Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 11: Battered, Bruised & Consumed

Monday, November 9th, 2009


Natalie Portman @ The Huffington Post: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals Turned Me Vegan and

Carol J. Adams: A vegan-feminist lament

Natalie Portman – a newbie vegetarian-to-vegan convert, thanks to Jonathan Safran Foer’s welfarist Eating Animals (zuh?) – recently caused a stir when she compared the consumption of “meat” to the consumption of women, i.e., in the form of rape:

He posits that consideration, as promoted by Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which has more to do with being polite to your tablemates than sticking to your own ideals, would be absurd if applied to any other belief (e.g., I don’t believe in rape, but if it’s what it takes to please my dinner hosts, then so be it).

Naturally, Portman’s remark(s) unleashed a torrent of speciesism – to which Carol Adams responds with a vegan-feminist lament.

(This is the point at which I’d normally swoon over Ms. Portman – but I’m still somewhat heartbroken over her Jane Hancock on the “free Polanski” petition.)

Striking at the Roots: Carol J. Adams on Activism, Veganism and Models for Change

In what’s shaping up to be a series (see also: Mark’s conversation with Andrew Zollman of LGBT Compassion), author/activist Mark Hawthorne interviews vegetarian (vegan?) / feminist Carol Adams. The two touch upon sexism within the animal rights movement, masculine vs. feminist models of change, the gendered nature of animal exploitation, and guerrilla activism. Keep it coming, Mark!

Stephanie @ Animal Rights: Are American Rodeos More Acceptable Than Spanish Bullfighting?

Stephanie details an alarming trend: as Spanish animal advocacy groups work to bring an end to bullfighting, promoters of American rodeos are promoting the “sport” as a “humane” alternative. Clearly, the question she poses – Are American Rodeos More Acceptable Than Spanish Bullfighting? – is a rhetorical one, and the answer is a resounding hell no! Here, colonialism meets speciesism, and everyone loses. Save for the colonizers, of course.

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AHA: Help animals displaced by flood

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Normally I don’t crosspost solicitations for donations, but this email gives some info regarding the current situation in the Midwest…

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: American Humane Association – email [at]
Date: Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM
Subject: Help animals displaced by flood

American Humane, June 2008

Breaking News: American Humane Assists Animals in Flood-Stricken Illinois

Over the weekend, American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services unit deployed to Adams County, Ill., to help animals affected by the severe flooding in the Midwest. As an area that was overwhelmed by the scope of this crisis, Adams County was in dire need of assistance.

American Humane answered the call by joining forces with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Together, we are working to find and set up emergency shelter sites for the many animals made homeless in recent days. It’s a collaboration that is allowing the county to keep as many animals as possible fed, sheltered and healthy through the duration of the crisis.

Your donation today will allow us to continue these vital operations and prepare for the inevitable next disaster. In some situations, animals’ survival instinct simply isn’t enough — they desperately need caring donors like you to make our rescue efforts possible.

American Humane Provides Grants to Shelters in Iowa

American Humane’s response in Illinois is the second wave of assistance we’ve provided to communities impacted by Midwest flooding. Last week, we reached out to overwhelmed and underfunded animal shelters in Iowa, extending $12,500 in emergency grants to those hardest hit by the disaster.

The grants are being put to immediate use, keeping hundreds of animals safe during the crisis. For example, the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center was filled with four feet of water and uninhabitable. The money from American Humane helped the facility evacuate and relocate to nearby fairgrounds.

Stay tuned for an update on our progress in Illinois. And in the meantime, please donate! Your support will fund American Humane’s ongoing relief efforts in the Midwest and ensure our readiness for future crises that put animals in harm’s way.

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AHA: Critical Anti-Dogfighting Language Included in Federal Farm Bill

Friday, May 30th, 2008


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: American Humane Association – email [at]
Date: Thu, May 22, 2008 at 5:38 PM
Subject: Action Alert legislative outcome

Critical Anti-Dogfighting Language Included in Federal Farm Bill

Dear advocate,

You may have taken action last year on the Federal Dog Protection Act (HR 3327, sponsored by Rep. Elton Gallegly) or the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act (HR 3219/S 1800, sponsored by Rep. Betty Sutton and Sens. John Kerry and Barbara Boxer). Most of the language from these bills has been included in the federal Farm Bill, which finally passed a House/Senate conference committee last week.

The committee omitted the provision in both bills that would have prohibited attending a dogfight as a spectator as well as the provision in Sen. Gallegly’s bill that would have allowed animal control agencies, humane societies and state societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals to file civil suits.

