Dec 2010


  • Holiday greetings
  • Montana’s low grade for trapping regulations
  • Truth in Fur Labeling – a success
  • Other Nations says thanks to Chicago
  • Humor, other nations-style
  • About our name

Happy Solstice, animal advocates; and, today, the return of the light!

And as the light increases, it falls to us–the ones who care–to increase the enlightenment. To be sure, our work is cut out for us, but Other Nations has the power to unite our individual voices into a powerful chorus for animals. Please help in this endeavor by passing this newsletter along to others. They can then sign up to receive ON news by contacting ON at (Modwest in Missoula provides our secure web-based mail.)

We’ll need to stand strong and united during the upcoming Montana legislative session. Sen. Greg Hinkle (R-Thompson Falls) has called for a redoubled war on predators in a guest editorial today, singling out wolves (“vermin”), coyotes, grizzlies, black bears, lions, and foxes, and wringing his hands over a perceived decrease in lethal predator control, when USDA’s Wildlife Services killed 81,711 coyotes in 2009!

Domestic animals have had their ups and downs too, especially with the sudden closing of an area farm that harbored them. Many wonderful humans have stepped forward to assist, adopt, and contribute; to count yourself among them, read today’s good news article.

As 2010 draws to a close, Other Nations wishes for Peace on Earth, Peace toward the Earth, and Goodwill to All Creatures.


Montana gets graded on trapping regs
Born Free USA (read their mission here) has issued a State Trapping Report Card based on “trapping regulations that have the greatest impact on animal welfare, wildlife conservation and public safety.” Montana received a D minus, one criterion away from a perfect F like Texas and Alaska. Only one state in the lot of 50 received an A (A minus, actually)–can you guess which one?

Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2010 now law
President Obama signed H.R. 2480 into law on Dec. 18th, closing a loophole that allowed fur trim on garments costing less than $150 to go unlabeled. Read the details and text of the bill here. Humane Society (HSUS) investigations have found garments with real fur (coyote, raccoon dog, etc.) labeled as faux or not labeled at all. Click here for a video on how consumers have been duped. This is an important success, considering that fur (faux? real?) is appearing everywhere this season, and the fur industry is attempting to blur the distinction between fake and the real–cruel–thing.

Thank you, Chicago!
The Windy City is also the Compassionate City where one Canis latrans is concerned. An ice-encrusted, hypothermic coyote was adrift on a tiny piece of ice floating in frigid Lake Michigan on Friday, Dec. 17th, when a dramatic water rescue was mounted by city fire department and animal control personnel. The lucky song dog is recuperating and will be returned to the wild. Watch a brief ABC newscast of the rescue here. Compare this to Montana’s treatment of coyotes as “varmints” and predators who can be trapped, shot, and killed year-round.

Dogs ‘n’ snow–ho ho ho!

Other Nations- our name
We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.
~Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928