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So, update on the young feeder rat that I rescued from deplorable conditions at Critter Cabana. She’s deathly skinny and has chronic pneumonia due to poor air quality from the crowded pull-out bucket she was living in with 20 other rats (including dead ones, pregnant females, new born babies being trampled over, adult males etc.). In the first gif, that was what she was like when I brought her home. It was almost hopeless. But I took her into some steamy showers and ordered her antibiotics and syringe fed her water and coconut oil mixed with watered down peanut butter and in the second gif you can see that she is getting better! She’s moving and eating on her own. Not gasping as much. I’m very hopeful that she’ll make it. 🌹

Please for the love of god

Do not declaw your cats. Today my friend who works at a local rescue received an application for a cat adoption. There’s a section for “Do you plan on declawing your new cat?” and the person checked the box for yes and wrote “We have expensive furniture.”

ok then don’t get a cat

sorry but if you’re going to mutilate your animal to avoid ruining your expensive furniture then a cat is not the animal you need

So many reasons not to do this


-it’s EXTREMELY painful. they don’t just remove the claw, they remove the TOE up to the first joint.

-if your cat escapes your home, they have absolutely ZERO way of defending or feeding themselves (not that your cat should be allowed outside for any reason but that’s a whole separate rant)

-your cat will be in pain while walking. because they removed that actual bone, your cat’s weight is now balanced on that second bone in their toe, not the first as was designed. Painful.

-Your cat may even lose the desire to be touched. literally we adopted this adolescent cat whose owners abandoned him because he was an escape artist. they had already declawed him and for the longest time he wouldn’t even let us get near his feet. like we couldn’t touch him if it wasn’t his head or the base of his tail.

do. not. declaw. your. cat.


Alternatively:

-buy little nail caps. they sell them at pet stores and they come in all sorts of cute colors

-buy furniture guards. figure out where your cat is most aggressive with scratching. buy a furniture guard and place a cat tree or scratching post nearby and use some catnip or treats to attract their attention to it

-literally just trim the nails with nail clippers. be careful not to quick them. if your cat starts fussing, take a break and come back later to avoid accidents due to them moving around

don’t declaw your cat

huffingtonpost.com
Leaked Video Calls Treatment Of Animals In 'A Dog's Purpose' Into Question
A trainer pushes a dog into rough water as it tries to claw its way out.

After seeing a press screening of “A Dog’s Purpose,” an upcoming film based on the best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, I was floored by the animals’ abilities to do things that seemed impossible. Now, it’s a little easier to understand why.

In a video obtained by TMZ and posted on Wednesday, a crew member or trainer for the film is seen forcing a German Shepherd to perform a “stunt” that seems extremely unsafe ― so much so as to call into question how animals were handled over the entire course of the film’s shooting.

In the final version of the movie, the police dog appears to bravely rescue a young girl after she falls into a rushing river. But in the behind-the-scenes clip ― which was shot outside of Winnipeg, Canada, in November 2015 ― a trainer is seen pushing the scared German Shepherd into a rough pool of water as he tries to claw his way out. After much resistance, the dog eventually gets into the water, but ends up being submerged for so long that handlers yelled, “Cut it!”

Interesting. I thought this movie looked kind of cheesy and saccharine, but now I know for a fact I’m not going to support it. 

Using live animals in film always carries risk of not only abuse to the animals, but injuries to the handlers. I absolutely love practical effects, but in this day and age it’s absolutely unacceptable to be using a live animal for this kind of scene. The CGI animals in The Jungle Book and Life of Pi (one of which is several years old now) were amazing, and in a scene like this movement and camera angles could easily be used to obscure the fact that the animal is CG. 

The year is 2017, we’re able to create CGI that looks nearly identical to the real thing, and camera and editing tricks can cover them up incredibly easily. It’s absolutely unacceptable to treat animals in film like this. I can hear some people saying “but CGI is expensive,” but does that really justify this? What other things could they have done while not being recorded?

anonymous asked:

why do you hate bhb?

HWHO’S READY FOR ANOTHER NOVEL OF A POST? I KNOW I AM! (i’m supposed to be doing laundry rip, it can wait another day)

BHB reptiles is a reptile distributing and breeding company owned and operated by Brian Barczyk. It is most popular from its show “SnakeBytes”. In this show, he shows of his collection of upwards of 80,000 snakes and other reptiles. Throughout the show, you can see how he keeps his animals; most, if not all, are in improper conditions and in result to this, many are sick or mite infested. Though I’m honestly just going to list off all the reasons that I hate him and BHB because I haven’t slept in 2ish days and…. I’m not great at writing like this.

#1: He is horribly neglectful to his animals.

