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For the love of Chitter: Missouri says NO to raising defenseless baby wildlife
In Missouri, an individual who finds an injured fox, squirrel, or raccoon, under law cannot care for and raise the animal. But buy the same animal from a breeder - online ads sell raccoons for as much as $400 each - and the law says the animal is yours. If the concern is that raccoons - or other wildlife - may pose a health hazard, why are purchased animals considered ok, but not ones taken from the wild even after given a clean bill of health from a vet? It has nothing to do with the protection of the animal - or even of people. It’s the law there that permits are only issued to those who buy wildlife. From breeders. In April, Tammy Palmer took in a baby raccoon, just four days old. She researched how to care for the little raccoon whose eyes weren’t even open yet. She read online that raccoons can be kept as long as she’d get a permit. So she bottle fed the baby raccoon and named her Chitter. Chitter was well-fed and cared for. Palmer took her to the vet for immunizations. Chitter was taught how to use a litter box and learned what “no” and “good girl” meant. The raccoon had toys to play with, and was sister to the family cat. She was loved. But before Palmer applied for a permit, the Missouri Department of Conservation discovered she had Chitter, and told her permits are issued only to animals bought from a legitimate store. Chitter was taken away, leaving Tammy Palmer heartbroken. The raccoon just turned six months old and was taken from the only family she had ever known. Missouri’s wildlife code permits include pages and pages of permits allowing people to hunt, trap and kill animals. Yet they don’t offer a permit for taking care of an animal, unless you BUY IT. (3 CSR 10-9.420(1)) So if she had doled out $400 to a breeder, there would be no problem. Why is wildlife being sold anyway? The law isn’t against keeping these animals, it’s against keeping those not bought from a breeder. If there is proof the animal is under a vets care, why can’t someone like Palmer keep her little raccoon? Palmer explained, “The guy told us that it was best if we let her die at 4 days old out in the wild than to care for her.” Please add your signature to this petition if you believe Missouri law should be changed to allow Class I wildlife (mammals include raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, deer, foxes, weasels, badgers and armadillos) to be cared for and kept by individuals instead of letting injured animals or orphaned babies die. Palmer states it best: “What I am concerned about is our wildlife animals being left as babies out in the wild without a concern on their life and well being. People with this concern have lost their rights to help and love our outside wild life animals. And in doing so... the animals have lost their rights as well. The law on an animal being bought in order to be loved and cared for is inhumane. Please help to change the laws for our wild life animals.” Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/in-missouri-you-can-raise-wildlife-but-only-if-you-buy-from-breeder-petition See the Department of Conservation wildlife code here. Photo courtesy of Tammy Palmer This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same. Please see updates under "News" section below.
Max sentence for man who kept 2 dogs in small crate, even though one was dead
Portsmouth, VA: PETA volunteers delivering straw to the home of Adriane Mason found a very shocking discovery... Outside the home they found a small dog crate containing two dogs, and one of the dogs was dead. The other had to stand on his dead buddy since the space was so cramped. A veterinarian determined both dogs were underweight. Blue survived, but Dynasty, the dog who died, had straw in her stomach from allegedly not being fed. She also had a broken leg. The Virginia Beach SPCA says that Blue was emotionally traumatized from his ordeal. In September, Mason was found guilty of animal cruelty. He is scheduled for sentencing on December 17, 2013. Please sign the petition asking that he receives the maximum sentence. The maximum sentence in Virginia for animal cruelty, a class 1 misdemeanor, is confinement in jail for 12 months and a fine of $2,500. This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same. Please see updates under "News" section below. Read more here: http://www.examiner.com/article/man-who-kept-live-dog-crate-with-dead-one-awaits-sentencing-petition Photo courtesy of: WAVY.com
Honorable City Court Judge of Erie County Court : Justice for Burned Puppy "Phoenix"!
