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Ban Mule-Drawn Carriage Rides in New Orleans

January 26, 2015
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Source Their Turn
By Donny Moss

Will the death of mule on the street during rush hour finally bring attention to the plight of the beasts of burden who pull 9-person carriages in the hot and chaotic streets of New Orleans? Evlin Lake, a local activist and one of the lone voices for the downtrodden mules, is desperately hoping it will.

On January 19th, the Nola Defender, a local newspaper, reported that “the death of a mule caused traffic delays” in the French Quarter. If it wasn’t for that article and the photo that accompanied it, neither Ms. Lake nor the Louisiana SPCA, which is responsible for humane law enforcement (HLE), would have learned about the mule’s death.

Amanda Pumilia, the SPCA’s Animal Control Supervisor, told TheirTurn, “We would have liked to investigate the death, but they dragged the mule away on a flatbed truck.” The SPCA does not know which mule died or the carriage company that hauled him or her away.

The SPCA’s HLE department responds to cruelty complaints, but it does not patrol the streets on a day-to-day basis to ensure that the mule-drawn carriage drivers obey the law. According to local activists, the lack of enforcement gives the drivers free rein to overload their carriages and work in the extreme heat.

On January 19th, when the unidentified mule died in the street, Ms. Lake quickly organized a rally to raise awareness of the tragic incident. Two local carriage drivers posing as “reporters from Philadelphia” kept her fully occupied to prevent her from speaking to tourists, but a fellow activist did manage to capture video of a distressed mule, which, activists say, is a common site in French Quarter.

The mule-drawn carriage drivers argue that they treat their animals – the source of their livelihood – well.

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Starving and Torturing Animals With $22 Million of Your Tax Dollars

January 23, 2015
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The newborn lamb lay alone in the grass, bleating feebly, abandoned by a mother far out of earshot. As dusk neared and cold gusts heralded a hailstorm, it seemed unlikely that the animal would survive the night. It was certain that no one would come to [his] rescue.

On Jan. 20, the New York Times broke the story of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska, which is tormenting animals — with more than $22 million in taxpayer dollars for 2014.

At this lab, workers without medical or veterinary degrees are chopping open animals, “sometimes doing two or more major surgical operations on the same animal.”

And to repeat: Not a single one of these workers has a medical or veterinary degree.

The facts and anecdotes uncovered by the Times are gut-wrenching.

For example, a former worker tells of a pig who was “thrashing and gagging” as another worker tried to extract lung tissue from her. The worker doing the operation, “seemed to be getting some kind of enjoyment out of this thing, talking and shouting at the animal, ‘How do you like that, pig?'”

For five decades, this place has been tormenting animals in taxpayer-funded experiments that are absolutely loathsome in their cruelty. As just a few more examples:

  • For 30 years, the center’s unqualified workers have been forcing cows to have multiple calves, who “often emerge weakened or deformed, dying in such numbers that even meat producers have been repulsed.”
  • For the past decade, it has been allowing baby sheep to be “killed by predators, harsh weather and starvation.” The lab’s scientist’s “withheld help for the newborns, typically leaving them in the pastures — till death, if necessary — to test whether mothers would respond to the young ones’ growing desperation.” One-quarter to one-third die, including by being pelted to death from hail storms.
  • Care is so pathetic that “of the 580,000 animals the center has housed since 1985 … at least 6,500 have starved.” More than one percent — have starved to death!
  • “In one trial aimed at creating larger lambs, pregnant ewes were injected with so much of the male hormone testosterone that it began to deform their babies’ genitals, making urination difficult.” Many of these animals died.

Perhaps the most disturbing anecdote from the Times story is of a teenage cow, her “head locked in a cage-like device to keep her immobile,” with broken back legs, mounted by as many as six bulls for hours, until she died.

With our tax dollars.

It should go without saying that the federal government should not be spending tens of millions of dollars to do research and development for the meat industry. It should also go without saying that if something would be a felony if it happened in someone’s basement, it should not be legal — and labelled science — because it happens in a laboratory.

Kudos to the Times for some powerful investigative journalism. Now it’s up to Congress to shut down this torture chamber.

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Carl’s deer — a Christmas fare thee well

January 20, 2015
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“This is my church — the deer, turkey, nature.” — Carl Drake, 82-year-old American Indian, lifetime resident of Wisconsin.

“This is my church — the deer, turkey, nature.” — Carl Drake, 82-year-old American Indian, lifetime resident of Wisconsin.

