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DDB: Open Letter from Tammy Grimes December 17, 2007

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Please also see this action alert from the Animal Law Coalition: Tammy Grimes Found Guilty: Call on Governor Rendell to Pardon Her and Help Pass PA H.B. 1065.

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From: Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better – tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org
Date: Dec 17, 2007 11:34 AM
Subject: Open Letter from Tammy Grimes December 17, 2007

On September 11, 2006, I rescued a dog that was dying at the end of a chain in a muddy yard in a small Pennsylvania town. I was subsequently arrested. A little over a year later, on December 15, 2007, I was convicted of theft and receiving stolen property.

The last year has been the most traumatic and the most inspirational of my life. I have been labeled a “terrorist” a “vigilante”, a “publicity hound” and an “anarchist.” I have been called a hero. I have been humbled by encouragement and well wishes from people all over the world. I have been attacked in person and in print in my small town, where the prevailing view is that it is fine and dandy to tie a dog to a tree or a dog house and leave it to pace back and forth for year after agonizing year, in skull-cracking cold or 100-degree weather, with nothing but parasites for company.

I don’t regret what I did. Not for one second. And when it comes to rescuing dogs and changing minds and laws, I’m just getting started. Here’s why.

The dog at the center of all this, a dog we would eventually name Doogie, had been lying in the mud and rain for three days, chained to the dog house he had been attached to for years. He was unable to stand and was pawing the air in desperation. His owners chose to go four-wheeling and to work on Monday instead of getting him the vet help he needed and deserved, but most importantly was entitled to by law. A distraught neighbor had called animal control repeatedly over the course of the three days. But as so often happens, no “humane” officer called back. No one ever showed up. (Surprised? Trust me, it happens all the time, and not just in my town.) The frantic neighbor eventually reached out to me and to Dogs Deserve Better.

What I did next set in motion a chain of events that would eventually garner national attention, the wrath of some, the support of others, and an agonizing trial during which I had to listen to lies and mischaracterizations for three days: I removed that dog’s chain and I took him to the veterinarian. It was all very clear to me as I lifted the emaciated, wet dog into my van. I had been in animal rescue long enough to know that I would probably be labeled the villain while the dog’s caretakers wouldn’t even be questioned for leaving a suffering dog on the ground for three days, not to mention all the years they tied him to a shabby box in the yard; letting his toenails to grow so long they were curling back toward his pads, denying him vet care when he most needed it.

But I also knew that what I was doing was morally correct. It was the compassionate thing to do. It was the only thing I could do. Time was of the essence. A dog was suffering. I felt he was dying.

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Dogs Deserve Better: Update on Tammy Grimes’ Trial, 11-27-06

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Dogs Deserve Better sent out a press release (.pdf) regarding founder Tammy Grimes’ latest court date, which was yesterday, 11/27/06. A note for new readers: Grimes, a PA resident, was arrested and charged with theft back in September for rescuing Doogie, a dying, chained dog. Background and past alerts here.

In addition to press releases, the DDB website is updated as needed with notes on the court dates, as well as calls to action for DDB supporters.

Here’s yesterday’s update:

11/27/06. Today was the pretrial conference in the jury room of the Blair County Courthouse. There were no further deals offered or made, and so we informed the judges that we would be continuing on to a jury trial. Mr. Dickey’s office will file a motion to dismiss all charges this week.

Tammy will be meeting with Mr. Dickey within the next week to figure out future moves.

We are currently set up for a further pretrial conference on February 5th at 8:30 a.m. This is the final pretrial activity before we move onto jury selection and go to trial.

There have been an unheard of number of letters to the editor published in the Altoona Mirror. 12 at last count, only three of which were negative. We have a TON of support here!

We would like everyone to continue to write letters to the editor of the Altoona Mirror at opinion [at] altoonamirror.com. Keep them short and snappy if possible.

We also NEED to have a TON of people attend the hearing! We would like to hold a rally at the next pretrial conference, however it is very early in the morning…if you have a great idea how to really raise local support, please e-mail us at Tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org and let us know.

How about a large group marching in a holiday parade in Altoona or Holllidaysburg? Worked for the suffragists!

You can read past updates, and keep abreast of the case, here.

