Posted by: friendsofkinshipcircle | March 2, 2009

GREYHOUNDS, FUR, RODEO SHOCK, CATS SKINNED

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  1. Trouble For Greyhounds in South Africa
  2. Jamaica Wants Greyhound Races Too
  3. Jason Wu Puts Aside Fur, For Now
  4. Tucson Rodeo Shocks Horses
  5. Guandong – Cats Skinned And Boiled Alive
  6. Fight Horse Slaughter State By State
  7. Prosecute Bird Killers In Florida
  8. Ask For End To NYC Horse Carriages
  9. World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week


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1) Trouble For Greyhounds in South Africa
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
South West Animal Protection, southwestanimalprotection@yahoo.co.uk

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BACKGROUND:
2/20/09: SAY NO TO PROPOSED GREYHOUND RACING IN SOUTH AFRICA
http://www.care2.com:80/causes/animal-welfare/blog/trouble-ahead-for-greyhounds-in-south-africa/

TAKE ACTION:
The University of the Free State Faculty of Law has been appointed by the
Department of Trade and Industry to conduct research on the possible
legalization of greyhound racing.

Professor Elizabeth Snyman-Van Deventer
University of the Free State Faculty of Law
fax: 051-401-2698; email: snymane.rd@ufs.ac.za

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2) Jamaica Wants Greyhound Races Too
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
Animal Aid, info@animalaid.org.uk
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/f/ACTIVE/blog/ALL/1//?be_id=190

BACKGROUND:
Plans to bring greyhound racing to Jamaica are of great concern due to the
inevitable cruelty involved. Huge numbers of greyhounds are destroyed each
year after they’ve ‘retired’ from racing, and many pups are killed just
because they’re deemed ‘unsuitable’ for racing. In addition, many greyhounds
are subjected to abuse by owners who view them as mere commodities.

TAKE ACTION:
Politely email the Jamaican Tourist Board and the Jamaican High Commission
to let them know your concerns.
Jamaican Tourist Board: mail@visitjamaica.uk.com
Jamaican High Commission: Jamhigh@jhcuk.com

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3) Jason Wu Puts Aside Fur, For Now
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
Centcom, centcom@war-online.org

BACKGROUND:
2/6/09: Fashion designer Jason Wu, who designed Michelle Obama‘s inaugural
ball gown, was scheduled to unveil his Fall 2009 collection at Exit Art
2/13/09. The evening was set to include a significant amount of fur as Wu
has signed a deal with Saga Furs. Win Animal Rights was scheduled to protest
this event. Working behind the scenes, along with many other animal
advocates, we are pleased that Jason Wu has decided to “back burner” his fur
collection… Special thanks to celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, who posted:
http://perezhilton.com/2009-01-24-michelle-obamas-inauguration-dress-designers-an-animal-killer

TAKE ACTION:
Wouldn’t it be lovely if Jason Wu canceled his use of fur instead of just
postponing it? Let Jason know that the whole world is watching. Ask him to
make the compassionate choice and to cancel his plans with Saga Furs.

Jwu LLC
6 West 37th St., 3rd Floor; New York, NY 10018-7505
ph: 1-212-643-0598
email: jason@jasonwustudio.com, jason@thewstudio.com
(not sure of either email address, but one or both of them might work)
(Jason Wu’s sales rep) John W. Murphy: john@thewstudio.com
website: http://www.jasonwustudio.com/

If on Myspace, leave comment: http://www.myspace.com/jasonwustudio
If on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Wu/49229617622

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4) Tucson Rodeo Shocks Horses
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
SHARK, info@SHARKonline.org, http://www.TheCruelTruth.com

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PHOTOS: SHARK, http://www.sharkonline.org/

BACKGROUND:
VIDEO: Tucson Rodeo Shocks Horses
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69g6jMUMwcw&feature=channel_page
2008, SHARK exposed the Tucson Rodeo for shocking horses with 5,000 – 6,000
volts of painful electricity to make them perform. SHARK filed a complaint
requesting a criminal investigation and charges against those responsible,
with the Arizona Department of Agriculture, Animal Services Division.

