Friday, October 31, 2008
Of the violins
Wound my heart
With a languor
And pale when
The hour strikes
The old days
And I go away
In the ill wind
that carries me off
This side and beyond
When the world was in the grips of a world war, the liberation of Europe hinged on a successful landing at Normandy. The Germans knew it was coming, but when was the question. The French resistance listened to coded messages broad casted from London to occupied France by Radio Londres. The messages seemed arbitrary and nonsensical to most unless they were meant for you. On June 6, 1944, the first stanza of this poem was broad casted to let the resistance know that Operation Overlord, the invasion, would begin within 24 hours. The words, " Blessent mon cœur d'une langeur monotone " ( Wound my heart with a langour monotonous ) was the specific phrase that signalled a call to action. The rest is history.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
What were slim chances of survival has turned into a promising recovery under the capable and caring hands of Dr. David Arceo. I've got some new photos to show you that will surely make you smile and be happy for Reno. These photos were taken on October 20, 2008.
Before you go, please note that PAWS cannot pay for the entire cost of Reno's treatment and neither can the good doctor cover the expenses without help from animal lovers like us. I have already sent in my donation, and I hope that you will too. Click on the Donate button on the sidebar to start the process. Thank you. Here are the photos:
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Ban the Horse Carriages Demo
Location : Grand Army Plaza, 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001
When: November 1st 2008. Sat 7:00 PM
Please join NYC Animal Rights as we hold a peaceful demo against the horse carriage industry. We will hold signs and show a slide show of the abuse. More info to follow. We will be on Fifth Avenue and Central Park South. Thank you for your support.
The New York City Animal Rights Meetup Group
Please see below video clips of the cruelty.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I arrived back at the house I was temporarily staying in, and found this lizard clinging to the wall. The sun was shining on the wall, and I suppose it was warming itself. In a few minutes, it went on its way to a place it only knows. Click on the photo for a closer look.
In a CNN report, a McCain campaign source described Palin as " she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign...She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone.. She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. "
The same report also stated that Palin is " playing for her own future," and is considering herself to be the next republican party leader. It looks like the republican party has its hands full with a problem child, the consequence of their own bad decisions.
Another insider observed that "This is what happens with a campaign that's behind; it brings out the worst in people, finger-pointing and scapegoating."
What a mess. What a scary person to put in the White House. I am just worried that after she loses the election, she'd go out and shoot up the animals in anger and retaliation.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Friday, October 24, 2008
EBay’s decision came just before the release of IFAW’s latest investigative report indicating that online trading in wildlife poses a serious and immediate threat to the survival of elephants and many other endangered species.
EBay's in-house blogger Richard Brewer-Hay said, "However, given the complexities of the global ivory trade, and the distinct and unique characteristics of the eBay Marketplace, the sale of any ivory on our site continued to be a concern within the company... So, to protect our buyers and sellers, as well as animals in danger of extinction, eBay has decided to institute a global ban on the sale of all types of ivory. "
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Icy was one of those dogs who normally would have perished in the streets if not for the intervention of a compassionate human. We can learn about Icy's rescue from a very good source, her rescuer, Clarisse, a member of Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) : " I was by the car outside Ice Monster when I was surprised to see a dog in the middle of the road in front of a car. She wouldn't budge from the front of the car so the driver bumped her a bit, hurting her and scaring her to death. She ran towards me howling and crying and went inside the shoe repair shop next to Ice Monster... The people at the shoe repair shop were stunned and a bit afraid of her. No one knew where she was from, though the people there were really nice and they just waited there patiently for us to capture her. We brought her to the vet and visited her everyday. "
You can mark Icy's salvation from that point on. That was October 2007. So, this month, Clarisse and family celebrated Icy's rescue one year ago. See for yourselves how individual actions make our world a better place:
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus to Stand Trial in Washington DC. Federal Case. Violation of the Endangered Species Act. Animal Cruelty.
The specific charges include 1) the forceful use of bullhooks. These are large clubs with sharp curved points meant to train and control the animals through fear 2) the chaining of the elephants for long periods throughout the days and nights 3) the forcible removal of baby elephants from their mothers at Ringling Bros.’ “Center for Elephant Conservation,” (CEC) where it breeds elephants for use in the circus.
The plaintiffs are well-armed with video footage, eyewitness accounts, and investigative reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Former circus employees will also be testifying about the mistreatment of the elephants that they personally witnessed on a daily basis.
