Thursday, December 30, 2010
We are at the cusp of another year, and we do not know with utmost certainty what the new year will bring to animal welfare. Chances are, there will be more of the same---heart-warming rescues-- continued protests against the circus, the fur industry, the farm industry, puppy mills, animal experimentation, and hunting. The year 2011 is going to be a stew of unspeakable cruelty mixed in with chunks of sweet animal liberation. Even with morphing specifics, the issues will follow a general, well-trodden path. The route straddles a great divide between good and evil. We are on a continuum, and no one intends to jump off.
I can tell you one thing for certain; there will not be a cruelty-free world in 2011. For as long as humankind is around, there will be animal cruelty. Humankind is the common denominator. As I have stated before, there is no animal-to-animal cruelty, no animal-to-human cruelty. But, there is human-to-animal and human-to-human cruelty. It is a small consolation that from this very flawed species spring a handful of enlightened individuals who seek to tip the balance, favoring compassion over evil.
For animal rights activists, there will be no surprises in our work. The life of an animal rights proponent is very predictable. No matter what year it is, life is a continuing struggle for us. There is no long rest period. There are no permanent vacations. We exists to move forward. We will go where there is injustice. We will do what we can. We will speak to those who are willing to listen. We will reach deep into our pockets without becoming destitute ourselves. We will arrange our schedules, and honor our respective commitments to animal welfare. We will continue to offer our hearts and souls at the alter. We will be here for the animals, like generations before us. They will not walk alone. We will not be intimidated. We won't back down.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Dear Friends of NJ Wildlife,
Happy Holidays from Keep Life In the Park to you and your families. Together, we've accomplished so much for our local wildlife.
In Passaic County, we showed our outrage at the murder of innocent deer in Garret Mountain and Rifle Camp Parks in Woodland Park. Due to many important follow up meetings with Freeholders, we feel confident that the remaining deer are safe for now.
The New Year is a time for resolutions. Please resolve to continue fighting for the innocent animals who can't speak for themselves. You are all truly, very special human beings.
With warmest regards,
Merrilee Cichy & Julie O’Connor
Saturday, December 18, 2010
" I've hunted since I was 15. "
Well, that's a pretty convincing argument, isn't it? I reckon the logic behind it is that when something is done repeatedly, it becomes acceptable. This strikes me as some sort of moral equivalence, or what I refer to as a moral easement. Its simplicity belies its exceedingly dangerous application. To frame it correctly, one only needs to cite his/her personal habits, assumed good, and that would suffice. I don't believe that even serial rapists and murderers assume that their repeated offenses become good with practice. But, evidently, hunters who have killed many times and over many years have convinced themselves that such prolonged practice is justification by itself. In reality, if it was wrong the first time you committed an act of cruelty, it would be wrong everytime, and for all time.
And finally, there is a certain Joe Piserchia who hunted in the area of West Milford, NJ. He is credited by the hunting aficionados as the killer of one of the largest bears brought in, weighing 586 pounds (the bear, not Piserchia) and approximately 20 years old. Imagine, a magnificent animal that roamed the woods for two decades is now gone, probably turned into a trophy and conversation piece in somebody's home. Hark, a hunter's got the war story that would last his lifetime. And isn't that what this whole thing is about---the bragging, the blood lust, the thrill of destruction?
" I harvested him at 8:10 in the morning..."
Is there a suggestion that hunters are one with nature? Hunters present themselves as conscientious environmentalists, not shootists, even referring to hunted animals like they were clams or a mushrooms. You got to love the euphemism, the glossing over of a gruesome killing by firearm, the suggestion that no blood was spilt, like it was some fresh Spring morning and they bent over to pick some flowers. Harvesting is for crop farmers, not for animal killers. The hunter went on to talk about the kill:
" There's no drug in the world that can give you this feeling. "
Well, frankly, I wouldn't know. I don't hunt and I don't do drugs.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Dr. Mateo is head of the Animal Welfare Division of the Bureau of Animal Industry. This Division is tasked to implement the Animal Welfare Act or RA 8485. Dr Mateo has been occupying this position since the law was passed in 1998.
Ask any animal welfare group if they have received action from this official on any cruelty case and you will be met with a flat out "No." But don't take our word for it: go and call the BAI-AWD at 924-7951 when you want to report animal cruelty and see where it leads you.
How to reach Dr. Mateo?
We don't know.
Call and he isn't there.
Text him on his cellphone 09189005784 and he doesn't reply. Write him a letter, and if after one month - if you are lucky - he will reply with a letter that simply refers your letter back to the company you are complaining about or he would refer it to another Division.
None of the media practitioners have been able to reach Dr. Mateo himself for comment on the granting of an "animal welfare" permit for the dolphin show these past few weeks.
Recent News on 50 cats rescued by QC Police Station 3
PAWS just found out that the guy accused of selling these cats - a certain Artemio Sanchez - has been previously reported to BAI's Dr. Angel Mateo for drowning cats that he sells. Get this: Sanchez' company, according to the PSPCA, has an animal welfare permit from BAI-AWD.
