What is the history of animal rights?
Lori begins with something any animal advocate ought to know about: the history of the animal rights and welfare movements. From the practices of ancient spiritual teachers of India, to the ideas of modern philosophers, Lori hopes this condensed history will inspire you to continue learning on your own.
What are some famous dogs?
She continues with famous Hollywood dogs including Rin Tin Tin, Toto from The Wizard of Oz (real name, Terry) and Lassie, (real name, Pal), Petey from Our Gang (real name, Pal the Wonder Dog) and more!
Pete the Pup (original, 1924 – June 1930; second Pete, September 9, 1929 – January 28, 1946) was a character in Hal Roach‘s Our Gang comedies (later known as The Little Rascals) during the 1930s, otherwise known as “Pete, the dog with the ring around his eye”, or simply “Petey”. The second Pete was an American Staffordshire Terrier named Lucenay’s Peter. He was well known for having a circled eye which was added by Hollywood make-up artist Max Factor and credited as an oddity in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The original Pete (sired by “Tudor’s Black Jack”) was a UKC registered American Pit Bull Terrier named “Pal, the Wonder Dog”, and had a natural ring almost completely around his right eye; dye was used to finish it off.
The working dogs of World War One
In World War One, dogs play a surprisingly important role alongside army troops of many nations. The National World War One Museum and Memorial has photographs, movies, posters, postcards and more historical items documenting this fascinating part of the war. Dogs shuttled messages, hauled machine guns and supply carts, and provided companionship. Peter welcomes Senior Curator Doran Cart who shares some fascinating stories. Make sure to visit when you are in Kansas City!
Enforcing federal animal cruelty laws
Cockfighting is a federal felony in the US, including its territories. However, it continues in Puerto Rico and Guam, due to lack of enforcement. Attorney Bob Ferber is working with Animal Wellness Action to pressure prosecutors to enforce the laws on the books by going after the offenders.