Monday, June 30, 2008

New Jersey. Bear Hunt. December 2005. Activists Arrested. Appeal Lost. Terry Fritges, Ali Kazemian, and Angi Metler. NJARA.

I am reproducing a bulletin from the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance concerning a recent decision by the NJ Appellate Division to uphold a lower court's decision against three animal rights activists. This is a disappoinment but the decision does not derogate the dedication, the courage and the heroism of the activists. The world is a better place because of people like Terry Fritges, Ali Kazemian, and Angi Metler. I wish you all the best, and my heart goes out to you. In the end, the NJ Appellate Court decided that the 2005 bear hunt was illegal. Thank you for your service.


As you may know from media sources (see article below), on June 20th, the NJ Appellate Division upheld the municipal convictions against three activists arrested on the third day of New Jersey's black bear hunt in December 2005.

Terry Fritzges, Ali Kazemian, Angi Metler and Janet Piszar were arrested in Wawayanda State Park, Vernon, on December 7, 2005, on various charges. They were found guilty by the municipal court on most counts, including hunter harrassment. Ali, Angi and Janet moved forward with an appeal and were represented by Gina Calogero on the basis that there was no physical interference with the hunters or hunt, that their presence in the woods was legal and all dialogue which took place constituted free speech. Calogero also argued that the undercover ranger, who declared "he was a hunter first" should not have been held credible due to his pro-hunting views, and that additional hard evidence collected in their defense should not have been denied admission into court. The video-footage allowed to be shown in court proved the hunters and the "undercover" ranger lied under oath, yet the judge accepted their testimony as credible.

And, unbelievable, the Appellate Court agreed with the lower court.

After conferring with their attorney, Janet, Ali and Angi have decided not to pursue further legal action --- fines will be paid by the activists and Angi Metler's 2-day jail time in Sussex County jail begins on Tuesday July 1. Additionally, after that, there will be 8 days of supervised community service (Sheriff's Labor Assistant Program) that Angi will be forced to do.We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has been supportive, both financially and otherwise, of the activists. It is VERY much appreciated. Please take a few moments to send a letter to the editor of your local paper. The only way we can get our side out there is to write letters. If you need contact info for your paper, visit:

Background: The activists were in the woods to gather information about the 2005 bear hunt. Video was taken and recorded over several days. Wounded bears, blood trails and more were documented. It became apparent that the hunters did not want them in the woods to document this slaughter. They complained bitterly to Wawayanda Park Rangers, but were told the activists had every right to be in the woods. That was until Ranger Sanford got involved. With his, "I am a hunter first attitude," he went "undercover" and lied under oath to get the activists convicted.

In September 2007, the 2005 bear hunt was eventually declared illegal when the NJ Appellate Division ruled in favor of New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance and the BEAR Group in our lawsuit against the state. The court decided that the NJ Fish and Game Council violated rules and regulations in formulating their hunt plan, meaning that there was in fact, no bear hunt plan at all.

So, the state held an illegal hunt, killing over 300 bears yet no one is held accountable.

Activists who were in the woods to document the killing, were set up and arrested, fined and given jail time.-------------

New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA)PO Box 174Englishtown, NJ 07726732-446-6808 New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance is NJ's only statewide animal rights organization. NJARA has been advancing the rights of animals for 25 years through advocacy, public education and legislation. Visit us at

Quezon City. Philippines. City Dog Pound Inauguarated. PAWS. April, 2007.

Believe it or not, a major city in the Philippines, perhaps the second largest city after Manila, Quezon City, did not have a centralized city pound until a new one was inaugurated on April 29, 2007. Approximately 2.69 million people reside in Quezon City together with approximately 200,000 dogs of which a third are strays. Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) worked tirelessly and constantly with Quezon City Mayor's office to make the pound a reality. Formerly, stray dogs were kept by the local barangay government until they were claimed by the owners. The barangay has no equivalent in the American government system. It is lower than the city government and represents the basic unit of government because it operates at the neighborhood level. The dogs kept by the barangays have been known to end up in the dog meat market since the barangay officials are only too glad to give them up for a very small fee. They are, after all, not in the dog pound business. So, the opening of a city pound takes a bite out of the dog meat trade. The stray dogs now have a place to go, and hopefully get adopted from there. Quezon City, by the way, is considered the largest source of stray dogs that end up in the dog meat trade. Without the vision and hard work of PAWS, this step in the right direction would never have been taken. It's an important step forward for animal welfare in the Philippines. Here is a couple of videos taken during the inauguration ceremony:

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Farm Sanctuary. Midwest Flooding. Animal Rescue. June 2008.