Source Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic – Vote Our Wildlife

I met Carl Drake shortly after my father died in 2008. I was out walking my border collie during the deer kill. A large GMC truck towing an enclosed trailer was slowly moving up the road and stopped beside me. Carl was out searching for the young buck he had raised the year before. He had put a red collar on the little guy when he released him, hoping hunters would not kill a tame deer.

Carl had already visited the DNR offices in Madison to buy a deer license to tag the deer as his deer — but a living deer. The DNR staff laughed in his face. If you do not kill deer, you have no right to deer — and no right to help an orphan fawn. He was denied.

That young buck survived the first winter, but was killed just outside of Carl’s house the next year as word had spread that a tame buck was vulnerable there.

Carl lives at the end of a cul-de-sac on a beautiful property directly on a fork in the Big Slough in Columbia County. He built two gypsy wagons on wheels directly over an artesian spring for rescued chickens, ducks and geese. Jess was the gray goose he doted on. There were a pair of white ducks (one with only one eye), a crippled wild duck, and various roosters, chickens and doves he kept as pets.

Every year that I knew him, there were one or two orphan deer brought to him for help. One young girl, slim and delicate as the tiny fawn she brought, had found the baby while mushroom hunting. Her hand grazed the fawn, barely breathing. She scooped up the little one and took her home. That night she dripped fluids down her throat. Over the next few weeks, the fawn developed an extraordinary attachment to this young woman. So when she dropped the little deer off at Carl’s, the fawn refused to take a bottle from him or anyone else. She would look hopefully at me when I rounded the house on a visit — but realizing I was not her special person would lapse into despondency. Carl ended up asking the young woman to return every other day to bottle feed this baby. When her rescuer arrived, the fawn would guzzle down a couple of bottles of calf-milk replacement, and cuddle up to sleep, relieved, nuzzled against the girl.

My handyman, Skip, who killed deer for 30 years, had accompanied me to meet two of the friendliest buck fawn babies when I needed a few nails from Carl’s supplies. When they ran up to him, sniffed his hands and looked up adoringly at him, Skip said delightedly, “Wow — I have never been so close to a deer.” I suggested maybe if he had met a deer before he started killing them, killing would not have been an option. After a few minutes with them, he said I might have a point. He has not hunted since.

Carl became expert at taming little raccoon orphans. He built a raccoon condo over to the side of his lawnmower shed. The babies would start out on the back porch, tough and spitting mad little grumpies. He would have them tamed with food in two days. One year 14 of them arrived in twos and threes. They would reach their leathery monkey hands out for treats and you could massage those sweet little paws and they would purr. When he released them they were like exuberant popcorn, busting with new freedom.

Pictured is Carl with his last doe. Look carefully. You will see she is grooming him, a bonding reserved for family. Carl was diagnosed with stage four bone cancer a few months ago. Shortly after he received the diagnosis, with this doe still in the enclosure, Carl noticed an unmarked DNR truck coming down the road. He ran back (even though he is pretty crippled), opened the deer enclosure door and hobbled back to his chair. He was watching TV when the wardens rapped on his door.

Wardens: “We have a report that you have a deer fenced in your backyard.” Carl: “Well, let’s see if she is in there.” The deer was lying outside the enclosure. Warden: “You will have to take that door off, because if she is closed in, it is a $2,000 fine.”

Carl removed the door but his doe hung around the house like a faithful dog. She took to visiting Carl’s neighbor Pat, Pat’s hunter husband, and their golden retriever Penny. Pat told me, “I just love her. I’ve known her all her life. I met her with my grandchildren. She brings a lot of happiness to everybody. I have more pictures of her than my kids and post them on Facebook. We had 12 people here for dinner, and they got such a kick out of her. We call her ‘Dear Lady.’ ” And her hunter husband? “She loves him most of all. I think it’s getting to him.”

Carl told me the story of his own last deer hunt: “I was sitting in my deer stand with a good view a quarter-mile down a narrow creek. My lunch was in a bucket at the base of the tree. I saw a buck making his way slowly toward me. It must have taken him 20 minutes to come to the spot just below me. He stuck his head in my bucket.” “Did you shoot him?” “No, and that was the end of my hunting days. I get so much more pleasure from a fawn running around my kitchen.”

The doe is now safely in a deer farm refuge. Pat is right: “Everybody should have a neighborhood deer.”

