Friday, May 27, 2005

Efforts to Reduce the Use of Animals in Testing 'Need Bigger Push' - What Can be Done by Scientists

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4575371.stm

Though this is written from the perspective of scientists in Britain, it still is very relational to the U.S. The same needs to be done here. In essence, a very important study. Please take the time to read. Note too that in recent years, the number of tests have actually increased. Much can be done to reverse this trend. Some very basic steps are listed in this writing.

Chicago Zoo Under Fire Over Deaths

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/26/AR200505
2601471.html

Chicago Zoo Under Fire Over Deaths


Inquiries Multiply As Criticism Mounts


By Kari Lydersen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 27, 2005; Page A03

CHICAGO -- The first thing visitors see entering Chicago's Lincoln Park
Zoo is the elephant enclosure, empty since the well-publicized deaths of
the three elephants in less than two years. The deaths have fueled a
national debate over whether elephants should be housed in northern
climates.

But the elephants' deaths are only the most publicized after a rash of
animal deaths in the past six months at the Lincoln Park Zoo, a free zoo
north of downtown beloved by generations of Chicagoans. Three langur
monkeys, a camel, three gorillas and a 17-day-old marmoset are among the
other animals that have died recently, and a gibbon's arm was amputated.
Critics attribute the deaths and amputation to poor conditions and
negligence.


A visitor at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo reads a note expressing regret
over the deaths of the langur monkeys. (By Charles Rex Arbogast --
Associated Press)

The critics, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA), have called for a change of management. Zoo President and CEO
Kevin Bell offered to resign, but the zoo's board did not accept his
offer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating the zoo, and
the Cook County state's attorney's office is monitoring the USDA
investigation. The American Zoo and Aquarium Association is completing
an audit, and the Chicago City Council is considering a nonbinding
resolution to prohibit elephant exhibits.

"According to whistleblowers who have come to us, there is a problem
with inexperienced keepers and insufficient training," said PETA staffer
Debbie Leahy. "And the vet care seems to be what suits the zoo, not
what's best for the animals."

Zoo officials did not respond to several requests for comment this week.
Mayor Richard M. Daley, who has called the zoo one of the city's
"jewels," has defended Bell and the zoo and said there is no need for an
investigation.

PETA said several zoo employees have come to them with information about
previously unpublicized animal deaths, including those of the camel and
the marmoset, which the zoo later confirmed. The three endangered
Francois langur monkeys died after being transferred to a new enclosure
in early May. PETA speculates that they died from toxic pesticides or
poisonous berries near the enclosure or from a disease harbored by
gibbons, the previous occupants.

Zoo officials said the camel, which died in December, suffered from a
gastrointestinal infection, but PETA said a source inside the zoo told
them the camel was left outside overnight and likely perished from the
cold weather. After the camel death, the USDA cited the zoo for being
out of compliance with shelter requirements for inclement weather.

The gibbon's arm was amputated after he broke it reaching out of his
enclosure for food.

"You should have the enclosure designed so he can't do that, or you
should have a staff member watching at all times," said RaeLeann Smith,
spokeswoman for the group In Defense of Animals. "In the case of the
langur monkeys, they should have done a better job preparing the
enclosure before they moved them. If you have a cat, you go through the
house taking out harmful things it might eat. It's common sense."

PETA says they also learned about the death of a lion cub in December
that has not been talked about by the zoo. They said an employee
reported that the otherwise healthy cub died of dehydration and
malnutrition because its mother was not producing milk.

The zoo has often declined or been slow to release information about
problems, including the camel's death and the gibbon's amputation. Last
year it refused to release documents about a lion attacking a worker.
PETA is pressing the zoo to release medical and other records, including
necropsy reports. So far the necropsy reports have been made available
only to some reporters for on-site viewing.

"We have to get rid of this shroud of secrecy," Leahy said. "We've asked
for medical records and keeper logs, we want to know about every
sedative and antidepressant they've been given, their activity level,
their appetite."

Critics say Wankie, the elephant that died recently, was not properly
prepared for her transfer to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, where she
was being sent after she lost her companions Peaches and Tatima. Zoo
officials said Tatima died at age 35 in October 2004 from a rare
respiratory infection and Peaches, 55, died of old age in January.
Elephants usually live from 60 to 80 years. Wankie, 36, was trained to
use the transport crate only for a matter of weeks, according to PETA
sources, instead of months, as has been done in other successful moves.
Her trouble started when she lay down in the crate on the journey.
Elephants can lie down for only about two hours before their weight
crushes their organs and tissue starts to die. Transcripts of a 911 call
made in Nebraska show that after attempts to unload Wankie failed, the
crew kept driving for many more hours.

The zoo association is auditing Lincoln Park's care of animals,
veterinary practices and administration. Jane Ballentine, the
association's director of public affairs, said the various deaths do not
appear to be related. "Animals dying in and of itself isn't a reason to
be alarmed," she said. "We'll look for a disease pattern, gaps in care,
whether procedures are being followed."

The controversy evokes revelations of poor conditions, care and
record-keeping at the National Zoo in 2003 and 2004, when a former staff
pathologist released documents charging that veterinary mistakes and
staff errors were responsible for at least 36 animal deaths. A report on
the zoo by the National Academy of Sciences found problems with animal
care, record-keeping, pest control and other issues.

Most visitors to Lincoln Park Zoo on a recent sunny day said they hope
replacement elephants are brought in, though Bell said he has no plans
to acquire any. But they had heard about the deaths. They said they
thought some of the animals looked sick and unhappy.

