Thursday, November 5, 2009

Demand accountability. NOW.

The City of Memphis had a shelter system that tortured animals, burying an injured live dog under the corpses of animals being sent for cremation, and starved animals to death. And in Memphis, nothing changes. The people responsible for this animal cruelty continue in their jobs as though nothing happened, one collecting almost $100K. They KNEW about this. They had been told about this, repeatedly. And did NOTHING.

Starve the fat f*ckers to death. And it still won't be justice.

Continuing story on YesBiscuit October 30, YesBiscuit November 3 , the Commercial Appeal November 3, YesBiscuit November 5

Warning: Graphic photos.

H/T to KC Dog Blog.

Side note: This could be happening in your own community, if the animal shelter or pound isn't under any requirement for transparency and accountability and no one in the municipality's bureaucracy gets off their fat arse to make sure there is.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Michael Vick hasn't paid, and never will.

Read the excellent article on entitled "Michael Vick's unpaid dues: Why dog advocates aren't moving on", by Christie Keith of the Pet Connection blog.

Which explains why I despise Michael Vick and others of his ilk.

And which is why Vick supporters, including the team that hired him and Nike that's giving him freebies, should be ashamed of themselves. But they're too stupid to be ashamed.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Give a meaningful gift.

With this weakening economy, more and more animals are being given up due to financial crises within their homes. This puts extra strain on animal rescues' resources and their ability to help animals.

You can donate to an animal rescue through Canada Helps, which reduces the administrative burden for rescues since Canada Helps does the tax receipting.

To make a donation to Speaking of Dogs, you can donate through the umbrella group K-9 Rescue Me and get a tax receipt through the Canada Helps website. Click here for instructions.

Give a gift of and for life, for those who cannot help themselves.

Queen's Park November 18th 9:30 a.m. - Be There!

Ontario MPP Cheri Di Novo is putting forward a private members' bill to remove all references to the breed specific aspects of the Ontario Dog Owners' Liability Act. I think Ms. Di Novo is very courageous to do this and support her fully.

The Dog Legislation Council of Canada and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada are officially supporting Ms. Di Novo as she puts forth this bill.

PLEASE go to the press conference on
Wednesday, November 18th at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Queen's Park building. Let your friends and family know that someone in Queen's Park is standing up for law-abiding dog owners and their unoffending dogs.

IMHO, this law was never about dogs.
It was brought up at a time when the Ontario Liberals' public approval rating was in the crapper.
It was introduced by the former Attorney General Michael Bryant who,
despite his bombast and hyperbole, was unable to pick a "pit bull" from a series of pictures.
It makes law-abiding people into second-class citizens based on the property they own.
It is vague and shoddy, lacking important definitions.
It contains at least one abrogation of citizens' Charter Rights - reverse onus - and other very ugly provisions - allowing the opinion of unqualified individuals as "expert testimony", for example.
It kills dogs for political gain.

Be there. Wednesday, November 18th, 9:30 a.m. in front of Queen's Park.

For the Charter rights of law-abiding citizens. And for the dogs.