Written by Michelle Kretzer
recently welcomed Daniel
to his show, a 5-year-old dog
who survived being gassed
at an Alabama animal control facility.
Daniel was crammed into a gas chamber in Florence, Alabama, with four other
dogs. Carbon-monoxide gas was pumped into the chamber for a "standard 17
minute cycle." When workers opened the chamber door to remove dead animals,
they found Daniel standing among the dead dogs, alive.
Death is not quick for dogs and cats who
Locked in dark boxes and slowly suffocated, the dogs commonly scream and the
cats go berserk, trying to claw their way out. Many go into convulsions as they
struggle for air and try to escape. Daniel must have witnessed a horrifying
scene inside the gas chamber, and he is living proof that this crude method doesn't
always work. Some animals must be gassed repeatedly; others have been found stumbling around in landfills after being
mistaken for dead and dumped there.
is not the fault of animal shelters that animals must be put to death, but if
the most we can offer homeless animals is an exit from this world, then we owe
it to them to ensure that it is painless, peaceful, and dignified. If your
local animal shelter or pound is putting animals down with any method other
than an intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital (the most humane method),
urge the shelter management to switch (see PETA's tips for helpful information).
You may have the law on your side if you live in one of the 18 states that have outlawed some
forms of gassing. If not, write
letters to your legislators demanding a law against these
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let your dog or cat appear on 16 Weeks and Pregnant. Spay and neuter.
December, a little white dog got his Christmas wish when he was adopted from an
animal shelter by a loving family that
named him, appropriately, Santa Paws. But this year, Christmas nearly took a
tragic turn for the plucky pup.
day when Santa Paws was in his yard, he was attacked by another dog and
suffered a deep puncture wound to his neck. The wound became infected and required
surgery, but the distraught family knew there was no way that they could afford
to pay the entire bill.
desperation, they posted a plea on Craigslist begging for help with Santa Paws'
vet bills. A quick-thinking PETA member alerted our Community Animal Project (CAP), which helps animals in
the area surrounding our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters. CAP helped pay for Santa
Paws' surgery, and he got back home for the holidays.
grateful family posted another Craigslist message—this
one thanking PETA for a "holiday miracle."
This holiday season, don't forget the many ways in which you can be a miracle for an animal in
After receiving a ton of endearing, funny,
interesting, odd, and clever submissions for our contest
asking how you would like to rename "mutts" with a moniker that
celebrates rescued dogs'
uniqueness and diversity, we've narrowed the list to four terms, and
the pollsters are ready to start tallying the votes.
The winning name will be made into a
bumper sticker reading, "I ♥ my ____," that will be sold at PETA's CafePress store.
But the smarty who submitted the winning term will snag a free sticker, along
with a gift basket brimming with goodies for their pedigree-free pup.
Stay tuned to see which name will claim
Poll closes December 12th and
winner will be notified by December 15th.
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.
scientists in Dallas may have come up with an invisibility cloak, but octopuses and squid beat them to the punch.
Masters of disguise, among the tricks up their tentacle sleeves is this one: They
manipulate sacs of black pigment on their skin to either shroud them in
darkness to match the water or reveal their transparent flesh so that light
shines through, making others think that they aren't there.
Millipedes are covert operators
too. Certain species toss moss or other plants over their backs while they
biological anthropologist is confirming what many cat people already know—cats grieve over the loss of
a loved one much like humans do. And much like humans, letting animals see (and,
in a cat's case, smell) the body of their deceased loved one can help give them
"closure" and come to terms with the loss.
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do the leg- (or wing-) work when you can ride? In Stockholm, Sweden, a flock of pigeons has begun taking the
subway for its daily trips to a crowded shopping center where the animals like
to forage for food. Pigeons have been doing the same thing on the London
Underground for years!
dog takes care of business. After a southwest Ohio couple adopted a dog from an animal shelter, it took only six hours
for him to return the favor. The aptly named Hercules chased a burglar from the
couple's basement, biting him on the ankle for good measure.
of canine good deeds—Titan, a beloved dog from Lawrenceville,
Georgia, became the first canine recipient of the Neighbor of the Year Award after
he got help for his guardian when she suffered from a brain aneurysm and fell,
fracturing her skull.