"Every week, it's another death," said student Ronnie Lewis, 30, as he
paused just inside the zoo's entrance.

"It's just too many animals dead," said Sonya Burns, 36, a nursing
assistant. "Something's going on here."

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

In Relation to the Seal Slaughter: Tell Red Lobster to stop buying Canadian Seafood

The Humane Society of the United States
TELL RED LOBSTER TO STOP SUPPORTING SEALERS
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/redlobster/e7s5eu995jiekd??source=GABAID
********************************

Dear Justin,

Thank you for your recent action in our campaign to end Canada's
ruthless seal hunt, which kills more than 300,000 baby seals
annually. Because of your pledge to stop buying Canadian
seafood, the international movement to pressure the Canadian
government and fishing industry to end this brutal hunt is
growing rapidly. Today, we're taking the next important step:
Urging one of the largest U.S. importers of Canadian
seafood--Red Lobster--to join our boycott.

Red Lobster is America's No. 1 seafood chain with more than 600
restaurants in the United States. Darden Restaurants, the
multi-billion-dollar company that owns Red Lobster, buys
millions of dollars' worth of seafood each year from Canadian
fishermen, including the same people who club baby seals to
death. These fishermen make the vast majority of their income
from fishing, not sealing. That's why we have called for a
boycott of Canadian seafood. And that's why we are targeting Red
Lobster now: The chain has tremendous power to directly pressure
the very people who kill the seals.

STEP ONE: Send your message to Red Lobster. You took the pledge
to stop buying Canadian seafood. Now tell Red Lobster to do the
same. Let the chain know that importing Canadian seafood is bad
for business and will result in the loss of customer loyalty and
patronage. Don't underestimate how important your message
is--corporations like Red Lobster's owners are sensitive to
public feedback! Click here to send a message to Red Lobster:
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/redlobster/e7s5eu995jiekd??source=GABAID

STEP TWO: Tell your friends. This campaign will only work if
thousands of people get Red Lobster's attention. Click here to
tell your friends to send their own message to Red Lobster:
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/redlobster/forward/e7s5eu995jiekd??source=GABAID

When we approached Red Lobster executives and asked them to
condemn the seal hunt and to stop selling Canadian seafood in
their restaurants, they refused! The company claims the boycott
will "harm...innocent people" and that it prefers to "work with
the Canadian government."

The fact is, a boycott of Canadian seafood is the only way to
save the seals. Canada's government could have stopped the hunt
years ago, but it has repeatedly failed to act. The Canadian
government has told us that it will only stop the hunt when
Canada's powerful fishing industry tells it to. And that will
only happen when the industry gets hit--and get hits hard--in
the pocketbook.

Canadian fisherman will stop clubbing baby seals only after
American restaurants and consumers stop buying their seafood.
Help us keep the pressure on the fishing industry and the
businesses that support them.

Thank you for taking action and supporting the Protect Seals
campaign. We know that we can count on you to send a loud
message to Red Lobster -- and any company who implicitly
supports the seal hunt through its purchasing decisions.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

Friday, May 20, 2005

Wired - Computer replacement of animals in research. Great story

Found on the Wired blog at http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,67541,00.html

By John Gartner | Also by this reporter - From Wired blog

02:00 AM May. 20, 2005 PT

Computers are starting to replace live animals as a test platform for some aspects of medical research.

About 18 million animals are killed each year in medical research, according to the animal rights group In Defense of Animals. But complex computer models that simulate organs, biological systems and even entire organisms are beginning to take the place of test animals in the lab.


This month, the American Diabetes Association and biopharmaceutical company Entelos completed a virtual mouse that will be used to study cures for type 1 diabetes.

Running on a server, the non-obese diabetic virtual mouse will allow researchers to test the effects of new drugs on the virtual animal's cells, tissues, organs and physiological processes, according to Barry Sudbeck, Entelos' business development manager.

The virtual mouse can replace several stages of a pre-clinical drug trial, sparing the lives of hundreds of mice, Sudbeck said.

The model also translates test results to show the likely effects of drugs on humans.

"Biology is becoming a computational science," said Raimond Winslow, the director of the Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics and Modeling at Johns Hopkins University.

Winslow said his computer model is reducing the number of animals needed in research because it is used instead of harvesting hearts.

Entelos created the virtual mouse because there is more research data on mice than any other species used in the lab -- the model is based on years of data from real animal experiments. But virtual animals could be created for any species for which there is sufficient data, Entelos' Sudbeck said.

For example, Entelos has also developed human models that simulate experiments on the respiratory system, metabolism and arthritic joints. Sudbeck said it would be theoretically possible to link together all of the systems into a virtual human, but "the biological data that has been collected so far isn't complete enough to represent all of the pieces."

But virtual drug testing is becoming more common. Pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer perform virtual experiments, verify the results with real-world tests, and then add the real-world data to the computer model in the hope of future improvements, Sudbeck said.

However, computer models are not likely to completely replace animal testing in the immediate future.

Johns Hopkins' Winslow, who develops computer models of myocytes (the muscle cells that make up the ventricles of the heart), said today's biological simulations "are currently not sufficiently predictive to replace the use of animal testing."

Rather, computer models can help to focus experiments and are best used in conjunction with animal experimentation, according to Winslow.

Animal studies are frequently touted for their contributions to drug development, but some physicians groups dispute their efficacy.

The Food and Drug Administration still requires animal tests to be performed during drug development, rules that haven't been updated since the 1930s, according to Dr. John Pippin, a cardiologist and former animal researcher.

