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Three issues, three actions: First Fruits, Sarah Palin, Alamogordo Chimpanzees

November 26, 2010

Please take action on the following three alerts; non-US friends may feel free to grab a zipcode HERE.  Thank you.

1.  Please click on and sign
Stop Bull Being Killed with Bare Hands!

2. Please click on and sign LOHV’s petition to
Tell Corporate Sponsors of Sarah Palin’s Alaska to Stop Their Advertising

3. Please click on and sign PCRM’s (new) message to
Ask Your Congressperson to Help the Alamogordo Chimpanzees!

1. BACKGROUND | From Animals Australia Unleashed

While the world wakes up to the fact that bullfighting is an outdated and cruel tradition, in a small province in South Africa a fully grown adult bull is unaware that he is about to suffer the most brutal death imaginable – all in the name of ‘culture’. We need your help to speak out for this bull.

In the home of the Zulu monarchy, KwaZulu-Natal, the Festival of Fresh Fruits (the Ukweshwana) begins in December. The ‘highlight’ is the ritualistic killing of a lone bull, by 40 young Zulu men, with nothing but their bare hands.

Over an agonising 40 minutes, the defenceless bull has his tongue pulled and torn out, his eyes gouged, his genitals twisted and tied in a knot, sand shoved down his throat and his head is painfully wrenched around by the horns in an effort to break his neck.The men then stomp and trample on the dying bull until he is dead.

This shockingly violent death is anything but quick, and it’s difficult to imagine the sheer terror the bull would be feeling during the long drawn out torture.

The killing is supposed to prove how brave the men involved are, but there’s no bravery in torturing an animal. And tradition is never an excuse to abuse an animal!

No animal should ever be made to suffer like this. The South African branch of Compassion in World Farming is campaigning for this to stop, but this issue is crying out for international support. Please show South African officials that the world is shocked by this animal abuse and politely call on them to ban this brutal event now!

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I am absolutely shocked and saddened to learn of the violence and torture inflicted upon a bull each year in KwaZulu-Natal. This cruelty is of a level that is condemned worldwide, and there is no place for it in civilised society.

Allowing this horrific animal cruelty to continue taints South Africa’s good international reputation.

Please ban this terrible event and ensure that South Africa’s progressive image is not overshadowed by this brutal injustice to a defenseless animal.



Related, Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

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2. BACKGROUND | From X-Online & LOCV

Just how humane is Sarah Palin on Sarah Palin’s Alaska?

The former governor is being criticized by the Defense Of Animals due to an event that occurred on her TLC reality show…

Mother Palin caught a fish and beat (him) with a club – and later, daughter Bristol holds its still-beating heart in her hand.

A spokesperson for the animal rights group claims this “snuff video is disgusting,” adding that “when they laugh about the beating heart that Bristol holds in her hand, their complete insensitivity to the animal kingdom becomes clear.”

But halibut clubbing is apparently not that uncommon among fishermen; Sarah even explained on her show that “it’s the safest and most humane way to harvest these massive fish.”

Nevertheless, Alaska has dropped about 40% in viewership (down to 3 million viewers) since it began. Whoops!

LOCV’s Petition Text

Sarah Palin’s Alaska is clearly a political maneuver to rebrand Sarah Palin as a friend of the environment while she continues to deny global warming, call for more oil drilling, and block environmentally sound legislation.

We need to turn up the pressure and go straight to the advertisers.  Add your name below and join thousands of LCV members in demanding an end to corporate sponsorship of this blatant PR stunt.



Targeting: The U.S. House of Representatives

There is an urgent situation in Alamogordo, N. M., that could affect the lives of almost 200 chimpanzees. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to move these animals to the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) in San Antonio, Texas, where they will be subjected to painful, invasive experiments.

Please send the e-mail below that asks your U.S. representative to urge National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., to keep the Alamorgordo chimpanzees in New Mexico. Since 2001, chimpanzees have been housed at APF, where they cannot be used in experimentation. These chimpanzees-many of them ill and elderly-will be returned to cruel, ineffective experiments at a facility notorious for animal welfare violations.

Flo , at 53 years old, is the oldest of the Alamogordo chimpanzees. Because of her years of use in experiments she is considered high-risk for sudden cardiac death and may not survive the move to San Antonio.

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I am writing to ask that you take action on an urgent situation in New Mexico that affects how our nation funds research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to move approximately 200 chimpanzees currently housed at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) in New Mexico to the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, for future use in invasive experimentation. While at APF since 2001, the chimpanzees–many aging and infected with diseases like HIV and hepatitis–have not been part of any active research protocols. Previously, many of these animals were used for decades in research and testing by a company that was responsible for the deaths of 35 animals in an eight-year period.

Chimpanzee experimentation has declined significantly in recent years because scientists have recognized the inapplicability of chimpanzee-based research to human diseases like HIV/AIDS and using these animals is often cost-prohibitive. Permanent retirement for the APF chimpanzees, who have already had to sacrifice so much of their lives, would mean better lives for them, better scientific research, and a far better legacy for the nation.  NIH should retire these animals–including 14 chimpanzees who were moved to Southwest this summer–to a permanent sanctuary in Alamogordo. The costs of sanctuary care are significantly lower and under the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance and Protection (CHIMP) Act of 2000 these costs are shared with a non-profit entity.

Please ask NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., to permanently retire the Alamogordo chimpanzees. Keeping the chimpanzees in New Mexico makes economic, scientific, and ethical sense.


It’s Fur-Free Friday …

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again i feel the need to reiterate
how our planet is in such
an awful state
however this overabundance
of manure
is something that could
be easily cured
a little compassion,
kindness and a dash
of soul
would heal our world
and make it whole

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Al Dente permalink
    November 26, 2010 11:57 am

    Sarah Palin called President Obama “a big pussy” after he pardoned two turkeys on Wednesday……SHOCKING story at:

    Peace! 🙂


  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 26, 2010 12:04 pm

    again i feel the need to reiterate
    how our planet is in such
    an awful state
    however this overabundance
    of manure
    is something that could
    be easily cured
    a little compassion,
    kindness and a dash
    of soul
    would heal our world
    and make it whole


  3. LoVegan permalink
    November 28, 2010 11:38 am

    non-US friends may lie 🙂 US zip codes are on Google. Activists know no boundaries, we are citizen of the world when our help is needed (I’m a yankee). Thanks a lot Stacey, all done


    • November 28, 2010 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Lo, excellent advice, I’ll get a link in. (For some reason I am not being copied on all comments – a WordPress glitch – so I am always late to respond. 🙂 )


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