Thursday, February 17, 2005

A national spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will discuss animal rights today at St. Cloud State University - MN.

A national spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will discuss animal rights today at St. Cloud State University - MN.

Loring Harkness will present "The Animal Rights Movement: Raising our Consciousness About Animal Issues" at 2 p.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre. He'll discuss how people from all walks of life and all political persuasions have become activists for animals, what is happening to animals today and what still needs to be done.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Kentucky Fried Chicken Backlash

KFC BACKLASH:

The campaign by People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) against fast-food company
KFC has received endorsements by leaders in the US
African American community. Two statements by former
Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Al Sharpton
and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are the most recent
endorsements, adding to a long list of African
American supporters. Simmons says he has produced a
television commercial showing "the very worst abuses"
suffered by chickens during their short lives. He has
threatened KFC with the commercial and with calling
for a boycott if the company does not implement
"reasonable reforms within a reasonable time." For his
part, Reverend Sharpton said, "I'm calling on people
to boycott KFC until they adopt animal welfare systems
recommended by PETA and until they stop the worst
abuses of the birds."

Lab monkeys 'scream with fear' in tests


http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1407818,00.html

Lab monkeys 'scream with fear' in tests

Sandra Laville
Tuesday February 8, 2005
The Guardian


Secret documents describing how some monkeys can scream in misery, fear and anger during experiments were produced in the high court yesterday as evidence that the laws intended to protect laboratory animals are being flouted.

Excerpts from Cambridge University internal papers - one of several sites where primate research is carried out - give laboratory technicians and scientists advice on how to deal with problems during and after experiments. Presented in court by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), they describe occasions when primates are "screaming, trying to get out of the box, defecating", and state: "This is an angry animal."

Scientists and technicians are advised in the documents to "punish" the bad habits of the monkeys, stating that these bad habits include the normal self-grooming.

Richard Drabble QC, for the BUAV, told the high court yesterday that the documents contradict the general public perception that animals are well cared for and protected under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

Making an application for judicial review of the legality of lab practices, he also alleged that brain-damaged monkeys at Cambridge were not provided with the 24-hour veterinary care which the government's own guidance states is necessary.

David Thomas, the solicitor for BUAV, said: "Cambridge staff work 9-5pm, so animals who had just been brain damaged were left overnight without veterinary attention.

"Some were found to be dead in the morning, some were found to be in a worse condition. Yet there is an obligation of licence holders to keep suffering to a minimum. The whole system is very secretive and the public does not get to see what is really going on."

The court challenge comes after the government's chief inspector of animals dismissed the findings of a 10-month undercover investigation by BUAV into three research programmes at Cambridge in 1998. BUAV claimed they discovered monkeys which had the tops of their heads sawn off in order for a stroke to be induced and were then left for 15 hours without veterinary attention.

But the court heard that after reviewing the licence to Cambridge for the three programmes, and some of the other 4,000 testing licences granted in England and Wales, the chief inspector of animals gave a clean bill of health to all establishments.

For the home secretary, Jonathan Swift said the application for a judicial review should be dismissed. He said the chief inspector of animals had concluded that the decisions taken each time the licences were granted had been sound and the home secretary had accepted these findings.

Mr Swift said the granting of licences was case-specific and highly fact-sensitive. The home secretary had to "weigh the likely adverse effects on the animals concerned against the benefit likely to accrue as a result of the programme".

The three programmes Cambridge was carrying out involved research into degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Friday, February 11, 2005

One-minute action to save wolves!

One-minute action to save wolves!

Please go to https://friendsofanimals.org/howl-in/postcard.html and fill in the form to have a postcard sent on your behalf to Alaska’s Gov. Frank Murkowski protesting Alaska’s state-sponsored aerial wolf-killing.

28,000 Pledges in 28 Days: Wolf Advocates Take Alaska Boycott Drive to the Interne

Daniel Hammer | February 01, 2005

Darien, Conn. — Throughout the month of February, activists opposed to Alaska’s state-sponsored aerial wolf-killing seek 28,000 pledges supporting a boycott of Alaska tourism.

Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy organization with 200,000 members, notes that the latest plans of Alaska’s officials include an intent to kill as many as 1,025 wolves by the end of April. 86 wolves have already been killed this winter.

To intervene in the aerial assault on Alaska’s wolves, Friends of Animals organized a boycott of the state’s $2 billion-a-year tourism industry. Since November 2003, when the state started allowing hunter-pilot teams to shoot wolves, over 200 “Howl-Ins” have been organized across North America, and in Germany, Japan, and Great Britain. At these events, members of the public can join in the activism and sign individual postcards to Alaska’s governor.

Today, Friends of Animals introduces the first Virtual Howl-In.

The Virtual Howl-In will complement Friends of Animals community-based Howl-Ins and enable wolf supporters to enter their names and addresses into an online form on the Friends of Animals website. Friends of Animals will then mail a physical postcard to Alaska’s Gov. Frank Murkowski on behalf of each signatory.

The Virtual Howl-In is available at: http://www.friendsofanimals.org/howl-in/

Lab monkeys 'scream with fear' in tests


GEE, REALLY?!! Monkeys also feel pain? Duh?

Lab monkeys 'scream with fear' in tests

Sandra Laville
Tuesday February 8, 2005
The Guardian

Secret documents describing how some monkeys can scream in misery, fear
and anger during experiments were produced in the high court yesterday
as evidence that the laws intended to protect laboratory animals are
being flouted.
Excerpts from Cambridge University internal papers - one of several
sites where primate research is carried out - give laboratory
technicians and scientists advice on how to deal with problems during
and after experiments. Presented in court by the British Union for the
Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), they describe occasions when primates
are "screaming, trying to get out of the box, defecating", and state:
"This is an angry animal."

