Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Action Alert! Take Part to Save Dolphins in Japan - "THE COVE"

The Secret Is Out. Spread the Word.

The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year, and how their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The focus of the Social Action Campaign for The Cove is to create worldwide awareness of this annual practice as well as the dangers of eating seafood contaminated with mercury and to pressure those in power to put an end to the slaughter.

And it’s been working. The film has been making waves since it premiered last year. Critical praise and audience awards worldwide have focused international attention on Taiji and the annual dolphin drives off the coast of Japan. Under intense pressure, Taiji called for a temporary ban on killing bottlenose dolphins. The film, which was originally rejected, was shown at the Tokyo Film Festival due to public outcry. Residents in Taiji are being tested for mercury poisoning, and for the first time Japanese media are covering the issue.

Close to a million people have signed on to the campaign, but this is just the beginning. The fisherman are clearly rattled, but haven’t stopped killing dolphins.

TakePart now to help shut down the cove for good.

I had the opportunity to see this documentary last night and although it was very sad to watch, it brings a clear message about the way humans treat animals.  As with all industries that involve making money, people will ALWAYS come up with some excuse to continue the barbaric practices of murdering innocent lives.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Farm Sanctuary Issues Statement on the Passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd

Longtime Senator Staunchly Opposed Cruelty of Factory Farming

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – June 28, 2010 – Farm Sanctuary mourns the loss of longtime Democratic Senator from West Virginia and animal welfare proponent Robert C. Byrd, who passed away early Monday morning at the age of 92. Though his earlier political life was, at times, controversial, Byrd embraced compassion as the years progressed and became one of the few politicians on the national level to speak out against farm animal cruelty. Farm Sanctuary Co-founder and President Gene Baur today issued the following statement:

“Farm animals have lost a great advocate today with the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. As the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, Byrd garnered a high level of respect from his fellow members of Congress. He used his position to fight for many causes that were dear to his heart, and fortunately, farm animal protection was one such cause.

“In the summer of 2001, he gave an impassioned landmark speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, challenging the barbaric cruelty rampant in the world of industrial animal agriculture. Byrd argued vehemently for the humane treatment of all animals and he detailed the routine atrocities that farm animals suffer on today’s factory farms. He made it abundantly clear that farm animals, like all animals, feel pain, and deserve to be treated with respect.

“Byrd’s courageous plea was a historic and inspirational moment for the farm animal protection movement. He will be remembered as an exceptional champion of animal welfare, someone who defended the defenseless and gave his voice to the voiceless.”

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Michael Jackson Fans Can "Adopt" Bubbles The Chimp

Michael Jackson's famed companion, Bubbles, is currently living at the Center For Great Apes in Florida and can be `adopted' through fan donations by visiting
WAUCHULA, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It may sound bananas, but Michael Jackson fans can actually adopt his former pet chimp, Bubbles.

For the past five years, Jackson’s furry friend has lived at the Center For Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida.

Sanctuary founder Patti Ragan says their famous resident, like other chimps, can be partly “adopted” by civilians through donations on

She says the annual cost of caring for Bubbles is $15,000 for food, veterinary care, toys, and maintaining his habitat.

Ragan notes that donations for Bubbles peaked last June after Jackson’s death, but have since dropped off drastically.

Because the 26-year-old chimp has many years of life left, Ragan thinks giving toward his care is a truly helpful way for fans to honor The King Of Pop.

Those who “adopt” gain access to special open houses at the Center where they can visit and meet Bubbles in person.

Ragan says MJ’s buddy can typically be found napping, eating, or playing with a toy backpack, but doesn’t “Moonwalk” anymore.

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Please visit CENTERFORGREATAPES.ORG to help support Bubbles and all his friends at the sanctuary.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

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Greenpeace Softens Line on Whaling

A catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt before killing it in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica in January 2006. Pro-whaling nations and foes in the global Green movement were braced for a cliffhanger vote for control of the body credited with saving whales from extinction.(AFP/Greenpeace/File)
JUST over two years after Greenpeace last ran direct action against Japanese whaling in the Antarctic, the environmental organisation has joined calls for a deal - even if it is hard to digest.

The world's original anti-whaling group has signed on to a joint statement, with the World Wildlife Fund and the influential US Pew Environment Group, that would allow commercial whaling in the northern hemisphere.

In exchange, it wants ''a phase-out of all whaling in the [Antarctic's] Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary'', said Greenpeace oceans campaign head Sarah Duthie.

