Day: May 23, 2019

Cesar Millan: a torturer and not a dog whisperer

 

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The self-proclaimed “Dog Whisperer” became known through his eponymous TV series. To help dogs with behavioral problems, their owners keep turning to Cesar Millan. We’ll explain why this is not a good idea.

1. Cesar Millan’s “Help means”
Millan uses electric shock and choke collars so the dogs do what they want. The result is mostly frightened and panicked animals.

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2. Pressure and violence
Cesar Millan works with the idea of being a pack leader. Therefore, he uses intimidating and violent education methods that can turn dogs into ticking time bombs. Why Millans methods are not agreed with the Animal Protection Act, the Administrative Court of Hanover (Germany) has made clear.

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3. Troubled relationships of trust
Although Millan speaks of “communication and understanding,” he does everything to make the dogs react out of sheer fear. He tells in his book how great it is when the dog crawls on the floor in fear as soon as the owner approaches. A relationship of trust between dog and human can not arise in this way when dogs are punished and maltreated.

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4. Outdated methods
Millan’s methods, based on the pack theory, are ancient and have long been obsolete. Dogs are family members and should be treated like this.

5. Animal protection merchandise
Cesar Millan distributes a choke collar and a dog box, which he recommends for the “storage” of the charges – not only for transport, but also for the night or when the holder leaves the house. But when you take a dog with you, you also have to spend the time looking after it.

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6. Animal cruelty on video
There are many videos on the internet that show that Cesar Millan scares the dogs and puts animals at risk.
In such a video he “trains” a dog who has killed a pig before. He lets go of the dog without a leash or muzzle on a pig that is held by an assistant. At least one animal is injured by the dog.

7. No idea about dog training
Serious dog trainers work with positive reinforcement and can, unlike Cesar Millan, have successfully passed a proficiency test.
Millan did not pass this test despite interpreters in Lower Saxony.

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In autumn 2019 Cesar Millan returns to Germany tour.

Please do not visit any shows of Cesar Millan and also clarify your environment on the animal tormenting methods of self-proclaimed “dog whisperer” on.

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My comment: Millan claims that the dog is the only creature in the world whose life purpose is to make his masters happy.
This is somewhat reminiscent of the times of slavery in which the slave was completely subordinate to the master because the slave-owner had demanded that of him.

In his book Millan then explains the actual motive for this absurdly animal-hostile behavior: it only gives him the feeling of superiority. It’s a wonderful amusement to be able to control a dog and tell him to stay on foot and do that and the other.
How nice, he says, when the dog crawls on the floor in fear when the owner approaches. So the desire to dominate. “I am the born alpha animal, the pack leader, the lord,” is Millan’s motto.

According to his theory we could then accept the dressage of the circus animals and call the cruel tamer “wild animal whisperer”!
For me, Cesar Millan is an abnormal animal tormentor, an inferior sadist is Cesar Millan, nothing else.

My best regards, Venus

Prada: Senza pellicce!

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“Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products.”

—Miuccia Prada, Chief Executive, Prada S.p.A

 

 

For years, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), as one of Prada’s shareholders, has been pushing for this decision at the annual meetings.

Prada’s fur exit is the result of decades of protests by PETA and its affiliates, who have called for fashion companies to drop their furs with numerous protests – including catwalk storms.

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Prada’s decision to banish fur from his collections is a triumph for the animals and activists. ♥ 🙏

While PETA applauds Prada’s entry into the ranks of furry fashion houses, we are now calling on the label to do the same to Chanel and, in another compassionate decision, to cancel out the cruelly produced skin of crocodiles, lizards or snakes from future collections. Most consumers do not want to wear anything on their skin, for which animals are beaten with clubs or electrocuted.

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Prada’s decision to go fur-free in the future is followed by designers such as Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier.

https://www.peta.org/blog/victory-prada-bans-fur/

And we mean.. Another good step to abolish animal suffering, or at least one of the many animal suffering varieties.

Was it our protests, the pressure on the fashion shops, or the thousands of demos and explanations for the consumers that led to this move?
We do not know that. Maybe everything together.
But one thing is for sure: if the fashion designers no longer offer us real fur, then nobody wears it!
It’s that easy!

My best regards, Venus

Educational Series: Help Stop Wild Animal Tragedies This Summer.

 

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Educational Series: Help Stop Wild Animal Tragedies This Summer

By Nick Engelfried

It’s the time of year when families across the nation get ready to participate in one of our country’s best summertime traditions: the summer vacation. Over the next few months thousands of people will take to the road to visit national and state parks, national forests, and other recreational lands. For animal and nature lovers a summer vacation can be an amazing opportunity to see wildlife and beautiful places. However, there are rules you should follow to make sure you aren’t having a negative impact on the animals you interact with.

 

Keep your distance from wild animals

Every summer park rangers and other authorities have to deal with tourists who get too close to wildlife, causing a dangerous situation for both the animal and themselves. Especially in today’s age of selfies, it can be tempting to get as near as possible to an animal in order to get that perfect photo for sharing with your friends on social media. This is rarely a good idea and is especially ill-advised when you are dealing with a dangerous animal like a bear, bison, or other large creature. While it’s very rare for any of these species to attack a human unprovoked, they will fight back if they feel threatened by your presence–and they have no way of knowing your intentions are good. Even an animal as seemingly harmless as a deer can inflict serious harm with its hooves or antlers if it feels the need for self-defence.

To take just one relevant example of an animal encounter gone awry, on June 7th, 2018 a woman in Yellowstone was gored by a charging bison when she and other tourists approached within fifteen feet of a herd. Feeling itself to be under threat, one of the animals charged. Fortunately the tourist in question only sustained a hip injury and was able to recover; the consequences could have been much worse. After the incident Yellowstone Park authorities released the following statement: “Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. Give animals space when they’re near trails, boardwalks, parking lots, or in developed areas. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk.”

