All posts for the month February, 2012

Published February 29, 2012 by delia1979

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Source:The Associated Press

Chickens that were to be publicly slaughtered as part of an art project in Lawrence have been spared.

City officials told artist Amber Hansen the slaughter would violate animal cruelty ordinances.

Hansen originally planned to display coops of chickens at various locations around Lawrence. The chickens were to be publicly slaughtered and served as a meal. She said the intention was to draw attention to the process of slaughtering animals.

Assistant City Attorney Chad Sublet told Hansen a public slaughtering of chickens would violate city codes. And even keeping the chickens on private land would require her to meet other city codes on animal care.

Hansen said she will change the public art event rather than fight the city’s decision.

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Published February 26, 2012 by delia1979

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We are delighted to announce that TAM Linhas Aéreas, Brazil’s and Latin America’s largest airline, has just informed the BUAV that it will no longer transport primates destined for research purposes.

Only recently, the BUAV revealed TAM Airline’s role in transporting marmosets from Brazil to a laboratory in the USA. As a direct result of the BUAV’s revelations and subsequent campaign calling on individuals and groups from around the world to contact the airline, on the 6th February, TAM Airlines announced to the BUAV that it was carrying out a review of its procedures.

Today, the airline has informed us of the outcome of that review. It has announced a new policy not to transport primates destined for research. It will be the latest in a long line of major international carriers to implement a policy on the back of widespread public concern about the trade. Examples…

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Published February 26, 2012 by delia1979

Dogpaddling Through Life

Oh Dog! It’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for another visit with Dear DeDe!  And here I am!!!!


So there are these adorable little shoes they make for toddlers called Squeaky Shoes!  And guess why they’re called that?  Right! They have a squeaker in the bottom that emits a noise with each step the toddler takes!

The companies that make these shoes say they promote safety because you’ll always know where your toddler is.

Haven’t heard of them? Take a look at this video.



This video also gets to my concern about these shoes around dogs.

Now I don’t know how your dog acts around squeakers.  I could care less about them, but Rumpy? They drive him nuts!  He wants them.

The problem is, at the very least, your dog may turn your toddler’s shoes into a chew toy.

Or your dog could cause your toddler…

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Published February 23, 2012 by delia1979

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Yupi is a female polar bear who was brought to the Morelia Zoo in Mexico in 1992 when she was only 3 months old. She came from Alaska as an orphaned cub. Upon arrival at the Mexican zoo Yupi was placed in an old grizzly bear pen. This is the pen in which she still lives today… she’s is now 20 years old.

Since Mexico is located in the southern portion of North America, and Morelia is located in the central part of Mexico, Yupi is exposed to a tropical climate year-round, meaning that temperatures remain high throughout the year. This is dramatically different from what Yupi would experience in her native Alaska, where below freezing winters and cooler summers are the norm.

In addition, Yupi’s daily management regime is predictable and routine with little stimulation of any kind…

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Published February 23, 2012 by delia1979


Rash of Dog Shootings in Socorro County
Reveals Even More Killings

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Please if you have any information please call the New Mexico Attorney General’s Animal Cruelty Hot Line at 877-5HUMANE (877-548-6263). Callers may remain anonymous.

Whoever is shooting dogs in Socorro county is a danger to dogs and the entire community. 

Socorro County, NM—Between December 1, 2011 and January 23, 2012, at least eight dogs were shot within a three to four mile area of Socorro County that includes Lemitar and Polvadera. Nearly all the dogs were on their owners’ property when shot, and seven of the dogs died or had to be humanely euthanized because of their injuries. At least three of these dogs suffered before their deaths. Initial reports of six shot dogs quickly increased to at least eight confirmed victims following a news report of the crimes, after residents realized…

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Published February 23, 2012 by delia1979

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FromCompassion Over Killing

Agribusiness interests in Iowa’s legislature have renewed their efforts this year to pass “ag-gag” legislation — these are bills aimed at shutting down whistle-blowing exposés documenting the cruel and abusive conditions for animals on factory farms.

To prevent these cruelties from coming to light, big agribusiness is sponsoring HF-589, introduced by Representative Sweeney, and SF-431. If they become law, investigations like this one would essentially be impossible and the public would have an even smaller window into the truth about how its food is being produced.

ACT NOW: If you are a resident of Iowa, please contact your state legislators today to urge them to oppose HF 589 and SF 431 and resist attempts to shield animal agribusiness from public scrutiny.

Several other states have also introduced similar legislation. Read more now.

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Published February 23, 2012 by delia1979


Lady used to be a stray dog. A dog that walked aimlessly the streets and each day tried to survive. One day she found her way to the loving home of Glen Marie Friend and settled in with a compassionate family. According to an article on Lady was unjustly seized from her loving home and has been kept at Nelson County Animal Control in the city of Lovingston in the state of Virginia. To Read more of the story of Lady continue reading on and click here for the link.

Hand4Paws is calling on all animal advocates to join the efforts of Larisa Scharikin Vice President at The Lexus Project. There has been a community on Facebook under the name of Save Lady Marie Bear. Please join in order to keep updated on the case.  Also there is an ONLINE PETITION , we urge you to…

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Published February 22, 2012 by delia1979

Bucaramanga habla por los animales

El pasado 3 de febrero se realizó en la ciudad el primer cabildo abierto del país en torno a la defensa de los animales ante el Concejo de Bucaramanga.

Laura Marcela Contreras Rodríguez

“Es una oportunidad de llevar a la realidad pública las denuncias y violaciones aberrantes que hay contra los animales callejeros”, así se refirió Orlando Beltrán Quesada, presidente de la Asociación Defensora de los Animales y la Naturaleza (Adan), al debate realizado en el Concejo de Bucaramanga “sobrepoblación de animales domésticos urbanos y sus soluciones como problema ambiental”. Este evento se realizó luego de una solicitud presentada por esta asociación, que fue apoyada por 3.322 ciudadanos.

