A top lawyer in Pittsburg Pennsylvania has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and possessing drugs. He was arrested after a neighbour reported hearing what sounded like sexual noises coming from his residence. The neighbour kept records of the times that they heard these noises, building a case against the man until he was ultimately arrested.
The dog was reportedly injured from the advances and is currently safe and being treated by a veterinarian. I think the most twisted part of this story is that the man volunteered in 2014 as a dog walker for several months. Knowing what we know now, it's likely he had his own ambitions when volunteering and his intentions included getting close to dogs. It's so incredibly disturbing to think that he was likely getting sexual enjoyment out of his volunteering opportunity.
Someone who could do this to an animal is not mentally well. They quite obviously have desires that are outside of the norm and it scares me to think that they have access to animals in any way, shape, or form. It scares me to think that people like the man in this story are walking amongst us, unnoticed, and scoping out animals in a sexual manner.
Thank goodness for the neighbours who reported this scumbag and I am holding out hope that his dog will be just fine. The proof is in the pudding here, this shit is happening everywhere as made evident by this story, and without our laws being updated, there is potential for this sort of lewd act to go unpunished. That's not a Canada I want to live in so I will continue to draw attention to our poor animal cruelty laws with hopes that I will attract the attention of the RIGHT person who also realizes how disgusting and wrong this is.
This man will likely spend some time in prison as he should, but I can't help but think about all of the animals who are being exploited with no hope of being saved.
This article really spoke to me because I am currently dealing with my own moral struggle when it comes to animals. Before I go into that, let's chat a little about the piece written by Michael Brooks for the Guardian.
It's becoming increasingly evident with studies upon studies to back it up, that animals are sentient. They feel pain, joy, and fear, recognize faces and learn commands, and most assuredly feel distress. Farm animals are often overlooked when it comes to intelligence or sentience, but the facts are piling up in support of the very opposite of this. Cows are reputably loving and form bonds with friends, nurture other calves, and enjoy music. Chickens can become distressed and feel distress / empathy for others. Octopuses are extremely intelligent as evidence has shown that they can build their own homes, hunt in new ways depending on environment, and allude attack.
In the article, one of the researchers studying consciousness said she was unable to eat the animals she had studied. Meaning, her discoveries swayed her from further consuming them. She also stated she would never study cows and one can assume, her desire to continue enjoying beef is likely the reason for this.
At the end of the story, the writer says that everyone SHOULD care about animals but that there were doubts that we ever would.
HERE'S WHAT I THINK AND WHY THIS HITS HOME TO ME. . .
I am a proud Vegetarian of 17 years. There's very few things that have left me feeling as accomplished as my compassion for animals. I absolutely love them and intend to devote my life to them. Now, as I said, I am a Vegetarian which means I still consume dairy / eggs. Dairy and eggs that have come from factory farmed animals, all of which have been tortured, abused, and exploited. I have chosen to ignore the truth about these products because of what I can only call, selfishness.
I made the choice to give up meat and still to this day, the sight of it raw repulses me. I can appreciate the beauty of a gorgeous plate that may contain a perfectly cooked piece of meat, but that's the foodie in me and in no way do I approve of the meat itself. And yet, 17 years has gone by, I've taken up a job working within a Vegan business, I've seen countless videos exposing the gruesome truths about the dairy / egg industries, and I petition for animals everyday. Where does this leave me? Am I really choosing to ignore the inconvenient truth behind dairy farming? Am I really turning my back on the same animals I claim to fight for?
Also, my being a Vegetarian does not negate all of the hard work I have put into helping animal's voices be heard. It doesn't negate all of the stories I've shared, petitions I've signed, videos I've filmed, and social media shares. What it does suggest however, is that the writer of this article is pretty accurate in his assumption. We are deliberately ignoring the truth behind animal suffering.
I am choosing to ignore an inconvenient truth about animal suffering. People who eat meat, often times choose not to learn more about where there meat comes from. They couldn't tell you a thing about animal sentience and some have even lashed out at the thought of caring about animals. The reality is, they're being incredibly selfish. Are there different degrees of being selfish? Sure, but at the end of the day, it's all the same.
What are your thoughts? Despite the rise in Vegan and Vegetarian lifestyles, do you foresee the world coming around or will things continue down the path they're currently on?
