February 5, 2016 § 8 Comments
I recently came across a post on the Calgary Humane Society’s (CHS) Facebook page via a friend-of-a-friend. While I believe that there is a LOT of great work done by Humane Societies, I do see instances whereby an HS has overstepped its’ bounds and becomes so enamored of itself and so entrenched in what it’s doing that it fails to see what it’s doing. It digs its’ heels in and will not, under ANY circumstances, back down. To back down means to admit they are wrong; admit defeat.
Unfortunately, it looks like this is what is happening in Calgary with the CHS right now. They have been holding a dog named Onyx, while doing an investigation – but how that dog arrived at their door and the circumstances surrounding the dog are dubious at best. This has been ongoing for over a week now, and it’s time to end the charade and let this dog return to his loving owner.
This is the story of Onyx, and his young tattooed, bearded, rocker/punk/hipster owner who fits the OLD caricature of a bad owner.
December 30, 2015 § 20 Comments
Florida, a state known for its horrendous treatment of horses, has a new spokesperson.
Ok, that might be a bit mean, but ignorance of the law is no excuse in a courtroom, and ignorance of horse care shouldn’t be an excuse to leave a horse down and dying for over TEN DAYS. There’s a small, tiny, piece of me that feels for this gal for losing her horse, but then I look at the whole picture and see a systematic issue in her story.
Lets go way back first, to June 2012. There was this couple named Jessyca Broom and Brandon Duff. They left their one-year-old baby in a car, with it running, unlocked, in Jacksonville Florida – for “just a few minutes” of course – while they were checking out a house for rent… and it was stolen. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 28, 2015 § 4 Comments
It only took 24 hours for Katie Brown’s photo of her chocolate lab with a taped muzzle to be shared by rescue groups, commented on by her friends, and shared over 200,000 times.
It came across my feed early Saturday morning, at which point I checked out her ridiculously unsecured Facebook page and saw it had been shared a few thousand times. Just seven hours later and she’s up to 264,298 shares.
At 9 am she had only 94 friends, although I suspect she was unfriended by at least several before I saw her page. Seven hours later she’s down to 74 friends (I can only assume they don’t go online often).
She’d been lambasted by many of those friends prior to 9 am this morning, and only defended herself. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 24, 2015 § 10 Comments
Brought back to NotABreed by a video of a horse named BOGO…
First, let me apologize to the thirty or so commenters as I apparently wasn’t receiving notifications so didn’t check!
I have found this past year or so that I try NOT to watch videos or read stories about animal abuse – I think I burned out on this blog which is probably why I haven’t written in a long time. The constant horror stories about what people do to horses, dogs, cats, all animals, just got to me. Yes, way-back-when, I forced myself to watch videos of horses being slaughtered, read all the articles and looked right at those horrifying photos without looking away. That’s what got this blog started, but eventually, all you do is get mired in the abuse that society as a whole heaps on the innocent animals.
Eventually something’s gotta give.
This video of Bogo is very hard to watch. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 29, 2014 § 4 Comments
I don’t care if she did good in ANY area of anything.
Sue Wallis, the largest (and I mean LARGEST) pro- slaughter activist, is dead. I can’t help but celebrate this early passing of the most evil bitch-on-wheels that ever pushed the slaughter agenda on the planet.
GOOD RIDDANCE BITCH.
Sorry to all those folks out there that think this is harsh, but this fat cow deserved to die young, relatively speaking, considering how much evil she spewed onto the equine world.
October 4, 2013 § 3 Comments
Disgustingly some people apparently take pleasure in this sort of thing…
This post will be short, because I am BEYOND disgusted at this. I watched the first few minutes, then skipped ahead to about the five minute mark but hit pause rather quickly. This video is TWENTY MINUTES LONG. I just could NOT watch. Yes, this comes from someone who has watched countless videos of horses being slaughtered alive. I MADE myself watch those. Maybe I’ve just seen too much. Maybe I’m getting old. I don’t know. But I just couldn’t watch this defenseless puppy slowly die a horrid death. What’s the difference between the innocent horse being slaughtered and this puppy slowly dying from being stomped on? Nothing really. I guess at least a horse is big and can fight back to some degree… not that it saves them ultimately. No, there is no real difference. Except this poor puppy… so small, so defenseless, crying out so desperately… I don’t know. It just killed me.
I couldn’t watch.
I stopped the video. It was literally breaking my heart.
May 30, 2013 § 2 Comments
(DOGS) The Labradoodle, a mix between a labrador and a standard poodle, was originally bred for a woman who needed a non-allergenic guide dog.
Now, the man responsible for the breed’s creation says he regrets creating a new breed – and all of the problems that came along with it. – Global Animal
Sydney Morning Herald
If Wally Conron had known what was going to become of the labradoodle, he wouldn’t have bred the dog in the first place. It was 22 years ago and Conron, now 81, was working as the breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia when his boss set him a tough task. A blind woman from Hawaii had written asking if they could provide a guide dog that would not shed hair, because her husband was allergic to it. ”I said, ‘Oh yes, this will be a piece of cake. The standard poodle is a working dog, it doesn’t shed hair, it’ll be great.’ I tried 33 in the course of three years and they all failed. They just didn’t make a guide dog.”
Conron decided there was one possibility left: take his best labrador bitch and mate it with a standard poodle. They created three cross-breed puppies that needed to be boarded out to be trained and socialised but nobody would take them; everyone wanted a pure-bred. And that’s when Conron came up with the name labradoodle. ”I went to our PR team and said, ‘Go to the press and tell them we’ve invented a new dog, the labradoodle.’ It was a gimmick and it went worldwide. No one wanted a cross-breed but the following day we had hundreds of calls from people wanting these master dogs.”
The labradoodle proved to be a brilliant dog for the blind and the woman in Hawaii was happy. So what was the problem?
It’s how the dog has been used and abused and sold under false pretences, Conron says. ”When the pups were five months old, we sent clippings and saliva to Hawaii to be tested with this woman’s husband. Of the three pups, he was not allergic to one of them. In the next litter I had, there were 10 pups but only three had non-allergenic coats. Now, people are breeding these dogs and selling them as non-allergenic and they’re not even testing them.
”All these backyard breeders have jumped on the bandwagon and they’re crossing any kind of dog with a poodle. They’re selling them for more than a pure-bred is worth and they’re not going into the backgrounds of the parents of the dogs. There are so many poodle crosses having fits, problems with their eyes, hips and elbows; a lot have epilepsy. There are a few ethical breeders but very, very few.”
Conron says that despite the fact the dogs have helped so many blind people, he regrets creating the first cross-breed. ”I released a Frankenstein. … People say ‘aren’t you proud of yourself?’ and I say, ‘not in the slightest. I’ve done so much harm to pure breeding.”’