Serious Saturday – animal news
Here’s a roundup of animal issues around the country that gave pause and ire during the past week.
Pit bull saves lives
Pit bulls usually get a bad rap and some cities even ban them through breed specific legislation but in Port Charlotte, Fla., a stray pit bull nicknamed Angel by the woman’s life he saved came to her aid when a man held a knife to her throat as she was putting her child in the car after a trip to the playground. The attacker saw the pit bull approach and took off. Kudos to Angel. I hope he has a happy ending.
100 sled dogs slaughtered
Earlier this week the Huffington Post reported that because of a slump in tourism in British Columbia, 100 sled dogs were slaughtered and dumped into a mass grave. The employee who had to do the slaughtering said not all died instantly. (Blogger’s note: You couldn’t pay me enough to do that job.) It is not clear whether or not this is a criminal action. Here’s a more recent update from the Seattle Times.
Iowa to consider ending dog racing
From the Des Moines Register blog, legislators now face a decision: Should they accept cash to let casinos off the hook for their obligation to subsidize dog racing? The bill would let the two casino-racetracks to discontinue live dog races but continue wagering on simultaneously telecast dog races. (Blogger’s note: That’s music to my ears; Iowa has two dog tracks.) Right now, greyhound breeders are receiving more than $10 million a year in subsidies. This money would otherwise go to the state, or to the track owners, that’s what the real argument is about — show me the money, not the dogs.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Quote from the Pet-Abuse website
(photo: courtesy Adopt-a-Bull , a Tucson non-profit organization for pit bulls and other bully breeds.)
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