A family is suing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for $9 million after two senior employees stole their pet Chihuahua Maya off their porch and had the dog killed.
The family captured video on their home surveillance system of two PETA employees, Victoria Carey and Jennifer Woods chasing Maya down, taking her off the family’s porch and shoving the dog into a white van. PETA admitted four months later it euthanized Maya later that day.
Victoria Carey was a contract worker for PETA and had been the organization’s human resources director. Jennifer Woods is PETA’s senior communications administrator. Carey’s contract with PETA has been terminatied, but Woods remains employed.
State law requires that animals be held for five days before they are euthanized to allow people to recover their animals in situations like this. An investigation by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services founded PETA violated the law and imposed the largest fine it could, $500.
The family says the two PETA workers apologized by giving the family a fruit basket.
PETA euthanized 2,454 of the 3,369 cats, dogs and other animals it took in in 2014. Only 23 dogs and 16 cats taken in by PETA were adopted. A PETA press release claims the organization offered “free euthanasia services for 2,454 dogs, cats, and other animals in just one area of the United States.”
A statement by PETA to a local news channel on Maya’s death claims the incident “was extremely upsetting, therefore, to discover that in the course of doing something helpful and good, something bad had happened.”
A “drunk” squirrel caused more than $700 in damage to a private members’ club in Britain.
The secretary of the Honeybourne Railway Club in Worchestershire originally thought a person had broken in.
The bar was a mess of smashed bottles and flowing beer.
But then Sam Boulter, 62, spotted the culprit: a squirrel staggering out from behind a box of potato chips.
“There were bottles scattered around, money scattered around and he had obviously run across the bar’s pumps and managed to turn on the Caffrey’s tap,” he told BBC.
“He must have flung himself on the handle and drank some as he was staggering around all over the place and moving a bit slowly.”
Boulter claims to have never seen a drunk squirrel before. He eventually caught the sloshy squirrel in waste paper basket and released him outside.
“He was sozzled and looked a bit worse for wear, shall we say.”
Green Mile Safari, a hunting outfit owned by people in the United Arab Emirates, has taking hunting to a new low.
So low in fact that the outfit’s actions have earned them condemnation from the world’s top hunt conservation organizations and resulted in them being kicked out of Tanzania.
The video, which was meant as a promotional tool, shows individuals hunting with automatic weapons, hunting female and young animals, using vehicles to chase and knock down animals and hunting protected species. All of these are illegal – and unethical – in Tanzania.
The video first turned stomachs in March when a copy made its way to Dallas Safari Club. The hunt conservation organization, according to its press release, “contacted Tanzania’s new Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources, the Honorable Lazaro S. Nyalandu, to express indignation over the safari company’s apparent misconduct.”
The new mayor of a Minnesota town is just 7-years-old, and he doesn’t say much.
Voters in Cormorant elected a dog named Duke by a landslide. The 12 people in the village each paid $1 to cast a vote.
After winning, Duke got 5 hours of grooming and a new outfit.
Duke will be officially sworn in on Saturday during the city’s annual fair.
As for the mayor’s salary, a pet food store is donating a year’s supply of kibble to reward him for his service.
The village of Cormorant is located in Northwestern Minnesota.
At 7, Duke is far from the youngest recent mayor in Minnesota. Bobby Tufts won the post when he was just 3 years old. He was recently unseated by Eric Mueller, who is a well-seasoned 16 years old.
Idiot tries to pet lion, lion takes off her finger! Who could have possibly sen that coming?
In today’s “duh” story of the day, don’t put your hand in a lion cage. That’s what one Michigan woman found out the hard way, and now she’s suing the zoo.
WNEM reports Renae Ferguson was visiting the Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park by East Tawas on Saturday when she decided to stick her finger in a lion cage.
“I put my hand down there to pet it and it ripped my finger,” Ferguson said.
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns has the story, and it will frighten anyone who hunts. And it should frighten anyone who, like me, does not really hunt, but cares about liberty, and about the very positive things outdoorsmen do for wildlife and the environment.
There is an organized jihad being waged by radical environmental and animal rights activists against hunting, fishing, and trapping. Some of this push is overt, while other efforts are subtle yet equally sinister.
These radical groups hope to substitute natural resource harvesting activities (such as hunting) by humans as the long-standing preferred method of wildlife management, and to instead adopt a new approach incorporating a theoretical but unrealistic natural predator-prey environmental balance.
We all area ware of the “unintended consequences” of so many Liberal ideals. This will be no better I suspect, and the animals would suffer greatly, and if they would suffer so would the environment. Here is more
The details of this extravagant theory were first laid out by Earth First co-founder David Foreman. In his book, Rewilding North America ( http://tiny.cc/hkbkjx ) , he says:
“Specific actions that best meet my criteria for continental-scale conservation are the following:
- Reintroduce carnivores wherever possible
- Reintroduce beavers and other highly interactive species
- Establish species recovery goals for ecologically effective populations
- Generally halt all predator and “pest” control
- Reform wildlife management to adopt a more ecological approach
- Select and design new wilderness areas based on ecological principles
- Protect all large roadless areas on public lands
- Create larger roadless areas in the East
- Remove livestock from much of the public lands
- Reform livestock grazing where it continues
- Prioritize simple soil and gully erosion control
- Prohibit big tree logging
- Develop standards for ecological restoration in wilderness areas
- Remove abandoned and unnecessary livestock fencing
- Restrict all motorized vehicles to designated routes
- Reduce the miles of public lands roads
- Stop bogus R.S. 2477 (highway right-of-way) claims
- Establish landscape permeability as a public land management goal
- Identify and remove or mitigate barriers to wildlife movement
- Encourage ecological management of private, corporate, and tribal lands important for linkages
- Identify private lands that should be acquired on a willing-seller basis
- Restore a natural fire ecology
- Remove destructive, unnecessary dams
- Restore or mimic natural, over-the-bank flooding, where possible
- Establish in-stream flow as a beneficial water use
- Prioritize removal of exotic species that threaten native species and wildlands
- Design networks for climate change . . . .”
For the record, I do not oppose the reintroduction of carnivores to areas where they once resided. I think that would be a good step. The rest of that list, however smacks of radicalism disguised as environmentalism.
I am sure in some cases the shootings are justified, but seriously this seems to be happening a lot
A Georgia man says that he was threatened with jail time if he tried to treat his dog after a police officer shot the animal in the throat.
Tim Theall told NBC Atlanta that Doctor, his 9-year-old German Shepherd, ran to the front of his house after being let out of the back yard Thursday evening.
“And before I turned the corner of the house, I heard two shots; I heard a cop go, ‘Holy [expletive],’” Theall told NBC Atlanta.
Doctor had apparently caught a DeKalb County police officer off guard as he was investigating a false house alarm call.
To make matters worse, the officer refused to allow the man to try to treat his dog, even threatening him with arrest. Good Freaking Grief!
In Columbia, Hippos are creating havoc
How would you like wild hippos loose around the region? Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem
A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch – and no-one quite knows what to do with them.
It was in 2007, 14 years after Escobar’s death, that people in rural Antioquia, 200 miles north-west of Bogota, began phoning the Ministry of Environment to report sightings of a peculiar animal.
“They found a creature in a river that they had never seen before, with small ears and a really big mouth,” recalls Carlos Valderrama, from the charity Webconserva.
He went to look, and found himself faced with the task of explaining to startled villagers that this was an animal from Africa. A hippopotamus.
“The fishermen, they were all saying, ‘How come there’s a hippo here?'” he recalls. “We started asking around and of course they were all coming from Hacienda Napoles. Everything happened because of the whim of a villain.”
Hmmm, maybe we can work out a trade. We can trade John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Thad Cochran and other RINOS, Yes ESPECIALLY you Karl Rove, for these hippos!
The King Cobra, called king because it eats other snakes, is the largest venomous snake in the world, reaching a length of 18 feet. That sound big, now look at this photo, of a King Cobra likely about 12-14 feet long, and remember it might grow another 4-6 feet.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) provided his latest head-scratching comment in public, this time joking he engaged in illicit activities with animals as a child.
“[We’d] get back [to the Pine Belt-Hattiesburg area of Mississippi] as often as we could because it was fun – it was an adventure to be out there in the country and see what goes on,” Cochran said of his childhood and how parts of his family lived in the central part of the state. “Picking up pecans, from that to all kind of indecent things with animals.”
