furkid friday: happy mother’s day

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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Scenes of compassion, consideration and love from my own life.
Counterclockwise, from top-left: the family of geese who shared “my” pond last year,
and who have returned again this season (no goslings yet though!);
my sister Michelle and brother Mike cuddle and comfort our canine sibling Shadow
shortly after surgery to repair her shattered back leg;
Ralphie and I share a moment during a sentimental visit to
our old neighborhood in Fairport, NY; and
a mother cow licks her baby clean.
Sadly, both were the property of our former landlords, and are most likely ground beef by now. It was a privilege to live next to such lovely creatures – but one constantly clouded by sadness and despair, given their near-certain fate. The knowing can be painful; but the not knowing is far, far worse. Go vegan, for you and for them.

One does not need to be human to feel the deep-seated instinct to protect her babies, to seek the warmth of one’s mother. When animal advocates point out the obvious – that mothers and their babies suffer profoundly when they are separated, that harming one’s baby causes emotional trauma to the mother – we are accused of anthropomorphizing. We are portrayed as having centers as squishy as marshmallows, as having naive, sentimental, childish minds. In fact, it is a cold biological imperative, not just an emotional one, that drives a mother to want to nurture and protect her young: entire species would be wiped out if not for a mother’s instinct to defend her babies. I think, though, that it’s highly arrogant and self-serving to presume that humans alone have an emotional stake in their babies’ livelihoods. […]

One also doesn’t need to be a mother to be deeply driven to protect another. Long before I ever had a baby, I felt the same kind of adrenaline surge when someone intentionally whipped a hard rubber ball at my dog as I would have if he had done that same thing years later to my son. I chased that guy down the beach, screaming at him, and he ran away as if his life depended on it. Maybe it did. I’m a non-violent person, but you don’t mess with the ones I love.

For Mother’s Day, I propose that we honor this natural drive within all of us to protect the ones we love, the ones who depend on our consideration, by not consuming the products of exploitation and cruelty. This common thread of wanting our babies to thrive is natural and noble, a key part of our essential being. Whether we are men or women, children or adults, human or hen, that universal mother is in all of us. Let’s celebrate without exploiting another innocent mother who had not only the autonomy of her body but also her babies stolen from her for our appetites. Let’s connect to that profound mothering spirit that links us together. She wants her babies to be well and protected from harm. I think we can understand.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

….with extra special hugs and kisses (and a few odd few bitter tears) to Miss Kaylee, of course.*

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* Usually I stick with the status-neutral “Ms.,” but Kaylee prefers “Miss.” It makes her feel young, yo!

** The quote is excerpted from The Universal Mother… by Marla Rose, the one and only Vegan Feminist Agitator. Read and share, please and thanks.

randomness: dicks, donuts, girls, books, ice creams, pigs and pizzas!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

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  • www.schlongs4seals.com is now open and ready for business!

    Currently, only the blog – where I’ve already logged more posts in August than I managed to write for this here blog in the entire month of July – is fully functional. I’m still working on the promised interactive photo gallery and discussion features, but hope to have these done soon. (To this end, WP-compatible software recommendations would be most appreciated!)

    That said, the template and static/informational pages are all finished and look, if I might say so myself, kickass. I found a template that mimics Facebook almost to a M (for misogyny, natch), so it’s almost like we never left. (And by “left” I mean “were kicked off.”)

    Additionally, I created a temporary set of photo pages to house all the “man meat” I’ve “processed” thus far: VAPETA PSAs, promotional materials, junk shots, celebrity cock shots, South Park avatars, brother campaigns, etc. Browse, bookmark and check back often, because there’s more in the pipes.

    If you’re still out there and, um, excited to participate (excited! get it!?), send me your package at schlongs4seals [at] gmail.com and I’ll be equally excited (tee hee) to feature it on the appropriate page.

    Also, if you visit the front page, you’ll see a little Facebook “like” button in the left-hand sidebar (right under the hot white torso wearing the hot red boxer briefs). Click it, won’t you? We need friends! And sharing! On Facebook!

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    I’ve been a connoisseur of men’s briefs since early childhood.
    Behold the rapturous glee on my chubby chipmunk cheeks!

