Archive for December 12th, 2010

Dog found tortured and tied to a tree in California

This story offers an example of someone who needs to be in prison for a long, long time – never to be allowed out where they can encounter innocent animals and people.

A poor little dog in Bakersfield, Calif. was found tied to tree with injuries that indicate she had been struck in the mouth with a golf club and the perpetrator sprayed bleach in her eyes. What kind of person does something like this?

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Video of the Day – “I’ll be home for Christmas”

In another new Pack Mentality Blog series – let’s kick off the Video of the Day.

Wouldn’t it be great if all pets had a home for Christmas –

Defining ‘animal welfare’ versus ‘animal rights’

On the News-Journal.com site out of Longview, Texas, writer Kelly Heitkamp seeks to define the difference between two phrases – animal welfare and animal rights.

Her basic assertion is summed up in this paragraph –

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The difference between these two positions can be seen as applied to an issue like farmed animals. The animal rights position holds that humans do not have the right to slaughter and eat animals, but the animal welfare position insists the animals should be treated humanely before and during slaughter. The animal welfare position does not object to the consumption of animals, but seeks the elimination of cruel factory farming practices such as confining calves in veal crates, confining pregnant sows in gestational stalls, and debeaking chickens.

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Sunday Commentary – A common theme from those who neglect animals

As I read news stories concerning topics such as greyhound racing, puppy mills and other animal-related ‘industries’ there seems to be a common theme of defense, even in the face of the stark reality of cruelty and neglect the animals face.

Those within these industries are often quoted with statements about how much they care about the animals in their care.

I see greyhound racers claim their dogs are cared for more humanely than children in middle-class families and puppy mill operators love their dogs so much, as they do their own children. We see puppy-mill news video showing the animals living in horrible conditions and in the same report the mill owner is crying about how much they love and care for their dogs. I’d hate to see what might happen to those they don’t love.

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