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Marysville school shooter loved hunting & pit bulls

by Merritt Clifton MARYSVILLE, Washington––Jaylen Ray Fryberg, 14, a freshman at Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, was by all accounts a popular young man who did well in school, admired pit bulls, and had become an accomplished hunter, recently bagging an elk and a deer. A football player who on October 17, 2014 had been voted freshman homecoming king, Jaylen Fryberg was reportedly distraught over a recent break-up with a girl he had dated since the seventh grade. He allegedly got into a fight at football practice and was suspended from the team. And then, on October 24, 2014, Jaylen Ray Fryberg opened fire on five fellow students at the lunch table they often shared, … [Read More...]

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Baiting bears & a governor in Maine and New Jersey

AUGUSTA, Maine; TRENTON, New Jersey––Asking Maine voters to abolish baiting bears by ballot initiative on November 4, 2014, the Humane Society of the U.S. appears to be taking the politically most ambitious approach to the issue, but Friends of Animals on October 22, 2014 introduced the most attention-grabbing tactic. Vegan donuts Announced FoA campaign director Edita Birnkrant, whose surname means “home of bears” in Old German, “Friends of Animals believes it is obscene that from December 8 through December 13, New Jersey hunters can lure bears with pizza, jelly donuts and other junk food in the woods before shooting them—so we’ll be bringing vegan donuts and other treats to the State … [Read More...]

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When are alleged fighting dogs not pit bulls?

SEVIERVILLE, Tennessee––When are 50 pit bulls seized from an alleged fighting dog breeding kennel in rural Tennessee not pit bulls? When the Humane Society of the U.S. helps with the bust,  writes the press release about it,  and distributes it to media nationwide, while pushing the repeal of an Aurora, Colorado ordinance meant to ensure that … [Read More...]

Top ten reasons to donate now to ANIMALS 24-7

First, the animal news you won’t find anywhere else: 1) 27 ways to avoid hitting animals that may save your life too! 2) Why we cannot adopt our way out of shelter killing 3) Why pit bulls will break your heart 4) Don’t bully my breed, but we will bully the victims 5) Rollover crash reignites controversy over dog rescue traffic from U.S. to … [Read More...]

Florida lab investigated for neglect that killed a monkey

            TAMPA,  PORTLAND,  ST. LOUIS––The University of South Florida police department has reportedly opened an investigation into whether criminal acts were committed when water was withheld from monkeys overnight in April 2013 and three times in December 2013. “At least one primate died, and several others developed ketosis,” alleged Stop … [Read More...]

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Is “green building” better for wildlife?

  by Merritt Clifton Is “green building” better for wildlife? Yes and no. Before answering that question, we need to more precisely define the terms. First, what exactly do we mean by “green building”? Second, what exactly do we mean by “better”? There are a variety of different and sometimes conflicting definitions of “green … [Read More...]

NIH discontinues funding studies on “random source” dogs

WASHINGTON D.C.––The National Institutes of Health on October 1, 2014 discontinued funding experiments using dogs obtained from “random sources,” meaning pounds, other animal shelters, and bunchers commonly called “Class B dealers.” The NIH cessation of funding for research “is in response to a 2009 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report … [Read More...]

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Buffalo calf rescued by the Visakha SPCA.  (VSPCA photo)

Supreme Court of India ruling covers tracks on Gadhi Mai sacrifice

DELHI––Did a two-justice bench from the Supreme Court of India on October 17,  2014 strike a mighty blow against animal sacrifices at the Gadhi Mai festival, to be held in the village of Bariyarpur, Nepal, on November 28-29, 2014? Or did the Supreme Court justices just hand the government of India and a coalition of animal advocacy groups a face-saving way to declare victory when the much … [Read More...]

Barn swallow babies.  (Beth Clifton)

27 ways to avoid hitting animals that may save your life too!

by Merritt Clifton 1) The most important tip of all: It is easier and safer to anticipate animals in the road than it is to miss them once they are in front of you. Watch for motion in roadside grass and shrubs. Remember that most lines in the woods are vertical. If you see something horizontal, it may be an animal. 2) Usually the safest thing to do, upon suddenly meeting any animal in the … [Read More...]


Aurora, Colorado: reject risk-taking pit bull advocates’ attempt to gamble with your lives and the lives of your animals

News analysis by Beth Clifton Holding signs mingling patriotic imagery with silhouettes of pit bulls, displaying ear-to-ear crocodilian grins for media, pit bull advocates on October 11, 2014 gathered near Bicentennial Park in Aurora, Colorado, to urge Aurora voters to repeal an alleged pit bull ban. The “ban,” in effect since October 2005, actually just requires people who keep pit bulls to … [Read More...]

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32 years of logging fatal & disfiguring dog attacks

Editorial  by Merritt Clifton David Glass, 51,   of Lamar, Mississippi, on September 21, 2014 became the 300th person to be fatally mauled by pit bulls in the 32 years that I have logged fatal and disfiguring dog attacks within the U.S. and Canada. While the Glass family grieves, I am adding up columns of numbers. Thirty-two years ago, as a young reporter investigating the exotic animal … [Read More...]