Written by Alisa Mullins
Which TV show is tops with cats?
No, it isn't Real Housecats of Beverly Hills, CSI: Meowmi, or even Purrsey Shore. As PETA staffer Lindsay
Rajt's kitties illustrate, cats would rather watch real songbirds perform
aerial acrobatics than watch Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler put human
songbirds through their paces on American
Idol any day of the week:
Are your lap cats in danger of
becoming couch potatoes? Consider investing in a DVD like Lindsay's cats'
favorite, Cat Sitter, and turn your flat screen into a cat screen for some interactive feline fun.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
A cat was found in the back of someone's garage, emaciated,
anemic, and suffering in the final stages of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which attacks cats'
immune systems much like HIV does in humans. Several people in the neighborhood had been feeding her and noticed that she
was eating less and losing weight, but no one had bothered to take her to a
Cruelty Investigations Department gave the cat a merciful release from her suffering, but countless other stray
and feral cats—and even cats who have homes but are allowed to roam outdoors—suffer
agonizing deaths after contracting FIV, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), and other contagious and
diseases are incurable and almost always deadly, and they are easily
transmitted from one cat to another, often through saliva or feces. (Catfights
are the prime mechanism for the transmission of these illnesses.) Infected cats
may not show symptoms for years and may even test negative for the diseases
initially, only to test positive later. If you let your cat roam outdoors, he
or she is at risk of contracting these diseases and contaminating other cats
(including the other felines in your home) before you even know he or she is sick.
protect your cat from these terrible diseases as well as the many other dangers cats face outdoors, such as traffic, cruel
people, poisons, attacks by animals, parasite infestations, and weather
extremes. Keep your cats indoors and allow him or her
out only on a leash and
harness (with you at the other end of it, of course) or into a securely fenced yard
while under your constant watchful eye.
This cat was hit by a car
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if you see a cat hanging around your neighborhood, don't assume that someone
else is taking care of him or her. Instead of leaving the cat to take his or
her chances on the streets, take
the animal to a shelter, where he or she will
have a chance at finding a loving home with people who care enough to keep the
cat safe indoors.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Check this out: U.S. Representative Robert E. Andrews of New
Jersey has introduced a
bill in Congress
that would designate the first Saturday in October as “National Animal Rescue
Day” to encourage adoption,
spaying and neutering,
and creating a “humane environment” for companion animals.
This is such a wonderful idea and how appropriate that a member
of Congress from the Garden State would be instrumental in trying to get us a
bit closer to a Garden of Eden for animals in need!
Please do your part to make National Animal Rescue Day a
reality—encourage your federal representative to support H.R. 220 today, and
urge your friends and family to push their members of Congress to do the same!
Here's some exciting news from PETA's home region of Hampton Roads, Virginia: Following more than two years of urging from PETA, the Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth (NMCP) has completely replaced its cruel and crude use of ferrets
for teaching lifesaving intubation skills to physicians and others with more modern and effective simulators.
Joining PETA in calling for an end to this cruel ferret laboratory
were several military and civilian medical experts with firsthand knowledge
about the superiority of simulators, including a pediatrician who is a former
commander of NMCP. Previously, ferrets had hard plastic tubes forced down their
delicate windpipes as often as 10 times per session—a procedure that can cause
bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring, collapsed lungs, and even death.
NMCP joins the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Tripler Army Medical
Center, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences—as well as more than 90 percent of pediatric residency
programs nationwide—that have already ended the use of cats and ferrets for
intubation training in favor of superior human simulators.
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Please help persuade St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University in
St. Louis to replace painful intubation training exercises on cats and ferrets with
humane and superior non-animal methods.
A big "Thank you!" is due to the Gratiot County
Board of Commissioners for taking an important step toward ending the betrayal
of homeless animals in Michigan.
You may recall that this past winter, the University of
Michigan ended a cruel cat laboratory after PETA revealed that the school was purchasing homeless
cats from R&R Research, a notorious Class B dealer. PETA also discovered that R&R obtained many of the cats from the Gratiot County, Michigan,
animal shelter. Local citizens joined PETA in calling for reform, and the commissioners
have now passed a
resolution to strictly limit the
number of animals that it releases to R&R Research.
He is of one of the cats who ended up at the University of Michigan and was killed
Gratiot County couldn't completely ban the release of
animals to R&R because of a contract that runs through February 2014, but
the commissioners voted to release only one animal to R&R in each of the
next two years. While it's disappointing that two animals will still fall into
R&R's hands, the commissioners are making the best of a bad situation—especially
when you consider that, last year, the county animal shelter handed more than
30 animals over to that torture pimp. In addition, the county voted to end the
barbaric use of gassing as a method for euthanasia at the shelter.