If you agree with our opinion that Mateo should be removed from his post, please do write a letter to Secretary Alcala of the Department of Agriculture:
Honorable Proceso Alcala
Department of Agriculture
Elliptical Road, Quezon City
Fax number 9203986
Meantime, PAWS has already initiated steps to file administrative and criminal charges against Dr. Mateo.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
2010 Bear Hunt. A Message from Keep Life in the Park. Gov. Christie. DEP Bob Martin. DFW Larry Herrighty.
My sincere thanks to all who came out to the demo yesterday in the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area in Fredon. We easily numbered 150 and our energy was palpable as we expressed our outrage at this hunt, not only at the few hunters who brought in the bears they slaughtered, but to the NJ Div. of Fish & Wildlife staff, whose arrogant Assistant Director of Operations, Larry Herrighty aka 'Lampchop', viewed us cowardly through binoculars. All week, they felt so threatened that not only were State Police on hand, AND Homeland Security, but some DFW officers appeared to be wearing green bullet-proof vests. Excuse me - we are NON-VIOLENT. THEY HAVE THE GUNS!
This is not the end but only the beginning of much ongoing dedicated work to ensure that NJ legislators, 'get the message' LOUD AND CLEAR: that we are not going to forget this; that we are going to hold them accountable; and that we will VOTE THEM OUT. We are going to expose the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance for the bullies and thugs that they are, intimidating reporters, legislators, and anyone even remotely opposed to hunting. We will target (no pun intended) State and Div. of Fish & Wildlife for restricting our Constitutional rights of assembly in limiting our numbers, particularly the first days of the hunt. This is only the beginning.
Stay with us my friends. Be pro-active with action alerts. Together we have the power to make change to protect animals. Stay tuned.
Thank you on behalf of all the animals.
Bergen Record Article
Thursday, December 09, 2010
2010 New Jersey Black Bear Hunt. The True Nature of the Black Bear. Gov. Chris Christie. DEP Bob Martin. Nabobs of Cruelty.
This video was filmed in 2009, just before Gov. Christie took office. Even then, it was obvious to many that he would support and abet the hunting of NJ's black bears. In December 2010, we heard him state that the ongoing hunt, his chosen measure for controlling the alleged bear population growth, is based on Science. Gov. Christie's Science consists of the duplicated reports of human-bear encounters by the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), and reports stating that nearly 100% of the residents of bear country are securing their garbage by using bear-proof garbage bins (DFW). If this is true, then I am Neil Armstrong and I walked on the Moon. If truth be known, this hunt is a gift to the Governor's political supporters, a massacre, a program of extermination, and a joyride for the blood-lusting hunters. The Governor, and his pathetic Yes-Man Bob Martin of the DEP, are not interested in empirical and scientific evidence, like this video, where we can witness the non-aggressive nature of the black bear. This video speaks for itself, a great argument presented by the filmmaker.
Call the Gov. Christie's office and tell them that you are opposed to the bear hunt now and in the future, that you do not approve of this program of extermination : 609-292-6000
2010 New Jersey Bear Hunt. Whittingham Weigh Station. The Bears Get Massacred. Gov. Chris Christie. DEP Bob Martin.
Handful? Well, yeah. The DFW limited the number of protesters to 25, citing safety and crowd control. The state police and DFW rangers were in attendance to enforce this rule. But there is another, rather convenient, reason for the DFW to limit protesters. The DFW is accused of cooking the books concerning the number of bear sightings in residential areas, and a certain Professor Dr. Edward Tavss of Rutgers University proved, through an extensive study of the records, that serious anomalies, such as doubling the number of human-bear encounters, exist in the DFW's records. Because of this and the general public's disgust with the hunt, the DFW correctly concluded that scores of protesters would show up if permitted. Last Monday, there were twenty-five of us, and only five, at a time, could approach the weigh area with our cameras.
Below are three of my still photographs. The photo of the murdered mother and cub was taken by Theo Braakman. In one photo, notice the two bear cubs, how small they are, and notice the dead deer on which these two cubs were dumped on. Heck, even the deer were shot dead! So much for a hunt to control the bears. In reality, this hunt constitutes a blood bath in the New Jersey woods that has nothing to do with conservation. One photo shows a mature bear spread eagle on a trailer. You can see the green hunter's tag on it, as if in death this bear now rightfully belonged to the hunter. This hunt is all so ignorant and barbaric. I am ashamed to be on the same human race as Gov. Christie and DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.
2010 New Jersey Bear Hunt. Manufactured Statistics, Not Science. Gov. Christie. DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.
It usually takes an insider to show us the way through the veil of hypocrisy and past a wall of lies. Governor Christie, together with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin, champions a science-based "bear hunt" to control the black bear population in New Jersey.
