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

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch
Date: Jul 18, 2007 11:23 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: CBS stories, polls, and other coverage of Vick and dogfighting 7/18/07

DawnWatch, while not officially on a break, will not be functioning at full throttle this week or next. (The final of my book is due next week! I will be telling you more about it before it comes out early next year.) I will only be able to send occasional news updates over the next couple of weeks.

The story that is impossible to ignore this week is the indictment of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. He is charged with dogfighting, a felony, and with other hideous crimes that traditionally accompany it. I will share some of the coverage below and encourage you to respond. At the very least, please vote in the ESPN and NY1 polls.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution front page story, by Bill Torpy and Bill Rankin, opens with:

July 18, 2007 Wednesday

“Losers allegedly didn’t fare too well with Michael Vick. His pit bulls were often summarily executed after losing fights, according to a federal indictment that portrays a disturbing picture of animal cruelty.

“In April, just before authorities raided his property in rural Virginia, the Falcons’ star quarterback was there ‘rolling’ some of his pit bulls — that is, putting them through test fights to see if they were ‘game,’ federal authorities said.

“Eight of the animals didn’t make the cut, and were executed by Vick and two co-defendants by ‘hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground,’ authorities allege.

(More below the fold…)

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 Amazon.com 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 AJC.com, 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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DawnWatch: Video of foie gras horrors in Canada media — Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 11, 2007 10:15 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Video of foie gras horrors in Canada media — Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Major media across Canada today, Wednesday July 11, reports on gruesome undercover video taken at a Quebec foie gras farm.

At the website for Canada’s largest privately-owned television network, CTV, you can read the story and also watch the reports, which include some of the footage.

Go to http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070710/foie_gras_070710/20070710/ OR TO http://tinyurl.com/2me7wd.

On the right side of the page, click on the links under “video” to watch the reports.

We hear, “All the females end up in the garbage where they just suffocate to death. It’s because they produce smaller livers,” as we see awful shots of ducklings struggling and smothering in garbage bins.

(More below the fold…)

DawnWatch: "An Ambivalent Vegetarian" in Self Magazine, July 2007

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 9, 2007 10:46 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: “An Ambivalent Vegetarian” in Self Magazine, July 2007

The July “special summer eating issue” of Self Magazine includes a fascinating article, by Elizabeth Devita-Raeburn, headed, “An Ambivalent Vegetarian: A food lover gets to the meat of the matter.” (Pg 34)

The author explores a struggle that many of us have felt, and that many people on this list might still be tackling — weighing a taste for meat against the desire not to hurt animals.

She opens with:

“Every time I sit down to eat at a restaurant it is the same dilemma: Should I choose what I want or order vegetarian? Sometimes I am lucky and what I want is meatless. But if what I really want is the boeuf bourguignon or the veal pepperonata, I squirm, caught between moral horror, my taste buds and a desire not to be the ‘weird’ vegetarian.”

We learn that the writer’s vegetarianism was originally “motivated more by a concern for calories than animals” and that a boyfriend prompted her first flip-flop. She writes, “I felt slightly guilty but my boyfriend’s approval was ample compensation.” During her time with him, she developed a healthier relationship with food than that which had first prompted her vegetarianism. She writes, however:

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DawnWatch: NY Times on Farm Sanctuary rescue of lamb 7/7/07

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 7, 2007 8:02 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times on Farm Sanctuary rescue of lamb 7/7/07

The Saturday, July 7, New York Times has a delightiful story about Farm Sanctuary. The article is by Kim Severson, headed, “Rounded Up in the City, Then Coddled in Style.” (Pg B5)

Severson describes Farm Sanctuary as “175 acres of vegan nirvana” nestled among vineyards and vegetable stands in the Finger Lakes region.

We read: “The newest New Yorker to arrive is Lucky Lady, a lamb who was found tearing through the Bronx on June 13. Seeing her agricultural tags, the people who saved Lucky Lady concluded that she had escaped from a live animal market where the culinary and cultural value of certain kinds of meat comes from the timeliness and manner of slaughter.”

