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October is Black Cat Awareness Month

October is Black Cat Awareness Month.

A whole month dedicated to one of the best cat colours around.

Although all the rest are equally good 🙂

How?

Think of it like quantum physics and infinite universes – where every possibility exists somewhere, so even thought there is a ‘best’ in each universe, overall, the probability is the same for them all, so they’re all… equal.

Black Cat crossing

Many superstitions surrounding the feline with sable fur, and if you’re daft enough to believe in such things, then there is good news. If you thought this event meant bad luck – all you have to do is look elsewhere and take your pick of superstitions, since different cultures assign different meaning.

Different cultures across the world have superstitious beliefs which claim either good or bad luck when a black cat crosses one’s path. Some sayings implicate good luck when black cat crosses: “Black cat, cross my path – good fortune bring to home and hearth. When I am away from home, bring me luck wherever I roam” (an old English one). “Whenever the cat of the house is black, the lasses of lovers will have no lack” (an English proverb). Some say crossing a black cat could mean Saturn is not favourable for you. Folklore from Sussex claims that black cats are suspected to be witches, so crossing their path would mean bad luck. In China, they are believed to bring famine and poverty. On the other hand, Latvian farmers believe black cats are the spirit of Rungis, the god of harvest, and when they find black cats in their granary, they become overjoyed.

Good Luck

  • In Germany, it is believed that if a black cat crosses left to right, then good luck will follow.
  • According to the beliefs of 19th century pirates, if a black cat walked away from someone, it meant good luck.

Bad luck

  • If you believe in bad luck when black cat crosses your path, you may also believe that if you walk backwards ten steps, then turn around three times, then the bad luck will be repelled.
  • In Germany, it is believed that if a black cat crosses right to left, then bad luck will follow.
  • According to the beliefs of 19th century pirates, if a black cat walked towards someone, it meant good luck.
  • Gamblers believe that if a black cat crosses their path when are about to play, then means bad luck for them.
  • When driving, if a black cat crosses it is believed that one should turn around and go back to avoid bad luck.
  • In western and southern Europe, a black cat crossing one’s path is said to bring bad luck.

None of these choices is going to have an effect on your luck, one way or another, but your current happiness level might rise if the cat approaches you, and you get to pet it.

We would like to remind you that Groucho Marx was right. All it means when a black cat walks in front of you is that the animal is going somewhere, and should either be pet, fed treats, or left well enough alone.

 

Groucho Marx Black Cat

 

Bonus – History of International Black Cat Awareness Month

The creation of International Black Cat Awareness Month, founded back in 2013, came about after it’s creator, Layla Morgan Wilde, noticed that while there were two days dedicated to black cats, one in the UK and one in the US, there was nothing dedicated to them on a wider level. Such a dedication was (and still is) desperately needed, as superstitions surrounding black cats have become so out of control that shelters won’t have begun to suspend adopting them out during October. Too often the cats were being adopted as part of the Halloween holiday mystique, and were abandoned, or worse, after the holiday had passed.

Even for the rest of the year, it can be more difficult to get them adopted. How much more difficult? Black cats adoption rates are some 50% lower than any other colour of cat.

That’s just plain crazy, and we can’t understand this at all.

A sable furred cat is perhaps one of the most beautiful animals to walk the earth.

Black Cat Relaxes

Black Cat Relaxes

At the end of the day, this stupidity arising from superstition amounts to nothing less than (an excuse for) animal cruelty and abuse.

Chances are anyone who uses these ‘rules’ to mock you is a bully, a racist, or worse.

If you can do anything to dispel it, please do.

Black Cat Support Group

#BlackCatAwarenessMonth

Time to end black cat discrimination

I wasn’t fully aware of the discrimination or victimisation of black cats today, until I spotted this ‘Awareness Month’ some time ago.

Since then, I’ve been following the updates on LoveMeow, and been saddened to see that this is not only a fact, but current.

Over the time I’ve been getting their updates, I’ve seen the mother cats with black kittens being left in shelters while their coloured litters find ‘Forever Homes’.

