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A personal perspective on animal welfare

The Bond: Our Kinship to Animals, Our Call to Defend Them

I’m looking forward to reading the new book, The Bond: Our Kinship to Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, by Wayne Parcelle, the President of the Humane Society of United States. Whether you’re a fan of the organization or not, there will be things here that you can learn about the general state of animal welfare and cruelty, and how we can contribute to make it a kinder world for animals and humans alike.  See except below:

As harsh as nature is for animals, cruelty comes only from human hands. We are the creature of conscience, aware of the wrongs we do and fully capable of making things right. Our best instincts will always tend in that direction, because there is a bond with animals that’s built into every one of us. That bond of kinship and fellow-feeling has been with us through the entire arc of human experience—from our first bare-footed steps on the planet through the era of the domestication of animals and into the modern age. For all that sets humanity apart, animals remain “our companions in Creation,” to borrow a phrase from Pope Benedict XVI, bound up with us in the story of life on earth. Every act of callousness toward an animal is a betrayal of that bond. In every act of kindness we keep faith with the bond. And broadly speaking, the whole mission of the animal welfare cause is to repair the bond—for their sake and for our own.

In our day, there are stresses and fractures of the human-animal bond, and some forces at work that would sever it once and for all. They pull us in the wrong direction and away from the decent and honorable code that makes us care for creatures who are entirely at our mercy. Especially within the last 200 years, we’ve come to apply an industrial mindset to the use of animals, too often viewing them as if they were nothing but articles of commerce, the raw material of science, or mere obstacles in the path of our own progress. Here, as in other pursuits, human ingenuity has a way of outrunning human conscience, and some things we do only because we can—forgetting to ask whether we should.”

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Filed under: animal cruelty, circus, environment, farm animals, humane farming, humane organizations, hunting, international issues, local issues, puppy mills, seal hunt, Take Action

Care2: Make a Difference

Featuring yet another time on my blog is Care2 (http://www.care2.com/) A site dedicated to bringing awareness to various global and local, human, environment, animal causes. It is a great community to join to keep up on the important issues that affect the world. If you’re not up for doing the leg work, they do it all. They create polls, petitions and provide ways for people to take actions on issues important to them. The link to animal welfare is here.

Filed under: friends, humane organizations, Take Action,

Support PETCO’s First National Pet Food Drive

Help feed hungry pets and animals – from Care2Cause:

“PETCO and the PETCO Foundation, along with help from Best Friends Animal Society, are launching the first national pet food drive in the U.S. that will last November 5-15.

In March PETCO and the PETCO Foundation started a pet food drive in select stores. Now there are collection bins in over 1,000 locations throughout the country. So far, the venture has already collected more than 110 tons of food and litter.

With the guiding principle that people shouldn’t have to choose between feeding themselves, their kids or their pets, or giving up their pets in tough times, stores are partnering with food banks and rescue groups in their community to provide pet food and litter to pet parents in need. Hill’s Science Diet will also be matching donations bag-for-bag, up to 25,000 pounds, for every bag of their cat or dog food purchased at a PETCO store and donated to the drive.

Volunteers from Best Friends will also be at 198 stores on Nov 6-7 and 13-14 to help with the food drive and tell people about their No More Homeless Pets campaign. Check here to find a list of stores where they will be volunteering.”

Filed under: dogs and cats, farm animals, humane organizations, local issues, Take Action, , ,

Fur Still Alive and Strong in NYC

I haven’t blogged for a while, mainly because of my busy professional schedule, and to be honest, to let the steam cool off from my China Cat Massacre post that is getting a lot of debate, both positive and negative.

Fashion Week is one of the biggest event in NEW YORK CITY, and say what you will about PETA, though I’m not a big fan of their tactics, someone has to stand up against FUR. Like the years before 2010, PETA is holding a public protest, this year themed “Animal Prints. Not Animal Skin.” Though I don’t think spilling red paint on people’s fur coats just to make the point is cool by any means, I do think that showing up to show support for anti-fur can help make a strong statement.

Over the years, I’ve noticed a lot of brand name designers like Stella McCartney and other retail chains like Payless shunning the use of fur in their lines, and it’s a growing trend – many of my friends stopped buying fur trimmed coats and are more conscientious about shopping. But in the September issue of VOGUE for which I eagerly awaited (mostly for their insightful articles – truly), I was disgusted with the amount of fur ads and trend reports within. Even designers like Donna Karan had some fur pieces.

