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DEATH. TAXES. FACEBOOK: Some things are just inevitable. Now that we’ve made the leap, please “like” us.
The TUSKER Act was reintroduced into the 114th Congress on Earth Day!
Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants in their Range (TUSKER) Act — H.R. 5454, to amend the African Elephant Conservation Act to provide for trade sanctions against countries involved in illegal ivory trade. Visit the Other Nations Act! page (find it in the menu bar) to learn more.
As the death toll climbs in Nepal, our hearts go out to survivors both human and nonhuman. Many reliable (vetted) charities are providing humanitarian aid…and here are some helping our nonhuman brothers and sisters:
*International Disaster Relief Fund of the Humane Society International
*Animal Nepal (on Facebook); the website accepts PayPal donations and includes info for tax-deductible U.S. donations made thru Help Animals India.
NEW 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.
4/15/15: San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes to ban wild & exotic performing animal acts! The vote was unanimous–but a final vote is still to come (article here). Momentum is growing… remember to support the federal Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. Details on the Other Nations Act! page–look for it in the menu bar.
Missoula, Montana Shrine Circus outreach 2015
We stood up for circus animals (and stood up to fierce winds!) on Fri. & Sat., April 10 & 11! An AWESOME group of activists gathered for each of 5 performances–from 6 years old to 60-plus!!! 22 different individuals showed up 53 times spread out over all performances. KECI Missoula covered our effort–find it on the Other Nations FB page. The story of this year’s outreach is here, at “Shrine circus 2015: ‘Turn & stand’ for animals.” MANY THANKS to everyone who showed up to respectfully say, “Circuses are no fun for animals!” Visit the circus animal exploitation page…here.
New at the Other Nations blog: “Two animal rescues: 33 happy homecomings and one heartbreaker” – Get ready for the biggest lion airlift ever! South American circus lions are confiscated after bans are instituted, and the lions are coming home to the U.S.! Temper that joy with the story of little Kwan, a Taiwanese sun bear whose rescue came too late. Find it here.
Changes in wild bison management in the Yellowstone ecosystem are on the horizon: story is here (3/13/15). Stop the slaughter and let ‘em roam on designated habitat! Public comment period will open soon…find info 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.
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)
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.
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.
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