However, the Farm Bill now makes it a federal offense subject to five years’ imprisonment to sponsor or train dogs for dogfighting, use the U.S. Postal Service to mail dogfighting paraphernalia or otherwise promote dogfights.

The provisions included in the Farm Bill have strengthened the means of addressing our nation’s dogfighting crisis.

Thank you for supporting these important pieces of legislation!



True justice for Michael Vick would involve his own pit bulls ripping him limb from limb…

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

UPDATE, 10/5/07:

Still adding to the post…


UPDATE, 7/27/07:

I’ve been updating this post almost daily; newest links at the top of the link dump. Feel free to add to the roundup via the comments section.


Unfortunately, the justice system don’t work thataway, so let’s hope for life six years (Six years! WTF!?!) behind bars.

Anywho, a number of animal rights/welfare groups have sent out alerts on this subject, so I’ve included a link roundup below. Links shall be updated as necessary. Also, after the jump, forwarded alerts that are not otherwise available online. (Keep up to date with the latest news via teh Google.)

* DawnWatch: Vick dogs on NY Times front page, and Los Angeles votes for spay-neuter 2/2/08

* Best Friends Animal Society: eNews: December 14, 2007 (Preparing for the Michael Vick dogs)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Vick Received Federal Sentence–Demand Tough State Prosecution Now!

* DawnWatch: Michael Vick sentence on AJC front page and in many other papers 12/11/07

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): Michael Vick Sentenced Today, Mon 12/10

* The Petition Site: Keep Michael Vick Out of the NFL!

* Best Friends: Vick dogs cleared to come to Best Friends

* Kinship Circle: Vick’s Dogs/ YOU Helped Save Their Lives

* Kinship Circle: OCT. KC DIGEST – Killing JFK Cats, Shot Iraq Dog, Petitions… (Parts 1 & 2) [Section 9, “Ensure Vick’s Dogs Are Spared, As Promised”]

* Kinship Circle: UPDATE/ Vick’s Dogs: Clemency For All But One

* American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): eNews Alert: October 5, 2007 (Update on Michael Vick Case/Dog Health Chat Today!)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Michael Vick Takes Empathy Course at PETA HQ

* Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Vick Teammate Faces Unrelated Cruelty Charges

* The Petition Site: Stop Dogfighting Now!

* The Petition Site: To the NFL: Help Pitt Bulls while Punishing Michael Vick!

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Give Vick Dogs a Fighting Chance at Life

* Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF): Congressman Garrett sides with dogfighters — speak out at rally next Wednesday

* Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): “Falling Star, Rising Son: The Football Player and the Pit bull” Art containing Actual NFL Football Tickets from Steeler/Eagles Game

* ROAR: Donate your VICK jerseys – you’ll never wear them again!

* Virginia Voters for Animal Welfare: Michael Vick: Now the Hypocrisy Begins

* Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Two Years And Still Counting (Section #9, Michael Vick Did NOT Adopt 14 Katrina Pit Bulls)

* Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Salvation For Vick’s Dogs?

* The Petition Site: Please help get Michael Vick’s fines donated to Pit Bull and other animal rescues

* Now if only Vick’s sentence was meted out in dog years… (easyVegan blog post, 8/27/07)

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge Atlanta Falcons to Kick Vick Off of the Team

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): 8/27 Michael Vick Update!

* American Humane Association Urges Severe Sentence for Michael Vick Appropriate to the Severity and Inhumanity of His Crimes; Historic Organization Seeks Prison Time, Fines, Banishment from NFL

* American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Michael Vick Pleads Guilty/ASPCA President Invites Letters of Thanks

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Vick goes before judge – now YOU be the judge

* DawnWatch: Michael Vick case spurs comments on other animal cruelty 8/22 — 8/26/07

* Best Friends Animal Society: The dogs in the Michael Vick case

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell the NFL to Recognize Animal Abuse as an Offense Warranting Suspension–and More

* Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSUS): Congressman Graves sides with dogfighters — speak out at rally on Monday (Kansas City)

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): What to Do if You See Animal Abuse

* The Petition Site: Save Vick’s Dogs

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge to stop promoting illegal animal fighting

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Breaking News: Vick to Plead Guilty to Dog Fighting Charges

* Kinship Circle: No Deal For Sick Vick’s Dogfighting Crimes

* Last Chance for Animals (LCA): Michael Vick Admits Guilt, Plea Deal To Be Announced!

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Thank the U.S. Attorneys in the Vick Case!

