People who hurt black cats on Halloween need to be thrown into the fucking sun.
Happy Halloween and please keep your black kitties (I would argue all kitties, just to be safe) indoors during this time because unfortunately some gross people who shouldn’t be alive sometimes abuse our fur babies. They think these cats are “bad luck” and/or in general are just sick monsters who hurt kitties. Stay safe this October, everyone.
Pro-tip: don’t support crested chicken breeds with vaulted skulls (Polish, silkies, Spitzhauben). Besides some being unable to see without assistance, many have literal holes in their skulls where the brain has nothing but a thin layer of skin to protect it. This makes seizures, sudden death from trauma very common. Cavernous nostrils which are required in many breeds (and a disqualification in others) have their own host of issues including causing them to be prone to sinus infections and blockages.
They might look cute, but these guys are just as problematic as pugs. I rescue silkies and they’re the worst because they have absolutely incredible personalities and are so, so sweet, and so prone to tragedy. Luckily there are many great crested alternatives that don’t have issues such as classic or old polish, barbu de watermael, pavlovskaya, and many others. There are also silkies and silkied breeds without a vault.
did i ever tell u guys about how like… once a few years ago i made a post about how i hated animal abusers and they could Rot and i got a message from a friend and mutual who was like ‘that doesnt include mentally ill people who cant help but kill animals right?’ like this is genuinely how far some ppl took the ‘mental illness can excuse anything’ train. it keeps me up at night
infuriating to be on tumblr where people reblog animal abuse and coo at it and call it really cute. animal abuse isn’t always hitting or kicking your animal, it’s making them nervous, feeding them things that aren’t healthy for them, neglecting them/letting them get overweight, etc. i see so many videos of extremely uncomfortable dogs and lizards and cats and birds and people just eat that shit up. it’s so bad. if youre going to own dogs or even reblog animal content you should have at least a loose understanding of what nervous/stress signs in animals look like
The greyhound is the fastest dog breed in the world. Because of their incredible speed, they are used for human entertainment. Their life revolves around their cage, the training track and the racetrack. When the greyhounds can no longer perform to standard, they are often abandoned and, in some case, killed. Some rescue organizations save those racing dogs to give them a new life.
I made this comic for a comic contest and, as the owner of a beautiful retired racing dog, I think these types of stories should be shared. I loved making this art piece!
Fish abuse is so normalized and encouraged that it’s a regular project in many elementary schools to create an “ecosystem” for a goldfish in a bottle or other small vessel. It’s literally a school project to torture an animal slowly to death but it’s okay because it’s a fish!
Hi! I know that vegan diets for dogs and cats has been discussed before (that they’re bad) but what about vegan diets for foxes? I know there’s the recent trend of people owning foxes as pets recently and I came across a post on Facebook spreading awareness about a YouTube who owns a fennec fox and is feeding it a vegan diet. I’ve done a bit of research on fennec foxes but not enough to feel comfortable to call it bad or good. Thoughts?
Animals need to each things with the same nutrient content that they’ve evolved to survive on. (I phrase it that way because you can change the types of food providing those nutrients, as long as it’s still in the food in the right amounts). Not feeding animals what their systems need - and not doing it in ways their bodies can actually digest and process - will make them sick and eventually kill them. Period. Full stop.
In the deserts that are their wild habitat, fennec foxes survive mainly on bugs, small prey items lizards, and birds and bird eggs. They will eat plant matter, but mostly to gain the water the plants contain. In human care, they’re fed a similar diet - the ones at the National Zoo eat “meat, assorted fruits and vegetables, mice and insects.”
The fennec fox you’re referring to is owned by a woman in Spain, and it’s now enough of a big deal on the internet that Buzzfeed has picked up the story. The animals is not healthy. The animal is emaciated and likely dying, slowly. This is a healthy fennec fox:
And this is what the vegan-fed fennec currently looks like:
It has been hypothesized that he’s suffering from a taurine deficiency - commenters have noted that foxes can’t digest synthetic taurine, which I haven’t been able to verify the accuracy of - but it could also be straight up malnutrition. However, he is displaying classic signs of taurine deficiency: his owner has admitted he’s losing his vision, and he’s obviously skin and bones. (As @animalsustainability and I discussed in this article, taurine deficiency leads to both eye degeneration and digestion of an animal’s own muscle mass). He also appears lethargic in videos, and has been losing his fur.