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DawnWatch: Tammy Grimes arrested for saving dog — petition, DA info, and news stories — 9/16/06

Monday, September 18th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Sep 16, 2006 5:41 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Tammy Grimes arrested for saving dog — petition, DA info, and news stories 9/16/06

There has been much local media in Pennsylvania about the arrest of Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, for saving the life of a chained dog so weak he could not stand.

Lancaster’s Intelligencer Journal carried the story on the Friday, September 15, front page, headed, “She’s not afraid of a dog fight; Woman charged in hound flap to speak here.”

It opens:

“The dog appeared to be dead Monday morning, passersby said.

“Chained outside a residence, the shepherd mix lying on his side in dirt and puddles had been unable to stand for several days, they said.

“A neighbor repeatedly called a Central Pennsylvania Humane Society officer charged with investigating animal abuse and neglect in the Altoona area. No one responded, the neighbor said.

“So the neighbor called Tammy Grimes. Then another person called Grimes about the same dog. That’s when Grimes took action, video camera in tow.

“By early Monday evening, the dog Grimes dubbed Doogie was resting inside a safe home after a $170 visit to a vet. After taking painkillers, vitamins, a hearty meal and water, he was even walking a little.

“That night, not unexpectedly, police came for Grimes.”

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Kinship Circle / DDB: Grimes Verdict: GUILTY For Saving A Life

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 15, 2007 5:47 PM
Subject: Grimes Verdict: GUILTY For Saving A Life

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12/15/07 UPDATE
Verdict: GUILTY For Saving A Life – Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:
tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org * http://animallawcoalition.com/

CONTACT INFORMATION TO PROTEST:
Ask Pennsylvania’s Governor Edward G. Rendell to PARDON Tammy Grimes for the “crimes” or theft and receiving stolen “property” in her action to save a dying, chained dog called Doogie.

Governor Edward G. Rendell
225 Main Capitol Building * Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
ph: 717-787-2500
web email: http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Governor/govmail.html

BACKGROUND:

Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, was arrested September 11, 2006 for helping a dying chained dog named Doogie who could not stand in East Freedom, Pennsylvania. Read about the case with photo and video documentation: http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/doogie.html

12/14/07: A Blair County, Pennsylvania jury has found Tammy Grimes guilty of theft and receiving stolen property. Sentencing is set for February 23, 2008.

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: After speaking to Tammy today (12/15), I understand her misdemeanor “crimes” could merit 1-2 years jail time. Although, she is more apt to incur a fine and probation at her sentencing in February. During the trial, Tammy and her lawyer were NOT permitted to show video footage of Doogie (called “Jake” by his negligent caretakers)…on the ground unable to move or stand for at least three days.

Tammy wrote: “When we arrived, we took photos and video of Doogie. We initially thought he was dead, as he was not moving and his back was to us. We found out the people were not home to talk to about him, so I made the decision that I would not leave him lying there on the cold wet ground for one moment longer, and I would accept all consequences of my decision.”

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TAMMY’S HEROIC EFFORTS IN PHOTOS & WORDS:
http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/doogie.html

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DDB: Grimes in Court Monday, October 29th for Motion Hearing on DA Quest to Bar Evidence

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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From: Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better – tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org
Date: Oct 24, 2007 9:32 PM
Subject: Grimes in Court Monday, October 29th for Motion Hearing on DA Quest to Bar Evidence

PA Dog Rescue Case Goes to Motion Hearing October 29th
Blair County D.A. seeks to bar defense evidence from the courtroom

Please come to the hearing on Monday if at all possible, we need your support!

October 24, 2007, Altoona, PA-Dogs Deserve Better founder Tammy Grimes will be back in court October 29th at 9:00 a.m. for a motion hearing to defend against the Blair County DA’s attempt to bar her most-compelling evidence–video, photos, and vet testimony of the dog’s condition–from the courtroom. Grimes was arrested September 11, 2006 after taking a dog–unable to stand for three days–for veterinary care; then protecting him from returning to the abusive situation.

Grimes maintains that there were clearly Pennsylvania cruelty laws being broken for at least three days by the time she arrived on the scene, and charges should instead be filed against the Arnolds for abuse and neglect.