Lucky Lady is temporarily in isolation under veterinary care. Soon “she will join 750 other animals that at one time or another were destined to become dinner. That includes dozens of chickens that survived Hurricane Katrina, a couple of ducks whose livers were going to become pate de foie gras and 40 pigs, some of which were headed for the slaughterhouse when they were abandoned by a truck driver near Washington.”

(More below the fold…)

DawnWatch: USA Today and LA Times Patt Morrison on spay-neuter 7/5/07

Friday, July 6th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 5, 2007 9:37 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: USA Today and LA Times Patt Morrison on spay-neuter 7/5/07

Today, Thursday July 5, two huge papers include articles on the importance of spay-neuter. USA Today, the most widely circulated paper in the US, has an article on spay-neuter subsidy programs. And the Los Angeles Times has a column by Patt Morrison, in support of California’s Healthy Pets Act, AB 1634.

The USA Today article, by Sharon L. Peters, is headed “The fix is in for pet control; Subsidy programs help nip the problem of unwanted animals.” (Pg 5d)

Peters writes:

“While California is in the spotlight for controversial mandatory-pet-sterilization legislation under discussion there, the rest of the country is hearing an insistent message that, although far short of compulsory sterilization, encourages and facilitates spay/neuters.

She tells us:

“The simple math, experts say, is that far more animals are being born every year than can be placed.

“Despite successful campaigns to persuade prospective owners to adopt shelter pets, about 7 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year, and there’s no evidence that adoptions will increase enough to close the gap, experts say.”

(More below the fold…)

DawnWatch: Aussie media on downside of meat July 1-3, 2007

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 4, 2007 10:02 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Aussie media on downside of meat July 1-3, 2007

As the US chows down on its July 4th BBQs and waits for the impending fireworks and heart-attacks, I send out two terrific meat related pieces from this week’s Australian media. On Sunday night, Landline, Australia’s national rural issues program on ABC, covered the impact of animal rights and welfare on meat industry practices. And on Tuesday July 3, the Sydney Morning Herald looked at the environmental impact of meat-laden diets. The US media has largely shied away from that issue (a line or two in last Sunday’s New York Times being a notable exception) so it us great to see a lengthy article on it in a leading Australian newspaper.

ABC’s Landline headed its story, “Livestock producers face animal welfare challenges.” You can watch the whole piece on line at http://www.abc.net.au/landline/ and read the transcript at http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2006/s1965877.htm.

It follows the recent visit to Australia by American animal rights lawyer, Steve Wise, sponsored by the Australian group ‘Voiceless.’ (I thank Elizabeth Usher from Voiceless for making sure we knew about the Aussie coverage cited in this alert.)

The piece includes information on abusive modern farming systems, such as the following quote from Steve Wise:

“If you look at a factory farm and imagine it full of dogs or full of cats instead of full of pigs or instead of chickens and you see that they are kept in very small cages or pens, they are oftentimes unable to stand up and turn around. They’re extremely crowded. Chickens might have their beaks taken off which can be a painful thing. Pigs can have their tails docked, their teeth filed. They are not in the sunlight — they have to stay inside, in a completely controlled environment, and that’s until they’re led off to the slaughterhouse. And the horrors of a modern, factory slaughterhouse are just almost unbelievable.”

(More below the fold…)

Dawnwatch: Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel on welfare standards 7/2/07

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 2, 2007 8:55 PM
Subject: Dawnwatch: Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel on welfare standards 7/2/07

Today’s previous alert, looking at articles from Sunday July 1, pointed to a growing acceptance of vegetarianism in mainstream US society. Other media points to a growing awareness and lack of acceptance of, the horrors of factory farming. The Monday, July 2, Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel have lead articles on the issue. And we have just had groundbreaking news from Oregon: For the first time ever a state legislature has banned sow gestation crates. (Bans in other states have resulted from citizen ballot initiatives generally after legislative efforts have faltered.)

The Los Angeles Times article, by Jerry Hirsch, on the cover of the business section (pg C1) is headed, “Animal welfare issue boiling” and subheaded, “Many firms in the industry have moved to undertake a number of changes in response to customer concerns.”

It tells us:

“Americans are increasingly picky about what they eat — especially when it comes to the ways that farm animals are killed, processed, sold and served as food. And U.S. businesses are catching on.