Possibly the saddest part of this observation is that those leaving the black kittens behind are rescuers. They should know better.

Here’s one of the most recent, sad, examples:

Stray Cat Brought to Clinic in a Carrier – Staff are Surprised to Find Newborn Kittens Inside

Mama Tulip and her little panther kitty Violet are still available.

“Tulip is a talkative, affectionate girl and has a really sweet personality. She likes to knead the blanket I have in the room and she purrs the whole time! She and Violet love to play together,” Natalie told Love Meow.

Panther kitten left behind

Panther kitten left behind

01/10/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Kitten dies after being dumped with family in cage near A71

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after three cats were found abandoned inside a cage on Allanton Road in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, last Monday.

The mother cat and her two kittens were riddled with fleas and had numerous health issues.

One of the kittens was too sick to recover, and had to be put to sleep.

Animal rescue officer Dawn Juma said: “The female cat was found with her two offspring inside a cage off the A71.

“They had been left on the eastbound side of the road heading in the Edinburgh direction.

“We are very grateful to the person who alerted us to the cats and stayed with them until we arrived.

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

If you have any information, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential helpline on 03000 999 999.

Kitten dumped with family in cage had to be put to sleep

Abandoned - The cats were riddled with fleas - Pic credit Scottish SPCA

Abandoned – The cats were riddled with fleas – Pic credit Scottish SPCA

17/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Six-week-old kitten dumped in Milton bin

In a deliberate act of animal cruelty, a six-week-old ginger and white kitten was stuffed into a paper bag and dumped in a bin on Ashgill Road, Milton.

While I don’t support the sort of witch-hunt called for by some when animals are dumped at shelters, the obviously no similarity between that and instances where people deliberately hide animals in places of danger, with the clear of aim of having someone unwittingly injure or kill them.

An appeal has been launched after a kitten was discovered inside a bin on a Glasgow North street.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted to the incident after a passer-by on Ashgill Road heard the young cat in distress on Wednesday, September 11.

The male, ginger and white kitten, who is around six weeks old, was found inside a white paper bag in a big.

Now, the Scottish SPCA is calling for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Animal rescue officer Ryan Cannon said: “The kitten was discovered inside a white paper bag in a bin.

“The bin is on Ashgill Road near the bus stop at Scaraway Street in the Milton area.

“He is a male, ginger and white kitten and we estimate he is around six weeks old. At this age, he should still be with his mum.

“We are thankful the member of the public heard the kitten’s cries. Who knows what would have happened if he hadn’t been found.

“He is now receiving the care he needs at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres.

“Someone deliberately put this kitten in the bin and we want to find out what happened.

“If anyone has any information, we would urge them to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Six week old kitten found abandoned in bin on Glasgow street

So, let’s identify who this was, and turn them in (before they start doing the same to children one day).

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, with anyone found guilty of doing so facing a ban from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

Appeal - The little kitten was dumped in a bin Pic credit Scottish SPCA

Appeal – The little kitten was dumped in a bin Pic credit Scottish SPCA

17/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Deliberate attempts to harm pets continue

I doubt the people who are behind the various attacks on animals/pets can resist bragging about how ‘brave and clever’ they are, so they are also being protected by their similarly ‘brave’ mates, and others.

But as I always note, they’re possibly/probably just practising for later life, when they move on to doing the same with children, and then adults.

They NEED to be turned in.

The most recent report is of pet treats being left near Glasgow’s Mitchell Library in grassy areas near Charing Cross.

Warning for pet owners after tack pins found inside dog treats near Mitchell Library

Tacks in pet treats Pic via GlasgowLive

Tacks in pet treats Pic via GlasgowLive

13/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Turn in animal abusers – their next victims could be children

There’s now a body of evidence and studies confirming that those who abuse animals are potentially making tentative steps towards advancing on to child abuse.

This week’s news suggests at leas three such people are out there now, honing their skills, with one case that could have been down to a lone offender, while the other must have involved at least two, with one brave abuser holding the cat while the other inflicted injuries.

