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Don't breed or buy while homeless die--always adopt! U 2 could adopt & save the lives of sweet & adorable pets just like I did---just go to Petfinder.com!

I am a vegan & my cat (Sassy) & my 4 Long-haired Chihuahua Mixes (Fancy, Buffy, Bubby & Ivory) eat Natural Balance pet food. (Natural Balance has no animal by-products, ash, or meat meal). Go go dogfoodadvisor.com to check out quality pet food brands in order to avoid brands, which use meat not suitable for human consumption, and possibly even contain euthanized shelter pets (yes that happens!) (more info about that in this post: adoptpets.tumblr.com/post/72699087123/hello-i-read-that-post-you-reblogged-about-what-people).

Go to theanimalrescuesite.com once every day to feed shelter animals for free!!!!

Fuck fur, meat, diary, factory farms, hunting, puppy mills, pet breeding, animal experiments, animal testing, & circuses! Animal rights bitches fuck yeah!

freedomforwhales:

Take a good look at the first 3 photos in this set and remember them next time you want to see a dolphin in captivity. That’s what your money goes to. All companies that keep dolphins captive are inter-connected. Just remember those may be your dollars you paid being handed off under the table to import a wild caught dolphin, or your dollars may be directly handed to the man who captured and/or killed the dolphins like you saw in that show. 

Still need more convincing that dolphin captivity is wrong? Here are some fast facts:

  • Dolphins in the wild spend around 80% of their time exploring, feeding, and socializing underwater. Captive dolphins spend about 80% of their time at the surface because they are logging lifelessly at the surface, looking for food/attention, or waiting for commands by their trainers who control every aspect of their life.
  • In the wild dolphins are documented to swim 40 or MORE miles per day. In captivity, they are confined to an area that is dramatically smaller, not allowing them to swim or dive as long or deep as they would in the wild. Animals can develop stereotypical behaviors from lack of space to act naturally in. 
  • In the wild dolphins utilize their extreme intelligence by spending a lot of time hunting and developing hunting techniques together. This gives the animals an opportunity to problem solve, get stimulation, and socialize with each other. In captivity animals are fed dead frozen fish in a limited variety (sometimes unnatural to the animal’s typical diet), taking away that massive chunk of their wild daily lives from them and leaving them under stimulated.
  • Dolphins are highly social, and although they do not always stay together for life, they form complex societies and dialects, which are disrupted in captivity and cause aggression and frustration between tank mates who are forced to live together. 
  • Dolphins that are put through swim-with programs are subject to humans constantly invading their heavily confined space. Not only does this put dolphins at risk of contracting disease from the tourists and tourists at risk of being injured by these wild animals, these programs give the dolphins no peace from humans who are constantly trying to interact with them by force.
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It’s like no one ever told him cats don’t like water. 

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Remember IT IS NOT A WOMAN’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PREVENT RAPE. In the world we live in, however, women should be empowered with any tools in order to protect themselves. Source for more facts follow NowYouKno

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A ‘crazy gringo’s’ heroic crusade to save dozens of stray canines who had been poisoned, beaten, hacked with machetes and then dumped on Puerto Rico’s ‘Dead Dog Beach’, revealed in heartbreaking new book

  • Stephen McGarva thought he would be kite-surfing in paradise when he and his wife moved to a town outside of San Juan
  • What he found was a living hell of abused, dead and dying animals
  • Feeding the dogs became Stephen’s daily ritual. He coaxed them out of hiding on the remote beach and gave them names
  • He cleaned their wounds, stitched them up, bathed them in the Caribbean, held and trained them in the hope they would be adopted Stateside
  • After two years and many threats from greedy hotel owners who believed the strays kept tourists away, he returned to the US and now tells his story

Stephen McGarva expected he was heading to an island paradise to indulge in extreme sports when he and his wife, Pamela moved from Rhode Island to just outside San Juan, Puerto Rico in the spring of 2005.

What he found was more like hell and a new mission in his life: rescuing stray dogs or satos as they are called, that roamed the beaches and streets of Puerto Rico. His pursuit almost cost him his life.

A picture-perfect postcard image of the Caribbean island’s terrain promised to fulfill his love of extreme sports while studying art. 

