Kinship Circle: Friends of Kinship Circle Alerts, 4/13/09

April 19th, 2009 4:06 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – KinshipCirclePrimary [at] accessus.net
Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 9:31 PM
Subject: We Are Their Hope [Friends Of Kinship Circle, 4/13/09]

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4/13/09: We Are Their Hope
http://friendsofkinshipcircle.wordpress.com

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IN THIS ALERT:

1. Recent Kinship Circle Alerts Are A Click Away
2. Pound Seizure & Humane Euthanasia
3. Save Stu – Wrongfully Impounded Since 9/15/05
4. New England Animal Rights Workshop 6/13/09
5. Party To End Puppy Mills On 4/19/09
6. Urge Portugal City To Become Anti-Bullfighting
7. We Are Their Hope: World Lab Animal Liberation Week
8. Vegans Take On The “3 Peaks” Challenge

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Animals and Their Jewish Guardians
http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/Nathan

A prestigious publication, Tikkun Magazine, has just published Sandra Nathan’s piece: “Animals and Their Jewish Guardians.” It is a master work detailing the contributions of animal rights luminaries, such as: Lewis Gompertz, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Charles Patterson, Henry Spira, Peter Singer, Richard H. Schwartz, PETA’s Matt Prescott, Roberta Kalechofsky, Frederick Wiseman, Jenny Stein, Dr. Elliot Katz…

Amid these famous philosophers, filmmakers, authors and professors…are several excerpts about Kinship Circle and the group’s founder, Brenda Shoss. We are very honored to be included among such noteworthy names. READ THE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/Nathan

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1) Recent Kinship Circle Alerts Are A Click Away
ALERT WRITER: Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle, info [at] kinshipcircle.org

NEW WAY TO SEND COMMENTS:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library

Recent sample-letter alerts in Kinship Circle’s Letter Library now contain an “EMAIL THIS LETTER” feature. Just click and a ready-to-send email opens in the email software on your computer. This feature (along with other means for sending comments) always follows the sample letter.

TAKE ACTION NOW:

4/12/09: War Hero’s Dog Brutally Killed
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1819&seriesfirst=true

Kinship Circle supporter — Sylva (sylvasylva59 [at] embarqmail.com) — would also like you to join her petition on the murder of a war hero’s dog:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/four-murder-heros-therapy-dog-in-texas

4/6/09: Abusers On Maine Egg Farm Ought To Rot In Jail
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1818&seriesfirst=true

3/29/09: Demand Whale Conservation Over Killing
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1817&seriesfirst=true

3/20/09: Stop Horse Slaughter Blitz At State/Federal Levels
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1816&seriesfirst=true

3/20/09: End Live Labs At New Jersey Med School
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1814&seriesfirst=true

3/20/09: Get Great Apes Out Of Laboratories
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1815&seriesfirst=true

3/13/09: Unchain Tina, Jewel And Queenie From Circus Slavery
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1813&seriesfirst=true

3/7/09: Canada Seal Bill Dropped, No Debate. Demand The Killing End.
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1811&seriesfirst=true

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2) Pound Seizure & Humane Euthanasia
ALERT WRITER: Forwarded by Linda J Mander, linda.j.mander.gigb [at] statefarm.com

BACKGROUND:

From linda.j.mander.gigb [at] statefarm.com — Pease help with the Michigan pound seizure (animals sold to research) and gas chamber issues.

TAKE ACTION:

MICHIGAN POUND SEIZURE:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/649021463

HUMANE EUTHANASIA:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/900398769

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3) Save Stu – Wrongfully Impounded Since 9/15/05
ALERT WRITER: Jeff de la Rosa, Stu’s Dad, stu.911 [at] gmail.com

QUESTIONS ABOUT STU’S CASE? CONTACT: stu.911 [at] gmail.com

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BRIEF BACKGROUND — IN STU’S WORDS:

A Los Angeles Animal Services Hearing Examiner found me to be NOT DANGEROUS. Guerdon Stuckey, then General Manager of the dept., overturned that recommendation, declared me “Dangerous,” and sentenced me to die. Stuckey was fired by the Mayor of Los Angeles within days of condemning me.