But, is it truly a hunt when hunters are allowed to bait the bears with food instead of the traditional method of stalking the prey? Where is the skill, or sportman's honor, in shooting a baited animal? Even worse, bear cubs no bigger than your average sized dog have been shot dead. What is euphemistically referred to as a hunt is, in reality, a wholesale massacre of bear families. It is a hate-based destruction of our natural treasures. This massacre, over 400 bears killed in the first three days, panders to the blood lust of the hunting community. It is as banal as that and the hunters frolick upon the blood of innocent and harmless bears that they so readily portrayed as a nuisance and even a threat to their safety.
The truth is, if controlling the bear population meant reading a book at the library, these people wouldn't be out there at all, would not care an iota about bear population control. However, give them a chance to shoot for blood, they will embrace the idea.
Is this hunt really based on science? View the video and let the former Commissioner of the DEP tell you what he thinks.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Support The Right To Arm Bears Rally
Reject the Slaughter
Defend Black Bears in
Friday, December 3, 1pm - 3pm
State House, Trenton, NJ
Your presence is urgently needed at a rally organized by Friends of Animals (FoA) and joined by NJ-based group Heart for Animals http://www.meetup.com/HeartforAnimals, on Friday, December 3, where we’ll protest New Jersey's bear hunt directly to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) office at the State House in , during working hours so that critics of the mean-spirited, ignorant hunt are heard.
The black bear massacre is set to start December 6th and the violence continues for six days; in spite of objections, perhaps because Gov. Christie is an apologist for the NRA's assaults on indigenous wildlife.
Please take an hour or more to join us and demand Gov. Christie cancel the bear hunt.
FoA and New Jersey group Lawyers in Defense of Animals (LIDA) recently joined forces to tell Governor Christie that New Jersey has it all wrong when it comes to bears.
Marie Ansari, secretary of Lawyers in Defense of Animals (LIDA) said, “If bears might live and thrive in New Jersey, we as state residents are highly fortunate people.”
Lee Hall, Vice-President of Legal Affairs for FoA points out, “Bears have now been encountered in all 21 New Jersey counties. Their population is up from a weak three-figure number to a more viable four-figure number.”
“The governor has got this completely backwards,” said Friends of Animals board member Sally Malanga. “One has to wonder whether is intentionally ignoring the facts in order to provide a trophy hunt for certain supporters.”
“Rather than teaching our society to kill other living beings, we should be following the proven path of public awareness. Then we win, and our native animals win,” said Malanga, a resident of northern New Jersey.
**Some banners & posters will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own , in addition to noisemakers of all kinds**
Friday, Dec. 3, 1pm - 3pm
State House Address:
125 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
Direct rail service to Trenton is provided by both () and (). NJ Transit also provides bus service to and within the Trenton area. More info at: http://www.njtransit.com
Walking: South Clinton Avenue runs along the left side of the train station. Proceed up the avenue (to your right when facing the road) one block and make a left onto East State Street. (You'll soon pass the on your left.) At one point, the street becomes a pedestrian mall. After the mall, the street becomes West State Street. The State House is two blocks up on the left. The walk takes 10-15 minutes.
Cabs: Cabs are available at the rear of the station.
To RSVP and if you have any questions, contact Edita Birnkrant, NY Director, Friends of Animals at Edita@friendsofanimals.org or 212.247.8120, or Dustin Rhodes, at Dustin@friendsofanimas.org or 202.906.0210.
Please save the time and date. This Wed. Dec. 1st 7:30 Public Meeting Room (5th Floor), One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, New Jersey, some KLIP members are going to the Bergen County Freeholders meeting to ask for a resolution against the NJ Black Bear Hunt which is set to start on next Mon.
Educate these politicians that the Div. of Fish & Wildlife is not pro-animal, but rather they are almost always anti animal. Please lend your voice to this request. You can just go up and request the resolution against the hunt. That's all we need from you. We need to show that the people are against this trophy hunt! This is important and the politicians should hear from us - maybe the Governor will hear our message, the more resolutions he receives!
If you want to say more, here are key points to make when you talk:
•The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife COOKED THE BOOKS and manipulated data to try to show that there was a rise in bear complaints. But Dr. Ed Tavss of Rutgers proved that bear complaints actually DROPPED.
•The Division of Fish & Wildlife is a pro-hunting agency that profits from the sale of hunting licenses. They are doing everything they can to sabotage humane bear management efforts.
•The only proven way to reduce bear nuisance complaints is by properly storing garbage—this is also the law.
•However, the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife refuses to enforce our garbage control law. (In 4 years, only 9 violations were written.) By ignoring garbage control, they are in violations of the Black Bear Feeding Ban Law: NJSA 23:2A-14
•The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s negligence causes bear incidents to occur...they then use the inflated statistics to justify bear hunting.
•The majority of bears killed in the 2005 hunt were mothers and their cubs. This is a recreational hunt that will do nothing to address the need for public education and garbage control enforcement.
