Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)
Riverdale, CA – The Riverdale Rodeo is under fire from animal protection group SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) for its “Barnyard Scramble” event. The event is where a large group of children chase animals including chickens, goats, pigs and rabbits for a competition. In a SHARK investigation at the May 5, 2013 rodeo, the terrified animals can be seen being dropped, kicked, held by their wings and roughly handled. The event can easily result in many serious injuries to the animals.
SHARK is demanding local officials ban the “Barnyard Scramble” and is calling on the local Animal Control to investigate the rodeo for animal abuses. SHARK president Steve Hindi stated, “It is shocking that children are being taught to abuse and dominate animals in this way. The animals are clearly mistreated.” Throughout the video animals are shown being thrown to the ground, baby ducks being picked up by their delicate wings, chickens being kicked and goats and pigs being roughly handled. The animals run terrified around the ring trying to escape their ordeal. Any animals the children catch they keep dooming them to an unknown fate.
Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns stated, “This “Barnyard Scramble” is a reign of terror, orchestrated by adults, on helpless, frightened and bewildered chickens, ducks, goats and pigs by children who are being used by their parents to act out behaviors the children do not understand. The “scramble” comprises both child abuse and animal abuse. Children are always abused whenever they are taught and, as in this situation, basically forced by the adults they are dependent on, to enjoy tormenting animals and to fear being ridiculed if they refuse or are scared to participate in such a heartless, moronic, and injurious activity that defiles a child’s natural empathy for animals.”
SHARK investigates cases of animal abuse at rodeos around the country. The illegal electro-shocking of horses at the Riverdale rodeo was also captured on tape along with other animal injuries. Video footage of these incidents will be released at a later date.
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The town of North Hempstead , New York , located on Long Island, announced its hiring USDA “Wildlife Services” agents to annihilate hundreds of Canada geese and newly born goslings in town parks and likely plans to gas the geese to death in an intolerant, misguided assault. NY Newsday reports on the town’s disastrous plan to spend $8,602.71 in tax dollars for the kill plan, in addition to $6 per goose to process the slaughtered geese who they absurdly claim will go to food banks.
North Hempstead Parks and Recreation officials complain that droppings from the geese are a nuisance—yet there is no mention of the town utilizing machines available for commercial use which quickly and effectively remove goose droppings from grassy areas and parks. How can the town leadership ignore such an obvious solution in favor of a mass slaughter?
Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Council Members who ordered the killing need a different mindset, and a plan to clean up goose droppings in fields and parks. Officials must make it a policy to clean up waste matter instead of saying all geese within town limits must die. Posting signs and enforcing no-feeding and littering rules are also sensible steps.
The town claims they’ve tried everything to “scare off” the geese, and that nothing worked.” Friends of Animals could have predicted that. Harassing geese from areas won’t work if flat, grassy areas remain unchanged. Geese will move in when others leave, occupying those areas for nesting, especially in the summer.
Habitat and landscape modifications are environmentally sound, long-term ways to deter geese from areas where they are seen as problematic — clearly what’s needed in North Hempstead . Co-existence with geese and other wildlife neighbors is required as a part of evolved suburban living. Are Supervisor Jon Kaimin and Town Council Members prepared to spend the residents’ taxes each year to kill geese instead of implementing the effective strategies Friends of Animals endorses?
Geese are attracted to areas with short, mowed grass and open sight lines as safe nesting areas. Growing grass longer in areas, planting native shrubs and trees to block sight lines (geese like to watch for predators), will deter geese from ponds, shores and parkland — reducing the time they spend in any one spot — especially for the 6 week period in summer when they’re molting.
Friends of Animals produces a Canada Goose Habitat Modification Manual detailing this process, and plans to meet with North Hempstead officials to present them with the manual. We’ll urge them to implement the changes and spare the geese.
The towns of Mamaroneck and Scarsdale , in Westchester , NY recently cancelled their plans to kill Canada geese in park areas after feedback and meetings from Friends of Animals and from outraged residents opposed to the killing— North Hempstead can and should do the same.
