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NEW AT THE OTHER NATIONS FACEBOOK PAGE: Zoo penguins drown; Daily Show looks at reindeer pizza delivery. Giraffes are in trouble; famous wolf pack’s final member killed by trophy hunter; India pulls plug on wild animal circuses. Fishing net removed from sea turtle’s stomach (amazing video!); chicken feather removed from chicken nugget (yech). Thousands of snow geese die in poison-water pit; companion cat blowgun “hunters” sentenced. All that and MUCH more…here.
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.” To contact decision-makers, click on the Other Nations newsletter link below; you’ll find email addresses there along with other resources. “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.” ~Dr. Paul Farmer
The Other Nations November newsletter was posted 11/23; find it here.
MONTANA’S 2016-17 WOLF SLAUGHTER
12/9/16: Projectile: 118 Trap: 0 Total: 118
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. (NRDC photo)
KUDOS TO FORT LAUDERDALE, FL for banning balloons! On Tuesday, 11/15, Fort Lauderdale prohibited balloons “from the beach and other coastal parks, natural and aquatic areas, and marinas. The city is also requiring patrons using balloons at any other city park to deflate and properly dispose of the balloons afterward.” Sea turtles mistake deflated balloons floating in the water for jellyfish–with fatal results. Sun Sentinel article here. An old (2012) Other Nations blog post also dealt with this issue: “Life’s a beach–or an entangled beak (no more balloon releases!)” 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.
Taiwan has passed legislation to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals–both ingredients and finished products! “Recent polling by Taiwan’s SPCA found that 69.2% of Taiwanese consumers backed the ban, with 76.5% believing that animals should not suffer in the name of beauty” (article). Advocacy: Humane Society International news release. #BeCrueltyFree on Twitter.
YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS PHOTO TO BELIEVE IT: Here’s what “ghost gear” (lost, discarded, abandoned fishing line & equipment) in the oceans has wrought. If one picture says a thousand words, this picture says a thousand heartbreaking words. Don’t miss it–its impact is stunning. It’s posted at the Other Nations Facebook page, but you can access the photo and article at their source 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, The Case for Animal Rights
“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.