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Sunday, December 12th, 2010
4:45 pm - Gray Kitty


Over 4 weeks ago Miss Gray Kitty was Diagnosed with Lymphoma.
I started a fundraiser and was able to raise some money which has really helped with the cost of everything. In the end Chemo was just not an option. She is still on steroids. I also have been giving her flax seed oil everyday mixed in with her high protein low carb wet food. Then she also takes a supplement called ES-Clear. I'm happy to report she is doing great. Her energy is better then it has been in a very very long time. she's super happy even plays. Her spleen which is one of the main issues is still very big. The vet only told me that she had 4-6 weeks to life. That was 4 weeks ago. I know that any day she could start to spiral down. I just remain hopeful and positive for her. She is eating special low grain food as well. All of these things can truly help reverse the cancer. I have to believe there is some hope for my baby girl. She's put on a little bit of weight and she eats like crazy. My concern is for when it will be time to take her off the steroids for a bit. That's going to be my next challenge. When I mentioned to the vet that Gray was going to have the best Christmas ever she made a very sad face, looked me in the eyes and said..."Let's hope she makes it until Christmas" So I'm going to make her next follow up appointment after Christmas. The vet doesn't want me to bring her in too often and stress her out. I love my vet though..she is amazing. I would like to see how things go. If I can get enough weight on her and raise 1,500 I can get her spleen removed. Which should buy her lots of time. Right now it's still 5x the size it should be. She just started on the holistic supplements and the flax oil last week so hopefully once they start to really kick in the size will go down. I honestly feel that the holistic approach is so much better. Esp partnered with other medications. So while it's not a full on holistic approach it still is replacing Chemo. I think she has a better quality of life right now. Much better than if she had chemo. Her happiness is the number 1 thing here..not mine. She is my baby and I will do anything I can to help her. She has given me so much in the 3 years I've had her. I remember when I would see my old landlord kick her out into the cold. She never wanted to be out so I'd sneak her into my apartment. When she had allergy problems they couldn't afford to take her to the vet. So I said I would take her..to the vet and into my home. She brought so much joy into my home. When my ex left me she was there by my side every time I cried she'd come up and lay on me. I suffer from depression and anxiety and my pets truly motivate me. I don't know how, or who I'd be if I didn't have pets in my life. I once went a year with out having a single pet in my home and it was torture. Sorry for babbling..I know you all understand how important our furry family members are. I wish all of you and your pets a very merry/happy/jolly/ love filled holiday.
If you can or know anyone that can please make a donation. Every penny counts and goes right to Gray. The donations thus far have helped pay for her medication, new kind of food, supplements and follow ups.
Thank you for all your support
Join the cause on facebook and spread the word

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Friday, November 6th, 2009
8:01 pm

Dear Members of IDA’s Elephant Task Force,

Lucky at the San Antonio Zoo needs your help!  
Please take a moment to go to the following link and vote to:
Here is the link (the web poll is at the lower right of the page):

She needs us to speak out for her. Please help her without delay.  

For more information to take further steps to help Lucky, please visit:

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7:39 pm

Big Cypress National Preserve was created in 1974 to stave off a proposed airport in the heart of the western Everglades. Now Miami-Dade County, whose land surrounds the preserve, finds itself with a cash shortfall and a proposal has been made to squeeze the money it lacks for airport expansion out of the very nature preserve that was set aside to prevent new airport construction - Big Cypress.

Under the proposal, Miami-Dade County would lease out the land for oil drilling — a cynical, grasping move that would undermine decades of preservation and be certain to hurt Florida panthers. Already one of the most endangered species on the planet, panthers depend on Big Cypress for living space.

For now, the proposal has been shelved at the last minute by Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez due to public outcry. But though it won’t be discussed at the very next county commission meeting, this destructive plan could still be brought to life again. And we need to make sure that doesn’t happen.

So please, send a letter asking Miami's mayor to make sure this absurd and destructive idea to allow new oil operations in the Big Cypress National Preserve remains completely off the table.

Visit http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/t/5243/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1661 to take action now.

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7:23 pm - Help Protect Polar Bears and the Places They Live

Hi --

Rising temperatures are robbing polar bears of their homes and access to the food they need to survive.

In response, the Interior Department have announced a proposal to designate more than 200,000 square miles of critical habitat for these struggling bears -- including the vital coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important onshore denning habitats for America's struggling polar bears.

I just took action online to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adopt this plan and help save struggling polar bears -- and the places they live.

You can, too -- just follow this link:

Together, we can help save these magnificent animals.


