Killing Deer is Not the Answer 

 

Killing deer is not the answer

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By Allison Lance  11.29.2018

I attended a meeting at the library last night on deer population here on San Juan Island and what I walked away with is: KILL DEER! My take is different than pretty much everyone else’s point of view at what felt like a Cabela-sponsored rally. We humans seem to have a psychological need to blame any living thing other than ourselves for the ecological and economic mess we find ourselves in. Deer are not the problem – we are

If we truly cared about the native plants, birds, and insects, we would take a hard look at ourselves and shape up. Human overpopulation is the driving force of the problem. Deer, cougar, wolf, and bear were all native to San Juan. Along comes man and we eliminated all of the apex predators that kept the island’s fragile ecosystem in balance.

The islands were gorgeous, flourishing with indigenous plants and animals. Fast forward today, The San Juans have been transformed, ecologically mutilated. Native wildlife has been sacrificed for the production of cattle pigs, chickens, sheep, and llama. Our old-growth forests have been clearcut, plowed under and replaced with plantations, field crops, exotic flowers, grasses, alfalfa, and hayfields.

Several hunters were in the audience and they talked about needing to feed their families and that there is not enough land available for them to kill on. The parks are loosely protected (poaching a norm on San Juan) and therefore they are only allowed to kill deer on their own property or get permission from other property owners to hunt on their land.

This is a generous community with many resources for the less fortunate. I find it impossible to believe that deer are their only, or even primary, source of protein. We have a wonderful Food Bank and right next door to it Family Services will provide for the destitute and the hungry. A few hunters in the audience claimed abject poverty; to the contrary, it is their excuse to justify their blood sport, their urge to kill.

For the non-hunters out there, let’s start living with our fellow species; they were here first. It is so pompous and shortsighted of us to move in and push the True Natives out. Sound familiar? Hunters, if you are able to “harvest” (as if these animals are crops) as many deer as the law allows and the deer vanish (because as the speaker/hunter/biostitute told us, we have no idea how many deer are on this island) how will you feed your families then? Islands are tricky environments, where ecological collapses can happen suddenly, leading to the unexpected extirpation of indigenous species.

What species will we blame for the next catastrophic loss of native plants, bird and insects? Hunting is not an ecological management tool. There is nothing scientific about it. Let’s be honest and call it what it is: Killing For Sport. I am not opposed to a reduced deer population, but let’s be fair and remove some of the true culprits as well: cows, pigs, chicken, sheep and llama. And then we can restore the land.

Lastly, in most places, 95 percent of the land, public and often private is available for hunting. The parks are almost always the last sanctuaries. Now the hunters want to breach that? And after they get in, they are followed by timber industry (logging parks to “improve” forest health, et al.) When hunters are banned from private lands, it is usually because they act like slobs or engage in dangerous shooting practices.

source http://www.islandguardian.com//features/archives/00003849.html

 

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Youth Hunting

Bad for Animals, Bad for Kids

Written by Tracy Reiman 

It’s a sensitive topic—one that brings the NRA down on any legislator’s head who dares to link guns to any undesirable effect. But the facts scream at us, and we ignore them at our own peril: Giving young people guns and encouraging them to go out and kill living beings is resulting in dead kids. Our own government is helping to make this happen, as I’ll explain.

Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooter Jaylen Fryberg was just a few years older than my own son, but unlike my son, who has never touched a gun, Fryberg was a hunter. He often bragged about hunting and posted gruesome photos of the animals he’d killed on his social media accounts, with captions such as “oooo kill ’em.”

How did this happen? Fryberg’s parents gave him a gun for his 14th birthday. Only three months later, the freshman walked into the school cafeteria and shot five students at close range, killing four of them, before reportedly turning the gun on himself.

It’s not the first time that a young hunter has gunned down fellow humans.

In June, 15-year-old Jared Padgett opened fire at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., killing another student and injuring a teacher before killing himself. A friend told the media that Padgett liked to hunt rabbits. In 2009, an 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy shot his father’s pregnant girlfriend with a gun that he had received as a Christmas gift from his father, who was reportedly teaching the boy to hunt. In 2005, Pennsylvania teenager David Ludwig—whose social media page was filled with gory hunting photos—shot and killed his girlfriend’s parents.

Nearly all the students involved in mass school shootings in recent years first “practiced” on animals, including Kip Kinkel, Luke Woodham and Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Jonesboro, Ark., shooters Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden used the hunting guns belonging to Golden’s grandfather—who had taught the boy to hunt—to ambush their fellow students, killing five people in 1998.

As a mother, I would never hand my son a gun and instruct him to kill living beings for “fun.” Yet government agencies encourage and promote youth hunting programs that turn children into killers, despite the fact that most kids have no interest in hunting. According to one hunting survey, the majority of kids who responded said that they didn’t hunt because they “love animals” or “don’t like killing animals.”

Many states allow children of any age to hunt as long as they are accompanied by an adult. One of those states is Nebraska, where a fatal school shooting took place in 2011. Undeterred, a rural Nebraska school district recently voted to allow students to pose with guns and the animals they had shot for their senior yearbook photos. We asked for a copy of that yearbook to put in a time capsule, as surely we will not be this foolhardy a few decades from now.

Virginia—which has the dubious distinction of being home to the nation’s deadliest school shooting, at Virginia Tech—also apparently has few qualms about encouraging children to take up arms. A student at a high school located just a couple hours’ drive from Virginia Tech contacted PETA after his school started allowing students to pose with dead animals in yearbook photos and was even broadcasting schoolwide announcements promoting hunting. After the student approached the principal, the school agreed to end the announcements, but hunting photos are still allowed in the yearbook.

People who pick up guns, aim them at another living being and fire must deaden a piece of their hearts—or, worse, feel a rush of power that they wish to feel again and again. Can we be surprised then when troubled children pick up hunting weapons and attack their classmates?

Schools are now putting up fences and hiring security guards to protect children from their classmates, but there’s a simpler and less expensive solution to this problem: Stop allowing kids to hunt.

A Suckling Pig?

