Local Protest to bring attention and action against kill shelters in our nation.
There is one near you - please come, bring your friends and wear red!
Lehigh County Humane Society
640 Dixon Street
1:00 - 5:00
Lehigh County Humane Society intakes approx. 6,000 each year and kills 5,000 of them. They do no public outreach, never do adoption events, stating 'it's too stressful on the animals" and they have 3 million dollars in their bank account. They are secretive with their records and employees have come forward with horror stories of inhumane treatment of animals. (see pages on this website for more info on them)
Please come if you are in the area on the 12th - make your voice heard!!!
Funds are desperately needed for legal fees that will help investigate the Lehigh County Humane Society for mismanaged funds and records, inhumane and cruel treatment of animals, and many other violations of their 501c non profit mission. It's time for a change - the animals are counting on us. Please consider donating...thanks.
Many pets are ending up in shelters with the current economic conditions.
There is help. Animal Food Banks are set up nationwide to help pet guardians keep their pets home and fill up those food bowls!
For an animal food pantry in your area.
For an animal food bank near you: http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/trouble_affording_your_pet.html
(or do a google search for animal food banks in your town)
ANIMAL FOOD BANKS
Lehigh County Animal Food Bank - 484-851-8000
Philadelphia - Animal Lifeline Rescue - 215-343-5050
Avocados, Baby Food with Onion Powder, NutmegChocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods may sound delicious to you, but they’re actually quite dangerous for our animal companions. Our nutrition experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.
Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Birds and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning, and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart. Some ingestions may even be fatal.
Macadamia nuts are commonly used in many cookies and candies. However, they can cause problems for your canine companion. These nuts have caused weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.
Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. In pets who already have certain health problems, signs may be more dramatic.
Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. Because the risk diminishes after the dough is cooked and the yeast has fully risen, pets can have small bits of bread as treats. However, these treats should not constitute more than 5 percent to 10 percent of your pet’s daily caloric intake.
Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.
Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to recumbancy and seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.
These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies. An occasional low dose, such as what might be found in pet foods or treats, likely will not cause a problem, but we recommend that you do NOT give your pets large quantities of these foods.
Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other milk-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.
Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. In other words, keep those salty chips to yourself!
Information courtesy of ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.html
According to AnimalPetsand Friends.com's website, these foods can also be toxic to your pet;
Mushrooms (Mushrooms may contain toxins which could cause liver and kidney damage)
Nutmeg (Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures, and central nervous system damage.)
Most Fruit Pits & Seeds (Contain Cyanogenic Glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning – though the
fruit itself is OK.)
Your donation directly helps animals. No Kill Lehigh Valley is comprised of dedicated and compassionate people. They directly help relieve the suffering of animals through goals that;
* Provide financial support for spaying and neutering.
* Veterinary Care to keep animals healthy and in their homes.
* Continue tactical planning to promote the programs of the No Kill Equation. (see the No Kill Advocacy Center's site for more info) http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/
* Develop a comprehensive Valley wide Trap/Neuter/Return program for free roaming cats.
Please visit No Kill Lehigh Valley's website for more information. See how your donations are helping animals!
Sponsored by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Pet Airways transports dogs from puppymills to rescue and foster homes.
Why all the lies, Lehigh County?
Gone but not forgotten...
Ever wonder why the Lehigh County Humane Society kills more animals than they adopt?
And ever wonder why:
Lehigh County Humane Society kills approx. 6,000 animals each year and adopts out or returns to owners only 1,000? (yep, that's the hidden fact that slipped out recently)
- the shelter does not utilize available resources to stop the killing of homeless animals in their care
- Are animals are still being adopted out unaltered, despite their million dollar budget? (this would guarantee re-populating their shelter, and considering shelter management thinks of the shelter as a 'business,' who are we to argue.)
- shelter hours are scarce leaving working people with no available time to adopt
- legitimate rescue groups and volunteers wanting to help place animals are refused and ignored
- a 6- year volunteer at the shelter was asked to leave after she initiated a foster/placement group to help the animals get homes
- employees fear for their jobs if they care too much or love the animals too much?
- the shelter hides who their board of directors are, including failure to file their names with the Dept. of State, which is required by law. (after a phone call by officials, the shelter was ordered to fax this immediately . What are they hiding?
- the dogs barely get exercise or groomed and the large dog kennels are compared to a 'concentration camp for dogs."
- the shelter doesn't have an email address? (can't be bothered with those pesky animal lovers wanting to adopt animals, now can we)
Well, we wondered all of this too and got these responses:
"Nobody will take away my right to kill animals."
(Bruce Fritch, shelter president)
(when asked what happened to a $95,000 bequest to spay/neuter)
"How do you know about that...we have it...that's not public knowledge...it's here...in a special account...how do you know about that.." (Alice Zunaut and Connie Fritch during a very nervous interview for a local newspaper article)
Okay, so now that we know all this...
The big question - Is it possible to become no kill?
and it's working right now in previously high kill shelters.
Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Virginia, just to name a few have all decided to stop the killing.
And the killing stopped.
Did they have to turn away animals?
NO. In fact some may have had an even higher intake of animals at times but all were successfully placed into homes, even those with disabilities.
So what's the big secret?
There is none. It's a simple equation of actions every shelter can take to stop killing animals. And the first step is making the decision to stop killing them.
So why isn't Lehigh County doing it? Why aren't they doing everything they can to eliminate their annual murdering of thousands of healthy, adoptable animals?
Lehigh County Humane Society is run by old-school management that believes killing is the only option for overpopulated animals. However, consider that it is NOT overpopulation when animals are being killed because resources are not used to find them homes. This just means shelter employees are betraying the animals that depend on them by stealing their lives.
Lehigh County Humane Soc. needs to stop blaming the public for too many animals and instead incorporate the public's compassion to become no-kill. Animals in the shelter are completely dependent on them and using all available resources will increase adoptions thereby eliminating the killing. ( I refrain from using cover-up words like euthanasia, put-down or put to sleep. Euthanasia is 'mercy killing' and ending the lives of healthy adoptable animals is NOT mercy killing, it's murder..and the animals are not being put to sleep, they are having their lives taken away from them.)
So what are these simple steps?
* Foster Care Programs
* Working with Rescue Groups
* TNR (trap, neuter, return of feral cats)
* Low Cost or NO-cost spay/neuter
* Increase shelter hours, including nights and weekends
* Daily off-site adoptions
* Sterilizing ALL animals before adoptions
* Promoting their shelter, etc.
Okay, so we all agree the killing must stop so what can we do?
1. Call the shelter, 610-797-1205, ask for Bruce or Connie Fritch and urge them to adopt the No-Kill Equation to stop killing animals and talk to them about the issues discussed here. (if they don't hang up on you, please let me know. And remember, try to be as polite as possible..:) Ask them to read Nathan Winograd's new book "Redemption" (actually a brand new signed copy is probably enroute to them right now.)
2. Spay/neuter your own pet and encourage friends and family to do the same.
3. Contact us at Onevoice4animals@yahoo.com if you know of any feral cat communities or anyone needing to spay/neuter on a limited income.
4. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper about the importance of spay/neuter and no-kill shelters.
5. Visit No Kill Lehigh Valley website at: NoKill Lehigh Valley
6. Learn more about the no-kill solution at: NoKill Advocacy Center
The animals are counting on you....
ALMOST HEAVEN KENNELS
Update on charges and raid on Lehigh County Puppy Mill
Turns out the cats taken were actually killed almost immediately. Bruce and Connie Fritch, Shelter directors were witnessed scurrying around trying to get other shelter cats into an area so they could lie to the cats owner and and outraged crowd.
When Animal Shelters are the abusers...
What happens when an animal shelter doesn’t want to answer questions about their high kill rates or use of funds? According to over 50 protesters last Saturday, they must stand accountable to the very people who financially support them.
“When 50 cats enter a shelter in one day, it’s always a challenge,” stated Diane Davison, a local activist and former board president of another animal shelter. Davison is concerned not only for the recent confiscation of 54 cats from Barbara Dudosh’s cat rescue in West Allentown, but for the cats already in the shelter that might be killed to make room for them.
Charles Wallace, cruelty investigator for the shelter stated the cats were being “medically evaluated.” When asked if any were euthanaized, Wallace refused to answer and responded that he could not discuss the matter further.
“They’re very secretive,” said Davison, adding that the shelter will not release any statistics of their operation. Requests made by Davison and others for statistics of animals surrendered and animals destroyed, have always been denied. However, information obtained by East Penn News, the shelter’s 990 Form for 2005 indicates over $24,000 was spent on animal rendering and disposal. That figure, says Davison tells a lot about how many animals are killed at Lehigh County Humane Society because the cost of dead body disposal goes by weight.
