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Weekly digest for October 18, 2010

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  • tachi salas
    De: Our Compass Asunto: Weekly digest for October 18, 2010 Fecha: lunes, 18 de octubre, 2010 01:05 #yiv1177014596 a:hover {color:red;}
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 17, 2010

      De: Our Compass <no-reply@...>
      Asunto: Weekly digest for October 18, 2010
      Fecha: lunes, 18 de octubre, 2010 01:05

      • English Translation
      Starting in January 2011 Escada SE completely stops using any real-fur. This announcement was circulating in the industry sector. After being asked Frank Elsner, the representive for press and business communication, confirmed it to the Escada-Campaign on October, 15th. with the following words:

      Starting with the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, that will be in stores beginning January 2011, ESCADA stops using fur. After already stopping the use of breeded fur or rather luxury fur in the Prefall 2010 colletion, that was already sold from May this year, ESCADA now relinquishs all fur, including rabbit and Karakul. This decision is valid for an unlimited period.

      Already in June the fashion company announced to relinquish "breeded fur" in their Fall collection. Questions that tried to find out what kinds of fur were part of the fur-free-arrangement haven´t been answered clearly or have been ignored totally. But fastly it became obvious, that the fur of some animals are still part of the collection of the Munich luxury fashion company, just like rabbitfur. That for the Escada-Campaign called out for an international action weekend from the 15th to the 17th of October and to re-start the campaign. A lot of groups all over the world already announced several actions and demanded, that the company removes all kinds of fur, including rabbit- and Karakulfur from their product lines.
      Now that the company decided to also stop using rabbitfur and Karakul (persian lambfur) the demands of the Escada-Campaign towards the company are fullfilled and the campaign is finished successfully! Therefore we call for a stop of all planned protests this action weekend and all the following weeks.
      Thanks to everybody who took part in the campaign in the past by doing actions or supporting it in other ways!
      Escada-Campaign / Global Network Against the Fur Industry

      Related, from BerlinerStatement

      • German
      Die ESCADA SE wird ab Januar 2011 komplett auf die Verwendung von Echtpelz verzichten. Eine entsprechende Mitteilung wurde in Branchenkreisen verbreitet. Auf Anfrage bestätigte Frank Elsner, Beauftragter für Presse und Unternehmenskommunikation, diese Angabgen am 15. Oktober 2010 gegenüber der Escada-Campaign.

      Im Wortlaut heißt es: Mit der Frühjahr/Sommer 2011 Kollektion, die ab Januar 2011 in den Geschäften erhältlich sein wird, verwendet ESCADA keine Pelze mehr. Nachdem ESCADA bereits mit der Prefall 2010 Kollektion, die ab Mai dieses Jahres verkauft wurde, keine Zucht- bzw. Edelpelze mehr eingesetzt hatte, verzichtet das Unternehmen nun komplett auf Pelze, also auch auf Kaninchen und Karakul. Diese Entscheidung ist unbefristet.

      Der Modekonzern hatte bereits im Juni angekündigt, ab der Herbstsaion 2010 auf die Verwendung von "Zuchtpelzen" zu verzichten. Auf Nachfragen, welche Fellarten diese "Pelzfreiheit" einschließe, reagierte der Konzern ausweichend oder gar nicht. Klar wurde jedoch bald: Felle bestimmter Tierarten, wie z.B. Kaninchenpelze, sind weiterhin Teil der Kollektionen des Münchner Luxusmodeunternehmens. Die Escada-Campaign rief daraufhin zu einer Wiederaufnahme der Proteste und zu einem internationalen Aktionswochenende gegen den Pelzverkauf des Unternehmens vom 15. bis 17. Oktober auf. Zahlreiche Gruppen weltweit hatten bereits Aktionen angekündigt und gefordert, dass das Unternehmen alle Fellarten, einschließlich Kaninchen- und Karakulfelle, aus dem Sortiment nimmt.