Note: the NY Newsday article has a poll – please vote yes here that the town’s plan is inhumane: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/is-the-town-s-plan-inhumane-1.5244371
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Hon. Jon Kaiman
Hon. Leslie Gross
Hon. Charles Berman
Councilperson District 1
Hon. Viviana L. Russell
Councilperson District 2
Hon. Thomas K. Dwyer
Councilperson District 3
Hon. Angelo P. Ferrara
Councilperson District 4
Hon. Anna M. Kaplan
Councilperson District 5
Hon. Lee Seeman
Councilperson District 6
Hon. Dina M. DeGiorgio
Please attend the Tuesday, May 14th North Hempstead Town Board Meeting to speak out against this plan during the public comment period of the meeting:
Tuesday 5/14/13 at 7:30 PM
North Hempstead Town Hall
220 Plandome Road
Manhasset , NY 11030
Dear Honorables Kaiman, Gross, Berman, Russell, Dwyer, Ferrara, Kaplan, Seeman, and DeGiorgio:
I am extremely alarmed to learn of North Hempstead’s decision to cruelly massacre geese who reside in park areas via USDA agents. I respectfully request suspension of this violent strategy.
Please allow me to elaborate. First, killing geese does nothing to modify landscapes and waterways that attract them in the first place. I encourage officials to work with avian experts on population stabilization and site aversion.
Second, sweeping eradication does not reduce long-term growth. Killing geese artificially increases food supplies to the remaining geese, the consequence of which is increased reproduction and an ensuing greater population. In fact, studies have demonstrated that the continual cycle of seasonal eradication is responsible for a rebound, or larger gaggle populations, in subsequent years.
Third, using such barbaric strategies in such a visible location will most certainly affect visitation: agents typically enter the pond area during early morning, roughly separating goslings from parents, and then stuff the bound, panicked geese and babies into crates. Next, the geese are gassed or shot to death. In fact, although I do not currently reside in North Hempstead, I would be unwilling to consider it, or a nearby location, for tourist purposes if this cull ensues.
Please practice compassion and integrity: let the geese live and institute responsible policies that promote respect and tolerance of wildlife, and commit to habitat/landscape modification as outlined in Friends of Animals’ Canada Goose Habitat Modification Manual in addition to instituting a formal clean-up plan for goose droppings in parks.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this urgent appeal.
Background | Source PETA
Right this very moment, mothers are having their babies taken away from them just days after their infants are born.
The kidnapped babies will be sold to a violent, bloody industry, and after just a couple of weeks, they’ll be shipped to slaughter and have their throats slit!
This is how animals used for the dairy and veal industries will spend their Mother’s Day.
Let everyone know that every time they consume dairy products, they’re supporting an industry that steals babies from their moms and tortures them.Give these moms the ultimate Mother’s Day gift by spreading the word.
1. Please click HERE to stop horses tortured for fun
2. Please click HERE to help put an end to dog fighting in trunks
3. Please click HERE to ask Gordon Ramsay to ditch diseased duck livers
4. Please sign HERE to stop the Rotten Egg Bill
5. Please click HERE to urge Marriott to drop down
6. Please click HERE to stop the sea otter slaughter
1. Background | Source Avaaz
The pain and suffering inflicted on the horses is immense. The fact that this is a “public event” witnessed by all, including children is very harmful to all. THIS EVENT TEACHES THAT VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY IS FUN.
They call it a feast. In the state of Yucatan, Mexico there is a “rodeo” type event called “Torneo de Lazo” where bulls ram horses and eviscerate them. THIS CAUSES A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF PAIN TO THE HORSES. These horses usually collapse and while still alive continue to get trampled by bulls and other horses during the length of this violent and cruel event where horsemen try to lasso the running, charging bulls (the bulls are specifically bred and trained to ram horses).
Although it is against the law, this is only in name. Mexico’s federal government as well as the local authorities do nothing to stop this. This event takes place state wide all year round.
Please demand the Mexican government to put and end to this barbaric event.
2. Background | Source Force Change
Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Investigate and raise awareness about the shocking new fad that forces dogs to fight in the trunk of a moving car.
A new kind of dog fighting using cars is gaining popularity in Florida. “Trunking” involves placing two dogs in the trunk of a car, playing loud music to aggravate them, and driving around for about fifteen minutes. The dog that is either dead or the most injured by the end is then thrown away. Police in the southern part of the state have seen an increase in these cases in recent months and something must be done immediately to stop it.
The practice has largely come about in urban and more residential areas where space is limited. Trunking does not require a ring or a yard, nor does it require a basement, which most Florida residents are without, to provide discretion. It can be done anywhere at anytime.
Perhaps the worst case of trunking so far was recently uncovered in Miami-Dade County. Five pit bulls and four puppies were discovered at a residence in the Goulds neighborhood after animal services received an anonymous tip. In the back of the home cages were covered in urine and feces. The dogs exhibited clear signs of fighting and are currently being treated for open wounds and broken bones. The face of oldest dog of the group, Max, is obscured by cuts and scars.
The case is currently ongoing and once the owner of the dogs is found, he or she will likely receive third-degree felony charges. It is bad enough that dog fighting has proliferated as much as it has over the past decade, but we cannot allow it to grow and expand into other forms of abuse. Something must be done to stop this now. Please sign the petition below to ensure that trunking does not become a common practice across the country.
3. Background | Source PETA
It calls itself the “premier producer of foie gras in America.” But, in 2013, a PETA investigator visited Hudson Valley Foie Gras (HVFG), a factory farm, and saw workers shove steel tubes down ducks’ throats and pump huge amounts of grain into them. The investigator recorded HVFG’s manager stating that this is done three times a day, every day, for weeks.
The birds’ livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Fatty duck livers from HVFG are served at Gordon Ramsay at the London, a New York City restaurant licensed by Chef Ramsay.
Not surprisingly, experts opine that force-feeding causes ducks painful injuries, including, according to world-renowned avian welfare expert Dr. Ian Duncan, tearing of the esophagus. Dr. Duncan writes, “[T]he regular insertion of a feeding tube down the esophagus several times a day will inevitably lead to damage of the esophagus. When the esophagus becomes damaged, then the painfulness of every force-feeding episode will be exacerbated.”
Veterinarian Holly Cheever, who has studied force-feeding’s effects on ducks, explains, “Due to the enormous size of the livers … the birds have no room for their air sacs to fill with oxygen, and therefore all birds in the last 10-14 days of [force-feeding] show respiratory distress … analogous to feeling as if one is smothering for that entire length of time” [emphasis added].
HVFG condemns ducks to huge, dark sheds, where there is no water for them to bathe or swim in or eat from. They are denied any opportunity to live naturally like ducks.
After weeks of being force-fed, the ducks are hung upside down and their throats are slit. Many ducks sent to slaughter by the cruel foie gras industry are still conscious as their throats are cut and they bleed to death.
4. Background | Source Stop the Rotten Egg Bill
We, the undersigned, urge our representatives in Congress to strongly oppose H.R. 1731/S. 820 the United Egg Producers’ (UEP) proposed amendments to the “Egg Products Inspection Act” that would:
Nullify existing state laws that ban or restrict battery cages.
Deprive voters of the right and ability to pass ballot measures banning cages.
Deny state legislatures the ability to enact laws preventing cruelty to laying hens.
This egg industry legislation is rotten to its core. It would establish egg factory cages as a national standard that could never be challenged or changed by state law or public vote. It would take away states’ and citizens’ rights. And it would keep hens locked in cages throughout the United States.
5. Background | Source PETA
To produce down pillows, comforters, or jackets, birds are often pinned down as hurried workers yank fistfuls of feathers from the birds’ sensitive bodies while they are still alive, often plucking them so violently that they rip open the birds’ delicate skin before sewing up the gaping wounds using a needle and thread, without any painkillers.
Many also use the feathers of ducks and geese who are force-fed for foie gras. Birds raised for this cruel foodstuff have tubes rammed down their throats and their stomachs pumped so full of corn mush that their livers swell to as much as 10 times their normal size, which is very painful.