Yesterday I was having a conversation with a friend of mine and she was telling me about a conversation she had with a coworker about her vacation and a dinner she had at a restaurant in Spain. Her main dish was “Suckling Pig” the coworker noticed the look on my vegan friends face and quickly said that “they treat their pigs really good in Spain” 

First of all, I have never even heard of such a thing as a “Suckling Pig” but in guessing it sounds like a baby as a baby is a suckling and looking up the definition i found “un-weaned child or animal”  In further research I found that a suckling pig is pretty much the same as a veal calf except it is a baby pig and they are killed at this age for the same reasons. One description about “roasted suckling pigs is incomparably moist, tender, and delicate, bursting with sweet, sticky juices”   

Seriously people is one meal really worth the 114 days of pregnancy that the mom goes through and after 2 weeks then her baby is taken from her to be hit on the head with a hammer, yes this is the preferred way to kill baby pigs for the “Suckling Pig” manually applied blunt force trauma to the head, either with an implement or by striking the head against a surface, has been shown to cause immediate unconsciousness and rapid death when performed correctly on young piglets. It must be performed correctly so it does cause immediate unconsciousness and rapid death. If it is not done correctly, it is neither effective nor humane 

Is nothing sacred anymore? Are our appetites so important that the trail of misery, terror, and horror it leaves not even a consideration?

Or perhaps we lie to ourselves and tell ourselves things to make us feel better like “they treat their pigs really good in Spain” Let’s have a look at a pig farm in Spain and this farm is a distributor to restaurants and grocery stores in Spain 

30 million Bison were massacred in 1880

The US Army sanctioned and actively endorsed the wholesale slaughter of bison herds. The federal government promoted bison hunting for two reasons, to allow ranchers to range their beef cattle without competition from the bison in the grazing areas, and to weaken the North American Indian population. The US government even paid a bounty for each bison skull recovered. Military commanders were ordering their troops to kill bison — not for food, but to deny Native Americans their own source of food. One general believed that bison hunters “did more to defeat the Indian nations in a few years than soldiers did in 50 years”. By 1880, the slaughter was almost over. Where millions of bison once roamed, only a few thousand animals remained.
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The 1500s An estimated 30-60 million bison roamed North America, mostly on the great plains.
1830 Mass destruction of the bison begins.
1860 Construction of the railroad accelerates human settlement and killing of bison.
1870 An estimated 2 million are killed on southern plains in one year.
1872-1874 An average of 5000 bison were killed every day of these three years. That’s 5.4 million bison killed in 3 years.
1884 The bison population reaches it’s lowest point. Around 325 wild bison are left in the United States – including 24 in Yellowstone.
1910  Due to conservation efforts, bison increase to 1,000 in the US.
2017 Today there is 500,000 bison in the US, including 5,000 in Yellowstone.

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Children Who are Cruel to Animals: When to Worry

Childhood animal cruelty can be normal or a red flag.
Joni E Johnston Psy.D.

4/27/11

Disturbed by a high pitched cry, three-year-old Christopher’s mom walks into the living room to find him swinging their new kitten around by the tail.  Five-year-old John’s babysitter witnesses John repeatedly blowing a loud horn into his dog’s ear, laughing at the animal’s obvious distress.  Ten-year-old Liam’s older brother discovers him holding a lighter flame to the family guinea pig’s foot.

Since the 1970″s, research has consistently reported childhood cruelty to animals as the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence, and criminal behavior.  In fact, nearly all violent crime perpetrators have a history of animal cruelty in their profiles.  Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler found guilty of killing 13 women, shot arrows through dogs and cats he trapped as a child.  Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold boasted about mutilating animals for fun.

At the same time, most parents have been upset by some form of childhood cruelty to animals – whether it’s pulling the legs off of a bug or sitting on top of a puppy.  We struggle to understand why any child would mistreat an animal.  And when should we worry?  Where’s the line between a budding serial killer like Jeffrey Dahmer and normal curiosity and experimentation?

Motivations Behind Animal Cruelty

Most commonly, children who abuse animals have either witnessed or experienced abuse themselves.  For example, statistics show that 30 percent of children who have witnessed domestic violence act out a similar type of violence against their pets.  In fact, the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence is so well-known that many U.S. communities now cross-train social-service and animal-control agencies in how to recognize signs of animal abuse as possible indicators of other abusive behaviors.

While childhood and adolescent motives for animal cruelty has not been well-researched, interviews suggest a number of additional developmentally related motivations:

  • “Curiosity or exploration (i.e., the animal is injured or killed in the process of being examined, usually by a young or developmentally delayed child).
  • Peer pressure (e.g., peers may encourage animal abuse or require it as part of an initiation rite).
  • Mood enhancement (e.g., animal abuse is used to relieve boredom or depression).
  • Sexual gratification (i.e., bestiality).
  • Forced abuse (i.e., the child is coerced into animal abuse by a more powerful individual).
  • Attachment to an animal (e.g., the child kills an animal to prevent its torture by another individual).
  • Animal phobias (that cause a preemptive attack on a feared animal).
  • Identification with the child’s abuser (e.g., a victimized child may try to regain a sense of power by victimizing a more vulnerable animal).
  • Posttraumatic play (i.e., reenacting violent episodes with an animal victim).
  • Imitation (i.e., copying a parent’s or other adult’s abusive “discipline” of animals).
  • Self-injury (i.e., using an animal to inflict injuries on the child’s own body).
  • Rehearsal for interpersonal violence (i.e., “practicing” violence on stray animals or pets before engaging in violent acts against other people).
  • A vehicle for emotional abuse (for example, injuring a sibling‘s pet to frighten the sibling),”

Animal Cruelty:  Are There Types of Abusers?

I’m not aware of any formal typologies that exist for children who abuse animals.  However, as a rule of thumb, it may be useful to use the following guidelines in trying to assess whether or not the problem is serious or can be easily addressed.  Caveat: These are general guidelines and each situation should be evaluated individually..

The Experimenter:  (ages 1-6 or developmentally delayed).  This is usually a preschool child who has not developed the cognitive maturity to understand that animals have feelings are not to be treated as toys.  This may be the child’s first pet or s/he doesn’t have a lot of experience or training on how to take care of a variety of animals.

What to do:  To some extent, of course, this depends on the age and development of the child.  In general, though, explain to the child that it is not okay to hit or mistreat an animal, just as it’s not okay to hit or mistreat another child.  Humane education interventions (teaching children to be kind, caring, and nurturing toward animals) by parents, childcare providers, and teachers are likely to be sufficient to encourage desistance of animal abuse in these children,

The “Cry-for-Help” Abuser:  (6/7 – 12).  This is a child who intellectually understands that it is not okay to hurt animals.  This behavior is not due to a lack of education’ instead, animal abuse is more likely to be a symptom of a deeper psychological problem.  As previously noted, a number of studies have linked childhood animal abuse to domestic violence in the home as well as childhood physical or sexual abuse.

