Friday Activist Musak: Cursing the two-party system

Friday, May 9th, 2008

This week, I’ve only got one video for y’all, since it’s my birthday and I really shouldn’t be wasting it on the internets. My lone offering is Spoon’s The Underdog, which has always reminded me of Dennis Kucinich. Whenever it’s on the xm, I just close my eyes and imagine it’s his theme song, blaring in the background while he’s sworn into office on a copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. Then I snap out of it and curse the two-party system.

Oh, and if you’re feeling generous and looking to shower me with birthday gifts, why don’t you send some cash BETA’s way? BETA = Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and they could sure use it more than moi:

Hezbollah fighters, their guns blazing, seized control of west Beirut on Friday after three days of deadly street battles with pro-government foes pushed Lebanon dangerously close to all-out civil war.

Convoys of triumphant Shiite opposition gunmen firing into the air and flashing victory signs took to the streets after routing Sunni militants loyal to the Western-backed government of the divided nation.

As the fighting eased, the army and police moved across areas now in the hands of Iranian- and Syrian-backed opposition forces which have been locked in an 18-month power struggle with the ruling coalition.

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Kinship Circle: Diary Of Animal Rescuer In War-Torn Lebanon

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Feb 1, 2007 7:01 PM
Subject: Diary Of Animal Rescuer In War-Torn Lebanon

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2/1/06: Diary Of American Animal Rescuer In War-Torn Lebanon

SOURCE: Joanne Green, c/o helena [at]


We are currently corresponding with Joanne Greene, an American rescuer working with Beirut for the Ethical Treatment Animals in Lebanon. I have edited entries from Joanne’s breathtaking eyewitness accounts of animal rescue in a war zone. Joanne has asked Kinship Circle to expose these stories, on behalf of BETA, so something can be done:

1. DONATE MONEY TO BETA to help them fulfill their mission to rescue/place animals caught in a war zone. Information on how to donate is at end.

2. Look for our LETTER CAMPAIGN to officials that will address humane education, TNR (trap-neuter-release), and animal welfare laws in Lebanon.

Joanne Greene writes from Lebanon: “The merciless government poisoning and shooting campaign is routinely implemented. We are gathering contact information for [Kinship Circle] letters to help stop this slaughter. Government intervention is also needed for a huge captive primate crisis in Lebanon. Your activists are the help BETA has prayed for. Thank you again.”

ABOUT JOANNE: Joanne Greene was a Katrina volunteer and first responder in Lakeview (New Orleans) who is in Beirut to help companion animals abandoned since the war began. Massive stray populations are targets in this conflict… Joanne joins BETA to feed these strays in “hot zones.”

She says her undying dedication to animals led her from New Orleans to Beirut — much like Linda Nealon, the only other independent American to volunteer for animals in Beirut. Joanne notes: “BETA is not just fighting to save animals in a war zone, but also to change the way animals are treated in Lebanon. With Hezbollah on hand, the job is difficult and dangerous.”

Submitted to Kinship Circle 1/30/07, from Joanne Greene in Beirut


I awaken to black smoke billowing skyward, a scramble for supplies and the ultimate paralysis of Beirut. A country-wide strike is called and all hell breaks loose! I quickly join members of BETA, Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as they desperately jockey food and medicine to their makeshift shelter, located in an abandoned pig farm and isolated from today’s fighting. Funds are low and food and medicine are purchased only as needed. In the wake of a strike, the rush to find money, locate supplies, and purchase them before stores close is always difficult. But today they make it! So begins a day in Beirut and the never-ending battle to save animals in war-torn Lebanon.

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Everyday snapshots: I’m not sure what’s worse — the war or the average Beirut citizen who tortures, maims, and mistreats animals.

For Margo, who tends to BETA’s two cat shelters in downtown Beirut, things are even worse. Margo traverses the Army’s checkpoints, just steps ahead of the fighting, burning tires and gun-wielding demonstrators. Her day is perilous; never knowing if she’ll make it back to the shelter. There is no food, water or medicine if she fails. As the day unfolds, we all wonder if Margo and the cats are safe…

BETA faces these obstacles daily; along with municipalities that shoot and poison their animals… Where will my next day take me?

