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Earlier: Broncos or Panthers? No matter which team wins, the pigs have already lost. Animals of Montana busted for welfare violations, here; 20 years in the cooler for dog fighting.
WORLD LOVE FOR DOLPHINS DAY, Feb. 13, 2016: Join the Sea Shepherd and make the connection between captive dolphins and dolphin slaughter. Demonstrations against the global captive dolphin trade responsible for Taiji’s brutal dolphin hunts will take place worldwide. “Our utmost desire is to see a day when captivity is completely abolished and these beautiful, intelligent beings are allowed to roam free throughout the world’s oceans, instead of being put into tiny tanks and forced to perform tricks, just to get their next meal.”
A new OTHER NATIONS VOICES newsletter was posted on 1/31/15…find it here.
TOP 10 CAMERA TRAP WILDLIFE PHOTOS…say cheese! Includes a poacher and a never-before-photographed cat. Here.
NEW AT THE OTHER NATIONS BLOG: “Bear 399: Delisting the grizzly you know” – We humans don’t relate well to nonhuman animals at the population level–so goes the theory–but once we get to know an animal as an individual, everything changes (take Cecil the lion, for example). You’re invited to get to know grizzly bear 399, the “most famous mother bear on earth.” Why does this matter? Because once she matters to you, you’ll go to bat for her when the Endangered Species Act delisting rule–and the trophy hunting that’s part of it–comes down the pike. Get to know mama bear 399 here.
WOLF TRAPPING BEGAN DEC. 15 in MONTANA…scroll down at this, the Other Nations home page, for a tally of the slaughter. Want to help eliminate traps from our citizen-owned public lands? Visit Montanans for Trap-free Public Lands–a 2016 citizen-initiated ballot initiative.
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)
TEN WORST ZOOS FOR ELEPHANTS: There is no ethical way to keep elephants in captivity–so say many pachyderm experts. Yet zoos continue to “exhibit” them–some holding the social creatures in isolation, others exploiting them by selling elephant rides, while still others continue the unconscionable quest to obtain elephants stolen from the wild. Access the list here.
11/27/15: Worldwide Fur-Free Friday! Trapping and fur farming fly under the radar for good reason. Find your state’s trapping report card at Born Free USA. Another resource: Coalition Against Fur Farms. “Fashion to die for” doesn’t mean anyone should actually die for it!
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.
I watched 1:40 minutes of this 5-minute Last Chance for Animals undercover video–that’s all I could take. If you can hold out for at least that long, see if you think these animals appear to be “well cared for” (as a veterinarian claims) and if the video appears to be “highly edited and filtered” as a MN prosecutor claims when he refuses to press cruelty charges. What you will see is considered ‘acceptable industry standards’ for industrially-farmed sentient nonhumans. Please consider passing this post on to your family & friends who continue to support factory farming. Here’s the 10/9/15 article, “No charges will be filed against hog farm workers after video surfaces.”
QUICK…name the nonhuman animal considered by many animal activists to be the one MOST exploited. Then click here (go ahead–it’s just the Other Nations Facebook page!) to see how your answer stacks up to the prevailing opinion. We’re celebrating an international day of recognition for this animal on 9/26/15!
MISSOULA, MONTANA CITY COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE BANNING WILD/EXOTIC ANIMAL PERFORMANCES! Missoula leads the way as the first city in Montana to take a stand against performing animal slavery. Click here for details.
NEW! Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act, S.1831) – This bipartisan bill addresses the torture and extermination of animals used in creating so-called crush videos. It’s a companion to a bill introduced into the House of Representatives last May. Visit the Other Nations Act! page under ‘issues’ in the menu bar for more details, articles, advocacy, etc. And then, of course, don’t forget to act!
AT THE OTHER NATIONS BLOG: A human-bear tragedy in Yellowstone – A mother grizzly bear killed and partially consumed a hiker who had not taken adequate safety measures. The bear has been executed (not “euthanized”) for her behavior, which was deemed “unnatural” by park personnel. Her two cubs are shipped off to Toledo to lifetime incarceration in a zoo. From the park’s perspective, they were mitigating risk to millions of human visitors. Who speaks for the bear? Read more here.
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 – “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.
The proposed Fraser fur farm for Montana has been approved for licensing. Find all the details at our Facebook page post. 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 the Other 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, The Case for Animal Rights