Friday, July 20, 2012

Shocking Animal Cruelty Images - Discresion is advise

Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense. More narrowly, it can be harm for specific gain, such as killing animals for food or for their fur, although opinions differ with respect to the method of slaughter. It usually encompasses inflicting harm for personal amusement or to fulfill zoosadistic impulses. Diverging viewpoints are held by jurisdictions throughout the world.

Broadly speaking, there are two approaches to the issue. The animal welfare position holds that there is nothing inherently wrong with using animals for human purposes, such as food, clothing, entertainment, and research, but that it should be done in a humane way that minimizes unnecessary pain and suffering. Animal rights theorists criticize this position, arguing that the words "unnecessary" and "humane" are subject to widely differing interpretations, and that the only way to ensure protection for animals is to end their status as property, and to ensure that they are never used as commodities.
Laws concerning animal cruelty are designed to prevent needless cruelty to animals, rather than killing for other aims such as food, or they concern species not eaten as food in the country involved, such as those regarded as pets.

There are many reasons why individuals abuse animals. Animal cruelty covers a wide range of actions (or lack of action). Learning about animal abuse has revealed patterns of behavior employed by abusers.
Animal cruelty is often broken down into two main categories: active and passive, also referred to as commission and omission, respectively.
Passive cruelty is typified by cases of neglect, in which the cruelty is a lack of action rather than the action itself. Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seek veterinary care when necessary.

In many cases of neglect in which an investigator believes that the cruelty occurred out of ignorance, the investigator may attempt to educate the pet owner, then revisit the situation. In more severe cases, exigent circumstances may require that the animal be removed for veterinary care.
Active cruelty implies malicious intent, as when a person has deliberately and intentionally caused harm to an animal, and is sometimes referred to as NAI (Non-Accidental Injury). Acts of intentional animal cruelty may be indicators of serious psychological problems.There is an intrinsic link between battered pets and battered women and children. The likelihood that women's shelter personnel will encounter women and children who have been threatened by batterers using animal abuse as a weapon is high. This is because more families in America have pets than have children. Secondly, the majority of pet owners are themselves parents with children. Thirdly, 64.1% of households with children under age 6, and 74.8% of households with children over age 6, also have pets. Lastly, as many as 71% of pet-owning women seeking shelter at safe houses have reported that their partner had threatened and/or actually hurt or killed one or more of their pets; 32% of these women reported that one or more of their children had also hurt or killed pets. Battered women report that they are prevented from leaving their abusers because they fear what will happen to the animals in their absence. Animal abuse sometimes is used as a form of intimidation in domestic disputes.
One of the known warning signs of certain psychopathologies, including antisocial personality disorder, also known as psychopathic personality disorder, is a history of torturing pets and small animals, a behavior known as zoosadism. According to the New York Times, "[t]he FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals is one of the traits that regularly appears in its computer records of serial rapists and murderers, and the standard diagnostic and treatment manual for psychiatric and emotional disorders lists cruelty to animals a diagnostic criterion for conduct disorders."A survey of psychiatric patients who had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats found all of them had high levels of aggression toward people as well, including one patient who had murdered a young boy." Robert K. Ressler, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's behavioral sciences unit, studied serial killers and noted,"Murderers like this (Jeffrey Dahmer) very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids."
Cruelty to animals is one of the three components of the Macdonald triad, indicators of violent antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. According to the studies used to form this model, cruelty to animals is a common (but not universal) behavior in children and adolescents who grow up to become serial killers and other violent criminals.
It has also been found that children who are cruel to animals have often witnessed or been victims of abuse themselves. In two separate studies cited by the Humane Society of the United States roughly one-third of families suffering from domestic abuse indicated that at least one child had hurt or killed a pet.
Animal cruelty has long been an issue with the art form of filmmaking, with even some big-budget Hollywood films receiving criticism for allegedly harmful—and sometimes lethal—treatment of animals during production. One of the most infamous examples of animal cruelty in film was Michael Cimino's legendary flop Heaven's Gate, in which numerous animals were brutalized and even killed during production. Cimino allegedly killed chickens and bled horses from the neck to gather samples of their blood to smear on actors for Heaven's Gate, and also allegedly had a horse blown up with dynamite while shooting a battle sequence, the shot of which made it into the film. After the release of the film Reds, the star and director of the picture, Warren Beatty apologized for his Spanish film crew's use of tripwires on horses while filming a battle scene, when Beatty wasn't present. Tripwires were used against horses when Rambo III and The Thirteenth Warrior were being filmed. An ox was sliced nearly in half during production of Apocalypse Now, while a donkey was bled to death for dramatic effect for the film Manderlay, in a scene later cut from the film.