    SeaL Shepherd may have succeeded in removing our page from Facebook, but he can hardly prevent us from sharing content in the form of links.

    Can’t stop the schlong, yo.

    (A note for the newbies and occasional readers: if all this cock talk has you flummoxed, go here for some background.)

  • Tofurky Pizza with Daiya Cheese has finally made its way to Kansas City!:

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    The Whole Foods in Overland Park, to be more specific. And now it’s in my freezer. Nom nom nom.

  • As if this isn’t already more awesomeness than the KC metro area can handle, Kansas City is now home to a brand-spanking-new vegan bakery. Gluten-free, to boot. And, if you live in the KC area, they deliver!

    Shane ordered a box of Golden Girls – the vegan feminist version of “real” Twinkies, if you will – for delivery to his office Monday.

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    They are super-yummy – a little denser than Twinkies (according to Shane; I’ve never partaken), with a sponge- or angel food cake-like consistency. The creamy filling is the bestest, though methinks the cakes could use more. I say the same of Ronald’s Donuts and Newman’s O’s, so grain of salt.

    Egads. In all my excitement, I almost forgot to name drop. Brody’s Bakery is the name of the biz – hit ’em up on Facebook, and if you’re ever in the KC area, shop team vegan, mkay? Jasmin of Our Hen House also did a nice writeup on Brody’s this week; see Brody’s Bakery Bakes Up Compassion. (Color me jealous, btw.)

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    You know what?

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

    On Notice - ASPCA, PETA & HSUS

    Fuck PETA, and fuck the ASPCA.

    And yes, I’m a little late on this one, but that’s what happens when you step away from the internets for 20 minutes to shave and shower.

    While we’re at it, let me apologize to y’all for ever – on any planet, in any and every universe galaxy* in the cosmos – defending PETA, even when the defense was just. Because this shit? Holy Christ. PETA’s jumped into the pornography business, full tit. (Full tilt, I mean. Wait, what did I say?)

    Misogynists, speciesists, pimps and animal killers – who needs ’em?

    * Updated 11/19/09: Yes, I’m a dolt.**

    ** Also: I left a comment on the aforementioned PETA blog post, politely chastising the author for failing to mention Pets Alive’s eagerness to take Oreo off the ASPCA’s hands. That was last night. Twelve hours later, and my comment has yet to be approved. I’m not holding my breath.

    One year buried, but never without.

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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    It was a year ago today that Shadow, my adopted canine sister and sweet pit bull friend, passed away. I cried for her – for me – often in those first weeks, and even now, it’s hard to type (delete, retype, rinse, repeat) through the tears. The pain has eased considerably with the passage of time, but will never completely disappear. Rather, Shadow has taken her place besides Bucky and Cap, Shannon and Shana, Pokey, Woody, Henry, Hooks I-III, Moe, Larry and Curly, and all the other nonhuman animals I befriended – and whose losses I grieved – during my youth. You may be one year buried, dear Shadow, but I will always carry you in my heart.

    One day you’ll be joined by your friend Ralphie, as well as all your other canine cousins: those who you’ve met, and those you’ve yet to meet. When that day comes – and whenever it comes, it will be much, much too soon – please greet him with lots of sloppy kisses. Because as difficult as your passing has been, I’m afraid it’s only been a practice run; the real pain is yet to come. When Ralphie leaves me, he’s going rip my heart in two. Whatever pieces he leaves behind, will be Peedee’s, O-Ren’s, Kaylee’s and (yes, even) Jayne’s to consume. And yet, my heart will forever be a dog’s – some dog’s – to tear.

    I miss you something awful, girl. Stay sweet.

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    Be a Fairy Dog-Mother: Adopt a "less adoptable" animal companion!

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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    As I mentioned a few weeks ago, today is the first (?) annual Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day! Petfinder created the holiday in order to raise awareness about animals who have an extra difficult time finding their forever homes, for a whole host of reasons.

