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De: World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) <wspausa@...>
Asunto: Tachi, Help us End the Cruel Long Distance Transport of Animals
Fecha: martes, 31 marzo, 2009 6:17
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No one seemed to notice the crumpled, filthy body lying in the dirt in the middle of the feedlot...
...the little sheep had fallen over, exhausted, injured, and starving after a 30-day journey in atrocious conditions with little food or water. He lay there for hours, the only sign of life his erratic breathing and occasional blinking. Finally a worker came over to him and carelessly picked him up, throwing his withered body onto the back of the truck bound for the market. Mercifully, the little sheep died before he could be slaughtered alive. READ MORE >>
The above description is an actual account of what investigators saw during undercover investigations conducted by WSPA and the Handle with Care Coalition of the long distance transport of sheep from Australia to the Middle East, a grueling 30-day journey over thousands of miles.
It's difficult to understand how anyone could treat an animal like this - as little more than an object to be crammed, kicked, starved, and left to die. But sadly, this is the case for millions of farm animals who are transported over long distances every
They are crowded into filthy containers aboard boats and trucks where they receive little or no food or water and are forced to stand in their own waste.
Along the way to their final destination, thousands die from illness, infections, starvation, or are smothered to death in the crowded conditions.
Those who survive the grueling journey are roughly unloaded into feedlots. Many, like the little sheep pictured above, are often too weak to stand and collapse from exhaustion, while the rest are sent to slaughter.
No Animal Deserves to be Treated Like This -
Sadly, it's too late to help this sheep and millions more like him who have already been victims of this horrific and unnecessary trade. But it's not too late to stop this cruelty from happening to other animals around the world. Already pressure from the campaign has resulted in an 11% drop in the number of pigs transported to Hawaii from the US mainland, saving almost 2,000 animals from a horrific journey.
Thank you for your compassion, your commitment and your generosity. Together we can do more good for more animals.
© Photos credited to Animals Australia
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De: PETA <newsmanager@...>
Asunto: Victory: Bolivia Ends All Military Combat Exercises on Animals!
Fecha: miÃ©rcoles, 1 abril, 2009 1:16
After nearly a month of public campaigning against horrific combat-training exercises conducted by the Bolivian militaryâin which live dogs were shown in a video being tied down and stabbed repeatedly and screaming in agonizing painâPETA is now applauding
the Bolivian Ministry of Defense for issuing the country's first animal protection regulation, which ends the torture and killing of animals in military exercises.
Thousands of people wrote
to the Bolivian government through our online action alert, asking officials to end all use of animals in military combat trainings. On Monday, the minister of defense in Bolivia, Walker San Miguel, appeared on Bolivian television to issue the regulation, declaring that "we are issuing a Resolution 217, by which we prohibit all acts of violence, exploitation, mistreatment that provokes the death of animals."
As this is Bolivia's very first animal protection regulation, this is a historic decision
that we're sure will positively impact how other countries in the region treat animals. We couldn't achieve any of our landmark victories for animals without your help. Please support our lifesaving work today.
On behalf of animals everywhere who have no voice but that of caring individualsâthank you!
Very truly yours,
Shalin G. Gala, Laboratory Methods Specialist
Laboratory Investigations Department
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We are going after local fur hags and their adepts, starting with the Washingtonian Magazine -- "THE" Washington DC social mag.
CLICK ON THIS LINK -- TO JUST "CLICK & SEND" LETTER
John A. Limpert, Editor -- jlimpert@...
Sherri Dalphonse, Senior Editor -- sdalphonse@...
Ken DeCell, Senior Editor -- kdecell@...
William O'Sullivan, Senior Managing Editor -- bosullivan@...
Dear Washingtonian Editors:
I am appalled to learn that a respected publication like The Washingtonian promotes wearing fur in both its feature articles and advertising.
In a time of green living, and in light of the recent economic downtown, your magazine has a prime opportunity to present a "better," more responsible capital city to your readers.
We know the fur industry is a cruel and irresponsible one. Animals can suffer in traps for days before trappers return to bludgeon them to death. Farm-raised animals are killed by gassing, neck-breaking and anal electrocution in order to preserve their pelts.
But despite these facts, consider these key points as well:
Top clothing designers increasingly are going fur-free, with Donna Karan the most recent addition to the growing list of designers of fur-free couture, including Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger. Major retailers, such as Ann Taylor, Talbots and Overstock.com, are quickly following suit.
The Internal Markets and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament on March 2 voted in favor of prohibiting trade in seal products in the European Union. The EU is close to supporting a complete ban on the trade of skin from seals slaughtered in Canada.
Consumers are no longer willing to pay for the "luxury" of fur. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, fur imports were down 18 percent in the first three quarters of 2008, compared with the same period in 2007.
Isn't it time for The Washingtonian to step out of the 1950s, and into an era of an eco-friendly, informed Washington?
Until it discontinues the promotion of fur, I am boycotting your magazine and asking friends, family and coworkers to do the same.
De: South West Animal Protection <southwestanimalprotection@...>
Asunto: PLEASE TAKE ACTION- Elderly Black labrador is battered and has its throat slit in Roxburghshire (Scotland, UK)
Fecha: miércoles, 1 abril, 2009 10:01
PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TO ALL YOUR GROUPS AND
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AND MYSPACE FOR MAXIMUM PUBLICITY
Elderly Black labrador is battered and has its throat slit in Roxburghshire
(Scotland, UK)- PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION- EVERYTHING MUST BE DONE TO CATCH THIS EVIL DOG KILLER!!!
Please see the appalling article below and write to the local MP Michael
Moore, the SSPCA, and the local Police, urging them to do everything they
can to find the perpetrator of this evil crime. Justice must prevail. Anyone
who has any info on this crime please contact the Lothian and Borders Police
Please keep all correspondence
polite.michaelmooremp@ parliament. uk
(local MP)enquiries@lbp. pnn.police. uk
(Lothian and Borders Police)http://www.scottish spca.org/ contact
(SSPCA) please fill out the online formMany thanks
SWAP team UK
Disturbing photo of dog at this
link-http://www.thescott ishsun.co. uk/scotsol/ homepage/ news/article2336 848.eceBy ROBERT FAIRBURN
Published: 24 Mar 2009
A PET owner was being hunted last night after a dog was left to bleed to
death - after she was battered and had her throat cut.
The elderly black labrador's body was so badly mangled that horrified animal
welfare officers at first thought she had been mown down by a car. Now SSPCA
staff fear she was butchered because she was old and crippled.
The pooch, thought to be around 14-years-old, was found on a country track
near the village of Midlem in Roxburghshire.
And as a criminal investigation was launched, SSPCA superintendent Mike
Flynn said last night: "The dog was struck with a heavy blunt object twice -
on the muzzle and on the head.
"But this did not kill her - whoever did this then tried to slit her throat.
They did this very badly and did not end her suffering.
"A forensic expert said she died from a combination of shock, stress and
bleeding to death slowly. This would have been excruciatingly painful."
A post mortem revealed the wretched pooch suffered osteoporosis of the
hips - a degenerative bone disease.
