Tag: animal welfare

The Face Foundation: Benefits of Spay and Neuter for Dogs and Cats

This reblog applies also 2 pet rabbits

Do you love lists? I do. These lists will convince you of the health and welfare benefits to of spay and neuter for our pets. In many counties and cities in the USA free or low-cost shelter or Vet clinics are available. Don’t let cost block you from helping your pets stay healthy. This organization FACE Foundation saves dogs and cats lives by paying for spay and neuter costs when pet parents cannot pay for them. What a good service to spread the word for!

Reasons to spay & neuter dogs & cats
Be smart spay or neuter!
Infographic 4 pet health

When you spay and neuter your pets you are doing your part in helping to decrease the huge number of unwanted puppies and kittens that end up in animal shelters each year. Fixing your pet also has many health and behavior benefits for male and female dogs and cats. Here is a run-down of the benefits of spay and neuter.

Please spay or neuter us!
kittens & cats live longer and healthier lives when spayed or neutered.
Female Spaying
  1. Stops heat cycles
  2. Reduces desire to roam
  3. Reduces or eliminates risk of mammary gland tumors and ovarian/uterine cancer (especially when done before first heat)
Male Neutering
  • Reduces spraying and marking
  • Reduces desire to roaming
  • Reduces or eliminates risk of testicular cancer and prostate disease
  • Decreases aggression
Spay or neuter & take me home
Lost puppy on a street
Spay and Neuter by the Numbers
  1. Altering increases the lifespan of dogs an average of 1-3 years
  2. Altering cats increases their lifespan by 3-5 years
  3. 80% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered males looking for mates
  4. 90% of cats hit by cars are unaltered males or females
  5. For every human born, 15 dogs and 45 cats are born
  6. 55% of dogs and 47% of cats surrendered to shelters are unaltered

Thanks Face Foundation on WordPress for giving me permission to reblog this post.

About Page for FACE Foundation:

“Established in 2006, The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, whose mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education. Based on established criteria, FACE provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care.

As many people today experience increasing economic challenges, their pets are suffering too. The number of people who cannot afford critical medical care for their sick or injured pet is growing at an alarming rate.

In what is being labeled as ‘economic euthanasia,’ these beloved companions are being euthanized because their owners cannot afford the often unexpected cost of treatment needed to save their lives. The FACE Foundation was created to address this tragedy. What started out as a beautiful vision to stop the surrender and euthanasia of beloved family pets, has become a supportive center where families in crisis can get a helping hand to save their pets’ lives.”

“FACE relies solely on donations to continue its mission of providing access to life saving veterinary care and to enhance and preserve the quality of life for these loving pets.”

Readers, please visit their blog.

They also have success stories on their Web site  FACE Foundation

Please share their mission with pet lovers in California.

Gratefully, Deborah Taylor-French

This entry was first posted under Cats, Dogs, Education and tagged animal care, Animal Education, Animal Welfare, cats, dogs, Education, health, medical care, Pets, saving lives, spay/neuter, veterinary care by FACE Foundation.

5 Facts: Rabbits vs Whole Foods Market

Rabbits vs. Whole Foods Market

“Whole Foods Market buys their bunny meat from a bunny killing conglomerate in the Midwest called Iowa Rabbit. These are actual images from one of the farms that supplies baby bunnies to Iowa Rabbit. Does this look HUMANE to you? The bunnies are fed water through a dirty drip system. They have NO hay and are on dirty wire cages. These bunnies want to live. PLEASE ask Whole Foods to stop selling bunny meat. Go into the store, speak with the manager, do all you can to be a voice for these bunnies. THEY NEED YOU.” Facebook Rabbit Advocacy Network  

  1. Rabbits live like egg laying chickens with no room to move.
  2. Rabbits eat, sleep and suffer in  filthy cages.
  3. Rabbits drink dirty water, fed through tubes.
  4. Rabbits are raised inside ag-gag states at factory farms.
  5. Rabbits, eight-weeks-old, get sent to slaughter houses & killed.
Please help rabbits
Yoshi at more than 8 weeks old

