Beagles in testing lab, scheduled to test (and suffer for) mascara.
I started to put together a little blog about animal testing, after I received a lengthy email describing the plight of Beagles used in testing cosmetics and some medications. Up to 70,000 die each year in this cause, in the United States alone! You can read more here at the Beagle Freedom Project but I just couldn’t summarize all the horror.
BUT, what I can do, is give you a great list of cruelty free skincare, makeup and household free products. They’re made without animal testing.
But wait, isn’t animal testing necessary for OUR safety?
Not at all say experts. Animals are used because they’re cheap and it’s easy. Systems are already in place to use animals to test products. And the industry, happy to make HUGE profits, defends itself with cheesey advertising [propaganda] like this:
I call B.S. on this one – who would you rather see die, a rat or a girl? Pathetic exaggeration!
But from a scientific stance, animal testing doesn’t translate to people.
Studies published in prestigious medical journals have shown time and again that animal experimentation wastes lives—both animal and human—and precious resources by trying to infect animals with diseases that they would never normally contract. Fortunately, a wealth of cutting-edge non-animal research methodologies promises a brighter future for both animal and human health. The following are common statements supporting animal experimentation followed by the arguments against them. — Peta
This is exciting – Cruelty-Cutter is cruelty-free shopping made simple! Cast away any doubts when purchasing items by using Cruelty-Cutter to scan an item and have an immediate response about its animal testing status.
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When this cutie went missing in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, owners acted fast to get him back.
While a couple enjoyed a Saturday lunch downtown, dognappers got to work and stole this Lab/Shepherd cross who’d been tied up outside. The owners were aghast; they flagged down a passing police cruiser and explained the situation.
The officer told them to go back to the restaurant — the scene of the crime — where police could get more information and interview potential eyewitnesses. He also suggested the owners use the power of social media, and post to both Twitter and Facebook. Besides doing that, the owners directed their posts to a local Lost Dog group, and the message spread fast.
The police officer’s third recommendation hit pay dirt: he told them to call nearby pet supply stores and pet food outlets. A clerk in one of these stores recognized the description of the dog and after viewing the store’s security video, the couple immediately identified Sage as their missing dog. The dog was returned within hours, unharmed but “quite a bit more clingy” according to the owners.
What they did right
While leaving their dog outside the restaurant, out of their site while they ate, was clearly a careless mistake, the couple did several things very well:
they reacted very quickly, contacting police at once
they leveraged the power of social media, posting on Facebook and Twitter, and sharing their posts with other animal lovers in the area
instead of randomly running all over the neighbourhood, they returned to the restaurant so the police officer could interview potential witnesses
they called nearby pet food and supply stores looking for the suspect
Rise in dog theft
Dog theft is definitely on the uprise, Why are pets stolen? Besides being sold to research labs or pet stores, they are used in bait and for dog fighting rings, in puppy mills to breeders, for fur (yes fur!), as breeding partners for dogs, and by sadistic individuals. This is definitely something you DO NOT want to think about for your little Morkie. So please take more care than ever, in this strange new world.
Another way to protect your Morkie
Amazon.com and other outlets, offer pet GPS devices which help you track exactly where your animal is at any given moment. One which comes highly recommended is shown below – the XCSource Pet GPS. It’s a little on the larger side for really small dogs (2″ disk), but check it out. There are others as well.
They work by tracking your Morkie in four dimensions: Realtime tracking,GSM quad band network, all global GPS location. You can see where he is, by checking the company’s website, using an App for your phone, or by having a message sent to your phone’s text.
In Toronto, Canada there have been two shocking dognapping crimes within days. What can we learn from them to help us protect our Morkies?
This man was punched in the face and a knife was held to his neck, during a dognapping in a Toronto park.
4 thugs on bikes stole a small dog from the owner at knifepoint in a North York park on November 15th.
Police say a man was walking his dog when he was approached by four men, all riding bicycles. They say one of the men punched the dog owner, another put a knife to his throat, then the group took the dog and fled.
“Charlie,” a white female Shih Tzu-Pomeranian mix, has not been seen since and the owners are absolutely distraught. Charlie is four years old, has long white hair, weighs 10 to 15 pounds and was wearing a blue Maple Leafs sweater and a black harness.
Charlie, the missing Pom-Shih Tzu mix who was stolen at knifepoint from her owners.
Two of the missing 16 dogs in Toronto. All were quickly recovered safe and sound, when the thief abandoned the van holding them.
Just 3 days later, a white Ford panel van containing 16 dogs was stolen outside a condo in the Fort York area of Toronto! The dog walker who owns the vehicle says the van was left running, but was locked.
This city of nearly 3 million went crazy. Social media went crazy. Who would steal a truck full of dogs? And did he want the truck and just got the dogs? Or the other way around?
This incident has a happier ending than our first story; within 24 hours, all 16 stolen dogs (and the dog walker’s van) were found. All dogs are safe and sound, and very happy to be home.
The thief hasn’t been found yet, but Toronto’s finest are not giving up.
An adorable Morkie like this could net a thief lots of money on the resale market.
What can we learn from these two very different incidents?
Police say purebred and designer dogs are prime targets — especially smaller breeds like Pomeranians, Yorkies and Boston Terriers — but even larger and mixed-breed dogs can be vulnerable. An adorable Morkie would make an ideal victim.
The ugly trade of pet theft is a serious problem. It is an organized, multimillion dollar business that lurks in shadows and goes unnoticed until it strikes your community, your home, your pet. Protecting your dog takes due diligence.
First, never ever leave your dog outside a store or restaurant. It takes a thief just a moment to grab your pet.