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      Scientists suggest that cancer is purely man-made

      ourcompassadmin | October 17, 2010 at 11:30 am | Categories: Animals Exploited for Food, Environment, Our Compass | URL: http://wp.me/pYypJ-2nw

      Speciesism is man-made, too; our moral obligation is primary, the side-effect of superior health is a tangential benefit.

      Cancer is a modern, man-made disease caused by environmental factors such as pollution and diet, a study by University of Manchester scientists has strongly suggested...
      The study of remains and literature from ancient Egypt and Greece and earlier periods – carried out at Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology and published in Nature – includes the first histological diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy.
      Finding only one case of the disease in the investigation of hundreds of Egyptian mummies, with few references to cancer in literary evidence, proves that cancer was extremely rare in antiquity. The disease rate has risen massively since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer.
      Professor Rosalie David, at the Faculty of Life Sciences, said: “In industrialised societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.”

      Did your dinner come from this pristine environment?

      She added: “The important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease. We can make very clear statements on the cancer rates in societies because we have a full overview. We have looked at millennia, not one hundred years, and have masses of data.”

      The data includes the first ever histological diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy by Professor Michael Zimmerman, a visiting Professor at the KNH Centre, who is based at the Villanova University in the US. He diagnosed rectal cancer in an unnamed mummy, an ‘ordinary’ person who had lived in the Dakhleh Oasis during the Ptolemaic period (200-400 CE).
      Professor Zimmerman said: “In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases. The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialization”.
      The team studied both mummified remains and literary evidence for ancient Egypt but only literary evidence for ancient Greece as there are no remains for this period, as well as medical studies of human and animal remains from earlier periods, going back to the age of the dinosaurs.
      Evidence of cancer in animal fossils, non-human primates and early humans is scarce – a few dozen, mostly disputed, examples in animal fossils, although a metastatic cancer of unknown primary origin has been reported in an Edmontosaurus fossil while another study lists a number of possible neoplasms in fossil remains. Various malignancies have been reported in non-human primates but do not include many of the cancers most commonly identified in modern adult humans.

      Looks completely sanitary ...

      It has been suggested that the short life span of individuals in antiquity precluded the development of cancer. Although this statistical construct is true, individuals in ancient Egypt and Greece did live long enough to develop such diseases as atherosclerosis, Paget's disease of bone, and osteoporosis, and, in modern populations, bone tumours primarily affect the young.
      Another explanation for the lack of tumours in ancient remains is that tumours might not be well preserved. Dr. Zimmerman has performed experimental studies indicating that mummification preserves the features of malignancy and that tumours should actually be better preserved than normal tissues. In spite of this finding, hundreds of mummies from all areas of the world have been examined and there are still only two publications showing microscopic confirmation of cancer. Radiological surveys of mummies from the Cairo Museum and museums in Europe have also failed to reveal evidence of cancer.
      As the team moved through the ages, it was not until the 17th century that they found descriptions of operations for breast and other cancers and the first reports in scientific literature of distinctive tumours have only occurred in the past 200 years, such as scrotal cancer in chimney sweeps in 1775, nasal cancer in snuff users in 1761 and Hodgkin’s disease in 1832.

      Cancer Project: advancing cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education and research

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      Yale Fraternity Pledges Chant About Rape

      ourcompassadmin | October 17, 2010 at 10:15 am | Categories: Human Rights | URL: http://wp.me/pYypJ-2np
      Although I don't attend Yale, this story strikes very close to home: last Wednesday night, pledges from the university's Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity marched through Yale's Old Campus (where, as Tracy Clark-Flory points out on Broadsheet, most of the freshman woman are housed), chanting, "No means yes! Yes means anal!" Just to make the chant more appealing, they sometimes added, "My name is Jack, I'm a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women and fill them with my semen."
      The footage, taken by a student, is below; naturally, it's gone viral.
      The frat issued an extensive apology, admitting,

      We were disrespectful, vulgar and inappropriate. More than that, we were insensitive of all women who have been victims of rape or sexual violence, especially those here at Yale. Rape is beyond serious – it is one of the worst things that any person can be subjected to. It is not a laughing matter, yet we joked about it.

