Written by Alisa Mullins
was a horrifying sight. The dog's bloated body was spotted off a pier behind a Newport News, Virginia,
boatyard. The young black-and-white female pit bull
had apparently drowned, as indicated by her clenched
teeth and protruding tongue. But most chilling was that she likely hadn't wound
up in the water by accident: Tied to her red-and-black harness was an 11-pound
weight that looked like the head of a sledgehammer. This dog was almost
certainly thrown into the water and left to struggle for air until she could
struggle no more.
the dog's body was found in the hometown of Michael Vick's "Bad Newz Kennels," where dogfighting
and pit bull abuse are still serious problems, we can't help but fear the worst:
that she was bred, trained, and/or used for fighting; either wasn't "game,"
lost a fight, or got sick; and was meant to "retire" at the bottom of
the James River.
we learned from the Michael
Vick case, unwanted "fighting dogs"
are often killed in the most horrific ways. Vick and his cohorts admitted to hanging,
shooting, electrocuting, drowning, and slamming to the ground dogs who didn't "perform"
we may never know if this dog was used for fighting, we do know that someone
did not want her body to be found. A
necropsy report indicates that she suffered a shattered rib, probably inflicted
by the heavy weight when she was thrown into the water. She had recently given
birth and may have experienced complications.
are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and
conviction of the person or persons responsible for this heinous crime.
What You Can Do
you ever suspect anyone of participating in dogfighting, alert authorities
immediately. Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states and is often
associated with other serious crimes, including domestic violence, gang activity,
and illegal drugs, firearms, and gambling. Signs of dogfighting include the
presence of multiple pit bulls chained up in a backyard and paraphernalia such
as treadmills and heavy logging chains.
Written by Jeff Mackey
PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the
conviction of any individual who may have caused a rash of sudden deaths among thoroughbred horses in
California, currently being investigated by the California Horse Racing Board.
Acute, unexpected deaths are rare for thoroughbreds, but since
July 2011, at least 26 horses in California have died suddenly—seven of them from the barn of
prominent trainer Bob Baffert.
Horses die every day in racing from causes that are appallingly preventable, but these deaths are different. Necropsy reports show that at least one of the
horses suffered from massive internal bleeding from unknown causes, and others
reportedly died of apparent heart failure from unknown causes. An abrupt spike
in the number of sudden, unexplained deaths—followed by reportedly inconclusive necropsy results—inevitably raises concerns
about possible foul play.
If you or someone you know has information about these
suspicious deaths, PETA wants to hear about it—and if that information results
in a conviction, it could earn the person who reported it both a $5,000 reward
and the satisfaction of knowing that the culprit or culprits will be held
accountable for these deaths. The
whistleblower hotline is 757-962-8383—all calls will be kept confidential.
To help eradicate even more suffering of horses used for
racing, speak out today.
Written by PETA
For the past 65 years during Yellville,
Arkansas' annual "Turkey Trot Festival," residents have hurled live turkeys out of
at high altitudes for the "pleasure" of watching the wild birds—who
naturally only fly short distances at low altitudes—drop to the Earth. Many are
badly injured or killed, and others are tackled and taken home to be eaten for
Thanksgiving dinner. But this year, not only were no turkeys tossed, two lucky
birds were also rescued and are now living in a loving home!
The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) swarmed the area, promising that any pilot caught throwing turkeys would
risk losing his or her license. Apparently, the would-be turkey-tossers decided
it wasn't worth the risk—not one turkey was dropped! PETA is also offering a $5,000 reward
(which still stands) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of
anyone caught throwing turkeys out of airplanes.
To "get back at PETA" for objecting
to this cruel tradition, one woman tried to buy two flightless, domesticated
turkeys so that she could hurl them from the roof of the town courthouse! A
PETA activist quickly intervened, warning the sellers that they would be aiding
and abetting in a crime by selling the birds for this purpose, and she convinced
them to give the birds to her instead. After getting veterinary care for one of
the birds, who had suffered injuries to her face and neck, likely from abuse, PETA
found the birds a wonderful home. Now named Lori and Walfredo, the turkeys are
living the good life on a spacious
farm with a loving family.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Director and producer Michael Bay is famous for blowing things up in Transformers and Armageddon as well as for remaking horror movies including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, but when it comes to violence against animals, Michael yells, "Cut!"
Michael pledged $50,000 on his website for the arrest and "successful prosecution" of the person who threw puppies into a river and the person who recorded the footage, which was posted online. Let's hope that Michael's reward—along with PETA's—brings everyone who was involved in this horrifying act to justice. People who are cruel to animals often commit acts of violence against their fellow humans as well, so it's crucial that we report known or suspected cruelty to animals to police and animal control officials immediately.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
And, this week's 10% Wool "Tag and Release" winner is ... Beth Ann! Congratulations.
Don't forget to check out the archive of past 10% Wool comic strips here. Get more information on the series and the writer here, and learn how to get Jeff's other comic, DeFlocked, into your local paper here.
The folks in PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department are looking for the cruel, cowardly individual who apparently forced this dog to fight, beat her, shot her in the chest, and left her tied to a tree by an extension cord earlier this week—and they need everyone's help!
PETA is adding up to $3,000 to the Danville Area Humane Society's $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever committed this violent crime. Fliers with the dog's photo and the words "DO YOU KNOW THIS DOG?" are also going up all around Danville, Virginia, where the animal was found covered in bruises and puncture wounds. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Danville Area Humane Society.
This case is a reminder of why it's so vital to report cruelty to animals before it's too late. We can't undo this poor dog's suffering, but we might prevent other animals from meeting similar fates by keeping our eyes open for animals in need, being "nosy neighbors," trusting our instincts, and always alerting police and animal control officials right away if we know or suspect that animals are being abused or neglected.
Every day, PETA receives reports from across the country detailing hideous acts of cruelty to animals for which law enforcement officials have no leads. Very often, PETA will offer a reward for information leading to an arrest, knowing that witnesses who might otherwise never come forward could be enticed to offer information.
PETA recently rewarded a tipster who offered information about a case of cruelty to animals that occurred last fall in Dillon, South Carolina. Brace yourself for the details: While Teofilo Falaniko was ransacking Bonnie Bowens' home, he forced her dog, Penny, into the oven and turned it on. To ensure that Penny's frantic pawing at the oven door didn't allow her to escape, Falaniko propped a chair against the door. When the elderly woman arrived home later that day, she and police discovered that her beloved dog was dead in the oven.
Because our tipster came forward and reported hearing Falaniko bragging about his heinous crime, Falaniko was arrested and charged. He was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison on burglary and cruelty-to-animals charges. Would Falaniko have been caught without the tipster's information? Who knows? But I get chills when I consider how many more victims—four-legged and two-legged—this violent criminal might have gone on to attack had he not been convicted of Penny's cruel killing.
Written by Karin Bennett
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
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
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.