Too close to me, in the Kirkintilloch/Lennoxtown area, a 9month old kitten was shot in the eye.

The nine-month-old kitten was rushed to Martin Veterinary Centre in Kirkintilloch on Thursday, where it was initially assumed that he had been involved in a car accident.

The vet’s Facebook page shared a post which reads: “The little kitten was stabilised by our amazing team and given supportive treatment.

“Today (Friday) our excellent vet Deyna x-rayed his head and body to check for further injuries and was shocked to see that the poor wee kitten had been shot in the eye.

“Deyna proceeded to remove the irreversibly affected eye and the very loving wee kitten has made a wonderful recovery and should lead a full and happy life.

“We are awaiting further advice from specialists as to whether we will need to do anything more in the meantime.”

The team at Martin Veterinary Centre may have saved the kitten’s life – but they remain concerned about the incident, which is believed to have happened in the Lennoxtown area.

The post adds a warning to other pet owners to be on alert, commenting: “The police will be involved in this case so hopefully the perpetrator will be caught.”

Kitten ‘shot in the eye’ and seriously injured prompts warning from vet

Nine-month old kitten shot in eye in ‘awful’ attack

Kitten Injured after being shot in the eye Pic Martin Veterinary Centre

Kitten Injured after being shot in the eye Pic Martin Veterinary Centre

 

Kitten pellet X-Ray Pic via GlasgowLive

Kitten pellet X-Ray Pic via GlasgowLive

The second, and potentially more worrying case (as regards the group of individual behind the attack) occurred down south, and resulted in the death of the cat the abused.

A family’s pet cat has been put down after 31 sewing needles were fired into him.

RSPCA inspectors have appealed for witnesses who might be able to identify the killers and the weapon used to inflict “excruciating pain” on Maniek.

His distraught owners thought he had been run over, only for x-rays to reveal the horrific cause of death.

Serena Holmes, senior vet surgeon at Celia Hammond Animal Trust, said: “When we x-rayed Maniek we were horrified to discover these needles in his body.

“We think it would have been difficult for one individual to have carried out this awful incident on their own as the cat would have been struggling to escape.

“So we think that more than one person could have been involved in this.”

Maniek was found limping in a neighbour’s garden two days after he went missing from the family home in Brent, north west London.

In the cruel attack, Maniek’s leg joints were dislocated and then he was peppered with needles as he struggled to run away.

RSPCA investigators believe the needles were fired into the cat by an adapted device, as the needles were different lengths and cut off at the top to fit into the gun.

The pet’s hocks could have also been dislocated by a person holding Maniek so that shots could be fired at him, or while he tried to get away.

RSPCA Inspector Francesca Tambini said: “I am actually horrified to think what poor Maniek has been through, he must have been terrified and in such excruciating pain when this happened.

“It’s likely the injuries to his legs were as a result of being held down while the device fired the needles into his poor little body.

“It just doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Family cat is put down after 31 sewing needles were fired into his body with a home-made needle gun

Maniek was missing for two days before his wounded body was found Pic credit SWNS

Maniek was missing for two days before his wounded body was found Pic credit SWNS

Vats have also appealed for information regarding the device or weapon used to fire the needles into the cat’s body.

She said: “While we don’t know what was used to fire the needles we do think that whatever it was it had been customised for the purpose of using the needles as ammunition.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone that might have a device of this kind, and hope that they will come forward to let us know, as we would like to establish what type of device it could be.

“This information will be treated in the strictest confidence and anyone getting in touch will just be helping us as part of the investigation.”

X-Rays of Maniek the cat who died after being shot with 31 sewing needles Pic credit SWNS

X-Rays of Maniek the cat who died after being shot with 31 sewing needles Pic credit SWNS

04/08/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Abusers need to be chased down and dealt with

Interesting to see the recently passed Domestic Abuse Bill has wider implications than at first might appear.

It’s obvious reach extends to include anything an abuser might use to exert influence over their partner with, and it seems that can include threats to harm pets as well, so if the act is applied, they could gain protection too.