Supt Flynn added: "It appears someone decided this dog's time was up, and
took it upon themselves to end her life in one of the most traumatic ways imaginable. It is beyond belief that someone - who is likely to have kept
this dog as a pet for years - could have allowed or caused it to die
horrific circumstances. "
The SSPCA are hunting the thug responsible.
Serious animal cruelty cases can carry a fine of up to £20,000, 12 months in
jail, and a life ban on keeping pets.
A supporter has alerted us to more shocking and very disturbing news ...........
Fourteen dead dogs and a cat have been found in a creek in Ohio, USA - tragically most of the dogs - including 7 greyhounds - were skinned.
An employee of the Humane Society was alerted to the dogs by the stench coming from the creek. It is believed there is an illegal underground market for dog fur - especially greyhound.
Please click here to view the television news item and report.
De: In Defense of Animals <c+ida@...>
Asunto: In Defense of Animals eNews - April 2, 2009
Fecha: jueves, 2 abril, 2009 4:23
IDA eNews, April 2, 2009
If you can't see this page properly, click here to read eNews online!http://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=N-5iKHzkmEaQgDX7qC6KBA
Soldiers At Fort Bliss In El Paso, Texas Kill Two Dogs,
Injure A Thirdhttp://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=q42-snBVkYeKWPDeyH84Zw
Fort Bliss is anything but blissful for dogs. The base has
experienced two recent, horrifying incidents of animal cruelty
committed by soldiers. Click here to send an e-mail demanding justice!http://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=SX3qqmTYCf6qBQAytujxZA
Only Two More Weeks Until World Week for Animals in Laboratories
Please join IDA during World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL),
April 18-26, to speak out against the use of animals in testing and
research. If you've already scheduled an event, please register it
here. And e-mail us if you'd like help creating an event, or making it
IDA Members Protest Fur At Nordstrom Stores Around The Countryhttp://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=3TsBrT5BHOsHAGNhcaYWvA
Click here to see photos of last week's demos in Portland, Oregon and
Los Angeles, California. And get involved!http://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=8dus2ujUOMSsrHOSzHmU2w
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Read an interesting Colorado Daily story about IDA's Guardian
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Asunto: Ppl need to know what really happens to animals . Kinship Circle/Note New E-mail
Fecha: jueves, 2 abril, 2009 8:07
Please see below - people need to know what really happens to animals ... can you help make this happen?
Dear Kinship Circle,
People sometimes tell animal activists to âget a life.â I propose this
phrase be officially devoted to computer hackers who steal your password and
spam the universe with your email address, disabling servers everywhere.
Well, this is what happened...and continued to happen...to Kinship Circleâs
former email address: kinshipcircle @ accessus.net (spaces inserted).
To ensure you can reach us, please record our new and existing emails:
If you recently sent any messages to kinshipcircle @ accessus.net -- we did
not get them. That email has been banished from the face of the earth.
Thanks for your patience and understanding -- especially if this occurs
again! Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle * Board of Directors: Nora Marino,
Adrienne DeArmas, Bridget Soeder, Janet Enoch, Terri Kelley, Sandi Corrado,
Kylie Shafferkoetter, Beverly Nation
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It looks like the EU is giving extra time for Canada to get the slaughter accomplished first.
OTTAWA - A planned vote in the European Parliament on a proposed ban on Canadian seal products has been put off until at least May.
European Union spokesman Roy Christensen said Wednesday the vote is not on the agenda for a plenary session of the EU Parliament on Thursday. He said the next plenary session - and the next time that the ban can be voted on - is May 4 to 7.
Christensen said there is no guarantee the ban will be addressed then either.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said the delay is welcome news.
"Certainly, anything that gives us time to correct the misinformation from animal rights groups that is before the European public is welcome," said spokesman Phil Jenkins.
Meanwhile, Jenkins said the seal hunt in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence will get underway between April 5 and 8.
"It's looking like the latter date," he added.
The main hunt, off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, is expected to open around April 15, depending on the weather, he said.
Asunto: One of the saddest film I have ever seen.. Please, let all people see video
Fecha: viernes, 3 abril, 2009 11:29
Forwarding from Slavica :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRyOiYIj-fM
Video footage of a small calf searching through the lines of dairy cows to
find its mother. The callous way the herdsman pushes him out of the way is
one of the saddest things I have ever witnessed. These men who carry sticks20and
use them on animals have lost something in their souls, they have lost
their humanity and they are a disgrace to the planet.
for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and
light, and of that portion of life and time it had been born into the world to
~Plutarch, C.A.D. 46-C
Canada threatens action if EU bans seal products
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada threatened on Friday to take trade action against the European Union if it banned seal product imports. Trade Minister Stockwell Day said unless the EU allowed an exception for humanely harvested seal products, it would launch a World Trade Organization action against any ban on trade in seal products.
"Despite scientific evidence that supports humane harvesting techniques, and testimony from Inuit communities as to the harmful effect of the proposed ban, the EU continues to push forward with a proposal that will damage the livelihood of coastal and Northern Canadians and their families," Day said.
Canada is set a quota of 280,000 young harp seals for this year. A statement from Day said there are almost 6 million seals on Canada's east coast, three times as many as in the 1970s. the seals are hunted for their fur, meat and oil, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. The European Union has been the main opponent of the seal hunt, with animal rights groups charging that the clubbing of the seals is inhumane.
Harp seals may not be hunted in Canada until they shed their white coats, at about two weeks of age, though they are not usually hunted until at least a week later. Animal rights activists say most are hunted between three weeks and three months.
Expect rock-bottom prices for pelts, sealers told
Last Updated: Friday, April 3, 2009 | 2:52 PM NT
Prices for seal pelts, used to make such products as these sealskin coats, have dropped dramatically in the last two years. (CBC)
One of the key buyers for seal pelts in Newfoundland and Labrador says sealers should expect to be paid half of what they earned last year.
Seal pelts sold for more than $30 apiece in 2008, which in itself was a far weaker price than preceding seasons.
Deon Dakins, manager of the Corner Brook-based Nutan Furs, said sealers should make sure they have buyers, even at just $15 a pelt, before going out. That's just a fraction of the $100-per-pelt prices earned only a few short years ago.
The largest phase of the Canadian harp seal hunt opens April 15 at what is called the Front, an area at sea off Newfoundland's northeast coast. The hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, off the west coast of Newfoundland, opens Wednesday.
"We're also very concerned that we could see an oversupply on the shore," said Dakins.
"We don't need a complete landing of the total quota this year, and we're advising fishermen to make sure that they talk with their buyers, their traditional buyers or other buyers, before they leave to go and make sure they have a commitment for product."
Dakins said the global recession and a proposed ban by the European Union are the biggest problems affecting prices.
'I can't see for the life of me how you could break even, let alone make money, this year.'Sealer Jack Troake
Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea raised the total allowable catch of harp seals this season to 280,000, even though many in the industry expect far fewer animals to be killed.
"It's a ridiculous price," Jack Troake, a veteran sealer based in Twillingate, told CBC News Friday.
