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Donald Trump, Jr. will campaign in Montana for Greg Gianforte, who hopes to fill our one U.S. Representative seat left vacant by Ryan Zinke, now Trump’s Secretary of Interior. Zinke is entirely unqualified for the job, but Junior’s influence helped a fellow hunter obtain a critical Cabinet post. On Monday, Gianforte told a group of Christian conservatives that “Donald Trump, Jr. wanted bad to shoot prairie dogs. So we’re going to help him scratch that itch…” The comment “was met with laughter and applause.” Find that article here.
NEW AT THE OTHER NATIONS FACEBOOK PAGE: SeaWorld San Diego polar bear dies; toxic chemicals killed snow geese by the thousands; Canada’s brutal seal slaughter. Killing sharks, crushing elephants (phajaan). Smoky Mountains black bear cubs (video); “friendly skies” not so friendly to companion animals, either. Elephant rage (video). Check it all out here.
TRUMP’S BORDER WALL: EXPERTS WARN THAT 800 SPECIES, many endangered, will be affected. “Wildlife has populated these regions for millions of years, and has always had freedom of movement to hunt, reproduce and migrate. To make these animals suffer as a result of man’s political agenda is entirely immoral.” ~Professor Gerardo Ceballos, Mexican National Autonomous University, leader of the investigation published in early April 2017. Full article here.
3/21 UPDATE: PROPOSED UNIV. OF MONTANA PORCINE RESEARCH LAB: The researcher whom the university was courting to head up the pig-destroying lab has declined the offer. While this is good news, UM indicates that the search continues despite the many problems (including ethical) in using nonhuman animals as stand-ins for humans. Article here. Scroll down on this page for earlier posts and articles.
3/22 UPDATE: Alaska’s Nat’l. Wildlife Refuges are the new killing fields. The Senate passed this horrific resolution. Click for article.
Posted earlier: In February the U.S. House of Reps passed House Joint Resolution 69, repealing an Obama-era rule that had protected predators from slaughter on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges–including death by trapping & snaring; shooting hibernating bears, coyotes & wolves & their kids in their dens; shooting bears over bait, etc. Now the Senate will take up this horror show. Background info: Born Free USA, here. Also, see this video from NJ Senator Cory Booker.
MONTANA’S 2016-17 WOLF SLAUGHTER
3/16/17: Projectile: 163 Trap: 83 Total: 246
Archery – 9/3–9/14/16; Rifle – 9/15/16–3/15/17;
Trapping – 12/15/16–2/28/17
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 (Wyoming Untrapped); here; here; and here–the latter three each dealing with different kinds of traps. To see how trappers set & hide their evil weapons (no graphic images–no wolves shown at all), click here. (NRDC photo)
“University of Montana faculty: SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH HAS TRACK RECORD OF FAILURE” (article): The University of Montana (Missoula) has proposed building a $4 million porcine research lab where pigs will be inflicted with devastating spinal cord injuries. Don’t miss today’s excellent article quoting a philosopher of science who reviewed spinal cord research and asks, “…why are we investing in research that has a 50-year track record of failure?” Especially if you are a Montanan, please read today’s article (and scroll down a couple of items on this home page for a more) and weigh in:
UM President Sheila Stearns: (406) 243-2311, firstname.lastname@example.org -and-
Scott Whittenburg, VP for Research: email@example.com
“The Endangered Species Act may be heading for the ‘threatened’ list. This hearing confirms it”: Washington Post, 2/15/17. With the 6th mass extinction looming, we NEED the ESA! See also “Why Trump’s presidency could be an extinction-level event for some species,” here.
The proposed pig research lab at the University of Montana is not a done deal yet. (Latest details here.) Although animal research still involves big $$$, vivisection had its heyday in centuries past. Science has advanced new research tools and new understanding of animals’ lives; ethics have advanced understanding of our moral obligation to animals; and opinion polls show the public is increasingly opposed to animal research. Read an opinion piece signed by 28 UM staff & faculty opposing the lab, then please weigh in, Montanans especially: President Sheila Stearns: (406) 243-2311, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Whittenburg, VP for Research: email@example.com *Petition here*
RIP TILIKUM 1981-2017
Tilikum, a slave of SeaWorld for 25 years, has died. The orca pictured at left is not Tilikum –that’s a wild orca with dorsal fin standing straight and strong. Rather than picture Tilikum the slave with his collapsed dorsal fin in SeaWorld’s tainted water, I chose an orca who represents what ALL marine mammals should be–wild & free. To read a response from Capt. Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd) to SeaWorld’s announcement of Tilikum’s death, click here. #RIPTilikum #blackfish #emptythetanks
NO PIG RESEARCH LAB: The University of Montana has revealed that it’s in discussions regarding the opening of a porcine research lab and officials “are actively recruiting a researcher with experience in spinal cord injuries to head the Neural Injury Center in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences” (article). A word about pigs: Pigs lead complex social lives and show empathy. They’re cognitively complex (smarter than dogs and 3-year-old humans) although–let’s be clear–intelligence is not a litmus test for mercy; sentience is the only criterion that matters. If UM goes forward with this plan, sentient individuals will be inflicted with spinal cord injuries at the Neural Injury Center at UM. Currently–and appropriately–the center “is focused more on human research, such as work with veterans.” Petition here.
It’s WORLD VEGAN DAY on Nov. 1st! Enjoy funny vegan memes here and here. Need help going vegan? Check out the gradual approach, here; and here’s the ‘all-in’ approach! Need help kick-starting your motivation? Rent “Earthlings” to view online for just a few bucks…here.
2017 Legislative update: The MT legislature again failed to pass this common-sense bill thanks to livestock industry opposition and a representative who’s so extreme that she equates humane shelter workers with terrorists.
8/14/16: MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL – “Time to pass puppy mill laws” –here. THANK YOU to the Missoulian for taking a stand on regulatory oversight of puppy mills! One thing they got wrong: crediting the American Kennel Club (AKC) for promoting “core values” that protect the health & well-being of dogs. AKC actively works AGAINST puppy mill legislation in state legislatures and has done so here in Montana. A section on AKC is included along with updated puppy mill items in Montana and elsewhere at the Other Nations puppy mills page. ________________________________________________________
“Since when does terrorizing farm animals amount to a fair event? Substitute your cat or your dog for the pig and you get the idea of what the statute is for.” ~Prosecuting Attorney, Allen County, Indiana, speaking of the state’s animal cruelty statute as it applied to pig wrestling
The team pig wrestling event was cancelled at the Allen County Fair last week in Fort Wayne, IN. Find the full story here; for more on pig wrestling around the country, visit the Other Nations pig wrestling page.
IT’S OFFICIAL! As of July 1st, 2016, Missoula, Montana’s ordinance banning wild/exotic animal performances is effective! Passed last September (article here), enactment was delayed as a concession to the Shriners who’d already contracted with the Jordan World Circus. Missoula leads the way as the first city in Montana to take a stand against performing animal slavery. KUDOS!
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.
The proposed Fraser fur farm for Montana has been approved for licensing. Find all the details at our Facebook pagepost. 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 theOther 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, Nov. 28, 1938-Feb. 17, 2017 – website; obituary here.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Click here for more of his thoughts on social justice for ALL sentient beings.