In the past I have often written entries with the desire to get on top journals, simply for my personal amusement, or to play its part in petty VF drama. This, however, I believe is an actual important issue, online and off.
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“It’s just a snake…….., it’s not like it’s a dog or horse or a bird.” Next thing you know, it’s some other stupid reason to hate an animal that has a rightful place on this planet.
Guys, these snakes NEED our help— and badly at that.
I’m astounded at the level of cruelty displayed at these roundups. These animals are first removed from their homes via gasoline in their dens, then they’re lumped into a single container with no access to food, water, or even a place to hide. They are being purchased for as much as $10 PER POUND for an event where they are partially frozen and have their mouths sewn shut.
This year, about 1,700 pounds of rattlesnakes were purchased for the event.
This is stated in a news article… and even one of the event coordinators admits to sewing the mouths shut:
“The hunt weekend offers a number of novel experiences, such as having a taste of deep-fried rattlesnake meat and the opportunity to have a picture taken with a live rattlesnake.
“They really drape it over your shoulders but they are defanged and their mouths are sewn shut,” England said.”
How no one is doing anything about this legally is beyond me. This is a prime example of animal cruelty and desperately needs to be stopped.
Please remember that during this month, upwards of 10,000 rattlesnakes will die in these roundups. My question for you, is are you going to sit there and just let it happen?
This activity has been reported to local law enforcement, who deny knowing anything about any alleged “animal cruelty” and are therefore doing nothing to help these animals. Until such a time as they do, we are left to assume that they do not consider this an illegal activity, despite their own laws against mistreating live animals.
Want to get more involved? Join the Facebook group Rise Against Rattlesnake Roundups (RARR). From this group dedicated individuals are able to assist in helping end this cruel tradition: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2799875358/
Puppies ‘Viewed as Livestock’ in Amish Community, Says Rescue Advocate By SHARYN ALFONSI and TED GERSTEIN March 27, 2009
The Amish are widely viewed as plain, peaceful people. Reclusive and private, most people only catch glimpses of them as they make their way through the hills of Pennsylvania’s Dutch County in buggies.
But some of their perfectly manicured farms are home to a secret world. Lancaster County has been called the puppy mill capital of the U.S., and the trade is largely dominated by the Amish.
It is a world most people never see, but undercover video shot by Main Line Animal Rescue provides a startling look. Hundreds of puppies can be seen stacked in crate on top of crate. Most of those puppies will eventually be sold to pet stores, but their mothers will likely never know a home other than this.
The female breeders live their life producing litter after litter… until they can’t any longer. Bill Smith, the founder of Main Line Animal Rescue, says that the dogs are then disposed of — sometimes euthanized, sometimes shot. And it’s perfectly legal.
"Unfortunately if a kennels breeds less than 60 dogs they can shoot them,” he said. “If it’s over 60 dogs they can’t be shot.” That’s why Smith spends so much time driving the country roads of Amish country, rescuing dogs from breeders. On the day “Nightline” visited, he convinced an Amish farmer to give him a female golden retriever who could no longer breed, in exchange for some free dog food. The dog — who spent her life in a cage — struggled to walk.
”When they come out of the rabbit hutches they walk like crabs because they don’t know what it’s like to walk on a proper surface,” Smith said. “They drag their bodies.”
There are about 300 licensed breeders in Lancaster County, and rescue workers estimate another 600 unlicensed facilities operate in barns and sheds. Those breeders go to great measures to avoid discovery. Smith says some even “de-bark” their dogs.
"The farmers, the Amish and the Mennonites, they pull the heads back and then they hammer sharp instruments down their throats to scar their vocal cords so they can’t bark,” he said. “So that way they can have 500-600 dogs in a barn and no one knows. As we said, it’s an industry of secrecy.”
Secretive and profitable. Breeders can make upwards of half million dollars a year. The Amish breeders sell the dogs at auctions and the puppies at pet stores.
Purchasing Puppies: ‘People Are Deceived’
"People are deceived," Smith said. "They’re nice enough and they put down their money and they walk away with a dog and they don’t realize that there are 500 dogs in a barn and are suffering horribly. So it’s something that people have to be aware of. They have to know that going in. When they buy these dogs, they’re keeping that going."
