On Saturday morning, I had the pleasure to start my morning outside at Freedom Farm Animal Rescue, in hand-numbing weather and with welcoming sounds of roosters and chickens clucking, goats bleating – and much more. I got to watch the goats jump around when they saw Jamie Castano, president of Freedom Farm Animal Rescue, coming over with their food, play with pigs and kiss an alpaca!
Everyone clap your paws together for New Jersey which is on its way to becoming the first state to ban cat declawing. Cat owners have been declawing their cats for as long as it has been normalized. Declawing cats have been thought to be a “quick fix” to stop unnecessary scratching around the house and to avoid being scratched (crazy cat ladies know them as love scratches). However, it is finally coming around that declawing cats is just hurtful and if dogs get to keep their fingers, cats should too (for the people who insist cats are better than dogs)!
It saddens me to say that I live in a state that participates in such a cruel tradition: the annual New Jersey black bear hunt. This year the hunt to control the state’s black bear population has been expanded into two parts. The first week lasted from Oct. 10 to Oct. 15 and the second will from Dec. 5 to Dec. 10.
Since the first day of the hunt a whopping number of 549 bears have been killed, marking it the second highest harvest since the hunt reopened in 2010. This black bear hunt has been held every year that Governor Chris Christie has been in office.
The aftermath of last week’s hunt ended with bad news, which may have made room for some good news. Pedals, a wild New Jersey bear who was famous for walking through backyards on his hind legs, was killed.
All animals face abuse. Farm animals, exotic animals and domestic animals. I want to focus on a huge industry that is inhumane and that we have all probably supported once in our lives: puppy mills.