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The French animal rights group, Cause Animal Nord, has come under fire after a video emerged of the activists taking away a puppy from a crying homeless man in central Paris.

The video shows the man fighting for his dog, but eventually losing out as three members of the group, including the organization’s president, seized the puppy and ran away. The homeless man was left in tears.

The cruel act has been condemned by the media and internet users. A number took to social networks to express their disgust, while others left highly critical messages on the organization’s Facebook page.

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Idaho governor signs Ag Gag bill: Now illegal to investigate farm animal cruelty

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March 1, 2014

In Boise, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed into law Senate Bill 1337 on Friday; now making it illegal to do any undercover investigations at any of Idaho’s factory farms reports ABC News.

The controversial bill will now make it illegal to film inside of facilities or photograph any abusive activity involving farm animals including and not limited to the unsanitary handling of food products as well as environmental violations.

Idaho introduced the legislation after Mercy for Animals, an advocacy organization which has successfully investigated a number of egregious cruelty violations to farm animals and the mishandling of food on farms throughout the United States, conducted an undercover investigation on the Idaho dairy farm, Bettencourt Dairies.

A cruel and heartbreaking video showed workers beating cows, kicking them in the face, and dragging sick animals across concrete floors with chains around their necks. The video was turned over to law enforcement where criminal charges were brought against three of the workers. One worker has since pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Duke Professor Suggests Simple Solution to Counter “Ag-Gag” Laws 

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The old maxim that if you knew how sausage was made you would never eat it has been highlighted by many undercover videos taken by employees of factory farming operations and activists alike.

In response, the industry has increasingly lobbied for “Ag-Gag” laws that criminalize whistleblowing and undercover investigations, essentially rendering animal cruelty completely invisible.

Arguably, animal rights activists are the most tenacious; so much so, that they have routinely been labeled anarchists and terrorists by various governmental organizations the world over. Yet, beyond the general demonization campaign of anyone who professes sympathy for the proven suffering of factory farm animals, we arrive at much the same question asked by those who wish to know if their food has been genetically modified — Do consumers have the right to independently investigate the origin and production of the food they choose (and pay) to ingest?

The Big Ag lobby has countered investigations into animal cruelty and health hazards at industrial farm facilities with issues rooted in contractual agreements that bind employees to certain conduct, and the issue of private property rights.

Karen De Coster summarized the legal and moral issues very well when she stated:

Indeed, there is a libertarian case to be made for private property rights, and thus the owners of property banning the filming of their business matters – right or wrong – within the confines of their property lines. This is something the public has a tough time dealing with because the emotional issues (animal abuse, disease, and degrading quality food) override reason in terms of understanding property rights and non-aggression against those rights. For instance, these same people would never allow for “whistleblowers” to enter their home property to film so-called “inappropriate” goings-on within their home. But while it is libertarian, and perfectly reasonable, for a private food producer to disallow video and photography on private property, there is a larger, moral issue here. (source)

We initially reported on new legislation in early 2011, and said the following in regards to both morality and the clear health impacts of being kept in the dark:

Strangely, consumers may actually want to know if their meat is being electrocuted, beaten, or ground up alive as some recent videos have exposed. Consumers may also want to know what the animals eat, if they ever see sunlight, if they are injected with chemicals, or even genetically cloned. Since the FDA does little to shine light on these and other concerns, activists have been the only source of this information. Now, they will face jail time for doing so if this measure passes. (source, with some horrific videos)

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Published on Mar 25, 2013

Father Mann organized the Tablet Forum’s May 10, 2013, NYC premiere of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, an award-winning documentary about farmers and their change of heart about animals. Father Mann is a gifted writer and speaker known for his infectious enthusiasm and warm sense of humor. The Tablet Forum events offer attendees the chance to view films, hear speakers, and participate in discussion of a wide range of topics which foster community and celebrate the potential we each have to make a difference for those most in need. The May 10 film premiere is a free event that is open to the public. Learn more at http://www.tribeofheart.org/tabletforum

Father Mann’s own journey has been inspired by visionaries such as Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, who have shown compassion and moral leadership in the face of injustice. He recently had a deep personal awakening to the plight of animals, and has since incorporated the values of veganism and animal rights into his spiritual life and vision of a more just and peaceful world.