The audience laughed at that point, video published by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger shows. Cochran’s facial expressions did not change, nor did his stance or demeanor. “I know some of you know what that is,” he continued. “The whole point of the story is not just coming here to visit cousins and get to know aunts and uncles better, you absorb the culture and you know what’s important to people here. I feel very comfortable here and have an identity with this area of the state that’s different than any other.”
Cochran made the speech at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, an area of the state known as the Pine Belt where his primary challenger, conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel, massively over performed in last Tuesday’s primary.
The Clarion-Ledger’s Geoff Pender described Cochran’s comment as “a joke, apparently about harassing wildlife or livestock.”
Cochran’s campaign spokesman Jordan Russell didn’t return a request for comment about specific details on what types of “indecent things” Cochran did “with animals” as a child, but Russell did brush it off to the Daily Caller. “I’ll check with my political correctness department and get back to you,” he told that publication.
This could hurt other Republicans, Tea Party News Network’s Scottie Hughes said in an email to Breitbart News. “It’s funny, politicians like Cochran would have been the first to scream foul at this type of comment,” Hughes said. “They would have said he was insensitive, an embarrassment and cruel to animals. Yet do we see those like the senators who raised funds for Cochran at the NRSC this week coming out and denouncing his comments and withdrawing their support? Of course not. Maybe birds of a feather do flock together.”
FreedomWorks, a Tea Party group backing McDaniel, has argued that the GOP establishment’s support of Cochran in the runoff could jeopardize the entire effort to win back the majority in the U.S. Senate.
The night after McDaniel got more votes than Cochran in last Tuesday’s primary, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe called on the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) to ask Cochran to concede the election to avoid a runoff.
“If the NRSC’s mission is for the Republican Party to win in November, they should encourage Thad Cochran to concede,” Kibbe said then. “Last night’s primary numbers proved that Mississippians want new leadership in the Senate. Why don’t we all focus our resources on defeating Democrats in November?”
In response to that statement, NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring told Breitbart News that while the GOP establishment group agrees that its “focus is on defeating Democrats” and its “goal is winning a Republican majority,” he argued that FreedomWorks’ “goals are at times at odds with that.”
“Differences of opinion are fine and part of the process,” Dayspring said in an email at the time. “Look, last night’s result was basically a statistical tie which results in a runoff. It is surprising that a ‘grassroots organization’ based in Washington DC seemingly wants to discount voters and the election process. Instead demanding any candidate concede, grassroots organizations typically encourage voters to participate in the process. It’s weird.”
The NRSC has – with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s blessing – doubled down and gone “all in” for Cochran in the runoff. McConnell held a fundraiser for Cochran at the NRSC where several senior Republican senators attended earlier this week, raising more than $800,000 for Cochran.
This one, Bart II is about 1,300 pounds, and stands 8’6”, and he will get bigger. He acts like a big, very big dog.
In a story that could only take place in wacky, weird Florida, a man attempted to trade a live, four-foot alligator for a 12-pack of beer at a Miami convenience store WSVN reports.
Fernando Caignet Aguilera found the alligator at a nearby park, captured it, and took it to the store in hopes of bartering it for a 12-pack of beer. He brought the gator to the front of the store and tried to trade it. The clerk, naturally petrified, called authorities.
The gator’s story has a happy ending, though: he was found to be in good shape and will be released back into the wild.
Unfortunately for him, the gator thief has since been cited for taking possession of and trying to sell the alligator.
Via Stephen Green, who really should be linking this blog sometime
I know I run my share of Bad Cop stories, so how about a good one for a change? This isn’t a new story, but it’s new to me — so here you go:
The Baltimore Humane Society honored Officer Dan for compassionate service this week for his actions in rescuing a Pit bull after responding to a call about a “vicious” dog on the loose this past May.
For those that don’t know his story, Officer Dan arrived on the scene and and saw a Pit bull being chased by kids who were throwing glass bottles at him. He called the dog over to him, and the Pit bull came over, sat next to him and began licking him affectionately. After taking the dog to the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), he ended up adopting the dog a few days later and named him Bo. The Baltimore Police Department interviewed Officer Dan this week and he recounts his and Bo’s first meeting in detail (see the video below).
Officer Dan told WBALTV News, “I’ve always been a dog-lover. I’ve had dogs all my life, so coming across him was no problem,” Officer Dan said. “He didn’t need to be like euthanized or anything like that. He just needed somebody to basically love him.”