"I can't see for the life of me how you could break even, let alone make money, this year. I can't see how you could do that. It's almost impossible."
Springdale fisherman Ray Newman said he cannot imagine how the quota will be met this year.
"It's doubtful," Newman, who does not yet have a buyer, said Friday. "We've killed them for less than that over the years, but things weren't as expensive as [they] are now."
Newman said many fishermen will have trouble hiring crews to assist with the hunt, particularly when prices are low. He said few people will sign on for a crew knowing there is a small chance of splitting a meagre income.
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From: Sinikka Crosland
Subject: [AR-News] Great News for Horses!
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 13:37:24 -0700
Great News for Horses!
Natural Meat Company Shuts Down
We are pleased to inform you that Natural Meat Company (formerly Natural Valley Farms) in Neudorf, Saskatchewan, closed its doors in mid-February. No more horses are being slaughtered in that facility!
According to the Director of Parliamentary Affairs for Canada, Natural Meat Company was shut down by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for food safety concerns. At this time we are attempting to clarify details surrounding the closure.
Graphic evidence of animal welfare violations was documented at Natural Valley Farms in April/May 2008. This footage was released to CHDC by undercover investigators, and the concerns were aired on CBC's No Country for Horses the following month: http://www.cbc. ca/national/ blog/special_ feature/no_ country_for_ horses/no_ country_for_ horses.html
In September 2008, CHDC Western Region Director, Twyla Francois, filmed horse blood from the slaughter plant being illegally dumped on the banks of a nearby river: http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=udbD6OeiUBY
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Just when one thinks one heard the worst....This is just nauseating. Isn't there anything one can do to stop this.
Animal rights groups fume at internet lion meat for sale
March 31, 2009 Edition 2
LOCAL animal welfare groups are outraged that a US company is offering lion steaks and lion loin chops for sale through the internet.
The meat was advertised on the company's website as originating from lions farmed in South Africa.
But within 24 hours of the activists being alerted last week, the wording was changed and now reads: "Our Lions are ranch-raised in the United States of America."
The national Environment Department confirmed that both a Cites (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) permit and veterinary health permit would be required to export lion meat.
It said no permit applications had been received by any of the provinces and no permits had been issued.
"We encourage anyone who has information about this to contact us and we will contact our counterparts in the US to look into the matter," said spokeswoman Roopa Singh.
Allan Perrins, chief executive of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, is among those slamming the practice.
"We are sickened and re-pulsed to know that one of our 'Big 5' is being exploited through commercial farming, to please and tempt the palates of a rich and greedy, indifferent minority who are obviously too short-sighted to see the potential harm that their support of this in-vogue bush-meat trade will cause," he said.
The US company Brentwood Trading Group offers the lion meat on its site 1-800-Steaks.
A page headed "Lion meat and lion meat recipes" states, inter alia: "If you're looking for something completely different, this is the product for you!"
De: tachi salas <tachigb@...>
Asunto: Barbaric Killing of Dogs Continue in Meerut, India
Fecha: lunes, 6 abril, 2009 12:42
Barbaric Killing of Dogs Continue in Meerut, India
http://meerut-incident.synthasite.com/Meerut Dog killing..... Follow link to view photos ( GRAPHIC )
India is the only country in world that provides in its Constitution for mercy and care of the animals.
Here's proof that the Meerut administration has unleashed shocking brutality on the stray dogs in the area to protect & shield the ILLEGAL CATTLE SLAUGHTER HOUSES.For the government of Uttar Pradesh state, India and its functionaries it seems like a perfect solution that people are venting out their anger by killing ALL and INNOCENT dogs. It suits
the bureaucracy as it does not to bother the SLAUGHTER HOUSES and STOP the EVER FOURISHING TRADE OF Illegal CATTLE MEAT INDUSTRY in Meerut.
In a tragic incident, a five-year-old boy who had gone out in search of his mother in a field, has been attacked and bitten to death by a pack of street dogs at Kazipur, Meerut. As a result the villagers are eliminating each stray by brutally killing them.They are ostensibly 'remedying' the situation that led to death of two children in village Kazipur, Meerut, allegedly due to stray dog attacks. In fact, there is an illegal abattoir in village Kazipur, which is violating every possible norm - pollution control, animal waste disposal, etc. Apparently, 5000 animals, mainly cattle, INCLUDING COWS are slaughtered in the abattoir every day - and then, the animal parts that are not used, and blood, bones, etc., are all allowed to flow into
an open nullah adjacent to the abattoir, that flows through village Kazipur and beyond. The strays of the area feed on these animal remains as a consequence ; or attacked children who ventured too close to the nullah that is their food source.
THIS IS THE REAL CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM .
THE ADMINISTRATION TURNS A BLIND EYE TO THIS WHILE PEOPLE TAKE LAW IN THEIR HANDS. PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING THE ACT OF KILLING DOGS AS AN ENTERTAINMENT FOR THEM (see pictures).
In any event, what has followed, and continues to unfold every single day, is murder, and cruelty beyond belief. They are caught, they are cornered, many have been viciously beaten to death. The dogs are caught in the most brutal manner possible, kept without food and water for 2 - 3 days until a sizeable number are 'collected', and then - mainly released into the forest, or surreptitiously put down or beaten to death
NO LAW AND ORDER IS RESPECTED IN MEERUT anymore.
INCLUDING THE POLICE, D.M., MAYOR, or U.P. GOVERNMENT, no one is bothered to stop/ control people from taking the law in their hands and brutally slaughtering dogs using innovative methods, which also includes use of arms and weapons.
All this despite the SUPREME COURT of INDIA has put a STAY AGAINST ANY KIND OF KILLING OF DOGS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.series of photographs are attached, forwarded by Jeev Karuna Sanstha, Meerut. Some of them are 15 - 25 days old, and some as recent as 3 - 5 days.
The Animal Welfare Board of India has written thrice to various functionaries within the administration. They have advised the administration regarding the correct method of controlling stray dog population. They have apprised them as to the law - the PCA Act, the ABC
Rules, etc. They have offered help and guidance, for setting up the requisite sterilization, immunization infrastructure within Meerut. Eventually, they have threatened legal action, but to no avail. PLEASE lets all write to them & Let them know that we know what is going on and we condemn the government and their functionaries for loosing the control over law and order in their state & one small city and for protecting an ILLEGAL SLAUGHTER HOUSE of CATTLE.
* Chief Minister of UP,
* Kamini Chauhan, the D.M., Meerut ;
* Municipal Commissioner ;
* Mayor ;
* Meerut Police ;
* Rakesh Jolly, the S.P., Meerut ;
* Mr. Alok Ranjan, who is a Secretary in the U.P. Government, probably in charge of urban development or urban affairs in U.P.
The e-mail address of are :
* D.M. : dmmee@...
* Mr. Alok Ranjan is : aranjan78@...
* IG Zone Meerut igzonemrt@...
* DIG Range Meerut digrmrt@...
* Superintendent of Police Meerut sspmrt@..., ssp_meerut@...
* CHIEF MINISTER of U.P. cmup@...
