Posted by: friendsofkinshipcircle | June 8, 2009

PIG MASSACRE, CAT LABS, BLACK MARKET ASIA FILM

FRIENDS OF KINSHIP CIRCLE, 6/7/09
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IN THIS ALERT:

  1. Egypt: Mass Pig Slaughter During Swine Flu Panic
  2. Stop Texas Tech’s Senseless Torture Of Cats
  3. Support New Film On Illegal Trade In Wild Animals
  4. Shield Polar Bears From Deadly Global Warming
  5. End “Jumps Racing” Carnage For Good
  6. Shocking Elephant Abuse Video From Greek Circus
  7. Brookfield Zoo Elephant Deserves Safe Haven
  8. Check Out Karen Dawn’s Blog
  9. 50+ Years In A Lab – Save Elder Chimps From Hell


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5/21/09: Stop Dog Mutilation In Ohio State University Lab
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5/19/09: Trophy Hunters To Prey On Delisted Wolves
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5/15/09: Shot In The Dark – Australia’s Kangaroo Massacre
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5/1/09: Profit From Misery – Dogs And Cats Sold To Research
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4/29/09: Coke & Rodeo – Official Soft Drink Of Cruelty?
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1) Egypt: Mass Pig Slaughter During Swine Flu Panic
ALERT WRITER: Compassion in World Farming (United Kingdom)
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/about_us/contact_us/default.aspx

pig
BACKGROUND:
Al-Masry Al-Youm: The Culling of Pigs in Egypt
http://www.youtube.com/almasryalyoum
Mass Graves For Pigs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMIlw7rCSc&feature=channel_page

Appalling scenes of mass pig killing in Egypt have sparked international
protest. From media footage, we have seen hundreds of live pigs thrown on
top of each other in a huge dumper truck. Some must surely suffocate or
break limbs. They’re driven to a mass grave, thrown into it, and covered in
what appears to be quicklime. They must endure a slow and agonizing death.

Egyptian media reports that “When the lorry is filled with 400 pigs on
average, it sets off for the burial ground in Abou Zabal. Once there,
something like soft sand is sprinkled on the pigs inside the lorry. This
material is made up of factory wastes. The pigs start to scream because of
the searing pain until they die some 30 or 40 minutes later.”

MORE: GLOBAL STORM OF PROTEST AT EGYPT’S PIG ATROCITY
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/pig_farming/global_protest_at_egypts_pig_atrocity.aspx

TAKE ACTION:
1. Tell the Egyptian Authorities: Never Again
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/farm_animals/pigs/swine_flu/tell_the_egyptian_authorities_never_again.aspx
(follow instructions at link above)

2. Lobby the Egyptian Prime Minister (web form letter)
http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=3660

3. Send a protest email to Egypt’s Minister for Tourism (web form letter)
http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=3634

4. WSPA web form letter
http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=24&ea.campaign.id=3557

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2) Stop Texas Tech’s Senseless Torture Of Cats
ALERT WRITER: Live Cats Used in Cruel Training Courses at Texas Tech
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2081

BACKGROUND: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) buys cats
from Odessa, Texas Animal Control for use in cruel medical training courses.
PETA has filed a complaint urging university officials to replace use of
cats in this training with educationally superior medical simulation tools.

The cats undergo painful intubation procedures in which hard plastic tubes
are repeatedly forced down their wind pipes by course participants. This can
result in bleeding, swelling, scarring of the animals’ throat tissue,
collapsed lungs, and even death. In another procedure, cats have air forced
into their chest cavities so that participants can repeatedly practice
inserting a needle into the animals to remove the excess air.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, which
sponsor the most widely taught pediatric life-support courses in the
country, exclusively endorse modern, human-like manikins, not live animals,
for this type training. Urge TTUHSC’s vice president of medical affairs, Dr.
Steven L. Berk, to stop cruel and outdated training drills on cats.

