Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cruelty Report for Today Monday December 17th 2012

Horse owner charged with animal cruelty
CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - Livestock inspectors report finding five of neglected and malnourished horses on a Carlsbad property and allege the neglect led to another horse dying a painful death. The owner of six horses, Pamela Lunsford, 40, was arraigned ...
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Caldwell woman charged with animal cruelty
CALDWELL -- A 57-year-old Caldwell woman has been charged with nine counts of animal cruelty. A total of four horses and six goats were seized from Sabrina Carmack's property last month. Carmack is currently on probation for possessing too many dogs ...
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When the random cruelty of the world arises from a silly joke, our sorrow is ...
The Independent
When the random cruelty of the world arises from a silly joke, our sorrow is all the deeper. Don't underestimate the sense retribution can appear to make of what is otherwise senseless. Share. Tweet. +More. A child walks into a local supermarket and is ...
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Humane Society receives grant to expand animal cruelty education to high-risk ...
The education program provided by the Humane Society is an attempt to combat the cycle of cruelty against animals in Washtenaw County. Children often learn bad habits through poor role modeling at home and in their community, according to a news ...
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Sheridan woman faces animal cruelty charges after 62 dogs, cats removed from ...
The Grand Rapids Press -
2012 002.JPG Cats and dogs of various breeds - Chihuahuas, pit bulls, Maltese and medium-sized breeds - were released to authorities on Nov. 21. Courtesy Photo. SHERIDAN, MI -- A Sheridan woman will face animal cruelty charges after 52 dogs and 10 ...
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Woman faces animal cruelty charges in Montcalm Co.
SHERIDAN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 57-year-old woman is facing animal cruelty charges after more than 60 animals were confiscated from her Montcalm County home. WOOD-TV reports ( ) Nancy Muller is charged with ...
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Shocking cruelty
Fiji Times
Negligence of pets is an all too common sight in the country and the battle against negligence is one the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is constantly fighting. Over the coming weeks, The Fiji Times will ...
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Leachman sentenced for cruelty to horses
KRTV Great Falls News
BILLINGS - Former horse breeder James Leachman was sentenced in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Wednesday. After seven days of testimony that wrapped up last week, a jury found Leachman guilty on five misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.
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Graham horse owner charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty; 5 animals ...
Bellingham Herald
Pierce County Equine Abuse Investigator Jody Page exercises a registered Arabian horse, Nona Parada at a work out pen at Frontier Park in Graham on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Nona Parada is one of 39 horses, including ten stallions, spread among three ...
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cruelty Report for Today

Animal cruelty bill will stall in Senate | Dispatch Politics
Columbus Dispatch (blog)
Nitro's Law, a proposal to increase animal cruelty penalties for kennel operators, will not pass the Senate today on its final session of this General Assembly. Senate President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, said he has a number of concerns with the ...
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Report exposes 'the hands of cruelty' in Pakistan's Tribal Areas
Amnesty International
In a new report, “The Hands of Cruelty” - Abuses by Armed Forces and Taliban in Pakistan's Tribal Areas, Amnesty International highlights how the region's ”legal wilderness” is fuelling a human rights crisis. “After a decade of violence, strife and ...
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2 plead guilty to animal cruelty
Daily Record-News
Two pet owners at the center of a Kittitas County Sheriff's Office investigation last summer pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty each. Bernardo and JoAnn Garcia both pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree animal cruelty Oct. 9, and ...
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Billings breeder sentenced for animal cruelty - SFGate
San Francisco Chronicle
(AP) — A Billings livestock breeder has been sentenced to 120 days in jail and fined $5,000 after being found guilty of five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in the deaths of five horses. Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace Larry Herman told ...
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Gov. signs harsher animal cruelty legislation into law
LANSING -- Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that would increase penalties for people associated with animal fighting and animal cruelty crimes. "This legislation provides law enforcement the tools they need to put a stop to animal fighting ...
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Woman innocent of animal cruelty loses dogs
Westword (blog)
And the same scenario looms before Linda Robbins, who has at least temporarily lost custody of her fifteen Lhasa Apso dogs even though she was acquitted of animal cruelty in Greeley last week. Robbins, a 62-year-old retail clerk, was staying with ...
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South Bend man charged in animal cruelty case
Fox 28
A South Bend man is facing multiple charges of animal cruelty after police find three dogs dead outside his home. Charges were filed Thursday after a months long investigation into 38-year-old Joseph Perry. South Bend Animal Control was called out to a ...
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Carlsbad woman faces animal cruelty charges after horse dies of alleged neglect
Carlsbad Current Argus
Pamela Lunsford, 40, was arraigned Wednesday in Magistrate Court and Judge Henry Castaneda informed her that she has six charges of cruelty to animals filed against her by the State of New Mexico. While under Lunsford's ownership, one horse died of ...
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Bethlehem Animal Cruelty Proceedings Paused for Settlement Talks in Civil Case
Litchfield County Times
LITCHFIELD – Frederick Acker, the Monroe resident who faces civil and criminal actions in connection with alleged animal cruelty tied to the living conditions of dogs at a Bethlehem barn/shelter, was very confident Thursday morning that he would get ...
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Shearstown man arrested in animal cruelty investigation, charged with making ...
The Telegram
A Shearstown man arrested in relation to an animal cruelty complaint on Monday, was arrested again on Wednesday by the RCMP for allegedly threatening the person who made the complaint about possible animal cruelty. A subsequent investigation by the ...
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Man in Rochester cruelty case can't own dog for three years
Foster's Daily Democrat
ROCHESTER — The man who recently pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for allowing a pinch-style collar to cause an infection in his dog's neck had to surrender his black lab as part of a negotiated plea agreement, and is prohibited from owning a dog for ...
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King of Prussia man who killed kitten pleads guilty to animal cruelty
The Times Herald
COURTHOUSE — A King of Prussia man who admitted to killing a kitten in a fit of rage pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in Montgomery County Court Monday. Vincent Anthony Gambone, 23, of the 800 block of Hamlet Circle was admitted into a court-ordered ...
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Cruelty-free testing a must for society
Seminole Chronicle
The old adage "out of sight, out of mind" especially rings true when talking about animal cruelty and animal testing. If every household and cosmetic product you owned said directly on the label it was tested on animals, you might reach for a different ...
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Graham Horse Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty
Exit 133
“We are holding the owner accountable for cruelty to the animals,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, “and we are working with the Pierce County Auditor's Office to find good homes for the horses.” On September 25, 2012, a DEA agent was executing a ...
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Stricter animal cruelty laws coming; Salem County need an SPCA?; Jane Christy ...
Stricter animal cruelty laws coming. Assemblyman Burzichelli trying to put some real teeth into them. —. Jane Y. Christy of Millville recently received the Holly Society of America's Wolf-Fenton Award, the most prestigious award of the organization ...
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Live export cruelty hard to stop: Ludwig
The Australian
FEDERAL Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig says it's unfortunate but there will always be incidents of cruelty in the live export trade. His comments come two days after ABC TV's 7.30 program screened shocking videos of abattoir workers in Israel ...
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Final ruling for couple convicted of animal cruelty
The sentencing for two individuals convicted of animal cruelty of dozens of dogs in Middle Township finally wrapped up after a long two year legal process. The final ruling came down Monday, in the case of Dawn Scheld and her husband Leroy Thomas ...
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Raid on Elmer Street; Wonderland of Lights at NJMP; cruelty case in court ...
The case of Alexander Centeno will be heard in Bridgeton Municipal Court today at 2 p.m.. Centeno pled not guilty to animal cruelty charges stemming from an emaciated Great Dane that was seized by SPCA cruelty agents from Centeno's backyard on Nov.
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Amnesty report exposes hands of cruelty in Fata
The News International
LONDON: Amnesty International has alleged in a new report that millions of people in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas are locked in perpetual lawlessness where human rights abuses are allegedly being committed by the Taliban as well as the armed ...
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Dog cruelty case may settle
Waterbury Republican American
LITCHFIELD — Bethlehem town attorney Anthony DiPentima will recommend that town officials accept a settlement offer today from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Connecticut Director Frederick Acker in a custody hearing for 65 dogs ...
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Cruelty claims at Vic knackery
Weekly Times Now
ALLEGATIONS of animal cruelty and inhumane slaughter at a knackery in Melbourne's western suburbs have sparked outrage. The claims have forced two zoos to cancel their orders of horsemeat. Animals Australia is complaining about the treatment of ...
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Woman guilty of animal cruelty
Greenville Daily Reflector
Catherine Campbell, 41, of 109 N.C. 903 North, was charged on July 26, 2011, with 21 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after dogs, wolves, cats, a rabbit and other animals were seized on July 11 from her home. She was sentenced on Wednesday in ...
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Reader: Without rehabilitation, prison is nothing but cruelty and pain - Page ...
On a recent trip to Las Vegas, we were excited to go to Fremont Street to try a local delicacy: the deep-fried Twinkie! To our disappointment, there were no Twinkies to be had. Due to the recent contract negotiations between the Hostess Corporation and ...
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Citizens ask for a full investigation into animal cruelty / 12-13-12
Hastings Banner
The investigation of animal cruelty charges against Tepper started with a home foreclosure sale. Before the new owner took possession of the Tepper's former house in October, no charges were brought against her, even though people have now come ...
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Another UT Southwestern Employee Says He Was Fired for Reporting Animal Abuse


Donna Pulkrabek says she was pushed out of her job at UT Southwestern in May after reporting mistreatment of laboratory animals even though, as manager of the school's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), that was her job.
According to a lawsuit filed by Pulkrabek, she had raised concerns of animal mistreatment -- mice dying in freezers or in overheated rooms, among other things, her attorney explained -- to the Office of Institutional Compliance, then to the IACUC, then to the school's dean of basic research. At every level, she says her concerns were ignored.
It wasn't until she filed a formal complaint with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), part of the National Institutes of Health, that she says she got the attention of the administration. Within a week, she was placed on administrative leave and ultimately fired.
Now, a second UT Southwestern employee (who is represented by the same attorney as Pulkrabek) is claiming retaliation for reporting animal abuse. Patrick Thobe, who was hired in 2007 to oversee the treatment of UT Southwestern lab animals, says in a lawsuit that he was fired in September for reporting "UT Southwestern's long and ugly history of mistreatment of animals."
The facts of his case parallel those of Pulkrabek's: Reports to OIC, IACUC and a dean were ignored. A report to OLAW was met with retaliation. His lawsuit does, at least, provide a very detailed list of how animals were allegedly mistreated.
1. Live test animals were found in the carcass freezer. The concern with this situation, obviously, would be that live animals would be permitted to freeze to death.
2. Test animals received surgery without pain killers. These surgeries included, but were not limited to, arterial and venal catheterizations, tracheotomies and ovaryectomies.
3. Test animals were left in cages in excessive heat where they died of heat exhaustion.
4. Test animals received unauthorized surgeries. Unauthorized surgeries means that they were not approved by the IACUC Committee.
5. Unauthorized toe amputations on test animals. The toe amputations were not approved by IACUC
6. Test animals were given a lethal dose of radiation without authorization of the IACUC.
7. The death of a frog colony of approximately 40-50 was not reported.
8. Six incidents of unauthorized laboratory housing. The concern was the test animals were in an unauthorized location where they may not receive food or water or daily health checks.
9. Test animals received unauthorized interspleenic injections of tumor cells.
10. Test animals were subjected to unauthorized circadian rhythm experiments.
11. Test animals were injected with femoral arterial dye without the authorization from IACUC.
12. Test animals were provided a expired anesthetic. One year past expiration. The concern is that expired anesthetics have the potential to break down into painful metabolites causing unnecessary pain to the test animals.
13. Test animals died due to complications of intubations. The intubations were not carried out properly causing unnecessary death to the test animals.
UT Southwestern was served with Pulkrabek's lawsuit last week and has not yet filed a response. Thobe's was filed yesterday. I've passed it along to UT Southwestern spokesman Michael Berman for comment, but here's guessing the response will be the same as it was in the Pulkrabek case.
UT Southwestern does not comment on pending litigation, but we adhere to the highest standards in the care and use of animals in research. UT Southwestern fully complies with all applicable regulations and monitoring requirements, and its animal research program is registered with, and accredited by, all appropriate regulatory and accrediting entities.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Dog Who Suffered When Nobody Was Paying Attention

Life is busy and things, important things, are often overlooked in the midst of the frantic day to day activities.
"Things," like a dog who lives outside on the end of a chain.
The dog who sometimes is thrown a bit of food, and occasionally gets some water.
The dog who exists in a life of utter loneliness and neglect.
That dog, who day after day, week after week, year after year, is in the same place, can become part of the landscape - easy to overlook, easy to forget.
One dog, named "Harvey," suffered this pitiful existence.
This week, someone called animal control to let them know about a dog who was chained up in the backyard of a house.
The dog was in the dirt, he had fallen and was unable to stand.
It turns out that his "family," a term too kind to use because it somehow implies that there should be a semblance of caring, had moved away and left him where he had been chained for years.
Those people left him without food, water or shelter.
They left their fourteen year old dog to die alone.
The dog, covered in fleas, dirt and maggots, was in pain and suffering.
But in his last moments, he was not alone - for the first time in his life, he was touched by the hand of someone who cared.
She writes of those final moments:
I named him ♥ Harvey ♥ and stood by his side while he took his last breath and petted him and told him what a good boy he was and that he would no longer be neglected or suffer. He looked at me with such pretty brown eyes as to say “thank you” and then he was gone.
Life is busy, but it is crucial that everyone remain vigilant to what is happening around them.
Harvey is not the only dog who was forced to live a torturous life on a chain.
Whoever finally picked up the phone to call the authorities likely did not notice that no one was coming out to give the long-neglected dog food, or water.
Whoever that person was, had likely grown used to the sad dog that sat in the back yard of a house.
All the while, Harvey suffered, while nobody was paying attention.
Rest in Peace Harvey.
·         DECEMBER 11, 2012
·         BY: PENNY EIMS
I am human, if you see a typo, please let me know. Questions, comments or story ideas can be emailed to
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·         I am a dog, not a thing

Many companion animals will suffer this winter - again.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Morgan is a young female wild caught orca caught by a lie!


Jackie Kelly
Petition by
Southport, United Kingdom

Morgan is a young female wild caught orca, rescued by the Dolphinarium Harderwijk in June 2010 who gained a permit to rescue her on the condition she was released back to the ocean as soon as possible.
This did not happen. Morgan was put 'on show' to the public within 5 weeks of her 'rescue'. It is a well known fact that when rescuing wildlife, the only human contact of any kind should be to improve the health of the animal and to rehabilitate and release back to the wild. They absolutely should not be on show to the public.
There are too many questions that remain unanswered, just a few of those questions are:
1.Why were orca experts prevented from entering Dolphinarium Hardervijk much earlier to obtain DNA and vocal recordings of Morgan to find her pod (all pods have their own dialect), eventually being allowed in after the first court hearing a year later (August 2011).?
2.How did Sea World know about Morgan before orca experts had chance to work with her? Dolphin Hardervijk sold another wild caught orca, Gudrun to Sea World in 1987. (The sale of orca is now illegal and there is no evidence that Morgan was exchanged for money although there are reports that dolphins may be on their way to DH).
3.Why is the media 'still' reporting that 7 'experts' brought in by Dolphinarium Hardervijk said Morgan's release would be 'too risky' when 4 of those 7, on gaining new information on Morgans vocals/call signals, switched sides and supported her rehab and release?
It has been said that Morgan was sent to Loro Parque in November 2011 as this was 'in her best interest', this is not true. Morgan was sent to Loro Parque due to loopholes in laws. There was, and still is a solid, well organized rehab and release plan for Morgan by some of the worlds top orca experts. Her call signs have been matched to relatives and there is no reason why Morgan would not be accepted into this pod especially as she is a young female.
Please sign the petition and share.
If you wish to send donations to help Morgan please do this on the Free Morgan Foundation website. All funds are going to the contunuing legal fees. Thanks.
European Commission/European Court of Justice
Spanish Ministry of Environment
Spanish Ministry of Trade
Spanish Ministry of Tourism
Loro Parque 
I just signed the petition on calling for the release of Morgan the Orca who is currently being held in captivity at Loro Parque.

As you may know, Morgan was rescued by the Dolphinarium Hardervijk in June 2010 who gained a permit to rescue her on the condition she was released back to the ocean as soon as possible.

This has not happened and there is no acceptable justification for keeping her in captivity in a zoo in Spain, caging a wild animal in a tight space.

Morgan is an Orca who was born in freedom and members of the Free Morgan Foundation have located relatives to which she could be returned. Continuing to keep Morgan in captivity could therefore be a breach of the European Protected Species Regulations.

For this reason I ask that Morgan is released urgently from Loro Parque in Tenerife (Canary Islands) and relocated to facilities in Sto, Norway so that the carefully drafted reintroduction and rehabilitation plan can be followed and Morgan can be returned to her natural habitat.

Thank you very much for your attention.

[Your name]

Monday, December 10, 2012

A hidden camera worn by an undercover investigator

Shared from MFA Site:

A groundbreaking Mercy For Animals Canada undercover investigation provides a shocking look into blatant animal abuse at one of the nation's largest pork producers—Puratone—in Arborg, Manitoba.
At this pork supplier for some of Canada's largest grocery chains, including Sobeys, Superstore/ Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart, pregnant pigs and their piglets are forced to suffer brutal abuse and lives of unrelenting confinement and misery.
In late 2012, an MFA Canada investigator documented:
  • Thousands of pregnant pigs confined to filthy, metal gestation crates so small they were unable to even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives
  • Pigs suffering from large, open wounds and pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their tiny cages or lying on the hard concrete flooring
  • Pregnant pigs—physically taxed from constant birthing—suffering from distended, inflamed, and bleeding prolapses
  • Pigs too sick to stand being kicked, slapped, and pulled by their ears to force them to walk
  • Pigs having metal bolts fired into their skulls, leaving many still conscious and blinking
  • Workers slamming piglets into the ground and leaving them to slowly suffer and die
  • Workers cutting out testicles and slicing off the tails of fully conscious piglets without the use of any painkillers.
Upon reviewing the undercover footage, Dr. Ian Duncan, professor emeritus at the University of Guelph, and holder of the oldest university chair in animal welfare in North America, stated: “It is the worst cruelty inflicted on an animal that I have witnessed in many years” and “[T]hese awful conditions are leading to terrible and unnecessary suffering for hundreds of animals.”
Dr. Temple Grandin, the world's leading expert on farmed animal welfare, also admonished this pig factory farm, stating: "The farm is poorly managed and it is obvious that the employees have not been trained in proper procedures.” Dr. Grandin previously condemned the use of gestation crates by the pork industry, asserting: “[G]estation crates for pigs are a real problem. ... Basically, you're asking a sow to live in an airline seat. ... I think it's something that needs to be phased out.”
While many of the standard industry practices uncovered at this pig factory farm are needlessly cruel, subjecting animals to a lifetime of confinement in crates so small they are virtually immobilized is perhaps the worst form of institutionalized animal abuse in existence. A growing number of animal welfare experts opposes the use of gestation crates, concluding what common sense should have told us all along: animals with legs should have room to move.
Major food providers have also recognized the inherent cruelty of gestation crates. Costco, Safeway, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and over 30 other major retailers in Canada and the United States have started demanding that their suppliers do away with them.
Sadly, grocery giants Sobeys, Superstore/Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart condone confining animals in crates barely larger than their bodies by selling pork from producers who use gestation crates—including Puratone. These corporations have both the power and ethical responsibility to reject this abusive factory farming practice by immediately adopting policies that require suppliers to phase out their use of gestation crates.
As MFA Canada works to expose and end the exploitation of animals at the hands of the meat, egg, and dairy industries, consumers still hold the greatest power of all to prevent needless suffering of farmed animals by adopting a healthy and humane, vegetarian diet.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cheap netting hurts it cuts and strangles bats, birds and other wildlife. Please sign and share. Thank you

Netting that is loosley drapped over a backyard fruit tree has to be the deadliest and the cruelest method of protecting ripening fruit. It is responsible for thousands of deaths of flying-foxes and other wildlife annually across Australia. Thrown loosly over a tree, it has the potential to cause horrific injuries including slow death. Loose netting traps animals so completely that is cuts off circulation, causes bruising, breaks bones and cuts into flesh resulting in ghastley wounds. Most bats caught are either pregnant or supporting dependant young. The terror of capture and the desperate struggle for freedom causes miscarriages and the deaths of innocent babies. If  puppies and kittens were being trapped, no society would condone this preventable cruelty. So why do we tolerate this? Help us to have these products banned from sale by giant hardware stores and wholesalers. There are wildlife safe, affordable alternatives to drape netting that will guarantee 100% of your harvest. Please visit