I was evaluated by Dr. Richard Polksy, PhD. of dogexpert.com and found to be NOT DANGEROUS. My owner appealed to the Board of Commissioners but they would not overturn the GM. My owner went to Superior Court to get the dept. to re-open the case. The judge denied my petition. I have been impounded since September 15, 2005…

STU TODAY:

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Oct. 2007: Stu was transferred to New Leash on Life (Bobby Dorafshar), where he’ll remain until a Court of Appeals decision. A hearing, not yet set, will likely occur in June, followed by 90 days for a decision. I’m appealing the Superior Court denial of my petition to overturn the GM’s decision.

Dec. 2008: After City had refused dental care for Stu’s rotting teeth (since Sept. 2006) they gave a superficial cleaning. He’s lost teeth and has advanced periodontal disease. I forced them to let Dr. Tsugawa, a board certified dental vet, examine Stu. City wouldn’t pay $1000+ for x-rays and initial treatment. My fear is that his jaw is crumbling and he’s in pain.

3/23/09: Bobby Dorafshar (excellent trainer and founder of New Leash on Life Rescue and K9s Only Day Care), who is contracted to care for Stu in the interim, told the Board of Commissioners/Appeal Board that after 18 months with Stu, “This dog is not dangerous. Any aggression present now is due to confinement and non-socialization.” City forbids Stu to be walked outdoors or to play with other dogs. Ed Boks and the City Attorney are blocking all attempts to place Stu’s case on the Board of Commission’s Agenda.

TAKE ACTION:

QUESTIONS? EMAIL: stu.911 [at] gmail.com

PLEASE ASK CONTACTS BELOW TO:

1. Ensure daylight off-premises exercise for Stu.

2. Allow Stu’s re-socialization training with humans and dogs under Bobby Dorafshar (Stu’s caretaker during legal proceedings).

3. Initiate Stu’s complete dental exam and treatment by Dr. Tsugawa.

4. [Ask the Mayor and City Attorney] Allow the Board of Commissioners to agree to tell the Court of Appeals that missing evidence was excluded in error and that it should be considered by the Court of Appeals.

5. [Ask Ed Boks and Linda Barth] Stop trying to kill an innocent dog.

6. Drop opposition to Stu’s appeal and either give him a fair hearing by the department or close this case and return Stu home to Jeff.

Department of Animal Services, City Of Los Angeles
221 N Figueroa St., 5th FL; Los Angeles CA 90012; ph: 213-485-9607
Board of Commissioners: tariqkhero [at] gmail.com, ninekitties [at] aol.com, ireneponce [at] earthlink.net, ajq1trq2 [at] aol.com, secundar [at] unitedtalent.com, Ani.Commission [at] lacity.org, ross.pool [at] lacity.org
Management: Ed.Boks [at] lacity.org, Linda.Barth [at] .lacity.org

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Hall
200 North Spring Street, RM 303; Los Angeles, CA 90012
ph: 213-978-0600; fax: 213-978-0750
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: mayor [at] lacity.org
Jim Bickhart, Mayor’s Office: Jim.Bickhart [at] lacity.org

City Attorneys: Dov.Lesel [at] lacity.org, Laurie.Rittenberg [at] lacity.org, Todd.Leung [at] lacity.org

Los Angeles City Council: garcetti [at] council.lacity.org, councilmember.reyes [at] lacity.org, ed.reyes [at] lacity.org, zine [at] council.lacity.org, Dennis.Zine [at] lacity.org, cardenas [at] lacity.org, weiss [at] .lacity.org, alarcon [at] lacity.org, richard.alarcon [at] lacity.org

SIGN PETITION FOR STU:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-this-dog-stu-gag-ed-boks-from-continuing-to-lie

DONATE TO FUND A NEW ATTORNEY:
http://myspace.com/save_stu

READ MORE:
http://laanimalservices.com/PDF/commission/2007/070907stuupdate.pdf
http://laanimalservices.com/info_rumors.htm

Kelly’s note: For additional background, please see the following alerts:

12/25/07 – Kinship Circle: UPDATES: Year-End Victories & Setbacks, SEPT – DEC 2007 (Parts 1 & 2) – #17, “Stu Is Spared, But NOT Free Or Exonerated”

09/17/07 – Kinship Circle: September Kinship Circle Digest (Parts 1 and 2) – #4, “Unhappy Anniversary For Stu! Will He Ever Be Freed?”

06/20/07 – Kinship Circle: JUNE KC DIGEST: Saving Stu, Dolphin Captures, Oasis In Trouble + MORE – #1, “Saving Stu – Legally They Can Kill Him Any Day Now”

06/20/07 – Kinship Circle: Saving Stu: Legally They Can Kill Him Any Day Now

01/10/07 – Kinship Circle: Stu In Grave Danger. Again. [KC MEMBER ALERT]

09/08/06 – Kinship Circle: UPDATE: Stu Is Safe!

09/07/06 – Kinship Circle: LETTER / End Stu’s Nightmare Inside LAAS

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4) New England Animal Rights Workshop 6/13/09
ALERT WRITER: Jamie Kordack, Jamie.R.Kordack [at] usace.army.mil

NEW ENGLAND ANIMAL RIGHTS WORKSHOP

An Educational Forum for Sharing Knowledge and Networking
Open-Discussion Sessions & Special Guest Speakers
Networking and Socializing / Exhibits and Cruelty-FREE Shopping
Free Literature / Con-current Educational Videos / Vegan Lunch

WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2009, (10:00 am registration)

WHERE: WORKSHOP – West Brookfield, MA Town Hall, 2nd floor Grand Ballroom

DIRECTIONS: From West or East: Take MA T-pike/I-90 to exit 9. Take Rt. 20 East, turn Left and go North on Rt. 49 to end/to Rt. 9. Turn Left/West on Rt. 9 to center of West Brookfield. Town Hall is at the light. Parking on common/Cottage Street/West Main Street (in front of Library).

AFTER-HOURS WINE AND UN-CHEESE TASTING – Charles Hubbard House, a beautiful 1836 Colonial, 3 doors down from the town hall, 15 West Main St. Wine, bear, soda, vegan munchies…

TIMES & COST: Workshop 10:30am to 5:00pm / $15
After-Hours Wine & Un-Cheese Tasting 5:30 to ? / $10

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO RSVP: Jamie Kordack, 978-318-8399;
cell: 978-265-9503 * jamie.r.kordack [at] usace.army.mil * http://www.nearw.org

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5) Party To End Puppy Mills On 4/19/09
ALERT WRITER: Diana Magor, dianamagor [at] gmail.com

PARTY TO PUT AN END TO PUPPY MILLS – APRIL 19, 2009

This event is happening all over the USA on 4/19/09. Many are hosting a fundraising “party” to help end this cruel practice. I am hosting one at my
house in Santa Cruz, CA and would like to invite anyone interested in attending to join me from 3:30 to 6:30 pm PT. Economist and dog activist Ben Stein, Congressman Sam Farr, and others will be on a conference call on this issue at 4:30PT (7:30 ET; 6:30 CT).

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO FIND EVENT IN YOUR AREA, SEE:
http://www.partylaunch.com/partyanimals/findparty/index.cfm
http://www.hslf.com

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6) Urge Portugal City To Become Anti-Bullfighting
ALERT WRITER: Miguel Moutinho | ANIMAL, miguel.moutinho [at] animal.org.pt

BACKGROUND:

Every summer in the city of Tavira, in the Algarve (coastal region of the South of Portugal), a bullfight is staged in a mobile bullring — mostly for foreign tourists, who are deceitfully attracted by promoters claiming bullfights are “bloodless” expressions of local culture. In fact, bullfights are shockingly bloody and violent, and certainly not part of the culture of the Algarve. Every time a bullfight occurs, at least six bulls are viciously tortured, just to profit from animal cruelty.

