Articles: animal cruelty

AKC Opposing Bills to Support Rescue of Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars

What’s wrong with the American Kennel Club? The AKC now actively opposing two bills in Illinois which would allow bystanders to rescue dogs from hot cars. Supporters note the bills could still be tweaked. And law enforcement – who must according to the bills be contacted before breaking into save a pet in distress –…

Chicago Beefs Up Law On Pets in Hot Cars; Supporting Humane Education Boasting About Our Own Dogs

Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th ward) explains HERE on WGN Radio the new ordinance to support pets in distress in cars. He explains how the current accepted ordinance is a kind of watered down version of what he really wants, but he may be able to get that state-wide, where ordinary citizens can rescue animals in…

Will It Be Legal to Rescue Dogs from Hot Cars in Chicago?

Dogs die in hot cars. This is a refrain that’s been repeated so often, you’d think people would know that by now. We taped a video to demonstrate just how hot a car can get. But still, each year I write about dogs who have died in hot cars. Now, Chicago is being added to…

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Continues Medical Experiments on Dogs

What does the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have against dogs? During President’s Obama’s administration, the VA said they would no longer support service dogs for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), despite the fact that more veterans were returning from combat with PTSD than ever before. Last year, it was revealed for…

Animal Welfare League Story Unfolds for the Better

I will not let the issues surrounding Chicago’s Animal Welfare League (AWL) be forgotten. That was my promise, and I will keep that promise. Over the past months, I’ve heard concerns regarding the Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge and Chicago. Seemingly overnight, I was inundated with email and social media posts about animals being treated inappropriately,…

Trump Administration Supports Killing Big Game

This isn’t politics; it’s ethics. A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of big game, like African elephants, lions, and various rhino species, is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family (which is supposed to…

Feeding A Puppy to a Snapping Turtle: Is That Science?

Feeding a puppy to an alligator snapping turtle does not illustrate the “circle of life.” Puppies are domestic animals with no natural defenses, and they’re members of our families. However, this is what a longtime science teacher at Preston Junior High in Preston, Idaho, allegedly did. And, at this point, the teacher has not been fired…

United Airlines Takes Full Responsibility for Dog that Died in Overhead Bin

Regarding the dog that died on a United Airlines flight when a flight attendant allegedly insisted a passenger place the dog inside its appropriately sized carrier inside the overhead bin, rather than under the seat in front of her: Apparently, either the dog was barking and/or the carrier blocked part of the aisle. It’s unknown…

U.S. Skier Rescues South Korean Dogs

U.S. Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy (he finished 12th in slopestyle in Pyeongchang) has rescued dozens of dogs from a terrible fate at a South Korean dog meat farm, which has now been closed down after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. After visiting the dog meat farm with Humane Society International (HSI), Kenworthy reportedly called the…

Panel Will Search for the Truth at Animal Welfare League

Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge and Chicago has been the subject of a social media firestorm. Animal activists as well as former employees and volunteers, former staff veterinarians, and even other shelter directors have alleged all sorts of issues. And, many of them suggest downright cruelty, unsanitary and unsafe conditions for people and animals,…

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