(More below the fold…)

DawnWatch: NY Times and Chicago Tribune recommend veggie diets for planet and health — 7/1/07

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 2, 2007 8:33 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times and Chicago Tribune recommend veggie diets for planet and health — 7/1/07

Two huge papers — the New York Times and Chicago Tribune — gave veggie diets ringing endorsements on Sunday, July 1. Other, Monday July 2 papers have calls for animal welfare standards, which I will look at in a separate alert.

The Sunday, July 1 New York Times carried an article, by Alex Williams, on the cover of the Sunday Styles Section (section 9) headed “Buying Into the Green Movement.” The point of the article is to “question the notion that we can avert global warming by buying so-called earth-friendly products, from clothing and cars to homes and vacations, when the cumulative effect of our consumption remains enormous and hazardous.” It quotes an author who says that “Green consumerism is an oxymoronic phrase” and discusses how the news media have been responsible for “turning environmentalism into fashion and distracting from serious issues.” That article is on line at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/fashion/01green.html.

Of most interest to those of us particularly concerned with animal issues, is a small related section, on page 9, headed, “Tread Lightly, Fly Directly.” It recommends ways to reduce your carbon footprint, taking “a few suggestions from among 77 offered by ‘The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook’ by David de Rothschild, the official companion book to the Live Earth concerts.”

The number one suggestion offered in the New York Times summary is:

“Whenever possible, replace meat with soy or other vegetable protein in your diet. It takes eight times as much energy to produce a pound of meat as it does a pound of tofu.”

(Let’s hope Al Gore read the New York Times this Sunday.)

(More below the fold…)

DawnWatch: NY Times and LA Times on pet overpopulation 6/30 – 7/1/07

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jul 1, 2007 7:38 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times and LA Times on pet overpopulation 6/30 – 7/1/07

This weekend, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times have had complimentary articles on pet overpopulation. A Saturday, June 30, New York Times piece looks at the burden on families, with big hearts and small bank accounts, who take in strays but don’t have money for vet bills. A Sunday, July 1, Los Angeles Times piece examines the Los Angeles efforts to move towards no-kill. At the forefront of the Los Angeles effort is the California Healthy Pets Act, AB 1634, which mandates the spay-neuter of dogs and cats over four months. The bill allows anybody to get an exemption by purchasing an intact permit if they wish to breed a registered purebred, or if their veterinarian requests an exemption for medical reasons, and there are many other exemptions. So the bill would not ban breeding so much as put in some desperately needed speed bumps. It would allow responsible, licensed breeding and disallow irresponsible breeding. Please visit http://www.cahealthypets.com/home.htm to learn more about it and find out what you can do to help.

The New York Times article, by Eric Eckhold, is headed “For Poor Families, an Added Burden of Too Many Pets.” (June 30, p A10.)

It tells us:

“Midnight dumping of unwanted dogs is common here on the southern tail of the Appalachian Mountains, where large numbers of poor people are attached to multiple pets but cannot afford to sterilize or vaccinate them, and where impoverished county governments do not maintain animal shelters, require licensing or enforce requirements for rabies shots.

“The combination of pets and poverty, veterinary experts say, brings similar results to many rural areas: unhealthy conditions for oversized animal populations, desperate efforts by often-overwhelmed individuals to help and a lurking threat to human health.”

(More below the fold…)

DawnWatch: Great veggie kid article in Philadelphia Inquirer 6/28/07

Friday, June 29th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 28, 2007 2:04 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Great veggie kid article in Philadelphia Inquirer 6/28/07

The Thursday, June 28, Philadelphia Inquirer includes a superb article by Rita Giordano, headed, “The veggie kid; A young family member who says no to meat can be served without making meals a tall order.” It is on the cover of the Food section — page F1

Giordano discusses her fearful reaction to her eleven-year-old daughter’s sudden pronouncement that she was a vegetarian. She writes, “Were we now talking multiple entrees? What did I look like? A caterer?”

Then she writes,

“Nearly a year has passed. Aislinn is indeed a vegetarian, and I have not been reduced to kitchen slave. Having a vegetarian kid in an otherwise meat-eating household has proved to be quite doable. In fact, we’ve discovered great dishes we probably wouldn’t have if not for this veggie thing.