She states, “We need to take a serious look at a justice system that favors animal abusers, and I would ask what kind of example this is setting for our children. We have ample proof of abuse in this case: neighbor testimony, vet testimony, video and photo evidence. If we as humans see an animal or human dying and in need of immediate help, it is our moral duty to help that being and protect him/her from further harm. A system that instead requires an abused child or animal to be returned to the situation in which the abuse is occurring is corrupt, and must be questioned and examined if we are to evolve as a society.”

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DDB: Please Attend the Rally for Grimes in PA! (April 17, 2007)

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

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From: Tammy Grimes – tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org
Date: Apr 6, 2007 2:38 PM
Subject: Special Announcement: Please Attend the Rally for Grimes in PA!

Please Attend a Rally for Grimes April 17, Hollidaysburg, PA

Show America We’re Tired of Dogs Dying on the End of Chains, Tired of Abusers Walking

Courthouse · 423 Allegheny St. 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 17, 2007

On 4/17/07 there is a pre-trial motion hearing to dismiss all charges against DDB founder Tammy Grimes at the Blair County Courthouse at 10:30 a.m. Come to a pre-trial rally at the Hollidaysburg Courthouse to support Grimes and what she did for Doogie at 9:00 a.m. April 17th. We really need your help!

The first 100 supporters to arrive will receive a NEW I’m Standing Up for Doogie button, as well as a FREE Yard Sign, Calendar and Car Magnet. Coming in from out of town? To see Altoona hotels and motels, visit the Altoona.com site.

We can get a room discount at the Motel 6 if we have more than 10 rooms booked. If you’re coming and want to be part of the room block at Motel 6, please let Tammy know by calling her at 877.636.1408 by April 11th. If we don’t get 10 rooms reserved by then, we cannot block it.

The courthouse address is 423 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. Keep in mind that although we have this hearing, it does not mean the charges will be dismissed. There is still the very real possibility that we are going to a jury trial. We NEED to raise our voices and BE HEARD! It is absolutely ridiculous that in Pennsylvania one can abuse a dog despite existing cruelty laws, allowing it to lay chained, unable to stand, and on the ground for three days and NOT pay a price for that abuse.

It is unconscionable what this case is teaching our children. We must continue to fight, not only for Doogie, but for all chained dogs in Pennsylvania and around the U.S. And for our future’s children who may have to make the same choices Tammy has made; choices which no one should have to make.

Visit the updated Doogie page and read the Press Release.

Can’t come, but you’d like to support financially?

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DDB: Anti-Tethering Bills, Rally for Grimes on 4/17

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

The latest issue of Dogs Deserve Better’s eNewsletter (which does not appear to be available online) includes the the following items of interest:

Eight States are Hard at Work on Anti-Tethering Bills

Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, and Rhode Island

Maryland’s legislation is highest priority right now, if you live in Maryland, it’s critical for you to visit the site and start contacting your representatives to get the bill out for a vote. Most of the others are just getting started, and need all citizens help to progress. If your state is listed amongst these, please visit the link, below, and see how you get involved. If your state isn’t listed, visit the link anyway to see what kind of laws are being proposed this year, and get ideas for your state. It’s not too late for this legislative session!

More excellent legislative news: Troy City, Michigan, Middletown, Ohio, Texas City, Texas have all passed anti-tethering legislation in the past month! Lee’s Summit, Missouri, DeSoto, Tennessee, Denver, Colorado, Deerfield Beach, FL, New York City, Arkansas City, Kansas, and Austin, Texas are all considering anti-tethering legislation as we write as well.

Please visit DDB’s State Legislative Effort Page for current info and local calls to action.

Also, those in the PA area (specifically, Hollidaysburg) may want to attend the April 17 9AM pre-trial rally for DDB founder Tammy Grimes:

Come to a Rally for Grimes before the Motion to Dismiss Hearing April 17, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.

Can you come to a pre-trial rally at the Hollidaysburg Courthouse for Tammy Grimes at 9:00 a.m. April 17th?

The pre-trial hearing is at 10:30, so let’s be there at 9:00 a.m., sporting signs, listening to a few speakers, and in general showing support for Tammy and what she did for Doogie.

We’ll make sure we have new signs made from the Doogie material and buttons for everyone that comes. If you can come in from out of town, please try! The more people we have standing together, the better for our cause and for justice. To see Altoona hotels and motels, visit the Altoona.com site. If we have a lot of people who need rooms, we will see if we can get a cheap room block somewhere.

