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January 11, 2013

1.  Click and sign  Fire And Prosecute Police Officers In Illegal Killing Of A Boulder, Colorado Neighborhood Elk
2. Click and sign to protest Bears Trapped in Pits, Forced to Beg For Food
3. Please click and Pledge To Go Cruelty-Free
4. Please click HERE to comment (see below for sample comment) to list African Lion as endangered

1. Source IDA

Please sign this petition asking Colorado officials to fire and prosecute officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow for the death of the elk known as Big Boy.

Murdered elk Big Boy, Boulder, ColoradoOn January 1, the beloved male elk who had been frequenting the Mapleton Hill area of Boulder, Colorado was shot dead by on-duty police officer Sam Carter. Officer Carter posed with the dead body shortly after killing Big Boy, a name given to the elk by residents of the area. He then called fellow officer Brent Curnow, who was off-duty, to come and collect the animal for butchering.

Both officers failed to report the incident to their dispatch or supervisors at the Boulder Police Department. They also didn’t report the incident to Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, which is also required.

Officer Carter has given conflicting accounts of why he shot Big Boy. He first told investigators that Big Boy appeared injured and that he was putting him out of his misery. He also told investigators that Big Boy was aggressive and that’s why he fired. Both of these stories have been contradicted by neighbors who saw Big Boy on an almost daily basis, including those who saw Big Boy just hours before he was killed.

Officer Carter acted recklessly, needlessly firing a shotgun in a heavily populated residential area. And not reporting the incident is a violation of the law he is sworn to uphold. Click here to sign the petition!

At the least Big Boy’s killing violates Samson’s Law, which was passed after a similar incident in 1998 where a poacher killed another beloved neighborhood elk. Samson’s Law is meant to protect animals from unscrupulous hunters. Animals protected under this law are those with six-point antlers or larger. Anyone caught killing one of these protected animals faces a fine up to $10,000 and other criminal penalties.

Officers Carter and Curnow should be fired by the Boulder Police Department and charged in the reckless killing of Big Boy.

2. Source PETA2

Bears Trapped in Pits, Forced to Beg For Food …

In 2012, PETA conducted an undercover investigation at Chief Saunooke Bear Park (CSBP), a roadside collection of bear pits in Cherokee, North Carolina. CSBP confines bears to desolate concrete cells, where they are forced to beg for food and are deprived of all that is natural and important to them.

PETA’s investigator found that the bored and frustrated bears turn endlessly in circles. One of them routinely rocks back and forth—a sign of profound deprivation and stress. They bite the pits’ metal bars, which breaks their teeth. This is painful and can cause bone infections, so it requires veterinary care, but PETA’s investigator never saw a veterinarian at CSBP and never saw the bears given any pain relief.

PETA’s investigator also found cruelty:

Workers sometimes leave the bears, who have a remarkably well-developed sense of smell, trapped amid their own waste all day long.

Instead of removing feces, they spray a citrus-scented product into the pits. One worker told PETA’s investigator, “You just got to be careful because [federal officials] think you’re trying to hide something. Which we are.”

CSBP’s manager and bear handler admitted that workers deny bears food because, “[i]f you feed them … they ain’t gonna eat for people.”

The manager boasted that he sprays water at one bear “all the time … to get his ass up” and force him onto display.

The park’s bear handler said it took “20 shots … in the head” to kill one of CSBP’s bears. He said that there is “[n]othing better than a bear that’s been eating bread and apples all its life. Meat’s good.”

3. Source PETA

Musician Dave Navarro is known for his body art, guitar shredding, and iconic rocker look. His intense rocker style includes an array of beauty products that help give him his dark edge, but some makeup was too dark for even him. When Dave discovered that some companies perform cruel experiments on animals in order to test their products, the only choice was to go cruelty-free.

Around the world, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other animals are force-fed products or endure the pain of having chemicals applied to their sensitive eyes and skin for product tests––even though the results of animal tests are unreliable and not applicable to humans. These cruel tests are not required by law in the U.S., and they’ve been banned in the European Union and Israel. Cruelty-free products are manufactured by companies that refuse to poison and kill animals in crude product tests. In his ad with PETA, Dave is putting himself in the shoes of the animals who live a painful life and suffer an agonizing death for these archaic experiments.

‘I Defy Anyone to Watch This Stuff and Explain Why It’s OK.’ Dave takes us behind the scenes at his edgy photo shoot with PETA, urging everyone to help stop product testing on animals by choosing to purchase only cruelty-free products. The best way to stop companies from using animals is to refuse to purchase their products and to let them know that you won’t buy their products as long as they support tests on animals.

Start the new year off with a pledge to go cruelty-free, and check out PETA’s lists of companies that do and that don’t test on animals in order to make your search for cruelty-free products as easy as vegan pie! Order a free copy of PETA’s first-ever global cruelty-free shopping guide, then take it with you on your next shopping trip and share it with friends. All companies that are included on PETA’s cruelty-free list have signed PETA’s statement of assurance or provided a statement verifying that neither they nor their ingredients suppliers conduct, commission, or pay for any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world.

4. Source Born Free

Please click HERE to list comment

Sample Comment

As a supporter of Born Free USA and a lover of wildlife, I implore you to list the African lion as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This magnificent species is under attack from many directions, including habitat loss, retaliatory killings and disease.

But possibly the biggest major threat to lions comes from the United States, which is — by far — the world’s largest importer of lions and lion parts. By listing them as endangered, we will assume a leading role in lion protection, and no doubt will inspire other countries to at least pay attention and probably follow our good example.

In the past quarter-century, African lions’ population has been more than cut in half. It now is estimated that fewer than 35,000 live in the wild today, and if those numbers drop much more, the species survival across its range will be in grave doubt.

Please list the African lion as “endangered” under the United States Endangered Species Act. Thank you for your consideration, and for doing the right thing for lions.


The latest estimates are that fewer than 35,000 lions now exist in the wild in Africa, about a 50 percent drop in just a quarter-century. You can do something to stop that alarming decline.

Please contact the Fish and Wildlife Service in support of our petition to list the African lion as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

In November, the U.S. government declared the petition — submitted in March 2011 by Born Free USA and a coalition of other animal protection groups — may be warranted, and began soliciting comments for 60 days. That comment period ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 28.

Shrinking habitat (one-fifth of what it once was), loss of prey and retaliatory killings by humans have decimated the African lion population. But one of the biggest challenges to the species’ survival may come from the United States, the world’s largest importer of lion trophies and lion parts. (Learn more about lions’ plight here.)

That is why listing the African lion as “endangered” is so crucial.

each day we are blessed,
so we do what we can,
to improve or world
for animals
and man☺♥☻

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

13 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    January 11, 2013 11:31 am

    each day we are blessed,
    so we do what we can,
    to improve or world
    for animals
    and man☺♥☻


  2. January 11, 2013 11:43 am

    Signed all peitions & pledges and sent comments to list African Lions as Endangered thanks so much Stacey i also shared in several places!


  3. sassy redhead permalink
    January 11, 2013 12:28 pm

    thank you for providing all this vital information and for your ongoing activism and advocacy efforts for animals in need.
    May all beings be free from danger.
    May all beings be free from mental suffering.
    May all beings be free from physical suffering.
    May all beings be enabled to carry out life in peace and happiness


    • January 11, 2013 2:14 pm

      Thank you for your endless contribution and lovely words, hon.


  4. LoVegan permalink
    January 11, 2013 1:52 pm

    All done, shared and twitted. Thank you !!!


  5. January 14, 2013 6:23 am

    Reblogged this on delia1979.




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