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Sunday, December 25, 2011

URGENT:  OPPORTUNITY TO HELP STOP DOG-ASSISTED DEER HUNTING IN LOUISIANA NATIONAL FOREST (PLS CROSS POST)

From NOW until JAN 20 2012 the United States National Forest Service is taking public input on whether to continue to permit hunters' use of dogs to hunt deer in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana.


US and Louisiana animal welfare groups as well as people living around the Kisatchie National Forest oppose "dog deer hunting" because of problems associated with this activity that has already been abandoned in the national parks of most US states:


 
- loss/abandonment of hunting dogs (which must starve, kill other animals, or beg for food from park neighbors)

 - neglect or abuse of hunting dogs by hunters

 - dogs hit and killed by vehicles’ hunters use to race along roads trying keep up with dogs

 - park neighbors being afraid to go outside during dog-deer hunting (but not "still" hunting)

 - unsportsmanlike hunting using radiofrequency and GPS based technologies to keep up with dogs


The deer in Kisatchie National forest are the property of ALL AMERICANS--not just the dog deer hunters of central Louisiana.  Therefore Louisiana's humane societies ASK EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN who opposes continuation of dog deer hunting at Kisatchie to SEND AN EMAIL MESSAGE to the following email address asking that the National Forest Service choose Alternative 2 (i.e. to prohibit dog deer hunting in Kisatchie): 

comments-southern-kisatchie@fs.fed.us  


The National Forest service tracks the location of concerned citizens so you must include at least the following information in your email message (along with saying you support Alternative 2-- end dog deer hunting)


Your Name, City, State and ZIP CODE (MUST INCLUDE IN EMAIL TO BE COUNTED)

Your message will probably carry more weight if you go on even stronger record by including your street address since this will prove that you are truly writing from within the USA. 


Time is short so please email as soon as possible.  Also please forward this message to any other Americans that you think might respond. 


THANK YOU from Louisiana's humane societies.
 

James Riopelle, M.D.

Communications Chair

Coalition of Louisiana Animal Advocates

 http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5344694.pdf

7:14 pm

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Prohibiting Dogs in Kisatchie National Forest
Dear Interested Public and Forest Users:The Forest Service has completed a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) of its proposal to prohibit the use of dogs to hunt deer on the Kisatchie National Forest. The EA will be available online at www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie for the next 30 days. We hope you will use this time to read the EA and become familiar with the issues, the range of alternatives, and the environmental consequences of this proposal. The Regional Forester will be the Responsible Official making the decision. The new decision is expected to be issued around the middle of January 2012, with a 45-day appeal period to follow.

It is not necessary to comment on the EA in order to be eligible to file an appeal, if you have previously provided comments about this proposal.  However, if you wish to offer comments or suggestions on the revised EA, you may do so by email at comments-southern-kisatchie@fs.fed.us or by regular mail addressed to Mike Balboni, Forest Supervisor, Kisatchie National Forest, 2500 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360. Please contact Amy Robertson at 318-473-7025 ( aerobertson@fs.fed.us ) or Jim Caldwell at 318-473-7168 ( jcaldwell@fs.fed.us ) if you have any questions.

Thank you for your interest in the management of the Kisatchie National Forest.

Sincerely, MICHAEL L. BALBONIForest Supervisor
8:15 am

Friday, December 23, 2011

Something to think about.....all year.

'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full – we are lost, but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care.
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call,
... "Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!!

But now we sit here and think of the days..
we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways.

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?
We "jump on the children:, "don't come when they call",
we "bark when they leave us", climb over the wall.

We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they'd trained us, if only we knew…
we'd have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam,
now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.

They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye…
"Maybe someone else will give you a try."

So now here we are, all confused and alone…
in a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can't stay to chat,

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we'll be here.

We lay down and sweet dreams fill our heads..
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.


If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the Inn –
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year –
can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
and help get us something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

~Origin Unknown

3:51 pm

Friday, December 16, 2011

Research on chimps faces stricter laws 5:31 pm

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

TONY the Tiger News!!!! 10:05 am

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Story about a Lafayette Animal Control adopted Dog

All names have been removed.  Below is the story from the adoptive family.

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I’m so glad we found you (the person who referred them to a German Sheperd at LACC) because I would like to share a true story with you about Klaus.

For the first few weeks we had him, he did not want to be inside very much. Guess he was accustomed to living outside and on the street. But after a short time, he discovered how comfortable our king size bed was and began to enjoy cuddling with us when we went to bed and taking a nap on the bed in the middle of the afternoon. About a month into his new home with us, he began nuzzling and licking my wife’s right Breast. We began to wonder what kind of a perverted dog we had acquired. We got him just after Labor Day last year and the Breast thing began about the middle of October. In mid November, my wife discovered through a Mammogram that she had Breast Cancer in her right Breast and the location of the tumor was nearly the exact spot that he was concerned about. In mid December, she had surgery to remove the tumor. When I brought her home from the hospital, she opened the car door, Klaus ran to her, carefully sniffed her right breast and then ran off to play. He has not bothered her Breast since. He knew she had cancer and when the cancer was removed. We told the surgeon about this and he told us that he has heard similar stories many times before. He has adapted quite well to becoming an inside doggie. He complains when it gets a bit too hot or rainy outside now. Spoiled???? NAH!


Klaus is a wonderful dog with personality to spare. We simply cannot believe that someone just threw him away. He no longer lives on the street but is now a pampered puppy living with his adopted sister enjoying a warm dry inside bed and good food. He has become a mama’s boy with my wife. He takes wonderful care of her watching over her when she is outside. He has learned all of his obedience commands, loves going for rides with me in my pickup and has finally learned to play ball.

10:05 pm

Friday, December 2, 2011

BE AWARE - "Humane Society for Shelter Pets" - FRAUD CHARITY 8:10 pm


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