UK animal protection organization Animal Equality in participation with the television show Salvados recently exposed what they deemed to be some of the worst animal cruelty they had ever witnessed at a farm that supplies El Pozo products throughout the UK. The undercover expose was broadcast on Spanish television with Animal Equality urging the UK to drop El Pozo products in favour of plant based alternatives.
What we see in video is several pigs with horrible ailments like hernias, growths, and ulcers covered in infection and fleas. They witnessed pigs in pens with other dead pigs, pigs that were so starved they were eating one another, and pigs that were so ill they could no longer stand. It was abundantly evident that these animals lacked any veterinary care whatsoever and their condition was in violation of the law in regards to animal cruelty.
I truly hope the shock of viewing this undercover video on Spanish television with encourage a boycott of El Pozo products. I hope that it inspires people to consider going meat free or adopting a more plant based lifestyle. I hope that this sends shockwaves throughout the farming industry and that they consider their own operations.
Lastly, I hope this farm gets slapped with endless fines and charges for what they've done. Pigs are one of the smartest animals on the planet, keeping them in this condition is absolutely despicable. They suffered immensely likely will continue to do so unless this expose brings upon corrective action.
Factory farming is the worst. It destroys the planet, tortures innocent animals, and gives no effs about their animals whatsoever. It's time for the world to wake up to the atrocities of the factory farming industry and turn their backs on it. One undercover video at a time, the world will come to terms with what they are contributing to.
A UN committee is reportedly pushing a ban on children's involvement with bullfighting in Spain. Insisting that bullfighting was not considerably suitable for children, they suggested restricting minors from attending bullfighting school or being spectators at bullfighting events. Children over the age of 14 are currently allowed to learn some aspects of bullfighting through bullfighting schools and can attend the events as well.
Now, before I go into the main reasons why this is not appropriate for children, let me address bullfighting. Tradition or not, it is literally a blood sport that lures, aggravates, tortures, and eventually kills bulls in captivity. There is no more sickening thing to think of than watching an animal being goated into danger and harmed. Bulls suffer immensely during these fights and it is so disturbing to think that anyone would pay money to watch that sort of thing. It's a very sadomasochistic sort of thing to me, enjoying watching pain being inflicted on another living creature, just weird and gross.
Children are super susceptible to influence and this sort of unnecessary violence is not something any child needs to witness or learn. What they see is their own dominance over a big, strong beast. They see animals as lesser beings, things that can be manipulated and utilized at will. They see entertainment in animals, degrading them to nothing more than props. They see people hurting animals and loud cheers as a response, painting a picture of what is acceptable behaviour. All of these things are very wrong.
What are your thoughts? Is the UN on the right track with banning children from bullfighting? Will Spain agree to these restrictions or continue to promote their tradition? I want to hear from you guys!
Polar bears are going to go extinct much faster than originally thought with their habitat suffering at the hands of climate change. The arctic is warming at twice the global rate causing sea ice to melt away which ultimately disrupts the polar bears lives. Not only are they losing their habitat, but they are having to fight harder to find food to sustain them.
Scientists have recently discovered that polar bears expend a significant amount of energy looking for food meaning their metabolisms were much higher than anticipated. This, with the fact that these poor animals are having to travel further to find food, is leading to the species facing extinction. We all saw that very sad video late last year of the starving polar bear, struggling to walk, likely taking its last steps. The reality here is, that sort of thing is going to become much more commonplace. It's a sad reality and without more being done to combat climate change, there is a strong possibility polar bears won't be around as long as originally thought.
With President Trump pulling out of the climate agreement and turning his back on conservation and climate protection, the fate of the polar bears is grim. The facts speak for themselves, the ice IS melting away, polar bears ARE struggling to find sustenance, and global warming IS happening. Without the support of the President, climate change will continue to affect the polar bears' habitat until it is too late.
Check out the original story at the above link. Sadly, starving polar bears are going to be popping up all over social media. They will continue to wander into settlements getting into trouble with humans as they desperately search for food, and they will most definitely continue to struggle for their existence.
We can only hope climate change is addressed before we see the extinction of the polar bear.
