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  • Brennan Browne
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      Dear Mr. Hearst,

      You have been quoted by the L.A. Times as stating the following:

      The
      zebras, Hearst said, rarely venture beyond the fence, "but from time
      to time they do, and neighbors give us a call and we retrieve them." He
      said he was shocked that Fiscalini hadn't called him instead of
      shooting them. "Was the threat so imminent that his first thought was to make a rug out
      of them?" Hearst asked. "It's just a shame, and it's a little bit rude
      in my book. You know, neighbors are supposed to help other neighbors."

      Mr.
      Hearst--respectfully--I believe that murdering these docile, innocent
      animals in cold blood and then blatantly lying as to one's motive as
      David Fiscalini did, deserves a far harsher response than the one given
      in the L.A. Times piece. It appears evident that the killings occurred
      so that these ranchers could secure themselves "exotic" rugs. The
      excuses given for their cold-blooded slaughter are monumentally absurd.
      Fiscalini told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the two zebras that got
      onto his property had spooked his horses. He also stated that he had no
      choice [but to kill them] "They
      are wild animals," he said. "How are you going to catch them?"

      If
      you choose to do nothing about this situation, you will, by default, be
      setting the stage for more of these magnificent animals to die by Fiscalini's hand, and that of other area ranchers, every time they inadvertently wander away from Hearst property.

      I
      implore you to please consider filing formal charges against David
      Fiscalini and the other rancher involved. The entire planet understands
      that Zebras are NOT in anyway considered predatorial animals, therefore
      there is NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER for these killings. I'm convinced
      any court of law would agree.

      David Fiscalini and the other
      rancher should not PROFIT from their crimes, [i.e., by keeping trophies
      of their kill] they should be forced to compensate Hearst Ranch for its
      losses. This will send a clear message to other "neighbors" who might
      find themselves in a similar circumstance in the future, to do the
      compassionate and ethical thing.

      Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

      Brennan Browne
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
       
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      Shooting of escaped Hearst Ranch zebras prompts outcry


      Three zebras from Hearst Ranch wander onto
      nearby property and are killed by two ranchers. Each asks a taxidermist
      to turn one of the animals into rugs.
























      Zebras, part of the zoo at
      Hearst Ranch, can often be seen from the road leading to the castle.







      Along with hairpin curves and
      heart-stopping views of the Pacific, motorists on Highway 1 near San
      Simeon may glimpse a most exotic sight: a herd of zebras grazing in
      pastures along the road.



      They are what is left of what was once the world's largest private zoo —
      a menagerie of camels, kangaroos, emus and giraffes that roamed the
      estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.



      Last week three zebras — a buck, a mare and a yearling — escaped from Hearst Ranch and wandered over to nearby Cambria.









      On Jan. 5, when two of the three
      turned up on David Fiscalini's cattle ranch, he raised his shotgun and
      killed them. A neighboring rancher shot the third zebra.



      Fiscalini told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the two zebras that got onto his property had spooked his horses.



      The incident has pitted local preservationists against those who say
      ranchers have the right to defend their livestock. It made the front
      page of the local newspaper Wednesday.



      Fanning the controversy were reports of Fiscalini's actions the day
      after the shooting, when he called a local taxidermist out to the ranch
      and said he needed one of the zebras skinned and its hide tanned. "He
      wants to make a rug," said Rosemary Anderson, the taxidermist's wife.
      "You can't believe the controversy."



      When Anderson's husband, Don, got to the ranch, Fiscalini told him about
      the third zebra, and said the neighbor that shot that one wanted a rug
      too, Rosemary Anderson said. She called Fiscalini's actions "a wanton
      waste" but said, "This rancher felt that he was taking care of his
      property and getting rid of a predator."



      Eleanor Seavey, who owns Her Castle, a Cambria bed and breakfast, said
      she and her friends were disturbed by news of the killings: "They're
      such beautiful animals — why would anyone kill them?"



      They are also, she said, loved by visitors.



      "Whenever the zebras are out, tourists stop to take their pictures," she said. "It just delights them."



      Each year about 1 million people visit Hearst Castle, which has been
      maintained as a state historic park since the family donated it to the
      state several years after Hearst died in 1951.



