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DEATH. TAXES. FACEBOOK: Some things are just inevitable. Now that we’ve made the leap, please “like” us.
LAST DAY TO COMMENT ON LISTING THE AFRICAN LION UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT …you have until 11:59 EST on Tues., 1/27. Click here for details and links. USFWS is proposing to list African lions as threatened–instead of endangered–and to continue allowing importation of trophies. Add your voice to the 387,402 comments already received.
SEND SOME BUFFALOVE this Valentine’s Day!
Here’s a fundraiser full of heart: The grassroots activists at Buffalo Field Campaign will send a hand-crafted valentine to the recipient(s) of your choice for a minimal donation per card. These aren’t mushy valentines (the inside sentiment features a quote from Nelson Mandela), so they’re perfect for anyone you’d like to honor with a gift to BFC and native wildlife. BFC is in the field every day that “management” actions are taken against America’s last migratory, wild bison (see items below) and maintains a presence in the halls of justice, as well. Be assured that your donation won’t be squandered on hefty administrative salaries or unsolicited address labels, but will directly fund the pursuit of freedom, habitat, and justice for wild bison. That’s why I offered to make and supply the cards for this fundraiser going on 10 years ago! Click here to learn more and to order by 2/4.
New at our blog: “Yellowstone wildlife sent to slaughter; calling all buffalo warriors” – Dear Americans: We’re busy. We’re diverse. But we know injustice when we see it, and we know that history condemns those who remain silent. Dissident theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (born, 1906; executed, 1945) said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. …Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” It’s time to speak and act. Visit the blog.
Yellowstone National Park has initiated bison capture operations as of 1/15/15. Eight-hundred to 900 native wild bison are targeted for removal through hunting in Montana and state/federal capture & slaughter. Please contact YNP Superintendent Dan Wenk and tell him to release the buffalo and to cease further capture operations.
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More info: Buffalo Field Campaign’s urgent action alert; lawsuit filed by BFC & Friends of Animals – news release; Yellowstone’s news release.
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)
Je suis Charlie…Charlie Hebdo’s 10 best animal rights cartoons (here). As activists, we all are Charlie…we rely on the freedom to pursue truth and to speak truth in the pursuit of justice. For the latest out of Utah on ag-gag charges against activists (charges have been dropped)–click here.
Other Nations blog – “Pony rides: Service…or servitude?” Tethered ponies, plodding in circles at a farmers market, spawn a lawsuit when animal activists protest the exploitive abuse. Are the ponies simply “earning their keep”? Do they get to beg off when they don’t feel like schlepping kids around the ring? Is exploitation always abusive? You’ll probably find more questions than answers in this latest blog post.
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.
AT OUR BLOG: “Love it…list it…stuff it? African lion listing open for public comment” – Should African lions be listed under the Endangered Species Act at the same time they’re being hunted by Americans who are importing lion trophies back to the States? That’s the proposal on the table. Learn more and have your say. Click here.
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.”
“Legitimate”? Not in any ethical universe. Scroll down at this, our home page, for more on this fur farm–plus, 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: “No country for old bears.” An elderly bear encroaches on private property at the edge of Yellowstone National Park, within whose boundaries he’s lived without incident the past quarter of a century. But a couple of transgressions prior to that are enough to seal his fate as a repeat offender. “Euthanasia” might not have been the only solution, but it’s the one that was chosen. Here.
The TUSKER Act– Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in their Range (H.R. 5454) will amend the African Elephant Conservation Act to provide for trade sanctions against countries involved in illegal ivory trade. Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR) introduced the bill on Sept. 11, 2014 out of concern for the 40,000 elephants slaughtered in 2013 alone and the many park rangers killed while trying to protect them as well as the funding provided by illegal ivory to criminal and terrorist groups. Please visit our Act! page (look in the menu bar) and get up to speed so you can contact your U.S. House representative.
AT OUR BLOG: “Fur farms: Whom would Jesus skin?” Will Montana approve a new bobcat fur farm? And whom would Jesus skin? (Hey, I’m not the one who dragged him into this!) Find it here.
Montana already has 16 licensed fur farms–that’s 16 TOO MANY! (And now it’s 17 too many.)
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.
Visit our Circus Animal Exploitation page for videos, news articles, and resources (including Animal Welfare Act violations). On April 11 & 12 we delivered clear but gentle messages to circus-goers: Circuses = no fun for animals * Animal-free circuses rock! * Have a heart for circus animals * Boycott circus cruelty. Thanks to everyone ( from child to retired) who came out to advocate for circus 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) (source). 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?
“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