California horse auction owner charged with animal cruelty

Tuesday's Horse

Cross-posted from The Inquisitr »

One of the starving horses rescued from California auction owner. Photo Credit: Horse Plus Humane Society. One of the starving horses rescued from California auction owner. Photo Credit: Horse Plus Humane Society.

A California horse auction owner faces felony animal cruelty charges after more than two dozen horses were found near-death or dead on his ranch. A warrant for the arrest of the Yuba County rancher Joe Cardenas was issued late last week. According to the local newspaper, the Appeal-Democrat, Cardenas said someone dropped off the ill horses at his ranch in very poor condition in August.

The probable cause court filing states that animal control officers were at Joe Cardenas’ ranch on May 13 and found at least two horses that were so underweight that the spine, ribs, and hips were clearly visible. The rancher said he took the horses in from a ranch in nearby Sutter County in March. The animal control officers maintain that photos of the horses…

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Eggs and dairy – telling the truth

Eggs and dairy – telling the truth

There's an Elephant in the Room blog

I shall start by saying that I’ve been there, I’ve been deceived – I used to follow a vegetarian diet.

I chose my words there with care; vegetarianism is a diet and the significance of this will, I hope, become clear as you read on. Until I found out about veganism, I had a nagging but unexamined notion that my consumption of eggs and dairy had to be done in an ethical manner, so I always chose ‘organic’ and ‘free-range’.  Looking back, it will always mystify me why I was able to recognise the moral significance of my victims to the extent that I realised the need to try to reduce their suffering, but I was somehow incapable of doing the tiny amount of research that it eventually took in this age of Google to realise that:

  • contrary to what many believe, all ‘products’ derived from the bodies of sentient creatures result in…

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No Empathy? Sign Up for Torture Studies at a University

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Photo: Dr. Ruth Decker Photo: Dr. Ruth Decker

Update: Please sign the petition on by Dr. Ruth Decker, thank you!

For those planning to work under such conditions as described in the following articles, it might seem natural to never express any kind of empathy. For other sentient beings knowingly administering pain to a living being feels torturous at both ends. Many experiments have been going on for centuries and no essentially new findings have come about in any recent experiments.

“Scientists at the University of Wisconsin plan to torture defenseless baby monkeys for cruel psychiatric experimentation. Newborn rhesus macaque monkeys will be traumatically torn away from their mothers and then sent into solitary confinement without nurturing. There, the isolated monkeys will be subjected to various threatening maneuvers and stimuli including live large king snakes all intended to terrorize the infants. The baby monkeys are killed by the age of two and their…

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Cat rescued from animal testing lab is given first taste of freedom

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Held in captivity his entire life, this is the moment Xander the cat is rescued from an animal testing laboratory

Imagine spending your life in the same windowless room?

That was the life of Xander the animal testing cat before he was rescued from a scientific research lab in New York six months ago.

The tear jerking video shows Xander (previously known as Jax) and a fellow former animal testing cat on the day they were first released from the windowless lab where they had been living in tiny cages.

The kitties were rescued by the Feline Freedom Project, part of charity called Beagle Freedom Project which is dedicated to legally rescuing dogs and cats from animal testing. The charity have previously posted adorable videos of rescued Beagles stepping onto grass for the first time.

According to the RSPCA, in 2010 152 cats were used in research…

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‘No-Kill’ Label Slowly Killing Animals | PETA

Life or Lunch?

When “no-kill” animal shelters and rescue groups are filled to capacity, which is almost always, they are left with two options: turn away more animals than they take in or warehouse animals, often in substandard, filthy, and severely crowded conditions, for weeks, months, or even years on end. Most, if not all, of the animals who are turned away from such facilities still face untimely deaths—just not at these facilities.

Instead they are cruelly killed by people who don’t want them, are dumped on roadsides and left to die from starvation or being hit by a car, or spend their short lives homeless, unwanted, and producing more litters of animals for whom no homes exist.

