Saturday, November 30, 2013

Terrorizing Turkey, Payback for all those Thanksgiving Meals

By Ana Banana Benepe--Some Post Thanksgiving Musings

Tom the turkey was a little fluff ball that his two owners saved from a hawk when he was a wee one.
President Obama pardoning the turkey before Thanksgiving, 2009 
But he later grew up to be territorial, aggressive, and often in attack mode, especially around cars.

This story from National Public Radio about Tom the terrorizing  turkey shows that sometimes turkeys have had enough of being kicked around, not to mention being eaten en masse by the millions on Thanksgiving day every year.

Tom decided that he didn't like cars--
President Harry Truman receiving a turkey in 1949. 
seems justified--or people who walked to and from them--maybe not so justified, unless he was trying to protect his flock.

What occurred to me, speaking as a dog, is how stupid these people are running to and from their cars.

Don't they realize that animals have a right to live here too?

One woman says with disgust, "He pecked my car," clearly upset that the turkey damaged the paint.

What is wrong with this country that we care more about cars than living creatures?

Needless to say, you'll love parts of this story. Incidentally, eating turkey makes me ill, and we were told by our vet that dogs cannot and should not, eat turkey.

Friday, May 10, 2013

In the News: Shih Tzu Survives Abuse

We thought you would like to read about Bentley who was rescued by a volunteer, Eva Podietz, of the ASPCA.

Bentley arrived at the ASPCA "after a devastating kick to the head that left him with a dangerous brain hemorrhage, broken jaw and a broken skull, threatening to destroy his tiny brain stem. He could barely stand or move his legs," wrote the organization. 

Any sudden movements could have killed the Shih Tzu, they said.  ASPCA veterinarians provided head trauma care, medications to reduce fluid build-up in his brain, and comprehensive pain management. After a few weeks of care, Bentley began lifting his neck and wagging his tail to greet staffers. And one day, Bentley began to regain use of his legs!
But the dog was still scared of people, and he wasn’t eating well. The organization placed him in foster care with Podietz, and he quickly gained a pound and started to open up. “After a month it was clear it was an adoption, not a foster,” reported Podietz. "Now he is showered with love, attends doggy daycare and, despite everything he’s been through, “doesn’t seem to hold a grudge.”
For the rest of the story, click here

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Poaching Rhino Horns is Only for Men Without....

You can thank Animal Planet for running two back-to-back programs on the poaching of rhino horns.

The horns can fetch up to a million dollars each, and doing the dirty work to obtain them are the men who leave carcasses upon carcasses of dead rhinos rotting in the hot sun.

The first story details the story of Phila. Titled Saving Rhino Phila, it's a painful show to watch.

Saving Rhino Philla details not only the gross violence against these animals but also reveals that the poaching of their horns is based on pure ignorance--the belief that the horns will turn men who can't get it up into men who can.

It's a myth because the horns are made out of nothing more than the kind of material you would find in horses' hooves.

No matter how you look at this situation, this is the domaine of the immensely ignorant, the weak, the dirty, the utterly corrupt, those without brains, and perhaps souls.

Take a quick gander at the program being run by Animal Planet. The documentary details the near destruction of rhino Phila, who was shot so many times, it was a miracle that she ever survived.

Phila was shot in the wild, and ran off, to be found and hospitalized days later. The criminals who shot and wounded her the first time, had the temerity to return to the hospital and shoot her multiple times again.

Finally, in a desperate attempt to protect Phila, her caretakers removed her horns and moved her to an enclosed area--a zoo, where she could survive.

All of the other Rhinos are shot with impunity, and the criminals are protected by local authorities, presumably to garner the large payoffs for turning the other way.

Those authorities live in large mansions in swimming pools, in a country where their regular salaries would only afford them a shack. Yet the corruption and senseless killing for horns continues.

The program which aired at 8 PM detailing the sad lives of these poor animals is followed by a reenactment of the story of four soldiers who take it upon themselves to battle the poachers at 9 PM.

In this show the intro says that last year alone, 100 men died protecting rhinos, and 668 rhinos were killed by vicious poachers armed with helicopters and advanced weaponry.

On average one rhino every 16 hours is killed in this one area of South Africa.

Sadly those soldiers cannot be there every day.