Welcome to Other Nations…offering information, inspiration, and support for human beings working to end speciesism. _________________________________________________________
DEATH. TAXES. FACEBOOK. Some things are just inevitable. Now that we’ve made the leap, please “like” us.
12/12/13 update from the field from BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN – here
I love; I suffer
I’m granted one life to live
Just the same as you
Unchain your heart, mind–free me
From chains that bind you
OTHER NATIONS SMILE: to Willie Nelson, for canceling an appearance at SeaWorld because he doesn’t “agree with the way they treat their animals. …I had a lot of calls from people asking me to cancel, and I understand there’s petitions going around and, you know, I just had to cancel,” he said in a CNN interview, reported here. For more on SeaWorld and the “Blackfish” documentary that revealed its nefarious treatment of orcas, scroll down at this, our home page. Visit our Facebook page for an update–another band bails!
OTHER NATIONS SCAT PILE (& lump of coal): to Santa Claus, for commercial exploitation of reindeer. Yes, the jolly old elf penned a reindeer outside a shopping mall in Colorado; said reindeer jumped–maybe flew–over the fence and remained at large “throughout the night and most of the next day” before being captured by police and animal control officers. Thankfully, no harm befell the animal during his/her flight from holiday commercialization. For story and photo, scroll down here.
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” ~Nelson Mandela
STACKED MOUNTAIN LION HEADS: Why are we showing you this? These mountain lions were killed with citizens’ tax dollars back in the late 1980s by the federal agency still operating today as Wildlife Services. Visit our This ‘n’ That page for more on the photo and a new documentary (view it online) on the secretive agency that kills America’s wildlife.
MONTANA’S 2013-2014 WOLF SLAUGHTER TALLY: 97
Dates: Archery, 9/7 – 9/14/13
Rifle, 9/15/13 – 3/15/14
Trapping, 12/15/13 – 2/28/14
For last year’s tally, visit our Northern Rockies Wildlife page under “issues” in the menu bar. (NRDC photo)
THE PLASTIC WHALE PROJECT: Turning advocacy into art and art into advocacy: What do you do with 9000 plastic shopping bags and classrooms full of inspired school kids? Why, create a gigantic plastic whale, of course! The beautiful creature delivers a dire warning about our throw-away consumer culture. This piece was written exclusively for Encyclopedia Britannica’s Advocacy for Animals blog.
NEW AT OUR BLOG: “Hunter kills companion dog: I thought it was a wolf” ”It wasn’t hard to see this tragedy coming. Really, it was just a matter of time–not if it would happen, but when.”
A six-month (!) wolf hunting season increases the odds for more tragedy under the Big Sky…read more, including an anguished account from the dog’s guardian in his own words.
TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE KING AMENDMENT:“The King amendment is a sort of legislative kudzu, so invasive and dangerous it could crowd out hundreds of state and local laws setting appropriate standards for agriculture. For the animal welfare movement, to put a fine point on its impact, King’s measure could very easily repeal a long list of state laws regarding shark finning, puppy mills, extreme confinement of farm animals, and the slaughter and sale of meat from horses, dogs, and cats.” Read more here.
MONTANANS: Make a brief, polite phone call to Sen. Max Baucus at (202) 224-2651. Say, for example, “I’m calling to urge you to oppose the King amendment and remove it from the Farm Bill. It’s a dangerous and radical attack on states’ rights.” Or, contact him via email, OR do both! Not a Montanan? Look here. _______________________________________________________________
If you watched “Blackfish” on CNN (official film website here)… you might still feel haunted by the plight of captive marine mammals and the trainers who are put in harm’s way by a ruthless industry. A CNN panel discussion after the film included the filmmaker, a biologist, and industry supporter Jack Hanna (Columbus Zoo), who vociferously defended SeaWorld. Below is a sane and compassionate antidote to Hanna and ALL animal exploiters. (Say thanks to CNN for airing “Blackfish” here.)
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) (source).