Unfortunately not everybody gets a neighborhood Carl. But when Carl reaches the rainbow bridge we all will cross, I suspect he will be welcomed by a lot of beautiful spirits who knew shared joy because of a good neighbor.

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Pope Francis Really Wants To Help Stop Global Warming

January 14, 2015
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By Arthur Poletti

WORLDWIDE VEGAN ALERT

ONE PERSON CAN CHANGE THE WORLD LIKE NO ONE ELSE!!

POPE FRANCIS WANTS TO HELP STOP GLOBAL WARMING
ANOTHER GREAT REASON FOR THE POPE TO

BECOME A VEGAN SOON

His Holiness, Pope Francis, Has Declared That It Is His Mission To Take On Climate change In 2015 Through A Series Of Speeches, Summit Appearances And A Rare Call-To-Arms For The World’s Catholics.

Reference:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/pope-francis-to-issue-climate-change-call-to-arms-for-worlds-catholics-in-measures-that-will-anger-vatican-conservatives-9947357.html

 

His Holiness Is The Most Powerful, Most Popular, And Most Influential Religious Leader In The World.  For These Important Reasons Pope Francis Now Has The Special Opportunity To Do More Than Any Other Person Or Organization In The World, To Help Slow Down, And Hopefully, Eventually Stop Global Warming. Pope Francis Needs To Know And Understand That Preventing Catastrophic Warming Is Dependent On Tackling Meat And Dairy Consumption, Pope Francis Needs To Know And Believe That Eating Animal Flesh And Dairy Products Is The Number One Cause Of The Escalation Of Global Warming Which Continues To Destroy The Earth.  Pope Francis Needs To Know And Believe That The Global Livestock Industry Produces More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than All Cars, Planes, Trains And Ships Combined.

Reference:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/03/eating-less-meat-curb-climate-change

 

The Power Of Suggestion By A Very Popular Vegan Pope Could Soon Convince Millions Of Catholics Throughout The World To Become Vegans. The Shocking And Exciting News From The First Vegan Pope Could Also Soon Convince A Large Number Of Religious And Government Leaders To Become Vegans. As Well As Millions Of People Worldwide, Regardless Of What Their Religious Beliefs Are.

 

What You Can Do:

Vegans, Please Share This Publication And Continue Sending Your Own E-mail Messages Or Postal Messages To His Holiness Trying To Help Educate Him About The Relationship Between Eating Animal Flesh And Dairy Products And Global Warming.  Best to use Google Translate to send your messages to The Pope In Spanish Or Italian:

https://translate.google.com/

 

Where To Send:

His Holiness, Pope Francis PP
00120 Via del Pellegrino
Citta de Vaticano

ONE PERSON CAN CHANGE THE WORLD LIKE NO ONE ELSE!!

Pope Francis, To Help Stop Global Warming, Will Pope Francis Become The First Vegan Pope And Be Given Credit For Persuading Hundreds Of Millions Of People Throughout The World To Become Vegans?

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Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is ‘Non-Human Person’ And Can Be Freed

January 9, 2015
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Reuters | By Richard Lough

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday.

Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo.

In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object.

The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person.”

“This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other sentient beings which are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in zoos, circuses, water parks and scientific laboratories,” the daily La Nacion newspaper quoted AFADA lawyer Paul Buompadre as saying.

Orangutan is a word from the Malay and Indonesian languages that means “forest man.”

Sandra’s case is not the first time activists have sought to use the habeas corpus writ to secure the release of wild animals from captivity.

A U.S. court this month tossed out a similar bid for the freedom of ‘Tommy’ the chimpanzee, privately owned in New York state, ruling the chimp was not a “person” entitled to the rights and protections afforded by habeas corpus.

In 2011, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit against marine park operator SeaWorld, alleging five wild-captured orca whales were treated like slaves. A San Diego court dismissed the case.

The Buenos Aires zoo has 10 working days to seek an appeal.

A spokesman for the zoo declined to comment to Reuters. The zoo’s head of biology, Adrian Sestelo, told La Nacion that orangutans were by nature calm, solitary animals which come together only to mate and care for their young.

“When you don’t know the biology of a species, to unjustifiably claim it suffers abuse, is stressed or depressed, is to make one of man’s most common mistakes, which is to humanize animal behavior,” Sestelo told the daily. (Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Gary Yourofsky OCC-Royal Oak (MI) lecture November 18, 2014

January 5, 2015
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Save animals by little effort

December 30, 2014
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