Greenpeace's change of heart surprised some. ''I think they're kidding themselves,'' said Darren Kindleysides, the director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society, in Agadir yesterday. ''They are giving up on the moratorium on global commercial whaling.''

But on the eve of what Environment Minister Peter Garrett forecast would be the single most important International Whaling Commission meeting in 30 years, the Greenpeace shift signified a spreading mood for compromise.

The outcome will not necessarily favour Greenpeace, or Australia, which wants a five-year phase-out of all Antarctic whaling.

In a split from previous trans-Tasman solidarity, New Zealand is being praised by a pro-whaling source for its ''true leadership'' in trying with the United States to broker a deal Japan could accept.

A key negotiator is former NZ prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer, whose work on the compromise began three years ago with the Pew Foundation in a meeting at the UN in New York.

He will be joined by more high-level ministers and officials at the IWC's 62nd annual meeting than ever before, in another pointer to a deal being made.

Japan's delegation will be led by the director-general of its powerful Fisheries Agency, Katsuhiro Machida, and vice-minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yasue Funayama.

They will build on a proposal first put forward by the Chilean IWC chairman, Cristian Maquieira, who suggested 400 minke whales and 10 fin whales could be taken in the Antarctic for the next five years, in a total global commercial hunt of 1312 whales.

This is 200 whales fewer than were harpooned last year around the world through loopholes in the 24-year commercial whaling moratorium. In Japan's case, it would mean a cut of about 100 whales on last summer's protest-disrupted Antarctic hunt, and better than a halving of the 935-whale ''scientific'' quota it awards itself.

Tokyo argues that now it has made the tough decisions, it's time for Australia to make some too. But Mr Garrett said Australia was not alone in its hardline opposition, with Latin American and many European countries agreeing.


Source: The Age

Do you think that Greenpeace would be softening their posistion if Captain Paul Watson was still with them?  I DON'T THINK SO!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Favorite Products: Field Roast Grain Meat Co.

Field Roast puts out an awesome line of vegan foods.  I personally have had the celebration roast and the apple sage sausage.  DELISH!  Check them out and buy some today!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Please Help the Dutchess County SPCA by Donating to NEMO'S PACK

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Please help the Dutchess County SPCA by supporting NEMO'S PACK.  Click the banner above to take you to Nemo's page and show your love to all the shelter animals that need your help. 
Thank you very much! 

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Adoption Can Help Heal the Loss of a Pet

by Jeff @

Handling the loss of a pet is difficult. That animal had become a member of your family, and was built into your daily routines. He or she made you laugh, maybe even consoled you after a hard day, or possibly offered themselves as a loving companion during times of loneliness. Many people say, “I will never find a replacement.” While that is true, you can take comfort in knowing you were able to provide a safe home, well nurtured lifestyle, and an enriching life for your pet. This is something not all pets get a chance at having. As the weeks go by and the sting of losing your loving household companion begins to pass, consider adopting a new pet. After all, you were a good owner and your past pet will be happy to know you’re again providing loving nurture and care for another of its kind. Losing a pet is tough, but knowing you can continually help save the lives of pets is something to help ease the mourning, and celebrate as life goes on.

I could not agree more with Jeff.  This happened when our last companion pet Angel left this world.  It was a horrible time for my whole family.  We were all so very sad and just felt the emptiness in our hearts and in our home.  Shortly after Angel's passing, I started volunteering at the local SPCA where we adopted Angel and it changed my life.  I became more involved with animals and eventually found Nemo, our standard poodle.  We could never replace Angel, but we adopted Nemo knowing that Angel would have wanted us to be happy.

Please click here and help make a difference in an animals life by adopting your next best friend. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Vote "YES" on Oreo's Law! - Give Animals A Chance!

In New York City, a one-year old dog named Oreo was intentionally thrown off a sixth floor Brooklyn roof top by her abuser. Oreo sustained two broken legs and a fractured rib. Oreo also appears to have been beaten in the past—several of the neighbors in the building where Oreo lived reported hearing the sounds of the dog being hit. The ASPCA nursed her back to health and arrested the perpetrator. They also dubbed her the “miracle dog.”

