April 12, 2012 § 2 Comments
Most of you may have heard about the superstar American quarterback Michael Dwayne Vick of the NFL and all of his victories within the sport. Sure, he may be a Football legend to many but to me he is a monster and always will be. In April 2007, he was implicated in an illegal interstate of a dog-fighting ring that was running for over 5 years! In April 2007 he pleaded guilty and served only 21 months in prison followed by 2 months in home confinement. In July 2008, he filed for bankruptcy due to the loss of his NFL salary and product endorsement deals because lets be honest, who would want their product associated with this dog killer? The dog-fighting ring was found on a drug investigation at his home in southeast Virginia. Gruesome details involving abuse, torture and execution of under-performing dogs galvanized animal rights activists and public outrage. Vicks ring was known as “Bad News Kennels”. He was accused of directly participating in dogfights and executions and handling thousands of dollars in related gambling activities. Over 70 dogs, mostly Pit bull terriers, many of them showing injuries were seized along with physical evidence. It is people like Michael Vick who greatly contribute to the wide spread hate on the beautiful breed that is the Pit bull.
In late April 2007, Vick was quoted,
“I’m never at the house…I left the house with my family members and my cousin…They just haven’t been doing the right thing… It’s unfortunate I have to take the heat behind it. If I’m not there, I don’t know what’s going on.”
It’s sad he puts all the blame on his own family members. He also said at the time “It’s a call for me to really tighten down on who I’m trying to take care of…. Lesson learned for me.”
BUT, on August 20th 2007 Vicks lawyer Billy Martin said “Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter.”
On August 24th it was announced that Vick signed a plea agreement and issued a statement admitting his participation and funding of the dog-fighting ring. He was fined $250,000. Although he paid the fine and did his time, it doesn’t make up for what he did and nothing can. Animals are not on this earth for us to abuse and use for our own sick forms of entertainment. They deserve loving homes and loving families. People like Vick do not deserve the privilege to own and feel the love from any living creature.
If you wish to read more about the trail, please visit the links below.
The following Dogs are survivors from the bad newz kennels:
April 10, 2012 § 4 Comments
What do we mean when we say a species in endangered?
The term “endangered species” is on that is frequently heard everyday whether it is media or casual conversation. It is a species that is determined to be disappearing at a rate that is most likely going to resolve in extinction in the near future. Most governments keep a list of Endangered and Threatened species that occur within their borders.
Canada’s Endangered list is called ‘Species At Risk Public Registry’. This list includes over 600 Canadian plants and animals. Based on how rapidly the species is declining, they are classified as either Endangered, Threatened, or of Special Concern.
Mammals – 18 Endangered, 12 Threatened and 17 species of Special Concern. Some Endangered animals include 2 different caribou species, Ord’s kangaroo rat, the Pacific water shrew, Eastern Wolverine and 7 Whales.
Birds – 27 Endangered, 20 Threatened Species and 19 of Special Concern. Some include Northern bobwhite quail, Acadian flycatcher, Ivory Gull, Eskimo curlew, white-headed woodpecker and the burrowing owl.
Reptiles – 14 Endangered, 13 threatened and 9 of Special Concern. The Endangered Reptiles include, Eastern foxsnake, Western painted turtle, leatherback sea turtle and Blanding’s turtle.
Fish – 25 Endangered, 13 Threatened and 22 of Special Concern. Nooksack dace, pugnose shiner, inner Bay of Fundy population of Atlantic Salmon, basking sharks, 4 species of sturgeon, 8 species of sticklebacks and the Atlantic White Fish.
Insects and other arthropods – 18 endangered, 6 threatened, and 5 of special concern. Some included are, dusky dune moth, non-pollinating Yucca moth, and the cobblestone tiger beetle.
Mollusks– 12 Endangered, 2 Threatened, 4 of Special Concern.
