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A little truth about pet brokers I bet you did not know

My little tip of the day for those folks out there that still insist on buying from pet stores: Did you ask where they get their pets from? Did they say Rainbow World Exotics? Did you buy it anyway? If so, you the reason for animals suffering needlessly, and you are part of a major problem in companion animal abuses!!! Truth!!!  You have just bought your pet from one of the biggest animal brokers …

in the USA, and yes my Canadian friends they sell to our pet stores as well! Rainbow is not alone in their abuses, there are many, many brokers/companies with all the same practices which include: no veterinary care, killings without anesthesia, surgeries preformed on animals by laymen (people without accredited training) also without benefit of proper anesthesia, starvation, and much more! Did you know that animals deemed “unsellable” are used as breeding stock this includes animals with broken limbs, deformities, and much more???? Well now you know, now I hope you take the time to educate yourself on the truth and the reality of pet store pets, this includes back yard and unscrupulous breeders as well! Take the time to visit your local shelter, rescues, and animal control facilities first! if you did just that one thing, just imagine the suffering that one small act could end!!!! Rant concluded!
Please remember that PETA is about PETA, and donations, and not much more! Certainly not animal welfare. However the video does speak the truth about these companies and their actions.
-Apitome-

Another dog shot by improperly trained police!!!! Just exactly how many of these will go on before we demand change?

The idea to do this post came to me from a contact on Facebook, Charlie Cifarelli. He has created a page: (Star The New York Pit Bull Shot by Police) here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/StarTheNewYorkPitbullShotByPolice Thank you Charlie for sending me the info and the link!

I understand the fear behind a rushing dog, believe me I do being the victim of a vicious dog attack, I above others understand that, however the dog that attacked me and this dog are in very different categories and circumstances.

In a society where we have companion animals, better understanding and training are quite obviously needed, I mean how many dogs have been shot this year by misguided and overly aggressive policing? Well there have been 8 reported cases in the USA and 3 reported in Canada to date this year, and I should say that I found, there could be more, so who knows the real numbers, we will never know about the unreported cases now will we?

Today police are so sadly and obviously untrained on how to deal with such situations, so let me give the good old boys in blue some insight, and this comes from over 30 years experience with dogs.., dogs give “bluff” rushes or “charges” in situations where they feel their safety or the safety of their pack is in question. That is Fact!

This dog was trying to back them off, to get people to step back, he was protecting his daddy! Plain and simple! This was no aggressive or dangerous dog, and he certainly was no “threat” to public safety.

My problem with this is a two-fold one, and it comes to play when I see police men/women not taking the “proper” steps in conflict resolution with companion animals more specifically dogs. My concerns are as follows;

Firstly the use of deadly force, when a taser or pepper spray should have been the first choice, and deadly force the last and only option, I can also tell you that pepper spray or mace would have incapacitated that dog long enough to subdue him. All police officers should be equipped with such items, Yes???

Secondly the dog appears to have no leash on, so again, we have a situation where a pit bull is out in public without proper protection, yes that’s right protection, like it or not as bully/ pitbull/ mastiff/ boxer/ rotti/ owners we are all under the microscope, ALL OF THE TIME, and we MUST protect our dogs.

As an example I always “umbilical” or waist belt my dog when we go for walks, ALWAYS!  I am not blaming the victim by any means rather I feel for this man, on many levels, but… had he been leashed, had a leash been around his owners hand, or waist maybe the outcome could have been different.

For me anyway, this is proof that police are NOT properly trained, and yet are given guns, given weapons that kill, and given carte blanch to do so, and very little training to go along with that heavy burden. It is shameful to me! It is scary that a police officer can say something like “I only had 10 seconds to react, so what could I do?” and all of a sudden it wipes the slate clean. It shouldn’t! So here’s just one more thing to think about if it was your dog, or child, or husband that they perceived in 10 seconds to be a threat, would it wipe the slate for you?

Many aspects of police work, standards and policies MUST be revamped and much more in-depth training simply MUST take place for the safety of all citizens, and their pets!

Here is the video originally released on YouTube: Star shot by improperly trained idiot policemen

What do you think about this? Please feel free to comment.

Thanks

-Apitome-


When is a service dog, a service dog? Who decides what “service” & “disability” really are and/or who really has them?

This is the second story of the same nature I have heard about this week, so I felt compelled to share it with you. Also I would like to give a special “Bark out” to Edward Owens for allowing me to share this with you all.

Eight-year-old Sean Forsyth suffers from autism. The Pine Richland School District (In Gibsonia, PA) has used stalling tactics and other unprofessional behavior with the Forsyth family to discourage them from asking that Sean’s service dog, Sophia, be allowed to attend school with him. The petition will be sent to the superintendent and other officials in the hopes public opinion forces them to follow the law and allow Sophia to attend school with Sean under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Sophia is Sean’s best friend and biggest helper. Having her in school with him will help give him the best educational experience possible. Below is a petition to allow Sophia to go with Sean to school, please feel free to sign and share with friends.

