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UPDATED: May 27, 2015: A BIG day for human & nonhuman animals! At 10:30 am ET: The New York County Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a first-of-its-kind hearing in the “Hercules and Leo” chimpanzee rights case filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project. If corporations can have the protections of legal personhood, so should sentient beings!
TED TALK by the chimps’ lawyer Steven Wise.
TWITTER FEED from Nonhuman Rights.
“Is it time that chimps are given legal rights? What about elephants, dolphins and whales?” from the Telegraph
***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
The Other Nations April-May newsletter is posted–find it here.
May 24th is National Escargot Day. Escargot is–of course–French for snail, and usually refers to snails as a menu item. Are snails sentient? Some say yes, some say no–but in the absence of conclusive proof, why not err on the side of compassion and justice?!? “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The photo is from Cupegraf Wallpapers. __________________________________________________________
WHAT cruelty-free DAY IS THIS?
*May 12: Nat’l Nutty Fudge Day – recipe
*May 13: Nat’l Apple Pie Day – recipe
*May 14: Nat’l Buttermilk Biscuit Day – recipe
*May 15: Nat’l Pizza Party Day – recipe
*May 17: Nat’l Cherry Cobbler Day – recipe
*May 18: Nat’l Cheese Souffle Day – recipe
*May 19: Nat’l Devil’s Food Cake Day – recipe
*May 22: Nat’l Vanilla pudding Day – recipe
*May 26: Nat’l Blueberry Cheesecake Day – recipe
NEW AT THE OTHER NATIONS BLOG: “Win a few, lose a few: Animal fighting, commercial breeding get another pass” – Montana’s biennial legislature just 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.
What’s cuter than a wild bison calf?!? Their first hours and days on Earth should be dictated by nature–nursing, gaining strength, exploring under the watchful eye of mom, who recovers from her birthing effort by peacefully grazing and resting in the springtime sun. Instead, they’re hazed, harassed, and driven to exhaustion by Montana state and federal agents–sometimes forced into deep, swift rivers, other times hazed through downed, jackstraw timber they’re unable to negotiate. Learn more about this taxpayer-funded fiasco (includes pictures) in Buffalo Field Campaign’s 5/7 Update from the Field.
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.
Missoula, Montana Shrine Circus outreach 2015
We stood up for circus animals (and stood up to fierce winds!) on Fri. & Sat., April 10 & 11! An AWESOME group of activists gathered for each of 5 performances–from 6 years old to 60-plus!!! 22 different individuals showed up 53 times spread out over all performances. KECI Missoula covered our effort–find it on the Other Nations FB page. The story of this year’s outreach is here, at “Shrine circus 2015: ‘Turn & stand’ for animals.” MANY THANKS to everyone who showed up to respectfully say, “Circuses are no fun for animals!” Visit the circus animal exploitation page…here.
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.
At the OTHER NATIONS BLOG: “Happy Year of the Sheep! (Domestic or wild, it’s no party)” – How many ways can we exploit sheep? But hey–don’t forget to celebrate! Check it out here.
At the OTHER NATIONS BLOG: “Eating Earth: An ethics-based guide for enviros & animal activists” – Here’s a useful book (“Eating Earth: Environmental ethics & dietary choice”) for those of us who have a choice in what we eat. The environmental impacts of farming, fishing, and hunting are examined (with a big nod to animal rights) by an author writing from Montana State University in Billings. Find my book review here.
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.
Do 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.
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?
“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