What to do:  Seek professional assistance.  While I’m a big believer in parents’ abilities to weather many of the normal ups and downs of childrearing without professional assistance, this is an exception.  It is not “normal” for a child this age to intentionally mistreat an animal.

The Conduct-Disordered Abuser:  (12+)  Teens who abuse animals almost always engage in other antisocial behaviors – substance abuse, gang activities, Sometimes the animal abuse is in conjunction with a deviant peer group (an initiation rite or as a result of peer pressure), while other times it may be used as a way to alleviate boredom or achieve a sense of control.

What to do:  Get professional help immediately.  If possible, enlist the support of friends, family members, even teachers.

The Bottom Line

Every act of violence committed against an animal is not a sign that a person is going to turn out to be a homicidal maniac.  Particularly with young children, whose natural exuberance and curiosity can lead to some unpleasant experiences for their pets, it is fine to shrug off an occasional lapse in judgment while continuing to educate the child about humane animal treatment.

However, locking a pet inside a closed space, violently lashing out at a pet after getting in trouble with a parent, or taking pleasure in watching an animal in pain are all “red flags” that signal the need for professional intervention.  This is particularly true when the child has the cognitive maturity to understand that what s/he is doing is wrong – and repeatedly does it anyway.

Facts about Chia Seeds and why they are so very good for you

Chia seeds are probably the healthiest foods on the planet.

They’re loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain.

1. Chia Seeds Give You Huge Amounts of Nutrients With Very Little Calories

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint.
Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day.
They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, chia seeds became recognized as a modern-day superfood only recently.
In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world.
Don’t be fooled by the size — these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.
A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1):

Fiber: 11 grams.

Protein: 4 grams.

Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s).

Calcium: 18% of the RDI.

Manganese: 30% of the RDI.

Magnesium: 30% of the RDI.

Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI.

They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.

This is particularly impressive considering that this is just a single ounce, equalling 28 grams or about two tablespoons. This small amount supplies only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate.
Interestingly, if you subtract the fiber — most of which don’t end up as usable calories for your body — chia seeds only contain 101 calories per ounce (28 grams).
This makes them one of the world’s best sources of several important nutrients, calorie for calorie.
To top things off, chia seeds are a whole-grain food, usually grown organically. Plus, they’re non-GMO and naturally free of gluten.

SUMMARY Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.

2. Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants

Another area in which chia seeds shine is their high antioxidant content (2, 3).
These antioxidants protect the sensitive fats in the seeds from going rancid (4).
Though the benefits of antioxidant supplements are debated, researchers agree that getting antioxidants from foods can have positive health effects (5).
Most importantly, antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage cell molecules and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer (6, 7).

SUMMARY Chia seeds are high in antioxidants that help protect the delicate fats in the seeds. They also have various benefits for health.

3. Almost All the Carbs in Them Are Fiber

One ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds has 12 grams of carbs. However, 11 of those grams are fiber, which your body doesn’t digest.
Fiber neither raises blood sugar nor requires insulin to be disposed of. Though it belongs to the carbohydrate family, its health effects are drastically different from those of digestible carbs like starch and sugar.
The digestible carb content is only one gram per ounce (28 grams), which is very low. This makes chia a low-carb friendly food.
Because of its high soluble fiber content, chia seeds can absorb up to 10–12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like and expanding in your stomach (8).
Theoretically, this should increase fullness, slow absorption of your food and help you automatically eat fewer calories.
Fiber also feeds the friendly bacteria in your intestine, which is important — keeping your gut flora well fed is absolutely crucial for health (9).
Chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight, making them one of the best sources of fiber in the world.

SUMMARY Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. This gives them the ability to absorb 10–12 times their weight in water. Fiber also has various beneficial effects on health.

4. Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein

Chia seeds contain a decent amount of protein.
By weight, they’re about 14% protein, which is very high compared to most plants.
They also have a good balance of essential amino acids, so your body should be able to make use of their protein content (10, 11).
Protein has various health benefits and is by far the most weight loss friendly dietary nutrient.
A high protein intake lowers appetite and has been shown to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60% and the desire for night time snacking by 50% (12, 13).
Chia seeds really are an excellent protein source — especially for people who eat little or no animal products.

SUMMARY Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings.

5. The High Fiber and Protein Content in Chia Seeds May Help You Lose Weight

Many health experts believe that chia seeds can aid weight loss.
Its soluble fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in your stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food (14).
Several studies have examined the soluble fiber glucomannan, which works in a similar way, showing that it can lead to weight loss (15, 16).
Also, the protein in chia seeds could help reduce appetite and food intake.
In fact, one study found that eating chia seeds for breakfast increased satiety and reduced food intake in the short-term (17).
However, studies examining the effectiveness of chia seeds for weight loss have provided rather disappointing results.
In a study in 90 overweight people, 50 grams of chia seeds per day for 12 weeks had no effect on body weight or health markers (18).
In another 10-week study in 62 women, chia seeds had no effect on body weight but did increase the amount of omega-3 fat in the blood (19).
In contrast, a 6-month study in obese people with type 2 diabetes on a reduced-calorie diet found that eating chia seeds daily caused significantly greater weight loss than a placebo (20).
Though adding chia seeds to your diet is unlikely to cause weight loss on its own, many experts believe they can be a useful addition to a weight loss diet.
A weight loss diet is about more than just single foods. The entire diet counts, as well as other lifestyle behaviors like sleep and exercise.
When combined with a real-food based diet and a healthy lifestyle, chia seeds may definitely help promote weight loss.

SUMMARY Chia seeds are high in protein and fiber, both of which have been shown to aid weight loss. However, studies on chia seeds have provided mixed results.

6. Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Like flaxseeds, chia seeds are very high in omega-3 fatty acids.
In fact, chia seeds contain more omega-3sthan salmon, gram for gram.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that the omega-3s in them are mostly ALA(alpha-linolenic acid), which is not as beneficial as you may think.
ALA needs to be converted into the active forms eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) before your body can use it.
Unfortunately, humans are inefficient at converting ALA into these active forms.
Therefore, plant omega-3s tend to be vastly inferior to animal sources like fish oil (21).
Studies have shown that chia seeds — especially if they’re milled — can increase blood levels of ALA and EPA but not DHA (19, 22).
This can be a problem.
Because they don’t supply any DHA, which is the most important omega-3 fat, most experts consider chia seeds a lower-quality omega-3 source.
To get the DHA your body and brain needs, either eat fatty fish regularly or take fish oil or — if you are vegan or vegetarian — a plant-sourced DHA supplement.