Let Sophia go to school with Sean

It is really time we start looking past our own “Issues” and focus on helping people. The simple fact is that children, all children deserve the right to a proper education, and personally I feel if Sophia can help Sean obtain that, then I fully support her and her skin-kid! Sean’s Mother Jennifer started this petition and Edward graciously allowed me to “borrow” his copy if you will.

It has been said that the safety of the other children is a concern, and honestly that is so silly to me, I mean let’s think about it for a minute, service dogs are everywhere in the Western world, Canada and the USA use them for a variety of tasks and at no time when I see a service dog in public to I think, “Oh my lord, gather your children, the beast is a bout to strike!” If we did, there would be no service dogs, and the only service dog in History, to attack a person was a Vancouver service dog that was protecting his owner from a mugging, so for me it’s a “no counter”

I think that what is important here is that Sophia gives Sean what he needs to be able to function at school, and frankly even if at the bare minimum, all she gives him is self-confidence/esteem it would be a resonating YES for me.

To everyone who has taken the time to hear Sean and Sophia’s story, and help out! You are action takers, and the world needs that right now, so thank you very much!

Here is the other story I was referring to:

Washington, PA boy denied service dog

makes me wonder if PA needs to accompany the tin man to see the wizard and obtain their heart as well!

-Apitome-


It’s time to kick the lid off the BS and the lies, & everyone better be prepared to step up!

So it has become clear to me, that the civilized countries we call home are in fact not very civilized at all. (Gasp!) shocking I know! However it is now quite obvious that The American, European and Canadian governments will very actively and deliberately look the other way on goods imported from China. They will allow laws on several fronts, to be broken.

They fail to have or enforce strict animal abuse laws in relation to the animal products brought into our countries. They fail us, the people, by not having a zero tolerance on importation and inspection standards, or the guidelines and restrictions there in. Our governments do not refuse to allow products lacking such guidelines or standards into our countries. In fact they seems to welcome anything and everything imported from China. They have adopted a “We’ll worry about that later” attitude, maybe because in the case of America and Canada a large part of our retail consumption is based around products that come from companies and their manufacturing plants in China, such as:

AT&T
Abercrombe & Fitch
Abbott Laboratories
Acer Electronics
AIG Financial
Agrilink Foods, Inc. (ProFac)
Allergan Laboratories
American Eagle Outfitters
American Standard
Amphenol Corporation
Amway Corporation
Armani
Armour Meats
Ashland Chemical
Ashley Furniture
Associated Grocers
Avon
Banana Republic
Bausch & Lomb, Inc.
Baxter International
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Best Foods
Body Shop
Borden Foods
Calrad Electric
Campbell ‘s Soup
Canon Electronics
Carole Cable
Casio Instrument
Caterpillar, Inc.
CBC America
CCTV Outlet
Checker Auto
CitiCorp
Cisco Systems
Chiquita Brands International
Claire’s Boutique
Cobra Electronics
Coby Electronics
Coca Cola Foods
Colgate-Palmolive
Colorado Spectrum
ConAgra Foods
Cooper Tire
Corning, Inc.
Coleman Sporting Goods
Compaq
Crabtree & Evelyn
Cracker Barrel Stores
Craftsman Tools (see Sears)
Cummins, Inc.
Dannon Foods
Dell Computer
Del Monte Foods
Dewalt Tools
DHL
Dial Corporation
Diebold, Inc.
Dillard’s, Inc.
Dodge-Phelps
Dole Foods
Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.
Dow-Corning
Eastman Kodak
EchoStar
Eclipse CCTV
Edge Electronics Group
Electric Vehicles USA, Inc.
Eli Lilly Company
Emerson Electric
Enfamil
Estee Lauder
Eveready
Family Dollar Stores
FedEx
Fisher Scientific
Ford Motors
Fossil
Frito Lay
Furniture Brands International
GAP Stores
Gateway Computer
GE, General Electric
General Foods International
General Mills
General Motors
Gentek
Gerber Foods
Gillette Company
Goodrich Company
Goodyear Tire
Google
Gucci
Guess?
Haagen-Dazs
Harley Davidson
Hasbro Company
Heinz Foods
Hershey Foods
Hitachi
Hoffman-LaRoche
Holt’s Automotive Products
Hormel Foods
Home Depot
Honda Motor
Hoover Vacuum
HP Computer
Honda
Honeywell
Hubbell Inc.
Huggies
Hunts-Wesson Foods
ICON Office Solutions
IBM
Ikea
Intel Corporation
J.C. Penny’s
J.M. Smucker Company
John Deere
Johnson Control
Johnson & Johnson
Johnstone Supply
JVC Electronics
KB Home
Keebler Foods
Kenwood Audio
KFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kimberly Clark
Knorr Foods
K-Mart
Kohler
Kohl’s Corporation
Kraft Foods
Kragen Auto
Land’s End
Lee Kum Kee Foods
Lexmark
LG Electronics
Lipton Foods
L.L. Bean, Inc.
Logitech
Libby’s Foods
Linen & Things
Lipo Chemicals, Inc.
Lowe’s Hardware
Lucent Technologies
Lufkin
Mars Candy
Martha Stewart Products
Mattel
McCormick Foods
McDonald’s
McKesson Corporation
Megellan GPS
Memorex
Merck & Company
Michael’s Stores
Mitsubishi Electronics
Mitsubishi Motors
Mobile Oil
Molex
Motorola
Motts Applesauce
Multifoods Corporation
Nabisco Foods
National Semiconductor
Nescafe
Nestles Foods
Nextar
Nike
Nikon
Nivea Cosmetics
Nokia Electronics
Northrop Grumman Corporation
NuSkin International
Nutrilite (see Amway)
Nvidia Corporation (G-Force)
Office Depot
Olin Corporation
Old Navy
Olympus Electronics
Orion-Knight Electronics
Pacific Sunwear, Inc.
Pamper’s
Panasonic
Pan Pacific Electronics
Panvise
Papa Johns
Payless Shoesource
Pelco
Pentax Optics
Pep Boy’s
Pepsico International
PetsMart
Petco
Pfizer, Inc.
Philips Electronics
Phillip Morris Companies
Pier 1 Imports
Pierre Cardin
Pillsbury Company
Pioneer Electronics
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Pizza Hut
Plantronics
PlaySchool Toys
Polaris Industries
Polaroid
Polo (see Ralph Loren)
Post Cereals
Price-Pfister
Pringles
Praxair
Proctor & Gamble
PSS World Medical
Pyle Audio
Qualcomm
Quest One
Radio Shack
Ralph Loren
RCA
Reebok International
Reynolds Aluminum
Revlon
Rohm & Hass Company
Samsonite
Samsung
Sanyo
Shell Oil
Schwinn Bike
Sears-Craftsman
Seven-Eleven (7-11)
Sharp Electronics
Sherwin-Williams
Shure Electronics
Sony
Speco Technologies/Pro Video
Shopko Stores
Skechers Footwear
SmartHome
Smucker’s (see J.M. Smucker’s)
Solar Power, Inc.
Spencer Gifts
Stanley Tools
Staple’s
Starbucks Corporation
Steelcase, Inc.
STP Oil
Sunkist Growers
SunMaid Raisins
Sunglass Hut
Sunkist
Subway Sandwiches
Switchcraft Electronics
SYSCO Foods
Sylvania Electric
3-M
Tai Pan Trading Company
Tamron Optics
Target
TDK
Tektronix, Inc
Texas Instruments
Timex
Timken Bearing
TNT
Tommy Hilfiger
Toro
Toshiba
Tower Automotive
Toyota
Toy’s R Us, Inc.
Trader Joe’s
Tripp-lite
True Value Hardware
Tupper Ware
Tyson Foods
Uniden Electronics
UPS
Valspar Corporation
Victoria ‘s Secret
Vizio Electronics
Volkswagen
VTech
Walgreen Company
Walt Disney Company
Walmart
WD-40 Corporation
Weller Electric Company
Western Digital
Westinghouse Electric
Weyerhaeuser Company
Whirlpool Corporation
Wilson Sporting Goods
Wrigley
WW Grainger, Inc.
Wyeth Laboratories

X-10
Xelite
Xerox
Yahoo
Yamaha
Yoplait Foods
Yum Brands
Zale Corporation.., Just to name a few!

Jamieson Vitamins (recently pulled out of China due to fertilizers being used in the same machines that process their vitamins without even being cleaned between uses.)

In large part, you name it, we divert it to be made there. Due to the massive lack of safety, cruelty, and environmental protocols we are being placed in grave danger and do not even know it. Sound good so far?

At this point, we had better hope we never have a war with China, because if we do, guess who’s holding all the balls? Guess who could in effect bring our countries to their knees without ever firing a shot? I digress…,

Now, let’s go back and connect the dots a tad on this three part story;

1) Puppy mills, the Government, and the ways in which they let us and the Companion animals down.

2) Barbarism and animal cruelty on the part of the China, and the cover up going on in terms of the lack of standards in they have that will ultimately affect us.

3) Chinese immigrants who live in our countries that routinely break our laws, and animal welfare acts.

In some cases such as the case of the Minnesota puppy miller (orignal story below)  and how our governments fail/ed to follow up on these pet peddlers, they seldom if ever permanently or completely shut them down even after countless violations and deaths due to neglect and cruelty.

Allowing them to continue on, only sees to it, that many more innocent lives will be lost. Legitimate breeders do not do conduct themselves in such ways, and THEY should be standing together, demanding stronger restrictions, tougher certification processes, and periodic inspections. After all, these “millers” are placing a black mark on the title or name “breeder.”

