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Felony Cockfighting Activity

posted May 27th, 2020 by
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Former AG Asks U.S. Attorney to Prosecute

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 26,  2020 – Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is asking  U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester to investigate allegations of ongoing trafficking of birds to Guam for cockfighting, for illegally possessing fighting animals, and perhaps engaging in other conduct at odds with state and federal law.  Mr. Kuester, based in Muskogee, has jurisdiction for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.  

The request follows an investigation by Animal Wellness Action and Animal Wellness Foundation that revealed that three of the top five shippers of birds to Guam, covering a three-year period, reside in eastern Oklahoma.  AWA and AWF allege, based on their investigation, that Oklahoma “may be the cockfighting capital of the United States.”  Attorney General Edmondson asked District Attorneys for Cherokee, Haskell, and LeFlore counties to investigate the allegations as well and to bring charges as appropriate.

Those individuals are John and Brenda Bottoms of Gunner Gamefowl Farm in Heavener; Bill McNatt of Cherokee Game Farm in Stigler; and Darrell Trammel of Moody Farm in Tahlequah. 

“The Eastern District is fraught with individuals who have been involved in the global trafficking and fighting of birds,” Edmondson said. “It is a felony under state and federal law to buy, sell, deliver or own any bird with the intent that such bird shall engage in a cockfight, and that’s clearly what we’re seeing. The three individuals identified in this investigation brazenly defy law enforcement officers. This deserves the attention of law enforcement officers and prosecutors, and that’s what we’re asking for.”

Through public records requests to the Guam Department of Agriculture, AWF and AWA obtained nearly 2,500 pages of avian shipping records dated November 2016 to September 2019. These records detail approximately 750 shipments of birds from more than a dozen states to Guam. 

In these documents, shippers described over 8,800 of the shipped animals as “brood fowl.”  There is no legitimate explanation for this volume of shipments. First, Guam does not have a significant animal agriculture industry or a show-bird circuit. Second, the ratio of roosters to hens in these shipments of brood fowl was nearly 10 to 1 with some shipments being over 100 to 1. It’s difficult to think of any animal agriculture industry that requires more males than females. Since it’s the males that cockfighters conscript for fights, and with standard breeding protocols calling for those ratios to be inverted, any reasonable person would conclude that the purpose of these shipments was primarily for promoting the cockfighting industry, which is robust on the island.

“Oklahomans voted in overwhelming numbers to ban cockfighting 18 years ago,” said Louisa McCune, executive director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, which supports a number of animal welfare causes. “The record of these illegal shipments indicates that we have a sizable cockfighting industry operating in Oklahoma. It’s our hope that law enforcement takes very seriously any and all crimes involving the abuse of animals, including the breeding, selling, and shipping of roosters used for an unconscionable blood sport.” 

There have been a number of prosecutions of cockfighters in the state, including the most recent action in January 2020, when county authorities arrested two people after investigators stumbled across a cockfighting ring east of Harrah.

“Cockfighters are still at it in Oklahoma, and we hope our investigation prompts local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to pull this illegal business up from its roots,” said Wayne Pacelle, founder of Animal Wellness Action. “The practice is cruel and barbaric, and long-distance movements of the birds threaten to spread avian influenza and jeopardize animal and human health.” 

AWA and AWF announced a rewards program to run for an indefinite time that provides a $2,500 reward for any individual who provides critical information that results in a successful federal prosecution of an individual or set of individuals who violate the federal law against animal fighting. 

Edmondson is co-chair of the National Law Enforcement Council for AWA and AWF.  During his time as Oklahoma Attorney General, he defended the law from constitutional challenges brought by cockfighters.  In Edmondson v. Pearce, the Oklahoma Supreme Court determined in a unanimous ruling that the anti-cockfighting law represents a proper exercise of authority and that cockfighting and related activities are forbidden in the state.  Numerous federal courts have upheld the federal anti-animal fighting law as constitutional.

-Emily Lang

Staging Your Home

posted April 21st, 2020 by
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Staging Your Home

by Nick Burton

Staging Your HomeWhen you put your house on the market, one of the first things you should do is research everything you can about buying a home in your area. This will help you to better understand sale prices and compare your place with others. For example, homes in OKC have been selling for an average of $171,000 over the last month. If you want to get the maximum sale price, you have to focus on home staging. This not only extends to how you decorate but also how you handle staging when you’re a pet owner. Below are some ideas to help you properly stage your home so potential buyers can’t tell you have a pet.

