A Roar For The Big Cats.

22 Oct


by Heather Schulman for The New Barker Dog Magazine. This feature story on Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue was first published in The New Barker Dog Magazine, Winter 2015. We are posting the story in The New Barker blog in light of recent reports to the USDA of abuse at another Florida facility, Wild Things in Dade City.

ginger-the-serval Ginger, the Serval. Photograph, courtesy of Big Cat Rescue.

About a year ago, friends suggested that a visit to Dade City Wild Things might be enlightening. My fiancé and I had never heard of it, but based on the their feedback, we decided to go. Let’s just say that viewing large, beautiful animals in incredibly small cages, and watching people pay to handle and be photographed with tiger cubs, was not my idea of fun. After that visit, I wanted to know more about the rules and regulations governing ownership of big cats…

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ALDF Demands SEC Hold Tyson Foods Accountable

26 Sep

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In a September 19, 2016 complaint from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to the Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC), ALDF staff attorney Kelsey Eberly requests “an investigation and enforcement action against Tyson Foods, Inc. (Tyson), due to its distribution of false and misleading statements in violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78a, et seq., (Exchange Act) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Rule 10b-15, 17 C.F.R. § 240.10b-5.” The ALDF called upon the SEC to take immediate action against Tyson Foods.

The ALDF writes that, “Although Tyson attempts to portray itself as a company prioritizing responsible farm animal care and worker safety, the company’s practices reveal a drastically different reality. Specifically, an ALDF investigation of Tyson’s Carthage, Texas processing plant illustrates the disconnect between how Tyson tells consumers and investors it conducts its business, and how it actually operates. As investors place greater weight on…

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Important Message from Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. – Chief Arvol Looking Horse

6 Sep

Make No Bones About It


I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator.

We have been warned from ancient prophecies of these times we live in today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to turn these terrible times.

To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12 when I received the Sacred White Buffalo Calf…

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Tyson Foods Strikes Again

15 Aug

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Compassion Over Killing exposed Tyson Foods again in this new ghastly undercover investigation showing horrifying cruelty to animals. You are going to be blown away by the ruthless mistreatment of birds you see in this video. It’s deplorable conduct that no human being in their right mind could ever support or justify, not even the employees doing it.

In a Tyson supervisor’s own words on hidden camera after he killed a bird by stepping on his head, he said, “…you can’t let nobody see that…because it’s inhumane standing on his head and letting him suffocate.” For more than 10 years, undercover investigators have caught their employees torturing animals. How much longer before the company’s executives go to prison? 

On their website, Tyson Foods has the audacity to write, “Ensuring the health and well-being of the animals and treating them responsibly and with respect – it’s simply the right thing…

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An Interview with John Robbins

1 Jun

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John Robbins, the son of Baskin-Robbins founder Irv Robbins, decided to put something other than ice cream on his father’s iconic pink tasting spoon. His 1987 ground-breaking book, Diet for a New America, widely considered the “Vegetarian Bible,” forever changed the way people view their health, the environment, and eating animals. Twenty-five years later, Mr. Robbins agreed to an interview for Kirschner’s Korner to share some of his experiences and advice.

John robbinsIn Diet for a New America, you discuss the moral imperative of eating plant-based foods. How do you recommend people effectively communicate this message to others? How did your family react to your decision? What are the most valuable lessons you’ve learned in your own advocacy? 

My family of origin at first reacted defensively.  My mother proclaimed that my only motive in writing Diet for A New America was to hurt my father and her.  When I stayed with…

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“Not a Drop to Wet Their Poor Parched Mouths”

25 Oct

Keri Cronin

Around 1870 Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, witnessed an act of compassion that deeply touched her. She had been on a train journey, and near Fitchburg her train pulled up alongside another train at a station stop. As she waited for her train to continue, Alcott passed the time by looking out her window at the sights — a beautiful waterfall caught her attention, but she also noticed that in the train next to hers were several cattle and sheep crammed in to rail cars.

It was a hot, sunny day and Alcott recognized that the animals must have been scared, uncomfortable, and thirsty. As she noted, “how they must have suffered in sight of water, with the cool dash of the fall tantalizing them, and not a drop to wet their poor parched mouths.” She was troubled by the very visible distress of the animals…

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Bok Nal: Dog Eating Days – South Korea.

6 Jul

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July – August Malbok Festival 

South Korea which is located in the southern half of the Korean Peninsular of east Asia will this July to early August host its annual dog meat-eating festival commonly known as “Bok Day”, “Bok Days” or the Malbok Festival. The festival normally begins on the 13th July or 21st July, and runs into early August which is considered the hottest days of the year within the country.

General description: 

The event is hosted on the first “Cho Bok” first summer continuing through to “Joong Bok”, mid-summer, on the 28th, and “Mal Bok”, end of summer, on August 7th, lasting 21 days. It’s during this event that South Korean dog and cat meat markets will begin a mass slaughter of dogs and cats. One particularly commonly killed dog is the “Noo-rung-yee” or commonly known as the “Nureongi” a yellowish traditional dog breed that…

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