Veganism is most definitely hard to deny. It's becoming quickly more mainstream as we all learn more and educate ourselves on what exactly we support / put into our bodies. In fact, a recent study in the U.S. reported a 600% increase in the amount of people who identified as plant based between 2014 and 2017. I could go on and on about the importance of going vegetarian / vegan, it's something I've supported for 17 years, and learned so very much about during that time.
Interestingly, the article (link above) was in reference to plant based diets for pets. We've all seen the videos of dogs adorably enjoying their fruits and veggies, even some cats enjoying the odd fruit / veg, but is this safe / acceptable? As I read the article, there were some interesting facts that I'll share;
Ultimately, the decision to put your pet on a plant based diet is not one to take lightly. Without a veterinarians supervision, you could be harming your pet in order to save other animals and that just seems silly to me. Don't take the chance with home meal plans or plant based meal plans available online, there's likelihood of your pet lacking essential nutrients.
I want to hear from you guys? Do you have pet (s) on plant based diets? Did you utilize your Veterinarians help?
The world of animal rights is often plagued with more bad news than good. As the fight continues, stories like these that I'll share, remind us of what it is we are fighting for. Plus, if they don't induce a smile out of ya's, than I don't know what will!
1. RETIRING FARMER AND HER COWS
Jill Smith, a farmer from Cork, Ireland, decided it was time to retire and the fate of her cows was grim. Most cows in this situation would likely be sent to be slaughtered but she couldn't let that happen. She stated that the cows had provided for her for years and that she had to get them to a sanctuary to live out the rest of their lives. With the help of animal lovers and a funding page, she managed to raise 9,000 euros, and the cows are now destined to spend the rest of their lives living amongst friends in peace.
Such a great thing for her to do, she definitely has the right mentality about it! They most definitely deserve this after years of providing for her. Such an amazing thing for her and and animal lovers everywhere to do for these cows!
Check out the whole story below!
2. ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PLACE BANNING FUR
London's historic Old Spitalfield has announced that all stall holders will no longer be allowed to sell fur beginning January 2018. Fur is most definitely on the way out and this is just another place banning the sale. The U.K banned fur farming since 2000 although they import a tremendous amount of furs.
What's great is that these places rooted in tens of hundreds of years of tradition, are coming around to the fact that fur farming is awful. Not only does it have environmental impacts, the animals are often times treated like absolute garbage prior to being killed. Fur is WHOLLY UNNECESSARY and rooted in cruelty! Here's to hoping we see the end of fur farming in the near future!
See the full story below!
3. OREO AND THE NURSING HOME
Oreo, a local stray cat in a Cleveland, Ohio neighbourhood, has found a new job after wandering into a nursing home. Much like her canine friend, she provides affection to the residents but also gives the residents and children who visit something to look forward to.
Animals are so special and I've always said, companionship is such a treasure. There's no denying the appeal of a loving pet, so it's no surprise she is putting a smile on the residents face. I especially loved this story because the cat I shared 19 years with was also named Oreo. Struck a nerve for sure!
See the full story below!
Debuting last night, Trophy describes itself as a "shockumentary" that dives in to the world of trophy hunting and conservation. One would assume that every aspect of trophy hunting would be analyzed in the film but it ended up being a one sided look at trophy hunting and its perceived benefits to conservation.
During the documentary, viewers were treated to apparent hunting propaganda like a rhino being blindfolded and having its horn removed, an elephant shot and moaning in agonizing pain while people gather around excitedly, and other endangered animals being shot and killed. The show ultimately centered around the hunt itself and the perceived notion that animals were put on this earth for us to do with as we please. The documentary neglects to give factual details regarding conservation or screen time to activists who are opposed to this activity.
I've spoken about this in the past but the argument that trophy hunting aides conservation is lost on me. We're not talking about animals that are overpopulating the earth here, we're talking about animals that are endangered. Animals whose numbers have dropped significantly in the past 20 years because of our "conservation through hunting" efforts. Elephants, rhinos, lions, etc., these animals are dropping off the face of the earth because of human's salacious greed. Human's sick desire to shoot and kill these beautiful creatures to fulfill some twisted fantasy. That's what this show is all about.
