Economic Troubles in Portugal Lead to More Abandoned Animals

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Thousands of pets are being abandoned across Portugal, either being dumped at the gates of charitable associations or simply taken far from home and left behind, as owners struggle to make ends meet due to the continuing financial crisis. animal abandonment economics portugalFrom the Portugal News Online.sad stuff.

Spaniards Are Giving Up their Horses Due to Economic Conditions

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and they are ending up in slaughterhouses or are being abandoned. animal abandonment economics spain horses poverty horse slaughter

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You can help Angels in Fur Dog Rescue with just a click!

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Since 2006, Angels in Fur has rescued and rehomed approximately 1,000 abandoned dogs from the pound or neglectful owners, many needing orthopedic surgery and months of rehabilitation.

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Preparing Pets for Hurricanes

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“New York’s Kindest” includes Rock & Rawhide!

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As the only organization in New York City whose doors are open to any animal in need, AC&C rescues thousands of New York’s homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned animals each year.

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Tom Regan on Utilitarianism

Animal Ethics

To secure the philosophical foundation for animal rights requires abandoning utilitarianism. ( The initial attractiveness of utilitarianism as a moral theory on which to rest the call for the better treatment of animals was noted in an earlier context. Because animals are sentient (i.e.,

Roger Scruton on the Duty to Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

We should not abandon our meat-eating habits, but remoralize them, by incorporating them into affectionate human relations, and using them in the true Homeric manner, as instruments of hospitality, conviviality and peace. A great number of animals owe their lives to our intention to eat them.

What to do if you no longer can care for your bearded dragon.

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Shoppers discovered the abandoned animal, wrapped in a white plastic bag at Morrisons Supermarket located on Pilton Drive. The authorities believed that its likely that the owner simply wanted to abandon the pet because he could no longer care for it.

The Lady with 700 Cats

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Boxes of abandoned kittens, emergency CPR, meds for sick strays — each day brings a new set of challenges to her refuge on 12 acres in central California. Largest Cat Rescue on Earth ” – It’s never a dull moment at the Cat House on the Kings, a sanctuary for abandoned cats in California where over 700 cats live without fear. Nat Geo WILD’s The Lady with 700 Cats, airs Saturday, July 30.

Animal Shelter Portraits

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Photographer Mark Ross has captured some truly beautiful, and touching, photos of animals abandoned at kill shelters. The book, Animal Shelter Portraits , captures just a small glimpse of what our furry friends experience in shelter situations.

Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

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Animal welfare groups led by the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to abandon a fall ballot issue against animal cruelty as part of a deal with state farm groups brokered by Gov. To me, it's another example of the Humane Society's growing savvy and clout in the US. I know many will disagree with me and say it's a cop-out, but I'll take what I can get. From the Associated Press.

Utah's Shelters Providing Strays to Labs for Research

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Scores of abandoned dogs, cats and livestock from Utah animal shelters become subjects of laboratory research at the University of Utah each year. Thanks to PETA's undercover investigation of University of Utah labs for bringing this issue to media attention. From the AP. That's because of a little-known state law that requires government-run pounds to turn animals over to researchers if asked.

On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

Animal Person

" Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses " in today's New York Times begs a lot of questions that I wonder how you would answer. Abandoned horses tied to telephone poles. As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.".

Emmylou Harris on Dogtown tonight!

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Theresa, an abandoned pit bull, has a mysterious mass in her belly. Music star Emmylou Harris calls for help with a vicious shepherd mix named Gunnar, leaving animal behavior specialist Sherry Woodard only a few days to come up with a plan to overcome his aggression. The dog has a history of skin cancer, so vet Dr. Patti Iampietro must do exploratory surgery to see if the cancer has spread internally.

Military Dogs Play Roles in Iraq and Afghanistan

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The most famous example of military dogs is the Vietnam dogs who faithfully served American soldiers and then were abandoned to unknown fates after we left the country. We chain them, use them for experiments, eat them in some countries and make them wear funny sweaters in others. But we also use them to fight our wars and intimidate our detainees.