I have never bought into the vicious Pit Bull line of thinking. Since I adopted, initially against my wishes a Staffordshire Terrier named Dugal, I have been amazed at thew idiots who are scared of him because he is a “Pit Bull”. Nope, sorry, different breed. Staffordshires are well known for being great family dogs, and Dugal is. Yes he is protective of the house, and my niece, and he does like to sit in your lap, and at 90 pounds of muscle, he can be a load. But he is a great dog, even when Savannah dresses him up
I have not seen a beating like that since my Uncle Earl got caught flirting with a Green Beret’s wife.
Karie Lindgren, a 36-year-old Florida woman, was jailed Saturday after she allegedly killed a duck after the animal rejected her advances.
According to police, Lindgren became angry when she tried to lure a duck towards her with a piece of candy, but the duck refused to come to her.
Witnesses say Lindgren “stalked the duck” in an attempt to win the animal’s favor, but the duck would have no part of her.
That’s when she allegedly got into a car, drove across a lawn at a high rate of speed, and struck the animal with her vehicle.
Officers who arrived on the scene found the dead duck laying in a driveway.
Lindgren was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and charged with animal cruelty. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.
In nature, species go extinct, if you do not believe me ask the dinosaurs and woolly mammoths, or any other thousands of animals that have disappeared over time. That is just part of the natural order, but in the case of the Western Black Rhino, poaching was a big factor. It seems that the Rhinos were killed for their horns, and that is horrible. Poachers are nasty people, and it is too bad they are not extinct.
Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world’s largest conservation network.
The subspecies of the black rhino — which is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species — was last seen in western Africa in 2006.
The IUCN warns that other rhinos could follow saying Africa’s northern white rhino is “teetering on the brink of extinction” while Asia’s Javan rhino is “making its last stand” due to continued poaching and lack of conservation.
“In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented,” Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement.
1. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
According to a new estimate, 129 million people will lose their current insurance plans. (DC)
2. “But the AMA has endorsed Obamacare!”
Recently, 44% of doctors say they will not participate in ObamaCare. (NY Post)
3. “Premiums will be reduced by $2,500 per family.″
Doesn’t lower healthcare costs by $2,500 per family – estimated increase is $7,450. (NRO)
4. “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”
As stage IV cancer patient Edie Littlefield Sundby found out the hard way, no, no you can’t keep your doctor. (WSJ)
5. “The plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion …”
ObamaCare costs two times what was promised – $1.8 trillion over ten years. (CBO)
6. “You can keep your plan, if you’re satisfied with it.”
Obama said “you can keep your plan” at least 24 times – mostly after his own rule-writers estimated that an overwhelming majority of plans would be dropped. (DC)
7. “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits, either now, or in the future.”
A Mercatus study shows that ObamaCare will likely increase the deficit by between $346 and $527 billion over ten years. (Forbes)
8. “Essentially the [GOP’s] saying people will like this thing too much and then it will be really hard to roll back.”.”
ObamaCare remains very unpopular overall, with only 37% supporting the law and 47% opposed. (WSJ/NBC).
9. “30 million people will get healthcare… if this passes.”
ObamaCare still won’t cover 31 million people by 2023. (WaPo/CBO)
10. “It will not impose a single new burden on small business”…
In addition to higher small business taxes, because of the (illegally delayed) employer mandate businesses are switching to part-time hiring (7 times the PT to FT jobs in 2013).
11. “If we don’t pass it… the federal government will go bankrupt.”
For this to happen ObamaCare would magically be the first huge entitlement to actually lower the debt, instead of explode it.
12. “And health reform strengthens Medicare by… improving quality of care.”
ObamaCare makes the doctor shortage worse, while increasing medical demand. (CNN)
13. “It will reduce our debt by four trillion dollars”…
When one doesn’t take into account rationing by the IPAB (aka “death panels”), ObamaCare adds $6.2 trillion to the long-term debt. (GAO)
14. “The Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – I don’t mind the name because I really do care. That’s why we passed it…”
Premiums in the non-group market will increase 99% for men and 62% for women on average (Manhattan Institute). 45 out of 50 states will see average individual premium increases.
15. “All of that is well and good, but if the Web site doesn’t work, nothing else matters.”
And yet the rollout of Healthcare.gov has been a monumental disaster, and no one has been fired.
He has the right idea