Arriving at the beach in Playa Lucia to go kite-surfing, instead of a pristine beach, he found tons of strewn garbage along with bloodied and beaten dogs, dead or in varying states of emaciation and dying.

Considered a plague to the local tourism industry of casino hotels, dogs discarded here had been poisoned, hacked with machetes, burned to death, shot with guns or dropped off and run over.

Survivors suffered infected knife wounds  and broken bones that had healed improperly. Others had charred and split skin after being doused with gasoline. All were starving to death.

Without a second thought, Stephen jumped in his truck and headed out to find food for them. Taking care of the stray dogs became his life’s work for the next two years.

'I knew deep in my heart that if I walked away, it would be a decision I'd regret the rest of my life', Stephen McGarva, 48, writes in his deeply-moving book, The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach, published by William Morrow on Tuesday, August 26, National Dog Day.

Looking out at the Caribbean Sea from the couple’s house at Humacao, a small town on the eastern coast of the island, the picturesque views belied the devastating truth of the island’s appalling poverty and high crime rate. Hidden to the undiscerning eye of tourists was the tragedy unfolding in Playa Lucia, which became known as Dead Dog Beach.

Instead of seeking out kite-surfing locations, feeding the dogs became Stephen’s daily ritual. He coaxed them out of hiding on the remote beach, befriended them and gave them names. 

He cleaned their wounds, stitched them up, bathed them in the Caribbean, held them, loved them, trained them and prepared them for what he hoped would eventually be adoption into a home stateside - not in Puerto Rico where there was no respect for the abandoned animals

They became his pack and numbered up to one hundred. He was the uber-Dog Whisperer. He went to the beach every day to spend time with the dogs, and word quickly spread about ‘the dog guy’ or ‘the crazy gringo with 100 dogs’.

McGarva had no prior vet training but he was a certified EMT and had dogs of his own for years.

His devotion and love guided him in the care and rehabilitation of the bloodied, wounded and abandoned one-time pets and the couple were willing to spend a $1,000 a month on food and medical supplies that soon escalated to $3,000.

Burials became part of his daily routine when he’d arrive in the morning and go in search of missing pack members. Looking for his dogs, he uncovered new corpses with severely broken bones, bodies cut into pieces and stuffed into garbage bags or plastic buckets and poisoned dogs. 

Every day there were newly dumped dogs and every day dogs disappeared.

'I buried at least one dog every day'. At the end of two years, he had buried twelve hundred dogs he had come to know and love.

The cruelty on the island and on the beach wasn’t limited to dogs. There were the remains of horses that had been blown open with bullets, legs tied together, dragged by a vehicle and dumped in this isolated spot.

'Any animal that had outlived its usefulness, even if solely due to a lack of proper care by its human owners, could end up at this remote beach, far from public scrutiny, as a victim'.

'If I hadn't witnessed the cruelty first hand, day after day, I wouldn't have believed human beings could be so heartless and cruel to other living creatures', he writes.

Locals came after him, threatened him with machetes and warned him to leave the beach… and the island. When he reported the threats to the police, they weren’t interested and instead told him that his life was in danger.

But Stephen couldn’t quit. The pack was now dependent on him for care and love. He had made a promise to himself that he would try to rescue all of them and get them off of Dead Dog Beach.

He was featured on the local news but that only inspired angry hotel owners to send out henchmen to threaten McGarva. They viewed the negative publicity he was generating as bad for business.

Attacks on the dogs escalated when McGarva didn’t bow to their intimidation. Instead, he resorted to carrying a machete, a billy club and mace.

He tried enlisting help of local stray organizations but they feared government reprisals and warned ‘the dog guy’ that the government and police meant business - they wanted to kill him.

'It became more and more obvious that I was in over my head. And my dogs were going to keep dying'.

McGarva should have seen the truth of this tropical ‘paradise’ when he and his wife first arrived. There were ‘emaciated dogs wandering the roads, and gaunt horses tied to the freeway guardrails. 

'The animals barely reacted to the cars and trucks whizzing by at seventy miles an hour, less than five feet from them. Every so often we'd see a dog lying prone and lifeless by the side of the road. I saw a horse lying halfway across the slow lane of the freeway. Its legs were akimbo and its head was jammed up against the railing. Rigor mortis had set in', he writes.

