Make Sure You Know Who Your Charity Really Is

It is once again that time of year when philanthropy and shopping occur at a fever pitch. Securing deductions for the end of the tax year and holiday shopping help charities fund their programs for the year to come. Outright donations, shopping at our marketplaces, or simply making a donation in someone's name all help your spcaLA. It is also important to research and donate wisely. Nothing upsets all of us more than hearing a person say "I gave to your national office" when, in fact, there is no such thing....more

A Word About Poop and Plastic Bags

Minutes after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to ban disposable single use plastic bags I received a call from the media requesting an interview to answer the question "what do people do with dog poop?"...more

Proud to be an Enabler! Permission to Treat Animals Humanely -Granted!

I was at a meeting with both leaders in and outside of the animal protection business, discussing strategies to place more pets in good homes and to foster responsible pet ownership, when one of the "outsiders" called me an "enabler". She said that because spcaLA was so well run and boasted beautiful facilities - we were enabling people to turn in their pets without guilt. We were, in fact, letting people off the hook by providing safe, humane and loving places where unwanted pets could live while waiting for a new family to adopt them....more

Senator Robert Byrd dies, animals lose advocate and friend

On Monday, the animals lost one of their most powerful and ardent voices, Senator Robert Byrd. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a Senator from 1959 to 2010 and was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress. Byrd was 92 years old and still in office when he died. Byrd’s history in politics began with a controversial start. He joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1942 when he was just 24 years old....more

From Cheeseburger Lover to Overnight Vegetarian

I stopped eating animals two months ago. Thank you, BlogHer Book Club. So what happened? Two months ago, I read the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, whose novel Everything is Illuminated is one of my all-time favorites. I didn’t choose to read Eating Animals because of the topic but because I loved its author and because it was a BlogHer book club selection; I honestly didn’t expect to learn anything more about the meat industry I hadn’t already read about in The Omnivore’s Dilemma or Fast Food Nation or seen in the film Food Inc. I knew how bad the conventional meat industry was. I knew that the conditions for chickens, cows, and pigs were abysmal and that raising them, as well as overfishing the oceans, was wreaking havoc on the environment. ...more
Great post. I've been vegetarian for several years and like you some of those years were spent ...more

Choice for Chickens? How California's Prop 2 is a little (a tiny bit) like the pro-life movement

Here in California, there is a proposition on the ballot that could change the way laying hens, pigs, and calves are treated. Proposition 2 would require farms to "allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs." ...more

If eggs are expensive (and they are) why not replace them with cheaper, higher quality ...more

Dispatches From the Pet Blogosphere: DMX in Deep Trouble, Food Recalls Continue, LolCats Remember

I'm tempted to focus solely on "Why dog fighting is bad" this week, because it's weighing heavy on a lot of minds, including my own. There's a lot more going on in the world of domestic and companion animals that I'd like to share, though, so a round-up is the way to go. That said, dog- or any other kind of animal - fighting IS bad, and the more reports I see on this issue, the more charged up about it I get. There are 52,546 Technorati hits on "Michael Vick" alone as I type this, meaning my eyes are crossing and all synapses simultaneously firing. ...more

because in these cases they're either possessions to amass and pass off on others (so it seems ...more

Pets for Rent?

When I was a kid I begged constantly for a dog. Both of my parents worked, and they told me it wasn't possible. "We don't have the time or the energy to give an animal. It wouldn't be fair to it," my mother would say, smartly ignoring my whining and claims that I was the most underprivileged, dogless child in all the land. ...more

Never mind. I agree - pass!