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MISSOULA CITY COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE BANNING WILD/EXOTIC ANIMAL ACTS! Eight of the 12 councilors said “no” to wild/exotic animals in traveling menageries, in big cat exhibitions, in circuses, in elephant ride sales, in magic shows, and in all the myriad ways that animals are exploited for profit. The preliminary vote occurred on Monday, 8/24; the final vote will occur on Monday, 9/14.
Kudos to the Missoula citizens who drafted and proposed the ordinance…to everyone who supported it…and to everyone who has engaged in civil and respectful circus outreach over the years leading up to this point. “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” ~Theodore Parker, 1853
Click here to read the Missoulian’s 8/25 article on the city council meeting; click here to see what the ordinance will and won’t prohibit. Visit the Other Nations circus animal exploitation page to learn more about this issue.
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!
NEW 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.
- NEW: Turkey bans cosmetics testing on animals! Here.
- NEW: Austin, TX bans the bullhook! Here.
- Idaho’s free-speech-busting ag-gag law was struck down–this law was enacted by the ID legislature after Mercy for Animals’ undercover video revealed what really goes on in the dairy industry.
- Big airlines–Delta, American, United–refuse to transport animal trophies in the aftermath of Cecil the lion’s brutal death in Africa…here and 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.
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)
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: “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