Thursday, July 31, 2008
New Jersey. New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Farm Sanctuary. New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling. July 2008. Victory for Farm Sanctuary.
" Yesterday, Farm Sanctuary scored a precedent-setting victory in its decade-long battle against the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's (NJDA) inhumane standards of farm animal care. In a monumental legal decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously declared that factory farming practices cannot be considered "humane" simply because they are "routine husbandry practices." The Court also rejected the practice of tail-docking cattle, the manner in which the NJDA had provided for farm animals to be mutilated without anesthesia, and ordered the agency to readdress many of the state-mandated standards for the treatment of farm animals.
The NJDA had set its spurious standards of humane farm animal care after the state legislature ordered it to develop humane care standards in 1996. In a disingenuous and duplicitous move, the NJDA responded nearly eight years later by qualifying all factory farming practices as "humane," simply because they are routine in the industry.
In response, Farm Sanctuary launched a coalition and filed a lawsuit against the NJDA, stating that the NJDA's sanctioning of factory farming practices as humane failed to follow the legislature's directive. The lawsuit reached the state Supreme Court, which yesterday handed down its decision.
This decision does not stand without criticism. The Court failed to take the opportunity to strike down regulations that allow the confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates, and calves in veal crates, as well as the transport of sick and downed cattle. Although the Court admitted that confinement practices were "controversial" and that downed animals "suffer greatly," it refused to intervene in the agency's decision to permit these systems, suggesting that these issues should be addressed to the legislature. In fact, there is growing momentum nationwide, and in other countries, to phase out these cruel systems, and we will push the agency vigorously to phase out these cruel and inhumane practices when the regulations are revised.
The Court's decision will have far-reaching repercussions for farm animals across the entire country. Historically, perhaps the greatest legal obstacles preventing the application of cruelty statues to farm animals are state exemptions based on "routine husbandry practices." Now that Farm Sanctuary has persuaded New Jersey's highest court to reject such a consideration as sufficient grounds for declaring any practice to be humane, we have created a new and deep crack in the industry's legal dam.
Read more about this landmark victory, and thank you for your ongoing support in our efforts to end factory farming. "
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Shaun in a box after rescue
Shaun at the Vets In Practice Clinic
P.S. Reading up some more on these rescues, I learned that both rescues were done by PAWS Director Anna Cabrera. God bless you, Anna. Always.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The first bill is Senate Bill 1989/Assembly Bill 2981. This bill would establish animal hoarding as a criminal and civil animal cruelty offense. Think a yard full of animals, and the owner doesn't give a hoot about them.
The Second bill is Assembly Bill 2668. This bill would require veterinarians to report animal cruelty and police officers to investigate possible domestic violence associated with animal cruelty reports. I think the spirit of this bill is good, but I wonder if this could deter some people from bringing in their animals for treatment. Maybe they were, indeed, cruel but they had a change of heart and now they'd be afraid to seek help from a vet. Or, maybe, you're a good samaritan and you'd like to bring in an abuse animal, but now you would have to consider being questioned by the police who may not be inclined to believe your true and compassionate story. Something to think about.
The third bill is Assembly Bill 2979/Senate Bill 1990. This bill would make it a felony to commit animal cruelty in the presence of a child. Acts of animal cruelty in front of a child could traumatize a child or they could encourage them towards animal cruelty. So, I think this one is unquestionably a good idea.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
“ The people of Europe and the European Parliament will accept nothing less than a total ban. We intend to close our borders to seal products completely to ensure the EU plays no role in perpetuating the cruelty of commercial seal hunts,” said Neil Parish, U.K. Conservative MEP and President of the European Parliament's animal welfare intergroup.
“People across Europe have called for an end to EU trade in products from commercial seal hunts for decades,” said Danish Socialist MEP Dan Jorgensen. “This announcement is a giant step forward in realizing that goal. I'm sure that the Parliament will do everything in its power to shut our borders to these products of animal cruelty.”
Monday, July 21, 2008
Anyway, I have two cars at the moment, one 1996 Dodge Intrepid and a 1990 BMW 735il. Both these cars are high mileage. The Dodge has 177,000 miles on it, and the beemer most recently passed a milestone. In fact, I was oblivious of it until today. It must have passed the 150,000 mile mark yesterday considering that today the odometer reads 150,051 miles. If we do the math, this means that I averaged 8336 miles a year which is below the accepted average of 12,000 miles a year, or 1,000 a month. Those who lease their vehicles will be quite familiar with these numbers. Obviously, I don't lease my vehicles considering that one is twelve years old and the other eighteen years old. I am not sure whether it is true or not, but a car enthusiast once told me that the engine on my BMW is rated to go to at least 300,000 miles, with proper care. Wow, I can't even fathom that kind of mileage. Heck, I might be in a wheelchair by then.
