Russian Olympics: Brown Water, Homophobes, Dog Killing

OK, well ... Here's to seeing the funny side of things for sure!

OK, well … Here’s to seeing the funny side of things for sure!

Hate Homos? Go to Sochi.

Hate Dogs? Go to Sochi.

Hate People Generally? Go to Sochi.

Could the Russian government give us more reasons to boycott the Russian-based Olympics? I’ve never been more certain on not having any interest in watching the Olympics or avoiding companies supporting the Sochi-based events as I am right now. Continue reading

Agribiz Abuse Industries Exposed by Forbes

A Forbes article exposing the inherently cruel and violent existence of pigs used and killed by the pork industry caught my attention today. No matter how you slice it, pork is nasty business. Ecologically, ethically, and in terms of human health, it’s … Continue reading

Anne Frank was a Stupid Jew. The Franks, Judas, Faggots. Part I.

The other night I dreamt repeatedly (or ongoing – in various states of consciousness) about Anne Frank and her family. I know why she was on my mind. I have been thinking about her and what it must have been … Continue reading

Pappy was Scruffy and is Scruffy again. Sorta’ Pappy too, though.

Scruffy helping Kristin (here, aged 9) with her homework. Or, sorta' helping with her homework.

Scruffy helping Kristin (here, aged 9) with her homework. Or, sorta’ helping with her homework.

A heartfelt and inspiring story about being reunited with a longtime companion from the Fayette Humane Society in Washington Court House, Ohio.

I’ve done some work with this shelter to improve it’s policies and procedures and increase its income. Unfortunately, they just missed out on a substantial donation that they no longer fit the criteria / qualifications to have, so perhaps you’ll be so kind as to please drop them a donation right now.

From one of their Facebook pages.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!!

Meet Pappy, if you haven’t already. Pappy came to live at the Fayette Humane Society on June 4, 2013. He was surrendered as an abandoned cat from the New Martinsburg area. The person that brought him in said he’dappeared on their front porch one day looking hungry. They fed him and he stayed. They waited for him to return to his home but after two months decided it was best for him to come live with us as it appeared he had no permanent place to stay. So, Pappy, as we called him, became a member of our large kitty family.

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Bill & Lou Need Your Voice – Use It Now!

A college. An agribusiness program/project that uses animals as things rather than the sentient individuals who they are. The individuals? Two cows – Bill and Lou.

Conflicting stories as to their fate – from the same institution telling the stories, all representatives of the college and the affiliated farm. And a group of concerned citizens who wish to know the truth.

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New York Times photo: “Baylee Drown, the assistant manager at Green Mountain College’s farm, with Bill, one of the college’s two oxen that [sic] are scheduled to be slaughtered this month [October 2012].”

I am among that group of people. And I hope you’ll join me in urging Green Mountain College to be upfront in what it did with Bill and Lou – two cows whose fates were in the hands of the institution’s administrators. Their plight raised an international outcry. The school planned on sending them to slaughter and serve them to the students – yep, you heard me right. You might even recall that story as I remember it. Then school officials said they wouldn’t. Then Bill and Lou disappeared. Now sources within the school (Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm) allege that Bill and Lou were sent to slaughter anyway. Wouldn’t surprise me even though that action would/will (?) stomp all over Green Mountain student body’s belief in its school administration’s integrity.

Over 3 million voices were heard in 2012 before their deaths – make yours heard today.

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Cheese on Your Pizza

During my time overseeing the undercover investigations at Mercy For Animals (MFA) we documented horrific animal abuse. Much of it so shocking it was featured on national and international news media. This photo being featured by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on its Facebook page is from our (MFA’s) case at Willet Dairy in New York state. The photo shows a painful procedure called “disbudding.” This was one of our earlier employment-based cases (earlier = 2009, so hardly long ago).

At Willet Dairy we documented "disbudding," which is the painful removal of horns shown here without any pain relief or medical care.

At Willet Dairy we documented “disbudding,” which is the painful removal of horns shown here without any pain relief or medical care.

This is the Dairy Industry.

It doesn’t want you to know the truth.

Using a cautering device, this worker digs and burns the horn out of calf after calf. According to dairy experts who reviewed the footage, these calves were all far too old for the procedure not that it’s any less cruel or painful at a younger age.

Ag Gag laws are there to keep you from knowing the truth. You deserve to know the truth and these animals don’t deserve to suffer for absolutely no reason.

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Ag Gag Laws Encourage Animal Abuse

Global Captive Breeders abused countless animals. We'll never truly know the extent, but thanks to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, this cruelty has been exposed.

Global Captive Breeders abused countless animals. We’ll never truly know the extent, but thanks to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, this cruelty has been exposed.

If Ag Gag laws were in effect when this case occurred, those who exposed it would be the criminals and those who did it would never have been documented and held accountable.

And that’s a bunch of crap.

Let’s cut the crap.

I am now a plaintiff.

Today in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed an historic lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of “ag gag” laws. Given my years overseeing some of the most important undercover investigations for farmed animals in U.S. history, I am a plaintiff in the case.

Ag-Gag laws are unconstitutional.

What better way to show how much animal agribusinesses have to hide than for them to push for laws that violate our constitutional rights and target a specific demographic of “rabble-rousers?” Some of my biggest heroes are the people who wire up with hidden cameras and pull back the curtain on the meat, egg, and dairy industries. They show us exactly what would happen on any other day.

We legally expose and educate the public on all of the gruesome violations of basic human decency to those who are incapable of fighting back – nonhuman animals – and I ask that you stand with us in this fight.

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Mercy For Animals’ Unethical Behavior

Former Mercy For Animals [sic] (MFA) US Director of Investigations Daniel Hauff speaking to reporters at a Boston news conference following the Quality Egg of New England investigation, a Maine Contract Farming facility owned by Austin "Jack" DeCoster of the salmonella outbreak.

Former Mercy For Animals [sic] (MFA) US Director of Investigations Daniel Hauff speaking to reporters at a Boston news conference following the Quality Egg of New England investigation, a Maine Contract Farming facility owned by Austin “Jack” DeCoster of the salmonella outbreak.

MFA could be stronger if they do the right thing.

I suppose I should share the letter I wrote to Mercy For Animals‘ Executive Director Nathan Runkle about his and the organization’s unethical behavior. You can write to Nathan directly at NathanR@MercyForAnimals.org.

For your convenience, here’s the letter:

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