Horse repeatedly kicked by owner after collapsing in Havasu Fall hike

A group of hikers on a tour in Havasu Canyon witnessed a horse repeatedly kicked after it collapsed on a trail on Thursday. The owner tried getting the horse back on its feet – still burden laden, and when that didn’t work, is alleged to have kicked the horse in the face.

More than 20,000 people annually visit this remote part of the Grand Canyon in Arizona which belongs to the Havasupai tribe. For years animal advocates have complained about the mistreatment of many of the hundreds of the horse, burros and mules used to carry heavy loads up and down the canyon every day. The treatment of these animals is abusive and cruel.

A series of photos, posted on the SAVE Havasupai Horses Facebook have been gaining viral attention. Under the photos the following comments were added to the already disturbing images.

“SAVE received the following photos this afternoon, from a group of hikers who were in Havasu Canyon YESTERDAY, 4/19/18. After the horse collapsed, the owner tried getting it up to its feet. When that failed, HE BEGAN KICKING THE ANIMAL IN THE FACE.”

Susan Ash, SAVE Foundation founder had the following to add:

“A common rebuttal to our posts showing the abuse to Havasupai pack animals is that these are singular “isolated incidents” and “not the norm.” We’ve never denied that there are good wranglers/packers in Supai who treat their animals well and care for them. The amount of photos, videos and tourists’ testimony proving that this abuse is much more common than a few “isolated incidents.” however is astounding.”

The person who witnessed this terrible scene and took the photos is filing a complaint with the BIA.

To learn more and how you can help, please click here.

“Please see  website havasupaihorses.org and then call the BIA. The governor of Arizona. Legislators. And keep calling. Tell every single person you know.”

(Photos of horses in Havasu Falls hike via Facebook)

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Dozens of dogs shot in Morocco ahead of FIFA visit to host World Cup

Dozens of dogs have been shot and killed in Morocco ahead of the FIFA visit to assess the country’s suitability to host the World Cup. The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition involving men’s national teams of the members of the  Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body.

When a video recently appeared on social media showing a pile of dead stray dogs and a  dying dog being dragged away in an apparent cull at the coastal resort of Tamraght, people were appalled. The video was posted by “Tierbotschafter” – a Swiss animal advocacy group claiming the heartbreaking images of the dead dogs had been collected shortly before a planned visit from the FIFA delegation to assess the country’s bid for the 2026 World Cup.

According to the Mirror, animal advocates and the rescue organizations stated the cull of the dogs had been unnecessary since many of the dogs killed had recently been vaccinated and sterilized as part of the animal control population programs.

“Since that night, [last week Thursday] dozens of dogs from our castration and vaccination programme have been shot, injured or taken away in a lorry while still alive,” Brigitte Post from the charity stated. “In a flagship project in and around Agadir, we castrated over a thousand dogs, vaccinated against rabies, tagged them with an ear tag and returned them to their territory.”

A nearby resident witnessed the heartbreaking murders and described how 30 to 40 men started shooting dogs in the middle of town paying no attention if the dogs had ear tags. Those same gunmen threatened or arrested onlookers who tried to video and take photos of the barbaric scenes. That’s when local residents gathered up dogs and safely hid them away.

As to the FIFA, a spokesperson has been in contact with Moroccan authorities and expects the animals will be treated humanely, however have not weighed in on whether the country will be chosen. In competition is a joint North American bid from Canada, the United States and Mexico.

(Photos screenshots via Golders News and Sports/ Tierbotschafter)

To watch the Daily Mail video click here. (Disturbing footage)

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Virginia passes law requiring non-animal test methods to be used

For years, animals have been subjected to unimaginable cruelty by researchers who have utilized them for product testing. Outside of a laboratory setting, the procedures performed on these “research” animals would have resulted in animal cruelty charges.

Recently, however, Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, signed a bill into law which requires that “non-animal” test methods be utilized. With the passing of HB 1087, Virginia joins California, New Jersey and New York with the requirement for companies to use non-animal testing.

Matthew Gray, Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), commented on the recently passed law:

“By minimizing animal testing and instead focusing on the use of faster, cost effective and more reliable testing methods, Virginia companies can save lives, time and money. We thank Delegate Boysko and Governor Northam for their leadership on this issue.”

