A Fight for Human Rights IS a Fight for Animal Rights

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

cfd5The year was 2000, and I was searching for a mission, a way to make a difference before I left this planet. My love for animals pushed me to fight for chained dogs—the forgotten dogs, the dogs languishing in backyards with no one to speak on their behalf.

Even though I loved all animals, and shortly after forming Dogs Deserve Better became vegetarian (and now mostly vegan), I always carried a deep fascination for cows. Those faces! I just wanted to squish them and kiss them all over.

But a part of me always thought, “if I can’t get people to care about the dog suffering on the chain, how can I get them to care about the cows, pigs, or chickens laying on their plates?”

I never envied those who fight on the front lines for farmed animals—the difficulty of their mission made mine look like child’s play. 


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“A Dog’s Purpose” Shines a Spotlight on Chaining, and this Is Enough for Me to Consider it Forgiveness-Worthy

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

a_dogs_purpose_still Joe Lederer/Universal

If you’re an animal lover or rescuer, I’m sure you’ve heard by now of the uproar over the German Shepherd scene in the new movie “A Dog’s Purpose,” where a trainer is attempting to force the dog into the water when he obviously doesn’t want to go. This is spliced with another scene where the dog is swimming and goes under.

When I saw the footage I was appalled, and angry that a movie that was supposed to show the beauty of our relationship with dogs had, behind the scenes, treated one in so unforgivable a manner.

I joined those who condemned the footage (and by extension the movie), and I still believe rightly so. No dog should be treated as the shepherd was in that footage.

Peta called for a boycott of the movie, which—to be honest—only made we want to NOT BOYCOTT IT, because, well…Peta. In…

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Cold? Think About How Your Pets Feel If You’re Leaving Them Outside.

Don’t leave pets out in this cold! Please. Just don’t. Here are author Tamira Thayne’s latest observations about pets left out in the cold.

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"


I’ve been working for a delivery company since the end of November, and it affords me—for better or worse—a birds-eye view of the way my community in Virginia treats their companion animals, i.e. dogs and cats.

I’m blessed to have observed that about 95% of the dogs in my area live inside as part of the family, but I’ve been quite surprised by how many cats are left outside to fend for themselves.

I’m a bit appalled. Granted, I assume a percentage of these beautiful kitties are actually feral, and so making them a warm outside home is appropriate—but I’d wager the ones I’ve witnessed today and every day huddled against the front door are anything but feral.

Bring them in! They’re telling you what they want! Their communication couldn’t be any clearer.

I spent today—the coldest to date in winter 2016-17 (12 degrees this a.m., warming up to…

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