November 4, 2009
RE C.M. PARNS' recent letter on the alleged worthlessness of animals: A dog or cat or any animal is helpless. The strays on the streets are cold, alone and hungry. Looking for someone to be kind to them. They are alone without love. If they get hurt, they cannot tell anyone or ask for help. A homeless person can go to a shelter and get clothes, food, a warm bed. A person can walk and talk. If they get hurt, they can go to a hospital. Animals may not pay taxes, but a homeless person doesn't pay taxes, either!
April 15, 2011 |
You can hear the animals talk at the Philadelphia Zoo. The newest exhibit there, "Xtinkshun: A Wild Puppet Xperience," is a multimedia presentation, featuring seven puppets created by the Jim Henson Co. that talk about animal extinction. The company is best known for creating the Muppets and the puppets for Sesame Street. Theatrical puppet presentations at outdoor stages, daily parades, and a short "mockumentary" film make up "Xtinkshun," which opened Saturday and closes Oct. 31. Most of the puppets represent endangered species, and one, Didi the Dodo, stands in for an animal that is extinct, sharing her wisdom in the hope of preventing other creatures from dying out. Didi is joined by Leo the Golden Lion Tamarin, Alfreda Cheetah, Iggle the Eaglet, Phibi Frog, Igor the Tiger, and the Douc Langur.
October 8, 2009
I'M SICK TO MY stomach again to see that another defenseless animal has been killed by a bunch of hoodlums. The kitten probably went up to them for love - and they set the poor thing on fire and threw rocks at it. Last week, we had Sticky the cat, and then the bus driver throwing the kittens out on the road. Maybe if people would stop letting their animals out to procreate or throwing them out, we wouldn't have this problem. Look at Cuddles' face - how could a person with a conscience do anything but love that kitten?
June 6, 2011 |
Ahmad is a friendly 14-year-old with a variety of interests. Among them are playing basketball, watching football games on television, and testing his skills at video games. He is on the basketball team at school and constantly strives to improve his playing. Although he can be introverted at times, he warms up to people when he gets to know them better. Ahmad enjoys going to school, especially science class. He loves animals, and if he could would have a backyard filled with them. He looks forward to a career working with animals.
December 16, 1987 |
Employees at a Bucks County firm that supplies dogs to laboratories in Philadelphia and several Northeastern states have routinely beaten and abused animals at the company's kennel, a national animal-rights organization said yesterday. Ingrid Newkirk, national director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said in a telephone interview that a member of the group had witnessed more than 240 violations of state and federal animal-protection laws while working undercover at Quaker Farm Kennels in Quakertown for four months earlier this year.
March 18, 2010 |
'Y OU CARE more about animals than you do about people. " Advocates for animals hear this often, especially around the time of Saturday's Great American Meatout . In reality, eating animals causes a great deal more human suffering than going without. The amount of harm done to humans by the animal industry is enormous, and no other industry could get away with it. It persists only because people care more for their habits than for their neighbors. On the broadest scale, livestock production helps fuel global climate change, accounting for anywhere from 18 percent ( U.N. estimate )
February 18, 2010
TO THE coward who set Rudy the dog on fire and then burned him with cigarettes: I lay in bed asking myself why things like this happen to defenseless animals - it's because they are defenseless and only cowards do these things. I often wonder why people like you get animals in the first place. He was a puppy who needed training. Maybe you should've thought about the responsibility that comes with a puppy before you bought him. I wish you never have a moment's peace, and hope you get everything that's coming to you!
August 22, 1990 |
Toni and Richard Ruiz of Turnersville went to the Gloucester County Animal Control Center in Clayton last Wednesday to find a puppy for their 19-month- old son Michael. Toni Ruiz said her childhood dog had been a loyal playmate and had taught her a lot about responsibility. She wanted her son to have the same opportunity. When the blond toddler awoke from his afternoon nap on his father's shoulder, Michael didn't take his eyes off the black puppy his parents had picked. The Labrador mix even sat quietly as Michael accidentally put the dog in a headlock while trying to give it a hug. "By next week, when the boy goes into the bathtub, the puppy will want to jump in with him," said Mike Lowe, a senior field representative at the center.
January 29, 2007 |
Friendly, winsome and caring, Jessica, 12, easily warms up when meeting new people and thrives on adult approval and affection. She loves being the center of attention. Jessica adores animals and is very nurturing toward them, and likes singing, dancing and outdoor activities. Enrolled in the seventh grade, Jessica receives special education services. Her teachers report that she is very patient and motivated, although she struggles at times with concentration and retention. Art is her favorite subject.
December 4, 1988 |
Human beings may carol " 'tis the season to be jolly" this month, but this can be a dismal, even dangerous time for pets. Shopping for gifts and partying probably already are disrupting normal routines. Perhaps the worst trial for pets is being ignored while we celebrate Christmas, Hanukah and the New Year. Love, attention, walks with their owners, conversation or just cuddling are as important as food to the well-being of our animals. Harried by our increased activities, we just shove a plate of pet food at the animals whenever it's convenient, rather than adhering to their regular schedules.