The miracle was short-lived. According to the ASPCA, when Oreo recovered from her injuries, she started to show aggression. After a series of temperament tests, the ASPCA made the decision to kill her. The New York Times reported the story the day before Oreo’s scheduled execution. A sanctuary in New York offered to take Oreo, explaining that they had experience rehabilitating dogs deemed aggressive and offering her lifetime care, including plenty of socialization and walks if the rehabilitation was not successful.

They were ignored, hung up on and lied to. And the ASPCA chose to kill the dog instead. That afternoon, Oreo laid dead, the victim not of her former abuser, but of an overdose of poison from a bottle marked “Fatal-Plus,” at the hands of a shelter bureaucrat.

Following the furor that erupted over Oreo’s killing, New York State legislators introduced a bill to prevent animals from being killed by shelters when there is a lifesaving alternative offered by rescue groups. “As a dog owner and a foster parent for an animal rescue group, I was heartbroken to learn that Oreo was [killed]. When a humane organization volunteers their expertise in difficult cases, a shelter should work with them to the fullest extent possible,” said one of the sponsors. “I am hopeful that Oreo’s Law will ensure that no animal is ever put to death if there is a responsible alternative.” (A few weeks later Ed Sayres, Oreo’s killer, did it again, killing a dog named Max a rescue group had offered to save.)

Oreo and Max are not isolated incidents. Nor is Oreo's Law about pit bulls. It is about saving all animals. In fact, NYS shelters routinely turn away rescue groups and then turn around and kill the kittens and cats, puppies, dog, rabbits and other animals those rescue groups are willing to save. A statewide survey of rescue groups found that 72% of rescue groups reported being denied animals, and 71% reported shelters turned around and killed those animals. The statewide survey also found that 43% of rescue groups that have expressed concerns about inhumane conditions which they have witnessed in NYS sheters have been the subject of retaliation, while over half (52%) who have witnessed cruelty and neglect at the shelter did not express concerns because they were afraid they would no longer be allowed to resuce, this allowing those inhumane conditions to continue. Oreo's Law would stop unnecessary killing and unnecessary neglect rampant in NYS shelters.

Thursday, June 10, 2010



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. With much love and care these calves are now thriving, but we are in desperate need of potential adopters for these sweet boys.

Farm Sanctuary operates the country’s largest farm animal rescue and adoption network. Every year, we assist with urgent placement needs — particularly in cruelty cases involving large numbers of animals. When our shelters are full, we depend on compassionate people who want to make a direct difference for a suffering cow, pig, chicken or other farm animal. Since 1986, nearly 3,000 needy farm animals have been given a new beginning — thanks to people all across the country who have room in their hearts and their homes to join our FARM ANIMAL ADOPTION NETWORK (FAAN).

If you want to help these beautiful boys, PLEASE CLICK HERE  and please spread the word by sending this to all your friends on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ETC.  These boys need our help!  Thanks!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Former 'World's Ugliest Dog' dies at age 17 - by Lauren V.

Miss Ellie may have been voted "World's Ugliest Dog" in 2009, but few canines chalk up such a star-worthy resume as she did during her 17 years of life.

According to USA Today, this little ugly duckling "starred in shows at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge , Tenn., and also had a worldwide following. She appeared on The Animal Planet cable show 'Dogs 101... Ellie even helped raise more than $100,000 for the Sevier County Humane Society."

Dawn Goehring feels happy to have owned and loved this unusually-looking dog. Miss Ellie was reportedly one of 13 rescued dogs living at her owner's home and constantly worked towards raising money and awareness about homeless animals.

Ellie was going to compete one more time for her title, but died before this year's competition.

This girl was a class act, and as the song says:

"God loves ugly
He doesn't see the way I see
Oh god takes ugly
And turns it into to something that is beautiful
Apparently I'm beautiful
Cause you love me"

Rest in peace Ellie!  You are beautiful!

Polk County Shelter Out of Adoptable Animals - by Jennifer Leigh

LAKELAND, FL - After a rush of adoptions on Friday, Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control announced Friday it had no more animals available for adoption.

"It was like Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving," said Sheriff Grady Judd in a news release Friday evening, referring to the public response.

Sheriff's officials had been encouraging adoptions and had reduced adoption rates to $5 after the county shelter was inundated with more than 300 seized dogs from two high-profile cases of animal cruelty.

The facility, which is equipped to handle 375 animals, had close to 750 animals earlier in the week.

Patricia Cooprider, who works with an animal shelter in Broward County, came to Polk to help ease the overcrowding.

"These guys need help right now, so you know I mean if we have the room and we have the availability to go and take care of them that's what we're going to do," Cooprider said. She left Polk's shelter with 18 dogs.

Orange County's SPCA rescued 12 dogs after learning about Polk's situation.

This seems to be one amazing community to have been able to do this.  I certainly hope that all proper paperwork and background checks, etc. were performed to insure the animals go to a responsible home.  Way to go Polk County!

Farm Sanctuary Mourns the Loss of Beloved Actress and Animal Advocate Rue McClanahan

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – June 4, 2010 – Farm Sanctuary mourns the passing of “Golden Girls” actress Rue McClanahan, who suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage yesterday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. A vocal animal activist, McClanahan used her fame to enlighten people about the plight of farm animals and advocate on their behalf.

McClanahan was well aware of the atrocities committed in factory farms and had been an ardent supporter of Farm Sanctuary since 1996. Most notably, she was the longtime spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Legacy Society which was established to express gratitude to our members who have made a commitment to the organization through a charitable bequest. In addition, she was the host for two of our major events within the last 10 years. In 2001, along with fellow animal advocates Chevy Chase, Kevin Nealon, Mary Tyler Moore, U.S. Representative Gary Ackerman (D-NY), and others, she hosted our first ever Gala for Farm Animals at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Three years later at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, she, along with Valerie Harper and California Senator Tom Burton, hosted the SB 1520 victory party to celebrate the passage of this groundbreaking piece of legislation banning the sale and production of foie gras in California.

Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur expressed his sorrow over McClanahan’s passing on Thursday. “Our hearts go out to Rue McClanahan’s family and friends in this difficult time,” said Baur. “She inspired countless others to start thinking about farm animals as sentient beings who deserve to be treated with respect. Through her involvement with Farm Sanctuary and our Legacy Society, Rue’s compassion for animals will live on.”

McClanahan has been often quoted as saying, “Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count.” Baur added, “Her deep belief in compassion for all beings made her a special friend to Farm Sanctuary and our many animal residents. She made her life really count for something good in this world.”

She truly was a "Golden Girl"!  We will all miss you Rue!

Washington D.C. City Council Unanimously Passes Law Encouraging More Plant-Based Meals at City Schools

Farm Sanctuary Endorses Healthy School Meals Act Making Vegetarian and Non-Dairy Beverage Options More Widely Available at School Meals

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – June 4, 2010 – Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, today congratulates the District of Columbia City Council for unanimously approving the D.C. Healthy School Meals Act on June 2 which will provide new and innovative guidelines to offer students healthy meals at school. This auspicious law will establish local nutritional standards for school meals and make plant-based meal options and non-dairy beverages more widely available at schools within the D.C. area.

Amongst many positive effects the law will have, the D.C. Healthy School Meals Act will encourage school districts to offer vegetarian meals to students on a weekly basis; will instruct public and charter schools to inform families and guardians that plant-based meals and non-dairy beverage options are available if a request for such items is made; and will provide additional funding for the purchase of fruits and vegetables by school districts, thereby making these healthy foods more affordable to schools within the area in question.

“By passing this law, the D.C. City Council has taken a significant stand for the health of the capital’s students,” notes Dr. Allan Kornberg, executive director of Farm Sanctuary. “As a pediatrician with more than 25 years of experience, I have seen first-hand the extraordinarily harmful effects of unhealthy diets on children. Providing nutritious, cruelty-free food to students is a basic yet incredibly vital way to immediately improve the lives of our nation’s youth.”

Beyond the realm of D.C., Farm Sanctuary has launched a national campaign to pass the much-needed federal Healthy School Meals Act (H.R. 4870). As an amendment to the Child Nutrition Act, this new legislation would offer financial incentives to school districts throughout the country that offer students plant-based food options and non-dairy beverages. Not only would H.R. 4870 assist in improving the health of the general youth population, but it would also bring relief to many students who refrain from consuming animal products for ethical, environmental, religious, or other reasons. Previously, students wishing to abstain from consuming dairy were required to have a note from a doctor before being offered any alternatives. Should the Healthy School Meals Act pass, this requirement would be rescinded and those students would be offered nutritionally equivalent alternatives.

“The D.C. City Council should be proud of the action it took today,” continued Dr. Kornberg. “The D.C. Healthy School Meals Act will allow schools within the city that cannot currently afford to do so to provide healthy, plant-based options to their students in the very near future. With the federal Healthy School Meals Act, we hope to extend this ability to schools around our nation, allowing students to receive proper nutrition and to have vegan, non-dairy options at school meals, regardless of a district’s financial constraints.”