Partners who abuse or threaten to hurt pets will now be breaking the law after new rules came into effect in Scotland.

The new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act came into force today which will see wide ranging changes to what constitutes domestic abuse in Scotland.

Coercive and abusive control is now illegal and the act covers multiple different types of abusive behaviour, including towards pets.

Statistics from the National Link Coaltion in the US show that the abuse of animals is a major red flag and precursor to more severe domestic abuse.

Figures show 71 per cent of abused women in the USA reported their pets being harmed, killed or threatened in order to control or intimidate them.

This sort of animal abuse will now be illegal in Scotland, meaning people who threaten pets as a way to control their partner will be considered to be abusing their partner.

The act also extends to property – including pets – meaning any threat to hurt a pet dog or cat or other animal can be considered abusive.

Det Supt McCreadie said: “Behaviour can be directed towards property (including pets) and can include intentionally failing to do something or intentionally failing to communicate something.”

This can include not feeding a pet, or not telling a partner their pet is at a friend’s house or at the vet in order to control that person.

Abusing pets is now illegal under the new Domestic Abuse act

Pets are having a bad time in some places, recalling the anti-freeze poisonings reported in some areas recently.

There have been a number of cases similar to this: Cats died from anti-freeze poisoning in Livingston and one might wonder if the target was a partner’s pet, as abusers wouldn’t care about harming others.

Then there are even more recent cases of harm directed against dogs, with poisoned food, and food laced with nails being left in one area.

SSPCA issue warning to dog owners over poisoned food in Glasgow park

And then a dog thrown from a car (following on from earlier accounts of kittens being thrown from moving cars into busy traffic).

Dog seriously injured after being ‘thrown from moving car’

These are not nice people, don’t care about who or what they harm, and don’t deserve the sort of protection that thoughts of not ‘Grassing’ on them might bring.

They need to be ‘Dropped in it’ from a high as possible.

I’m not going to illustrate this with any shocking pics, that sort of tactic shouldn’t be needed.

Go see what’s popular at LoveMeow instead.

 

10/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Another cat dumped, clearly meant not to be found, and die

I usually make a case for NOT slating owners who are condemned for leaving their cats in boxes or carriers at the doors of organisations. I tend to think (having been there) that their circumstances led to them thinking that they are doing the best they could. Sadly, you can’t always think things through properly when under pressure.

This is quite different from situations where people box up the animals, and then dump them out of sight, or in isolated places where they are unlikely to be seen or found. THAT sort of action is deliberate, and THOSE people should be prosecuted for deliberate cruelty – but that’s sadly almost impossible.

Here’s an example of the latter, and someone who should be caught (but how?)…

Clover, a one-year-old female cat, was found inside a plastic carrier inside a bin liner covered in urine and faeces.

Inspector Sarah Gregory described the incident as “deliberate and cruel”.

She said: “This little cat is lucky she was discovered by a vigilant member of the public who knew something wasn’t right as she could have easily been missed.

“We are unsure how long she was left outside for and we are keen to find the person responsible for abandoning her in this deliberate and cruel way.

“She doesn’t appear to have any signs of injury but was covered in urine and faeces when we found her. She is currently being cared for by the staff at our centre in Edinburgh and has been named Clover.

“If anyone in the area recognises her or has any information on who may have abandoned Clover, we would urge you to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Cat dumped in carrier and abandoned at side of road

Carrier and Cat Pic Credit Edinburgh Scottish SPCA

Carrier and Cat Pic Credit Edinburgh Scottish SPCA

01/03/2019 Posted by | Appeal | , , | Leave a comment

Cat tortured in Neilston – somebody should hand over the names concerned

I really hope there is a Hell, and that there are special rooms reserved for the more deserving inmates.

Such as those who torture cats (or animals).

Intentional animal torture and cruelty (IATC) is now recognised, and is worth reading about, as it is a potential indicator of those who will abuse people, or children.

For a light introduction, look it up, or have a look here…

The Psychology of Animal Torture
Why would anyone want to deliberately inflict pain on animals?