Second, think twice about leaving himalone in your yard – even if it’s the back yard, unless the fence is at least 6 feet high and padlocked. Again, thieves can jump a fence quickly and grab him. The safest place for your pets when you’re not home is INDOORS. This includes cats, too!
Third, if in doubt, treat your dog like you would your child. NEVER! — leave your dog unattended in a public space. Just as you wouldn’t dream of leaving your child locked in the car while you shop or tied to a pole while you stop to get coffee, it’s never safe to do these things to your dog, either.
Fourth, always check references. If you are considering hiring a pet sitter, dog walker, groomer or even a trainer, do your due diligence first. Ask for references and call them. Read online reviews. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a professional he or she knows and trusts. Criminals can easily pose as professionals.
Fifth: get your dog some form of permanent identification, like a microchip, and make sure you have all of the documents necessary to prove ownership of your dog in case he or she ever does go missing and is recovered. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for dogs to be stolen by a former romantic partner or roommate. Some experts suggest that you never put your dog’s name on his tag. The thinking is, that a dog is much more likely to go to (and with) a stranger who calls him by name.
Six: Spay or neuter your Morkie. While your veterinarian will probably recommend that you do this anyway for good health, spaying or neutering your dog will help make your best friend less desirable of a target to thieves, since they won’t be able to produce — and profit from — offspring.
Next: a happy ending for one dognapping – and the lessons learned.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a great list of things we can do to help animals in 2016.
It’s horrible to think of, but every now and then, we need to look into that big bad world where all animals are not treasured likes ours. Thank you for reading today’s post and giving it some thought. (And I promise the next post will be on happier topics).
1. Be a nosy neighbour.
Uneasy about what you’re seeing at your neighbour’s? Call someone. You don’t have to give your name.
Watch how your neighbours treat their animals. See something that makes you uncomfortable? Don’t hesitate to intervene. In most areas you can report anonymously. You might be that animal’s last hope.
Even reporting stray pets is a very important part of helping animals – we all think someone else will call. But no one does.
You can start at your local municipality level (public health, SPCA, police) and work your way up to regional and national groups. Just google “report animal abuse” to get started.
2. Pledge to help end animal homelessness
Adopt from shelters; don’t breed or buy until every pet has a home. Always spay and neuter, since overpopulation is the number 1 cause of homeless pets. If you can’t adopt, consider fostering. As a foster parent, you care for the pet while he grows, or recovers from illness or surgery. Meanwhile, you’ve freed up another spot in the shelter.
3. Scour social media
Sick as it is, many animal abusers are proud of their cruelty and post videos online. Others are just plain ignorant as to what constitutes abuse. No matter, if you see evidence, speak out and report it. www.PETA.org/CID
Spotting and reporting animal abuse not only helps the animal, it might save a human life.
A recent study in Milwaukee, based on data from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is quite shocking. 76% of animal abusers also abuse a member of their family. The premise is that if more people can be convinced to dial 911 when they suspect animal abuse (an act generally considered to be easier than reporting domestic abuse), then the police will then have the opportunity to uncover a higher number of domestic violence cases.
4. Stay alert in parking lots
Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs in warm weather. If you see a dog alone in a hot car, get the owner paged and/or call local humane society staff or the police. Don’t leave until the situation has been resolved.
And like spotting abuse, your sharp eye might help a child. Last summer, 19 children died in the United States because they were left in hot cars. Speak up and encourage giant retailers like Walmart to start posting highly visible signage in parking lots — warning customers that they should not leave children or animals in unattended cars — no matter how quick the trip to the store may be.
It doesn’t stop with warm weather. Where temperatures drop below freezing, you can bet there are forgetful or unaware owners leaving their pets to suffer and freeze.
5. Keep cats safe and indoors
Letting cats roam outdoors is just plain dumb. They are a danger to native birds and other wildlife – and they can easily be hit by a car. Keep all animals safe by keeping your cats inside.
6. Support all cruelty investigations, including PETA’s
Cruelty investigations rescue all types of animals from crisis situations including overcrowding, cruelty, abuse and even torture.
Your financial support assists these dedicated workers, inspectors and agents on the frontline of animal protection.
You can promise to NEVER, EVER buy a dog or puppy from a pet store, a flea market or fair, or from the side of the road. No matter what the seller says, these are 100% guaranteed to be puppy mill dogs. Sure they got out, but what about the parents left behind?
Never buy a dog site unseen from a website. You can try to FIND a dog online, but NEVER buy one that way. Visit first. Watch for these Top 7 Signs you’re dealing with a Puppy Mill:
The “breeder” is local, but no, you can’t visit. Instead, he or she wants to meet at a halfway point, a mall or car-park.
You can visit – but you see 3 or more different dog breeds running around. This is a red flag that the breeder isn’t committed to one breed or hybrid and is just breeding whatever dogs she has around in order to make money.
Dirty or stinky facilities. Genuine breeders love their dogs and put their care first. The home and puppy area should be clean and tidy and a safe environment for the puppies and parents.
Hand painted signs on the road, advertising puppies for sale.
Puppies are always available, and the breeder will let you take one at Christmas, Easter, etc. No caring breeder will release a puppy during these high-stress times and no responsible breeder always has a handy supply of puppies.
For sale in public places. Stay away from anyone who’s selling puppies at a public place like a flea market, yard sale, swap meet or pet store, or out of the back of a pickup truck, car or van.
Be suspicious of the seller who doesn’t demand that you spay or neuter your puppy. A genuine breeder will ask you to sign an agreement that your dog will NOT be bred.
To Kill a Snake Cut off its Head
Puppy mill operators are lower than snakes – so to shut them down, let’s cut them off where it hurts – their wallets. They’re greedy, despicable people and don’t deserve your hard-earned money!