Cruelty in film exists in movies outside the United States. There is a case of cruelty to animals in the South Korean film The Isle, according to its director Kim Ki-Duk In the film, a real frog is skinned alive while fish are mutilated. Several animals were killed for the camera in the controversial Italian film Cannibal Holocaust The images in the film include the slow and graphic beheading and ripping apart of a turtle, a monkey being beheaded and its brains being consumed by natives and a spider being chopped apart. In fact, Cannibal Holocaust was only one film in a collective of similarly themed movies (cannibal films) that featured unstaged animal cruelty. Their influences were rooted in the films of Mondo filmmakers, which sometimes contained similar content. In several countries, such as the UK, Cannibal Holocaust was only allowed for release with most of the animal cruelty edited out.
More recently, the video sharing site YouTube has been criticized for hosting thousands of videos of real life animal cruelty, especially the feeding of one animal to another for the purposes of entertainment and spectacle. Although some of these videos have been flagged as inappropriate by users, YouTube has generally declined to remove them, unlike videos which include copyright infringement.The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has contracted with the American Humane Association (AHA) for monitoring of animal use during filming or while on the set. Compliance with this arrangement is voluntary and only applies to films made in the United States. Films monitored by the American Humane Association may bear one of their end-credit messages. Many productions, including those made in the US, do not advise AHA or SAG of animal use in films, so there is no oversight.
Simulations of animal cruelty exist on television, too. On the September 23, 1999 edition of WWE Smackdown!, a plot line had professional wrestler Big Boss Man trick fellow wrestler Al Snow into appearing to eat his pet chihuahua Pepper

Why go vegan facts!

When you add up the damage that the meat industry does to workers, the environment, and animals, the question isn't really "Why should I go vegan?"—it's "Why wouldn't I go vegan?" In case you need any other reasons, here are five more.

Because It's the Only Way to End World Hunger

There is more than enough food in the world to feed the entire human population. So why are more than a billion people still going hungry? Our meat-based diet is largely to blame. We funnel huge amounts of grain, soybeans, and corn through all the animals we use for food instead of feeding starving humans. If we stopped intensively breeding farmed animals and grew crops to feed humans instead, we could easily feed everyone on the planet with healthy and affordable vegetarian foods.

Raising animals for food is extremely inefficient. For every pound of food that farmed animals are fed, only a fraction of the calories are returned in the form of edible flesh. The rest of those calories are burned away raising the animal to slaughter weight or contributing to feathers, bone, skin, blood, and other parts of the animal that are not eaten by humans. This is why animals raised for food have to eat as many as 16 pounds of grain to create just 1 pound of edible flesh. The prestigious Worldwatch Institute states, "[M]eat consumption is an inefficient use of grain—the grain is used more efficiently when consumed directly by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world's poor."
As a meat-based diet spreads to developing countries, farmers who are trying to feed themselves are being driven off their land. Their efficient, plant-based agricultural model is being replaced with intensive livestock rearing, which also pollutes the air and water and renders the once-fertile land dead and barren. If this trend continues, the developing world will never be able to produce enough food to feed itself, and hunger will continue to plague hundreds of millions of people around the globe. Author George Monbiot, writing in the U.K.'s The Guardian, explains that there's only one solution: "It now seems plain that [a vegan diet] is the only ethical response to what is arguably the world's most urgent social justice issue."

Because the Meat Industry Makes a Killing by Exploiting Workers

The money-hungry farmed-animal industry exploits poor people, immigrants, and children. They work for paltry wages and are often unfairly penalized when they try to form unions. The work is filthy and extremely dangerous, injuries are rampant, and dying on the job is a very real possibility.
Killing animals is inherently dangerous work, but the fast pace, filthy killing floors, and lack of training make working at a slaughterhouse "the most dangerous factory job in America," according to Human Rights Watch.