SUMMARY Chia seeds are very high in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. However, humans are not good at converting this into DHA, the most important omega-3 fatty acid.

7. Chia Seeds May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Given that chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, and omega-3s, they may reduce your risk of heart disease.
Their benefits have been examined in several studies, but the results have been inconclusive.
Rat studies have shown that chia seeds can lower certain risk factors, including triglycerides, inflammation, insulin resistance, and belly fat. They may also raise “good “ HDL cholesterol (23, 24).
However, one human study did not detect any improvements in risk factors (19).
A few studies show that chia seeds significantly reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension, which is a strong risk factor for heart disease (25, 26).
Overall, it’s possible that chia seeds may benefit heart health, but they probably won’t have a major effect unless accompanied by other beneficial lifestyle and dietary changes.

SUMMARY Studies on the effects of chia seeds on heart disease risk factors are inconclusive. Some studies suggest benefits, others do not.

8. They’re High in Many Important Bone Nutrients

Chia seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health.
This includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein.
The calcium content is particularly impressive — 18% of the RDI in a single ounce (28 grams).
Gram for gram, this is higher than most dairy products. As a result, chia seeds may be considered an excellent source of calcium for people who don’t eat dairy.
However, chia seeds also contain phytic acid, which reduces calcium absorption to some extent.

SUMMARY Chia seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and protein. All of these nutrients are essential for bone health.

9. Chia Seeds May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels

High fasting blood sugar levels are a typical symptom of untreated type 2 diabetes.
Consistently high fasting blood sugar levels are associated with an increased risk of several chronic diseases, including heart disease (27).
But temporary spikes in blood sugar levels after meals may also have adverse health effects when they’re excessively high on a regular basis (28).
Animal studies have found that chia seeds may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control, stabilizing blood sugar levels after meals (24, 29, 30).
A few human studies support this by showing that eating bread that contains chia seeds lowers the post-meal rise in blood sugar compared to bread that doesn’t include any chia (31, 32).

SUMMARY Studies show that chia seeds may lower the rise in blood sugar after a high-carb meal, possibly benefiting people with type 2 diabetes.

10. They May Reduce Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s normal response to infection or injury. Red and swollen skin is a typical example.
Although inflammation helps your body heal and fight off bacteria, viruses, and other infectious agents, it can sometimes cause harm.
This mainly applies to chronic inflammation, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.
Chronic inflammation often doesn’t have any visible signs, but can be assessed by measuring inflammatory markers in your blood.
Various unhealthy lifestyle habits increase your risk of chronic inflammation, including smoking, lack of exercise or a poor diet.
On the other hand, certain healthy foods may reduce the blood levels of inflammatory markers.
One 3-month study in 20 people with diabetes showed that eating 37 grams of chia seeds daily reduced the inflammatory marker hs-CRP by 40%. In contrast, those who got wheat bran didn’t experience a significant benefit (25).
Other studies on chia seeds have failed to detect any significant effects on inflammatory markers (33).

SUMMARY Limited evidence suggests that eating chia seeds may reduce an inflammatory marker known as hs-CRP. However, the health benefits are uncertain and more studies are needed.

11. Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet

Chia seeds are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet.
The seeds themselves taste rather bland so you can add them to pretty much anything.
They also don’t need to be ground like flax seeds, which makes them much easier to prepare.
They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridge, pudding, smoothies or added to baked goods.
You can also sprinkle them on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes.
Because of their ability to absorb both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and as egg substitutes in recipes.
They can also be mixed with water and turned into a gel.
Adding chia seeds to recipes will dramatically boost their nutritional value.
If you want to buy chia seeds, there is an excellent selection on Amazon with thousands of customer reviews.
They do also seem to be well tolerated, but if you’re not used to eating a lot of fiber, then there is a possibility of digestive side effects if you eat too much at a time.
A common dosage recommendation is 20 grams (about 1.5 tablespoons) of chia seeds, twice per day.

SUMMARY Chia seeds are easy to prepare and are often added to porridge or smoothies.

The Bottom Line

Chia seeds are not only rich in nutrients, omega-3 fat, antioxidants, and fiber but also easy to prepare. People commonly add them to their porridge or smoothies.
Studies suggest that they have various health benefits, ranging from weight loss to reduced inflammation.
If you don’t eat chia seeds already, you should definitely consider adding them to your diet. They’re among the few superfoods worthy of the title.

Hydrated chia slows digestion and the time it takes for your stomach to empty which means you feel full longer. Soaking chia will activate the seed making it more bio-available to your body, helping to prevent blood sugar spikes, decreasing cholesterol and keeping you hydrated longer!

Soaking Chia Seeds

You don’t need to soak your chia seeds overnight but it does help to maximize the benefits. Not only can you make amazing chia pudding recipes with chia gel, chia’s hydrophilic properties (ability to soak water) makes the seed much more valuable to your body. The only time you should consider eating chia dry is to help ease acid re-flux as it’s more likely to absorb the acid.

Chia gel can be added to your favorite smoothies or protein shakes as a base. I find this creates a mucilaginous effect and really helps aid digestion. Water-soaked chia seeds are easier to digest and the nutrients are better absorbed and assimilated in your body. Also, when soaking the chia it will prolong hydration and retain electrolytes, especially during exercise. This is one of the reasons why the ancient Aztec athletes consumed chia on a regular basis. And this is why chia is “The Runner’s Seed” used by modern-day athletes to sustain peak endurance and stay hydrated.

Reasons you should soak your chia before eating it and how to do it properly

When you soak these tiny seeds, you can think of chia as an “intestinal broom” sweeping through the digestive track and eliminating build up of waste that will eventually lead to other problems.

How long should you pre-soak your chia seeds for?

This depends on how much of a hurry you are in. If you are a good planner, place your water and chia seeds in a mason jar, shake for about 2-3 minutes and then let sit in the refrigerator overnight. You can also get a really good gel consistency in about 2-3 hours with this method.

If you’re in a hurry, simply swish the chia and water around in the mason jar (sealed) for about 5 minutes and let sit for another 5-10 minutes and you should have a good gel-like consistency. This will help prevent the seeds from getting stuck to the inside of the glass which makes for a harder clean up afterwards.

Tip: You can’t soak chia for too long. In fact, I’ve left a mason jar with chia and water in the refrigerator for a few days without a problem.

How much water do you need to soak your chia seeds?

This depends on your recipe. Below are two simple recipes you can make using water and chia as your base:

Basic Chia Gel

  • Organic Chia Seeds
  • Water
  • Mason Jar (I like to buy them in cases which last for a long time and are cheap.)
  • Chia seeds soak ratio: Mix 1/3-cup chia seeds to 2 cups water.
  • If you are using a mason jar, shake for 2-3 minutes or simply stir in a glass. Let sit in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. For best results, leave overnight.
sources 1.healthline.com 2.Kris Gunnars of organicvegansuperfoods.com

Female Pigs Are Dying in Record Numbers – Does Congress Need to Act?

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What’s the story?

Death rates are surging for female pigs on U.S. farms—the rate has climbed from 5.8 to 10.2 percent on farms owning more than 125 sows in the past three years. The rise in deaths has been linked to “sow prolapse syndrome,” which occurs when pressure on the animal’s uterus, vagina, and rectum become too much and it collapses.

“We have seen farms with as much as 25 to 50 percent of the sow mortality due to prolapses,” Jeremy Pittman, a veterinarian for Smithfield Foods, said.

What’s causing the prolapse?

Pittman and others have suggested a number of possible causes, including:

Overfeeding. Larger litters – The average sow produces 23.5 piglets per year. “Large litter sizes or large pigs predispose sows to uterus and abdominal pressure and excessive duration of farrowing (giving birth to piglets),” Pittman explains in Successful Farming. Mycotoxins in the feed. Breeding issues – “We’ve bred a contradiction into these animals,” says Leah Garces, outgoing executive director of the US branch of Compassion in World Farming.

“Over the last few decades, sows to have been bred to have less back-fat – because people don’t want to eat as much fat – but we also want them to produce more and more babies. And that’s not biologically possible; their bones are weak and they don’t have enough fat to support the reproductive process. We’ve bred them to their limit and the animals are telling us that.”

Vitamin deficiency. Constipation and high density diets – “Lack of adequate water and low-fiber diets can lead to constipation, straining, and increased prolapses,” writes Successful Farming. Confinement systems in intensive farming – sows spend a large percentage of their lives in gestation and crates that don’t allow them to move around. Around 97 percent of the nation’s 73 million hogs are raised in closed barns or confined feeding warehouses. Tail docking – Snipping “tails too short can result in damage of the nerves near the anal sphincter and can cause rectal prolapse in growing pigs.” (Piglets that are prematurely taken from their mothers will keep their urge to suckle. Pigs confined to small pens without stimulation will also bite each other’s tails. As both practices occur on industrial farms, piglets’ tails are snipped so they become more sensitive—should a pig bite another pig’s docked tail, that pig will fight off the biter.)

What’s the industry saying?

In their report on the topic, the Guardiannoted that “industry figures largely declined to comment but some acknowledged that they are grappling with the issue.” “It’s a topic in our meetings, both in the hallways and the meeting spaces,” said Dr Tom Burkgren, executive director of American Association of Swine Veterinarians, a group that educates vets around the country. Temple Grandin – professor of animal science at Colorado State University and consultant on the design of livestock-handling facilities – told the Guardian that the key in livestock production is finding a balance between productivity and animal health.

“You have to figure out the optimal number of piglets these sows should have. One thing people have trouble with is asking what is optimal – not maximal, but optimal – when it comes to breeding.”

What do you think?

Pittman hopes the swine industry will work together to solve the issue of swine prolapse syndrome, adding that there’s been no funding for research yet, but the National Pork Board has expressed interest.

Does Congress need to fund research? Pass laws about animal welfare? Require concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO)’s to be made of transparent material? Take action above, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

Raw Vegan Key Lime Pie

The “key” to this dish is the fresh lime juice—accept no substitutions! You won’t believe the fantastic texture of this pie—the avocados add an unbelievable creaminess to the filling.

makes one 9-inch pie

  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Raw
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 10
  • Calories: 421 kcal

ingredients

for the crust

  • 1 1/4 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 1/4 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup dates (pitted) soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

for the filling

  • 1 1/2 cup Fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (full fat)
  • 2 avocados (ripe) halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut oil

instructions

make the crust:

Lightly grease a 9-inch springform baking pan with coconut oil.

In a food processor put

  • The macadamia nuts,
  • pecans,
  • dates,
  • salt, and
  • vanilla

process until the mixture is soft and easily workable. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

make the filling:

In a high-speed blender put:

  • Lime juice
  • Agave
  • Coconut milk,
  • Avocados
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil

Finish Making the pie

  • Blend Until smooth
  • Pour the filling over the crust
  • Cover with plastic wrap
  • Freeze overnight
  • Thaw before serving
  • Chill the pie in the freezer for an hour
  • Transfer it to the refrigerator [personally I keep in the freezer; I like it frozen and just cut with a sharp knife, it stays somewhat soft frozen]
  • Let it sit for another 3 hours, or overnight
  • Cut into slices and serve
  • Cover and store the pie in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • or in the freezer for up to 10
  • If you freeze the pie, defrost the slices in the fridge for several hours before serving.

nutrition facts

raw key lime pie
amount per serving:

  • Calories 421
  • Calories from Fat 288
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 32g 49%
  • Saturated Fat 8g 40%
  • Sodium 69mg 3%
  • Potassium 426mg 12%
  • Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
  • Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
  • Sugars 22g
  • Protein 3g 6%
  • Vitamin A 1.7%
  • Vitamin C 18.6%
  • Calcium 3.8hu.
  • Iron 9.2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

source raw vegan key lime pie

This can harm your dog

source: Citizen Canine

When dog owners yank on their dog’s collar, they might be doing more damage than they could ever imagine; every time your dog yanks on its leash, it may be causing long-lasting negative health effects. Just imagine wearing a leash yourself, and now imagine having someone pull on it. When people think of it in this way, they often start to realize that collars might not be the best option for their pets.

How Can A Collar Hurt Your Dog?

Thyroid Damage

Dog breeds that pull on their leashes a lot tend to have a lot of thyroid issues. Many veterinarians speculate that thyroid problems happen when a leash pushes on your dog’s thyroid regularly; this consistent trauma can eventually lead to inflammation and bruising.

When your dog’s thyroid gets inflamed, its immune system sends white blood cells to the area to remove the inflammation. The white blood cells do get rid of the inflammation, but they eventually start to wear down the thyroid. Over a long period of time, this leads to a lot of thyroid issues.