TAKE ACTION / SIGN WEB FORM LETTER:
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2081

FOR MORE IMPACT, SEND COMMENTS DIRECTLY TO:
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Dr. Steven L. Berk, Academic Dean, School of Medicine
3601 4th Street, Mailstop 6207; Lubbock TX 79430
ph: 806-743-3000; fax: 806-743-3021
email: Steven.Berk@ttuhsc.edu

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3) Support New Film On Illegal Trade In Wild Animals
ALERT WRITER: Tim Gorski, timgorski@rattlethecage.org
Rattle The Cage Productions: http://www.rattlethecage.org

illegal trade wild animals
BLACK MARKET ASIA, Battling the Illegal Trade in Endangered Species
http://www.rattlethecage.org/elephant_traffic-proposal.htm

Our undercover work in Asia led to one significant bust in Bangkok and
exposed the infamous Tiger Temple in Thailand for the illegal tiger farm
that it really is… View the intense video pitch with an intro by
Investigator Tim Gorski: http://www.rattlethecage.org/BM-Pitch.htm

We desperately need $25,000 to continue our investigations in SE Asia. If
each of you donates just $25, we can document crimes against nature,
work to bring the perpetrators to justice, and raise public awareness…
Asian jungles are being silenced at an alarming rate due to western (and
eastern) consumption. Each year, from hundreds to thousands are sold
illegally: Elephants, tigers and tiger parts, primates, reptiles and birds.
Together we can expose the crimes, educate the public, and save animals…

TAKE ACTION:
TO SPONSOR THIS VIDEO DOCUMENTARY SERIES, CONTACT:
Tim Gorski, producer: 954-673-5331 or timgorski@hotmail.com

DONATE ONLINE OR BY MAIL:
http://www.rattlethecage.org/BM-Pitch.htm
Rattle the Cage Productions
1126 S. Federal Hwy. #288; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
ph: 954-673-5331; email:  info@rattlethecage.org
FL 501c3 not-for-profit / FEI: 421563897

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4) Shield Polar Bears From Deadly Global Warming
ALERT WRITER: Save Polar Bears
http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_polar_0109

SAMPLE LETTER BY NRDC (Kinship Circle did not write this):
Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.; Washington DC 20240
email: Secretary_of_the_Interior@ios.doi.gov, feedback@ios.doi.gov

Dear Secretary Salazar,
I’m dismayed that you have decided to adopt a Bush-era policy against using
vital Endangered Species Act protections to save polar bears from global
warming and Arctic oil development — short-circuiting President Obama’s
pledge to follow a science-based approach to environmental protection.

The scientific evidence is overwhelming that rising temperatures could cause
two-thirds of the world’s polar bear populations, including all of Alaska’s
polar bears, to go extinct by 2050. Polar bears are already drowning and
starving. In the face of this unfolding disaster, it is too late for
half-measures and polluter exemptions.

It’s not too late to withdraw this Bush-era plan. Please act now to close
polluter loopholes and give the polar bear full-fledged endangered species
protection to safeguard its habitat from global warming pollution, oil and
gas development, and other threats.

The plight of the polar bear is urgent. We can still save this magnificent
species, but the window for action is closing rapidly. Please act
immediately to pull polar bears back from the brink of extinction.

Sincerely, [NAME, FULL ADDRESS, COUNTRY]

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5) End “Jumps Racing” Carnage For Good
ALERT WRITER: Animals Australia – Help End Jumps Racing Carnage
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/jumps-racing-tragedy/

horse jump racing
BACKGROUND: Jumps racing is a cruel “sport” in which horses are forced to
jump metre-high fences at high speed. It’s 10 – 20 times more dangerous than
flat racing, and many injuries can be horrific. As a result, 13 horses died
on the track last year (Victoria), and now 7 horses have died within the
past fortnight (5 in Victoria and 2 in South Australia).

