Royal Canin &Animal Cruelty

The international Royal Canin pet food company supports bear baiting and animal cruelty, and they got caught.

Bear baiting is a cruel “sport” where dogs are provoked to attack a bear that has been rendered defenseless by being restrained, and usually having its teeth and claws removed.

Earlier this week when Four Paws International condemned Royal Canin’s participation in a bear baiting event in the Ukraine, Royal Canin went the typical corporate route of warding off bad publicity. They denied, denied, denied. Then they claimed they didn’t know what was happening at the Royal Canin-sponsored event and they had been duped.  Then they blamed the Ukrainian branch of the company.

I sent an email to Royal Canin Canada expressing my utter anger and got back three emails (one in German) full of styrofoam words.

The consumer affairs department reiterated some of what I had already read on the internet:

  • “they were “horrified and upset”
  • “they would be “changing policy” so it “didn’t happen again”

But of all the words they used to cover their collective rear ends, there was not a word about the bears or at a minimum, the dogs.

Both are victims in this. The bears are controlled by three heavy chains so they can be yanked in any direction or pulled off their feet during an attack. The dogs are tortured to be driven to attack. The sickening “game” goes on all day with fresh dogs sent in every ten minutes against a lone bear.

While the company indicated that every employee was horrified and quivering in their cubicles, their PR departments couldn’t spare one word for either the bears or the dogs.

Not one word for the sentient beings who are being tortured to death by this cruelty. Does Royal Canin only care about cute and fluffy puppies? Who, by the way, are thrown to the dogs in training so that they can acquire a taste for bear blood.

And their words about changing policy? What is the current Royal Canin policy? That if a bear is being choked by chains it’s okay as long as there are no dogs in the immediate area, as we must avoid the appearance of bear baiting?

Oooo, and after I told them I would no longer be a customer in any way, and l would inform as many people as I could about Royal Canin’s support of animal cruelty, they sent me coupons.

Seriously. How tone deaf are they?

I was totally incensed by all of this.

The head office blaming the local branch was lame on one hand. But on the other hand I have never attended a sponsored event that hasn’t had a representative onsite. I know bear baiting/killing goes on in many parts of the world and definitely in the Ukraine, but somehow Royal Canin representatives missed out on attending this particular marketing event.

They missed the noise, the smell, the screaming, the blood, the death.

I woke up this morning to a Facebook posting from Four Paws International saying that Royal Canin has finally agreed to meet with them next Tuesday to discuss the issue. But that doesn’t mean that we should let up on the pressure.

To contact Royal Canin Canada, click “Contact Us” on this page, or hover over “Royal Canin Worldwide” to bring up your country and click through to the Contact page. Or, you can leave a message on one or more of their Facebook pages:

If your country is not above, type Royal Canin in the search box and pick your country and post a message. Please make your feelings known to them.

Heart up, people, and deprive Royal Canin of what it loves most – money – until it helps put an end to animal cruelty.

Oh, and according to Yahoo Finance Mars candy company owns 60% of Royal Canin so they should be hearing from you as well – here’s the contact form.


Calgary Strong

Calgary, Alberta has undergone a very difficult time.  The flooding was very destructive and it will take a long time to recover from the damage.  The citizens have pulled together to help each other through this difficult time.  Their initial focus has been stripping out the damaged parts of their homes and businesses, and starting to rebuild.  It has been very stirring to hear of the volunteers getting out to help.

It would make any city proud except for the fact that they are working in overdrive to get the grounds ready for the annual animal torture fest known as the Calgary Stampede.  I thought maybe, for one year, at one site, animals might not be tortured; maybe the people of the city would replace it with something positive.

But apparently they feel the need more than ever to dig spurs into a horse’s flesh so they are covered with gore.

“I think more Calgarians are going to go this year because they want to say they went this year, because they have Calgary pride,” said Cliff Steedman, quoted on

Pride in snapping a little calf’s neck with a rope, heaving the calf on its’ side and tying up its feet?  A 150+ lb. man against a maybe 25 lb. calf?  A baby taken away from its’ mother and tortured?

Nothing screams pride in Calgary more than torture apparently.

Pride in whips that cut into a horses’ flesh because it isn’t running fast enough; ropes (again with the ropes) tied so they cut into an animal’s genitals to make the animal buck harder.

Wait, what kind of blog am I writing?  Should I be doing an expose on S&M and bondage at the stampede?

Do you suppose the guys (and gals perhaps) get a little tingle in their crotch when they see what the ropes do to the animals genitals?  Is there a waiting list to do this job?  Are bribes being paid to have the first chance?

Do parents know what is going on behind the scenes as they trot in with their innocent children?

As I’ve demonstrated there are too many unanswered questions right now to fully expose the BSM culture at the Calgary Stampede.  Would the dominatrix in the city care to comment?  Anyone interested in doing a thesis?  A psychologist to do an in depth analysis [there is serious symbolism here]?  Perhaps a royal commission?  Reality show?  The CBC presents….

Ah well, the developing story of the under culture of BSM at the Calgary Stampede aside, it is still a gory animal torture fest that nobody should feel pride about.

Calgary strong, meh.

A Cat Needs Our Help

A self-described “dog person” went above and beyond to help a cat last night.

