Breeders Also Supply Universities with Research Animals

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I didn't know that there were specific breeders out there producing animal subjects for medical research. Tags: universities breeders animal experimentation USDA medical research I guess I'm living in a cave. According to this article, some are so bad that the University of California and the University of Cincinnati have actually decided to end their relationships with them and stop purchasing animals bred for research use.

Canada Mink Breeders Association Annual Meeting in WI on August 31st

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The Canadian Mink Breeders Association will be holding it's annual meeting in Madison WI. Here is the link to the CA Mink Breeders site, but it seems to be down. Here is a list of the attendees.

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Obama to Get Dog From Shelter, Biden Gets One From Breeder

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PETA takes Biden to task for buying a dog from a breeder.

Meet Billy, Rescued from a Puppy Mill

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Please, if you are getting a puppy or kitten, consider rescuing from a rescue or shelter, or find a very reputable breeder. Have a tissue or two handy! Luckily Billy found a happy ending, sadly many puppy mill dogs aren’t as lucky.

Another Pet Store Goes Out of Business

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Bo Obama in "Much Ado About Nothing"

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Others are accusing him of getting a dog from a breeder. He came from a breeder and did not have a successful first placement, but his is nowhere near the tough stories we hear about in shelters. (It But he wasn't really adopted from a breeder either. Tags: breeders Obama dogs There is a bit of a drama around the adoption of the Portuguese (yay!) Water Dog puppy Bo. Some are saying that President Obama broke his promise to get a rescue dog.

Huge Dog Seizure at Quebec Kennel

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breeders canada quebec puppy mills dogsThis is huge. Excerpt from the Vancouver Sun. One of the largest animal rescue operations in Canadian history just got a lot bigger: about 90 puppies have been born since hundreds of dogs were seized northwest of Ottawa. "We We have a lot of puppies here and a lot more puppies coming," said Rebecca Aldworth, the executive director of Humane Society International Canada.

American Veterinary Medical Association Makes Despicable Decision

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Tags: breeders animal research veterinarians animal shelters medical research avma

Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs

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In Pukka’s Promise, Kerasote travels the dog world in Europe and throughout North America interviewing breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal-welfare movement, and uses cutting-edge research to help dog owners rethink the everyday choices they make for their pets.

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Humane Society Exposes Petland Practices

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It has about 140 stores nationwide that sell puppies that supposedly come from "good" breeders (are any breeders good? Many of Petland's puppies are not supplied directly by breeders but are purchased from a "middle man"—large-scale "pet distributors," otherwise known as brokers—showing that the company may not even know who the breeders are or what their standards of care may be like. Some of the breeders were found with sick or dead dogs in their cages.

Irish Senator Complains of Animal Welfare "Cabal"

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The draft Bill proposes a new regime of annual inspections and fees for dog breeders. Fine Gael and rural Fianna Fáil backbenchers have called for greyhound breeders to be exempt because the industry is already regulated by existing legislation. This complaint is the result of proposed legislation to ban puppy mills in Ireland. Legislators are being contacted by people around the world to support the legislation.

Missouri Lawmakers Repealing Puppy Mill Measure Approved by Voters

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Months after Missouri voters approved a measure that cracks down on what animal advocates say are some of the nation’s most notorious puppy mills, lawmakers are poised to repeal much of the law, saying the rules are too costly and punish legitimate dog-breeders who generate an estimated $1 billion annually in the state. This is infuriating. Here's a link to the full story.

It’s Deaf Dog Awareness Week

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They have changed the minds of many Dalmatian breeders and hope to continue with this difficult task. Did you know that it is Deaf Dog Awareness Week? Did you also know that Dalmatians are most likely to be deaf, in fact 30% of Dalmatians are born deaf in either one or both ears.

On Dogs and Unconditional Love

Animal Person

Saturday was the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of my Charles Hobson Booger, III and it got me thinking about how easy he was to love. Everyone loved him. Okay, not everyone. There was that little Westie whose vulva he bit early on. Yes, vulva.