When it comes to the domestic/companion animal trade it would seem all is fair game, the only real losers in this are the animals and the people these millers sucker into buying their psychologically damaged and most often ill pets.

I am posting several video’s below, some are not so nice, to say the least, in fact some were gut wrenching for me to watch, heartbreaking to sit through, but… the truth Must be seen! We simply Must be willing to see such evils if we are ever to be able speak out against them with honesty and complete understanding. We must also come together and get the laws changed to protect not only the animals in our countries from being victimized, but the animals subjected to countless acts of torture, abuse, neglect, cruelty and murder in China, and all for our fashion trade and trends.

This is all because of the importers and manufacturers, the big name American companies who seek to save a buck, to get it cheap, because of designers that chose to look the other way, also because it is cheap, and don’t forget they still believe fur is fashionable. (Pfth!)

We must change our importation of goods laws to protect ourselves. We have the right to know what’s in the things we are buying. The majority of we have to wear, and what we have to eat, again is coming directly from China. Nothing should be permitted into our countries without testing done at the importers expense. If products come back tainted, or made from our pet stock than they should be returned to their point of origin without delay, again at the importers expense. How quickly you would see a set standard applied, and how quickly you would see the current actions of China change! Money does make the world go round right?

Now let’s start slowly, and go back one more step, to the puppy millers. First we have the puppy mill dogs that ended up in a butcher shop, I would really like to know, exactly how do dogs that come from a shady US puppy miller in Minnesota end up in a chinese butcher shop in New York being sold as “meat”?  and did any of you die-hard New Yorker’s end up eating dog burgers while you watched the Superbowl this year?

Can anyone come up with a palatable version of how that happens? Where exactly did they all go if not into the bellies of chinese immigrants, that can’t get by on the chicken, beef, pork, fish, and the assorted seafood we sell here? Unless, as I suspect, the merchants also lie and label it as Beef or something else, so unsuspecting people like you and I will buy it as well and end up eating dog meat at our dinner tables, feeding it to our children, oh yum!

Over 170 dogs as the report details, mostly Huskies were delivered to this butcher shop. Are you kidding me? No one, got a little weirded out by the fact that live dogs, that were supposed to be going to a “Canine Culture Center” What ever the stink that is! Were in fact being delivered to a chinese butcher shop? I mean come on!  This is like something out of a strange but true magazine or a Steven King novel! That didn’t ring any bells.., didn’t raise even one red flag for anyone? Seriously?

This whole companion animal and livestock culture we have created, that says it’s ok to buy, sell, use, abuse, kill, and regard as trash, that we knowingly allow sanctioned puppy mills to ship off dogs to face horrific deaths in the back alley or underbelly of some sleezy Chinese butcher shops has to end! This simply has got to end!

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/10/31/i-team-investigates-minnesota-dog-breeder/

So apparently you can have your license jerked for abuse and torture, but hey! No worries! You can always sell to a chinese butcher to make your money back! Great message there, and where were the state licensing officers to make sure this did not happen? Where is the health department? Where was immigration? Where were all the key players in this? Let me guess, they were huddled together with their heads buried in the sand along with the politicians who didn’t want to see this coming? Who are too afraid to pack up and send back any and all new citizens that break our laws! To afraid refuse shipments from China, to demand proof of testing! To demand proof of what is really in these products! Who were too afraid that taking puppy millers to task would be too “expensive”

Well it doesn’t end with just dogs and cats friends.., Here’s a look at some turtles that ended up being served up at a Chinese supermarket in America, California to be exact:

*pay close attention to the butchers comment, he tells the woman filming this… “No filming please” So he knows what he is doing is wrong, and doesn’t care! Awesome, good to know!

http://youtu.be/Y3x8pzS1nDk

Now we go across the sea to take a larger look into the butchers themselves: **WARNING GRAPHIC FOOTAGE NOT FOR CHILDREN VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

http://youtu.be/OyVceD9Rzkc

Don’t even begin to tell  me that this is ok, or that it’s none of our business! It is our business! Because these lost lives are ending up on my kids boots, and coats, our wallets and belts are made from the skin these Sadists so callously ripped from their bodies, maybe even in, or on the cute little sweaters we buy our dogs.

http://youtu.be/eRSLFFvoeH0

http://youtu.be/44UhRDZv-hk

I do not Support PETA, I have made that abundantly clear, time and time again, and in all honesty I do not believe they are willing to do anything except chirp and belch out a few words on injustice and abuse. Just loud enough to get their name back in the papers and get more “Donations”  from people just like you.

So I urge all of you, each one, to do several things to combat these atrocities, Firstly NEVER buy pets online or from pet stores that you cannot verify as legitimate, as they are the biggest suppliers of “miller” dogs and puppies. Always do your homework before you buy, check them out on google, sometimes if they have any violations or complaints you will see it there.

Always make sure the breeder is close enough to you, that you can visit on site. Make sure there are no “off-limits” areas while you are there, that is a huge red flag. They do have the right to ask you to sanitize your hands and shoes, things of that sort, but no hiding spots.

