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  • Scales of Justice: In Zurich, Even Fish Have a Lawyer

    03/06/2010 7:56:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 596+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 6, 2010 | Deborah Ball
    Last month, Antoine Goetschel went to court here in defense of an unusual client: a 22-pound pike that had fought a fisherman for 10 minutes before surrendering. Mr. Goetschel is the official animal lawyer for the Swiss canton of Zurich, a sort of public defender who represents the interests of pets, farm animals and wildlife. [...] The case emerged after a local newspaper photo showed the fisherman proudly showing off the four-foot-long fish—a scene that, to Mr. Goetschel, was reminiscent of a safari hunter with his foot perched on the head of a dead lion. "It is this Hemingway thinking,"...
  • US festival 'uses roo in boxing show'

    03/05/2010 4:21:07 PM PST · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 351+ views
    Nine News ^ | March 6, 2010
    A red kangaroo that is goaded into fighting a human clown is the star attraction at a festival in the US designed to celebrate Australia. The Daily Telegraph reports that the BorderFest festival in Hidalgo, Texas, features an event called Rocky Show Circus, involving two kangaroos and their owner, Javier Martinez, who dons the clownsuit. The festival is sponsored by Kraft, the US owners of Vegemite. The report says Mr Martinez baits the kangaroo by pushing it and poking it before placing it in a headlock. If Rocky fights back too much, Mr Martinez's wife Sandra restrains it using a...
  • Senate passes animal cruelty bill

    02/05/2010 6:14:25 AM PST · by myknowledge · 22 replies · 422+ views
    WLBT ^ | February 4, 2010 | Ashley Conroy
    JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In a near unanimous vote on Thursday, the Mississippi State Senate passed a bill that would make animal cruelty in the state go from a misdemeanor to a felony. A Rankin County family visited the senate chambers today to attend the hearing on animal cruelty. Their 14-month-old Labrador Retriever was deliberately shot by a hunter four days after Christmas. They're hoping to share their story, so others will understand the importance of tougher animal cruelty laws in Mississippi. "I can't even begin to fathom why somebody would do that. I mean it's not like he didn't...
  • SPCA: Philadelphia Man Set Puppy On Fire

    01/29/2010 8:12:05 PM PST · by Rodebrecht · 19 replies · 507+ views
    CBS 3 ^ | 1-29-2010 | CBS 3
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ―The SPCA and Philadelphia Police Department are investigating allegations a man intentionally set his family's puppy on fire. According to the SPCA, the man, who lives in the 1100 block of Sanger Street in the city's Oxford Circle section, set the five-month-old pit-bull mix puppy ablaze Thursday evening while his children were home. SPCA officials said the puppy's head was doused in alcohol as an incendiary device and purposely set on fire.
  • Man arrested naked after dog attacked, killed

    12/30/2009 2:21:15 PM PST · by South40 · 43 replies · 1,087+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | December 30, 2009 | SALVADOR HERNANDEZ AND BRITTANY LEVINE
    SAN CLEMENTE – What started out as a call about a loud radio early this morning ended with the arrest of a nude 26-year-old man who officials suspect killed a family dog with his bare hands, then poured hot coffee on his head while running naked in a tennis club, authorities said. The dog's owner said that if her 5-year-old mini schnauzer hadn't run out in between her and the man, she would have been the one beaten to death.
  • Ky. again ranked last in animal abuse laws

    12/20/2009 1:42:09 AM PST · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 871+ views
    Bowling Green Daily News ^ | December 19, 2009 | Justin Story
    For the third consecutive year, Kentucky has the weakest animal protection laws and ranks last in punishing animal abusers. The findings come in an annual report released last week by the Animal Legal Defense Fund comparing laws in each state protecting animals from abuse for their strength and comprehensiveness. This is the fourth year that the ALDF has issued the report. Kentucky finished second-to-last the first year and has ranked last in each subsequent year. “The state is just really devoid of any meaningful laws in almost every category,” said Stephan Otto, author of the report and the ALDF’s director...
  • Vermont court eyes value of love of man's best friend

    12/17/2009 9:37:36 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 32 replies · 1,075+ views
    AP (through Yahoo! News) ^ | December 17, 2009 | Dave Gram
    MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont's highest court is being asked to decide what a dog's love is worth. The state Supreme Court on Thursday began hearing a case that started in July 2003, when Denis and Sarah Scheele, who were visiting relatives, let their mixed-breed dog wander into Lewis Dustin's yard and he fatally shot it. Now the Scheeles, of Annapolis, Md., are asking the court to carve out a new legal doctrine that a dog's owners can sue for emotional distress and loss of companionship, just like parents can when they lose children.
  • Slain cat's DNA leads to killer; brute stabbed little Madea with an umbrella, says ASPCA

    12/13/2009 11:46:38 PM PST · by myknowledge · 85 replies · 2,198+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | December 12, 2009 | Joe Jackson, Scott Shifrel and Christina Boyle
    A cold-hearted animal killer stabbed his mother-in-law's feline to death with an umbrella, and then told relatives: "It was only a cat, who cares?" lawyers said Friday. Lordtyshon Garrett, 31, terrorized the 9-pound pussycat by poking and beating her, leaving the pet with injuries as severe as if she had fallen off a high-rise building or been hit by a car, animal experts said. In a futile attempt to fight back, the 4-year-old feline, Madea, bit and scratched the plastic umbrella. The ASPCA found the cat's DNA on the umbrella and used it to pin the crime on Garrett, whose...
  • 'I'm a Celebrity' stars cook rat, get charged with animal cruelty

    12/06/2009 3:23:09 PM PST · by FromLori · 31 replies · 1,155+ views
    Daily News ^ | 12/6/09
    Two stars of the reality TV show "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" have been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly killing and cooking a rat to eat during filming. Chef Gino D'Acampo who won the viewer-feedback contest series, and actor Stuart Manning were charged after animal welfare activists lodged a complaint about a segment for the British TV program, which was filmed in Australia, the activists and British media reported Sunday. In a statement to The Associated Press, New South Wales state police said Sunday that two men, aged 33 and 30, were charged with animal...
  • Catch a cat killer, make $7,500

    10/29/2009 2:41:21 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 51 replies · 2,370+ views
    Examiner ^ | October 28, 2009 | Stacy Mantle
    It’s the digital age, the age where every move we make is virtually tracked through Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and more. We have cameras set up on nearly every corner, video clips are as easy to access as your cell phone, and yet somehow, animal cruelty still exists with over 5,000 cases being reported each month. Now a person has managed to slice 14 cats down their spine. Another 20 cats were poisoned and dumped into a Phoenix canal. And at least another 24 cats have been reported burned and/or drowned with threatening notes left next to their mutilated bodies in...
  • Woman kills neighbour's cats with anti-freeze to stop them urinating on her strawberries

    10/29/2009 1:20:09 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 113 replies · 3,309+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A wealthy woman who poisoned her neighbour's Abyssinian cats with tuna laced with anti-freeze has been ordered to pay Ł1,500 in compensation to the distraught owner. Katherine Hall, 57, put the deadly tins of tuna in her garden to stop Nush and Mr Baz urinating on her strawberries. The court heard that the five-and-a-half year old cats died in agony a few days later. When police searched Hall's garden they found remnants of the deadly meal, and a cat-scaring machine. Owner Andrew Boyd said it was a 'disgrace' that Hall did not receive a harsher punishment. 'I don't want to...

    10/23/2009 9:31:47 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 7 replies · 366+ views ^ | 10/23/2009 | Staff
    In Defense of Animals (IDA) the organization that has worked for two years to rescue three circus elephants named Tina, Jewel and Queenie, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed formal charges against the elephants' handler, Wilbur Davenport (dba "Maximus tons of Fun") for multiple violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The charges state that “the gravity of the violations alleged…is great” and that Davenport has “not shown good faith” in his repeated unwillingness to comply with the AWA and its regulations and standards.
  • Halloween Pet Threats - Urban Legends vs. Reality; Are Your Pets Safe?

    10/20/2009 6:26:49 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 25 replies · 878+ views
    SF Gate ^ | October 19, 2009 | Christie Keith
    Which is a greater threat to your pets at Halloween: ritual satanic sacrifice, or your kids' trick or treat bag? Yes, it's that time of year when the flood of cult cat sacrifice stories start piling up in the inbox, with that breathless "forward this to everyone you know!" tag line. (Note to my readers: Pet related or not, there has never been a message that should be forwarded to everyone you know. Trust me on this.) Which means it's also that time of year when I wish that the people who worry about cat sacrifices would instead worry about...
  • Danville judge convicts man in opossum stomping death case

    10/20/2009 6:46:22 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 74 replies · 2,111+ views
    WSLS News ^ | 10/20/09 | Matt Tomsic
    A Vernon Hill man was found guilty Monday of animal cruelty after he stomped an opossum to death while on a June 20 ride-along with a Danville police officer. Evan Bryce Schuler, 23, appealed the judge’s decision, and his case will now move to circuit court.
  • 'Cat killer' strikes again

    10/18/2009 4:45:25 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 29 replies · 1,251+ views
    The Sun ^ | October 19, 2009 | John Coles
    A SERIAL cat killer is feared to have launched a new murder spree - just miles from where eight pets were poisoned two months ago. This time four treasured moggies from the same street died in agony within one week. Tests show they had all swallowed a toxin believed to be anti-freeze. Cops are still hunting the maniac who used the same method to kill eight cats in one road in Bridgend, South Wales, over three weeks in July and August. The latest killings took place in Caldy Close, Barry - just ten miles away. Two neighbouring households in the...
  • Humane Society Ad. (just sad)

    10/18/2009 7:49:37 AM PDT · by Vendome · 137 replies · 2,499+ views
    Vanity | 10/18/2009 | Vendome
    Just saw another ad by the Humane Society. They do wonderful work and help animals who have been abandoned or treated cruelly. I hate these ads, not for their poor taste, they are actually done well and are a needed message about treating animals with love and humanely. What bothers me about the ads is the starkness of the cruelty man exacts on an animal who loves unconditionally and is always happy to see you. They don't care what kind of day you had or how much money you make. The're always happy when you walk in the front door....
  • Woman convicted of animal cruelty uses stun gun on trooper

    10/18/2009 9:58:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies · 784+ views ^ | October 18, 2009 | Donna M. Perry
    FARMINGTON — Police say a 65-year-old New Sharon woman assaulted a state trooper with a 975,000-volt stun gun during an investigation into possible animal hoarding at her house on Lane Road.
  • Teen gets 4 years for setting dogs on fire in South Dallas

    10/16/2009 10:57:52 AM PDT · by Texican72 · 41 replies · 1,474+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 16, 2009 | AVI SELK
    When a defense lawyer walked into a county courtroom Thursday and told Lefferreio Sudds' family that he would get four years in prison for setting two dogs on fire, the boy's mother thanked God. She had expected six or seven. Entering the room a few minutes later, Sudds, 17, looked skinny in his baggy prison stripes. He nodded at his mother, shook his head, then turned to the judge and pleaded guilty. Diane Sudds cried. Two months ago, her husband had been sent to prison for cruelty to dogs. Now her son. It was a chilly Saturday night in April...
  • SPCA call for information about nail attack on cat

    10/14/2009 3:57:51 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 669+ views
    3 News ^ | October 14, 2009
    The SPCA is calling out for any information that could help them find the person responsible for a shocking attack on a domestic cat in Christchurch. The cat was found by the side of the road with over a dozen large nails lodged in its head. “Definitely since I’ve started this has probably been the worst case that I’ve been involved in. I know there's other cases that have been as horrific but this one has definitely hit home,” says SPCA inspector Christoff Heyns. This could be one of the worst cases of animal cruelty New Zealand has ever seen....
  • Dozens of hoarded cats rescued at home

    10/09/2009 7:25:26 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 35 replies · 1,261+ views
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Sacramento officials say they rescued dozens of cats that had been living in a house with cages stacked to the ceiling and feces caking the floors. Inside Paul and Kathy Franco's house and garage, city officials said they discovered among the worst cases of animal hoarding they had ever seen, The Sacramento Bee reported. After a SWAT team kicked open the couple's door Wednesday, veterinary specialists, shelter workers and animal-control officers spent hours rescuing the cats, which were taken to the city's animal-control center.