TAKE ACTION:

Write to the Mayor of Tavira, in the Algarve, asking to officially declare Tavira an Anti-Bullfighting City.
Copy (Cc): campanhas [at] animal.org.pt presidente [at] cm-tavira.pt; ecordeiro [at] cm-tavira.pt; fviegas [at] cm-tavira.pt; cbaracho [at] cm-tavira.pt; lnunes [at] cm-tavira.pt; asimoes [at] cm-tavira.pt; jguerreiro [at] cm-tavira.pt; fbeato [at] cm-tavira.pt; camara [at] cm-tavira.pt; gci [at] cm-tavira.pt

Please send a written letter to the President of the Municipality of Tavira:
Mr. José Macário Correia, Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Tavira
Câmara Municipal de Tavira
Praça da República
8800-951 Tavira, PORTUGAL

SAMPLE LETTER:

Honorable Officials of Tavira:

I write to urge you and the Municipality of Tavira to free your beautiful city from bullfighting. Tavira does not have a permanent bullring and there is no bullfighting tradition in Tavira or anywhere in the Algarve. On the contrary, the fact that a bullfight takes place in Tavira every year only hurts your city’s good name and reputation. It is even more harmful for the animals tortured in these bullfights.

To date, 65 Spanish towns and three French towns have declared themselves anti-bullfighting. In Portugal, Viana do Castelo has already officially taken that step. The Mayors of Braga and Cascais announced that they will no longer authorise bullfighting spectacles in their cities as well.

I call upon you to proclaim Tavira an anti-bullfighting city, through the implementation of a policy of non-authorisation of bullfighting spectacles in your city — at least as far as municipal licenses and authorisations are required for these to take place.

Such a step would hugely benefit Tavira and make your constituents happy with that measure, which would certainly have positive effects in the next
elections. I’m also certain that tourism in Tavira would grow.

I look forward to a response from you and I thank you in advance for your attention.

Yours, very respectfully,

[Name], [City, Country] [Email address]

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7) We Are Their Hope: World Lab Animal Liberation

ALERT WRITER: Michael Budkie, Executive Director, SAEN, saen [at] saenonline.org
http://www.saenonline.org, http://www.wlalw.org

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WORLD LABORATORY ANIMAL LIBERATION WEEK, APRIL 18-26, 2009

As you read this email, untold millions of animals suffer and die in laboratories across the U.S. Most — including rats, mice, birds, amphibians, and all animals used in agricultural research — receive no protection under current laws. Federally owned laboratories (such as those owned by the Department of Defense, the NIH, the USDA, EPA, etc.) receive no independent inspections… The USDA does not adequately enforce the very limited requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)…

RESOURCES / SAEN WEBSITES:

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! http://www.saenonline.org
Fact sheets about product testing, primate experimentation, general animal experimentation, as well as materials focusing on specific labs…

RESOURCES / WLALW WEBSITE:

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week: http://www.wlalw.org/
Contains sign-up form for this year’s event and listings from prior years.
To increase media exposure…please sign up with the details of your events.

RESOURCES / KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION FACT SHEETS:

Download and print our photo- and fact-filled literature to use for tabling, leafleting, at demos, presentations, etc.

ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/VivisectiLessonFutilityPH.pdf

Animal Testing: You Paid For It
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/YouPaidForIt.pdf

Sacrificing One Won’t Save The Other
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/MODSacrificOneWontSaveOther.pdf

Iams Doublespeak: Experiments On Cats And Dogs
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/DyingForKibble.pdf

Who Is Huntingdon Life Sciences?
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/WhoIsHuntingdonLifeScienc.pdf

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8) Vegans Take On The “3 Peaks” Challenge
ALERT WRITER: Andrew Knight, Founder, Extreme Vegan Sporting Association, info [at] extremevegansports.org * http://www.extremevegansports.org

BACKGROUND:

During a single 24-hour period from May 2-3, the first known all-vegan team will attempt to successively scale the three highest mountains within Wales, England and Scotland — the famous “3 Peaks” Challenge.

We aim to publicly demonstrate that vegans can achieve impressive feats of fitness…thereby overcoming misperceptions about the vegan lifestyle. Given that animal agriculture is one of the largest contributors to global warming — as well as cruel to animals and bad for human health — we feel it’s
important to show how incorrect such misperceptions are.

We also aim to raise money for the electoral campaign of Animals Count, during the June 4th European Parliamentary elections. Animals Count (http://www.animalscount.org/) is a UK political party for people and animals, and will contest these elections with the goal to increase consideration given to animal issues, by all political parties… READ MORE ABOUT THE ALL-VEGAN “3-PEAKS” TEAM: http://www.vegan3peaks.info

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