Pippin recently wrote a report for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine claiming that animal testing has "often proven to be misleading and potentially dangerous for the evaluation of drugs that will be prescribed for humans."

"Animal research is just not valid in understanding how drugs apply to humans," he said.

Ray Greek, a physician who wrote What Will We Do If We Don't Experiment on Animals and founded the group Americans for Medical Advancement, said research dollars would be better spent on gene research, stem-cell research and computer-based studies that analyze humans.

Greek said the field of pharmacogenomics indicates that human reaction to drugs can vary widely between individuals, "so how can we expect drugs tested on other species to translate?"

But Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, said animal testing is necessary and should be utilized as long as animals are tested humanely.

Caplan said humans have a higher moral value than animals, so animals should be used when the welfare of the participant is a concern.

"Models and simulations are not a substitute for (deciding) which living thing goes first" when undergoing an experimental therapy, Caplan said.

End of story

This year's Global Day of Action Against Procter & Gamble (P&G) is Saturday, May 21st

From idausa.com


This year's Global Day of Action Against Procter & Gamble (P&G) is Saturday, May 2

This year's Global Day of Action Against Procter & Gamble (P&G) is Saturday, May 21st. Last year over 140 boycott P&G events took place all over the world - from Auckland to Aberdeen - making it one of the largest days of action of its kind in the world. P&G continues to test on animals when hundreds of other companies have stopped.

P&G still routinely poisons and kills thousands of animals every year. Its "pet" food subsidiary, IAMS/Eukanuba, continues to secretly vivisect and kill cats and dogs in "pet" food research tests not required by law. Please speak up for the dogs, cats, mice and rats suffering each day at the hands of corporate giant P&G by taking part in this international day of action against P&G's cruel and unnecessary animal testing.

What You Can Do

Be a P&G Coordinator! Start by joining the P&G boycott - refuse to buy P&G products. Help spread the word to others with one of the following outreach ideas:
  • Tell your local shelter and all your family, friends and colleagues with companion animals to never buy Iams.

  • Circulate educational brochures (available from IDA) to family, friends, co-workers, and others in your community. Contact IDA for brochures and other materials to distribute (call 415-388-9641 or email us at ida@idausa.org).

  • Protest outside a P&G facility. These protests provide great focal points for the day of action and can attract media interest. There are P&G facilities in cities all over the world. Visit P&G's website at www.pg.com to find one nearest you.

  • Stage a supermarket or drugstore protest. P&G particularly dislikes leafleting, protests and stunts at supermarkets - they are the most effective activity in changing shopping habits by reaching consumers at the point of sale, when they are most thinking about what brands they might buy. A supermarket protest can be a large affair with banners, animal costumes and props - or it can be a one-person mission with a bagful of leaflets.

  • Organize a P&G product return. Collect P&G products from friends, neighbors, and colleagues and return them, in baskets, to a centrally located, busy supermarket with a good returns policy (eg. Wal-Mart). Explain to the store's customer service representative that you are mortified to learn about P&G's animal tests, will not fund P&G's destruction of thousands of animals a year, and want your money back.

  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about P&G's continued torture of animals. Visit www.pandgkills.com/formletter.html for a sample letter.

  • Workplace/school/college campaigns. Display posters and/or leaflets at your office, school, college or library. Talk to your colleagues and friends about the importance of taking responsibility for our consumer choices, and give them leaflets. There might be a display area at college or in a library where you can put up information about P&G.

These are some of the most popular ways of participating in this day of action - although they can, of course be done all year round. For more information about other ways to get involved, to register your Boycott P&G protest, and to order campaign materials (leaflets, posters, and stickers) contact ida@idausa.org.

For more information about Procter & Gamble and Iams, visit www.pandkills.com and www.iamskills.com. For more information on P&G Global Day, please visit www.uncaged.co.uk/pg.htm .

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Do you want wild horses to be slaughtered? If not, do this easy action

Yep, the great govt. is again allowing wild horses to be slaughtered. 
Yet, if
this act below passes, it will stop. Please call now.....


URGENT ACTION ALERT
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TODAY TO SAVE WILD HORSES FROM
SLAUGHTER


Last November, on the eve of Thanksgiving weekend, Senator Conrad Burns
gutted
the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act. His rider, tucked into
a 3300
page budget bill at the 11th hour, removed the prohibition on selling
wild
horses for slaughter and mandated that all "excess" horses be sold
"without
limitation". In April 2005, our worst fears were confirmed as 41 wild
horses,
removed from our public lands, torn from their herd groups and family
bands,
were bought and then sold directly to slaughter under the Burns
amendment.
Congressmen Nick Rahall and Ed Whitfield are fighting to reverse this
senseless
and irresponsible legislation. In addition to HR 297, their bill to
reverse the
Burns amendment and reinstate federal protections for wild horses, they
are
introducing an amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill that will
prohibit
the use of tax dollars for the sale of wild horses to slaughter.
Congressmen
Rahall a nd Whitfield understand the place that wild horses hold in our
hearts,
and that tax dollars should not be spent to sell them to slaughter.
This is our
opportunity to turn this around and prevent the continued slaughter of
wild
horses. The vote is Thursday, May 19th. We have until then to speak up
on behalf
of our wild horses.

We must reach every single member of the U.S. House of Representatives
and
secure their vote for the Rahall-Whitfield Interior Appropriations
Amendment.
THIS IS THE MOST CRITICAL MOMENT FOR SAVING OUR HORSES – WE CANNOT
AFFORD TO
LOSE. They cannot afford to lose.