Petfinder reports that 63 percent
of people buy holiday gifts for their dogs. Then there are the birthday presents, valentines … the list
goes on and on. While the rope toys and Nylabones give dogs mental
stimulation and exercise, our pups get much more of both from the time that they
spend with us. Here are five gifts that your dog will love every day of the
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A round of applause, please. A new
AP-Petside poll reveals that more than half of companion-animal guardians adopted their animals, with one-third of people taking in strays off the streets
and another third adopting animals from shelters, rather than buying them from breeders
or pet stores,
which contribute to the animal
Looks like the word has gotten out about
the irresistible allure of saving a life, thanks in part to the help of
stars like Twilight
cutie Booboo Stewart,
who stars in a new ad for PETA with his rescued dog, Pookie.
Photo: Shawn Bannon • Grooming: Kirin Bhatty •
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As Seth Clearwater, Stewart
made audiences cheer when he saved Edward and Bella by taking out vampire
baddie Riley Biers, but now people will be cheering about the lives he's saving
Whether you're Team Edward or Team
Jacob, you can help animals by taking PETA's pledge to end animal homelessness today.
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The last time that John
and Julia Von Achen saw their beloved dog, J, alive, they were boarding a
flight from Moscow to New York. When the Von Achens
disembarked, they discovered that their dog had apparently frozen to death in the
cargo hold during the 11-hour flight.
"He's part of our
family. I'm heartbroken, devastated, destroyed," said John Von Achen Jr. "They
killed our dog."
Freezing aside (which can happen when temperature controls fail and external
temperature at altitude can be -50 or worse), animals are in grave danger in
plane cargo holds, but boxers, bulldogs, and pugs like J are at an especially high risk since their short muzzles
make breathing difficult under any even slightly stressful or abnormal circumstances.
Putting an animal in a cargo hold is often a death sentence, as they can turn into
freezers in the air and, during delays on scorching summer days, into ovens on
the ground, causing death from heat prostration. It happens all the time.
"It seems the
airlines are not equipped and they're not really set up to handle pets, but
they take the money anyway," Van Achen said, adding, "I'll never fly
with a pet again."
was far from the first dog
to perish in a cargo hold, and
he won't be the last. If you are planning to travel with your animals over the
Thanksgiving holiday or at any time, please keep their feet safely on the
ground and travel by car or, if they are small enough, fly them in the cabin
by Michelle Sherrow
you know that in Ukraine, a dog or cat found wandering the streets can be shot
on sight or poisoned and left to suffer? Their bodies are tossed into a cremation
truck and burned, and some are reportedly burned while alive. It is estimated
that in the city of Kiev alone, 20,000 dogs have already been killed in these cruel
authorities are trying to "cleanse" the country of homeless animals
before it hosts the European Football Championship in 2012. At a preliminary
match between Germany and Ukraine in Kiev last weekend, members of PETA Germany and the Kiev Society
for the Protection of Animals protested, calling on Ukrainian authorities to
stop the cruel killings and asking the Union of European Football Associations to
German soccer (known as "football" in other parts of the world) players
have now joined PETA Germany in publicly criticizing Ukrainian
authorities for the torture of these dogs and demanding that the city use
humane methods to manage the homeless
animal crisis. The only solution to
animal overpopulation is a spay-and-neuter initiative, but in the
meantime, the city's unwanted animals at least deserve a peaceful, painless end to their lives.
contact the Ukrainian Embassy and politely urge officials to stop these cruel
killings immediately. Click
for the e-mail address for your state, or if your state is not listed, you can
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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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