This wasn’t paradise. This was an island riddled with extreme poverty, ‘a disenchanted island’, as described on National Public Radio, Morning Edition in 2013 in a four-part series on Puerto Rico exposing the ‘deteriorating economy, increased poverty and swelling crime rate’. 

The rise in violence fueled by the drug trade prompted the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the island’s police department - but that wasn’t helping the dogs.

When a friend of Stephen’s visited from back home, they decided to go snorkeling and explore sea life in a crescent-shaped bay. They parked their car, grabbed their snorkeling gear and headed out in the warm water to the coral reefs on the sea floor, the sea turtles and manta rays. 

Surfacing, there were men standing on the reef over them holding homemade tridents and spear guns.

'I had the foreboding feeling I'd had many times in the past, right before things went south'.

They tried to exit the water around the men, but they only reappeared in their way. Then the sharp poke in his lower back came and a harder poke on the back of his shorts. At every turn, the men were right there. 

Stephen and his friend bolted out of the water and ran down the beach to collect their gear but it was gone. He had hidden the truck key under a rock and raced for the safety of the vehicle. Again they had been outmaneuvered. 

The men had made a human roadblock. There was no way out other than to simply floor the truck straight at the men who were holding up their gear and laughing. ‘The human chain parted at the last second and we flew through the gap. Gobs of spit splattered the windshield’.

It was useless to pursue charges. The police weren’t interested.

There were always sketchy-looking people hanging out in the shadows of the now-abandoned boathouse on Dead Dog Beach.

I’d even seen police cars roll up and meet with the shady characters in the darkness of the dilapidated structure. I assumed the figures were drug dealers because I couldn’t fathom any other reason people would come to this derelict dead-end part of the world’.

An elderly local fisherman and his wife, Carlos and Dominga, warned Stephen: ‘There are people who come to this beach who could kill you if you get in their way and they won’t bat an eye at doing it’.

'You're not in the States anymore. You had better watch your back. You could go missing here and no one would even find you. It happens all the time'.

They warned him again weeks later. ‘There are men looking for you, asking a lot of questions: when you come to the beach, where you park, if you’re alone’.

One day he wandered too close to a hotel and was approached by employees wielding machetes. They warned him to leave but he said he was just looking for his dogs. 

They pointed over there and told him the hotel wanted to make the beach more beautiful for visitors. 

'They told us to kill any stray dogs on the beach and stop anyone from feeding them, including you'. Stephen asked them to just let him get his dogs so he could give them a proper burial.

Stephen was beginning to feel as alone as his dogs in his one-man fight to get them off the beach. 

It was a culture that needed to change – from the people dumping them, the attitude towards dogs, the vets who wanted nothing to do with them, the politicians, businessmen who didn’t care.

With the help of a local vet, Sarah Paulson, they set up make-shift clinic and began sterilizing the dogs. Help was sporadically arriving from other women connected with animal protection agencies. Between them, they got thirty-two dogs off the beach and into shelters on the island or stateside.

Univision television did a story on McGarva, but that only inflamed the police and hotel owners who openly hated him.

Another warning came from the hotel gardener: ‘They want the dogs gone. They want you gone. Anybody who would do this to dogs will do it to you’.

Now he was finding his dogs hanging by the neck from a tree with a bedsheet for a noose.

Men came in a truck, corralled some of the dogs, poured gasoline on them and tossed a match. The ante was upped.

Stephen’s rage was consuming him. He added a Taser to his arsenal.

He had angered too many people by exposing the island’s problems. The dogs were being killed to intimidate him.

Something had to change and it came in the form of anaphylactic shock from an allergic reaction to drugs he was given to treat a toothache. He almost stopped breathing twice.

The couple went back to Rhode Island for a brief escape and on returning found their home vandalized. What wasn’t stolen was destroyed. A dozen men were waiting out behind the property in the tall grass with machetes.

Time had run out. They had to leave the island – now.

Saying goodbye to his dogs was the hardest thing Stephen had to face.

'I cried harder than I had in years and I had cried a lot in the two years we’d been in P.R.'

Stephen McGarva now lives in Boston with his wife and daughters and is pursuing a teaching degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

He is the founder of a nonprofit organization, Achates Legacy Rescue Foundation (AlRF) that works to end the abuse of strays and build animal friendly communities in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

To help out by donating, adopting a dog from Puerto Rico, or just to learn more, contact: Save a Sato in Puerto Rico.

http://www.saveasato.org/

https://www.facebook.com/saveasato


http://saveasato.blogspot.com


http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/PR26.html


http://www.twitter.com/saveasato

 





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Animals can be ‘victims’ just like people, Oregon Supreme Court says

  • Two Great Legal Victories for Animals in Oregon

Earlier this month animal lawyers won two big victories in that the Oregon Supreme Court issued two important decisions: (1) State v. Nix, affirming the Oregon Court of Appeals decision by holding that animals who are abused by their owners are “victims” of those crimes, at least for sentencing purposes; and (2) State v. Fessenden/Dicke, ruling that the exigent circumstances exception to the warrant requirement can apply to animal cruelty victims in imminent harm. ALDF had filedamicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in the Court of Appeals in Nix and in the Oregon Supreme Court in Fessenden/Dicke. In the latter, we were joined by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA).

The Nix opinion tracks the logic of the Court of Appeals in large part and stands as a pillar for those who demand that our justice system recognizes animals as more than mere property by specifically holding that, for the purposes of Oregon’s anti-merger statute, ORS 161.067(2), animals abused by their owners are “victims.” The Court rooted its decision in legislative precedent and intent, finding that the Legislature’s goal in enacting the modern second-degree animal neglect statute, ORS 167.325, was “the treatment of individual animals, not harm to the public generally or harm to the owners of the animals.” Because the Oregon Legislature “regarded those animals [suffering from neglect] as the ‘victims’ of the offense,” the Court concluded that animals were likewise victims for purposes of merger. In reaching this conclusion, the Court cited the fact that ALDF funds a full-time, statewide prosecutor who is dedicated to handling only animal abuse cases in Oregon.

In State v. Fessenden/Dicke, the Court was exceptionally cautious in its approach, though it did ultimately reach the correct result. The Court found that an officer can seize an animal without a warrant when that officer has probable cause to believe the animal is a victim of cruelty and immediate action is necessary to prevent further imminent harm to the animal. In so ruling, the Court determined, for the first time in Oregon, that the exigent circumstances exception to the warrant requirement under both the Oregon Constitution (Article I, Section 9) and the Fourth Amendment can apply to cases involving animal victims. In reaching its conclusion, the Court noted—just as ALDF had in its amicus brief—that other states already allow such warrantless seizure to prevent serious injury caused by criminal activity, including California, Montana, and Texas. However, in a disappointing move, the Court declined to decide whether the emergency aid exception applies to animals—an exception similar to the exigent circumstances exception in that it allows warrantless entry to save life, but does not require probable cause—even though the Court of Appeals had extended the emergency aid exception to animal life.

Significantly, the Court soundly rejected defendants’ contention that animal protection laws exist solely for human benefit; while animals are property, said the Court, today Oregon has one of the most comprehensive schemes of animal protection that was clearly enacted to protect animal victims, regardless of ownership. In emphasizing the strength of Oregon’s laws, the Court cited ALDF’s Rankings Report and the Legislature’s finding that “animals are sentient beings capable of experiencing pain, stress and fear” as evidence of the ongoing evolution of the legal status of animals (legislation ALDF had help to draft and pass in 2013).

The facts of Fessenden/Dicke presented a clear case of imminent harm caused by criminal neglect: A veteran officer, experienced in animal cruelty cases, determined that the extremely emaciated horse required immediate seizure to survive and that there was not adequate time to obtain a warrant before the seizure. Based on the officer’s experience and his reasonable belief that the horse was a victim of cruelty, the Court ruled that his seizure of the dying horse was lawful under the exigent circumstances exception. The Court was careful to apply this exception to these specific facts, but explained that other circumstances may also trigger a similar application of the exception.

adoptpets: Thank you ALDF & thank you judges! These are great victories for animals. As a CA lawyer I studied some animal law and took an animal law class in law school and I just loved it & even wrote my law review article about animal testing/research— done some animal law work, but I’d love to do more and maybe even be a part of ALDF one day.

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this cat lives in a show horse barn which is why it walks and runs that way

that makes so much sense

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Went kayaking with my girlfriend and we made the cutest friend!

excuse me WHY are his hands up i cant handle this

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