TAKE ACTION:
1) Please call your U.S. Representative and urge that he or she "vote
for the
Rahall-Whitfield Interior Appropriations Amendment to Protect Wild
Horses from
Slaughter. Not another wild horse should go to slaughter – we already
lost 41 in
the last few weeks to the slaughterhouse." You can call the Capitol
Switchboard
at 202 224-3121 and give the operator your zip code to be connected to
your
Member of Congress. Or you can look them up at www.house.gov.
2) Please tell everyone you know to contact their U.S. Representative
and urge
support for the Rahall-Whitfield Interior Amendment.

Please call your Member of Congress immediately. Email is not always
processed
in a timely fashion so please make a personal call today!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Help Protect Whales from Deadly Sonar

International Fund for Animal Welfare
May 10, 2005


Help Protect Whales from Deadly Sonar


We're taking our campaign to protect whales from deadly naval sonar to the doorstep of NATO - and we need your help.

Please go to the IFAW Action Center now (http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M68746127416387214383765) and send a message to the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), urging member countries to stop deploying high-powered sonar systems in sensitive whale habitats around the world.

Last month we began making our case directly to NATO officials. Now it's critically important that they hear a worldwide outcry from concerned citizens in support of our cause.


The dangers of military sonar to whales

As the military alliance of 26 nations - including the United States - NATO includes the world's biggest users of lethal military sonar. In fact, several mass strandings of whales have been linked directly to joint NATO exercises, including strandings in the Canary Islands and along the coast of Greece.

There is no dispute that intense bursts of high-powered sonar can and do kill whales. The scientists of the International Whaling Commission have stated that the evidence linking such naval sonar to whale strandings appears "overwhelming."

The scientific journal "Nature" has reported that intense, active sonar may kill marine mammals by causing their internal organs to hemorrhage. Other harmful effects of intense sonar to marine mammals include avoidance of and displacement from habitats, permanent tissue damage, and temporary hearing loss.

In the face of this alarming evidence, it's simply cruel and wrong to use high-powered sonar in routine training exercises without taking common-sense steps to protect whales, dolphins and other marine life. That's why a worldwide coalition of environmental groups, including IFAW, is pressuring NATO and its member countries to stop inflicting this needless suffering on marine mammals.

Please make your own voice heard in defense of whales right now. Speak out here (http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?ID=M68746137416387214383765) and call on NATO to take immediate steps to protect marine mammals from deadly sonar.

Thank you for taking action.

Sincerely,

Fred O'Regan
President and CEO

Animal rights group targets shop for selling sick pets

Though not local still shows why one should never buy any animal from a "pet" store.

Animal rights group targets local shop for selling sick pets
Protesters say goal is to shut down business
By Charlie Weise
Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2005
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An Orlando pet store has been targeted by an animal rights group for allegedly selling sick and dying dogs to customers who complained that the animals either died within a few days or were slowly nursed back to health.

The Puppy Store, on the corner of East Colonial Drive and Bumby Avenue, is besieged by Protesters from the Orlando Animal Rights Alliance that claims the store owners sell ailing dogs after purchasing them from puppy mills out west. These mills run kennels that raise dogs in cramped, crude and filthy conditions. The conditions often resemble factories and the animals are treated like machinery.

The store owners, Barbara and Donald Glatz, could not be reached for comment.

"The store obtains puppies with false medical records in order to bring them over state lines," said Sarah Miller, the president and founder of the OARA. "Mothers and their litters often suffer from malnutrition, exposure and a lack of adequate veterinary care. Female dogs are bred twice a year and are usually destroyed when they are no longer able to produce puppies."

An array of OARA members set up shop on the sidewalk in front of the Puppy Store every Saturday with hopes of deterring prospective buyers, Miller said. The throngs are banned from protesting in the parking lot and their cars towed if they park close to the store.

They sport protest signs and pamphlets as they wave and holler at passers-by. Some signs alert drivers of passing cars to honk if they love animals. It's a request that is frequently answered.

The Protesters want any prospective buyer to speak with them before entering the store. Some members hold up signs urging potential buyers to adopt from shelters instead.

"They know we're out here," said protest coordinator Heather Carpenter. She is one of the core members who shows up every week and could be found holding a sign that says, "Ask me where to adopt."

"We refer them to shelters. You can get a puppy there without spending $2,000," she said.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Animals, cars, hot weather, and YOU. What to do

Great advice! Please read

Hello everyone,

It's time again to be on the lookout for dogs and other animals left unattended in vehicles. As you all know, the inside of a parked car heats up extremely quickly. On a warm day, in a matter of minutes--even with the windows slightly opened--the temperature inside the car can reach more than 160 degrees! The normal body temperature of a dog is about 100 to 102 degrees; heat stroke and heat prostration can occur if the animal's body temperature rises to around 106 degrees. At 107 to 109 degrees, cellular destruction begins. With only hot air to breathe, dogs can suffer irreparable brain damage and even die. Every year, dogs die horrible, agonizing deaths of heatstroke in cars. Last July, a dog was found near death in Newport News. His guardian had left the animal in the car "for just a few minutes," where temperatures quickly reached 120 degrees F.

If you see an animal confined to a vehicle in hot weather, please consider it an emergency. Please do the following:


1. Write down or memorize the make, model and license plate of the vehicle.

2. Go into the store
right away, ask to speak with a manager about an emergency situation

3. Nicely and calmly explain to Ms. Or Mr. Manager that there is an animal confined to a vehicle in the parking lot, that he or she could perish in a matter of minutes, and that you would like to have the owner paged without further delay. Follow manager around until this is done, please; they get grabbed by others left and right and may forget about you. Be pesky!

