Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Burgular Birds" Rob Carwash of $4,000, Owner Cries Fowl

That's a bird sitting on the change slot of the machine.

Bill owns a company that manufactures and installs car wash systems. Bill's company installed a car wash system in Frederick,Md.Now, understand that these are complete systems, including the money changer and money taking machines.

The problem started when the new owner complained to Bill that he was losing significant amounts of money from his coin machines each week.

He went as far as to accuse Bill's employees of having a key to the boxes and ripping him off. Bill just couldn't believe that his people would do that, so they setup a camera to catch the thief in action. Well, they did catch him on film!

The bird had to go down into the machine, and back up inside to get to the money!

That's three quarters he has in his beak! Another amazing thing is that it was not just one bird -- there were several working together. Once they identified the thieves, they found over $4000 in quarters on the roof of the car wash and more under a nearby tree.

And just what do you figure the feathered felons intended to do with the stolen cash, put it in the First National Bank for Feathered Friends? And,...

Will the owner of the carwash press charges and make jailbirds out of them? I hope not. Our prisons are over-capacity already. If charges are pressed, I hope they get probation, or community service or something. Everyone deserves a break the first time 'round in the system,...

More Bad News for spot on Flea and Tick Treatments

By Susan Thixton of "The Truth About Petfood."

The Center for Public Integrity has recently reported the EPA asked manufacturers of spot on flea and tick treatments to provide detailed information of adverse reaction incidents. ABC News, in a recent story on flea and tick treatments, stated in 2008 more than 44,000 severe reactions and 1,200 deaths were reported.

The ABC News video is difficult to see; the side effects pets have suffered are severe. The ABC story reports a 50 percent increase from 2007 to 2008 of deaths and severe reactions. Click on title above to see it;

The Center for Public Integrity states “If not for the rash of reports implicating these products in pet illnesses, the EPA would not have requested the more detailed information from manufacturers, said Dale Kemery, an EPA press officer. A team of veterinarians will then study the data in an effort to help the agency reduce the number of illnesses associated with these spot on flea and tick treatments. The EPA will also perform the evaluation faster than originally planned, Kemery said, although he said the agency does not have a timeline for the analysis or a proposed completion date.”

With warm weather upon us, flea and tick prevention is a concern. One natural option to fend off these pests can be found at This company offers proven natural flea and tick prevention products for your yard and for your pets. Should you decide to try the products, please note on your order the phrase ‘Animal Lover Jan’. Jan Ault works in animal rescue in Anderson, Indiana; due to her many recommendations of these products to pet owners, has agreed to donate product to Jan’s rescue operation for every purchase she recommends. Your order will also be providing flea and tick control to rescued dogs and cats.

While it is difficult to use on long coated breeds, a flea comb is also a tremendous natural flea treatment tool. I use a flea comb on all of my pets regularly; so far, so good.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Needy Dogs Robbed of Trust Fund Money

Its no secret that Leona Helmsley loved dogs. She loved them so much that she wanted to leave ALL her money to the cause of helping them.
She created a trust fund with the intentions that her entire fortune, estimated to be over five (5) billion dollars, would be disbursed to organizations dedicated to the welfare of dogs. Mrs. Helmsley passed away in 2007. Click on title above to learn what has become of her trust.

Bear Baiting Cruelty

Notice the poor bears teeth and claws have been removed. Sometimes, they are blinded.

Click on title above to see how you can help end bear cruelty;

Smithfield Food Stifles Airing of Farm Animal Cruelty Shock-Doc

Documentary on intensive pig farming faces legal threat, Friday 29 May 2009 18.53 BST

Filmmaker Tracy Worcester, with a pig as seen in the documentary

A documentary about intensive pig farming due to be screened at the Guardian Hay festival on Sunday is facing a legal threat from one of the companies it investigates. Pig Business criticises the practices of the world's largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods, claiming it is responsible for environmental pollution and health problems among residents near its factories.

The film was due to be broadcast on Channel 4 in February but was cancelled because of legal fears. A planned screening at the Frontline Club in London earlier this year was also called off.

On Wednesday London's Barbican centre was forced to delay a screening of the film after Smithfield's lawyers wrote a letter saying that the film was defamatory and included untrue claims. The show went ahead when the filmmaker, Tracy Worcester, signed an indemnity taking personal responsibility for its content.

A spokesman for Smithfield said that the company had never threatened to sue the filmmaker or tried to prevent the film being screened, but had requested that inaccuracies or false allegations be removed.

He would not say whether the Hay screening would be stopped, as Smithfield had not yet viewed the re-edited film.

Smithfield controls more than a quarter of the processed pork market in the US, and is expanding in the UK and Europe. It slaughtered 26m pigs in 2006, with sales of $11.4bn (£7.6bn) and profits of $421m.

Pig Business shows the cramped conditions in which pigs are reared, similar to those of battery hens, and claims that waste is inadequately disposed off, leaking into the surrounding environment.

Worcester interviewed people who live near Smithfield farms in the US, where the company started out, who complain of health problems including asthma and digestive illnesses, and fishermen who report that stocks have been destroyed.

The film documents the company's move to Poland, where locals claim to experience similar health problems.

Worcester, who spent four years making the film, said: "It's crucial that consumers are able to watch this so they know what is being done to their food."

Smithfield's poor environmental record was documented in Felicity Lawrence's book Eat Your Heart Out, where she notes that the company was fined $12.6m for illegally discharging pollutants into the Pagan river in Virginia.

Smithfield admits that mistakes were made in its US farms, but says that it has since improved its environmental record. The company refutes claims that pigs are mistreated.

People and Animals: An Anthropological Perspective

Based of course, on the writers assumption that Americans care what foreigners think of our eating or non-eating habits;

Click on title above for article;

A Rescuers Plea to Service Dog Workers Everywhere, and a Reply


Greetings fellow canine lovers and workers;

I am an animal rescuerer and have successfully placed several of our qualified dogs into the Rensselaer & Saratoga Co. Sheriffs Depts. K-9 unit.

I was wondering if you might be interested in perhaps helping us to place some of our young dogs that might be suitable for training as service dogs such as guard, helper, therapy, and/or seeing-eye guide dogs.

I am not sure where you get your dogs from, private breeders or you may be breeding your own. I dont know, but I do know that there is a pet-overpopulation problem in our country today and even retired service dogs and "service dog rejects" are showing up at our pounds and shelters. The wise thing to do for anyone concerned about this is to STOP breeding and adopt whenever possible.

Of course, any dogs that we have that might be suitable for your program will be signed over to you at no cost. We have only (2) provisions in our contract (besides adequate care) and that is no breeding and if the placement does not work out, the dog should be returned to us.

Right now I have a wonderful young (just turning a year old) half-rottie half-chow female dog that is very smart whom I think would make an excellent seeing-eye dog. "Baby" was a "chain-dog" whom we recently rescued. She is a friendly dog who gets along with everyone and eveything (even chickens and cats!) so she is not easily distracted. I have noticed she is of exceptional intelligence also, and eager to please. Do you think this sweet, smart young dog might be suitable for your guide dog program? If so, we would be delighted to adopt her to you, even if only on a trial basis.

See how sweet & smart she looks?

I hope that you will give the idea of becoming "rescue friendly" some serious consideration. As you may know, most rescues and shelters are straining under the burden of "so many unwanted" pets due to the financial situation. "Forclosure pets" is a new word in the rescue biz.

Hoping you and your org might be interested in taking in some rescued dogs for possible inclusion into your program.
It most certainly would help us to place more dogs, but more importantly, it would help the dogs find good loving "forever" homes.

Thanks for hearing me out.
You can contact me at (518) 753 - 7791

Christine A Jubic, Founder,
Quarter Acre Rescue Ranch
"Because We Care"


A Reply:


My position at Guiding Eyes for the Blind is administrative and I personally have no responsibility in placing our dogs. I have forwarded your email to the appropriate person. While I doubt that we can help you in your endeavors as our mission is in the producing and training of guide dogs, I will pass on your request. Hope you are successful in your noble cause.

Canine Development Center

Breeders. Ugh.

Friday, May 29, 2009

HBO Covers Cruel Sports / Rodeo & Horse-Racing

A report on HBO last night the covered the craziest and most dangerous sport which also is the sport requiring the most courage and insanity, and that is professional bull riding. Anthropologists have found that the injuries suffered by rodeo cowboys are almost identical to those suffered by Neanderthal cave men who fought off huge prehistoric monsters to put meat on their campfire.

They also did another report on the increased number of retired thoroughbreds going to slaughter.

The big difference is that the modern cowboys risk their lives by choice, though they may only have the same choice that their prehistoric ancestors had if they wanted to survive, while the horses do not. Stable to table in 7 days

Animal Control Failures

In the Ca. case of the beheaded horse that didnt have to die, at least, not that way....

From: Carly Lyn

Subject: Video Reveals SHOCKING New Details About Horse Decapitation Case - Do Watch if You Love Animals

My latest investigative video reveals never-before seen details about the man who decapitated his own horse with a chainsaw. Most importantly - how Riverside Animal Control COULD HAVE PREVENTED this from happening, but didn't. Including new evidence of their persecution of animal rescuers and how this all relates to Puppy Mills!

If you love animals, you must watch: "The Shocking Case of the Headless Horse". NOT GRAPHIC.

Click on title above to see eye-opening vid;

Now, do something!

Angry? We need your help. Send a strongly worded e-mail to these individuals below. Tell them to encourage Riverside Animal Control to take action and follow up on unpaid citations in the future! Demand that animal abusers have their animals taken away! Demand that they work cooperatively with rescue groups!

Riverside City Council E-mails

Steve Adams

Mike Gardner

Andy Melendrez

Rusty Bailey

Frank Schiavone

Chris Mac Arthur

Nancy Hart

Mayor Ronald Loveridge

Riverside County Supervisors

Bob Buster

John F. Tavaglione

Jeff Stone

Roy Wilson

Marion Ashley (he’s a guy)

County Executive Officer
Bill Luna

Public Information Officer
Ray Smith

Thank you.

Carly Lyn
and Thank you Carly for this wonderful expository piece!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

AWI News / Legislative Action Alert(s)

Please Contact Your Legislators
to Enlist Their Support on Several Animal Protection Bills!

Dear Humanitarian:

Great news! A number of key animal protection bills are moving just months into the start of the new Congress. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) recently introduced the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850), and its companion bill already passed the House earlier this year. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/S. 727) is gaining support in both the House and Senate and the Restore Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act (H.R. 1018) recently passed out of committee in the House. Please read on to learn more and to find out what you can do to help get these bills passed into law. More information on all of these issues is available at


The Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850) – Introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), the measure would strengthen enforcement of an existing federal prohibition on shark finning first established in the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000. Shark finning describes the process of slicing off the fins from a live shark and then tossing the animal back into the water to die. The fin is then used in shark fin soup, a traditional Asian delicacy. The cruel practice has lead to the decline of some shark species by an estimated 75%. A House version of the bill passed earlier this year and AWI is pushing for quick passage through the Senate. For more information, please visit

What You Can Do: Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 850. To send them an email from AWI's Compassion Index, go here;


The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 (H.R. 503/S. 727) – Recently introduced by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Representative Dan Burton (R-IN), and in the Senate by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV), the bill addresses the cruelty of horse slaughter by criminalizing the practice. Although horse slaughter doesn’t currently occur on US soil, more than 100,000 American horses were sent to Mexico and Canada last year for slaughter. The meat is consumed in Europe and Asia where it is considered a gourmet delight. With strong penalty and enforcement provisions, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act will ensure that our horses are no longer exported for slaughter, and will prevent the establishment of new plants in this country. For more information, please visit

What you can do: Ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 503 and ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 727. To send them an email from AWI's Compassion Index, go here for your Representative;

or here for your Senator -

Cathy Liss

For over 58 years, AWI has been the leading voice for animals across the country and on Capitol Hill. Please join us in our ongoing campaigns to reduce the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. Sign up for AWI eAlerts to receive the latest news on what you can do to help us protect all animals:

The Anti-Fur Societys' NewsLetter

Click on title above to read one of the best sources for international animal rights news, and be sure to visit their wonderful website at the link ( in the newsletter, once you get there.
Tell Rosa I said "hi."

JULY 16-20: The AR-Conference in Los Angeles.

This is such a great opportunity to network, meet our worldwide internet friends, and everyone else who has been dedicating their precious time to help the voiceless. The AR conference in itself is a gathering of friendly people with a lot of interesting issues to share. One can learn a lot in a relaxed atmosphere, knowing that we are amongst friends with the same goal: The protection and voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Volunteers! Would you like to volunteer at the Anti-Fur Society exhibit? It is a lot of fun while helping fur bearing animals. Please send me an email

Fine Art! We will have a California artist exhibiting a few art pieces at our table. A percentage of his sales will be donated to the production of the Skin Trade, the movie. Check him out:

Hope to see you there

Warm regards,

Rosa Close
(click on title above to visit site)

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Family Dog Shot Dead by Neighbor in Own Back Yard!

PA. - A Terrible CRIME has been committed! - Please send letters to the officer and State Police in this area!

Very Disturbing News and your support is GREATLY Needed!

"Kiera" was a beautiful German Shepard and she was one of my customers. She was one of the sweetest most lovable creatures GOD ever created. AND "Kiera" was shot and killed by her owners neighbor.

"Kiera" belonged to Marianne Zelonis, and she lived the next town over from me. The neighbor who killed this beautiful dog, let his dog run loose through the neighborhood on a regular basis. "Kiera" was walked on a leash, and stayed in her fenced in yard. The neighbors dog had the habit of getting into Marianne's yard, and "Kiera" would attempt to go after this dog invading her space. The neighbor would constantly fight with Marianne over this, and Marianne would always say, STOP LETTING YOUR DOG RUN LOOSE THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD!!! But, they never did, they continued to antagonize this family AND "Kiera."

The day that "Kiera" was killed, the neighbor claimed that he "shot her because he was attacking his dog" But, one of the neighbors saw the whole thing, and that wasn't true!

We need this man prosecuted for what he did to this Dog! The police made him surrender his gun and permit the day he killed "Kiera", but that's NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

We need to make sure that this dog murderer Arthur Menichinni, III is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Please take the time to write a letter to the Officer that is investigating this crime..... Tell him your feelings about this man, and how he should be punished!

Send your letters of support for "Kiera" and "Marianne"
Officer Leonard Trotta
Pittston Township Police Department
421 Broad Street
Pittston Township, PA 18640