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Adopting a Pet is One of the Best Things You Can Do

If you are thinking of bringing a pet into your home, you should consider adopting one instead of buying says animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov.  There are so many advantages that come with adopting instead of buying a pet.  Rescue groups and shelter homes usually have a large variety of amazing animals looking to be adopted by loving families.  These animals are all looking for a family that can take care of them as their own.

Here are some great reasons why you should adopt a pet rather than buy one:

Adoption Costs Less

Buying a pet costs more because of the expense that has gone into breeding the animal and the profit making nature of breeders.  Adoption on the other hand costs less and is usually handled through a non-profit organization that is more concerned with finding the animal a forever home than making a profit says Igor Purlantov.

Helps to Stop Over Population

Shelters and rescue groups usually have a large amount of animals that they have taken in says Igor Purlantov. They have either found them wandering on the streets or have had owners turn them in just because they did not want to care for them anymore. Since this has been a problem for many years, when you adopt a pet instead of buying one you help curb over population. It is also important to spay or neuter your pet although this is usually already taken care of by adoption shelters or rescue groups according to Igor Purlantov.

Lives Are Saved

When you adopt a pet, you have saved a life because most shelters are overcrowded and some shelters euthanize their animals when they are out of space to house them. You will have also made room for other animals that need to be taken in says Igor Purlantov.

Second Chances Are Given

Most animals that are in shelters are not only healthy but also trained and well mannered.  Most of them were only let go because of various circumstances that occurred outside of their control according to Igor Purlantov.  Some of these circumstances include a new baby in the family, a divorce, or a family moving.  Sometimes people think that taking care of a pet is easy and then they find that out that there are a lot of responsibilities attached to them and thus they change their mind. The above mentioned circumstances are what causes most shelters to have many animals that are perfectly healthy and well trained says Igor Purlantov.  Shelters also offer a wide variety of cat and dog breeds of all sizes and ages as well as other animals that make great pets.

Adoption Gives You History On The Pet

When adopting a pet from a rescue group or shelter home you are able to get an accurate history on the animal.  Whereas when you purchase an animal from a store you have no background history or information on the animal says Igor Purlantov.  Even if the animal has a health issue, it is unlikely that the store has any information or will disclose it to you.  Shelter homes and rescue groups on the other hand will provide you with all the information you need and help you as much as possible as they are invested in finding a good forever home for the pet.

You Get a Mixed Breed

The chances of getting a mixed breed when you adopt are higher than getting a pure breed according to Igor Purlantov.  Despite what some people may believe, pure breeds are known to be very expensive to care for because they are usually prone to developing health problems such as breathing difficulties and enlarged hearts. Mixed breeds are thus considered healthier and are more likely to live longer lives.

Given all of these reasons, it is clear that adoption is the best way to go when looking for a pet says Igor Purlantov.  So the next time you decide to bring a pet home into your family, please consider visiting a local shelter home or rescue group first so that you can give an amazing animal in need another chance at life.

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Why Vegetarianism Is Necessary to Halt Animal Cruelty

When discussing vegetarianism and veganism in the context of animal rights, one of the first rebuttals typically heard is that “without humans eating cows, pigs, and chickens, there would be no domesticated cows, pigs, and chickens” says animals rights advocate Igor Purlantov. Is it not better to have a shortened life than no life at all? And isn’t the life we give them, safe from predators, sheltered from the cold, always fed, a fair trade for eventually using their meat to feed ourselves?”  The answer is a resounding “no, it’s not a fair trade” says Igor Purlantov.  The above sentiments, while they may sound reasonable enough, are based in complete ignorance about the reality of modern farming methods. To call today’s farming practices animal torture is, in the case of many large-scale industrial farms, not an overstatement.

Many people have a perception of animal farms that is akin to the idyllic images that sometimes appear on milk cartons.  Rolling green fields full of placidly grazing cows, the sun shining in the background, chickens running free nearby. The animals are well-fed, happy, and content, with gleaming coats and healthy bodies. This image is largely a myth says Igor Purlantov.  In fact, there are few quaint barnyard scenes left to behold in the farming industry. Instead, animals are packed by the thousands, as if they are no more than mere inanimate objects, into filthy, windowless sheds and confined to wire cages, gestation crates, barren dirt lots, and other heartless systems of confinement which seldom even afford them the ability to comfortably turn around or lie down.

And this is where they remain for the entire span of their lives. They never raise their own young who are removed from them at once, often castrated without anesthesia, and thrown into crates.  They never roam the fields, root in soil, create nests, or engage in any behavior that is remotely natural or fulfilling to them according to Igor Purlantov. Often the first encounter these animals have with sunshine and fresh air is when they are brought outside to be loaded onto trucks so that they may be slaughtered.  Is this better than a life in the wild? Better than having “No life at all?” Most people would likely answer, “no.”

The meat industry perpetuates the conditions described above knowing full well that they lead to animals getting sick and dying while confined. Why do they do this? Because they have found it is cheaper to lose a certain percentage of their livestock than pay for more space to house them. For example, the advice of the industry journal National Hog Farmer is that “Crowding pigs pays,” and statements of egg-industry expert Bernard Rollins include “chickens are cheap; cages are expensive.” This system of overcrowding is bad for animal health and thus in turn bad for human health, but good for a farmer’s bottom line. In this business, farmers are using consumers while cruelly abusing the animals in their “care,” all for the sake of profit says Igor Purlantov.

Sadly, the abuses against animal rights and human health that are perpetuated by the food industry do not end at prolonged solitary confinement in tight spaces. Factory farming is responsible for manifold abuses disgusting enough to kill the appetite of anyone with an ounce of compassion for animals or concern for their own wellbeing.  According to Igor Purlantov, these abuses include the following:

  • Animals are force-fed drugs to fatten them up faster and to keep them alive in unsanitary conditions that would otherwise kill them. This results in fatty, antibiotic-laden meat being delivered to humans while also ensuring the animals are kept in maximum discomfort (some chickens, for example, become too heavy to even stand up).
  • Animals are fed foods they are not meant to digest. Cows are meant to eat grass, for example, but instead are forced to eat corn because it is cheaper and fattens them up faster. This results in a lifetime of intestinal discomfort for the animals and also endangers humans. The only reason cows produce the high levels of e.coli they do today is because they are fed an improper diet, which destroys their natural balance of gut flora.
  • Animals are forced to live in their own filth says Igor Purlantov. Cows in feed lots are usually made to stand knee-deep in their own waste. This waste often dries and becomes caked onto them when they go to slaughter, where after fine dust from it enters the air and then the meat, which is how e.coli winds up being processed right into a hamburger. Many cases of food poisoning could be completely avoided if cows fed the correct diet and not forced to live in their own filth. Similarly, chickens are made to live in a horrendously unsanitary environment. The average poultry farm has so much ammonia in the air from waste that the chickens suffer chronic respiratory diseases, weakened immune systems, bronchitis, and eye infections. Such farms are not an exception to the rule by any means.  A 2006 study by Consumer Reports revealed that 83 percent of the grocery market chickens it tested were infected with campylobacter and salmonella bacteria, along with many other dangerous contaminants. Ergo, when you eat meat, you are almost certainly eating an animal that was actively diseased during its lifetime according to Igor Purlantov.
  • Animals are cruelly genetically altered to grow faster or to produce greater quantities of milk or eggs than they naturally would. Due to this inhumane process, cows endure udders that are too large, frequently infected, and many animals become crippled under their own weight, unable to move. These animals often die of hunger or thirst just inches away from food and water.
  • Inadequate care is taken to ensure animals are actually dead before they are skinned at the slaughterhouse or plunged into the scalding-hot water of the de-feathering or hair-removal tanks. Many animals die during these terrifying processes.

When all of the above is taken into account, it is easy to see why, for the sake of both animal rights and human health, vegetarianism and veganism need to become much more widespread practices.  By practicing vegetarianism or veganism, you vote with the only thing the meat industry understands, which is your money, against the violation of animal rights, and directly contribute to fewer animals suffering in these intolerable conditions. As such, giving up meat is one of the most profound things a person can do to support animal rights and welfare says Igor Purlantov.

