Saturday, November 22, 2014

Alley Cat Rescue petitions Australia's Greg Hunt to stop plan to exterminate feral cats

Via PR Newswire - On November 7th, Alley Cat Rescue sent a letter to Greg Hunt, Australia's Minister for the Environment, denouncing his nationwide plan to eradicate feral cats. In the letter, Alley Cat Rescue President Louise Holton calls Hunt's plan to use toxic bait and release a deadly virus intended to kill millions of the country's feral cats as "unfeasible, cruel and inhumane."

Holton shares Hunt's concern for the decline in bird populations, as the world enters its sixth mass extinction, but says killing cats is irresponsible and does nothing to address the very real concerns facing all birds and wildlife: human activity. According to the 2013 State of the World's Birds report, the primary cause of declining bird populations is due to habitat loss, agricultural expansion, climate change, and pollution. Australia ranks in the top 10 countries for land clearing and it is one of the top countries most at risk from climate change.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MWD Matty reunited with Army Specialist Brent Grommet

More than one year ago, Brent Grommet and his warrior dog Matty were separated after returning from Afghanistan. Brent was wounded in battle and expected to adopt Matty, but due to bureaucratic error or negligence, Matty was adopted by another family.

Because of the hard work by Brent and his father Don with help from American Humane Association, VFW, the news media and members of Congress, Brent and Matty were reunited on Friday, November 14th.

"I'm beyond happy. It's like a dream," said Grommet in a phone interview with ABC11. "You never expect things to work out this well."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Strong Sentences Handed Down By Alabama Court in Historic Dog Fighting Case

Via ASPCA.org - The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama concluded sentencing on Wednesday for eight individuals arrested during the second largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history in August 2013.

The case was led by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who requested assistance from the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States in the removal, transport, sheltering, medical and daily care of the animals seized during the raid.

Sentences ranged from six months to eight years—which is the longest prison term ever handed down in a federal dog fighting case.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Selling puppies and a pack of lies

The Humane Society of the United States sent an undercover investigator with a hidden camera into every pet store in Virginia they could find that sells puppies…and found widespread deception, omissions and cover-ups - all designed to dupe the public into buying expensive puppies from mills that treat dogs deplorably.


 

 This holiday season choose compassion over cruelty by adopting a dog from your local animal shelter.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

New program raises awareness of benefits animals have on people with seizure disorders

Via PR Newswire - Eisai Inc. has announced the launch of Magnolia Paws for Compassion, a new program created to raise awareness of the beneficial impact that animals can have on people living with epilepsy and seizure disorders.

Living with a seizure disorder can be physically challenging and can take an emotional toll on many of the 2.3 million American adults currently living with epilepsy, as well as the 467,711 children and teens living with epilepsy and seizure disorders.

This can lead to feelings of depression, isolation and loneliness for the person living with the condition, as well as stress, worry and anxiety for family members and caregivers. Research has proven that the companionship of trained assistance animals helps individuals with seizure disorders feel more relaxed, positive and better able to manage their condition.