Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! »
It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, animals!
How much feces gets into meat destined for American consumers? You may be shocked to hear what slaughter plant inspectors told the Washington Post for the paper’s major exposé this week titled “USDA pilot program fails to stop contaminated meat.”
The meat industry is suing to keep Americans in the dark also about a package of meat’s country of origin. However, this week a federal judge refused to go along with the industry’s demands.
Just how has the meat industry altered chickens to grow unnaturally fast, and what problems does that create? My friend, and Drexel professor, Harish Sethu created an excellent new graphic to demonstrate how these birds have been bred to suffer. And the ASPCA has a new site on the topic, too.
Do you think that farmers love the free market? Think again. The Bloomberg headline this week says it all: “Taxpayers Turn U.S. Farmers Into Fat Cats With Subsidies.”
And some final good news to start your weekend: The San Diego Union Tribune reports on the new, entirely meat-free, menu that K-8 San Diego schools recently implemented in honor of Meatless Mondays!
Photo of the week: Yes, I admit that we really do look alike.
Video of the week: The lizard who likes to be tickled…
Adorable Girl and Puppy Say ‘No’ to Puppy Mills
What happens when you combine the cutest little girl and the cutest dog in one video? You can watch it above.
The ASPCA launched a new campaign at NoPetStorePuppies.com, where they encourage visitors not to purchase products or animals from pet stores, many of which breed through puppy mills.
Instead, contact your local shelter. You might just rescue the newest member of your family!
Sorry, I can’t boycott pet stores that sell animals (anymore); I’ve died of cute overload.
Silly animal-friendly April Fools Day jokes »
I kind of hate April Fools Day. Some stuff is fun, like when Google or whatever plans something elaborate. But I hate when you are working on a deadline and you get “zany” “emergency” emails and it’s like, OK, can you just tell me if this is real or not so I can get back to work? Yes. I’m a ball of fun. But! I have to admit, some of these animal-centered April Fools are funny. Come on, admit it.
Up top is an ad from ASPCA about their new anti-puppymill campaign. It’s pretty dang cute. Corresponding video:
Don’t worry, cats can join in on the protest as well.
Ug, I hate stores that sell dogs! Monster Pets in Philly does and I hate them. Boycott them! But a lot of pet stores are hip to adoption and don’t sell pups and kitties. If only we could get them to stop selling hamsters and those other little guys! But pups and kitties is a start.
Vegan-friendly online store Ethical Ocean made a pretty funny site, Unethical Ocean. You get where it’s going but this basketball net offer is just really funny:
It’s all in the details! Like in the FAQ for Warby Parker’s new line Warby Barker:
Can my dog ride in the car with his head out the window while wearing Warby Barker glasses?
Yes. Each pair is constructed from exceptionally durable materials.
Not an animal org, I know, but this silly page links to HSUS. And besides, DOG-OCLE.
Other jokes: PETA said they’d release meat-allergy-inducing ticks, Sony had a cute thing, Grubhub’s Kibblehub is kind of hilar, and Care2 had a petition from a cow asking for more visibility on the site.
In crappy April Fools attemps, Whole Foods disappoints with a joke about a cam that promises to let you “watch what your meat eats,” because all animals are “your meat” and isn’t that funny. Um, fuck you. And it appears even the Army has a sense of humor? Too bad they do actually send dogs off to get PTSD or die (the Army may have a sense of humor, but I still don’t!). And wait, is this Ostrich pillow from Fab real? Ug, I hate April Fools Day.
Help These 5 Pups Find a Good Home
Tonight is the big event! The ASPCA’s #PuppyLove Twitter party kicks off at 6pm EST, and you’re invited to answer trivia questions, win prizes, and meet these five adorable contestants. The Meet Your Match dating show will stream live, right here on The FluffPo, and you might just fall in love with one of these adoptable pooches.
Hey Twitter pals! This is happening today, at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST, and maybe you want to participate!
This video is eleven times cray! It’s pretty awesome but I can’t help but worry for the kitty. It’s all movie magic, right? Please? My Mitsy don’t like to be thrown around too much. But when I’m holding her and she wants to get down, I might toss her on the bed or something. The best part is the head-shots anyway though, right? Oh, George! I want to film Mitsy’s head and get to editing like yesterday.
I love the last line about “millions of viral videos waiting to be adopted,” genius.
Hey New York! This afternoon: Get your pet blessed! There’s a rabbi and a minister so hopefully your pet’s religious denomination is covered. It starts at 2pm!
520 Park Avenue (at 60th Street)
New York, NY 10065
While you’re there, please think of my little Figgy who is in Philly with a hurt leg. He’s going to the vet tomorrow but I’m worried.
Shelters want to keep pets cool in this hideous heat! »
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Hey guys, it’s been hot as all get-up lately! Well, prob not in San Francisco, but in New York and the rest of the country, in the words of Beverly Hills Cop, the heat is on. Reader Natalie M. sent me an email about the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka, Kan., and reminded me that this heat affects all the animals too! Kansas has been having a crazy heat wave and because of the heat, HHHS needs ice!
