In what has become known as Ag-Gag bills (states enacting into law penalties for those who film undercover video of animal abuse on factory farms) Illinois is going one step further. Sponsored by Republican State Senator Chapin Rose, SB1532 – if passed – will amend the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act by allowing the Department of Agriculture to refer any complaint it determines as not valid to the State’s Attorney for criminal charges. Say what?!!
Leading this punitive bill is Senator Chapin Rose. According to Steve Hindi from SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness), an Illinois-based animal advocacy organization, Rose is known to take money from the NRA (National Rifle Association) and Big Tobacco companies.
In 2009, when Rose was a State Congressman, he also co-sponsored bill HB0583 to bring horse slaughter back to Illinois. That bill intended to restrict certain types of horse meat from regulation and repeal the prohibition of horse meat for human consumption. HB0583 has not yet been passed into law.
Hindi is well known in the animal advocacy arena for filming and reporting abuse at live pigeon shoots, rodeos and other venues. He is determined to protect the lives and welfare of all animals, wherever they are on the receiving end of abuse and mistreatment. As SHARK is an Illinois-based group it will be interesting to see how SB1532 –- if passed — will affect the dedicated efforts of this organization. Hindi tells Senator Rose “Save that first prosecution for me. I’m your Huckleberry.”
Bills such as SB1532 and the numerous Ag-Gag bills throughout the U.S. aim to punish whistleblowers. You have to wonder why there are proponents of this type of legislation. What are they trying to hide? Why should the people who report animal abuse be criminally charged for the act of reporting it?
“It’s totally anti-American,” Janet Enoch from SHARK told me. “It [Ag-Gag bills] destroys the foundation that American values were built on.” Freedom of speech is guaranteed by our Constitution. Certainly, helping those in need – human or animal – is a basic tenant of all religions. What Senator Rose is proposing goes against the grain of humanity, morality, ethics and just plain common sense.
SHARK isn’t the only group that opposes SB1532. Karen Hudson, farmer and member of ICCAW (Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water) stated in the Rock River Times “We oppose any legislation that will allow confidentiality of whistleblowers to be lifted by entities such as the Illinois Department of Agriculture.”
What You Can Do
- If you are an Illinois resident, contact Senator Rose and tell him you are opposed to punishing whistleblowers. You can contact him through his web page, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign the Care2 petition and forward it to your contacts.
- Encourage your friends and family to let Senator Rose know punishing whistleblowers is un-American.
Related Care2 Reading:
Water for the farmers
Hello. Hope hump day is going well for you. I added a couple of cute items. Hope you enjoy them. Hugs, Christeen
Hi there all my most precious friends
hope everybody is having an outstanding day and all is in excellent health
just the latest, if you have some time....A NEW type of wind turbine, an adaptive material inspired by TEARS (???)..., a FEARLESS Iraqi conservationist..., an electric multicopter (???)..., restoring the streams of Jemez, news about Endangered species listings...., new Wild Rivers Program Director (a GIRL !!!!)..., Mexican Spotted Owl ESA Listing..., something interesting about OAK trees, (a pet love of mine)..., STOP the use of wild animals in Circuses (pee's me off completely!!)... Google GLASS (??)...., and a little bragging with the Parks in South Africa, of which I visited most....truly spectacular journey, to say the least...
hope you enjoy....
blessings for the rest of the week.. I LOVE you all! !!!
This is a case of Pit Bull haters wanting these dogs out of their neighborhood and willing to lie and deceive to make it happen!! What is even worse is that a law enforcement officer is involved!
These three dogs, Kannon, Thunder, and Sarge are beloved members of their family. Not only do the parents feel as though they have lost three of their children, but they also have young kids that are suffering emotionally. The seven year old little girl cried herself to sleep last night because she wanted her best friend, Kannon, to sleep with her. She told her mother that he makes her feel safe from the scary tree outside her window. If the mistake is made that they are not returned to the family, this little girl will be devastated! The individuals involved never stop to think about the pain and suffering of the entire family, when they make untrue accusations.