Mecosta County—the only other county in the state whose
shelter was releasing
animals for use in experiments—confirmed that starting July 1, its shelter will no longer do so.
So when Gratiot County's contract with R&R expires, it will mark the
complete end of pound seizure in the state of Michigan.
Please ask your congressional representatives to prohibit
Class B dealers from selling lost, abandoned, and stolen animals to
Written by Michelle Kretzer
St. Louis drivers who stop to fill up their
tanks will get an eyeful of Washington
University in St. Louis' cruelty to cats.
PETA has placed hard-hitting ads on top of the pumps at seven gas stations near
the campus to show the university's students, faculty, and alumni that the
school uses cats like most of us use cars—as equipment.
Instead of using modern human-patient
simulators in the intubation training exercises it holds in conjunction with St. Louis Children's Hospital,
are asked to repeatedly force hard plastic tubes down
cats' and ferrets' throats,
causing their delicate windpipes to bleed, swell, and scar. Cats can even die
as a result of the injuries sustained during this traumatic procedure.
Drivers may pull into the gas stations
lamenting "pain at the pump," but they'll leave disgusted by the pain
that Washington University in St. Louis is inflicting on cats. And PETA added
more fuel to the fire with similar
in newspapers and online.
If the school wants
to truly honor its namesake, George Washington, who had nine companion animals at the White House, it should call off the cruel cat laboratory and
switch to the modern simulators already in use at nearly every other similar facility
in the country.
Update: After being placed on
administrative leave, Officer J.N. Snoddy was convicted of one count of
misdemeanor cruelty to animals and fined.
The original post ran on December 15, 2011:
When Harrisonburg, Virginia, police
officer J.N. Snoddy was dispatched to render emergency aid to a cat who had
been hit by a car and was partially paralyzed, he apparently decided that,
instead of promptly and speedily driving the injured animal to the nearest
emergency veterinary hospital (just 30 minutes away), he would instead beat the
animal to death with his police-issued baton.
Good Samaritan and eyewitness Wayne
Meadows, who originally called to get help for the injured cat, was so
horrified by the officer's alleged conduct that he vowed to publicize what had happened
and make sure that no animal would ever be beaten and killed like that again.
Meadows called news outlets and
contacted PETA to share what he witnessed. Thanks to his actions, which prompted
a letter from PETA to
officials and enormous public outcry, the Virginia State Police
have launched a criminal investigation into Snoddy's alleged conduct.
This case shows the power of one
individual to bring about justice for animals. With an investigation now underway,
PETA is hopeful that the Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD) will take us up
on our offer to provide free training to all field staff in the humane and
legal handling of animal emergencies. HPD is also being pressured to establish
standard operating procedures for officers who evidently can't always be trusted
to use good judgment in animal-related cases.
If you ever witness cruelty to animals, and
authorities don’t do their job, don't hesitate to contact PETA for help.
To look at 5-month-old siblings Bronson and Felix now, it's hard to picture them as the sickly newborn kittens a PETA investigator discovered at Caboodle Ranch, Inc., a no-kill hellhole that was raided this week after masquerading as a "cat rescue sanctuary."
On Monday, based on evidence that PETA gathered during a five-month undercover investigation, officials in Madison County, Florida, began seizing hundreds of cats from Caboodle's moldy trailers and ammonia-ridden sheds and arrested founder and operator Craig Grant on cruelty-to-animals and other charges, including two felonies. The seized cats are finally receiving the veterinary care that they had been denied at Caboodle, but the filthy conditions and rampant disease there had already cost many cats their lives, including Bronson's and Felix's littermate.
Cali nurses her three kittens in addition to the sick white kitten PETA's investigator tried to help.
PETA's investigator had discovered a tiny white kitten all alone, with eyes so encrusted with dried discharge that they wouldn't open. The investigator took the kitten to Grant and pointed out the animal's obvious illness. Instead of providing the kitten with veterinary care, Grant rubbed a Clorox wipe across the kitten's eyes and rubbed and picked at them roughly with his hands. He told the investigator to put the kitten with a cat named Cali, who had given birth at Caboodle to kittens our investigator named Bronson, Felix, and Luna. Within a month, the little white kitten had died at Caboodle, apparently of an untreated upper respiratory infection.