Of note, HB 1087 does not impact the use of animals for medical research. Read more about Virginia’s new law at this link to HSUS.

(Image via Pixabay free images)

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‘Pinky’ held at animal shelter for 2 years after spat with cat released

In Des Moines, Iowa, an eight-year-old dog named Pinky, held at an animal shelter for two years after a 2016 spat with a cat and thus labeled “dangerous,” was released on Monday after a long, heated court battle.

Pinky, who had been held in solitary “custody” for two years  had never bitten a person and did not kill the cat (though the cat was injured) but had been deemed a dangerous dog and designated as a “high risk” breed because she was designated as being a pit bull.

According to the DesMoinesRegister, Pinky had bolted from her owner’s property in March 2016 when a neighbor’s cat was injured. The cat’s owner saw Pinky carrying the cat in her mouth and yelled at the dog to drop her. The cat escaped and ran up a tree. Since then Pinky had been locked away at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) while a battle ensued to determine the dog’s life or death. Earlier this month, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Pinky, stating the city’s ordinance concerning dangerous animals was too vague.

On Monday afternoon, Pinky was able to visit with her previous owner who, because of the court case had sold the dog to shelter owner, Diana Helmers in order to help save the dog’s life.  Helmers insisted the dog was of no danger to anyone and petitioned the court to let her take the dog to Agape Fosters, an animal refuge she has owned and operated for 20 years.

Video:

 

“Quinten grew up with Pinky.
He loved his dog and she gave love back. This is a family,” Dianna Helmers posted on Facebook as the initial reunion brought smiles to a young man and his dog.

Sadly, the fight isn’t over yet. Although Pinky drew her own crowd as she licked Quentin and nearly knocked him over with love and enthusiasm, Pinky was anything but a vicious dog. Quentin had been raised with the dog, however the city has now filed notice of an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Give the dog a break City of Des Moines.  Don’t you have something else to do besides trying to kick a dog to the curb that shows no aggression? At least for now, Pinky will be happy as she is re socialized and given lots of hugs, scratches and kisses.

(Photo and video from Saving Pinky Facebook, Dianna Helmers FB)

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Cloned baby bison at Yellowstone National Park enjoying life

Alright, so the baby bison doesn’t have a name like Spot or Tiger. She is referred to as IVF 1. Wondering how that came about? She is the first  calf born from in-vitro fertilization which could help conservationists save endangered species one day soon.

In Fort Collins, Colorado, the female bison calf was born using IVF performed at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Eight bison; four calves and their mothers were released in the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd.

As for IVF1, the ten-month-old, according to PhysOrg , is the first bison calf in the world to be conceived using reproductive material from animals removed from Yellowstone National Park. Hopefully, one day scientists will be able to provide a solution for the nearly extinct white rhinoceros.

Check out the video. Aren’t all baby bison adorable?

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Adorable: Therapy dog Spencer braves cold for Boston Marathon runners

Have you ever seen anything this inspiring or adorable? In Holliston, Massachusetts, a therapy  dog named Spencer braved the cold and rainy weather to cheer his human friends onto victory at the Boston Marathon on Monday. With a rain jacket to keep him warm while holding the Boston Strong flag in his mouth on Patriots’ Day, runners passed him with smiles on their faces and love in their hearts.

Many thanks to Rich Powers who posted the video on his Facebook page. One runner yelled “I love him” as Spencer sat tall on a wooden box to be more noticeable and inspiring.

“My boy went national with ABC news. He loves to cheer on the runners and was so excited to get there today. Was happy to see the smiles on the runners as they saw him. had no idea it would get viewed by so many.”

Good boy Spencer.

Check it out – guaranteed to make you smile:

And then there is this video to add to the heartwarming scene:

(Photos and videos of dog at Boston Marathon via Facebook Rich Powers)

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City Council apologizes to owners ordering them to muzzle dogs at home

The Christchurch City Council apologized on Monday morning to owners of dogs called “menacing” after ordering them to muzzle their dogs inside of their own homes. Dog owners in the city of Canterbury, New Zealand were enraged after a letter was sent to pet owners stating that dogs classified as “menacing” must be muzzled inside of their owners’ homes. Yes, you read that correctly; the Christchurch City Council sent the letter reminding dog owners of their legal obligations and to avoid “legal repercussions.”