There is more. The circus will have to deal with evidence pertaining to the deaths of at least four baby elephants who died in their care over the past few years. They include the 4-year-old Benjamin who died when his trainer attacked him with a bullhook; 4-year-old Kenny who was forced to perform in three shows even though he was gravely ill; 8-month-old Riccardo who, in August 2004, inexplicably broke both of his hind legs while “climbing on a round platform 19 inches high.” He was euthanized afterwards; and there was the baby 11-day-old Bertha whose birth and death wasn’t even acknowledged by the circus, but who perished at the CEC in July 2005.
This is pretty hideous stuff.
The presiding judge will be the Honorable Emmet J. Sullivan. Representing the plaintiffs is the law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, a very well-regarded environmental law firm.
For those of us who have rallied and demonstrated against Ringling Bros., this case has been our pie in the sky and it is about to be plunked unto our plates for our delectation. We are hoping that this will be the beginning of the end of Ringling's reign of terror over the elephants.
On Oct. 11th, we had a meeting with Tom Rider and the League of Humane Voters (NYC). Rider was very optimistic about the case. He believes that the right judge is presiding over this case, no-nonsense and critical of the arguments presented before him.
We also had the opportunity to handle a bullhook, passed around the dinner tables, and it is by every means a fearsome weapon. It is precision engineered to be top-heavy so that when you swing it the centrifugal force adds power to it. It has a spear-like tip and a barbed hook on the side. Tom Rider has lived in his van for eight years, traveling around the country spreading his gospel of hope and mercy, championing the release of every elephant in every circus. This man will go down in history as the man who freed the elephants from the circuses.
On a lesser note, Sunday, the 19th Oct., marked the final day of protest against Ringling Bros. at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. This action was coordinated by Hearts for Animals, a new group formed by circus nemesis Claudia Emerson. We took turns over the four days, covering every show there was ( two shows per day ). The circus squeezed approximately ten elephants into a tent measuring 75 X 100 feet which in turn was situated only 15 feet from vehicular traffic. There, the elephants remained for four days in chains unless they were performing in the indoor arena. We engaged the patrons coming into the show and leaving the show, informing them of the hidden cruelty behind the fanfare and glitter. I think our protest was categorically a success.
Pray for the elephants.
UPDATE : Oct. 29, 2008 The trial has been postponed indefinitely. More later.
From Sherwin Castillo's blog Me.Find.Home , a site dedicated to PAWS and animal welfare in the Philippines, we can learn something about supply and demand at the shelter: " The shelter cats consume about 4.5 to 6 kilograms of cat food (kibble) every day which cost about Php360 to Php450 ($7.66 to $9.57) on the average.A 22.7 kilogram (or 50 lbs.) bag of Princess Cat (the cheapest one we are able to find right now, available at Whiskers n' Paw Prints in Katipunan Rd., Quezon City) costs about Php1,800 ($38.30) and would last about 4 to 5 days. That's around Php10,800 ($230) per month which is a really significant amount considering PAWS doesn't have a steady source of funding. "
Enter Matthew. He's ten years old and already an animal lover. He broke his piggy bank and asked his mom's assistance to get to the nearest pet food store. There, Matthew spent his entire year's savings on cat food which amounted to 30 kilos of dry cat food, approximately 66 lbs. Matthew, it was reported, has began building up his savings once more to render more aid to the homeless cats at PAWS in the future.
That's what we want to see in our young folk. Matthew's compassion and sacrifice is exemplary and I don't think this is the last time we are going to hear about him. Matthew, you're da man.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
It doesn't show on the ad but there is a not so very subtle hint at the PETA website that was aimed at men folk. Yeah, those macho men who think beef makes them big and manly: " No one wants a limp banana! "
Here's Alicia all wrapped up like the meat you buy at the grocery store. As the sign says, no one wants to be treated like a piece of meat. Have mercy on the farm animals. Live a healthier life. Give up Meat.
Monday, October 20, 2008
San Antonio Zoo. Lucky. Help Release Her from Captivity. Cruel Conditions. Animal Cruelty by Captivity and Profit.
San Antonio Zoo elephant is held in cruel isolation
Lucky desperately needs your help. She’s a 48-year-old female Asian elephant who has been living alone at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas since the death of her companion, Alport, almost one year ago. Female elephants are intensely social, making her solitary confinement especially cruel.
In addition to Lucky’s inhumane isolation, she likely suffers from foot problems, as evidenced by the zoo’s frequent foot treatments, and has a large abscess on her back leg. Foot problems are no surprise, as the San Antonio Zoo elephant display is extremely small and outdated, giving Lucky only about one-half acre of barren space.
Foot problems and arthritis, caused by inadequate zoo conditions, are the number one reason for euthanizing elephants in captivity. Another elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, Ginny, was euthanized in 2004 after suffering for years from painful, infected feet and arthritis.
As if all this weren’t bad enough, the San Antonio Zoo is adding a unique twist to Lucky’s story. The zoo is constructing a new attraction that will feature African animals, including elephants. As Lucky is an Asian elephant she will have no place in this new display. Yet rather than retire Lucky to a sanctuary, the zoo has come up with a nonsensical plan to bring in another Asian elephant and then ship out both Asian elephants when the African section is complete!
After 46 years on display in a tiny, unnatural exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo, Lucky deserves to be sent to a spacious natural-habitat sanctuary where she can spend her final years roaming freely in the company of other Asian elephants. Once at the sanctuary and living on soft, natural surfaces, many elephants see improvement in foot problems.
A coalition of San Antonio activists needs your help to urge city leaders to do everything in their power to help Lucky, including sponsoring a resolution to send her to a sanctuary.
Please make a call or send a letter today!
Please write a polite letter to Mayor Phil Hardberger and the following city council members and let them know that:
It is cruel to keep Lucky in solitary confinement.
Lucky shows signs of foot disease caused by decades of life in a tiny, inadequate exhibit; she must removed immediately from that damaging environment.
The City of San Antonio should do the right thing and show it cares about Lucky’s welfare by sponsoring a resolution to send her to a sanctuary.
Lucky’s sorry condition is a black eye for the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Zoo.
CONTACT: Here's an e-mail string of all the contacts listed below. If you're sending them each the same e-mail, cut and paste this string into your "cc" field:
Mayor Phil Hardberger
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
District 1 - Mary Alice P. Cisneros
Phone: (210) 207-7279
Email: email@example.com or use the message form at http://www.sanantonio.gov/Council/D1/Contact/form.asp
District 2 - Sheila D. McNeil
Phone: (210) 207-7278
District 3 - Jennifer V. Ramos
Phone: (210) 207-7064
District 4 - Philip A. Cortez
Phone: (210) 207-7281
District 5 - Lourdes Galvan
Phone: (210) 207-7043
District 6 - Delicia Herrera
Phone: (210) 207-7065
District 7 - Justin Rodriguez
Phone: (210) 207-7044
District 8 - Diane G. Cibrian
Phone: (210) 207-7086
District 9 - Louis E. Rowe
Phone: (210) 207-7325
District 10 - John G. Clamp
Phone: (210) 207-7276
OTHER ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
The San Antonio News-Express recently ran an op ed about Lucky. You can view it at http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/Comment_Luckys_name_has_been_a_misnomer.html. Please write a letter to the editor of the San Antonio News-Express at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your daytime phone number and address for verification purposes only. No word count is stated, but letters to the editor are generally limited to 150-200 words.
For more information on Lucky’s plight, please visit www.VoiceforAnimals.org (where you can also sign an on-line petition) and www.helpelephants.com.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Senator McCain, who I supported prior to his appointing of animal-killer Palin as his VP, is a genuine American hero. No one can question his military service and pedigree. His suffering as a POW is heroic. This is why I supported him. However, now, I do question whether biography can get us out of an economic mess. I also question McCain's relationship with Charles Keating, giving him preferential treatment and protection during the Savings & Loans debacle. I further question McCain's well-known support for deregulation of lending institutions. This has to be a major contributor to the economic collapse we are seeing now. Let's not forget, he declared that the economy was in good shape just days before the floor caved in. This man is out of touch, or chose to ignore the writings on the wall. I don't question his choice of VP because I am already convinced that for all the talk about " Country First " McCain placed party politics ahead of national security. His choice meant that he would rather win an election than keep the country safe.
As for the debates, I saw a man of ideas and vision face off with a crusted opponent from the old regime, one who became increasingly angry. Last night, Obama spoke directly to us while McCain spoke to Bob Schieffer. This is something that the celebrated political pundits missed in their post-debate analysis. I felt that Obama, staring into the lens, spoke to us directly while McCain pleaded his case with the moderator. Obama treated the debate as an opportunity to speak directly to us while Senator McCain so it as propitious time to attack his opponent. A tactical blunder by McCain. He had his last chance to address a national audience, and he flubbed it. There must be thousands of people who feel the same way I do. And why does McCain come across as an angry man in debates? Because he IS an angry man. Have you forgotten that several years ago McCain's stigmatic bad temper cost him the nomination? Have you forgotten that McCain afterwards, full of anger, only begrudgingly endorsed George W. Bush for President? A sore loser, he is, for one thing. Senator McCain strikes me as someone who has a very low tolerance for dissenting opinions, suggestions, and the possibility that other people might have the right answer. Obama seems more circumspect and approachable. He operates in cooler temperatures with the utmost conviction. And as far as trust in government is concerned, McCain is not the one to bring that back.