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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
12:42 pm - Save prairie dogs from being poisoned!


Hi --

Did you know that the EPA approved a deadly poison called Rozol to kill prairie dogs in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming? 

Rozol is a blood-thinning poison that causes prairie dogs to slowly bleed to death a cruel and excruciating way to die. It also sets off a chain reaction of secondary poisoning that could devastate imperiled animals that are tied to prairie dogs on the food chain -- including black-footed ferrets, swift foxes, eagles and ferruginous hawks.

Help me protect prairie dogs and other imperiled animals on the American prairie by taking action to ask the EPA to reverse its deadly decision: http://action.defenders.org/EPA

For too long, the EPA has been in the pocket of agriculture and industry approving toxic chemicals that taint our water, poison our wildlife and threaten our health and our communities.

Take action now to ask the EPA to do its job and start protecting American wildlife and people from toxic poisons like Rozol: http://action.defenders.org/EPA

The deadline for comments is this Friday (November 6th), so please take action to protect prairie dogs and the other imperiled Great Plains wildlife that depend on them to survive today: http://action.defenders.org/EPA

Thanks for helping!

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Monday, November 2nd, 2009
7:13 pm - tell USDA to protect veal calves from abuse


Watch at your own risk.

An HSUS investigation at a slaughter facility in Vermont shows stomach-turning cruelty to veal calves.

As you can see in this video, the plant's co-owner and other workers abused animals too weak to stand in order to get them to their feet -- including in front of a USDA inspector who watched but failed to stop the abuse. In one case, a partially decapitated calf appeared to be still conscious. Another scene shows a calf who appears to be conscious while skinned alive. Watch the video. (WARNING: Graphic Images. Video will not play automatically.)

The people responsible for this sickening abuse must be held accountable. But we also must examine the broader agricultural policies and enforcement problems that lead to the mistreatment of young calves, many of whom are too weak to stand and walk to their own slaughter. For example, a regulatory loophole that allows downed veal calves to go to slaughter provides a financial incentive for producers to abuse these infant animals.

Please ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take prompt action to prevent this kind of abuse from ever happening again.

automatically send a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the inhumane treatment of calves at slaughter plants:


With your help, the USDA will take action on its policies and procedures to give these helpless animals better protection against abuse.

Thank you for all you do for animals.

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Sunday, November 1st, 2009
9:26 pm - Ohio Petition to Ban Dog Auctions



Ohio Petition to Ban Dog Auctions


October 30, 2009, 8:22AM MT
Signatures needed! Deadline December 14!

Officials have cleared the way for supporters to gather signatures for a proposed Ohio ban on auctions of dogs.

The initiative known as the Ohio Dog Auctions Act would make it unlawful for any person to auction or raffle a dog within Ohio for any purpose. It would also prohibit bringing a dog that was acquired through an auction or raffle into Ohio for purposes of sale or trade.

The Ohio Attorney General would have authority to investigate and prosecute alleged violations of the Act. A first conviction under the Act would be punishable as a minor misdemeanor and each subsequent conviction as a fourth degree misdemeanor.

Petition Signatures Needed
Before the legislature to consider this important ban, however, petitions must be circulated to gather signatures from Ohio voters in at least 44 of the state's 88 counties.  Only qualified electors can sign the petition. There is one petition per county.

The total number of valid signatures on the petition must equal 120,700. The deadline is December 14.

How You Can Help

  • When the Ohio Dog Auctions Act is on the ballot,  vote "yes."

For More Information
Visit the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions

Please contact the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions at
614-271-8248 or info@banohiodogauctions.com.


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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
3:09 pm

Pacific walrus are dying by the hundreds and even thousands. Deeply dependent on disappearing Arctic sea ice for their survival, the walrus, like polar bears, are falling prey to the ravages of global warming in the Arctic. 2009 marked the third lowest Arctic summer sea ice year on record, behind only 2007 and 2008. Just this fall, drastic sea-ice loss forced thousands of walruses to move onshore in Alaska, resulting in the trampling deaths of more than 100 young walruses. Adding insult to injury, the Pacific walrus is also suffering from the industrialization of its northern home for oil and gas development.

Luckily, thanks to a petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, in September the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is considering listing the Pacific walrus under the Endangered Species Act.

Please take action now to speak up for this imperiled Arctic giant. Let the federal government know that the Pacific walrus cannot survive without the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Visit http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/t/5243/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1620 to take action now.

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009
12:16 pm - Don't Give Up On Queenie!

Don't Give Up On Queenie!

