It’s simply abuse no matter who called for it

It’s simply abuse no matter who called for it

Stone photo from The Stoning of Soraya M.


I recently watched a movie called The Stoning of Soraya M. I have heard of stoning, but I will confess that I never gave it a lot of thought.
When a person is stoned to death, they are buried in the ground so that they cannot run away. Their arms are also buried — or sometimes tied — so they cannot defend themselves from the stones being thrown. The stones are carefully chosen: not so small that they do not cause pain but not so large that they cause death. You see, stoning is supposed to be a long, slow death.

Recently, in Jerusalem, a judge sentenced a DOG to be stoned to death…. by local children.

The dog wandered into a financial court and would not leave. A judge recalled a curse that had been placed on a secular lawyer who insulted the court two decades prior. The curse was that the lawyer would come back as a dog. And therefore this dog that wandered in that courtroom most assuredly must be the cursed lawyer. A court manager told Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot the stoning had been ordered as “as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog”, according to Ynet.

Really???

I believe in reincarnation, but I also believe it is possible that the dog just wandered into the court room. Simple as that. And for that he deserves such a heinous death?

And even beyond this most inhumane method of killing, I am dumbfounded that the stoning would be ordered to be carried out by children. We work so hard with our youth to teach them to respect all life. This includes animals, yet this village wants its children to pick up stones and hurl them at a defenseless dog until he is dead?

I haven’t the words to explain which part of this story is the most upsetting to me. There is absolutely NOTHING in any of it that makes any sense.

The movie I mentioned is a true story. The Iranian village where this happened has tried to deny the incident since the world became aware of it. Since the story has circulated the globe, the judges in Jerusalem are now denying this sentence was ordered. And here’s why this may be true:

According to rabbinic laws there is a lot of criteria to be met before capital punishment is assigned (stoning being one of the harshest methods). The criminal in question must firstly be “of a sound mind,” which a dog could hardly be considered.

There must also be witnesses to the event. What event could the possessed dog, or the lawyer for that matter, have done to deserve death besides being secular—a crime not among the 18 professed crimes in rabbinic law punishable by death? Had the lawyer truly committed one of these crimes in his human state he would have been tried pre-dog transcendence.

What is among the 18 crimes is witchcraft and necromancy—cursing a dead man guilty of being a pest into the body of a dog most certainly falls under these crimes meaning the judge who carried them out is the real perpetrator.

The manager of the court says, “They didn’t issue an official ruling, but ordered the children outside to throw stones at him in order to drive him away. They didn’t think of it as cruelty to animals, but as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog.”

“An official ruling” is key in capital punishment under any religious or secular law and using stones to drive something away is much different than using stones to kill it. And asking children to take part in the matter seems incredibly irresponsible and quite frankly, unlikely.


reprinted from Death and Taxes magazine

Last I heard, the dog managed to escape.


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Have you seen me?

Have you seen me?

Benjamin is missing; presumed stolen


$5000 reward for the return of Benjamin to his family
call: 780-837-1049 | email: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Benjamin has been missing since January 20, 2011 when he was “taken” from his driveway.

“Ben was last seen on our end driveway talking to a stranger, being fed with a pizza box. Ben is not a wanderer, and is very attached to us, his people. Ben is 108 pounds, and 28 inches tall at the shoulder.”

Facts about Benjamin

     

  • Benjamin’s last known location is six miles south of Falher (Horseshoe, Guy area), Range Road 770 and 214 (~770km NW of Calgary).
  • He was wearing a Harley Davidson collar with Benjamin written on it.
  • He has yellow eyes and yellow and white fluffy fur.
  • He has tattoos in both ears.
  • He is a house dog and very friendly.
  • He is 3 years old. 

It’s possible that Benjamin was sold to or adopted by someone who may not know that he was stolen from his family. If you have recently adopted a dog that looks like Benjamin, please check inside his ears and see if he is tattooed.

There is, however, reason to believe he is still in the company of the person who stole him.

“Benjamin is our child and our child is missing. We search everyday on all mediums…social media, websites, radio, newspapers, and posters.”

$5000 Reward

Please help us find Benjamin and bring him home. There is a $5000 reward for Benjamin’s return or a tip that brings him safely home.

If you have Benjamin and would like to anonymously return him, we are offering you several options to do that:

  • Call the owners at 780-837-1049
  • Email (Enable Javascript to see the email address) the owners
  • Call Daisy Foundation at 403-475-0120
  • Contact Daisy Foundation via our contact form

If you have any tips on the whereabouts of Benjamin, contact Benjamin’s family at the phone number/email above.

Our goal here is to re-unite this baby with his family; the family that has raised him from puppyhood; the family that misses him more everyday. Benjamin is out there. Neighbors saw the vehicle that took him away. Please, we are asking everyone’s help in bringing this boy home.

MISSING Poster

Below is a LOST poster for Benjamin. Perhaps you can print it out and distribute it in your neighborhood to help us get the word out.

Share Benjamin’s story

Please share Benjamin’s story with your friends and family: email them a link to this webpage; SHARE this page by clicking on the social media buttons at the top or bottom of this page; hang posters. Think of these gestures as “paying it forward.” We would all appreciate all the help we could get if we were in the shoes of Benjamin’s family.


Deer in the headlights?

Deer in the headlights?

My neighbor has a young doe in a pen in her yard that was hit by a car not quite a week ago. She is maybe a bit over a year old according to the vet. A couple neighbors found her laying on the side of the road — alive. They dropped her off at my neighbor’s house.

Leigh, a vet tech, is trying to stabilize the doe before transporting her to a rehab center a couple hours away.

The doe’s head took most of the hit. She seems to be pretty much deaf and blind, and has difficulty standing because of the neurological effects of the accident. She gave birth to twins a few days ago, but both died… probably from complications of their mother being hit by a car.

I was sitting there with her today trying to imagine all of this: you are a wild animal and know nothing about humans. You cannot see them except maybe as very blurry shapes of lightness and darkness; you cannot hear them as they try to comfort you with soothing sounds; their touch is a most unfamiliar thing to you. You cannot stand very well and when you do, you stumble in circles. Maybe you have pain you cannot understand or explain.

She is also very small — skinny neck, skinny legs.

Wow! In a few seconds, my whole world looked like a walk in the park compared to hers!

She began to respond to my touch and even at one point seemed to almost fall into rest with her head in my hand as I stroked her neck and throat.

I was trying to force feed her some alfalfa that is laced with vitamins and other healthy stuff. No idea if her sense of smell is affected. I know cats will literally starve to death if they cannot smell. I wanted to see what she would do if I forced the food into her mouth. So I would put a wad of this stuff in the corner of her mouth. She would chew on it and try to slide it out the side of her mouth. I would push it back in. She would slide some of it out. I would push it back in. I think I managed to get more into her than she spit out. After that, she seemed more interested in eating her deer block, too.

If she can embrace human contact, I think she will make it. She will never be able to be released back into the wild, but with the right person, I think she can live her life. Sadly, not as it might have been a week ago.

I have seen animals closer to death fight to live and pull it off. I hope this little girl will do the same. She has certainly gotten off to a very rough start.

If you will, perhaps you could include her in your prayers tonight.


FYI: The photo at the top of this post is NOT this little baby. I do not have one of her and you may not want to see one at this point anyway.


Meet Puffy: homeless & FIV+

Meet Puffy: homeless & FIV+

UPDATE: Puffy has found a new home! Thanks to the new family!

Puffy has been an Ottawa neighborhood cat for about a year now. Neighbors have been feeding him and keeping an eye out for him. However, he was an unneutered male, so, though handsome to the eye, a “baby-maker” nonetheless. And a bit of a rabble-rouser who got into fights with other cats in the neighborhood.

Recently, a concerned neighbor stepped up and befriended Puffy.

“…he let me pat him and cut some matts out of his fur. He had a huge tick on him, a big healing abcess and lots of smaller scabs and scratches.”

Puffy: FIV+ and homeless


After talking to his neighborhood “watch group,” it was decided that Puffy needed to be caught and neutered. Then he could possibly be released back into his neighborhood.

So this week, Puffy got a full checkup, de-worming, vaccinations, FeLV/FIV tests, and a neuter. All went well except for the FIV test. He has tested positive for the FIV virus.

