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  • veganism_is_direct_action
    Bird Day is everywhere, and the requested action can be taken electronically. Please send an e-mail today. =============================================== From
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 4, 2006
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      Bird Day is everywhere, and the requested action can be taken
      electronically. Please send an e-mail today.

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      From Friends of Animals: May Birds Know A World Without Cages
      3 January 2006

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      On National Bird Day, 5 January 2005, Friends of Animals will
      celebrate birds' freedom to fly, wherever they are in the world.

      Just to our South, the New York Companion Bird Club will be
      celebrating in a different manner.

      Although they will be hearing about activism on behalf of
      Connecticut's monk parakeets during an event held at the New York
      Theosophical Society, bird enthusiasts will also raffle off prizes
      from Grey Feather Toy Creations, and listen to Robert A. Monaco,
      DVM, speak about "state-of-the-art medicine and surgery for avian
      and exotic animal companions." The raffling off of a "bird gym" will
      fund the transportation of a bigger cage for a nursing home-based
      cockatoo. But unfortunately, Grey Feather Toys sees the event as an
      opportunity to promote "the outstanding quality of their products"
      and herald themselves as "one of the leaders of the avian toy
      market" for Bird Club members.

      Overall, the planned Bird Day event is a promotion of cages, not
      freedom. Because it's advertised as taking place at the New York
      Theosophical Society, it carries the appearance of Society's
      endorsement. (To date, the Society has not commented.)

      On 14 January 2005, the Theosophical Society will provide the venue
      for Larry D.D. Clifford to speak, exhibiting a macaw. Clifford, the
      owner of the Exotic Parrot Breeding Aviary, trains animals for Sea
      World and other shows and television commercials. Clifford's
      trainees include cetaceans, sea lions, parrots, grizzly bears, and
      big cats. For a fee — $65 for single, $85 for couples — Clifford
      will show how people can correct unwanted habits in pet birds, and
      train birds to talk. This is an upscale yet circus-like event staged
      on the Society's premises. Other animals were not put on this earth
      to be objects of our amusement.

      Due to the disturbing mix of subjects described above, we at Friends
      of Animals want to be clear that we do not endorse these events.

      Said Friends of Animals legal director Lee Hall, "The Theosophical
      Society's mission is to cultivate the spiritual growth of humanity.
      A pioneer in its history was the acclaimed vegetarian doctor Anna
      Kingsford, who spoke of the inherent value of animals other than
      ourselves. To offer a venue for patently exploitive promotions is to
      flout the Society's best traditions."

      We urge people everywhere to rethink the idea of owning, breeding,
      or trading birds in captivity. For every day is Bird Day — a day
      when beings born to fly freely should enjoy that experience.

      Those who agree should feel empowered to ask the New York
      Theosophical Society not to host promotions by Grey Feather Toy
      Creations (5 Jan), or the Members-Only Exotic Bird Training Workshop
      by Larry D.D. Clifford (14 Jan), or to invite such promotions in the
      future.

      It is no justification that a Bird Club thought up and organized
      these events. They do not merit hosting in a Theosophical Society
      venue.

      Contact:
      Lyn Trotman
      The New York Theosophical Society
      212.758.5521
      NYTS@...

      The Friends of Animals Contact for this Release is:
      Laurel Lundstrom
      Phone: 203.656.1522
      Fax: 203.656.0267
      Email: laurel@...


      Related URL: http://www.manhattanbirdclub.com/events.htm
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      A brief update and thanks: Thank you to the advocates who contacted the New York Theosophical Society about the promotions by a bird-trainer and cage vending
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 4, 2006
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        A brief update and thanks:

        Thank you to the advocates who contacted the New York Theosophical
        Society about the promotions by a bird-trainer and cage vending
        company.

        Because the troubling events are advertised as taking place at the
        New York Theosophical Society, they carry the appearance of
        Society's endorsement. We now have confirmation that the Society
        does not endorse them, and that they will follow up on the matter.

        We'll keep our blog (www.friendsofanimals.org) posted on updates as
        we continue working on communicating to urge people everywhere to
        rethink the idea of owning, breeding, or trading birds in captivity.

        Every day is Bird Day — a day when beings born to fly freely should
        enjoy that experience. Enjoy Bird Day on the 5th of January, and
        again, thank you so very much for helping with this intervention.
        Your concern matters.


        The Friends of Animals Contact for this Update is:
        Laurel Lundstrom
        Phone: 203.656.1522
        Fax: 203.656.0267
        Email: laurel@...

        Friends of Animals' goal is to free animals from cruelty and
        institutionalized exploitation around the world.

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