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I have been very depressed over this... I had seen a video about 200 seals that were spared slaughter and had been so happy about it. Then those same seals that I saw in the video were slaughtered. :(

The Canadian government has allowed Nova Scotia fishermen/sealers to kill 200 defenseless grey seal pups on Hay Island. This slaughter happened after the 'hunt' was cancelled due to the lack of any seal skin buyers. When a buyer of 200 pelts was finally found, the slaughter was authorized to begin immediately. Locals who registered with the government to document this slaughter were not even given notification that it would begin.

Soon, the new Fisheries Minister, Gail Shea, will authorize the killing of hundreds of thousands of harp seal pups in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador. We do not know yet whether the ice will be abundant and sturdy for the whelping seal mothers and their babies or how many pups will drown due to thin ice. In previous years, high rates of mortality due to drownings have not been sufficient to persuade fisheries ministers to cancel the 'hunt'.

What has been effective in reducing the kills is the lack of demand for pelts, the high cost of killing the seals (due to high gas and insurance prices), and the continued pressure from the boycott of the Canadian seafood these sealers make most of their money on.


This breaks my heart. :(

Hundreds of people and countless animals have already perished in the worst bushfire disaster Australia has ever faced.

Kangaroos have been found dead on the roads...cows burned where they turtle's shell melted and fused to its body...a baby wallaby's ears and nose were burned to a crisp when he stuck his head outside his mother's pouch.

You may have seen this famous photo showing a firefighter giving water to "Sam" the koala as she holds his hand. The firefighter found Sam walking painfully on scorched paws along the smoldering forest floor. Sam was rushed to the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter, a group IFAW is supporting with an emergency grant.

IFAW's Emergency Relief Team is already on the ground helping local wildlife caretakers with search and rescue operations, providing medical treatment to burned and abandoned animals that are emerging from the fire zone - koalas, possums, kangaroos, dogs, even horses and birds - as well as food and vet supplies.

But recovery for many animals will be a long process, and we desperately need to raise funds to help over the long term with medical supplies, animal cages, blankets and towels.


I am sickened by this. :-( Please take action!

Direct link to contact Hormel!

EDIT: My email to Hormel was returned as undeliverable so I wrote to PETA to let them know. I am sure that Hormel is being bombarded by emails and doesn't like it one bit so they could have blocked that address. I'll update again if I have any further info. In the meantime, I'm going to write to Hormel directly from their website if I can find a contact addy.

For more than three months, PETA went undercover at an Iowa pig factory farm, which supplies piglets who are raised and killed for Hormel products. PETA found rampant cruelty to animals - committed by workers and supervisors. The farm changed ownership and management during PETA's investigation, but that made no difference to the animals who were born and confined there: Abuse and neglect were widespread during PETA's entire investigation.The following are just some of the abuses that were documented:• A supervisor shoved a cane into a sow's vagina, struck her on the back about 17 times, and then struck another sow.

• Multiple pigs were beaten with metal gate rods, and lacerations were found on more than 30 sows - which is probably evidence of more abuse.

• A worker hit a young pig in the face four times with the edge of a herding board, and investigators witnessed dozens of similar incidents involving this worker and 11 other workers.

• Two men - including a supervisor - were witnessed jabbing clothespins into pigs' eyes and faces. A supervisor also poked two animals in the eyes with his fingers.

• A supervisor kicked a young pig in the face, abdomen, and genitals to make her move and told PETA's investigator, "You gotta beat on the bitch. Make her cry."

• A worker who weighed an estimated 315 lbs. punched a sow on the back three times and said that he sat on a sow's head.

• An employee sprayed blue paint into the nostrils and face of a sow for over 30 seconds.

To learn more about the investigation, please watch the video above, view our photo gallery, read the investigators' log notes, and visit our blog.The findings on this Iowa pig farm, however, were not limited to cruelty to animals. PETA also documented an apparent violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and PETA has filed a complaint with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Animals who were to be killed for human consumption were sprayed with a substance that contains gentian violet - a chemical that is linked to certain cancers - thereby making their flesh "adulterated" by federal law. PETA's investigator witnessed a manager apply the substance to three sows and a boar. The manager confirmed that the boar was being sent to slaughter the following day and that he would be used for human consumption.By purchasing pigs born on this farm, Hormel is financially supporting an operation whose employees abuse animals. And if you eat these products or hot dogs, ham, sausage, or bacon, then you, too, are supporting this suffering. Please stop eating pigs. Then take action against Hormel. Please contact Hormel and demand that they follow PETA's 8-point policy to govern future pig-farming operations. The plan includes calling for the immediate termination and criminal prosecution of anyone who is caught abusing or neglecting animals. It also includes improvements to the company's animal welfare guidelines.

My god, the poor beautiful kitty :-(

California - Cat's leg burned to ash, sliced open, no suspects - vet care $$ needed

A cat named Daisy was rescued by a compassionate family after being brutally attacked in their neighborhood. She has suffered serious burns, and her leg has been sliced open to a degree that it must be amputated.

Photos are on the website, available here (graphic):

When she has recovered, Daisy will be ready for a new home.

The cost of her surgery will be $550, but her aftercare in-hospital is likely to exceed $2,500. To make a donation to Stray Cat Alliance towards Daisy's care, click here or send checks or money orders to:

Stray Cat Alliance
PO Box 491214
Los Angeles, CA 90049

We have forwarded this case on to the larger animal welfare organizations in the hopes to get a reward fund established, but anything anyone can do to help with the vet care would be wonderful.

Please cross-post widely.


Alison L. Gianotto
1-888-523-PETS ext. 100



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