Kinship Circle: May Digest, Parts 1 & 2

May 22nd, 2008 10:16 am by Kelly Garbato

If you decide to take action on issue #6, “Stop Korea From Legalizing Dog Meat”, please edit out the third paragraph in the sample letter. In particular, I take objection to the following sentence: “South Korea does not want to be seen by modern nations as a culture that is backward, barbaric or uncivilized…” Eating dog meat is no more uncivilized than eating cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, lamb, etc. All are sentient beings capable of feeling joy, sorrow and pain. However, to vilify an entire culture for eating an animal we regard as special is inherently racist; in the United States, we treat “food” animals no better. The push should be towards a vegetarian (or, better yet, vegan!) diet for all, not towards outlawing specific species of meat that we find objectionable due to cultural reasons.

And do I really need to explain how offensive the “modern nations” remark is?

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Subject: #1. KC DIGEST: Roo Bloodbath, Buffalo Fate, Caddo Kills, Korea Dog Meat…

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PART 1: MAY KC Digest
1. Australia: Kangaroo Bloodbath Begins
2. URGENT ACTION: 9 Bulls In Trap at Duck Creek Face Slaughter
3. Stop The Killing At Caddo Parish, Louisiana
4. UK: “Healthy Eating” Trend Means More Animal Experimentation
5. Email/Call New Huntingdon Life Sciences Shareholder
6. Stop Korea From Legalizing Dog Meat

PART 2: MAY KC Digest
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7. Join Post Card Campaign For NYC Carriage Horses
8. Stop Ohio Bill To Ban And Euthanize All Pit Bulls
9. Egypt: Tragedy At Esma (Sakkara) & Request For Support
10. GUESS Brand Sponsors Bullfighting In Algarve, Portugal
11. 14- and 15-Year-Olds Hunt Big Game? Stop This Now.
12. Officers’ Role In Death Of Black Lab Questioned

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1. Australia Kangaroo Bloodbath Begins

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Brett Clifton, Canberra, Australia, brett [at] brettclifton.com

Kinship Circle - 2008-05-22 - 01 - Roo Bloodbath

A kangaroo at the base before the kill decision was made by the Australian government. Now dead.
http://www.kangaroolives.com/

BACKGROUND (edited for length):

Australia begins controversial kangaroo cull

VIDEO: http://www.livenews.com.au/MultimediaPopUp.aspx?id=69262&cat=11

On Monday May 19, 2008, government contractors started killing the kangaroos on the naval base in Canberra, Australia. Up to 70 kangaroos were rounded up and systematically killed in press and public view on the first day, despite a flimsy attempt to hide the actual execution process…

MORE INFO + PHOTOS: http://www.kangaroolives.com * http://www.canberraroos.com

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

WRITE/FAX/CALL Australian officials. Urge them to stop this slaughter now:

Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd
ph: +61 (0)2 6277 7700; fax: +61 (0)2 6273 4100
Queensland: ph: +61 (0)7 3899 4031; fax: +61 (0)7 3899 5755
website: http://www.pm.gov.au/contact/index.cfm

Minister for Defence, Joel Fitzgibbon
ph: +61 (0)2 6277 7800; fax: +61 (0)2 6273 4118
email: J.Fitzgibbon.MP [at] aph.gov.au

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, Dr Michael Kelly AM
ph: +61 (0)2 6277 4840; fax: +61 (0)2 6277 8556
email: ParliamentarySecretaryDS [at] defence.gov.au

Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett
ph: +61 (0)2 6277 7640; fax: +61 (0)2 6273 6101
website: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/memfeedback.asp?id=HV4

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2. URGENT ACTION: 9 Bulls In Trap at Duck Creek Face Slaughter

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Buffalo Field Campaign, BFC-Media [at] wildrockies.org
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

BACKGROUND (edited for length):

5/21/08: Nine bull bison are currently in the Duck Creek bison trap, located just outside of Yellowstone’s western boundary. The Department of Livestock says they intend to send these bulls to slaughter.