4. Stay around and wait for the owners of said vehicle to show up, smile and be friendly, explain if you have to that a relative of yours just lost their dog in this hideous way, and that you are so worried about their dog, he looks terribly hot, is panting heavily, could they please run out to the car, and so on. People may get defensive or nasty, just stay nice, calm, hey--even cry if you have to (after all, you were attached to that poor dog of your relative's). Again,
be pesky.

5. If the owners don't show up, or if they show up and they are useless and digging their heels in just because, call the emergency number in the appropriate jurisdiction (see your local AC guides, please) and make clear that this is an emergency.
Be ready to call 911, please. Animal control may tell you they have no one to send, can't be there for an hour, whatever. If that's the case, call 911. An animal's life may depend on it!

6.
Don't leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. Don't believe anyone who says "we'll be right out," etc. Make sure they do!

6. Of course: be sure to carry our fab leaflets, see: http://petaliterature.com/WEL200.pdf. But they won't save anyone if you leave them on the vehicle and traipse away, so please follow above steps without fail.

Print this out and carry it around with you if you need to. Please don't allow yourself to be shy about these situations. I know they can be uncomfortable, but the animals depend on us to be firm and do what's right. Thank you!

Daphna

Friday, May 06, 2005

Tortured wolf in Turkey needs HELP - Very Easy to DO!

This is an easy action. Please read and act. These people are sick!

Kurt, tortured wolf in Turkey needs HELP !!! Friday, 5:51 PM
Crosspost widely!

Please take a few minutes and do this. I have removed the photos so all
can
receive. I am sending to all contacts and groups, whether on topic or
not. You
can view the photos, horrible as they are, on Yahoo photos in the Kurt
album:
http://photos.yahoo.com/juliatat

You do not have to look, but please follow the directions below and
send the
email.

Please note I did NOT take these photos. I am only a messenger and one
small
voice for this innocent yet horribly tortured creature.

Again, another horrible act of cruelty in Turkey. Some may feel this
has
nothing to do with us, after all, it's a country a world away. I feel
it has
everything to do with us. It has everything to do with any
compassionate person, be
you a dog person, kitty person, bird person, or whatever. Remember the
puppies that were raped until they died? That was also in Turkey.

For this heinous act, the torturers received a very small fine. A
fine...I
don't think I want to be human anymore either.

How can YOU help?

Copy this addy block into the TO: and CC: fields of a new email

TO:

info@mus.gov.tr ; icisleri@mus.gov.tr

CC:

dib@basbakanlik.gov.tr;merkal@tbmm.gov.tr;cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr;
aaksu@icisleri.gov.tr;gsekreter@icisleri.gov.tr;mustesarlik@icisleri.gov.tr;

mustesarlik@icisleri.gov.tr; aaksu@icisleri.gov.tr;
Euro-Ombudsman@europarl.eu.int; gsekreter@icisleri.gov.tr;
dib@basbakanlik.gov.tr; merkal@tbmm.gov.tr;
delegation-turkey@cec.eu.int; ozgun@weblebi.com;
nesrin_citirik@hotmail.com ;
kayhan.kavas@icisleri.gov.tr; bakan@cevreorman.gov.tr;
mustafa61@yahoo.com;
makincioglu@mynet.com; profzeynep@yahoo.com;gsekreter@icisleri.gov.tr;
ozgun@weblebi.com; nesrin_citirik@hotmail.com;
kayhan.kavas@icisleri.gov.tr;
bakan@cevreorman.gov.tr; mustafa61@yahoo.com; makincioglu@mynet.com;
profzeynep@yahoo.com; aaksu@icisleri.gov.tr; gsekreter@icisleri.gov.tr;
mustesarlik@icisleri.gov.tr; info@kulturturizm.gov.tr;
info@turizm.gov.tr; basin@kulturturizm.gov.tr;
ozelkalem@kulturturizm.gov.tr; disiliskiler@kulturturizm.gov.tr;
info@mfa.gov.tr; bilgiedinme@mfa.gov.tr; dhizlan@hurriyet.com.tr;
defne.samyeli@showtv.com.tr; anahaber@atv.com.tr;
'bovacik@hurriyet.com.tr'; bcoskun@hurriyet.com.tr;
management@atlasjet.com; publicrelations@atlasjet.com;
kurumsal@etstur.com;
management@atlasjet.com ; publicrelations@atlasjet.com ;
kurumsal@etstur.com



Then put this text into the email, edit or write your own,don't forget
to
sign with your information:

Dear Sir,

We want you to punish the people who tortured the wolf on February 22nd
2005
in Malazgirt according to turkish animal protection bill law’s
24’th article.
These people are named Ahmet Gurel, Halis Guvenir, Dincer Yazici and
Nimet
Guvenir. Please ban them from keeping animals, seize the animals and
take their
animals into protection in accordance with article 24 of law no.5199.

Best regards,

Your Name,

City

Country



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Here is the law:



Taking animals into care ARTICLE 24 – Persons who act in breach of
the
provisions of this Law relating to animal welfare and who in this
manner seriously
neglect the animals in their care or cause them pain, suffering or
damage will
be banned from keeping animals by the supervisory authorities and the
animals
will be seized. The said animals will be given to new owners or taken
into
care.



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dear Ozgun's testimony on this horror:

The wolf had a hundred eyes...
I guess, if I did not go mad tonight, I never will..

I guess, if my heart dealt with the enormous sorrow I felt tonight, it
will
deal with anything..

I have told you before, I'm telling you again: I do not wish to be
called a
human anymore. I refuse to be called a human.