19-year-old Adell Zeigler and 17-year-old Diondre Brown, of Buffalo New York, were in court Wednesday, November 14, 2012 and are charged with felony-aggravated cruelty to animals. Zeigler and Brown burned an innocent 16-week old puppy named “Phoenix”. A horrified woman had called the police after seeing something burning and realized it was a puppy. The suffering puppy, now named Phoenix, was found on Herman Street and was still burning. Zeigler and Brown admitted to holding the helpless, frightened puppy three feet in the air, dousing him with lighter fluid and setting him on fire. Phoenix, who staff at Buffalo Small Animal Hospital call a “trooper”, has recently “underwent his first of many surgeries to help repair the damage from extensive burns over his entire body. Veterinarians say 60% of his ears have been amputated and several more skin grafts are necessary. It's also still unclear if they will have to amputate one of his hind legs”. Dr. Rebecca Wagner, states, "He improves daily. He's doing quite well and he's taken everything in good strides." The police were unable to locate the abusers until a break came in from a tip that lead to the arrest of Zeigler and Brown. Both men could face up to one-and-one-third to four years in prison. Video Courtesy: WIVB.com 4 News For more information: http://www.wkbw.com/video/Buffalo-Teens-Allegedly-Confess-to-Burning-Puppy-179383831.html http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/Teens-face-judge-in-puppy-burning-case http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/police-make-progress-on-burned-dog-case
MoMA PS1: Do not to allow M Wells serve horse meat
According to an article written by Erin Calabrese and Andy Soltis for the New York Post, the M. Wells Dinette opening at the MoMA PS in Long Island City, will have a crude display of horse meat with a hand grinder. It was informed that Chef Hugue Dufur suggested bringing horse meat bought of Canadian slaughterhouses. The manager of the restaurant is cited saying that New Yorkers are ready for a new taste and that New York is a great city for that kind of experience. He claims that New York diners are open to eating other things. It is irresponsible for the restaurant not to share with the consumers the risks of eating meat that is processed in Canada and that the horses that they are eating are actually horses that are sent to the slaughter house because they are sick, malnourished and exposed to great amount of drugs. According to an article written by Humane Society International Canada (HSI) in the month of August of 2012, it has been confirmed the existance of prohibited substances in Canadian horse meat. At the moment they are renewing efforts for a federal prohibition on the slaughter, sale, transport and export of horses for human consumption. HSI confirms that the USFDA has released a warning letter that revealed the presence of the same two banned substances in an American horse sold to a Canadian slaughterhouse. The following is information given out by HSI Canada: “The American establishment cited in this warning letter provided false information in the Equine Information Document, which Canadian authorities rely upon to determine whether American horses exported to Canada have been administered substances not permitted for use in horses in the last 180 days prior to purchase of the animal. Specifically, this establishment “filled out and signed the producer’s name” and failed to ask the horse’s producer about its medical treatment history. Like Canadian horses, American horses are not raised for human consumption and are frequently administered substances banned for use in food animals.” Chef Hugue Dufur has already failed as a chef when his so talked about restaurant in Queens closed down after being open just for 14 months. GQ magazine even criticized his past restaurant and said there was lack of service and attention to the public. Rent disputes, lack of management led him to close his dinner. Now, he has the idea of feeding the American people horse meat that is usually sold in the USA for zoo wild animals. A museum should not profit out of the pain and torture horses endure. This project is an insult to the New York people of being ignorant to eat horse meat and it should be consider as disrespectful to the state. Governor Christie from New Jersey just signed a bill banning horse slaughter for human consumption and it has been declared that people from New Jersey do not eat horse meat. How can it be possible for the MoMA PS1 to say people are willing to taste new things while the state right next to it is prohibiting horse meat consumption?
Justice for Bubba And Bear!
