Until recently, Rosemead, CA was home to one of the last great tiki restaurants, Bahooka
. Bahooka's star resident was Rufus, a 37-year old Pacu, who graced the entrance area. Rufus loved carrots
. He appeared in several movies, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
. Bahooka closed
in early 2013. Sadly, despite fan efforts to save and relocate
Rufus, his whereabouts are now a mystery, and as the site's new owners are not communicating, fears have grown that Rufus was simply thrown away.
Industrial farming and animal cruelty (warning: very distressing images and sound)
Rolling Stone reports on animal abuse in American factory farms...and the attempts by agribusiness to stop the exposure of this cruelty.
Animals Were Harmed
On the American Humane Association's relationship with Hollywood.
Gagged by Big Ag.
"Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination
. And the crime is…exposing
This past Saturday evening a woman dumped a rescue cat into a garbage bin on the side of a residential street in Coventry, U.K. Fifteen hours later owner Darryl Mann
: "I came down to feed Lola on Sunday morning but couldn’t find her anywhere. It was really hot day outside and I searched nearby alleyways but suddenly heard a tiny meowing coming from the bin. I looked inside and I found her in the bin, she was terrified and covered in her own mess....At first I thought she’d somehow climbed inside the bin herself but when I checked the CCTV
I was gobsmacked to see some a woman had done it deliberately." Mann posted the video to YouTube
in an effort to find the perpetrator. As a result, the woman was identified by this morning. [more inside]
Probing the link between slaughterhouses and violent crime.
A study shows that as the number of slaughterhouse workers in a community increases, the crime rate also increases.
A new US Federal law cracks down on animal fighting, bans foreign puppy mill imports, and increases penalties for animal cruelty.
The US Senate yesterday followed the lead of the House of Representatives and overrode President Bush’s veto of the Farm Bill. In addition to strengthening animal cruelty laws
, the Act adds a provision to federal law to make almost any form of animal fighting a federal felony.
The Humane Society of the United States is taking legal action against Amazon.com
, as the main distribution hub for animal fighting magazines, paraphernalia, and DVDs. Amazon even has a community for cockfighting
. Amazon claim that the legal action contravenes their First Amendment rights and have vowed to continue selling cockfighting materials. You can tell Jeff Bezos what you think of this
(via the HSUS
the Big Top
: Shhhhhh! The Show's about to start*
... quick, take your seat
, sit down, and don't
make a move. It's been going on for centuries
, and now--lucky you
will be able to be a part of it
, if you haven't already
as a child (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
. Honestly, who hasn't thought of running away
from home and joining
the Circus (but I'd suggest you wait a couple of years, until you're a little
older, and a little wiser
, to make these decisions
). It is tempting though, when they roll
into town with their fancy wagons, and their loud music. Although, the circus may not be as prevalent
as it once was, there are new
acts being created to entice
crowds around the world. [previously]
(warning: very graphic) released by the Humane Society reveals
abuse of animals on the slaughterhouse floor and other code violations. [more inside]
Before he went to prison for dogfighting, Michael Vick trained his pit bulls at a 4,600-sq-ft house on 15 acres in Surry, Virginia. Earlier this year, local tax rolls valued the property at $747,000, but Vick hurriedly sold the house to real estate developer Ray Todd on the cheap
, to aid his mounting financial troubles. Todd had hoped to resell the house for $1M at a December auction, and dozens of rubberneckers toured the property -- to gawk at the syringes left on the ground, the twenty kennels "like prison cells"
, and the outbuildings where the dogs were fought. Naturally, no one was buying
. Still, Todd wants to recoup his investment, so he’s turning to a conventional sale this month… and failing that
, is considering building (unbelievably) a bed-and-breakfast where pets are welcome
Enter The Vick House project
: a Dallas charity called Jalie’s Butterflies is hoping to raise enough money online to buy the house and convert it to a non-profit animal shelter, under guidance of the SPCA. [more inside]
Gang rape. Animal cruelty. Exploitation. Cannibalism. Put these elements together and you have Cannibal Holocaust
, arguably one of the most well known exploitation films ever made. [Some of the following links are arguably NSFW
]. Released in 1980, Cannibal Holocaust
was a film so shockingly violent that it saw director Ruggero Deodato
arrested by Italian authorities on the mistaken belief that he had made a snuff film
and saw it being banned in almost every western country in the world for the actual
deaths of several animals in the film. Although Deodato now regrets the introduction of the animals
and although this ban has now been lifted in many of the countries that originally censored it
, the horror of this landmark film is still as powerful as it ever was
, a point evidenced by the often visceral reviews
the film has garnered in its time. Whilst an official sequel has never been made (there have been at least two unofficial sequels
), following his cameo appearance in Grindhouse movie Hostel II
, Deodato has said an official sequel is in the works
with an expected release date of 2009.
Nian Nian You Yu
("nyen nyen yo yew
- translates to "Have abundance every year" or phonetically as "Year Year Got Fish." Tomorrow evening, over a billion people will be celebrating Lunar New Year's Eve with a Reunion
. This involves family members coming together and for many, the ideal menu
includes eating braised shark's fin soup. This is a perfect time to regale your friends and family with shark
and horror stories
. True you mother won't appreciate when you point out to Auntie Mei how how around 100 million sharks are caught worldwide every year
mostly just for their fins, or that actually the dish is tasteless and people
are just ordering it to show
off their wealth
. But surely it's better than one day having to say "Year Year Got No Fish."
Greece gets ready for the return of the Olympics by ridding the streets of its stray dogs.
don't watch this if you're an animal lover. Or better yet, DO if you can handle it, because it's one of the saddest things i've seen in a long time. Though the government of Athens is denying it is responsible for this, someone is poisoning the city's thousands of stray dogs by putting it in food (naturally, a stray, hungry dog will eat it). The ensuing death does not come quickly. I've always wanted to visit Greece, especially being from a Mediterranean family (experience the roots, and all that) but suffice it to say it's moved to the bottom of the list of places to visit at this point. I've seen better treatment of animals in countries far less developed than Greece.
I hate PETA, but they may have a point on this one.
Workers at a Pilgrim's Pride slaughterhouse have been filmed demonstrating their criminal lack of respect for living things by torturing living chickens. via Salon
"Use of wood chippers has not been endorsed by the AVMA as an acceptable means of euthanasia for poultry."
This story is old (June 2003), but it sure did catch my eye. There but for the grace of Fargo
...go the chickens. Broccoli, anyone?
"If I get a chance, I'll do it again. I think a bear would make a good pet."
In a story that shocked Ottawa, an apparently clueless Quebec woodsman kidnaps a black bear cub, dunking it under water and dragging it by its hind leg. Police and wildlife officers force him to surrender the bear, which is released 60 km from its mother. Charges are pending
-- definitely for possessing illegal wildlife, definitely, possibly for animal cruelty
This is one the sickest
, saddiest stories I've ever read on the net. Can anything be done to stop it, or is it wishful thinking?
First challenge of Maryland law making animal cruelty a felony results in acquittal.
Charges were dismissed against a landlord who forcibly removed two of his tenant's three cats and dispatched them with a 12-gauge shotgun. Judge said law's language fails to clearly define "cruel killing". Also on AP
"In a park in Bali
, they found a monkey, a pig-tailed macaque, kept in a cage so small it could not lie down properly, and with one leg chained to the bars.