      The Hearst Corp. still owns the 128-square-mile ranch that surrounds the
      castle. It was once home to more than 300 animals but most were sold
      off in the 1930s, said William Randolph Hearst's great-grandson, Stephen
      Hearst. But some sheep, deer and 65 zebras continue to graze there, he
      said.



      The zebras, Hearst said, rarely venture beyond the fence, "but from time
      to time they do, and neighbors give us a call and we retrieve them."



      He said he was shocked that Fiscalini hadn't called him instead of shooting them.



      "Was the threat so imminent that his first thought was to make a rug out
      of them?" Hearst asked. "It's just a shame, and it's a little bit rude
      in my book. You know, neighbors are supposed to help other neighbors."



      Fiscalini, who was out branding Wednesday and could not be reached for
      comment, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that he had no choice. "They
      are wild animals," he said. "How are you going to catch them?"





      kate.linthicum@...


























      Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Timeshttp://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0113-zebras-20110113,0,6193488.story?track=rss~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
      Please contact Hearst Castle and
      encourage them to pursue all legal options to have these zebra killers
      punished. Call, write, fax, email.
       
      http://www.hearstcastle.org/content/how-reach-us
       
       
      Please forward this information to all animal groups of which you are
      a
      member.

















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    • Brennan Browne
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        Dear Mr. Hearst,

        You have been quoted by the L.A. Times as stating the following:

        The
        zebras, Hearst said, rarely venture beyond the fence, "but from time
        to time they do, and neighbors give us a call and we retrieve them." He
        said he was shocked that Fiscalini hadn't called him instead of
        shooting them. "Was the threat so imminent that his first thought was to make a rug out
        of them?" Hearst asked. "It's just a shame, and it's a little bit rude
        in my book. You know, neighbors are supposed to help other neighbors."

        Mr.
        Hearst--respectfully--I believe that murdering these docile, innocent
        animals in cold blood and then blatantly lying as to one's motive as
        David Fiscalini did, deserves a far harsher response than the one given
        in the L.A. Times piece. It appears evident that the killings occurred
        so that these ranchers could secure themselves "exotic" rugs. The
        excuses given for their cold-blooded slaughter are monumentally absurd.
        Fiscalini told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the two zebras that got
        onto his property had spooked his horses. He also stated that he had no
        choice [but to kill them] "They
        are wild animals," he said. "How are you going to catch them?"

        If
        you choose to do nothing about this situation, you will, by default, be
        setting the stage for more of these magnificent animals to die by Fiscalini's hand, and that of other area ranchers, every time they inadvertently wander away from Hearst property.

        I
        implore you to please consider filing formal charges against David
        Fiscalini and the other rancher involved. The entire planet understands
        that Zebras are NOT in anyway considered predatorial animals, therefore
        there is NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER for these killings. I'm convinced
        any court of law would agree.

        David Fiscalini and the other
        rancher should not PROFIT from their crimes, [i.e., by keeping trophies
        of their kill] they should be forced to compensate Hearst Ranch for its
        losses. This will send a clear message to other "neighbors" who might
        find themselves in a similar circumstance in the future, to do the
        compassionate and ethical thing.

        Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

        Brennan Browne
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
         
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        Shooting of escaped Hearst Ranch zebras prompts outcry


        Three zebras from Hearst Ranch wander onto
        nearby property and are killed by two ranchers. Each asks a taxidermist
        to turn one of the animals into rugs.
























        Zebras, part of the zoo at
        Hearst Ranch, can often be seen from the road leading to the castle.







        Along with hairpin curves and
        heart-stopping views of the Pacific, motorists on Highway 1 near San
        Simeon may glimpse a most exotic sight: a herd of zebras grazing in
        pastures along the road.



        They are what is left of what was once the world's largest private zoo —
        a menagerie of camels, kangaroos, emus and giraffes that roamed the
        estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.



        Last week three zebras — a buck, a mare and a yearling — escaped from Hearst Ranch and wandered over to nearby Cambria.









        On Jan. 5, when two of the three
        turned up on David Fiscalini's cattle ranch, he raised his shotgun and
        killed them. A neighboring rancher shot the third zebra.



