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On this day (Aug. 28) in 1963, Dr. King delivered his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. Although his words were directed at human racial injustice, they are applicable for *all* struggles, including justice for animals and the fight against speciesism:
“The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” “We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.” ~Martin Luther King ***View Toronto Pig Save video here.
NEW AT THE OTHER NATIONS FACEBOOK PAGE: Seafood? No, sea life–see life (Mutts comic)! Hank the dog is off death row and home in Belfast! Ziggy the seal pup goes home, too! Nosey the elephant isn’t so lucky. Police dog killer gets 45 years. Find all that and more…here.
8/14/16: MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL – “Time to pass puppy mill laws” –here.
THANK YOU to the Missoulian for taking a stand on regulatory oversight of puppy mills! One thing they got wrong: crediting the American Kennel Club (AKC) for promoting “core values” that protect the health & well-being of dogs. AKC actively works AGAINST puppy mill legislation in state legislatures and has done so here in Montana. A section on AKC is included along with updated puppy mill items in Montana and elsewhere at the Other Nations puppy mills page. _______________________________________
WHEN HILLARY CLINTON WAS INTERRUPTED BY ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS recently, she didn’t miss a beat: “apparently these people are here to protest Trump because Trump and his kids have killed a lot of animals. Thank you for making that point” (article). Over four years ago (March 2012), long before Donald Trump’s mind-boggling run for the presidency, I wrote a blog post about his sons’ trophy hunting and how they framed it as altruism (talk about mind-boggling!). See “Guns N’ Poses: Altruism gone awry” – here. I’ve fixed broken links and updated the post–having even discovered a connection to Cecil the lion.
The July Other Nations newsletter was posted on August 3rd – find it here.
ANOTHER MONTANA GRIZZLY IS EXECUTED: It’s been only a few weeks since we got word that a Montana grizzly bear mom was killed by the state, her cubs slated for living death in zoos–scroll down a few items on this homepage and you’ll find that sad story. Now comes word that another female bear has been executed –not “euthanized”–(story) for the transgressions of humans living in or near bear habitat! AGAIN, this bear is said to have a two-year rap sheet for breaking into garages, barns, and chicken coops for food–two years that humans have been allowed to keep attractants without taking measures, apparently, to bear-proof their property, until the bear is deemed “too bold” and inconvenient and is exterminated. Montana is failing grizzly bears.
“Since when does terrorizing farm animals amount to a fair event? Substitute your cat or your dog for the pig and you get the idea of what the statute is for.” ~Prosecuting Attorney, Allen County, Indiana, speaking of the state’s animal cruelty statute as it applied to pig wrestling
The team pig wrestling event was cancelled at the Allen County Fair last week in Fort Wayne, IN. Find the full story here; for more on pig wrestling around the country, visit the Other Nations pig wrestling page.
7/27/16: WESTERN MONTANA PUPPY MILL SEIZURE: Another hellhole breeding operation has been searched and dogs were confiscated–revealing filthy, matted fur, infected eyes, crippled limbs, protruding tongues… This moral failure to protect the vulnerable and powerless is thanks to those who purchase from breeders rather than adopting one of the one million+ “excess” dogs killed in U.S. shelters each year. Furthermore, Montana’s nonexistent laws to regulate puppy mills are thanks to politicians fearful that regulating one animal industry will lead to regulating their special interests in the livestock industry–so dogs are sacrificed to greed-driven breeders. Visit the Other Nations puppy mills page for the latest articles plus videos, resources, and more.
MONTANA: ANOTHER GRIZZLY MOM KILLED; YEARLING CUBS WILL GO TO LIVING DEATH IN ZOO. “Problem grizzly killed” reads the headline (article here). NO–the bear was not the problem; it was unaccommodating humans and a state that fails to protect bears with laws. For TWO YEARS these bears have been lured beyond the edge of their habitat by attractants: “…chickens, ducks and rabbits…pet and livestock food…” At least this time the word “kill” is used instead of “euthanize”–I’d go even further and say this bear was *executed* for the crimes of humans who refused to act in a way that kept their wild neighbors safe. Hefty fines would force rural homeowners to eliminate bear attractants; electric fencing is proven to save bears. Montana is not adequately protecting bears from human nuisances.
GREAT NEWS: Citizens’ initiative I-177 has QUALIFIED to appear on the November ballot! Want to help eliminate cruel and archaic traps on our citizen-owned public lands here in Big Sky country? Visit Montanans for Trap-free Public Lands. Congrats to all who worked relentlessly to collect the thousands of signatures required by the state!
IT’S OFFICIAL! As of July 1st, 2016, Missoula, Montana’s ordinance banning wild/exotic animal performances is effective! Passed last September (article here), enactment was delayed as a concession to the Shriners who’d already contracted with the Jordan World Circus. Missoula leads the way as the first city in Montana to take a stand against performing animal slavery. KUDOS!
Have you ordered your car window shade-with-a-message from Animal Legal Defense Fund?!? Click here.
Table of state laws that protect animals left in parked vehicles – here.
Here in Montana, a French bulldog recently died in Billings on an 80 degree day; story.
HOW TO RESCUE YOUR DOG FROM TRAPS
Lincoln Co. Humane Society; Terrier Man; Trap-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 here. On Vimeo: here; here; here; and here. (NRDC photo)
THE OTHER NATIONS BLOG: “Save a hog, eat a teacher: Challenging animal agriculture” – A guest opinion column in our local paper drew vociferous ire and fire from ag students and industry people when someone (ahem!) challenged the status quo. Find it here.
The proposed Fraser fur farm for Montana has been approved for licensing. Find all the details at our Facebook pagepost. According to the state agency issuing the decision, “Fur Farms are a recognized legitimate and licensed business and [sic]Montana.” Related blog post: “Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?” Find a nongraphic video, “Fur Farming Exposed,” here.
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 theOther Nations blog.
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.
VIDEOS OF LEAD-POISONED EAGLES & CONDORS
CA 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). So exactly whom is Tester representing? Tell him that only 6% of Americans hunt–and he’s failing to represent YOU.
“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? Just look at these videos: Lead-poisoned bald eagles: here, here, 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