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Crackdown Needed
Report slams fed over puppy mills
A new government report blasts the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to crack down on reckless dog breeders.    Far too often, inspectors charged with carrying out the Animal Welfare Act fall short of documenting cruel treatment of dogs kept in breeding kennels, overlook chronic violators and even when they write them up, they stop short of fining them, the USDA’s inspector general found...
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Thumbs Down on Store-bought Dogs
New poll finds Americans prefer shelters to stores
Good news for shelter dogs and cats: More than half of pet owners to respond to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll said “they would get their next dog or cat from a shelter, nearly seven times the number who said they would buy their next pet from a store.” About a quarter said they would seek out a breeder for their next pet.   The telephone poll conducted April 7-12, 2010, with 1,112 pet...
Blog: Karen B. London
The Legality of Helping Chained Dogs
Court case dropped against dog advocate
Tamira Ci Thayne is the founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, which appeared in a previous blog called Have a Heart For Chained Dogs Week. The goal of this organization is to stop the constant chaining of dogs. They educate people about why constantly chaining dogs is inhumane and about the dangers of this practice.   Thayne has taken more direct action to help some of these unfortunate dogs,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Stopping Breed Stereotypes
Petition persuades Mafia Wars to remove Pit Bull “weapons”
If you’re on Facebook, most likely you either love or hate the popular game, Mafia Wars. I happen to fall on the dislike side, but I can tell from my Facebook News Feed that many of my friends play the game quite frequently! And they’re not alone--over 7 million people play Mafia Wars every day. Recently, the game announced the addition of animals as a new type of weapon, which included Pit Bulls...
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A Stray in Haiti
Winning over the men and women of Operation United Response
Over the past few months, my cousin has been emailing me personal reports from Haiti written by Technical Sergeant Bradley Sharp of the 24th Air Expeditionary Group/Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, USAF. TSgt. Sharp was sent to Haiti as part of Operation United Response from the 446 Air Wing/Joint-Base Lewis McChord, Wash. He has been helping with the relief effort at the airport in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Creating a Monster
Labradoodle creator regrets breeding the first “designer dog”
Ever since the Labradoodle led the “designer dog” craze, pet stores have spawned countless spinoffs that include Puggles, Schnoodles and Maltipoos. These mutts fetch hundreds of dollars, while an abundance of mixed breeds continue to wait in crowded shelters. The Labradoodle dates back to 1988 when Wally Conran of the Royal Institute of the Blind in Australia received a letter from a woman who...
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Missouri Strikes Back
Citizens won’t wait on Legislature to curb puppy mills
Tired of their state’s designation as the puppy mill capital of the country, 190,000 Missourians have signed a state ballot initiative to end puppy mill cruelty. The initiative lays out requirements for “sufficient food and clean water; necessary veterinary care; sufficient housing, including protection from the elements; sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down, and fully extend...
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A Ban on “Crush” Videos?
Proposed bill seeks to counter Supreme Court’s animal torture decision
A bill to counter the Supreme Court’s recent decision that overturned a ban on the sale of gruesome animal “crush” videos is gaining bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Supreme Court justices on April 20 ruled that a federal law prohibiting the sale of these graphic animal cruelty videos was “substantially overbroad, and therefore invalid under the First Amendment.”   Free...
Blog: Karen B. London
2010 Social Awareness Stamps
Post Office highlights shelter adoptions
  On April 30, The United States Postal Service officially dedicates its social awareness stamps about adopting pets from shelters. As Lisa Wogan told us back in March (Stamps to the Rescue!), the post office has a history of creating stamps to highlight relevant social issues, including those concerning pets, and the most recent set of animal stamps features dogs and cats adopted from shelters....
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Dogs Hunting Dogs
Using Greyhounds to kill coyotes
My head’s spinning a little after reading today’s New York Times story about the “sport” of coyote hunting with Greyhounds. It’s the first I’ve heard of it, although my home state of Washington, along with Colorado, outlawed the practice last year.   What I learned is that this practice is not your traditional hunting with dogs. They aren’t retrieving birds shot by a hunter or even cornering live...

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