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Animal Cruelty

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    PETA Asks For Roadside Tombstone to Honor Dead Chickens

    Passing a roadside memorial down a barren stretch of road can be a brief, somber reminder of how fragile life is. How in an instant, a distracted or drunk driver can take away someone's mother, father, or daughter forever. Naturally, the folks at PETA want you remember the dead chickens. Among o ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    September 5, 2014

    Local PETA Ad Features Death Row Pigs Over "Death Penalty Capital"

    In a fresh taunt to local drivers, animal rights group PETA is set to aim a two-pronged blow by billboard at Texan meat-eaters. Capitalizing on the state's reputation as the "Death Penalty Capital of the World," PETA's newest billboard overlooking Interstate 45 near Hutchins Street and St. Joseph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Leah Purcell: Former Spindletop Owner Arrested for Illegal Dumping

    Former Spindletop Dog Refuge owner Leah Purcell was arrested July 5 in connection with an illegal dumping charge. The Texas Department of Public Safety was the arresting agency, but we have no further information regarding the arrest. We're waiting to hear from the Montgomery County District Attotn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    PETA's Autism Lies and the Pet Blood On Their Hands

    Got Autism? PETA has answers for you. Well, if you like your medical advice to be lacking scientific validity, that is. You see, back in 2008, while PETA was off busying themselves with compiling violent slaughterhouse videos and purchasing Costco-sized containers of red paint for dousing people in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Crush Video Couple: Ashley Richards Expected to Testify Against Brent Justice (UPDATE)

    One half of a couple charged with torturing and killing animals as part of a "crush video" business is expected to testify against her alleged partner. Ashley Nicole Richards, 23, has pleaded guilty to three of five counts of animal cruelty and has agreed to testify against Brent Justice, the man w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    PETA Stages Protest Downtown By Dressing Model in Collard Greens

    Today at noon, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took their message in support of a vegan diet to the streets of downtown Houston. Two PETA members planted themselves (pun intended) at the corner of Milam and Congress and proceeded to dress a volunteer model in a floor-l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    PETA Takes Issue With French Fry-Stuffed Burrito At Taqueria Arandas

    Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Judy Camarena, the president of Arandas Franchises, asking that the popular Tex-Mex chain Taqueria Arandas create a vegan version of its new french fry-stuffed El Mateo burrito, which was given away for free on Sunday at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Rachael Ray Serves Up Big Bucks to Citizens for Animal Protection

    Citizens for Animal Protection has won $40,000 in the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, a national contest where animal shelters try to raise their adoption numbers to win much-needed grant money. CAP "found homes for 1,807 pets during the three-month competition, an increase of 625 lives saved over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Deputies Seize 377 Roosters Used for Cock-Fighting

    Harris County Sheriff's deputies seized 377 roosters allegedly used for cock-fighting, and the two men who allegedly owned the birds are facing criminal charges, according to the Sheriff's Office. "Deputies initially responded on August 23 to the property in the 14000 block of Sellers Road in north ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Jeu Sanchez: Cock Fighting in Silsbee, Swears He Won't Do It Again

    More than 50 people were arrested in Silsbee, a little town near Beaumont in Hardin County, for cock fighting. According to multiple reports, the cock fighting ring was centered on a property off Highway 92 north of the small town. Jeu Sanchez, 48, was arrested with the others and is the owner of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Cover Story: Federal Animal "Crush" Law Tested in Houston

    In December 2012, two Houstonians became the first defendants charged under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, which criminalizes the production and distribution of images of animal cruelty. Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Wayne Justice were originally charged in Harris County Distric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Put the Panic on Hold: The DA's Office Will Still Prosecute Animal Cruelty Cases

    Houston animal advocates have notified Hair Balls about a recent post by animal law specialist Clarissa Kay Bauer that suggests new District Attorney Mike Anderson has all but relegated animal cruelty cases to the trash heap, but this does not appear to be the case. From what the office's spokeswom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    UTMB Pays Fine in Animal Welfare Act Allegations

    Three University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston employees have been fired, and the university has agreed to pay $9,143 relating to allegations of Animal Welfare Act violations. Under the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the university did not admit or deny any wrong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Ever Wonder if Your Kid's Teacher Runs a Puppy Mill in Her Spare Time?

