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~~~ In The News ~~~
Thursday, December 1, 2005
8:01 AM Eastern Standard Time
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Help Noah's Wish Help Animals In Need!!
Noah's Wish is a unique animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to rescuing and sheltering animals in disasters throughout the United States and Canada. Their efforts in Slidell after Hurricane Katrina have helped save countless animals, so please consider helping them with a donation. http://www.noahswish.org/
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URGENT!!
The USDA has classified rabbits as poultry to deny them protection from humane slaughter, and the slaughterhouse are anything but humane. Your letters are desperately needed. Read more. (WARNING - VERY GRAPHIC). If you can't read the article, this page will provide you with contact information for the USDA so you can still send a letter without knowing the gruesome details. Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture for the USDA, should be summarily fired for his ignominious failure to do his job.
Sign the petition calling for the resignation of the Secretary of Agriculture:
Click here.
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Special Mention
Bunny Saves Life and then Bunny Gets Rewarded.
Bunnies... is there anything they can't do?
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Special Mention
Another Bunny Saves Life
Just in case anyone thought the first story was a fluke.
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Special Mention
Pet Rabbit A Hero - Wakes Family From Burning House
Still think it's just a fluke?
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Special Mention
Bunny's will to live stuns rescuers
Rescuers pray for a miracle for a baby bunny named Peapod, and they're prayers are granted.
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November 26, 2005: Deadly disease may claim 9 out of 10 rabbits in UK - Worst outbreak of myxomatosis for years and high cost of vaccinating pets threaten to destroy population of 37.5 million. Read more.
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November 24, 2005: Bestiality charges dropped, mutilation charges remain, for drug addict financier Brendan Francis McMahon in Australia. Read more.
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November 22. 2005: Authorities raid Antioch pet store - Officers shut down a popular pet store in Hickory Hollow late Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of animal cruelty. Read more.
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November 13, 2005: The Woodland Park rabbits are about to be rounded up. But park officials say the bunnies are not doomed. They’re going to a sanctuary in Redmond. At a meeting Thursday, the parks board listened to plans to trap, sterilize and relocate an estimated 300 to 500 rabbits that live in and around Seattle’s Woodland Park. Read more.
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November 11, 2005: Dog hit, fish and rabbits killed during burglary - Law enforcement officials are investigating a string of disturbing cases involving break-ins, burglary and animal mutilation in a Central Ohio town. Police said there are at least eight similar cases in which local teenagers are the top suspects. Read more. Pet-Abuse.com article.
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November 8, 2005: All creatures great and small - Nashville’s homeless pets have major organizations like Nashville Humane Association and Happy Tales Humane among other independent and breed-specific rescue groups on their side. But a couple of other interesting nonprofit groups operate quietly on behalf of under-served pet populations. Read more.
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November 1, 2005: Critters abandoned in Buttonwillow - numerous cats and rabbits left behind when renters are evicted from property. Read more.
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October 30, 2005: Pet store owner, employee plead guilty in hamster case - The owner and an employee of Little Critter Pet Center pleaded guilty to animal-cruelty charges after a witness saw the employee release hamsters into the wild. Read more.
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October 28, 2005: Animal Cruelty Hits Close to Home - A California-based animal welfare organization embarks on a project to illustrate the pervasiveness of animal cruelty by pinpointing incidents across the country in full color interactive maps. Read more. Pet-Abuse.com.
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October 28, 2005: Bun roamin' - A COUPLE have turned their North Wales semi into a rest home for abandoned and unwanted bunnies. Jay and Tom Evans even set up their own website to keep other rabbit lovers up to date with the residents. Read more.
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October 28, 2005: Police Arrest Suspect In Torture Of Phoenix, the Rabbit Read more.
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October 28, 2005: Rabbit Rescuers Need Help - Caroline Lyn and Peter Knickels, who have run a rabbit sanctuary since 1999, are looking for good homes for over 70 rabbits. The sanctuary is a private organization run by Hess and Knickles. Recently the couple were evicted because they were unable to pay their rent and had to relocate to a temporary shelter. Read more.
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October 27, 2005: Reward rises in the case of rabbit, goat cruelty - It has been a week since an intruder at a New Hope Hills residence shot and killed two pregnant goats and stomped to death seven rabbits. While no one has been arrested for the crime, the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction has grown. Read more.
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October 26, 2005: Something bunny's going on ear - LITTLE Ben and Rosie Reynolds cuddle the newest additions to the family's distinctive duo of baby bunnies. The friendly balls of fluff are almost unique from other rabbits because one has only one ear, while the other has none at all. Read more.
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October 25, 2005: A teenager has appeared in court accused of throwing a white rabbit into an alligator pool at a zoo. Damien French, 19, from Colwyn Bay is charged with cruelty to the rabbit at the town's Welsh Mountain Zoo earlier this month. Read more.
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October 24, 2005: Pet-store burglary looks like inside job - Thieves broke into a pet store in Salt Lake over the weekend, taking an estimated $10,000, more than a dozen rabbits and a rare tortoise in what the owner said bore the marks of an inside job. Read more. Commentary
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October 24, 2005: Barryville family fights dogs after rabbits attacked - Flopsy was dead by the time the ruckus woke up Miles Barnett. Stepping out into the cold dark around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Barnett found a black-and-white pit bull in his yard and a dead bunny on his porch. Flopsy, one of the Barnett family's four rabbits, never had a chance - the dog pulled her right from the cage. Read more.
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October 24, 2005: Bunny owners hop to convention in New Rochelle - Bunny lovers from all over the tri-state area got together yesterday to learn the ins and outs of caring for house rabbits. Read more.
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October 21, 2005: Intruder shoots two goats and stomps seven rabbits - While the family was away Wednesday, someone entered Meyers' property, passing through two separate fences to get to his goat pen. The intruder shot and killed two visibly pregnant goats, then pulled seven rabbits from their cages and stomped them to death. It was the Meyers' 11-year-old daughter, Shayna, who discovered the bodies. Read more. Pet-Abuse.com article.
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October 14, 2005: Rabbit killed, woman choked - A man killed his family's pet rabbit early Oct 14 during a fight with his wife at their North Lufkin home, police said. Read more. Pet-Abuse.com article.
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October 13, 2005: Kiwi accused out on bail in rabbit sex case - A former Auckland finance executive charged with bestiality and aggravated cruelty against rabbits and a guinea pig, remains free on bail, angering an Australian animal rights group who fear Brendan Francis McMahon could continue his alleged offending. Read more. (On this page, you can see a picture of this scum)
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October 12, 2005: Woman Given Deadline For Pet Rabbits - A Warren woman is looking for a new home for her rabbits after a visit from animal control, according to Local 4 reports. Authorities came to Lisa Fitch's home after receiving complaints from neighbors about the smell from the rabbits. Read more.
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October 10, 2005: Pet Rabbit Doused in Lighter Fluid, Lit on Fire - House Rabbit Society (HRS), a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Richmond, CA, rescued a rabbit last week who teenagers had allegedly soaked in lighter fluid and set on fire. Read more.
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September 24, 2005: Sadists torture and kill childs rabbit - SADISTIC fiends have tortured and killed a Chiltern girls pet rabbit before throwing it in the towns lake. Maddison Rowland, 8, found her beloved bunny Tye floating in Lake Anderson on Thursday. The rabbit was a gift for her seventh birthday in January last year. Read more.
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September 21, 2005: Bunnies make good company - Bunnies are sadly overlooked as companion animals. They wait at shelters to be adopted even longer than cats. Read more.
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September 13, 2005: - Rabbit toss results in cruelty citation. Lawrence Police cited a 22-year-old Lawrence man for cruelty to animals earlier this month after he allegedly threw a pet rabbit off a balcony while at a party at Hawks Pointe apartments in the 1400 block of West Seventh Street. Read more. (Ed. note: I hope to soon read a story about how this guy "fell" off the top of a tall building, and if there's anything I can do to help...)
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September 12, 2005: Warning by RSPCA chief after animals are dumped. A KITTEN and a family of rabbits were dumped by heartless owners, triggering a warning from an RSPCA chief. Read more.
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September 11, 2005: Things are hopping at Virginia Beach Animal Control. That's because they now have 59 rabbits. They're cute, cuddly and soft. But officers say a Kempsville couple wasn't feeding them. Donna Goodson and Earl Wishop are charged with animal cruelty. The rabbits were found in dirty, homemade cages. Sharp wires were jutting out. One bunny had to be euthanized. Read more.
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August 30, 2005: Homeless woman surrenders rabbits - A homeless woman agreed today to surrender 31 of her 36 rabbits that she's been pushing around town, loaded on a shopping cart. The surrender follows weeks of complaints from the public. Read more.
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August 29, 2005: Animals rescued from Williamson location - Over 120 goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and chickens were taken from the Williamson home of Mary Roller. Investigators say, Read more.
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Auguest 24, 2005: (Original post Jusy 31) More than one Jourdanton city employee could be charged with animal cruelty in connection with the July 11 drownings of several stray dogs, the police chief said Saturday. The dogs wre drowned at the city sewage plant, of all places. These intentional drownings were witnessed and reported by a young child. Read more.
Sign the petition demanding justice: Click here.
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August 19, 2005: Pet shop bail vow by rabbit case man - A FINANCE company director yesterday promised not go anywhere near a pet shop if a court would release him on bail as he awaits multiple bestiality charges. But Brendan Francis McMahon, 36, remains in custody pending a mental health assessment. Read more.
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Auguest 14, 2005: Cruel owners let their rabbit starve to death in this squalid hutch - A PET rabbit lies dead in his filthy, ramshackle hutch after weeks without food. This appalling sight is becoming more and more common as new figures show bunnies are the most neglected of all pets. Read more.
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August 12, 2005: Swap Meet fire killed hundreds of animals - Hundreds of animals perished in the Oxnard Swap Meet fire, which fire officials on Thursday said is still being investigated. The 268 animals that died were at a pet store that burned in the fire on July 30 at 3501 S. Saviers Road. Read more.
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August 12, 2005: Man charged over dead rabbits - A SYDNEY man was today charged with cruelty and bestiality after 17 dead rabbits and a guinea pig were found in and around a central Sydney office building. Read more.
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August 2, 2005: Instead of a car, 28 rabbits are parked in Valerie Madison’s garage. She has six more in her house. "It didn’t start like this," said Madison, overlooking the 3-by-5-foot pens sprawled across the garage floor. "They each used to have more room." Read more.
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Update: July 22, 2005: At the most recent hearing on July 22nd, Cazares' attorney stated to the court that the defendant has been the victim of people driving by her house and harassing her, due to the House Rabbit Society posting her address on the Internet, and that she intends to pursue legal action. Judge Kurtz informed the attorney that any such action would be outside the scope of this instant case, and that if Cazares felt she was being harassed she should take it up with the local police department.
Editor's note: Janine Marie Cazares - you are doomed, you are damned.
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July 21, 2005: There were rabbits, rabbits everywhere, at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in June, and no room in the inn for any more. Worse yet, workers feared they were going to have to do something they had not done in five years. They probably were going to have to euthanize some of them. Happily, that did not happen. Read more.
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July 19, 2005: 13-year-old who beat his neighbor's rabbits to death with chunks of concrete and nails and later snatched a purse from another neighbor is sent back to San Francisco for sentencing, both for killing the rabbits and for felony robbery (to which he pled guilty). Read more.