According to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in three slaughterhouse workers suffers from illness or injury every year, compared to one in 10 workers in other manufacturing jobs. The rate of repetitive stress injury for slaughterhouse employees is 35 times higher than it is for those in other manufacturing jobs.
The industry refuses to create safer working conditions by slowing down the lines or buying appropriate safety gear because these changes could cut into companies' bottom lines. Employees who are injured at work are often fired if they take time off or try to file health insurance or worker's compensation claims. Human Rights Watch cites one slaughterhouse worker who reports, "They love you if you're healthy and you work like a dog, but if you get hurt, you are trash. If you get hurt, watch out. They will look for a way to get rid of you before they report it. They will find a reason to fire you or put you on a worse job like the cold room, or change your shift so you quit. So a lot of people don't report their injuries. They just work with the pain."
Factory farms and slaughterhouses set up shop in the poorest regions of the U.S., where they can use poor and uneducated people to do their dirty work for low wages. The farmed-animal industry often lures immigrants far away from their homes with false promises of good jobs, knowing that these undocumented workers will likely not report unsafe conditions for fear of being deported. One meat company even bused workers from the Mexican border to a homeless shelter in Minnesota!
The farmed-animal industry has also been condemned for exploiting children. Kids in their early teens have even died while working in animal-processing plants, and Multinational Monitor called Tyson Foods one of the world's "Ten Worst Corporations" because it hires people in the U.S. who are too young to work legally.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

You can Make a Difference for Stray Dogs

Realengo is working to bring hope to stray dogs struggling to survive in some of the worst situations in the world. We’re making a difference for these dogs and turning tales of hardship into stories of success. With your support, we can provide even more hope...

...For newborn puppies born into a world where they are already unwanted:
The puppy to the right was born under an old abandoned car in a dump in Canovanas, along with his brothers and sisters. Their mother was so malnourished and thin that the outline of her ribs was visible under her matted fur, yet she did all she could to keep her puppies safe and warm. When local people were unable to care for the puppies they considered drowning them so they would not have to starve to death. Until REALENGO stepped in and offered them hope...

...For hurt and suffering dogs who would otherwise have no one:

The black dog below was abandoned and left to fend for herself on the streets of Puerto Rico. Alone, hungry, and sick, she was suffering from mange, a painful disease that leads to severe hair loss and skin irritation. Without treatment she faced a prolonged and agonizing death on the streets by herself. Until REALENGO stepped in and offered her hope…

We were able to bring hope to all of the animals above - these dogs were rescued, treated, cared for, and adopted into new and loving homes thanks to your support of WSPA’s work for animals around the world. Your gift can bring hope to even more animals and create more happy endings, by:

Implementing Humane Population Control Programs: With hundreds of millions of stray dogs in need around the world, it’s crucial that we take steps to prevent further breeding. Last year our clinics across the globe spayed and neutered over 23,000 dogs, and we persuaded 10 countries to commit to ending cruel methods of stray control. With your support we’ll continue and expand our humane control programs to have a lasting impact for strays.

Providing Veterinary Care to Animals in Need: Stray dogs suffer from a host of painful yet preventable diseases including mange, parvovirus and parasitic infections.  We’re bringing these dogs desperately needed veterinary care through our projects in 16 countries. Your gift will help sustain these projects and ensure that even more dogs receive the care they need.

Vaccinating Dogs Against Rabies:  Globally, rabies kills hundreds of thousands of dogs, as well as tens of thousands of people, every year.  Out of fear some communities resort to cruel methods of controlling rabies including mass shooting and poisoning.  WSPA is working to show authorities that vaccinating dogs is the most effective and humane way to prevent rabies. 

Please send your gift of hope to help these stray dogs and other animals today.  Thank you again for your compassion, your dedication, and for all that you do for animals everywhere.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

By ADRIENNE GALLER LASTRA from the Pinones Beach Project

Well guys - I'm so sorry it's taken so long to update. More than a month has passed and I've been running around like a whirling dervish. My professor, John Saccenti, President of Career Development Institute has come and gone and our Animal Control Officer/Cruelty Investigator course is taking a life of it's own. The course will be given January 25th through 29th with a large animal welfare summit to follow on the 30th. Below is the flyer for the course.

Today i had a meeting with Maximiliano Brandt, the Member Society Development Manager of World Society for the Protection of Animals who has always been our contact on the island. Other large foundations have come and gone (Pegasus for one) but WSPA has been constantly present in Puerto Rico, trying help the animal welfare movement here. They have been communicative and helpful. WSPA funded my ACO certification course and my flight to New Jersey.