        Fiscalini told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the two zebras that got onto his property had spooked his horses.



        The incident has pitted local preservationists against those who say
        ranchers have the right to defend their livestock. It made the front
        page of the local newspaper Wednesday.



        Fanning the controversy were reports of Fiscalini's actions the day
        after the shooting, when he called a local taxidermist out to the ranch
        and said he needed one of the zebras skinned and its hide tanned. "He
        wants to make a rug," said Rosemary Anderson, the taxidermist's wife.
        "You can't believe the controversy."



        When Anderson's husband, Don, got to the ranch, Fiscalini told him about
        the third zebra, and said the neighbor that shot that one wanted a rug
        too, Rosemary Anderson said. She called Fiscalini's actions "a wanton
        waste" but said, "This rancher felt that he was taking care of his
        property and getting rid of a predator."



        Eleanor Seavey, who owns Her Castle, a Cambria bed and breakfast, said
        she and her friends were disturbed by news of the killings: "They're
        such beautiful animals — why would anyone kill them?"



        They are also, she said, loved by visitors.



        "Whenever the zebras are out, tourists stop to take their pictures," she said. "It just delights them."



        Each year about 1 million people visit Hearst Castle, which has been
        maintained as a state historic park since the family donated it to the
        state several years after Hearst died in 1951.



        The Hearst Corp. still owns the 128-square-mile ranch that surrounds the
        castle. It was once home to more than 300 animals but most were sold
        off in the 1930s, said William Randolph Hearst's great-grandson, Stephen
        Hearst. But some sheep, deer and 65 zebras continue to graze there, he
        said.



        The zebras, Hearst said, rarely venture beyond the fence, "but from time
        to time they do, and neighbors give us a call and we retrieve them."



        He said he was shocked that Fiscalini hadn't called him instead of shooting them.



        "Was the threat so imminent that his first thought was to make a rug out
        of them?" Hearst asked. "It's just a shame, and it's a little bit rude
        in my book. You know, neighbors are supposed to help other neighbors."



        Fiscalini, who was out branding Wednesday and could not be reached for
        comment, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that he had no choice. "They
        are wild animals," he said. "How are you going to catch them?"





        kate.linthicum@...


























        Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Timeshttp://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0113-zebras-20110113,0,6193488.story?track=rss~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
        Please contact Hearst Castle and
        encourage them to pursue all legal options to have these zebra killers
        punished. Call, write, fax, email.
         
        http://www.hearstcastle.org/content/how-reach-us
         
         
        Please forward this information to all animal groups of which you are
        a
        member.

















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      • Brennan Browne
        ATTN: Mr. Stephen Hearst -- Re: Zebra Killings‏wneendspeciescide@hotmail.com Change pictureView profile From:Brennan Browne
        Message 3 of 3 , Jan 13, 2011
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          Dear Mr. Hearst,

          You have been quoted by the L.A. Times as stating the following:

          The
          zebras, Hearst said, rarely venture beyond the fence, "but from time
          to time they do, and neighbors give us a call and we retrieve them." He
          said he was shocked that Fiscalini hadn't called him instead of
          shooting them. "Was the threat so imminent that his first thought was to make a rug out
          of them?" Hearst asked. "It's just a shame, and it's a little bit rude
          in my book. You know, neighbors are supposed to help other neighbors."

          Mr.
          Hearst--respectfully--I believe that murdering these docile, innocent
          animals in cold blood and then blatantly lying as to one's motive as
          David Fiscalini did, deserves a far harsher response than the one given
          in the L.A. Times piece. It appears evident that the killings occurred
          so that these ranchers could secure themselves "exotic" rugs. The
          excuses given for their cold-blooded slaughter are monumentally absurd.
          Fiscalini told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the two zebras that got
          onto his property had spooked his horses. He also stated that he had no
          choice [but to kill them] "They
          are wild animals," he said. "How are you going to catch them?"

          If
          you choose to do nothing about this situation, you will, by default, be
          setting the stage for more of these magnificent animals to die by Fiscalini's hand, and that of other area ranchers, every time they inadvertently wander away from Hearst property.