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July 18, 2005: Rabbits burned in hair dye 'prank' - A PAIR of rabbits suffered painful burns after their fur was coloured using peroxide dye. Named Bugsy and Malone by veterinary staff looking after them, the pair were covered with the strong hair dye which burnt their skin and left their fur singed and ginger before being dumped in a Sonning field. Read more.
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July 15, 2005: North End parks hopping with too many bunnies - as enticing as it sounds to have a park full of bunnies, the reality is this is a very bad situation for the buns. Read more.
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July 10, 2005: The Jersey County Fairgrounds were a hopping place Saturday. The weeklong, 136th annual fair kicked off about 9 a.m. with the inspection of a sea of rabbits. Read more.
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July 6, 2005: The Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a carnival where live rabbits are being given away as prizes. They have a permit from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and calls to the animal control and police agencies in the area resulted in welfare checks for the rabbits, but we were unable to stop the give-away. We can thank Vicki Hunter for providing the unfortunate animals for this event. Read more.
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June 30, 2005: Bridget Cole's sentence put off because she failed to show up for a meeting with the probation service. Read more.
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June 24, 2005: Janine Marie Cazares ordered to pay restitution to the Hayward Animal Shelter, despite her efforts to dodge her responsibilities. Next hearing is July 22, 2005. Read more.
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June 23, 2005: Animal horror - Jeni Harvey - DEAD animals were feasted upon by rats after they were left to rot in a former rabbit sanctuary. Officers from the RSPCA went to the Doebuck sanctuary, on Greengate, earlier this month and removed the animals when the owner decided to retire. Read more.
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June 23, 2005: Police: 70 Rabbits Found In Mahtomedi House - (WCCO) Stillwater, Minn. Dozens of rabbits were found inside a Mahtomedi, Minn. home Thursday, officials said. Read more.
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June 10, 2005: Rabbit killer, 13, held in purse snatch - this is turning out to be a case-study in fast-forward with this psychopath. In just a few months he has turned from torturing slamm animals to attacking humans. Read more.
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June 11, 2005: Abandoned rabbits increasing - Chance the rabbit was found abandoned in a hutch outside of Philomath last week. The abandonment case is the second one this spring where a rabbit was found with a dead companion. Read more.
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June 7, 2005: On June 7, 2005, Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) was confirmed at a private residence in Vanderburgh county, Indiana by the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) on Plum Island, NY. Specimens from these rabbits were positive for RHD antigen on ELISA, electron microscopy, and PCR. Read more.
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June 2, 2005: CUB Scout leader Bridget Cole has denied repeatedly dunking a rabbit named Lucky in bleach before it was bludgeoned to death. Read more.
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May 25, 2005: Show rabbits stolen from valley resident. All the Helena Valley resident is asking for is the safe return of her rabbits. Read more.
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May 20, 2005: Janine Marie Cazares received sentencing today that could only be described as a slap on the wrist from an unsympathetic judge for running a concentration camp for rabbits, where starvation and disease were rampant. Read more. Pet-Abuse.com article
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May 19, 2005: 8-year-old boy beats mother rabbit to death with baseball bat, in front of her two babies. These rabbits were abandoned and someone was trying to rescue them when this happened. Read more.
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May 14, 2005: Three 18-year-olds, Jason Cavalera, Randall Olney, and Rhys Saxton, thought it would be funny to drag a cat from a rope while speeding down Arizona 51, authorities stated. Read more.
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May 12, 2005: A biology class lesson in Gunnison, Utah involving the dissection of a live dog has outraged some parents and students, according to a report. Biology teacher Doug Bjerregaard, who is a substitute teacher at Gunnison Valley High School, wanted his students to see how the digestive system of a dog worked.
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May 8, 2005: A 33-year-old Rhode Island man by the name of John Sanders accused of stomping to death a Canada goose and five goslings said he did it because he felt threatened by the birds. Read more.
