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December 16 2019

NFL Commissioner Doesn’t Care How Fans Feel About Michael Vick

I’ve made it abundantly clear that Michael Vick should be the captain of nothing. The National Football League decided that the now retired quarterback should be honored as an honorary captain at the upcoming Pro Bowl game. No way, I say – forgive him if you can – I cannot as he personally physically harmed…

December 11 2019

Suggesting Michael Vick Deserves Pro Bowl Status

Following a viral post I authored supporting the notion at former NFL quarterback and convicted felon Michael Vick doesn’t merit being the ceremonial National Football League Pro Bowl Captain, I did receive some push back. Being that my social media is followed and liked greatly by animal lovers, it’s no surprise that overwhelmingly most people…

December 6 2019

Deranged Man Breaks into Cars Using Ferrets

In an incident police in North Yorkshire, England called “disturbing,” a 25-year old man allegedly used a box he kept live ferrets in to dent cars, and even break some windows. He damaged a dozen vehicles. The man was arrested for both the damage he did as well as for animal cruelty. An RSPCA spokesperson…

December 5 2019

Steve Dale’s Pet World Moves on Sunday AM and Crazy Coyote Confiscation

I’ve been on WGN Radio for 22 years. After being on the radio for two hours on Saturday and then Sunday nights, and then Saturday and then Sunday afternoons, for the past four years or so I’ve hosted a 30 minute show from 6:30 to 7 am on Sundays. I announce on this show at…

December 2 2019

Michael Vick as Pro Bowl Captain?

Should Michael Vick be named as a National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl captain? There are two relevant questions. First, on the field, football pundits suggest his career hasn’t been consistently stellar for a length of time. Which brings me to the second and far more important question, his career was interrupted by a jail…

November 27 2019

6 Facts Regarding Recently Signed PACT Act

President Trump signed the  PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture. Here’s my scorecard: Six points about the new law. While animal cruelty has for several years been considered a Federal crime, the definition of what constitutes an animal cruelty felony varies state to state. The PACT Act offers prosecutors uniformity.…

November 14 2019

City Working Horses Require More than Enrichment

Do horses belong in traffic on busy streets of cities like Chicago? Aside from some cities allegedly working the horses too often and in weather that is too hot or too cold, and regularly breathing in exhaust fumes, according to a recent study, horses show behavioral signs of poor welfare while housed in box stalls,…

November 7 2019

Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act Closer to Becoming Law

The Senate has now unanimously passed a bill that supports animal cruelty as a federal felony called The PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture. The bipartisan legislation, passed the House in October expands a previous law passed in 2010 and closes various loopholes and factors that weren’t a consideration nine years…

October 28 2019

Fighting Domestic Violence and Violence to Pets

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Danielle Behan of Purina explains why this matters regarding pets HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show. Sadly, when there’s domestic violence, pets are often the first victims. And the perpetrator will typically continue to threaten harming the pet,  Indeed at least 70 percent…

October 26 2019

PACT Act to Prevent Animal Cruelty Discussed on WGN Radio

Like lots of laws, once passed there are unintended loopholes and that turns out to be the case regarding animal cruelty, which is now by definition a felony. The problem is  interstate distribution of animal fighting videos or other materials, until now, skirted the law. U.S. Representative Rep. Dan Lipinkski (D-IL-03) co-sponsored and helped to…

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