Anyway, I am attaching three photos of my dear old friend. I don't even have a name for her, all these years. I turned on the ignition key to show the digital odometer. As you can see, it is due for an inspection and I need to replace a fog light. The other photo is the label on the door post. It states that this vehicle was " Made in Germany." You will not encounter many BMWs in America that was made in Germany. The label further states that the car was manufactured in June, 1990 by Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW). It weighs almost 5,000 pounds. On to 200,000 miles...
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
HISTORY: In July of 2007, bear activist, Ali Kazemian was arrested on public property for pouring urine in the street to stop bears from coming into a neighborhood where a bear trap was set on a homeowner's property. This trap was laced with all sorts of attractants and the entire property was sprayed with anise (a powerful bear attractant) for over a month to attract bears to this particular residence, which is across the street from Ali's house. No bears were caught on this property despite these intense efforts. The homeowners are working with the Division of Fish and Wildlife to get a bear hunt.
UPDATE: After pleading guilty to resisting arrest in a plea agreement with the Vernon court and fully cooperating with the court, Ali was given a 30-day jail sentence, probation and fines. He appealed this harsh sentence to Superior Court and on Friday, July 11, he lost the appeal after Judge Comforti upheld the Vernon sentence without the probation. He was taken to Sussex County jail immediately to begin his sentence. He will be released on August 3.We are asking everyone to take time out of their schedule to protest this outrageous sentence and show support for Ali.
PROTEST: Saturday, July 19, 200810:30am - 12:30 pm43-47 High StreetNewton, NJ 07860
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE PARKING DECK ATTACHED TO THE COURT HOUSE! You must find legal access to parking in Newton. Newton provides parking info here:http://www.newtontownhall.com/parking.asp Bring signs that express your concern about the harsh sentence, Judge Comforti's ruling, jail solidarity, freeing Ali, etc.
SEND LETTERS: Write to Ali to let him know that we support him, recognize the insanity of the judicial system, and acknowledge his deeds as heroic efforts to attempt to save bears' lives. Please keep your letters polite as they will be read by the authorities. Inmate Albert Kazemian CN 10034 KDCF41 High StreetNewton, NJ 07860
MAKE CALLS TO PROTEST JUDGE COMFORTI'S DECISION: (Please be polite, but firm.)Ali is a kind and gentle man, whose boundless compassion for bears made him act on their behalf. Call: Judge Bozonelis (Comforti's assignment Judge)973-656-4020
MORE YOU CAN DO FOR ALI: If you'd like to send Commissary funds: Money Orders only made out to Albert Kazemian, CN10034 and mailed to:KDCF41 High Street Newton, NJ 07860Books and magazines can only be sent by the publisher. They can be sent to:
Inmate Albert Kazemian, CN10034KDCF41 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
Please note that many publishers NO LONGER send books or magazines to jails. Check before ordering.For more information, please write to me at Angi.NJARA@comcast.net--------------------
Angi MetlerNew Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA) PO Box 174 Englishtown NJ 07726 732/446-6808 Fax: 732/446-0227 http://www.nj-ara.org/
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.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
the city. But who believes that, really. It's not a shelter if you hold them there to wait out their execution. However, no country will boycott the Olympics because of animal cruelty. Sad, but true. Here's a report concerning the serving of dog meat in Beijing restaurants when the Olympics are on:
" Beijing takes dog off the menu
Published: Saturday, 12 July, 2008, 01:57 AM Doha Time
BEIJING: Beijing has asked hotels and restaurants in the city to take dog meat off the menu for the duration of next month's Olympics and September's Paralympics. Dog is eaten not only by the large Korean community in China's capital but is also popular in Yunnan and Guizhou restaurants. A directive from the Beijing Food Safety Office issued last month ordered Olympic contractor hotels not to provide any dishes made with dog meat and said any canine material used in traditional medicated diets must be clearly labelled. Concerned that canine dishes might offend animal rights groups and Western visitors, Beijing said restaurants expected to be popular among foreign visitors must stop serving dog meat "to respect the dining customs of different countries". (Reuters)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
UPDATE: Cloye adopted Aug. 24, 2008. All the puppies have also been adopted earlier.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
What: Demonstration outside KFC
Where: KFC, 780 Main St., Passaic
When: Thursday, July 10, 2-5 p.m.
If you have any questions or to RSVP for the demonstration, please contact Ronald at email@example.com.
Visit KentuckyFriedCruelty.com for more information and to check out our undercover investigations of KFC supplier slaughterhouses.
