Archive for October, 2007

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 206 user reviews.

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Update, 11/1/07:

Also, please be aware that teflon can be toxic to birds, as well as some other commonly kept pets.

See, for example, Teflon Toxicity (PTFE Toxicosis) in Birds.

Birds are susceptible to a respiratory condition called “teflon toxicity” or “PTFE poisoning/toxicosis.” Deaths can result from this condition, which is due to the noxious fumes emitted from overheated cookware coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This chemical is found on most non-stick cookware and appliances, some stain repellant products, and other household items.

(Or just Google teflon and birds.)

Thanks to list member Michael for the reminder.


Hey folks,

Just passing along an email from a concerned list member regarding teflon pans. As always, we urge you to use caution when giving or receiving items via Freecycle, whether it’s a car seat, dog food, baby toys, etc.

For more info, please see our Safety Tips at We also have a list of recall and safety links on our website at (look to the right hand sidebar).

– Kelly G., KCF list owner
kelly [at]

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2007 10:05 PM
Subject: Kc Freecycle Concern

I know its a common practice to give away used teflon pans but it really worries me that people are not informed about the danger of the practice of using a teflon pan that the coating has been damaged or is peeling off.

I can be toxic and can make someone seriously ill. I have seen these given away lots of times on here but I just wanted you all to get together and decide if a warning to others should be issued, so that they could make an informed decision before offers or recieving.

Here are a few links I searched out for you, so that you could see for yourselves and make a choice. At least, I feel better knowing that I tried to get the word out to others of the potential danger this poses to their health.

Thanks for listening.


(Read this ADMIN message on Yahoo…)



Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 175 user reviews.

Sunday, October 28th, 2007



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Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 231 user reviews.

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Oct 26, 2007 8:37 PM
Subject: ACT/ Mass MO Dogfight Raid, In Shadow Of Vick Case


10/26/07: Mass MO Dogfight Raid, In Shadow Of Vick Case


1. TO: Officials – Fully Penalize Dogfighters
2. TO: Missouri Humane Society – Spare The Dogs

Kinship Circle - 2007-10-26 - MO Dogfighting Ring

PHOTO: Amy McCubbins, at left, joins Patience Scanlon as they take blood from one of 25 pit bulls and a beagle seized from an organized dog fight outside Dudley, Mo. early Sunday. The dogs and other evidence were taken as investigators joined Stoddard County deputies in the morning raid. The dogs were photographed, treated for wounds and vaccinated at the Humane Society’s headquarters on Macklind Avenue. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post Dispatch)


Fighting dogs likely to be killed

Missouri dogfighting raid nets 3 men, 26 dogs

Humane Society of Missouri seizes 26 dogs from Stoddard County dog fighting situation

Dog-fighting suspected, dogs seized

Law enforcement and judicial circuit for Stoddard County

Thank you Bridget Soeder, a Kinship Circle board member, for research and phone calling to find contact information for this letter-writing campaign!


Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 169 user reviews.

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 171 user reviews.

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 272 user reviews.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Copied below is a press release from the animal welfare organization Dogs Deserve Better warning against leaving your dogs – and other companion animals – outside during Halloween.

For more on keeping your companion animals safe this Halloween, see also…

* ASPCA Offers Halloween Safety Tips For Pets at


* Guard Against Ghoulish Goodies: Keep Your Pets Safe From Halloween Hazards at

* Halloween Safety at

* A Safe and Sound Halloween for Dogs at Bella Online

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better – tammy [at]
Date: Oct 17, 2007 7:57 PM
Subject: Non-profit warns of Halloween dangers to chained dogs

Non-profit Warns of Halloween Dangers to Chained Dogs

Asks caretakers to keep dogs inside every night-especially on Halloween

Tipton, PA, October 12, 2007 — For dogs that are kept perpetually chained, a dark, autumn night is just another night to be cold, lonely and longing for affection. On Halloween, a chained dog may also have to fear for his life.

Halloween is a particularly dangerous time for dogs that are kept chained outside, warns Dogs Deserve Better, a non-profit dedicated to ending the suffering endured by dogs that are kept perpetually chained or caged. At Halloween, the group frequently sees an increase in the number of dogs that are helpless victims of attack. Fireworks or rocks are sometimes thrown at them and more horrific crimes, such as dogs being set on fire, have occurred in recent years. In addition, chained dogs can easily become agitated by strangers in or near their yards. Dogs Deserve Better representatives have encountered incidents of dogs breaking free from their chains and attacking trick-or-treaters.


Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 262 user reviews.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 234 user reviews.

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Anderson Cooper! Promoting Planet in Peril! On The Colbert Report!

Let the snark ensue.



Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 160 user reviews.