    Among cats and dogs, animals who face added obstacles to being rehomed include:

    – Seniors and adults;
    – Animals with medical issues, including disability and disease;
    – Animals with emotional or behavioral issues, such as shyness or a nervous temperament;
    – Animals who must be the only nonhuman in the home;
    – Bonded animals who must be adopted as a pair – or, worse still, a trio, quartet, etc.;
    – Cats with feline leukemia (a transmissible disease);
    – Black dogs (for additional information, please see my post at Change.org on Black Dog Syndrome); and
    – Dogs who belong to a so-called “dangerous” breed (pit bulls being the “dangerous” breed de jour).

    If you plan on adopting an animal companion (or have adopted in the past), congratulations! With this one simple act, you become a hero to two animals – the one you rescued from a pound, shelter, rescue group or sanctuary, and also to the animal for whom you’re freed up a space in said pound, shelter, rescue group or sanctuary. According to the HSUS, between 3 and 4 million cats and dogs are killed (note: not “euthanized”) in U.S. shelters every year. While adopting one or two or even ten animals might seem a drop in the bucket, it makes a world of difference to the animals whose lives you’ve saved by adopting instead on buying.

    But, as always, there’s more you can do! In regards to animal adoption, go out of your way to choose a cat or dog who meets the above criteria. Naturally, you may not be able to deal with all of these issues; for example, if you already live with one healthy cat, a FIV+ feline is out of the question. Instead of focusing on what you cannot do, however, concentrate on how you can help animals in need. For example, adopting a black dog doesn’t take any more effort than adopting a multi-colored one.

    If your home is already filled to capacity, you can urge friends and family members to adopt – and to consider adopting a “less adoptable” animal, to boot. Or make a donation to any one of the hundreds+ animal rescue organizations across the country (and the globe) – many of which specifically focus on a population of “less adoptable” animals, be they companion, farmed, or “exotic”/wild animals.

    Of course, you can also help by spreading the word. Make this Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day a success by linking to Petfinder on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc., and by telling the world about your “special” kids!

    Speaking of which, part two of my family’s own story is coming up next!

    [Pictured above is a very young me, circa 1997 – note the leather purse, ugh! on each count – with two of my family’s own “less adoptable” girls:

    Shannon the black mutt, one half of a 6-year-old pair of sisters we adopted from the local humane society (her sister, Shana, had already passed when this photo was taken); and

    Shadow the pit bull mix, who had been hit by a car and had a crushed leg when we found her.

    As with all our kids, they were both pure awesomeness, and I miss them more than words can say.]

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    BSL & the U.S. Military

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    Via the latest issue of Dog’s Life e-newsletter, I found a link to this alarming story, by Steve Dale at www.goodnewsforpets.com: Dump the Dog is Military’s Message to Families with Targeted ‘Bad’ Breeds.

    That’s right, folks: breed specific legislation, coming soon to military housing near you:

    Lots of dog breeds will no longer be allowed on military housing property, according to new policy announced in a memo stamped January 5 from the United States Department of the Army. According to sources, the directive was approved by the Pentagon just prior to President George W. Bush leaving office.

    The subject line of the memo reads: “Pet Policy for Privatized Housing Under the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative Privatization Program. Pit Bulls (American Staffordshire Bull Terriers and English Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows and wolf hybrids are now banned.” […]

    According to the ruling, dogs of any type who currently live on base can be grandfathered in. However, Lynde points out that families are frequently being asked to re-locate. When they do, they can no longer bring their banned dogs with them. Similarly, new enlistees must leave their dogs at home if they’re indentified as a banned breed.

    Then what happens to any banned dogs identified and then forcibly relinquished by transferring military? Lynde says, “No one seems to have that answer.”

    With morale already low on military bases, according to Lynde, she believes the ruling has already begun to further impact morale. “What kind of family support is this? I tried to communicate with the Garrison Comander’s Office (at Fort Bragg), but I got nowhere,” she says.

    Military families whose members include so-called “dangerous” dog breeds, such as pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman pinschers, chow chows and wolf hybrids (!?) – or any mutt whose lineage includes or even resembles these breeds – may, under the new housing policy, be forced to relinquish their canines. If they’re unable to find a trusted friend or family member to take the animals, presumably they’ll have no choice but to surrender their beloved dogs to animal shelters, where many will be killed for lack of homes.