In mid-April, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer announced that NO MORE buffalo would be sent to slaughter this season. A few days later, the DOL sent three bull bison to their deaths. Due to winter’s severe slaughter… the population may well be below 2,100. Under the Interagency Bison Management Plan, the agencies are supposed to use non-lethal methods when the population is at or below 2,100 animals.

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

We must INSIST THAT THEY DO NOT SLAUGHTER THESE BULLS!
Contact Montana decision-makers and urge them to let the bulls go!

* Marty Zaluski, Montana State Vet: 406-444-0782
* Hal Harper, Governor Schweitzer’s Chief Policy Advisor: 406-444-5546
* Mike Volesky, Governor Schweitzer’s Policy Advisor for Natural Resources: 406-444-7857

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3. Stop The Killing At Caddo Parish, Louisiana

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
doni0210 [at] aol.com, savinglives [at] arsoutherndogrescue.org
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/13/stop-the-killing-at-Caddo-Parish%20

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BACKGROUND (edited for length):

5/19/08: Caddo Parish Animal Control in Shreveport, Louisiana used to get as many animals adopted out as possible. Annette Lewis’ emphasis on adoptions and working with local rescues saved a lot of animals. Since taking over as Director, Matthew Pepper has changed the shelter’s direction, turning it into a virtual slaughterhouse.

Between 5/5/08 – 5/16/08, they euthanized over 300 animals. On 5/13/08 they euthanized 78 animals in one day. They use no sedation, and frequently not the right dosage, as animals are found alive in the freezer, quite often. The same person does the euthanasia.

I was told there was a cat and her kittens euthanized right in their kennel…and are still there! Rescue was told a small “Benji” type puppy would be put down because of parvo. When it was pointed out the puppy was not sick, they said the puppy was not friendly and could not be adopted.

There is a mama mixed breed dog (approx 30 lbs) and her 5-week-old puppy who are under orders to be put down, for no apparent reason. There is a Pit puppy under orders to be killed because the dog is a Pit…

They recently interviewed for a new rescue/adoption coordinator. A local rescuer familiar with the shelter was trained on a volunteer basis by Annette Lewis to be prepared to accept this job if offered. She was denied the position solely because of previous attempts to steer the shelter on a good track. She was told they were afraid that if she saw something she didn’t like, she would engage in activities of this type again!

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

We are asking the Parish Administrator, Woody Wilson, and the President of LA Animal Control Association to investigate Caddo Parish and to reinstitute humane policies and procedures.

Shelter Director Matt Pepper: 318-226-6624
website: http://www.caddopets.com/

CADDO PARISH OFFICIALS
http://www.eaglerosepro.com/CaddoParish.htm
Woody Wilson, Parish Administrator: 318-226-6901, wwilson [at] caddo.org
Randy M. Lucky, Asst. Par. Administrator: 318-226-6900, rlucky [at] caddo.org
Karen K. Bell, Exec. Sec./Complaints: 318-226-6900, kbell [at] caddo.org
Douglas Dominick, Dist. 1 Commissioner: 318-375-2356, ddominick [at] caddo.org
Rose McCulloch, Dist. 2 Commissioner: 318-227-0803, rmcculloch [at] caddo.org
Carl A. Pierson Sr., Dist. 3 Commissioner/Pres: 318-222-0132, cpierson [at] caddo.org
Gilford Gillen, Dist. 4 Commissioner: 318-222-2801, ggillen [at] caddo.org
Sam L. Jenkins Jr., Dist. 5 Commissioner: 318-631-1608, sjenkins [at] caddo.org
Lindora Baker, Dist. 6 Commissioner: 318-868-8340, lbaker [at] caddo.org
Stephanie Lynch, Dist. 7 Commissioner: 318-636-1819, slynch [at] caddo.org
John Escude, Dist. 8 Commissioner: 318-861-1131, jescude [at] caddo.org
Bob Brown, Dist. 9 Comm./Parliamentarian: 318-797-1797, bbrown [at] caddo.org
David Cox, Dist. 10 Commissioner/VP: 318-687-3127, dcox [at] caddo.org
Jim Smith, Dist. 11 Commissioner: 318-686-7146, jsmith [at] caddo.org
Clifford Ray Collins, Dist. 12 Commissioner: 318-635-1433, ccollins [at] caddo.org
Jerry Spears, Commission Clerk: 318-226-6596, jspears [at] caddo.org
Tim Weaver, Director: 318-226-6624, tweaver [at] caddo.org
Herbert Pipkins, Asst. Director: 318-226-6624, hpipkins [at] caddo.org
Brandon Daniel, PR Specialist: 318-226-6624, bdaniel [at] caddo.org
Martha Van Horn, Robinson’s Rescue: 318-869-2715, marthafritz [at] aol.com