Ear And Eye Damage

When a dog pulls on its leash, it restricts blood flow to its eyes and ears. When blood flow is cut off on a regular basis, it causes swelling, and constant swelling damages your dogs organs and appendages.

Paw Licking

Dog collars can damage the nerves in your dog’s front legs. When your dog’s nerves are hurt, it causes a tingly feeling in their front paws, and most dogs will lick their paws to try to make them feel better. If your dog has a problem with paw licking, you might want to consider using a harness instead of a collar.

Neck injury

Yanking on a leash can give your dog whiplash; it’s never a good idea to jerk any type of animal’s neck quickly. Oftentimes, dogs don’t understand why their leash jerks their neck, so they become frustrated, depressed or aggressive.

The best way to prevent neck, nerve and thyroid damage is to get your dog a harness. When your dog pulls on a harness, it doesn’t hurt its body as much as a collar does. A properly fitted harness keeps your dog comfortable, and it helps you control your dog without a risk of injury.

Animal Rescue or Scam?

Great Animal Rescue or Great Scam?

A Complete Guide by Alison Hector ©

 

They sound so good but is that a valid rescue group? How to evaluate animal rescues credibility and worthiness.

Please read to make sure donations are not going to a scam

We are approaching the dawn of a new era. For the first time in history, there are over 70 open admissions No Kill shelters spanning more than 200 cities, towns and communities. New communities are appearing almost monthly. An emphasis by the public on saving pets from kill shelters is more popular than ever.

In tandem with this effort to save pets from kill-shelters has grown the number of rescues necessary to save their lives. There are an estimated 20000 rescues across the country according to the ASPCA and Petfinder lists at least 13000 shelters and rescues online.

Most rescues are motivated by their love of animals and truly are the backbone of all lifesaving from kill shelters in the country today. If not for their dedication, time, perseverance and altruism the numbers killed would increase by millions per year. When done often and right it is exhausting but exhilarating with some heartache thrown in for good measure. And it’s expensive. It costs a great deal to pull these animals and to care for their myriad of issues medically as well as to provide daily food, care, and shelter until adopted. Most rescues are never short on compassion but most are operating on a shoestring budget and continually must receive funding in order to survive.

However, the public loves companion animals and are willing to dig deep to see them saved, especially if they are not in a position to foster or adopt more themselves. The internet facilitates the impulse and mechanism of donating with ease. Unfortunately for these same reasons, some “rescues” have arisen that are not completely ethical and whose main goal is to make money for themselves. These less than savory rescues have honed social media heartwrenching down to an economic science.

One fantastic tool for all rescues is Facebook. A network of followers can be built and expanded. Links can be included to accept donations and to the rescue’s website if they have one. The popularity of the rescue on Facebook, however, does not always correlate with its integrity. A long time ago, when the Internet first became commercially feasible there was a cartoon in the New Yorker. It was a dog typing on a keyboard in front of the computer and the caption read “No one knows I am a dog on the Internet”. That still holds true today. Because on the Internet a glib, maudlin, catchy story or appealing presence may not reveal the reality of those we deal with.

Many rescues appear worthy and most of us have a limited amount of disposable income to part with. So the question becomes how can you tell is the rescue asking for funds on the Internet is credible.

The main goal of a real and worthy rescue (other than those that state they are a sanctuary) is to take in and then adopt out companion animals. This is the type of rescue we are examining in this article. They want to do this as often as possible because they are in the business of saving lives and it’s a number game. The more they pull – the more they adopt out – the more they save. In order to do this successfully, the real rescues need to employ a series of lifesaving mechanisms. If they are not performing any or few of these strategies they are most likely not saving very many lives.

The worthiness of the rescue often does not correlate with the amount in funding it receives. Often those factors have an inverse relationship because small hardworking rescues don’t have time to do the marketing that makes others so popular, real rescues are too busy saving animals lives. Also, worthy rescues would never engage in the type of unethical sales strategies that sometimes result in the most donations.

Here are some GUIDELINES and factors to help determine if you should donate to the rescue or not:

1. Donate locally.

  • Do you personally know these people?
  • Can you visit their facility if they have one?
  • Can you visit their foster homes or adoption events?

2. If you choose to donate to people with rescues you have only seen online and on Facebook proceed with great caution.

  • An overriding rule of thumb is to follow the money trail. Ascertain how much they are receiving in cash or goods and exactly how it is all being used. Is it documented? If not – stay clear.
  • Many will hide behind their cover of a 501 c 3 Federal IRS tax-exempt status. The IRS liberally grants the 501 c 3 designations to animal welfare organizations. Just because they bamboozled the IRS into receiving that designation does not mean they are credible. The questions the IRS asks to receive this ability to collect tax-free money is not necessarily an indicator nor deterrent to those that plan to misuse this status to fraudulently steal your cash. In fact, these unsavory rescues are literally banking on that status to gain your instant trust and as a lure since donations are tax-deductible to the contributor.

3. Avoid rescues that do the following:

  • Sound like a country western song with their constant tales of woe – if they are using a constant string of personal tragedies to lure you in then whether they are for real or not, they are not in a great position to care for animals when they cannot even take care of themselves adequately
  • Avoid those that use manipulation to tug on your heart and wallet strings
  • Beg for money because they are themselves near starvation and can barely pay their bills
  • Discuss their personal tragedies and how it is affecting their ability to care for animals; for example, if they state they had a break in and are asking for a large sum of money to allegedly replace what was stolen because without it they and the animals are going to starve or be severely harmed – you must question this. How do you know that actually happened? Ask for facts – who what where how and double check. For example was a police report filed? Were people really arrested as alleged? Etc. Don’t hesitate to call the police to check. You need to be able to ascertain that their sob story facts did in fact occur. If not do NOT give them a penny. This type of story is a RED FLAG and most credible rescues wouldn’t capitalize on it even if true.

4. Avoid those that refuse to be transparent and answer questions about anything regarding their rescue

  • Note if on Facebook or on websites or blogs if they have specific questions and answers regarding facts about their rescue, if not beware
  • Do they answer rescue related or specific animals in their care questions posed by others? If no then stay clear.
  • Ask for copies of their 990 (IRS tax return) and application to obtain the 501c3 status. If they refuse to give it to you – report them to their state Attorney General’s Office and the IRS.

5. Avoid those that do not clearly report and identify how many they rescue and adopt out

6. Stay clear of rescues that on their Internet presence post few pics of those they claim to have up for adoption or is in foster.

