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Rabbit Breeders Face Fines; Zuckerberg Kills His Own Food

May 28, 2011 by Michelle At Tails in Home, News with 0 Comments

It’s been a busy week in the world of animal related news.

Mark Zuckerberg, the brains behind social networking site Facebook, issued himself his new yearly challenge — to only eat animals he kills himself.

At first read this sounds a little cruel, especially since the method being taught to him by Jesse Cool, owner of the Feal Street Cafe, is to slit an animal’s throat. (Cool says is the most “kind” way to do.) But, as a result of his personal challenge, Zuckerberg says he is eating healthier — and less meat.

“This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself, ” the Facebook CEO wrote in a letter to Fortune. “So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.”

Rabbit Breeders Face Big Fines

We always hear a lot about dog breeders and puppy mills, but what we tend to sometimes forget is other animals, like rabbits, are also targets for the breed and buy mentality, too.

A Missouri couple is facing up to $4 million in fines for allegedly selling rabbits and rabbit meat by the pound from their home.

The USDA reportedly issued the fine for allegedly operating without a license and selling more than $500 worth of rabbits in a year. When an inspector asked to do a spot inspection of their property in 2009, they reported the cages were a bit too small, but overall the rabbits looked cared for.

The couple says they didn’t know they needed a license to be doing what they were doing. Their customers reportedly included the theme park Silver Dollar City and Petland.

Pocket Money Dogs

A young teenager in Singapore is allegedly ran a scam where he would gain the sympathy of small dog owners who would give him their pets and then he would sell them online for a profit.

The unidentified 13-year-old told The Straits Times, he did for for extra cash. Each dog was sold for less than $300.

He told the newspaper that once someone gave the dog to him, it became his property, “to sell.”

#weekendpets

We don’t just want to know what you are doing with your pets over the weekend, we want to see it! So, each weekend we ask you to snap fun photos of your pet, you and your pet, your kids and your pets … well you get the idea … and tweet them to us using the hashtag #weekendpets.

On Monday, or in this case, Tuesday, because of the holiday, we will select a few to be featured on our website, and one lucky tweeter will win some surprise pet related swag from Tails.

We’re also very close to hitting 10,000 Twitter followers, and when we get there we’ll also be giving away some fun prizes, so make sure you are following us on Twitter!

This post is linked to the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop.

 

 

 

 

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