•Follow up email on Tuesday coming - Thank you - see you at the meeting!
K.L.I.P. (Keep Life In the Park)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Barangay Bel Air. Makati. Victor Gomez. Starved Cats. Charged with Animal Cruelty. Not Fit for Re-Election.
I thought I was lucky to be a stray in such an upscale community. Some kind ladies from an organization named CARA Welfare had me neutered and were feeding me outside their homes.I even heard that they had an agreement with barangay officia...ls for a "Trap-Neuter-Return" arrangement for cats so everything was going great.... until that dark day in December 2007 when I found myself in a cat trap for the second time.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Gov. Christie's 2010 Trophy Bear Hunt. Protest. Dover, New Jersey. Blood Lust. Kill the Hunt, Not the Bears.
By one organizer's count, ninety-five people came to this demonstration in Dover, New Jersey. This video was taken before all the protesters arrived at the scene, Route 46 corner Sammis, in front of the Wachovia Bank. With nearly one hundred attendees, this demo sent a clear message that people care about New Jersey's black bears. Some people drove from as far as Camden County. I drove from Bergen County. All of us say the same thing---we disappove of the trophy hunt.
Among other things, this organized killing is a waste of New Jersey's money. The pro-hunting groups want us to believe that hunting fees ($2 each) will cover the cost of the trophy hunt. This is not true, and not possible. Cost estimates put this trophy hunt at $2,000,000. As many as 10,000 permits will be open for purchase. If all those permits are bought, as many as 500-700 bears will be killed. However, in the last hunt before Gov. Corzine took office, only half of the available permits were purchased. This indicated a declining interest in killing innocent animals.
Nevertheless, there are still enough hunters out there to make this pseudo-hunt a massacre. Hunters are already boasting that kill records will be broken for every day of the hunt. This will be open season on our human-fearing bears, and the hunters salivate at the prospect of killing these animals. It's all very barbaric. It's about satisfying a blood lust, and not about bear population control.
The trophy hunt commences on Dec. 6 and it will end on Dec. 11. Hunting is a dying preoccupation as more and more people become educated and seek their satisfaction and ego boosts in a humane way. All animal hunts are cruel, and they degrade civilized societies. Help stop this cruel hunt by contacting Gov. Christie's office at 609-292-6000 or faxing your letter to 609-292-3454. Our black bears' lives depend on our efforts to save them.
Monday, October 18, 2010
There are Only 49 Days Left to Save Our Bears. Please join the campaign, get active and let everyone you know what's going on!
1. We need your help with getting APLNJ and the BEAR Group a meeting with Governor Christie.
•Ask the governor to meet with hunt opponents NOW!
•Ask him to stop this corrupt bear hunt NOW!
CONTACT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE:
Webmail: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/contact/ (pick Environment, then Fish and Wildlife)
2. Please continue to send us your name and contact information for our Christie's Corruption Fax Blitz.
Send your name and address to: email@example.com
3. Animal Advocates set up an online petition for all to sign. Have family and friends sign too - please forward!
4. Thanks to everyone who made press calls last week, which resulted in an NBC news broadcast about Dr. Tavss' report.
5. Thanks to everyone who came out, supported, and promoted the "Stand Up For Me Black Bear Rally" on Saturday!
More than 100 people came out to the rally to support the bears. Special thanks to Eleanor Hoffman for organizing this in her town. It was also a pleasant surprise to see former Bear Group director Lynda Smith at the rally, who was visiting New Jersey. Two newspapers, one weekly and a couple of press photographers covered the rally. (See one of the articles below.) We will be putting up all the photos on our Facebook page over the next few days. If you took photos, please send them to us, or provide links. We are currently planning 2-3 more rallies to take place in upcoming weeks.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Steven Corn Furs. Doesn't that name strike fear into your heart? I mean, what monstrosity could be within those walls? I call this place, The Morgue on 17. With racks of skin and fur, their real owners no more, the name is well-earned.
On this day, the store was having its Columbus Day Sale. Yes, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to save on the finest furs. If you didn't go, you lost out on 10% savings on 100% suffering. But, we went. And the supportive honking from passersby meant that we were welcome. And thank you, Mr. Corn, for turning on the sprinklers. We stayed, and we will be back.
Would you recognize this fella? His hind legs bound, his forelegs chopped off, his fur ripped off, still alive, hours from death. His coat could very well be hanging on one of your racks, Mr. Corn.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Don't be afraid. There are no gruesome images in this video. I know that there are some people who have a very shallow threshold for pain. They can't sleep at night; images of butchered or abused animals haunt them. Although I always look at those gut-wrenching images, primarily to acknowledge the suffering of the animals, I don't blame you for protecting your sanity.
Here is a video that is very well-done. It contains scenes of captive animal performances but none of the blood and gore. This is a video you can send to your friends who are still sitting in darkness, those who believe that performing animals are also having a great time, those who insist that the circus is wholesome family entertainment.