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Goochi Poochi

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From the website: Veterinarians, Groomers and Breeders reported that the condition/detangler acts as an effective tick and flea repellent (non-toxic) as well as healing skin allergies and hot spots.

Farm Animal Welfare Fight Heats Up in Ohio

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Would such a bill lead to jurisdiction over puppy mill breeders as well? Issue 2 in Ohio would create 13-member state board to oversee the care of farm animals in the State. The Humane Society and other groups oppose it as a power grab by big agriculture to prevent another Proposition 2 (the initiative passed last year in California to improve standards for farm animal care.) And, of course, this board would be dominated by big ag's people, so I think they're right.

Animal Research Booming in State of Victoria

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Animals for research purposes are coming from municipal shelters, breeders and the greyhound trade. Unwanted farm dogs are another source. From the Herald Sun. In 2007, 394 dogs died during procedures for canine and human research. The fate of many others remains unclear. None of the animal shelters contacted by the Herald Sun have come across ex-research dogs in need of a home. RSPCA state president Dr Hugh Wirth slammed municipal pounds for being involved in the research trade.

"Zoo from Hell" Owner Convicted in New York

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A farm-animal breeder who ran what a prosecutor called "the zoo from hell" was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty. And people wonder why I'm so disappointed by humans. A jury in West Haverstraw deliberated less than two hours before convicting Robert Everle of all 13 charges of torturing, injuring and starving animals.

Thoroughbred Dealer Convicted of Animal Cruelty

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Prominent New York thoroughbred breeder and owner Ernie Paragallo was convicted Wednesday of mistreating dozens of malnourished horses on his Hudson Valley farm. This guy sounds like a real jerk. He didn't know how his horses were being treated on his own farm? Come on, that's a Michael Vick defense that didn't work with him either. Plus, this is the guy's BUSINESS. And he didn't know? Yeah, right. From the Associated Press.

Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover Premiere Jan 7, 2012

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Just moments after they document a critical meeting between the suspect and a known dog breeder, a neighborhood “scout” marks their vehicle, forcing them to quickly flee the scene. Video: Busting Breeders. Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover have their season premieres tomorrow, January 7, 2012 on NatGeo Wild! Once again, Cesar Millan works with dogs and their owners to help dogs suffering from phobias and obsessions!

On Bestiality

Animal Person

People who are breeders use racks to allow a male animal mounting the female without damage. This occurs in all animal breeders: bovine, horses, dogs, cats, pigs, and other animals. Breeders force a female to have sex with a male even if the female doesn't want to have sex. My internal conflict in my own statement would be, "Wouldn't it be the same for the breeder who is looking to make money off breeding animals forcefully?"

Another Fake Animal Welfare Group

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Our members are pet owners, dog and cat clubs, obedience clubs and rescue groups as well as breeders, trainers, veterinarians, research scientists, farmers, fishermen, hunters and wildlife biologists. I was browsing for some quotes when I came across this group - The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA).

Dog Whisperer: Inside Puppy Mills

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After negotiating with the owners of one of these kennels, the team, including Cesar, is able to rescue 11 dogs considered worthless by breeders — a small start in their hope to save as many dogs as possible from these conditions. Add another voice to the growing choir of those speaking out against puppy mills! DOG WHISPERER: INSIDE PUPPY MILLS. Friday, May 8 at 9PM ET/PT.

Puppy Mills Exposed on Animal Planet

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While respectable breeders cherish their animals by providing safe, clean environments; plenty of food and water; and space for exercise and socialization, puppy mills are run for profit alone, without considering the quality of life of the animals that are born within their confines. A Special Episode of Animal Cops: Philadelphia Premieres Monday, April 27, at 10 PM (ET/PT). Boney legs poke out from between harsh metal wires. Food and water dishes remain empty for days.

The Simple Economics of Pet Overpopulation

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A second strategy is limiting the number of breeders out there who simply keep adding to the supply for their own personal profit. It seems to me that the root of the problem in pet overpopulation can be expressed simply in economic terms. The supply of pets is way, way greater than the demand for them. What we need to do is reach an equilibrium where the supply for pets equals the demand. Many groups and individuals are working very hard on this by trying to decrease the supply.