Please join us in asking Marriott to drop down.
6. Background | Source Center for Biological Diversity
Through important protections, Alaska’s curious and charming sea otters are finally on the path to recovery after being pushed to the brink of extinction after over-hunting. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Alaska Native hunters alone are allowed to kill sea otters — and they can only do so to create “authentic native handicrafts.”
Unfortunately those protections could be weakened if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collapses under the greedy pressures of the commercial fishing industry — rules may be expanded to include nearly unaltered sea otter pelts under the “handicrafts” definition.
Sea otters play an important role in Alaska’s coastal ecosystems by encouraging the growth of kelp beds, which serve as nurseries for fish and create important carbon dioxide sinks. But sea otters also eat some species that are targeted by commercial fishers, which is why the fishing industry is pushing to control sea otter populations.
Sea otter populations in some parts of Alaska appear to be increasing — though there are still nowhere near as many of the animals as there used to be — but otters in southwest Alaska are not recovering. They’ve been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service’s new rule doesn’t have this distinction; it would apply to all sea otters — even those listed as threatened.
Please take action now to tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Alaska’s sea otters.
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Background | Source Animals Australia
Terrified animals making desperate efforts to escape after having their throats cut open; others with eyes stabbed; leg tendons slashed; and being butchered while still alive… This is the nightmare endured by animals who were exported live from Australia to Egypt. If it weren’t for the brave actions of one Egyptian vet who alerted Animals Australia, this cruelty may have gone completely unchallenged.
Tragically this systemic abuse occurred under the close watch of Australia’s live export industry — inside the ‘closed-loop’ facilities of Sokhna and Ismailia. These two locations represent the entire Egyptian live export supply chain and has been lauded by industry as ‘state of the art’. But when Animals Australia revealed that we had obtained footage from inside these facilities, the industry immediately and loudly announced a temporary trade suspension. Yet just days later, live exporters are already making moves to re-open the live export trade to Egypt — and send more animals to be killed in these same abattoirs. We cannot let this happen.
Animals shouldn’t have to pay the price for the fact that the live export trade cannot be trusted to protect them from extreme cruelty. Please take urgent action to demand that animals never again be sent to these cruel destinations, and tell our political leaders to end the cruelty of live export, forever.
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Like most Australians I’m sick of the ongoing cruelty of live export. It is now abundantly clear that this trade can never be made humane. Every day that it is allowed to continue is another day of suffering for the animals in this industry.
I urge you to listen to the will of the Australian public and end live animal export. Such a decision by you would be widely applauded – and could not come too soon.
Background | Source Earth First! Newswire
By Phyllis M. Daugherty
Sonora has become the first Mexican state to ban bullfighting, recently passing the long-awaited Animal Protection Law addressing cruelty to animals.
In a statement on Formato 21 radio, Perez Rubio hailed the unanimous vote on May 2 by the legislature of Mexico’s northwestern border state.
“It has caused quite a stir because we are the first state of the republic to pass this law. I really didn’t expect–I say this with all the honesty in the world–I didn’t expect the repercussion this would have, nationally and internationally,” said local lawmaker of the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, or PVEM, Vernon Perez Rubio, the Global Post reports.
His party explained in a media release that the law “not only bans bullfighting” but “also protects other domestic animals.”
The PVEM said the new law in Sonora puts them “a step closer to achieving one of the goals the Green Party has fought for, which is the prohibition of bullfighting nationwide.” The party states that “clearly more than 70 percent of Mexicans are against the continuation” of bullfights in the country, on the basis of several public opinion polls.
In Sonora, citizens’ demand for an end to bullfighting began two years ago, when a crowd of 18,200 came out before a bullfight was to start to ask that the spectacle by banned, Perez Rubio said.
Unfortunately, the law does not include the very popular spectacle of cockfighting, local legislative officials said Saturday. Rubio explained, “I’m against cockfighting. However, if we included a discussion on that subject, the law would never have passed.”
“Now with the law in place, it’s very easy to launch a movement to end cockfighting if that’s what people want,” Perez Rubio said.