          I
          implore you to please consider filing formal charges against David
          Fiscalini and the other rancher involved. The entire planet understands
          that Zebras are NOT in anyway considered predatorial animals, therefore
          there is NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER for these killings. I'm convinced
          any court of law would agree.

          David Fiscalini and the other
          rancher should not PROFIT from their crimes, [i.e., by keeping trophies
          of their kill] they should be forced to compensate Hearst Ranch for its
          losses. This will send a clear message to other "neighbors" who might
          find themselves in a similar circumstance in the future, to do the
          compassionate and ethical thing.

          Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

          Brennan Browne
          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
           
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          Shooting of escaped Hearst Ranch zebras prompts outcry


          Three zebras from Hearst Ranch wander onto
          nearby property and are killed by two ranchers. Each asks a taxidermist
          to turn one of the animals into rugs.
























          Zebras, part of the zoo at
          Hearst Ranch, can often be seen from the road leading to the castle.







          Along with hairpin curves and
          heart-stopping views of the Pacific, motorists on Highway 1 near San
          Simeon may glimpse a most exotic sight: a herd of zebras grazing in
          pastures along the road.



          They are what is left of what was once the world's largest private zoo —
          a menagerie of camels, kangaroos, emus and giraffes that roamed the
          estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.



          Last week three zebras — a buck, a mare and a yearling — escaped from Hearst Ranch and wandered over to nearby Cambria.









          On Jan. 5, when two of the three
          turned up on David Fiscalini's cattle ranch, he raised his shotgun and
          killed them. A neighboring rancher shot the third zebra.



          Fiscalini told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the two zebras that got onto his property had spooked his horses.



          The incident has pitted local preservationists against those who say
          ranchers have the right to defend their livestock. It made the front
          page of the local newspaper Wednesday.



          Fanning the controversy were reports of Fiscalini's actions the day
          after the shooting, when he called a local taxidermist out to the ranch
          and said he needed one of the zebras skinned and its hide tanned. "He
          wants to make a rug," said Rosemary Anderson, the taxidermist's wife.
          "You can't believe the controversy."



          When Anderson's husband, Don, got to the ranch, Fiscalini told him about
          the third zebra, and said the neighbor that shot that one wanted a rug
          too, Rosemary Anderson said. She called Fiscalini's actions "a wanton
          waste" but said, "This rancher felt that he was taking care of his
          property and getting rid of a predator."



          Eleanor Seavey, who owns Her Castle, a Cambria bed and breakfast, said
          she and her friends were disturbed by news of the killings: "They're
          such beautiful animals — why would anyone kill them?"



          They are also, she said, loved by visitors.



          "Whenever the zebras are out, tourists stop to take their pictures," she said. "It just delights them."



          Each year about 1 million people visit Hearst Castle, which has been
          maintained as a state historic park since the family donated it to the
          state several years after Hearst died in 1951.



          The Hearst Corp. still owns the 128-square-mile ranch that surrounds the
          castle. It was once home to more than 300 animals but most were sold
          off in the 1930s, said William Randolph Hearst's great-grandson, Stephen
          Hearst. But some sheep, deer and 65 zebras continue to graze there, he
          said.



          The zebras, Hearst said, rarely venture beyond the fence, "but from time
          to time they do, and neighbors give us a call and we retrieve them."



          He said he was shocked that Fiscalini hadn't called him instead of shooting them.



          "Was the threat so imminent that his first thought was to make a rug out
          of them?" Hearst asked. "It's just a shame, and it's a little bit rude
          in my book. You know, neighbors are supposed to help other neighbors."



          Fiscalini, who was out branding Wednesday and could not be reached for
          comment, told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that he had no choice. "They
          are wild animals," he said. "How are you going to catch them?"





          kate.linthicum@...


























          Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Timeshttp://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0113-zebras-20110113,0,6193488.story?track=rss~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
          Please contact Hearst Castle and
          encourage them to pursue all legal options to have these zebra killers
          punished. Call, write, fax, email.
           
          http://www.hearstcastle.org/content/how-reach-us
           
           
          Please forward this information to all animal groups of which you are
          a
          member.

















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