I also urge you to Boycott all fur, and products with fur from China. China’s supposed “fun fur” doesn’t look very “fun” to me.

Boycott all products from China, I know what you are thinking, and you are right, almost everything we buy especially if you shop at Wal-Mart, comes from China. Thank the corporations and big businesses for that one. But… it can be done! If I can do it, any of you can too. You will see things circulating on the internet about how to tell what comes from China by reading a bar code, well that is misleading, the number sequences are way off, for example;

It says that if the bar code starts with a 600 to 697 That is China, ok fair enough, but if it starts with a 0 (Zero)  that means it was made in the USA. However you have to read your labels, because some products that are made here, are then shipped to China for packaging where if not handled right, can be contaminated, and or altered. Keep in mind China has NO standards for safety to the environment, none for public safety in relation to consumption, well ok nothing that they feel compelled to report or change, I guess feeding people fertilizer vitamins, and melamine laced baby formula is ok, as long as you don’t get caught. There is a culture disconnect there, where if you pretend something has not happen, then it in fact did not! They routinely lie or are misleading about what they have done to these products, how they have been handled and where they are made, by labeling somethings as “made in Germany” for one example, when in fact they were clearly made in China! Crafty little money seekers, I will give them that.

The only real way to be sure is to research the products you use and find out where they are made, manufactured, and packaged. If they lie, return the products and get your money back! Secondary to that, demand your government come clean! Use your voice to say you will not tolerate being lied to anymore! Say out loud that “we the people” don’t want anything from China, anymore! Nothing tainted with melamine, lead, or cadmium, nothing lined with the fur and skins of dogs and cats, nothing made from the torture and neglect of any innocent animals. Write these corporations telling them you will no longer use their products as long as they keep their plants in China!

Speak out against any immigrants including the chinese, who thumb their noses at our laws. They must be held to the same standards and requirements as the rest of us. The must live by our laws, not their own. They must not be allowed move to our countries, and enact the same atrocities on our soil as they do on their own!

To show you how easy it is to eliminate “Made In China” off your shopping lists, I have successfully pulled almost everything (approx 97%) made in China off my shopping lists and found local alternatives. I am Still working on the other 3% through more research. But I will get there very soon.

Please do not just look the other way, we should be well past this caveman style of thinking “It’s not really my problem” and on animal husbandry. Cats and dogs were always meant to be companion animals here, not dinner, and certainly not an accessory, a tourist trinket or a fashion statement! No animal should be mistreated and displayed like that when there is absolutely no need for fur or hides today. Find alternatives!

As for the chinese eating man’s best friend, well these are for the most part imported breeds, such as Golden Labs, St. Bernards, Huskies, Shepherds, they may not be man’s best friend in Asia but they are to us. Be worthy of that! Stop selling your dogs to death dealers! This is not where we thought they would end up;

http://youtu.be/SFHTxbu5_fs

Pretty barbaric…, yes? well there’s your look into this sub-human culture of dog meat, and the dog and cat fur trade, but hang on, lets take a look into the “fur” that gets imported into our countries. Well it’s not rocket science and it doesn’t take a team of chimps working around the clock to figure out, that palms are getting greased, and things are touching down on our soil that have no place here.

What you choose to do with the information is ultimately up to you. If you can carry on then, just as though you do not know, good luck with that! Personally, I am forever changed in how I see barbaric cultures, how I see my government for failing us and the animals, and lastly how we allow the rich and elite to dictate what will be brought here for the lowest possible cost to them, and what laws our governments turn their backs on for money and a vote.

The following video was also published in my post (So you like fur), I am airing it again now:

***GRAPHIC CONTENT NOT FOR CHILDREN*** VIDEO BLACKED OUT BUT AUDIO WAS STILL RUNNING.

http://youtu.be/AWZ08qws2oo

I am not publishing these videos or this post to hurt people, I did not make these videos, I did not do these acts, I am simply shedding some light on the epidemic of abuse that dogs, cats, and wild animals endure in China, and how no one does anything about it. How it’s apparently being done on our shores as well. There was always abuse, but not this garbage!

Think about the trickle down effect that has now been allowed to pour into our meat markets and butcher shops and even some local grocery stores, and end it!

For anyone who can’t respect our laws and culture. If you want to live only by your rules and your culture than let me simply say there is no piano tied to your butts! You are free to go back to your country of origin or birth anytime you choose, but I will not allow you to soil mine!

What am I hoping comes from this post? Well, it’s simple, I want my fellow countrymen those of birthright, and those who chose this land of ours, as their own, to respect it! To stand up, to stand with me and fight for the rights and the protections that all animals deserve, fight for our laws to be upheld not manipulated for a quick buck. I hope that those who chose to live here chose also to live respectfully and be part of our society, in a positive way.