Tonight, I have seen a torture with my very eyes. With these "human"
eyes, I
saw the torture the humans and their children did on a god's creature,
known
to be a "wild" wolf..

I saw a living being's eyes filled with fear.

I saw a piece of wood shoved in his mouth, and I saw him being tied up.
I saw
him tied to a chain from his hind leg, dragged on the ground.

I saw a bunch calling themselves "humans", pick the animal up from his
ears
triumphantly,

and pose to the cameras.

I saw the blood pouring out from his mouth when they took the piece of
wood
out.

I saw the torture this creature went through, all because God created
him as
a wolf, and he was acting by his nature.

I saw a huge Anatolian shepherd dog released onto him to kill him.

I saw the humans poke him with sticks after he was ripped apart by the
dog.

I saw the creature known as "humans" torturing a creature that was
acting
according to his nature. I saw the humans enjoying this very torture.

I was so afraid of what I saw tonight...

I was not afraid of the "wild" wolf one bit tonight...

I was so afraid of these humans, and their children tonight.

They were laughing, giggling, posing, enjoying...

The wolf, on the other hand, had his eyes wide open, looking at each
and
every one of them. The wolf was all eyes... As if the wolf became
hundreds of
eyes,

and seeing everyone who was torturing him and enjoying it, as well as
everyone watching him on their tv sets.

The wolf was seeing the whole world, and asking:

WHY?

I will never ever forget that wolf, his eyes and what he lived

Thursday, May 05, 2005

PETA Helps Australian Sheep by Getting Timberland On Board with Boycott

PETA rallies - Animal rights group salutes local company


PORTSMOUTH - A "thank ewe" celebration was held Tuesday in Market Square.

Two representatives of the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) - one dressed as a sheep wearing a bowler hat - were celebrating the decision by Timberland Corp. of Stratham not to knowingly sell products that contain wool harvested in Australia. They also handed out brochures that graphically showed just how the sheep are treated in Australia.

Adam Johnson and Korine Marchand, both of Dover, who were strolling in the square enjoying Tuesday’s weather, said they were shocked by the information PETA campaign coordinator Matt Rice was handing out.

"I won’t buy anything that’s made of Australian wool," said Johnson. "This is a reality check for me on what is inflicted on animals just so we can have clothes.

Marchand seemed equally disturbed.

"I’m going to make sure nothing I buy has wool in it," she said after looking at the PETA pamphlet.

Mark Smith of Kittery, Maine, who was sitting on the large planter on the north side of the square with some friends, said it’s important to let the public know how the Australians harvest wool.

"A lot of people don’t know about these things," he said. "I think it’s good to make this information available."

Smith described himself as "a Timberland man" and said he was happy to hear the company had taken steps not to use the wool.

Timberland has joined such major retailers as Abercrombie & Fitch and J. Crew in boycotting Australian wool because of the process used in collecting the material, called "mulesing." It involves what PETA describes as a "painful mutilation in which Australian farmers use gardening shears to slice chunks of skin and flesh from lambs’ backsides - without any painkillers - in a crude attempt to reduce maggot infestation, even though humane control methods exist."

According to a press release issued by PETA, the Stratham-based retailer made the decision to boycott Australian wool after reviewing video footage showing the cruel treatment of sheep by the Australian wool industry. Timberland officials told representatives of PETA that it "will not knowingly sell products which contain Australian merino wool until the practice of mulesing and live exports stop."

Timberland is a $152 million company with 200 retail locations around the world. No one was available at the company to discuss the company’s decision.

PETA also contends that every year millions of Australian sheep are shipped to the Middle East in open-deck ships through all weather extremes, mired in their own waste, on journeys that take weeks. Sick and injured sheep are thrown overboard to the sharks or ground up alive in mincing machines. When the survivors reach the Middle East, their throats are slit while they are still conscious.

"The way to Aussie farmers’ hearts is through customer choice," said Rice. "With the help of companies like Timberland, we’re showing the Australian wool industry that what’s good for lambs’ bottoms is also good for the bottom line."

For more details and to view a video of the wool-harvesting practice, visit PETA’s Web site, www.SaveTheSheep.com.

PETA Helps Australian Sheep by Getting Timberland On Board with Boycott

PETA rallies - Animal rights group salutes local company

PORTSMOUTH - A "thank ewe" celebration was held Tuesday in Market Square.

Two representatives of the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) - one dressed as a sheep wearing a bowler hat - were celebrating the decision by Timberland Corp. of Stratham not to knowingly sell products that contain wool harvested in Australia. They also handed out brochures that graphically showed just how the sheep are treated in Australia.

Adam Johnson and Korine Marchand, both of Dover, who were strolling in the square enjoying Tuesday’s weather, said they were shocked by the information PETA campaign coordinator Matt Rice was handing out.

"I won’t buy anything that’s made of Australian wool," said Johnson. "This is a reality check for me on what is inflicted on animals just so we can have clothes."

PHOTO
Megan Melvage of Chicago lifts a glass of sparkling cider at Portsmouth's Market Square on Tuesday afternoon in honor of Timberland Corp.'s agreement not to use Australian wool in its clothing products because of the way the animals are treated during the harvesting of the fibers.
Photo by Rich Beauchesne

Marchand seemed equally disturbed.

"I’m going to make sure nothing I buy has wool in it," she said after looking at the PETA pamphlet.

Mark Smith of Kittery, Maine, who was sitting on the large planter on the north side of the square with some friends, said it’s important to let the public know how the Australians harvest wool.

