he abused were "conscious,
alive and suffering extreme pain and stress."
that people who find it fun to torture and kill animals often take their issues out on human
as well, we should all be thankful
that Foiles is spending 13 months behind bars.
It only takes one look to see that the pony below desperately
needed help, but whenever authorities were called out to check on this
miserable horse, they inexplicably found "no issues" with his
condition and left him to suffer at the hands of his neglectful owners.
The pony was so malnourished that every rib jutted out, and his hoof
was so grossly deformed (possibly from an untreated broken bone) and overgrown
that it had folded under, forcing him to hobble around. The pony's owners left
him to wander the streets and routinely took off for days at a time, leaving
him to fend for himself. He had no food, no water, and nowhere to escape the
Thankfully, when PETA and a wonderful local rescue group
got involved, the owner quickly agreed to surrender the pony. His overgrown
hoof was immediately trimmed, and he was adopted into a loving home within
If you've tried to get help for a neglected or abused animal to no
avail, don't give up. PETA can often help when no one else can—or will. If you
aren't getting anywhere with local authorities, please contact PETA.
You may be the only hope for an animal in an otherwise hopeless situation.
by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Update: The Blenheim District Court has sentenced
Jason Godsiff to two years in jail for beating seals to death, including some animals
who were just a few days old. Jamaal Large, who denies the charges, has not yet
Originally posted July 20, 2011
A New Zealand teenager has pleaded guilty to beating 23 seals to death with a metal pipe. Jason Godsiff said he killed the seals, including newborn pups, because he considered them "pests." Another man, Jamaal Large, has also been charged in the deaths, but has not submitted his plea. If convicted, both men face heavy fines and jail time for killing protected animals.
As appalling as their actions are, even more disturbing is the fact that had these men been in Canada, they would not face any charges. In fact, they would have been encouraged. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper can't seem to understand what people in New Zealand and all over the world already know: Bludgeoning seals to death is wrong. Despite international outcry and bans on seal products, the Canadian government continues to spend millions of dollars a year to fund their barbaric seal slaughter.
You can help by e-mailing Stephen Harper and letting him know that seals deserve protection everywhere that they are abused.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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!
PETA is calling for a criminal investigation and appropriate charges
after PETCO left
hundreds of caged animals to die in its Johnson
City, New York, store in massive flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee.
Despite highly publicized flood warnings and a mandatory
evacuation order from the town's mayor, PETCO's vice president of animal care
(a misnomer if we ever heard one), Marcie Whichard, had the nerve to call the
flooding "completely unpredictable" and admitted
that "the decision was made to keep the animals in
the store." Hundreds of
birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, mice, reptiles, and other
animals were abandoned, forced to try to keep
their heads above water as floodwaters rose. Nearly 100 animals died. One can
only imagine the terror and suffering that these animals experienced, all
because PETCO—a multibillion-dollar company—could not be
bothered to make provisions for them.
This is not the first time that animals have suffered and died at PETCO's hands. The company
has a history of chronic animal-welfare problems, including buying the animals
it sells from massive mills that warehouse animals in filthy, severely crowded conditions; withhold veterinary care from sick, starving, and injured
animals; throw live animals into the trash; and much, much more.
Please help obtain justice for the animals PETCO abandoned
to drown by politely urging Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen to launch
a criminal investigation into PETCO's actions. Call his office at 607-778-2423
or e-mail him at email@example.com.
And please never buy
animals or anything from stores like PETCO that
see animals as nothing more than a way to make money.
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an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
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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