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“University of Montana faculty: SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH HAS TRACK RECORD OF FAILURE” (article): The University of Montana (Missoula) has proposed building a $4 million porcine research lab where pigs will be inflicted with devastating spinal cord injuries. Don’t miss today’s excellent article quoting a philosopher of science who reviewed spinal cord research and asks, “…why are we investing in research that has a 50-year track record of failure?” Especially if you are a Montanan, please read today’s article (and scroll down a couple of items on this home page for a more) and weigh in:
UM President Sheila Stearns: (406) 243-2311, firstname.lastname@example.org -and-
Scott Whittenburg, VP for Research: email@example.com
NEW AT THE OTHER NATIONS FACEBOOK PAGE: Another western MT abused/neglected dog seizure; Thailand’s Tiger Temple returns??? Snorkeler checked out by great white shark; giraffe zoo birth; truth behind the ‘cage-free egg’ label. Albatross, aged 66, is a mom (again). Young woman stands up for dog being dragged behind scooter. A newborn male calf, discarded by a dairy farmer, is rescued. Check it out here.
TOM REGAN, Nov. 28, 1938-Feb. 17, 2017
The world and the animals and we, their allies, have lost a guiding light in philosopher Tom Regan. He was 78. He is the author of “The Case for Animal Rights.” Said Tom:
“Advocacy is a lifetime commitment. …The most important thing I have to say to any animal rights activist today is that you need to be an animal rights activist tomorrow. And the next day. And the next…” http://tomregan.info/
“The Endangered Species Act may be heading for the ‘threatened’ list. This hearing confirms it”: Washington Post, 2/15/17. With the 6th mass extinction looming, we NEED the ESA! See also “Why Trump’s presidency could be an extinction-level event for some species,” here.
The proposed pig research lab at the University of Montana is not a done deal yet. (Latest details here.) Although animal research still involves big $$$, vivisection had its heyday in centuries past. Science has advanced new research tools and new understanding of animals’ lives; ethics have advanced understanding of our moral obligation to animals; and opinion polls show the public is increasingly opposed to animal research. Read an opinion piece signed by 28 UM staff & faculty opposing the lab, then please weigh in, Montanans especially: President Sheila Stearns: (406) 243-2311, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Whittenburg, VP for Research: email@example.com *Petition here*
MONTANA’S 2016-17 WOLF SLAUGHTER
2/24/17: Projectile: 150 Trap: 82 Total: 232
Archery – 9/3–9/14/16; Rifle – 9/15/16–3/15/17;
Trapping – 12/15/16–2/28/17
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 (Wyoming Untrapped); here; here; and here–the latter three each dealing with different kinds of traps. To see how trappers set & hide their evil weapons (no graphic images–no wolves shown at all), click here. (NRDC photo)
SORING RULE ON HOLD: Just 11 days after we celebrated the Obama administration’s final rule to protect Tennessee walking horses and other show horses from cruel and abusive soring (mutilation of their legs), the Trump administration has put that rule on hold (article here and here) for ‘review.’ The USDA is the enforcer of the Horse Protection Act; you can still find the USDA’s news release on the rule here (it may disappear at any time). If you missed it, the importance of this rule was outlined here. A full explanation of soring–with photos and videos–is in my Sept. 2012 post, “The Big Lick: Horse abuse for fame and fortune,” here.
RIP TILIKUM 1981-2017
Tilikum, a slave of SeaWorld for 25 years, has died. Grief, sad relief, anger… so many emotions result from this news.
The orca pictured at left is not Tilikum –that’s a wild orca with dorsal fin standing straight and strong. Rather than picture Tilikum the slave with his collapsed dorsal fin in SeaWorld’s tainted water, I chose an orca who represents what ALL marine mammals should be–wild & free. To read a response from Capt. Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd) to SeaWorld’s announcement of Tilikum’s death, click here. #RIPTilikum #blackfish #emptythetanks
Dec. 13th: NATIONAL DAY OF THE HORSE – …established by Congress in 2004 to observe the “contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States.” (Read the full proclamation here.) Horses are still exploited for ego and/or profit–racing & rodeo industries, slaughter industry, dressage, warfare, and more. Pictured left: the wild horses of Montana’s Pryor Mountains. Click here for a beautiful wild horse video shot in the Pryors.
NO PIG RESEARCH LAB: The University of Montana has revealed that it’s in discussions regarding the opening of a porcine research lab and officials “are actively recruiting a researcher with experience in spinal cord injuries to head the Neural Injury Center in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences” (article). A word about pigs: Pigs lead complex social lives and show empathy. They’re cognitively complex (smarter than dogs and 3-year-old humans) although–let’s be clear–intelligence is not a litmus test for mercy; sentience is the only criterion that matters. If UM goes forward with this plan, sentient individuals will be inflicted with spinal cord injuries at the Neural Injury Center at UM. Currently–and appropriately–the center “is focused more on human research, such as work with veterans.” Petition here.
It’s WORLD VEGAN DAY on Nov. 1st! Enjoy funny vegan memes here and here. Need help going vegan? Check out the gradual approach, here; and here’s the ‘all-in’ approach! Need help kick-starting your motivation? Rent “Earthlings” to view online for just a few bucks…here.
YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS PHOTO TO BELIEVE IT: Here’s what “ghost gear” (lost, discarded, abandoned fishing line & equipment) in the oceans has wrought. If one picture says a thousand words, this picture says a thousand heartbreaking words. Don’t miss it–its impact is stunning. It’s posted at the Other Nations Facebook page, but you can access the photo and article at their source here.
8/14/16: MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL – “Time to pass puppy mill laws” –here. THANK YOU to the Missoulian for taking a stand on regulatory oversight of puppy mills! One thing they got wrong: crediting the American Kennel Club (AKC) for promoting “core values” that protect the health & well-being of dogs. AKC actively works AGAINST puppy mill legislation in state legislatures and has done so here in Montana. A section on AKC is included along with updated puppy mill items in Montana and elsewhere at the Other Nations puppy mills page. ________________________________________________________
“Since when does terrorizing farm animals amount to a fair event? Substitute your cat or your dog for the pig and you get the idea of what the statute is for.” ~Prosecuting Attorney, Allen County, Indiana, speaking of the state’s animal cruelty statute as it applied to pig wrestling
The team pig wrestling event was cancelled at the Allen County Fair last week in Fort Wayne, IN. Find the full story here; for more on pig wrestling around the country, visit the Other Nations pig wrestling page.
IT’S OFFICIAL! As of July 1st, 2016, Missoula, Montana’s ordinance banning wild/exotic animal performances is effective! Passed last September (article here), enactment was delayed as a concession to the Shriners who’d already contracted with the Jordan World Circus. Missoula leads the way as the first city in Montana to take a stand against performing animal slavery. KUDOS!
THE OTHER NATIONS BLOG: “Save a hog, eat a teacher: Challenging animal agriculture” – A guest opinion column in our local paper drew vociferous ire and fire from ag students and industry people when someone (ahem!) challenged the status quo. Find it here.
The proposed Fraser fur farm for Montana has been approved for licensing. Find all the details at our Facebook pagepost. 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.
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 theOther Nations blog.
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
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Click here for more of his thoughts on social justice for ALL sentient beings.