Board President, Bruce Fritch, had stated in a previous interview by East Penn News that because his organization was “private,” they did not have to answer to anyone.
Funding for the shelter comes from many sources and includes yearly memberships, bequests, public and corporate donations and private contributions.
Also listed on their 2005, 990 tax form, contributions, gifts, grants and other amounts received totaled $707,435.00.
Net assets or fund balances at the year’s end totaled $2,882,520.00 And investment- securities for the same year are listed as $1,609,768.00.
So the question haunting everyone’s mind lately is what exactly is the shelter doing with two million dollars in assets?
Davison argues the shelter could be doing so much more with the money they have.
Could a low cost or free spay/neuter program be implemented? “No question,” states Davison. “The only way to stop the problem of homeless animals is to have an aggressive, pro-active spay/neuter program.”
Working with rescue groups to place animals before they are euthanized is another effective means to reducing homeless pets. And according to many local rescue workers, Lehigh County Humane society does not aggressively utilize all resources available to them. They have continuously ignored attempts by rescue groups to help, says Davison.
The shelter does offer spay/neuter at a Coopersburg vet hospital by Dr. Bruce Puchat, who ironically is also a board member, but what they fail to realize, says Davison, is that most people adopting from Lehigh County Humane can not get to Coopersburg because many do not have cars and the distance is very inconvenient.
The shelter could easily institute a free spay/neuter program, which would significantly reduce the numbers of animals destroyed.
Last year the shelter was to open their own spay/neuter clinic but animals are still being adopted unaltered. When this happens, the shelter is guaranteeing a re-population of animals, which might be in line with Bruce Fritch’s statement that his shelter is a ‘private’ business.
Animal shelter for profit?
That statement just doesn’t sit right with Donna Dougherty, a local businesswoman and 6 year shelter volunteer. Dougherty recently started her own group after Lehigh County Humane asked her to leave when she offered to help the shelter find rescues and foster homes. Dougherty was distraught by the fact that Lehigh County Humane would rather destroy a healthy, adoptable animal than let approved rescue groups come in and help place them.
Dougherty’s goal is to network with other people to find homes for shelter animals and reduce the numbers of animals that are killed. Warm Hearts 4 Cold Noses (www.warmhearts4coldnoses.com) recruits people for various activities including fostering, off-site pet adoptions, meet and greets, fund raising and animal transports.
“People do not send Lehigh County Humane Society money because they want them to kill animals – they want them to save animals,” stated Davison. “They are not doing the job the public wants them to do.” Davison believes the shelter needs a change of leadership and is dedicated to making this happen.
Read more about Lehigh County Shelter at "Death Camp on Dixon Street" Webpage Link: http://onevoice4animals.webs.com/deathcampondixonstreet.htm
This article was copied from NaturalNews.com
Pentobarbital in Pet Food
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 03:51 PM CDT
Pentobarbital Is Killing Eagles But the FDA Says It's Safe for Pets
by Susan Thixton
(NaturalNews) Just when you think you've seen it all and nothing would be too shocking to learn or read about the pet food industry, you stumble across something that causes your jaw to drop. I stumbled across something that proves once again –- you can't be too careful about the food and treats you give to your pet.
First – a little background information. Back in 2002, the FDA released a report of their 2-year study/testing finding pentobarbital (the drug used to euthanize animals) in pet food. Their findings were that many brands of pet foods –- purchased right off of store shelves -- contained the euthanizing drug pentobarbital. With that finding, the FDA began an 8-week test to see if levels of pentobarbital in pet food could be harmful to pets. The FDA testing showed that the amounts of pentobarbital in pet food would not harm pets (even though their study only tested dogs). You should know that the FDA ran their testing on 42 twelve week-old Beagles –- and again the testing was only for 8 weeks.
Pentobarbital was found in many pet foods yet was determined by the FDA not to be harmful to pets. And one more time –- the testing to determine this only lasted 8 weeks even though our pets might be eating this euthanizing drug in pet food their20entire life.
So, to the point of this article -- I just stumbled upon a U.S. Fish and Wildlife report that stated pentobarbital is considered an environmental hazard "responsible for the deaths of over 140 Bald and Golden Eagles in recent years -- as well as numerous other wildlife and dogs." Other wildlife named in the report were California Condors, Vultures, Hawks, Wood Storks, Gulls, Crows, Ravens, Bears, Lynxes, Foxes, Bobcats, and Cougars.
