Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
As always, when there are shows, the cops patrol the area around the garden. We had a good team of cops last night. They talked to us with respect, reminded us about the physical boundaries of the garden, and that was it. No macho displays, no attempts at intimidation. Some cops can act like, well, like themselves, you know.
Demos are scheduled for this entire weekend. Complicating last night's leafleting was the Wizard of Oz, a program showing concurrently with the circus. For my purposes, a family with kids usually meant they were circus-goers, but not last night. In many instances, I had to asked if they intended to watch the circus or the Wizard of Oz. Some people don't want strangers asking what they're business is, but I wanted to engage the circus-goers and not just any passerby. I sorted them out anyway, got into several mano-a-mano discussions about the circus' cruel ways.
Madison Square Garden New York City, New York
Show Dates/Show Time (In Blue): DEMOS
Thu, Mar 26 7:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
Fri, Mar 27 10:30AM 9:30AM-11:00AM, 12:30PM-1:00PM
Wed, Apr 1 7:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Every year, fifty million wild animals are brutally slaughtered for their fur, for the sake of high(?) fashion. That's 50,000,000. The animals are usually dumped in a heap, without skin and fur, still alive, to suffer a slow death. Think of that the next time you see a classy(?) lady stride pass you in her(?) fur coat.
I don’t know if the Nordstroms are in a moral dilemma, if they are agonizing over which way to go. Should they seek a clear conscience or continue to squeeze every little bit of juice from a diminishing source of profit? Nevertheless, there seems to be a contradiction in their lives or in the thinking of the people who advise them. So, on the recommendation of IDA, we should treat them as a sort of work-in-progress. They have, reportedly, abandoned their fur salons and removed fur from their private lines. In other words, lay off the heavy bombardment, nothing more than small arms fire at the moment.
Ceasefire, not really.
Nordstrom will be opening a new store in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. There will be a demonstration at the site on March 27, 28, and 29 ( Friday-Sunday ) anytime during their business hours. The store is located at 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Please Yahoo Map the address if you’re going. For more info, contact Matt Rossell at email@example.com /
503- 890 – 5151.
If you want to send a message to the head honcho at Nordstrom, here is Blake Nordstrom’s email : firstname.lastname@example.org Be courteous, intelligent, and coherent.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Excuse me, is there a vomit bag within reach?
We have to distinguish the person from the body; the person loves the stuff while body doesn't. Twenty-two percent higher risk of dying from cancer for anyone who consumes a quarter-pound hamburger everyday for ten years. Lord, that's not as rare as it seems. There must be millions of them out there. Also, twenty-seven percent higher risk of dying from heart disease for anyone on the same diet of red meat. I don't think that tastiness is worth this kind of risk. No way. One can quibble about a little meat here and there, but a little meat here and there equates to a lot of cruelty for the animals. So, it's also the animals, stupid. This stuff is bad from all angles.
Red meat is a ticket to an express track arrival at the intensive care unit. Do we really have to rush to a life dependent on an artificial breathing apparatus, a urine bag, a tracheotomy, and intravenous tubes? And the animals who were cruelly slaughtered for people's delectation, they'll have a say too albeit indirectly. They will get their revenge in the end when bad health leads to a untimely death. Eat me and die.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Now, this is progress and we’re just waiting for Canada to emulate Russia’s example. Canada's seal hunt began today at 5:48 am EST. The first seal has been killed. Canada will allow commercial sealers to kill 280,000 seals this year. Will the real evil empire please stand up?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Despite calls and emails from animal advocates like you, the NewJersey legislature has just passed legislation (S. 802) which would allow bow hunting on Sundays for the first time in more than a century.
This bill has been sent to Governor Corzine for his signature.
We just have one last chance to stop it -- please take action TODAY! Hunters are already permitted to hunt six days a week, and the much larger population of hikers, horseback riders, birdwatchers, and other outdoor users should have one day of theweek to enjoy their activities in relative quiet and safety,even on their own property. Allowing hunting on Sundays willcreate more conflicts and tension among user groups, and will jeopardize the safety of people and animals.