Según el censo realizado por el Centro de Zoonosis de Bucaramanga y la Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, UCC, hay aproximadamente 39.000 caninos y 7.000 felinos en Bucaramanga. Esto, Beltrán Quesada lo define como “un problema de ecología, más que de salud pública”. Las causas por las que se presenta esta situación, argumenta, se deben a que “tenemos hacinamiento creciente en Bucaramanga, no hay educación para que la gente controle la natalidad y existe una ley absurda frente a las mascotas que dice: recojan y maten”.

La ley 84 de 1989, que establece la protección contra el sufrimiento y el dolor de los animales en la nación, fue uno de los principales argumentos mencionados durante el debate, en el que se presentaron 20 ponentes, para que se realizaran acciones que dieran cumplimiento a lo dicho allí. El vocero de la asociación defensora animal Vegan Society, Diego Mauricio Moreno, afirmó que se debe dar cumplimiento a esta ley ya que “cuando se maltrata a un animal se altera el ecosistema y el medio ambiente”.

En el cabildo se realizaron propuestas que incluían, entre otras cosas, programas subsidiados por el estado de esterilización masiva de vientres animales, con el fin de frenar la población y talleres educativos de culturización. Para Wilder Gélvez Espinel, participante del evento, “es necesario el apoyo del Concejo para que podamos realizar campañas de sensibilización en toda la población de Bucaramanga”. Éstas medidas se realizan en ciudades como Medellín, Cali y Bogotá. En esta última, las esterilizaciones caninas y felinas son gratuitas a la comunidad y están a cargo de la Secretaría Distrital de Salud, como expuso en su ponencia el médico veterinario Mauricio López Santana: “Allá nosotros trabajamos con el Estado. Operamos diariamente entre 100 y 150 perras y gatas”, y aseveró que “el problema radica en la culturización de la gente”.

Ante el concejo municipal se presentaron reclamos de habitantes de distintos sectores de la ciudad, sobre actos irresponsables que cometen algunos propietarios de mascotas. Jairo Torres Ramírez, habitante del barrio Cabecera, afirmó que “a nosotros se nos ha vuelto un problema de salud pública. Los moradores vamos a ser desplazados por esos animales”. De igual forma, Luis Daniel Ramírez, de Cabecera del Llano, pide que se “reconozcan sus deberes y derechos, pero también reconozcan los de sus vecinos”.

Opiniones divididas

Un aspecto que causó controversia durante el cabildo fue la petición de algunos de los activistas del cierre del Centro de Zoonosis de Bucaramanga. Ponentes como Wendy Liseth Gutiérrez Estupiñán, estudiante de tecnología ambiental, se refirieron a este lugar como “el matadero de perros y gatos” y otros como Wilder Gélvez piden “acabar con zoonosis definitivamente y que en su reemplazo se cree un sistema de adopción de animales callejeros”. Al respecto, el coordinador del Centro de Zoonosis de Bucaramanga, Dayro Muñoz Rodríguez, sostuvo que “nosotros nos apegamos totalmente a la ley para sacar adelante la salud pública de la población de Bucaramanga, haciendo trabajos en pro de los animales”. Las propuestas planteadas sobre este ámbito fueron cuestionadas por algunos concejales, entre ellos Henry Gamboa Meza, quien dijo que “parece que hubiera un interés personal (…) Veo que es que quieren acabar con el Centro de Zoonosis para que lo administren particulares”.

La secretaria de Salud y Medio Ambiente del municipio, Claudia Mercedes Amaya, sostuvo que “como política de administración estamos dispuestos a trabajar de la mano de todos ustedes que buscan el mismo fin: defender los derechos de los animales. Pero también, buscando que la tenencia de ellos no afecte el bienestar ciudadano”.

“Hoy en día existen movimientos en defensa de los animales que crecen como espuma rechazando las conductas atroces del humano”, afirmó el presidente de Adan, respecto al cabildo que puso en la escena municipal los derechos de los animales. Por eso, este no será el único evento que realicen ambientalistas bumangueses para que se construyan y cumplan leyes de bienestar animal. “Hay muchas personas que estamos luchando por esto y lo vamos a seguir haciendo, porque en el momento que dejamos de luchar por los demás, en ese momento perdemos nuestra humanidad”, declaró Gutiérrez Estupiñán.

El 3 de febrero de este año el alcalde de Bucaramanga, Luis Francisco Bohórquez firmó la Declaración Universal sobre Bienestar Animal (Duba), en el que se compromete, entre otras cosas, a realizar jornadas de esterilización y educación a la comunidad.

Published February 16, 2012 by delia1979

Dogpaddling Through Life

Oh Dog! I’m so excited! Today my guest is none other than Flo from the blog Fabulous Flo. Flo is a happy dog with a happy home. She’s never known misery or loneliness. I wish we all that that kinda story. Humans and animals, help me welcome Flo!

Rumpy: Thank you SO much for being my guest today Flo!

Flo: We love your blog Rumpy so this is very exciting for us! 🙂

Rumpy: *blush* Thanks Flo! How about telling us a little about you?

Flo: I’m a 40kg liver-nosed Rhodesian ridgeback, but even though I’m a big lass, I’m really still a puppy as I’m not even 18 months old yet.

Rumpy: You’re just a youngster!

Flo: I’m a really lucky girl – I’ve never been lost, homeless or badly treated. I had a forever home before I was even born. My human decided to get a dog…

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