    Simply put, this is a travesty. We already demand far too much of our military members and their families – we send them overseas, to fight and die in capricious, pointless wars; we deny them proper physical and psychological care, both in the battlefield and here at home; we ignore the high rates of sexual assault perpetrated against women in the military; we actively discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons who want nothing more than to serve their country; we fail to provide care for the non-human members of military families when the caregivers are deployed or on active duty; and now, the U.S. government is attempting to eradicate a targeted segment of their non-human family members, based on nothing other than naked prejudice, stereotypes and hysteria. Shameful, just shameful.


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    Veg*n Videos: Blinders, Pit Bull Hysteria & the Chicken Justice League

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

    My tubes are clogged with veg*n videos, so rather than post each separately, behold this handy dandy video roundup!

    Via Mary at Animal Person, Blinders: The Movie is now available online, in its entirety. I’m fairly certain it’s the full documentary, anyway; with a running time of 50 minutes, I haven’t yet had a chance to watch the whole film. Tonight, maybe, while the Mr. records his podcast.

    Mary urges us to watch and circulate the video; please do!

    Next up: those charlatans at the Humane Society of the United States. Even as they profit off the publicity that comes from their admirable dogfighting raids and rescues,

    the HSUS actively campaigns to have these rescued dogs murdered. What a warped idea of “rescue,” eh?

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    Ready, set, snip -n- tuck!

    Monday, February 16th, 2009

    Update, 2/18/09: Want further convincing that the HSUS is undeserving of your financial assistance? Done and done.

    For those too lazy to click through, the HSUS led a raid on a dogfighting outfit in North Carolina, “rescuing” 127 pit bulls, including 60 puppies. With the HSUS’s blessing, the Wilkes County court ordered all 127 “rescued” dogs destroyed – murdered. By the time the court order was obtained and carried out – several months after the initial raid and “rescue” – some of the dogs had given birth to more pup. These pups had never even been exposed to the fighting ring, and yet they, too, were deemed “dangerous” and slaughtered. As of this writing, 146 innocent lives have been taken.

    With the HSUS’s blessing.


    The deadline to enter the HSUS’s Spay Day 2009 contest is fast approaching – February 27th, to be exact. I finally got around to submitting photos of my furkids. Aside from my slow internet connection, it was fairly easy – you just have to create a profile, then you can submit a photo for each of your companions. There are a few cutesy questions for you to answer, but nothing lengthy. I was under the impression that they wanted a mini-essay, which is why I kept putting this off, but the longest field is a brief 200 characters long. True to form, I had trouble staying within the maximum.

    As for prizes, a panel of celebrity judges will choose a Grand Prize Winner, 10 Finalists, and 25 Honorable Mentions; the Grand Prize winner gets a $1000 shopping spree to HUMANE Domain.

    The HSUS also uses this contest as a fundraiser. In addition to the celebrity judging category, members can “vote” for one another’s photos by making a cash donation. The prizes in this “fundraiser” contest are way cooler (including a session with a professional “pet” photographer and a custom painting of your animal), BUT – if you’ve got money to spare, I highly encourage you to make a donation to a local or grassroots animal rescue/rights group instead. Trust me…most likely, they’ll make much more efficient use of the funds than the HSUS, which in the past has hoarded Katrina relief funds and offered a reward to help the FBI catch so-called eco-terrorists – among other offenses. Ahem.

    Naturally, I’m totally using this as an excuse to whip out the furkid photos. Here are my entries – all six of ’em!

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    Ralphie – dog

    My person: Kelly, Plattsburg, MO, United States

    Nickname: Ralphie Bear

    Favorite thing to do: walking, hiking, digging, eating, sunning

    Most endearing bad habit: bossily barking at me while I prepare his meal.

    Ralphie loves to dig, so we’ll go out to a pasture behind our house, and I’ll let him dig for a few hours while I read, nap or just enjoy his company. He’s my silly little cuddle bear!

    My Charity: Kansas Humane Society (Wichita, Kansas, United States)

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    f—ing love her!