“My kid is not unique. According to a 2005 poll conducted for the Vegetarian Resource Group, an estimated 3 percent, or 1.4 million, American 8- to 18- year-olds are vegetarian.

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DawnWatch: NY Times reprimanded by its public editor for "Death By Veganism" piece. 6/24/07

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Working title: Nina Planck, spanked.

Photo via Art Freak

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 24, 2007 7:53 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times reprimanded by its public editor for “Death By Veganism” piece. 6/24/07

All those who wrote to the New York Times protesting Nina Planck’s “Death by Veganism” op-ed (you’ll find the DawnWatch alert about it at http://tinyurl.com/2b3sp5) can give yourselves a big pat on the back. Your outcry was registered.

The New York Time’s current public editor is Clark Hoyt. The Times tells us, “Clark Hoyt is the readers’ representative. His opinions and conclusions are his own. His column will appear on Sundays at least twice monthly.”

According to Wikipedia, the New York Times established the position of Public Editor in response to the 2003 Jayson Blair scandal. Wikipedia explains “The job of the public editor is to supervise the implementation of proper journalism ethics at a newspaper, and to identify and examine critical errors or omissions, and to act as a liaison to the public. They do this primarily through a regular feature on a newspaper’s editorial page.”

The public editor’s column in the Sunday, June 24, New York Times is headed, “The Danger of the One-Sided Debate.” (Page WK14)

Hoyt tells us that two recent columns by guest contributors caused enormous reader outcries. The most recent was by Ahmed Yousef, a spokesman for Hamas. Hoyt quotes a reader, who wrote that such a piece ”isn’t balanced journalism, it is more the dissemination of propaganda in the spirit of advocacy journalism.” While Hoyt did not agree with Yousef’s piece, he does contend:

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DawnWatch: AZ Newspaper take stand against Section 123 — 6/22/07

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 22, 2007 8:19 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: AZ Newspaper take stand against Section 123 — 6/22/07

Last week I strayed from the DawnWatch tradition of focusing only on media stories in order to alert people to a chilling piece of federal legislation that has the potential to nullify the efforts of those who have fought and prevailed on behalf of the animals in state legislatures. (See http://tinyurl.com/2chz9g for that alert.) Today, Friday June 22, the Arizona Republic editorial page took a stand against that legislation in an editorial headed, “Hog-tying the will of Arizona voters.”

The editorial opens:

“In November, Arizona voters said they want farm animals treated humanely and decently.

“Last month, the subcommittee on livestock, dairy and poultry of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee inserted a provision in the 2007 Farm Bill that could nullify that vote.

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DawnWatch: National conference — "Taking Action for Animals" July 28-30, Washington DC

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 21, 2007 6:48 PM
Subject: National conference — “Taking Action for Animals” July 28-30, Washington DC

The national annual animal advocacy conference, “Taking Action for Animals” is next month. It is in Washington DC July 28-30.

Representatives from the Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and many other leading organizations will speak to and gather with hundreds of compassionate people who want to learn more about what they can do to help. Besides being educational, national conferences are fun — a wonderful place to hang out with like-minded people and recharge.

Check out http://www.TakingActionForAnimals.com for a list of sponsoring organizations and speakers and to register now.

I am delighted to be giving a “Working with the Media” workshop with Bruce Friedrich from media savvy PETA. I look forward to seeing everybody there!

Yours and the animals’,

Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at http://www.DawnWatch.com.To discontinue DawnWatch alerts go to http://www.DawnWatch.com/nothanks.php)



DawnWatch: "Ethical living: Do fish have feelings too?…" UK Guardian, 21 June, 2007

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 21, 2007 6:16 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: “Ethical living: Do fish have feelings too?…” UK Guardian, 21 June, 2007

The UK’s Thursday, June 21 Guardian has a piece headed, “Ethical living: Do fish have feelings too?: Animal rights campaigners are turning their attention to aquariums. But should we really get worked up about angel fish and guppies, wonders Harry Pearson.” (p 18)

Pearson opens with:

“When I was a child, my Aunt Nancy had a tank of tropical fish – guppies, black mollies, angelfish – in the front room of her house in Redcar. If anyone asked if the fish had enough space, her reply was automatic. ‘Oh yes,’ she would say. ‘You see, they only have a memory of five seconds.’ The fish, it seemed, swam to one end of the aquarium and by the time they had got there, they had forgotten everything they had seen. As a result, the fish found this small box of water as infinite and fascinating as the universe.

