Thursday, November 17, 2016

Animal Crimes & Animal Cruelty to report this week!

Rocker Davey Havok Chooses Nudity Over Leather

Live Plucking
Retailer Volcom Sells Down, Even Though Farms Often Live-Pluck and Force-Feed Birds. Birds who are not plucked alive for down spend their entire lives in crowded, filthy conditions on factory farms before their throats are slit. Why is Volcom still supporting this cruelty by selling down products? TAKE ACTION 
Shackle and Hoist
PETA Exposé: Terrified Cows Shackled, Hoisted, and Mutilated at Kosher Slaughterhouse
Think kosher slaughter is humane? Think again. CONTACT AUTHORITIES 
Help Cold Dogs This Winter. By becoming an "Angels for Animals" doghouse sponsor right now, you can help ensure that a neglected "outdoor dog" gets shelter from freezing rain and snow this winter. DONATE NOW
Cold Dog

Terrified Bulls Being Chased
Bulls in Brazil Are in Trouble—Lobbyists Pushing to Overturn Ban on Cruel Rodeos. Lobbyists are working hard to reverse the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil's decision to ban vaquejada, an event in which bulls are violently yanked by their tails (which are sometimes torn off) and thrown to the ground on their backs—often causing fatal injuries. SPEAK UP FOR BULLS

We're racing to save dogs - some of them just puppies - from freezing to death in northern Canada.
I need your help to build as many doghouses as we can before winter sets in.
But we must hurry! Most of these northern communities already have snow on the ground.

You've taken action to help animals before. I'm hoping you'll help again by opening your heart and donating today.

Your gift will help us provide shelter for dogs in these northern communities and do so much more to ease the suffering of animals everywhere we find them. It will also help us keep up the important work we do in northern communities, including providing much needed veterinary care, and humane education for school children.
In remote communities in northern Canada, it's common for dogs to spend the winter outside. Many people remember when their families owned working dogs who were bred to live and work outside.

But today, there are many different breeds who are not meant for life outside without a warm dog house. For them, winter is a harsh and even deadly time.

Puppies like "Brownie" pictured to the right are often tied up outside in the bitter cold. Others wander the streets all day. All of them are desperately looking for shelter.

Dogs exposed to severe cold can suffer terribly. Fur alone is not enough to protect them from freezing temperatures, fierce winter winds and driving snow.

Puppies and dogs with short fur are the most vulnerable and can quickly die from hypothermia. And when a dog's ears, paws and tail becomes frostbitten, it can suffer excruciating pain and permanent tissue damage.

So an insulated doghouse is a lifesaver.
The doghouses we built last winter kept so many Northern dogs warm and protected. But there are many other dogs that need doghouses built for them.
There is a puppy out there, right now, looking for shelter ... a puppy who may freeze to death if we don't build him a doghouse before Christmas.

Please help us save these dogs and all the suffering animals who need us.
Petitioning Tom Vilsack, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

BAN stacks and chains on all equines Sec. Of Ag./USDA-APHIS. We are calling upon the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, The USDA and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to update the Horse Protection Act's Regulations to prohibit the cruel and artificial equipment currently allowed on horses that manipulate their gaits.

Many Thousands of horses of many breeds including the Tennessee Walking Horse are forced to wear large apparatuses known as Stacks/Pads/"Performance packages." These are  artificial extensions placed on the bottom of a horse's hoof to increase the weight of the hoof, the leveraged forces applied to the internal structures of the hoof and the trajectory of the hoof in order to create artificial and manipulated locomotion. These apparatuses can be taller than 4" in the heel and weight over 12lbs. There are no size or weight restrictions in the Horse Protection Act's Regulations as long as the toe in one inch longer than the heel. These foreign devices are held on the hoof by a metal band that keeps the stack/pad/package from flying off while the horse is at gait which causes bruising.

This is without a doubt inherently cruel to the animal.
It is a fact, that just shy of every single Tennessee Walking Horse that is shod padded, is shod to land on their heels, they are shod to hyper-extend their forelimbs and to put mass amounts of stress, on the coffin bone, the navicular bone, and the navicular bursa. The "T" ligament, the deep digital flexor tendon as the laminar corium and solar corium and epidermal laminae are pulled as the foot is planted and in forward motion....

The leverage these huge stacks/pads/packages put on this structure has no other option other than to cause pain.. The evidence is quite visible on white footed horses that are padded, just take a look at an unpainted white footed/hoofed horse that's been padded you will notice bruises on the top of the hoof and maybe even on the the side (if the horse has been shod to be standing directly on his bulbs....) the bruising is caused by the band, from leveraged pressure created by the stack/pad/package and from over tightening of the band, a white footed horse will show you.

Then there's the chain/action device, currently a 6oz limit however the very allowable use of the chain perpetuates the systematic use of soring (chemicals applied to the pastern of a horse in order to create a reactionary movement while at gait).... The metal chains wouldn't work if they didn't strike the pasterns of the horse... if the chains didn't hurt then we wouldn't see such stark differences in the use of round 6 oz chains and flat 6 oz chains... Or why off chaining is a common practice one foot may have a 3 or 4oz chain and the other 6oz chain..... Or when a 6oz chain causes a horse to get 'too deep' that the industry's own inspectors tell some "trainers"/riders to "lighten up on the chain" so that the horse goes less extreme in his movements when reacting to pain (a sored pastern).