The awful thing? If left long enough, the damage caused by chronic taurine deficiency can’t always be repaired if the animal is put back on a correct diet. It’s probable that, even if his owner changed her mind - which she’s adamant about not doing - and put him on a species-appropriate diet instead of vegan cat food, he’d have major long term health issues and a reduced quality of life.
If your pet isn’t naturally vegan, don’t feed it a vegan diet. It will, at best, put your pet through hell - and if your pet is a carnivore or insectivore, it will eventually be a death sentence.
Rabbits do not “play” like dogs and cats do, they are prey animals and have a very different body language.
This rabbit is not being played with, she is being harassed by her owner. Do not throw things at a prey animal, throwing stuff is attractive to dogs and cats because it triggers their prey drive! She definitely thinks she’s being attacked.
This rabbit is not wrestling with a dog, she is trying to defend herself from the dog! Rabbits do not wrestle as a form of play! This rabbit is so obviously threatened in this video!
Here is a video of a rabbit “playing” with a dog (though whether he is enjoying the dog, competing with it in a binky contest, or just tolerating it would be debatable)– and without the barrier the story would not be so cheery. Bunny play does not involve contact, they binky alongside one another or flop down beside one another but they do not play like dogs and cats!! Unless they are getting out a good case of the zoomies together (not jumping on one another, that is fighting!), rabbits prefer to stick to more passive play like cuddling and grooming their friends. Other than that they prefer to work on their toys alone.
ok i know ive already talked abt it but i just have to say more. i rly do think the cat death scene was necessary to show to get the payoff and the central message of the episode, and its a shame it got cut. im fine w bones deciding to tame down the violence and bullying (which they did by a lot. theres a reason manga fans were so on edge in the leadup to this ep bc the manga is harsh and i recommend anime fans read these chapters from the source material if they wanna get a better sense of it). ultimately, the bullying was to show how mogami fucked w mob, but its not rly as important as just the plain fact that mob got fucked up from it. so bc of that, skipping the bullying isnt a big deal bc they did do a good job of showing how mob felt.
however, i think they made a mistake in not killing the cat. i get that showing animal death on screen is a lot, but they should have at least implied that the cat was killed. and the reason for this is bc this is literally what makes mob snap in the source material. mob can endure the actions done to him, or at least he tries to. but as soon as someone else gets hurt? thats when he feels theres been injustice. the fact that an innocent living creature died because of him showing kindness to it is what makes him snap. not the fact that he’s getting trampled by bullies, which is what the anime made it look like. mob realizing that him showing kindness caused something to get murdered in cold blood is what makes him break and succumb to mogami’s “the world is cruel, dont bother being kind to it” mentality. which is what makes it so satisfying when he snaps out of it and remembers all the good things in life and the people he still needs to save.
because he now knows first hand what its like to fail in saving someone (the cat). so he turns that into motivation to save someone else (minori) despite all the trauma she and mogami caused him. and i think that speaks for a stronger character moment than what the anime presented
I’ve said this before, but I hate “aesthetic” photos taken at the expense of fish. Like a picture of a fish in a sink. Or a phone booth filled with hundreds of goldfish. People tend to think of fish as lesser animals but they can feel pain and stress just like any other being. It’s straight up animal abuse to use fish as a disposable prop or to make a pretty tank without taking the fish’s needs or health into account. Please think before you reblog such posts. They are animals capable of suffering, not decorations.
Hey sorry to harp on the issue again but I’ve been notified that the images of Jumanji (fennec fox) are from 2015 and that apparently recent videos show it doesn’t look that way at all. But I haven’t been able to access her Instagram since it’s private and her YouTube video doesn’t seem to have any recent videos I can see of Jumanji. Someone had replied to the ask I sent you with a link but I can’t access it so I don’t know for sure.
You’re right - those photos on buzzfeed and that have been circulating in various animal groups are from 2015.
There’s two things to talk about here - if Jumanji’s health issues in 2015 were caused by his vegan diet, and if being fed a vegan diet is actually keeping him as healthy as he looks.