* The Prime Minister of India( to contact him
you can go through http://www.pmindia.nic.in/write.htm
ORcopy paste following in BCC and send your emails :
dmmee@..., aranjan78@..., igzonemrt@..., digrmrt@..., sspmrt@..., ssp_meerut@..., cmup@...We can also simply address letters to the
Fax : 01212663676
'Shri Rakesh Jolly,
Superintendent of Police,
Mr Snajya Krishna
Fax 0121665809HOPEFULLY A WORLDWIDE PROTEST WILL PUT THE U.P. TO SOME SHAME AND THEY WILL PUT AN END TO THIS OPEN TORTUROUS KILLING OF INNOCENT ANIMALS AND WILL ALSO.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION..SPREAD THE TRUTH AND SHARE WE NEED TO EXPOSE THIS HORROR...THANK YOU
For the government of Uttar Pradesh state, India and its functionaries it seems like a perfect solution that people are venting out their anger by killing ALL and INNOCENT dogs. It suits the bureaucracy as it does not bother the SLAUGHTER HOUSES and STOP the EVER FOURISHING TRADE OF Illegal CATTLE MEAT INDUSTRY in Meerut.
De: Animal Voice <avoice@...>
Asunto: Update from Animal Voice, 07 April 2009
Fecha: martes, 7 abril, 2009 5:16
Laughing Rats and Grieving Bulls
German farmer Alfred Grünmeyer was known for treating his animals like pets. When he died, one of this animals, a bull named Barnaby, began to pine.
To everyone's amazement, he got out of his field and found his way to the cemetery a mile away, jumped the wall, found his owner's grave and stayed by it for two days, resisting attempts to coax him away. The local vet said: "It shows an acute level of intelligence."
For more on this and other amazing stories of animal sentience, please go to Compassion in World Farming's web pages at www.animalsentience.com
and its blog at www.livesofanimals.org
To add your own stories, photos and film clips about amazing animals you know, please send them to wendy@....
Please forward this appeal to others.
Please support our efforts on behalf of South Africa's farmed animals:
Our bank details are:
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With best wishes,
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Editor: Animal Voice
Managing Trustee: The Humane Education Trust
CEO: Humane Education Publishers
Tel./Fax +27 21 852 8160www.het.org.za www.animal-voice.org
is a magazine published by the Humane Education Trust
in South Africa. The HET is an organisation dedicated to increasing our compassionate footprint. Animal voice is also the official mouthpiece in South Africa of Compassion in World Farming.
De: Animals Australia e-update <newsmanager@...>
Asunto: LUSH Giveaway * Bobby Calf Victory * Take Action!
Fecha: martes, 7 abril, 2009 4:40
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Animals Australia - Unleashed!
What would Australia's first national youth initiative for animals look like? Animals Australia - Unleashed! Just launched, Unleashed is teaming up with compassionate artists and celebrities to empower young people with the knowledge that their everyday choices really can change the world. Read More...
THIS NEEDS TO STOP!
Animals Australia was shocked to learn that several abattoirs in Victoria had been exploiting a legal loophole and slaughtering sheep whilst fully conscious. Alarmingly, our complaints to government did not lead to the immediate suspension of this barbaric practice, but to a review that may make it legal to kill sheep without stunning. Your voice is
needed! Read More...
You Did It! New Hope for Calves
Recently we campaigned against the failure of the dairy industry to address the welfare of 'bobby calves'âalmost 1 million baby calves discarded and slaughtered as 'waste products' by the dairy industry each year. The resulting flood of emails from Animals Australia supporters has forced government officers to take more decisive action! Read More...
Horse Whipping: Cruel & Outdated
The Australian Racing Board has reacted to pressure to ban the whipping of race horses. From August 1st 2009 only the restricted use of padded whips will be allowed in horse races in Australia. Read More...
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Asunto: Montana Horse Slaughter House Update
Fecha: miércoles, 8 abril, 2009 1:56
|Montana Governor Amends Horse Slaughter Bill|
Horse Slaughter bill now back in Montana State Legislature
Dear Horse Supporters,
Thank you your outpouring of letters and phone calls to stop Montana from allowing horse slaughter plants, here is a quick update: On Friday Governor Brian Schweitzer amended the Montana horse slaughter bill (HB 418) to take out the sections that would have granted special rights to the proposed foreign-owned horse slaughter plants. Now the bill must pass by a majority vote through the state house and senate again, and if it does, horse slaughter
plants will be allowed in Montana. They will listen to constituents, so everyone in Montana: please tell your representatives and senators not to pass this bill. You can read more at: www.helenair. co m.
WHAT TO DO NOW:
Bolder's mare, Cedar and their daughter, Sage graze in their wild Montana home.
Other states (including Illinois and North Dakota) also want to allow horse slaughter plants and so we need a national ban on horse slaughter and the transportation of horses across our borders for slaughter. Please continue to call and write your Senators and ask them to support the newly introduced Landrieu-Ensign Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act
(read more on the Animal Welfare Institute website www.awionline. org
). You can take action by clicking here.
Thank you for all you do!
The Cloud Foundation
PS- Ginger is in New York City recording the narration for the new Cloud program, Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions, to air this November!
Asunto: Urgent Alert: Letters needed to NY Times re Horse Slaughter
Fecha: miÃ©rcoles, 8 abril, 2009 7:03
Can these people speaking about abandoned horses not get the idea to stop breeding?
Tue Apr 7, 2009 8:55 pm (PDT)
Please write a letter to the NYTimes in response to this article.
Letters must not be longer than 150 words, a guideline that is strictly enforced. letters@nytimes. com<mailto:letters@nytimes. com>
Remember - you may not think you are a great writer and your letter may not be published - but it is CRUCIAL to write about this issue. The more letters the paper gets, the more they are likely to publish. So write .... please.
This is the article below. Warning about photos if you click on the link to the Times site. I know it is very difficult to see them - but please know that it important to be aware of what goes on behind closed doors.
Thanks. Elizabeth Forel / Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages - www.banhdc.org<http://www.banhdc. org/>
http://www.nytimes. com/2009/ 04/07/us/ 07horses. html<http://www.nytimes. com/2009/ 04/07/us/ 07horses. html>
April 7, 2009
Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses
By KATIE ZEZIMA<http://query. nytimes.com/ search/que% 20%20ry?ppds= bylL&v1=KATIE% 20ZEZIMA& fdq=19960101& td=sysdate& sort=newest& ac=KATIE% 20ZEZIMA& inline=nyt- per>
MURRAY, Ky. â Emaciated horses eating bark off trees. Abandoned horses tied to telephone poles. Horses subsisting on feces, walking among carcasses.
As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.
The situation has renewed the debate over whether
reopening slaughterhouses in the United States â the last ones closed in 2007 â would help address the problem. Some states, Missouri, Montana and North and South Dakota, for example, are looking at ways to bring slaughterhouses back.
An estimated 100,000 horses a year are shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, prompting Congress to consider a bill that would ban the sale and transport of horses for human consumption outside the
country. But Arkansas, Georgia and eight other states are against such a ban, saying owners need affordable options for unwanted horses.