The entire emphasis on artificial reliance leads directly to imposing reactive measures to achieve the desired results (called the Big Lick) which can only manifest via inducing pain to the animal from the equipment mentioned.

Served Alive: Inside the American Live-Animal Eating Trend
PETA went to see how octopuses and other animals are prepared and killed at restaurants boasting "live seafood" dishes. 
Calves Dragged and Face-Branded for Leather Car Interiors
What happens in the leather industry will make you reconsider buying a car with a leather interior ever again.
Exotic animal bust: police seize tigers, monkeys, cougar, fox and skunk in woman’s home

Trisha Meyer’s been hoarding exotic animals from state to state, but her greed finally got the best of her when authorities searched her house and discovered a circus of animals roaming around the property. 

Meyer got busted back in September when a California man reported to police that she’d sold him an exotic kitten for $3,000, but never delivered the feline. Police arrived at her home in Harris County, Texas, and found the animals walking around freely, her 14-year-old daughter petting them. Meyer also told the police the monkeys were vicious and that one had actually attacked someone. She happened to have permits for the tigers, but not for the skunk or fox.

Soon after, Meyer was evicted when police notified her landlord that she’d been keeping exotic animals on the property. 
Skinned Alive for Fashion. This year, nearly 2 million cats and hundreds of thousands of dogs – as well as untold numbers of foxes, chinchillas, rabbits, and other animals – will be tortured and killed in China.

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These animals will all experience almost unimaginable terror and pain before their skin is peeled off – sometimes while they're still alive. Although the hideous abattoirs and live-animal markets in which they're killed may be half a world away, items made from their skin may be as close as a local store.

Will you take action for these and all other animals by making a generous gift to PETA right now?

China is not the only place where animals are painfully killed for cruelly produced garments, but as the world's largest fur exporter, it is home to misery on a massive scale. Investigations by PETA affiliates and others have uncovered evidence of animals hung up by one leg, writhing with their free limbs still kicking. Workers stand on animals' necks and heads as they tear off their skin. One eyewitness investigator recorded footage of a skinned raccoon dog on a heap of carcasses. The dying animal – fully skinned – found the strength to lift his bloody head and stare into the camera.
The fur peeled from sensitive animals is turned into coat collars, rugs, trinkets, cat toys, and lining in gloves and boots. Some Chinese companies have even been known to attempt to fool consumers by deliberately mislabelling cat and dog fur as "Asian jackal", "rabbit", or "raccoon" – not that those animals would suffer any less.

Your support will immediately strengthen our vital work to promote cruelty-free fashion and help animals wherever they're suffering.

As long as animals continue to be electrocuted, bludgeoned, shot, trapped, and skinned alive for the global skins trade, we must do all we can to end their misery.

Recent demonstrations by PETA and our affiliates during fashion week events in London, Milan, and Paris brought international attention to the horrors of the trade and helped open the eyes of designers and consumers to the ever-growing variety of cruelty-free fashion choices.

By making a gift today, you'll be helping PETA organise eye-catching demonstrations and online campaigns to end the slaughter of dogs, rabbits, foxes, and other animals and to pressure more designers and retailers to shun animal skins.

Please help us show the world that caring people like you won't stand by while animals endure a horrific death for the most trivial of human interests. Thank you for acting today.

'Planet of the Apes' Star Tells Story of Chimpanzee Living in Isolation
In a PETA interview, actor Andy Serkis talks about the cruelty of keeping primates in captivity and makes a heartfelt plea for Louie, a lonely chimpanzee.
Cold-Hearted Killers: Air-Eze Scientific Services EXPOSED!
Say hello to another accomplice in the Worldwide Primates death machine: Air-Eze Scientific Services.
Aside from providing laboratories with live monkeys for use in experiments, Worldwide Primates also touts itself as a leading supplier of “biologicals” (i.e. blood, plasma, organs, etc). If you’re looking for baboon blood or rhesus macaque parts, we’re sure Worldwide would be eager to help you out.
Problem is, blood and organs don’t keep long after they’re stolen from a body. In order to preserve these materials in storage and transit, they need to be properly refrigerated—and a simple picnic cooler filled with ice doesn’t always cut it. Enter Air-Eze Scientific Services. Founded in 1985 by Ritchie Holt and Ron McAlpin, Air-Eze provides a host of specialized refrigeration and AC services to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and biotech labs.

Ritchie Holt & Ron McAlpin, founders of Air-Eze Scientific Services
Ritchie Holt & Ron McAlpin, founders of Air-Eze Scientific Services

In recent months, Smash HLS activists spotted an unmarked cargo van leaving the Worldwide Primates monkey breeding site and traced it back to Air-Eze’s office in Hollywood, FL. We reached out to the company for comment but never heard back. Instead, photos of the company’s staff were quickly removed from its website. Funny. Don’t you think the people who provide services for monkey killers deserve credit for their work? We think so too!
The Air-Eze mission is “to provide quality service on all brands of scientific refrigeration systems and related products, doing the job right the first time.” What Air-Eze doesn’t understand is that there’s no “right” way to do a job for animal abusers. That includes the Block family and Worldwide Primates.

You can help! Contact Air-Eze and tell them to stop doing business with Worldwide Primates immediately. Join us in trying to warm up their cold, frostbitten hearts and help them see that there’s nothing cool about animal abuse.
Air-Eze Scientific Services
2034 Thomas Street
Hollywood, Florida 33020
Phone Broward: 954-924-1001
Phone Dade county: 305-770-3841