Farm Sanctuary is on the ground in the midwest, doing their best to save stranded farm animals from drowning in the flood waters. Outstanding people they are. Follow this link to learn more:

Kate and Gin. Animal Act. Border Collie.

Okay, here's an animal act that I don't have objections to. It is obvious that this is a loving relationship between human and animal. This dog is definitely talented.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jamie Oliver. Animal Cruelty. Suffocates Chicks for Publicity.

Some things are best kept off the air unless it helps the cause. In this case, the only cause helped is Jamie Oliver's publicity and that of his cooking show. Nevermind the needless loss of animal life, as Oliver had obviously decided, for as long as he can employ a shock factor to boost his show's publicity. Whether you know or not that male chicks are eliminated in the egg-producing business is beside the point. The point is that Oliver did not have to gather male chicks, show his audience how nice and cudly they were, asked his audience to pick them off the table and send them to him, then suffocated them to death on television, just to illustrate a point. The show's in-studio audience, as well as the general viewing public, can learn about this sad fact of the egg-producing business by simply telling them. You can see from the facial expressions of the audience that they did not expect to witness an execution. You can see from their faces that they were hoping it wasn't so, and they did not enjoy this spectacle. This guy, Oliver, is lucky that no one yet has sued him for emotional stress. One should not spring this kind of thing on an unsuspecting audience, or on anyone for that matter. I can see that Jamie Oliver wanted to say, essentially, that " Hey, this shit happens. Here it is and just deal with it. It's for your own benefit."

Well, so are gynecological exams but why put it on television!?

Tell me, honestly, Mr. Oliver, it wasn't to expose the horror of animal cruelty was it? It wasn't for us to know where our food comes from, hmmm? It's all about boosting your ratings, getting more publicity. It was about shocking people into talking about your show. Well, we're talking now. I can see you sitting with your producers and saying, " Wow, that's a great idea. Let's do it! " You see, I realized that there was a lot of forethought behind this particular stunt. You had to acquire the chicks, look for and invite the technicians, have the death apparatus delivered and set up, and you even procured a snake to gobble up the chicks. Man, that takes a lot of planning and coordination. More than enough time to reflect on the absurdity of your idea. But, you missed the point because your brain had grown numb from expecting the chorus of ooohs and aaahs from your captive audience ( you did not tell them about the killings before the show ) when you present the cute chicks, and then seeing the shock in their faces when you take their lives. This was not about our source of food. It was about show business. You were crass, insensitive, and cruel.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cindy McCain. Get to Know Her. She's always been Proud of Our Country.

Connecticut. Animal Testing. David Waitzman. University of Connecticut.

Watch this undercover video on what really goes on in laboratories where animals are used for testing:

Here's an excerpt from PETA's appeal for help regarding animals in laboratory testing:

" Did you know that more than 100 million individual animals in North America will be needlessly poisoned, maimed, and killed in laboratories this year? Every day, experimenters subject dogs, cats, monkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and other animals to painful chemical, cosmetics, pesticide, psychology, and food-additive tests...

Meet David Waitzman, an animal experimenter at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Waitzman had a $1.7 million grant from the federal government that funded his cruel research on monkeys. He used the money to drill holes into monkeys' skulls and implant steel coils in their eyeballs over and over again.

Let me share with you a shocking account from an actual cage log of Cornelius, one of the tortured monkeys in Waitzman's experiments. Cornelius suffered from tremors and seizures for more than eight months after Waitzman drilled into his skull, yet Waitzman continued to use Cornelius in experiments in which he was held immobile in a restraint chair and his brain was poked and prodded. On his final day, Cornelius started vomiting and convulsing during an experiment. The convulsions developed into grand mal seizures, and Cornelius died from cardiac arrest.