Control odors. You may already know your house has a scent because of your four-legged friend, but if it’s hard to tell, ask someone to come over and assess the situation. Prospective home buyers who don’t have furry friends will immediately be able to pick up on any pet-related odors as soon as they enter a place. You can mask some unpleasant smells by sprinkling baking soda on problem areas where there might have been an accident.

Get rid of any stains. Like smells, stains are a major turn off to prospective buyers. If there are specific areas of carpet in your home that continue to hold stains, it’s time to get those professionally cleaned. According to HouseLogic.com, this can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 per room. If for some reason, you’re unable to remove those stains, consider installing new carpet. Again, the goal is to make this a home that they can see themselves living in, not a place where you live with all your pets.

Keep your place clean. Pet dander, especially for prospective buyers who have allergies, is not something you want to have lingering around your home. To avoid this, tidy up your place regularly so that pet hair doesn’t collect on the floor or furniture.

Choose a new location of your home for your pets. If you’re used to letting your pets hang out wherever they please, this can lead to cleaning on top of more cleaning. Save yourself the time and energy and select a space in your home to serve as your pets’ living quarters. Sure, it’s okay to let them out when you’re around, but keep in mind, any space they access should always be kept in tip-top condition.

Take your pets elsewhere during viewings. One of the most obvious signs that you have a pet, or that a pet lives in your home, is to actually leave your pet there during a showing. According to the experts, this can be a deal-breaker for some. Unfortunately, not everyone likes pets. Have a plan in place to get your pup out of the house for last-minute showings. Doing so will keep you prepared and put you in a better position to sell your home.

Staging your home is all about converting interested parties into buyers and assisting them in visualizing what their life could be like at your place. As the old saying goes, first impressions are everything. Unfortunately, if buyers can tell you have a pet, you’re more than likely not going to get the price you want for your home, and possibly, not even an offer. Remember, you may love your pets, but everyone else may not feel the same way. Stick with the basics: Keep things clean and pet-free.
Photo credit: Pixabay.com

Lunchbox the Cat Reads Mean Tweets

posted March 14th, 2020 by
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CADBURY BUNNY FINALIST

LUNCHBOX THE CAT

READS MEAN TWEETS

Celebrity Cat Lunchbox Believes His Haters Make Him Stronger

Lunchbox

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – March 12th 2020 – “Don’t hate what you can’t imitate” are the words that local celebrity cat Lunchbox lives by. After becoming a Top 10 Finalist in the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts competition, internet trolls started coming for the Oklahoma Humane Society rescue cat. At a whopping 23 pounds there’s a lot of Lunchbox to love, and apparently, a lot to criticize in social media comments. Lunchbox has decided to take ownership of the negativity and prove to those who doubt him that he remains unbothered. Inspired by Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” videos, Lunchbox has filmed himself reading some of the most spirited comments on his recent social media posts. In the words of Yeezy (also known as Kanye West), “Love your haters – they’re your biggest fans.”

 

Lunchbox is currently in the Oklahoma Humane Society Foster Program, working under medical supervision to obtain a healthy weight. Lunchbox found his way to OK Humane through the Community Cat Program; a program created to help humanely manage free-roaming or “feral” cat populations through TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release). Free-roaming cats brought in by the public are spayed or neutered, ear tipped, vaccinated for rabies, and returned to the community where they were found at no cost to the citizen. You can see Lunchbox’s left ear-tip identifying him as a community cat! Cats who display friendly behavior towards humans are evaluated and brought into the Oklahoma Humane Society’s Foster Program to be adopted. Lunchbox is one of these cats: he loves people, being pet, and the sound of adoring fans screaming his name.

 

Beating out over 4,000 other applicants to make it into the Top 10 Cadbury Bunny Finalists breeds jealousy, it seems. Lunchbox recognizes that only true celebrities cause this much excitement, and had this to say to his online haters: “Jealousy is a disease, get well soon!”

 

Watch Lunchbox’s full Mean Tweets Video here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zs2keoovg3zdn9x/Lunchbox%20Reads%20Mean%20Tweets.mp4?dl=0 

 

If you are inspired by Lunchbox’s grace and refusal to crack under pressure, show your support by casting your vote in the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts competition. A star is nothing without their dedicated followers! Lunchbox supporters can vote every day through March 18th, 2020. To vote for Lunchbox click the link below: https://bunnytryouts.cadburyusa.com/en-us/Detail/9b93e469-a403-4f11-bc3d-fb0b516a1d7f?Gallery=Gallery

 

To see some of the comments that made this video possible, follow the Oklahoma Humane Society on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@okhumane).

 

The Oklahoma Humane Society is Oklahoma’s largest animal rescue and is entirely donor funded and foster-based. OK Humane’s mission is to end the needless euthanasia of dogs and cats in the state of Oklahoma.  OK Humane has a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, a neonate clinic, and a relocation program, among several other initiatives to help increase the state’s live-release rate of animals from local shelters.  For more information on OK Humane, please visit okhumane.org.

Lunchbox the Cat

posted March 4th, 2020 by
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LUNCHBOX THE CAT – THE NEW CADBURY BUNNY?

Local Feline Celebrity Makes His Big Break For National Stardom – Vote Today!

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – March 4th 2020 – Kristin Chenoweth, Garth Brooks, Mickey Mantle, and now Lunchbox the cat grace the list of Oklahoma’s most famous residents. The Large-and-in-charge rescue cat that found its home with the Oklahoma Humane Society earlier this year has been accepted as a finalist in the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts! Out of over 4,000 hopeful pets across America, Lunchbox was selected as one of 10 finalists all wishing to be the Cadbury Bunny in Cadbury’s upcoming Easter commercial.

 

Cadbury BunnyAfter developing a taste for fame from his meteoric rise to local stardom, Lunchbox has decided to try his luck on the national stage. The world needs more Lunchbox, and there is plenty to go around. The 23-pound tuxedo cat believes that he has what it takes to be the Cadbury Bunny, and he needs your help to make his dreams come true! Voting opens TODAY, so show your support for chonky boy Lunchbox by casting your vote.

 

Visit bunnytryouts.cadburyusa.com to make your voice heard. A vote for Lunchbox is a vote for Oklahoma rescue efforts!

 

Download Lunchbox’s official Cadbury Bunny Tryouts submission video here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k346fi6uxhkwhg0/AABwIANekHS1nOlwfnYdqzzZa?dl=0

 

The Oklahoma Humane Society is Oklahoma’s largest animal rescue and is entirely donor funded and foster-based. OK Humane’s mission is to end the needless euthanasia of dogs and cats in the state of Oklahoma.  OK Humane has a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, a neonate clinic, and a relocation program, among several other initiatives to help increase the state’s live-release rate of animals from local shelters.  For more information on OK Humane, please visit okhumane.org.

Common Bonds sets OKC news conference

posted January 20th, 2020 by
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Common Bonds to announce 90 percent shelter save rate initiative

Common Bonds, a group of organizations and individuals concerned about the wellbeing of Oklahoma’s companion animals, has scheduled a Jan. 21 news conference to discuss its plans to increase Oklahoma’s shelter save rate for dogs and cats to 90 percent.

The news conference is set for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, 2811 SE 29thStreet.

Common Bonds has established three distinct priorities in its effort to reach the 90 percent save rate. Those priorities include promoting methods to reduce the number of animals entering shelters, increasing community engagement and improving data collection. Speakers will discuss these priorities and the steps that will be taken to implement the group’s plan.

 

Speakers include:

Kelly Burley – director, Common Bonds

Jon Gary – animal welfare superintendent, City of Oklahoma City

Brent Toellner – senior director of national programs, Best Friends Animal Society

 

Dogs and cats available for adoption will also be in attendance.

For more information on Common Bonds, visit commonbondsok.com.

OKC Pets Mag Jan / Feb 2020

posted January 12th, 2020 by
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Jan / Feb 2020

OKC Pets Magazine  Jan / Feb 2020

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Sally Roper

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Rosalie Childs.

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King,

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

OKC Pets Magazine provides Oklahoma City area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now OKC Pets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

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