"A lot of people don’t know about these things," he said. "I think it’s good to make this information available."

Smith described himself as "a Timberland man" and said he was happy to hear the company had taken steps not to use the wool.

Timberland has joined such major retailers as Abercrombie & Fitch and J. Crew in boycotting Australian wool because of the process used in collecting the material, called "mulesing." It involves what PETA describes as a "painful mutilation in which Australian farmers use gardening shears to slice chunks of skin and flesh from lambs’ backsides - without any painkillers - in a crude attempt to reduce maggot infestation, even though humane control methods exist."

According to a press release issued by PETA, the Stratham-based retailer made the decision to boycott Australian wool after reviewing video footage showing the cruel treatment of sheep by the Australian wool industry. Timberland officials told representatives of PETA that it "will not knowingly sell products which contain Australian merino wool until the practice of mulesing and live exports stop."

Timberland is a $152 million company with 200 retail locations around the world. No one was available at the company to discuss the company’s decision.

PETA also contends that every year millions of Australian sheep are shipped to the Middle East in open-deck ships through all weather extremes, mired in their own waste, on journeys that take weeks. Sick and injured sheep are thrown overboard to the sharks or ground up alive in mincing machines. When the survivors reach the Middle East, their throats are slit while they are still conscious.

"The way to Aussie farmers’ hearts is through customer choice," said Rice. "With the help of companies like Timberland, we’re showing the Australian wool industry that what’s good for lambs’ bottoms is also good for the bottom line."

For more details and to view a video of the wool-harvesting practice, visit PETA’s Web site, www.SaveTheSheep.com.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Easy Steps You Can Take to Help End the Seal Slaughter

The Red Lobster restaurant chain buys more Canadian seafood than any other U.S. wholesale customer, and can do more to end the $16 million Canadian seal hunt than any other
company.

The Canadian commercial seal hunt is the largest marine mammal slaughter in the world. Every year, Canadian fishermen—most of whom are from the province of Newfoundland—bludgeon or shoot, and then skin over 300,000 young seals. Most are only a few weeks old. Tens of thousands are skinned alive.

The fishermen kill the seals for their skins. Other products like marine oil, meat, and penises are of secondary importance. The seals' skins are sold to satisfy the frivolous whims of the fur trinket, fur fashion, and exotic leather industries—industries that thrive on ignorance, vanity, cruelty, and greed.

At the end of the sealing season, most Newfoundland sealers, and particularly boat owners who profit most from sealing, go crab fishing. Snow crab is the sealers' and Newfoundland's most important seafood export. In 2003, Newfoundland exported $467 million worth of seafood worldwide; $350 million of that was snow crab sold to the United States where the Red Lobster restaurant chain is the sealers' largest customer.

Please ask Red Lobster President Kim Lopdrup to help end the Canadian commercial seal hunt by not serving Canadian seafood to his guests until Canadian fishermen stop killing the seals. Red Lobster Canadian Seal Hunt Web Ad.url Please let Red Lobster know your views about their continued soft approach to the seal hunt and their continued business relationship with
Canadian Industries. http://www.sealhunt.ca/RedLobsterAd.html

Kim A. Lopdrup, President
Red Lobster Restaurants
PO Box 593330
Orlando FL 32859-3330

Tel: 1 (407) 245-4000

1 (800) 562-7837

Monday, May 02, 2005

More on American Humane Association and Horse Death on Movie Set

Again, from an email I received.