So many helpless animals like Cornelius—some just babies—are condemned to spend their entire lives in barren metal cages in windowless laboratories. They are force-fed, injected with toxins, and afflicted with painful diseases. Chemicals are sprayed in their eyes and poured down their throats, and electrodes are implanted in their brains. Experimenters cut tissue from animals' bodies without any anesthesia. All the animals are scared, and many die slow, painful deaths, as Cornelius did. "

And here's a quote from a report from the :

" However, on another follow-up visit, the USDA found Waitzman performing a drug injection into the brain of one of his primates that was not listed in the new protocol, even though it was in line with USDA and UConn regulations. Waitzman claimed that he was too distracted by other issues to submit the injection procedure for approval. " I was basically caught with my pants down, there was nothing I could do," he said. "

If you want to help PETA fight against this brand of animal cruelty, you can :

I sent in my donation already!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Antipolo. Philippines. Dog Fighting. Dan Sy Tan Arraigned.

It looks like the noose is getting tighter around the neck of Dan Sy Tan, the alleged but obviously guilty ring leader of a vicious dogfighting ring in the town of Antipolo, Rizal in the Philippines. He was finally arraigned on June 5, 2008 for his crimes, illegal gambling and violating the Philippine Animal Welfare Act of 1998. Caught redhanded by undercover cops posing as spectators, Dan Tan and his business associates face overwhelming evidence. Included in the ring are three Thai nationals who fled the country last year. They are on videotape. There are gate receipts, eye witnesses, veterinary statements, all point to their guilt. These guys made money from the blood of fighting dogs. What a way to make a living! It's been a full year since the night of the raid, but we'll take every bit of victory we can get. I say " We " because I am a member of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) who worked with the police to capture these poor excuses for human beings. PAWS took in the rescued fighting pit bulls and nurtured them back to health and a life away from the ring.

At the present time, the Court has directed that representations be made with the Thailand Embassy to try to locate - Phanuwat Nunthawat, Kittiya Boonyang and Timothy Dharmajiva -Thai citizens who were arrested in the raid (who skipped the country on Holy Thursday 2007.)

This case is of the utmost importance because it will be the very first case in the Philippines against dogfighting and the people who practice it.

Here are my previous posts on this case:

Here is the video on Youtube of the news report and the actual raid from last year:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Man, A Dog, and a Sunset

A Man and his Dog...Maui, Hawaii ( June 08 )

New York City. Demonstration. Manhattan ACC. 110th Street. June 17, 2008.

Message from the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network:

Tonight, June 17, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Manhattan ACC at 326 E. 110th St between 1st and 2nd Avenue.


The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network (BAFN), which in 2 years removed more than 1,200 animals from death's door at NYCACC, is now one of many groups and rescuers who have been indiscriminately suspended from the Center’s New Hope Program*.Five months ago, our group was suspended under the guise of a cruelty case in one of our foster homes. An ASPCA Animal Cruelty Law Officer was called in to investigate. BAFN was COMPLETLEY exonerated. In fact, the ASPCA were shaking their heads! Now FIVE months later, we are still suspended from the program. The vindictiveness of a woman who runs one of the largest municipal kill systems in the country is resulting in countless deaths of homeless companion animals. Are these animals really better off dead, because the new Executive Director is too spiteful to admit that she made a mistake?

Learn how the new Executive Director was hired by the Department of Health, with not a shred of medical or sheltering experience.Read about the resignations of more than 17 top-tier key personnel including 5 veterinarians and the Director of Operations. Learn more about the total lack of regard for the Mayor's No-Kill Mandate.

And Sign the Petition.

*New Hope is a network of over 100 pet rescue, support and adoption agencies in the eastern US who are now associated with AC&C in the process of locating homes for the animals we rescue. Laurie BleierDirector? Shelter Animals aren't Criminals.
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Northen New Jersey. Dogs for Adoption. Tank and Buddy.

Here's a couple of pit bulls who need their forever homes. They have been with us for approximately a couple of months now. They are both playful dogs, and will require some exercising. Well, I think that all pit bulls require a lot of physical activity. Tank walks very nice on a leash, minding himself most of the time. Tank also passed his evaluation test. He's very people-friendly and house-broken. However, Tank should not share a home with a cat. He's also started his agility lessons. The second one is Buddy. He also walks well on a leash and is house-broken. Buddy requires that his forever home doesn't have cats, dogs, or small children. He loves hugs and belly rubs. Both these dogs are very young..

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Maui. Hawaii. My Friends at the Beach.

I don't know what these chicken-like birds are, but they walk most of the time and don't fly. They go from beach chair to each chair, and they are not afriad of humans. Obviously, these birds have been fed by humans before, and they are looking for handouts. People tolerated them. Such a life on a Hawaiian beach resort couldn't be a bad thing at all. Click on the photo for a better look.