Another incident, also involving Yellowstone bison, had more harmful consequences for the animal involved. In 2016 a pair of tourists found a baby bison they believed was close to freezing to death, loaded it in their car, and drove it to a ranger station. While it’s not clear what the actual condition of the animal was when they found it, what is certain is this human interference only made the situation worse. Rangers later had to euthanize the calf because its mother detected a human scent or other signs of people on it, and would not accept it when they tried to return the calf to her.

This underscores an important point: anytime you find a young wild animal, even if you think it has been abandoned or is otherwise suffering, the best course of action is always to leave it alone. If you truly believe an animal in a park needs help you can alert a ranger, but the reality is letting nature take its course will almost certainly be best. Baby animals may appear to be abandoned when in fact their mother is simply looking for food close by. It’s also a fact of the natural world that some wild animals suffer and die from natural causes. In such cases, human interference will just cause more stress and fear for the animal involved.

 

Store your food properly

Another way you can protect animals from harmful human interference is to properly store your food–as well as any food waste–so as to keep it safe from wildlife. Bears, rodents, and some birds love to feast on people food when they get the chance, but it isn’t good for them and can cause them to develop dangerous habits. Bears who repeatedly encounter human food will learn to seek it out in the future, endangering people and ultimately themselves. Bears who form a habit of approaching tourists for food often end up being euthanized by authorities to protect people from coming to harm.

If you are camping or traveling in bear country, all food and food waste must be stored so bears cannot get at it. If you’re car camping putting all your food in the car at night and whenever your camp is unattended is a good solution. If you backpack or camp in more remote areas, follow food storage guidelines agencies like the Park Service and Forest Service have put in place. Usually this means hanging your food in a tree at night, or storing it in a bear-proof canister specially designed for the purpose. Remember, bears are strong and can easily break open most storage containers.

While bears present the biggest hazard to humans, other animals suffer too when people aren’t careful with their food. Rodents and raccoons can also become overly dependent on human food. One species of bird common in forested mountains–the gray jay–is even known by the nickname “camp robber” because they are so fond of swooping in to snatch unattended leftovers. While you may be tempted to feed wild birds, keep in mind our food is unlikely to be healthy for them. It’s far better for wild animals to subsist only on their natural, wild diets.

 

Be a good environmental steward

One of the most frequently overlooked ways tourists affect wildlife is the manner in which we treat their habitat. Animals like bears, wolves, bison, and countless smaller species are found in national parks and forests precisely because they don’t do well in areas highly impacted by people. Respect animal habitat by staying on designated trails and pitching your tent in established campsites. When planning a trip to a park, make sure to research the protocols for protecting the landscape park officials have put in place, and always follow them carefully.

Finally, consider the impact your travel itself has on wildlife and their habitat. Every summer demand for gasoline goes up as people drive more–and the carbon emissions from burning all that gas add to climate change. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimize the carbon footprint of your travel. Use a fuel efficient vehicle, make sure your tires are properly inflated, and don’t drive more than you really need to. When you’re at a park, getting out of your car and exploring on foot reduces your impact while providing a much more authentic experience of the place you are visiting.

By keeping a safe distance from wild animals, storing your food properly, and minimizing the environmental footprint of your travel, you can have a memorable summer vacation that brings you into contact with nature without jeopardizing the wildlife who live there. That should be a win-win for any animal lover.

 

England: Kent MP Proposes Legal Law Change For Motorists Who Run Over A Cat and Don’t Report It. Its the Law for Dogs, So ….

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Proposed Law Could Fine Drivers Who Run Over Cats And Don’t Report It

Posted by Jane Wolfe | May 18, 2019

Proposed Law Could Fine Drivers Who Run Over Cats And Don’t Report It

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British Member of Parliament Rehman Chishti is seeking to introduce legislation under which any motorist who runs over a cat and callously drives off could be fined up to £20,000 (around $25,436).

The MP for Gillingham and Rainham wants to get the new law passed to ensure that people don’t simply leave injured or dying cats suffering by the roadside.

As well as ensuring all cats be microchipped so that their carers can be easily contacted in the event of an accident, the proposed ‘Cats Bill’ would place a legal requirement on motorists who knock down a cat to inform a local vet. If the driver doesn’t report the accident, they would face a significant fine.

In the UK, even if a motorist hits and kills a cat, the driver isn’t legally obliged to report it under the Road Traffic Act (1988). The Act does, however, require drivers to report if they hit a dog, so this change in legislation would offer felines the same level of protection as canines currently, and rightly, enjoy in Britain.

“There are 11.1 million cats in the UK, and they are often regarded as a member of the family, bringing immense happiness and joy to their owners,” Chishti states on his website. “This is why their welfare should be a priority at every level.”

“Cats that have been hit often are in critical condition and so the quicker they are seen by a vet, the better,” said Mandy Lowe, co-founder of the Cats Matter campaign group, speaking to Yahoo News UK.  “A fine is one of those things we have pushed for hardest, simply so there is a comeuppance ensuring drivers think twice about leaving them in the road.”

“We figure if people can’t do the right thing out of compassion for an animal, they will with the threat of financial burden,” Lowe added. “Offences under the Animal Welfare Act can see offenders pay up to £20,000 or jail time, and we want this legislation to come under that.”

According to Cats Matter, approximately 230,000 cats are run over each year in the UK, equivalent to a car hitting a feline every 2.5 minutes. A horrifying statistic.

If you find an injured or deceased animal on the road, take them to the nearest vet who will be able to treat the animal or contact their carer.

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We want cats protected by the law; not only dogs ! – WAV.