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furry_cushion_facebook***DEATH. TAXES. FACEBOOK: Some things are just inevitable.
***LOOK under ‘issues’ in the menu bar for pages of special interest.
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Screen-Shot-2014-06-30-at-1.44.03-PMLET FREEDOM RING!
Freedom from chains, from factory farms, from circuses, from slaughterhouses, from race tracks, from zoos, from traps and fur farms, from nets and barbed hooks, from rodeos…freedom from speciesism…let it ring for ALL!
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The Other Nations June newsletter was posted 6/30; look here for interesting, enlightening, maddening, funny, and inspiring stuff!

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whitebunniesThe 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.
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1_123125_2170587_2209173_2219275_090528_gr_fish_illustrationtnNEW AT OUR BLOG: “Swimming against the current on National Go Fishing Day”   June 18 was National Go Fishing Day, a day (like any other) to pretend that fish aren’t sentient beings who feel pain, possess innate intelligence, express social behavior, have memories…and who, like us, just want to live their lives. But how to relay a message of empathy for fish in a country that celebrates Go Fishing Day? Animal activists are swimming against the current…again. Find it here.
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chimp-CC-Dhammika-Heenpella-article-image2-300x240Fantastic, CHIMP-tastic news! ALL chimpanzees, including captive–are now fully protected as ‘endangered’ under the Endangered Species Act! According to Save the Chimps, “This ends decades of ‘split listing’ that allowed captive chimps in the US to be harmed in research, entertainment, and the pet trade.” Read all about it here…then go ahead and pant-hoot in celebration along with these chimps!
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1896902_868455206532670_7262064892052459732_nMay 27, 2015: A BIG day for human & nonhuman animals! The New York County Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a first-of-its-kind hearing in the “Hercules and Leo” chimpanzee rights case filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project.   *TED TALK by the chimps’ lawyer Steven Wise.

“Is it time that chimps are given legal rights? What about elephants, dolphins and whales?” from the Telegraph

***Post-hearing UPDATE:  

“Research chimps get their day in court in New York” – NPR;
“NYC judge hears arguments on the rights of 2 chimpanzees” (includes audio reports) – CBS New York
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pitbull-puppies-rescued-from-dogfighting-ringAT 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.

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Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution; http://www.freevector.com/elephant-graphic/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.
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DSCN1227AT 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. 

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imagesPLEASE 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.
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Dead WolfMONTANA’S 2014-15 WOLF SLAUGHTER TALLY
3/15/15:  Projectile:  130       Trap: 77       Total:  207
Archery – 9/6–9/14/14; Rifle – 9/15/14–3/15/15;
Trapping – 12/15/14–2/28/15

KNOW HOW TO RESCUE YOUR DOG FROM TRAPS
Lincoln Co. Humane SocietyTerrier ManTrap-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 hereOn Vimeo:  hereherehere; and here(NRDC photo)
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10428566_763572677053145_1084264973621364898_nOn 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.
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fraser-lynx-money-shot41The 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.

mouseAT 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.

bonnyvaleAT 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.

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IhasOpinyunDo you has a opinyun??? Visit our Act! page to find proposed legislation that resonates with you…then contact your legislators.  Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (circus ban), Humane Cosmetics Act, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act…and more. Additional links guide you to the bills’ text–we even provide advocacy and news links in case you’re inclined to do some research. Please Act! for animals.

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USFWS photoVIDEOS 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: herehere, 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