Background and additional info on the case is available here.

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DDB: Dognamic Duo’s 12/12/120 Tour: 12 Days, 12 States, 120 Dogs

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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From: Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better – tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org
Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 8:45 AM
Subject: Dognamic Duo’s 12/12/120 Tour: 12 Days, 12 States, 120 Dogs

The Dognamic Duo’s 12/12/120 Tour: 12 Days, 12 States, 120 Dogs

March 27, Altoona, PA – What if someone wanted to prove that they could drive to any state and in the space of a few hours easily find, photograph, and videotape a minimum of 10 dogs spending their lives at the end of a chain? And what if they decided to test this theory by going on the road on a whirlwind 12 state tour, spending only 1 day per state, including finding the dogs, driving to the next state, securing lodging, possibly speaking, meeting media, and creating videos? And what if at the end of each day they uploaded pictures and videos of their findings in that state on that day for the nation to share in the truth of what is going on in our country’s backyards?

And what if one day two women decided to make all these ‘what ifs’ a reality? The result is The Dognamic Duo’s 12/12/120 Tour.

The brainchild of DDB founder Tammy Grimes, the road tour idea has been festering for over a year; now she and DDB public liaison director Dawn Ashby have decided to put the plan into action under the tour name of The Dognamic Duo’s 12/12/120 Tour!

April 5th Grimes will fly to St. Louis, Missouri, where she will meet up with Ashby. There they will pick up a car, drive into Missouri to a likely location, and commence the 12 state tour bright and early the morning of the 6th.

The intention of the tour and the subsequent pictorial and video footage is to show how prevalent chaining and penning are in the U.S., educate the nation that it is common in all states, and put forth the idea that it is indeed something that must be stopped; that it is not humane and not an acceptable way to house and train Man’s Best Friend. They will be speaking to caretakers of chained and penned dogs, passing out treats, collars and leashes, educational materials and fencing applications, and seeking local help for situations that appear to be illegal, as well as engaging the public through speaking and media alerts.

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 03-26-08

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: USA Today on foreclosure and pet crisis — 3/25/08
USA Today includes an article, by Sharon L. Peters, headed, “Foreclosures slam doors on pets, too; Shelters in hard-hit areas report a surge in animals being abandoned.”

Dogs Deserve Better: Please take Animal Advocacy Background Survey: Only Takes 5 Minutes!
I’m working on a book for animal advocates, and I’d dearly love your input. I’m striving to find out what different backgrounds animal advocates come from, and ascertain if there are family patterns or other factors that seem to lead us in the direction of advocating for animals. (More info here.)

Earth Day Network: The Sky Belongs To All Of Us.
To stop global warming and to reverse the extraordinary environmental destruction that is taking place around the world, we must tell Congress that if they want to keep their jobs they must take stronger and immediate action.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Update: Calves Reportedly Caged in Excrement and Denied Food and Water!
PETA received several recent complaints from individuals who claimed to be affiliated with a transport ship carrying four containers of cows to Oakland, Calif. Our sources allege that the ship—the Mokihana, which is owned by Matson Navigation Company, Inc.—transported these animals in extraordinarily inhumane conditions.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Urgent: Tell Schuylerville Jr.-Sr. High School to Nix ‘Donkey Basketball’ Game
Schuylerville Jr.-Sr. High School in Schuylerville, New York, plans to host a cruel “donkey basketball” game this Friday, March 28.

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Kinship Circle: UPDATES: JAN-MAR 2008 (Parts 1 & 2)

Monday, March 17th, 2008

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Date: Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 8:01 PM
Subject: Part 1/ UPDATES: JAN-MAR 2008

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PART 1: KC UPDATES / JANUARY – MARCH 2008
Victories * Setbacks * Progress For Animals: ONLY PUBLISHED TRI-MONTHLY

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PART 1: KC UPDATES / JAN – MARCH 2008
1. Hallmark Meat Exec Admits Downed Cows Enter Food Supply
2. Juvenile Arrested In Edna’s Disappearance Found Guilty
3. Dog Attacked With Drill Gun – Updated
4. Canada’s New Rules For “Humane Seal Hunt” (oxymoron of the year?)
5. Mississippi Legislators Snub Buddy’s Law
6. Puerto Rico Faces Suit Over Roundup/Kill of Animals
7. Official Investigation Of Puppy Killer Is Underway, Marines Say
8. In Shadow Of Vick Case, Virginia Toughens Dogfighting Laws
9. Landmark Crate Ban On Way To Nov. 2008 Calif. Ballot
10. Los Angeles: Spay-Neuter Proposal Becomes Law
11. South Africa To Resume Elephant Culling After 13 Years
12. Three U.S. Agencies Aim To End Animal Testing
13. Animals Lose A True Friend With Congressman Lantos’ Death

PART 2: KC UPDATES / JAN – MARCH 2008
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14. Tammy Grimes To Appeal Unjust Sentence In Doogie Case
15. Companies Prosecuted In Poisoned Pet Food Recall
16. Report Calls For Prosecution Of Pet-Killing Dogcatcher
17. Judge To Bush Admin: You Can’t Exempt Navy In Sonar!
18. FDA OKs Food Sales From Animal Clones
19. NIH Tells UCONN Primate Experimenter To Return $65K
20. Dr. Anteneh Roba Earns Circle Of Compassion Award
21. USA: Killing Dogs In Training Of Doctors To End
22. SF Zoo Attack Victim Admits Taunting Tiger
23. Premarin Maker Wyeth Faces Over 5,300 Lawsuits
24. Denny’s Stop Sponsorship Of Ringling Bros. Circus
25. Boys Sentenced In Toby’s Brutal Death
26. The Dogs That Vick Hurt

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 02-22-08

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Action Alerts

Alley Cat Allies: Sign the Petition: Tell Cape May, N.J., to resist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pressure to kill cats!
The Cape May, New Jersey, cats need your support. The City of Cape May has been pressured by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to abolish its successful humane cat management program known as Trap-Neuter-Return – a move that the city does not want to make and that would endanger the lives of all cats – owned, stray and feral.

Environmental Defense: Support Conservation Funding in the Farm Bill!
The House and Senate now must reconcile the differences between the two versions of the bill and produce a final bill for the president to sign. It’s critical for Congress to produce a final bill that includes $5.1 billion in additional conservation program funding – the level provided in the Senate bill – and makes some reasonable reforms to farm subsidy programs.

Farm Sanctuary: Support Legislation to Help Downed Animals
At the federal level, the Downed Animal Protection and Food Safety Act (H.R. 661, S. 394) has been introduced to ensure that “downers” will be kept out of the human food supply. This bill will remedy the shortcomings of current USDA regulations regarding downed animals by requiring the immediate, humane euthanasia of all animals who become nonambulatory.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Protect Public Lands from an Outdated Mining Law
Since the passage of the 1872 Mining Law, mining companies have been claiming America’s public lands for $5 or less per acre, while avoiding payment of royalties on extracted minerals (costing taxpayers an estimated $100 million each year).

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Mayor Lim to Halt Plans to Acquire More Animals!
Please write to Mayor Lim and urge him to halt plans to acquire more animals for the Manila Zoo. Ask him to improve the lives of the animals already there instead or, better yet, to close the zoo all together.

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 02-19-08

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Largest ever meat recall makes news everywhere — 2/18/08
The story is everywhere — it is on front pages throughout the US, on ABC news in Australia, and in Canada’s National Post.

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Downed Farm Animals Need Your Help!
Although the USDA established a temporary ban on the slaughter of downed cattle in 2004 following the discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S., the agency has never finalized the policy nor enforced it comprehensively, and has been pressured by industry to weaken it.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell GEICO to Say ‘No’ to Zoo Cruelty
Ask GEICO to end its partnership with the AZA until the organization implements a policy that prohibits member zoos and aquariums from capturing healthy wild animals from their natural habitats.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Biodefense Funds Used for Senseless Experiments on Chimpanzees
Please speak out to oppose these senseless experiments by sending a letter to the director of the NIH urging him to stop these absurd and cruel experiments immediately.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Lab to Stop Torturing Monkeys!
Please ask Nagata to fire those responsible for violating the law and torturing monkeys at SNBL.

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 02-16-08

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Action Alerts

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): TELL HOUSE LEADERS: KEEP STANDING UP TO BUSH
Thank you for standing up to bullying from President Bush and rejecting his administration’s lies and fear mongering. You made a wise decision to let his reckless and unconstitutional spying bill expire.