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    Via ecorazzi, singer Neko Case of The New Pornographers has persuaded her record label to donate $5 to Best Friends Animal Society every time a blogger links to her new single, ‘People Got a Lotta Nerve.’ So link, people!

    Of Best Friends, Neko says:

    “Best Friends took the Michael Vick dogs,” Case points out. “That’s a big deal because a lot of supposed animal welfare organizations like PETA — who can blow me — said you should euthanize the dogs immediately. But it’s not the dogs’ fault that they were fighting dogs — they’ve been abused. Pit bulls are muscular and big, but they’re not man-eaters.”

    By the by, of the 49 Vick pit bulls, only one was deemed too vicious to save and was killed. Subsequently, 25 were placed in foster homes and/or adopted, and 22 found permanent sanctuary at Best Friends. Those 47 lives might be a drop in the ocean to PETA, but their abuse makes them no less deserving of life than the “food” or “fur-bearing” animals PETA typically focuses on. More so than their “naked ads,” their stance on the Vick dogs, as well as their forays into animal rescue and “adoption,” has been and will likely remain an objection of epic proportions that I have with PETA.

    PETA, I might add, is an animal welfare group – not an animal rights group. Yes, there’s a difference – and it’s a biggie.

    (At the most fundamental level, they appear to support Peter Singer’s philosophy of utilitarianism, which is a form of “progressive animal welfarism” – not animal rights. See also: PETA’s support of breed-specific legislation; their continued insistence that killing the Vick dogs would have been the right thing to do; and their “humane” killing of shelter animals rather than spend the time, money and effort to rehome them.)

    And can I just say that I also f—ing love Neko for correctly identifying PETA as a welfare group? f—ing love her, I do!

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    Goodbye, my sweet pit bull girl.

    Monday, November 10th, 2008

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    Shadow came into our lives in the spring of ’97.

    It was June 2nd – late spring, early summer. I was just finishing up my freshman year of college. Busy with school, busy with work, busy with friends. Busy, busy, busy.

    Rochester springs are rainy, and the spring of 1997 was no exception. The last days of May saw a week-long rainstorm. Consequently, we spent little time outside that week. When the rain finally let up, my mom went out behind the garage – to do some yardwork, or maybe some spring cleaning. There, under our tree house on stilts, she found a shivering, emaciated little dog. The pup didn’t appear to have any identification – no collar or such – but she clearly wasn’t feral, either. She seemed scared of us, yet she didn’t bolt. My mother brought the skeletal dog a bowl of food and water. Gradually, the rest of the family arrived home from school and work, and we took turns trying to coax the little scrapper out from her cramped hiding place.

    By now, it was apparent that the dog was injured. Her skin was raw and marked with gravel, and she didn’t seem able to stand. After what felt like forever, my father was able to get a good enough grip on her. He hoisted her up and into the back of his car, and off to the vet they went.

    The veterinarian’s assessment, delivered the next day, was grim: the dog’s right rear leg was “shattered,” and she also had some minor cuts and bruises. Most likely she had been hit by a car: the point of impact, her broken, battered rear leg. Scraped skin and embedded gravel suggested a hard, skidding landing on pavement. She was in rough shape – and at the point of starvation, to boot.

    Due to the severity of her injuries – and, even more so, the potential cost of repairing and rehabilitating her damaged leg – the vet recommended we euthanize her. “It’s too much trouble,” he said. “Too much money to spend on some stray.”

    Luckily, my parents didn’t agree. I remember receiving a call from them that day at work: Well, Kelly, what do you think we should do? Even though they solicited our advice, I suspect that they’d already made their decision, and just needed an extra nudge from us kids. I think they wanted some reassurance that they weren’t crazy for spending a few grand to patch up a dog they didn’t even know. We were a solidly middle-class family, but two grand isn’t exactly peanuts for six people living on one income.