SHARK received great media coverage of this issue helping to educate many in
Arizona about rodeo animal abuse. In advance of the upcoming rodeo this
year, SHARK has sent out two press releases to the media, the City Council
and the Mayor of Tucson requesting their attention and action on this issue.

TAKE ACTION:
Request a ban on shocking the animals in the rodeo like many other rodeos in
Texas, Colorado, Wyoming…

Mayor Bob Walkup
City Hall; 255 West Alameda Street; Tucson, Arizona 85701
ph: 520-791-4201; fax: 520-791-5348; email: mcweb@tucsonaz.gov

Vice Mayor, Karin Uhlich
Ward Three; 1510 East Grant Road; Tucson, Arizona 85719
ph: 520-791-4711; fax: 520-791-5391; email: ward3@tucsonaz.gov

Mike Hein, City Manager
City Hall; 255 West Alameda Street; Tucson, Arizona 85701
ph: 520-791-4204; fax: 520-791-5198; email: mike.hein@tucsonaz.gov

Council Member Regina Romero
Ward One; 940 W. Alameda Street; Tucson, Arizona 85745
ph: 520-791-4040; fax: 520-791-5393; email: ward1@tucsonaz.gov

Council Member Rodney Glassman
Ward Two; 7575 E. Speedway; Tucson, Arizona 85710
ph: 520-791-4687; fax: 520-791-5380; email: ward2@tucsonaz.gov

Council Member Shirley Scott
Ward Four; 8123 E. Poinciana; Tucson, Arizona 85730
ph: 520-791-3199; fax: 520-791-4717; email: ward4@tucsonaz.gov

Council Member Steve Leal
Ward Five; 4300 South Park Avenue; Tucson, Arizona 85714
ph: 520-791-4231; fax: 520-791-3188; email: steve.leal@tucsonaz.gov

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5) Guandong – Cats Skinned And Boiled Alive
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
Maria Lopes, marialopes@iwab.org
Anti-Fur Society, http://www.antifursociety.org/ActionAlert.html

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PHOTOS: Anti-Fur Society website, http://www.antifursociety.org/ActionAlert.html

BACKGROUND:
Cats are skinned and boiled while still alive in Guandong, a south of China
province. READ FULL STORY:
http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/international/int_ap_beijing_protest_decries_custom_of_eating_cats_20081218804

TAKE ACTION:
Write to the Guandong authorities (cc to the Chinese Embassy) asking them to stop this horrific practice. Your message will be more effective if you fax
it or send it by snail mail in addition to emailing it. Regardless, please
send them a message of disapproval. NOTE: It is very important to send
polite messages or our efforts may be in vain.

Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office
ph: (8620) 81218888; fax: (8620) 81218569; email: webmaster@gdfao.gov.cn

Food & Drug Administration Bureau of Guandong:
email: ywts@gzfda.gov.cn, xzts@gzfda.gov.cn

Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office of Guandong Province
ph: (8620) 81218888; fax: (8620) 81218569
email: waiban@gz.gov.cn, webmaster@gdfao.gov.cn

SAMPLE LETTER / TALKING POINTS:
http://www.antifursociety.org/ActionAlert.html
(Scroll past addresses, mid-page)

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6) Fight Horse Slaughter State By State
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
International Fund For Horses, http://fund4horses.org/info.php?id=1114

BACKGROUND:
2/9/09: We must now fight horse slaughter state by state since many state
legislators have introduced pro horse slaughter resolutions on behalf of
foreign investors anxious to defeat H.R. 503.

These resolutions and bills are a not-so-subtle ploy by the foreign
investors that own horse slaughterhouses to defeat H.R. 503 which would ban
the sale, transport, and possession of horses in interstate and foreign
commerce for slaughter for human consumption.

There is no point in states appropriating tax dollars for studies when
currently horse slaughter for human consumption is not allowed in the U.S.
These resolutions will simply insure horse slaughterers can continue to take
American horses to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. States taking part:
Arizona, Utah, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas,
Arkansas, Minnesota, Montana, and Illinois.