HHHS does not have air conditioning in our kennels so we must do the best we can to keep our animals cool. One method used to cool off the pets is ice. When the temperature exceeds 95 degrees, we place large blocks of ice in each of the dog kennels and smaller crushed ice in the cat kennels. Combined with blowing fans, the ice helps to make the heat more tolerable for our animals. Throughout the summer, we are in need of donors who can fund our ice program. To have enough ice delivered for all of our animals for one day it costs $150. Please consider funding this program and help us win the battle.
If you want to donate, go to their site or contact Kathy at (785) 233.7325 or email@example.com.
In this crazy-ass weather, I’m guessing HHHS isn’t the only shelter that needs help keeping cool; you should take a minute to call your local shelters and see if they need extra help! Imagine if you were in this heat, in a fur coat! Wacky animals and their fur coats.
Shelter pets aren’t the only animals in danger, your pets need to stay safe too! ASPCA has a great list of tips for avoiding heat stroke in pets but here are their basic points:
- Avoid dehydration by always having fresh, clean water available and lots of shady places where pets can cool off. When the weather’s extremely hot, keep your pets indoors.
- Limit exercise to either early in the morning or late in the evening. Before starting your walk, give the sidewalk a test with the palm of your hand. If it’s too hot to touch, it can burn your pet’s footpads and should be avoided.
- Bring outdoor pets inside, and give them access to air-conditioned areas of your home. For animals who must remain outside, provide a shady, sheltered place to rest and lots of fresh water in stable containers.
- Never leave an animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time—even with the windows open—leading to fatal heat stroke within minutes.
- Watch out for the following symptoms of overheating: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Contact a veterinarian right away if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke.
The Humane Society also has a whole slew of products that help keep your dog cool. I’m into this Kool Dogz ice treat maker:
Dogs love ice! I actually bought one of these but never got around to using it. It seems easy but I’m lazy. Since I never used it, my mom made me sell it at our stoop sale. Jeez, mom! How’s your pet keeping cool?
[Picture from Kool Dogz website]
Fire departments get pet oxygen masks, because pets are people too »
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The city of Denver just outfitted all its trucks with oxygen masks specially designed for pets. Now when a sexy firefighter saves your beloved Roxy from a burning building (so scary!), he or she can treat said animal companion for smoke inhalation without the ridiculous-looking proposition of trying to fit a human mask on a snout. Phew, dignity preserved all around.
I did some investigation (as in watching the above video and then Googling a bit), and found out that these new masks were donated to the fire department as part of a brilliant public relations stunt by a certain company that makes a certain invisible fence product. I have no opinion about the merits of their fence but I’m damn impressed with their public relations campaign that has the side effect of actually saving the lives of animals/four-legged family members. They’ve given out about 3,000 kits so far. More Googling reveals that other companies and individuals have bought kits for fire departments as well. Popular cause!
But omg, let’s not let this happy warm fuzzy moment pass without a take-home message, public-service-announcement-style:
- Does your fire department have kits like this? Does mine? Who knows, but it’s worth finding out! And if they don’t, your fire chief can request a donation from said PR campaign. Heck, maybe you’ll even get on the local news!
- You might as well take the time to send away for the ASPCA’s free pet safety pack which includes a sticker to put on your window to tell the sexy firefighters to go save your animal friend.
The Denver video just shows doggies, but the masks work on cats too. No word about bunnies, snakes, salamanders, or goldfish. Probably not that last one.
Russell Simmons is still vegan, still rules »
I love Russell Simmons but I grew up a hip-hopper so it’s kind of a given. But you better believe I love him even more now that I’m vegan. CNN’s Eatocracy interviewed him all about his vegan diet and it’s great and he’s the best! Here’s an excerpt:
I feel better. My friends say I look better. All that’s true. But I’m a vegan for compassionate reasons.
Like I said, for the planet and for the Karma. It’s to not cause too much harm. The first part of every scripture, in terms of the science that they give for happiness, is to not cause harm. You gain happiness by eliminating or relieving suffering. You want to relieve suffering; you don’t want to be the cause. If all the oil is being used—beside what the army is using—in the manufacturing of food, we’re fighting wars over your diet. It sounds like a big stretch but it’s not when you find out the amount of oil that you use. Then you think about the global warming issue, and you think about the 15 billion animals that are born into suffering.
OMJesus do you love it? You love it.
I don’t believe in much, but what do you guys think about karma? I know we throw the word around and it prob doesn’t mean exactly what we think, but in the way it’s used popularly, what do you think? You think vegans have better karma? I don’t know; I know I do feel better about myself so I’d have to agree with his “gain happiness” statement. It makes me happy that I’m not contributing to suffering (or at least contributing as little as I can) and that I can function beyond the “but cheese is good” mentality.
He also talks about how great Tofutti Cuties are: “You can’t beat a Tofutti Cutie. You frontin’ if you say so.” TRUTH.
[via Vegetarian Star!]
News you need: My Furry Valentine winners! »
The ASPCA had a photo and story contest called My Furry Valentine. People submitted pictures and the short stories about when they knew it was love with their adopted pet. I entered Mitsy but jeez, our picture was not in league with these winners. Check out Flopsy Lopsy!
Holy cannoli, try not to die! How anyone buys a bunny from a pet store when there are guys like this up for adoption, I’ll never know. Ridiculous.
[Photo from ASPCA contest page]