Finally, a CNN poll indicated that 58% of people felt Barack Obama won the debate, compared to 31% who felt that John McCain performed better. Furthermore, the poll showed that the majority felt Obama would do a better job on the economy, health care, and taxes. Obama was more likable and the stronger leader according to those polled.
I found this video to be interesting:
Support compassion for farm animals. If you are a voter in California, please vote YES on Proposition 2. If you can't give up meat, then at least support the better treatment fo farm animals. Your meat didn't have to stand in their own feces during their lifetime.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
And then there is our pie in the sky, the beginning of the federal court case against Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus on Oct. 20, 2008 in Washington, DC. That's monday. That's judgment day for these animal abusers who were charged as violating the Endangered Species Act. Let's hope that the federal judge will issue an injunction, and put an immediate halt to the use of the bullhooks and shackling the elephants.
Here is the schedule for demonstrations in Newark.
165 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 757-6000 (2 blocks from Newark Penn Station)
THURSDAY, October 16, 2008 OPENING SHOW 6:30PM - 8PM (show 7:30pm)
FRIDAY DEMO, October 17, 2008 6:30PM - 8PM (show 7:30PM)
SATURDAY DEMO, October 18, 2008 2PM - 3:30PM (show 3pm) 6:30PM - 8PM (show 7:30pm)SUNDAY, October 19, 2008 12PM - 2PM (show 1pm) 4PM - 6PM (show 5pm)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Not to be discouraged, on the night of October 3rd, intrepid volunteers Joe Claret and Daisy Medel set out to make the rescue. They found the dog on Real St., corner North Road, and they subsequently named him " Reno. " You can see from the photos how extensive Reno's injury was. It seemed that his snout was inflamed with two gaping holes on both sides of it. We can only guess what caused the injury, perhaps an act of cruelty or maybe it was a bad accident. We know that nature will heal itself, but sometimes she needs a little push either by the hand of God or a human---or both.
Joe and Daisy took Reno to the clinic of Dr. David Arceo, another blessed soul and champion of animal rights, where Reno is still undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. The initial prognosis was bleak, but as Joe said, " Let's all cross our fingers and hope for the best for our dear friend Reno, that he gets well and recovers soon. He deserves more in life and let us pray that he can get that chance to live it better and give us too, a chance, to make his life better. "
UPDATE : Oct. 22, 2008 Reno is doing well according to a text message from Dr. David Arceo. The doctor was amazed that a presumed blind eye is now viable seeing eye. Reno is now on the second cycle of chemo therapy and the lump ( on his snout?) is now smaller. Reno is still thin but he has been dewormed and exhibits a good apetite. He has less discharges and therefore, less odor.
The Brooklyn Animal foster Network has sent out an appeal for a laptop and/or wireless Card and account to help spread their mission online. I don't think that the laptop has to be top of the line. It won't be used for gaming purposes, but more towards publishing photos and text. So, if you have a spare laptop in your closet, now is the time to give it up for a great cause. Please call Laurie at 718 789-6865 if you can help out. So, think of the lapdog pictured above and then think laptop.
You and Your Van to transport
animals from foster homes to adoption events
Blankets, sheets and towels
DID WE SAY Blankets, sheets and towels
Cleaning and desinfection supplies
Pet cages/houses Dog/cat beds Cat Condos
Dog/cat food (Wheat and by product free)
Litter and/or litter boxes
Vitamins, supplements, treats
Shampoos, organic anti-flea soaps and shampoos
Puppy and/or kitten milk replacer (KMR)
Antibiotics Ointment for wounds
Antiseptics for wounds treatment
Frontline Plus for fleas and ticks
Blankets, sheets and towels
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Bloomingdale Animal Shelter Society
UPDATE: Patrick adopted November 2008.
Have you ever seen Jack Cafferty lose it? I mean, he was quite irritated on this video clip you are about to see. When Cafferty news casted on regular channels, back years ago, I thought he was very boring. He seemed stodgy and humorless, a wooden newscaster sporting an awkward haircut. Then, he disappeared and resurfaced on cable. Now, he's got things to say outside reading the news, and even a popular, well-visited blog of his own. Good for you, Mr. Cafferty. More power to you...