TAKE ACTION:
STATE BY STATE HORSE SLAUGHTER BILLS, TAKE ACTION HERE:
http://fund4horses.org/info.php?id=1114

FEDERAL BILL HORSE SLAUGHTER BILL, TAKE ACTION HERE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1801&seriesfirst=true

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7) Prosecute Bird Killers In Florida
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
C ALLARD, cdallard1@bellsouth.net

BACKGROUND:
2/25/09: Collier County, Florida: Senseless killing of birds. Article link:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090225/ARTICLE/902250353/2055/NEWS

TAKE ACTION:
These individuals need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law! Let
the Collier County States Attorney know, in a polite manner.

Collier County States Attorney’s Office
Administrative Building, 6th Floor
3301 E Tamiami Trail; Naples, FL 34112
ph: 239-252-8470; Office Head, Richard Montecalvo: Rmontecalvo@sao.cjis20.org

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8) Ask For End To NYC Horse Carriages
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, coalition@banhdc.org
http://www.banhdc.org/index.shtml

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PHOTOS: http://www.blindersthemovie.com/photos
BLINDERS: Award-winning documentary exposes the truth behind the tradition
of NYC horse-drawn carriage industry. http://www.blindersthemovie.com

BACKGROUND:
PLEASE HELP US: If you live in another city or country – WE NEED YOU! New
York City is in the fight of its life to rescue its carriage horses from a
life of slavery and to shut down the horse-drawn carriage trade. In three
years, we have succeeded in bringing worldwide attention to this
anachronistic and inhumane industry and we are close to making a ban a
reality. AS POTENTIAL TOURISTS, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SHUT IT DOWN! On
January 30 the City Council Consumer Affairs Committee held a public hearing
on two carriage horse bills. There was no vote.

The City Council likes to claim horses and buggies are a tourist attraction.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN. When you visit our city, is this the first thing
you do? What about museums, theater, night life, shopping and restaurants?
Will NYC survive without carriage horses? We certainly think so. And we ask
you to send a letter to our City Council saying the same.

TAKE ACTION:
SEND LETTER TO COUNCIL EMAIL ADDRESSES:
marroyo@council.nyc.gov, avella@council.nyc.gov, baez@council.nyc.gov,
brewer@council.nyc.gov, comrie@council.nyc.gov, ecrowley@council.nyc.gov,
deblasio@council.nyc.gov, emdilan@council.nyc.gov, rarbeloc@council.nyc.gov,
mathieu.eugene@council.nyc.gov, felder@council.nyc.gov,
fidler@council.nyc.gov, foster@council.nyc.gov, garodnick@council.nyc.gov,
gennaro@council.nyc.gov, vgentile@council.nyc.gov, agerson@council.nyc.gov,
gioia@council.nyc.gov, gonzalez@council.nyc.gov, Ignizio@council.nyc.gov,
rjackson@council.nyc.gov, ljames@council.nyc.gov, katz@council.nyc.gov,
koppell@council.nyc.gov, lappin@council.nyc.gov, liu@council.nyc.gov,
viverito@council.nyc.gov, martinez@council.nyc.gov,
darlene.mealy@council.nyc.gov, rmendez@council.nyc.gov,
nelson@council.nyc.gov, palma@council.nyc.gov, recchia@council.nyc.gov,
rivera@council.nyc.gov, sanders@council.nyc.gov, seabrook@council.nyc.gov,
sears@council.nyc.gov, vacca@council.nyc.gov, vann@council.nyc.gov,
weprin@council.nyc.gov, twhite@council.nyc.gov, yassky@council.nyc.gov,
barron@council.nyc.gov, dickens@council.nyc.gov, oddo@council.nyc.gov,
quinn@council.nyc.gov, reyna@council.nyc.gov, stewart@council.nyc.gov,
vallone@council.nyc.gov

SEND LETTER TO MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG:
http://www.banhdc.org/what_you_can_do.shtml
CLICK ON LINK IN FIRST PARAGRAPH

SAMPLE LETTER / TALKING POINTS:
Please indicate in the email subject line something like this: “Californians
against horse-drawn carriages”; “Tourists against horse-drawn carriages”