  • Avoid them if there are very few if any local people commenting on the pets in their care they have seen, adopted, or fostered.

7. Steer clear of those that do have an internet presence but mainly post pics of themselves with the pets

  • Real rescues usually have pics only of the pets in their care and the only humans in their pics are usually happy adopters.
  • A real rescue does not have time to for cutesy or heart-wrenching blogs with many details that are irrelevant to specific pets they are trying to get adopted out. Avoid.

8. Steer clear of rescues that have blogs that focus on a myriad of tragedies specifically geared to get you to DONATE NOW, but not to necessarily get the pet in the story adopted. No pet in the story? Then doubly avoid.

9. Avoid them if they don’t have a clear focus on adopting their pets out. Everything they write and every action they take should have rehoming the pets in their care as a priority (unless they are clearly a stated sanctuary) Always keep in mind the lifesaving worthiness of a rescue is may be evaluated by how many and how often they take in and then adopt out, as this continual, difficult and expensive process is the ONLY way more can be saved.

  • Avoid the rescue if they have many posts about non-pet related subjects such as smiley face or arts.
  • Avoid them if even in jest they discuss doing anything illegal including drugs use.
  • If the rescue in question saves a few but doesn’t clearly focus their efforts on rehoming the pets so that they can continue to pull and save more, and instead only keeps asking the public to DONATE NOW, avoid at all costs.

10. Avoid the rescue if they or associated businesses have fake reviews per Yelp, Google or other review sites

  • Avoid the rescue if they fundraise in the memory of pets that are actually still alive or conversely fundraise for pets that are non-existent or already dead. note: the following example was not part of this original article by the author, Alison Hector and only added as an example by the blogger reposting the article [example; the group, Rescue Dogs Rock has been observed on multiple occasions seeking out tragic situations so they can insert themselves into the rescue and then use the story to raise money. RDR raised thousands of dollars by selling T-shirts using the memory and tragic story of Caleb the little puppy that died a horrible death; then when a legitimate group was working to find Caleb’s killer by hiring a private detective and working with the DA they reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock to join forces but Rescue Dogs Rock refused to help and even bad-mouthed the group trying to find the killer—Perfect example of a fraudulent rescue group only in it for the money]

11. Avoid with all cost if the rescue sues anyone for changing their mind about donating!

  • REDFLAG Especially avoid rescues that slander those that question their transparency or because they have asked valid questions, as a smokescreen to divert attention away from their lack of being forthright. This is especially true when the defamation in turn actually may have the effect of then harming more pets because those being slandered are also in animal welfare or rescue. If unsure of motives always ask who has the most to gain financially in the situation?
  • Just because a rescue has many followers or “likes” on Facebook does not mean they are on the up and up. It may be that they lucked into a gimmick or became associated with a popular Facebook page. It may just mean they understand human psychology, how to play people like a timeworn violin, and are fantastic at marketing aimed at kind people’s vulnerable soft spots for animals.
  • Many times these organizations are so bold they are clearly not what they purport to be if looked at with a knowledgeable eye and/or are receiving more in funds than they should be, given their actual rate of lifesaving but the public is unaware of how to evaluate a credible rescue. Even on the face of their own stories, their rescue doesn’t justify the amounts collected, but people are sucked in by their clever stories and don’t know what the hallmarks are of a good rescue that deserves funding really looks like.
  • Even when the less than honorable rescue has posts regarding a pet in their care, they insert themselves often into the story and do not focus on information relevant to getting the pet adopted. They discuss and use emotions designed to get the public to donate. They also often focus on the “irresponsible public” and use fictionalized details of sometimes even exaggerated abuse that they could not possibly know. Here is an example of a story from a rescue that employs this emotional manipulation to receive donations but does not focus on getting this pet adopted and one should be cautious about donating to :

“I received a desperate call. The woman was crying so hysterically I barely could understand what was being said. I told her not to worry I am there for her, please calm down. Her neighbor was frequently starving and beating a dog that was tied to a tree. The neighbor moved away and left her there. She described the many scars and how deep they were. I also started crying as I always do whenever I hear cases of such abuse. She left many messages, at many rescues but they never called her back or just told her to call me since everyone knows I am the only one to always lend a helping hand. I was very busy with my many dogs and myself crying hysterically over having to put one down but of course, I made time to call her back right away! Plus I freakin love unadoptable dogs! I heard the desperation in her voice as she cried “ Please please help me – you are the only one that might and animal control wants to kill him right away” So, I took a deep breath, and said yes I am the angel you were searching for but I have to be honest with you. ( Side note – these phony rescues use the words “being honest” quite frequently in their writings)I said as much as I want to help this poor dog, I’m beyond over-loaded with rescue dogs right now, so I’m not really sure that I can help. But I promise I’m willing to do everything I can to try and find someone else who can.
Then… I heard hysterical crying on the other end of the line.
She screamed out “Ellen, please! I am begging you! I’ve already tried everyone else. Anyone who was willing to talk to me… was only willing to help… by giving me your number. If you can’t help this dog… you and I both know… no one will… and she will die!” I knew she was right. So, I promised to contact her back after back and hung up. I reviewed our limited funds to see if I could help or not. Even though we couldn’t really afford it I called her back because I didn’t want the dog to die. I wasn’t sure of what I was even going to say I was so upset for that poor innocent baby. Then I just blurted out “when can you be here” The next morning, the lady and her family drove more than 6 hours to deliver my new baby to All Dog Rescue. When they arrived, it was love at first sight.
I named her Peace because I had to pick up the pieces of her broken soul.
And in return, Peace’s smile reminded me… of what I do… and why I do it. It’s never about me. It’s always about them. (NOTE – this type of story IS about the rescuer as much or more than the pet) And when they really need you… you always find a way…
*Peace has a long expensive road of recovery ahead. In addition to her many injuries inflicted by careless mean owners & massive additional issues, she is also heartworm positive, which requires even more extensive, costly treatment. If you’d like to contribute to Peace’s care and her future, please Donate NOW.”

* Pics are included of the rescuer with the dog – hugging and kissing her*

So here at Pet Advocates Network we will give you  GUIDELINES on how to evaluate dollar worthy rescues so funding can go where it does the most good:

A Good and Worthy Rescue:

1. Has a mission statement. It is usually to save as many shelter pets as possible by pulling them from shelters and then adopting them out. That is usually their number one goal – to get them into forever homes. Or they also more rarely accept owner-relinquished pets directly or are a sanctuary that does not adopt out. In any event, their goals should be clearly stated and then clearly followed.