“Customers choose Whole Foods because of the ethical, health-conscious, charitable image it has portrayed itself to be. So how can it be that they are butchering our beloved bunnies? Last summer, Whole Foods laid out plans for a pilot campaign that would introduce bunny meat into several stores, and since then it has expanded into the following regions: Northern California, North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, South, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and the Washington, DC metro area. Whole Foods is being supplied by DeBruin Brothers, who purchase rabbits from breeders in Iowa and Missouri….” The Bunny Alliance “Whole Foods Cruelty”

Warning this may hurt. How meat pigs suffer in Ag-gag farm states

Mother Jones “Yet again undercover video documents savage abuse at factory pig farm

The Humane Society of the United State Einon,”… on the contrary—we are a big tent organization that welcomes vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Our recommendation is to follow the three R’s when it comes to eating with a conscience. We promote reducing the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods; refining the diet by eating products only from animals who have been raised, transported, and slaughtered in a system of humane, sustainable agriculture that does not abuse the animals. We support and celebrate traditional farmers and ranchers who have humane standards– for the sake of animals, the land, and local communities. We would love for you to read about our rural development and outreach program, and also our state agriculture councils…” 

Read this interesting note on how to raise meat animals without cruelty and with humane methods. My area in Northern California has many family and bio sustainable methods where animals receive respect, kindness, clean water, clean living quarters and a diet free of cast off animals. http://www.humanesociety.org/…/rural-development….

Please take action for the forgotten suffering of meat animals by stopping Whole Foods selling another category of meat animals. The bunnies get shipped to a slaughter house at only eight weeks old.

Please take action and sign this petition. Share this post with friends and animal lovers. Thanks so much!

CARE2 Petition: Whole Foods stop selling rabbit meat 

On small farms when people raise meat rabbits, they know how to prevent breaking the rabbits’ bones, messing up their digestive systems with the wrong foods and keeping their teeth from growing too long.

Find and read about an international movement to stop farm animal cruelty. Compassion in World Farming (on Facebook)

To close on a happy note, some bunnies like our Tuxedo get families patient enough to earn their trust. When a bunny loves you, he or she loves you all the way. You may notice that in this photograph from my mobile phone, Tuxedo stands on a chair, stretched out under our table cover to nibble yummy fresh oregano from our garden. Life with a house rabbit never gets old. He keeps us happy. Tuxedo keeps our kid like sense of surprise alive and hoping.

CU Tux nibbles

For my top blog readers, C-Dog & Company and Learning from Dogs, we send you greetings from Tuxedo land.

Tux + tent

 

 

Tell Whole Foods: Do not sell bunnies

Tell Whole Foods, “Don’t sell bunny meat!”

Farm animals suffer greatly in the United States of America. Plus this suffering comes to us well documented. Before the U.S. Congress passes laws allowing Ag-Gag states to make it illegal for people to photograph, video or report animal abuse inside or outside their meat plants.

The disturbing truth? Pet rabbits now sold for meat at Whole Foods Market come from being raised in U.S.A. Ag-gag states. What’s wrong with that? Everything.

Big farms doing business in Ag-gag states operate free from animal welfare laws.

In fact these huge meat farms have made laws against taking photographs, video recording or any reporting of animal abuse. What have they got to hide?

Enough. All to many cruel animal farming practices already hurt farm animals, enough to make most of us sick. The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Defense Fund continue working to legally raise farm animal welfare practices. Most Americans know that farm animals do not receive acceptable room for walking nor a humane standard of care. Before we let another category of animal become victims of Ag-gag farm cruelty, we need to improve farm animals welfare.

Freeze, before fast forward
Adopted from Rohnert Park Animal Shelter

Rabbits die of fright.

They share the species lagomorph.

There are about eighty species of lagomorph include thirty species of pika, twenty species of rabbit and cottontail, and thirty species of hare family. Wikipedia

I learned about this issue of Whole Foods Market, selling a new category of animal for meat through a volunteer at my local shelter. Kathy, along with volunteers from Save a Bunny and a Southern California group, are working to raise awareness pet rabbits should not end up as mainstream Big Farm meat products. Why?

Whole Foods Market buys meat rabbits from Ag-gag states. If Whole Foods succeeds, farm animal  suffering will fall on whole other category of animals, pet rabbits.

It comes as no secret in United States that farm animals end up being raised inhumanely.
If you have ever read about the Ag-gag states and how they are able to prosecute anyone willing to go undercover and take photographs and videos to report the truth on this ongoing unnecessary torture of farm animals. What meat animals endure in the U.S.A. is nothing less than cruelty, it’s time we changed that, before adding anymore farm animals.