This report stated the reason the wildlife was exposed to pentobarbital is from access to euthanized carcasses of farm animals and small animals in land fills. "Poisonings due to accidental feeding of tainted meat to captive animals have also been reported."
In big bold letters the report stated "Poisoning of eagles or other wild birds, even if accidental, violates Federal law!" This report also stated that Veterinarians and livestock owners have been recently fined for 'involuntary killing' of eagles. "Veterinarians must inform clients that a pentobarbital euthanized carcass is poisonous and requires proper disposal. The client needs to know that the carcass can poison and kill scavenging animals, including federally protected species, other wildlife, or even pet dogs."
Even though the FDA determined through their eight week test that pentobarbital in pet food was Not harmful to our pets, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency is saying that pentobarbital euthanized carcasses are killing wildlife, including endangered species. Do we have a conflict between Federal Agencies?
As I wondered
about the 'conflict' between the FDA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency, I continued to dig a little further, and that's when I found the jaw dropper document. I wondered if the FDA had any information regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife report –- and low and behold, I found something...
Dated July 21, 2003 (a little over a year after the FDA's report that pentobarbital found in pet food was determined to be safe for our pets to consume) –- the FDA posted a change in the labeling requirements for pentobarbital and a change in the definitions. The following are the quoted changes... "Special considerations. Product labeling shall bear the following warning statements: ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD: This product is toxic to wildlife. Birds and mammals feeding on treated animals may be killed. Euthanized animals must be properly disposed of by deep burial, incineration, or other method in compliance with state and local laws, to prevent consumption of carcass material by scavenging wildlife." And "Limitations. Do not use in animals intended for food."
So this is what we have: Euthanized animals are being rendered and the end ingredients become ingredients used in pet food. The FDA determined that the pet food/treat ingredient most likely to contain pentobarbital is Animal Fat. Pets are consuming pentobarbital as you read this right now.
Pentobarbital euthanized animal carcasses are killing wildlife. The FDA's own rules for the drug specify its limitations 'not for use in animals intended for food.' Yet it's still20there. Granted, and geez I hate to give them this, the amount of pentobarbital in pet food –- since it is found in only some pet food and pet treat ingredients (but some very commonly used ingredients) –- is not at the same levels as would be consumed by wildlife in a euthanized carcass. But come on folks (FDA, CVM, and AAFCO) –- can you not add two and two and come up with four?
Personally, I think the FDA should again test pet food for pentobarbital and any dog food, cat food, dog treat, or cat treat (and any other animal feed for that matter) that contains even the slightest bit of the drug –- the manufacturer should be heavily fined. With respect to our national treasures –- the Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles: "The laws provide for substantial fines and prison sentences in criminal cases. For example, the maximum fine for violating the Eagle Act is $100,000.00 for a person or $200,000.00 for an organization and one year in prison." Under Federal Law 'intent' in not required for conviction –- criminal convictions require the violation be 'knowingly' committed. With respect to our pets, we've got a 'knowingly' committed act. The guilty pet food manufacturers knowingly purchase ingredients that contain pentobarbital. Yet no one fines them for breaking the law.
One year (2002) the FDA determines pentobarbital in pet food is perfectly safe for our pets to consume, and the very next year (2003) they determine pentobarbital an environmental hazard responsible for k
illing over 140 eagles. No further study or regulation change within the FDA has occurred since the 2003 label change. Did they forget about our pets? I think so.
Eagles are a national treasure –- no grey area there. Our pets are a treasure as well. They enhance our lives. They are family. To allow pentobarbital euthanized animals to be cooked and placed into pet food is criminal and should be stopped immediately.
One more quote from the FDA document dated July 21, 2003, "This rule does not meet the definition of "rule" in 5 U.S.C. 804(3)(A) because it is a rule of "particular applicability.
Please see Naturalnews.com for other informative articles: http://www.naturalnews.com/
DAISY is female white shepherd rescued minutes before they were taking her to be gassed to death in a GA shelter. She now needs a foster or permanent home. Daisy is very sweet, and loves children. Her GA foster mom has 2 kids and Daisy is wonderful with them. She also loves other dogs. She will be coming to PA in a few days and would love to have a family to call her own.
This is the only photo I have of Daisy from when she was at the shelter. She is up to date on all shots and will be getting spayed soon.
If you could help foster or would like to adopt Daisy, please contact Cheryl for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SHAME OF LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
The Lehigh County Humane Society is the last kill shelter in Lehigh County, PA.
The shelter is old-school and refuses to accept non-lethal ways of population control.
