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Ask the University of Washington to End the Use of Pigs for Paramedic Training

April 16, 2014
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Wikimedia Commons, Penn State's "research" pigs

Wikimedia Commons, Penn State’s “research” pigs

OC Comment on Animal Welfare laws, as taken from my essay Murder for Dinner: Let us extend a moment of appreciation to all those who spend five minutes on Google and triumphantly expose the measures written by humans to satisfy the moral question of cruelty: animal welfare laws. That is so utterly radical, laws written to regulate the industries, that kill animals, by the industries, that kill animals. In my dictionary, that is regarded as a conflict of interest, a socially moralizing appeasement meant to benefit the one species that inflicts cruelty upon the ones for whom the laws are “intended”. Let us not waste one moment debating the hypocritical, conceited notion of establishing “welfare” protocols for animals relentlessly tortured and savagely killed. Socially acceptable murder using verbal justifications eliminates guilt and serves to extinguish any potential disquiet for human animals but DOES NOT protect non-human animals from harm. Human animals are the only benefactors of such enactments, those who enjoy ethical solidarity with those whom kill.

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We need your help to stop the killing of pigs by the University of Washington (UW). This week, PCRM filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, explaining that UW is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs to teach paramedics and flight nurses. Please help this effort by calling and e-mailing UW President Michael Young, today.

In the training program at UW, paramedics and nurses make an incision in the throat of a pig and insert a breathing tube and wire. This is performed up to five times by multiple trainees on each pig. The pigs are then killed. Nonanimal training methods are widely used by paramedic programs across the Pacific Northwest, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.

Here is Mr. Young’s telephone number and some talking points to use when you call his office. Please be polite and encouraging.

Michael Young, President
University of Washington
Phone: 206-543-5010

Talking points:

  • I am calling to ask Mr. Young to please stop the use of pigs in UW’s paramedic training program.
  • UW has a simulation center that can replace the use of animals immediately.

UW’s paramedic course is the only program in the Pacific Northwest known to use animals. The remaining programs use nonanimal methods such as human-based medical simulation. After you call, please e-mail Mr. Young and ask him to replace the use of animals in UW’s paramedic training program.

You can read our complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture here.

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Ban plastic bags in the EU

April 15, 2014
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Ever more deadly plastic waste is accumulating in the oceans. (photo: Ron Prendergast)

Ever more deadly plastic waste is accumulating in the oceans. (photo: Ron Prendergast)



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Eight billion plastic bags end up as litter every year in Europe alone. They are not only a blight on the countryside and seas – they can be deadly for seabirds, seals, sea turtles, whales and other marine life. Please sign our petition calling for a ban of plastic bags in the EU.

Plastic bags have become a symbol of our consumer society and our casual attitude toward disposable products. On average, every European uses 200 such bags every year – that’s more than 100 billion in total. Thin plastic bags are usually used only once and for a very short time – on average about 20 minutes – yet it takes centuries for them to decompose.

Eight billion such bags are not disposed of properly, but are thrown away carelessly, leaving them to flutter through the countryside and accumulate in bodies of water. Huge garbage patches consisting mainly of plastic waste have accumulated in the oceans.

Plastic bags can be deadly for marine life – above all seabirds, but also sea turtles, seals and sperm whales often mistake plastic drifting in the water for food. At least one million birds suffer a slow, painful death every year from swallowing plastic waste.

Sunlight and wave action breaks the plastic down into smaller and smaller particles that remain floating in the water. Fish are ingesting increasing amounts of these particles instead of plankton – thus putting plastic waste on our dinner tables.

It would be easy for us as consumers to dispense with disposable plastic bags and use durable bags for our shopping instead. Plastic bags must therefore be banned by law.

The EU now wants to delegate the responsibility for this issue to its member states, leaving them to decide whether to charge for bags, establish targets for reducing consumption, or ban the bags altogether. On April 17, the European Parliament will be voting on the proposal to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. The proposal will then be submitted to the EU Council of Ministers.

Please sign our petition to the responsible policymakers.