Queenie chained in New Orleans Nov 2007Queenie is the elephant left behind when the USDA took custody of Tina and Jewel and sent them to the San Diego Zoo. IDA members' calls and letters on her behalf have had quite an impact at the USDA. We have brought Queenie's plight to the attention of the highest levels of this agency.

Some IDA members report that when the secretary for USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack answered her phone, she asked immediately, "Is this about Queenie?"

At this point it is crucial that we keep up the pressure. Let's keep the USDA's e-mail, phone lines, and fax machines overwhelmingly busy. (See below for contact information).

The USDA needs to hear this message, loud and clear: it has been nearly two months since Queenie was left alone with Will Davenport, whose egregious history of mistreating elephants is well known. When Tina and Jewel were taken, Davenport relinquished his exhibitor's license - but we must not let the USDA claim it has no further authority in the matter. The agency can and must aggressively pursue all legal remedies against Davenport for his many violations of the Animal Welfare Act - and utilize those legal avenues to ensure that Queenie spends the rest of her life at the Performing Animal Welfare Sanctuary (PAWS) or at The Elephant Sanctuary (TES). She has suffered enough.

What You Can Do



Please, today and every day until you see pictures of Queenie roaming free at a sanctuary, call and email these USDA officials:

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Phone: 202 720-3631, Fax: 202-720-2166

Acting APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea
Phone: 202-720-3861 Email: Kevin.A.Shea@usda.gov

Although we are disappointed that Tina and Jewel were not transferred to a sanctuary, they do appear to be recovering well at the San Diego Zoo, according to blog entries on their progress. We are grateful that the zoo is taking care of these two girls, who have suffered so much in their sad lives in the circus.

IDA will continue to advocate for Queenie until she is free - at the same time, our attention is also on the many other elephants abused by the circus industry (see below).


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11:57 am


IDA opposes the Obama Administration's proposal to manage the nation's wild horses and burros, as announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on October 7. The plan is cloaked in the language of helping horses, but, if approved by Congress, it would destroy the fabric of wild horse society, devastate wild horse populations and lead to the elimination of more western herds.

Read more here, then contact President Obama and your U.S. Senators.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
2:34 pm - E-mail from Defenders of Wildlife: Save the Prairie Dogs: Deadline Tomorrow


Black-tailed prairie dogs are currently being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act, and their decline has had a devastating effect on black-footed ferrets -- one of the rarest animals in the world.

So how could the EPA even think about approving two deadly poisons that would help speed the decline of these imperiled species?

The deadline for comments is tomorrow, so we don't have much time. Help us stop our government from approving new poisons to kill prairie dogs by taking action now.

The EPA just approved a blood-thinning poison called Rozol to kill prairie dogs in ten states across America. Once ingested, this toxic chemical causes prairie dogs to slowly bleed to death -- a cruel and excruciating way to die.

Now the agency is about to approve a nearly identical poison -- the morbidly named Kaput-D -- for the same purpose: to destroy prairie dogs.

While that’s bad enough, it doesn’t end there.

These poisons set off a chain reaction of secondary poisoning that can devastate imperiled animals that are tied to prairie dogs on the food chain -- including black-footed ferrets, swift foxes, badgers, golden and bald eagles, burrowing owls and ferruginous hawks.

Help us spare prairie dogs and other wildlife from a cruel and painful death -- and hold the EPA accountable for its role in speeding the decline of imperiled species. Send your message now!

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials asked the EPA to consult with them before approving Rozol -- and to put Kaput-D on hold completely -- because prairie dog poisoning had been shown to be a “major factor in the decline of [black-footed] ferrets” and because they had serious concerns about the effects these two poisons could have on other prairie wildlife.

But the EPA went ahead and approved the use of Rozol behind closed doors anyway, without properly consulting with federal wildlife experts, and without giving the public a chance to weigh in on this deadly decision. Now they’re moving forward with Kaput-D.

Defenders of Wildlife and our local partners at Audubon of Kansas have taken the EPA to court to stop them from unleashing these deadly poisons on America’s Great Plains. Now we need your help to stop the killing.

Time is running out for our prairie dogs. The deadline for comments is TOMORROW, October 23rd, so please take action now to ask the EPA to ban the use of these poisons to kill imperiled Great Plains wildlife.