Monday, June 09, 2008

From New Jersey to Hawaii, June 2008

I am off to Hawaii for a week, beginning yesterday! It was a long haul from New Jersey, but I finally got here. Here's a photo I took of the " congo line " at Newark International Airport yesterday.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

New York. Belmont Stakes. Belmont Race Course. PETA Demonstration. June 7, 2008.

Okay, let's do it for the horses! Here's an email from PETA regarding a planned demonstration at the Belmont Stakes. I will be on a plane to Hawaii by then, but I hope many of you can make it. More power to you, and I'll join the next one!


I'm writing to remind you about PETA's upcoming demonstration against cruel horse racing practices at the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 7. Thoroughbreds are raced too young and too often on hard dirt-track surfaces and are whipped viciously as they come down the stretch. Most racehorses end up broken down and cast off for someone else to care for or are sent to slaughter.

We need to have a big showing at our demonstration at the Belmont Stakes! We will provide a bus leaving from NYC for those who do not have transportation in addition to breakfast on the way to the demo and a box lunch on the return trip. The bus is leaving Penn Station on Saturday, June 7, at 9:30 a.m. (sharp). Please meet at the North East corner of 8th and 31st. If you need a ride, please RSVP to 757-622-7382, ext. 8729 or via email at

The demonstration details are below for those who do not need transportation.

What: Peaceful demonstration at Belmont Stakes
When: Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Outside the Belmont Race Course, 250 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont

Note: The demo will be on the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Belmont Road (For directions to the track, click here.)

If you have any questions about the demonstration, please contact me at 757-622-7382, ext. 8729. Please let us know that you will join us! Very truly yours, Heather Whidden, Activist Liaison People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New Jersey. Animal Cruelty Laws. Criminal Code. S1516. Senator Loretta Weinberg.

I am cross posting a message I received from the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA):


NJ's Animals Need your Help!

Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen County) has introduced legislation (S1516) to, at long last, put the animal cruelty statutes where they belong - in NJ's criminal code. Right now, NJ's animal cruelty statutes are in the agriculture code.

As a result, judges, prosecutors and police are not trained in these laws or even as familiar with NJ's animal cruelty statutes as they are with other crimes. We now have felony animal cruelty laws yet they are not located in the penal code where all other laws are located.Not only does S1516 put NJ's animal cruelty statutes in the criminal code where they belong, it rewrites them using modern language and strengthens the laws to protect animals. This proposed law is long past due. NJ's animal cruelty statutes have not been substantially revised since the late 1800s!

Putting NJ's animal cruelty statutes in the criminal code and rewriting them in modern language will lead to better and more enforcement.


Senator Lesniak's contact info: Phone: 908-624-0880 Fax: 908-624-0587 Email: You don't need to be a constituent of his to call. This is a statewide issue and you are contacting him as the Chairman of the committee. However, if you are a constituent of his (District 20), please tell his office that. If calling, you can speak with a staffer or leave a voicemail message.

PLEASE CROSS POST!----------------------

Janine Motta, New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA) PO Box 174 Englishtown, NJ 07726732-446-6808 New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance is NJ's only statewide animal rights organization. NJARA has been advancing the rights of animals for 25 years through advocacy, public education and legislation. Visit us at Be Green! Visit and explore a plant-based diet.Emacs!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Philippines. Dogs for Adoption. Philippine Animal Welfare Society.

For those of you in the Philippines, here are three dogs available for adoption. They are currently with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society , and they are ready to go. You can contact them by clicking on the link provided above. The dog with brindled fur is Hiyas. She's a survivor from the dog meat trade, rescued from the jaws of death. I feel that her sweetness just reaches out to you through the photo. The second dog is Jackie. She was rescued from a parking lot with almost no fur on her at the time, exposed to sun and rain and no food. A tough dog, indeed. People are heartless, aren't they? The third one is Missy. She came from a home, but domestic problems forced her out of it. Doesn't that sound very familiar? There are so many scenarios wherein an animal is the ultimate victim. Pick up the phone and schedule a meeting. You can also email PAWS at These dogs need a loving, forever home. Keep in mind that there are many more dogs at PAWS who could be your partner for life.

Burlington, New Jersey. Demonstration Against Bird Paradise. June 21, 2008.

