November 21st 2010 10:06 am
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Last week I was in Winners and noticed a remarkable number of hats made of animal fur or with fur trim. Quite a number of them were made in Canada and labelled as fox fur, but most were from China and labelled rabbit fur.
Now, I always try to avoid purchasing anything from China with animal products such as leather and fur because animals have no rights whatsoever in China and can be abused with impunity.
However, products made from pet fur are deliberately mislabelled and can be detected only by DNA testing or with a spectrometer. Read about it here and sign the petition to have these products banned in North America.
July 4th 2009 11:44 am
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Eleventh Hour Mercy Plea to Save Death Row Dog Bruce:
Dog lovers around the world have reacted in horror to the recent news that the high profile case of pet dog "Bruce" may finally be over as a court orders he be destroyed in a few days time ending an exhaustive twenty one month battle to save him.
Bruce was a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier living happily with his family in Northern Ireland. On September 19th 2007 Bruce was seized by council officials as an alleged "pit bull type" and taken to secluded kennels whilsthis owner was taken to court for owning a banned type of dog contrary to the Dangerous Dogs Act (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.
Whilst incarcerated in kennels his family were allowed to visit their dog in October 2007, Bruce had lost weight, muscle tone and had an open cut to his muzzle. Five months later Bruce was allowed a second visit from his family in March 2008, they were shocked with what they found: The wound on Bruce's muzzle was larger, weeping and had become infected, he tail had been amputated due to damage and infection, he had open pressure sores, was underweight and looked totally broken and rejected, yet despite the clear pain he was in, is described by experts as being a friendly dog that poses
no danger to the public.
A trial was heard at Bangor Magistrates' Court on 27th August 2008 and the court determined that Bruce was "of type" despite the evidence from two expert identification witnesses who said he was not. Judgement was given two weeks later on the 12th September and Bruce was ordered destroyed devastating his family and supporters.
A legal appeal was lodged and a brief hearing on the 12th November 2008
listed the case for mention on 12th January 2009.
A further hearing in March 2009 was scheduled to set a date for the full
Appeal. But, as we understand it, at this hearing the Judge gave Bruce a
reprieve, as she believed Bruce does not pose a danger to the public. It was unclear how this potentially groundbreaking ruling would proceed as the Judge did not contest that Bruce had been found to be a pit bull type but decided as he posed no danger to the public he could be returned to his owner under the conditions that apply to pit bull types in England: Bruce's owner was trying to obtain third party liability insurance for him as a pit bull type in Northern Ireland. As it is illegal to have a "pit bull type" in Northern Ireland no insurance company was able to offer insurance cover.
A further court date was set for 29th June 2009 to decide how this ruling for Bruce could proceed and the Judge ordered destruction.
In a desperate attempt to save Bruce, owner Shannon Brown, supporters and neighbours have created petitions, online networking groups and videos resulting in worldwide support to "Bring Bruce Home". Bruce remains on canine death row, removed from his family home, alone and unaware of theworldwide support he has to spare his life.
Despite being debated several times, Northern Ireland has not adopted the provisions within the1997 Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act allowing friendly pet dogs found to be unlawful by appearance, but posing no danger to the public, to be allowed to live. In England, Scotland and Wales, a dog found to be "pit bull type" by the courts can be ordered entered onto the Index of Exempted Dogs as an alternative to destruction. If the Amendment had been accepted in Northern Ireland, the court would have been able to exercise discretion as with the rest of the UK - Bruce is likely to have been home long before now, alive and well registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs.
If Bruce lived across the border in Southern Ireland where no breeds are nationally banned he would never have been seized and imprisoned at all. Bruce has been offered a place of safety with a dedicated rescue and sanctuary in Southern Ireland where he could legally live out the rest of his life; this offer has been conveyed in writing to the solicitor but has sadly not been accepted by the court.
Bruce hasn't actually ever put a paw wrong; he is sentenced to death due to the way he looks and the fact that NI has a mandatory death penalty unlike the rest of the UK who gave the courts discretion when sentencing twelve years ago.
Bruce and his family have endured much mental and physical anguish and pain solely due to a draconian law. His owner is simply a young dog owner who has been struggling for nearly two years to save her dogs life.
