Posted by: friendsofkinshipcircle | August 15, 2009



1) MA Residents: Stop Devocalization Of Dogs/Cats
2) Don’t Let BLM Kill More Wild Horses And Burros
3) Welcome Back The Animals Voice Magazine!
4) Racehorses On Japanese Kill Floors
5) New Book: Why Animal Suffering Matters

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8/1/09: Stop Live Cat Labs At St. Louis Children’s Hospital

7/28/09: Puerto Rico – New Source For Primate Suffering?

7/21/09: Cruelty For Sale At San Francisco Live Animal Markets

7/10/09: Namibia Seal Slaughter Has One Buyer Left. Stop Him.

6/8/09: Protect ALL Downers: Cows, Pigs, Goats, Sheep…

1) MA Residents: Stop Devocalization Of Dogs/Cats
ALERT WRITER: Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets,
An unfunded, all-volunteer network of Massachusetts pet advocates.

Though Yellow Labs are not a “barky” breed, Stella was devocalized, then
dumped by an AKC breeder. Her adopter spent more than $1,500 to correct scar
tissue that obstructed 50% of Stella’s airway, in the hope it may give her
dog a shot at a normal life. Without it, Stella would have died.

BACKGROUND: Devocalization cruelly cuts a dog’s or cat’s vocal cords to
stifle his voice. The veterinary procedure is surprisingly widespread — but
because severed vocal cords aren’t visible, the animal (who typically sounds
hoarse and gags or coughs) is assumed to have laryngitis.

Devocalization poses risks, from massive infection to aspiration pneumonia,
irrespective of a vet’s experience or how vocal cords are cut. Tissue
re-growth is common, subjecting animals to the stress, pain and risks of
repeat surgeries. Caretakers unwilling or unable to pay ongoing costs place
animals at additional risk for surrender or euthanasia.

Who does this to a defenseless animal? Breeders who operate near neighbors
or don’t like the collective sound of their own dogs; those who keep “sport
dog” groups; show dog exhibitors; and uninformed or irresponsible guardians.

Massachusetts animal lovers wants to end this cruelty by passing An Act
Prohibiting Devocalization, House Bill 344. The local AKC affiliate is
fighting the bill. The state veterinary association opposes passage of HB
344 because it cuts into profit and brings regulation to bear on vets. HB
344 cannot succeed unless every compassionate Massachusetts resident speaks
out to protect the voices of dogs and cats. LEARN MORE:

LT: Lady was left at a shelter after devocalization. She was adopted,
surrendered again, and adopted a third time. RT: When Demi was spayed, scar
tissue from devocalization ordered by her breeder obstructed her airway. Her
adopter says she can’t bark or make nuanced sounds. She can only whine.

After Labor Day: Call, fax or write every three weeks to your Mass. State
Rep and Senator (not those in DC like Ted Kennedy).
To find your legislators and their contact information:
*   Call: 800-462-8683
*   Look for your “Rep and Senate in General Court:”

TALKING POINTS BY: Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets
(Kinship Circle did not write this)
Call during business hours, Mon-Thur. Try to speak to an aide, but if left
to voicemail, state your full name and home address, plus your support for
House Bill 344. Without your full contact info, the call won’t be counted.
*   Urge them to ensure that An Act Prohibiting Devocalization, House Bill
344, is reported out of Judiciary quickly, as it is written, with a
favorable recommendation.
*   If asked, explain that the bill’s opponents want to add loophole
language, and that amendments like “allowable as a last resort to manage
barking” would make the law unenforceable.
*   Ask them to check the status of the bill and get back to you.

2) Don’t Let BLM Kill More Wild Horses And Burros
ALERT WRITER: Madeleine Pickens and the National Wild Horse Foundation

Wild horse hazing,

BACKGROUND: Today there are over 30,000 wild horses and burros at risk of
being euthanized by the US government. These wild horses are protected by
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-195)
which states: “It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses
and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death.”

But sadly, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — claiming escalating costs
and spending cuts — is holding about 10,000 of these wild horses
snout-to-butt in long-term holding pens that cost American taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, the BLM plans to increase the
euthanization (via gun shot to the head) to help manage the herds.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

[Madeleine Pickens] team has developed a plan to create a million-acre Wild
Horse Sanctuary in Nevada. The Sanctuary will return wild horses and burros
to their natural habitat, and let families and children come and experience
the freedom and beauty of these extraordinary animals. My plan saves
American taxpayers approximately $700 million over the decade, provides
sanctuary to America’s wild horses…To make this happen, I need your help.

