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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

12:14PM - Central Florida Veg Fest 2011

Hey guys - - make sure to check out Central Florida Veg Fest this weekend!

Saturday, October 22
10 AM - 6 PM
Loch Haven Park, Orlando


Thursday, September 29, 2011

7:50PM - Animal Welfare Alliance of Central Florida

Shout-out to a group that's doing some good in our community - - they're trying to start a high-traffic, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Central Florida. You should check them out and give some support - - they've got Facebook & Twitter pages too!

Animal Welfare Alliance of Central Florida

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

1:01PM - A good week for sharks!

Hey, anybody still reading this thing? Thought I'd share this article from News for Florida Animal Advocates about new protections for sharks in Florida:

A good week for sharks

During this week’s meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Naples, commissioners votedto prohibit the recreational and commercial killing of tiger sharks and three species of hammerhead sharks. The numbers of these sharks have significantly declined in recent decades. Hammerhead sharks in particular are highly valued within the shark fin trade for their large fins.

The proposal to ban the killing of tiger and hammerhead sharks in state waters will have a final public hearing in November in Key Largo. Please contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and thank them for their vote to protect sharks!

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Online comment form.

Check out the rest of the article at the source; it includes a list of restaurants in Florida that still serve shark fins.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

2:13AM - started new community

mods feel free to delete but i just wanted to spread the word...anyone who checks it out, let me know if the layout is easy to read, etc.


xposted all over!

Monday, May 4, 2009

1:17AM - Petition against the UP cat killer


Justice for Tengteng

Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Sponsored by: Ted Teodoro

There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and  pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food,  a home and a family to protect her.

Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.

How much hate, you might ask?

Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone.  The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.

Why should we care?

Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable.  It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute  force.

Why take my word for it?

You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :

"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ]  I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer? "

To Whom Should We Appeal?

We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.

These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare

I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.

Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.

05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.

05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.


Tengteng at play


Monday, July 7, 2008

3:11AM - Chameleons How And Where To Find Them For Pets

Chameleons How And Where To Find Them For Pets
 by: McKay Robbins
Chameleons are very fascinating and interesting as pets. Choosing a chameleon could be tricky though. There are many ways and sources to get a chameleon for you.
You can get it from the pet store or reptile shows etc. It is however very important to choose the right pet. Never buy a chameleon that is sick. Unhealthy chameleon will have sunken eyes, runny droppings or red streaks in droppings for more than two days discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth, swollen joints etc.When you're ready to purchase a chameleon, its best if you can observe several chameleons at one time, and make the selection yourself. If the person or store you are making your purchase from doesn't let you inspect the animal yourself, do not buy anything from them.
Don't rely on the salesperson at the pet store you bought your chameleon from because they don't always have the right information, unless of course they were the ones to breed these specific chameleons themselves. The following are some of the sources you can try getting your pet from;
PET STORES: The larger pet stores across the country often have an extensive reptile section as opposed to some of the smaller shops. Dealing with a local pet store has its benefits, as you can actually see the animal you are interested in purchasing, but make sure that the store you are dealing with has trained their employees properly in the care and maintenance of their reptiles.
MAIL ORDER: The biggest downfall to mail order is the fact that you can't see your animal before it arrives on your front porch. Many dealers do an excellent job of describing the animals they have to offer. Ask for references from satisfied customers when the dealer's integrity or reputation is in question.
BREEDERS: Commercial and hobbyist breeders are one of the best sources of parasite-free, well-acclimated animals and information. Most breeders keep extensive records of genetics, lineage, health, and observations about the animals they work with. Many times these records are available to their customers. You can find them in the classified ads of various reptile magazines, through your local reptile clubs, or by word-of-mouth from other hobbyists.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

10:30PM - Pardon the cross-posting.

On September 23, peta2 will be holding its first-ever student animal rights conference, Take Action, in Orlando, Florida. Covering a wide variety of topics, from starting a group and making your high school or college campus more animal-friendly to organizing a protest, Take Action has something for everyone. Whether you're a seasoned activist or a n00b, click here to register now!

What: peta2s Take Action conference
Where: University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida
When: Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Please sign this petition for animal welfare: http://www.animalsmatter.org/

unlike 99% of homemade petitions out there, this one has real organizations as supporters and partners, and has a realistic action plan to achieving its goal.

Friday, July 21, 2006

5:58PM - KFC protest on August 5th in Gainesville!

for any of you who might have come out wednesday to the Peta-sponsored protest at the KFC on east University Avenue in Gainesville, THANK YOU so much for the support! the sun was blazing, and pleasant breezes somewhat missing in action, but we got the word out there and definitely got a positive reaction from most people.

i'm just letting everyone know there will be a follow-up protest from 12pm-2pm on Saturday, August 5th at the KFC on SW Archer Road
((address is: 3523 SW Archer Rd; Gainesville, FL 32608))
this is the first saturday of the month and all across the nation, Peta will be staging protests at KFCs, so it should really draw some attention to our cause.

however, we're on our own for this one as Peta already visited our city, so bring any informative animal-rights pamphlets you might have, and making your own activist signs is a huge plus!!

for those of you who don't know why Peta is protesting KFC, read this

thanks so much for providing the forum to post this, and hope to see a lot of people out there, actually taking an active part in the struggle for animal rights!

(x-posted in vegainesville)

Sunday, February 12, 2006

7:54PM - Baaaaby rats!

Okay! Finally, a follow-up to this post. (I didn't realize how long I've had these guys... crap!)

Anyways. Behind the cut I've got photos of the litter that's available for adoption. I haven't determined their genders yet; I'm going to take a look on Tuesday and see if I can figure anything out... sorry if there's a big delay in me answering questions about these guys, but most of them are actually not living with me at the moment... my mom's taking care of them, because the available space in my apartment is woefully small. But I know she wants rid of them --; So basically I have to drive across town to get photos or check up on these guys. Tuesday is the next time I'll be over there, so I'll try to get more photos, and if anybody in the area (central FL) wants to get a look at a specific rat or rats they're interested in adopting, I can pick them up and bring them over to my place.
I don't have photos yet of the two hairless females or the four other females. (I decided to keep the two hairless males for myself ^_^) One female is brown, two are white with dark brown hoods, and one is white with a fawn hood.
There are twelve in this litter (all from one of the non-hairless females). There is a good chance the father was one of the hairless males, but I have no way of knowing for sure. All these photos are of the one litter of twelve; I split them into two groups for the sake of taking photos.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

5:58PM - Florida rescue?

A follow-up to my post about the abandoned pregnant ratties...

One of the babies passed away over the night, but the rest seem to be going pretty strong. One of the hairless appears to be beginning her labor; she's starting to bleed a little.

Okay, so, it looks like I might need someplace to take these rats... I can care for them until they find another home, I suppose, but I don't see how I can possibly take care of all these rats on my own. (We're talking two adult males, seven females, and three litters) >_< On the other hand, I can't just abandon them, and I'd rather not take them someplace where the majority of them will probably end up being put down.

I'm Google-ing my ass off and not coming up with anything.
Does anybody have any ideas? I'm looking for shelters/rescues in the Orlando, FL area that are rat-friendly. I'd be willing to drive a couple hours away if it means getting them somewhere they'll be taken care of.


Saturday, January 28, 2006


Okay... so.
'Nother abandoned animal emergency.
Friend of mine ended up with a box of rats that had been abandoned at a pet store (to make a long story short)... she knows nothing about rats, can't even stand to touch them, so she called me.
I got the females separated from the males (I think) so that's a start. But here's the real thing I need immediate advice on:
One of the rats has a newborn litter with her, and two of the other rats are pregnant. (The pregnant ones are hairless; the one with the litter is not, though the father may have been, if this makes any difference.)
I believe there's a no-kill shelter where I can take the rats this week, but in the meantime, those two girls look like they're about to pop, and I want to be ready to deal with this if anything happens.
I'm a relatively inexperienced rat owner... I've had my two boys for about eight months now... I've never dealt with anything like this. I'm looking up some info online, but is there anything I should be doing _right now_? The boys and girls are in separate cages, and the mother & litter are in a separate bucket.

(x-posted in ratties, florida_aw, and my personal journal...)

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

6:42PM - WANTED: Puppy.

I am looking for a small to medium sized (at full growth) puppy. Male or female. Can be a mixed breed, doesn't matter to me. I am not looking to pay for an expensive purebred. Willing to travel a little bit, or possibly we could meet halfway. I live in San Carlos (fort myers). Hoping for as young as possible, but anything up until close to a year old would be fine.

I would provide a loving home, so please contact me.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

1:41AM - Last Minute Shopping? Local, Organic, Socially and Environmentally Conscious Gifts, Of Course!

A local company offers organic, all natural, locally grown and handmade herbal health and body products in recycled packaging.

Unique gift sets and stocking stuffers perfect for the socially and environmentally conscious person on your list. Order online for same day shipping or for pick up in Winter Park.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

6:24PM - KITTENS for adoption in SOUTH FLORIDA

I have 3 kittens that need good homes in the South Florida area (Ft. Lauderdale, to be exact). From a litter of 4 (I kept one), they're about 3 and a half months old and are all litter trained. Here is a little about each kitten and some pictures: AndyCollapse ) TrinityCollapse ) TrilogyCollapse ) Pictures of all 3 kittensCollapse )

If you are interested, leave a comment or call 954-295-4805 (that is my brother, ask for Hans).

Thursday, September 29, 2005

7:09PM - Davie's Healthy!

Wednesday night was Davie's first vet visit and it has all turned out really well for now. Well, first I guess you should know that Davie was officially dubbed to be a female, and no, we are not changing her name from Davie – even though my boyfriend keeps insisting that we do. The doctor believes she is about a year and half old, and that she may look younger but it's just because she is a 'petite cat'. I mean, she only weighed in at a little less than six pounds.

As far as her tests went, she tested negative for Feline Leukemia and negative for any parasites as well. So we are very relieved about that. The doctor said that that she is in relatively good health, just a little under nourished, but besides that she seems to be fine. As far as the hair loss on her back is concerned, the doctor said that she believes it is just from being malnourished but just to make sure we did a "culture-dermatophyte". As soon as those tests come back we will either cure the hair loss issue (if it is positive) or allow Davie to finally run free in the house with our other cats (if it is negative). It can't be mange or anything of the sort, because she is parasite free, so the doctor is almost sure it is just from being outside and not healthy.

As far as shots and vaccine area concerned, Davie got her FeLV Vaccine and also her FVRCP kitten vaccine this visit. In three weeks we will be taking her back to get her other set of shots (I believe she still needs her booster and something else). So we will make sure to keep you updated as things progress.

Also, here is the invoice of the vet visit, just in case any of you wanted to see it for some reason or another. I know a lot of you are still skeptical about this whole thing, so hopefully that will clear your mind of any disbelief you may still have. The cost for the visit was $168, but they gave me a student discount for going to USF so it got knocked down to $151.20. I still have to go back and get the rest of her shots taken care of, which will probably run me between $60-$80, and then get her sterilized at the Humane Society for $40. So, I'm no where near done spending the cash, but I am just happy that Davie is going to be okay :) My info has been blacked out for safety reasons of course.


And I also have some new pictures of Davie from in my apartment - enjoy.


Thanks to everyone that donated to help save Davie! We appreciate it!!!
<3 Amber

Current mood: happy

Friday, September 23, 2005

2:58PM - Help Save Davie!!!

Hey guys! I don't know how many people have read my post before about Davie, but this is a post to beg anyone of you that can help me, to help out.

The Davie StoryCollapse )

Please, please, PLEASE! If anyone can give anything to help me out with this cat I would be forever grateful. My heart really goes out to Davie, it's special. It isn't one of those cats that want to be outside and alone... Davie really wants a home, and I need help so he/she can get one.

I am going to spend my entire refund check from USF (left over money from grants and scholarships) to save this cat, but it isn't going to be enough. I get the check on the 20th of October, so I have about 1 month to come up with as much money as I can to get Davie healthy. If I can get 20 people to give just $5, which cuts the cost for me down to 50% of what the total estimated cost is. Better yet, if I could get 20 people to donate $10 each I could buy it extra things such as cat food and litter, because I do already have 2 cats.

If you can't give, I understand. But, if you can, please give something, anything is better than nothing.

Thanks again guys!
<3 Amber

*I would appreciate it if you guys could spread the word about this. I have posted this in many journals, so I am just praying for everyone to give a little bit, just a little to save Davie...

Current mood: sad

Monday, September 12, 2005

5:01PM - Molly of New Orleans

Hello there! I have evacuated from New Orleans with my Dog Sumo and the dog I was fostering Molly. We are currently staying in Orlando Florida. She is a sweet little dog who is about 10 months old. She is spayed and has her vacinations. You can view her profile here:


If you are interested in adopting her please comment on this LJ post.

Thank you so much.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


I am so pissed that it is possible congress will cut funding for PBS. It is the only safe thing on TV for children to watch. Please take some action and make some phone calls!



Sunday, May 29, 2005


check out the interview with Alexander from Phantom Planet

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