Last week in Montana, the Legislature approved a bill<http://data. opi.mt.gov/ bills/2009/ billpdf/HB0418. pdf> allowing the construction of horse-slaughter facilities. Gov. Brian Schweitzer<http://topics. nytimes.com/ top/re%20% 20ference/ timestopics/ people/s/ brian_schweitzer /index.html? inline=nyt- per>, a Democrat who supports reinstating the slaughterhouse, vetoed a provision that would have limited appeals by opponents.
But Keith Dane,
a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States<http://topics. nytimes.com/ top/reference/ timestopics/ organizations/ h/humane_ society_of_ the_united_ states/index. html?inline= nyt-org>, which opposes horse slaughter, said that the Montana bill was unnecessary because horse slaughter was already legal in the state, and that it would essentially quash the oppositionâs right to try to stop the opening of a slaughterhouse for environmental and other reasons.
âWe think itâs unconstitutional and probably a handout to the horse slaughter industry,â Mr. Dane
Also unresolved in the overall debate is whether the closing of slaughterhouses contributed to the growing numbers of unwanted horses, driving down the price of the animals to as little as $50 each at auction.
âBottom line is you have to separate the animal from the pet,â said State Representative Edward B. Butcher, a Republican who wrote the Montana bill.
âNo one has to send a horse to a processing plant,â he added. âItâs just an option for horses that are unusable. And itâs much more humane than leaving them there to starve t o death.â
According to the Humane Society, the United States sent 98,363 horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter last year. As of March 28, 17,758 horses had been sent to those two countries for slaughter.
The rising abandonment of horses is straining law enforcement officers, who, while facing tightened budgets, must learn about the animal and the
laws that govern them. Dealing with the legal aspect of neglect can be even trickier. In Kentucky, where horses are a way of life, cruelty laws are vague and jurisdiction is left to each of the stateâs 120 counties, many of which work with a humane society that shelters seized animals.
Mark Arenson, an animal control officer here in Calloway County who has spent his career investigating cruelty to dogs and cats, was among 15 animal-control agents, sheriffs and shelter directors who took a three-day, hands-on class<http://www.pbase. com/humanesociet y/equine_ abuse_investigat ion_class> at Murray State University offered by the Kentucky Horse Council<http://www.kentucky horse.org/>, a nonprofit organization.
On a bright March afternoon, Mr. Arenson learned to feel for protruding ribs, a sign of starvation; to look at the hooves, which should be short and trimmed or the horse will limp; and to be careful when approaching from behind, because a startled horse might kick.
âI don9t know much about horses,â Mr. Arenson said. âA lot of
this is new information for me.â
Brandon Gallimore, a deputy sheriff in Calloway County, about 100 miles northwest of Nashville, found himself in a pasture filled with horses, checking for distinct marks like brands and hair whorls to identify the horses in court proceedings.
Later he stood inside a small stall, where he gingerly walked around a horse with his hand on its flank as a warning before he lifted its tail.
âYou get a little skittish when youâre around a 1,200-pound horse,â Mr. Gallimore said. âBut now I know what you can learn and what you can get away with by watching their eyes.â
There are no firm statistics on how many horses have been abandoned here or nationally, but the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals<http://www.aspca. org/> said it had been overwhelmed with reports of neglected horses and had given rescue facilities its yearâs worth of emergency hay in just two months.
Where numbers are kept, they are startling. Officials in Nevada said 63 horses were abandoned on state land last year, compared with 11 in 2007. In Sweetwater County, Wyo., where abandoned horses were previously unheard of, 20 were recovered last year. And in Texas, about 170 horses were rescued from a ranch in Hill County last month in what the authorities called o ne of largest livestock seizures in state history.
The authorities there said they believed that the owner had bought hundreds of horses cheaply and was planning on selling them when the market turned. âThey were putting the minimal amount of money in to keep the horses alive,â said Clint Ward of the Hill County Sheriffâs Office.
Many states are strengthening their animal cruelty statutes. The Oregon Senate passed a bill in March making horse abandonment a crime, and Arizona legislators are considering a public listing of equine rescue facilities.
Lori Neagle, executive director of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center<http://www.kyehc. org/>, a nonprofit group based in Nicholasville that tries to find homes for unwanted horses, said, âEvery day, itâs phone calls saying, âI canât afford to keep them, Iâm losing my farm.â â
Although horses were always a financial stretch for Andy and Rose Cardinale of Swanville, Me., they found a
way to make do until last year, when they lost their business and their home.
The Cardinales took two of their five horses to the Last Chance Ranch<http://www.lastchan ceranchmaine. org/>, an equine rescue facility in Troy, Me.; two others are being cared for elsewhere, and the third, a stallion, they are struggling to keep. Mr. Card inale has taken on part-time work as a police dispatcher.
Another desperate owner forced to surrender a horse she can no longer afford is Erin OâBrien, a 24-year-old student from Corinna, Me.
âIt was either pay for my schooling and better myself or keep him,â Ms. OâBrien said of her horse, Amos.
Ms. OâBrien stood on a frigid Maine night in Amosâs stall, gently stroking his head and kissing him.
âI love you, baby,â she said.
De: Farmed Animal Net <info@...>
Asunto: Farmed Animal Watch: N.6, V.9
Fecha: miércoles, 8 abril, 2009 3:22
FARMED ANIMAL WATCH - Text Versionhttp://www.FarmedAnimal.netOBJECTIVE INFORMATION FOR THE THINKING ADVOCATE