“That fish have an incredibly short memory is known to everyone. Unfortunately, like many well-known ‘facts’, it is not true. Several years ago researchers at the Australian Veterinary Association blew the five-second-memory idea right out of the water. Today, the generally held view is that fish have a memory span of at least a few months.

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DawnWatch Dallas follow-up — feature article on vegetarianism 6/19/07

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 20, 2007 9:00 PM
Subject: DawnWatch Dallas follow-up — feature article on vegetarianism 6/19/07

Margaret Morin has let me know that in the same section of yesterday’s Dallas Morning News (same section as the vegan shopping guide I just sent out) there was a feature article on vegetarianism. Woohoo! I will paste it below.

Please send appreciative letters at http://www.dallasnews.com/cgi-bin/lettertoed.cgi

Choosing a vegetarian diet changed their health

Here’s how local people made the switch

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
By LISA MARTIN / Special contributor to the Dallas Morning News
Photos by REX C. CURRY/Special Contributor

Though no physician ever suggested that Barbara Bush of Carrollton become a vegetarian, the assistant professor at the University of North Texas realized that she inherited a legacy of diet-related diseases that included diabetes and heart problems.

Barbara Bush (left), Don Moy and Angelica Thomas, all members of the Black Vegetarian Society of Texas, prepare a meal at Mr. Moy’s house. A dozen years ago, she began as a vegetarian, then transitioned to a vegan, someone who eats no animal products whatsoever, including dairy and eggs.

“Doctors seem to enjoy telling me I’m in good health,” she says. “And I feel like I’m in good health.”

She’s part of a growing trend of people abstaining from or limiting the amount of meat and other animal-based products in their diet. As of last year, there were an estimated 4.8 million vegetarians in the United States, one-third to one-half of them vegan, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group, a nonprofit educational organization. That number has nearly doubled since 1997.

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DawnWatch: Jay Leno nominates Kevin Eubanks as sexiest vegetarian 6/15 – 6/19/07

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

UPDATE, 7/5/07:

Holy shit. He totally won. Never underestimate the power of jowly, unfunny latenight “funnymen”, would be today’s lesson. Or something.


Kevin Eubanks:
Big zucchini, or world’s biggest zucchini?

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 20, 2007 7:59 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Jay Leno nominates Kevin Eubanks as sexiest vegetarian 6/15 – 6/19/07

Perhaps you have heard of PETA’s “sexiest vegetarian” contests. They are in line with PETA’s general attempts to put an animal friendly message wherever there is public attention — and for as long as anybody can remember there has been plenty of attention on sex. The competition has leagues for sexiest vegetarian celebrities and also for the tofutti cuties and sultry soy boys next door.

The contests get a lot of press, and thanks to Jay Leno, millions of Americans heard about them over the last week. On the Friday, June 15th Tonight Show, Leno introduced the topic telling us that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking folks to vote for the sexiest vegetarian. He said, “I guessing the winner will be the guy with the biggest zucchini.” Then he said to the Tonight Show’s band leader, Kevin Eubanks, “Hey, Kev, you’re a vegetarian, I should nominate you. We should get people to vote for you.” Then he started teasing Kevin about having photos he shot of him at Pismo beach.

On Monday, June 18, Leno reminded viewers that PETA is looking for the sexiest vegetarian of the year and he said that he had nominated Kevin. And he said, “I want people to go to the PETA website and vote.” (The competition is at http://www.GoVeg.com )

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DawnWatch: Alaska’s elephant Maggie to be moved — Edmonton’s Lucy soon to be alone 6/15/07

Monday, June 18th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 17, 2007 11:00 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Alaska’s elephant Maggie to be moved — Edmonton’s Lucy soon to be alone 6/15/07

(DawnWatch subscribers: You haven’t heard from me for a few days because my dear old computer suffered a heart attack last week and is still in Intensive Care. Though he is expected to recover, I can no longer avoid admitting that it is time for him to retire. Loyal to the last, he will be back at work this coming week in order to tie up loose ends and train his successor. I will then be able to respond to the emails that have piled up over the last week or so. Meanwhile, today I will do the best that I can, without my computer’s full resources, to do a little DawnWatch catching up.)