After watching the Bulgarian TV 7 news footage with the libellous caption "Doctor Incites Dogs Against Patients" (http://bulgaria.tv7.bg/news/9670202.html), we, the undersigned, are absolutely outraged to learn of the barbaric crimes against animals in Bulgaria that go unpunished. Not only is it socially acceptable in Bulgaria for this Lynch Mob to trespass onto Doctor Litov’s property and brutally beat his disabled family dog publicly, in full view of TV 7's cameras, the Police are not even interested in prosecuting the perpetrators, refusing to attend the property when called.
This Lynch Mob and the media staged this shameful act in order to force Dr. Litov out of his home and work, only because he is helping the strays in the village, where there is no vet and no shelter. The news article in no way criticised the mob for their actions, they only blamed Dr Litov for helping strays. This is typical of the out of control Media in Bulgaria ...The Bulgarian Journalists and TV presenters are the main instigators of the so-called "War on Strays" this is the exact term they use in their TV shows and articles. They are the ones who encourage the barbaric primitive acts on the defenceless stray animals and should also be held accountable for their despicable actions.
TV7's television footage of Borko has sparked worldwide outrage, with over 40,000 people having now signed the “Justice for Disabled Borko” petition with the story having reached hundreds of thousands more via the internet and growing. See http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.change.org%2Fpetitions%2Fjustice-for-disabled-borko-punish-the-man-who-savagely-beat-him-in-his-own-home&h=IAQGF2XEP&s=1
I therefore ask that you support K9 Rescue Bulgaria’s Campaign 4 Change by helping to implement the following:
1. Police or a newly created ‘Zoo Police’ to start prosecuting animal abuse cases in accordance with the Bulgarian Animal Protection Act 2008 which is currently unenforced.
2. Bulgarian Government to impose ethical and strict guidelines to the media as per their “Ethical Code of the Bulgarian Media” which again is currently unenforced and put a stop to the media’s declared “War on Strays”.
3. Bulgarian Government to impose mandatory Spay/Neuter of OWNED dogs and cats aged 6 months and over (the known source of the stray population), with limited breeding licences only for rare national breeds. Government to fund more free neuter centres made available across the country.
4. Bulgarian Government to outlaw puppy farms in Bulgaria.
5. Bulgarian Media to start broadcasting positive messages about the stray population, with program time-slots allocated to educational discussions on Spay/Neuter of owned dogs and cats.
Atrocities like Disabled Dog Borko’s case is happening right now in 2013 in a Westernised Democratic country that is still acting as if it is the late 19th century. Bulgaria needs to show the world that its animal rights laws actually mean something otherwise it makes a mockery of the freedoms and liberties that the European Union is so proud to claim it upholds.
We trust you will do the right thing.
Hello Animal Avengers! Let's send another punch for Borko!
Please send another letter. The following link is the background story and information. I have copied the sample letter and made a composite of the email addresses for your convenience! Just copy and paste!
Let's send this punch to their guts!
I just want to say thank you in advance. You guys rock! Let's make Borko's cry be heard all over the world!
If you are not familiar with this story...horrible people beat up an already handicapped dog with a baseball bat....filmed it on live tv. This was retribution because the man that rescued Borko was helping the local strays in the area. Now he is facing an eviction! We need to tell them that this isn't right.
We need to educate those people and prosecute those bastards! If you want to make donations...it is on the page! If you have not signed the petitions the links are also on the page.
You do not need a fb account to read it!