Let’s start with his health issues in 2015. The only information available about him currently is is the few videos & posts on the owner’s Facebook, plus whatever is on her instagram (I’ve requested to follow her). She was very active posting photos of him in a fox-based Facebook group from when she got him in 2014 all the way through November of 2015.
Jumanji definitely had some health issues in 2015. Here’s what his owner said about him in response to a question about how he was doing in January 2015:
And a post about his health issues in mid-2015.
It’s possible that what people are seeing in some of the 2015 photos is the fact that he was very young when his owner first acquired him - one comment his owner made in on a thread in 2015 indicates he was only 8 months old at the time. She posted about why she got him so young:
And here’s what she’s said about how some of his health issues come from being bred in captivity (this is from the mainstream articles about Jumanji, so this image doesn’t have a date attached).
Anyhow, here’s a photo of how Jumanji looked when she’d just gotten him in 2014, from her instagram:
And her first post about him a month later, on the facebook group:
He’s very small in this photo and doesn’t have the typical puffy coat associated with fennecs. Here’s the photo posted of him at one year, where he has a little more of a coat (in the timeline, this is about four months after the “coma” mentioned above, but a month or so before her post about his fur loss).
If the videos she’s posting of him are the same animal and are recent (which seems likely, as by her comment in a thread about her pet on Facebook, it’s illegal to own or breed or sell fennecs in Spain after 2015 - she was grandfathered in for already owning one when the law banning them passed) , then great - he looks much healthier, his allergies are under control, and that’s a good thing for that animal.
But… just because Jumanji isn’t actively, visibly dying, we’re still at the issue of an insectivorous / carnivorous animal subsisting on a vegan diet. Surviving does not mean thriving, and taurine deficiency can take years to start being symptomatic.He’s fed a diet comprised of mainly vegan cat food - it looks like the brand Ami from photos posted where he’s sniffing the bag - although screencaps from Facebook and Instagram that are now hidden show him being given hummus and vegan pizza, which are not appropriate diet items for a fox that would never naturally encounter or need to digest grains and legumes.
Jumanji’s owner has justified his diet as appropriate because it’s formulated with “all the needed amino acids for a carnivore animal such as taurine and lysine” but as was discussed in this post about vegan cat food,just because a nutrient is present in pet food does not mean it is in a form that the animal can actually digest (this is called bioavailibility). Cats need 75-100mg of taurine a day, and the Ami cat food brand has 1500mg of taurine per kg of kibble; calculated by the serving size recommended, there’s about 119mg of taurine in each daily allotment for a 10lb cat. The “pet fox care” part of the internet seems to agree that all foxes need around 500mg of taurine a day. The problem with this is that fennec foxes only weigh around 3.5lbs - 4lbs when full grown. Jumanji isn’t visibly overweight, so he’s not being fed even the same amount of food as would be given to a cat twice his size; which means if he’s truly eating mostly the Ami cat food, he’s not even getting 100mg of taurine a day - that’s less than 1/5th of the amount he needs need to stay healthy. Chronic taurine deficiency results in digestive upsets, the degeneration of retinal cells, and the weakening of the hear muscles; long-term taurine deficiency causes irreversible blindness and heart failure.
So even if the photos of Jumanji that are circulating are old, and the hair loss truly was from his allergies, and he looks healthy in new posts … unless there’s something his owner hasn’t shared about how she supplements Jumanji’s diet, the fox is still suffering from a massive taurine deficiency that will eventually kill him. Not that, unfortunately, his owner - who publicly slams people for not doing research and remaining “prisoners of their own convictions” - will likely want to accept that fact.
Now I know there’s already a billion posts like this online, but I went to a pet store the other day and I feel compelled to reiterate this.
The tiny betta tanks sold at pet stores?
These aren’t big enough. You can’t keep a fish in these containers, it’s cruel and wrong.
People will tell you that betta fish are happy in small containers and don’t need room to swim around but these fish?
I don’t think they look very happy. Maybe people see them lying at the bottom of these cups and assume they’re lazy and they don’t like to swim around but that’s bullshit okay? They need room.
Bettas are tropical fish, which means they need a heater to maintain a water temperature of 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit (26-27 degrees Celsius). Heaters cannot go in tanks under 5 gallons; it’s dangerous and could seriously hurt your fish.Betta fish need tanks that are AT LEAST five gallons.
Betta fish also have other specific needs because of their unique fins. While whether or not they need a filter is debatable, it definitely makes it easier to maintain a healthy tank environment. Betta fish are not strong swimmers, however, and do not do well in strong currents. They need a gentle filter that won’t be too powerful. (Filters, like heaters, can not be placed in tanks smaller than five gallons.) Betta fish also shouldn’t be in tanks with plastic plants, because they may damage a betta’s delicate fins. If you want fake plants in your betta’s tank, silk is a safe alternative.
In conclusion, pet stores treat betta fish like shit, which means when people buy them they don’t realize that betta fish need more than just a vase and they continue to treat their fish like shit. Bettas are quite hardy fish and can survive in a bad environment, so most people don’t even realize what they’re doing wrong because their fish lives through it. However, if you own pets you should want them to be happy and healthy, not just surviving. Please treat your bettas right.
A curse to place on those who have abused animals or abandoned animals, leaving them for dead because they didn’t want them.
What You’ll Need:
💔 A picture of the person who abused the animal(s) (if you don’t know the name of the person/have a picture of them, draw a stick figure with the word “ABUSER” in all caps above their head) This can also work companies that are know to abuse animals. For companies/corporations, use a picture of their logo instead.
💔 A pot of water
💔 Cinnamon Powder
💔 Black Pepper
💔 A heat-resistant bowl/jar
💔 1 black, brown, or red candle
💔 Knife or a pair of scissors
💔 1 or more Rocks
💔 A cloth
What to do:
💔 Step 1: Light the candle. Pour the cinnamon and black pepper into the pot of water. Bring the pot of water to a boil.
💔 Step 2: While you’re bringing the pot of water to a boil, stab the person in the picture’s face, then cut the picture into pieces, chanting:
“By breath of beast, by whimper and howl,”
“by tear of beast, by hiss and growl,”
“for your crime, the spirits call”
“to punish you, for your evil gall.”
💔 Step 3: Place the pieces of the photo into the bowl, placing the rock(s) ontop of them to hold them down.
💔 Step 4: When the water begins to boil, carefully pour it over the photo, chanting:
“The fires of hell sweep over thee!”
“Drown in the scorching waters of Hades!”
“Burn for the sins you have committed,”
“never, from this crime, will you be acquitted.”
💔 Step 5: Cover the bowl with the cloth and let it sit overnight. Come morning, strain the liquid and throw the pieces of photo into the trash, where they belong.
This is what I mean. You can not have humane animal exploitation in a capitalistic society. It would ruin any business if they were humane to their animals. Businesses expolit, abuse, overwork, and hurt humans to cut costs, do you think they’re gonna treat animals with respect? As the dairy farmer herself said: it’s not realistic.
@theturtleriderswife made a post calling out the instagram account “pagesandpaper” for animal abuse. The person who runs pagesandpaper owns an extremely underweight ball python, often seen with stuck shed, and posts photos of him after she has painted him. No, not painted pictures of the snake, she actually painted him as in using paint on his physical body.
I would like to reblog @theturtleriderswife’s post about it, but the the post contains images of the underweight painted snake and the pictures make me feel anxious and sick to my stomach. You can find the post here if you are OK viewing this type of thing.
I don’t have an IG account but if anyone who does feels like reporting this person, please do so. This type of behavior doesn’t deserve internet fame.
Please. Please. Don’t let your animals get matted.
Today this poor little Maltese (small very long haired dog) came in for grooming. She hadn’t been in for grooming since last July. Her entire body was matted. Mats aren’t just tangles, they’re basically white people ‘dreds’ that hold bacteria, cut off circulation to the skin, and cause pain and discomfort. By the time we got her shaved enough to see her skin, it was purple from bruising and under-oxygenation from how tightly the mats were, and by the time we were done, despite going as slowly and gently as we could, her skin tore in several places. It reeked and clearly had some kind of fungal issue, and her anus and vulva were swollen and red and burning from infection from all the (literal and figurative) crap stuck in the mats over them. The nails were curling into her paw pads, which you couldn’t see because, surprise, there were mats covering them.
This wasn’t some rare evil person who never touched her dog. She was very affectionate and enjoys the dog a lot (I won’t say loves her because this is not love). This is fairly common and NEEDS to stop.
Not grooming your animals IS neglect and abuse.
This is an extreme case, but really illustrates how bad matting is.
Things you can do when you see a family or friend’s matted animal:
-Explain the importance of preventing mats
-Offer to brush them for them if you can, and show them how if they don’t know
-Remind them that most grooming salons will do brush outs, nails, and baths for much less than a full groom, and that medium to long haired animals should be thoroughly brushed at the very least once every couple weeks!
-In serious cases, animal protection services take anonymous tips and usually will give the owner a warning first rather than taking the animal right off the bat for matting.
A member of my Discord brought to my attention recently that Brazilian YouTuber marciohyde is a frequent abuser of animals, specifically his dwarf hamsters.
Upon watching his videos, I have nearly been brought to tears. He holds his hamsters like they’re toys, waving them around and flipping them on their backs constantly, holding them down with brute force to keep them from biting him or running away.
He allows his two dwarf hamsters to interact. They are in a hideous and inhumane setup. He allows his cat to interact with the hamsters, OUTSIDE OF THE CAGE even. He holds his hamsters up to the cat’s face. He forces them to do things on camera for the sake of being “cute.”
The hamsters look horrible. They look underweight. Their fur is greasy and thin and matted. They look stressed. It breaks my heart.
This is his channel. If you watch literally any of his videos you’ll see how bad it is. Please report him for animal abuse on YouTube. 1. Click on any video 2. Find a timestamp in the video that is particularly heinous and pause 3. Click the “…” below the video 4. Click “Report” 5. Click “Violent or Repulsive Content” 6. Use the dropdown to select “Animal Abuse” 7. Submit
Please help me to at least get some of these videos removed. There are poor animal care standards in Brazil, so the only hope we have to show him that his animal care is unacceptable is by getting those videos taken down.
U see these fuckers right here? Yeah they cute and tiny and are like 5 bucks a pop at flea markets and gift shops.
Parents tend to stop and get them as a cheap little pet for their kids.but did you know these make some of the WORST possible pets not just for children but in general???
These are red eard sliders. A lot of venders sell them but theyre tehcnically illegal to sell under 4 inches.
Most of the turtles you see at those flea market shops/road sides/beach tourist gift shops will die as babies from improper care because buyers are not told about the extensive care requirements of these animals.
The ones who survive often will be released into the wild and upset the natural ecosystem. Red ears sliders are a pretty nasty invasive species because of bad pet owners all over the world.
If you think theyre cute and wanna buy one anyway please take in account:
They will get big
Like real fucking huge
We are talking you will need at least a 100 gallion water tank/tub for an adult. They do not “grow to the size of their tank” thats ridiculous and keeping them in a small tank is animal abuse
And thats not all, you will also need
A water heater
Proper basking area for them to get conpletly out of the water
Uvb and heat lamps
A larger enough durable water filter
A shitload of space to keep all this in
These are not cheap and easy pets. There are shortcuts you can take to cut costs (such as useing a tub or pond liner instead of a glass aquarium. Usieng diy setups) but they still require a lot of other care and are not exacly playful cuddly animals (generally).
They are also a very long term commentment. With a lifespan of 50+ years.
Unfortinatly most of the turtles in that gift shop will not live to see even a fraction of that lifespan and many will live out those years in tiny tanks, and in pain in inproper setups or in an environment they were nkt ment to be in conpeting with local wildlife. Please for the love of god just don’t buy turtles on a whim. Dont support these illegal tiny turtle vendors. And PLEASE DO YOUR RESERCH BEFORE BUYING ANY PET!!
Very recently, a Humane Society in Columbia County, Wisconsin was burglarized, and towels were set on fire in the building. Thankfully, none of the animals were harmed and there was no structural damage done to the building, but they’re still in need of help after this.
As of writing this, $660 has been raised to help beef up the security system, but every little bit helps. It completely breaks my heart to think that someone would even do this in the first place, and I want to do what I can to help out.
