By Julien Gignac Staff Reporter Sat., May 12, 2018 A Los Angeles-based animal rights group says its yearlong undercover investigation into “filthy” conditions at an Ontario mink farm is behind animal cruelty charges laid by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals last week. The SPCA on Friday said it had laid 14 charges against a mink ranch in southwestern Ontario, including for neglect and failing to provide medical care. The Provincial Offences Court in Guelph separately verified that the charges had been laid against the owners of Millbank Fur Farm, north of Guelph. A worker with Last Chance for Animals went undercover at the farm starting in February 2017, said Hayden Hunter, director of investigations at the animal rights group. Hunter said the worker took photos and video that show unsanitary conditions, a lack of veterinary care and animals with lesions “all over” their bodies, especially “the head, the … [Read more...] about Undercover investigation behind animal cruelty charges at Ontario mink farm, U.S.-based rights group says
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OPINIONby Tim Newton Three years ago the issue came into sharp focus in Phuket when a Ukraine company established ‘Nemo’, the first dolphinarium in Phuket, right next door to the Chalong Zoo. The dolphinarium drew a lot of kick-back from locals who took the NIMBY approach – Not In My Back Yard. They were applying their western values about the treatment of animals to the island they live on, and love. Despite their feelings on the matter local wildlife officials made the final decisions about the permits for the dolphinarium under a lot of pressure from some locals insistent that the new dolphin attraction was not appropriate. A LOT of pressure. They decided to grant the relevant permits for the building and the hosting of dolphins who would live there and entertain paying customers. The media, traditional and social, went fierce on the complex, before and after it opened. Social media was ripe with negative and dramatic commentary, disturbing photos and lots of … [Read more...] about Animal shows in Phuket. ‘Not in my back yard’!
At the foot of Block 151, Mei Ling Street, in Queenstown, 19 cats live in cages outside a resident's home. The cages - some housing two or three cats - are relatively clean and well maintained and are covered with canvas sheets to protect the felines from the sun and rain. But concerned people alerted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to the animals' condition. They were worried the cats - mostly mixed breeds - did not have enough shelter and should not be kept in cages. SPCA's executive director, Dr Jaipal Singh Gill, agreed that cages are not suitable housing for cats. He pointed out that long-term confinement that restricted an animal's movement is also detrimental to its welfare. He added: "Housing cats in this manner is a breach of the Code of Animal Welfare (for Pet Owners). We are working with the parties involved with the care of these cats to improve the welfare of the animals." The Code of Animal Welfare (for Pet Owners) was issued by the Agri-Food … [Read more...] about Nineteen cats live in cages outside Queenstown flat
JAKARTA: Campaigners are calling for the closure of Indonesian animal markets touted as tourist attractions where dogs are bludgeoned by the thousands and blow-torched alive. One of the markets on the island of Sulawesi, known as Tomohon Extreme Market, was previously listed on TripAdvisor as a top attraction until animal welfare groups complained. Local tour operators and officials continue to promote the markets as destinations.The welfare groups say the treatment of animals at Tomohon and another market in North Sulawesi province that sells dog meat was “brutally cruel'' and like “walking through hell.''Videos shot by the campaigners at the two markets in December show dogs cowering in cages as workers pull the howling animals out and bludgeon their heads with wooden batons while visitors to the market, some with children, watch.Often still moving, the animals are then blasted with blowtorches to remove their hair in preparation for butchering and sale.(Video YouTube/Dog … [Read more...] about Dogs blowtorched alive at brutal Indonesia animal markets
Warning: graphic content, reader discretion is advised A supposed animal lover who said he was looking after stray cats in his house was actually butchering them and selling them to restaurants as "rabbit meat" The man in question, Huang Fuping from Chengdu sold the dead cats as rabbits to meat vendors in rural China for 20 yuan per kilogramme (RM12) An investigation was carried out by the authorities and relevant departments after they received multiple tips from the public According to Chengdu Business Daily, Huang was known as a lover of felines around the neighbourhood. People would drop strays at his home, assuming that he would take them in and treat the cats as their own. He had claimed to put the cats in rooms with 24-hour air-conditioning.Little did they know, he would then load most of the strays into his vehicle and drive to a shady warehouse in the countryside. Disturbing images showed dozens of cats killed, frozen, and even decapitated at the man's warehouse "After … [Read more...] about This “Animal Lover” Took In Stray Cats Only To Slaughter And Sell Them As Rabbit Meat