Looks like I’m going to have to add more labels to my boycott list. You think I am happy about that? NO. I love fashion, particularly the new Gucci and Fendi handbags – but I’m making a choice not to be a patron until they stop perpetuating the cycle of cruelty.

THE EVENT:

image via PETA

What: Anti-fur protest during NYC’s Fashion Week
When:
Tuesday, September 14, 11:45 a.m.
Where:
Sidewalk outside Lincoln Center by the main steps on Columbus between 65th and 62nd avenues (See this map.)

RSVP by e-mailing my colleague Ashley at AshleyB@peta.org or 757-274-9675.

Filed under: animal cruelty, Fur, humane organizations, local issues, Take Action, , , , , ,

Another Puppy Mill Crackdown

American Humane Society’s Red Star Team that specializes in animal rescue and emergency services, busted yet another puppy mill in Mississippi. Among 100 puppies and mothers were fortunate enough to be seized from this compound, reportedly were “feces-encrusted pens and filth. These poor little creatures include such breeds as Shih Tzus, Lhasa apsos, pugs, Yorkshire terriers, corgis, and Chihuahuas. Many of them appeared to be underweight and have skin diseases, among other possible medical conditions.”

Read the full article here. Let’s keep spreading this news and stop cruel industry from staying in business.

Read about other puppy mill issues here:

Another Puppy Mill Raid in Tennessee

Puppy Mill Heartbreak

700 Puppies Rescued from Tennessee Puppy Mill

Stop Puppy Mills in Pennsylvania

On Oprah: Angel’s Gate Animal Hospice

Oprah Unveils Truth About Puppy Mills


Filed under: animal cruelty, dogs and cats, humane organizations, local issues, puppy mills, Take Action, , , , ,

Questions About Animal Activism

I am not an activist. I am an advocate for animal causes. There are many people who come to my blog and rant about how “we are all alike and we’re crazy”. I am not one of these people. Granted, some tactics from animal rights group such as PETA are questionable, and we all know that all organizations have their own agendas. When you get right down to it, without these groups, there will be no humane laws in the world, and the situation for animals would be a million times worse.

I am simply one individual trying to voice my concerns about animal welfare. I am not a big nature person, but I grew up around animals and I can tell you that they feel, they think, and they love. I believe that setting an example of compassion is critical, especially for the younger generation. Most of us who love animals are good, towards animals and people alike.

You may not care, and if you don’t, please be civil, don’t judge, and don’t read. Thanks everyone!

Filed under: animal cruelty, humane organizations,

Help Rescue Groups Help Haiti

The terrible earthquake in Haiti has the world devastated. We need to get relief over there as quickly as possible. Animals, of course, come after humans, but rescue groups are working with the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti now to get workers on the ground to rescue helpless and hurt animals, as well as goats, chickens, and cattle which are the livelihood and food source for the people. Please help these animal rescue group help Haiti. The following are groups in planning mode to get to the situation – I’m donating some money so please spread the world and if you can, donate you can.

Click on the following links to learn more:

Humane Society International

American Humane Association

International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW)

World Society For the Protection of Animals

Filed under: humane organizations, international issues, , , , , , , , ,

From Your Heart: Make a Donation this Holiday

It can be $10, $20, or whatever you could afford. Each year around this time, I make donations, some as gifts for my friends and family, to animal welfare organizations. You can take a tax deduction at tax time, and what’s even better, you will be helping out animals everywhere. See my “Animal Organizations” on the right column – or make a donation to a shelter in your neighborhood.

Filed under: friends, humane organizations, shelters, , , ,

Help Greyhounds

Grey2K USA, the first group to successfully close down dog tracks through the citizens initiative process, passing Massachusetts Ballot Question 3 has asked me to add them to my list of animal organizations. I think what they are doing is great. Greyhounds, like other dogs, deserve protection and greater awareness worldwide. Like horse-racing, I believe it is unethical to raise any breed for gaming and entertainment, especially for profit. Many of these racing dogs, if not all, are raised for one purpose, to win. Often they live in kennels through their whole lives, if not undergoing intensive training daily. The unlucky ones are put down once they get older and are of no use on the tracks.

Please take a moment and go to Grey2K and learn more about this subject.

Filed under: animal cruelty, dogs and cats, humane organizations, , ,

Click on My Badge and Help Feed Homeless Dogs

Everyone, please click the badge to the right, and spend 2 minutes doing the quick activities through Social Vibe. You will totally help with feed homeless dogs in shelters at th LACPA. Happy Holiday!

Filed under: dogs and cats, friends, humane organizations, Take Action, ,

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