Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Help end the brutal "sport" of bear baiting.

"At the center of the large arena a black bear is standing, shaking in fear.

Although she knows what is about to happen she can do nothing to stop it - a rope attached to a metal ring in her nose is tied to a post in the ground, holding her in place. All she can do is wait and watch as the crowd around her cheers in anticipation.

Suddenly, two dogs are released into the arena - bred and trained to attack, the dogs lunge at the bear, sinking their sharp teeth into her sensitive muzzle and ears. The bear tries desperately to defend herself but her teeth and claws have been removed and all she can do is tuck her head behind her paws and lash out blindly. The attack goes on for several minutes until finally the bear is brought to the ground and the dogs are declared the winners...

This is the cruel and illegal bloodsport of “bear baiting” in Pakistan. At these horrific events, crowds gather and pay to watch as defenseless bears are attacked by specially-trained dogs. Shockingly, bears endure this savage contest up to 10 times at one event.

WSPA believes that there is no excuse for this cruelty, and we are working to end bear baiting once and for all."

Taken from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) website.

Causes such as these should be supported by everyone. If you cannot help financially or volunteering your time, I urge you to please spread the work about this vicious blood sport. The more people who know, the more action that can be taken.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Two things that I found:

Awareness and spreading conscience are vital for me. So I found the following two articles and thought they belonged here, since the more they are seen, the easier it is to spread the word about these atrocities. The first article here (in Spanish), is about a horse that was found bleeding to death. After a man contacted police authorities in Puerto Rico (Ponce and Mayagüez) regarding the animal, he was told that they'd have to wait until the animal was dead in order to remove him and bury him. The horse was left in agony. The animal welfare laws there state that upon advising the nearest police headquarters, these are supposed to alert a veterinary in that region to euthanize the animal. In the end, an animal sanctuary (Santuario de Animales San Francisco de Asís) took the responsablity of finding a vet t0 euthanize the horse, after hours of suffering.

This article, I found through my uncle's Facebook page. It took place in Colombia (2009), where Misael Ruíz Quintero, a member of the Puerto Tejada (Cauca) police force hit a dog's head with a shovel. The official holding the camera instructs another officer to take a shovel and hit the dog in the head. After the officer (Valdéz) refuses to, Ruíz Quintero takes the shovel, hits the dog on the head and laughs while the dog is in pain. The officer has been removed from his position and is currently under investigation.