This is why I generally appeal for anyone who might know who is behind this sort of act to tell someone who these people are.

In this case…

Cruel thugs attacked a cat in Neilston – setting him on fire and leaving him with life-changing injuries.

Two-year-old Leo suffered cigarette burns to his ear and vets were forced to amputate his tail in the wake of the horror incident last Sunday night.

His owner Pauline Shields has been left distraught by the vile actions of the perpetrators, who are thought to have struck in the Glen Avenue area of the town.

She said: “It’s been horrific, for Leo in particular but also for me and all the people who have worked to help him.

“His injuries were like a horror show and what he’s been through has been awful, I can’t believe someone would do this.”

Leo’s ear was partially amputated because of the hole that was burned straight through, and his injuries to his tail were so severe that the surgeon at Rouken Glen Vets in Giffnock said they were some of the worst he’d seen.

And, after the moggy caught an infection in the affected area, they were forced to amputate without leaving a stump.

Fundraiser launched after thugs set Neilston cat on fire

Leo Image via GlasgowLive article

Leo Image via GlasgowLive article

31/01/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Sad to see no drop in cruelty as 2018 runs out

I suppose it’s a hopeless hope, even though I don’t go looking for (cat) cruelty stories, there seems to no reduction in the number that make it to the top of the news pages, either directly or indirectly.

A number of outlets picked up on this story which may relate to snares, or worse, around Dalmally.

A cat had to have one of its hind legs and part of its tail removed after being found with unexplained injuries in Argyll.

The one-year-old named Leo was one of several cats found with multiple injuries in the area.

The Scottish SPCA now fear that the animals could have been harmed intentionally as they appeal to the public for information as they bid to establish the full circumstances.

The injuries could also have been caused by a snare but Scotland’s animal welfare charity are yet to discover any in the area and have asked anyone who does see one to contact them as soon as possible.

Appeal as several cats found with unexplained injuries

One Year Old Leo Wth Multiple Injuries Pic Scottish SPCA

One Year Old Leo With Multiple Injuries Pic Scottish SPCA

PDSA pet survivor of the year 2018

On a related subject, a Scottish cat is one of four potential recipients for an award.

A cat which was left fighting for its life after a suspected hit-and-run is in the running for a national survivor of the year award.

There were fears that Maximus might have to be put down after the incident in which he lost his right eye and suffered a fractured skull, split jaw and torn lips.

Owner Sharon Trotter, from Inverkeithing in Fife, asked vets if there was anything they could do to save him as she knew her son Cory, then aged ten, would be devastated to lose him.

Vets at Inglis Vet Centre in Dunfermline devised a special treatment plan for the pet, known as Maxy, which involved a metal pin to go across the front of his face through his nose to keep the two halves of his fractured upper jaw together while they healed, while his lower jaw was also wired into place.

As he was coming round from the operation, Maxy stopped breathing twice and required resuscitation, but pulled through and was eventually stable enough to go home.

Seven weeks after the incident the cat managed to eat his first solid food and is now well on the road to recovery after enduring further treatments and surgery in the months following the accident.

Cat in ‘hit-and-run’ up for survivor of the year award

I always feel a little guilty over cat and car incidents. Unlike dogs (and I am not saying anything against dogs, lest I be misrepresented), which can be fairly big and run in front of cars, I’ve seen cats dart out and run UNDER a passing car, so the driver has no idea anything has happened (other than maybe some odd bumping noises heard inside the car), and the cat shoots off, maybe after tumbling, so the driver would see nothing if they looked around for a cause.

I hate seeing cats sitting UNDER parked cars, and only say ‘Hello’ (or try to, since all I usually get is catbutt) from the footpath, and never bother with them if I am on the road side.

Worse still, while cats are admittedly resilient and flexible, even if severely injured they can run away before the injuries hit their systems.

I’ve never found one after seeing this happen – they just seem to vanish.

My hope is always that they make it home, or got lucky, and the worst they suffered was rolling around and nothing serious.