Without providing any factual evidence supporting conservation, the show literally becomes a joke. A show centered around hunting, killing, and profiting off of the slaughter of animals. It's alarming that CNN would allow a show with such one sided and distorted views of conservation to air knowing that there would be an outcry from activists. This show ultimately glorifies slaughtering endangered animals which is the opposite of what is needed at this time. At a time when animal activism is becoming more prevalent and conservation is a topic that is becoming much more heavily discussed, I find myself wondering why this documentary was even allowed to come onto television.
The reality is, we will see the extinction of elephants. We will see the extinction of rhinos, lions, tigers, and other endangered animals. We will see the demise of several species in our lifetime and yet shows like this are popping up to remind us exactly why there will be no more of these beautiful creatures left. The documentary is an absolute disgrace and CNN should be ashamed of itself for promoting such tripe.
Stuff your hunting aides conservation theories up your ass and start doing something that actually helps animals.
Did you guys catch the documentary? I want to hear from you!
Switzerland has reformed their animal cruelty laws and some of the things included are quite interesting and progressive.
They have enacted a law that would require lobsters be stunned prior to being boiled. After calls from activists that see the live boiling as cruel, this is definitely an interesting step in the right direction. Why is this interesting? Well, I am here, in Canada, fighting to make it illegal to sexually exploit an animal, and we've got Switzerland making it illegal to boil lobsters alive. Canada has such a long road ahead of itself when it comes to animal rights and this is definitely evidence to suggest that fact.
Back to Switzerland. Not only have they made it illegal to boil lobsters alive, the means in which they are transported has also changed. It is no longer acceptable to transfer them in cold water / on ice, they must be transported in their natural habitat. This will essentially reduce their stress and any uncomfort they would experience on ice. This is a big step in the right direction for animals as far as recognizing their awareness and the conditions they deserve to be held in.
What this also does is shine a very dim light on Canada and our outdated animal protection laws. Animals are still regarded so poorly in our government's eyes that our animal cruelty laws have been left untouched for decades. As I mentioned earlier, it is still legal to engage in oral sex with an animal in our fine country. When you consider how progressive our country is, it's extremely shameful to admit that sexual exploitation with animals is still legal here. That's especially true when you consider how advanced other countries are with their animal rights.
I will continue to fight for animals in Canada and hopefully more stories like this will emerge adding fuel to my fire. Once again, congratulations Switzerland!
An 81 year old dog breeding veteran has been convicted of animal cruelty after breaching her probation. She was under order not to own any more than 25 dogs and was found to have 41 when authorities investigated her property. This story has led to dog breeding groups and animal rights activists attacking one another, both accusing the other side of wrong doings.
Her conviction stems from cropping her dog's ears without proper anesthesia and without a veterinarian despite her having been married to a vet and performing the procedure for the past 50 years. Former employees reported her for performing the procedure after witnessing what they deemed to be animal abuse. She is currently awaiting sentencing and dog breeding groups have rallied behind her saying animal rights activists are attacking them, their traditions, and their business.
Dog breeders are crying out that animal activists won't stop until there are "no dogs left" but I think they're missing the point. With the adopt don't shop movement becoming more prevalent and supported, dog breeding is increasingly being looked at us unnecessary. While animals sit in shelters waiting to be adopted, people who breed dogs are making a killing selling off dogs for extremely high prices. The allure of owning a purebred dog is enticing enough to overlook animals struggling to get adopted in shelters and that's the problem.
They say animal activists are attacking their traditions but what they fail to see is we only have the dog's best interests at heart. It's about wanting to see animals in shelters adopted out instead of people making profits off of animals being bred. It's about saving lives and not sitting idly by while people like her continue breeding dogs rolling in cash. Some of her dogs sold for almost $3,500, that's astronomical when you compare that to what it costs to adopt a dog and save its life.
Do I want to see an 81 year old woman sent to prison? No, I do not. What I want to see is an example made of her that sends out a message to breeders that the attitude towards breeding are changing. It's not about attacking traditions or businesses, it's about saving the lives of countless dogs who are at risk of potentially being euthanized. Every dog sold by a breeder is a nail in the coffin of a dog at a shelter and frankly, profiting off of breeding while animals struggle at shelters is wrong. There's nothing else to it, it's completely wrong.
What do you guys think? Should she go to jail? What are your thoughts on dog breeding? Leave a comment here or on fb / twitter. I want your opinions!
Stay educated and remain involved in animal welfare. Together, we can all make a difference!