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furry_cushion_facebookDEATH. TAXES. FACEBOOK: Some things are just inevitable. Now that we’ve made the leap, please “like” us.
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Happy Winter Solsticethe shortest, darkest day of the year and the arrival of winter. The solstice occurs today, 12/21, at 4:03pm MST; tomorrow we welcome The Return of the Light (greetings, fellow Capricorns)! But for billions of animals held captive in factory farms, zoos, circuses, breeding mills, and research labs, *every* day is the darkest day. May we channel the winter of our discontent into constructive action that reveals the light to those exploiters in our own species–and allows the other animal nations to bask in the glow of compassion and justice. (Astrology enthusiasts: Click.)
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imagesDecember 15: Wolf slaughter kicks up a big notch as trapping begins. Watch the death tally increase as rifle season runs concurrently with trapping until trapping ends 2/28. Not only are wolves in dire jeopardy, but humans and their canine companions must be on red alert when out enjoying our public lands. Don’t forget what happened just over a year ago–reminder here.
May wolves ever run free–visit our Facebook page for uplifting video!
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Dead WolfMONTANA’S 2014-15 WOLF SLAUGHTER TALLY
12/22/14:  Projectile:  95       Trap: 8       Total:  103
Archery – 9/6–9/14/14; Rifle – 9/15/14–3/15/15;
Trapping – 12/15/14–2/28/15

KNOW HOW TO RESCUE YOUR DOG FROM TRAPS
Lincoln Co. Humane SocietyTerrier ManTrap-free Oregon; video on releasing body-gripping (conibear) traps; and another video. A 26-minute video of a trap release workshop(Footloose Montana) addressing all three methods of trapping (plus methods of anchoring footholds) is hereOn Vimeo:  hereherehere; and here(NRDC photo)
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animal-rights-day-dec-10December 10th: International Animal Rights Day. Here are 10 good reasons to take time out from your relentless advocacy work…to celebrate! Kudos to the activists (people just like you and me) who worked to achieve these accomplishments for animals. It will take all of us to vanquish speciesism…let’s get crackin’! While there are many ways we can work for animal rights, going vegan is the single most effective way to positively affect the greatest number of sentient lives. 

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2015_covers_smThe new year is just around the corner…keep track of the days of your life while contributing to wild bison justice in the Yellowstone ecosystem! This calendar is filled with glorious photos of our shaggy friends, facts, artwork, and more…get all the details and order one or several here. You’ll be supporting Buffalo Field Campaign and its grassroots activism–going strong for 17 years.

In today’s (12/15) Missoulian: Should native wild bison be reclassified as “livestock”? Some self-serving Montanans think so! Be aware of what’s coming down the pike–click here.
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10428566_763572677053145_1084264973621364898_nOn December 1, 1955, a tired black seamstress refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, AL bus. Rosa Parks was arrested for this simple but tremendously powerful act of civil disobedience. Writing 106 years earlier, Henry David Thoreau, in his essay “Civil Disobedience,” said: “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” Civil disobedience has had a long and noble run in America: the Boston Tea Party is celebrated as one of the most significant acts of civil disobedience in our history. Yet today, animal activists who free fur-farmed animals and investigate factory farm abuse can be charged as terrorists. Speciesism will not be vanquished without a mighty moral struggle, and it will take all of us.
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the-effects-of-lion-trophy-hunting-on-lion-populations-1NEW AT OUR BLOG: “Love it…list it…stuff it? African lion listing open for public comment” – Should African lions be listed under the Endangered Species Act at the same time they’re being hunted by Americans who are importing lion trophies back to the States? That’s the proposal on the table. Learn more and have your say. Click here.

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fraser-lynx-money-shot41The proposed Fraser fur farm for Montana has been approved for licensing. Find all the details at our Facebook page post, including a link to the Environmental Assessment decision. According to the state agency issuing the decision, “Fur Farms are a recognized legitimate and licensed business and [sic] Montana.”

