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Two more scumbags who don't care about the life of their small animals D:|
Baby Mouse Rescue =^.^=|http://www.pawmygosh.com/mouse-rescue/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emailvisits
She Saw This Baby Struggling In The Water But NEVER Expected What Was About To Happen
A bystander noticed a woman and her dog looking at something in the water. After they left, she went over and discovered a baby mouse struggling to survive. This is when she decided to make a tiny difference… :)
Happy World Rat Day! <:3O~|
Happy World Rat Day!
Do not give this woman named Desiree Gutierrez from Ventura County Area California your pets!!!|
Rats! We Need Everyone To Get Over The Tail Thing|http://blog.sfgate.com/hssv/2016/03/14/we-need-everyone-to-get-over-the-tail-thing/
Rats! We Need Everyone To Get Over The Tail Thing
By Humane Society Silicon Valley on March 14, 2016 at 2:10 PM
We are having a little issue.
What’s the problem?
It’s not really a little issue. It’s actually a highly populous issue made up of lots of little guys. So it’s a big issue with a lot of adorably quivering whiskers.
Are you talking about us?
As you know, we like to help our buddy rescues and shelters out. So when a local rescue got inundated with 300 adorable little pet ratties, of course we threw our doors open to lend a hand/paw.
And thus, like a much less dark and more hopeful version of the pied piper, the adorable little rattie muffins invaded Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Do you have snacks? Because we LOVE snacks.
About 50 little rattie muffins at the moment. Many of them weren’t in very good shape and needed extra medical help. All of them needed to be fixed as rats multiply faster than a super-computer
Wanna see a neat trick where 2 of us turn into 20? Neither do we.
Yes, we do fix rats. Have we mentioned how amaze-balls our vet staff is?
Anyhoo, these guys need homes and they need them fast. While we grabbed a whole bunch of the little dudes, there are still a lot of other ratties waiting for a chance to come here. Which means we need each and every one of you to get over the tail thing.
What’s wrong with my tail?
Yes, the tail thing. Rats are the friendliest, smartest and most sociable of the pocket pets. They’re like pocket dogs. They learn their names.They can learn tricks and basic agility courses. They like to hang out with you and go through your pockets. In terms of pet-most-likely-to-learn-to-do-taxes, it’s a rat. They’re brilliant. But when we talk to people about pet rats we hear the same thing over and over again.
“It’s their tails – I can’t deal with them”.
So his tail is okay but mine is a problem?
Ok. That’s just absurd. Cats have tails. Dogs have tails. Bunnies have tails. Why do these not freak people out? Is it because rat tails are hairless? Since when has being hairless been a problem? There are many things in this world that are hairless that American LOVE.
So his head is okay but my tail is a problem?
And there are many, many things in this world that have plenty of hair that divide us more than the wee little tail of a pet rat.
That guy’s hair is kind of freaking ME out.
What do we need to do to make you get over the tail thing? Would flowers help? Would it convince you to come meet some of these adorable little nuggets that are hanging out at our Neighborhood Adoption Center at Petco West San Jose?
The smell of spring flowers causes my whiskers to quiver even more adorably.
Because once you stop in and meet them and see how sociable and bright they are, you will fall in love. Not a flower person?
It is a nice change from the rain…
Would a desert scene persuade you?
Are you persuaded but not able to commit to a rat? We could also use donations of cages (no tanks, please). Want to enjoy the joy that is rattiness but not have a hectic travel schedule? We’re also looking for rattie fosters.
*All photos and photoshopping courtesy of Jim Allen*
Pets at Home managers abusively neglect animals behind shop floor…This must be stopped!|
Please sign and share this petition!https://www.change.org/p/pets-at-home-abusively-neglects-animals-behind-shop-floor-this-must-be-stopped?recruiter=178230189&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink
Pets at Home managers abusively neglect animals behind shop floor…This must be stopped!
I was an employee at Pets at Home for over 8 months - I was good at my job and was awarded colleague of the month early on. However, I stood up for the welfare of the animals, and refused to neglect, cause suffering or do a disservice to them - I took their value of "pets before profit" to heart, which I found managers do not themselves. For this I was victimised and bullied out of my job. They are not prioritising the welfare of their animals - this must be improved with new legal guidelines or they should stop selling pets forever...
* I was forced me to sell hutches that were too small - guinea pig runs for rabbits when a PAH guinea pig run is 152cm x 61cm x 83cm, and welfare guidelines state a rabbit requires the run space of 244cm x 122cm x 122cm. Quote manager "they can buy a hamster cage off ebay for all I care."
* Training books are not marked - I handed mine in and it was returned un-checked. Any colleague who does not take the time to read and internalize all the information correctly could easily make it all up.
* Managers are disposing of mice in the most inhumane ways. No protocol, they place sticky boards down for mice to suffer for hours by trying to chew their feet off for escape, throw babies onto footpaths and on the road.
* Managers are administering medication incorrectly because they neglect to read veterinary notes or even the mode of administration and dosage on the side of the bottle.
* My manager sold three baby guinea pigs to a lady who had already "returned" 4 on two separate occasions - one of which had died. She claimed they were biting, which they only do when severely threatened. He sold her more with no care of the environment he was sending them to.