The lucky ones are taken to well-run open-admission animal shelters, where they either find a well-screened, permanent home or are painlessly euthanized in the arms of professionally trained, compassionate people. Here are some of…

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Killing Wolves

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Summer is almost over and instead of wolves being allowed to raise their young pups in peace they’re being subjected to pain, suffering and death because wolf hunting season is upon them once more.  This will be the fourth wolf hunt in Montana and Idaho, there would have been five but Judge Molloy relisted wolves in the Northern Rockies in 2010, stopping the fall hunt. It was a short-lived victory because Senate Democrats passed a wolf delisting rider (with no judicial review) in the Spring of 2011. The rider was sneakily tacked onto a budget bill and all Democrat Senators, save three, voted for it. Obama signed it into law, effectively ending the ability of advocates to fight the delisting in court.

Here are the links to  fish and game agencies who promote and profit off the killing of wolves for sport.  The Idaho…

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Great Cats of the "World"


So very sad to see respected conservationists supporting the slaughter of Africa’s wildlife. It makes sense when you see where a lot of their funding comes from. Much like the US Govt will fail in enforcing gun control in the USA because of lobbying by vested interests such as the NRA (and the US firearms & weapons industry.)

“Research shows that hunting male lions at least five years of age has no negative effect on populations,” said Ben Carter, Dallas Safari Club executive director. “We adopted a six-year rule because we recognize the difficulties in judging age, especially…

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One Dogs Life In Mexico City

One Person, One World.

Fresa-the-DogMeet Fresa, she is a 5-year old dog living in a shelter in Mexico city. She was found wandering the streets and rescued after the previous owner decided to get rid of her and hacked off half her snout with a machete. Unable to breathe some neighbours took her to Santuario Milagros Caninos shelter in the Mexican capital where the Surgeon Jesus Paredes performed a 3 hour emergency surgery. He helped her to breathe again through her trashed nostrils, removed her protruding jaw and reconstructed her lips with flaps of skin and mucous so she can drink and feed. Fresa-the-Dog (2)

1409816851155_wps_5_Fresa_5_drinks_water_insiShe is now recovering at the shelter and are said to be doing really well thank’s to the kindness of strangers and a brilliant surgeon. And did you know that her name means Strawberry in English? Fresa-the-Dog (1)
Photos are from Reuters.

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Scratch a Fundamentalist Christian and You’ll Find an Islamic Extremist

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At first glance this photo may come across as someone of the “radical Islam” persuasion.  You wouldn’t be too far off the mark in thinking this.

Sadly it’s just Phil Robertson of the Duck Dynasty reality TV show on A&E gaining  a bit more notoriety for saying small-minded stuff that essentially makes him no better than the Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq.

Talking to Sean Hannity on the FOX network, Roberston said, referring to radical Islam, that “you either have to convert them … or kill them”.

The convert or die ultimatum has for the most part been the cry of extremists within the Islamic faith, by so-called jihadists who take passages from the Quran to a literal state that many Muslims do not agree with.

The horrible executions of American journalists recently by ISIS is unsettling to say the least and demands that this cruelty be dealt with…

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‘Tipping Point’ for Rhinos

Fight for Rhinos

Rhino tipping point

What does this mean? The rate of rhino deaths has surpassed the rate of births.

Poaching and hunting of rhinos has been going on for years. But the difference now is the pace has accelerated to a dangerous level. With deaths outweighing births, it puts their species just a few short years away from extinction.Rhino hourglass

It is no exaggeration to say 2014 must be the year the world collectively takes action to stop the poaching and trafficking. This doesn’t mean we can’t, it means we have to; a serious shift in momentum is necessary.

There is reason to remain optimistic.

Rhinos Without Borders has committed to moving 100 rhinos from existing high density populations in South Africa, and releasing them into the wild in various parts of Botswana, a country with traditionally low rhino densities and stringent anti-poaching measures.

The Rhino Rescue Project who started infusing horns with toxins is still a very…

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