Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dutchess County SPCA - Adoptable Animals

The Dutchess County SPCA is a shelter located in Hyde Park, New York.  They are a no-kill shelter that provides temporary housing to animals that are looking for their "Forever Home".  Please consider adopting your next Best Friend from them.  For information on adopting any of the sweet animals in the photo album, or to make a donation, please go to

Click here to see pictures of current animals up for adoption

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dutchess SPCA Seizes Puppies From Mall Store

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – Seven puppies were seized from Pet Fashion, a pet store at the Galleria mall in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The warrant for the seizure was issued by the Town of Poughkeepsie and executed on Saturday.

The puppies were examined by a licensed SPCA veterinarian and are being held in isolation where they will receive ongoing medical care. Two of the dogs were in serious condition and required emergency medical care, the SPCA said. The puppies are not available for adoption.

The investigation was prompted by complaints that the store was selling animals showing signs of illness. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone who has purchased a puppy from Pet Fashion that has or had an infectious or contagious illness should contact the Dutchess SPCA’s Humane Law Department at 845-452-7722 ext 4.

“We are concerned about the health of these seven puppies and preventing the further spread of illness,” said SPCA Executive Director Joyce Garrity.

Don't buy dogs and cats from a pet store.  The overwhelming majority of them come from puppy mills.  These places are horribly cruel and many of the animals get sick and die at very early ages.  ADOPT a friend! If you wish to send a donation to help these puppies, please go to DCSPCA.ORG.  And tell them you heard about it on this blog!  Thanks!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Man Accused of Marinating Cat Found Not Guilty

(NewsCore) - BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Buffalo man alleged to have marinated his live cat and accused of making plans to eat the pet was found not guilty Friday of animal cruelty charges, the Buffalo News reported.

Gary L. Korkuc, 52, was cleared of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges by a city judge, who also said Korkuc was wrongly accused by police of marinating the cat.

Police rescued the cat, named Navarro, August 8 after finding it in the man's car trunk when he was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. The animal has since been adopted by another family.

Officers said they heard the cat crying from inside the trunk and found it in a cage "marinating" in a mixture of crushed red peppers, olive oil and chili pepper.

Officers said that Korkuc told them he did not like that cat, after it got into kitchen food items by accident and that he was "taking it for a Sunday bath."

Marshall pointed to "a great deal of confusion" from widespread publicity about the case, and said police wrongly accused Korkuc of marinating the cat.

Public defender Michael J. Pacifico called no witnesses in the case but said Korkuc had been abused by Erie County Holding Center inmates because of the negative publicity.

Marshall found the defendant guilty of failing to signal for a turn and fined him $70 for the transgression and $80 in court fees, all of which have to be paid by March 31.

Not guilty?  WTF!  I just don't get it.  What was he doing, giving the cat a spa treatment in the back of the car?  Unbelievable!  Until animals are treated as other persons and not property, this crap will continue.  Injustice. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Voice 4 Animals Podcast - Episode 3 - My 1 Year Vegan Anniversary

Episode 3 marks my 1 year vegan anniversary. I share commentary on several news stories, and read a script from a wonderful You Tube video.

You can find the podcast on Itunes, Please subscribe! If you don't use iTunes, you can get the direct link here:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Whole Foods implements new animal-welfare rating system - By Brian Gaar

Whole Foods Market Inc. is implementing a new animal welfare rating system for its meats and other livestock products that officials say will help improve the lives of farm animals.

The five-step rating system, enacted in coordination with the nonprofit Global Animal Partnership, uses a tiered system starting at step 1 (animals aren't kept in cages, crates or crowded) to the highest tier, where animals spend their entire lives on the same farm. Color-coded tags will let shoppers know how various products are rated.

Officials say the system will help shoppers make more informed choices while rewarding producers who have made strides on animal welfare.

"Everybody is encouraged to really embrace continuous improvement in animal agriculture, which is really the singular aim of the Global Animal Partnership," said Miyun Park , the group's executive director.

Whole Foods founder John Mackey serves on the board of the nonprofit group, which is made up of farmers, retailers, scientists and animal rights groups to promote animal welfare.

The group developed the ratings system and worked on a pilot ratings program with Whole Foods over the last two years.

Park said that she's having conversations with other retailers about the ratings system.

The natural foods grocer has its own standards requiring that suppliers humanely treat the animals that later end up on dinner tables. For instance, suppliers cannot trim the beaks of chickens, and pigs must be allowed to root freely. But "our customers have long been asking for information on the raising practices on the farms and ranches that provide products to our stores," President and Chief Operating Officer A.C. Gallo said in a release. He called it "one of the single most impactful programs" the company has ever implemented.

Officials said it's a new level of transparency for the natural foods grocer.

"In my 20 years of working with ranchers and farmers, this is the largest commitment to improving farm animal welfare that I have seen. Producers need to meet approximately 100 requirements to get a Step 1 certification, so achieving the first level is a remarkable accomplishment," said Anne Malleau , Whole Foods global animal production and welfare coordinator.

All fresh and pre-packaged beef, pork and chicken will be rated by May 9, Whole Foods officials said. And while the grocer is starting with those meat groups (which make up a majority of sales), eventually all of Whole Foods meats will be rated under the new system, said Steve Hellmann , meat coordinator for the grocer's southwest region.

"Our goal is to affect as many farm animal lives as possible," Hellmann said.

Original story here

1. There is no such thing as HUMANE SLAUGHTER (oxymoron ?)

2. Instead of a color coded system, they should have a picture of the animal that is in the package, on the package, with a hologram that shows the animal alive, then dead.

3. The website states "By choosing to support higher welfare farmers and ranchers, we can collectively make a significant difference in the lives of billions of animals." - 

The only thing that can make a significant difference in the lives of animals is to not USE them at all.   Oh, and GO VEGAN!
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