9 facts hidden in Ag-gag pig farms

1. Millions of meat pigs live, eliminate and sleep in cramped spaces.

2.The environment these pigs endure smell rank. Their wastes drain into a central open sewer and their housing is so unclean many of them die.

3. Meat pigs lack all exercise to the extreme point that their legs break.

4. Pigs housed in huge warehouses with thousands of other pigs, hear others screaming day and night from pain.

5. Female pigs, sows, live horrible lives in gestation crates.

6. Gestation crates built for female pigs force them to stand up for 24-hours per day. Farmers do not allow pigs to walk or lie down. Gestation crates, notoriously painful for animals, need to be banned. Often the pigs’ legs break because their bones grow soft, due to not being allowed to walk.

7. Big meat farms build bars underneath sows to brace broken legs.

How can they call these farms? Not giving animals room to walk, sit or lie down? Meat farm animals get denied their normal and natural behaviors. They never see the light of the sun nor feel the earth nor wind.

8. The meat pig lives in constant physical pain, terror, fear and unhappiness. 4. When piglets die, often in these unsanitary conditions, their bodies get ground up and mixed into the food the sows eat. So mother pigs eat their own young.

9. Pigs do not live as cannibals. Why should they be forced to eat their own young?
What horrible animal welfare to make pigs eat their own young. It’s incomprehensible that animals must live like this so that people can eat pork barbecue, pork steak and pork ribs.

What U.S.A. meat farms won’t let us see.

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After four years of hesitation and never mentioning recordings of farm animals lack of good welfare, I break my silence.

Much of the time I avoid eating meat. From now on, I will be seeking out small sustainable and local farms. We have several nearby that do not inflict senseless cruelty on pigs, chickens and cows. After study of commercially farmed pork and chicken and beef, I have returned to my original vegetarian and fish eating ways.

 

Color me Irish

 Wishing you a fun St. Paddy’s Day

R U done yet?
Irish for five minutes, Sydney

St. Patrick’s Day help for Irish racing greyhounds

Please click and sign a petition to protect Irish racetrack greyhounds. Together, the world’s dog lovers can raise Ireland’s racetrack  standards to meet United Kingdom standards. Do it because every dog deserves a life worth living. Thanks for caring, sharing and clicking on “Why Irish Greyhounds Need Our Help.”

National Review Twelve things that caught my eye today St. Patrick’s Day 2015

 

Why Irish greyhound dogs need our help

The first greyhounds lived esteemed and loved

Drawings and paintings of greyhounds date back 4,000 years. From the ancient Egyptians to Homer’s Odyssey to the Bible, greyhound dogs lived as companions to royalty. Laws in many societies forbid commoners from owning or breeding greyhounds. At one point, greyhound dogs, known as sight hounds and used in hunting, lived protected and valued far more than a human life. Want to know more? Visit “History of the Greyhound Dog Breed” on Golden State Greyhound Adoption.

Help Irish Greyhound race track dogs

Irish Greyhounds need our help. Puppies and dogs that prove they do not love to chase a lure or lose a race suffer being euthanized. Dogs that run in races live in filthy small crates, travel long distances without water or food. Help change the laws to match the standards in the United Kingdom.

Please sign this Care2 petition. Tell the Irish government that the world’s dog lovers CARE about the dogs who make dog racing possible in their country. Save racetrack greyhounds from suffering horrible treatment and death.

The story of this ongoing tragic abuse needs voices from people all over the world. My friend, Rosee believes that signatures from citizens in the Untied States of America, can make a difference by signing this petition and changing the laws in Ireland. Read more on my 1 Minute for Irish Greyhounds.

Meet Speedy, a lucky Irish greyhound, before and after

an Irish underfed track dog
Speedy came as a racetrack rescue from Ireland.

Photo credit: Katrin Bargheer

Please sign this petition NOW.  Please share this post and the Care2 petition on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and in emails to friends. Care2 Petition Bring Irish Greyhound Racing Regulations in line with the UK Thanks for caring, Deborah Taylor-French

Speedy now lives with Rosee. Notice Speedy’s shiny coat, clear strong gaze and well-fed muscles?

Former Irish racing greyhound, now safe & happy
Former Irish racing greyhound, now safe & happy

Photo credit: Judith Utner