National Family Pack Walk Giveaway

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All proceeds from the National Family Pack Walk events will be donated to the Cesar Millan Foundation, which raises awareness and supports the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of abused and abandoned dogs.

Farm Sanctuary needs help.

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Farm Sanctuary recently came to the aid of six male Holstein calves, several just days old, who had been abandoned without food or water and left for dead.

World Animal Day in Minsk

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They also put up a tent to collect donations, such as pet food, cages, collars and other pet supplies, for stray and abandoned animals kept at the shelters. I doubt caring for strays in Belarus is an easy task , so kudos to these people for the work they do. City Fauna and another animal welfare charity named Ehida brought around 40 pets from their shelters to the park on Sunday in an attempt to re-home them.

Finally. Jasmine the Greyhound

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It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits.

No More PU

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Tidy Cats is coming to the rescue in the Big Apple to assist with stinky situations in the lives of New Yorkers, including: cleaning up a long-abandoned Queens property; providing a free, “No PU View” from the top of the Empire State Building; and will personally sweeten up the lives of New Yorkers. The house has been abandoned for several years, and the property became a dumping ground for trash. Sometimes life just stinks, but Tidy Cats® is here to help.

Is Dolphin Therapy Cruel to Dolphins?

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Smith, who was originally inspired by watching a dolphin interact with her mentally disabled brother in the 1970s, offered the therapy free of charge for more than a decade, before abandoning the work out of ethical concerns in the 1990s. Knowing now how highly intelligent these animals are, I am very resistant to "using" them for therapy. From the Washington Post.

Portuguese City Tries to End Killing of Strays

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But as of this Saturday Lagos will adhere to an alternative path in dealing with abandoned animals and overflowing municipal infrastructures, thanks to the intervention of two local ladies, Cecilia do Carmo and Esperança Martins, who in 2006 initiated proceedings to found an animal protection association following a distressing visit to the kennels. Portugal is NOT known for its kindness to animals so this is a significant development for a Portuguese city. From the Portugal News Online.

Second Annual National Family Pack Walk

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The Cesar Millan Foundation is dedicated to promoting animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused and abandoned dogs and by delivering community humane education programs, including the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum.

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Rescue Ink Unleashed

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Check out this video from the premier episode: RESCUE INK UNLEASHED is a new weekly series that documents this unlikely group of animal activists on their crusade to save helpless, abandoned and abused animals. Did you happen to catch the premier of Rescue Ink Unleashed on Friday night?

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Sometimes a chimpanzee, usually an adult male, will dance at a waterfall with total abandon. And outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a dog rescued an abandoned baby by placing him safely among her own newborn puppies.

Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

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The plaintiffs plan to pressure the NJDA to abandon them when the regulations are revised. Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8. In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected a broad challenge by animal protection advocates to the state’s rules on the care of farmed animals) but struck down regulations that regard husbandry practices as being “humane” merely because they are routine.

Mylan Engel Jr and Kathie Jenni on Philosophy

Animal Ethics

At the personal level, philosophy challenges us as individuals to assess whether our own beliefs, attitudes, and practices are justifiable, with an eye toward abandoning or revising those beliefs and practices found to be unjustifiable. Philosophy differs from many intellectual disciplines in that it is fundamentally a normative discipline. Unlike those disciplines whose primary aim is to describe various phenomena, philosophy aims to evaluate our views, attitudes, and behavior.

Ruff Ride

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Abandoned during foreclosures and often the first to go when financial instability sets in, the kennels are overflowing beyond capacity with our loyal canine comrades. We all know that the past year was a bit of a “ Ruff Ride “, what with all the economic bad news.

Scientist Advocacy Group Oppose Some Animal Testing

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Despite the development of an all-encompassing theory as to why animals are not predictive, there remains—much to the detriment of human health and medical progress—extraordinary resistance to abandoning the use of animals as predictive models. Here's a group I've never heard of. I found a link to them on ANIMAL's blog (ANIMAL is a Portuguese animal rights group.) These scientists are NOT an animal rights group.

Quantico Has No Compassion for Feral Cats

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It is NOT the animals' fault that they have been abandoned to miserable lives. (Of Quantico Military Base is really behaving cruelly when it comes to the feral cats on its base. They've prohibited feeding and want the animals trapped. If they are not adoptable, oh well, kill them. Please. Of course, this is the military, so why should they be any better than humanity in general?)

"Animal Rights Terrorism"

Animal Ethics

If I can show you that one of your moral principles entails that it's wrong to eat meat, then, to avoid contradiction, you must either abandon the principle or abstain from meat. If you're unwilling to abandon the principle, then you must abstain from meat. I leave you this fine evening with a column by Debra Saunders. For the record, I am opposed to violence in behalf of animals. I can't think of anything that does more harm to the cause of animal liberation.

On Discounts on Adoptions

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With record numbers of animals being abandoned due to foreclosures and the economy, and let's face it, adopting a dog or cats isn't going to save you any money, do you think it is irresponsible to offer discounts? Here's a Gray Matter for you (or maybe not): A humane society near me is doing a cat- and dog-adoption promotion this month. You can adopt a dog for $75 rather than $100, and if you adopt a cat for $50 you can get a second one for half the price.

Joy for Orphan Elephants

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She’s reared abandoned baby buffalo, dik-diks, impalas, zebras, warthogs, and black rhinos, among others, but no creature has beguiled her more than elephants.

Guest Post: Foreclosures Threaten Pets As Well As People

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While there are no exact numbers on how many animals are coming in from foreclosed homes (since many people don’t give an accurate reason), shelters have noted a dramatic increase in the number of homeless pets they take in, either from owners dropping them off, or from pets that are simply abandoned outdoors or in empty houses. Foreclosures Threaten Pets As Well As People.

Make sure you look after your pet with insurance

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According to the RSPCA, in 2008 there was a 57% increase in the number of animals abandoned by their owners in the UK. If more pet owners had pet insurance, it is likely that far fewer animals would be abandoned. A similar problem is also occurring in the United States, where the Humane society of the United states claims that up to 8 million animals enter animal shelters each year, showing that this is an international problem.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Many hunters compound their cruelty by abandoning their dogs when they are no longer of use. To the Editor: “ Getting Bacon the Hard Way: Hog-Tying 400 Pounds of Fury ” (front page, June 21), about Texas hog hunters, illustrated the barbarity of hunting with dogs. To compensate for their lack of skill, hunters set their dogs upon a wild pig—a descendant of boars brought to America solely to give hunters the pleasure of killing a helpless animal.

Want to Help Feed Homeless Animals?

Animal Ethics

The Animal Rescue Site's corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals inexchange for advertising. The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on the purple box "Click here to give" to fund food for animals for free.

My Uneventful 3rd Blogiversary

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Of course some of the original inhabitants migrated across the street to an abandoned building, and that's next. I was hoping to say that I have blogged every day for three years as of today, but sadly, and very frustratingly, the past couple of days I have been otherwise occupied.

Why I'm Not Giving Up On Capitalism

Animal Person

I guess part of my refusal to completely abandon capitalism is the related notion (byproduct? Among friends I'm thought of as a bit of a conundrum because I haven't completely given up on capitalism. More important, I haven't given up on the idea that money can save the day sometimes. Or pulling money. For instance, I think shareholder activism isn't a terrible idea because you're giving them money in the first place.

John Passmore (1914-2004) on Bentham's Treatment of Animals

Animal Ethics

"The French have already discovered," Bentham wrote, "that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same plight." As so often, the Benthamites could join hands with the evangelicals.