I'll let the video presentation speak for itself. And please, do not think that captive animal performances exist only in China. It is a global problem. We have our own home-grown example in the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Can you think of any situation, any circumstance which would justify such diabolical selfishness, such sickness and inhumanity? Well, neither can we...
This Saturday, October the 16th, FAUN NJ, in solidarity with our friends Caring Activists Against Fur (CAAF), will be making our immutable opposition to the horrific Chinese fur trade known to some unscrupulous cretins in , who shamelessly, gleefully profit from just what you see above - the confinement, torture and extraordinarily brutal extermination of innocent beings - in the name of fickle "luxury" and transient, superfluous "fashion."
Come and add your voice to a burgeoning group of energetic animal activists whose prime objective is to elevate public awareness about the plight of innumerable defenseless foxes, minks, raccoons, dogs and cats, and other mammal victims of the gruesome Chinese fur trade, who are violently and systematically removed from their natural habitats, corralled into inescapable death camps, crammed into tiny, filthy cages for months in ALL weather conditions, beaten, stomped on, anally electrocuted, gassed, bludgeoned to death, even SKINNED ALIVE so that affluent first-world consumers can cheerfully, obliviously indulge their exhibitionism, parading around, morbidly draped in skins that are quite literally, ripped off these animals' backs as they helplessly writhe in overwhelming shock and agony - often the poor, pathetic, skinless creatures writhe in mortal pain for minutes or hours before the final throes of death overtake them. These helpless animals are tortured and killed in the most horrifically cruel ways imaginable - for vain, pretentious, human notions of "luxury apparel" and "fashion." This is disgusting and reprehensible beyond words. Come and help us in vocalizing our opposition to it, and intelligently discouraging conscientious consumers from patronizing heartless dealers in terror, suffering and death.
Here are the details of this Saturday's demonstration:
WHEN: Saturday, October 16th, 2010.
TIME: From 1:00pm til 4:00pm.
**WE will have plenty of signs, literature and relevant props. All YOU need to bring is yourself and your voice to speak up for the voiceless, who cannot articulate their natural desire to freely live out their lives under the sun, to frolic and to bear young, to behave as they have evolved to, in accordance with their own natures, and with no interference from our species.You can RSVP for this demonstration on FAUN Meetup:
Written by Anthony Botti.
North Utah Valley Animal Shelter. University of Utah. Dogs For Sale. Animal Experimentation. Public Trust.
" The barely existent "benefits" of experimenting on these animals doesn't even come close to the resulting moral loss. This is a good example of human depravity and selfishness. It's utterly unacceptable, and no, I will NOT ever take an animal to this kind of shelter; such a place is a fraud." Swampthing (Salt lake Tribune)
Swampthing had reason to be disdainful. It is more than a fraud; it is a betrayal. Recently, PETA uncovered a ghoulish detail about operations at the North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS). They have been selling their dogs to the University of Utah who, in turn, uses them for experimentation.
Readers comments on the newspaper naturally veered towards the pros and cons of animal experimentation. But that is not the issue here. The issue is betrayal of mission. Animal shelters provide a haven for homeless and needy animals. That's why it is a shelter. The obligation to protect these animals from harm and sickness is implicit.
It does not matter if animal experimentation achieves some good, or not. If these dogs were sold to a dogmeat trader, the argument would still be the same. You don't present yourself to society as an animal shelter, accept animals from people who believe that you are a shelter, and then take that protective roof away in exchange for money.
In essence, NUVAS ceased to be a member of the animal-loving community. In practice, NUVAS became a business, and a surrogate to a cruel and exploitative enterprise.
PETA's Report on NUVAS
NUVAS Phone: (801) 785-3442 Fax: (801) 785-0514
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The challenge facing us today is to make great strides in Medicine without the cruelty. Animal experimentation is repetitive. Grant proposals are submitted to keep white labcoated professionals employed, and the National Institute of Sciences is ever so willing to bless them with taxpayers money. If animal experimenters insist that some good comes out of animal testing, then they must also be ready to admit that it is hideously cruel. This, they refuse to admit and will never admit.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
FAUN NJ, in solidarity with our friends Caring Activists Against Fur (CAAF), will be making our immutable opposition to the horrific Chinese fur trade known to those unscrupulous cretins whose livelihood is the confinement, torture and extraordinarily brutal extermination of innocent beings - all in the name of fickle "luxury" and transient, superfluous "fashion." There will be two demonstrations this weekend, here are the details of both:
Saturday, October 9th:
WHERE: Steven Corn Furs, 358 NJ Route 17, Paramus, NJ, 07652-2906.
WHEN: Saturday, October 9th, 2010.
TIME: From 1:00pm til 2:30pm.
PARKING: Activists are invited to gather from 1:00pm forward, and park in the parking lot of a large strip mall adjacent to Steven Corn Furs. PLEASE DO NOT PARK in the actual parking lot of Steven Corn Furs, but there is plenty of parking in the lot up the road next to the store. This is the road between The Container Store Mall & Steven Corn Furs. If you follow that road toward the back, there is parking by the closed schools. If there are any questions about parking at this location, please call CAAF organizer Julie at (201)927-3617.