Animal Protection Institute (API) / Born Free USA: Pennsylvania Residents: Stop Caged Animal Shoots
Legislation has been introduced in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate (H.B. 2130 and S.B. 1150) that would ban killing animals launched from box traps or tied in place.

DawnWatch: Breakthrough agreement on animal testing — USA Today and Guardian 2/15/08
The Friday, February 15 editions of USA Today and the UK’s Guardian include articles headed, respectively, “Agreement could bring end to animal testing; Agencies will develop other methods” and “US to replace animals with robots in toxic chemical tests.”

Defenders of Wildlife: Speak Out for Lynx and Other Forest Wildlife
The U.S. Forest Service is now considering a proposal by the Bush Administration that would weaken vital protections for more than 4 million acres of roadless areas in Colorado’s National Forests — pristine areas that are home to lynx, moose, elk and other imperiled wildlife.

Farm Sanctuary: Get Involved – Join Farm Sanctuary’s Advocacy Campaign Team
As a member of ACT, you will receive a monthly electronic ACT UPDATE, featuring actions you can take for farm animals, breaking campaign news, new or improved advocacy tools, everyday activism tips, and feedback from team members. These updates will be sent to you in addition to Farm Sanctuary’s bi-weekly e-newsletter. We’ll also contact you when opportunities exist in your local area to attend legislative hearings, staff outreach tables, or take other actions for farm animals.

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 02-12-08

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Action Alerts

Democrats.com: Chairman Conyers: Start Impeachment Hearings for Vice President Cheney
Conyers expressed his concerns about what might happen following an impeachment, the danger of installing a Bush replacement or losing an election. But he said he’s listening to several advocates for impeachment, including Liz Holtzman and David Swanson of Democrats.com. He hinted he could be swayed by a convincing argument, leaning out of his chair for dramatic effect.

Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal: Global Ecological Emergency: Brazil Must Succeed in Keeping Soybeans Out of Amazon Rainforest
Only soy products that do not directly or indirectly destroy ancient rainforests, or intensify climate change and other problems inherent with large-scale industrial monocultures, will be tolerated in international markets.

The Sierra Club: Don’t Let the EPA Exempt Factory Farms from Right-to-Know Laws
Tell the EPA that Factory Farms should not be exempt from these important laws.

The Sierra Club: Extend Clean Energy Tax Incentives
Urge your Congress Members to vote YES on a clean energy tax package!

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Kinship Circle: January Digest (Parts 1 & 2)

Monday, January 28th, 2008

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Date: Jan 26, 2008 4:34 PM
Subject: Part 1: KC DIGEST – Dogfighter LA, Sled Dogs, Rabbit Fur…

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PART 1: JANUARY KC DIGEST – Alerts From Members + Action Links

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PART 1: January KC Digest
1. PETITIONS, WEB LETTERS, VIDEOS
2. Carriage Horse Action Needed
3. Day In Court For Dogfighter In Shreveport, Louisiana
4. Help Save Iditarod Dogs From Brutality
5. Take Action Against Rabbit Fur
6. Burning Live Dogs In Stove Furnaces In Serbia

PART 2: January KC Digest
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7. MORE PETITIONS, WEB LETTERS, VIDEOS
8. Protect Companion Animals In Final Farm Bill
9. Sea Shepherd Hostages Freed, Action Still Needed
10. Miami-Dade Commission Picks Cruelty Over Tethering Ban
11. Halt Animal Torture In Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria

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DDB: 10,000 Addresses? No Sweat…That’s Only 2 Each!

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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From: Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better – tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org
Date: Jan 22, 2008 2:05 PM
Subject: 10,000 Addresses? No Sweat…That’s Only 2 Each!

10,000 Addresses? No Sweat…That’s Only 2 Each!

Delilah

Meet my newest foster, Delilah (who rumor has it is considering me for her new mommy…she talks in her sleep when she’s snuggled up to me at night, and I swear I heard her say it!) She, like Riley who so many of you generously sponsored this Holiday Season, had been living on a chain without even the ability to see to relieve the daily boredom, loneliness, and yearly sojourn into Pennsylvania’s winter cold. For she’s blind.

