animal cruelty

  • Prevention of animal cruelty is more than a month-long endeavor

    Prevention of animal cruelty is more than a month-long endeavor

    April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. No doubt we have our work cut out for us. Cruelty is so rampant that I could fill my blog with accounts of horrific acts every single day of the year. And those are only the stories that I see or get sent to me – imagine […]

  • Tuesdays with stories: hope for shelter dogs

    Tuesdays with stories: hope for shelter dogs

    Dispatch from the Santa Fe Humane Society, February 8, 2011 At a municipal animal facility, sometimes a simple story of hope can be hard to come by. I’m counting on this first Shelter Dispatch of 2011 to turn into just that, though for the moment, it’s only achy observation on a snowy Tuesday night… This […]

  • Jack update: Let my Heeler heal.

    Jack update: Let my Heeler heal.

    Jack, the severely neglected seven-year-old Heeler from Espanola, New Mexico, continues to face an uphill battle. But there’s reason for hope. For Jack’s back story, click here. For an extremely graphic photo (don’t say you weren’t warned), click here. Yesterday morning, the shelter veterinarian decided that another operation was needed for Jack, thanks to […]

  • Open letter to Michael Vick on the occasion of his Oprah cancellation

    Open letter to Michael Vick on the occasion of his Oprah cancellation

    Dear Michael Vick, It’s understandable you cancelled the Oprah appearance. She’s a powerful lady with a huge media empire and devoted following. One teeny mess-up on your part and the entire world would hear about it. But here’s an idea: Save face and allow me to interview you. No one’s ever heard of me, and […]

  • Open letter to Oprah Winfrey as she prepares for Michael Vick’s appearance on her show

    Open letter to Oprah Winfrey as she prepares for Michael Vick’s appearance on her show

    Dear Oprah, I noticed that your decision to host Michael Vick next week has garnered a lot of commentary, most of it highly critical. But I’m cautiously optimistic about the appearance of Vick on your show. You are the one person who could respectfully, but unyieldingly, hold him accountable for his actions. You could ask […]

  • Dog owner confronts Vick as he’s presented keys to city of Dallas

    Dog owner confronts Vick as he’s presented keys to city of Dallas

    This clip is a must watch. On Saturday, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway presented keys to the city to Michael Vick because, said the mayor pro tem, “…he’s a hero.” Local reporter and radio personality, Richard Hunter, attended the key-presenting ceremony. Hunter and his wife adopted Mel, one of the Vick dogs, who still […]

  • Iditarod dogs face unthinkable suffering — you can help

    Iditarod dogs face unthinkable suffering — you can help

    The 2011 Iditarod begins March 5. Like dog fighting, dog sled racing is not a sport in which an animal chooses to take part. The conditions are brutal – unbearable cold, grueling physical demands, sleep deprivation. Yet each year, about a thousand dogs are forced to train for and participate in Alaska’s Iditarod. And each […]

  • Bill would make torturing dog or cat felony offense

    Bill would make torturing dog or cat felony offense

    This article courtesy of Pet Insurance 101. One year after state lawmakers failed to make it a serious crime to torture dogs and cats, they will consider a similar bill introduced in the Senate this session. Senate Pro Tempore Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, is sponsoring legislation that would make the deliberate torture, mutilation, maiming or burning […]

  • HSUS President Wayne Pacelle says Michael Vick would make a good dog owner

    HSUS President Wayne Pacelle says Michael Vick would make a good dog owner

    Yesterday, Michael Vick was quoted as saying he’d like to have a dog: “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.” My first […]

  • From reindeer games to reindeer as game: an unpleasant truth

    From reindeer games to reindeer as game: an unpleasant truth

    These beautiful creatures are icons of the season; entire Christmas carols have been composed in devotion. But in areas of Sweden and Finland, reindeer are not celebrated. Instead, they are abused, maimed, and eventually slaughtered. This video contains disturbing, heartbreaking scenes of abuse. It’s only a minute and a half, and I couldn’t get […]

  • Lucky, the dog confined to a basement for years, is returned to his owners

    Lucky, the dog confined to a basement for years, is returned to his owners

    UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF POST! It finally appeared that luck was changing for Lucky, the Seattle-area dog who spent most, if not all, of the last four years confined to a filthy basement. Neighbors say that several times a week, a man could be seen dumping food in through the sliding glass door, but the […]

  • No charges brought against girl who threw puppies into a river

    No charges brought against girl who threw puppies into a river

    Earlier this year, footage of a young Bosnian girl hurling helpless puppies into a river horrified millions — and made news around the globe. Last week, Bosnian police announced that no charges will be brought against her. Typically when I learn of an episode of an animal cruelty , my reaction is threefold — […]

  • Spain’s burning of the bull: help prevent needless suffering and agony

    Spain’s burning of the bull: help prevent needless suffering and agony

    Warning: Graphic image and upsetting description below: Has civilization as we know it come to an end? Or was it simply a myth to begin with? I hate Spain’s running of the bulls. I understand that it’s part of the culture, but each year I actively avoid the news coverage around it. Whether the ultimate […]

  • Are animal crush videos free speech? Proposed legislation say “No.”

    Are animal crush videos free speech? Proposed legislation say “No.”

    Today’s cnn.com “quick vote” poll : Should Congress ban crush videos? (These are videos that depict the torture, maiming, and killing of small animals, usually being stomped to death by women in spiked heels.) I know these polls are not meant as a substitute for enlightened discussion; rather they’re the nation’s crude, and possibly fleeting, […]

  • Ted Haggard, fallen minister, on Michael Vick

    Ted Haggard, fallen minister, on Michael Vick

    This post is not about religion, the clergy, or politics. In fairness, it’s not even about animal welfare. This post is about abject absurdity. Remember Ted Haggard, the esteemed reverend and president of the National Association of Evangelicals who fell from grace when he was caught in a compromising situation with a male prostitute? The […]

  • Sarge survived intense cruelty, now in danger of euthanasia

    Sarge survived intense cruelty, now in danger of euthanasia

    Last year, a beautiful Pit Bull named Oreo was thrown from the roof of a six-story building – and survived. He endured broken bones, psychological trauma, and incredible pain only to be euthanized after failing a temperament test. Today, Lawrence Mick will stand trial in a Lucas County, Ohio, court on charges of animal cruelty. […]

  • A dumping ground for dogs, dead or alive

    A dumping ground for dogs, dead or alive

    On Wednesday, I chastised CNN for its flippant tone in a piece about the mistreatment of animals used in entertainment. (The reality of orangutans in a boxing ring is neither amusing nor ethical.) Today, CNN redeems itself with a homepage story on Corridor Rescue, a Texas nonprofit organization, and its founder, Deborah Hoffman. If you’re […]