The Horrors of Puppy Mills; Please Adopt and Do Not Shop!

by J. Lee Puppy mills are a timely concern since many people are considering puppies as Christmas presents. Puppy mills are a year round concern, but more so now considering the holidays are upon us. Many people may have already visited pet stores unaware of where puppies might have come from. November 16, 2017, I wrote about pets who are abandoned after the holidays. For an incite to my thoughts about pets as presents you can read my story ‘Christmas, A Time for Joy? Yes – Except For Many Pets Given…

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Isolation – The Lonely Life Of Dogs

by J. Lee THE LONELY LIFE OF DOGS I will never understand those who get a dog or dogs just to abandon them in backyards, basements or garages. Why? So they can tells others they have a dog? The reality is the dog has no human. It is sentenced to a life of loneliness. Dogs are pack animals. They are highly social. They are socially-cognitive. Loneliness is torture for them. They thrive on interaction with other dogs and their human companions. A dog needs stimulation. They can become stressed when bored. They…

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Animal Farming – Rabbits Abused For Fur and Meat; We Must Be Their Voice

photo of an Angora rabbit

by J. Lee RABBITS ABUSED FOR FUR AND MEAT The horrors of rabbits farms Rabbits kept for fur and meat suffer from unimaginable cruelty. They are abused while being kept in dirty wire cages that injure their delicate feet. In fur farms rabbits are kept in solitary confinement. In meat farms they are crammed into overcrowded cages. Many of them suffer from untreated fungal infections that causes skin ulceration’s and their fur can fall out. They are unable to play, run, dig, feel solid ground under their feet or enjoy sunshine. Those kept…

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Hurricane Harvey – Domestic Animals In Crisis, The Rescue Underway & How You Can Help (Part One)

boat transporting flood stranded animals and displaced pets

 J. Lee HURRICANE HARVEY – ANIMALS IN CRISIS The devastation Hurricane Harvey is creating for human life and property is well known through 24 hour news coverage. Loss of life has yet to be determined as numbers rise daily. Unknown numbers of homes have been damaged beyond repair. The storm has also been a hardship for animals. Surrounding shelters and shelters outside Texas are scrambling to have their pets adopted to make room for animals impacted by Harvey. Many of them would like to help, but they have no room…

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Hurricane Harvey – Wildlife In Crisis, The Rescue – How You Can Help (Part Three)

raccoon rescued from Texas flooding in tropical storm Harvey

J. Lee Hurricane Harvey – Wildlife In Crisis Wildlife, in natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey are left vulnerable unless they can find safe shelter. They become battered, tossed and many drown unless they can find higher ground. Specialized rescue groups have stepped forward to help a vast variety of wildlife. Texas Wildlife Fact Sheet – Including amphibians, birds, fish, Invertebrates, mammals and reptiles Huffpost: Here’s How Harvey Is Affecting Wild Animals – The Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas has been “bombarded” with requests to help injured or waterlogged wildlife, and has taken…

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Hurricane Harvey – Livestock In Crisis, The Rescue – How You Can Help (Part Two)

Horse stranded in S.E. Texas flooding, being escorted to dry ground by rescue volunteers

J. Lee Hurricane Harvey – Livestock In Crisis This story is not a commentary or editorial, but a way to feature animals during natural disasters and the urgency to save them. It is to spotlight those who are on the front lines rescuing them. Included in the story are organizations to contact for those who would like to help. When it comes for natural disasters  many farmers are left scrambling. Livestock is not easy to transport on a moment’s notice. Due to their size and herd numbers most are left…

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Abandonment – Animals Left Behind During Disasters Like Harvey or From Lack of Compassion

photo of cat struggling to swim to dry ground during flooding event Harvey

J. Lee Abandonment – Animals Left Behind During Disasters Sadly many people leave their animals behind. When a disaster occurs many pet owners probably have no idea how bad a flood, natural disaster or wildfire could get or how long they will be kept away. Evacuations become frantic. Many compassionate owners leave them behind until a rescue can be safely organized. Some are not allowed to bring them so they do their best to leave them in the safest locations possible until they could be rescued. Some just callously chain…

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Animal Farming, Abuse of Pigs, Sows and Piglets – We Must Be Their Voice

J. Lee Horrors of Animal Farming – The Pork Industry This story exposes the horrors on pig farms. Pigs experience suffering. Writing this story was as heartbreaking as my poultry and cattle stories. Images of abuse I saw doing research for this story will remain a nightmare in my mind. My story is not to convince anyone to go vegan or vegetarian. Its purpose is to open your eyes to brutality and suffering of pigs. Future stories will disclose abuses in other animal farming industries. Wikipedia: Pork is the culinary name for meat from a domestic pig (Sus scrofa…

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Wildlife Encroachment – The Sad Reality of Human Expansion in Rural Areas

two coyotes

by J. Lee Wildlife encroachment – The struggle to survive! If Judy Garland was alive today would she be saying ‘Coyotes and Wolves, and Bears, oh my’ instead of  ‘Lions and tigers, and bears, oh my!? In a time when so many people demand peace and love it is interesting how animals are rarely a consideration when they are seen as a nuisance or a threat. The sad truth when confronted with wildlife is to relocate them or justify killing them. An animal’s first line of defense is education, conservation, rehabilitation and wildlife rescuers who work…

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Yulin Dog Meat Festival – It’s Time To Stop The Pain And Suffering

Meme with man comforting dog and text, "Say No To The Yulin Dog Meat Festival"

by J. Lee The 2017 China Lychee and Dog Meat Festival began on June 21st and ends on June 30th. The festival is not officially recognized by the government, but many see their silence as a sign of consent. Promoters justify the event by saying dogs eaten in the summer keeps the consumer healthy and it keeps summer heat at bay. The Independent:  Yulin Dog Meat Festival – “The Yulin “Lychee and Dog Meat” festival is an annual 10 day event where over 10,000 dogs are eaten. Cat meat, fresh lychees…

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