What got Jack Cafferty riled up was no other than Gov. Sarah Palin. Yes, she's the one who recently was found abusing her authority by putting undue pressure on a safety officer to fire her state trooper former brother-in-law. And Todd, the husband, got into the act too---a non-elected man and a non-official of the government of Alaska. God, this stinks to high heaven.
That aside, here is the video of Jack Cafferty and his disgust...
Friday, October 10, 2008
"I hope you lose these elections because that would be a victory for the world. "
Like you, Ms. Bardot, I hope so too.
"By denying the responsibility of man in global warming, by advocating gun rights and making statements that are disconcertingly stupid, you are a disgrace to women and you alone represent a terrible threat, a true environmental catastrophe."
I think I can go along with that...obviously referring to the delisting of polar bears from the endangered list, lifetime membership in NRA, opposition to choice, and those stupefying interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric...okay, not bad, Ms. Bardot. This is true. Say it like it is, Ms. Bardot. I like your hard-hitting style, unlike those non-answers we've heard from the governor.
"This shows your total lack of responsibility, your inability to protect or simply respect animal life."
Okay, that's a reasonable conclusion. I have no problems with that...$150 bounty for every severed foreleg of a wolf, spending $400,000 to defeat a bill meant to stop aerial hunting of wolves, boasting of a freezer full of killed animals...Sarah Palin, you have no respect for life.
"I know them well and I can assure you that no pitbull, no dog, nor any other animal for that matter is as dangerous as you are."
Sarah Palin is, indeed, dangerous. The White House is no place for a Sarah Palin. McCain and Palin are not mavericks. Even the true Maverick family disowned these people. They are G.W. Bush's sidekicks, virtually his third term in office if elected.
" N. J. Statutes Section 4:22-19.3: Neuromuscular blocking agents prohibited.
When euthanizing a domestic animal succinylcholine chloride, curare, curariform drugs, or any other substance which acts as a neuromuscular blocking agent is prohibited.
N. J. Statutes Section 4:22-19: Destruction of impounded animals.
New Jersey does not allow euthanasia by hypoxia induced by decompression, by lethal gas other than an inhalant anesthetic, or by any other means not generally accepted by the veterinary medical profession.
Penalties: 1st offense (fine of $25 for each animal).
Subsequent offense (fine of $50 for each animal).
New Jersey Administrative Code 8:23A-1.11: Euthanasia.
The primary recommended method is an intravenous injection of a barbiturate. New Jersey also allows administration of injectable solutions approved for use in dogs and cats, inhalant anesthetics, and intravenous injections of combinations of chloral hydrate, magnesium sulfate and pentobarbital for large animals, such as horses. "
Here is the entire PDF:
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SHARE IN THIS COMPASSIONATE (& DELICIOUS!) CELEBRATION
DATE: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 12:00-3:00pm (please note the time change from earlier notices)
PLACE: The Clubhouse (at Independence Square Condominiums) 36-1 Whistler Dr., Freehold, NJ 07728
COST: $26 per person (age 13 and older) children between 6 and 12 $16 children under 6 free
VEGAN BUFFET MENU:
Soup: Butternut squash soup
Entrees: Roast nuggets & 'chicken' legs w/rosemary wine sauce, Tofu turkey, 'Meat'loaf
Side dishes: Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stuffing, Baked cauliflower with vegan cheese, Green beans with slivered almonds, Cranberry sauce
Dessert: Cookies and cake & Soda, cider, tea and coffee
RSVP BY 11/13/08: Please send your check or money order to: New Jersey Animal Rights AlliancePO Box 174, Englishtown, NJ 07726
Pay online and find directions at: www.nj-ara.org/events.htm
Questions? Contact Shari: email@example.com** We can only seat 50 people, so please reserve ASAP. Your early reply will also help us in planning the best event possible. Also note that parking is limited, so please carpool, if feasible.
The things people do to animals! Incredible, and that's for us to have chocolate snacks that are not good for us to begin with. Clogged arteries and animal cruelty shouldn't be part of our lives at all. Now, it behooves you to know that Mars, Inc. makes M&M's, Snickers, Twix, Dove, Three Musketeers, Starburst, Skittles, and other candies .
Now, by comparison, Hershey's has pledged not to fund or conduct experiments on animals. That's a step towards the right direction. If you can't give up the chocolate habit, at least move towards Hershey's and not Mars, Inc.
Learn more at MarsCandyKills.com.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
" Where are you headed now? "
" I've got a call about a snake. "
The ACOs respond to many calls a day and to a wide variety of situations involving animals, not restricted to cats and dogs. Recently, the Suburban Trends covered a story about the ACOs and the rise of rabies cases in the area. Most certainly, it was the animal control office that raise the alarm: