Animal Cruelty Laws

Passion 4 Pits Rescue pulled her from a shelter to give her a chance, and they’re working to reconstruct her nose, sinus cavity, and legs. 

There is currently an online fundraiser to help pay for Khalessi’s very expensive treatments. She cannot be officially adopted until she’s made a full recovery. She is expected to regain the use of her legs.


10 Things That Happen to Farmed Animals Every Day That You Won't Believe are Legal

1. Thumping

Piglets who are too sick, or who aren’t growing fast enough, are killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors.

2. Dehorning
Farmers burn or saw off the horns of cattle without anesthetics. This cruel practice, which often leads to infection, is 100 percent legal.

3. Tail Docking

Although outlawed in a few states, tail docking is a relatively common practice. It involves cutting through the sensitive skin, nerves, and bones of calves’ tails without any painkillers. This purposeless and inhumane practice has been condemned by animal welfare experts.


Perpetrated by the egg and poultry industries, debeaking is to painfully cut off the tip of a bird’s beak, usually with a hot blade.

5. Castration

Shortly after birth, male piglets are castrated without the use of painkillers. Farmers use a blade or scalpel to pull out the testicles.

6. Macerators

Since male chicks will never lay eggs and don’t grow quickly enough to be raised profitably for meat, they’re killed within hours of hatching. These young animals are often ground up alive in macerators.

7. Extreme Confinement

In an effort to maximize profit, animals on factory farms are kept in cramped, disease-ridden conditions, and many won’t see the sun until they’re on their way to the slaughterhouse.

8. Antibiotic Overuse

Because factory farms are filthy, disease and infection run rampant. Eighty percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are administered to farmed animals. While these drugs are sometimes used to prevent and treat illness in farmed animals, they’re also used in low doses to make animals grow more quickly.

9. Cannibalism

To cut production costs, chicken and hog farmers sometimes use the carcasses of dead animals as feed.

10. Breaking Up Families

On modern-day farms babies are often ripped away from their mothers, leading to severe distress for both mothers and their young.

These heartbreaking and barbaric acts are ALL 100 percent legal and go to show the complete disrespect for animals on farms.

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Let’s Talk About Ag-Gag

There is a reason slaughter houses don’t have glass walls. Most people aren’t comfortable or aware of what occurs in facilities used for animal products, such as egg hatcheries, diary farms, or even slaughter houses. A great amount of the abuse and horrors that take place in these places are shown through photography or video from passionate animal activists. I know the first time I saw a slaughter house movie, it was not from the producer himself. This ability to record and investigate abuse in farm production are being threatened by legislation coined “Ag-Gag Laws”. Ag-Gag Laws mean that the filming, possession, and/or distribution of these pictures/videos/audio recording would be illegal. This runs a huge risk on the investigation into animal agriculture. Seven states (here is a link to find out about your specific states current standing) have passed these laws and over half of state legislation’s have had theses laws come across their tables. I know when I first heard about these laws, I was disgusted. There is, luckily, a lot of opposition to these laws (and a link to an online petition and informational site about Ag-Gag). The biggest opposition to these types of tactics though is to GET INVOLVED AND SPEAK OUT. Keep up in your local and state politics and see what exactly is going on. Do not be afraid to call up your local representatives and show that you, their constituent, will not stand for this kind of gag on animals rights. The easiest thing I personally have done to keep updated is joined multiple Facebook groups having to do with local veganism and just google every once in awhile about local animal rights issues and see if anything comes up. Animals sadly do not have the ability to stand up and fight against these kind of bars set against them, but you do.
New York Creates First-Ever Animal Abuser Registry

A bill has just been passed in New York requiring convicted animal abuses to register if ever guilty of abusing or torturing animals.

this is OUTSTANDING! now if only the other 49 states would follow suit. heck, only 14 states have laws against locking animals in cars, and that is a tragedy.


TAKE ACTION - Please contact Legislator Schneiderman now!

Last week, LION joined the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and local advocates at a meeting with Suffolk County pet dealers and legislators to discuss pending legislation that would help puppies and kittens in Suffolk County and their parents living in cruel mills. 

Please call (631-852-8400) and email ( Legislator Scneiderman, positively thanking him for caring about puppy mill dogs, but also and politely urging him to make the legislation strict. Most specifically, we’d like to see a law passed that bars Suffolk County pet dealers from using breeders who’ve had USDA violations in the past 3 years.

Nineteenth-Century Cat Meme Photography

Cat memes are no recent invention. As long as photography has existed, people have been gussying up their felines in human garb and posing them for elaborately staged portraits.

It all started with 19th-century British photographer and cat meme pioneer Harry Pointer, who cut his teeth taking cat pictures au naturel. That was pretty cool, but he decided that he could boost his appeal by enticing his Brighton Cats, as they came to be known, into reenacting human behaviors. We can’t vouch for his methods, as animal cruelty laws had yet to be invented, and clubbing seals was still legal, but Pointer experimented with several other animals as well. He found that pigs, dogs, and rabbits were stubbornly uncooperative, but young felines were perfectly malleable.

Almost 40 years later, in 1906, Harry Whittier Frees would achieve the next revolution in feline photography by slapping a party cap on the family cat and unknowingly birthing a new and long-lasting art form.

Baby birds want to be cuddling mommy and daddy - not being face flat in bedding!

Another reason why breeding parrots (aka wild animals) for profit is cruel and needs to stop.

Also, these birds are sold at this age, un-weened, to Jo Shmo whom has no idea what they’re doing and often end up killing these poor babies.

All because a breeder/bird shop employees says “Oh it will bond with you better.” Not necessarily.

If you see someone selling un-weened baby birds, they are monsters.

“What can we do?”
Laws need to be changed, petitions need to be made, people need to ACT. Share this, spread the word, anything…!

Photo taken by a rescue-friend.

Exposing Cruelty in Nursing Homes, Factory Farms, Daycares Now a Crime in North Carolina

by Will Potter on June 4, 2015

Despite opposition from a wide range of groups, including AARP, veterans, journalists, and animal welfare advocates, North Carolina lawmakers have overriden the governor’s veto of their ag-gag bill.

The bill, which becomes law one week after the veto override, let’s businesses sue employees who expose what happens on the job, even if it what they are exposing is illegal.

The bill is part of the ag-gag trend, in that it is primarily focused on animal welfare advocates who expose factory farm cruelty. But the bill is so broad it affects all workplaces. That’s why vetarans’ groups and the AARP have come out in opposition.

“To give one relevant example, allegations surfaced last year that employees at Veterans Affairs facilities in North Carolina had been retaliated against for whistleblowing,” wrote Steven Nardizzi, chief executive of the Wounded Warrior Project. “As an organization dedicated to honoring and empowering injured service members, we are concerned that this legislation might cause wrongdoing at hospitals and institutions to go unchecked.”

It’s hard to wrap my head around what North Carolina is thinking with this one. But keep in mind these are the same lawmakers who also voted to override the governor’s veto of a discriminatory marriage bill.

In both cases, these are prime examples of people on the losing end of history; they reflect the death throes of anti-gay bigots and factory farmers who just refuse to change with the times.

A message from Senator Bruce Tarr’s Communications Director, Troy Wall:
Dear Animal Advocate-

Thank you so much for your interest in the PAWS Act that Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr has filed. At this very moment we have 52 state legislators co-sponsoring the bill, however, that is only ¼ of the membership.

If you live in Massachusetts or have ties to Massachusetts, please contact your state senator or state representative and urge them to co-sponsor the PAWS Act authored by Senator Tarr. We are nearing the deadline of co-sponsorship, which is this Tuesday, October 15th at 5:00pm. After that, co-sponsorship is closed. The more legislators who sponsor the bill, the greater success it will have.

If you live outside of Massachusetts please continue to write, post, email, and share regarding the PAWS Act. The more awareness generated, the longer the window to get something passed. If the PAWS Act were to pass, it could serve as a model for other states and possibly the nation.

Thank you once again. For periodic updates, please continue to follow this page, Senate Bruce Tarr’s Fan Page, my Twitter account @TroyRWall and Senator Tarr’s Twitter account @SenBruceTarr.

Everyone please have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend, and keep up the great work! Together we can make the PAWS Act a reality!

Warm regards,
Long Islanders Speak Up for Abused Puppies |

Members of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) gathered in Hauppauge Tuesday, May 13, 2014 to speak out for puppy mill dogs being imported to Suffolk County pet dealers.


“The support for the Suffolk County Puppy Mill Bill is overwhelming.” Cappiello stated. “With the public so supportive of this effort, even some pet dealers who originally opposed this bill have come forward with their support.”


Captain was a 2-year-old German Shepherd dog who was discovered on July 18, 2012 wrapped in a bloody sheet and left in a dumpster in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. When Captain was found he was emaciated, and had been cut, stabbed, and brutally beaten (to the point of being rendered quadriplegic and with brain hemorrhaging). Despite desperate efforts to save him, Captain passe…d away from cardiac arrest the day after being rescued from the dumpster.

Captain’s current “owner” is suspected in Captain’s death, but although the BC SPCA has recommended charges in Captain’s death, no person has yet been charged.

Captain’s story has saddened some, enraged others, and touched many. This petition is established for the purpose of ensuring that animal cruelty laws in BC and Canada are strong and that meaningful punishments are imposed on those who abuse or inflict cruelty on animals


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On 1 Novermber 2016 teenagers of Lipetsk used this kitten as a baseball ball. Fortunately, the kitten was saved and is going to have the best treatment in Saint Petersburg. This is one of thousands animal abuse cases that happen in Russia every single month. On 5 November 2016 protest actions will be held in many Russian cities. The goal is to demand harsher animal cruelty laws. Full list of cities is here.