He may be getting better, but he still looks mad (just kidding),

Maximus Survivor Pic PDSA

Maximus Survivor Pic PDSA

 

 

12/11/2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment

What moron let PETA perform in Buchanan Street?

(My apologies, this is longer than usual – if you don’t have the time to read, just scroll down and look at the pics/captions. You’ll get the idea.)

Seriously disappointed to read this being allowed in Glasgow (does this sort of stunt need a street permit. not that PETA would bother)…

Three women from PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – protested on Buchanan Street today, following an investigation into cruelty in the Scottish wool industry.

An eyewitness investigation by PETA Asia showed farm workers striking sheep in the face with electric clippers, slamming their heads to the floor and even throwing them off shearing trailers.

Today three “beaten and bruised” supporters took to Buchanan Street to protest, holding a model of a bloodied and shorn ‘sheep’.

Animal rights activists protest wool industry with beaten and bloodied ‘sheep’

I wasn’t there, but I’m pretty sure they’ll have been spreading the standard PETA ‘alternative fact’ that sheep are killed for their fleece, as suggested in this poster which shows another PETA ‘service’ – free publicity for waste-of-skin celebrities and media-whores in return for their ‘donation’.

PETA Misinformation

PETA Misinformation

Glasgow outrage

PETA is no stranger to Glasgow.

This is one of a set of 20 items collected about outrageous stunts carried out by PETA.

In 2009, Jacqueline Fleming and her newborn son died of Swine flu during the European outbreak. In response, PETA put up this billboard outside the Glasgow hospital where the pregnant Fleming was a patient.

PETA Swine Flu Outrage

PETA Swine Flu Outrage

PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Not if you’re an ANIMAL!

Don’t ever let yourself be hoodwinked by any of their disgusting, high profile, publicity seeking stunts.

They have one purpose – to part people from their money to keep the organisers in the style they are accustomed to.

PeTA Ethics

PeTA Ethics

I was shown their figures from the US some years ago, all a matter of record (when they’re not lying about them), and reported online.

I actually posted this a while ago, but it’s no less valid and shocking to – even more so if they’re over here trying to fill their coffers.

PeTA 2014

PeTA 2014

The following is shamelessly lifted from an item by someone REALLY upset by them.

In other words, it’s not my words, I’m just quoting the following.

The links were all OK first time I reviewed it, but that was a while ago, and it’s too long to be checked again.