Can you imagine even for a moment living your life on the end of a chain not able to see? How terrifying, and so helpless to even defend yourself against intruders.

Thanks to a network of Pennsylvania volunteers, Delilah is now free and loving her inside home and family here with me, even sharing in the Christmas joys with her siblings.

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IDA eNews: 12-19-07

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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Subject: IDA eNews: 12-19-07

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Help IDA stop cruel nicotine experiments on monkeys at OHSU
Take Action to urge OHSU and NIH officials to end funding for needless experiments

Urge Congress to Support Mandatory Alternatives Petition
Groundbreaking petition filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Rescuer Found Guilty of Theft in Controversial Dog Rescue Case
Sick, elderly chained dog considered “stolen goods”

Dominican Dolphins Need Another Push To Freedom
Dolphin tourist attraction no stranger to scandal

Victory: PetSmart Agrees Not to Sell Rabbits
Retailer ends rabbit sales in response to overwhelming outcry

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 12-03-07

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Action Alerts

American Freedom Campaign: Tell the House to approve contempt citations against White House officials
In the coming days, we are going to see whether anyone in Washington has the guts to hold the Bush administration responsible for the offenses it has committed against our Constitution.

DawnWatch: Strong TV reports on canned hunting with dogs, week Nov 23, 2007
Earlier this week, Atlanta’s Fox Five aired a double report, from I-Team reporter Randy Travis, on “canned hunting” with dogs.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Why do salmon matter? Tell us and we’ll deliver your message!
Please personalize and send the following letter to Bob Lohn, Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, letting him know why you care about salmon. (Be sure to remove all that drivel about “recreational fishing”, too!)

Public Campaign Action Fund: Stop Bush’s Holiday Giveaways
The New York Times reported that lobbyists for big corporations were “racing to secure final approval for a wide range of health, safety, labor and economic rules, in the belief that they can get better deals from the Bush administration than from its successor.”

True Majority: Support the Energy Bill
A final vote in the House is expected this week on the Energy Bill.

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Kinship Circle: November Digest (Parts 1 & 2)

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

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Subject: #1: NOV. KC DIGEST – Primate Clones, Euro Lab Agony, Feral Cats Dead? …

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11/27/07
PART 1: November KC DIGEST – Alerts From Members

View past KC Digest Newsletters: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/digest/

PART 1: November KC Digest
1. Researcher Wants To Clone Primates For Human Diseases
2. PETITIONS, VIDEOS, WEB CAMPAIGNS
3. Guantánamo For Animals – Monkeys Imported To European Labs
4. Uphill Struggle For Jamaica Shelter After Hurricane Dean
5. Bird Loyalists Want Feral Cats Dead? Stop H.R. 767
6. Greece: Severe Abuse Of Donkeys
7. Is An Animal A Thing? Or A Being?

PART 2: November KC Digest

If you did NOT get PART 2, request it: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net

8. MORE PETITIONS, VIDEOS, WEB CAMPAIGNS
9. Keep Pressure On JFK Airport: Stop Killing Cats Now!
10. Tammy Grimes Jury Selected – Gag Order Issued
11. Fourth Annual Stray Cat Club Gala Event for Stray Cat Alliance
12. Support Animal Acres Fire Evacuation Program
13. Spain – 200 Dogs Found In Awful Situation
14. Pet Store Leafleting, Pigeon Vigil, Blog
15. SHAC National March And Rally (UK)

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Must Scruffy suffer for your cheap-ass candy choices?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Copied below is a press release from the animal welfare organization Dogs Deserve Better warning against leaving your dogs – and other companion animals – outside during Halloween.

For more on keeping your companion animals safe this Halloween, see also…

* ASPCA Offers Halloween Safety Tips For Pets at aspca.org

* NO SCAREDY CATS THIS HALLOWEEN: TOP 10 SAFETY TIPS FOR PET PARENTS at aspca.org

* Guard Against Ghoulish Goodies: Keep Your Pets Safe From Halloween Hazards at aspca.org

* Halloween Safety at dogs.about.com

* A Safe and Sound Halloween for Dogs at Bella Online

I must note, however, that there’s no warning against dressing your mutt up like some kind of asshole.

2007-10-19 - Peedee the Pumpkin - 0010

Well, OK, so maybe there is. Just don’t tell Peedee that.

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