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Truly 'Free-Range' birds

With all the kerfuffle about the meaning or “free range” and setting humane standards for production egg layers and meat birds, I have provided a few images of what a free range bird looks like.

As in free. To range.

These are some of my porch chickens. Because, you know, they’re free, to range…

Duh.

 

Free Range rooster in the literal and figurative sense of the word

Looking to score some pesticide free apples...

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A Bit off the Beaten Path

I am confident that everyone is either in the grips of news about the Economy or the upcoming election. How this relates to our dogs is multi-fold.

When the economy suffers, there is a distinct rise in the surrender rates at shelters across the country as people determine the hierarchy of priorities for themselves and their families.

Animals suffer as a result.

As for the election, whom we vote for as our leaders determines the interventions and subsequent loss of freedoms that affect our ability to own the animals of our choice and care for them in a way that is beneficial and productive for both species.

Margot Woods of Applewoods Dog Training in Laurel Maryland has a few interesting additions to her blog regarding her views on Animal Rights verses Animal Welfare that address significant issues to animal owners in the United States of America.

It is important to understand that the political candidates who support such radical views as HSUS and PETA do so exclusively for one of two reasons. The first is the principal of money; the politician needs money to run his campaign and the HSUS and PETA operatives are quick in their approach to candidates who will gobble at the proverbial election campaign contribution “carrot on the stick”.

The second principal is simply one that the candidate may simply not be aware of the agendas and sign on in support because they are unfamiliar with the tactics and true ideals behind their new-found allies.

It is important for us to become more involved in the politics that determine not only our fates, but the fates of our animals, our rights to own them and care for them in time honored, respectful ways. The infringement of an oligarchy over the ownership of animals speaks directly to our rights as citizens of this nation and our rights under the Constitutional Laws of our fathers.

No one is opposed to animal WELFARE; the conscious and deliberate acts of protecting animals from abuse and cruelty. Do not be deceived however, by the conscious and deliberate acts of Animal Rights groups to strip you of your rights to own animals.

Forewarned is fore-armed.

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A Fine Kettle of Fish

One of my acquaintances sent me a link regarding the state of the Pet Food industry a while back and I found it absolutely riveting. With all the different schools of thought on the nutritional needs of dogs in the modern age, this is a timely piece; well researched and heavily referenced.

There is a lot to think about regarding the safety of the foods our dogs eat, with the threats of disease from protein sources and contaminants from improper sanitation. It’s some scary stuff.

Anyway, here it is. Spread it far and wide.

http://leda.law.harvard.edu/leda/data/784/Patrick06.html

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