The Species At Risk Public Registry also lists Canadian species that have been extirpated from an entire region or have gone completely extinct. It includes the prairie population of Grizzly Bears, Black-footed Ferret, Atlantic Walrus, Grey Whale, Timber Rattlesnake and the Karner blue Butterfly.
Please look for any of these logos next time you go buy your makeup, shampoo, soap or any other cosmetic product
April 4, 2012 § 2 Comments
April 4, 2012 § 2 Comments
Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), is a large animal rights campaign that include ending fur and leather use, meet, dairy, fishing and many other issues by the use of celebrity supporters and many famous campaign slogans and sex appeal. It is the largest animal rights organization in the world and has more than 3 million members and supporters. Its 4 main areas of focus are Factory farms, clothing trade, lab testing on animals and the entertainment industry. Peta has in fact achieved many amazing victories for animals. Top names such as Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren and WetSeal have stopped selling fur thanks to the campaigns from Peta. Many cosmetics, Revlon for example, has also stopped testing on animals. Also Peta has spayed and neutered thousands and thousands of animals through there spay and neuter clinics. Many famous people model or support Peta such as Kloe Kardashian, Yvonne Strahovski, Sean Kingston, Pink, Pamela Anerson, Nigel Barker and many many more.
Peta encourages vegetarianism and is a very big threat to KFC and other fast food restaurants. I myself am not a Vegetarian however I do not eat much meat. I don’t feel there is anything wrong if you are buying your meat from companies that you can trust. It’s the circle of life and happens everyday in the animal kingdom. I also don’t feel being vegetarian is a bad thing, it’s a way of life and everybody should be allowed to choose how they live. I would never judge a vegetarian or vegan negatively and I respect the fact that they take a stand for what they believe in.
Although, with every organization comes a few flaws.
There is a huge controversy whether or not Peta is a good or bad campaign. Peta in fact DOES have the highest uthanization records. But you also need to look at it from both sides. Although many animals are being humanly put down, they do get a very high number of animals that would be impossible to find homes to every single animal. Another issue is with the Pitbull ban. Here are a few quotes from Peta:
“Nice” families rarely visit shelters in search of pit bulls, and pit bulls from unknown backgrounds don’t always make good family additions.
“Bans on breeding or acquiring new pit bulls (provided that such laws grandfather-in registered, well-cared for, spayed and neutered dogs) protect pit bulls from horrendous suffering by helping to prevent them from ending up in the hands of cruel people.”
I do agree that it can be hard to find a pitbull a good family because of all the rumors and bad publicity and also with people buying them for the wrong reasons. So we have to take extra caution to where these animals are actually going to. I however do not agree with the ban on pitbulls but it is going to be difficult to change their reputation. Peta I think also understands this and feels that the bad reputation is too damaged to change and would rather the breed be stopped then many be mistreated and owned by the wrong people.
So, Does by saving countless animals by providing good homes, stopped many from being tested on, mistreated or abused and help greatly spread the word about animals and the help they need, make up for their high uthanization rates and there support on the Pitbull ban? You be the judge.
Also, Do you feel Peta should be put to an end? Or should they just use their millions of dollars and supporters for different reasons?
April 2, 2012 § 2 Comments
There are many animals in your community that need loving homes. Please take extra caution when buying your new pet. If you buy from a breeder make sure they aren’t actually running a puppy or kitty mill and are good to the animals. Do a background check. And make sure to check your local L.A.P.S or other animal shelters before you make your decision. You will save a life and most likely save money. These animals deserve another chance and you can give it to them!
Gabby’s Story; from puppy mill worker to loving family member.
With min-pins being her breed of choice, my Grandmother has recently adopted a sweet heart miniature pinscher named Gabby. Miniature pinschers make great pets and although are feisty at times, are very lovable sweet dogs. When the lady came to let Gabby meet my grandmother before she has made her decision, the owner brought all of Gabby’s things and seemed really eager to get rid of her dog. After seeing her there was no way my grandma could say no. All she came with was a ratty old blanket and a bag of food. The lady informed us that Gabby was 2 years old. For the longest time Gabby was shy an unsociable. She tried to play with toys but you could tell it was all so new to her. Looking at from her tummy, we could tell that Gabby has had many puppies in her life.