Recently, a stray was taken to them with a microchip. The cat died in their shelter without any medical attention or evaluation.
The owners were never contacted and shelter employee stated, "we can't send all of them to the vet's."
The shelter has a million dollar budget but can't afford a staff vet or even a certified vet tech?
How many have suffered and died alone as employees went home at 4:00 pm?
It is time for shelter compassion not apathy.
Lehigh County needs to stand accountable to the public that financial supports them. They take their money but neglect to tell them it will be used for
animal control which translates to killing thousands each year.
Please visit a brand new Forum that links Pennsylvania shelters, rescue workers and volunteers with a goal of networking to save shelter animals in the state of PA. Posting for animals that need homes, foster, transport or related information including photos and links to websites is permitted. You only need to create an account when you enter the site.
Saving Pennsylvania Shelter Animals http://www.network54.com/Forum/563065/
Saving Georgia Animals http://www.network54.com/Forum/597714/
Network for Ohio Dogs http://www.network54.com/Forum/584078/
DAIRY COWS FIGHT BACK
In recent events, dairy cows are fighting back as farmers try to take away their calves.
Cows are not aggressive animals - they are thinking, feeling beings with emotional bonds to their offspring. How would we react if someone came to take our children away from us? And take them to be forced to live a life of cruelty and suffering in crates only to end up on someone's dinner table as veal. The milk from the mother cow was meant for her calf and it is now being pumped into products and falsely marketed as being good for us.
Cow milk is meant for cow babies. I can't recall an instance where one species went knocking on the door of another for a sip of milk. We are the only species on the planet who drinks the breast milk of another species. But the Dairy Industry doesn't care - they keep us misguided and misinformed about this toxic beverage while we are padding their pockets. People are being over-proteined with cow's milk - it is meant to supply sufficient protein for a cow baby, not a human.
Please see links below for additional information on these and other stories.
Cows fight back:
What is an excellent alternative for milk:
http://www.soytoy.com ... make your own grain and nut milks!
Friends of Animals (FoA) and many other local and national groups are speaking up against the slaughter of deer at the once animal sanctuary in Lehigh County, Trexler Preserve.
Most of the hunting area is fenced in. This makes it a canned hunt because the animals have almost no way to escape. Bow and Arrow hunting has a very high crippling rate as hunters don't track after they shoot and the result is dying, suffering deer in a soon-to-be killing field they once called home.
Non-hunters are the majority and it is time the majority was heard. The animals really need us.
Here's FoA's email and contact numbers for Lehigh County to oppose this horrid canned hunt.
A century ago, in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, General Trexler created the Trexler Game Preserve. The land, the fence around it, and the living beings within the fence were all passed to Lehigh County, as custodian, writing that it would be repayment enough to have the animals’ natural setting respected. And for 100 years there has been no hunting at the Preserve.
The Game Lands north of the Preserve have 1,303 acres for hunters and Lehigh County leases 407 acres just south of the Preserve for hunting.
Now, the government in Lehigh County wants to open the land to bowhunting – because, in the opinion of the Game Commission and Wildlands Conservancy, there are too many deer. Bowhunting proponents have also vaguely mentioned Lyme disease in the press.
Deer don’t transmit Lyme disease, which can be transmitted only if a tick is carrying it, and if the tick is attached to a person’s body for more than a day. Pennsylvanians who spend time outdoors need simply check for ticks.
Additionally, it’s a well-known biological reality that deer cannot and do not populate beyond the capacity of their food and foliage; deer adjust their own numbers. Let them be.
Please phone or write to Don Cunningham, the Lehigh County Executive:
Donald T. Cunningham, Jr., County Executive
17 South Seventh Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-2401
E-mail : Doncunningham@lehighcounty.org
And politely ask that there be NO hunting on the Trexler Game Preserve.
The County government reports receiving a ratio of 20 to 1 emails from archers in support of bowhunting. If you e-mail, please send us a copy: email@example.com
Friends of Animals, founded in 1957, advocates for the interests of deer and all free-living animals to live on their own terms.
No Kill animal shelters are not only possible - they are an increasing reality in major cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco and New York.
Watch an interview with Nathan Winograd, director of the No Kill Advocacy Center. It IS possible and we all need to get educated and spread this information around. Please crosspost this site/video link to friends and especially to your local animal shelter. Call your local shelter and ask if they will consider working with a no-kill center. Please let us know of any responses. Thanks.