Thanks for helping,
Jonathan Proctor
Rocky Mountain Region Representative
Defenders of Wildlife

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
7:54 pm

In response to the Hamster Piano video, there is another one to flag:

The Hamster on the guitar:

or here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVsWmUbKXP8&feature=related

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7:49 pm

Twiggy betrays defenceless animals Twiggy has betrayed thousands of defenceless creatures by accepting a lucrative advertising contract with the ‘Olay’ cosmetics brand, which is tested on animals [1]. ‘Olay’ is made by the American-based multi-national Procter & Gamble (P&G), who continue to perform poisoning tests on animals for the sake of their cosmetics, toiletries and household products. These extreme experiments, which took place in the USA, would be illegal in Britain.Collapse )

Another celebrity that confuses me is Ellen Degeneres. She's a PETA supporter (I have to mention although a vegetarian, I am not a PETA fan), but then there is the deal with CoverGirl (testing on animals again).

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Saturday, October 17th, 2009
12:05 am - This video promotes animal abuse!

Please spread the word. Don't remain a passive witness. Go to this YouTube video and flag it as animal abuse. Please do something.

The owner of this hamster intentially placed the hamster in a situation, where he/she made the hamster tip backwards and hamster's paws got stuck between the piano's keys for at couple of moments. This is NOT a natural position or environment for a hamster.

The most shocking part is that this video received 50,000+ views and a lot of POSITIVE comments. People write that this video is "sweet" and "cute" and completely oversee the fact that hamster's paws got stuck between the piano's keys.

This video also inspires a lot of people to do similar experiments to their hamsters. It's a mild form for animal abuse, yet it's still animal abuse.

Here is the video:

Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9Vi1u0KMq0
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
7:11 pm

Today is September 1st, the first day of the dolphin slaughter season in Japan. But when I arrived today by bus from Kansai Airport with media representatives from all over the world, the notorious Cove from the movie was empty. There were no dolphin killers in sight.

So today is a very good day for dolphins!

I vowed to be back in Taiji when the dolphin killing began. I've often been here alone, or accompanied by a few environmentalists. Sometimes, I was able to talk a major media organization into sending someone.

But the people of Japan never learned about the dolphin slaughter, because none of the media in Japan (with the exception of the excellent Japan Times) have ever sent reporters to the killing Cove. Until today!

When I got off the bus at The Cove this afternoon, I was accompanied by my son Lincoln O'Barry's film crew, a crew from Associated Press, Der Spiegel (the largest magazine in Germany), and the London Independent.

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Monday, August 31st, 2009
8:02 pm - fight to save the taiji dolphins


23,000 dolphins are slaughtered in Taiji, Japan for meat. They force the migrating dolphins to the beach by banging hammers. The sound is painful to the dolphins and they slowly make a line of boats to push them to the beach. As soon as they are netted trainers from various zoos (think Sea World) come out and choose the dolphins they want to perform. The rest are huddled into a cove, away from the public eye where they are stabbed over and over with spears.

The ironic part of this is no one in Japan even likes dolphin meat because dolphins are like toxic waste sites. They are mercury infested and it can cause things like blindness and memory loss. What they do is disguise it by labeling it as whale meat.

At the International Whaling Commission, they tried to fight this, but Japan is bribing smaller and impoverished countries to vote with them.

If you can tell just one other person about this, it would be great. I know there's nothing I can do about it here in Arizona, but I can tell you guys and you can tell other people so we aren't walking around in ignorance. It's so important. It really is.

This post is inspired by seeing this movie: http://thecovemovie.com/

If you get a chance, see it.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
4:35 pm - help out the abused and neglected animals and join this facebook cause

join this group: http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?sid=76775fc3d7c5bf4ee6b34302a4b22088&refurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.new.facebook.com%2Fs.php%3Fq%3DAmy%2BA.%2BKuhn%26init%3Dq%26sid%3D76775fc3d7c5bf4ee6b34302a4b22088&id=1478448479&hiq=amy%2Ckuhn#/group.php?gid=55401663547&ref=mf

Join This Cause: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/243083/51707486?m=6d54c0aa

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Saturday, June 6th, 2009
4:25 pm - An Invitation to Ecomotion :)

Debate on Environmental and Sustainable Eating.

Dear Anti_Cruelty Community

This is an invitation for your online group to take part in testing an environmental community forum found on Ecomotion, which is in its developmental stages.


Sustainable eatingCollapse )

All contributors are welcome to have a say in how Ecomotion as a website develops and how discussions are conducted in the future.