A hard copy of this petition will be sent for pretrial scheduled September 13, 2012. Please sign & share! A polite email and letter is also requested (information is located at the end of the petition). Thank you. On Saturday morning in the town of Pedro, Ohio, a couple came home to find their two beloved companions, Bubba and Bear, stabbed to death in their own front yard. The scene gruesome being described as “blood everywhere”. The dogs had multiple stab wounds and their throats had been slit. One dog house was ripped completely apart. It appeared that one of the dogs tried to hide in the house and the perpetrators went hunting them. The dogs could not escape their killers. Josie Scythes, one of the owners said one of the difficult things she is dealing with on the death of her companions is the thought of how frightened and helpless Bubba and Bear were. Twenty year olds’ Brian Sharp and Jonathon Jiles have been arrested in what is being called a “random act of violence”. Sharp told Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless that the homeowner’s were not targeted and there is no clear motive for the brutal killings. Sharp and Jiles have admitted to being involved in stabbing the dogs to death and said that they were drunk at the time. Sharp and Jiles have been charged with “prohibition concerning companion animals” and criminal trespassing. The prohibition charge carries a stiffer penalty and both men could face up to six months in jail. Sheriff Lawless explained “When you have a crime like this where people have targeted innocent animals, we wanted to go after them. And as we looked at the statues that would govern for the Ohio Revised Code, cruelty to animals is certainly a charge that would stick so we wanted to research to see if there was something that was a little more stringent because we felt like the nature of the crime warranted a little bit more. So we were able to come up with a prohibition concerning companion animals charge." Sheriff Lawless has dogs and said “it’s very upsetting when you take an innocent animal and do something like this to it”. Sharp and Jiles have had their arraignments and a pretrial for both is scheduled for Thursday, September, 13, 2012 For more information: http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Family-Offers-Reward-after-Dogs-were-Stabbed-to-Death-167566755.html Photo Courtesy of WSAZ News Channel 3 Please also send a polite email and letter to the following: Ironton Municipal Court Honorable Judge O. Clark Collins P.O. Box 237 Ironton, Ohio 45638 And Prosecutor - Mack Anderson 1 Veteran's Square Ironton, Ohio 45638 email@example.com
If found guilty: Max Penalties for Kenneth Plouffe for killing 10lb dog
FLUSHING TOWNSHIP, Michigan: Kenneth Edward Plouffe has accepted his charges of animal cruelty and pleaded guilty on April 24, 2012. During the month of December of 2011, he was detained on allegations of beating his dog after he noticed that the dog had relieved himself inside the home while he was out drinking. He was charged with killing and torturing a 10 lb female Pomeranian to death. Plouffe first confessed his crime to a friend of his and his friend then proceeded to alert the authorities. He was detained and after the necropsy was performed on the dog, a warrant was issued on January 23, 2012. Plouffe is at the Genesee County Jail. Picture source: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/04/flushing_township_man_pleads_g.html
Maximum Sentence for Darius Ewing for Setting Dog, Justice, on Fire
Dallas, TX: As hundreds of animal lovers held a candlelight vigil for the severely burned puppy now known as Justice, the man reportedly responsible for setting him on fire, 18-year-old Darius Ewing, turned himself into police. A warrant had been issued for his arrest, and a $25,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for harming the puppy. DFW Rescue Me came to the rescue of the little four-month-old puppy. They named him “Justice”, since that is what they hoped he would get. He was rushed to an emergency clinic for treatment, however Justice sustained third degree burns on more than 70 percent of his body, and his poor little body could not handle it. Justice died 10 days after Ewing allegedly poured lighter fluid on the Labrador puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him. The police report states that when they arrived at the scene, the badly burned puppy was hiding. It also states that a group of people were present and laughed as Ewing threw his lit cigarette at Justice. The group also had a rope, so possibly intended on hanging the little puppy as well. Police are still looking for the other suspects. Ewing was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, a State Jail Felony in Texas. State Jail Felonies are punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 10 years. This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, Darius Ewing receives the maximum sentence allowable under law for animal cruelty. Please speak out against animal cruelty and help get justice for Justice by adding your signature to this petition. See more pictures of Justice and read more about his story on DFW Rescue Me’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DFWRescueMe For more information on this story: http://www.examiner.com/article/breaking-news-man-that-set-dog-on-fire-dallas-texas-turns-himself-in?CID=examiner_alerts_article Read more about the candlelight vigil here: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/04/21/suspect-in-justice-the-dogs-case-arrested/ Image courtesy of: DFW Rescue Me This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same. Please see updates under "News" section below.