STATE ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION
Louisiana Animal Control Association, David Marcantel, President
c/o Calcasieu Parish Animal Control
5500-A Swift Plant Rd.; Lake Charles, LA 70615
ph: 337-439-8879; email: dmarcantel [at] cppj.net
website: http://www.lacainfo.org

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4. UK: “Healthy Eating” Trend Means More Animal Experimentation

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
T. Gallett, London, England, tony.gal001 [at] ntlworld.com

BACKGROUND:

The trend for healthier eating has led to a 368% increase in the number of laboratory experiments conducted on animals for food additives, sweeteners and health supplements. In fact, food products are being tested on animals even though they are already being used by consumers. These tests, when they involve natural ingredients such as raspberry juice and cabbage, cannot be for safety purposes. Health benefits of such foodstuffs are well known and documented and little more useful information can be learned this way.

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

It is important that the government knows the wishes of the British people. Early Day Motion (EDM) 4, calls on the UK Government to stop granting licences for experiments for additives and other foodstuffs. If you want your MP to sign this EDM or want further information, visit: http://www.vote4animals.org.uk/edm4.htm

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5. Email/Call New Huntingdon Life Sciences Shareholder

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Posted By: Shannon Morgan, fortheanmls [at] yahoo.com

BACKGROUND:

Healthinvest Partners AB have bought 171,104 shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences. Please contact them to let them know what they’re involved in!

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

Arsenalsgatan 4; SE-111 47 Stockholm; Sweden
ph: +46 (0)8 440 38 30; fax: +46 (0)8 440 38 39
email: info [at] healthinvest.se
website: http://www.healthinvest.se

SAMPLE LETTER from [not identified in original alert]

Dear Sir/Madam,

You may not be aware that Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is the world’s most exposed animal testing laboratory. HLS has been caught on film several times committing acts of cruelty in the US and UK. They’ve been caught punching beagle puppies and cutting open primates without pain killers. They’ve been exposed for shoddy work and falsified data. During a study on wild caught baboons HLS broke the law over 520 times but was never prosecuted.

Last year, a senior scientist from HLS in the US filed a lawsuit claiming he’d been pressured into falsifying data. This is a sham of a company with a poor reputation. I think you would not like to be associated with HLS.

I don’t expect you to take my word for it, but you can see the cruelty yourself, as shown on national TV: http://www.shac.net/HLS/exposed.html

For other exposes into HLS, see: http://www.shac.net/MISC/Inside_HLS.html

I urge Healthinvest Partners AB to stop dealing with a lab involved in such horrific animal cruelty. Thank you for your time. I do hope you will reconsider your position and not hold shares in HLS.

Yours sincerely,

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6. Stop Korea From Legalizing Dog Meat

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Forwarded Message: mentayflor [at] ciudad.com.ar, planetanimal [at] msn.com
WestSouthAsia [at] VOANews.com

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Kinship Circle - 2008-05-22 - 04 - Stop Korea From Legalizing Dog Meat

BACKGROUND (edited for length):

Anger as Seoul aims to reclassify dog meat
http://www.admh.org/data/kimhs.htm

4/8/08: The Seoul city government seeks to classify man’s best friend as livestock in order to set food safety standards for South Korean lovers of dog meat. Between two and four million dogs are estimated to be consumed in South Korea every year but slaughtering and processing are carried out in dirty environments that pose risks to diners’ health, officials said…

“Dogs are consumed in their millions in this country every year. That’s a fact. We have to take care of this situation,” Lee Hae-Woo, head of the city government’s department of food safety, said. “We plan to recommend to the central government that dogs are classified as livestock…”

South Korea’s capital has always been ambivalent about dog meat. To avoid adverse publicity before the 1988 Olympics, the city banned dog meat and snake meat as “abhorrent food.” The order is now largely ignored and an estimated 500 dog meat restaurants operate in Seoul alone…

“No other country in the world but South Korea gives a legal green light to dog meat consumption,” the Korea Association for Animal Protection said in a statement… Lee Won-Bok, association president, said if the proposal became reality, dog meat consumption would increase drastically.

