Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Animal abuse *SHOCKING*

Choose horrible if you think this is not important and you don't think should be allowed.
Choose Awsome if you think this is funny and we shouldn't bother covering it.
Choose ok if you are in between.

Update: Serendipity is a funny thing. Just a few hours after I posted this, I noticed that the University of Georgia Law Student Animal Defense Fund Chapter is highlighting a campaign by the Center for Biological Diversity to make rattlesnake roundups illegal in Georgia. If you live in Georgia, please take a second to sign on to their effort, and even if you don't live in Georgia, they have a pretty solid sample letter that you can use to start the fight against rattlesnake roundups where you live.
By the time the audience gets settled down and the barrels are rolled out, most of the snakes couldn't attack if they wanted to. They're starved and weakened, dehydrated, half-suffocated. Sometimes, they're completely suffocated, because there isn't a lot of air when you're at the bottom of the tank, locked in and trapped under the bodies of dozens like you.
Welcome to a rattlesnake roundup, where you can get up close and personal with hundreds of rattlesnakes that have been gassed out of their burrows.

A woman in Georgia was arrested last week for forcing her 12-year-old son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer.
The boy was being punished for bad grades. He told his teacher about it the next day, who reported the incident to authorities.

Who was a likely repeat customer for some of the 27,000 neglected animals that were recently rescued from U.S. Global Exotics' Texas warehouse? The answer is no surprise: Petland.
On the hypocritically titled webpage Pet Welfare at Petland the company says they are "aware of the many animal welfare issues in the news today." That makes sense, considering many of the stories have to do with Petland.
As recently as June 2009, Humane Society investigators confirmed that the company continues to support puppy mills, despite class action lawsuits over selling unhealthy puppies in at least 20 states. Then there was the story last summer of Petland employees who killed two rabbits, who had injured themselves fighting in their cage, by drowning them in the sink ... and then took pictures of themselves with the dead animals.
Now there's the U.S. Global Exotics debacle. Petland's major competitors, Petco and PetSmart, were not customers of U.S. Global Exotics, although they do sell some live animals. Unlike the others, Petland is one of the few national chains that still sells puppies and, with this latest story, they've shown again and again that they make purchasing decisions that have nothing to do with the well-being of the animals. As far as Petland is concerned, animals are just products that can be bought cheaply, warehoused, and sold for a profit.

Across the U.S., millions of pigs and other animals too sick to stand (commonly referred to as "downed animals") suffer terribly at farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses. They are left for hours or days without receiving proper veterinary care, and they are often dragged with chains or pushed with forklifts. Farm Sanctuary has worked to document and end the abuses of downed animals since 1986, and we’re making progress. Last year, the Obama administration tightened up federal regulations to prevent downed cattle from being slaughtered and used for human food. But, this policy needs to be expanded and applied to pigs and other animals who continue to suffer unnecessarily.

In the largest raid in U.S. history, more than 27,000 animals were rescued in December from an exotic pet dealer in Texas. Earlier this month, the sloths, chinchillas, lemurs, hedgehogs, ferrets, snakes, lizards, spiders, and other assorted species officials removed had their day in court.
Municipal Judge Michael Smith decided that the 20,000+ surviving animals should not be returned to the dealer, U.S. Global Exotics.
The investigation that led to the raid was made possible largely due to an undercover agent working on behalf of PETA. The organization says that many of the animals were destined to be sold at major pet store chains, like PetSmart and Petco.


Brooke said...

I hate that Petland does that. This is a great post. I wrote about Petland on my blog, if you want to read it, go to:

I'm about to post the story here.

darling sapphire said...

Would you please put these animal
abusers in jail so they will not be
able to harm another animal -please
do that. These humans can make a
living inside, but most of their
wages would go toward helping
animals in need. If these animal
abusers cry and beg for forgive-ness, maybe they can be returned to

darling sapphire said...

I get the horrible feeling that
president obama would use downer
cattle, cats and dogs from labs
to ground up and put into animal
food, even pets.... how horribly
discusting... terrible president
and I thought I liked him. He's
moving too slow and in the wrong
direction. Is he going to drill for
oil after this oil spill is cleaned
up - if it can be cleaned up. Oh
my what a horrible world we live
in, marked by the lack of proper
thinking of leaders of countries, so sad they are unable to under-
stand what is right and what is
wrong.Most importantly is to lower
human population, then teach them
the code of ethics.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post. USGE, in fact, was intimately connected to PETCO and PetSmart. In the U.S., USGE shipped mammals, reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, and other animals to pet stores, breeders, and other wholesale distributors, including suppliers to PETCO and PetSmart. One such supplier was Rainbow World Exotics, at which similarly horrific conditions were found by another undercover PETA investigator. Another was Sun Pet, Ltd., an Atlanta firm that sells animals to PETCO, PetSmart, Petland, Pet Supplies Plus, and hunderds of other outlets across the U.S. Check out for information on USGE, and on Sun Pet. They're all the same hideous hellholes, and those who buy any animals keep them in their sad, cruel business.

Unknown said...

Whoever chose awsome, is VERY sick and should be pounded in the face with a bat.

Bluu Dog said...

They could have clicked it by accident....

Brooke said...

I think they meant that the POST was awesome.

*Demoncat said...

yeah but i gave options and what it would mean when you clicked it.

sorry cant log in on my dads puter!