TAKE ACTION: The BLM and Secretary Salazar need to know you care about
saving America’s wild horses.

Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.; Washington DC 20240

Mike Pool, Acting Director
Bureau of Land Management
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665; Washington DC 20240
ph: 202-208-3801; fax: 202-208-5242

SAMPLE LETTER BY: Madeleine Pickens, President, National Wild Horse
(Kinship Circle did not write this.)
EDITED FOR LENGTH. See full:…%20target=%22_blank%22

I am extremely disappointed in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM)
decision to continue their plan to euthanize or hold in captivity thousands
of wild horses and burros at the expense of the American taxpayer.

The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act (1971) was created with the hope
of managing healthy herds of wild horses and burros on Western rangelands.
The BLM believes that wild horses and burros consume unfair amounts of
forage on BLM lands. On March 3, 2009, it was stated by a BLM representative
that forage depletion on public lands leaves cattle with nothing to eat.
Contrary to that statement, a Wild Horse Ecologist, Craig C. Downer, of
Nevada, stated in his speech (Wild Horse Speech With Tables And Charts, Wild
Horse Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2008) that wild horses and burros
only consume a mere 5.6% of the forage consumed by livestock on BLM land.

It is not necessary to hold wild horses and burros in captivity (an expense
to taxpayers), and then offer them up for sale and adoption, or slaughter.

The business plan proposed by Madeleine Pickens and the National Wild Horse
Foundation saves the government about $1 billion while “providing a
humanitarian home” for 33,000 horses in captivity. Madeleine Pickens’ plan
to form a large wild horse and burro sanctuary would save taxpayers as much
as $700 million, otherwise spent on holding pens and pastures until 2020.

I strongly urge Interior Secretary Salazar to work with Madeleine Pickens
and the National Wild Horse Foundation to create a horse sanctuary that
offers a long-term solution for these magnificent symbols of American freedom.


3) Welcome Back The Animals Voice Magazine!
ALERT WRITER: Laura Moretti, Founder and Editor, The Animals Voice,

THE ANIMALS VOICE MAGAZINE RETURNS! The July/August 2009 issue features a
cover story about the plight of the world’s frogs (with input from The
Guardian, Discovery News, Save the Frogs! and the Committee to Abolish Sport
Hunting). Stories cover the animal rights movement itself (with articles by
Steven Best, Will Tuttle, and Arun Gupta), the egg, pork and factory farming
industries (with articles by Ezra Klein and Brenda Shoss), primate research
(by Michael Budkie/SAEN), and a whole lot more.


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don’t have to raise a single cent to produce a magazine issue. In a
nutshell, that’s how we will stay in print this time.

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4) Racehorses On Japanese Kill Floors
ALERT WRITER: Slaughterhouses: Where Racehorses Go to Retire

Former Belmont Stakes champions like Charismatic and War Emblem are in Japan with thousands more less famous U.S.-bred thoroughbreds exported overseas for breeding and racing. When spent, most are slaughtered.

BACKGROUND: PETA investigators recorded exclusive footage in a Japanese
horse slaughterhouse where 4,500 horses are killed each year (many of them
racehorses) to make food for dogs and humans. Slaughterhouses such as the
PETA-exposed Kumamoto Shokuniku Center are often the last stop in a system
that produces tens of thousands of “surplus” thoroughbreds annually because
there is no plan for their retirement once racing or breeding days are over.

Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand was sold to a Japanese breeder and
eventually to slaughter. PETA also discovered that Derby and Preakness
winners Charismatic and War Emblem are at breeding farms in Japan right now.

In our video footage of a thoroughbred’s last minutes, a horse is sprayed
with water — frightened and uncertain about what is happening. He panics.
The horse slips out of his halter and escapes, only to be caught and killed
minutes later. As many as 20,000 horses were slaughtered in Japan in 2008,
partly due to overbreeding of thoroughbreds in the U.S., where racehorses
are exploited as disposable commodities…

TAKE ACTION: Ask the National Thoroughbred Racing Association to urge its
members to end the export of horses to Japan and implement limitations on
the breeding of racehorses.