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May 5, 2005: Hamster twisted to death - A 15-year-old with a prior conviction for animal cruelty is charged with killing a hamster in front of other East Liverpool Middle School students. He is still in custody because of a prior conviction of animal cruelty. Read more.
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May 4, 2005: For setting a policy that bans the use of rabbits, chicks, ducklings, and other animals for its Easter photo promotions and all other events in its Portrait Studios nationwide, department store chain Sears, Roebuck & Co. will receive PETA’s Certificate of Appreciation to display in its Hoffman Estates corporate headquarters. Read more.
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April 30, 2005: The Morgan County Humane Society is caring for 5 quail, 40 chicks, 32 rabbits and eight dogs taken from a Martinsville resident’s backyard and porch on South Grant Street a few days ago. Some of the female rabbits are pregnant, and as of Wednesday, there were three newborn bunnies in one of the cages... The owner of the property, Martin Chadder could be charged with animal neglect. To make a donation, or to volunteer some time, you may call the shelter, 590 W. Mitchell Ave., at (765) 349-9177. Read more.
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April 27, 2005: Teenager who brutally killed a pet rabbit sentenced today. First he set fire to the poor bunny, then dunked him in a bucket of bleach for several minutes, and then bludgeoned him to death. read more.
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April 18, 2005: Easter pets shipped to shelters - And so it has begun. Why would this year be any different? "How sad for the rabbits," said Robin Moore, spokesperson for Noah's Ark of Fayette County Humane Society in Pennsylvania. Noah's Ark sees about 25 "Easter bunnies" returned each year. Read more.
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April 17, 2005: 4-week old puppy kicked and beaten to death in domestic dispute - Troy Police say Darnell Williamson, 37, allegedly inflicted serious injuries on a 4-week-old female Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix in an incident on Burdett Avenue. Read more. Who/where is Darnell Williamson?
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April 13, 2005: Lucky's abusers plead No Contest and are sentenced to jail time.
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April 12, 2005: PETCO and PETA reach an agreement regarding the sale of large birds. This agreement also includes some concessions for the welfare of their small mammals (rats and mice). While this doesn't yet directly affect the rabbits, it is a positive step.
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April 9, 2005: Rescued animals are put up for adoption from illegal shelter: The man who was keeping them pleads guilty, and is fined and put on probation. Read more.
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April 8, 2005: You can now hunt exotic animals over the internet, using a special rifle equipped with a camera and joystick controls. Now people from anywhere can kill animals from the comfort of their own homes. Read more.
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April 8, 2005: Easter has just past, and I bet some people have baby chicks or bunnies that their kids received for gifts. Giving animals as a gift does not demonstrate good judgment, animals are not toys, and require a lifetime commitment. Read more.
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March 27, 2005: The Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, gave away live rabbits to every child that attended the Easter brunch. Shelters and rescues in the area have already gotten calls from some of the perplexed recipients who don't know what to do with these rabbits now. Tell the hotel what you think! Apparently the Little America Hotel is competing for the distinction of being the dumbest establishment in business. Read more.
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March 27, 2005: The Renaissance Harborplace Hotel contacted the House Rabbit Society in Marlyand last week asking about having rabbits for the kids to play with at their Sunday Brunch. They had a hard time getting a hold of the guy who called. When the hotel called back, they said they had it taken care of. The hotel had purchased some rabbits and are going to raffle them off at the end of the brunch. If anyone else has time to write a polite protest letter or even call the hotel, please do. (link deleted - see note)
NOTE: Due to extensive response, the raffle was cancelled.
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March 25, 2005: Amazon.com, one of the most successful online retailers in the world, is selling more than 100 apparel items featuring rabbit fur, including jackets, ponchos, hats, and gloves. There’s even a rabbit fur purse dyed purple. Your letters can help.