The Bulgarian Embassy in your country, e.g.: Mr Konstantin Dimitrov Ambassador Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria 186-188 Queen's Gate London SW7 5HL UNITED KINGDOM Tel: +44 20 7581 3144 / +44 20 75849400 Fax: +44 20 7584 4948 Email: email@example.com Mr. Cvetalin Vasilev Penkov Mayor of Devin Kmet OBSHTINA DEVIN Ul. Druzhba No 1 Devin PK 4800 BULGARIA Tel: 359 (0)30412174 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Public Prosecutor's Office Smolyan Bul. Bulgaria No 16 Smolyan BULGARIA Email: email@example.com Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism 8, Slavyanska Str. Sofia 1000, BULGARIA tel: +359 2 940 7001 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org European Court of Human Rights (Council of Europe) Publishing 67075 Strasbourg Cedex FRANCE Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 20 18 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 30 E-mail: email@example.com âºâº MORE ON HOW TO HELP DR LITOV and LITTLE BORKO: After reading K9 Rescue Bulgaria's press release, please come back here and take the following actions to help Dr Litov and little Borko: 1. Share this post with your friends and contacts and ask them to take action, too. 2. Sign Borkos' first petition started by K9 Rescue Bulgaria (if you have not done so yet), at: www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-disabled-borko-punish-the-man-who-savagely-beat-him-in-his-own-home 3. Sign the new petition started by Occupy for Animals, at: http://www.change.org/petitions/disabled-borko-s-story-part-ii-tv7-broadcast-the-truth 4. Watch, share and vote on the CNN iReport published by K9 Rescue Bulgaria. Please go to: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-952130 and at the bottom, click on the green option that reads "This belongs on CNN" to ask CNN to air it. It will require you to register but it takes only a moment. Please, do it to bring international attention to this heinous crime! 5. Please visit Borko's fan-page for more ways on how to help him and Dr Litov: https://www.facebook.com/DisabledBorkoNeedsHelp That's it, for now We thank you most sincerely for your incredible support to Borko and his daddy, Dr Litov! THANK YOU â¡ Your K9 Rescue Team www.facebook.com/K9RescueBulgaria âºâº EXAMPLE LETTER (to be edited to suit recipient) After watching the Bulgarian TV 7 news footage with the libellous caption "Doctor Incites Dogs Against Patients" (http://bulgaria.tv7.bg/news/9670202.html), we, the undersigned, are absolutely outraged to learn of the barbaric crimes against animals in Bulgaria that go unpunished. Not only is it socially acceptable in Bulgaria for this Lynch Mob to trespass onto Doctor Litov’s property and brutally beat his disabled family dog publicly, in full view of TV 7's cameras, the Police are not even interested in prosecuting the perpetrators, refusing to attend the property when called. This Lynch Mob and the media staged this shameful act in order to force Dr. Litov out of his home and work, only because he is helping the strays in the village, where there is no vet and no shelter. The news article in no way criticised the mob for their actions, they only blamed Dr Litov for helping strays. This is typical of the out of control Media in Bulgaria ...The Bulgarian Journalists and TV presenters are the main instigators of the so-called "War on Strays" this is the exact term they use in their TV shows and articles. They are the ones who encourage the barbaric primitive acts on the defenceless stray animals and should also be held accountable for their despicable actions. TV7's television footage of Borko has sparked worldwide outrage, with over 40,000 people having now signed the “Justice for Disabled Borko” petition with the story having reached hundreds of thousands more via the internet and growing. See https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-disabled-borko-punish-the-man-who-savagely-beat-him-in-his-own-home I therefore ask that you support K9 Rescue Bulgaria’s Campaign 4 Change by helping to implement the following: 1. Police or a newly created ‘Zoo Police’ to start prosecuting animal abuse cases in accordance with the Bulgarian Animal Protection Act 2008 which is currently unenforced. 2. Bulgarian Government to impose ethical and strict guidelines to the media as per their “Ethical Code of the Bulgarian Media” which again is currently unenforced and put a stop to the media’s declared “War on Strays”. 3. Bulgarian Government to impose mandatory Spay/Neuter of OWNED dogs and cats aged 6 months and over (the known source of the stray population), with limited breeding licences only for rare national breeds. Government to fund more free neuter centres made available across the country. 4. Bulgarian Government to outlaw puppy farms in Bulgar
Two dog stories, please read and forward far and wide, they need help
Hi. I hope you enjoy my latest additions. Please comment and share if you like. Thank you. Hugs, Christeen
One more German shepherd dog sad story, please do share far and wide, ty
You haven't already seen this PitBull rescue, this is wonderful video and very moving
Hello Animal Avengers! Here are 2 petitions to defend the strays in Serbia. One for the strays in the Ukraine where the dog hunters love to hunt pregnant dogs. And one for Bulgaria. And an update on Borko's story. Thank you for caring and being you...every each one of you are making a difference!