The New York City premiere of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is the first Tablet Forum to explore the ethical dimensions of our society’s relationship to animals.

Order free tickets for this May 10, 2013 event at http://www.tribeofheart.org/nyctix

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Published on Mar 22, 2013

Man Shoots Horse Dead in Video to Defy Animal Activists Shoots horse in the head

Impatient with a virtual US ban on slaughtering horses for meat, a worker for Valley Meat Company in Roswell, New Mexico, shot a horse in the head and posted it on You Tube to express his contempt for animal advocates. In fact, he swore at humane society members as he pulled the trigger the other day.

(If you have the stomach for it, you can watch the unedited video here, but be prepared for barbaric graphic cruelty.)

The stunning act of defiant brutality is the entryway into a far bigger and ominous story about slaughtering horses. According to a local television news station in New Mexico:

In the video, an employee at the Valley Meat Company out of Roswell, NM – which is working with the USDA to get a horse slaughter plant in the area – brings a horse out of its pen, swears at activists and then kills the horse with a single gunshot.

“To all you animal activists, f**k you,” Tim Sappington, a maintenance contractor with Valley Meat Company, said in the video.

He then shoots the horse point blank in the head. The horse falls to the ground and dies.

The owner of Valley Meat Company condones the execution of the horse, but told NBC News, he wouldn’t have posted it on the Internet.

“De Los Santos [the owner of Valley Meat Company] said the contract worker, Tim Sappington, shot the video on his own time and at his own home.

“He shot a horse. That’s what he eats. It’s not against the law to slaughter your own horse,” De Los Santos said. “Now, putting it on YouTube, I would not have done that.”

And this is where the story breaks wide open. According to a February 28 New York Times article, De Los Santos and his Valley Meat Company have sued the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to open a fully operational horse slaughterhouse in Roswell. If the USDA approves Valley Meat Company’s request — which has already invested in equipping the abattoir plant — it would become the first US horse slaughterhouse since 2007:

The United States Department of Agriculture is likely to approve a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico in the next two months, which would allow equine meat suitable for human consumption to be produced in the United States for the first time since 2007.

The plant, in Roswell, N.M., is owned by Valley Meat Company, which sued the U.S.D.A. and its Food Safety and Inspection Service last fall over the lack of inspection services for horses going to slaughter. Horse meat cannot be processed for human consumption in the United States without inspection by the U.S.D.A., so horses destined for that purpose have been shipped to places like Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

Justin DeJong, a spokesman for the agriculture department, said that “several” companies had asked the agency to re-establish inspection of horses for slaughter. “These companies must still complete necessary technical requirements and the F.S.I.S. must complete its inspector training,” he wrote in an e-mail referring to the food inspection service, “but at that point, the department will legally have no choice but to go forward with the inspections.”

He said the Obama administration was urging Congress to reinstate an effective ban on the production of horse meat for human consumption that lapsed in 2011.

“We now have the very real prospect of a horse slaughtering plant operating in the U.S. for the first time in six years,” said Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States. The last plant that slaughtered horse meat for human consumption in the United States closed in 2007, after Congressional approval of an appropriations bill that included a rider forbidding the U.S.D.A. from financing the inspection of such meat. That rider was renewed in subsequent appropriations bills until 2011, when Congress quietly removed it from an omnibus spending act.

So an employee of the owner of what will apparently be the first horse slaughterhouse in the US since 2007 — in a perverse way — is celebrating the likely go-ahead with a horse snuff film.

 

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Tim Sappington, Valley Meat Contractor, Films Himself Shooting Horse

Hoping to “send a message to Animal Rights activists”:

These people really have no shame/ Can’t wait to see what ALF makes of this guy

By Jeri Clausing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Internet video that shows a meat company employee swearing at animal activists before shooting a horse in the head highlights the increasing emotional intensity of the national debate over whether a New Mexico plant should be allowed to resume domestic horse slaughter.

Animal rights groups this week uncovered a video posted by a former employee of Valley Meat Co., which has been fighting the United States Department of Agriculture for more than a year for approval to convert its former cattle slaughter operation into a horse slaughterhouse.