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

Korean President Lee Myung-bak: webmaster [at] president.go.kr
Cheongwadae: 1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

Mayor Oh Se-hoon: ohsehoon [at] seoul.go.kr

Cc: president [at] cwd.go.kr, webmaster [at] korea.net, webmaster [at] president.go.kr

SAMPLE LETTER from Zelda Penzel, zpenzel [at] nyc.rr.com

Honorable President Lee Myung-Bak, Honorable Mayor Oh Se-Hoon:

The civilized world is shocked by the news that South Korea is planning to classify dogs as livestock. Appeals from compassionate people everywhere to end the consumption of dog meat, seem to have fallen on deaf ears in the past, but we pray that as the new President of Korea, you will be open to reason and appeals from caring and concerned people around the globe.

Throughout the world, dogs and cats are considered to be companion animals; they have evolved through millions of years of evolution and, in modern times, through selective breeding, to be loving, affectionate, protective and faithful family members. Their gifts of pre-cognition and a superior sense of smell, hearing, etc. have made them invaluable companions to blind, deaf, sick and handicapped people. They have made extraordinary contributions in times of war, natural disasters and even as K9 units helping law enforcement in the wars against terror, drugs and illegal trafficking. Their natural and intuitive instincts have helped to save lives, find lost children and because of their readiness to please, to bring companionship, devotion and affection to the old, lonely and afflicted.

Dogs are not livestock or commodities. They are living beings, capable of suffering and pain. Surely, South Korea does not want to be seen by modern nations as a culture that is backward, barbaric or uncivilized, one that will be shunned by tourists, businesses and consumers worldwide. Rather than taking measures that will result in the sanctioning and consequently, the expansion of the dog-meat industry, we urge and implore you to take every action possible to educate, legislate and enforce laws against the vile and hideous practice of eating dogs or exploiting them in any cruel and inhumane manner. Citizens around the globe await your response.

Respectfully,

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, May 22, 2008 at 8:54 AM
Subject: #2. KC DIGEST: Carriage Horses, Pit Ban, Egypt Tragedy, Teens Hunt…

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PART 2: MAY KC Digest
7. Join Post Card Campaign For NYC Carriage Horses
8. Stop Ohio Bill To Ban And Euthanize All Pit Bulls
9. Egypt: Tragedy At Esma (Sakkara) & Request For Support
10. GUESS Brand Sponsors Bullfighting In Algarve, Portugal
11. 14- and 15-Year-Olds Hunt Big Game? Stop This Now.
12. Officers’ Role In Death Of Black Lab Questioned

PART 1: MAY KC Digest
PLEASE RESEND ME PART #1: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
1. Australia: Kangaroo Bloodbath Begins
2. URGENT ACTION: 9 Bulls In Trap at Duck Creek Face Slaughter
3. Stop The Killing At Caddo Parish, Louisiana
4. UK: “Healthy Eating” Trend Means More Animal Experimentation
5. Email/Call New Huntingdon Life Sciences Shareholder
6. Stop Korea From Legalizing Dog Meat

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7. Join Post Card Campaign For NYC Carriage Horses

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, coalitionbanhdc [at] gmail.com
http://www.banhdc.org

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BACKGROUND (edited for length):

QUINN POST CARD CAMPAIGN: Speaker Christine Quinn is the major stumbling block in the NYC City Council — not only for carriage horse legislation, but for every animal bill… Thanks to many, our campaign is off to a great start. BUT WE NEED MORE OF YOU TO PARTICIPATE. All you need to do is get some post cards addressed to Speaker Quinn signed by your friends and colleagues and returned to us…

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

TO OBTAIN POST CARDS, EMAIL: coalitionbanhdc [at] gmail.com
– Tell us how many Quinn post cards you would like.
– Provide your street mailing address.
– When you get cards (preprinted with message to the Speaker) ask friends and family to fill them out in your presence.
– Return completed cards to us in the stamped envelope that will be enclosed.
– We will deliver them to her office.

