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. ___________________________________________________
4/14/14: “Animal rights activists should have clear notice of the bounds of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” in Verdict: Legal analysis and commentary from Justia – find it on our AETA page under ‘issues’ in the menu bar. ________________________________________________________________
A real live rabbit for Easter? Bad idea! Did you know that bunnies are the third most-surrendered animal in humane shelters? That most Easter rabbits are relinquished to shelters or abandoned within the year? That “many shelters euthanize rabbits in percentages as high as 80-90% of incoming rabbits”? (See our 2013 blog post, “Rabbit ranching: pat the bunny, whack the bunny” for lots o’ wascally wabbit info.) Click here for a 30-second public service announcement from Rabbitron on why bunnies don’t make good Easter gifts–just in case you have to convince a friend, co-worker, or relative to forego the live rabbit this year. ________________________________________________________________
*** 4/13: Find a brief, Shrine Circus outreach summary on our Facebook page… Fri. & Sat., April 11 & 12 * Please join us to deliver kind and gentle messages to circus-goers: Circuses = no fun for animals * Animal-free circuses rock! * Have a heart for circus animals * Boycott circus cruelty… Find all the details here! __________________________________________________________
NEW AT OUR BLOG: “Someone else’s trash: Rez dogs saved; rez dogs lost.” A year after their rescue, “dumpster puppies” and their guardians enjoy a reunion. This prompts an examination of the issues that lead to out-of-control dog populations on reservations and how people and groups both tribal and non-tribal are attempting to address the problem. Find it here. _______________________________________________________________
Cook County, IL follows Chicago’s lead and passes a suburban puppy mill ban! Check out our puppy mills page under “issues” in the menu bar. _______________________________________________________________
At our blog: “A tar sands skirmish for human & animal rights” - When the “megaloads” came rolling through our neck of the woods recently on their way to Alberta’s tar sands energy project, climate activists and tribal people showed up at midnight to obstruct the behemoth transport of industrial equipment. Is tar sands development an animal rights issue? We make the case that it is, and enlist the help of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to do it. It’s at our blog. ________________________________________________________________
Visit our Act! page for details on proposed legislation requiring citizen input. Remember that while government represents us– “the people” (well…ideally, anyhow)– compassionate, justice-seeking humans must represent the other animal nations…they NEED our voices! Please advise your senators and representatives on your preferences regarding horse slaughter, cosmetics testing, and more. __________________________________________________________
Please call your senators and ask them to vote against S. 1996, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014. It’s BAD for animals, BAD for public lands, BAD for scavengers who suffer poisoning from lead bullets, BAD for polar bears…you get the picture…it’s BAD. Find all the details at our Act! page. ________________________________________________________________
AT OUR BLOG: “Of bison and betrayal” – Why are pregnant bison (carrying fetal calves just weeks away from birth) being targeted by hunters? Why is the next generation of Yellowstone’s wild bison being discarded with the internal organs of their mothers? Read more here. ________________________________________
“King-size coyote fur comforter: Price vs. cost” From Killing Coyotes 101: “Don’t be squeamish about killing juvenile coyotes,” advises the text beneath a photo of a grown man grinning over a dead pup. “They will be practicing their hunting skills on your turkey poults, deer fawns, pigglets [sic] and livestock if you let them. so [sic] kill them when you can.” Read on at our blog. __________________________________________________________ I-169 is a 2014 citizen-driven ballot initiative to eliminate trapping on Montana’s public lands; visit Trap Free Montana Public Lands to learn more and to volunteer. Signature gatherers are currently needed. _______________________________________________________________ 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