TAKE ACTION Please make a brief, polite phone call to Governor Corzine at(609) 292-6000 to urge him to veto S. 802.
When making your call, you will likely speak to a staff memberwho will pass your message along to Governor Corzine. Please remember to be polite and professional, and leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent.
You can say: "Hello, my name is [your name] and I'm calling from [your town]to urge Governor Corzine to veto S. 802, which would allow bowhunting on Sundays. Sunday hunting has been prohibited since colonial times and there is no reason to lift this prohibition. Thank you."
Then, please send a follow-up email to Governor Corzine in opposition to Sunday hunting: HERE.
And be sure to tell your friends and family in New Jersey howthey can take action too: HERE.
Thanks for all you do for animals.
Executive Vice President
The Humane Society of the United States
Our fellow person-of-conscience at the The Vegan Good Life blogged about this organization not too long ago. The Hackensack River I know well is the part that runs North from Little Ferry to and around Oradell. This is a tidal river. There are times when there is hardly any water, and you can see all the junk that has been thrown into it.
A section of the river snakes by the Kenneth B. George Field (KGB) in River Edge. This field is used for high school baseball and regional tournaments. It is very common for foul balls to drop into the river from where there is no return. We joked that archaeologists from a millennium hence will be puzzled by the discovery of so many round objects in that bend of the river. They're too small for dinosaur eggs, really. At least in my area, the riverbed is not rocky but black mud. Fossil records are being created at the moment, natural and otherwise.
I believe that a clean and natural environment is good for the animals; the two are intertwined. Animals are not happy in a dirty environment, unlike some humans. If you peruse the Hackensack Riverkeeper's website, you'll come upon a schedule of cleanups. The cleanup for my area, particularly the KGB Field, will be on May 30, 2-6pm. This cleanup is co-sponsored by the River Edge Environmental Commission. I will most likely be there unless I get hit by a freight train at the local crossing.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
From the NJARA:
Forward Far and Wide
The bill that would allow bowhunting on Sundays, A1669, passed the Assembly Agriculture Committee yesterday, despite opposition from numerous individuals and groups as well as the Coalition Against Sunday Hunting, of which NJARA is a member, and which represents over 500,000 New Jersey residents.Now that bill goes to the full Assembly for a vote on Monday, March 16. That's bad enough, but there are two other bills that NJARA also opposes and we ask that you make calls again today to your state assemblymembers and ask them to vote NO on the following bills.--
A1669, the bill to allow Sunday bow hunting. This bill will increase the likelihood of hunting accidents by having hunting on Sundays, the day when non-hunting activities are traditionally enjoyed. According to the U.S .Fish and Wildlife Service’s latest survey, over 1.5 million New Jersey residents are “wildlife watchers." This is 23% of the population. And this doesn't take into account cyclists, hikers, and families just enjoying nature. Less than 1% of NJ residents hunt yet this bill caters to that minority. And of course, can't the deer have 1 day of peace during the killing season?
A595, the perimeter bill. This bill will reduce the safety perimeter around occupied buildings by 300 feet for bow hunters. With this bill, a bow hunter could legally stand within 150 feet of your home and shoot deer. As dangerous as this is, in and of itself, it would set a precedent and before long shotguns and muzzleloaders will be permitted within 150 feet of homes. In December 2008, a bullet from a 50-caliber muzzleloader was shot into the bedroom of a two-year-old in Readington, NJ. While no one was killed or hurt in this incident, what about next time? Will a family be so lucky if the hunter is now 300 feet closer to their home? In November 2008 in New York, a hunter killed a 16-month-old girl in her home in New York. The hunter was about 400 feet away. New Jersey wants to make our safety zone 150 feet. Legislators are endangering the public with both the above bills.