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    LCA: Requiem For a Pit Bull

    Sunday, March 9th, 2008

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
    Date: Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 8:40 PM
    Subject: Message from Chris DeRose – Requiem For a Pit Bull

    Requiem for a Pit Bull

    “Christina’s Court” will be airing a segment called, “Requiem for a Pit Bull,” that is inspiring and uplifting. The show’s Executive Producer, Peter Brennan, also was the Executive Producer of “A Current Affair” and “Hard Copy,” as well as the Creator of “A Current Affair.” Being the maverick he is, he allowed me to produce and report on dozens of hard core animal rights stories that no one else would touch with a ten foot pole. Peter alone has made strong animal issues in media a common household occurrence on many TV networks and cable stations. Now he has “Christina’s Court” and already he is taking no prisoners by having a show that sets a precedent in how animal cruelty should be dealt with. PLEASE watch the show below, it’s a half hour segment and worth every second of your time. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

    Chris DeRose
    LCA President & Founder

    Click here for “Requiem for a Pit Bull”

    This case illustrated the divide between pit bull lovers and the people who fear them, right or wrong. The TV court show, “Christina’s Court,” has heard many cases where an ill-trained pit bull has caused injury and tragedy when let run loose. But in this case, the dog was a two-year-old hand raised well trained and much loved member of the family who played with other dogs and had never had a fight. Citing his fear of the dog, the neighbor went to his gun cabinet, took out a .22 caliber weapon and fired five bullets into the young dog. Apparently the reputation of his breed cost him his life.

    Maybe there’s a lesson here about tolerance in general. The case is the “Christina’s Court” entry in the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards. Feel free to forward the link to your friends and associates.

    Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046



    Kinship Circle: Lucy Is Gone – Speak Out In Her Name

    Friday, December 21st, 2007

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
    Date: Dec 21, 2007 12:31 AM
    Subject: Lucy Is Gone – Speak Out In Her Name


    12/21/07: Lucy Is Gone – Speak Out In Her Name

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    Lucy was Killed Today… Please say a prayer light a candle for her…

    W.A.R. (Win Animal Rights)
    centcom [at] war-online.org, http://war-online.org

    Sunnyvale, California Government Contacts

    EMAIL kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net FOR WORD DOC OF A FORMATTED LETTER.
    Easily modify letter and copy/paste it into an email or print out to fax or mail.

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    Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
    Date: Dec 19, 2007 7:42 PM

    Kinship Circle - 2007-12-19 - STOP LUCY'S EXECUTION TONIGHT

    CALL 619-525-4641 (California governor’s San Diego office)

    POLITELY ask them to pardon Lucy, a one-time “offender” scheduled to be killed at 7:00pm tonight. Tell them “I love Lucy,” spare her life. Ask for compassion and clemency for this poor dog. [INFO ABOUT CASE BELOW]


    From: Centcom – centcom [at] war-online.org
    Organization: Win Animal Rights
    Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007

    *****Cross Post Widely & Quickly*****


    We need a strong effort over the next few hours to save Lucy’s life. An underhanded City Attorney (see # 3 below for contact info) has issued the order for Lucy’s execution despite the fact the he knows that an effort is being made to reverse or appeal the decision. He has ordered the Shelter which houses Lucy to end her life. They do not want to see this happen, but will be legally compelled to comply by 7:00 pm west coast time tonight.

    The mayor is sympathetic, but wont take a stand. The city council is split. The governor’s office doesnt want to get involved. The shelter is stuck in the middle. Please help them see the light.


    Talking point for phone calls:

    * The eyes of the world will be on Sunnyvale.
    * To kill a dog that is not a danger to the community the week before Christmas is a public relations disaster.
    * The City Attorney is using his power to subvert the legal system as he knows that attorneys are filing appeals
    * The Governor absolutely has the power to stop the execution
    * Over 11,000 petition signatures were gathered in just over 24 hours. People care about Lucy.
    * Animal behaviorists and shelter staff say that Lucy is not in the least bit aggressive. She is not a danger.

    Here are things you can do:

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    DawnWatch: NFL star kills girlfriend’s dog 2/27/07

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
    Date: Feb 27, 2007 8:52 PM
    Subject: DawnWatch: NFL star kills girlfriend’s dog 2/27/07

    The Tuesday, February 27, New York Times has an article by Judy Battista, in the sports section (D4) headed, “Latest Mess For N.F.L.: The Death Of a Dog.”

    It tells that Jonathan Babineaux, a defensive tackle who just finished his second season with the Atlanta Falcons, killed his girlfriend’s dog:

    “A dog belonging to Babineaux’s live-in girlfriend died last week, and Babineaux was charged with felony animal cruelty. The dog, Kilo, was a 1 1/2-year-old pit bull mix” and “the police have said the dog died of blunt force trauma to the head.”

    We read:

    “Babineaux and his girlfriend, Blair Anderson, argued last Sunday, and Anderson was at the movies when Babineaux called to tell her she should come home to check on the dog, according to the police.

    “When she got there, the dog was in ‘severe physical distress,’ the police said. Kilo vomited blood in the car as Anderson drove to the Animal Emergency Center in Lawrenceville, Ga. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Doctors called the police.

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    Kinship Circle: Avondale Pits / Pia & Luna

    Thursday, September 21st, 2006

    NOTE: Previous alerts on the Avondale Pits are available here (9/4/06), here (8/1/06), here (6/11/06), and here (6/6/06).

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
    Date: Sep 20, 2006 11:46 PM
    Subject: Kinship Circle OFF-LINE Sept. 21-26 * Avondale Pits * Pia & Luna

    Kinship Circle will be off-line from:
    Thursday, September 21 – Tuesday, September 26

    * I will not be able to respond to email from SEPT. 21 – SEPT. 26
    * There will be no new campaigns from SEPT. 21 – SEPT. 26
    * Email general inquiries to Janet Enoch, Kinship Circle’s vice president: janetelinstar [at] yahoo.com

    If possible, please hold personal messages/requests from 9/21 – 9/26. I will do my best to respond when I return, but thank you for understanding I will have many emails to answer…

    Take care,
    Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle
    Forgotten Victims In Disaster: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/default.html
    Letter Library: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/default.html


    In This Alert

    1) The Avondale Pits
    2) Pia & Luna

    (More below the fold…)

    DawnWatch: Pit bulls on Los Angeles Times front page — 8/3/06

    Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
    Date: Aug 3, 2006 7:16 PM
    Subject: DawnWatch: Pit bulls on Los Angeles Times front page 8/3/06

    The Thursday, August 3, Los Angeles Times has a front page story headed, “Pit Bulls Out of the Doghouse.” I will immediately admit partiality to the story as it features Paula and Buster Dawn, with Paula’s picture right on the front page. And it opens with a description of one of our forays to a local bar where the dogs relax and are fawned over by patrons.

    Reporter Carla Hall asks, “So how is it that two dogs belonging to a breed that is controversial, feared, banned by some cities and possessed of the worst public relations in the canine world end up cuddling with beach community hipsters?”

    (More below the fold…)

    Another update on ‘The Avondale Pits’

    Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

    Today I received another update regarding ‘The Avondale Pits’ via the Dogs Deserve Better listserv. (To see past posts on this case, click here and here.)

    Pictures of the rescued dogs are available at the following links (all lead to Kodak Easy Share Gallery):


    Spice (one of the ones we didn’t know about)

    Updated Puppy Pics (of the Female we didn’t know about)

    Many thanks to those who signed the petition (and that goes a million times over to those who rescued the dogs from an abusive situation).

    Vegan Donuts & Vacation Pics

    Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

    Those dozen or so readers who have been with easyVegan since the beginning (meaning, June ’06) know that I just came back from twenty-one glorious days of vacation a few weeks ago. Well, I finally have the inevitable vacation pictures available for perusal over at Flickr. Just a tad bit late, yes, but in my defense my little sis managed to infect me with her germies right before I left, so I’ve spent most of the past two weeks in bed or, during my more lucid moments, doing mindless dreg work on the ‘puter. I’ll only post a small selection here, so if you’re one of those sickos who actually enjoys looking at other people’s vacation slideshows (gasp!), check out my Road Trippin’ ’06 set on Flickr.

    First up – THOSE VEGAN DONUTS from Ronald’s Donuts in Las Vegas:

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    Yes, yes, I know – one of the donuts does have a huge hunk missing. It’s in my belly. Well, technically, I guess they all ended up in my belly, but that half was ingested in the seconds before I snapped the pic. You see, I was so excited by the presence of VEGAN DONUTS that I wolfed half of ’em down before I even thought to take a picture.

    Luckily, we bought a second batch before our departure:

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    Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? It brings a tear. (Guess you’ve gotta be a veg*n to understand.)

    Sadly, the donuts didn’t fare too well on the plane ride back. I still ate ’em, though. Hey, it’s hard to completely annihilate such sweetness.

    Interestingly, Grist ran a story on green/veggie food options in Sin City not long after we returned to Kansas. It wasn’t a huge kick in the arse – having spent an afternoon researching vegan eateries on Happy Cow before the trip, I was well-versed on all the guilt-free options available in Vegas – but it was fun to note which of the featured businesses we had hit up during our weeklong stay. We went grocery shopping at the new Whole Foods mentioned in the article, and ordered lunch from Rainbow’s End Natural Foods & Café. It isn’t nearly the dealio as is Ron’s Donuts (c’mon, what trumps VEGAN DONUTS!?), but it definitely rocks the strip. Certainly, Vegas is unexpectedly welcoming to veg*ns – just don’t go there during the summer months. Trust me.

    And DO stop by Ronald’s, at least once. Screw the diet, it’s worth it.

    While in Vegas, we also…

    (More below the fold…)

    Update re: ‘Unchain the Avondale Pits’

    Sunday, June 11th, 2006

    Here’s an update I received on an earlier action alert – a petition to ‘Unchain the Avondale Pits’ (for the original alert, click here):

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    Posted by: “Mary”
    To: Dogs Deserve Better
    Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:51 am (PST)


    Lots of good news!!


    JUNE 8th
    Case AS2006-012 (this was the case number for Messina’s court)

    Today’s hearing was “administrative”.

    All our information was submitted. ACO’s were present and submitted their reports – apparently they’d been to Mr. Davis’ house 3 times, one time was to get the second dog we had found (white / brindle patches w/ the doubled chain) and euthanize him at Mr. Davis’ request, as he was “too aggressive for the owner to handle”.

    Judge Messina reviewed evidence, looked at the pics and alond with the Parish Attorney, informed Mr. Davis that he was sending the case to the DA for criminal prosecution. The DA will decide, based on evidence, as to whether to prosecute or not. The dogs will not be released until this is resolved.

    Mr. Davis will be charged on 3 counts of cruelty under state law, not just Parish Ordinance if the DA decides to move forward. If not, the case will return to Judge Messina for decision.

    Elena has agreed with getting Phoenix to SAF for treatment!


    JUNE 10

    I spoke w/ Anne at SAF and, per Anne’s typical wonderful response…”Of COURSE we’ll take him”. I love Anne Bell. Anyway, going to find out if Phoenix has had any shots at all, and if not, whether JPAS can give him some before we move him to SAF. There, they’ll get him healthy and begin HW treatment.

    Check the Blog for updates on when we get him to SAF!!!!!!


    I’ve put up a website for updates: http://www.geocities.com/unchainingtheavondalepits/

    For whatever reason, geocities makes you allow popups to see the Blog “Updates” link.


    If you would like to help with costs of his medical treatment (which, we’re sure will be staggering) you can:

    Send money directly to Southern Animal Foundation Southern Animal Foundation

    Attn: Anne Bell
    1823 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    (504) 671-8235

    ****Please make sure you note on your check or a note that says the donation is for Phoenix / Avondale”****


    Purchase an “Unchaining the Avondale Pits” t-shirt. Brenda Shoss (Kinship Circle) has kindly donated the use of her “With My Eyes” poem for the back of the shirt. Phoenix’s “chained” picture with “Fighting For Their Lives, Unchaining the Avondale Pits” text, is on the front.

    All proceeds from sales will go directly to medical treatment with Southern Animal Foundation & transport to Villalobos Rescue for Phoenix, a formerly chained & abused dog from Avondale.



    You can make a donation through PayPal to me (thaleia [at] triad.rr.com ) and I will send checks to Anne

    My thanks, love and respect again, to every single one of you who continue to fight this fight for these beautiful creatures