Sunday, October 10th:
WHERE: Macy's Department Store, 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001.
WHEN: Sunday, October 10th, 2010.
TIME: From 1:00pm til 3:00pm.
Activists are invited to gather from 1:00pm forward in front of Macy's Department Store at 151 West 34th Street. If there are any questions about directions to and from this location in Manhattan, please call the CAAF day of the event coordinator David - 646-821-6651 for Caring Activists Against Fur.
Come and add your voice to a burgeoning group of energetic animal activists whose prime directive is to elevate public awareness about the plight of innumerable defenseless foxes, minks, raccoons, dogs and cats, and other mammal victims of the gruesome Chinese fur trade, who are violently and systematically removed from their natural habitats, corralled into inescapable death camps, crammed into tiny, filthy cages for months in ALL weather conditions, beaten, stomped on, anally electrocuted, gassed, bludgeoned to death, even SKINNED ALIVE so that affluent first-world consumers can gleefully, obliviously parade around, morbidly draped in the skins that were quite literally, ripped off these animals' backs as they helplessly writhed in overwhelming shock and agony 'til the final throes of death overtake them, which often means the poor, pathetic, skinless creature will writhe in mortal agony for minutes or hours! These helpless animals are tortured and killed in the most horrifically cruel ways imaginable - all for vain, pretentious, human notions of "luxury apparel" and "fashion."
We will have plenty of signs, literature and relevant props. All YOU need to bring is yourself and your voice to speak up for the voiceless, who cannot articulate their own wish to freely live out their lives under the sun, to frolic and to bear young, to behave in accordance with their own natures with no interference from our species.
For more information about this demonstration and/or other animal rights events in the NY/NJ area, please feel free to contact CAAF Organizer Julie at (201)927-3617 or Anthony from FAUN at (732)693-9044 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for all you do for our voiceless friends, together we fight to win animal rights. We are their voices!!!!
Blessed be all animals, and all friends of animals...
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Assuming an open and fair mind, I should not come down hard on the agents of change. They are just fulfilling their mission. How else will they get the word out to the people if they don't try?
My Facebook friend recounted her run-in with a confirmed meateater at "the morgue"---my term for the meat section of a supermarket. A suggestion was made to view the slaughterhouse videos on the web. The steak-lover listened but there was no confirmation that he actually viewed the videos afterwards. Nevertheless, a seed was planted and that is enough to make any proselytizer happy. One works with what she's got, and homeruns don't usually occur on demand.
I am reminded of Alexander's conquest of Tyre where the people sought safety in a walled citadel on an offshore island. They sneered at him, ridiculed him, thumbed their noses at him. Well, Alexander decided to stay. Passing on Tyre would compromise his reputation for invincibility, not a good idea when enroute to conquering the Persian empire. Alexander ordered his men to drop stones in the water between the shore and the island. A causeway was created after six months, and Alexander sacked the citadel and slaughtered the once proud and defiant defenders. Victory belongs to the most tenacious (Napoleon), and often success is built incrementally, brick by brick.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Love thy neighbor. Animals, instinctively or consciously, know this more profoundly than our species. Unlike the animals, we are capable of plotting the murder of a fellow human for revenge and material gain. At one end, we produce profound scientific minds and persuasive moral philosophers. But at another end, there are the serial killers, animal torturers, and mass murderers. We raise other living beings for slaughter and consumption, disregarding their sentience. We organize armed forces to destroy societies opposed to us and justify it as inevitable, necessary, as the right course of action. Who are we, but a flawed species. Our dominion over animals is utterly wrong and our control of the Earth, undeserved.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Call (732)693-9044, or email email@example.com for more information about this event.
WHEN: Saturday, September 18th, 2010.
TIME: From 1pm through 4pm.
WHERE: Marzigliano's Live Market , 5217 Bergenline Avenue, West New York, NJ, 07093-5512.
PARKING: *There is metered parking all along Bergenline Avenue, however since this demonstration is on a Saturday, finding a spot close to the demo location might be a problem. For those driving in and unfamiliar with the area, J F Kennedy Blvd is one of the main thoroughfares running through the town of West New York. Take J F Kennedy Blvd to 52nd Street, where you will see a large PC Richards on the corner. Turn onto 52nd Street, and drive down approximately 3/4 of a block, you will pass a long/large brown building. Just beyond this building on your right hand side is a sign "West New York municipal parking" turn right and park. It is quite close to the demo location, though be advised to bring QUARTERS since the metered parking here accepts only quarters at the rate of .50 (fifty cents) per hour. From the Municipal Parking Lot, it is literally a 50 foot walk to Bergenline Ave. Making a left onto Bergenline Ave, you will see Marzigliano's Live Poultry another 50 feet up the street.
