• Don Lichterman

Merritt, Bait Dogs, Dog Fighting, Union County Sportsmens Club, Animals on Talk Shows & ALDF Webinar

Updated: Aug 5, 2019

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS, WLOS TV investigation about Burke County Animal Shelter in North Carolina in your Weekly Animal & Wildlife Welfare, Crime & Abuse Report! Every Thursday!

PETA's groundbreaking exposés and powerful campaigns are inspiring droves of designers, retailers, and consumers to reject fur, angora, mohair, leather, and every other material that's torn from an animal's back. And following our recent, first-of-its-kind look into the cashmere industry, we're decimating the market for that material.

PETA's exposé footage from cashmere-industry operations in China and Mongolia shows workers dragging goats by their legs, pinning them down, and ripping out their hair with sharp metal combs—leaving the terrified animals wounded and wailing.

They produce so little hair that six goats are tormented this way for a single cashmere sweater—but PETA and our international affiliates are determined to bring the number of suffering animals down to zero.

After learning of the cruelty inherent in cashmere production, H&M quickly committed to banning the only kind of cashmere it sells, and ASOS—which had banned the material last year after hearing from PETA U.K.—agreed to remove all remaining cashmere stock from its website. Since our exposé broke, the list of cashmere-free companies has expanded almost every day. Now, in a magical, precedent-setting victory for animals, Lochaven of Scotland—the original supplier of the Hogwarts uniforms worn in the Harry Potter movies—recently announced that it's banning cashmere, expanding its line of vegan clothing, and reducing the amount of wool that it uses in its knitwear. With your support, we look forward to seeing more cruelty vanish in the months ahead!

Thank you for helping us work toward a day when no animal suffers for clothing, costumes, or any other reason.

A female dog is recovering after someone tortured her, leaving her body ripped to bits, with bite marks and scars covering her legs, chest and head — her ears so lacerated they may be beyond repair.

In what they described as a “chilling scene,” animal control officers in Woodbridge, Connecticut found the canine so gravely injured, they believe someone used her as a bait dog in fights.

The poor dog, whom rescuers named Merritt after the street on which she was finally rescued, was also malnourished and weak from hunger. Merritt’s back leg sustained such terrible injuries that a veterinarian had to amputate the shattered limb in order to give the dog the best chance of a pain-free life.

A witness notified WAC of Merritt’s plight after they saw multiple cars hit the mastiff mix as she ran, terrified, across Merritt Parkway. The first SUV hit her in the shoulder. The second completely dislocated her rear left leg so badly, it was facing the other direction.

“Merritt could not wait to get in our crate once we arrived,” WAC said in a Facebook post. “It was if we could hear her sigh of relief that she was in a space where she thought she was safe. It was there that we realized the true horror that this poor girl had been living.”

We must speak out against this brutal animal cruelty and ensure that the person who caused Merritt — and possibly other dogs — such severe suffering is brought to justice.

Sign this petition to urge Woodbridge Police Chief Frank P. Cappiello to investigate this heinous crime against innocent Merritt and ensure the culprit is prosecuted with the full force of the law.

In Ireland's cruel greyhound industry, 6,000 DOGS ARE KILLED EVERY YEAR because they're not fast enough to win. Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS...

Tell Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to Ban Greyhound Racing Tel: +353 (0)1-6194000 Email: leo.varadkar@oir.ie

Watch "RTE Investigates Greyhounds Running for Their Lives" to witness the horrors of greyhound racing in Ireland.

Watch on the RTE Player https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/rt%C3%A9-investigates-greyhounds-running-for-their-lives/104051751967 or on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

Please also sign and share these petitions

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks https://www.change.org/p/gaa-stop-club-fundraisers-at-greyhound-tracks

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

In Millmont, PA, the Union County Sportsmen's Club confines animals to cramped, often filthy cages. An Asiatic black bear named Dillan is often rocking back and forth—a sign of extreme distress. He is morbidly obese and has severe dental disease that is painful and life threatening. Other animals are suffering at the club too. A raccoon was panting in the heat with no means to cool off, and birds had to drink out of an algae covered water trough.

Please tell the president of the club to allow PETA to facilitate the transfer of Dillan and ALL these animals to reputable facilities now. Visit PETA.org.

https://support.peta.org/page/12091/a... for more information.

False Advertising: How to Protect Animals by Litigating for Consumers Webinar

When companies try to trick conscientious consumers into buying animal products, companion animals, or tickets to animal performances with the false promise that these products or services are humane or cruelty-free, legal advocates have a variety of tools at their disposal to stop this "humane-washing."

Stop Kitten Killing Shelter in North Carolina. Nationally, one in every five cats surrendered to a shelter does not make it out alive. However, the Burke County Animal Shelter in North Carolina kills at a rate of more than four of every five cats it takes in! It kills a shocking 87% of cats and kittens surrendered to its care. That figure is horrifying enough, but it gets worse. The Burke County shelter has been selling the bodies of the cats it kills for use in laboratories. Act now to reform this Frankenstein shelter and save cats and kittens from being sold off for body-parts.

In this webinar, Animal Legal Defense Fund Staff Attorney Kelsey Eberly will explain these tools and show how advocates can take away the market share for cruel products and services, protecting animals by holding companies accountable for their misrepresentations to consumers. 

These webinars are free and open to the public, but space is limited. A recording of each webinar will be made available after the session. 

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