      But as a senior at a Princeton, a university that's culturally very similar to Yale, I have to say that although this apology seems sincere, it's indicative of a larger cultural trend that permits behavior like this - as long as the perpetrators seem really, really sorry afterward.
      As Jillian Hewitt wrote in an Equal Writes post last March, responding to the Center for Public Integrity's broad-ranging study on campus sexual assault, "[College administrators view] offenders...as those good guys who made a one-time mistake, and thus as deserving of a second chance."  This, of course, is not the case - most rapists are repeat offenders, even on college campuses - as psychologist David Lisak proved in his twenty-year survey of college men.  Those could be the same men who think it's acceptable to march their pledges across campus shouting rape chants - or the pledges themselves, who are taught, early in their freshman year, that rape culture is the norm.

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      From Alley Cat Allies

      In our ongoing monitoring of communities and cities across the country, Alley Cat Allies is tracking a disturbing and increasing trend of feeding ban proposals as a way to "eradicate" cats from their outdoor homes.
      Feeding bans are cruel, ineffective, and foolish. It’s time to put a stop to this practice once and for all.
      Let America's decision makers know that you're taking a stand against feeding bans by signing our petition HERE.

      Save This Cat


      Alley Cat Allies' "Save this Cat" advertisement has run in big cities including Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. If you would like to place our advertisement on your local cable network contact our communications department and request a "Save this Cat" DVD.
      More than 70% of all cats brought into our nation’s animal pounds and shelters are killed. Alley Cat Allies is changing the fate of our nation’s cats by leading the massive movement to stop the killing across the country. Join today to add your voice to this life-saving grassroots campaign!
      Download this video: QuicktimeWindows Media


      Alley Cat Allies News, scroll on the sidebar and select

      Cat Fatalities and Secrecy in U.S. Pounds and Shelters

      Euthanasia” *  in animal control pounds and shelters is the number one documented cause of death of all cats in the U.S. The most comprehensive study to date indicates that 72% of all cats entering these facilities are killed. Just 23% are adopted, and only 2% are reunited with their owners.
      These statistics are from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy Shelter Statistics Survey, 1994-97. It surveyed roughly 5,000 shelters annually for four years, receiving responses from about 1,000. Although dated, it remains the most comprehensive and rigorous study that exists. More recent, less complete studies reflect the same trends—for instance, the 2006 National Animal Control Association Statistical Survey showed that 66% of cats were killed.
      Feral Cats
      For feral cats, the kill rate in pounds and shelters rises to virtually 100%.
      Cats entering traditional animal pounds and shelters have only three possible outcomes: being adopted, reunited with an owner, or killed. Yet feral cats are unsocialized to humans and can’t adjust to life in a human home, and they have no traditional “owners” to claim them. For them, the only possible outcome is death.
      Although the exact number of feral cats in this country is not known, some scientists estimate it is same as the house cat population, that is, 82 million. These animals are one of the most significant populations facing animal control pounds and shelters today.

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      Free Government-Held Wild Horses to Madeleine Pickens' Sanctuary

      ourcompassadmin | October 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Categories: Animals Exploited for Ritual, Our Compass | URL: http://wp.me/pYypJ-2lu
      Please visit HERE to sign petition
      Targeting: Mike Pool (Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management), Marcilynn Burke (Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management), and Bob Abbey (Director, Bureau of Land Management)
      The federal government's controversial wild horse roundups have resulted in tens of thousands of wild horses being removed from public lands. Some of these horses are adopted out, but the government is currently keeping around 34,000 horses in expensive, inadequate holding facilities.
      Madeleine Pickens, long-time horse advocate and wife of Texas billionaire, T. Boone Pickens, has purchased a 14,000-acre ranch in Nevada, which she plans to convert into an eco-sanctuary for horses. She has petitioned the government to free 1,000 horses from holding facilities to the sanctuary to start; she eventually hopes to buy enough land in the surrounding area to save all 34,000 wild horses in captivity.
      The proposed government stipend would cost a fraction of what is being spent annually on the holding facilities, and the horses would get to return to their natural range.
      Tell the Bureau of Land Management to approve Madeleine Pickens' proposal and free the wild horses.