At the recent Warrnambool racing carnival 3 horses — Pride of Westbury,
Hassle and Clearview Bay — died after suffering grave injuries. Please let
Racing Victoria CEO Rob Hines and Chairman of the Victorian Racing Board
Michael Duffy know that the community will no longer tolerate Racing
Victoria endorsing this cruel sport…

TAKE ACTION / SIGN WEB FORM LETTER:
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/jumps-racing-tragedy/

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6) Shocking Elephant Abuse Video From Greek Circus
ALERT WRITER: In Defense Of Animals (IDA), 415-448-0048; idainfo@idausa.org
VIDEO: http://ida.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=4621.0&printer_friendly=1

BACKGROUND: When IDA received this sickening video of a female elephant,
Andra, being beaten with a bullhook (ankus) at a circus in Greece, we
immediately contacted animal advocates working on this situation there.
Greek organizations PSYCHANIMAL and ARCTUROS report that the abuser is a
trainer with an Italian circus named MASSIMO. The video, released to Greek
media, has attracted much concern. The Minister of Agriculture has
apparently issued a press release promising to ban animal circuses in Greece
after the European elections. Let’s hold the Minister to that pledge.

TAKE ACTION: Email Minister of Agriculture, Greek parliament, Greek
newspapers – minister@minagric.gr, infopar@parliament.gr,
epistoles@tovima.gr, epistoles@tanea.gr

SAMPLE LETTER / IDA (Kinship Circle did not write this):
I am horrified by the video now circulating on the internet of an elephant
being beaten in a circus in Greece. I strongly urge the Government to
immediately confiscate the elephant from the circus and work with animal
welfare groups to place the elephant in a more suitable home. Please punish
the circus responsible for this abuse.

Finally, I urge you to endorse a ban on the exploitation of animals by
circuses in Greece.

Sincerely, [NAME, FULL ADDRESS, COUNTRY]

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7) Brookfield Zoo Elephant Deserves Safe Haven
ALERT WRITER: In Defense Of Animals (IDA)
Contact: Catherine Doyle, 323-301-5730; Suzanne Roy, 919-697-9389

BACKGROUND: http://www.savezooelephants.com/news_releases_07.html
Help Elephants: http://www.helpelephants.com/

Recently, a 39-year-old African elephant, Affie, died prematurely at
the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. While no cause of death has been released,
she likely suffered from painful foot and/or joint disease, conditions
prevalent in zoos due to inadequate conditions for elephants…

It is inhumane to keep Christy at the Brookfield Zoo, especially now that
she is alone. Bringing in another elephant is not the answer because the Zoo
cannot provide a high quality of life for elephants.

Elephants are highly intelligent and physically vigorous animals that hail
from warm climates. In the wild, they range 7 to 14 miles or more per day,
and are active for 20 out of 24 hours, as they forage, explore, socialize
and raise their young. Yet, at Brookfield Zoo elephants are held in a
cramped exhibit where they spend the majority of the long Midwest winters in
tiny indoor cages without adequate movement or mental stimulation.

Since 1975, 7 Brookfield Zoo elephants have died; more than half did not
live to age 40. Elephants have a natural lifespan of 60-70 years…18 zoos
have closed or plan to close their elephant exhibits.

TAKE ACTION: Urge Brookfield Zoo director Stuart Strahl to send Christy, now
the lone elephant at Brookfield Zoo, to a natural-habitat sanctuary.

Stuart D. Strahl, PhD, Director, Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road; Brookfield, IL 60513
ph: 708-688-8300; fax: 708-688-7309
email: bzadmin@brookfieldzoo.org

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8) Check Out Karen Dawn’s Blog
BACKGROUND: If you want to cry or laugh (or cry from laughing, due to an
inserted Jon Stewart clip on Michael Vick) — visit Karen Dawn’s new blog.
Karen is a great writer, author of Thanking The Monkey, and you’ll enjoy her
observations, humor, and celebrity name-dropping. For a reflective and
lighter take on animals: http://www.ThankingtheMonkey.com/blog

