So far, three people have been cited for keeping their pets outside in the subzero freeze gripping St. Louis. Temperatures are so cold that animals left outdoors could die, so St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson assigned extra officers to keep an eye out for neglected or injured pets.
One of the more troubling instances of mass animal abuse reported in Missouri has taken a turn for the confusing. Back in November, Daily RFT reported on the apparent rescue of 252 animals -- 192 rabbits, 25 goats, 21 chickens, 10 cats, 4 dogs and a duck -- from a property near St. Clair.
Nature can be cruel. Coyotes are attacking small dogs in the St. Louis metro area, and the Humane Society of Missouri issued a warning to owners Wednesday.
Stray Rescue put out an urgent letter asking for donations and volunteers to help homeless dogs and cats during this season's particularly biting cold weather. Sleet and snow have left strays with frostbitten paws, which makes scavenging for food painful and difficult, says Randy Grim, Stray Rescue ... More >>
Baseball fans know Tony La Russa as the sunglasses-wearing, fiercely intense manager who led the St. Louis Cardinals to two World Series wins. But the Daily RFT found six impossibly cute photos of La Russa that could cheer up even a town of baseball fanatics right after a huge loss. (Know any of t ... More >>
You can't hide it: You love cats. Can you really resist touching the soft, fine fur atop a tabby's head? Will you suppress your delight when Mr. Fatty McWhiskerbottom slides past your leg oh-so-causally? Don't fight it. You do love cats. Search your feelings, you know it to be true. So, in honor ... More >>
The circus is in town this weekend, and St. Louis animal-rights activists are turning out to try to convince showgoers that the Greatest Show on Earth is actually the saddest. Christina Tenti, of south St. Louis County, and her volunteers with the St. Louis Animal Rights Team say they're protesting ... More >>
A tiny black-and-white kitten, only eight-weeks-old, was found dead in north St. Louis yesterday and animal rescuers say it's very clear someone used a rock to kill the animal. "Every indicator shows that this was an intentional killing," Anne Vincent, an animal cruelty investigator with the Human ... More >>
This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>
Missouri has the worst puppy mills in the nation -- and lawmakers in the state are working hard to make sure it stays that way! So says the Humane Society, which announced this week that Missouri ranks No. 1 for terrible puppy farms in the United States and is now going after a piece of legislation ... More >>
Last month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" inside one of Washington University's labs, which the group says reveals the school's mistreatment of live cats in one of its courses. Soon after, PETA made more of a splash with an announcement that The Price Is ... More >>
Three years after Missourians voted to crack down on disreputable dog breeding operations, the Show-Me State continues to lead the nation in the number of dangerous and unsanitary puppy mills. So says the Humane Society of the United States, which last week issued a report highlighting the nation' ... More >>
Is it necessary for Washington University to use live cats as part of a medical training program? That question was raised again last week when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" that gives viewers a look inside the medical school's practice of intubating anes ... More >>
It's becoming clearer every month: If you don't take care of your dog, the city's new Animal Cruelty Task Force will "take care" of you. (In a misdemeanor-charge kind of way.) A couple of gentleman have just learned that lesson. Gary Miller, a 59-year-old from the 3100 block of Fair, has been arrest ... More >>
Should med students practice tracheal intubation by sticking a plastic tube down a kitten's windpipe? Washington University's School of Medicine is one of the last pediatrics programs in the country that says "yes." This morning animal rights activists -- in town for a national convention -- stood ... More >>
Oh, Burger King. For many years Gut Check called you the perpetual fast-food bridesmaid because your Jan Brady burgers could never catch up to McDonald's Marcia. Then earlier this year Wendy's passed you to become the No. 2 fast-food chain. What to do, BK? What to do? Own the animal-welfare issue. ... More >>
The Missouri House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill designed to thwart undercover investigations into big agriculture. The legislation (HB 1860) mirrors a similar bill signed into law this year in Iowa and creates the crime of "Agricultural Production Facility Fraud" for anyone who obtains ... More >>
The office of City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce recently trained Stray Rescue of St. Louis personnel in the intricacies of legally documenting the appalling cases of animal abuse that Stray Rescue staff encounter on a daily basis. The goal of this late-March meeting was to expe ... More >>
City leaders are taking steps to curb St. Louis' stray dog problem.The city's Estimates and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved yesterday a proposal to use $170,000 from last year's budget surplus to build a new animal shelter in north St. Louis. The plan is to lease and renovate a va ... More >>
PETA's video shows a tiger with his paw trapped under the bars of his cage at the UniverSoul Circus. UPDATED at 4:45 p.m. with comments from UniverSoul Circus. Yesterday, the UniverSoul Circus opened a five-day run at the Jamestown Mall -- bringing its dancing dogs, amazing acrobats and terr ... More >>
Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United StatesGovernor Jay Nixon yesterday announced new measures (and $1.1 million in funding) to monitor dog-breeding operations here, in light of the "Missouri Compromise" that he signed into law earlier this year. The compromise gutted key parts of Pr ... More >>
Toto's not the only dog whose life was upended by a tornado -- rescue workers in Joplin have helped 900 animals.You can see their faces on the web site for the Joplin Humane Society: eager, sad, hopeful.They are the animals of Joplin, Missouri, displaced by the tornado that tore through town two ... More >>
Diana BenantiHolly Kersten and Lauren Quillo stumping for PETA in the Loop. Nothing says animal rights like a couple of naked chicks standing on a street corner, right? Two St. Louis lovelies bared arms, legs and backsides for PETA in the Delmar Loop yesterday, hoping to educate passersby on ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergGovernor, how could you resist those puppy-dog eyes?Just as he said he would last week, Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 113 this morning. The bill tweaks Proposition B, the initiative to put limits on dog breeding facilities (the nice term for "puppy mills") that vote ... More >>
via www.zifflaw.comIt's not the humane society's fault if your adopted pup turns into a vicious attack dog, the Missouri Court of Appeals says.When a St. Louis girl was bit by a dog, she and her family filed suit against the dog's owner, alleging the attack was a result of the owner's "negligence ... More >>
PETA loves Donna Oelze!Donna Oelze might have good reason to be sick and tired of dogs. She works as a groomer, after all, and (take it from this dog owner!) not every pup is delighted to get his hair cut or his toenails clipped.But when Oelze saw a dog walk into the traffic on I-270 and get stru ... More >>
Gut Check recently caught up with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who decided to investigate the factory farming industry in America. He recently published his findings in "Eating Animals," his first work of nonfiction. While the book isn't exactly an anti-meat screed, it presents factory farming ... More >>
Everyone loves adorable pets, right?C'mon, we know you're out there -- crazy animal lovers. You gotta be. Why else would television stations always bait their newscasts with sob stories about injured puppies and wet kittens? It's because you're a sucker for those heart-wrenching tails tales. And ... More >>
This week's feature story, "Down on the Farm," chronicles an increasingly heated national battle over "factory-farmed" food. On one side: a phalanx of corporation- and family-owned farms across the country. On the other: the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States.Caught in the ... More >>
The government thinks the FDA needs to step up food inspections. Despite a rash of recalls in the past six years, the FDA has inspected less than half of the organizations it regulates with the number dropping annually. The food safety legislation currently in Congress would provide more resources ... More >>
For the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, every day is Groundhog Day. This of course means that every day is a new day to summon yet another spasm of outrage and cite a further example of man's inhumanity -- to animals. On this particular Groundhog Day, PETA has outdone them ... More >>
Contributed by Kim BarksThis poor Elephant doesn't have a name, but anybody can suggest one for a $7.00 donation going to BackStoppers. What do an auto body shop, the St. Louis Zoo, an animal rights group, Mardi Gras and the Caribbean have in common?They're all part of this week's Elephant relate ... More >>
Todd OwyoungMorrissey's concert rider bans meat from whatever venue he happens to be playing that night, due to his staunch vegan status. (When he played the Pageant last year, the hot dog cart even had to take the night off!) We're not sure if that has anything to do with the following item, ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/34443508@N08C'mon down! Bob Barker, the erstwhile host of The Price is Right and longtime animal rights activist, has just donated $1 million to his alma mater, Drury University in Springfield, MO, to establish a professorship in animal rights. Barker hopes it will be the beginn ... More >>
OK. We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are as guilty as anyone of obsessing over George Clooney's presence in our fair city. However, today brings news that makes even us blanch. PETA wants to sell tofu that tastes like the actor.Yeah. You read that right.From the always reputable E! (v ... More >>
Those familiar with animal rights organization PETA know the group puts out risque advertisements in order to draw attention to their cause. It's not often though, that they take to the streets of the Gateway City.After the jump, two PETA protests spotted today at 9th and Olive streets downtown.
Unreal sees what all the inflatable fuss is about, learns why kitties are bad presents and talks to a man who loves hotties-but-smarties; plus, the second installment of Local Blog o' the Week!
Nobody denies Debi Baker's talent with animals. Too bad she doesn't have the same gift with people.
Party for a good cause at the Humane Society's "Bone Appétit" party
Week of May 23, 2001
"Adopt a Stray on Bunny Day" seeks families for homeless pets
Humane Society of Missouri's Docents
Published the week of April 5