      I recently read on Change.org that Madeleine Pickens has submitted a proposal to move wild horses from long-term government holding facilities to a non-profit-run  eco-sanctuary in Nevada. I strongly urge you to accept this proposal.

      Under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, any management plan for wild horses is supposed to be undertaken with the welfare of the horses in mind, and the goal of allowing them to continue to roam free. In addition, the horses are supposed to remain on land that was their home range at the time the legislation was enacted. The long-term government holding facilities around the country are inadequate and far from the horses' natural habitat.

      The sanctuary proposed by Ms. Pickens would allow for the horses to return to their natural territory and environment. In the spirit of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, these American icons would be preserved in a way that the public could view them and learn about our nation's heritage. In addition, the sanctuary would save taxpayers money compared to the costly holding facilities.

      This proposal is a solution that helps the government resolve the issue of housing the horses and provides for the animals' welfare. Please accept the proposal and work with Ms. Pickens to start moving horses as soon as possible.

      Thank you.

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      For a cruelty-free Halloween for those who celebrate, lists from VegNews &  PETA.
      From VegNews
      The Official Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy
      Mining through gobs of candy every October can be mind-boggling, but VN's definitive guide to vegan treats will make this your best Halloween yet.
      If ever there is a time for an out-of-control sugar rush, Halloween night is it. Before pulling treats from the depths of a candy-filled pillowcase or grabbing fistfuls from a skeleton-shaped party bowl, consult VN's comprehensive list of vegan-friendly candy to ensure that all holiday snacking is animal by-product free.
      • Airheads Taffy (website)
      • Allison's Gourmet vegan caramels (website)
      • Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks (website)
      • Azure Chocolat Beauty Bark (website)
      • Biona Organic Wine Gums (link)
      • BoomChocoBoom! Ricemilk Bar (website)
      • Brachs Fruit Slices (website)
      • Charms Blow Pops (website)
      • Charms Pumpkin Flat Pops (website)
      • Chick-o-Sticks (website)
      • Chuao Chocolatier Spicy Maya (website)
      • Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit (website)
      • Crispy Cat Candy Bars (website)
      • Crows (website)
      • Cracker Jack (website)
      • Cry Baby Candy (website)
      • Diivies Super Stars (website)
      • Dots (website)
      • Dum-Dums (website)
      • Endangered Species dark chocolate (website)
      • Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Halloween Bug Bites (website)
      • Ginger People Ginger Chews (website)
      • Go Max Go candy bars (website)
      • Goody Good Stuff Sours (website)
      • The Humphrey Company Original Popcorn Balls (website)
      • Jolly Ranchers hard candy (website)
      • Let's Do Organic Gummy Bears (website)
      • Mamba Sour Fruit Chews (link)
      • Mary Janes, regular and peanut butter kisses (website)
      • Newman's Own Licorice Twists (website)
      • Now and Later (website)
      • NuGo Organic Chocolate Bar (website)
      • Panda Soft Licorice (website)
      • Peanut Chews, Original Dark (website)
      • Pez (website)
      • Pure Fun Organic Halloween Pops (website)
      • Q.Bel Double Dark Wafer Bars (website)
      • Saf-T-Pops (website)
      • Seitenbacher Gummy Candies (website)
      • Sjaak's Organic Chocolates (website)
      • Sour Patch Kids (website)
      • St. Claire's Organic CandyTarts (website)
      • Stockley's Cinder Toffee Candy (link)
      • Super Bubble (website)
      • Surf Sweets Fruity Bears, Gummy Swirls, and Super Sour Bears (website)

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