At christmas time, we all went to my grandmother’s house. One of the gifts that was opened was a small little hamster that made sounds and crawled around on the ground. When Gabby saw this she ran right to it, picked it up with her mouth and brought it back to her bed. Mistaking it for a live animal, she would not let anyone come near the toy and would bathe it and protect it like it was a child of hers. This and a trip to the veterinarian’s office confirmed that Gabby used to work in a puppy mill and was older than she was said to be. You could tell she had a hard life from the grey hairs around her face and her protection of her family and the little toy. We let her keep the toy not wanting another one of her babies to be taken away.
After a few months, Gabby has come along way. She went from not leaving her bed to being a full-time lap dog and following my grandma and grandpa around the house. She would even sneak into my grandmother’s room at night to sleep next to her. Countless times have they woken up to Gabby in her own bed with a sock or little piece of my grandmas clothing beside her that was not there the night before. Today she loves to play and be around people and is living in a doggie paradise.
Don’t shop! Spay, neuter and ADOPT!
March 29, 2012 § 1 Comment
Poaching, for those who are unaware, is the illegal killing of wild plants or animals. They are people who hunt endangered species such as seahorses, rhinoceros horns, tiger bones and claws and many many more. The parts of the animal are sold to dealers who make clothes, jewelry and other materials for them. The main reason they poach is for the hide, ivory, horn, teeth and bones. Some common methods used are:
Snare Wire: Cables that are tied to trees to trap animals. It is put in a position that it can capture the animal by the neck to strangle the animal as it struggles to free itself. These are popular in Kenya and Tanzania.
Trap Nets: The net is placed at the end of an area where poachers, sometimes using the assistance of dogs, chase the animal into it. When the animal is trapped, the poachers spear them.
Pitfalls: Used for larger animals such as elephants, zebras and buffaloes. The pits are dug and covered with grass and tree branches to hide them. The animals either chased or they provoke the animal to chasing them in the direction of the pit. Then the animals are killed, mostly for ivory.
Overfishing has become a very large issue to many different marine animals. Here are some of the types of animals being affected.
March 29, 2012 § 3 Comments
Hammerhead Shark, Mexico.
Nearly 40 million Hammerhead Sharks are being killed annually for their fins, which are used in the delicacy Shark fin soup. (See earlier post on shark fining). As you know from earlier in my blog, I am very against the unethical act of fining sharks. It is a cruel and unnecessary process. First the shark is captured then while it is still alive and scared the fins are cut off and the sharks are thrown back into the ocean to die.
Many of these fish are already threatened or endangered due to over fishing.
Atlantic Codfish, Iceland
Atlantic Cod is fished for the classic British meal of fish and chips. They are found in the Northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. They can grow up to 2 meters in length and weigh anywhere from 5-12 kilograms. (11-26lbs).
March 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 9, 2012 § 5 Comments
The brutal massacre of innocent Dolphins in Denmark.
This is simply a shame for the human race. I could not believe when a close friend told me about these killings. In Feroe Islands, Denmark every year the young boys of the island go to the beach and kill innocent animals (known as Dolphin killing festivals) and for what? Food? Protection? No. Only to show off there newly attained “Adulthood”. This act of cruelty is supposed to show independence and strength of the men. Well guess what, it doesn’t. There is no way in hell that killing innocent animals can make you anymore of a man, all it shows is how heartless and cruel you are. Dolphins are playful animals that only feel curiosity towards human kind with no intentions of harming us, so why should we harm them? The dolphins are leeward onto the beach then trapped and killed by these barbarous people. It is hard to believe that this bloody massacre still takes place in this day and age. Not only are dolphins slaughtered, but whales also. I cannot comprehend what must go through the minds of these monsters. A lot of people are unaware of these killings so please help spread the word so we can stop themadness!