Scientists and technicians are advised in the documents to "punish" the
bad habits of the monkeys, stating that these bad habits include the
normal self-grooming.

Richard Drabble QC, for the BUAV, told the high court yesterday that
the

documents contradict the general public perception that animals are
well

cared for and protected under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act
1986.

Making an application for judicial review of the legality of lab
practices, he also alleged that brain-damaged monkeys at Cambridge were
not provided with the 24-hour veterinary care which the government's
own

guidance states is necessary.

David Thomas, the solicitor for BUAV, said: "Cambridge staff work
9-5pm,

so animals who had just been brain damaged were left overnight without
veterinary attention.

"Some were found to be dead in the morning, some were found to be in a
worse condition. Yet there is an obligation of licence holders to keep
suffering to a minimum. The whole system is very secretive and the
public does not get to see what is really going on."

The court challenge comes after the government's chief inspector of
animals dismissed the findings of a 10-month undercover investigation
by

BUAV into three research programmes at Cambridge in 1998. BUAV claimed
they discovered monkeys which had the tops of their heads sawn off in
order for a stroke to be induced and were then left for 15 hours
without

veterinary attention.

But the court heard that after reviewing the licence to Cambridge for
the three programmes, and some of the other 4,000 testing licences
granted in England and Wales, the chief inspector of animals gave a
clean bill of health to all establishments.

For the home secretary, Jonathan Swift said the application for a
judicial review should be dismissed. He said the chief inspector of
animals had concluded that the decisions taken each time the licences
were granted had been sound and the home secretary had accepted these
findings.

Mr Swift said the granting of licences was case-specific and highly
fact-sensitive. The home secretary had to "weigh the likely adverse
effects on the animals concerned against the benefit likely to accrue
as

a result of the programme".

The three programmes Cambridge was carrying out involved research into
degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Animal rights group denounces U of Iowa research

Animal rights group denounces UI research

A Cincinnati-based animal rights organization attacked the University of Iowa’s use of animal

research Thursday, saying UI officials conduct the research for grant money and not for knowledge.

Leading the effort for Stop Animal Exploitation Now was Leana Stormont, the organization’s Midwest coordinator and a third-year UI law student.

Stormont, who conducted the news conference in front of Spence Laboratories, said SAEN is not connected to the Animal Liberation Front, a decentralized worldwide animal rights group.

ALF vandalized Spence Labs and Seashore Hall in Nov. 2004, removing animals, spilling chemicals and damaging computers. ALF claimed responsibility for destroying the research of targeted psychology department members in an e-mail sent to media Nov. 18.

Monday, February 07, 2005

$5,000 scholarships - AR related

Vegetarian Resource Group is offering two $5,000 scholarships to vegetarian college students. Deadline is Feb. 20, 2005.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Do you know these people.....dog stealers....please read

***PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST FAR AND WIDE!!!***
If you have worked with or recognize any of the names listed below, please send all of the information you have regarding the animals involved and what transpired to amanda_ream@msn.com .
The information is being compiled as part of an investigation of their activities. You will not be blamed for anything. They have been acquiring animals of many species and breeds for the last several years. They do not always claim to be a rescue. These are not their only "identities" but are ones we can prove.
Please let us know if you have pulled, transported, or surrendered any animal for or to them, or if you know of anyone else who has done so, or have any information about animals they have acquired or tried to acquire.
Please let us know if you believe you have run across any other identities used by them. They operate in the area in and around Blair County, PA, and try to get dogs transported to that area for them. They try to acquire dogs and other animals from PA and most of the surrounding states, but have even tried to pull from as far away as Georgia. They surf the shelter sites for out of time dogs and other message boards for owner surrenders. They have various stories about who they are and who the dogs are for.
These are the links to 2 dogs she rescued then turned around and sold. We have no idea what happened to them or where they are.
Names/aliases used:
Jennifer Destefano
Lora Banks (mother)
Laura Banks (mother)
Kenya Banks
Kenya Allen
Mike Allen
Kiki Banks
Birdy
Patricia (Pat) Surham
Dottie Banks
Donald Banks (father)
Other names that have come up are Kylee Banks (Kenya's twin sister) and Tricia Destefano (a friend of Kenya's) and Jade Estrada or Jade Estrada-Tenburg.
Screen names/Email Addresses used:
jsteffie22 @ yahoo.com
emmieabbysmom (screenname - danes online board)
petzhome87 @ yahoo.com
birdywhirl @ hotmail.com
Swizzbeatzrrx @ aol.com -possibly the Mike Allen persona
kbsfrattery @ Yahoo.com
BorderCollie Paws @ aol.com
unjustifiedwings @ aol.com (uses on acme pet transport and the bird rescue sites and some dog related emails)
deafaussiepaws @ aol.com (used for the recent deaf aussie transport (Astro)
Another (older) petfinder screenname: pupZz
Also screenname & MSN nickname: ratgirrl87
Screenname: rottiegirl87
SARshep87 in March on the GSD web board
jazzynbud - GSD web board.
littlelove567 @ yahoo.com and maybe @ aol.com also
glkkbanks48 @ aolcom
PatSur87 @ aol.com (There may also have been a PatSurham@ either aol or yahoo.com)
rottenrottiekids @ yahoo.com (an alternate contact on one Rottie transport)
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Business Names:
Feathers for Us (bird rescue) just a listing: http://www.toolady.com/webnow/list_of_webs.htm
Animals acquired (include but not limited to):
Dogs (many breeds), cats, rats and chinchilla, birds, reptiles.

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