Scroll down for some smiles! I have posted something to make you laugh!
Serbia has a law that forbids killing strays...they are trying to change that. Please sign and share! We cannot let this happen!
Serbia is getting ready to kill the strays again, with the help of the RSPCA
Stop dog hunters...they are so happy and proud. Especially when they kill pregnant dogs,
Bulgaria stop and prosecute inhumane animal cruelty!
Update on Borko. Interview with Dr. Litov...if you click on the link the full story is pdf file.
We can vote once a day until May 6.
Thank you for caring for the animals my friends....
Here is something to lighten the mood...
Nip it in the bud...
serious Public Display of Affection....
Good night my friends...
Get rest so that we may wake up and fight another day!
Go Animal Avengers!!!
If you take a page of from the monkeys.....feel free to send me a link...I will gladly share it for you! lol hehehe
Hello my dear friends. I hope you are all doing well. Here is some news so please sign,share, and comment if you like.Thank you all.
Here's another disturbing story from B&H so please read,share and comment if you like and if you have not already, please sign the petition.Thank you all.
Will you please read, note and share?
From my friend Sara. Please share.
From my friend Tammy, she sent me this very urgent issue and I'm asking you please to share with all your contact.
Rosalie needs our help, read her terrible story, here is one of the shocking pictures of this poor creature. I don't have any other words, just.......help! Thank you.
Hi. I hope your weekend was a pleasant one. I'm sending you some newbies to enjoy. Thank you. Hugs, Christeen
I do not know what is happening with this e cards.
I apologize to everyone and sends a link to second petition to sign.Thank you all again.
Hello. The sun is shining brightly again today. Please enjoy my latest postings. Thank you. Hugs, Christeen
Please go to the story below. Your comments are most welcome! Please share with others to help get Bandit’s story out. We need to rally support for this poor dog.
When you go to the actual site of the story, there is a petition that you can sign there and also if you like, you can donate to help with Sandi York’s legal expenses to free Bandit after 3 long years and help to reunite Bandit with her instead of being euthanized!
I still can't send messages. I had added more news items. For those of you on Twitter you can find me as gin2772. I'm also on Facebook & Change.org as myself. I will be adding more news items through Friday. Here's the link:
I have wonderful news for you: Massachusettes bans BSL.
Let's hope and pray that BSL will soon be stopped worldwide.
I would like to remind you of the Candlelight Vigil for Bobo.
DOGS ON TRIAL VICTORIA, is hosting a Candlelight Vigil for beautiful Bobo on Sunday, April 14 in Melbourne, 5:30 - 8:30 (UTC+10).
I already asked you to light a candle at home at the time the event is on to honour Bobo's memory.
If you would like to join and if you have a FB account please choose "Maybe" from the options and post a picture or a message to this wall.
In case you have no FB account you also can send a photo or message to my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward it.
Later, these photos and messages will be incorporated into a video of the event, which will be posted on Dogs On Trial DOT Victoria facebook page, and on the event page.
Here you find further information on Bobo:
Signed a lot of petitions , thanks !
ALL SIGNED DIANNE!