  • If you want to donate only to rescue that claims it is “no kill” you must examine that claim.

2. The worthy rescue is transparent and hows no problem listing and answering the following questions:

  • If possible use one year as the uniform specified period of time with most recent stats possible
  • How many pets do you save/take in over a specified period of time?
  • How many do you adopt out over a specified period of time?
  • How many do you euthanize over a specified period of time?
  • Under what conditions do you euthanize?
  • Do you kill for space?
  • How many are currently in your care?
  • What are your hours I can visit?
  • What is your address and phone number?
  • Do you rescue pets from your local shelter?
  • Where do the pets come from?
  • Who is your vet?
  •  How much did you receive in contributions for a said specified period of time?
  •  Exactly how were the goods and money used?
  • Where may I get a copy of your 990? * see note on 501c3
  • If not a 501c3 why not?
  • How many employees do you have? Volunteers? Fosters?
  • How do your market your pets?
  • Do you have adoption events?
  • Do you have a website?
  • Are there current pics of the pets?
  • Do you have an up to date Rescue Groups, Petfinder or AdoptaPet account and listings?
  • Do you have applications to volunteer, foster and adopt?

3. If they have an Internet presence they liberally use photos of the pets in their care. Photos are the number one way to get a pet adopted as well as receive donations for that particular pet in need:

  • They post photos of all those in their care. That includes those they take into their facility or foster homes
  •  They post photos of all those adopted
  •  They post photos of adoption events.
  • They DON’T post endless photos of themselves with the pets.

REDFLAG

  •  Sometimes a less than honorable rescue will save a few animals and post a few pics of the small amount they are actually taking care of or have in vet care. They use this lure to get the good-hearted public to donate more to them with claims of their saving many more than are shown or identified.
  •  If they refuse to show photos of all those they say they have saved or have continual excuses for not putting them up. DON’T give them a penny. (The photos of those still in the shelter that the rescue claims they will be pulling don’t count) The photos should be at their location and that should be made obvious. Photos should be recent and kept updated.

4. A worthy rescue has a description of each pet in their care they are trying to rehome and any background of the pet that is known. Also the needs of the pet and what type of home he or she would be well suited for.

REDFLAG Avoid those that insert their own emotion into the description geared to manipulate for more donations. For example, discussing how they cried hysterically or every other tear-jerking ploy or phrase that is not relevant to getting the pet adopted.

EXAMPLE OF A LISTING FROM A CREDIBLE RESCUE:

Hi, my name is Spot and I am a working guard dog. I need an experienced, working dog owner. I came to All Dogs Rescue when another rescue refused to take me because I bit during my transport. The transporter was told to take me back to the shelter where I came from and have me put down. The transporter could not do this so she called us and asked if they could help train me. I was not neutered, had a nasty and painful ear infection and was skinny and starving. ADR is collecting proceeds to assist with this. When the trainer at ADR tried to give me food, I jumped at her and tried to bite the can. She says I was allowed to have these bad manners with other people, but she would not tolerate me acting that way, so straightened me up. My foster mom told me it was a matter of life or death, but I didn’t understand what that meant, I just know she was serious about getting me trained. Now she says I am ready for a home with an experienced owner.
What a perfect home would have A home with an experienced working dog owner. A person who understands how to be the top dog or leader and the need for exercise. NO Children, small dogs or cats.

Several appealing photos of the dog from various angles are included in the post.

5. A worthy rescue’s entire Internet presence is geared toward getting its pets adopted and the following applies to those that are on the Internet.

6. A credible rescue focuses ONLY on marketing their pets, medical care, adoption events, securing volunteers and fosters. In addition to what should constitute a majority of their posts is featuring the pets they have in their care, these are the only other elements they concentrate on. They individual rescuers DON’T focus on themselves, they don’t have cutesy irrelevant stories or post long tear stricken stories about the ones they had to euthanize.

7. A worthy rescue frequently discusses and actively, overtly uses methods for getting pets adopted and that encompasses up to date listings and having a Petfinder account and/or an Adopt a pet account since these are the two most frequently visited websites used by the public to search for a rescue pet.

8. A worthy rescue lists and shows on their website all the ways it is marketing pets to get them adopted. It shows how the public can get involved with specific events or endeavors that result in adoptions. That is usually the main focus of the website.

9. A valid rescue has up to date working links to their applications for fosters, volunteers, and adopters. This is a must for credible rescues that exist to save animals by getting them rehomed. RED FLAG. If a rescue does not have any type of these applications easily available or the link continually says “page not available” then avoid.

10. A valid rescue is known and respected by its LOCAL community. They often support local businesses in a symbiotic relationship. Don’t hesitate to inquire around. In addition, they do not trash other local rescues so as to make sure only they are donated to instead. (Inquiring into a rescues claims or transparency is NOT trashing them. Making up slanderous lies is)

11. A worthy rescue with many resources and plentiful of funding does not send stray dogs on their property to a high kill shelter

On a personal note, I believe a rescue that supports and defends kill shelters and does not advocate for shelter reform should be avoided as well as those that purport to be no-kill simply to gain more donations but are not.

In sum, it is easy to fall for the heart-wrenching Madison Ave infomercial appeal of some less than honorable rescues because of their manipulation and fairytale quality. Just because they are popular on Facebook or have used that to leverage media does not mean they are worthy of your donation.

In a final analysis, the most worthy rescues are putting all their efforts into continual life saving and not busy with writing fairy tales to win a popularity contest and for max donations.

Some less than honorable rescues won’t focus on adopting out their pets or bringing more in even though they ironically have the most resources, because that takes time, money and work. Some will also kill the animals in their care calling it “the last act of kindness” instead of spending their time and money donated to rehome them for the same reasons. What they care most about is taking your money.

Then ask yourself should you give another penny to, vote for, or support a rescue that already for example has well over $100000 or a significant amount in donations for the year, is not transparent, and has just a few animals total with few ever adopted out despite a wealth of resources to do so but instead writes good heart-wrenching stories OR should you donate to a rescue with no personal or engaging hard-luck tales, but is busy trying to save from death row and is verifiably adopting out as many as possible with little support or funding and badly needs your donation?

If you really want to help save lives, before you give another penny determine if the rescue meets or defeats the guidelines and criteria listed above.

By Alison Hector, Esq. © 2012