For all animals,
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
As for me, if my own good comes at the expense of innocent animals undergoing cruel and painful experiments, maybe it's time they don't think of my welfare. Leave my own good to myself and let those hapless, imprisoned and miserable animals go. Heck, I am not even a smoker, and so Marina Picciotto's work on nicotine addiction is as relevant to me as another person's toe fungus. The scientific community has done enough study and experimentation in the past to come to the basic conclusion that nicotine is addictive, bad for you, but can be overcome. That's all you need to know. Past generations of lab animals have given their lives for us to come to this point. But, Marina Picciotto wants to tweak it a little bit more.
There are people like Marina Picciotto, Ph.D. who find some obscure, marginal, little niche in a well-trodden scientific field and make that the cornerstone of their career, that they know so much about so little, the very definition of a specialist. Impressive, isn't it? But Dr. Picciotto, if she desired to contribute significantly to the societal good, could simply object to cruel animal experimentation than by pursuing a narrow line of medical research that is stale and desiccated. To stay employed and well-funded, experimenters like Dr. Piccitto would concoct new theories that, of course, would ultimately lead to needless experimentation on innocent and captive animals like mice, chimps, and other animals. Surely, the doctor will get the applause she craves for at the next convention or accept another merit award from some institution, but lab animals bear the brunt of the pain and misery of her experiments. They don't get any consideration. Lab animals never have a good day. Dr. Picciotto knows that profoundly. How does she sleep at night? Let's see what was said about her work, this one is from the Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska website:
" ...she developed a line of mice lacking one of the primary subunits of the brain receptor for nicotine using molecular genetic techniques. She and her colleagues used these mice to demonstrate the pathway leading from a single molecule to behaviors associated with nicotine addiction. In her own laboratory at Yale she continues to work on models of nicotine addiction using laboratory mice, as well as investigating the role of nicotine in other behavioral paradigms using mutant and wild type mice. "
Very useful to everybody, indeed. I feel much better now that someone is working on this, using our tax money on cruel animal experimentation without our consent. And the animals that are abused to further this specialty will just have to live with the pain and misery, purposely hidden from public view and awareness, intentionally killed for examination after experimentation, because the good doctor interested in it. These animals, doctor, are God's creatures too. There are no ifs or buts about it. They have a God-given right to freedom and a natural life in their natural environment. Like all vivisectors, Dr. Picciotto has chosen to ignore it. The doctor may deny it or be vague about it, but overdosing these animals with nicotine just to satisfy her scientific curiousity is more about inhumanity than science.
Let's see what PETA has to say :
" Marina Picciotto of Yale University forcibly exposes mice and rats to nicotine by injecting it into their abdomens, placing it directly into holes cut in their skulls, or forcing them to choose between drinking water laced with the drug and dying from dehydration. In some of her studies, Picciotto hangs mice by their tails from paper clips, supposedly to see if exposure to nicotine affects anxiety and depressive behaviors. In another study, Picciotto and her colleagues gave monkeys as much nicotine every day as is contained in up to 17 packs of cigarettes. Since 1996, Picciotto has spent $15 million—Americans' tax dollars—on these cruel experiments. "
Here is how In Defense of Animals (IDA) described Marina Piccitto's work:
" ...deliberately gets mice and rats addicted to drugs and kills them to analyze their brains. In federally-funded experiments, Picciotto has hung mice by their tails attached to paper clips to observe the effects of nicotine on their physical activity. She has also given cocaine to pregnant rats to induce brain damage in their babies, and placed the pups in cages with electrified floors in order to shock them repeatedly. "
Can you believe that a human being is behind these experiments? Was " human being " giving too much credit? This is pretty hideous stuff. Is it scientific pursuit or sanitized barbarism? May God judge Dr. Picciotto appropriately, and may Karma always be with her. God is not interested in science, and so one day the good doctor will have some explaining to do.
Animal lovers can express their disapproval here: firstname.lastname@example.org or at Telephone: (203) 737-2041 Fax: (203) 737-2043.
What really goes on in animal testing:
Yale University cancels Dr. Picciotto's lecture to kids of all ages:
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Don't buy animals at a pet store. You will only perpetuate the cruelty of puppy mills. Only 15% of the pet-seeking Americans go to shelters to find their pet. That's ironic since shelters provide more care and a loving environment than pet stores. Don't be part of the demand. Adopt. Take a look.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Of course, for those of us who are in our middle ages, or a little past it, when we hear the name Linda Blair we think of the little girl with a twisting head in the movie... Well, you know it. It seems that Ms. Blair continues to twist her head, but now in search of animals to help. She practices compassionate living, and here is her website: