June 20, 2016 |
George Bengal, 69, the humane law enforcement director for the Pennsylvania SPCA since 2007, died Saturday, June 18, at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Jenkintown after a nearly four-month battle with peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare and terminal cancer, the shelter announced. "George Bengal was an icon, a fierce warrior against animal cruelty, and a street-smart cop who led by example," Jerry Buckley, CEO of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said in a statement.
May 11, 2016 |
THE ELEPHANTS are gone from the Ringling Bros. circus. I am glad and amazed. The orca shows at Sea World are next to go. Glad and amazed again. These decisions are "game-changing," according to Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal advocacy group. The elephants are also gone from the Philadelphia Zoo, glad again, although I know children miss the thrill of their gentle enormity. Zoos elsewhere have or will shed their pachyderms.
December 10, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A rally in the Capitol on Tuesday for a low-profile animal rights bill received a jolt of energy from a high-profile - and perhaps unlikely - guest: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick. The former Eagle, who was convicted for organizing dog fights in 2007 and served 21 months in prison, urged support for legislation that would make it a summary offense to leave pets in hot cars with the windows closed. All pets deserve humane treatment, Vick told the crowd, while acknowledging that it took him years to understand how to properly care for animals.
April 11, 2014 |
MAYBE IT was the phony penises. After years of escalating tensions between the Philadelphia Gun Club and the animal-rights activists who object to the club's semiannual pigeon shoots, club members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the activists of stalking, harassment, trespass, intimidation, defamation, libel and privacy invasion. In a 21-page complaint filed last Friday, eight club members claim that activists from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) harassed and blocked them as they drove in and out of the club's Bensalem grounds, spied on them both at the club and elsewhere, posted their pictures and other personal information online and even glued rubber penises along the club's fence.
July 5, 2013 |
An animal-rights group is seeking to press criminal charges against the owner of a South Jersey rodeo where it alleges a horse died Saturday as a result of foul play. The group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), says a Cowtown Rodeo official shocked a horse with an electric prod to get it riled up for the event - a charge the rodeo's owner denies. A video the group uploaded to YouTube shows a man poking the horse, nine-year-old Duke, with what appears to be a metal rod as it waits to enter the Pilesgrove arena.
February 19, 2013
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - Pat Derby - a former Hollywood trainer for Flipper, Lassie and other performing animals who later devoted her life to protecting them from abuse - has died at age 69, her organization said Monday. Derby, who had throat cancer, died Friday at her home in the biggest of the animal sanctuaries run by her organization, the Performing Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, in San Andreas, Calif., outside Sacramento. During the 1960s and '70s, Derby worked on television shows like "Flipper," "Daktari," "Gunsmoke" and "Lassie," and wrangled a pair of pumas, Chauncey and Christopher, that appeared with model-actress Farrah Fawcett in popular commercials for the Mercury Cougar.
November 28, 2012
By Ingrid E. Newkirk Hope springs eternal, no matter how slim the odds. You can see that in the long lines for Powerball tickets, despite the cold weather in most of the 42 states where the jackpot has climbed to hundreds of millions of dollars. No one can be blamed for wanting to win such a windfall. With more than $400 million in the bank, you could have a lot of fun, buy a lot of things you need - and a lot of stuff you don't - and do an enormous amount of good for those who weren't so lucky, like those poster children with cleft palates, the dogs in animal shelters, impoverished students who ache to go to college, the homeless man who needs a place to hang his hat and tattered coat, and a hopeful inventor in need of a little capital to kick-start her promising idea.
June 10, 2012 |
A pigeon is released or catapulted into the air and starts to takes flight. A few yards away, a gun club member quickly aims and fires a shotgun, usually striking the bird. Some of the hundreds of pigeons released in a typical daylong shoot die instantly. But as many as 70 percent are only wounded, animal-rights activists allege, and dying birds can languish for days. The result is "an animal-rights vs. sportsmen's-rights issue," said State Rep. Mike Tobash (R., Schuylkill)
February 9, 2012 |
HERE WE go again. According to a survey, Michael Vick has been deemed America's most disliked athlete by Forbes. It must be true because Forbes commissioned Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research to do the polling - the same pair that found Vick to be the most disliked player in the NFL in November. In the more recent survey, Vick finished tied for first with Tiger Woods. Sixty percent of those surveyed described Vick and Woods as an athlete they "dislike," "dislike somewhat" or "dislike a lot. " So why was Vick given the top spot?
January 25, 2012 |
EDWARD COFFIN said yesterday was "bittersweet," even though he ended it $15,000 richer. The city agreed to pay Coffin, an animal-rights activist, that sum as a settlement. He sued the city last year with the help of the state's branch of the American Civil Liberties Union after he was illegally arrested during a supermarket protest in 2009. "The money is appreciated, but my ultimate goal was to get better First Amendment training for Philadelphia police officers," he said. "I think I've made some progress, but it's still a major problem.