* API: End Dog Fighting for Sport, Sign a Petition to Help Wildlife, and much more…

* Kinship Circle: [RELIEF GLOBAL] Flooded NY Shelter/ TX-KS Updates/ Left Behind In War Zone… (Section #5, 63 Kittens Used As Dogfighting Bait Dumped At Shelter)

* DawnWatch: NPR commentary on dog fighting and canned hunting 8/8/07

* DawnWatch: “‘Culture’ Argument Doesn’t Excuse Cruelty” — Richmond Times-Dispatch 8/6/07

* Kinship Circle: ACTION-UPDATES / The Vick Dogfighting Files

* Kinship Circle: LETTER / To NFL: Release Michael Vick Without Pay

* Michael Vick Blog Carnival #2 (August 2, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

* What do you think about the SCLC’s plan to honor Falcons player Michael Vick, who has been indicted on dogfighting charges? [Poll and story on, 8/3/07]

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Sign the Statement Against Dogfighting

* The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Help Pass the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act

* The Petition Site: Ban Michael Vick From The NFL

* DawnWatch: Nike drops Vic plus NY Times spay-neuter column 7/30/07

* Michael Vick Blog Carnival #1 (July 28, 2007 @ Campaign to Sack Michael Vick)

* Campaign to Sack Michael Vick

* In Defense of Animals (IDA): Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges / Urge the NFL to suspend Michael Vick from play under strong suspicion of criminal activity

* Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Michael Vick & Dogfighting

* Working Assets / Act for Change: Tell Nike to Cancel Michael Vick’s Endorsement Contract

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Nike to Drop Vick NOW!

* The Petition Site/HSUS: Suspend NFL Quarterback Michael Vick for Dogfighting!

* The Petition Site: Petition to let the NFL know how stupid they look

* DawnWatch: “Warning on red meat and greenhouse gases” Australian, (and Vick update) Friday July 20

* DawnWatch: CBS stories, polls, and other coverage of Vick and dogfighting 7/18/07

* Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) -> NFL, Throw the Book at Michael Vick

* People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) -> Tell the NFL to Suspend Michael Vick!

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AHA: Pet Safety and Protection Act HR1280 – 2007

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Via the American Humane Association & Care2:

Pet Safety and Protection Act HR1280 – 2007

The Pet Safety and Protection Act has been introduced in both the Senate and House each session of Congress for the last ten years. Ten years! And each year the bills languish in committees and are never given a vote.

Unfortunately, despite advances that have reduced the need to use animals for research many laboratories and research facilities continue to test their products on animals. Certainly we all look forward to the day when the need, and practice, of such animal testing ends. However, until that goal is reached we must insist on the best care and treatment of these animals and promote careful regulation of how these animals are obtained.

The Pet Safety and Protection Act would ensure that all dogs and cats used in research facilities are obtained through legitimate channels. This important bill will stop the unscrupulous conduct of dealers and bunchers who obtain animals from “free to a good home” ads or through other illegal measures and then sell them for a profit.

All animals, including those involved in laboratory research, must be afforded proper care and treatment, and should only be obtained from ethical sources. This bill is an important step in establishing federal safeguards on the ways animals are obtained for legitimate research.

Tell Congress to bring to a vote, and pass, the Pet Safety and Protection Act!



AHA: Celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week, May 6-12, 2007

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Want to join in the Be Kind to Animals Week celebration?


Here are some simple things you can do during the week and throughout the year to show kindness to animals:

* Speak out for animals. Get active in local animal welfare policies and legislation. Also register on the American Humane Association’s website at to receive timely Action Alerts about issues affecting animals. You’ll be able to make a difference for animals with just the click of your mouse.

* Report animal abuse. While acts of violence against animals are tragic in their own right, they are also a red flag for other violent behavior, including domestic abuse and violent crime.

* Appreciate wildlife. Leave room in your yard for habitats. Make a bird or bat house.

* Share kindness. Teach the people in your life especially children about the importance of being kind to animals.

* Make a donation to your local animal shelter. A donation can be any number of contributions, from your time or money, to needed items like pet food or laundry detergent.

* Adopt a pet from a shelter or breed placement group. Approximately 8 million to 12 million animals enter our nation’s shelters every year, and more than half of these pets will have to be euthanized because of a lack of homes. Local shelters are the best place to find companion animals no matter what type you’re looking for. Keep in mind that one out of every four dogs in shelters is a purebred.

* Help solve the tragedy of euthanasia of adoptable animals by not contributing to the problem. If you have pets, make sure they are spayed or neutered. Pets should be microchipped and should always wear a collar with an ID tag, so they can be returned home quickly if they are ever lost.

(Via the American Humane Association; click here to learn more about Be Kind to Animals Week.)



Every Day is Tag Day (especially April 7th!)

