It is difficult to accept the "euthanasia" of many
animals in shelters due to little space or money. It is more difficult to
accept this type of killing by non-humane methods. A shelter in West Virginia
uses shooting as the method of euthanasia. Although the AVMA (American Veterinary
Medical Association) panel on euthanasia states "gunshot is an unreliable
and dangerous method of euthanasia which results in avoidable animals suffering",
although a local veterinarian offered to do the euthanasia by more humane
methods, this shelter has continued to use gunshot as it's method.
You can write to the county officials to ask to please stop
this shelter from committing this inhumane act.
Ed Canterbury, President
Steve Sensil, member
Ken Dadisman, member
Barbour County Commissioners
8 N. Main St.
Phillippi, WV 26416
Can you believe that cockfighting is still legal in 3 states
in the USA? Cockfighters strap sharp blades to the legs of roosters and place
them in a ring. They are in essence forced to bloody their opponent. The roosters
are transported and kept in small cages, filthy and not cared for. Poor fighters
are tossed out with garbage. This barbaric sport should not be allowed to
continue anywhere. Louisiana is one state where this is legal.
You can contact these individuals to ask that this practice
Stephen J. Windhorst
1601 Belle Chasse Hwy.,
Terrytown, LA 70056
58045 Meriam St.
Plaquemine, LA 70764
Most Medical Schools in North America, including Harvard Medical
School, have done away with the practice of having students use animals (specifically
dogs) to practice or view surgery on. Dr. Michael D'Ambra, the cardiac anesthesiologist
who directs Harvard's operating room program where medical students watch
real surgery on real people states, "seeing the surgery [on humans] helps
students understand the human physiology they need to know. The only thing
a student can do in a dog lab that we don't cover in the operating room is
kill the animal." Still some schools DO use animals for this purpose.
You can contact the individuals at the addresses below to ask
that they please stop using these outdated methods:
Barbara Ross-Lee, Dean
College of Osteopathic Medicine*
Athens, OH 45701
*Uses pigs in cardiovascular laboratory exercises
Dr. Harold Paz, Dean
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School*
125 Patterson St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
*Uses dogs in cardiovascular laboratory exercises
PetCo sells animal products and animals across the U.S. Employees
of this company have reported that conditions of horror exist at many PetCo
stores including animals being kept in cages where feces was so thick it could
not be cleaned off, animals being kept together and killing one another in
their cages and sick or injured animals being placed in a freezer and left
to die. Two stores cited were in California and N.J. The PetCo stores representatives
deny this. If you have witnessed any acts of cruelty in any PetCo stores file
a complaint at the address below and also write to PETA at the second address
so they may investigate this.
Address to file complaint:
9125 Recho Road
San Diego, CA 92121
Write to PETA here:
Attn: Erica Meier,
501 Front St.,
Norfolk, VA 23510,
or 757-622-7382, ext. 346,
Be interested, be curious, be educated. Read on.
Do you know the laws regarding animal rights in your state? What
is abuse? What is punishable? What is the punishment? Visit the Rutgers
Law Center's informative website for a breakdown of statutes by state.
For further information on any of these issues visit PETA
or the HSUS