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IDA: Animal Companions Abandoned in Lebanon Need Help

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

The following is an excerpt from IDA’s eNews, 8-23-06. Please note that you can also make a donation to BETA directly at

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Aug 23, 2006 7:44 PM
Subject: IDA eNews: 08-23-06

2. Animal Companions Abandoned in Lebanon Need Help

Rescue group needs emergency funds to feed, shelter and protect survivors

In only 36 days of fighting between Lebanon and Israel, approximately 1,000 Lebanese and 163 Israelis have been killed — at least 900 of these casualties of war being civilians. While a cease-fire negotiated by the United Nations has slowed the death toll, further destruction seems almost inevitable. It has been a brutal conflict for both sides, and all kinds of animals are suffering terribly alongside human beings as the fighting continues.

The mass evacuation of Lebanon has caused a major crisis for guardians abroad as some world governments order their citizens to leave helpless animal companions behind to face almost certain death from rocket strikes, starvation or disease. While the French, for instance, made arrangements to evacuate animals along with people, the U.S. government forced 25,000 evacuees to abandon their animal companions in the combat zone soon after the bombs started to fall over a month ago. In this instance, it seems that U.S. officials have learned nothing from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, in which thousands of Gulf Region residents courageously chose to stay and face deadly flood waters rather than abandon their beloved animals in their time of greatest need.

Now tens of thousands of animals are trapped in the middle of a deadly military conflict with no means of escape or survival. There remains one main rescue group in Lebanon — Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) — and they’re hanging on by a thread. After their shelter was destroyed by missiles, they managed to evacuate dozens of dogs and cats to an abandoned pig farm in the hills around Beirut donated by a generous German supporter. While over one million people have fled Lebanon over the past several weeks, BETA volunteers have vowed to stay with and protect the rescued animals even at extreme risk to their own lives.

What You Can Do:

BETA desperately needs emergency funds to buy food and medicine from nearby countries in the Middle East. You can donate money to support BETA’s lifesaving efforts through the Best Friends Rescue Fund ( Be sure to indicate in the “comments” section of the donation form that you want your contribution to go to BETA’s rescue efforts.

WSPA: Animal rescues in Lebanon and India

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Please note that you can also make a donation directly to Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) online at the following URL:

Also see PETA’s feature, “U.S. Abandons Animals in Lebanon Chaos,” for additional information (or browse through our archives to see more Middle East alerts).

Along with all Hurricane Katrina and disaster-related information, this alert is crossposted at my personal web site,

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From: WSPA Animal World e-Newsletter – listserver [at]
Date: Jul 21, 2006 3:26 PM
Subject: Animal shelter bombed in Lebanon

Animal rescues in Lebanon and India: WSPA funds will allow BETA to move dogs to a new, safer location

Shelter bombed in Lebanon

WSPA has released funds to assist an animal shelter that was partially destroyed by a missile during the conflict in Lebanon. The shelter is run by WSPA member society Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) and cares for over 200 dogs and cats.

WSPA funding will allow BETA to provide veterinary care and food for the animals and temporarily re-home dogs left without shelter because of the missile strike. WSPA will also continue to support BETA and other member societies working to help animals in Lebanon.

Click here to read more about WSPA’s work for animals in Lebanon

Flooding in India affects animals

WSPA has also provided funding to help animal victims of the recent floods in the east India state of Orissa. Over 20,000 animals were left stranded or in need of veterinary care and food after unexpected heavy rains and landslides led to flash flooding throughout the region.WSPA is supporting its member society the Visakha Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (VSPCA), who has already aided thousands of animals. More funding is needed to reach the animals who are still in need of assistance.

Click here to read more about WSPA helping animals in India

Click here to support WSPA’s disaster relief work for animals

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Kinship Circle: ACT / Lebanon Evacuations: NO PETS ALLOWED!

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Jul 19, 2006 5:43 PM
Subject: ACT/ Lebanon Evacuations: NO PETS ALLOWED!

7/19/06–Lebanon Evacuations: NO PETS ALLOWED!



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Kinship Circle: [MIDDLE EAST] Forgotten Casualties Of War

Monday, July 17th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Jul 17, 2006 2:29 PM
Subject: [MIDDLE EAST] Forgotten Casualties Of War

If you receive this alert in duplicate, it is because you are subscribed to both Kinship Circle Primary List (animal issues worldwide) AND Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Relief List. While these two separate mail lists rarely overlap, we apologize for this inconvenience.

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7/17/06: [MIDDLE EAST] Forgotten Casualties Of War
Disaster Rescue Needs & News



1. Resources & Where To Donate In War-Torn Middle East
2. More Forgotten Victims: Animals In Beirut Shelter
3. Emergency Appeal For Funding
4. Trying To Survive The Fighting In Lebanon
5. A Dog’s-Eye View of the Middle East and Beyond

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