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9) 50+ Years In A Lab – Save Elder Chimps From Hell
ALERT WRITER: Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S.
Laboratories * 617-523-6020, releasechimps@neavs.org
(a project of) New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)
http://www.releasechimps.org/2009/03/09/help-wenka-and-all-elder-chimpanzees

BACKGROUND: Wenka is a frail 55-year-old chimpanzee, held at Yerkes National
Primate Research Center in Atlanta, who deserves sanctuary. Her time is
running out. While Project R&R is committed to getting all chimpanzees out
of U.S. labs, your immediate help is needed to secure Wenka’s release, along
with that of all of other elders in captivity — most if not all of whom
have been in a lab for 40 years or more. Many have spent their entire lives
enduring multiple procedures or being repeatedly “bred” to make more
research babies. Some were captured as infants in Africa.

TAKE ACTION / SIGN WEB FORM LETTER:
http://ga1.org/campaign/wenka

FOR MORE IMPACT, SEND COMMENTS DIRECTLY TO:
Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., Acting Director
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike; Bethesda, Maryland 20892
301-496-7322; kingtonr@mail.nih.gov

Emory University, Office of the President
James W. Wagner, President of Emory University
Mail Stop #1000/001/1AP; Atlanta, Georgia 30322
404-727-6013; wagner@emory.edu

Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Stuart Zola, PhD, Director
954 Gatewood Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329
404-727-7707; szola@rmy.emory.edu
web form: http://yerkes.emory.edu/contact

SAMPLE LETTER / PROJECT R&R (Kinship Circle did not write this):
Dear Dr. Kington:
We urgently request that you, as Acting Director of the National Institutes
of Health, exercise your power to secure the transfer of the eldest
chimpanzees known to be in research laboratories into sanctuary. The most
recent information we are able to obtain indicates that these chimpanzees
(listed below) were born in the 1950’s and early 1960’s.

Many of these individuals have been used in research protocols or for
breeding purposes for more than 40 years — many for their entire lives. They
deserve release into the comfort and protections that sanctuary provides
before they die. They have little time left.

Project R&R partners with several highly reputable sanctuaries who have
indicated their ability to accept these individuals immediately.

CHIMPANZEE ELDERS (and labs where held): Wenka, age 55 (Yerkes); Cheeta, age
52 (Yerkes); Lulu, age 52 (Yerkes); Maxine, age 52 (Yerkes); Flo, age 52
(Alamogordo); Karen, age 51 (New Iberia); Guy, age 50 (Alamogordo); Diana,
age 49 (New Iberia); Jan, age 49 (New Iberia); Julius, age 49 (New Iberia);
Lady Bird, age 49 (New Iberia); Pumpkin, age 49 (New Iberia); Sandy, age 49
(New Iberia); Walter B., age 49 (New Iberia); Clay, age 49 (New Iberia);
Martha, age 49 (Yerkes); Mary, age 49 (Yerkes); Winny, age 48 (Alamogordo);
Kirby, age 48 (Alamogordo); Maxwell, age 48 (Alamogordo); Pierre, age 47
(M.D. Anderson); Gigi, age 47 (M.D. Anderson); Happy, age 47 (Primate
Foundation of AZ); Josam, age 47 (Alamogordo); Iyk, age 47 (Yerkes); Beleka,
age 47 (Yerkes); Janice, age 47 (New Iberia)

Given the importance of chimpanzee social bonding, we also request that each
individual be sent with at least one (or more) chimpanzee cage mate or
friend. Chimpanzees form powerful bonds. These relationships must be
respected as critical to the individuals’ well being. The elders should not
pay for their release with the loss of one more relative or friend.

An independent public opinion survey commissioned by Project R&R found that
71% of Americans support the release of chimpanzees who have spent longer
than 10 years in a laboratory. These chimpanzee individuals have far
surpassed that mark.

Sincerely, [NAME, FULL ADDRESS, COUNTRY]

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