This is great!  Healthier kids, and saving animals!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vermont to Allow Monkeys as Service Animals

WILLISTON, Vt., June 3 (UPI) -- A Vermont woman with multiple sclerosis said she is looking forward to receiving a service monkey under a new law she helped bring about.

Judy Zappia, 58, of Williston, who is wheelchair-bound, said she believes the Capuchin monkey she is due to receive will be able to provide assistance with household tasks, USA Today reported Thursday.

Zappia will get the animal from Helping Hands, a Boston-based non-profit organization that breeds and trains less-than-10-pound Capuchin monkeys,

The state Legislature, with input from Zappia, recently approved a law that would allow monkeys to be imported under limited circumstances. It requires annual inspection visits to recipients' homes to check the animal's health and living arrangements, USA Today reported.

Monkeys are considered exotic animals and their importation is illegal because of concerns about aggressive behavior and disease, said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche.

"I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also a little nervous," Zappia said.

"We're very supportive of assistance animals in general, but this probably isn't the best choice," said Gail Golab, director of animal welfare for the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Monkeys are very intelligent, which is why they are used as service animals, but that can also make them dangerous,"

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it opposes using monkeys as service animals.

I have to agree with the ASPCA.  I don't believe ANY kind of exotic animal should be used as a service animal.

Scratching Up an Animal-free Test for Dermatitis - by Lisa Poisso

Slathering on a soothing skin care product shouldn't give your conscience a case of the hives — but it's hard not to feel twitchy when you know that product has been tested on animals.

Despite failing time and time again to demonstrate reliable scientific relevance, animal testing continues to be a mainstay for companies seeking to reassure consumers (themselves? their stockholders?) about the safety and effectiveness of their products. But now there's a viable alternative on the horizon: a fast, simple, inexpensive method of testing to see if chemicals in soaps, shampoos, lotions and other products are likely to cause skin allergies in people — and no animal testing required.

Chemicals in skin care products bond with proteins in the skin, aggravating the immune system and causing an ugly rash of symptoms including redness, itching and irritation. A new test detailed in the American Chemical Society's Chemical Research in Toxicology uses nitrobenzenethiol to mimic skin proteins and bond to potential allergens. "This simple, rapid and inexpensive absorbance-based method has great potential for use as a preliminary screening tool for skin allergens," the report states. And animals in the process? Nowhere in sight.

You'd think that animal testing for something as innocuous as cosmetics and personal care products wouldn't be staggering under the heavy price of animal cruelty. Animals rarely make good models for the human body. And what of the moral price? When is it appropriate to purposely inflict pain on animals in order to develop a new line of mascara?

The European Union's Cosmetics Directive prohibits animal testing and bans the sale of all cosmetics that were developed using animal testing. In the United States, however, matters are much less clear. Until we can set stronger limits on animal testing and disabuse people of the notion that its results are somehow useful and appropriate, the best course of action is to avoid products that have been tested on animals.

Whenever I purchase personal care products, I always look to see if the items have been tested on animals or contain animal ingredients.  You can check out LEAPINGBUNNY.ORG or CARINGCONSUMER.COM for a list of cruelty free products!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Investigation: Inside the Multi-Million Dollar Business of Dog Auctions

It's a multi-million dollar national business; the sale of dogs at auction. Many of the dogs end up in pet stores and some in puppy mills.

WHAS11's Melanie Kahn went undercover to get a story many breeders and pet store owners don't want you to see.

It is legal in many states, including Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. But animal rights activists are working to outlaw the auctions.

WHAS11 went inside one of the biggest auctions in the Midwest last weekend in Ohio, for you to see what goes on.

It's a world few could ever imagine... And a world even fewer have ever seen.

With hidden cameras, WHAS11 takes you inside a world where thousands of dogs a year are sold. It happens at the Buckeye Dog Auction House, a dilapidated barn that sits off State Road 557 in Farmerstown, Ohio.

For most of the year this place is vacant but on auction days it's packed, full of people, of all ages eager to buy and sell dogs.

Upstairs are hundreds of dogs and puppies, stacked up in wire cages, waiting to be put on the auction block. Some look excited, some confused and many seem scared. They don't have names, only numbers, their order on the auction block.