**Note to NYC activists--there is a bus directly from the Port Authority,NYC which drops you off in front of Marzigliano's Live Poultry Market. NJ Transit bus # 159 toward Fort Lee/Linwood Park.
Suzanne Dragan LPN, BA certified Plant-based Nutrition, T. Colin Campbell Foundation, Cornell University Food for Life, Directora program of Animal Protection League of NJPO Box 174 Englishtown, NJ 07726 732-446-6963
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of Life on Earth as much as the evolution to a (plant-based) vegetarian diet." Albert Einstein
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
It might be the area I am staying at, the juction of Avenida Mexico and Avenida Maximo Gomez, but I have seen less stray animals than I expected before coming to Santo Domingo. Many of the stray dogs I have seen are full-bodied with good fur on them. Only a few fit my image of a stray animal---thin, mangy, having only clumps of matted fur, a body spangled with festering wounds. Stray animals also have that look of being on a constant search for food. This is a very sad image. These are certainly not the strays that I meet at the shelter in New Jersey. Our strays escaped from their homes and lost their way, ending up at the shelter. The strays in Santo DomingoI make the streets their home. They live and die on the concrete pavements of the city. Frequent visitors to garbage dumps, these dogs consume rotten, maggot-infested leftovers. I have seen them in Santo Domingo, but not many. Is this good?
Well, I don't know for sure. As I said, it could be the area I am residing at. However, I have done a good amount of driving in the city and even a day's trip East of the city to a small seaside town called Bayahibe. Along the way, when I was slowly making my way through the busy main street of La Romana, I got a glimpse of this little fellow who fit the description. The other dogs I saw hung out in front of bodegas, unleased and with no collars, sleepy from the afternoon heat and sun. I think some Dominicans allow their dogs to wander off into the neighborhood, trusting that they will come home unharmed.
Does the city government of Santo Domingo have a strict policy against stray dogs and cats? Does it do a great job at rounding them up? Is there a dogmeat trade in the country? I am afraid to ask, but I will when I get a chance. I am hoping that it is just a matter of effective and humane animal control.
The other day, I did something I haven't done in decades--I bought a whole coconut from the pushcart man who expertly chopped it up with his long and exceedingly sharp machete so I could drink the juice and eat the meat. This is a throwback to my younger years in the Phiippines. How simple, innocent, and inexpensive! Yet, you get to consume a fresh fruit untouched by human hands; the juice and meat are inside the husk. I don't think I will ever see a coconut pushcart vendor in New York. The image will offend our sensibilities which tend to put a high value on attractive and clean packaging. Maybe, it would only be a matter of an attractive-looking truck with a uniformed vendor. My vendor wore rags and had a haggard look to him. Well, he's hard up. I gave him a huge tip.
Fresh coconuts on a pushcart would be too tacky, some might say, although we have those smoky meat vendors at some corners of the city. I find them repulsive, and I try my best not to walk by them. The smell and sounds of sizzling dead flesh offends me. Meateaters do not investigate how their meat got to their plate at home or at a restaurant. Don't you think that they are running a higher risk of contamination when the meat ends up at a street corner in New York? Holy Mother of God! I'd rather have fruit that I can wash myself, or one that nature herself sealed off from human contamination.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Lead core components found in traditional ammunition are destructive to the environment. Please let the Environmental Protection Agency know that you are opposed to this sort of harmful products. It's about a healthy Earth, the only place in the universe that will accept us. It's our only lifeboat in a hostile cosmic world. Always do what is good for the Earth.
The elimination of ammunition with lead core components will have a positive effect on animal welfare as sport hunting with such ammunition will effectively cease.
Dear Friends of NJ Wildlife,
EPA Considering Ban on Traditional Ammunition — Take Action Now
With the fall hunting season fast approaching, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Lisa Jackson, who was responsible for banning bear hunting in New Jersey, is now considering a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) – a leading anti-hunting organization – to ban all traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, a law in which Congress expressly exempted ammunition. If the EPA approves the petition, the result will be a total ban on all ammunition containing lead-core components, including hunting and target-shooting rounds. The EPA must decide to accept or reject this petition by November 1, 2010, the day before the midterm elections.
Today, the EPA has opened to public comment the CBD petition. The comment period ends on October 31, 2010.
The EPA has published the petition and relevant supplemental information as Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0681. If you would like to read the original petition and see the contents of this docket folder, please click here. In order to go directly to the ‘submit a comment’ page for this docket number, please click here.
Steps to take:
1. Submit comment online to the EPA.
2. Contact Lisa Jackson directly to voice your SUPPORT the ban:
Lisa P. JacksonAdministrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, DC 20460(202) 564-4700Fax: (202) 501-1450Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
We know that research into animal intelligence, their communication skills when there is no common spoken language between them and us, has been ongoing for a long time and I truly wonder when it would be time for us to finally accept that they are not as dumb as we think they are. Sometimes, I feel that this sort of news articles are just fillers, old and dependable stories that will always ring a bell with readers. They are like cowboy / western movies. They're cheap to produce and people will always watch them.
