Thursday, August 26, 2010

EPA. Lead Core Components in Ammo. Harmful to the Environment. Petition and Public Comment.

Greetings. I am crossposting a message from the group, Keep Life in the Park (KLIP) headed by a very dedicated animal rights proponent, Merrilee Cichy. KLIP has been very active and vigilant against all forms of animal cruelty including the gassing of park geese, and deer/bear hunting. They are the good guys.

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.

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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: jackson.lisa@epa.gov

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Animal Intelligence. Communication. Vocabulary. What are they thinking?

A friend alerted me to a recently published Time Magazine issue on animal intelligence. I have lately been focused on the N.Y. Times and the Economist and so my radar didn't pick this one up. I couldn't get to the full article and so an aperitif is offered below. So, what else is new?

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.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2008759,00.html


Thursday, August 05, 2010

Philippines. Death by Exhaust Fumes. Tambucho Gassing. The Nadir of Animal Cruelty.


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 etcarlosdvm@gmail.com I think he deserves to hear from us.