Owners put the dogs into crate and an hour before the auction begins, buyers are invited into the cramped rooms to inspect the dogs before they are put up for sale.

The auctioneers take their posts and the auction begins.

Each dog is brought into the room in numerical order and brought to a veterinarian table, where the dog is given, at most, a 20 second exam.

After that, it's off to the auction block where the bidding begins.

The price of the dog depends on the breed, age, gender and the most important quality for commercial breeders: the past breeding history of the dog.

Those commercial breeders, known as puppy mill operators, may be hoping to expand their stock and their fortune.

Selling puppies is one of the largest industries in the united states, grossing hundreds of millions a dollars a year, perpetuated primarily by consumers who purchase dogs from the thousands of pet stores across the country, that buy their dogs from auctions like these.

The Buckeye Dog Auction is one of the largest auctions in the Midwest, regularly serving breeders and pet stores from states east of the Mississippi River.

At this auction, breeders have brought dogs to sell from Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia.

This auction house is owned by Harold Neuhart, who also breeds puppies for profit.

USDA inspection reports show that he had been cited multiple times by inspectors for poor building maintenance, dirty food and water bowls and for assaulting a USDA inspector.

For years he has ignored a barrage of phone calls from members of the media.

But when WHAS11 showed up with our cameras he did not avoid us, but Neuhart was not happy to see WHAS11. He did not want to talk to us with the camera and grabbed it at one point.

For several minutes, WHAS11 Photographer Steven Richard tried to convince Neuhart to let go of the camera while a Holmes County Sheriff's Deputy stood by. She only intervened when specifically asked.

When asked by the officer, Neuhart let go and Melanie gave Neuhart one more chance to talk to WHAS11. He refused.

With that, WHAS11’s visit to the Buckeye Dog Auction House was over, without knowing the fate of the hundreds of dogs we left behind.

WHAS11 brought home 9 dogs, as many as we could fit in the car.

The Humane Society reports many of the dogs that don’t sell are killed.

While there, WHAS11 saw no evidence of this and we want to stress again this is a legal practice, supplying many pet stores.

If you are thinking of getting a companion animal, PLEASE DO NOT buy one from a pet store.  Please visit your local SPCA or shelter and ADOPT a companion.

Part one:  If you cannot see the video, try clicking the title to this story. 

Part two:

COK Investigation Inside Hatchery Leads to Impoundment of Birds by Authorities

Using a hidden camera, a COK investigator documented shocking abuses forced upon newly-hatched chicks and ducklings while employed at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries in 2009. The video evidence was immediately turned over to the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority and the District Attorney’s Office. In response, a follow-up investigation conducted by humane law enforcement not only corroborated our evidence of abuse and neglect but also resulted in the impoundment of 88 ducklings.
Despite this additional documentation by authorities, the District Attorney’s office held the case for several months, and in late April 2010, officially declined to prosecute the hatchery for violations of state animal protection laws.

Watch our undercover video—and you be the judge.

Exposing Abuse: COK Investigation inside Cal-Cruz Hatcheries
While employed as a maintenance worker at California-based Cal-Cruz Hatcheries Inc. for nearly a month in 2009, COK’s investigator witnessed and painstakingly documented miserable conditions forced upon thousands of newly hatched birds, including:
 A chick drowning in a bucket of liquid waste
 Birds entangled in machinery, their dead bodies mangled, decapitated, or missing limbs
 Sick or severely injured birds left to suffer for hours
 Unwanted hatchlings dumped down the egg shell disposal chute, then sprayed with a high-pressure hose
 Birds thrown five to six feet across the room into buckets where they often languished for hours

Rescued: Impounded Birds Get Second Chance at Life
Our video evidence uncovering shocking animal abuse prompted Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority to look further into this case.
In conducting its own follow-up investigation, this humane law enforcement agency collected additional evidence of abuse and neglect and impounded 88 ducklings in need of care.
While several of these newly-hatched birds were too sick or injured to survive, more than two dozen were given a new chance at life at a nearby sanctuary.

Whether you think the actions of the workers is cruel or not, if you purchase eggs, YOU are contributing to this cruelty and suffering.  There is NO difference between "Free-Range and Caged eggs".  ALL the chicks come from the same hatcheries and all the male chicks are killed at birth, because they have no use for male chicks in the egg industry.  They cannot grow fast enough to benefit the meat industry and therefore are useless.  STOP contributing to this suffering...WWW.TRYVEG.COM
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