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Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos said the employee, who was let go this week, was reacting to harassment by animal rights activists who have targeted the plant since its plans were made public about a year ago. The harassment has worsened since the video, made a year ago, was uncovered this week, he said.

“We are getting lots of threats: that we better watch our back, watch who is around us, that they hope our kids and families get killed, ugly stuff,” De Los Santos said Friday.

 

The video shows Tim Sappington of Dexter leading a seemingly healthy horse by a rope to a spot in a dirt road. He strokes his nose and neck, says, “All you animal activists, (expletive) you,” then shoots it in the head.

Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon said the department is bracing for things to get worse as the company nears a final inspection by federal regulators with the hope of opening horse slaughter operations next month.

 

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animal testing blogs 300x225 Zero Dark 24: Is animal testing really necessary?

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It has been described as ‘vile and immoral’ and refers to the small dark hours of the night when we are assumed to be asleep but while the suffering continues in shadowy secrecy. You can be forgiven if you think I’m about to condemn the film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. No, I’m talking about another form of torture endorsement: the institutionally embedded secrecy that surrounds animal experimentation. The movie has proven hugely controversial for its normalisation of torture, Section 24 wages controversy for its cover up of torture. Both offer a glimpse into the dark heart of the state that employs extreme security to shield its actions from democratic accountability.

Section 24 is known as ‘the secrecy clause’ of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act and allows scientists to automatically hide anything and everything behind this wall of secrecy: it makes it a criminal offence to reveal any detail even to Parliament. But now that the latest EU Directive 2010/63 has been transposed into UK law, our government is obliged to review this section in mind of the fundamental tenet of the EU Directive of public accountability and access to information. As it stands, Section 24 offers a feast for abuse, regulation breaches and lack of accountability and campaigners are calling for its abolishment.

But whereas the movie may be just that (a movie not even a documentary) and Bigelow has pleaded her right to spend private largesse to ‘create works of art’, Section 24 is about scientists using public money and resources to research our health. It is understandable, then, that a little more accountability is expected from our scientists than from block buster movie makers. More pertinently, where films such as these are fast paced dramas appealing to our emotions and sentimentality, science is directed by the impartial standards of rational and reason where the facts, if permitted, speak for themselves. Above all, in science’s search for truth it depends critically upon rigorous scrutiny and evaluation of all the evidence from all sides. This can only be possible if we are granted access to information.

Yet, the fascinating length animal researchers go to deny access to information that cover up some quite grotesque acts inherent in animal testing has something in it of the tragic sense of life. If scientists are able to perfectly master the art of breaking a spine before taking a tea break or coolly dispense with a lethal shot of chemical and then light a cigarette. They should be able to justify what they do all in a day’s work. But it would seem openness is exactly what is so difficult for a sector where security is ‘top priority’. Theirs is apparently a campaign for furtive concealment and prohibition ours for openness, fairness and answer ability.

Their PR machine replaces the word ‘killing’ with ‘sacrifice’ and the public is reassured that procedures such as poisoning, electrocuting and gassing are practiced ‘humanly’ and in accordance with ‘high animal welfare standards’. As if brutal and enduring violence when practiced by scientists can become any more painless and humane. Methods to induce a state of learned helplessness like allowing a creature to struggle in deep water until he is on the point of drowning, subjecting animals to repeated electric shock treatments or forcing them to exercise until they collapse from exhaustion (point 4) are unimaginably macabre. ‘Conditioning’ techniques to them, torture to everybody else. Is all this propaganda or just science language?

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Published on Dec 7, 2012

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Animal Rescue Stories  :  Protection – Goodwill – Humanity

In Love Again

In Love Again

It’s happened again. I’m in love. It doesn’t matter that he is shorter and older than me. Or that he has a crooked jaw (obviously broken at an earlier time) or just one ear (after a botched ear cropping), I’m in love and love is blind. I was taking food to my local shelter and found him there waiting for me. He was in the bottom row with the other dogs that had been at the shelter too long, and headed to places unknown. All that matters is that Griff (Griff N. Doore) now lives with me. Happily ever after!