The Wow factor is already stale. It's time to move on from our insistence that animals are nothing but blobs of protoplasm firing off involuntary reactions to outside stimuli. They can think. Birds build nests and use tools to get to food. Apes can look into a mirror and remove a piece of paper on its head and not from the image on the mirror. This tells us that they too have a sense of self.
Tells us something new.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Life has become quite hectic lately, with my son having two surgeries in Boston and I am planning a week's trip to the Dominican Republic very soon. But what has taken up most of my attention is the drafting of a petition against the legitimized gassing of dogs in the Philippines.
This isn't your usual gassing via carbon monoxide cylinders, but something worse than that. This sort of gassing uses the exhaust fumes from a motor vehicle. It's called Tambucho Gassing. Yup, that's pretty hideous stuff and two government bodies in the Philippines ( The Committee on Animal Welfare and the Department of Agriculture ) approved the method as an acceptable form of euthanasia. Incredible, isn't it? But human ignorance and depravity is bottomless, and I am surprised that I still get surprised by unfathomable acts of cruelty.
You can view the petition at Tambucho Gassing, and I invite you to read and understand it completely. It's not an April Fool's joke. I have included two videos that will surely turn you stomach. They will move you to tears. So, please consider your own threshold for pain before viewing them.
I ask you to support Filipino animal welfare advocates on this one by signing the petition and commenting. Leading the charge are the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Care and Responsibility to Animals, and the Animal Kingdom Foundation. At this point, the petition has already surpassed its targeted one thousand signatures but the signatures still keep on coming. People are just disgusted with Tambucho Gassing.
You may send your own personal email of disgust to the head of the Committee on Animal Welfare, Dr. Enrique T. Carlos at email@example.com I think he deserves to hear from us.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Just something to cheer you up. I found these photos of a pit bull named Niko on the web. His transformation from a homeless, downtrodden dog to a happy and proud one is the stuff of miracles. All he needed, after all, was some love and attention to bring him back from depression. Like humans, animals are social beings.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The reform's primary thrust comes from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), and Care and Responsibility for Animals (CARA).
The typical scenario is one involving a gaunt, old horse pulling an overloaded wooden carriage in the extreme heat of the tropics, often amidst smoke-belching motor vehicles, salivating profusely from extreme effort. Then, you add the incessant whipping. What do you have? Animal abuse. Improving the horses' lot will mirror the efforts made in cities like New York where animal rights organizations are trying to get rid of horse-drawn carriages entirely. The group representing the carriage drivers in New York offered a compromise that included a two-month vacation for the horses a year. For many animal rights proponents, however, any horse pulling a carriage is an abused animal.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I must confess. I don't read all the mail I receive. Many of them end up, straight away, in the pile of papers meant for the municipal recycling pick-up truck. I am talking about mail regarding recent elections for Board of Directors at the credit union, or the latest news from the regional school system. Stuff like that, I am not truly interested in.
I did pay attention to one piece of innocuous-looking mail from the water company. It turned out to have a bit of a sting. What is true here in Bergen County could be true at your area of the country as well. Perhaps, we should take a harder look at how we are affecting our water supply and what the local water company is doing about it.
United Water New Jersey wanted to inform us that the level of sodium in our drinking water was higher than the upper limits set by the NJ Division of Environmental Protection (DEP). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also involved in monitoring water quality but it has not set upper limits to the amount of sodium in our drinking water unlike the DEP.
Anyway, the DEP has set the upper limit at 50 parts per million (ppm). Test results from 2009 showed that United Water---our water company---exceeded the limit, averaging 76ppm and 69ppm at the Haworth Water Treatment Plant and the Upper Saddle River wells.
By February 2010, tests showed that United Water continued to exceed the limits for sodium. The numbers ae 73ppm and 67ppm respectively at those two places named above. If you compare the figures, nothing much has changed.
The DEP argues that a higher level of sodium in our water---higher than the stated upper limits set by them---is not a health threat to healthy individuals because a much greater sodium intake can be had from the food they eat.
Yeah, but how many among us is a perfectly healthy individual? United Water suggested that if you are on a sodium restricted diet, then better consult your health care provider.
Well, in that case, this is pretty serious stuff. Did you know that our drinking water in Bergen County has elevated amounts of sodium?
But what is more surprising is the culprit. According to United Water New Jersey, it's road salt! In their letter, they said, " Road salt run-off affecting our source water quality is the leading cause of elevated sodium levels in the drinking water supply. " United Water assures us that they are working with local communities to address the problem.
Assuming that the water company is correct and not passing the buck, then that illustrates how easily our water supply is affected by what is out there. What else on the road seeps into our water supply? I reckon anything we throw on the ground, or into the streams and rivers, especially in large quantities. That's how interconnected and fragile our environment is. Clean and healthy water, we take it for granted most of the time.