Cruelty to animals is now a federal crime

“The approval of this measure by the Congress and the president marks a new era in the codification of kindness to animals within federal law. For decades, a national anti-cruelty law was a dream for animal protectionists. Today, it is a reality.”

The penalty for violating the law can include fines, up to seven years in jail or both, according to the legislation.

Mother Nature Network

Brrr! How to keep warm during a cold protest

75 people came out for our April 2014 protest of puppy mill stores.

Temps projected for Black Friday in Reno are shaping up to below freezing.

But the pups need our voices!

See the details of PMFR’s Black Friday protest on the Facebook event page.

protestBlack Friday
November 29
1 – 4 p.m
Puppies Plus in Reno

Activists hope to have a box of coffee out there to help. And waving and fist-raising will help keep the chill at bay.

Stop by for just a little while and help lend your voice to those who don’t have one.

Clothing

Footwear

The ground will have been frozen for a few days, so wear the most insulated shoes/boots you have with thick soles. A thin layer of socks over a thick one can help keep the tootsies warm.

Mittens v. Gloves

Gloves can make life a little easier for tactile utility, but gloves separate your fingers. That isolation can make them susceptible to the cold. Mittens cover your entire hand and the fingers being close together helps keep them warmer longer.

But being in those kinds of temps for any length of time, your hands are bound to get cold. As soon as you notice your hands feeling a little bit uncomfortable, take one off and stick your hand deep in your jacket’s armpit to warm them up. Don’t let them get too cold before you do this.

Some mittens can do double time if you have a thin insulating layer under them, such as a silk liner mitten or glove.

Black Friday, 2015. Cold, but worth every minute even with only two die-hards: Billy Howard (L) and Harry Thomas.

Layers

They work. A thin layer of silk tops and bottoms or “thermals” with a warming top over them and tucked into your britches will help keep your natural body warmth going and insulated. A “hard shell” type skiing jacket can keep the cold off of those layers and help keep you toastie for some time.

HAT!

Must have a hat! A good warm one. The tall knitted tuchs are good to keep the considerable heat coming off the top of your head in circulation and loft over the top of your head. In this cold, you’ll want something coming down over your ears or wear ear-muffs on top of the hat. Not sure what we mean? Check out this Carhartt page [not a sales link, just informational].

Hand & Toe Warmers

They are a thing and they work…. for a little while. You can get a pack of 8 or 10 for about $1 each like these on the REI site [not a sales link, just informational].

Caveat

If you see fur around a jacket hood or sleeves as trim, that’s probably dog fur. Since dog fur is not considered a luxury “fur” like a gross mink stole or something, it actually comes under the category of “fake fur.” So if you check the label and think that’s synthetic fur, it probably isn’t, especially if sourced from China.

The trim is only for looks, it isn’t in a place to keep you any warmer, it’s just an unnecessary accessory. So you might want to avoid if you can.