Posted by: kinshipcircle | August 20, 2009

PUT PETLAND OUT OF THE BUNNY BUSINESS & JAIL KILLER

8/18/09: Put Petland Out Of The Bunny Business & Jail Killer
**There are 2 separate sample letters in this alert**

PETLAND
Before its removal from Facebook, the caption under this photo read, “A
normal day at Petland.” Former Akron, Ohio employee Elizabeth Carlisle is
charged with two counts of animal cruelty for drowning two wounded rabbits.

8/18/09 UPDATE: Carlisle pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor animal
cruelty charges in Akron Municipal Court. Her pretrial hearing before Judge
Stephen Fallis is 9/3/09. http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/53494117.html

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#1. SAMPLE LETTER: TO PETLAND USA
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Petland USA
Ed Kunzelman, Founder and Chair
Frank Difatta, President
250 Riverside St.; Chillicothe, OH 45601
ph: 740-775-2464, 800-221-5935; fax: 740-775-2575
Petland marketing and communication: elizabeth.kunzelman@petland.com,
lacey.clever@petland.com

Dear Mr. Kunzelman and Mr. Diffata,

I understand Petland closed its Akron, Ohio outlet after employee Elizabeth
Carlisle bragged about drowning two rabbits on her Facebook page. I implore
you to take one more step: Please end rabbit sales at all Petland stores.

As you are aware, Carlisle not only drowned rabbits, but also dangled their
dead bodies on either side of her grinning face for an Internet photo. In
Facebook comments, Carlisle says she posed for her manager’s camera
“swearing at [the rabbits] to just hurry up and die…”

Do workers like Carlisle represent Petland’s euthanasia policy and overall
mission “to make a difference” in the communities it serves? Carlisle claims
the rabbits had been “attacking and eating each other.” On Facebook she
describes wounds such as a missing eye, broken jaw and lower-body paralysis.
Where were other employees as these injuries occurred over a span of time?

If the rabbits had been responsibly tended to in the first place, this
merciless killing might not have happened.

Animal health and safety seem problematic for Petland, despite statements
about “the best health care practices [for] the pets in our care.” Petland
ought to focus exclusively on pet supplies and counseling, while promoting
the adoption of homeless animals in cooperation with local rescue groups.

As a minimum effort — considering the negligence and cruelty in these
killings — Petland should terminate rabbit sales at all stores. Thank you
for your valuable time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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#2. SAMPLE LETTER: TO AKRON PROSECUTOR
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Holland & Muirden Attorneys at Law
J. Jeffrey Holland
1343  Sharon-Copley Rd
P.O. Box 345
Sharon Center, Ohio 44274
ph: 330-239-4480, 866-684-7336; fax: 330-239-6224
email: jjholland@hmlawohio.com

Dear Mr. Holland,

I understand former Petland employee Elizabeth Carlisle faces two counts of
animal cruelty after she bragged about drowning two rabbits on Facebook.

I respectfully ask for your thorough prosecution in this case, and hope that
you’ll advocate jail time if Carlisle is convicted. Please also seek to
prohibit Carlisle from owning or working with animals. Any animals still in
her custody ought to be confiscated now.

Carlisle not only drowned rabbits, but also dangled their dead bodies on
either side of her grinning face for an Internet photo. This bizarre
behavior warrants mandatory psychological counseling as well. In Facebook
comments, Carlisle says she posed for her manager’s camera “swearing at [the
rabbits] to just hurry up and die…”

Criminologists view the intensity of vicious behavior — regardless of the
victim’s identity — as a precursor to future violence. Offenders often
“practice” on animals before evolving to crimes against humans.

Indeed, documentation of animal abuse via photographs or web comments
suggests the perpetrator derives pleasure from violent acts — “a serious
indicator that violence will be repeated and/or escalated,” says Dr. Randall
Lockwood of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Initiatives and a frequent consultant for
cruelty investigators, law enforcers and mental health professionals.

The pet industry typically disregards cruelty in stores. Though complaints
are filed about the brutal mistreatment and disposal of sick or “surplus”
animals — legal action rarely occurs. Animal care costs are cited as reason
to fatally drown, freeze, smash or starve animals.

Please let the pet trade know that animal abuse is not tolerated wherever it
takes place. Thank you for your utmost deliberation in this case.

Sincerely,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Accused rabbit abuser faces protesters, pleads not guilty
http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/53494117.html
Liz Carlisle will be arraigned Monday on cruelty charges in rabbit drowning case
http://www.cleveland.com/crime/index.ssf/2009/08/post_20.html
Petland Employee Who Drowned Rabbits Should Serve Time if Convicted, Says PETA
http://www.peta.org/mc/NewsItem.asp?id=13424
Ask Petland to End Rabbit Sales After Employee Rabbit Killings
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2385
Akron Petland closes and employee faces cruelty charges…
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2009/08/akron_petland_closes_employee_1.html

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