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Some call it a sport and others call it animal cruelty, now some state lawmakers want Virginia to ban a practice called fox penning.
It’s supposed to be a training mechanism for hunting dogs but Virginia’s chapter of the Humane Society of the United States says it has gotten out of hand, and needs to stop. Now, fox penning has caught lawmakers’ attention.
Video provided by the Humane Society, shows a pack of dogs attacking and killing a wild fox. It’s called fox penning, where foxes are trapped so bloodhounds can learn how to hunt them.
37th District State Senator Dave Marsden (D) stated, “We need these pens banned.”
Marsden says it started out as a training tool that got way out of hand. “It’s not just about training hounds anymore,” he said. “This is what the hounds do. They have competitions to determine…
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IDA’s 2012 Fur-Free Friday demonstrations in your area
Animal Protection Norway and Network for Animal Freedom reveals the new horror pictures from Norwegian fur farms. Fur industry has received numerous attempts to “improve animal welfare.” Nevertheless, we can for the fourth time since 2008 reveal extensive animal cruelty on Norwegian fur farms.
A Government Committee is now considering (2012-2013) the industry should be prohibited in Norway. Fur farming can never be consistent with good animal welfare. We therefore expect that the government will start arranging fur industry.
In summer and autumn, the two animal protection organization made unannounced inspections of 24 fur farms from Troms in the north to Agder in the south. Many thousands of pictures and several hours of video documentation from fur farms show that mink and fox suffering on Norwegian fur farms every day.
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Milagro. It’s the Spanish word for “miracle,” and that’s what he is.
Milagro is one of five horses recently seized from an Ontario farm and taken to Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue in Hagersville, Ontario. These five Quarter Horses, four stallions and a mare most likely in foal, ranging in age from six to ten years old, were all given a body score of zero by the investigating agency.
Emaciated, covered in rain rot and open sores, infested with internal parasites, and with rotting feet and burr-tangled tails, the five were seized and held for a week before being transported to Whispering Hearts, as the veterinarian overseeing them did not think they would initially survive the trip.
Forty-five horses were left behind, many with body condition scores of one or two, and a few as high as nine.
It started on November 13, 2012 with a Facebook post by Brenda Thompson…
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From the CBC:
The Ontario SPCA says it will investigate reports that a group of nearly 30 horses are not being fed enough at a ranch in Wellington County.
CBC News has spoken with a number of people who are concerned about the health of the horses on the farm northwest of Toronto.
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Oh Dog! It’s time for another edition of Letters to Santa! And today our host is one of Santa’s elves…. *snickers*
Today we have a letter from our friend Easy, a Weimaraner who writes over at Easy Rider. Let’s see what Easy is asking for from the Big Guy:
Whoa! You asked for snow for me? You are so thoughtful!
I sure hope ALL your holiday wishes come true! woo woo woo!
There’s still plenty of time to get your letter in to Santa. You can send those to RumpySanta@gmail.com. Include a pic to go along with it and a hyperlink to your blog if you have one. Ho! Ho! Ho!