March 2012

OTHER NATIONS VOICES

“…living by voices we shall never hear.”

In this issue:

  • Guns N’ Poses: Altruism gone awry (blog)
  • Readin’, writin’, and artificial insemination (blog)
  • Attention, wise & wascally wabbit advocates!
  • Take it to the Max: Great Ape Protection Act
  • Every 12 seconds: Out of sight, out of mind
  • Indiana coyotes lose a friend
  • RMEF: We don’t need no stinkin’ coyotes
  • The tail end: Wag it!

Guns N’ Poses: Altruism gone awry
It’s been hard to miss the spectacle: The Donald’s two sons and a whole passel of dead African animals. A short video of trophy still shots includes one Son of a Trump holding a knife and an elephant’s tail. Read more at our blog.

Readin’, writin’, and artificial insemination
“Bodily integrity” is a concept that never applies to animals in a human-dominated world, but this–total manipulation of one’s reproductive system–goes far beyond the crude confinement of factory farms and into a brave new realm of intimately aggressive management. High school ag-ed students say they want to feed the planet–so why don’t their teachers give them the real tools to do just that? It’s at our blog.

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Here comes Peter Cottontail…not!
You’re savvy enough to know that rabbits don’t make good Easter gifts. Just like a cat or dog, they can be a 10 year commitment. They have specific needs. They aren’t toys. YOU know that, but if you need good, clear arguments to dissuade your misguided co-worker, neighbor, or relative–the one who has confided that he/she is going to surprise the kids with a bunny on Easter morning–look to Rabbitron. Learn why the Easter rabbit whim is a bad idea (view the list of reasons commonly given when rabbits are discarded at shelters), and also learn why rabbits ARE great house companions for those who’ve put adequate thought and preparation into their adoption. View a 30-second public service announcement from Rabbitron here; visit Rabbitron on Facebook.

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Take it to the Max–or whoever your senator is! (EASY ACTIVISM!)
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S.810) is a bill “to prohibit the conducting of invasive research on great apes…” Click here to view the actual bill–it’s clearly written and laid out point-by-point. S.810 was introduced 11 months ago and was scheduled for a committee hearing 3/13/12, but that hearing was postponed. Many thanks to those of you who already responded to an Other Nations alert and contacted Montana Sen. Max Baucus, who sits on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works-Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife. Montanans who haven’t yet called and those of you reading elsewhere around the country can check with the National Anti-Vivisection Society to see if your senator is on the committee and give him/her a quick call asking that he/she support S.810. Phone numbers are provided. It’ll take one minute of your time to make that call, but it could save chimpanzees from a lifetime of suffering.

Learn more: Animals in scientific research, The ethical argument; and Why scientists defend animal research.

Every 12 seconds: Out of sight, out of mind
Grabbing hamburger from the mart is just so easy–nothing but saran wrap, styrofoam, and beef. What is there to “see” but tonight’s supper in its uncooked form? That’s the problem, says a new book, Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, by Timothy Pachirat. The title reference–12 seconds–”is the frequency with which the Omaha slaughterhouse where Pachirat worked for five months killed cattle, a total of around 2,500 per day” (The Human Cost of Animal Suffering). 

But the slaughter industry distances and hides the uncomfortable realities from view and normalizes violence. According to the author, ”What I really want to get across is that there’s absolutely something that happens in the act of taking another life. The current industrialized meat model allows people to eat meat without confronting that something. I believe that is deeply problematic.” Listen in on an interview with him and check out a related post from the Food Integrity Campaign.

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Coyotes lose a friend in Indiana
Belated word came that CeAnn Lambert, director of Indiana Coyote Rescue Center, died from a recurrence of cancer in 2011. From a tribute by the author of God’s Dog:

CeAnn’s energy and dedication to the coyote was unlimited, and her on-site animals provided her with insights unmatched by anybody I know. And how she loved and understood each coyote that was delivered to her care. Each of these un-releasable animals was respected and treated by her as the individual being that each was born to be and its individual needs were met to the best of her ability to do so.

Indiana Coyote Rescue Center continues pursuing the means to attain USDA licensing for the facility. If you have resources to offer, contact them at indianacoyote@gmail.com. Though their website hasn’t been updated lately, it contains great coyote resources.

Coyotes? We don’t need no stinkin’ coyotes
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (Missoula, MT) is co-sponsoring a predator killing contest in Utah, according to the Utah Environmental Congress Facebook page: “Stewart’s Market in Roosevelt, Utah is once again co-sponsoring a coyote-killing contest (actually this year they’re calling it a “predator contest” and not specifying which predators, but their poster shows a picture of a coyote). The other sponsors are the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. …”

According to an AP article,  ”More wolves will simply mean a need for more management, said David Allen, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a nationwide group with 185,000 members. To keep wolf populations controlled, he said, states will have to hold hunts, shoot wolves from the air and gas their dens. … ‘Natural balance is a Walt Disney movie,’ he said. ‘It isn’t real.’ “

This is the same RMEF that participated in Southgate Mall’s Kids Fair last Saturday. According to the Missoulian, RMEF “enticed flocks of children with a hands-on opportunity to shoot pellet guns at paper targets, housed safely inside an inflatable shooting range. ‘We’re spreading a message of firearm safety for kids and also spreading the word that hunting is conservation,’ ” explained a volunteer. The article goes on to mention a five-year-old who was “thrilled” because she got to shoot a “real gun.”

RMEF has adopted increasingly extreme positions not shared by many others–including other hunters, wildlife professionals, animal advocates, and anyone who cares about fully-functioning, intact ecosystems. Bottom line, a message about killing animals delivered by a group at the forefront of predator persecution is simply inappropriate at an event like the Kids Fair.

The tail end: Wag it!

END QUOTE: “…people can agree on the same objectives for different reasons: A secular philosopher like Peter Singer can oppose factory farming because it’s unethical by his theories of justice. An environmentalist can oppose factory farming because it’s reckless stewardship. A conservative can oppose factory farming because it is destructive to small farmers and to the decent ethic of husbandry those farmers live by. A religious person can oppose factory farming because it is degrading to both man and animal — an offense to God. The point is to end the cruelty. And we shouldn’t let secondary differences interfere with primary obligations.” ~Matthew Scully, author of Dominion, in an interview with National Review Online