We all have the right to follow any religion or faith we see fit, even none at all, but it is Not your right to practice the rituals of that culture or religion and label the bad behaviours as religious, or as a cultural difference. That no longer cut the mustard for me.

I don’t want to see a whole chicken or pig or dog dangling by its neck in any window, ever! I don’t want to see a turtle still alive, but with its shell hacked off on a bed of ice in a deli counter, suffering and slowly dying, in a brutal and pain filled manner. I don’t want to see fur that came from an animal who was skinned alive without anesthesia, on anything in my country! I don’t want to buy my kids their vitamins and find out they contain fertilizer or melamine or any other toxins in them period! And I sure as hell do not want to be lied to about these issues anymore!

Before I get all that hate mail rolling in, let me just say this, please do not try the race card here, If you try to make this about race in a pathetic attempt to deflect, shame on you! It won’t work, Firstly I am a multi racial woman, I want to very clearly state that I am NOT a racist in any way shape or form. Race, color, religion, and species, do not factor into how I view an animal or a human.

I do however have prejudices against bad behaviour, against those who take my country’s laws and thumb their noses at it. I have prejudices against anyone that can abuse an animal, a child, or the elderly, if you fit into any of those categories, you are fair game to me, and I will do anything and everything in my power to see you stopped!

Secondly, no one is saying lump “everyone” under one umbrella, what I am saying is that this is out of control, I`m saying that the majority of people in China that do these things, do them routinely, and without guilt. That cannot continue to go unchecked! Those who do these things, and those who choose to ignore it, lack morals, they lack compassion and empathy, they act as though our laws are of no real significance, and don’t really need to be ahered to. They allow poisonous materials to be added to the foods we ingest, and think nothing of it! It’s cheaper to let it be shipped out than it is to do it right or to fix it. Simply put they have no standards at all, unless mediocrity or epic failure is now the set standard for everything!

That much can not be denied! Nothing I have said is racism, its called speaking a truth, trying to spill out all the dirty secrets that have been hidden for far too long now, having compassion for another life, even those that are not human. For demanding the things we are sold are safe! For demanding that those who chose my country as their home, do not change my way of life to suit theirs. To see to it that they do not break the laws my ancestors fought and died for, and to make sure they do not destroy what we have all worked hard to build and create!

Have the courage to demand better, to demand justice and proper care for animals, to demand that you, your children, and your pets are safe. Enough of being afraid to offend or hurt others when they so clearly could care less if the offend or hurt us.

If this sounds angry to you.. You are correct I am angry! And you should be too! You should be angry enough to stop just belching out the “that’s too bads” and the “What a shames” and get off your lazy asses and do something to stop it! Your forefathers had courage, they stood toe to toe with injustice, they had pride in their country, they helped their countrymen by investing in them, by giving them employment, they didn’t farm it out for 80 cents a day, and they took great pride in the things they made!

Are you ready for this to stop? Ready to do what it takes? Stop these sadistic practices, by reading, getting educated and start writing letters and sending emails! Show up at city council meetings!

Here are some other resources I would like to share:

http://www.stophondenenkattenbont.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=4&lang=en&mid=5013152

http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/home.php

http://www.piaberrend.org/

http://www.gan.ca/campaigns/fur%20trade/cat%20and%20dog%20fur.en.html

I have given you all the information I can, now its up to you.

Thank you

-Apitome-


Proud to be Canadian!

I have always said adoptions between the US and Canada should be a very simple and easy process, if there are (Ahem) not enough homes in the US why can’t these animals come to waiting homes here, and vice versa?

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/taxonomy/term/13396/2011/08/09/canadas-underground-railroad-dogs

Special thanks to all those who make these types of transfers and adoptions possible!

-Apitome-


The US Government and their part in Dog Fighting.

In 2006 the US Government along with local and state authorities launched “Operation Bite Back.” A sting aimed at taking out dog fighters in Cincinnati. Along with Cincinnati, Philly, Florida, LA and New York were also significant hot beds. Now it sounds good so far right? This sting resulted in 23 convictions, including that of the “king pin” Terry Kendrick, who ran what he dubbed the “OG Posse” and housed 16 pit bulls in his basement, all in tiny crates, stacked up like cord wood, in appalling conditions.  He also staged and co-ordinated dog fights. He became very trusting of an undercover investigator working on the sting and as a result showed his “dogs” to said investigator, who by now had gained not only his trust but whom later used the Governments rented warehouse to stage three dog fights for Kendrick.

Kendrick thought this agent was in fact a career criminal just like himself. These are old cases but I wanted to take you all back in time on this to review how these cases were set up and handled. Terry Kendrick was ultimately convicted and received a 13 + 3 years, sentence. His fellow fighters were all violent felons in their own right, they ran drugs, were involved in food stamps fraud, gun trafficking, and prostitution. They would use almost any space to hold these fights including a hair salon if you can imagine that one. Some of the fights he staged collected 2-3 thousand dollars per fight. In some cases, Kendrick charged $1 hundred per person as an entrance fee, and had several matches that garnered him upwards of 1 hundred thousand dollars a fight. For Kendrick as soon as these dogs had no monetary value, they were killed and disposed of immediately.

