Because we usually have actions that need to be taken care of, I thik we also need a thread that have victories so that we remember the joy and happiness we all share when something good happens for our animal companions. So here it is, a victory for me to share with you all
"In a stunning victory for animals, the Southampton Town Board on May 10 voted to pass landmark legislation that bans the display of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes.
The passage of this significant legislation ensures that lions, tigers, bears, and elephants will no longer experience the horrors of circus life.
Please thank the board for its attention to this important issue and for enacting this progressive legislation:
Southampton Town Board 116 Hampton Rd. Southampton, NY 11968 631-287-4507 (fax)
The Honorable Patrick Heaney, Supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honorable Steven Kenny (Sponsor of the legislation) email@example.com
The Honorable Dennis Suskind firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honorable Linda Kabot email@example.com
The Honorable Nancy Graboski firstname.lastname@example.org "
Limited Brands Pledges No Cruelly Obtained Australian Wool May 22, 2005 10:56 AM
Columbus, Ohio-based retail giant Limited Brands, which operates more than 3,775 stores under The Limited, Express, Henri Bendel, Victoria's Secret, and other major names, is the latest company to shun cruelly obtained Australian merino wool. After PETA showed Limited Brand's vice president of external communications, Anthony Hebron, video footage of the partial skinning alive of Australian lambs during a procedure called "mulesing" and of tens of thousands of suffering sheep aboard multitiered "death ships" bound for slaughter in the Middle East, the company pledged that it "will not knowingly sell products which contain Australian merino wool until the practices of mulesing and live exporting end." With 2005 sales exceeding $9.4 billion, Limited Brands' decision sends a powerful message to the Australian wool industry that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.
Limited Brands joins a growing list of prestigious retailers and top fashion designers--including Abercrombie & Fitch, J.Crew, Timberland, New Look, and George--that have rejected Australian wool. Manufacturing giant SmartWool recently announced a deal to buy merino wool exclusively from New Zealand farmers who pledge to end mulesing by the end of 2005. Top designers in India--a major importer of Australian wool--have also pledged not to use the cruelly obtained product.
Please write to Limited Brands to thank the company for pledging not to use Australian merino wool until mulesing and live exports end:
South Sanpete School District Decides to End Future Live Dog Experiments May 23, 2005 11:27 AM
Reports have surfaced regarding Doug Bjerregaard, a substitute biology teacher at Gunnison Valley High School in Utah's South Sanpete School District, who took his students to a local veterinary clinic to witness the cutting up of a living dog in an effort to "educate" them firsthand about human anatomy. This dog was brought from a shelter, and a high school science class watched as she was anesthetized and cut open on a cold surgical table while still alive, in order for functioning organs to be observed.
Treating animals like scientific "tools" is clearly not the message that teachers should be sending to impressionable students. James Petersen, the superintendent for the school district notes the following in a public statement: "We wish to apologize that the incident happened. Such procedures have not been a part of our curriculum in the past and will not be allowed in the future." While we applaud this step in the right direction, we are encouraging the district to enact a policy prohibiting the use of all animals in its curriculum.
Instead of using animals to teach students the basics of human anatomy, teachers should use one of the following popular methods:
Non-animal manikins and simulators
Multimedia computer simulations
Clinical practice and human-cadaver observation
Significant progressive strides have been made in reducing the number of animals who end up on school dissection tables. Additionally, even many well-regarded universities no longer use live animals, such as the University of Utah School of Medicine. And countless schools have incorporated the progressive animal-free learning tools listed above.
Superintendent Petersen has welcomed PETA's overtures to consider adopting these alternatives. We look forward to working with Mr. Petersen, and we are grateful for his swift and compassionate decision.
VICTORY FOR ANIMALS IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS! May 26, 2005 10:31 PM
Our adoption fee of $40.00 includes the spaying/neutering of every animal that leaves our shelter. There is never a charge for bringing an animal to the Shelter. Within the limitations of our budget we address as many stray, injured and cruelty calls as we can. For a modest fee we pick up 'owned' animals and offer bath and dip services. We also rent humane traps so that the public can address stray problems.
Teachers are invited to contact us for information on our educational field trips. An individual membership in the Society is $30.00. Any and all donations are gratefully accepted towards our general operation. We also raise funds with our Flea Market. You can shop for some of the best deals on the island from 2-4pm on sundays, or call for shopping times during the week. All donations are tax deductible.
Here is the wording of Question 62, taken from here.
Question 62 - Feral Cats Studies have been done in Wisconsin concerning effects of free roaming feral domestic cats. These studies showed free roaming feral domestic cats killed millions of small mammals, song and game birds. Estimates range from a minimum of 47 million up to 139 million songbirds are killed each year. Free roaming feral domestic cats are not a native species in Wisconsin. The above mentioned cats do however kill native species therefore reducing native species.
At present free roaming feral domestic cats are not defined as a protected or unprotected species. Thus Wisconsin should move to define free roaming feral domestic cats, as any domestic type cat which is not under the owner's direct control, or whose owner has not placed a collar on such cat showing it to be their property. All such defined free roaming feral domestic cats shall be listed as an unprotected species. In so doing Wisconsin would be defining and listing free roaming feral domestic cats.
Do you favor the DNR take steps to define free roaming feral domestic cats by the previously mentioned definition and list free roaming domestic feral cats as an unprotected species?
British Airways bans lab animal exports June 14, 2005 6:23 AM
The vivisection industry is crumbling at many levels. In a major victory for
animals torn from the wild and destined for experimentation in research
laboratories, British Airways has recently announced that it will no longer fly
these animals to their foreign destinations. Hot on the heels of BA, Air
Mauritius and Air China announced similar bans on the transportation of animals
for the vivisection industry. Hooray! BA is standing its ground, despite a
vehement public attack from animal research advocates.
Please thank British Airways for making this brave and compassionate
decision. Write to:
Mr Martin Broughton, Chairman British Airways Waterside PO Box
365 Harmondsworth UB7 0GB
I sent a postcard so everyone could read it on the way!