* Cages in the isolation and quiet room were overstacked - collapses frequently happened, crushing occupants.
* Prep room space is too small and unhygienic - our sink where we prep food and water was blocked for weeks with bacteria ridden water.
* Our cremation freezer with animal carcasses was left open for a week because no manager called the cremation company to empty it - deceased, rotting animals metres away from our live animals.
* Animals are sat in rooms behind the warehouse for months refused the ability to exercise or play - despite colleagues attempts to do so.
* Managers have very little interaction or even knowledge of animals - they are only taught how to make sales and sell. My managers sold rats and rabbits claiming there was no way they could be pregnant at 16 weeks old, despite showing signs and even spending time in the wrong gender cages!
* Managers made me sell guinea pigs that clearly had the onset of conjunctivitis, and worse ring worm (which can infect humans too).
* Fish are imported from Singapore in the same bag for the whole journey, most arrive in store dead - and yet they tell you that you cannot keep your fish in the bag for longer than 30 mins - hypocrites.
If we are not making a sale with a customer - even loyal ones, they wonder why the hell we are talking to them. Targets and sales are all that matters - VIP sign ups and swipe rates - the managers harp on about the bonuses they want to receive. They have little care about YOU, YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS, OR EVEN YOUR PETS.
I have been bullied, but that is personal and frankly not the most important thing. But colleagues are scared to speak out for fear of their contract being terminated - illegally ignoring all disciplinary guidelines. Colleagues are run off their feet and forced to work several hours overtime on a low hourly contract - preventing them from getting fairly deserved benefits. PAH is understaffed and as PROFIT COMES BEFORE ANIMALS, they are never given time to provide for the animals in store, which is what they really want to do. Everyone joins thinking they can make a difference but the store managers put in place are bullies and it is like hitting your head against a brick wall. See www.glassdoor.co.uk for colleague reviews and experiences - many speak of bullying.
Please sign this petition so that someone with the power to take on a corporation as large as Pets at Home can fairly investigate conditions (other than a planned check on welfare by their own employees) and make changes bound by law. The bigger pets at home becomes, the more it starts to work like a battery farm. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE.
Anonymous former colleague.
Horrible Russian model named Anastasiya paints face as cat & bites the head off live mouse in video!|
Horrible Russian model named Anastasiya paints face as cat & bites the head off live mouse in Facebook video!
We need to do something. Cant let her get away with this. Bitting the head off a mouse!. Please report this video so it can be reported to authorities.
This is the evil Bitch in the videohttps://m.facebook.com/Anastasiya-566381120190677/
This is her Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/Anastasiya-566381120190677/
* There is a petition to sign here : http://www.petitionhub.org/Prosecute-Woman-For-Tormenting-An-Innocent-Mouse-And-For-Eating-Him-Alive-t-3643
First when patrons of Facebook reported the horrific video the response team didn't think that animal cruelty like this was against community standards. D: Secondly, how sick in the head do you have to be to think that anyone would find this evil bitch of a woman named Anastasiya amusing when she painted her face like a cat and was filmed biting the head off a live mouse and swallowing the whole animal? :-S Not only was this utterly cruel, but it shows the signs of pure evil. Anyone who thinks that this sort of thing is funny needs to get their heads examined! I seriously hope that karma comes back to bite this bitch and hope that she dies!!!
Pics from the horrific video are posted below, not because I enjoy showing such things, but to let people know the seriousness of the horrific animal cruelty that goes on and to hopefully try and demand a stop put to it by demanding that politicians everywhere begin to enact tough anti-cruelty laws with serious jailtime, when pain and suffering is enacted upon an animal of any size, even if it is a small mouse, because these highly intelligent creatures feel pain too!
Check out this cool crafting site to learn how to make a crochet rat bookmark!|
To learn how to make this cool crochet rat bookmark pictured below check out this cool site! http://www.supergurumi.com/amigurumi-crochet-rat-bookmark
Please sign and share this petition!|
Please sign and share this petition!https://www.change.org/p/ohio-state-house-justice-for-carl?recruiter=6600096&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-no_msg&fb_ref=Default
Petitioning Ohio State House and 3 others
JUSTICE FOR CARL
Lexie Chestnut United States
In February 2016 Makayla Vanderheyden, Gabriel rose, and Alicia Kinkle of Goshen, Ohio abused and attempted to kill Makayla's pet rat, Carl. Makayla stuck her nose in Carl's cage, Carl most likely thought her nose was food and bit her. After this incident the women attempted to poison Carl with ibuprofen. When this didn't work they released Carl outside and attempted to get multiple cats to kill her, which they didn't. Alicia then picked Carl up by the tip of his tail and threw him into a stream. Like dogs and cats, Rats are highly intelligent and compassionate animals and don't deserve to be abused. We are calling for justice for Carl! The people involved should all be charged with animal abuse. People NEED to know that they can not get away with animal abuse no matter what type of animal it is.
ANIMAL ABUSE! Justice For Makayla Vanderheyden's Rat!