Maximum sentence for Enrico Farruggio for Animal Cruelty Charges!
Enrico C. Farruggio has been arrested by the Virginia Beach Police and charged with animal cruelty. Investigators concluded that the 22-year-old man threw a small breed dog off the second floor balcony of an Econo Lodge Hotel. The police found a 3-month-old puppy in critical condition and took the puppy to an emergency veterinary hospital. It was said that Farruggio threw the pup due to an argument he had with his female companion. The female then stated that this was not the first time that Farruggio committed animal cruelty. In March, he threw a five-year-old dog out the car window. The older dog had to be humanly euthanized. At the moment, the surviving puppy is under the care of a foster parent. The Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center is looking for donations to cover the expenses of the abused puppy. If interested in making a donation please visit www.beachpetpals.org This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, Enrico C. Farruggio receives the maximum sentence allowable under law for animal cruelty. To watch a video update on Chance the dog please visit the following link: http://wtvr.com/2012/04/13/police-man-tosses-womans-dog-off-hotel-balcony-during-argument/ Picture Credit to Pilotonline.com: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/04/police-va-beach-man-threw-puppy-over-balcony
Justice for Coco and puppies, dog stabbed for protecting her owner
They say the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. So why are we letting Dennis White get away with murder? A 46 -year-old Anderson, Indiana man with a violent past, White was out on bond for child molestation and four battery charges when his last offense occurred. On February 23, White’s girlfriend refused to give him part of her tax refund. White then beat and choked her until Coco, the girlfriend’s pit bull bit him. The bite was enough to distract White while the girlfriend made her escape. White’s energy was then turned on Coco and her eight puppies: he killed every single one of them. He claims he stabbed Coco in self defense but offered no explanation as to why he murdered each of the eight puppies. Covered in blood, White went to a store to purchase cigarettes when a concerned employee phoned police. White was arrested on Wednesday, February 29, after he confessed to strangling his girlfriend and stabbing Coco. But these were not his first arrests. As previously stated, White was out on bond for child molestation and four battery charges. He has also been charged with battery by bodily waste, public intoxication, driving while intoxicated, and driving while a habitual traffic offender. White seems to be creating a pattern of violence. The last offenses that White is charged with, nine counts of animal cruelty and one count of strangulation, were all committed against innocents, victims of White’s alleged brutality. This petition asks that, if convicted, White receive the maximum penalty available under law for the nine counts of animal cruelty and one count of strangulation. http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/crime/cops-man-kills-dog-8-puppies-over-tax-refund http://www.wsbt.com/news/wsbt-indiana-man-booked-for-strangling-woman-killing-dogs-20120301,0,7173017.story http://www.pal-item.com/article/20120302/NEWS01/203020314/Man-accused-choking-woman-killing-8-puppies-dog Photo courtesy of Madison County Jail
Save Lug & Marley, German Shepherd Dogs That Were Protecting Their Home
Kelso, WA: Please do not punish Lug and Marley, the two German Shepherd dogs owned by Ingrid Sacha, for doing exactly what humans have not only relied upon our canine companions to do for centuries, but also bred them to do – protect us and our homes from threats and intruders. Elizabeth Elder, a neighbor, entered the home of Ingrid Sacha, uninvited and unannounced, when Ms. Sacha was not home. Lug and Marley did exactly what they were supposed to do – they protected their territory. Now Ms. Elder wants these dogs put down, and the Court is considering doing so. Although Ms. Sacha has been fined for the dogs running loose, they have never displayed any dangerous tendencies. Many people rely on their animal companions for protection – of their home, property and family. We cannot allow these two dogs to be destroyed for doing exactly what they were supposed to. Please sign this petition and make sure this does not happen to any more of our animal companions. For more information on this story: http://www.examiner.com/german-shepherd-in-national/two-german-shepherds-await-fate-after-biting-intruder Photo of Lug and Marley courtesy of KATU News This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.