Start of campaign: Apr 10, 2014

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Stop Militaries’ World War on Animals

April 14, 2014
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More than 80 percent of NATO nations have confirmed to PETA that they do not use any animals for military medical training exercises—including Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. This is clear evidence that there is no need to harm animals to prepare military medical personnel to save lives.

Only five NATO nations—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.S., and the U.K.—continue to use animals in these barbaric exercises. The Canadian military cuts apart and poisons live pigs with toxic chemicals, the military of Norway shoots live pigs with high-velocity bullets and inflicts numerous life-threatening injuries and bone fractures, and the military of Denmark—with participation from the U.K. Ministry of Defence—subjects live pigs to horrific bullet and blast wounds. The U.S. military stabs, shoots, dismembers, burns, and kills thousands of animals each year as well.

military training exercisePETA has released disturbing, never-before-seen photographs of live pigs hung from a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns during a military training course in Denmark.

Lifelike human simulators that “breathe” and “bleed” and can be used in realistic battlefield scenarios have been shown by military and civilian studies to prepare doctors and medics to treat injured humans more effectively than mutilating and killing animals.

These barbaric animal laboratories also go against the spirit of Canadian, British, Norwegian, and Danish national laws and regulations as well as likely violating European Union law, which requires the use of non-animal training methods whenever possible.

Please take a moment to contact military officials in Canada, Norway, Denmark, and the U.K. and politely and urge them to stop harming and killing animals by joining the overwhelming majority of their NATO allies who use exclusively modern non-animal methods for military medical training exercises.

Photos: Jørn Stjerneklar

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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – October 4th, 2014 – Find your city!

April 12, 2014
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Stacey:

We walk together
Each step we take.
It is time that a
Better world, we make.
A planet where
Animals are safe
From poaching…
And man finally stops
His endless encroaching,
On territory that belongs
To others.
We all walk together,
All species are brothers!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Originally posted on Condofire:

ImageThis year I have pledged to help raise awareness and funds for elephants and rhinos. Both of these iconic species have wandered the earth for billions of years. Under our watch they are being hunted to extinction for their tusks and horns. In less than 10 years they will be gone unless people raise awareness and help fight for their survival.

On October 4th cities all over the world are marching for rhinos and elephants, Please find your city and join the march. Please share this post with others. If there isn’t a city near you, organize a march. I’ve never done it before but I’m going to this year. I’m nervous, I feel a bit insecure. I could say I’m scared to death. But I’m going to do it. What I’ve discovered is that there is a world of people out there who are doing the same. Please join…

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Raccoons TORTURED in Kentucky?

April 11, 2014
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Imagine being snatched from your family, confined to a cage, and perched on a tiny raft, only to have frantic dogs then set loose upon you.

Sadly, this is happening in Leslie County, Kentucky, this Saturday, April 12, during the county’s annual “Coon on a Log” races. The event is apparently being sponsored by the sheriff’s department this year, and the vulnerable raccoons used during the races will be forced to endure the hellish races repeatedly. According to one spectator from last year’s event, dogs were allowed to “bite at” the raccoons, who were sometimes “knocked into the water” and “pulled back up to go another round.” One raccoon was even “bleeding and near death.”

Take action for raccoons!

Urge Leslie County officials to show ♥ for raccoons and help end this barbaric practice for good. Also ask them to transfer all trapped animals used in this year’s event to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Then be sure to tell your friends to speak up for these raccoons, too!

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Animal Planet Cancels ‘Call of the Wildman’ in Canada

April 10, 2014
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Animal Planet has abruptly cancelled its “Call of the Wildman” series, just days before a new season was scheduled to air. The network says that the show was cancelled due to a lack of popularity, but the star of the show, Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a. Turtleman, as well as its production company Sharpe Entertainment, were already under intense scrutiny after investigative reports exposed multiple acts of animal abuse.

The revelations sparked outrage among fans and animal activists, leading to multiple federal and state investigations. According the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), “Call of the Wildman actively sought out species, taking them from their natural habitats and forcing them into stressful, dangerous, and unnatural situations. The animals were then tormented for the sake of entertainment as Brown chased and trapped them on camera.” Animal rights groups turned to legislative measures to ensure the allegations against Sharpe Entertainment were not brushed aside by authorities, as well as calling for the show to be axed.

Jodi Cook, a spokeswoman for Bell Media, the parent company of Animal Planet Canada, said in a statement that “Call of the Wildman has not been resonating with Canadian audiences and the decision was made not to move forward with Season 3 this month as previously announced. We will be replacing that title with content that is more in line with other programming that’s performing well with our Canadian viewers. There are no plans to return Call of the Wildman to our schedule at this time.”

Although Cook did not specify that the reason for the show’s cancellation was a direct result of the allegations of animal abuse, media personnel speculate that this is more than likely the reason. Paul Dergarabedian, a television and film industry analyst for Rentrak, a media research firm, says that even though it is not unheard of for television schedules to change last-minute, “nobody wants to have that kind of change in a release date that close to anything.” Considering the associated marketing costs, any last-minute changes are likely to be “cause for a bit of a stomach ache on the part of executives.”

Amanda Lotz, a media scholar at the University of Michigan, also says that the move would be financially and logistically undesirable. Lotz speculates that the decision was probably driven by worries about a larger cost if Animal Planet went ahead with the new season. “My suspicion would be that there’s ample concern about the negative publicity,” she said.

It still remains unclear whether Animal Planet Canada’s sister network in the United States plan to air a new season of the show. So far, the network and Sharp Entertainment have not made any announcements.

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No, Lousiana, “Chicken Boxing” is Not a Legitimate Sport

April 9, 2014
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A Louisiana senator is making headlines for standing in opposition to legislation that would crack down on cockfighting in the state, claiming it will shut down the legitimate sport of “chicken boxing.”

Articles about what went down at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday morning read like they might be straight out of The Onion, or might at the very least be an April Fool’s joke, but the effort to toughen the laws on cockfighting in the state is very real.

Louisiana was the last state to ban cockfighting in 2008, making it illegal in every state, but animal advocates who are opposed to this cruel bloodsport believe that low penalties in Louisiana and neighboring states have made it a prime place for those involved to continue to do business.

Senate Bill 523 was introduced by Senator J.P. Morrell with the intention of closing the loopholes in the current law that make it difficult to enforce by expanding the definition of chicken to include gamefowl, rooster or other birds, banning cockfighting paraphernalia – including spurs, gaffs and knives – and increasing penalties for offenders by making it a felony on a first offense.

Senator Elbert Guillory opposed the measure, claiming it would shut down the sport of “chicken boxing.”

The AP quoted Sen. Guillory saying: “There is a legitimate sport known as chicken boxing. It has nothing to do with cockfighting, and it is clear that this bill would interfere, would criminalize that legal enterprise.”

He further described chicken boxing “as similar to human kickboxing, with chickens kicking at each other while wearing rubber “gloves” that cover the spurs on their legs. The chickens face each other in rounds of 10 minutes each, and … there’s little chance of serious injury with veterinarians on hand to monitor the matches.”

“Instead of a blade or exposed spur, they hit each other with these boxing gloves on, which is quite safe,” Guillory said later. “There’s no blood.”

Bloodless or not, his explanation apparently baffled fellow lawmakers who said they had never heard of such a thing. Sen. Morrell said the the explanation sounded like an excuse to circumvent current laws and that fighting two chickens is already illegal anyway.

His thoughts were backed up by John Goodwin, director of animal cruelty policy for the Humane Society of the United States, who stated that there is no such thing as chicken boxing.

“‘Chicken boxing’ is just a creative excuse the cockfighters have come up with to mask their real agenda, which is to maintain the weakest penalties for cockfighting as possible,” he told the Times-Picayune.

He further explained that cockfighters use “sparring muffs” on birds during practice matches to see how well they fight, which could look like little boxing gloves, but that the actual sport chicken boxing is not really a thing.

Despite the opposition and strange arguments, the committee voted 4-2 to pass the bill, which will now go to the Senate for a vote where we can only hope chicken boxing won’t be mentioned — or defended.

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