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3/21 UPDATE: PROPOSED UNIV. OF MONTANA PORCINE RESEARCH LAB: The researcher whom the university was courting to head up the pig-destroying lab has declined the offer. While this is good news, UM indicates that the search continues despite the many problems (including ethical) in using nonhuman animals as stand-ins for humans. Article here. Scroll down on this page for earlier posts and articles.
3/22 UPDATE: Alaska’s Nat’l. Wildlife Refuges are the new killing fields. The Senate passed this horrific resolution. Click for article.
Posted earlier: In February the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 69, repealing an Obama-era rule that had protected predators from slaughter on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges–including death by trapping & snaring; shooting hibernating bears, coyotes & wolves & their kids in their dens; shooting bears over bait, etc. Now the Senate will take up this horror show. Ask your two senators to OPPOSE Senate Joint Res. 18. E-mail or call them–here’s how (click). Background info: Born Free USA, here. Also, see this video from NJ Senator Cory Booker.
*************3/16 UPDATE ON HB 570************
Puppy millers choose Montana to do business because it’s rural, isolated, and UNREGULATED. The House Business & Labor Committee heard the bill to license breeders 3/9/17 but took no action. A sheriff speaking for the bill “described dogs that had lived their entire lives without ever touching the ground because they were kept on wire mesh and had teeth falling out of their mouths. ‘It was so torturous to see these animals were treated so poorly.'”
Montanans, continue to urge the committee to advance this bill! They will make a decision on Tuesday a.m., 3/21; contact them NOW. Keep reading for how to phone or email them.
Posted earlier: Montana is one of 21 states with NO puppy mill standards or regulations (see map here but note that text refers to 2015). The current bill to require licensure and inspection for pet breeders, HB 570 (bill text here), will be heard March 9th at 8:30 am before the House Business & Labor Committee (committee members here).
PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE NOW and let them know that you support HB 570–licensure and inspections for animal breeders, humane standards for animals, and protection for consumers. Encourage them to advance this bill. USE THE CONTACT FORM HERE. After providing personal info, choose ‘committee’ and indicate “House Labor and Business” from the drop-down menu. Select the bill type (HB); indicate the bill number (570), and that you want them to vote FOR this bill. Add some brief thoughts if so moved. OR call 406-444-4800 and ask the Legislative Info Desk operator (switchboard hours here) to let each member of the House Business & Labor Committee know that you support HB 570. It’s that simple.
Former attempts to pass even minimal standards have been thwarted by special interests–the Montana livestock industry and American Kennel Club. See recent legislative history and other details at the Other Nations puppy mills page.
Missoulian 3/16 editorial supporting HB 570: Read it here.
NEW AT THE OTHER NATIONS FACEBOOK PAGE: Pig rodeo defended by police officers; Hoppy World Frog Day; goose greeting; and vegan bodybuilding nutrition. Glue traps–the cruel proof (successful rescue). Turtle & dog play date. A tribute to Irish activists! A ski bum lynx hits the slopes. Check it out.
MONTANA’S 2016-17 WOLF SLAUGHTER
3/16/17: Projectile: 163 Trap: 83 Total: 246
Archery – 9/3–9/14/16; Rifle – 9/15/16–3/15/17;
Trapping – 12/15/16–2/28/17
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 (Wyoming Untrapped); here; here; and here–the latter three each dealing with different kinds of traps. To see how trappers set & hide their evil weapons (no graphic images–no wolves shown at all), click here. (NRDC photo)
IF YOU MISSED THIS ’60 MINUTES’ SEGMENT:
View it here. It was excellent!
MARCH 5th on 60 MINUTES (CBS): A segment on Animal Defenders International‘s huge circus animal rescue in Peru–with over 100 animals saved and 33 lions flown home to Africa!
Also watch: additional footage from 60 Minutes Overtime (1:37 min.). Note how ADI’s president got her start in animal activism: someone handed her an anti-vivisection brochure. Our activism can have profound effects!
“University of Montana faculty: SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH HAS TRACK RECORD OF FAILURE” (article): The University of Montana (Missoula) has proposed building a $4 million porcine research lab where pigs will be inflicted with devastating spinal cord injuries. Don’t miss today’s excellent article quoting a philosopher of science who reviewed spinal cord research and asks, “…why are we investing in research that has a 50-year track record of failure?” Especially if you are a Montanan, please read today’s article (and scroll down a couple of items on this home page for a more) and weigh in:
UM President Sheila Stearns: (406) 243-2311, email@example.com -and-
Scott Whittenburg, VP for Research: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Endangered Species Act may be heading for the ‘threatened’ list. This hearing confirms it”: Washington Post, 2/15/17. With the 6th mass extinction looming, we NEED the ESA! See also “Why Trump’s presidency could be an extinction-level event for some species,” here.
The proposed pig research lab at the University of Montana is not a done deal yet. (Latest details here.) Although animal research still involves big $$$, vivisection had its heyday in centuries past. Science has advanced new research tools and new understanding of animals’ lives; ethics have advanced understanding of our moral obligation to animals; and opinion polls show the public is increasingly opposed to animal research. Read an opinion piece signed by 28 UM staff & faculty opposing the lab, then please weigh in, Montanans especially: President Sheila Stearns: (406) 243-2311, email@example.com
Scott Whittenburg, VP for Research: firstname.lastname@example.org *Petition here*
RIP TILIKUM 1981-2017
Tilikum, a slave of SeaWorld for 25 years, has died. The orca pictured at left is not Tilikum –that’s a wild orca with dorsal fin standing straight and strong. Rather than picture Tilikum the slave with his collapsed dorsal fin in SeaWorld’s tainted water, I chose an orca who represents what ALL marine mammals should be–wild & free. To read a response from Capt. Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd) to SeaWorld’s announcement of Tilikum’s death, click here. #RIPTilikum #blackfish #emptythetanks
NO PIG RESEARCH LAB: The University of Montana has revealed that it’s in discussions regarding the opening of a porcine research lab and officials “are actively recruiting a researcher with experience in spinal cord injuries to head the Neural Injury Center in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences” (article). A word about pigs: Pigs lead complex social lives and show empathy. They’re cognitively complex (smarter than dogs and 3-year-old humans) although–let’s be clear–intelligence is not a litmus test for mercy; sentience is the only criterion that matters. If UM goes forward with this plan, sentient individuals will be inflicted with spinal cord injuries at the Neural Injury Center at UM. Currently–and appropriately–the center “is focused more on human research, such as work with veterans.” Petition here.
It’s WORLD VEGAN DAY on Nov. 1st! Enjoy funny vegan memes here and here. Need help going vegan? Check out the gradual approach, here; and here’s the ‘all-in’ approach! Need help kick-starting your motivation? Rent “Earthlings” to view online for just a few bucks…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. ________________________________________________________
“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.
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!
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, Nov. 28, 1938-Feb. 17, 2017 – website; obituary here.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Click here for more of his thoughts on social justice for ALL sentient beings.