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APRIL 8, 2009
NUMBER 6, VOLUME 91. ABUSE ALLEGED AT NEW ENGLAND'S LARGEST EGG FARM
2. INEFFECTIVE AUDITS?
3. LIVE PIGS SCALDED AT SWEDISH SLAUGHTERPLANTS
4. LARGEST W. AUSTALIAN PIG COMPANY CHARGED WITH CRUELTY
5. 600 PIGS DIE IN FIRE
6. FEED BAN DELAY, BODY DISPOSAL
7. FARM SUBSIDY REFORM FAILS
8. USDA BUYS MORE MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS1. ABUSE ALLEGED AT NEW ENGLAND'S LARGEST EGG FARM
State police and Maine Department of Agriculture officials raided an egg facility known as Maine Contract Farming and Quality Egg of New England on April 1st, after Mercy for Animals (MFA) filed a complaint for civil and criminal charges to be brought against the facility and workers there. An MFA investigator allegedly documented animal abuse at the facility from mid-December to February. "It really indicated to us that there appeared to be some very deplorable and egregious animal welfare violations over there," state veterinarian Don Hoenig said of the documentation, which included: supervisors and other workers kicking live hens into manure pits,
holes in cage floors large enough for hens to fall into the pits below, hens with body parts stuck in caging including some 150 who were unable to access food or water, cages with decomposed bodies and rotting eggs, inhumanely killed hens and live hens in the garbage (see: http://tinyurl.com/cf2gaa
).Quality Egg's management countered that none of the alleged abuses had been brought to its attention, and said that employees were re-trained on the industry-accepted use of euthanasia just last month. Investigator Chris Smith said supervisors dismissed his repeated reports of abuse, which is evidenced in MFA video. The company further alleges that Smith acted criminally by performing as a paid investigator without a license, pursuant to Maine law. It also points out that an annual United Egg Producers audit was
conducted in December (see item #2) and that a state poultry health inspector examines the chickens for health problems about once a week. Quality Egg, the largest producer of eggs in New England, was originally founded as AJ DeCoster Egg Farms, which had a history of human rights violations (see: http://tinyurl.com/dd7pv8 and #8: http://tinyurl.com/dhpv5m
). Hens are covered by Maine's animal cruelty laws, and the case has been turned over to the Androscoggin County District Attorney's Office. Major egg distributor Eggland's Best announced it
would stop working with franchisee Radlo Foods. Radlo in turn said it will sever ties with Quality Egg and plans to "become an exclusively cage-free company within 10 years," which reportedly will make it the first national egg company to do so. (See also: http://tinyurl.com/d36fnl
) On April 3rd the Maine Senate unanimously directed the state Department of Agriculture to develop standards for egg production: http://tinyurl.com/dca5u3 See also: EGG GIANTS WORK ON REFORMS: http://tinyurl.com/cqy59kPROBE GOES ON DAY AFTER RAID AT TURNER PLANT (includes photos)
Sun Journal, Lindsay Tice with Judith Meyer, April 3, 2009
http://tinyurl.com/crto5xSTATE EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANT AT TURNER EGG FARMER
Sun Journal, April 1, 2009 http://tinyurl.com/dzc8ugEGG FARM MANAGERS FIRE BACK
AT ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Susan Sharon, April 7, 2009http://tinyurl.com/cjhblpNOBODY CARED ABOUT THE ANIMAL ABUSE, SAYS UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATOR AT TURNER EGG FARM
Sun Journal, Daniel Hartill, April 8, 2009 http://www.sunjournal.com/story/311542-3/LewistonAuburn/Nobody_cared/MASS.-BASED EGG PRODUCER VOWS TO GO 'CAGE FREE'
Associated Press, Jerry Harkavy, April 6, 2009 http://tinyurl.com/cawnbh2. INEFFECTIVE
The effectiveness of third-party audit inspections employed by the meat industry to verify animal handling and other practices is being questioned, notes Steve Bjerklie in his column for Meat & Poultry. The Hallmark slaughterplant
], the subject of a massive meat industry scandal in early 2008, passed 17 private audits in 2007. Robert LaBudde, a former third-party auditor, explains that, typically, places that are audited also pay for the audit, so there is a conflict of interest for the auditor. In addition, third-party audits are often announced in advance, and most auditors cannot levy fines or other penalties. "Consequences - "pain" is the word LaBudde used - will cause change, but little else will...The
meat industry operates on pennies of profit, so it won't change unless it has to," states Bjerklie.
The popularity of video auditing was one of the topics at the American Meat Institute Foundation's recent Animal Care and Handling Conference: http://tinyurl.com/cvtlbu Cargill has announced it will begin implementing a third-party video auditing program which it plans to have in at all of its U.S. beef slaughterplants by the end of 2009. The company also created an animal-handling training and certification program for its employees: http://tinyurl.com/ct3n4a UPSET ABOUT AUDITS
Meat & Poultry, Steve Bjerklie, March 27, 2009http://tinyurl.com/dh3rvjVIDEO AUDITING BENEFITS TOUTED AT ANIMAL WELFARE CONFERENCE
Meat & Poultry, Joel Crews, March 20, 2009
http://tinyurl.com/cvtlbu3. LIVE PIGS SCALDED AT SWEDISH SLAUGHTERPLANTS
Pigs at four Swedish slaughterhouses were scalded to death in 2008 (see: http://tinyurl.com/chbppn
). The pigs were to be gassed unto unconsciousness but, due to overcrowding in the chamber, they did not receive adequate gas. The pigs later resumed consciousness in the scald tank. A veterinarian reported observing such an incident occurring with two pigs. No procedures were changed, and the following week he saw the same thing happen again. The head and partial owner of the slaughterplant conceded that pigs' welfare is at risk due to the pace at which they are handled. According to a source at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, "These plants use carbon dioxide to stun the pigs. The method of killing is to bleed the pigs. Probably the main cause [of live scalding] is that people bleeding the pigs have not done their job properly. It is also compulsory to make sure that pigs are dead (i.e. bled out) before any other action is taken." See also: http://tinyurl.com/cu3ocdSimilar incidences occurred at the other slaughterplants, all of which are operated or partially owned by HK Scan, a prominent Northern European food company which slaughtered nearly 2 million pigs in 2008. Scan has acknowledged the scaldings. The Swedish agriculture minister has urged closer monitoring of slaughterplants and supervision of officials. An investigation has been initiated to determine if animal-protection laws were violated. In mid-March, the Agriculture Committee of the European Union, of which Sweden is a member, voted in favor of restraining animals at slaughter only if the person responsible for stunning or killing is ready to perform the task, and for bleeding to begin as soon as possible after
stunning to ensure the animal does not regain consciousness before death. The committee also approved the introduction of indicators to detect signs of consciousness or sensibility in animals during killing operations.
PIGS BOILED ALIVE AT SWEDISH MEAT PLANTS
The Local, March 17, 2009http://www.thelocal.se/18258/20090317/SWEDISH SLAUGHTERHOUSES FACE ACTION OVER SCALDED PIGS
The Earth Times, March 17, 2009http://tinyurl.com/dmz6lqEU CONSIDERS REGULATIONS TO STOP SLAUGHTER SUFFERING
The Pig Site, March 18, 2009http://tinyurl.com/d6rngh4. LARGEST W. AUSTALIAN PIG COMPANY CHARGED WITH CRUELTY
Accusations that pigs had been forced to wallow in filth so deep they struggled to walk and sick ones were left to slowly die [and be cannibalized] have resulted in the largest pig operation in Western Australia (WA) being charged with the mistreatment of one pig. Made two years ago by Animal Rights Advocates (ARA), the allegations prompted a police raid of Westpork Pty Ltd's 40,000-pig facility. ARA points to the charge as proof of the industry's inability to regulate itself. A WA Farmers Federation spokesperson said pig handling has improved since the raid.