In one night, Smith and his team rescued a dozen dogs, which were unloaded at its facility. The next day, rehabilitation began.
”Dogs in this community are viewed as livestock,” Smith said. “Nothing more. Chickens or pigs or goats. It’s just a source of income for them.”
Ezekiel — not his real name — is a Mennonite farmer in Pennsylvania. He agreed to speak to “Nightline” under the condition that we not reveal his name or exact location. He fears what he calls “militant” animal activists.
"I am the type of person … I don’t believe in animal rights," he said. "But I highly believe in animal welfare." The difference, he says, is that “animal welfare is you treat the dog how you want to be treated. And animal rights activists, they just have a different mindset, a mentality, that, I’ve never really figured it out. “
Ezekiel showed us the “public” face of his business. The heated shed where buyers are invited to pick out the puppies they want.
"The puppy we sell here is a healthier puppy than if I had Lassie running around, feed her puppies over here," he said. "The way that we raise them is much healthier than the other way."
Then we asked him to show us the back room, where the public is not allowed. He gave us an exclusive look inside his facility where he breeds hundreds of dogs in cage after cage.
He considers the facility to be top of the line. There is no chicken wire, the dogs stand on plastic grating and they have access to solid floors, and he showed us his “state-of-the-art” waste disposal system.
"This system is commercially available, they use it in swine and veal and things like that," he said.
Inside Access: ‘They Love Being Here’
The technology, he says, allows Ezekiel and his wife to take care of all 200 dogs by themselves. "The way we have the building set up, the modern way, if we have to go back, if new legislation goes into effect, we will not be able to care for this many dogs because it’s just going to be so much more labor intensive," he said.
Pending legislation would require dogs to have solid flooring and access to the outside to exercise. Ezekiel says that is unnecessary.
"What she’s doing is she’s running," he explained, showing us a dog on an exercise wheel in an an enclosed space. "She’s getting her exercise, you know instead of letting them run around … we put them in there, they use more muscles that they wouldn’t use running around."
"In the state of Pennsylvania, the confinement laws that we have, that if the dog goes off our property, we can be arrested for it," he said.
He added that it would be “more inhumane” to have the dogs “out in the mud, in the cold, the rain, [the] wind.”
Ezekiel says his dogs are healthy and happy, and says he doesn’t operate a “puppy factory.”
"If this would be a puppy factory, that Daschund you see right there, she wouldn’t be doing what she was doing. She’s wanting me to hold her, if she would be a puppy mill she would cowering in the back of that box, you can see, a lot of our dogs, they love being in here."
Back at Mainline Rescue, the dogs rescued last night are being assessed by a veterinary technician. Smith says he’s rescued about 2,000 dogs from the Amish and almost all of them have been placed in permanent homes.
"I would encourage people adopt," he said. "Eight million dogs are euthanized; 8 million pets are euthanized every year in this country and yet they breed 8 million dogs."
Much of that breeding happens in Lancaster County, home to one of the most secretive people — and industries — in the nation.
CLICK HERE for more information about Main Line Animal Rescue.
there is no limit to human cruelty,how sad....I queued your post,and I will repost it tomorow.Your blog is great,I will repost more from you,keep up informing people about this cause,you are not alone ;-)Anne
I agree there is no limit to human cruelty. It seems like I discover more horrific things every day and it is non stop. Even though the process seems to be never ending we are making a difference by helping put an end to some of it. I am so happy that my messages are reaching people. This means so much to me. Thank you!!!
“It came to me that every time I loose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”—Unknown
I haven’t been posting here much lately, but I have still been busy signing petitions on care2, change.org, etc. If you are interested you can browse some of the work I have been doing on other sites and sign petitions on them. Be the change you want to see in the world.
“We must bear witness to suffering. It creates fire in our hearts, and a desire to change that suffering. Not just a desire, an absolute need. When you connect with those who suffer, you have to act. Please don’t be afraid to bear witness. It will change your life. And it will change the lives of those who suffer. I know that most people don’t really want that kind of change in their lives. It’s scary. Please step beyond your fears. I will go with you! For the animals, for the environment, we need this change.”—Jo-Anne McArthur