Written by PETA
exotic animals such as hedgehogs, macaws, and lizards will spend their lives
locked in cages as "pets," and it all started with a kind woman who
wouldn't give up until she got help for a sick, dying ferret in an Arkansas pet
store. The woman repeatedly asked the store manager to let her take the ferret
home for rehabilitation, but the manager refused. Finally, she called PETA for
help. We pushed animal control to check on the ferret, and the store's owner
quickly surrendered the ill animal.
caseworker explained to the store's owner that animals suffer in mass-breeding
facilities and animal dealers' warehouses before they end up in pet stores. The
owner agreed to watch PETA's undercover video footage from the now-defunct exotic-animal
warehouse U.S. Global
and the massive ferret factory Triple F Farms, Inc.
He was so moved by the plight of wild-born exotic animals—who
are often abducted from their families and stuffed into luggage to be smuggled
into the U.S.—that he agreed never to buy or sell these animals again.
victory is an encouragement to us all always to report cruelty
and never to miss an opportunity to educate others about how animals suffer in
the pet trade
and other cruel industries. You never know whose mind you might change!
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
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.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
buying a dog over the Internet sight unseen for a staggering $7,500, a Long
Island man added insult to injury by sending the dog on a terrifying 3,000-mile journey
back to the breeder in Washington state less than a week later. The dog, who was likely confused
and disoriented after the initial cross-country flight, had failed to adjust
immediately to her strange new environment, so the man essentially returned her
like a sweater he'd ordered from L.L.Bean, despite the fact that the breeder
refused to take the dog back and reportedly said that he would not pick her up at the airport. (The
breeder did eventually claim the dog but only after she'd been forced to spend
the night at an airport boarding facility.)
dog buyer could have saved himself a lot of trouble—and
the dog a lot of trauma—if he had just
taken his family to the local animal shelter, where they could have chosen from
among a plethora of great dogs. But considering that he was dumb enough to hand
over an exorbitant amount of money to a breeding operation that exacerbates the
animal homelessness crisis, allowed the dog only six days to settle into her new home, and was inconsiderate
enough to ship her off to an unknown fate in an airplane's dangerous cargo hold after tiring
of her, any responsible shelter worker would now lock the doors to this man.
for those of us who don't view animals as disposable accessories, animal shelters are the perfect place to make a permanent love connection.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
As part of its new sculpture park, the Memorial Art
Gallery (MAG) at the University of Rochester is planning to install a piece by Tom Otterness, who notoriously
purchased a dog from an animal shelter, tied him to a fence, and shot him to
death as part of a 1977 "art" film. Although he has since apologized,
he reportedly has yet to make any meaningful gesture of regret, such as
donating time or money to a reputable
Public outcry has led to the cancellation or postponement of other Otterness
sculptures, including a planned New York Public Library sculpture that was
canceled after PETA
protested. So far, MAG has ignored
the most recent protests and plans to proceed
with Otterness' commission.
PETA is urging people to avoid visiting MAG so that the
gallery will get the message that killing animals is always cruel and that animal
abusers should be held accountable. Instead, we encourage people to check out
artists such as Miru Kim
and Nafe Nanfeng as well as art collective Neozoon, all of whom use their
work to help stop cruelty to animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
horrific hoarding case
in Chicago is a reminder of why, despite any ill-founded "good"
intentions, hoarding never results in a happy home—for
anyone. It's absolutely vital to report all
known or suspected cases of animal neglect or hoarding to authorities
reportedly found a mentally disabled 14-year-old boy dead in a backyard,
wearing only a T-shirt. Inside the house, they allegedly found more than 200
animals—and three more sick children—living in filth and feces. Reportedly, all
109 cats in the house were suffering from feline AIDS and leukemia and had to
be euthanized, and many other animals were starving and diseased, including a
cockatiel whose spine was visible on his nearly featherless back. The children
reportedly had never been to school or a doctor and slept on the floor, and
their bare feet were caked with feces and dirt. The children's mother has been charged with child
abuse and cruelty to animals, among other crimes.
Hoarders exist in virtually every community, so it's crucial to be
alert to the signs of hoarding:
If you notice red flags of animal hoarding, please don't hesitate—call the police. Hundreds of lives—both animals' and
humans'—may be at stake.
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
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
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.
Our Cruelty Casework Division deals with reports of cruelty to animals every day, responding to literally thousands of instances of animal abuse in a year by writing to prosecutors, informing judges about the link between animal abuse and violence against humans, and sending out fieldworkers to respond to reports of animals in need. When I come across a case like this one, I honestly don’t know how they manage it.
Here’s the story that was reported to one of PETA’s caseworkers. We’re asking the District Attorney to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law, so if you’d like to help us out with that, please click here:
August 11 was Hunter's last day, and it was a terrible one. The beagle was the beloved companion of the Evans family in New Orleans. Hunter loved to lie in the sun for hours at a time, got a kick out of sitting by the family pool, and was well known throughout the neighborhood for his sweet disposition. In early August, the inquisitive 6-year-old dog snuck out of the yard while the Evans were painting their fence—Patricia Evans, Hunter's lawful guardian, was sick with worry, especially after several days passed and the family still hadn't seen a sign of Hunter. Patricia came home one day to find her father extremely distraught. He told her that they had found Hunter. It didn't sound good. Patricia's own account is as follows: "When I got home, [my friend] was in tears and my father had his head pressed against his desktop; I knew something was wrong. My father then told my brother and I that a man ... [named] Christopher D. Alessi had found our dog. We were told by a reliable source that he was trying to 'take care' of Hunter. On that Saturday, [Alessi] was spotted at a local Auto Zone with Hunter in the back of his truck. Witnesses saw Hunter try and escape, but [Alessi] hurried to him and began punching him in the face as someone would in a boxing match and threw him with force into the back of his truck. [Alessi] then continued to drive to his home, where the witness followed him. When he got out of the car, he [allegedly] grabbed Hunter by the throat and began choking him to death. The witnesses said he had his hands around his neck and Hunter tried to get his legs [on] the ground, but [Alessi] grew angrier and pulled him harder until he died. The police came almost immediately and arrested him."
Christopher Alessi will be answering to these charges in court this year. As always with these cases, if he’s convicted we need to make sure that he spends a long time in prison, and that he’s never allowed near animals again.
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