All that needs to be done to let a friendly dog live is for Bruce to be
allowed safe passage from Northern to Southern Ireland and Bruce needs your support again during his eleventh hour.
We are asking supporters to contact the Secretary of State for Northern
Ireland (Shaun Woodward MP) and Ministers urging them to use compassion and discretion by granting Bruce a Pardon removing the penalty imposed - the mandatory death sentence with the provision that Bruce is moved to the rescue placement ready and waiting for him in Southern Ireland. For a nation who claims to be animal lovers this would be the expected outcome.
As the court has ordered that Bruce be destroyed someone will be expected to administer the fatal injection. Veterinary surgeons take a sworn oath and promise to safeguard the welfare of animals committed into their care. In line with this sworn promise we are calling on all veterinary professionals within the UK to take a stand and refuse to kill Bruce - a healthy, wanted animal who poses no danger to the public & has a rescue space waiting for him in Eire. Bruce's legal owner does not give consent for Bruce to be destroyed.
Please help by contacting the relevant authorities (template letters
available) - details below to add your support to "Saving Bruce".
For Further Information & Updates - Please Contact:
DDA Watch - www.dangerousdogsact.co.uk
Tel: 0844 844 2900
Endangered Dogs Defence & Rescue - www.endangereddogs.com
How You Can Help Bruce:
Urgent Plea for a Pardon/Intervention to Allow Export of Bruce to Eire:
* The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Shaun Woodward MP
Northern Ireland Office, 11 Millbank, London, SW1P 4PN
Fax: 01744 24306
* The Rt Hon Peter Robinson MP MLA - First Minister
* Martin McGuinness MP MLA - deputy First Minister
* Jeffrey Donaldson MP -
* Gerry Kelly MLA
Letters to: GD36 Stormont Castle, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3TT
* Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP - Home Secretary
Letters to: 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF,
Urgent Plea to Refuse to Administer Fatal Injection:
Please urge your members not to participate in the death of Bruce.
* Veterinary Ireland - Representative body for veterinary surgeons in
* Veterinary Northern Ireland (VetNI)
Secretary General - firstname.lastname@example.org
* Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Email: email@example.com &
firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (020) 7222 2004
Urgent Plea to Help & Support Innocent Dog Bruce:
* Northdown Borough Council
C/o Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT
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December 9th 2008 2:31 pm
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Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings where hung by the chimney with care
In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
But at the North Pole sudden changes arose
All down to Rudolph and his ruby red nose
Clipboard in hand, a breed expert arrived
He motioned to Santa saying," please step aside".
A smooth haired coat and a muscular build
A broad deep chest our Rudolph did yield
The breed expert's pen, created pages of ticks
Then he suddenly called out "good lord, we've been tricked!"
"This creatures no donkey and clearly no horse!
I know these things! I've attended the course!"
Look at my clipboard the boxes are full!
It's very obvious to me: Rudolph is a pit bull!
Out with the measuring sticks, he explained to Santa the law
And he measured poor Rudolph from shoulder to floor.
As the spectacle continued Santa said with a sigh
He's a reindeer you fool! Why must he die?
"The law is the law" the expert said standing tall,
Then picked up his mobile and made a quick call
The sound of sirens filled the peaceful night air
and Rudolph removed to who knew where?
Days turned to weeks and confused and alone
Rudolph pined for the place he called home
As the first snow started falling Rudolph gave up the fight
And he took his last breath on a cold winters night
You may think this is funny, if a little untrue.
But how would you like it, if it happened to you?
If your dog was taken because of its look?
Because it ticked enough boxes in some silly book?
Regardless of parentage it doesn't matter what breed
If it ticks enough boxes then it's a done deed
So humour me here and pretend this is true
Think how you would feel if it happened to you.
Cuddle your hounds while you have them close by
For some spend this Christmas, waiting to die.
Now back to the story, it doesn't end there
One more short verse I need to share
Santa fetched Rudolph's body and cried for his friend
And swore to himself, this would not be the end.
And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight
"The law is wrong, please help us to fight!"
Author: Alison Green
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