Do not give this jerk from St. John, New Brunswick any pets!|
There is a creep of a guy from St. John, New Brunswick who posts ads asking for people to bring him pets because he says he'll give them a good home, but how can you trust a monster who also posts such ads as this? D: Thankfully somebody rescued these rats from the jerk!
Also there was another jerk from South New Jersey in the United States who was breeding rats for his snake and then trading them off when his snake wasn't that hungry and refused to eat them. Don't these people know that snakes can go for long periods of time between meals, and also that it's safer to feed the snake thawed out frozen rodents? You have to wonder how sick in the head a person like this is to enjoy live feeding animals. :-S
Beware of this cruel person Brianna Stonefish in Hamilton who puts up ads to trade pets on Kajiji!|
Rat Will Let NOTHING Get Between Him And His Cat|https://www.thedodo.com/ranj-and-peanut-cat-rat-friendship-1594780584.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb
Rat Will Let NOTHING Get Between Him And His Cat
By Zainab Akande
This unlikely cat and rat pairing broke all the stereotypes — and they managed to find an amazing friendship in the process.
Maggie Szpot and her family found Ranj, an orange tabby, when he was just a stray kitten in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Though Szpot had pet rats while Ranj was growing up, when she brought home two new rats, Peanut and her sister Mocha, she was worried that his that his hunting streak would come out, she told The Dodo.
She couldn't have been more wrong.
"Peanut first met Ranj when [Peanut] was still a baby," Szpot said. "I had brought Peanut and her sister out of their cage to play, and I put them in a fenced area for them to run around in, and Ranj actually jumped inside to get a closer look. He is always curious of new things … they quickly became good friends and Peanut followed Ranj around everywhere."
Mocha, on the other hand, never quite warmed up to Ranj — but one video shows just how inseparable Peanut and the orange cat were. In the short clip, Peanut just can't help herself and climbs over Ranj nonstop.
"If Ranj went to eat out of his food bowl, Peanut would come and eat with him," Szpot said. "I think those were the cutest moments, when Peanut was so determined to be with Ranj that she would overcome all kinds of obstacles to be with him."
Peanut also liked to snuggle in Ranj's warm fur and provide very loving licks (which the cat sometimes returned), Szpot said. Since Ranj is a cat, however, he did need to have alone time every so often.
"There were times when Peanut invaded Ranj's personal space too much and he'd leave or hop onto anything off the ground to get away from her," Szpot explained. "Sometimes Peanut would literally crawl all over Ranj, and he didn't enjoy that too much. She never quite understood the concept of personal space, but Ranj was good at tolerating her antics!"
Even when those antics included hugging …
… kissing …
… snuggling …
… and eating together.
Sadly, domesticated rats don't have long life spans, and Peanut passed away in 2010 at two years old.
Szpot said that Ranj seemed to miss his best friend, and all the entertainment she brought with her, after her death.
But don't fret — these days, he isn't lonely. Ranj, who is turning 10 later this year, has a new feline friend to keep him company, along with Szpot's two birds.
His name is Timmy ...
… and Ranj seems to be carrying on well with new addition to the family.
Although he'll never have another friend quite as special as Peanut.
If you're interested in following the continued adventurous of Ranj and his animal friends, you can catch them on Facebook and YouTube. Want to adopt a Ranj or Peanut of your own? Get started at Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Enter Rose, a Broadway Rat With a Past|http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/nyregion/pet-city-rose-the-rat-broadway-debut.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0
Enter Rose, a Broadway Rat With a Past
By ANDY NEWMANJAN. 22, 2016
This is the story of 500 rats on the West Side Highway and one who ventured east.
They were not your typical city rats. They were albinos, white with pink eyes, the kind people keep as pets or tinker with in labs or raise to feed to snakes.
Last July, they began to appear in a kite-shaped median between the highway and an exit lane onto West 57th Street, across from a Sanitation Department garage: first a few rats, then a few dozen, then so many that they were a blur of white in the undergrowth, a scurrying time-lapse.
How the rats got there remains a mystery.
But one of them was Rose. She was near the end of childhood, 5 weeks old and fully furred.
There was no food or water for the rats on their little island. Many of them ran out onto the 10-lane highway, made for the riverfront, met with bad ends. (It did not help that albino rats are mostly blind.)
Rose stayed on the median, huddled with her family.
Eventually, the rats drew wider attention. On July 14, Gothamist ran an article quoting a biologist who said they were doomed.http://www.nytimes.com/video/nyregion/100000004160042/rose-rat-broadway-debut-in-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time.html?action=click&contentCollection=nyregion&module=embedded®ion=caption&pgtype=article
The city’s rat-rescue community sprang to action. Hundreds of beautiful rats, in mortal danger. Rescuers showed up that night with boxes and buckets and cat carriers, grabbing all they could catch. “At the beginning there’s so many it was like picking up daisies,” said Lisa Anselmo, who helped find homes for more than 50.
The next day, the city health department, citing “public safety concerns,” set out poison.
The rescuers raced back to the median, scooping up rats, furious at the injustice.
These were domestic animals, pets, like hamsters or guinea pigs, except a lot smarter and more social, quicker to bond with their keepers.
“What other species would be treated this way?” Ms. Anselmo asked. “Imagine if they were puppies.
“The entire thing was insane.”
That night or possibly the next, Rose was rescued.
She and two others her age were adopted by an animal trainer named Lydia DesRoche. Ms. DesRoche called them the Golden Girls and named them Rose, Blanche and Dorothy.
She meant to foster the sisters only long enough to find them a home. But they were so shy they would not come out of their cage, so she kept them at her apartment uptown. She left the cage open and made a little ramp down to her bed so they could visit her. She fed them corn and peas and edamame and yogurt and avocado sushi and bits of dark chocolate.
Weeks turned to months. Rose grew up, grew bolder. She explored Ms. DesRoche’s living room, and dominated the other rats.
Destiny was making plans. Ms. DesRoche is the trainer for the Broadway hit “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which features a rat, played by an albino named Toby.
In mid-December, Toby fell ill with tumors. Her understudy, Tulip, stepped into the role, but she was a reluctant performer. She hid in her cage until she had to go on. “Tulip has accepted her fate,” Ms. DesRoche said, “but she has not taken a liking to the stage.”
Toby’s recovery grew protracted. She needed more operations. She broke a foot. Tulip, with no understudy, was doing eight shows a week, showing stress.
Just before New Year’s Ms. DesRoche took Rose to the theater for a taste of the footlights.
Rehearsing with the actor Tyler Lea. Credit Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times
It was love at first sight. Ms. DesRoche began bringing Rose every day, wearing her in a carrier around her neck as she made her rounds before the show and backstage for Tulip’s entrances and exits.
On Jan. 14, Rose accompanied Ms. DesRoche to the Ethel Barrymore Theater and stopped in the green room for some social time with Tyler Lea and Benjamin Wheelwright, the two young actors who play the lead character.
Rose crawled across Mr. Wheelwright’s arm, down his shirt, over to Mr. Lea. She sat calmly in Mr. Lea’s hand — the first time she had let him hold her. He stroked her back.
I accidentally fell into having pet rats about 10 years ago and have had them ever since, almost all of them rescues from similar and other...
And then Rose did something special. She bruxed, and she boggled. Bruxing is when a rat grinds its incisors together. Boggling, a muscular side effect of bruxing, is when a rat bugs its eyes in and out rapidly, like a possessed vaudeville comic.
They are the ultimate indicators of a relaxed, happy rat.
“Oh, my God!” Ms. DesRoche said.
“I found her sweet spot,” Mr. Lea said.
Back upstairs in the fifth-floor rat dressing room, Rose crawled out of her little red cage and over to the identical one Tulip uses onstage, standing atop it like King Kong on the Empire State Building.
“This one is ‘All About Eve,’ ” Ms. DesRoche said. “I want the real cage! Give me the real cage!”
Rose’s wish is coming true: It was decided that she would alternate with Tulip, who has upped her game of late.
There was a final rehearsal Wednesday night.
Mr. Wheelwright as Christopher, a teenager with Asperger’s, was in a train station, trying to navigate the crowds. He picked up Rose in her cage, ran upstage and down, spun in circles, set the cage down and opened it.
Rose popped her head out, unfazed. Mr. Wheelwright leaned toward her with a tsk-tsk noise: Rose’s cue to kiss him.
“We’re still working on the kiss,” Ms. DesRoche said. “She’ll get it.”
“Given that she was abandoned along the median of the West Side Highway, I had absolutely zero expectations,” she said. “I just wanted to give her a decent life. Who knew?”
More on the PetCo & PetSmart Pet Supplier Horror Story D:|
This Is Where Petco And PetSmart Get Their Animalshttps://www.thedodo.com/petco-petsmart-pet-supplier-abuse-1563393540.html
You know all those cute guinea pigs and hamsters at your local pet store? This is where they come from.
While many people are familiar with the horrors of puppy mills, few know that other animals purchased large-scale by pet stores, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, endure the same awful conditions.
Warning: Disturbing content below.
A three-month undercover investigation conducted by PETA provides an inside look into Holmes Farm, a large Pennsylvania breeder that supplies animals to Petco, PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus and other large pet store chains. And it's not pretty.
Investigators found that thousands of animals were being stored in plastic storage bins, stacked in shelving units and rarely checked on. The facility reeked of feces, PETA said. One floor was splattered in blood after cats were allowed to jump in and out of the crates and attack animals.One of several rabbits left to die in the filthy cages.PETA
"One hamster who had been attacked by a cat was just left to flail and die on the floor," the group said.
The rabbits were packed into tiny wire cages filled with piles of feces. Many of them had urine-stained feet or signs of severe illness. They were denied veterinary care.
"This lethargic rabbit was reported to a manager, who said that he would 'check on' the animal," PETA wrote of the animal below. "Later that day, the rabbit was found dead."This sick rabbit was reported to a manager, who did nothing. She died soon after.PETA
Dead rabbits were regularly found in cages with the live ones — up to four were found dead in one day. The rabbits were also kept on wire floors, which can cut through rabbits' feet.
Investigators also witnessed literal piles of newborn mice thrown on top of each other in a box, calling out for their mothers "in a bin that smelled of death and excrement and was labeled 'Freeze,'" PETA said.
Hundreds of them were sealed in plastic bags and thrown in a freezer to die so they could be sold as snake food to owners who want a more humane alternative to live feeding. A clip shows the mice struggling to escape the packed bag; they were still alive 15 minutes later.Live mice struggle to escape sealed Ziplock bags, where they were left to freeze to death. PETA
Investigators witnessed workers grabbing chinchillas by their tails and throwing hamsters between boxes that were several feet apart. Hamsters and gerbils exhibited severe signs of stress.
Many of the animals had no water or or only filthy water available, leading to dozens of deaths. When the investigator found hundreds of mice without water and provided some, the animals "drank in a frenzy," PETA said.
In another incident, 50 small animals were piled into a cooler filled with feces and gassed.
Petco and PetSmart also returned sick and injured animals to the so-called farm, several of whom died shortly after. "Some rats evidently carried rat-bite fever—a potentially fatal disease transmissible to humans that has led to two lawsuits against Petco," PETA said.Rabbits left dead in a filthy cage at Holmes Farm.PETA
Holmes Farm supplies animals to hundreds of pet stores along the East Coast, according to PETA, including chains like Petco, PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus.
Petco said on Tuesday it had already cut ties with Holmes Farm based on the results of its own investigation, a "regular part of our strict vendor oversight protocol." Yet PETA said that the Petco inspection was conducted on December 2, and the investigator witnessed orders with hundreds of animals being packed for Petco as late as early January.
Holmes Farm has passed several recent inspections by the USDA, an indictment perhaps of the federal department's lax oversight. Following PETA's report, the USDA conducted another inspection of the facility and has launched an investigation of Holmes Farms.A young rabbit with a severe eye infection. The investigator named her Leela and removed her from the facility.PETA
Sadly, scenes like this are the rule, not the exception for animals sold in pet stores. Whether it's a dog or a hamster, animals bred for retail are often kept in filthy conditions, exposed to abuse and illness, and deprived of water, veterinary care and other necessities.
If you're considering adding an animal to your family, consider adoption. Even small pets like guinea pigs and hamster can be found at shelters and rescue groups. To get started, visit Adopt-a-Pet.com.
You can watch video footage from the investigation below. Needless to say, it includes some disturbing content.
The death penalty should be handed out to monsters like this Mad Matt Maloney for animal cruelty!|
A true House of Horrors as pets are discovered frozen alive ripped apart @ PetCo & PetSmart supplier|http://investigations.peta.org/animals-gassed-frozen-petco-petsmart/?utm_campaign=0116%20Animals%20Frozen%20Alive%20Crudely%20Gassed%20at%20Petco%20PetSmart%20Supplier%20Mill%20Post&utm_source=PETA%20Facebook&utm_medium=Promo
You know those plastic tubs that people use to store holiday decorations, old blankets, and clothes in the attic? Well, an animal dealer that supplies small animals to PetSmart, Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, and many other stores uses even smaller containers to house live animals.
A PETA eyewitness documented that thousands of animals were confined to plastic bins stacked in shelving units like filing cabinet drawers at Holmes Farm, a massive animal mill in Pennsylvania that supplies hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets, and other small animals to hundreds of pet stores across the eastern U.S.
Based on PETA’s evidence, a team of U.S. Department of Agriculture officials descended on Holmes Farm, which is now under federal investigation. And then we caught Petco in a big fat lie to the press. Petco’s convenient January 19, 2016, claim that the company severed ties with Holmes Farm before it was notified of PETA’s findings by the Associated Press flies in the face of factual information. For more than an entire month after Petco’s December 2, 2015, visit to Holmes Farm—during which representatives of the retailer were never seen looking at the filthy cooler where hundreds of animals were crudely killed or the freezer where others died slowly, among other things—Petco stores were ordering and receiving animals by the hundreds from Holmes Farm, even as the USDA began its inspection!
Trapped in Bins and Torn Apart by Cats
The animals—thousands of whom had already been subjected to a grueling overseas trip in shipping crates—were confined to crowded bins or cages in Holmes Farm’s filthy, windowless warehouses. The buildings reeked of urine and feces, and one building’s floor was spattered with blood
where helpless prey animals had apparently been attacked by cats, who were allowed to roam freely throughout the facility, regularly jumping in and out of the bins. One hamster who had been attacked by a cat was just left to flail and die
on the floor.
PETA’s eyewitness saw hamsters running in constant circles, which can be a sign of severe stress or illness. Gerbils frantically scratched at bins in which each animal had just 6 square inches of floor space. Some rabbits had less than 1 square foot of “living” space. A manager grabbed chinchillas by their sensitive tails and tossed hamsters a few feet from one bin to another.
Animals were commonly forced to drink from filthy, contaminated water bowls or denied water altogether. PETA’s eyewitness discovered hundreds of mice without water, who then drank in a frenzy after the witness provided them with some.
Screaming as They Were Gassed to Death in a Waste-Filled Cooler
PETA’s observer never saw any animals receive veterinary care at the facility, despite repeatedly alerting the manager to obviously sick and injured individuals. Instead, workers piled dozens of animals—ranging from rats and gerbils to guinea pigs and even a rabbit—at a time into a feces-smeared cooler and crudely gassed them with carbon dioxide. Their screams could be heard across the room
Workers did not check the animals for signs of life before dumping their bodies in the trash or wrapping others in plastic bags to sell as “feeders.” Some sick or emaciated animals languished for days without care, including rabbits who eventually died in cages. Some rats evidently carried rat-bite fever—a disease that is potentially fatal, is transmissible to humans, and has already led to two lawsuits against Petco.
PETA’s eyewitness was able to rescue a rabbit named Leela, who suffered from a likely upper respiratory infection for 10 days without any signs of treatment and whose left eye was sealed shut with discharge. After a veterinary examination and a few days of antibiotic treatment, Leela beat the infection and began running and jumping about in her foster home.
Dying in Agony in a Freezer
Live rats were stuffed into plastic zipper bags or tossed onto plastic lids and put in a freezer, slowly freezing to death even as some frantically tried to claw their way out
. Many of these animals were later sold as food for snakes and other carnivorous reptiles. Even after PETA notified Petco that a notice to its suppliers was in order to ensure that American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines were followed, the cruel killings continued. Petco responded that “vendor agreements already require Petco vendors to have written instructions on the euthanasia procedures used at the facility” and that “all vendors are responsible for knowing and being in accordance with AVMA guidelines and all local and state laws regarding euthanasia.” Holmes Farm had guidelines posted but knowingly failed to follow them—further proof that big-box stores’ “vendor guidelines” are totally meaningless.
During nearly three months at the facility, PETA’s observer found hundreds of small animals dead, often in bins in which no water was available.
Packed in Plastic, Deprived of Water for Days, and Hauled for Hundreds of Miles
Holmes Farm shipped more than 20,000 guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils to big-box and other stores over a period of less than three months. Animals who were being shipped were packed in boxes the day before and left there without water overnight, before being hauled away for grueling, multi-state journeys to pet stores. Mother mice were seen trying to hide their babies
as workers took the newborns away to ship them to customers.
When Petco, PetSmart, and other stores returned sick, injured, or unwanted animals, the animals often went for days without water. One rabbit arrived alive at a store, which turned the animal away. The rabbit died en route back to Holmes Farm.
A guinea pig, whom PETA’s eyewitness named Elvis, died without treatment after he was returned for having ringworm. Returned animals were never seen being treated for their injuries or illnesses.
You Can Help Stop This Cruelty!
This case is hardly an anomaly: Holmes Farm is the fifth
animal dealer with ties to PetSmart and/or Petco that PETA has exposed. Please, pledge never to buy pet supplies from retailers that sell any
animals. Let the big-box stores’ leaders know that you’ll instead buy supplies from businesses that don’t sell any animals, such as Target, Walgreens, or online retailers.
If you’re planning to add an animal to your family, please visit a local animal shelter or rescue organization—never buy from a store or breeder. Rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals are dying for lack of good homes and deserve the same consideration as dogs and cats, whose overpopulation crisis is well-known.
Horrible people like this guy named Juan Guterriez from Sidell, Illonois should not be allowed to own any animals at all! >:-/
Read how in his own words the guy does not care about the small animals he breeds because to him they are just "feeders" and it doesn't matter. This is the jerk's Facebook account page! https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004094790903&fref=ts
A horrible woman from Orlando, Florida clips the tails off her baby rats to sell them as tailless D:|
There is a horrible woman named Holly Hill from Orlando, Florida who did the unthinkable to her pet baby rats just so she could sell them as "Manx" breeds on Craigslist for more money. D: This awful woman took some nail clippers and cut off the tails of her baby rats. :-( This is absolute cruelty and the ASPCA should be told of this! Not only would this be very painful to the baby rats but rats also need their tails for balance and more importantly to help regulate their body temperature by dilating or constricting their tail blood vessels. When a rat's temperature rises too much, the vessels in the tail swell, allowing warm blood to flow through it and dissipate heat through the skin surface. The opposite can happen if the rat gets too cold and the vessels can shrink to keep heat in.
Why haven't the shelters in Moncton, New Brunswick done anything to help this situation? D:|
Why haven't the shelters in Moncton, New Brunswick done anything to help this situation? D: Isn't that the job of an SPCA? >:-/ So far the only people I have seen to step up to offer help were a small few from some small animal rescue groups on Facebook. >.<
Family of rats living outside in Moncton NB.
Owner of the property has cut off their food suply and access to the holes they dug.
Some of the rats are living in a cardboard box on a woman's balcony.
A picture shows an agouti berk with white markings on the face. ...... possiblity they are abandoned pets or domestic .... also possible they are wild or half wild ..... if abandoned pets, they will soon freeze to death or starve.
A cruel jerk from Lancaster, Pennsylvania who hoards animals in poor conditions!|
Two more slimeballs running cruel pet shops from their homes in Delco, PA and West Milford, NJ >:-/|
First we have a cruel and greedy person from Delco, Pennsylvania who thinks it's okay to run a feeder/breeder pet shop from their house. :-( This slimeball's address and phone number is listed as
Clifton heights 19018 484-682-4476 and this is their awful Craigslist ad. I don't know why live animals are allowed to be traded on classified sites such as Craigslist and Kajiji. >.<
Next we have another slimeball named
558 Morsetown Road West Milford, NJ 07480
Phone: (973) 934-7174
This person also thinks that it's okay to run a feeder/breeder pet shop out of their house and what's worse is they were offering frozen pinky rats. D: This makes me wonder how they killed the babies, did they have a proper CO2 gas kit or did they put the live babies in the freezer? :-( What kind of a cruel monster is this? >:-/
This is their ad
Fairborn, Ohio slimeball pawning off pets for one dollar on Craigslist. >:-/|
A tribute to Marty Mouse|
A tribute to Marty to mark his one year anniversary of starting the Heaben division of his Internashunal Bizness.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKQEcFQap8c
Rat brings owner tissues|
From pest to pet|
By Avinash Chak
Remy from Disney Pixar's "Ratatouille" might not be the only rodent welcome in people's homes. While most rats in Chicago scurry around alleys and tunnels, causing all sorts of problems for the city, some have a friendlier relationship with residents.
This little creature is going to be your new favourite animal|http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11980158/This-little-creature-is-going-to-be-your-new-favourite-animal.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook
*Elephant Shrews are actually not rodents, but rodent-like. They belong to the
This little creature is going to be your new favourite animal
This elephant shrew was photographed sneezing adorably at Chester zoo and you are soon going to want ten of themhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrjPPHIgi0k
By Helena Horton
3:45PM GMT 06 Nov 2015
Is this not the most adorable rodent in the world? These pictures are perhaps cuter than the baby bunny pictured trying to eat a thistle in October.
This endangered elephant shrew, which can only be found in Africa, or in captivity, had a bit of a sneeze at Chester zoo, showing off its pink tongue.
The gorgeous animal, also known as a sengi, made its debut at the zoo recently.
It was captured showing off a very pink, cute, tongue.
There is even a video of the darling creature and its friend scurrying around.
The tiny newcomer, also known as a round eared elephant-shrew, was born at the zoo for the very first time during the summer in a special behind-the-scenes breeding facility.
Bizarrely, the tiny creatures are not thought to be directly linked to their shrew cousins in other parts of the world and are more closely related to elephants, and are amongst very few mammals that naturally pair up for life.
They are also the cutest animals in the entire world, and we want twelve.
However, this is not possible.
This website says: "They are endangered wild animals, and for that reason if not others, they are not good candidates for family pets."
What absolutely heartbreaking news.
In addition, the greatest threat to their survival is the human race.
To make up for this, we should probably breed a few armies of them. That would be adorable.
Photogenic Rescue Squirrel Is A Huge Fan Of Her New Life|
Photogenic Rescue Squirrel Is A Huge Fan Of Her New LifeBy Caitlin Jill Anders
Bouncy Rat Gets WAY Too Excited Playing Peek-A-Boo |
Bouncy Rat Gets WAY Too Excited Playing Peek-A-Boo
This might be the bounciest rat ever.
A video from a few years ago shows a girl playing peek-a-boo with her pet rat, and the little guy couldn't be any more excited. Every time she hides her face, he just can't wait to see her again.
And every time she pulls her hands away, he just freaks out.
Despite popular prejudice, rats make incredible pets — they're intelligent, kind and, as this video shows, tremendously fun to play with.
You can watch the video below to see the full bouncy experience, complete with a rat cuddle session. And if you're tempted to go out and get your own ratty friend, just remember to look into adoption first.
If you need more rats in your life, here's a video of a rat eating spaghetti.
Have a dose of Halloween cuteness! =^.^=|
Have a dose of Halloween cuteness! =^.^=
Learn anatomy without having to kill and dissect creatures!|http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/dissecting-knitted-creatures
Learn Anatomy By Dissecting Knitted Animals
October 4, 2015 | by Danielle AndrewPhoto credit:
Weaving guts and wool into fantastic knitted creations, artist Emily Stoneking
has made a line of (sort of) anatomically correct, partially dissected, knitted creatures.
“I take a lot of artistic liberties,” Emily Stoneking told Bored Panda. “I do spend a lot of time researching real anatomical structures, and my guts have evolved over time (they used to be pretty blobby and random). But now, they really look very human, which I have found people tend to gravitate to."
Stoneking also added that "The real deal is pretty messy and there are not a lot of distinct colors, and I want it to look more like an anatomical illustration (albeit an inaccurate one)," added Stoneking "I have begun moving toward more human based two-dimensional felted pieces, which I do aim to make very anatomically correct."
Stoneking also branches out into more unusual anatomical creations.
“The question I get asked most often is: ‘Are you a scientist?’ And the answer is a resounding, no! I have a historian’s brain, not a scientist’s brain, I’m afraid."
Stoneking sells her knitted animals dissections and other educational pieces on her aKNITomy Etsy shop.
New 'hog-nosed rat' discovered in Indonesia|
New 'hog-nosed rat' discovered in Indonesia
The only thing is that they should have used live traps to catch, tranquilize and study the animal! There is no excuse for killing an animal to get a specimen! Honestly people would rather see photos and video footage of the animal in a museum, and if they really need a display model they can make a realistic plush version of it! ;-)http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34451265?OCID=fbasia
A team of scientists have discovered a new species of rat in Indonesia.
The species, which has been named Hyorhinomys stuempkei - hog-nosed rat - has "distinct and unique features uncommon to other rats", they said.
Five of the rodents were discovered on Sulawesi island earlier in January by researchers from Australia, Indonesia and the US.
Museum Victoria's mammal curator Kevin Rowe said the species was "previously undocumented".
"We were on a mission to survey remote mountains in the area and to put evolution in Asia and Australia into context," Mr Rowe said.
"Nothing is currently known about these rats and how widely they were distributed throughout the forests."
'Remarkable morphological evolution'
Mr Rowe, who specialises in rodent evolution, spent six weeks in Indonesia with other scientists and a group of locals trying to reach the remote forest area.
He also shared with the BBC the "exciting moment" of finding a hog-nosed rat.
"We had been setting up overnight traps for a few days - that was when I stumbled upon a completely new rat," he said.
"I hollered immediately for my colleagues as I knew it was a new species."
The rats appeared "healthy, with full stomachs", weighing at an estimated 250g.
Mr Rowe also added that there were rats on Sulawesi island similar to the newly discovered mammal, but they "weren't the same".
"Last year we discovered amphibious and toothless rats on the island too. There is a remarkable morphological evolution going on there."
He said the rat's uniqueness had "far exceeded expectations".
"Obviously its nostrils which resemble a hog's, are very unique. But it also has a long face and larger ears for a rat of its size and lower teeth which are more in common with shrew rats," he said.
"It also has pubic hairs that are very long and extended which we see in other Australian mammals."
The rats have since been preserved and are lodged in a museum in Indonesia.
Lucky for this mouse the cat was friendly. =^.^=|
Lucky for this mouse the cat was friendly. =^.^=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3255251/This-game-cat-mouse-one-winner.html
This game of cat and mouse will only have one winner: Duo appear to play together - but let's not get carried away...
- There's no doubt there would only be one winner if these two were fighting
- But the cat and mouse played for the cameras and seemed to get along
- The mouse was said to have 'scampered off' unscathed after playing
- The pictures were taken by cat owner Paul Mealey in Westport, Ireland
By Anthony Joseph for MailOnline
Published: 19:18 GMT, 30 September 2015 | Updated: 10:27 GMT, 1 October 2015
The pictures were taken by cat owner Paul Mealey in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland
Cowardly man kills a tiny rat just because it came into his home. >.|What a damn coward of a man! Scared of a tiny animal just because it came into his house so he had to kill it. Shame on him!
Pizza Rat wins over hearts of jaded cynics on social media and gets his own plush toy =^.^=|http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/pizzarat
Pizza Rat wins over hearts of jaded cynics on social media, starts trending across globeNational Post Staff | September 21, 2015 4:23 PM ET
On Monday, an unlikely rat started trending on Twitter.
Dubbed the #pizzarat, a short video and gif of the animal trying to take a slice of pizza into the New York subway started taking over social media.
“Every pizza industry PR team currently having heated discussion about whether to associate the brand with a rat,” Washington Post writer said in a tweet.
The video was posted by Matt Little, a comedian who lives in New York. He subtitled the video “A rat tries to bring slice of pizza down subway station stairs. OR Master Splinter bringing food home to feed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?”
The short video has mesmerized the online community.
With some users equating the small rat’s struggle with their own lives.http://nypost.com/2015/09/23/viral-sensation-pizza-rat-gets-his-own-plush-toy/
September 23, 2015 | 5:15pm
A fan of New York City’s hottest celebrity — a rodent whose struggle to maneuver a slice of pizza down the subway stairs went viral – has unveiled an adorable tribute to the plucky critter: a Pizza Rat plushy.
Tina Trachtenburg, who is known for selling pigeon and urban vermin sculptures in parks, first posted a photo of the cuddly plushy on Twitter simply with the hasthtag #pizzarat, Vanishing New York reported.
She later posted an inspirational video of the toy mimicking the real-life Pizza Rat.
Trachtenburg said fans can catch a sneak peak at her creation in Union Square on Friday, but provided no additional details.
It is unknown if the toy will be for sale.
Slimebag from China ties two rats to beer bottles and hits them with chopsticks >:-/|
What kind of person thinks this is funny? Here we have a slimebag from China who thought it was funny to tie two rats by their limbs to beer bottles and put them on trial where he was the judge, jury and executioner, and their punishment was to be hit over the head repeatedly with chopsticks D: This sick SOB must feel like a really big man for hurting two small helpless animals! >.< I hope that karma finds it's way and the same thing happens to him. The bastid needs to be tied up like a Pinata and whacked with a Kendo stick!
Why are people like this allowed to operate a pet store from their home? D:|
Here is a Kajiji ad poster from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia who's literally giving away free animals because their house is an overcrowded zoo. :-( Why are people like this allowed to own so many animals? D:
Dirtbag feeder breeder from Kingston Ontario! >:-/|
Scumbag from Scranton Pennsylvania! >:-/|
A sick monster of a person from Indonesia poisons mice with cigarette smoke 4 his science project! |
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