Link to animal shelters using gas chambers for euthanasia. Very graphic, so be warned. A rescue group in Ohio sent this to me. An employee of a North Carolina kill shelter took this video.
For more info on No-Kill and steps you can help your local shelter take: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/whatsnew.html
Primate research gets attention at Conneticut University after a university student takes action. Student, Justin Goodman, alerted the USDA to barbaric experiments where vivisector David Waitzman drilled holes into the heads of primates heads to implant electrodes into their brains. Goodman gathering thousands of signatures on a petition and organized protests and demonstrations.
The USDA sent a letter of reprimand to researcher David Waitzman informing him he would not be allowed to publish any data from these experiments. Waitzman was forced to stop his experiments but we need to contact the University asking them to institute a permanent ban on primate research.
The entire story and contact information can be found here:
Animal Rights Successes in 2006!!
List compiled from Portland Indymedia. Lets keep this list growing!!!!
* The European Union has adopted a resolution calling for a ban on all trade in harp and hooded seal products.
* The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reversed its longstanding position of excluding farm animals from protection during long-distance truck transport, publicly declaring that farm animals transported by truck are protected under the Twenty-Eight Hour Law.
* The NBA announced that it is going leather-free and would switch to synthetic basketballs.
* Scott & White Memorial Hospital Pledges to End the Use of Live Pigs in Advanced Trauma Life Support, soon to be used will be a sophisticated human patient simulator called TraumaMan.
* Covance Fined for Violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
* Polo Ralph Lauren Bans Fur.
* The egg industry has agreed to permanently drop "Animal Care Certified" logos on egg cartons, replacing those labels with "United Egg Producers Certified," and to pay $100,000 to states for attorney fees, consumer education and other costs. The agreement was reached after animal rights groups revealed the horrendous conditions under which "Animal Care Certified" eggs were produced.
* Retailers CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway, and Albertson's all ended the sale of glue traps
* ShopNBC (online retailer for NBC) Bans Fur Permanently.
* Welch's, Tahitian Noni & Ocean Spray stop using animals for product testing.
* Chicago Bans Foie Gras.
* Whole Foods Ends Sale of Live Lobsters and Crabs.
* The House voted overwhelmingly for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. (This bill still awaits a vote in the Senate).
* Conservation and animal welfare groups reached a settlement in a hard-fought lawsuit against the U.S. Navy that will reduce needless harm to whales, dolphins and other marine life. New safeguards include a sonar-free buffer zone around the Marine National Monument and significant increases in monitoring for marine mammals
during sonar drills.
* Spectrum Brands, Inc., Pledges to End Sponsorship of the Iditarod.
* Ben & Jerry's has committed itself to abandoning its current egg supplier and phasing in the use of eggs that come from hens housed under higher welfare standards.The Vermont ice cream maker will become the first national food manufacturer to require egg producers to allow their laying hens to live outside cages.
* Also adopting Cage-Free Egg Policies in 2006- Dartmouth College, MFS Events, Mercy Center, Gardenburger, AOL corporate dining facilities, College of the Atlantic, New Hampton School, UW Madison, The Unquowa School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, Georgetown University and Andronico's grocery (SF).
* New York Fire Department stops using live Animal as prizes in annual carnival.
* J.Crew stops selling fur clothing, fur trim, and fur accessories.
* Victoria College Pledges to End the Use of Live Cats in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Courses.
* International retailer Benetton pledges Support for More Humane Wool Brand.
* Retailer Wet Seal will not carry fur this fall season
* Ten swift foxes were released in the Fort Peck Reservation in an effort to reintroduce the animal to the area.
* Memorial University of Newfoundland Pledges to End the Use of Animals in the Majority of Its Medical Courses.
Is your fake fur really fake?
Major Dept. stores are misleading the public with "faux" fur labels.
HSUS finds real fur of raccoon and domestic dogs in tests conducted on fur samples.
Macy's, JC Penney, Bloomingdale's, and Burlington Coat Factory all have tested positive for fur other than fake.
"Baby Phat" products tested positive for raccoon dog which is a breed of dog with fur resembling a raccoon.
Results from testing:
Read the entire article from HSUS : http://www.hsus.org/furfree/news/retailers_mislabeled_fur.html
Clip of the China Fur Trade: Undercover video investigation of the Chinese fur trade.
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In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness. To learn more, visit the official film site for The Witness
THE WITNESS is one man's truth that cries out for mass exposure... may be the most important and persuasive film about animals ever made."