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Please consider signing this petition to shut down this place in Westport, MA

Internet petitions of this sort are helping and saving many, many abused animals.  What I don’t understand about this situation is why it’s been allowed to exist for well more than a decade after it was publicly known about.

The petition is by IAnimal South Coast Pet Rescue and Education, Inc.

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Operation Save Marley

I just signed this petition, and included this comment:

What is the point of having this dog euthanized?  Why is this system so mechanical that it can’t or won’t distinguish between a dog who’s a threat and a dog who unsurprisingly under the circumstances thought someone was being harmed and tried to protect him?  Seriously; what is the point of a system of that sort?

Anyone else care to add a protest to this kind of thing by signing the petition?

Please Help Marley

UPDATE: Sorry, but this is touching.  This overreaction is outrageous.  Added 7/21 at 6:51 p.m.

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I was about to write a post about a Supreme Court opinion issued today, but made the mistake of checking my emails first–and saw this:


Message body

Hi Beverly, you have a chance to see this message from Tuesday?

The cruelty is difficult to fathom — thousands of dogs and countless cats crammed into tiny cages without food or water until they’re beaten, slaughtered and eaten as part of an annual “festival” in Yulin.

Many of these animals are stolen pets still wearing their collars. Imagining my pets in this situation makes me sick.

Animal lovers like you and our Humane Society International operatives in China are the only hope for poor creatures like these. Beverly, please donate to help end the Yulin dog meat festival and other cruelties to animals.

– Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

——- Forwarded message ——- 
From: Humane Society of the United States
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 1:11 PM
To: Wayne Pacelle
Subject: These dogs take their final journey today

The living nightmare comes to a cruel end today for dogs at the Yulin dog meat festival.
Help fight animal cruelty like this.

View this message on our website.


I tried but was unable to also capture the photos that are part of the email message, but the pictures are on the website here.

Why not just boycott products we know are made in China?  I just a few days ago replaced my phone, an LG, with a Samsung.  Both companies are Korean–I’m especially glad that Samsung is–and I assume their products are made entirely there.  A large boycott of tech products made in China–Apple, for example–could make this f***ing Yulin festival the last.

Now I’ll draft that post about today’s big-news Supreme Court opinion, although I’m no longer much in the mood.

Really … I can’t stand this.

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Blackie, in Wantagh, NY [Sweet dog still needs a home. 8/23]

I see so many listings about older dogs whose owner can no longer care for him or her, usually because of finances. I just received this sweet, touching email notice,* from Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantaugh, NY (Nassau County), via, and thought I’d pass it along.

*Corrected link, thanks to Noni Mausa.  A note has been added to the listing since earlier today saying: “URGENT: This animal could be euthanized if not adopted soon.


 UPDATE: Yves Smith has now linked to this post, under the topic “Class Warfare”:

Blackie, in Wantaugh, NY Angry Bear. Another sad reminder of the costs of the crisis.

Metro New York City is a huge place. There must be many people who can, and would be happy to, adopt this sweet dog. So thanks, Yves, for publicizing my post.  And for making the point you make.


SECOND UPDATE: Blackie was adopted today!  See the Comments thread below. 8/20

THIRD, SAD, FRUSTRATING UPDATE: Please see my second post on this, above.

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