Please Press Flicka Producers for
Answers
> >Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005
> >
> >Dear Friends,
> >
> >As you may recall, Pat Vinet called AHA yesterday and asked for the
names
>and contact information of Flicka's producer and director. AHA
refused
>that request, preferring instead to stand with the animal exploiters
>against the animal protectors. Pat told them we would probably find
out
>anyway. We did. The movie's producer is Gil Netter. The director is
>Michael Mayer.
> >
> >Pat just got off of the phone with producer Gil Netter's assistant
who
>told her he didn't know anything about it. (???!!!) That's strange,
>considering the article below appeared this morning in the Los Angeles
>Daily News. Are we to believe that most of Los Angeles knows about
this
>outrageous instance of animal exploitation and its tragic results, but
the
>producer's own assistant has been kept in the dark? I don't think so!
> >
> >SHARK Supporters, these people need to to hear from us in the worst
kind
>of way. Please give them a call!
> >
> >Kindest Regards,
> >Steve
> >
> >CONTACT:
> >
> >Production Companies Involved:
> >Zucker-Netter Productions (310) 394-1644
> >Fox 2000 (310) 369-2000 ( Press 1# for the company directory. Then
press
> 1 to be connected with the office of Elizabeth Gabler, Fox 2000
>President)
> >
> >Horse dies on set of 'Flicka' remake
> >
> >By Dana Bartholomew
> >Staff Writer
> >
> >LAKE VIEW TERRACE - City animal controllers banned the use Monday of
wild
>horses on the film set for "My Friend Flicka" after a wild mustang
died of
>an apparent broken neck during a racing scene.
> >
> > The horse was killed Monday morning at Hansen Dam Equestrian
Center
>during the 20th Century Fox remake of the 1943 classic. The new
"Flicka"
>stars country music idol Tim McGraw.
> >
> > After learning of the horse's death, the Animal Services
Department
>shut down the wild horse race shoot, then launched an investigation
>expected to continue today
> >
> > "The horse reared up, got caught in the lines and, when it fell
down,
>it broke its neck," said Capt. Karen Knipscheer, spokeswoman for the
>Animal Services Department, which issues animal-use permits to the
film
>industry.
> >
> > "We told them no more wild horses at this shoot."
> >
> > Knipscheer said that, while Fox 2000 Pictures had the required
>animal-use permit, its horse handler had failed to secure the
necessary
>permit.
> >
> > She also said the Animal Humane Association, whose Sherman Oaks
film
>and TV office monitors animal safety during filming, had failed to
notify
>the city about the horse's death.
> >
> > Marie Belew Wheatley, president and chief executive officer of the
>Animal Humane Association, said the Denver-based organization was
>investigating.
> >
> > She also said the "Flicka" credits would not include the AHA
>disclaimer saying that no animals had been harmed in the making of the
>film.
> >
> > "No way," she said by phone during a layover flight to Los
Angeles.
>"The film won't earn the credit."
> >
> > Wheatley said AHA film guidelines bar untrained horses on movie
sets.
>She also said stampede scenes require a specific number of pickup
riders,
>or cowboys, present to protect the horses.
> >
> > There were four AHA safety representatives on the "Flicka"
production,
>and Wheatley said it was hard to believe none of them notified Animal
>Services.
> >
> > The Fox 2000 "Flicka" production office in Van Nuys referred all
calls
>to 20th Century Fox spokeswoman Deborah Simrin, who did not return
phone
>calls.
> >
> > Roland Vincent, 59, who was hoping to be used as a cowboy extra,
>witnessed the incident.
> >
> > "One horse, pursued by guys on horseback, spooking the hell out of
him,
>tripped on his rope and went down," said Vincent, a real-estate
attorney
>from Northridge. "The other horse kicked him in the head, that's what
it
>looked like to me."
> >
> > Vincent, founder of Equus Sanctuary for abused horses in Juniper
Hills
>near Pearblossom, said using wild horses in films is inhumane.
> >
> > "They're scared to death, terrified," he said. "It's abuse, even
if
>nothing happens to them."
> >
> > "Flicka," produced by Gil Netter and directed by Michael Mayer, is
due
>for U.S. release in February.
> >
> > The modern adaptation of the 1941 Mary O'Hara novel is about a
Wyoming
>ranch girl who adopts a wild mustang horse.
> >
> >---
> > Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com

Horse Killed on set of new film proves American Humane Association Needs to be Questioned

Below is taken from an email I received.  This is a very serious issue that needs
to be looked into
. I am encouraging all who seek the truth to look into what
happened. Please
read below.

Dear Friends,
> >
> >I am so angry I can barely contain myself. Today I received a call
from
>my friend Roland Vincent in Las Vegas. Roland witnessed a "wild horse
>race," which is a rodeo event, during the filming of the upcoming
movie,
>Flicka. The wild horse race releases a group of horses into an arena,
with
>gangs of thugs then jumping on their terrified victims, biting them
(yes,
>biting them), dragging down and other wise assaulting these great
animals.
>The horses completely panic, as you can imagine. Two animals collided
with
>each other, and one did not get back up, possibly from a broken neck.
> >
> >I will state for the record right now that Flicka is Dead on Arrival
when
>it comes to theatres. This is my personal goal. I am asking
activists
>everywhere to join me in dedicating themselves to making this film
trash a
>complete and utter flop.
> >
> >For the moment, however, we have other business to settle. The
American
>Humane Association (AHA) had four representatives on the movie site,
and
>THEY ALLOWED this insanity to happen.
> >
> >I will freely admit that when I called the LA offices of the AHA I
was in
>a complete lather. I wasn't nice nor was I professional. I talked to
>Barbara Casey and Karen Rosa. I told them I expected the four
>representatives to be fired immediately, and that after a review there
>should likely be a lot more. I told them that obviously AHA policies
have
>to be completely, one hundred percent overhauled. I told them I
wanted
>SHARK to have a copy of the footage, to help show people the cruelty
and
>corruption of the Rodeo Mafia. Last but not least, we wanted the
contact
>information for the movie producers. Those weren't requests, they
were
>orders. We were refused.
> >
> >I am asking you to call the AHA, and we have included three offices
>below. There is absolutely no excuse for what has happened. It isn't
>enough that SHARK and other organizations have to fight the Rodeo
Mafia,
>now we have to fight the AHA. SO BE IT! Usually we want people to be
nice
>and professional, but this frankly just isn't one of those times.
When we
>discover rot within our own, the only proper response in my mind is to
cut
>it out.
> >
> >I believe protests against the AHA should begin ASAP. The AHA and
the
>Tiger truck shall soon meet. Please do not allow this poor animal to
have
>died in vain. This morning he was a beautiful, magnificent animal.
The
>AHA, the Rodeo Mafia and the movie producers have now turned him into
a
>corpse. We're already kicking butt on the Rodeo Mafia, and when
Flicka
>comes out we'll kick butt on the movie. For now, it's down with the
AHA!
> >
> >Regards,
> >
> >Steve Hindi
> >SHARK
> >
> >CONTACT:
> >
> >American Humane Association
> >National Headquarters
> >63 Inverness Drive East
> >Englewood, CO 80112
> >Phone: (303) 792-9900
> >Fax: (303) 792-5333
> >Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, Mountain
Time
> >
> >American Humane Association
> >Film and Television Unit
> >15366 Dickens Street
> >Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
> >Phone: (818) 501-0123
> >Fax: (818) 501-8725
> >Business hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, Pacific Time
> >
> >American Humane Association
> >Public Policy Office
> >2007 N. 15th Street, Suite 207
> >Arlington, VA 22201
> >Phone: (703) 294-6690
> >Business hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, Eastern Time

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