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Website of the Week...

     This week, we'd like to remember some of the animals who have given their lives in the course of war. Our choice is the Key West Collies blog.The website had a wonderful tribute to the dogs who served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Known as "Devil Dogs," hundreds of Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, and even a few mongrels found their way to the Pacific islands of Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima. Take a trip back through time, as you examine the pictures of war dogs and their handlers. Of the 549 dogs who survived the battlefield, only four were deemed unfit for adoption. Sadly, Twenty-five of the dogs on duty in Guam were never to return to the United States. They were buried in the War Dog Cemetery in Guam. In 1994, a War Dog Memorial was dedicated to the dogs buried in Guam. We would like to offer a 21-bark salute to those fallen heroes. RIP, heroes

In addition to its dedication to these canine war heroes, the site is, as its name states, devoted to Key West Collies. A most recent submission has a collie named Essex sitting on the floor behind bags of candy. The event is described as "Collieween." Along with Essex, Key West Collies also feature the adventures of another collie, Sherman.  

There also are contributions from visitors, called "Cyber Paw Pals." Often, these items include photos and art work. And to top off the entertaining site, there is a clock, which is accurate and is called "Key West Collie Time."

At the top of the blog is this message: "May your tail wag, your belly be full, and may you have a forever family to rub your tummy and scratch behind your ears." - the collies' blessing to other dogs.

Take a look at the Key West Collies blog for great photos of dogs at war and lots of fun pictures and stories about two loved collies and their many friends.

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U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., for sponsoring legislation to ban the cruel practice of "soring," which produces an artificial high-stepping gait for the Tennessee Walking Horse. Read more  06/21/03

The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers   for working together on federal legislation that would lead to improvements in housing for 280 million hens involved in U.S. egg production.  Here are the details.

Illinois State Rep. Luis Arroyo for sponsoring the Lion Meat Act, which would make it unlawful to slaughter a lion or for any person to possess, breed, import or export from Illinois, buy or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter. Details of the bill

Florida State Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, for joining animal advocates in support of a bill that would strengthen the animal cruelty law and add animal fighting and baiting as a racketeering offense. Source: HSUS

Missouri State Rep. Neal Torpey, R-Independence, for sponsoring a bill that exempts any animal shelter from paying a license or other fees. Here is the proposal.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for signing the Animal Control Bill, which among other things, creates a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce the number of homeless animals statewide. Read more.

West Virginia State Senate Majority Leader Rep. John Unger, D-Berkeley, for sponsoring a bill that cracks down on "puppy mills," to ensure humane treatment of dogs raised by commercial breeders. See this story.

Missouri House Speaker Timothy Jones, R-Eureka, and State Rep. Jay Houghton, R-Martinsburg, for attempting to make the Secretary of Agriculture into an elected position. Currently, the position is in the Executive Branch, meaning that it is under the oversight of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. However, Nixon has increased enforcement efforts against puppy mills, and Attorney General Chris Koster, a likely successor to Nixon, has campaigned to end puppy mills and has created a special unit to prosecute abusive breeders. Apparently, Speaker Jones and cohort Houghton like puppy mills, and they see nothing wrong with the abuses that they bring about. Animal rights people in their districts should put up opponents to these clowns next year in the primaries or general election. We don't need deceptive people like this in office. See the details.

And if puppy mills isn't enough to support, State Missouri Rep. Jay Houghton, a true horse's ass, is sponsoring legislation to prohibit any court from issuing an injunction to stop or delay the construction of any horse-slaughtering facility based on a challenge or appeal of a permit, license, or certificate. In other words, Houghton also wants to do an end-run around the judicial system, too. If there is anybody that should be put out to pasture, it's Jay Houghton.

Members of the Maryland General Assembly who failed to repeal a Maryland Court of Appeal ruling that declared all pit bull-type dogs "inherently dangerous." The Court of Appeals later limited the scope of its ruling, clarifying that it did not apply to mixed-breed dogs. Despite expectations that the General Assembly would repeal this ruling during the 2013 legislative session, they failed to do so before they adjourned April 8. The court ruling remains in effect and the next opportunity to address it won't be until January 2014. Here is the story.





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Should it be a crime to film at factory farms? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pushing such bills in six states.

Factory farm film

Animal activists see such legislation as a way to hide mistreatment and abuse of animals. The proposals mandate that evidence of animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, or face a financial penalty. This video shows abuse at a factory farm.


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