Desperate to save the other three kittens, the investigator asked Grant for them, and he gave them to her. Our investigator took them straight to a veterinary hospital. There, the kittens were started on medication for upper respiratory infections and began their recovery from dehydration. But just two days later, little Luna was struggling to breathe, and the investigator rushed her to an emergency animal hospital. As a result of the neglect Luna had suffered at Caboodle, she was now battling anemia, hypoglycemia, and hypothermia. Despite shots of dextrose to raise her blood sugar and heating pads to stave off the hypothermia, little Luna could not overcome the hand that Caboodle and Grant had dealt her and, at a veterinarian's recommendation, was euthanized.
It was a rough road for Bronson and Felix and for the investigator who fostered them on their long path to recovery. But after months of intensive veterinary care, both miracle cats are now happy and healthy and are ready for adoption by a family who has the time and energy to give them the love and care that they need and deserve. Are you on the East Coast and ready to give Bronson and Felix a home? Apply to Adopt@peta.org.
Bronson and Felix finally get to experience the kind of life that every cat deserves.
These cats' sad stories are doomed to be repeated time and time again if a bill in the Florida legislature becomes law. Under the misleadingly named "Animal Rescue Act," reputable open-admission animal shelters would be forced to hand animals over to self-proclaimed "rescues" like Caboodle. Don't let this dangerous bill pass.
Written by PETA
It is finally the
beginning of the end for the horrific cat hell known as "Caboodle Ranch,
Inc." (Caboodle)—a disgusting, crowded, disease-ridden no-kill "rescue
sanctuary" in Madison County, Fla.—that has long been the subject of
complaints to PETA's office.
Today, thanks to
evidence gathered by a five-month-long PETA undercover investigation, the
cats are being seized and taken to safety.
Video footage and
photos taken by PETA's investigator show cats suffering from upper-respiratory
infections so severe that they gasped for air and struggled to breathe,
drooled, and had bloody mucus clogging their noses. Cats also had ruptured
corneas, went blind, and, in some cases, died. One such cat, Lilly, died
after fighting for months, losing her battle with what initially seemed to be a
and operator, Craig Grant, faces criminal charges of cruelty to animals, based
on the information gathered by PETA. We are grateful to Madison County Animal
Control, the Madison County Sheriff's Office, and the Third Judicial District
of Florida State Attorney's Office for taking this case seriously and pursuing
it with the seriousness that it deserves.
comes at a critical time for homeless and unwanted animals in Florida. A dangerous bill is currently making its
way through Florida's legislature. Animal shelters would be forced to hand over
animals to self-proclaimed, unregulated animal "rescues" like
Caboodle if the misleading "Animal Rescue Act" (S.B. 818 and H.B. 597)
becomes law. PETA is calling on the bill's sponsors to withdraw the legislation
without delay. Won't you please help us?
Written by Dan
As viewers of the popular reality shows about hoarders can likely confirm, peering inside the homes of people who suffer from the psychological compulsion to collect things has a certain morbid attraction, until you realize the toll it takes on the families of the afflicted—and it's far worse when the "things" they're collecting are living, feeling beings.
Animal hoarding is a serious and growing problem, with hoarders taking on far more animals than they can properly care for. The number of reported cases is on the rise, leading the Animal Legal Defense Fund to call hoarding "the number one animal cruelty crisis facing companion animals in communities throughout the country."
Chillingly, the so-called "no kill" movement propagated by the likes of Nathan Winograd offers cover for these disturbed individuals, many of whom claim to be "rescuing" the animals and attempt to justify the suffering that they cause as a matter of principle. A Los Angeles Times blog post reported that a quarter of the roughly 6,000 new hoarding cases reported each year in the U.S. consist of supposed "shelters" and "rescues."
Animals kept in crates at a “no kill” shelter.
Even when rescues and animal shelters aren't hoarding animals themselves—like the self-proclaimed animal "hospice and rehabilitation center" called "Angel's Gate" and the now-defunct "Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary"—they all too often give away animals to anyone who will take them, including hoarders, to manipulate their euthanasia statistics, regardless of what tragedy that translates into for the animals.
Here are just a few recent examples:
The failure of "no kill" animal shelters and rescues to address the problems facing homeless animals—and often making matters worse—is why PETA remains focused on the solution to the animal overpopulation crisis: creating a no-birth nation. PETA's fleet of mobile low-cost veterinary clinics (responsible for sterilizing 10,564 animals in 2011 and almost 80,000 so far since 2001!) and our advocacy of strong spay-and-neuter legislation are key to keeping animals out of the hands of hoarders and other people who don't have their best interests at heart and guaranteeing that every animal born has a loving, permanent home awaiting him or her.
Volunteer to help your local animal shelter screen potential adopters and placement partners. Animal shelters can contact PETA for placement-partner applications and agreements. Please also be sure to spay or neuter your animal companions and encourage others to do the same—it's the best way to end the need for animal rescues altogether!
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animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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