In 2007 Michael Vick tipped the worlds vision of “Sports Icons” off its axis. We saw how far dog fighting has come, that anyone can be a key player, and that it was no longer just gang bangers and street hustlers using their dogs to settle disputes and make some quick cash, it was now a mainstream means of making illegal incomes. We saw that the “players” could be a sports hero, a street level criminal, a doctor, a lawyer, and even a child. The common denominator between them all is, they are all violent or had violent tendancies or violence related offenses in their past. They seek to quench this thirst for blood in “the pit” Michael Vick chose to blame his thirst for violence on his childhood, (Pfth!) Never really taking true ownership of what he had done, rather allowing his “handlers” to draft up very cunning words filled with fake regret. Vick has since gone on to whitewash and minimize his actions, even placing the blame on friends, in the process, he has since gained several endorsement deals, largely in part to the HSUS using his infamy to promote anti-dog fighting, again, (Pfth!)

There are about 100,000 street level fighters scattered like a virus throughout the US. Most street level fighters range from their teens to early 20’s however children as young as 9 years old have been caught engaging in dog fighting and or collecting strays to use as bait dogs. They use their dogs as a vehicle to settle scores between each other.

85 % of all dogs in shelters and city pounds across the US are primarily pit or pit bull mixes, and most end up euthanized. In Canada who knows. Canada very never makes these figures known to the public. Unless ofcoarse you want to pay your city council $3000.00 to get it.

Keep in mind though, that these figures are based on the fighters on the “grid” or “radar” so to speak. I guarantee the real figures far exceed that, probably three or four fold. The piles of filth involved in dog fighting have made comparisons to boxing and refer to it as a sport, which personally I find to be an offensive and pathetic attempt to minimize the abuse. A man chooses to fight, a dog does not. It is no more a sport that child abuse or rape.

As far as monitoring dog fighting goes, local police forces in the US and Canada are trained in penal statutes and dog fighting in most states is labeled under the agricultural statute. For local police there are very few guidelines, and even less training, even today.

*Breaking it down*

THE PIT:  16 x 16 “pits” are constructed, flooring in these pits is most often cheap or used carpeting. These pits are walled in so the dogs cannot easily escape.

ROLLS: Rolls are sparing matches usually set up between a young dog vs an older more experienced fighting dog, set up to test the younger dog. The challenge is quite simple, hold your own, or be labelled a “cur”

A CUR: Very simply put a cur is a dog that will not fight or tries to flee the pit. These dogs are the most despised by fighters and the reason is simple, if they won’t fight then they can’t win, and if they can’t win they won’t make any money. These dogs are weeded out and immediately killed, usually by shooting, choking, drowning, electrocution, punching, body slamming, you get the idea here. It is always painful and never humane. So the dog fighters thirst for blood and violence is quenched either way.

TRUNKING: Trunking is a match held between two dogs, on city streets, really anywhere the dog fighters can pull over, and crank their stereos to drown out the noise. The rules on this one are again painfully simple 10-15 minutes in a trunk together the winner lives the loser does not.

Dog fighting matches are divided as follows; Male on male, female on female both dogs of equal weight (sheesh how fair of the fighters on that one!) In a Documentary, I saw a dog whom I have dubbed “Halo” desperately trying to escape the pit, whimpering, screaming out in pain, his captors dragged and shoved him time after time back into the pit, not only did this poor soul not escape the pit, but he did not escape death at the hands of these men. Law enforcement did NOTHING to save this dog!

You see while you and I spend our free time with our kids, or at the beach, at the movies, or just relaxing at home, these men and those who pay to watch this garbage, spent their free time in garages, warehouses, and filthy basements watching and forcing dogs to rip each other apart! Sound like model citizens to you? Sound like forgivable offenses to you? Think again, the audiences are by far the wost in this, and they are filled with teachers, lawyers, doctors, mothers and sons! Some were even filmed eating and drinking beer at these events, I mean can you imagine watching animals tear each other apart, listening to squealing dogs in pain, and bones breaking, while choking back a hot dog and a beer? Jesus!

In 2007 Harris County (Texas) embarked on a sting to bust dog fighters, sounds good right? Well hang on to your seats, this is where it starts to get ugly on the part of the bureaucrats. “Operation Dead Game” was put into play. Sgt. Cliff Manning and another undercover officer went in posing as criminals and dog fighters, they slowly established themselves within this group by a variety of tactics. Eventually they were trusted and bought three pit bulls from these dog fighters, the dogs were Outlaw, Delilah, and Brutus. They purchased these dogs knowing very clearly that at some point they “might” I say, “would” be “forced” (take note of those two words) to put one or all in the pit. And sadly for Brutus that day came.