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March 25, 2005: Easter bunny gifts often go from pet store to animal shelter. It happens every year, unfortunately. Rabbit sales at local pet stores are expected to quadruple this week and animal shelters say many of the lops will end up clogging their centers in a few months. Read more.
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March 25, 2005: This may be the Easter season, but it's hardly the best of times for bunny rabbits in south Orange County. Unable to deal with the rabbits in any other way, residents are about to employ exterminators armed with pellet guns to thin their ranks. Read more.
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March 18, 2005: SaveToby is a hoax!! The rabbit is safe, the website was meant as a sick joke, and complaints abound. Don't worry - Toby is safe.
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March 17, 2005: 13-year-old beats neighbor's rabbits to death with a brick. He is facing felony animal abuse charges. Read more. Your letters can help. The case number is CR# 05-015454.
Update: he was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in order to expedite getting him treatment. Read more.
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March 13, 2005: An article in the Springfield Republican "Think twice before buying Easter bunny" (By Karl Rexer) warns against the impulse purchase of a live rabbit.
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March 11, 2005: Marin Independent Journal - Bunny love is a big commitment - see the actual newspaper article.
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March 10, 2005: The Salem County, NJ Animal Control office is investigating the abuse of several bunnies after a good Samaritan rescued them from the cold. A woman was able to gather up 19 rabbits that were dumped and scattered around her property, but two died overnight. The remaining are in boxes in her living room in Pedrickstown. And on March 11, an SPCA officer found at least five others dead on her property. Read more.
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March, 2005: Recent employee complaints against PETCO
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February 17, 2005: A Wayne County woman is facing charges after investigators found more than a dozen animals in her car. Angelina Forte-Walker of Macedon is charged with abandonment, cruelty to animals and endangering the welfare of a child. Officers arrested the 34-year-old on Feb 17 after they found 13 dogs and one cat in her vehicle. Investigators say Forte-Walker was stopped on Monroe Avenue in Rochester and had 13 dogs and one cat in her vehicle. They also removed nine cats, three live and two dead rabbits and a dead rat from her home on Feb 8. Read more.
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February 17, 2005: In Manchester, N.H., police want to know who stuffed 20 rabbits in a duffel bag and left it on the front steps of an apartment. The person who found the animals told officers someone knocked on the door and left. Four of the rabbits have since died. The others, including many babies, are said to be in good health. A local city animal shelter is now caring for them. Read more.
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February 8, 2005: The Nebraska Humane Society had to take in more than 250 animals from a pet store Tuesday because the owner has been ticketed on suspicion of animal cruelty. The animals are mostly cats, but the group of critters also includes rabbits, lizards and fish, all from the Pets A'Mor pet store. Read more.
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January 19, 2005: Guinea pig and rabbit cooked in school class. A Guinea pig and rabbit purchased from a Geauga County pet store ended up on plates at Ledgemont High School. A 16-year-old student skinned and cooked the animals during a living skills class on Wednesday, prompting student and parent complaints to the Thompson Township Police Department and Geauga Humane Society. Read more.
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January 3, 2005: Mark Wallace, of Hudson Valley, NY, is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, accused of killing and cooking his roommate's pet rabbit. Read more.
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"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.
We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves.
And therein do we err.
For the animal shall not be measured by man.
In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.
They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."
Henry Beston,
"The Outermost House"
Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine,
and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
Just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together,
but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass,
his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face;
your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you will cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