STATE'S BIGGEST PIGGERY ON ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE
The West Australian, Ronan O'Connell, March 26, 2009http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=146&ContentID=1323835. 600 PIGS DIE IN FIRE
On April 1st, 600 pigs died in a fire at a confinement facility in Iowa. Fire raced through an L-shaped building surrounded by tanks recently filled with 5,000 gallons of propane. Eight fire departments spent more than four hours fighting flames whipped by high winds. Investigators said they might not be able to determine the cause of the fire due to the extent of the damage. Aerial footage of the fire can be viewed at the first source below:
FIRE AT MARSHALL COUNTY HOG CONFINEMENT FACILITY
WHO-TV, April 1, 2009
http://www.whotv.com/news/who-story-hog-fire-040109,0,6238348.storyINTENSE FIRE KILLS AT LEAST 600 HOGS
KCCI, Vicky Boucher, April 1, 2009http://www.kcci.com/news/19066138/detail.html6. FEED BAN DELAY, BODY DISPOSAL CONCERNS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed delaying the effective date of its ban on the use of high-risk cattle tissue in animal feed (PDF link: http://tinyurl.com/cffd5d
) from April 27th to June 26th. The regulation, intended to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy ("mad cow disease"), requires the brains and spinal cords of cattle 30 months and older be removed before they are rendered, and prohibits use of the tissue in animal feed and other rendered products. (Ruminant-derived materials have been banned from cattle feed since 1997: http://tinyurl.com/cm888f
) The FDA proposed the delay in response to industry requests for more time to comply. Only about half of each
cow, pig and chicken slaughtered in the U.S. is used for human food, the rest is rendered into animal food and other products. Some 54 billion pounds of animal parts are rendered each year, including farmed and companion animals and wildlife. Several billion are from farmed animals who die prior to slaughter. There are concerns that renderers will no longer accept dead cattle. The alternatives: burying, burning or composting the bodies, can be difficult. Improper disposal can pollute soil and groundwater, and the infectious BSE agent can survive burial or composting. Some within industry believe the regulation is "a gross overreaction" to BSE and was approved merely to broker a trade deal with Korea (see: http://tinyurl.com/dbcpgs
). "The image
of one sick cow on national television has led us down this path of frivolous regulation with only one result: more wasteful tactics by our nation's bureaucrats, who would rather see rotting carcasses in landfills instead of beautifying the women of our country with cosmetics," opined industry advocate Trent Loos. The FDA is accepting public comments for seven days solely on whether or not to delay the effective date: http://tinyurl.com/dbycco See also: ONTARIO: CARCASSES LEFT TO ROT AFTER CUT TO SUBSIDY ("This is just a ticking time bomb, and if our neighbours to the south get wind of this, our international
reputation as a safe meat producer is at stake."): http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1405092NEW REGULATIONS MAKE DISPOSAL DIFFICULT FOR CATTLE RANCHERS
The Associated Press, Chris Blank, March 17, 2009http://tinyurl.com/cduuyjTHE OTHER RECYCLING BUSINESS
Los Angeles magazine, Dave Gardetta, April 2009http://tinyurl.com/c2et4cFDA'S MAD COW PRECAUTIONS CAUSE CARCASS REMOVAL HEADACHES
Business Lexington, Kara Keeton, March 19, 2009http://tinyurl.com/caqfdtLOOK WHO'S BLUSHING NOW
Feedstuffs, Trent Loos (commentary), March 30, 2009http://tinyurl.com/conzzv7. FARM SUBSIDY REFORM FAILS
President Obama's "audacious proposal" to save nearly $10 billion over the next decade by capping direct subsidies to farms that annually gross more than $500,000 was rejected by the House and Senate. Agricultural interests lobbied against the subsidy cuts and even subsidy reform advocates deemed the President's plan to be too ambitious (although the Senate version of the 2008 Farm Bill included a lower cap). Budget outlines that have been approved by the House and Senate do not limit farm subsidies at all, and,
according to the House Agriculture Commission, such a proposal can only be executed during the next Farm Bill
), in 2012. In the April 6th Grist, Tom Laskawy blogs that even with a lower capping limit the subsidy system would continue to encourage "the overproduction of corn and soy and the underproduction of fruits and vegetables." He asserts that the current system primarily benefits food processors, and reform efforts focus on its wastefulness rather than on ensuring production of "the right things." A bipartisan group of 27 congressmen have written the President and
the Senate and House Budget Committees in opposition to the administration's proposed 20% cut in the Market Access Program
), which helps finance foreign promotion of U.S. agricultural products. The program was reauthorized in the 2008 farm bill at $200 million annually.
DID OBAMA SCREW UP AG SUBSIDY REFORM?
Grist, Tom Laskawy, April 8, 2009
http://www.grist.org/article/2009-04-06-2009-obama-subsidy-refom/OBAMA NOT ALLOWED TO
CUT FARM SUBSIDIES
World Poultry, March 18, 2009http://www.worldpoultry.net/news/obama-not-allowed-to-cut-farm-subsidies-3712.htmlLEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
National Hog Farmer North American Preview, March 20, 2009http://tinyurl.com/caau8x8. USDA BUYS MORE MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS
Responding to industry requests, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on March 31st that the Department would purchase $87 million of turkey, lamb and pig meat, including a "bonus" purchase of approximately 50 million lbs. of boneless, skinless turkey-breast meat. The prior week the USDA bought some 200
million pounds of nonfat dry milk to help the dairy industry. The purchases are in addition to the ones the USDA makes annually for school lunch and other federal food programs. Last April, the agency bought $50 million of supplemental pig meat. The pig industry claims it has been losing an average of $20 on each pig sold since October 2007 (purportedly some $3 billion in equity), and the dairy industry says it loses and average of $3 per cow per day. Vilsack said the government's purchases will "help mitigate further downward prices, stabilize market conditions, stimulate the economy and provide high quality, nutritious food to our nutrition programs." The National Pork Producers Council also asked Vilsack to use USDA resources, including the Market Access Program (see item #7) and the Foreign Market Development Program, to promote pig meat exports, which were at record levels
in 2008.VILSACK LAUDED FOR U.S.D.A.'S BONUS MEAT PURCHASES
Meat & Poultry, Bryan Salvage, April 1, 2009
http://tinyurl.com/d3d2gzUSDA BUYS UP $25 MILLION IN PORK
The Wichita Eagle, Rick Plumlee, March 31, 2009http://www.kansas.com/business/updates/story/754919.html
Compiled and edited by Mary Finelli, Farmed Animal Watch is a free weekly electronic news digest of information concerning farmed animal issues gleaned from an array of academic, industry, advocacy and mainstream media sources. Previous issues are archived at: http://www.FarmedAnimal.net
De: Bob Orabona <admin@...>
Asunto: [FoA] FoA Act'ionLine Spring 2009
Fecha: viernes, 10 abril, 2009 1:48
De: VSPCA Updates <info@...>
Asunto: For the love of India's cows: VSPCA rescue victory
Fecha: martes, 7 abril, 2009 12:17
Visakha SPCA is celebrating an extraordinary rescue of over 50 young cattle who had been destined for a gruseome and illegal slaughter in India's underground meat market.
We used to rescue cows all the time; that's how we acquired the 650+ in our care. The result is we are so overcrowded only an extreme emergency like this can compel us to rescue more.
Before we get into the disturbing details, let's start with the happy ending.
Above is a victory group picture of the emaciated cows after their all-night rescue and our staff flush with pride.
Here, the rescued cows lap up the nutrient-enriched food they needed just to make the journey to our shelter.
Some of the cows were too weak to feed themselves and required special medicine from our staff.
Here, the rescued cows graze in peace at the VSPCA shelter, regaining their strength.
That's the happy ending. What follows are the disturbing and sometimes graphic details of how the rescue came about. If you'd rather skip this part, please consider visiting our website right now
to help feed and rehabilitate these wonderful animals.