On Horses too Thin to Slaughter

Animal Person

In " Prominent Horseman Faces Questions About Neglect ," Joe Drape of the New York Times reports: Four undernourished and neglected former racehorses belonging to Ernie Paragallo, a prominent New York thoroughbred breeder and owner, were rescued from a New York kill pen last month, one step from being slaughtered. Stephanie wrote about horses dying across the pond yesterday.

On Bad Presidential Puppy Decisions

Animal Person

It's disheartening to know that after being educated about the "pet" trade and the implications of buying from a breeder, and seeming to understand the problems and issues, we nevertheless will have yet another pure breed dog in the White House. They can say that the puppy was needing to be re-homed, therefore it's like adopting from a rescue group.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Every time someone buys a puppy or kitten from a breeder, a shelter animal loses its chance at a home and pays with its life. Breeders kill shelter animals’ chances to find good homes. To the Editor: “ Should Most Pet Owners Be Required to Neuter Their Animals? ,” by Verlyn Klinkenborg (Editorial Observer, July 30), is right: “The rate at which dogs are purchased and euthanized in this country is not a sign of our affection for them. It’s a sign of our indifference.”

BISSELL MVP Pet Photo Contest

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The 2009 BISSELL MVP grand prize winner, golden retriever Norman, is a breeder for a Columbus, OH service dog program – 4 Paws For Ability. BISSELL’s annual Most Valuable Pet (MVP) contest is under way. Now in its third year, the 2010 BISSELL MVP Contest invites pet parents to submit photos of their furry friends for a chance at the title of Most Valuable Pet.

Book: Shift Your Habit

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The Shift: Instead of buying your new friend from a pet store or breeder, adopt one from a shelter. Shift-It Tip: If you’re set on a purebred dog or cat, buy one from a rescue association instead of getting a pedigree from a breeder. We recently got a review copy of a great new book called Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet , which is going to be available on March 9th. We really enjoyed the book a lot!

Great Question About Obama Pup

Animal Person

Here's a great question I received via direct message on Twitter ( www.twitter.com/mary_martin ): "Do you think that even if Obama had adopted a shelter dog-it still may have caused a run on breeders? Would it matter?" This is why I didn't campaign for a greyhound--it raises their profile. More people become interested for the wrong reasons, and then who knows, maybe racing would actually be reinvigorated!

Lost Souls: Found!

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In 2008, two-year-old Bill was released from a puppy mill breeder and put out to auction after spending the first two years of his life sitting in a cage. Lost Souls: Found! is a great series of books about adopted/rescued dogs.

What To Do If You Find a Pit Bull

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This makes him or her more attractive to potential owners and less likely to be adopted by a dog fighter or breeder; dog fighters and breeders find unfixed animals without shots to be more attractive than the opposite. As a breed, pit bulls have a bad rap. Like every dog they are vulnerable to homelessness and mistreatment. However, they are more vulnerable to being forced into fighting than other breeds.

Chock Full of Celebration

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Kyla Duffy is a foster parent for MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue and Breeder Release Adoption Service. 11pm: Tuck foster dog (aka Munchkin – after 34 they’ve all become “Munchkin”) in on the couch and head off to bed.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The solution to preventing dog bites is the education of owners, breeders and the general public about aggression prevention through selection, socialization and training. To the Editor: Re “ States Try to Weigh Safety With Dog Owners’ Rights ” (news article, July 23): Any law that deems a dog as dangerous or vicious based on appearance, breed or phenotype is unfair and discriminatory. Canine temperaments are widely varied, and behavior cannot be predicted by physical features.

November is. Awareness Month

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Having a biological child isn't supporting an exploitation industry and at odds with the goal of the cessation of animal use the way buying from a breeder or pet store is. My inbox this month has informed me that November is Vegan Awareness Month! And Diabetes Awareness Month. And Adoption Awareness Month. Who knew November was such a potentially-informative month? Here's my attempt to bring it all together in an Animal Person post.