    A former grade school teacher has been charged with animal cruelty after sheriff's deputies and SPCA workers seized 106 abused and neglected dog from her East Texas home Monday. The dogs were allegedly "forced to live in their own filth inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked home on the property" near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Galveston Cop Wins Humane Society Award for Busting Big Cockfighting Ring

    Galveston Police Sgt. Joel Caldwell has won an award from the Humane Society of the United States for his role in organizing a December raid of a facility that had 350 roosters raised for cockfighting. Caldwell was the first officer in Texas to make an arrest under a 2011 law banning the raising o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Comment of the Day: PETA Sucks, But the Circus Does Too

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    The Circus is in Town, Can PETA Be Far Behind? (No)

    At high noon today, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protesters will rally outside Reliant Stadium to speak out against what it says is bad treatment of elephants by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. "Houston residents would run screaming from the big top if they knew how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    PETA Asks Joel Osteen to Hang a "Go Vegan" Banner in His Church

    We guess there's no harm in trying. PETA has written a letter asking Joel Osteen to hang a large "Go Vegan" banner in Lakewood Church, for which in return they will "prepare a delicious Easter Sunday faux-ham meal with all the trimmings for his parishioners." Why Osteen? PETA seems to think he's h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Oh, NOW I Get It

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    BARC Handling String of Startingly Bad Animal Abuse Cases (With Graphic Photos)

    Cesar, in recovery mode​The world has completely gone to hell in the last 36 hours, based on the shocking display of animal cruelty cases that Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care is dealing with. Authorities are investigating the following, according to BARC: -- A man shot a Yorks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Kareem Jackson -- First Cockfighting and Now....

    Kareem Jackson: Filling the empty hours.​While the NFL's work stoppage has fans (and several players needing a cash influx) a little bit nervous that we may not see football start on time this fall, there has been a silver lining in players' being banned from the teams' facilities. The work s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Calf-Farm Animal Cruelty Video Results in Criminal Charges

    DA files animal cruelty charges.​Last month we reported on a pretty shocking hidden-camera video that showed workers at a calf farm in the Panhandle town of Hart bashing animals on the head with hammers and pickaxes. The owner of E6 Cattle Company, Kirt Espenson, told us at the time that four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    UTMB Forced to Give PETA Documents on Animal Experiments

    UTMB must hand over more than 1,000 pages, AG says.​Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled that the UT Medical Branch in Galveston must turn over documents sought by PETA regarding experiments done on animals. A PETA whistleblower alleged in January that animals were used in painful and dead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Pedro Mendez: Convicted Cockfighter Now Accused Child Molester

    Pedro Mendez, a man of many interests​What's next in the criminal career of Pedro Mendez? The 56-year-old Nacogdoches man seems to be hell-bent on checking off every box in the "most odious crimes" category of human endeavor. Not ten months after pleading guilty to animal cruelty in a cockfi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Texans' Kareem Jackson, Cockfighting Correspondent

    You are looking LIVE....​The Houston Texans' Kareem Jackson struggled through his rookie season, having trouble covering receivers. One thing he can cover: Cockfighting. Jackson made his debut as a sideline reporter via Twitter, as reported by CBSHouston, which is the web outlet for KILT-AM. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Kareem Jackson, Cockfighting and Perception

    That's entertainment​"Look at all these people that be at these chicken fights, you would think its a college football game." -- Reemboi25 (Kareem Jackson's Twitter handle) Early March is the meaty part of the NFL's offseason relaxation calendar for players. The season has been over for a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Animal Experiments Aren't All Bad

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    PETA's New Target: UT-Medical Branch in Galveston

    UTMB gets hit by PETA complaints about experiments​PETA, fresh off claiming a victory over NASA about monkey experiments, has a new target in its sights: The University of Texas medical branch in Galveston. PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging "abuse and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    PETA Says NASA Ending Monkey Experiments (UPDATED with NASA response)

    Photo courtesy April EvansApril Evans quit NASA over the experiments​PETA is proclaiming victory in their ongoing battle to stop radiation experiments on monkeys that had been planned by NASA. Well, folks, you did it. After scores of protests and more than 100,000 letters, phone calls, and e- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Flying Fur: PETA Members to Protest on Black Friday

