Welcome to Other Nations…offering information, inspiration, and support for human beings working to end speciesism.
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Are zoos educational? Not so much, says new research. “A newly published paper in academic journal, Conservation Biology … found that, of over 2,800 children surveyed following visits to London Zoo, the majority demonstrated no positive learning outcomes at all. Indeed, many children were deemed to show not just a lack of learning, but a negative learning outcome.” Full details here.
Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) to poisons that kill beyond their intended victims. But no sentient being should die in such a terrible manner. Click here for a cute clay-mation video with a serious message.
It’s that time again…
MONTANA’S 2014-15 WOLF SLAUGHTER TALLY
9/28/14: Projectile: 13 Trap: Total: 13
Archery – 9/6–9/14/14; Rifle – 9/15/14–3/15/15;
Trapping – 12/15/14–2/28/15
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.
NEW AT OUR BLOG: “Wilderness is an animal rights issue”
“I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness…I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization… what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World.” ~Henry David Thoreau, from the essay, “Walking” (1862)
Triumphs and tragedies…as we celebrate the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary. Find it here.
Bob Barker speaks out for pigeons and against barbaric live pigeon shoots in this 30-second ad.
AT OUR BLOG: “Stop a depraved ‘predator derby’ on your public land” - Q: What do coyotes, skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons, starlings, and grey wolves in Idaho have in common? A: An arsenal of bullets heading their way. What can you do? Read on. If you missed the August 18 deadline to submit a comment, read on anyhow…you’ll have another chance when the Environmental Assessment is issued. This sick “competition” is slated for OUR public lands.
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!
Senate committee advances primate “pet” bill – Charla Nash, the woman who underwent a face transplant after a horrifying chimpanzee attack, testified before Congress for the Captive Primate Safety Act, convincing the senators to advance the bill. Article here. It will take considerably less time and courage for you and me to support this act…visit our Act! page to get ‘er done. More on this case can be found in the current and previous Other Nations newsletters. Please contact your senators SOON!
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??? Please visit our Act! page to find proposed legislation that resonates with you…then contact your legislators. You’ll find the low-down on bills like the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (circus ban–good!), the Humane Cosmetics Act (good!), the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (good!)…and more. Additional links will 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!
At our blog: “A (trophy animal) picture is worth a thousand (angry, violent) words.” See the egotistical woman perched on the body of her giraffe “trophy.” We question if the anger, violence, and sexism expressed in the abundant comments posted to the photo help animals–or anyone, for that matter, including the commenters. It’s at our blog.
MONTANA’S 2013-2014 WOLF SLAUGHTER TALLY: Projectile: 144; Trap: 86; TOTAL: 230 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) Can you open a trap to release your dog??? Check out the linked resources in our Nov. 2012 newsletter. BE PREPARED TO SAVE YOUR DOG! _______________________________________________________________
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).
“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