A3713, the license plate bill. This bill will do away with the special license plates and replace them with decals. NJ's Animal Population Control Fund, the statewide low cost spay/neuter program, benefits from the sale of the Animal Friendly license plates. NJARA has been very involved in seeking additional funding to this program, as it falls far short of the need every month. Taking away the license plates would certainly reduce the income. The decal would not be as attractive to buyers. Furthermore, the bill requires the benefiting agency or organization to foot the bill for the decals, which was previously paid by Motor Vehicle Commission. In the case of the Animal Friendly decal, that would fall to the state department of Health, at a time when there are cut backs everywhere, it's likely they will just drop this program if they have to front the money for the decal. The bill's sponsor heard not only from NJARA on this issue, but from the numerous organization and state programs this affects and it fell on deaf ears. The bill passed the Assembly committee last week.
PLEASE, call your two Assembly members and ask them to vote NO on A1669, A595 and A3713. We cannot stress enough how important it is for legislators to receive hundreds of calls are today.You can find your Assemblymembers here:
If you have any questions or have difficulty finding your legislators, contact us at 732-446-6808.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA)Upholding and Advancing the Rights of Animals since 1983 through advocacy, public education and legislation
To financially support NJARA's work, please click here: www.nj-ara.org/donation.htm
Phone: 732-446-6808 / Web: www.NJ-ARA.org
Be Green! Visit www.chooseveg.com and explore a plant-based diet.Searching the web? Don't "google", use www.GoodSearch.com and NJARA will receive a donation for every qualified search! Bookmark it today! [Be sure to enter New Jersey Animal Rights as your charity.]
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
As for the Philippines, there is some hope. In 1998, the country enacted the Philippine Animal Welfare Act . It was a beginning. That law established a legal basis from which cases of animal abuse can be prosecuted or at least addressed. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) works day and night to educate the public on responsible pet ownership, on the humane treatment of all animals, and the rescue of abused animals. They pursue their mission in the schools, and they run a Dr. Dog program in the hospitals. Their work is never done.
Here is a new video, one of two produced, that addresses the plight of homeless cats in the Philippines. The other video which is not ready yet is for the dogs. Put yourself in their paws, and you'd be living a nightmarish life on the brink. This short ad will be aired on television very soon, planting more seeds of compassion in the hearts of the uncaring public. Thanks to Purina for their cooperation with PAWS.
Director: Henry Frejas
Producers: Steve Vesagas, Lei Hosseinzade
Production House: FILMEX (Film Experts)
Media Agency: Zenith Optimedia
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I have sent emails to state Assemblymen Nelson T. Albano, John F. Amodeo, and Herb Conaway, imploring them to vote against the bill. Today, my follow-up phone calls reached two out of three. Assemblyman Albano's number was eternally busy. I urge you to send in your emails and make those phone calls. When you do connect, you don't reach the public official himself but one of his staff. Everything is civil and non-combative unless you become so. You make your case, and he/she takes it from there. It's a pity that you can't make your point with the man himself. The support staff is there for a reason. The officials are busy and they have to be shielded from unruly and irrelevant callers. But, this very same setup puts a buffer between elected public officials and the people they are serving. Let's hope that these support staff do a good job at conveying our protestations. Otherwise, we need to be at a street fair during election time to have the ear of our public officials.
Assemblyman Conaway's representative took the time to discuss the matter with me. He even looked up my email, and confirmed that it was received. So, why was I on the phone? Obviously, I wanted to cover all the bases. I wanted to be heard and not just read. In our discussion, I learned that some hunters have a scheduling problem. They work Mondays through Fridays, and have only Saturday to hunt the animals. They want Sunday to have another day to kill.
Can you believe this? We're not talking about another day to shop for clothing. What's the urgency to shoot ( bow & arrow ) an animal?
I reasoned that hunters, like golfers and other avid sportspeople, take the time off from work to pursue their passion. In fact, hunters even go on long tours replete with accommodation and transportation. Keeping Sunday from being a kill day does not constitute a hardship on them. Not at all. If this is their argument, than that's total bull.
Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano,
Assemblyman John F. Amodeo
Assemblyman Herb Conaway
Well, this morning, he featured some cast members of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. They're in town again, doing New Jersey and Manhattan. I have not attended the planned demos at the IZOD Center ( Meadowlands) and the Prudential Center ( Newark ) for this early part of the year, but they are held several times a year. Invitations to the demos is how I learn that the circus is in town. Frankly, I am so against the circus that even the mention of the word gets my dander up. Today's report did not even mention the animals ( How great they are, and all must come to see them! ) but how long the circus train is. Maybe Montone avoided the issue intentionally since the maltreatment of circus animals is pretty well-known nowadays. Nevertheless, it was the usual " the circus is in town " ballyhoo.
The coming of the circus is not something to celebrate, not until the animals are liberated from their captivity and forced labor. I wish that Montone and 1010 News would just stay mum whenever this train of tears rolls into town. News stations, both television and radio, seem compelled to report the coming of the circus, like there are no other meaningful news events to take up the air time. If they want to soften up their news reporting with some human interest story, then so be it. But don't settle for an INHUMANE interest story like Ringling. I like Montone's reporting, and I pray that he would instead report the circus' departure from the city, not its coming.
Monday, March 09, 2009
NJARA. New Jersey Bill A1669. Allows Bow & Arrow Hunting on Sundays. Seven Days of Death. March 2009.
Here's a copy of the email I sent to the assemblymen:
March 9, 2009
Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano, Vice-Chair
Assemblyman John F. Amodeo
Assemblyman Herb Conaway
I am writing to ask you to vote against A1669. Hunters already have six days of hunting. There is no justifiable reason to allow Sunday, a day of worship and rest, to become another killing day. This offends my sensibility, and disrespects the day of worship. You were put in office to have the power to maintain a civilized society without restricting many of our individual rights. However, hunting on Sundays is an abuse of those individual freedoms. Keep it civilized and respectful on Sundays. Please.
Monday, March 9
Dear Members and Supporters:At the end of last year, and only with your help, we managed to fight back legislation that would allow for the hunting of deer with bow and arrow on Sundays. That bill, A1669, is coming up for a vote in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources committee on Thursday, March 12. A companion bill has already passed the Senate, so if A1669 passes the Assembly committee and moves onto the full Assembly, it goes right to Corzine's desk.
This is too close for comfort. The Assembly NEEDS to know how many people strongly oppose this bill. Please reach out to the following legislators and ask them to vote NO on A1669 when it comes before them in committee on Thursday. It doesn't matter if you are not in their district. They are on a committee hearing bills for the entire state, so your opinion counts.Let them know that you are watching this bill carefully and you do NOT want hunting on Sundays. The hunters have 6 days of killing. They need 7? The animals can't have 1 day of peace?
If this crazy bill passes, hikers, bird watchers, families, cyclists and others who enjoy the outdoors would not be able to go into the woods at all during the bow and arrow hunting season. If they do, they risk being shot with an arrow. This is insane.
We need to kill this bill.We need EVERYONE to work on this with NJARA this week. We'll be sending out daily email alerts with specific tasks for you to do on that day that will only take a few minutes.
For today, please do the following: MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009 - Contact the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee membersPolitely, but firmly, let them know of your opposition to A1669 and that you STRONGLY URGE THEM TO VOTE NO.
Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano, Vice-Chair
Assemblyman John F. Amodeo
Assemblyman Herb Conaway
Please forward this email to hiking or cycling clubs, or any others you know who enjoy the outdoors. If you have any questions, contact us at 732-446-6808.