If you are unfamiliar with FIV, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus (or “slow virus”) which is characterized by a long incubation period. An infected cat’s health may deteriorate progressively or be characterized by recurrent illness interspersed with periods of relative health. Sometimes not appearing for years after infection, signs of immunodeficiency can appear anywhere throughout the body — poor coat, gingivitis, stomatitis, various cancers and blood diseases; much like any other cat might experience. [source]

What does FIV do to a cat? Infected cats may appear normal for years. However, infection eventually leads to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections. The same bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi that may be found in the everyday environment — where they usually do not affect healthy animals — can cause severe illness in those with weakened immune systems. These secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FIV. [source]

In other words, FIV won’t kill him, but rather a secondary infection could. Therefore, to lessen the possibility of acquiring a secondary infection and for keeping his immune system as strong as possible, it is best for Puffy to live indoors now.

So we are looking for a home that can take Puffy in. He currently lives in Ottawa. Taking him to the Ottawa Humane Society would likely be a death sentence (read some of the reasons an animal is destroyed in a shelter) and rescue groups called are full at this time.

Per Judy who took him to the vet:

The vet says he is young and seems to be in good health other than being a bit thin. He seems gentle and friendly. When he was at my house for a little while he was comforted when I rubbed his cheeks and ears.

I have a foster home for him only until Sunday, and then maybe another foster for a few days after that.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Puffy, please email me (Enable Javascript to see the email address) and I will connect you with Judy.

If you want to learn more about FIV — what it means, how it is transmitted, what you might expect — the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University has created this great page to explain. It needn’t be a death sentence. Puffy can live a long and happy life. Even in a home with other cats.

And please… SHARE Puffy’s story by clicking on one of the icons below so we can find him a new home.


Why shelters kill animals in their care

Why shelters kill animals in their care

This list shows reasons why an animal may be killed in one of our kill shelters. In my opinion, it is simply a list of excuses for the purpose of either easing someone’s guilt about needlessly taking a life or granting them a pardon for their laziness in finding homes for the homeless in their care. I say this because my pets are wonderful individuals, but some would die in a shelter based on this list of “reasons” even based on interviewing them at home on their own turf. Now add the shelter environment which hardly seems like a warm and friendly place…

I can’t see why killing animals based on this list is necessary. Did anyone think to ask them if they wanted to die? I have seen animals more dead than alive choose to fight the fight for life… and win. But that’s a whole other post.

How do your pets stand up to this test?

  1. Aggressive towards humans
  2. Behavioural
  3. Blind
  4. Cat flu
  5. Compulsive, obsessive, stereotypic behaviour
  6. Congenital defects
  7. Contagious (quite vague)
  8. Critical distress
  9. Deaf
  10. Declared dangerous
  11. Dental disease
  12. Dominance aggression
  13. Dominant behaviour
  14. Ear mites
  15. Escape behaviour
  16. Excessive vocalization
  17. Failed BA (behaviour assessment)
  18. Fearful/aggressive
  19. Feline leukemia
  20. Feral
  21. FIV positive
  22. Guarding behaviour
  23. Hair loss-demodex
  24. Hair loss-non specific
  25. Hair loss-ring worm
  26. Head trauma
  27. Heartworm positive
  28. Humane grounds
  29. Hyper reactivity to stimuli
  30. Hyperactive
  31. Idiopathic aggression
  32. Injured
  33. Kennel cough
  34. Kennel crazy
  35. Lack of pigmentation (albino)
  36. Litter box aversion
  37. Neurological problems
  38. Old
  39. Orthopedic problems
  40. Owner request
  41. Parvo
  42. Parvo contact
  43. Poor condition
  44. Seizures
  45. Separation anxiety
  46. Sick
  47. Spraying stress
  48. Tick paralysis
  49. Timid/fearful with accompanying anxiety
  50. Too many cats (space)
  51. Too many dogs (space)
  52. Too young
  53. Trauma
  54. Unsocial
  55. Wolf hybrid
  56. And of course, in some areas, just because of BSL (Breed Specific Legislation: the dog “looks” kind of like a Pit Bull or other legislated breed)

I myself fail this test on many points. Please don’t take me to a shelter when I get even older than I am.