“Legitimate”? Not in any ethical universe. Scroll down at this, our home page, for more on this fur farm–plus, find a nongraphic video, “Fur Farming Exposed,” here.
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mouseAT OUR BLOG: “Cosmetics testing on animals: Do you know as much as an 8th grader?” These kids had done their homework, and it was a pleasure to spend an hour with them in their classroom recently. Find out what I shared with them…and what they already knew. Find it at the Other Nations blog.


stock-grizzly-USFWSAT OUR BLOG:
“No country for old bears.” 
An elderly bear encroaches on private property at the edge of Yellowstone National Park, within whose boundaries he’s lived without incident the past quarter of a century. But a couple of transgressions prior to that are enough to seal his fate as a repeat offender. “Euthanasia” might not have been the only solution, but it’s the one that was chosen. Here.
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african_elephantThe TUSKER Act Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in their Range (H.R. 5454) will amend the African Elephant Conservation Act to provide for trade sanctions against countries involved in illegal ivory trade. Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR) introduced the bill on Sept. 11, 2014 out of concern for the 40,000 elephants slaughtered in 2013 alone and the many park rangers killed while trying to protect them as well as the funding provided by illegal ivory to criminal and terrorist groups. Please visit our Act! page (look in the menu bar) and get up to speed so you can contact your U.S. House representative.
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fraser-lynx-money-shot41AT OUR BLOG: “Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?” Will Montana approve a new bobcat fur farm? And whom would Jesus skin? (Hey, I’m not the one who dragged him into this!) Find it here.
Montana already has 16 licensed fur farms–that’s 16 TOO MANY! (And now it’s 17 too many.)

bonnyvaleAT OUR BLOG: “Speciesism: If you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention” – Sea lion branding. A “rockchuck” killing derby. Suffocating foam that mass exterminates chickens and devices that intentionally impair their vision. Baiting ravens with poisoned eggs. Angry now?!?  Read more at our blog.

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IhasOpinyunDo you has a opinyun??? Visit our Act! page to find proposed legislation that resonates with you…then contact your legislators.  Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (circus ban), Humane Cosmetics Act, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act…and more. Additional links guide you to the bills’ text–we even provide advocacy and news links in case you’re inclined to do some research. Please Act! for animals.
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P1110301Visit our Circus Animal Exploitation page for videos, news articles, and resources (including Animal Welfare Act violations). On April 11 & 12 we delivered clear but gentle messages to circus-goers: Circuses = no fun for animals * Animal-free circuses rock! * Have a heart for circus animals * Boycott circus cruelty. Thanks to everyone ( from child to retired) who came out to advocate for circus animals!
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USFWS photoCA takes the lead on LEAD: “We got it out of gasoline, we got it out of paint, we got it out of toys.” Now, California is getting it out of bullets, hoping to protect condors and other scavenging wildlife. More at Washington Post Health & Science.

Montana’s Sen. Jon Tester is a champion of lead bullets (he makes it a gun rights issue); he has pushed legislation that would “permanently bar EPA from regulating lead bullets under TSCA” (Toxic Substances Control Act) (source). So exactly whom is Tester representing?

“Bullet makers and hunting groups, including the National Rifle Association and Safari Club, have steadfastly opposed the effort, contending that there is no evidence the ammunition does, in fact, harm wildlife. They also note how much more expensive nonlead bullets are” (source).  NO EVIDENCE?

Videos: Lead-poisoned bald eagles: herehere, and here. Lead-poisoned golden eagles: here and here. Condors: here and here. ________________________________________________________________

“To be ‘for animals’ is not to be ‘against humanity.’ To require others to treat animals justly, as their rights require, is not to ask for anything more nor less in their case than in the case of any human to whom just treatment is due. The animal rights movement is a part of, not opposed to, the human rights movement. Attempts to dismiss it as anti human are mere rhetoric.”  ~ Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights