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Spectators at Dog Fights A Federal Offense

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December 2012: The Humane Society of the United States applauded the U.S. Senate for approving S. 1947, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which closes loopholes in the federal animal fighting law related to spectator attendance at dogfights and cockfights.

Federal law already makes it a felony to organize animal fights, possess or train animals for fighting, or move animals or cockfighting implements in interstate commerce for the purposes of fighting them. The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act would prohibit attendance at organized animal fights, cracking down on the spectators who finance animal fights with their admission fees and gambling wagers, and further impose additional penalties for bringing a child to these bloody and illegal spectacles.

It is now illegal in 49 states to be a knowing spectator at an animal fight. A majority – 29 states – impose felony-level penalties on spectators. This legislation imposes federal misdemeanor penalties for knowing attendance and felony penalties for knowingly causing a minor to attend.

The law would not affect “innocent bystanders,” because organized animal fighting is a federal crime and illegal in all 50 states; this activity is highly clandestine and spectators don’t just accidentally happen upon a fight. They seek out the criminal activity at secret locations, often need passwords to enter, and pay admission fees for the opportunity to watch and gamble on the gruesome show – facts that a prosecutor might use as evidence to prove that a defendant knowingly attended.

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The Humane Society of the United States

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Facebook Is Down!

Oh no Bully Community, Facebook is down! Facebook, the largest social media platform in the world experienced a huge outage today, as of 3:03pm eastern time. Users all around the globe were getting an error message saying “Sorry, Something went wrong.” “We are working on it and we will get it fixed as soon as we can.” This outage only lasted about a half hour, but in this new digital and social media age, a half hour is a lifetime. Many of us in the bully community use Facebook to promote our dogs, and our businesses. So the second the outage happened, we definitely noticed! Right now there are no details about why the outage happened, but it might a good idea for everyone to make sure they are not only using Facebook as their only social platform. You never know if the next outage could be permanent.

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Ruffffff or Roof?

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ruff or roof bully girl magazineMany pit bull owners know its very difficult to find an apartment when you state you have a pet and its a pit bull. Even as bully owners, we fall into the same category of stereotyping that all dogs of this breed are bad by nature.  This happens to be the main reason why we all, as a community need to come together, come out and support events and show the public how wonderful our dogs are.  We can play a part in changing one mind at a time.

American Temperament Society did a study testing 400 pit bulls and found 86.8% showed low aggression. Coming in 2nd place overall as most tolerant breeds. First place being taken by the Labrador Retriever. Despite this study, Pit bulls remain with the worst rap. Currently there are no regulations to protect pit bull owners from housing discrimination . Many states laws would hold the landlord responsible if an incident involving a pet happened on their property. So somewhat out of fear, somewhat out of false knowledge,  many homeowners will not entertain the idea of a pitbull, due to risk and liability, even if they will entertain the idea of a pet otherwise. Homeowners can legally refuse rental of their properties solely based on pets, this includes cats or dogs at their own discretion. So if you were faced with this decision and it came down to homeless or pet less, what would you do? One California family was faced with such a situation.

The Devia family, with two children and 2 pets  were evicted from their home, and found that when they began looking for a new home to rent they were faced with No, and No, reason being their pit bull. The pit bulls name is Rocco. He was a lifelong pet, house-trained and sweet. Rocco had an incident on record of injuring another dog who had poked his nose through the fence of their yard. He took and completed a course at BAD RAP . The owners paid fines, and obtained a license and insurance for their pet. He never had another incident people or dog related. With this blemish on his records, the decision to dump their dog in a shelter meant he would most likely end up put down. The decision between dog shelter,  or not have a roof over their head was a reality. They had to choose. They chose Rocco.

For the past year, the Devia family lives in their car, with their 2 dogs, Rocco the  7 year old pit bull, and Camilla (16), who is a lab mix. Their sons are currently staying with friends, but they have made a decision to stand firm that giving up their dog was not an option. They would rather be roofless then ruff-less.

 

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How does the New Madrid Fault line concern you and your pets?

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How does the New Madrid Fault line concern you and your petsConspiracy theories, natural disasters, catastrophic weather… Isolated incidents or the build up to something we would have never imagined in our lifetimes? It used to be if you lived on the west coast you anticipated the occasional earthquake. If you lived in the Mid West you anticipated the occasional tornado. If you lived by us in the East Coast, there really wasn’t much to worry about. But Now, tornados in New York? What, why, wow?!?

There’s a little gem in the Midwest people are starting to talk about as being a natural disaster on the horizon. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is a series of ancient faults cutting the Midwest and now hidden beneath the Mississippi River’s thick mud. The New Madrid fault zone is six times bigger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and it covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. The biggest earthquakes in the history of the United States were caused by the New Madrid fault.  We all remember feelings tremors from the 2011 Virginia earthquake, which is based on the very fault line people are beginning to grow increasing concern over. The last time this fault line had a serious  seismic event was in 1811-1812. Scientists HOPED the  New Madrid was settling down, instead there seems to be some evidence its building up for a event. One interesting theory is that the “oil volcano” unleashed by the BP oil spill in 2010 may have sparked renewed seismic activity in that part of the world.

There seems to be no evidence of “WHEN” something could happen.  However the government recently ordered a massive stockpile of multi-person FEMA  disposable coffins. Over 1 billion dollars worth. Several videos show stockpiles of coffins, acres worth of coffins lines up a few dozen high, in piles side by side stretching fields across. According to land owners, the CDC is leasing land in order to store the strangely large amounts of coffins on their land. As if this wasn’t alarming enough, the Dept of Homeland Security has also ordered 14 million dollars in body bags. The government is most definitely preparing for something they aren’t sharing with us!

 

It seems whatever is coming for us, they do also anticipate a huge number of survivors which I’m not sure is all that comforting , but 140 million MRE’s or Meals Ready to Eat have also been stockpiled as a readiness program to feed 7 million survivors for 10 days.

How does this effect  each of us? Who knows, but what I do know is the doomsday people are in a much better position then the rest. There is so many things to consider in making a safety or readiness plan to get yourself, your family, and your pets out of harms way.

I don’t believe people should panic over every government conspiracy out there. But when A + B = C, it’s hard to completely ignore. Increasing weather catastrophes, Polar Vortex’s, Snow in the southern most states have to at least be an indicator that things as we have long known them are changing!

I wouldn’t suggest moving to an underground bunker tomorrow, but maybe, discuss a readiness plan to evacuate your area and consider how your going to put into action, the move for yourself, kids, and pets, and where you would head and what you would bring.

A quick checklist brought to you by BGM to Make a Plan.

1. Pick a location to reunite with family, one  should be home, but if home is not an option, one right outside town such as a library, church, etc. Remember a disaster can strike any time and you and your loved ones could be anywhere and all in different locations.

2. Identify all possible exit routes.

3. Choose an out of state friend who will accommodate your family and pets.

4. Plan for each person or pets needs in your group. Medications,  food, water, warmth, light, shelter, entertainment.

5. Practice your plan, and make sure each member of your plan has a copy of the plan.

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