(Author unknown)
Bunnies and Easter don't mix!!!

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Euthanasia Death Toll
Shelter animals euthanized since January 1, 2001, because they couldn't find homes:

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Easter Bunny
by Mary Brandolino
In memory of all the bunnies we couldn't save.

I remember Easter Sunday
It was colorful and fun
The new life that I'd begun
In my new cage.

I was just a little thing
When they brought me from the store
And they put me on the floor
In my cage.

They would take me out to play
Love and pet me all the time
Then at day's end I would climb
In my cage.

But as days and weeks went by
I saw less of them it seemed
Of their loving touch I dreamed
In my cage.

In the night outside their house
I felt sad and so neglected
Often scared and unprotected
In my cage.

In the dry or rainy weather
Sometimes hotter sometimes colder
I just sat there growing older
In my cage.

The cat and dog raced by me
Playing with each other only
While I sat there feeling lonely
In my cage.

Upon the fresh green grass
Children skipped and laughed all day
I could only watch them play
From my cage.

They used to take me out
And let me scamper in the sun
I no longer get to run
In my cage.

Once a cute and cuddly bunny
Like a little ball of cotton
Now I'm grown up and forgotten
In my cage.

I don't know what went wrong
At the home I did inhabit
I just grew to be a rabbit
In my cage.

But they've brought me to the pound
I was once loved and enjoyed
Now I wait to be destroyed
In my cage.

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Please don't give live rabbits as Easter gifts!
Give a chocolate bunny instead

The Briar Patch Story

"I Can't Remember My Name"
by Laurie Hanson

I remember when I was smaller that someone cuddled me in their arms and spoke to me softly. I remember always being warm and safe. I remember always having enough to eat and that the food was good. I remember that once I lived in a house with humans. When I got a little bigger, the humans didn't cuddle me so much any more. They sometimes yelled at me if I made a mess.

Then someone said I was too messy to be in the house and they put me in a hutch in back of the house. Pretty soon, nobody came to see me much at all any more. They just came out to put some pellets in a dish and some water in a bottle. No more cuddles, no more soft words. Sometimes I got very hot and then later I got pretty cold.

One day I heard the humans talking, "He'll be better off free, with his own kind. He can fend for himself. Besides, it's not like there's no food or shelter there." They put me in a cardboard box and took me for a ride in the car. I remember being there before when I was really small and they brought me home from the pet shop. The humans took me out of the box and put me on the ground. It was pretty scary. I didn't recognize anything. It was all strange. Then the humans turned their backs, walked away, got into the car and drove off. I knew they would be back soon, so I sat and waited. I waited a very long time. The sun started to go behind the mountains and it got colder. The wind off the river was piercing. Pretty soon it was dark. The humans didn't come back.

Some other rabbits came out and sniffed at me. One of them punched me, another bit me and another slashed my ear. That really hurt and I cried and ran away. I tried to find a place to hide, but everywhere I looked and scooted into, some other rabbit was already there and chased me out. It was really dark now and really cold and I was hungry and thirsty. I smelled some food and went over to get some, but the other rabbits chased me away. I cried again.

My fur isn't sleek and glossy any more; it's dirty and raggedy. I don't know how long I've been here. They call it "The Briar Patch." Some humans come sometimes and leave food; it isn't very good. Once a human came and I thought I knew her. I started to go up to her, but then I remembered, humans don't want me around. I ran into the bushes.

I never have enough to eat because I'm not very brave and can't fight for food, so I just have to eat what's left and that's usually pretty sorry stuff. I'm never warm and dry;the only place I have to curl up and hide in is muddy and dank. Sometimes I remember the better days, but more and more those days seem like a long ago dream. I still cry sometimes.

I can't remember my name.
This poem dedicated to Tamari, who lived such a life until she was rescued (I adopted her Sept 2002):
And to Noffy, who was rescued from euthanasia at a shelter (I adopted him May 2005):
And to Cocoa and Brownie, who were rescued before having to live such a life (I began fostering them June 2005):
And in memory of Q-Tip, who lived such a life until I rescued him (Nov 1996):
And in memory of Trapper, who was rescued from certain death after being dumped in the wild (I adopted him June 2001):
And in memory of Flopsy, who lived such a life until he was rescued (I adopted him Feb 2005, but I only got 10 weeks with him before his past neglect caught up with him):
And all the other bunnies out there who are suffering at the hands of owners who don't care, don't know, forgot about the bunnies now caged outside, or worse...
Bunnies and Easter...
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Bunnies and Easter don't mix!!!
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