If you have any questions or need any help I can be found both on livejournal and at Ecomotion (Catherine Eleanor) and I will be most happy to help 

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
9:54 am - Another Milestone For Animal Rights Law


Veterans of the animal rights legal movement believe that it began back in 1972 when ISAR's chairman, Professor Henry Mark Holzer, brought a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ritual slaughter exemption to the federal Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act of 1958, and expressly invoking the moral/legal concept of "animal rights"--as a result of which some graciously consider him "the first animal rights lawyer." (See http://sjalp.stanford.edu/pdfs/Tischler.pdf)

In her Stanford article, its author, Joyce Tischler, Esq., of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, credits Professor Holzer with three accomplishments crucial to establishing the field of what today is known as “animal rights law”: (1) with ISAR, having brought the first federal and first state lawsuit expressly invoking the moral /legal concept of “animal rights”; (2) with ISAR, having founded the Animal Rights Law Reporter, which became “the legal clearinghouse for animal rights law information”; and, (3) again with ISAR, having organized the “First National Conference on Animal Rights Law”—an undertaking, in Ms. Tischler’s words, “[t]he significance of which cannot be overstated.”

At that conference Professor Holzer had articulated his vision for using the law on behalf of animals.

A major result of the conference was to coalesce the attending lawyers into a loose network of like-minded individuals, and to identify the tools necessary to create an entirely new, discrete field of law--one which would take its deserved place among other long-recognized practice areas such as corporate law, property law, criminal law and many others.

Over the past two decades, that vision has been almost fully realized.

Today, courses in animal law are taught in virtually every major law school in America, usually using books expressly written for that subject.

Today, conferences are frequently held for lawyers practicing animal rights law.

Today, lawyers draft animal rights legislation, and lobby for their enactment.

Today, more than one law school has nationally recognized programs in animal law.

Today, professional journals devoted solely to animal rights law are published.

Today, animal protection lawyer testify before legislative committees.

Today, laypersons with legal issues involving animals seek out lawyers who specialize in animal protection law.

Today, articles, monographs and books on animal law issues proliferate.

Today, national animal protection organizations have lawyers on their permanent staffs.

Today, more and more college students enter law school because they want to practice animal rights law.

Today, animal rights lawyers consult with lawyers in general practice who may from time to time have a case involving animal issues.

Today, state and local bar associations have animal law sections.

Today, lawyers file "friend-of-the-court" briefs in cases involving animal protection (as Professor Holzer will soon do in the Supreme Court of the United States on ISAR's behalf in the case of United States v. Stevens, in an effort to protect the constitutionality of a federal animal protection statute.)

Today, the American Bar Association, recognizes the existence of the animal rights law practice area by maintaining a subcommittee for those interested in that subject.

Today, lawyers litigate animal rights cases in federal and state, and trial and appellate, courts throughout the United States.

And today, thanks to the ABA, lawyers who litigate those cases are going to have a much easier time--and be able to achieve even better results for their human and animal clients.

That's because of a brand new 584 page book published by the ABA this year, edited by Joan Schaffner and Julie Fershtman: Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers.

The Guide was a formidable undertaking, and its editors and contributors have discharged their task admirably, as its seventeen page Table of Contents reflects.

There, one finds every imaginable topic of interest to lawyers who act on behalf of animals and their custodians: Negligence and Tort Law; Ownership, Custody and Keeping of Animals; Veterinary Malpractice; Animal-Related Contract and Sales Disputes; The Disabled, Service Animals, and the Law; Animal Insurance Litigation; Legal Issues Involving Animal Associations and Individuals Helping Animals; Remedies in Animal-Related Litigation; Criminal Law; Expert Witnesses; Practical Considerations for Attorneys Handling Animal Law Cases.

These chapter headings only suggest at the depth and breadth of information contained in the many sections and subsections of each one, and in the appendices which accompany some of the chapters and appear at the end of the book. (The appendices are also copious indexes.)

It's evident that the editors and contributors gave considerable thought to what their book should contain and, speaking as one who was in this field from the beginning--before the beginning, according to some--they've thought of almost everything. (One suggestion for the second edition: the inclusion of a chapter on the constitutional aspects of animal law, and a Table of Cases and Other Authorities cited in the Guide.)

Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers deserves to be in the library of every lawyer and law library in the United States because it is the one-stop resource for every lawyer who contemplates acting on behalf of animals and their custodians.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2009
11:09 pm

Hello all! I wanted to let you know that I've made a new community.


I couldn't find any Humane Society International or Humane Society of the United States communities so I decided to make one. Everything/anything related to issues covered by the Humane Society International and Humane Society of the United States. I'll update with videos, articles, and information for where you can take action. Knowledge is power and I hope to see you there.

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