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It is with great sadness and anger that I report to you that PETA’s 2014 statistics, just released yesterday by the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS), are as bad as ever. According to VDACS, PETA took in 1,605 cats and killed 1,536 (a kill rate of 96%). They transferred another 43 to kill shelters where they were either killed or displaced others who were killed. That would put the cat kill rate as high as 98%. They found homes for only 16, an adoption rate of 1%.
PETA also took in 1,021 dogs of which they killed 788 (a kill rate of 77%). Another 210 were transferred to kill shelters. Like the cats, if they were killed or displaced others who were killed, the dog death rate would also be as high as 98%. Only 23 were adopted.
How much money did PETA take in last year from unsuspecting donors who helped pay for this mass carnage? $51,933,001: $50,449,023 in contributions, $627,336 in merchandise sales, and $856,642 in interest and dividends. They finished the year with $4,551,786 more in the bank than they started, after expenses. They did not see fit to use some of that to comprehensively promote animals for adoption or to provide veterinary care for the animals who needed it.
By contrast, the Lynchburg Humane Society, also in Virginia, took in about the same number of animals as PETA but saved 94% and without PETA’s millions. Seagoville Animal Services in Texas took in 1/3 of the numbers (about 700 animals) but only 1/20th of 1% of the amount of money that PETA did, saving 99% of them on a paltry $29,700 budget. In fact, hundreds of cities and towns across America are saving over 90% of the animals and doing so on a fraction of PETA’s wealth.
While PETA claims the animals it takes in and kills are “unadoptable,” this is a lie. It is a lie because employees have admitted it is a lie. They have described 8 week old, 10 week old, and 12 week old healthy kittens and puppies routinely and immediately put to death with no effort to find them homes. It is a lie because they have been caught stealing happy and healthy animals and putting them to death. It is a lie because rescue groups, individuals, and veterinarians have come forward stating that the animals they gave PETA were healthy and adoptable and PETA insiders have admitted as much, one former intern reporting that he quit in disgust after witnessing perfectly healthy puppies and kittens in the kill room. It is a lie because PETA refuses to provide its criteria for making the determination as to whether or not an animal is “unadoptable.” It is a lie because according to a state inspector, the PETA facility where the animals are impounded was designed to house animals for no more than 24 hours. It is a lie because Ingrid Newkirk herself admitted as much during a television interview: when asked whether or not PETA kills healthy animals, she responded, “Absolutely.” It is a lie because PETA staff have described the animals they have killed as “healthy,” “adorable” and “perfect.” It is a lie because PETA itself admits it does not believe in “right to life for animals.” And it is a lie because when asked what sort of effort PETA routinely makes to find adoptive homes for animals in its care, PETA had no comment.
In fact, PETA lied in its reporting to VDACS. On October 18, 2014, in Parksley, VA, PETA stole Maya, a happy and healthy dog, from her porch while her family was out. They killed her that very day. According to a spokesman for Maya’s family, PETA came to the trailer park where the family lives, where most of the residents are Spanish speaking with few resources. The PETA representatives befriended the residents. They got to know who lived where and who had dogs. In fact, they sat with the family on the same porch from which they later took Maya. Waiting until the family was away from the home, PETA employees backed their van up to the porch and threw biscuits to Maya, in an attempt to coax her off her property and therefore give PETA the ability to claim she was a stray dog “at large.” But Maya refused to stay off the porch and ran back. Thinking that no one was around, one of the employees—who was later charged with larceny—went onto the property and took Maya.
When the family returned and found their beloved Maya missing, they searched around the neighborhood before checking the video on the surveillance camera. That is when they saw the PETA van on the film and recognized the woman who had come to their house on prior occasions to talk to them about Maya. They called PETA and asked for Maya’s return. According to a family spokesperson, PETA claimed it did not have the dog. When PETA was told that its employees had been filmed taking the dog, they hung up. Shortly afterward, a PETA attorney called and informed the family that Maya was dead. PETA had killed her. She may not be the only one. On the day they stole Maya, other animals went missing as well. Had a surveillance video not been available, the killing of Maya would have remained unknown, as are the fates of the other animals. Yet in its reporting of Maya to VDACS, she is listed as a “stray.”
Why? Why does PETA steal animals and then kill them? Why do they systematically put them to death? PETA refuses to answer questions: http://bit.ly/15kRPFX But employees who have spoken out about PETA’s killing say it is the result of the deeply disturbing and perverted version of animal activism promoted by PETA founder and President, Ingrid Newkirk. They explain how employees are made to watch “heart wrenching” films about animal abuse to drill into them the belief that people are incapable of caring for animals and that “PETA was doing what was best for animals” by killing them. PETA tells its employees that people can’t, don’t, and won’t take care of animals, that the lives of animals with people is one of neglect and abuse and that living with dogs and cats violates their rights. PETA also claims that animals cannot live without human care, which is why they do not support letting free-living cats continue to be free-living. The animals are, in short, damned either way and thus killing them is a “gift.” To PETA, animal activism means killing animals and to roughly 2,000 animals every year, that is precisely what is done. Over the last 12 years, 31,250 animals have been poisoned to death by PETA, an atrocity funded by individuals who erroneously believe that their donations will be used to help rather than end the lives of animals.
The records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services are here: http://bit.ly/1LsjPrn
When you donate to PETA, you fund these atrocities against animals. Learn more: http://www.whyPETAkills.org
First, focus on logic and evidence, not ad hominem attacks. Second, do not politicize this. Third, no promoting of violence towards animals. I do NOT criticize PETA because they try to protect animals. I criticize them because–when it comes to companion animals in shelters–they do NOT. They preach killing. They defend abuse. They fight reform efforts. I am a vegan advocate and former PETA volunteer: http://www.allamericanvegan.com If they were sincere, true to their alleged mission, and defenders of the right to life for all animals, I would be one of their most ardent supporters.
Finally, do not believe me. Do not believe PETA. Look at the evidence for yourself:
Here is the data, self-reported by PETA to the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, showing roughly 9 out of 10 animals they seek out are killed by them: http://bit.ly/1LsjPrn
Here is an inspection report by the Virginia State Vet showing PETA kills 90% of animals within 24 hours without even trying to find them homes: http://bit.ly/1eHkWlD
Here is an OpEd piece written by PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk which appeared in newspapers across the country where PETA says it supports a policy that all pit bulls should be killed in all shelters in America: http://bit.ly/XrvcKf
Here is a newspaper article about the 2007 trial of PETA employees after they were found to be rounding up and killing animals in the back of a van after promising to find them homes: http://bit.ly/XCSdI3
Here is the news station report of PETA stealing Maya, a “happy and healthy” dog and killing her: http://bit.ly/1EIsEHq
Here is the surveillance video of the theft: http://www.whypetaeuthanizes.org/maya
Here is a video made by Shelby County KY shelter volunteers after PETA celebrated when that shelter announced it was going to resume killing after four years as a No Kill shelter: http://vimeo.com/48651351
Here is a letter by the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies asking the State Vet to revoke PETA’s ability to take in and kill animals: http://bit.ly/ZgBzfb
Here is a petition to the State Vet that the No Kill Advocacy Center wrote asking the same: http://bit.ly/ZK4kjj
Here is a letter written by PETA to a Mayor telling him to kill all pit bulls, not to foster animals, and not to work with rescue groups: http://bit.ly/ZAnrvQ
Here are photographs of animals PETA has killed: http://www.whypetaeuthanizes.org/photos/
There’s more. Much more.
PeTA Reality