WHAT: Peaceful Demonstration against Bird Paradise
WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
WHERE: Public right of way in front of Bird Paradise, 551 E Rt. 130 S, Burlington, NJ 08016

The New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA) reported that " NJARA sends kudos to ROAR for not letting Bird Paradise squelch their first amendment right when they attempted to stop ROAR's protests. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey beat back a lawsuit from Bird Paradise, that sued ROAR, Mobilization for Animals and the New York Bird Club as well as the City of Burlington, which had approved a previously scheduled protest. "

Every year thousands of birds are bred and sold by one of the largest bird stores in the nation: Bird Paradise. Pet store birds are deprived of their natural environment and often imprisoned in cages. Even the most well intentioned person cannot provide for the needs of any bird. Bird Paradise brags about having thousands of birds for sale. On their own Web site, they claim they are the "World's Largest Bird Store". Let's tell them that profiting from the exploitation of birds is not something to be proud of.

To see video of actual bird mills, visit

Signs and leaflets are provided. Parking is available on the side streets next to Bird Paradise. Please do not drive/walk through Bird Paradise's parking lot or grass lot. Contact: or visit for more information.

If you cannot attend the demonstration, but would still like to help birds, please take a minute to send an email to the local papers. Ask them to cover the demo and feel free to add your thoughts about keeping birds in captivity, profiting from breeding, etc...

Courier Post: cpmetro@courierpostonline.comBurlington County Times (follow link to fill out feeback form):

Buffalo. New York. Pit Bull Saves Woman from Samurai-wielding Boyfriend.

Here's a story for those dyed-in-the-wool pit bull haters:

I am glad that some journalists also cover stories that present pit bulls in a good light. I bet you there are more good news about the pit bull than there are bad ones. However, the media loves reporting on tragic and gruesome news and the pit bull has proven to be their preferred font to satisfy their lust for the sensational. I tell ya, when a German Shepherd or a Doberman mauls someone, it's bad news. But if a pit bull does it, it's beastly and terrible news, requiring the banning of the entire breed! Whenever there is a problem with a dog, any dog, look at the other end of the lease. That's where the problem is.

Monday, June 02, 2008

New York City. Horse-Drawn Carriages. Animal Cruelty.

Some of you may not know that a bill was introduced by NYC Council Member Tony Avella to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Great. Everytime I am around the Central Park area, I see these horses mix it up with vehicular traffic and they don't seem to get enough warmth in the winter and enough shade in the summer. Has anybody ever figure out how heavy the carriage is plus four passengers and a driver? And you've got one horse to pull all that weight in harsh weather? Yeah,'s romantic and a throwback to the genteel ways of the victorian era. However, if you need a carriage ride to fall in love with each other, then maybe you need to consider your options. Like, look for another partner! Get a cab, and leave the horses alone. I do remember a report in the news about a carriage owner bribing an inspector to look away during an inspection of the stables. The horses are not kept in barns but in cramp stalls in an old building on the west side. Unfortunately for the carriage owner, the inspector turned out to be an under cover cop.

Film maker Donald Moss put together " Blinders. " This is a critical look at this supposedly cherished NYC tradition. It's 52 minutes long. There's a trailer on YouTube:

There's a showing on Friday, June 6, 7:00pm in New Brunswick, New Jersey:

Rutgers University Scott Hall #12343 College Avenue (Near the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street), College Avenue Campus

Admission:$10=General; $9=Students+Seniors; $8=Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.All films are subject to change. Call our information number (below) the week of the show to confirm titles.Tickets are available on a "first-come-first-served" basis only and can be purchased at the door beginning a half-hour before the start time.

Directions:Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9 and then take Route 18N (New Brunswick direction) and go for 2-1/2 miles to the Rutgers University/George Street exit (immediately after the Route 27S exit; don't take the earlier George Street exit) and make a left at the light at the end of the exit ramp onto George Street, then go to the next light and make a right onto Hamilton Street, then go to the next light and make a right onto College Avenue. Almost immediately on your right hand side there is an University Parking Lot (#9) which is made available for our patrons to park in. Scott Hall is adjacent to the parking lot on the right. Patrons can also park in Rutgers Lots #1 (next to Kirkpatrick Chapel) and #16 (next to Murray Hall).

Information: Rutgers Film Co-Op/New Jersey Media Arts CenterRutgers University Program in Cinema Studies72 Lipman Drive (#018 Loree Hall - Douglass Campus)New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901-8525 U.S.A.(732) 932-8482 phone; (732) 932-1935 fax; e-mail; Web Site:
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