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Today, AHA reminds us to make every day “Tag Day”:

Without a voice, and without a tag, he may never find his way home.

April 7, 2007, kicks off American Humane’s “Every Day is Tag Day.”

American Humane Association - Every Day is Tag Day

The American Humane Association celebrates every day as Tag Day to encourage all pet owners to tag or microchip their companion animals.

According to a study by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, about 1 million dogs and 584,000 cats are taken into animal shelters as strays each year. Sadly, only about 15 percent of those dogs and 2 percent of the cats are reunited with their owners. Cats are less likely to find their way home partly because they are less likely to be given tags by their owners.

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AHA: Volume 6.1 of The Humane Review Now Available Online

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Volume 6.1 of the American Humane Association’s The Humane Review is now available online.

Contents of this issue include the following:

* “Be Kind to Animals Kid” Grows Up
* Call Off the Dogs: Working to End Dogfighting
* Families: Creating Solutions to the Problems Within
* Turner Classic Movies Animal Filmfest
* Social Capital
* Humane Philanthropy
* Snowbound — Animal Emergency Services Response

Download a pdf copy by clicking here. For a list of back issues, click here.



AHA: Volume 5.4 of The Humane Review Now Available Online

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Volume 5.4 of the American Humane Association’s The Humane Review is now available online.

Contents of this issue include the following:

* Getting to Zero: Ending Euthanasia of Healthy and Treatable Animals
* The Impact of the 2006 Mid-Term Elections on the Compassionate Legislative Agenda
* Protecting Vulnerable Children
* Dealing with Tragedy on Movie Sets: The Truth Behind “Flicka”
* American Humane ROARs With Animal Planet!
* “Tag Day” Artist Lori Faye Bock Spotlighted
* Free Farmed™ Producer Profile: Humboldt Creamery

Download a pdf copy by clicking here.



Kinship Circle: LETTER / Fatal Film: 2 Dead Horse On Flicka Set

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Oct 10, 2006 8:48 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Fatal Film: 2 Dead Horse On Flicka Set

Kinship Circle Primary – permission to cross-post

10/10/06—Fatal Film: 2 Dead Horse On Flicka Set



AHA – No Friend To Flicka

My Dead Flicka

Boycott Flicka – FOX Films Kills Horses

Fox 2000 Pictures is a division of Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment. The Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary is the film and television production and home entertainment arm of the News Corp. media empire. The company produces all genres of films through four main studios (Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation)

Confused? Basically Fox 2000 (Flicka) is a division of Fox Filmed Entertainment, which is owned by mass conglomerate News Corp.

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Volume 5.3 of the AHA’s The National Humane Review now online

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

The latest issue of the American Humane Association’s The National Humane Review is now online. You can download the issue (as a .pdf file) here, or view an archive of past issues here.

National Humane Review, Volume 5.3

HSUS: Horses Headed Toward Final Hurdle

Friday, September 8th, 2006

UPDATE: The American Humane Association also released an action alert and sample letter re: the senate version of H.R. 503, S. 1915. Click here to take action on American Humane’s website.

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Horses Headed Toward Final Hurdle

On September 7, the U.S. House voted 263-146 to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503), moving the country closer to preventing the annual slaughter of nearly 100,000 horses in the United States for human consumption abroad. Now it’s time for the Senate to act on behalf of America’s horses.


Please make a short polite phone call to your two U.S. Senators today. You can reach your Senators by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, or click here to find their Capitol office phone numbers. Making a call is easy. All you need to say is:

“I am a constituent and I am calling to ask my Senator to please protect American horses from slaughter. The House has voted overwhelmingly to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1915) and now it is time for the Senate to act. Please do all that you can to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and move it to the Senate floor for an immediate vote. Thank you.”

After you make your phone call, fill in the form at the right (click here) to automatically send a follow-up email to your two Senators about the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Click here for a list of media coverage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (via Google).

Also see SAPL’s press release, “VICTORY FOR AMERICA’S HORSES: House of Representatives Passes Bill to End Horse Slaughter Over Ag Industry Opposition.”

AHA – Spring 2006 Issue of The Humane Review Now Available

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

The Spring 2006 issue (Volume 5, Number 2) of the American Humane Association’s The Humane Review newsletter is now available. You can download a .pdf copy here.

Contents include:

* Getting to Zero: Ending Euthanasia of Adoptable Animals
* Animal Emergency Services — Texas Wildfire Relief
* Legislative Update on Humane Issues
* Pushing for a National Commitment to Address Child Abuse

It’s all inside the latest edition of American Humane’s Humane Review!

Read the latest news from American Humane — the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals!

Download your copy today!

Or visit the AHA’s web site for more info.