New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA)
Upholding and Advancing the Rights of Animals since 1983 through advocacy, public education and legislation
To financially support NJARA's work, please click here: www.nj-ara.org/donation.htm Phone: 732-446-6808 / Web: http://www.nj-ara.org/
Be Green! Visit http://www.chooseveg.com/ and explore a plant-based diet.Searching the web? Don't "google", use http://www.goodsearch.com/ and NJARA will receive a donation for every qualified search!
Bookmark it today! [Be sure to enter New Jersey Animal Rights as your charity.]
Friday, March 06, 2009
New Iberia Research Center. Louisiana. Animal Experimentation. Abuse of Lab Animals. HSUS Undercover. March 2009.
Sunset? Well, it was reported that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack ordered an investigation of the facility based on this nine-month undercover work by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
"In light of the video evidence presented today, I am ordering a thorough investigation of animal welfare practices at New Iberia Research Center… If the allegations prove to be true, the American public can expect the perpetrators to be held fully accountable. I take the protection of animals very seriously, and will do my utmost to fully enforce the Animal Welfare Act." Vilsack.
If it ain't a sunset, it sure will be an ass-kicking. Heads will roll.
More people got into the act. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., have asked for a thorough investigation as well. There are two individuals who have filed lawsuits against the NIRC. Neither one has met the other including the undercover investigator. The undercover videos affirm their allegations of animal abuse.
How big is the New Iberia Research Center? There are approximately 6,000 monkeys and 325 chimpanzees imprisoned in the facility which covers 100 acres. There is one salient point I’d like to raise which wasn’t covered in the report. In the nine months of undercover surveillance, only twenty of these animals were used for testing. Now, don’t start feeling good about that because the rest are just warehoused or used for breeding. Millions of dollars of American taxpayer money have been spent on warehousing and breeding. Yup, you paid for it, not the NIRC’s clients.
BTW, one of the chimpanzees is Karen. She was taken from the wild in 1958, and has lived in a barren cage since then. I was born in 1957, and so I can easily fathom the length of time that Karen has been imprisoned. Practically, my entire life, Karen has been caged and abused. Abused? Listen, if they are not free, they are abused. We have no right to detain or hold captive a living, sentient being simply because they are animals and we are human.
Not surprisingly, none of the facility’s administrators were willing to appear on camera for a comment. They, however, issued a statement: "We are driven by high standards and ethics and believe the videos distort acceptable standard procedures and incorrectly imply mistreatment of nonhuman primates at the New Iberia Research Center."
Videos don’t usually lie. Even in the face of incontrovertible evidence, NIRC chose to deny the harsh realities that exist at their facility. Deny and hope it will go away. We’ve seen that strategy before. Unfortunately for the animal abusers, there has been a change in government in Washington and part of that is a new secretary of agriculture who is sympathetic to animal welfare. If my memory doesn’t fail me, it is the secretary of agriculture who is responsible for implementing the animal welfare act. Violations include drugged animals falling off shelves, hitting chimpanzees on their teeth with steel pipes because they refused to open their mouths, transporting the chimpanzees unprotected, and many more.
It is worth mentioning that the National Institutes of Health has given the NIRC $18,000,000 of federal funding to do their research for them. The payments were made between 2000 and 2009. The NIH declined to appear on the report, but they issued the same old lame excuse that animal experimentation has saved countless human lives. I don’t accept this argument. I don’t think it is right to condone animal abuse if it will benefit humans. In this case, the end does not justify the means.
And how about saving countless animal lives? How about freeing longtime inmates? How come that option hasn’t been explored yet?
This argument that it is for our own best interest is the skirt behind which animal abusers hide. If so, then are federal guidelines to follow. Laboratories, universities, and the scientists who perform the tests have been caught violating them. The NIRC is just the latest example of federally funded animal abuse, exposed only after an undercover investigation. Otherwise, they will always insist that all is well in animal experimentation. What a farce!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will be teeing off from this report beginning tomorrow, launching a more vigorous campaign to free these animals from their miserable lives.