Friday, August 29, 2008

Animal Abusers Meet Their Match In Rescue Ink

Fondness for animals can be found in some unusual circles, as this recent New York Times article about Tattooed bikers who rescue cats and dogs reveals. Rescue Ink is a group of guys covered in tattoos-most of them look like members of the hells angels-that share a love of animals. They've formed an organization dedicated to the investigation of animal abuse and promotion of animal welfare. As they say:

"Rescue Ink is all about zero tolerance when it comes to animal abuse and neglect."

I love it. This is the attitude we need to have about people who abuse and neglect animals. Zero tolerance. The group has several programs aimed at reducing animal abuse and neglect you may want to get involved with, including:

  • The Puppy Mill Consumer Awareness Program
  • Companion Outreach Services (companion animal visits to the sick and elderly)
  • The Feral Cat Trap, Neuter, and Return Program
  • The School Visitation Initiative
and more. I really like the School Visitation Initiative, which aims to educate young people on the value of animals, animal abuse and neglect, and how to recognize when an animal is being abused. It is so important to educate young people on these issues. The group is involved in other worthwhile activities like building dog houses for people that can't afford them.

Check out their website. Its a great thing they've got going. Maybe you can start a local chapter in your town.

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