A dog shelter backed by a Russian billionaire is engaged in a frantic last-ditch effort to save hundreds of strays facing a death sentence before the Winter Olympics begin here. Already, hundreds of animals have been killed, with the local authorities apparently wanting the stray dogs cleared from the streets before the opening ceremony.
The nascent domestic horse slaughter business, struggling to gain acceptance over opposition from animal rights activists since 2011, was dealt another blow Thursday after the latest congressional spending bill cleared the Senate and House of Representatives without providing funding for meat plant inspectors.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will help determine the fate of a proposed horse slaughter plant later this month, as state officials weigh a permit application that would allow the facility to begin processing equines in Gallatin. With the deadline for a decision looming, officials with the company, Rains Natural Meats, say they are worried that political pressure will influence the process.
“Thugs are letting their pets loose on beaches and in parks in ‘cruel’ and ‘impromptu’ dog fights,” the Scottish SPCA revealed in a plea for the public’s help in providing information. The ring leaders in this sickening ‘sport’ are evading authorities, an officer of the Special Investigation Unit announced on January 4.
Thirteen-year-old Grace was found chained in her owner’s backyard in Burlington looking matted, filthy and confined to standing on a piece of wood. The dog’s vaccinations were not up to date, she tested positive for heartworms, and she’s partially blind. Now she’s part of a call for change.
A meat plant in Sigourney, Iowa, has become the second operation to receive a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) permit to begin processing horses for human consumption. Just days earlier, Valley Meats Co. LLC, in Roswell, N.M., was granted a similar horse processing permit.
Animal rights advocates gathered Friday at the animal shelter to push for the passage of a “puppy mill bill” in the General Assembly. Such a bill proposed in 2009 sought tighter regulations on breeders and assurances that the animals were receiving adequate food, shelter, exercise and veterinary care. But it stalled due to several concerns, including its potential effects on agribusiness and hunting dogs.
Animal rights activists are calling on Manitoba and First Nations leaders to end the practice of dog culls. Sally Hull of Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue and Yvonne Russell of Pawtipsters say a recent cull of that left a dog badly injured for days before it was ultimately put down illustrates why dog culls, which mostly occur on Northern Manitoba communities, are barbaric and must stop.
Oklahoma is on track to become the first state in the U.S. to lift its own ban on horse slaughter since Congress legalized it. In 2007, horse slaughter came to an end in the U.S. when the last slaughterhouses in Texas and Illinois that processed horse meat were shut down.
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