Kinship Circle - 2008-05-22 - 06 - NYC Carriage Horses

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Kinship Circle - 2008-05-22 - 08 - NYC Carriage Horses

BLINDERS: AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY
info [at] blindersthemovie.com — BLINDERS exposes the truth behind the tradition of the NYC horse-drawn carriage industry. Please visit http://www.blindersthemovie.com/ for details, updates, press, movie trailer.

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8. Stop Ohio Bill To Ban And Euthanize All Pit Bulls

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Laura Allen, lauraallen [at] animallawcoalition.com

BACKGROUND (edited for length):

Ohio State Representative Tyrone Yates has proposed a bill that would prohibit the ownership of pit bulls in the state of Ohio. The bill requires all owners to surrender their “pit bulls” within 90 days of the effective date of the proposed law. The bill is unequivocal that the dog warden “shall” euthanize all pit bulls within 10 days of their surrender.

Under this proposal a dog warden or other officer who has probable cause to believe a dog is a pit bull dog, may apply for a search warrant. With the search warrant the officer will have the authority to seize the pit bull dog and surrender it to the dog warden to be killed.

Under current Ohio law a vicious dog is defined to include pit bulls regardless of their temperament or behavior, but there is no statewide prohibition on owning and keeping these dogs. The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld Ohio’s current law. A bill pending in the Ohio legislature, H.B. 566, would repeal the state law that defines vicious dog to include pit bulls.

If you live in Ohio, call or write and urge him or her to vote NO on H.B. 568, a proposed ban on pit bulls in the state.

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

Click here for to locate your Ohio Rep’s contact info and get talking points…so you can help stop this medieval, cruel legislation: http://www.animallawcoalition.com/breed-bans/article/524

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9. Egypt: Tragedy At Esma (Sakkara) & Request For Support

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Egyptian Society For Mercy To Animals
http://www.esmaegypt.org/News___Links.html
mona [at] esmaegypt.org, andrea [at] esmaegypt.org, kristen [at] esmaegypt.org,
bahra [at] esmaegypt.org, susie [at] esmaegypt.org

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LEFT: Mona holding BD. He died morning of 5/17/08.

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MIDDLE: Rubi, poisoned to death.

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RIGHT: Sabra did not survive deliberate poisoning at shelter.

BACKGROUND (edited for length):

One week ago, we noticed our dogs acting in a way too familiar to us. Our worst fears were confirmed: OUR DOGS HAD BEEN POISONED! Midday, in our shelter playground. STRICHNINE, which is only accessible to authorities, somehow found its way inside. We do not know HOW it happened or WHO could/would do such an atrocious act…

UPDATE: MAY 17, 2008: Fatalities have risen to six dogs. Four are still in critical condition and we are doing all we can with the means and meds available to us. In Memory — These are our Angels lost…fatalities of the recent poison attack inside our shelter: Alex, BD, Poupsy, Salwa, Sabra, Rubi — http://www.esmaegypt.org/In_Memory.html

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

Please help us in any way you can. Our vet bills are piling up due to this most unexpected horrendous crime…
DONATIONS: http://www.esmaegypt.org/How_you_can_help.html

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10. GUESS Brand Sponsors Bullfighting In Algarve, Portugal

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:

Miguel Moutinho | ANIMAL, miguel.moutinho [at] animal.org.pt
http://info [at] animal.org.pt

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Kinship Circle - 2008-05-22 - 13 - GUESS Brand Sponsors Bullfighting

BACKGROUND (edited for length):

The brand GUESS is constantly involved with bullfighting in the Algarve, Portugal. Bullfighting activity in the heavy tourist Algarve region is mainly held in Albufeira, a popular beach town where the Albufeira Bullring annually hosts one bullfight per week from May to September… At the Albufeira Bullring, there is a GUESS? Store — a permanent sponsor of pretty much all bullfights that occur there.