I can’t personally donate, but I would love it if you would donate if you can. If you can’t afford it, then just reblogging this post is a big help. It’s a small place run entirely on donations, so you’ll know that your donations aren’t going to just stuff someone’s pockets, and will actually be directly benefiting the Columbia County Humane Society and the animals that they shelter.
If you’re donating, then make sure to specify during the checkout that it’s going toward the security system fundraiser by mentioning “security” in your donation note. Anything you’re able to spare will do a lot of help to protect innocent shelter animals from bad people in the world.
I’ve been vegan for 6 years, and my aunt has been vegan for 30 years. I am poor af and I know I am contributing to the unnatural slaughter of factory farmed animals,but I buy meat kibble for my cat. When I can afford it, maybe 3 or 4 times a year, I buy a small bag of the vegan formula. My cat loves it. She actually tore the bag open once and spilled it all over the floor. I was concerned as well, but 2 vets both said her bloodwork is 100% healthy and normal.
Here’s an example of a vegan looking at scientific fact, ignoring it in order to force their own morals and ethics onto a pet. This follows the age old vegan check list:
your classic anthropomorphism. “My cat/dogs loves eating vegan! They beg for it!”
taking their pets behaviour and signs of malnutrition (begging for food, eating eagerly, ripping into the pet food) as them “loving eating vegan food!”
classic “My vet says it’s fine!” - This is often a straight out lie or twisted truth. They often don’t tell their vet they are feeding a pet a vegan diet or if they do, the vet reluctantly has to stop trying to convince them otherwise due to the stubborn ignorance of the vegan owner. Vets don’t want to keep pushing, incase the vegan owner takes their pet somewhere else (or just stop taking them to a vet altogether) which can result in health issues and death for the pet.
No understanding what blood work tests for
also attack on pet foods and how they contain “no nutrition” and or just “left over bones! there’s no real meat! It’s just filled with filler meal!” (doesn’t know what offal is) before, in complete irony go on to talk about how much nutrition is in vegan pet food (despite the lack of tests and scientific evidence that says the exact opposite).
using their own personal experience with their pet as “proof” vegan diets work for pets
This is really just textbook bad vegan pet owner. This is animal cruelty. If you can’t stand to care for a pet properly (this includes feeding them the correct diet) then you shouldn’t have that pet.
I honestly hope someone takes this animal away from @firephox
Seagulls get a bad rap, and they really don’t deserve it.
They’re scavengers, loud and poop everywhere, but it’s impossible to be lonely when you’re trying to eat Fish & Chips outside when there are seagulls around.
They’re just doing what comes naturally and adapted to the urban environments we created. They’re not feral, they’re meant to be here, and they don’t deserve the disdain or hatred that they get, quite frankly. And because there are so many of them in urban environments, they have a lot of human contact, and humans treat them like garbage.
And I’m not just talking about the urban legend of feeding them panadol or alka-seltzer to make them explode.
Seagulls, also known as Silver Gulls in Australia, will nest on rooftops and are not restricted to coastal areas. They can live anywhere. They’re communal and noisy, and they do make a heck of a mess pooping everywhere, which is why a particular factory owner took offense to their presence.
It was a factory worker who brought the seagulls to me, a young man out of uniform who refused to disclose where he worked because he feared losing his job. The seagulls were young adults, just at that point of almost being able to fly on their own, still covered in the speckles of their juvenile plumage.
They’d all been bashed, with multiple broken bones.
The factory owner, not wanting seagulls nesting on the roof, had taken it upon himself to go up there and bash all the chicks to kill them, and left them there. The factory worker brought them to the vet clinic to be put out of their misery.
This was infuriating that the worker wouldn’t name the factory, so it couldn’t be reported to the RSPCA, even though I understand he was worried about his job. But it also meant that I could not counsel the factory owner on why this was not appropriate and alternatives.
Because there are certainly alternatives to bashing birds until they’re only half dead. Options like putting up an owl statue so the seagulls wont nest there in the first place, or crushing the eggs rather than waiting for chicks to be nearly full grown. This was just needless cruelty.
It’s not the birds’ fault for existing, nor is it their fault for being loud or breeding. The anger they drew was unfair and unacceptable.
The anger that factory owner will receive if I ever find out who he is, will be justified.