Dear Council Member:
As a tourist to your great city, it is troubling to see that New York City
still has an inhumane horse-carriage trade. These 19th century slow moving
conveyances do not belong in a crowded and congested 21st century city. They
impede the flow of traffic, getting in the way of ambulances, fire trucks
and police cars – not to mention cars, taxis, buses, bikers and pedestrians.
Horses suffer in more ways than can be imagined starting with a denial of
their innate horse nature. Please support the bill to ban this industry. New
York should join the ranks of cities like London, Paris, Toronto, Oxford and
Beijing, which have banned the carriage trade. Tourists come to NYC for its
wonderful museums, theater, night life, restaurants and shopping. The
carriage trade brings shame to your city. I will not travel to New York as
long as this inhumane industry continues to operate.

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9) World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week
ALERT WRITER / REPLY TO:
Michael Budkie, Executive Director, SAEN, saen@saenonline.org
http://www.saenonline.org, http://www.wlalw.org

BACKGROUND:
World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week April 18-26, 2009
As you read this email, untold millions of animals suffer and die in
laboratories across the United States. Most of these animals including rats,
mice, birds, amphibians, and all animals used in agricultural research
receive no protection under current laws. Federally owned laboratories (such
as those owned by the Department of Defense, the NIH, the USDA, EPA, etc.)
receive no independent inspections. It has been demonstrated that the USDA
does not adequately enforce the very limited requirements of the Animal
Welfare Act (AWA). Labs often break federal laws and more animals are hurt
by these infractions every day. Violations are often ignored, fines are
reduced or eliminated, and penalties are ineffective.

Use of non-human primates has reached an all-time high with 69,990
experiencing the cruelty of captivity in a laboratory. In university and
private settings, squirrel monkeys are confined to restraint chairs and
steel screws are drilled into the skulls of rhesus monkeys. Chimpanzees
suffer for decades as they slowly go insane. Dogs languish in runs as they
pine for their families. Electrical coils are forced into the eyes of cats.

TAKE ACTION:
World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week 2009 is April 18 – 26. However, it
is more important that you take action than that your action falls exactly
within these dates. If we are to be successful in exposing the ongoing
abuses of animals in laboratories, we must begin planning now.

SAEN WEBSITES WITH RESOURCES
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! http://www.saenonline.org
Sections of our main website have fact sheets about product testing, primate
experimentation, a general flyer about animal experimentation, as well as
materials focusing on specific labs.

Our Government Grants Promoting Cruelty to Animals contains information on
research protocols, grant applications, and journal articles relevant to
over 120 different researchers spread throughout 47 labs in 24 states.

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week: http://www.wlalw.org/
Contains a sign-up form for this year’s event, and listings of events from
previous years. It is very important that we are aware of all WLALW events
so that we may help in their promotion and media exposure, so please sign up
with the details of your events as soon as possible. When your event is
posted on our website, more activists will be able to attend.

Using information from our website, any activist can plan a news conference
to discuss the use of animals at a nearby laboratory. Protests, rallies and
civil disobedience can also be used to pressure a laboratory to change
policies or even eliminate specific experiments. Leafleting can be an
effective method of educating the public. Large numbers of activists can be
helpful for protest events, but media campaigns involving other methods can
be effective with a single dedicated activist.

We are the voices for millions of suffering dogs, cats, primates, rats,
mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, sheep, pigs and animals of many other
species. Please get involved with this vital event. We are their only hope.

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Responses

  1. re: Ask For End To NYC Horse Carriages – Thanks very much for posting this information.

    PLEASE NOTE: many of the e-mails are not good – the council apparently does not like to be reached. However, I do have e-mail addresses for staff, which I can provide if you would like to write. Contact me at coalition@banhdc.org.

    Also – if you would like to receive our e-newsletter, please contact me at coaltion@ganhdc.org – provide name, city/state/country

    And – please sign our petition:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?ch4ny123

    Please help us ban the horse and buggy trade in NYC. Thank you.

  2. Oops – typing error

    E-MAIL ADDRESS IS: coalition@banhdc.org

    WEB SITE: http://www.banhdc.org

  3. I would like to get further info.Thank you.

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