Dog breeds listed as menacing included Brazilian fila, dogo Argentino, Japanese tosa, American pitbull terrier, and the perro de presa canario. The only exceptions to the dog muzzling order was if the animal was inside of a secured cage or vehicle.

On Monday, the Council Consenting and Compliance general manager corrected the order. According to Stuffnz the latest legal opinion states:

“The further legal opinion we have received supports the view that dogs classified as menacing do not need to be muzzled when they are inside their owner’s home or contained securely within their owner’s property. This is contrary to the information the Animal Management Team sent out to owners of menacing dogs earlier this month. We are sorry for any confusion and upset that we have caused.”

The city council will be writing to dog owners to update them.

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Iowa city suspends police killing feral cats after public outrage

In Jefferson, Iowa, after public outrage and pressure from animal welfare organizations, city administrators suspended the city’s practice of trapping and fatally shooting feral cats on Thursday. A city ordinance permitted residents to use traps from the police department to capture the cats. Police officers would pick up the traps, determine if the cats were feral and shoot them.

According to WhotvNews, Jefferson City Councilman Matt Wetrich, stated feral cats can damage the ecosystem by killing millions of birds in the country and defended the idea of shooting cats. The cats shot had been deemed “unadoptable” while other cats had been moved to the animal shelter and made available to new homes.

The city code states officers can “humanely destroy feral cats,” but debate has increased whether shooting cats is humane. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa states the code also says this should not be a routine practice, however the ARL stated the Jefferson police use this method about once a month.

“If it’s their policy that you judge a cat you pick up to be unadoptable, that becomes routine” said Scott Wilson, the ARL’s Animal Welfare Coordinator.

The council argued that boarding cats in shelters and euthanizing them by more humane methods is more expensive than shooting them. The ARL, along with the Animal Protection and Education Charity, asked the city to implement spay, neuter and release programs which have been proven to be more effective.

“If you take the cats out of the community, more cats are going to fill the void; it’s just a natural function. If there’s a good environment for cats, cats are going to come in. Where if you have an existing colony that is not breeding, it’ll keep new cats from entering the colony, but the colony will slowly, over time, die out” said Wilson.

A city review could take 18 months to complete and get the new program operative.  For now the city is looking to temporarily house up to 30 cats and raise money for a new shelter.

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Durham restaurant serves up ‘tarantula’ burger: Win a t-shirt

If you’re in Durham, North Carolina, and if you can get past the “ewwww” factor, could you say yes to dining on a “tarantula burger”?  Bull City Burger and Brewer has concocted this strange dish in celebration of Exotic Meat Month.

Now if you’re interested in dining on one of these $30 eight-legged sandwiches on a bun, one has to win the Tarantula Challenge. Participants are required to sign up for the challenge and pay attention to Facebook, Twitter and the Bull City Burger and Brewery website to see if their ticket is chosen.

If chosen, the participant gets a burger made with pasture-raised North Carolina beef, gruyere cheese, an oven-roasted tarantula – all topped with a spicy chili sauce. To get the free t-shirt, the person has to eat the entire burger. There are only 18 Zebra tarantulas available for customers, so if interested, get on the “web” and sign up.

This isn’t the first exotic burger offered by the restaurant. Other burgers offered include alligator, iguana, python, bison, turtle and even one with baked or fried bugs.

Mangiare!

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Video depicts University of Alabama students abusing wild duck

In a graphic video posted on students’ Instagram account Monday evening showed two students with a wild duck – one person holding the animal up by its neck. The University of Alabama students’ account Old Row Alabama or @oldrowcrimsontide (Old Row Alabama Official Old Row Alabama Account Twitter) posted the photo with the following caption:

“First cookout ducks and next we’re catching quad squirrels.”

Previously there was another photo posted of two ducklings with the following caption:

“Secured the ducks, now just need to find a yeti…”

According to Al.com, university spokesperson Chris Bryant stated the school is aware of the video and on Tuesday morning made an announcement:

“The University takes animal abuse allegations seriously. Law enforcement is investigating. Criminal and/ or student conduct violations will be acted upon as appropriate.”

The men in the video have not been named, and it has not been verified if they are students at the University of Alabama.

To view the disturbing video, please click here.

(Photos of wild duck via Instagram)

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