Max was excited that the course is coming to fruition and he will be present with Dr. Monica List who is WSPA’s veterinarian. He and Dr. List will be attending the summit and he knows Dr. Carazo, Head Veterinarian of the state and Wilma Rivera, Director of Animal Control, and he has also met Dr. Gonzalez and has been to the Carolina Animal Control Center so he’s thrilled with all the teachers who will be giving the course.

WSPA will be a major presence in this inaugural ACO/CI certification course and they have invited me to attend the‘ First Dominican Conference for Animal Welfare’ at the Veterinary College of Universidad del Este, in Santo Domingo to attend their workshops AND meet and greet all the WSPA people who he says can help make our Latin American portion of our ACO/CI certification course happen.

Well that’s the recap – I need to make plans to go to the center for OCAM (municipalities) next week and get all the mayor and town info so we can send off letters to the mayors. Lois Reed, our web designer is already working on putting the registration form and information about the course on the Amigos de los Animales web site and I’m waiting for the WSPA logo to add to our marketing materials.

I will give you updated pictures of the 34 kids I have at home and will be showing you pictures of big Homer, who will be coming home tomorrow!! Yay!!! It's been a long time since I've been able to ship doggies because apparently the economy has been as affected in the states as it is here and people are giving up their 'best friends' to shelters. It's very bad here and in pinones where I live, I see 3-5 new dogs every weekend. i just found 3 puppies on Friday night that were dropped off at the beach.

Folks - Sorry it's been so long since I've written. Please forgive me. It takes a lot of time for me to write and make sence, and when I go to bed at night (with my 6 dogs that sleep with me in bed)I just black out with exhaustion.

Please don't forget to donate to the animals at my mini shelter here at home and always adopt the adoptable! You can either donate to my doggies upkeep through this blog's donate button or you may send your check or money order to: Amigos de los Animales, PO Box 79169, Carolina, PR 00984

Thank you so much for reading. You are appreciated!


Xx Adri

Monday, September 14, 2009

THS animals 'neglected'

Humane Society understaffed, money squandered, protest group says


The Toronto Humane Society is abusing animals and misspending money donated for their care, protesters said outside the facility yesterday.

"They leave animals neglected and dying in cages," said Melanie Laking.

"The THS doesn't have enough frontline staff to meet the minimum standard of care for the animals and hundreds of thousands of dollars of donated money is being squandered on things like court costs. People donate to put food in the mouths of hungry animals and not ... to pay lawyers' fees."

The group also says animals are forced to sit in their own excrement and go without access to water.

"The THS is also interfering with vets doing their jobs," said Laking, pointing to a memo from THS president Tim Trow.

The memo reads: "Ensure that practitioners communicate with their shelter management prior to taking any significant course of action, including obtaining concurrence as regards euthanasia, operations and anaesthesia."

Laking says some vets have resigned because they felt they were violating their professional oaths by working there.

Danielle Just-McCarthy adopted her one-eyed dog, Kippie, from the Humane Society.

"The THS rescued him and we rescued him from them. The cages were full of urine and feces, and I was not impressed. Kippie wouldn't be here today if he stayed there much longer," Just-McCarthy said.

The group's allegations are outlandish, said THS spokesman Ian McConachie.

"The pets are not mistreated and we deny any neglect. The THS is also a hospital and there are a lot of animals receiving treatment. Sometimes a patient doesn't look so good, but we hope for a full recovery for all of them," McConachie said.

"Most of these people are former THS employees who were let go and have a grudge. They are using the animals as a political tool."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Diferencia entre criadores de patio y buenos criadores

Su mirada está llena de amor, reciben a sus amos con una fiesta. Su colita no deja de moverse cuando ven a su “familia humana”. Son inteligentes, fieles, juguetones…estas son algunas de las características que le han ganado el título de “el mejor amigo del hombre” al perro.

Y como mejor amigo nuestro, debemos tratarle con cariño y respeto. Cuidar de su condición física y cuando notemos un cambio en su comportamiento, debemos llevarlo al veterinario rápidamente.

Los perros son una gran compañía. Pero también una gran responsabilidad.
Te invitamos a que, antes de tomar la decisión de adoptar uno, te hagas ciertas preguntas cómo: ¿Podré dedicarle el tiempo que merece?, ¿No será una carga económica?

Si tú no sientes incomodidad alguna ante estas preguntas, felicidades.
Tú estas preparado para gozar de compañía canina.

