Euthanasia Guidelines: The Gas Chamber Debate

Now that the 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals has been issued, the debate over the use of gas chambers for euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats in animal shelters i…

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Yulin Dog Meat Festival
Dog Meat 365
Newly released footage by LCA gives an inside look into China’s dog meat trade, revealing the atrocities inflicted upon its canine victims and documenting the amazing work being accomplished by on-the-ground investigation and rescue teams who have saved the lives of thousands of dogs. Witness the rescue of hundreds of dogs from a truck headed to the slaughterhouse and meet the amazing activists who are changing the lives of China’s dogs forever.

Part 1. Inside China’s Dog Meat Trade
LCA’s undercover investigative footage gives a shocking look at the brutality occurring 365 days a year in China’s horrific dog meat trade. Millions of dogs face unimaginable torture in an industry that routinely beats, skins, and boils animals alive.
Warning: Graphic Footage

Part 2. Rescuing Dogs Headed To Slaughter
Brave on-the-ground activists are stopping dog meat trucks and rescuing dogs from slaughter in China. Dogs are brought to safety to receive medical treatment before being adopted out.

Part 3. Meet The Activists Fighting China’s Dog Meat Trade
LCA’s Chris DeRose visits China and meets with local activists who are fighting the dog meat trade. Meet the rescuers who are working tirelessly to making a difference for dogs in China.
How You Can Help End the Dog Meat Trade
China’s dog meat trade is a horrific and unregulated industry that brutally tortures animals 365 days a year. An estimated 10 million dogs are slaughtered annually in China for meat. Dogs are tied up and trucked long distances in cramped wire cages and then beaten, burned or boiled alive. Many of these helpless animals have been heartlessly stolen from loving homes.
The U.S. government is starting to pressure China to end the slaughter and consumption of dog meat. In May 2016, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a resolution into the U.S. House of Representatives condemning China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and calling on the Chinese government to end the dog meat trade. Legislation to end the dog and cat meat trade has also been proposed in China, and almost 9 million Chinese citizens have voiced their opinion online in support of the legislation. Despite these steps in the right direction, dogs in China still face agonizing deaths in the dog meat trade. Your support is urgently needed.
Take Action
Sign the petition here urging Cui Tiankai, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, to call for a ban on dog and cat meat.
Write and mail a letter to the Chinese Ambassador (address below) expressing your concerns about dog meat. Use the wording in the petition link above for sample text.
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Chinese Embassy Chancery
3505 International Pl N.W
Washington, D.C. 20008
Find your representative here, and urge them to support the following bills that are making their way through U.S. Congress:
H.Res.30 – Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade
H.Res.1406 – Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017
H.Res.401 – Urging China, South Korea and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade (passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on November 15, 2017)


Pet Zone sued over puppy sale practices



The New York state attorney general’s office is suing a pet store chain, saying it sold dozens or hundreds of puppies without required veterinary exams and failed to reimburse medical expenses to buyers of sick puppies.

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Verstoßen, gequält und gejagt – Mister Grey GUT AIDERBICHL BERICHTET – VIDEO



Mister Grey ist einer von mehr als 50 rumänischen Hunden, denen wir schon helfen konnten. Als Tierfreunde ihn im letzten Jahr neben einer Bushaltestelle fanden, war er dem Tod näher als dem Leben. Grausam verletzt, mit aufgeschnittener Kehle, hatte man ihn einfach an der Straße “entsorgt” und seinem Schicksal überlassen. Wie durch ein Wunder hat Mister Grey überlebt. Wie sich sein Leben durch Ihre Unterstützung und unseren Einsatz verändert hat, sehen Sie im Video.

The Suicide Dogs of Overtoun Bridge There’s a bridge in Scotland where dogs are said to deliberately commit suicide. Filed under Urban Legends


The Suicide Dogs of Overtoun Bridge

There’s a bridge in Scotland where dogs are said to deliberately commit suicide.

Filed under Urban Legends

Skeptoid #320
July 24, 2012
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By Brian Dunning, Skeptoid Podcast 
Episode 320, July 24, 2012

In the rolling green foothills outside of West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, stands the impressive Victorian stone mansion known as Overtoun House. It was originally built in the 1860s as the private retreat of industrialist and philanthropist James White, the first Lord Overtoun, from locally quarried granite. It has the ornate look and size of a classic Scottish castle, and leading up to it is a bridge that is no less imposing. The heavy granite structure spans the shallow, rocky creek called Overtoun Burn, 15 meters below the roadway. Something about the bridge has an unusual affect on dogs. The story goes that over the…

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USDA blacks out animal welfare information Dogs at a Class B dealer facility await transport to research labs.

Dogs at a Class B dealer facility await transport to research labs.

Dogs at a Class B dealer facility await transport to research labs.

Animal Welfare Institute

USDA blacks out animal welfare information

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access to the information will need to file a Freedom of Information Act request. The same goes for inspection reports under the Horse Protection Act, which prohibits injuring horses’ hooves or legs for show.

The agency said in a statement that it revoked public access to the reports “based on our commitment to being transparent … and maintaining the privacy rights of individuals.”

The reports apply to 7813 facilities that keep animals covered by the law. Roughly 1200 of these are research labs, which are often housed at major academic centers or run by government agencies themselves, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the act covers animals like dogs and chimpanzees, it does not cover rodents like laboratory mice.


USDA inspectors routinely visit facilities and upload inspection reports like this one to the agency website several months later. Labs, companies, and others covered by the act are also required to file annual censuses like this one cataloging the number and kinds of animals in their care.

Inspection reports contain little, if any, personal information about individuals.

Public access to the reports has led to scores of media reports like this article in The Boston Globe in 2012 documenting problems at Harvard University’s primate research facility; the university later closed the trouble-prone New England Primate Research Center. Similarly, the reports allowed Nature and The New Yorker to report on the chronic abuse of goats held at the private company Santa Cruz Biotechnology in California, once the world’s second largest marketer of research antibodies. Several months after the Nature report, USDA in a rare move revoked the company’s license to market the antibodies.

“[These are] basic data about animal use and compliance that taxpayers have a right to access, particularly when it comes to taxpayer-funded labs,” says Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at the White Coat Waste Project, a Washington, D.C.–based group that opposes taxpayer-funded animal experiments.

The Humane Society of the United States said in a statement: “This action benefits no one, except facilities who have harmed animals and don’t want anyone to know.”