Animal Issues in Texas

By now you’ve surely heard about the pig slaughterhouse in Dallas that was dumping pig blood into a creek in a residential neighborhood via an underground pipe. This very serious violation was discovered by an amateur drone pilot. Really.

Apparently the blood is noticeable from Google Map images of the area. It’s amazing to think such a flagrant violation went on for so long unnoticed. ┬áIf the meatpacking plant cares so little for environmental regulations, you can imagine how they must treat the animals and their employees. The plant immediately responded by closing down.

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Last night, 60 Minutes did a segment on exotic animal “ranches” in Texas where animals from Africa are kept and selectively hunted for a huge amount of money. Priscilla Ferral from Friends of Animals gives the animal rights perspective in the link below:

Priscilla Ferral on 60 Minutes

Austin: Rally Against Ringling Bros.

Action for Animals is hosting a rally against Ringling Bros Circus tonight in protest of animal abuse. Ringling Bros has been cited by the USDA for sick and injured animals. Animals are routinely beaten, shocked, dragged, and chained as part of their circus training. Come to the rally tonight to show that this is not acceptable. The rally will be at the Erwin center from 6 to 7:30 PM. More information can be found on the Facebook page.

Austin Humane Society Rescues 150 Dogs

One of the many dogs rescued by Austin Humane Society this week. Photo from Austin Humane Society

This is a heartbreaking story of more than 150 dogs who were kept in a Bastrop County home without spaying, neutering, adequate medical care, grooming, or clean living space. The couple keeping the dogs voluntarily gave them up to the Humane Society because they couldn’t care for them. Obviously.

Animal hoarding stories are so sad. It’s obviously a sickness on the part of the humans, and I know I feel helpless thinking about all the care needed for such a large number of animals. But, we can help. You can help. Donate money to provide for all these animals. Donate items such as dog crates, animal carriers, towels, or any of the items on the Austin Humane Society wish list. Donate your time. The Humane Society needs dog groomers, and, I imagine, vet care for all of these animals. And above all, always get your pets from a rescue and never from a pet store breeder. If you’ve been considering adopting a dog, now is the time.

UPDATE: Check out photos of the dogs on the Humane Society’s Facebook page.