PeTA Reality

The cat connection

Of course, I did find a cat connection.

PETA would like cat owners to kill their feline overlords – by putting them on a vegan diet.

Vegetarian Cats and Dogs

Dear PETA I Am A Carnivore Not A Vegan

Dear PETA I Am A Carnivore Not A Vegan

Unless you want to make your furry little ill, or dead, DON’T listen to PETA.

Here’s a dose of reality (or just ask your vet)…

When Pets Don’t Get Enough of The Right Kind of Protein

Vegan Kitten Nearly Dies

Vegan Kitten Nearly Dies

28/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Crazy Cat Lady thrown off BA flight to Heathrow

People are weird.

Apparently so attached to her cat, a woman apparently hid it in a box, and then hid it in her bag.

Why?

Apparently she needed it for ’emotional support’ – but you have to wonder how much ‘support’ she’d get from her cat, slowly suffocating in her bag and obviously not able to be seen, let alone touched!

The American traveller managed to hide the flying feline in her hand luggage, claiming she needed it for ’emotional support’.

However staff on the British Airways flight to Heathrow refused to entertain her tale and she was told leave the plane, Daily Record reports.

The cat was reportedly hiding in a box in the woman’s bag. She was only caught out because, as she was sitting in an emergency exit row, she was told to put the bag in an overhead locker.

Passenger flung off Glasgow flight for sneaking on ’emotional support’ cat

Frankly, it’s a shame BA staff couldn’t have apprehended her and kept her while the Scottish SPCA and/or police were called to a case of animal cruelty.

As it was, it seems that she not only melted away somewhere into Glasgow Airport, but didn’t even try to catch another flight.

I hope she’s WALKING to London.

Rumour has it her name was Schrödinger, and this is the box they found the cat in.

Schrodinger's Cat

Note

Interesting to note that this story also notes:

A BA spokeswoman said:

Cats cannot travel in the cabin but recognised assistance dogs travel free alongside their owners.

Other animals need to travel in the hold.

So, where’s the campaign to have this inequality corrected?

 

25/10/2018 Posted by | Aviation, Civilian, Transport | , | Leave a comment

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