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

Ask GUESS? Inc. USA corporate headquarters to take action so that the brand is no longer associated with bullfighting: customerservice [at] guess.com
COPY (Cc): campanhas [at] animal.org.pt

SAMPLE LETTER from miguel.moutinho [at] animal.org.pt

Dear Madams / Sirs,

The shameful bullfighting activity in the Algarve region, in Portugal, is mainly held in Albufeira, one of the most popular beach towns in the region. Every year the Albufeira Bullring hosts one bullfight per week from May to September, trying to attract tourists to watch these medieval shows.

At the Albufeira Bullring, there is a GUESS? store, which is a permanent sponsor of pretty much all bullfights that occur there. The presence of this store constantly associates your reputed brand with the economic and commercial support of bullfighting.

Bullfighting tortures bulls (at least six bulls per bullfight) just for entertainment. In the European Union, this brutal activity is only lawful in Portugal. In Spain and France it has lost its popularity and social acceptance. In Portugal in particular, where this GUESS? store promotes and sponsors bullfights, recent polls show the majority of the Portuguese public want bullfighting formally banned by Parliament. Foreign tourists attracted to the bullfights taking place at the Albufeira Bullring usually leave after a few minutes, disgusted and shocked with the violence towards animals.

I urge GUESS? Inc. to clear its name and image in Portugal. Please stop this local store from using your brand to promote and/or sponsor bullfighting. I look forward to your reply and thank you in anticipation for your attention.

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11. 14- and 15-Year-Olds Hunt Big Game? Stop This Now.

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:

Forwarded Message: Zelda, zpenzel [at] nyc.rr.com
Original Message: jain 4 animals, ddb_dunkirk [at] yahoo.com * Mary Max

BACKGROUND (edited for length):

Whether you live in NY or not, please take a moment to write… Some bad news: State Senate Bill 1284, which will allow 14- and 15-year-olds to hunt big game with firearms under mentored conditions, passed the State Senate with overwhelming support! Its companion bill in State Assembly, A733a, now sits in the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. If this bill passes here, bad news will turn into horrible news! We must stop it now!

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

Write a postcard/brief note to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Urge him to use his authority as leader of [NY] State Assembly to DEFEAT Bill A733a:
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
250 Broadway, Room 2307; New York, NY 10007

NOTE: It’s very important we send a written note because Silver’s office is getting bombarded with notes from hunters who want the bill passed.

TALKING POINTS, from Mary Max:

1. Most accidental deaths occur while hunting deer and bears. These bills invite children into the “big game” arena. Youths are not permitted to marry, drive, or drink alcohol at age 14. NY State should not allow youths to handle weapons… Even with a “mentor” by their side, children can be impulsive and lack sound judgment.

2. An upstate pro-hunting daily newspaper reported: According to the Department of Conservation, the firearms injury rate per participant is relatively high among the youngest hunters compared to Other age groups. (Post Standard, Syracuse, NY 3/2003).

3. Some children who are familiar with weapons tend to use them readily for suicide and/or shooting sprees in schools.

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12. Officers’ Role In Death Of Black Lab Questioned

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
Judy Bishop, jbishop_1 [at] msn.com

BACKGROUND INFORMATION (edited for length):

http://www.hutchnews.com/Localregional/lab2008-04-29T21-20-19

Read this article about the beating of a family Lab who got out of her yard and was subsequently cornered and bludgeoned with a police officer’s baton and then a shovel — and had to be euthanized because of her injuries. Kansas has an animal cruelty felony law on the books for malicious and intentional cruelty to an animal.

CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION:

Troy Hoover
Supervisor for Shelter/Animal Control/Police Department
ph: 620-960-3371; email: troy.hoover [at] renolec.com

City Attorney Carolyn Patterson: 620-694-2641
County Attorney Keith Schroeder: 620-694-2715
Amber Mings, Shelter Director: 620-694-1925
Hutchinson, Kansas Shelter and Supervisor for Animal Control

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Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Animal rescue coordination/news in disasters + companion animal alerts

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