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My Last Plea for Elgin Officials

In an attempt to deal with bad guys, like dogfighters, Elgin is supporting a breed ban. Oh, they’re not calling it a ban. Technically, it’s not a ban. Well, you decide – here’s the deal: All Pit Bull-type dogs (however that is defined) will instantly be deemed dangerous in Elgin (even if the dog is…

Simon Cowell, Hard-Hearted to AI Contestants But Soft-Hearted to Animals

If you’re not a fan of Simon Cowell, this video will change your mind. Cowell is speaking up for international animal protection and that Animals do Matter from the World Society for the Protection of Animals. 

Who Needs A Lawyer? In Switzerland, Not Your Animals

Voters in Switzerland have rejected a proposal to introduce a nationwide system of state-funded lawyers to represent animals in court. Animal rights groups had maintained that pets need someone to speak up for them. But understanding that this legal ‘service’ would hardly be free,around 70% of voters turned down  the proposal. Indeed Switzerland is a…

Coverage in Elgin to Proposed Breed Ban

I wasn’t able to make the Elgin protest of the proposed breed ban at Elgin, IL City Hall on Saturday morning (March 6). Here’s a report from resident Lila Lahalih, and a corresponding video.“About 100 people showed up, a lot of signs and some people brought their dogs as well, those awfully “dangerous pit bulls”…

Unique Take on Dog Show Judging

A version of Westminster you haven’t before seen – judging the dog handlers at the dog show: (link from Leslie)

Chicago Tribune Story, Animal Activists Target Big Breeders, Puppy Mills

Kudos to Tribune reporters Lisa Black and Jeff Long for their coverage of the movement to do away with corporate breeders and puppy mills. Of course, doing away with puppy mills would be a very good thing. It boggles my mind as to how some puppy mills are now allowed to operate – it seems…

Attention Dog Lovers – Join Pit Bull Ban Protest

In Elgin, there’s a new proposal to restrict Pit Bulls.  It’s an idea that has no merit.  I’m glad some dog lovers have organized a protest. The protest against the Elgin breed ban is at Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court, starting at 9 am, Saturday, March 6. Please show up – particularly if you…

Are They Joking? Elgin Says They Will Comprimise on Their Pit Bull Restrictions

When the wording of the “compromise” began all Pit Bulls will continue to be deemed dangerous, I knew this wasn’t a compromise at all. As it stood previously Elgin, IL public officials wanted to restrict Pit Bulls – for starters – by instantly deeming each one dangerous (without temperament testing) and mandating $500,000 of insurance.…

Elgin Bans Pit Bulls (or any dog they call a Pit Bull)

Officials in Elgin say they’re not planning to ban Pit Bulls. I beg to differ, as does the dude hosting videos at if the ordinance in Elgin passes, all Pit Bulls (or dogs they call Pit Bulls) will instantly be deemed dangerous – just because they are called Pit Bulls – no other reason.…

Images from Big Dog Show

The International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show was February 27, 28 at McCormick Place. I walked around with my camera, and share the images with you from this wonderful and prestigious benched show (a benched show means dogs must hang out – and spectators can meet the participants).

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