Welcome to Other Nations…offering information, inspiration, and support for human beings working to end speciesism.
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Our latest installment of It’s a Speciesist World comes from the Hoosier state, but be forewarned: this video is rated AI-GWC for appalling ignorance and gut-wrenching cruelty. Visit the Other Nations pig wrestling page for more info (look under ‘issues’ in the menu bar). Reject speciesism!
It’s domestic animal abuse season. Yes, it’s time for fairs and rodeos and asinine contests (billed as ‘family fun’) where human bullies “win” by ganging up on nonhuman animals in events that are notorious for cruelty and exploitation. (Did you hear about the four horses who just died in the Calgary Stampede “chuckwagon races”?) The CA State Fair has made changes that reflect our species’ (slowly) evolving awareness. This increasing awareness is thanks to activists (like you!) who, individually and together, refuse to remain silent in the face of injustice. Kudos to you all!!! Check out the Other Nations pig wrestling page (under ‘issues’ in the menu bar) for a current opportunity to support activists in Whitley Co., Indiana as they stand up and say no to 4-H pig wrestling. In Western Montana, the Ronan Pioneer Days event is coming up with its festival of kiddie cruelty–the Kiddie Slicker Rodeo (see “Sheep dressing, pig wrestling, chicken scrambling: Bullies are made, not born,” here). Reject speciesism!
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: “Win a few, lose a few: Animal fighting, commercial breeding get another pass” – Montana’s biennial legislature recently wrapped up another session where animal-exploiting legislators stymied attempts to fix Montana’s dog fighting law and failed to regulate commercial animal breeders. Again. An ag-gag booster bill lost, though, as did a bill trying to prevent your local humane and rescue operations from helping with, um, humane rescues. Go figure. Find it here.
The TUSKER Act was reintroduced into the 114th Congress on Earth Day!
Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in their Range (TUSKER) Act — H.R. 5454, to amend the African Elephant Conservation Act to provide for trade sanctions against countries involved in illegal ivory trade. Visit the Other Nations Act! page (find it in the menu bar) to learn more.
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.
PLEASE ACT ON THIS: The BIPARTISAN SPORTSMEN’S ACT of 2015 has been introduced in the US Senate. Read more on the latest iteration of this bad-for-wildlife, bad-for-the-environment, bad-for-public lands bill on our Act! page and then ACT by contacting your two US senators. Remind them that only 5-6% of the population hunts and give-aways like the ones in this bill are inappropriate. Stand up for wildlife and public lands today! Additional note: This bill includes trapping in the definition of hunting. Find advocacy links on the Act! page.
KNOW 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)
On 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.
The 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.” Related blog post: “Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?” Find a nongraphic video, “Fur Farming Exposed,” here.
AT 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.
AT 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.
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