The events: VSCPA President Pradeep Nath was tipped off about an illegal slaughterhouse in our vicinity. Because cow slaughter is illegal in this part of India, there are no "humane slaughter" regulations. The result is appalling. In this slaughterhouse, the standard operating procedure was to starve the cows until they were so weak they could easily be dispatched with nothing but a saw.
We alerted the police who helped us rescue the cows. The slaughterhouse owners were never found but the managers were questions and covered up for them. This is the same situation in many places unfortunately and therefore it's difficult to prosecute these crimes. It took us all night to very carefully tend to and load every cow that was fit enough to make it to our shelter. Sadly, of the 68 we rescued, ten died of starvation or dehydration. We have since adopted out 10. Of the 48 still here, 12 are suffering from foot and mouth disease but they are recovering since we are very experienced with this disease. We are treating all these poor animals with very special care.
Here, in pictures, is how they got here. This is a shot of the slaughterhouse grounds before the rescue...
Here, during the rescue, one of the severely weakened cows is very carefully lifted by our team...
If you would like more details and photos, please ask us. Meanwhile, please help us give these wonderful cows a new lease on life with your generous contribution
, however large or small. We would be so grateful, as would this happy cow from our shelter. With your help, all of the slaughterhouse survivors can be as healthy and content as she is.
On behalf of Pradeep Nath and all at Visakha SPCA,
Visakha SPCA global outreach
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Andhra Pradesh 530001, India
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Asunto: She's just that into animals: Join Ginnifer Goodwin at TAFA
Fecha: viernes, 10 abril, 2009 2:18
April 10, 2009
Get Into TAFA 2009: Register Today!
I'm thrilled to announce that Ginnifer Goodwin, animal advocate and star of the hit movie "He's Just Not That Into You," will be joining us at Taking Action for Animals -- the largest national conference for the animal protection movement. Register today and join Ginnifer and The Humane Society of the United States for the best TAFA conference to date!
At just $140, TAFA is an incredible value for a comprehensive national conference, with so many stellar speakers and workshops. It is a life-changing event. TAFA registration cost includes two lunches, a banquet dinner, food and drinks at a welcome reception, and other snacks between workshops. Take advantage of early rates and register today.
When: July 24-27, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia.
Where: Hyatt Regency Crystal City (map). Low group room rates are available for conference attendees. For reservations call the hotel's reservation department at 703-418-1234 or Hyatt Central Reservations at 800-233-1234 and mention Taking Action for Animals (group code TAFA).
Why: Expand your skills as an animal advocate with hands-on workshops from the leaders in the animal protection movement. New to the scene? TAFA's the perfect place to learn anything and everything about issues facing companion animals, farm animals, wildlife, and animals in research. TAFA is great for networking, too, and it's just steps away from downtown Washington, D.C.
Learn how to plan effective campaigns, walk the halls of Congress to lobby your federal legislators on animal protection issues, and hear from speakers such as HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle, comedian and author Carol Leifer, singer/songwriter Nellie McKay, California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, and Colorado State University professor and bioethicist Dr. Bernard Rollin. Check out this video from last year's conference to see what's in store for 2009.
Let's show that, together, we are just that into protecting animals this year -- please join us in July at Taking Action for Animals.
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President, Humane Society Legislative Fund
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Asunto: Save dogs from cruel electrocution, protest elephant abuse, and more!
Fecha: sÃ¡bado, 11 abril, 2009 3:16
Save dogs from cruel electrocution, protest elephant abuse, and more!
1) Help save 152 dogs from cruel electrocution
In the past week Mexicali Animal Control, in concert with the mayor of San Felipe, conducted a "canine cleansing" through the streets of San Felipe, just a few hours from San Diego, and rounded up 152 friendly street dogs (many already fixed) who are slated for death by electrocution on Wednesday morning, April 15th.
Can you take just one of these dogs and save him or her from an inhumane death?
The Zero Additional Pup-ulation Project (ZAPP) in San Felipe will spay or neuter the rescue for you, and volunteers are ready to make the drive. You can find out more information on ZAPP's website, www.sfzapp.com, or call 707-320-4969 from the states, 686-577-2708 in San Felipe.
In 2006, APRL supplied video equipment to volunteer Adriana Pagano to document the cruel electrocution of animals in Tijuana's "perreras," which was used to implement a program for change with United Hope for Animals (UHP). APRL has also provided funds to UHP to help support this program.
2) Protest Carson & Barnes elephant abuse this Friday
Please help protest the abuse of wild animals in entertainment:
FRIDAY APRIL 17TH, 6:30 PM
DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS, CORNER OF VIA DE LA VALLE AND JIMMY DURANTE BLVD
(Come early to find street parking)
Signs and banners will be provided.
Watch the video âCarson & Barnes Circus Crueltyâ at
3) Let's finish what Prop 2 started! Help pass AB1437!
Itâs been over five months since the landslide passage of Californiaâs Proposition 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. The voice you added to our campaign helped propel Prop 2 to passage in 47 of Californiaâs 58 counties, garnering it the most YES votes of any citizen initiative in California history. Thanks to your support of this historic initiative, it garnered 63.5 percent of the vote.
And now there is another opportunity where your support could make a tremendous difference. Assembly Bill 1437 is before the California Legislature right now, and it would require that all shelled eggs sold in California (not just those produced here) comply with Prop 2 standards. This would effectively eliminate the sale of eggs in California from battery cages, no matter where they are produced.
The cruelty and public health threat caused by confining egg-laying hens to tiny wire cages has been overwhelmingly deemed unacceptable by California voters. In the wake of a recent animal cruelty investigation by Mercy for Animals, the AP has reported that a major national egg producer will eliminate battery cages. Now it's time to get the politicians to do the right thing.
What we need now is endorsements from major organizations, vets, medical doctors, and businesses (especially restaurants and grocers). Though weâd take endorsements any time prior to the vote on the bill (we donât know when that will be yet), it would be most effective if we get endorsements faxed in by April 22 â- a week before the committee hearing on April 29.
4) Mayor Newsom signs resolution against foie gras!
After meeting APRL organizers at a gubernational campaign event in San Diego recently and discussing cruel factory farming practices, including how foie gras producers force feed ducks massive quantities of food with long metal pipes, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed our resolution that was unanimously passed by the SF Board of Supervisors on this issue! This follows news that the Newsom family's Plumpjack restaurants have all removed foie gras, with Hilary Newsom, the mayor's sister and president of the company, stating it was "the right thing to do."
In Defense of Animals president and veterinarian Dr. Elliot Katz testifed at hearings before the Animal Control & Welfare Commission, which unanimously approved the measure, and the Board of Supervisors. APRL board member Ian Ross also testified before the ACWC, and APRL board member Kristie Phelps had a letter published in the SF Chronicle praising the resolution!
5) Still awaiting a decision on the seals
After arguments in federal court on April 3, we are still awaiting a ruling from Judge Hayes on whether the temporary restraining order will remain in effect to protect the San Diego seals while the state legislature works to change the law that a state court judge is using to force the city to remove them. We will keep you posted!
Our address: 3960 Park Blvd.
San Diego, California 92103
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