Cuidar de nuestros animales es responsabilidad de todosEl promover la salud, el bienestar y aliviar el sufrimiento de los animales es responsabilidad de todos. Esto es lo que definimos como el asumir nuestra responsabilidad social comunitaria. Si bien es verdad que cada individuo debe tomar medidas personales para proteger a nuestros animales, de mayor impacto sería si nos uniéramos como una comunidad, para así lograr resultados mejores, más rápidos y permanentes. Velar por los intereses de los animales recae sobre todos nosotros. En esta sección te explicamos como puede ayudar el individuo, la comunidad y qué leyes protegen a todos los animales.

La crueldad hacia los animales es un aviso temprano de que algo anda mal en la personalidad de un individuo. Las ciencias del comportamiento han encontrado que las actitudes o acciones abusivas hacia los animales son en realidad un síntoma temprano de un desajuste emocional y psicológico en el desarrollo de la personalidad. Si esta situación no se atiende a tiempo, una vasta experiencia nos demuestra que las probabilidades son que este individuo se convertirá en un criminal violento.

En el historial clínico de criminales violentos el abuso de animales es un síntoma común. Hoy día en los Estados Unidos y otros países, la policía, el FBI, los servicios de familia y otras agencias dedicadas al bienestar de la sociedad investigan los casos de abuso de animales como indicativos de la presencia de crímenes violentos, abuso de niños, de la mujer y de ancianos.

Si en tu comunidad hay personas que abusan de los animales, inmediatamente toma las precauciones preventivas que están a tu alcance como:

Recomendar al sospechoso que busque ayuda psicológica Advertir a los familiares, maestros y a la Policía Proteger a los tuyos No permitas que tus hijos jueguen o se relacionen con un individuo que maltrate los animales No permitas que estén donde esta persona esté presente Al tomar estas medidas preventivas, podría salvarle la vida a un ser querido.

Recuerda: El abuso de animales no es una conducta inofensiva, es un aviso serio de que el abusador es un potencial criminal peligroso. Protégete y protege a los tuyos, informa a la Policía cualquier caso de maltrato de animales.

En Puerto Rico y el mundo completo hay muchos perros realengos en parte por el descontrol que tienen los criadores. Muchos de estos perros terminan atropeyados por carros o en los refugios. Hay dos tipos de criadores. Los criadores de patio y los buenos criadores. He aquí las maneras de identificar los buenos criadores.

Criadores de patio o Buenos criadores

No investigan el hogar donde va a estar el cachorro y no hacen ningún tipo de contrato para asegurar el bienestar de la mascota. Lo importante para ellos es hacer la venta.
Hacen un estudio del lugar donde va a estar la mascota. Entrevista a la familia para asegurarse que la mascota va a estar bien. Muchos de ellos cogen el cachorro de vuelta si la familia no lo quiere luego.

El dinero es lo importante independientemente del comprador.La familia es lo más importante independientemente de su estatus económico.

Tiene camadas accidentalmente sin tener control de quienes son los padres.Estudian bien los padres para asegurarse que es una buena combinación genética. De esta manera evitan condiciones y problemas genéticos.

No les importa el futuro de los perros.Hacen contratos para asegurarse de que el perro sea esterilizado.

Casan a los perros independientemente del carácter. En ocasiones los problemas de agresividad son heredados. Estudian bien el carácter de sus perros antes de casarlos.

Muchos criadores de patio anuncian sus crías como si fueran objetos en los clasificados del periódico y sitios de clasificados en la Internet. También venden los cachorros en la calle. Tienen listas de espera para sus crías ya que no casan a menudo.

Venden los cachorros a solo semanas de haber nacido. Esto puede crear muchos problemas de comportamiento y enfermedades en el perro. Mantienen a los cachorros con su mamá por lo menos hasta las 10 semanas de nacido para asegurarse que la madre los críe bien.

No ofrecen certificados médicos. Te venden las vacunas que ellos mismos pusieron. Las únicas vacunas válidas son aquellas puestas por un veterinario certificado. Hay muchas marcas de vacunas y no todas protegen bien a la mascota. Te ofrecen el historial médico del cachorro y de la madre. Ellos imunizan a los cachorros y la madre contra: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Canine Parainfluenza, etc.

Crían muchas razas de perros Se concentran en una raza de perro y aveces tienen dos como mucho.

Kentuky Fried Cruelty