These “protectors of the innocent” these “boys in blue” took that dog and placed him in the pit, to fight for his life. Here is where I have to ask, if they were conducting a sting on child molesters, would they have so readily thrown a child into a hotel room with a pedophile to “see what happens” and gain a conviction? We all know that would never happen, because human life has ever so much more intrinsic value now doesn’t it? BS!

Of the investigation, and ultimate brutalization of poor Brutus, this is what officer Manning had to say, and I quote, “Thankfully the dog performed admirably, that fight forged bonds between us and the dog fighters.” Still sound good to you? It gets better, Chief Prosecutor (Animal Cruelty) for Harris County District Attorney, Belinda Smith said in regards to the “operation” and again I quote, ” I just thought if we didn’t do this, it was a lost opportunity, and hopefully we could have other positive benefits come out of it.” Really Belinda? Think about that statement and what that meant for the dogs for just a moment will you?

The shining culmination and moment, the positive benefit, Belinda smith spoke of, and the justification for laying down with the dogs and picking up fleas, for blurring the lines between right and wrong, for turning themselves into dog fighters, and peddlers of death, drug dealers and sellers of weapons was, Texas Department of Corrections got the largest sentence for dog fighting offenses.

80 people were busted 23 were convicted and a 3 year sentence was given to a key player in that one. In all cases 188 dogs were seized however several groups out of that 188 were ultimately euthanized. They never did say publicly what happened to Delilah, Outlaw and poor Brutus, but I can imagine their fates. So, not such a positive benefit for them now was it Belinda?

As for the convictions in the case kudos to the feds on that one, however, the government made a calculated move starting in 2006 to not only befriend and win over these dog fighters, they traded and sold weapons to each other, they got down in the dreck with these men and crossed the line!

Al White a notorious dog fighter and breeder of champion fighting dogs was busted, he had 8-10 pit bulls on his Appalachian property at any given time. Al’s dogs were examined and of them, all showed injuries consistent with dog fighting. The injuries were; scars overlapping, indicating that they had been repeatedly put in the pit, they had scaring on the face, legs, and abdomen, all sign that were consistent with dog fighting, they were all under weight, and lived their lives on the chain.

Dogs that are pit fighters go for the kill, family dogs that get into a dog fight or skirmish will show minimal to singular signs or abrasions. Al was ultimately charged but only got the 10 years + 10 years probation because they linked him to child molestation charges as well. I wonder what he would have gotten if it was just for dog fighting?

I do not want to diminish the work that undercover officers do, these men and women place their lives on the line, they are the ones who have to stand side by side with these killers, drug dealers, pimps, and dog fighters at great personal risk to their own safety, but what I do question are the methods, and the resulting convictions and punishments. Is it really necessary for them to become dog fighters, drug dealers, pimps, or pedophiles just to catch them? They do not have my understanding, or my respect if that’s the case.

If the police and all forms of law enforcement were out there on a personal level putting a real face to crime and rallying not just the public, but Law Makers and the senate as well, if they were trying to change the perimeters of the laws they work within, if they would testify before Senate Commities to strengthen the laws from the inside out, then yes, they would have my complete support and unwavering respect. Then and only then would we see tangible change because after all “We The People” can only do so much! They are part of us, their children get abducted, their dogs get stolen and used as bait dogs, and their family member become addicted to drugs just the same as ours do.

As far as these stings go there is more work to be done from the ground to the government to make sure that “We” …, those who seek justice, those whom are the victims be it animal or human are not allowed to fall through the cracks or used as pawns in “the game.” They must not allow themselves to become or sink to the level of these violent, blood thirsty and money hungry bottom feeders.

If we condone this type of case building and weak investigative techniques is it really justice? Or just a game in which all parties lose and justice its self is compromised. Sentences and punishments MUST be changed and who better to speak about it than these “officers of the law” Get in the real game boys! Step up and you too must join us in speaking out and create change!

Can judges set aside over crowding and weak laws and still stay stead fast for the sake of justice? Can they take action and think outside the box? Can they rally for better, tougher laws and shout out in a united voice, that abuse, no matter whom, or which species it is inflicted upon is wrong, and will not be tolerated! Shout out that it will result in the same sentencing as any other abuse, neglect or murder cases? Or will we just allow real justice to languish in the gutter, and allow these people to keep getting out, keep re-offending, and keep wasting our tax dollars on a system that so very clearly does not work?

In the end the dogs still pay the ultimate price, and it seems to me that with BSL still being spewed in various countries, and with such weak-minded politicians at the helm of our governments, unwilling to step up, that they always will. That sickens me to the core!

-Apitome-


The seeds of change have been planted. Go Cleveland!

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Now if we can just get the rest of America on board, and Canada, dear sweet in the dark ages Canada, If we can drag you kicking and screaming into the ring of common sense and logic, maybe we can set the stage for real change.

Change that places the burden where it belongs on the owner!

Special thanks to Ariel Wulff for writing this wonderful article great job!

-Apitome-


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