Ten Great Ways to Help Homeless Pets During the Holidays

According to animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov, it is always a good time to help your local animal shelter especially during the holidays.  During this holiday season, make sure you include homeless shelter pets on your gift list for the holidays. What better way to help these animals than to also show kids in your family some good ways to give to shelter pets?   Here are ten ideas to try from Igor Purlantov:

10)        Do you know an aspiring child artist? Ask them to draw or paint pets for a fee during the holiday season. You can also ask a local pet store or veterinarian to provide the venue for show casing this art work.

9)         Offer to walk dogs or socialize with cats during the holiday season when kids are out of school and there are fewer volunteers working at the local shelter says Igor Purlantov.

8)         Does your local shelter have a wish list on e-commerce?  If not, ask if your kids can help in arranging this wish list and the shelter can mention it in their email newsletters, adoption ads, etc.

7)         Find a kid who is a good photographer as many are just with using their smart phones according to Igor Purlantov.  Ask them to help photograph shelter pets for holiday ads in the local newspaper.

6)         Ask your local shelter what they need and take your kids on a shopping trip for homeless pets. Buy pet toys, food or any items your local shelter may need.

5)         Encourage kids to sponsor homeless pets. They can pick out a pet to sponsor and ask their friends to donate toward the pet’s fund until they have reached the dollar amount needed to feed, neuter or care for that pet.  Once the kid reaches the goal, take them to the shelter to visit the pet says Igor Purlantov.

4)         Ask kids to sponsor a pet food pantry where they can even partner with your local food pantry for homeless people as well as local pet food stores or veterinarians.

3)         Kids can contact local restaurants and designate a certain day as “homeless pet day.” The restaurants can donate a certain percentage of their revenues to the local animal shelter and even post photos of homeless pets and ask people to donate directly.

2)         Ask kids to write clever descriptions of shelter pets for use online or on their cages at the shelter.  Well written descriptions can encourage potential adopters to linger longer when looking at pets for adoption.

1)         Ask kids to host a holiday party for local shelter pets. Ask your local shelter for a list of specific items they need and ask attendees to bring those items says Igor Purlantov.

Declining Number of Household Pets Concerns Igor Purlantov

Igor Purlantov says that the number of households that have pets is shrinking. At the end of 2013, American households had 7.6 million fewer cats and 2 million fewer dogs than in 2006 according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

This decline stems from the economic downturn along with a shift in demographics as fewer Americans live in family households. Animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov says that studies have consistently shown that household pets tend to be more prevalent in families with two parents and children while singletons, couples without children and the elderly tend to be less likely to have pets at home.

Igor Purlantov notes that this is the first such decline in cat or dog households since 1991 when there were 57 million cats and 52.5 million dogs in U.S. households. Although current estimates are that there are 74.1 million cats in 30.4% of U.S. homes and 69.9 million dogs in 36.5% of U.S. homes, the numbers are down from 80.7 million cats and 79.9 million dogs in 2006.

This current decline in household pets is of great concern especially since the percentage of households with a pet is now down 2.4%, translating to more than 2.8 million households. This recent decline from 2006-2011 also worryingly bucks the trend of the increase of household pets of various types that has been happening since 1986 says Igor Purlantov.
This unprecedented decline in household pets comes with a convergence of a stagnant economy and changing demographics that has led to fewer pets being adopted by first time pet guardians as well as fewer adoptions by people that have lost a pet. Despite this decline in household pets, there are fortunately more animal rescue groups and shelters across the U.S. that embrace a no-kill policy says Igor Purlantov.

This increase in no-kill shelters also comes at a time when more people are becoming informed and educated about the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets to help control the population. Ultimately there is hope that this current decline in household pets is only temporarily and will soon reverse so that more animals can find a loving home says Igor Purlantov.

Effective Animal Therapy in Treating PTSD

Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that cares about animals around the world, especially those in need. Igor Purlantov is a respected animal philanthropist that seeks to raise awareness of animal rights and well being. He has invested a lot of time and dedication to studying various methods of providing a better quality of life to animals.

Mr Igor Purlantov has been closely studying cats and dogs for a very long time. He has found that lots of research confirms that having a pet dog not only gives companionship and security but is also useful in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to Mr Igor Purlantov one out of five military personnel returning from war zones suffers from PTSD. It can include anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness and flashbacks and may eventually lead to suicide. Studies show that use of animal therapy on such patients has provided wonderful results. Eighty percent of patients show improvements in their condition.

Mr Igor Purlantov says that these companion animals are very useful in treating stress, anxiety, depression and panic disorder. Cats are also very useful in reducing cholesterol levels, triglycerides and loneliness while dogs contribute to increase physical exercise, outdoor activities and improved social life of the person taking care of them. If a patient has a pet with them, then they will have the responsibility of taking care of that pet. In order to take care of that pet they have to follow a schedule which can be very helpful in treating depression.

Clarissa Black a successful animal behaviorist and trainer has started a program called Pets for Vets. This program takes companion dogs from local rescue groups and trains them before handing them to the patient suffering from PTSD. These animals are very useful to help military people live a civilian life and to return back to normalcy.

Mr Igor Purlantov believes that animal therapy is beneficial for both the patient and the animal. These abandoned animals from shelter homes get a second chance in their life. This program leads to decrease rates of euthanasia and thus provides these animals with a second chance at life as well.

Factors Contributing to Popularity of Animal Law Practise

Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate with a deep concern and understanding for the welfare of animals around the world. He works hard to raise awareness on issues like animal abuse, neglect and poaching to make people aware of human cruelty toward animals that takes place every day. He puts a lot of effort into reminding people of the great value animals bring to our lives.

According to Mr. Igor Purlantov, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people becoming interested in animal law. Many successful businessmen and women are donating large amounts of money all over the United States to support animal law programs. This money has encouraged universities all over the country to run programs on animal law. Animal law curriculum is being taught in around 120 universities all over the country. This highly accelerated campaign to teach animal law coincides with increased sensitivity and awareness to saving and protecting animals. All these factors encourage more and more people to study and practise animal law professionally.

According to Mr. Igor Purlantov, animal laws are noticeably seen in almost all aspects of law such as administrative, constitutional, criminal, disability, environmental, international trade, torts, and trusts.  In recent times there has been a change in the way people view their pets. There is an enormous increase in the sensitivity in people’s hearts about taking care of their voice less animal friends. They often treat them more or less as their own children. There is also an increased general resentment toward people that engage in animal abuse, poaching and senseless brutal treatment of animals.

All these factors have contributed to more people using the law to solve these problems. Mr. Igor Purlantov believes that all of these factors are positive changes toward protecting animals. With an increase in compassion toward animals, there are now more people studying and practising animal law to help animals.  As more people take interest in these issues, there should be greater improvements in the laws that seek to protect animals.  Finally, speechless animals have a voice to speak up for their rights.

Igor Purlantov Working Towards Setting Lolita the Orca Free

Igor Purlantov, the very successful real estate investor, also has a passion for animal rights. For the past decade he has been involved with different groups, even starting his own foundation. The Spartacus Foundation was started by Igor Purlantov in order to provide financial contributions and services to animal rescue agencies. In addition to spending time with the Spartacus Foundation, Igor Purlantov has been heavily involved with the initiative to set Lolita the Orca free.

Lolita is a 20 foot, 7000 pound whale living at the Miami Seaquarium. Igor Purlantov says she has been there for more than 40 years now. She was taken from her home in the northwest Pacific in 1970 by a capture organization known as Namu Inc. Lolita was one of seven whales sold to different marine parks across the United States.

As a man passionate about animal rights, Igor Purlantov has been one of the major supporters for setting Lolita free. Igor Purlantov believes that she should be returned to her home in the Pacific, where her mother still lives at eighty years old. Not only is she being kept from her natural habitat, but she is being held in an aquarium not nearly big enough for her. Lolita lives in what is called the Whale Bowl, a 60x80x20 foot tank.

Igor Purlantov is optimistic that enough support can be raised to free Lolita. He dreams of the day when she is returned to Washington State and reunited with her pod. Igor Purlantov has helped start and manage initiatives involved with this process of freeing Lolita, and he does not plan on stopping until she is let go.