A recent story important to many of us concerns Maggie, the elephant who lives alone at the Alaska Zoo. I first learned of her plight from a heartbreaking cover story about her, by Robert Meyerowitz, printed in the February 12 2005 Anchorage Press. The Elephant Sanctuary still has that article on its website at http://www.elephants.com/pr/2_17_05_AnchoragePress.htm. I strongly recommend reading it. It tells us, “In 1983, a Zimbabwe cull left five baby elephants watching on grassy plains as all the adults in their herds, all the elephants they’d ever known, were cut down around their ears.” The baby elephants were flown to the US, and Maggie was brought to Alaska to accompany the lone elephant there named Annabelle. When Annabelle died, Maggie was left alone. Because of the climate, Maggie spends much of her life inside a heated barn. When activists complained that she desperately needed exercise and should be released to a sanctuary where she would have acres on which to roam
with other elephants, the zoo’s solution was to design an elephant-sized treadmill for her.

The movement to free Maggie received renewed media attention in May this year, when twice in on one week Maggie lay down and was unable to stand up until local firefighters intervened to lift her. Finally, the Alaska Zoo Board has agreed to let Maggie go to a better facility with a warmer climate. Whether that will be a sanctuary or just a somewhat better zoo has not been announced.

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DawnWatch Alert: Pending legislation that endangers almost all animal-friendly legislation 6/11/07

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/12/07:

Another alert regarding the Farm Bill, this time from Last Chance for Animals. Now with new and improved talking points!

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jun 12, 2007 2:32 PM
Subject: Congress to Strip State and Local Animal Welfare Laws! Take Action Now!

Urgent Action Needed! – Don’t Let Congress Undo State and Local Animal Laws!

Congress is attempting to subvert the rights of citizens by prohibiting states and localities from voting against activities concerning public health, safety, and morals!

A provision in the pending Farm Bill would overturn some of the most important animal welfare legislation passed in decades and prevent us from protecting and fighting for the rights of animals across the country!

If passed, this provision would nullify state bans on horse slaughter, bans on gestation crates in Florida and bans on both gestation and veal crates in Arizona and bans on foie gras in California and Chicago.

This is an outrageous power grab that would undermine the democratic process and deny citizens the right to pass state and local laws on issues of humane treatment or food safety.


Reach your federal legislatures by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121

After you make your calls, please follow up with an email to further encourage your legislators to keep this dangerous provision out of the Farm Bill.

Visit http://www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov to contact your legislators.

Sample text below for phone calls and emails.

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DawnWatch: ABC’s Nightline on "Katrina Pets Executed" 6/11/07

Monday, June 11th, 2007

I remember Gigi.

Gigi & Judy Migliore

That’s Gigi and her human, Judy Migliore.

Gigi, shot in the head and left to rot by St. Bernard Parish deputies

And that’s Gigi’s decomposing corpse, after she was shot in the head and left to rot by St. Bernard Parish deputies.

I hope they nail the fuckers.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 11, 2007 3:50 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: ABC’s Nightline on “Katrina Pets Executed” 6/11/07

The following report is linked from the ABC news Nightline page, with the note: “More on this story tonight on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. EDT.”

Please thank Nightline for covering this issue. Feedback matters! Nightline takes comments at nightline [at] abcnews.go.com.

Lawsuit: Katrina Pets Executed
Investigations, Two Criminal Indictments and a Lawsuit Put the Heat on St. Bernard Parish’s Sheriff’s Office


ABC News Law & Justice Unit
June 11, 2007

For nearly two years, pet owners from the low-lying Louisiana parish of St. Bernard have accused sheriff’s deputies of having wantonly killed dozens of dogs they forced evacuees to leave behind during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, without regard to the dogs’ size or the potential threat they might pose.

One owner said her family was forced at gunpoint to leave its dog behind. Another owner said residents became frantic when, they said, they overheard one deputy claim that “once everybody’s gone, we’re going to have target practice tonight.” They claim in court papers that deputies were under orders to shoot every dog they found.

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