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.

Hours stretched into days and nobody came to feed me and the other 5 cats who were also trapped like me. Nobody came to even give us a drop of water when the sun beat down on our traps, making them sizzling hot. I grew weak and the last thing I ever saw were cats feebly meowing in the other traps and three (3) others who were already unconscious.

When I came to, a kind lady -one of those from CARA- was gently stroking my head. I overheard her saying softly over and over again that she was sorry for what I had to go through because of the lack of a heart and a conscience of some of her fellow human beings- like the barangay captain who gave orders to trap us and left us there to die.

I later also learned that three of the other trapped cats had gone through slow, horrible deaths and that only three of us survived.

I recovered - physically - as you can probably tell from my photo. But what you can't see is that I still have fears. I have not stopped being a very scared cat so I try to keep close to the house of the kind lady most of the time.

I do not understand much about human talk but I could tell that my lady-rescuer was upset when she heard some months ago that the barangay official who ordered that we be left in the cages to die - was running to be "re-elected"."Re-elected" , that's what she said.

I truly hope "re-elected" means that this man will never get to hurt a living creature again.

Signed,

Toby

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

Bear Trophy Hunt 2010. New Jersey. Oppose Gov. Christie and the DEP Chairman Bob Martin.

I am crossposting an alert from the Animal Protection League of New Jersey regarding the scheduled bear trophy hunt in December 2010. Time is running out on our bears who should be considered one of our natural treasures instead of a neighborhood nuisance. I have had bear encounters in the woods of Essex and Sussex county areas, but none of them were harmful nor dangerous at all. The bears are more afraid of us than we are of them. Join demonstrations, write or call government officials, comment on newspaper articles, there are many ways to actively participate in the fight against cruelty and dubious government spending.

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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:
Phone: 609-292-6000
Fax: 609-292-3454
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: fightback@christiescorruption.com

3. Animal Advocates set up an online petition for all to sign. Have family and friends sign too - please forward!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/tell-new-jersey-to-stop-corrupt-bear-hunt/

4. Thanks to everyone who made press calls last week, which resulted in an NBC news broadcast about Dr. Tavss' report.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKAkzsa4BBc

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.











Newspaper Articles

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101017/COMMUNITIES/101016029/Message-to-the-governor-Bears-and-people-can-co-exist

http://www.njherald.com/story/news/17BEAR

Friday, October 15, 2010

Steven Corn Furs. Paramus, New Jersey. Columbus Day Sale 2010. Your Fur had a Face.

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

Circus. Captive Animal Performers. Forced Labor. Slavery. Animal Cruelty by Patronage.



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

Winter Furs. Red Bank, New Jersey. Demo. FAUN. CAAF. Oct. 16, 2010.

What's wrong with this picture?



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 Red Bank, NJ, 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:

WHERE: Winters Furs, 43 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
WHEN: Saturday, October 16th, 2010.
TIME: From 1:00pm til 4:00pm.
PARKING: Activists are invited to gather from 1:00pm forward. You can park in the Municipal Lots on Wallace Street and/or on White Street, both of which are within two blocks of the demo location, here are more details about parking (copy and paste the entire link for specific directions).

Wallace Street Municipal lots (in relation to Winters' Furs @ 43 Monmouth St):

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=40+Wallace+St,+Red+Bank,+NJ+07701&daddr=43+Monmouth+Street,+Red+Bank,+NJ&geocode=FW2yZwIdf-GV-ykFs-_0RzDCiTG562bXG9vNZQ%3BFTevZwIdZ9GV-ymHr5HJNzDCiTE4K8-iYtP98w&hl=en&mra=ls&sll=40.350109,-74.063494&sspn=0.012608,0.021865&ie=UTF8&z=18

White Street Municipal lots: (you won't have to do the crazy walk around the block that's on the map. The wide space between Point A and Point B is a Municipal lot - you can just walk across it, straight onto Monmouth St where we'll be gathered - hoofing it, you'll be there in 2 minutes tops!!):

*You will not need to bring change for the parking meters in either location, since there is no charge for municipal parking in Red Bank on weekends. If there are any questions about parking at this location, please call (732)693-9044 or email anthony@faunnj.org

**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:

http://www.meetup.com/FAUNNJ/calendar/14714981/?from=list&offset=0

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 / anthony@faunnj.org.

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

Animal Experimentation. Animals in Labs. Vivisection is Cruel.


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

New Jersey. Paramus. Demonstrations. FAUN. CAAF. Animal Fur Trade. Steven Corn. Macy's

What do you see in the eyes of this poor creature? Objectified, robbed of his spirit, hopelessly broken, the innocent, frightened creature faces his oppressors as if hands which have only shown him hatred, pain and subjugation would suddenly show him love, kindness and mercy. This dog, like millions before him, is a victim of the fur industry. His chances of getting out alive are quite slim. This weekend, those of us who love dogs and feel a sense of kinship with them, as well as with our other mammalian friends enslaved, tortured and killed by the horrible, obscene fur industry, have an opportunity to stand up for them this Columbus Day weekend.

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 / anthony@faunnj.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...

Anthony Botti