You can’t tell me that an alligator is happy living in a kiddie pool

Or that a GIANT snake such as a reticulated, african rock, or burmese is happy living in a tub so small that it takes up HALF of it.

And it’s not just giant animals that are in terrible tubs, most of his ball pythons and colubrids are in horribly small enclosures as well.

He is also guilty of buying animals without ANY research beforehand and those animals dying. Prime example is when he first tried getting into the leopard gecko business: https://youtu.be/uSJmHzq8Q8c

just listen about how he talks about them “this is my baby” to “gonna be pumpin out leopard geckos” like? No these are another form of free money to you…. even his WIFE knows that he kills animals.

I’m sure there’s more in this category that I’m forgetting, but… you get the point.

#2: He’s a scammer.

He may not sell his animals for the most money, but the animals he sells aren’t even worth THAT. There are countless reports of his animals showing up with RI’s, mites, and even incorrect gene listing. And when they contact him about this? He disappears or calls them “haters”. A prime example of this is this post: http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/forums/showthread.php?t=211323

I’m not incredibly clear on the whole scaleless ball python scandal, and probably someone could fill this in better, but from what I’ve gathered, he killed one of the scaleless ones and refuses to answer any questions about it.

He is also guilty for flipping animals. Most of his short tails he orders in then IMMEDIATELY offers them to sell for “discount” prices. I wouldn’t be surprised if these animals died from shock the second they got put in yet another box.

#3: He has the audacity to call himself the “face of the reptile trade”

As someone who has kept reptiles for over a decade and has spent a TON of hours volunteering to help people get over their fear of snakes, Brian’s “edutainment” is the worst thing I have ever seen. If you are trying to show people that snakes are not something to fear, DON’T HAVE THE MAJORITY OF YOUR VIDEOS BE VIDEOS OF YOU GETTING BITTEN BY SNAKES! This confirms people’s fears! He says that he wants to protect the reptile hobby, but by doing this he is ENDANGERING it. He’s trying to be the next Steven Irwin and is failing at it horribly……….

There’s probably more that I’ve missed. @i-m-snek has a great tag of all the failings of BHB, i believe its #bhb critical; definitely give it a look.

Ugh just…. I used to be a fan of snakebytes until i realized how terrible it is. They are essentially a puppy mill for reptiles. 0/10 would not recommend EVER.

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I love how this “great white” hunter decided it was ok to kill some persons poor dogs while hunting. He must feel like such a bad ass to gear up in hunter orange, then go slay this poor guys dogs, while the guy was hunting furiously for them not even 300 feet from where he killed them. Not only that but this perfect specimen of hunting prowess claimed the poor animals collars as trophy and then posed by them for pictures like he just killed a lion or some shit. This guy is a pure bread piece of shit.

I'm trying to prove a point to my brother and his friend. Reblog this if you think regardless of a person's age spinning a cat around by their tail to the point it breaks is animal abuse

They believe that because they didn’t know any better it’s not animal abuse.

bad historical meme: goldfish swallowing

It’s unclear exactly when the fad of swallowing live goldfish began, but by 1939 it was a national craze. University students competed to become the goldfish-swallowing champion by swallowing dozens of live fish at a time. Animal rights activists, lawmakers, and doctors objected to the fad, citing animal cruelty and risk of gut parasites. The craze ended relatively quickly, but never died out completely - I just Googled “goldfish swallowing” and the second result was for a really unsettling fetish website. 

Who knows, maybe your great-grandparents were into vore?

Boycott A Dog’s Purpose

I don’t know why nobody is talking about this but TMZ released a video from the filming of the movie showing one of the dogs, clearly terrified, being FORCED against its will into rushing water. There’s another clip at the end that looks like one of the dogs is actually being pulled under the water and they have to call ‘cut’ to pull it out.

video: http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_pfub62gb

The fact that a movie with such a sweet plot about the love of a dog had this going on behind the scenes in order to make it is hypocritical and disgusting.

Imagine if other pets were treated the same way as fish

“Ugh not again these animal SJWs telling me to take my dog on a walk…”

“Oh yes, I clean my cat’s litterbox once in six months!!! :))”

“I want a lizard that eats poop so I won’t have to clean my snake’s enclosure.”

“I’ve had hamsters as pets before and they all lived for a week, so I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING!!! >:( ”

“But the pet shop clerk told me that my boa will be fine with a leopard gecko!”

“Hello, I want to buy 5 corn snakes for this 1 gallon terrarium for my 4-year old son.”

“I have this 30cm x 30cm cage sitting at home, I’d like to buy 10 cockatiels to put in it.”

“I had a dog when I was a kid, it lived for about 5 months LOL”

“Well I got my cat for free, so I don’t care if it dies. I’ll just get another one.”