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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!

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


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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.

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!


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)
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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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