    Don't expect hot, naked protesters on Friday. Think about it if you like, but don't expect it.​When you are out picking up some toys for the tikes at the Galleria this Friday, you might see something besides chubby Santas and frustrated holiday shoppers. You might catch anti-fur protesters. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    PETA Comes To Houston To Take On NASA

    Time for my radiation, guys​Commuters on the Gulf Freeway will get a new billboard to ponder sometime soon: "NASA: Takea Giant Leap for Mankind. Stop Torturing Monkeys," it will say.It comes courtesy of animal-rights group PETA, who we guess should get points for avoiding the "Houston, We Have A P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Minute Maid Park's Veggie Menu Gets PETA Love -- With A Side Order Of Carlos Lee Smack

    Put an Astros cap on this dude​The Astros have been dismally unexciting this year -- except when they're playing the equally inept Washington Nationals, it seems -- but they've got PETA on their side.The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a group whose Venn diagram intersection wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    PETA Searches for Sexy Vegetarians, Finds Two Living in Houston

    Photos courtesy of PETA​Now that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is over, those fun-filled folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have turned their attention to promoting sex, vitality and good muscle fiber among humans who do not eat meat. As part of PETA's national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    PETA Searches for Sexy Vegetarians, Finds Two Living in Houston

    Photos courtesy of PETA​Now that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is over, those fun-filled folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have turned their attention to promoting sex, vitality and good muscle fiber among humans who do not eat meat. As part of PETA's national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    The Mystery of the 14 Dead Dogs Dumped in North Houston

    ​The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering to help Houston investigators in the search for whoever dumped 14 dead dogs under a sheet in northeast Houston. KTRK reported Wednesday that the bodies of the dogs, mostly adult shepherd mixes, were found that day near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Complain About BARC, Find Yourself Charged With A Crime

    Photo by bf_photos The Harris County District Attorney's Office has charged a BARC volunteer for filing a false police report regarding animal abuse he said he heard while at the city's animal control facility. Shelby Kibodeaux was charged July 1 with the class B misdemeanor, which ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Behind The Scenes At The Circus Whether PETA Likes It Or Not

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttIt's  circus time in Houston! A joyous time of annoying protests from PETA and magic for boys and girls of all ages!!Take a look behind the scenes as they set up the ring at Reliant Stadium in this slideshow. And then: Kids, get your cotton candy!! PETA people, get yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    The Houston Zoo's Got More Herpes Than A Motley Crue Groupies' Convention, PETA Says

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested at the Houston Zoo Saturday, demanding that the zoo stop breeding elephants after the death of two-year-old Mac from the elephant herpesvirus.Hair Balls caught up with PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt at the protest. "PETA is appalled that yet anoth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Two Houston Athletes Donate Their Brains To Science

    Have you ever wanted to win an award from the good folks at PETA? Well, here’s a way to do it without actually having to deal with filthy stinking animals: agree to donate your brain to science when you shuffle off this mortal coil. PETA has awarded its Compassionate Action Award to two Houstonia ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2008
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    March 3, 2008
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    July 26, 2007

    Dog Day Afternoon. Evening and Morning, Too.

    A puppy run over by a lawn mower. A stallion shot in the neck. A pit bull puppy with 13 broken bones after being beaten by its owner. Houston has plenty of animal cruelty stories, many of them documented on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Cops: Houston program. The show paints a depressing picture ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2007

    HouStoned Theatre Presents...

    Mark Graham And now HouStoned Theatre presents an interpretation of what exactly went down when DPS troopers pulled over an alleged drunk driver last night and were informed of the location of an alleged cockfighting ring. Officer: License and insurance, please. Driver: Yezzur, Ocifer. Offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007

    Pico de Gallo

    Mark Graham For reasons I can't really explain, I've always wanted to write a story about cock fighting. So when I heard that a man in Blanket, Texas was shutting down his cockfighting school I realized this was my chance. I went into the story with certain ideas about cock fighting. I grew u ... More >>

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    July 12, 2006
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    July 11, 2006
  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    (East) Indian Summer

    A local community celebrates its heritage

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Ad-verse Reaction

    Is an animal rights billboard too explicit - or merely odious to the rodeo?

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    October 14, 1999
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