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NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY: 4th Friday in April.
If you live with cats, you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about. Regular brushing seems to be the best remedy at our house. Other remedies I’ve read about are feeding cats a grain-free diet or giving them pumpkin puree (for the fiber) or olive oil. Click here for homeopathic remedies.
U.S. CONGRESS: NATIONAL MAMMAL IS AMERICAN BISON! Who says Congress can’t get anything done?!? News item here; Buffalo Field Campaign’s (BFC) take on it is here. Remember that the Yellowstone-area herds are a unique treasure–wild, genetically pure/diverse, and still following their migratory instincts. Ranched bison invariably have cattle genes in their DNA to make them easier to handle and confine. Please support Buffalo Field Campaign (that’s BFC’s photo) as they pursue justice for this most native American animal.
AT THE OTHER NATIONS FACEBOOK PAGE TODAY: Tell TripAdvisor to quit promoting cruelty; bliss out with this young cow who prefers lovin’ to sufferin’; a dolphin story that’s disgusting in its exploitation, and more…here.
Earlier: Zoo captor Jack Hanna is fear-mongering…tsk. Saskatchewan Shriners say NO to wild/exotic animal acts; Scarface, elderly Yellowstone grizzly, dead by bullet; elephant collapses and dies in heat schlepping tourists around; donkey basketball…??? World Day for Lab Animals, and more. Check it out.
“Do not visit any marine park or aquarium that houses captive cetaceans. By visiting these places you are encouraging the continued slavery of these animals. The captivity industry is also the driving factor behind the dolphin slaughter that occurs annually in Taiji, Japan. Do not patronize any swim with dolphin facilities while on vacation or holiday. Some hotels will offer you an opportunity to swim with their dolphins while on vacation. It is important to tell them no and that you do not support the captivity of cetaceans for entertainment.” ~ Continued here.
AT THE OTHER NATIONS BLOG: “Wolverines: Quest to protect magnificent mustelids continues” – The ‘skunk bear’ is back in the news as a US District judge tells the US Fish and Wildlife Service “not even close and no cigar” in its decision to forego listing the wolverine as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act. It’s snow joke–snow matters to wolverines, and the Feds are going to have to resort to basing their decision on the best available science after all. Read it here. Photo credited at post.
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AT THE OTHER NATIONS BLOG: “Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear delisting: Have your say” – The comment period is open; it’s time to let the US Fish & Wildlife Service (administrator of the Endangered Species Act) know your thoughts on delisting the 700-some grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Peruse some of the 400+ comments already made (I’ve featured a few in the blog post) and submit your own. It’s easy to do and doesn’t have to a laborious, time-consuming process to make a few valid points about the prematurity of delisting. It’s time to go to bat for mom bear 399 and her cubs! Do it here. (Photo: http://mangelsen.com/grizzly)
Want to help eliminate traps from our citizen-owned public lands here in the Treasure State? Visit Montanans for Trap-free Public Lands–a 2016 citizen-initiated ballot initiative–to get involved. Additionally, take a look at the GoFundMe page designed to help with the signature-gathering process.
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)
TEN WORST ZOOS FOR ELEPHANTS: There is no ethical way to keep elephants in captivity–so say many pachyderm experts. Yet zoos continue to “exhibit” them–some holding the social creatures in isolation, others exploiting them by selling elephant rides, while still others continue the unconscionable quest to obtain elephants stolen from the wild. Access the list here.
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.
QUICK…name the nonhuman animal considered by many animal activists to be the one MOST exploited. Then click here (go ahead–it’s just the Other Nations Facebook page!) to see how your answer stacks up to the prevailing opinion. We’re celebrating an international day of recognition for this animal on 9/26/15!
MISSOULA, MONTANA CITY COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE BANNING WILD/EXOTIC ANIMAL PERFORMANCES! Missoula leads the way as the first city in Montana to take a stand against performing animal slavery. Click here for details.
NEW! Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act, S.1831) – This bipartisan bill addresses the torture and extermination of animals used in creating so-called crush videos. It’s a companion to a bill introduced into the House of Representatives last May. Visit the Other Nations Act! page under ‘issues’ in the menu bar for more details, articles, advocacy, etc. And then, of course, don’t forget to act!
The bipartisan HUMANE COSMETICS ACT (H.R. 2858) was introduced by two Dems and two Republicans on June 23; visit our Act! page (look in the menu bar) for details and links to advocacy. Let’s win this one for the animals! You can do your part by contacting your representative to the U.S. House to ask him/her to co-sponsor and support the bill.
AT THE OTHER NATIONS BLOG – “Shrine Circus 2015: ‘Turn and stand’ for animals” It was business as usual–scowls and insults from circus-goers. But that’s OK, because some uplifting things usually happen, too–and this year was no exception! Find it here. Visit the Other Nations circus animal exploitation page for websites, articles, videos, more.
The proposed Fraser fur farm for Montana has been approved for licensing. Find all the details at our Facebook page post. 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 the Other 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