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.
MONTANANS: Make your voice heard on bills that concern animals: Ag-gag, animal fighting, and hunting/trapping. Click here.
YES!!! Ringling Brothers to phase out elephant acts by 2018! “Things have changed. How does a business be successful? By adapting.” ~Feld Entertainment. …story here & here. PBS Newshour segment here.
BY MARCH 10th: What can YOU do to help save thousands of lab animal lives? Go to the Other Nations Act! page and send the EPA a simple comment regarding the toxicity testing of pesticides on animals. EPA is considering establishing and implementing alternatives for toxicity testing–please send your encouragement today!
MT LEGISLATURE TAKES UP DOG FIGHTING …again…and you need to make a call! Dog fighting is a felony in ALL 50 states, but in only ONE is it legal to attend a felony dog fight. Care to guess which one?!? The latest *bipartisan* bill to close the loophole and make attendance illegal has passed (!) the House Agriculture Committee and is on its way to the full House. To learn why ANYone would vote against this common sense bill, see my post from the 2013 legislature–it includes an update with current info. “Spectating at dog fights: Still legal thanks to…rodeo?” Find it 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, ‘K? 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.
NEW 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)
In a Chicago courtroom on 2/19/15: A challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and the defense of two men accused of freeing minks from fur farms–and charged as terrorists. See “Non-violent terrorism?” by The Center for Constitutional Rights at the Other Nations AETA page (under ‘issues’ in the menu bar). Quote from article: “Had Lang and Johnson been accused of stealing mink coats to sell for their own profit, does anyone believe they would be facing terrorism charges?” Find a website of support for the defendants here.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ASHEVILLE, NC for leading the way to a more just & compassionate 21st century! “Policy change at US Cellular Center bans circus for animal welfare,” here. WHO’S NEXT?!?
CAN’T SHOP ‘TIL THEY DROP: The nation’s soon-to-be largest shopping mall on Colorado’s front range will displace a huge colony of more than 1000 socially-complex prairie dogs. Is speciesism + capitalism unstoppable? When does sentient, nonhuman life MATTER??? Article and advocacy (includes petition, website, video, etc.). UPDATE: Click. Update includes phone & email for the developer & construction company.
HERE’S WHAT YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK IS HIDING from the millions of tourists who come to see wild bison herds–and from the taxpayers who invest in our national parks. If you want/need to DO something after viewing this gut-wrenching video (see video screen directly below), click here. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST UPDATE!
Other Nations 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.
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.
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: “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: “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). 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