National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Mike Ziegler, Executive Director
2525 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 400; Lexington, KY  40504
ph: 859-245-NTRA (6872); email:

Joe Bacigalupo, Legislative
2525 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 400; Lexington, KY  40504
ph: 859-245-NTRA (6872); email:

SAMPLE LETTER BY: PETA (Kinship Circle did not write this)
I was deeply troubled to learn that today’s racing stars may be sold to
Japanese thoroughbred breeders and, like Ferdinand, end up in a
slaughterhouse. PETA’s undercover investigation of the largest horse
slaughterhouse in Japan shows that no horses are safe from this fate.

I ask that you urge thoroughbred owners and breeders to end the export of
racehorses to Japan immediately. I also ask you to acknowledge that too many
thoroughbreds are bred and to implement a plan to deal with this
overpopulation humanely.


5) New Book: Why Animal Suffering Matters
ALERT SOURCE: Andrew Linzey,

Philosophy, Theology, and Practical Ethics – By Andrew Linzey
Oxford / $29.95 / 206 pgs / 7.23.09 / ISBN13: 9780195379778

“This is a well-written, challenging, and important study of a subject that
should have a wide readership, not only by academicians, but more so, by the
vast majority of readers who are involved with and concerned about animals
in one way or another.” Library Journal

It is still supposed that caring for animals is just an “emotional” issue
with no rational basis. Our exploitation of animals rests on a range of
“differences” that are supposed to justify their inferior treatment. But
when analyzed, these very differences…are the grounds for discriminating
in favor of them. When reconfigured, these considerations include:
– The inability of animals to give or withhold their consent
– Their inability to verbalize or represent their interests
– Their inability to comprehend
– Their moral innocence or blamelessness
– Their relative defenselessness and vulnerability

When these considerations are taken fully into account, it becomes as
difficult to justify infliction of suffering on animals as it is to do so on
human infants. In WHY ANIMAL SUFFERING MATTERS Andrew Linzey offers a
radical new paradigm for our treatment of animals, maintaining that animals,
like young children, should be accorded a special moral status. The argument
is buttressed by a detailed analysis of three practical issues: hunting with
dogs, fur-farming, and commercial sealing…

US publication date: 7.23.09 / UK publication date: 9.17.09
Contact: Purdy / 212-726-6032,

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Andrew Linzey is Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal
Ethics, and a Member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford.
He has published more than 20 books including: Animal Theology, Creatures of
the Same God, and The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence.



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  1. 11th Hour for Cloud’s Herd,
    Please act now to stop this unnecessary and cruel round up— the BLM still plans to move forward on September 1st

    The Bureau of Land Management is rounding up and eliminating 12 herds (650 horses) off 1.4 million acres in Nevada right now– next they plan to destroy Cloud’s herd with a massive removal of 70 horses that would include OLDER HORSES and YOUNG FOALS.
    Many of the horses you have come to love in the Cloud shows and will meet in the new Cloud show on October 25th will lose their families and their freedom next week. By zeroing out whole herds and reducing others to below genetic viability, the BLM is circumventing the will of Congress. The House just passed the Restoring of American Mustangs (ROAM) act and the Senate will review this bill (now S.1579) when they return from recess in September. Is BLM just trying to do as much irrevocable damage to America’s wild horses as they can before Congress can act?
    This round up will start on September 1st unless we can stop it. Removing 70 horses will destroy this unique little Spanish herd, leaving them well below the bare minimum for genetic viability. The range is in great condition and the horses are healthy. This removal should be stopped. Please do all you can to help! Listen to Ginger Kathrens on Endangered Stream Live– a special edition show “Angels for Cloud”

    National Call in Day for Cloud is Friday, August 28th — SPREAD THE WORD! Have your kids call in and write too– These horses need to be preserved for future generations and we must act NOW

    1. Call/write/fax President Obama as often as you can—this herd is a national treasure and should not be wiped out by a government agency. Please flood the phone lines with calls! Phone: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-9000 Fax: 202-456-2461
    E-mail Obama

    2. Ask Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to stop this round up
    Call: 202-208-3100

    3. BLM Director Bob Abbey, tell him to halt this round up– he must reconsider his agency’s actions
    Call: 202-208-3801
    Fax: 202-208-5242

    4. Call and write your own Senators and Congress people- tell them that Montana is allowing the destruction of Cloud’s unique and historical wild horse herd. Politely express your outrage and ask them to help stop this round up. Find your state offices here

    Listen to Ginger Kathrens NOW on “WFL Endangered Stream Live”

    REMEMBER: National Cloud Call-In Day is FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th!

    Thank you to everyone for signing the petition- we only need about 400 more signatures!

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