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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

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


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Another Puppy Mill Raid in Tennessee

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This morning, the ASPCA, helped by American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Service, raided a puppy mill in White County, Tennessee, and rescued over 250 dogs found in inhumane conditions. These dogs were living in filthy conditions and were deprived of the most basic veterinary care, with little food and water. American Humane Association’s site report “The dogs are small breed under 20 pounds, including Boston and Jack Russell terriers, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, poodles, miniature Pinschers, and Schnauzers. The animals were examined immediately on the scene, with those needing emergency care transferred to White County veterinarians, who lent their services. The rest of the animals were transported to a temporary emergency shelter staffed by the American Humane Association”

You can help by donating to the organization. This will perpetuate the effort of humane agencies to expose puppy mills and provide emergency aid to revive, foster, and get these poor animals adopted into loving homes.

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Puppy Mill Heartbreak

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When I see an image like this, my heart breaks a little. Because like the words on this poster say, “her (dog shown) only hope of escaping a lifetime of forced breeding is to die from abuse first”, there is simply no other way to say it more accurately.  In puppy mills across the country, and in this particular case in Wisconsin, animals are forced to breed without concern for their physical and emotional needs, and then killed at the end of their reproductive lives.

Spread the word about this atrocity, and support your local animal welfare organizations in helping to end the puppy mill industry.

This poster via The Wisconsin Humane Society.

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HSUS Recues 1,000 Dogs From Puppy Mill

It’s hard to imagine that this kind of thing happens almost everyday. The Humane Society rescues many animals throughout the year but it’s wonderful to see these stories making it into mainstream news.

Reported by the L.A. Times on 8/25/2008, HSUS rescued from a West Virginia puppy mill over the weekend, prompting a national effort by animal groups to find them new homes. The puppy mill is called The Whispering Oaks Kennel which sounds so peaceful and comforting, but it’s anything but. Rescue workers found many of these dogs and puppies emaciated, frightened, and ill. Puppies were found uncared for. Luckily, 1,000 of these got rescued and now they are waiting for homes!

Watch the video here:

via L.A. Times
Click here more information on community dog and cat rescues

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

National Conference on Animal Protection July 19-21


Leading animal protection agencies will be hosting a conference in our nation’s capital to address current issues of animal welfare on July 19-21. If you’re in the neighborhood or feel like taking a nice trip down to D.C. this will be an educational event if you love and care for animals.

Here you will hear from 75 experts on animal campaigning and visit more than 500 exhibitors from all over the world. Speak with advocates in person about your concerns and interests. Rally at the Capitol’s doorstep to demand action against the cruelty of puppy mills. Get the latest scoop on factory farming, local animal abuse, animal fighting, and many more. Volunteer or sign up for a job and join in the fight for animals.

Register for the conference here

Filed under: farm animals, friends, humane organizations, local issues, puppy mills, Resources, Take Action, , , , , , ,

700 Puppies Rescued from Tennessee Puppy Mill


In one of the largest puppy mill raid in Tennessee ever, the Humane Society of the United States led a massive effort in ending the puppy business by Pine Bluff Kennels puppy mill operation. These dogs were here for one reason only—to breed more puppies. They live in horrific conditions, several dogs even laid dead in kennels.Watch the video of the rescue on the HSUS site

Join in the millions of people in the fight to end the puppy mill business by spreading the word, by donation, grab a t-shirt on the HSUS site, raise a banner by posting a badge on your blog or website.

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

Puppy Mill Survivor

Jana Kohl learned the cruelty of the puppy business in Texas firsthand when she was looking to buy a puppy from an internet breeder. Horrified that such a thing exists in this world, she decided to adopt Baby, an older dog with one amputated leg and one of the survivor of a puppy mill, and subsequently went on a crusade to raise awareness of cruelty toward animals. She also wrote a book “Rare Breed Of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere

ABC News Diane Sawyer did a segment on this story.

I admire people like Jana. It’s never too late to learn something and demonstrate compassion. I wish I could write a book, travel the globe to go undercover and investigate cruelty cases. Everyone has a way of contributing, perhaps even a blog helps. But then again, it’s never enough until everyone sees that there are so much more to be done.

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Stop Puppy Mills in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania is notorious for their awful treatment of dogs at puppy mills in the U.S. The abysmal conditions at the mills have been widely documented. Please help by signing the petition here (at Care2 Petition site) to urge Congress to pass a bill that will require them to provide better medical care for and improve the wellbeing of the dogs. Take action now – it only takes a minute to sign the petition (we still need 38,000 signatures!) Do it now! Thank you kind people!
Photo from Care2’s site.

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

On Oprah: Angel’s Gate Animal Hospice


My friend Evan sent me this link. Oprah did a special segment on a saint, Susan Marino, and her facility called Angel’s Gate Animal Hospice. The place is the first-ever care center and permanent home for hundreds of handicapped, sick, and dying animals, giving them much-needed love, medical care and a last chance to live happily ever after.

90% of the dogs and cats here came from puppy mills, where the animals suffered from living in unspeakable conditions and abuse. Nancy would bring in the worst case scenarios in effort to give them a home for life. It’s really a touching story—click on this link here and scroll down to watch the short movie. Make a donation at Angel’s Gate site or share this wonderful stories with your friends!

UPDATE April 2011

A few readers pointed out that Angel Gate is under investigation by the Delaware District Attorney’s office. PETA reports that AG calls itself a “hospice and rehab” center for disabled animals but undercover report reveals neglect and horrible conditions. Read the post here

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

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