Steel Muscles and Golden Hearts: Animal Recue Ink Bikers
Who do we represent with the word “biker”? Surely a brutal man in tattoos, a leather jacket and a bandana. But there are people who break down such stereotypes. These are representatives of the American biker organization Recue Ink - they have not only steel muscles, but also golden hearts. And although they look like real machos, when it comes to suffering cats or dogs, they become sentimental.
In the photo: a representative of the biker organization Recue Ink and a rescued dog. Photo source: https://trinixy.ru
Many of these bikers used to be members of various mafia clans, but their love for animals united them and made them idols of millions of people. Since 2007, they have been engaged in saving animals: they selected pets that were mistreated, broke rings in which dogfights were fought, kept in New York their own shelter for the rehabilitation of animals affected by abuse. To prove that the animals were abused and seized, the bikers used the services of private detectives. They also collaborated with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in seizing animals.
In the photo: a representative of the biker organization Recue Ink and rescued animals. Photo source: https://acidcow.com
One of the founders of Recue Ink was a biker nicknamed Alley Cat. As you might guess, his heart is given to cats. Together with Joe Panz, he created the animal protection biker society. The organization had 10 members, the oldest of whom was 75 years old. Everyone had different professions and the main work (among them there were trainers, brokers, programmers, owners of shops and their own companies), however, in addition to love for motorcycles and tattoos, they were united by love and compassion for animals.
Pictured: kitten rescued by bikers Recue Ink. Photo source: https://www.nytimes.com
At first, the creators of the organization thought that it would be enough to devote a couple of hours a week to saving animals. But very quickly it became almost the main job for each of them.
The team included cat experts and “dog spellcasters” who learned to understand the behavior and psychology of animals. There was a community on donations that went to food and medicine for dogs and cats.
The Recue Ink had a hotline that received several hundred calls and emails every day and was handled by coordinator Bruce Feinberg. The team also created a website and pages on social networks, where it posted information about negligent owners.
In the photo: bikers Recue Ink and the dogs they saved. Photo source: http://natgeotv.com
In addition, bikers attended schools and talked with children about the importance of humanely treating those who could not fend for themselves.
Members of Recue Ink also set out to amend legislation and increase penalties for animal cruelty. “We would like the organizers of dog fights to spend at least 5 years in prison,” they said.
On September 25, 2009, National Geographic released a series of programs dedicated to Recue Ink: Rescue Ink Unleashed.
The motto of the Recue Ink team was: "We protect those who cannot defend themselves."
However, in 2011, Recue Ink officially stopped working and stopped accepting donations. Although people now appear who, under the name of the famous biker society, are trying to raise money, they have nothing to do with protecting animals. But who knows, maybe in the future, the Recue Ink baton will be picked up by someone else - the one who will really help disadvantaged cats and dogs.
In the photo: bikers Recue Ink and the dogs they saved. Photo source: https://trinixy.ru