Lori Evans-Eldridge
Lake Orion, MI

Boo Boo

Boo Boo

I was walking along the beach with my 3 grandkids, and there was a group of older teenagers with a tiny, 1 1/2 pound chihuahua puppy at one spot. The kids wanted to pet her, and the teenagers informed me that they were there to “leave her where the fat cats live” because the owner’s mom wouldn’t let him keep her. This is an area by the beach where dozens of feral cats live. I picked her up and held her shivering body against my neck, and she licked my chin all the way home. Our terrier loved her and there was no question she was going to be ours. We have had her a year now and she’s definitely one of us, happy and healthy and totally hyper!

Toni-Jo Menasco
Port Hueneme, CA

Last Chance Juliette

Last Chance Juliette

Each of my fosters hold a special place in my heart. After transitioning to their forever homes I can only hope I will get to see a picture or receive an update from their loving families. In the case of Juliette, a young lab/retriever mix that was deemed “last chance” at a local kill shelter, I will have the honor and pleasure of following her progress for a lifetime. Juliette was tested and chosen to become a service dog for an amazing young girl with autism named Angelina.

A nonprofit organization, Dream Acres for Autism Inc., approached the rescue I foster for, Pet Rescue by Judy, seeking a potential service dog for Angelina. Juliette and a few others were selected, tested in skill and temperament, and considered as potential service dogs. When I received the call that Juliette was chosen, I was so excited! I spent the next few weeks with Juliette polishing basic commands, manners, and getting her adoption arrangements in place.

Placement day was something I will never forget. When Angelina met Juliette for the first time, it was love at first sight. It could not have been a better fit! Since that day, Juliette has been working towards her service vest with Angelina, her Grandmother Peggy, and her amazing trainer, Ellen. Last weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend Juliette’s Stage One testing and witnessed their hard work pay off. Juliette earned her Service Dog vest as well as the legal rights and protection given to these special canines in society. Juliette will now be appointed a trainer from Service Dogs of Florida, Inc. who will assist in training Juliette with skills specific to Angelina’s needs. Seeing how Juliette has touched so many lives makes all the hard work of fostering puppies worth every minute!

Patricia Infurchia
Astatula, FL

"15 dogs in 15 minutes" by Bill Foundation, CA

“15 dogs in 15 minutes” by Bill Foundation, CA

In August, a shelter volunteer notified Bill Foundation about a Rottweiler mix that had given birth at the shelter four days earlier. She and her 6 puppies were at risk of being euthanized because the shelter simply didn’t have the resources to care for them.

We set out for the shelter early the next morning. A block away from the shelter, we spotted a dog tied up in chains, covered in her own feces and urine. Someone had left her there knowing the shelter would ultimately find her. People often do this to avoid paying the $25 fee to surrender their pet. We freed her from the chains and agreed she would come home with us. And we named her Cassidy.

Once we arrived at the shelter, we told them we were there for the mama and her six 5-day day old puppies, but we were notified that the babies were only three days old. We realized we were talking about two different litters. A minute later, we met a young terrier and her six puppies. Knowing this family’s fate, we couldn’t leave them behind, so we promised mama we would come back later that day for her entire family.

Isabella, the Rottweiler mix, proved to be a gentle, loving soul. She, along with her 6 babies, and Cassidy left the shelter with us and headed to our vet to receive the care they needed while awaiting foster.

And we kept our promise to Willow, the young terrier, and her six puppies and returned for them later than day.

All 15 dogs are happy, healthy and awaiting their forever homes.

In 15 minutes we rescued 15 dogs… With your support, we can save 15 times more lives.

““It takes a village to save a dog””

Bill Foundation, Beverly Hills CA

Annie Hart
Beverly Hills, CA

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Animal  Abuse / Cruelty  To Animals  : Rescue Stories

Published on Aug 28, 2012 by

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Animal Abuse/ Cruelty To Animals  :  Rescue Stories

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This got me…. a little choked up! (excuse me…) /tear
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All credit for this video goes to Eldad http://www.youtube.com/eldad75
Amazing hero to animals. Thank you Eldad Hagar.