She rescues dogs under all circumstances.  She learned about this cat and decided to rescue it as well.

The story is here:

It is a bit scattered as the lady updated everyone through the comments on the various posts (the ones with the cat’s picture to state the obvious) on facebook.  But please take the time to read through the comments on “Chance — Bald is Beautiful” to get the whole story:

I couldn’t believe the photo of the cat when I first saw it.  It was late at night and I was viewing it on my phone but I kept thinking what is missing?  Until I realized what was missing.

Cast Missing Leg

The little cat must have been in agony.  At least she is resting at the vets now and is going to get all the care she needs.

As usual, none of this comes without expense.  Please consider donating to: to pay for the cat’s leg amputation and other needs.  If we all gave $10 it would go a long way to helping this cat.

If you can’t donate please share this story on your twitter, blog and facebook.

The lady who is helping the cat is a wonderful spirit, braver than I am and I thank her for her service.

Sweet Borko

I circled this story for awhile.

Sweet Borko hurt in Bulgaria.  In the village of Selcha (Селча), Municipality of Devin, District of Smolyan in Southern Bulgaria.

I knew it would be about a horrific case of animal abuse.  I just didn’t want to go near the details.

I finally hit on a link to petition the Bulgarian government about the abuse this sweet dog named Borko suffered.

And I thought my head would explode.  And my heart took another hit.

Whatever the agenda or back story was, it doesn’t matter, a little dog shouldn’t be beaten and have his spine broken over your agenda.

How does the man who beat Borko explain it to his wife, husband, parent, or any other relative?  I’ve never been able to puzzle that out.

I picture a scene in a kitchen with the man sitting at the table, bent over his plate as he shovels food into his mouth with a spoon clutched in his fist.  Possibly using a bib.

“Dear, what is that on your pants?” 

(Man grunts) “Just some blood, I beat a small dog today with a bat.  Broke his spine.”

And then what?  Does everybody slap him on the back and congratulate him?   I picture him throwing out his chest and strutting.  Does he receive a plaque from the village mayor?

I don’t know what the “I broke a dog’s spine” etiquette is these days, especially in Europe.  A small gift, a bottle of wine?

I tend to lean towards shackles, cement overshoes and a close at hand body of deep water.  I think it would fall under modern etiquette rather than traditional, but you could check.

I don’t know how these people’s brains work.  I don’t want to know.  I just don’t want them to breathe the same air as I do.

This man and that mob don’t represent Bulgaria or his village.  There will be more people there that care about Borko than this man, but unfortunately this is the news out there about Bulgaria.  It is, though. up to the Bulgarian people and government to put the resources in place so that animals have protection.  As a member of the European Union, the government agreed to protect animals.  I hope they do so.

Please sign the petitions.  If you pray, please pray for Borko.  If you believe in positive thoughts, please send them to Borko.


Moon Bears & Animals Asia

I recently discovered the Animals Asia organization.
Which led me to discover the beautiful Moon Bears.
Jasper @ Animals Asia Sanctuary

(Jasper at the Animals Asia sanctuary in China.)
Which led me to discover the vile bear bile industry.


(A Moon Bear in the cage he has lived in all of his life.)
Which is cruel and inhumane.

It was a story about six bears rescued by Animals Asia in early January 2013 from an illegal bear bile farm in China that caught my attention. It has been marvelous reading about Mac, Katie, Peter, Shamrock, Budda & Xuan Xuan as they were rescued and received life changing surgery.

They were recently transferred, from their isolation room and cages, into their new dens. It was incredibly moving to see them take their first steps onto solid ground. They had spent all their lives standing (if they could) on the steel bars of their cages which greatly affected the pads of their paws. They are now only a short time away from stepping onto soft grass for the first time.

Peter Bear (named after British actor and Animals Asia Ambassador Peter Egan) spent his life in a cage that was much smaller than his body. The muscles in his back legs lack tone and strength but will get better under Animals Asia’s amazing care. When he was introduced to his den, his body strained and shook as he scrambled around the space but he valiantly clambered up to his new bed to stretch out for the first time in his life.

Peter Bear high up in his bed
(Peter Bear stretching out in his bed.)

Animals Asia was founded by Jill Robinson to rescue and rehabilitate the bears after she discovered the horror of the vile bear bile farms. The bears are kept in tiny “coffin” or “crush” cages and their gall bladders are milked for bile that is used in traditional medicine. She has built teams in Vietnam and China to rescue and care for the bears, and has forged agreements with both governments that allows Animals Asia to do this work.

Due in large part to the education arm of Animals Asia, many people in China and Vietnam, and around the world are speaking out against the bear bile industry.

Help shine a light on this despicable industry.

It will be one of the better things you can do in this world.

To learn more about Animals Asia, the bears and the horrific bear bile industry, go to: or their facebook site:

See Peter Egan’s visit to his namesake and an amusing video as he feeds treats to Karel Bear.

Support Animal Asia’s work, donate if you can, and follow @peteregan6, @moonbearjill & @animalsasia on twitter to keep up with their latest news.

2013 is going to be a great year for the bears.

(Photos of Jasper and Peter Bear are the property of Animals Asia.)