21. Ban Pesticides Killing Birds, Bees and Butterflies
22. Tell Iowa- It Is a Crime to Harass Animals
23. Indonesia- Don't Rent Out Endangered Tigers as Pets
24. Stop Killing Snow Leopards for Scientific Research
25. Tell India- Choose Tigers Over Coal
26. Tell Italy-Stop Exterminating Foxes
27. Tell the Maldvives- Stop Slaughtering Endangered Sea Turtles
28. (for Wendy)-Ban the sale of fireworks to the general public - The Petition Site http://www.thepetitionsite.com/217/390/725/ban-the-sale-of-fireworks-to-the-general-public/ STILL 518 SIGS NEEDED PLS WOULD YOU HELP &SIGN XX
11. Tell Missouri- Cats and Dogs are NOT Livestock
12. Tell Texas- Keep the Dangerous Wild Animal Law
13. U.S.- Ban Polar Bear Trophy Imports from Canada
14. Protect Canada's Grizzly Bears
15. Harsher Penalities for Ivory Smuggling
16. Tell Samoa- Don't Export Dog Meat!
17. Stop Branding Sea Lions for Death
18. Fire Federal Employee for Killing Endangered Mexican Wolf
19. Save the Bengal Tigers in the Sundarbans
20. Keep Wolves Listed as an Endangered Species
to sign~ if you agree. As always, thanks in advance for helping me to make a safer, happier place for the other, (often forgotten), species we share the planet with. Have a terrific weekend- Regards, Nyack
1. Extend Protections for Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise
2. Stop Funding Huntingdon Life Science Laboratories
3. Ban Barbaric Fox and Coyote Penning in North Carolina
4. Stop Endangered Sea Turtle Experiments
5. Stop Killing Rabbits for Fashion
6. Let Janet Jackson Know- Fur is Cruelty
7. Tell Coca-Cola- Stop Sponsoring Iditarod Dog Sled Race
8. Tell Wisconson- Stop Plans for Groundhog Killing
9. Restore the Animal Welfare Act
10. Vermont- Oppose New Law with Misinformation about Cats
Hi all. Please enjoy, share and comment if you like. Thank you. Hugs, Christeen
Will you please sign and forward? Thank you
Horses Running Wild Set to "Sting"
- 14 minutes ago - youtube.com
- 3 minutes ago - youtube.com
Don't know if you get this, but I noticed one of our new frogs is in it. Thought you might be interested. I am not friends with any of the other members; I don't know if Iain or Kellly would be interested. If you think they would; please share.
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April 10, 2013
Golden mantella frogs tend to live in groups scattered around southeastern Madagascar, with males more plentiful than females. Their bright pigmentation, called aposematic coloration, advertises the frogs' toxicity to potential predators. (Photo by Allan Pessier)
Mining for cobalt and nickel generates much-needed income for the people of Madagascar. But these mineral resources, used by people all over the world, come at steep price for the environment, depleting forests and polluting waterways. For the golden mantella, whose brilliant hue also makes it a target for collection in the international pet trade, mines and agriculture spell disaster for its existence. But the frog has gotten a reprieve, thanks to the work of committed individuals at the Association Mitsinjo Amphibian Breeding Facility, which is home to 25 breeding groups of golden mantella frogs displaced by a mining project. San Diego Zoo Global's Senior Scientist Dr. Allan Pessier was asked to assist in health screening of the little amphibians before they are released into new ponds adjacent to the mine site.
Hi there all my most precious friends
just one petition running, if you haven't already?...
....... and the news is a little about a COMET ?!? heading for Mars (gasp - luckily not US)..., plastics to FUEL (????) conversion (South African!).., polite request to Congress to EXPEDITE Renewable Energy plans..., go LOCAL concerning Farms, Jobs and FOOD, the Economic COST of Climate Change....., fruit juice that can replace the fat in chocolate (????????)...., International Fund for Animal Welfare online Magazine (VERY interesting and well put together...) ALSO, feather THIEVES !!??!!.....read all about it at :
thank you all you beautiful people for all your comments, signatures, CARE and your hearts towards issues - always
have a nice day and take care
Something that we've all been hoping for. Bill Gates awakening up to the important reality that in order for the survival of our planet that a new diet is called for- a vegan diet in which all foods are plant based, and that he and others are going to be investing in these companies because of the dwindling resources, and the increasing population of the Earth which makes it not only unfeasible to continue to eat meat but of course, with the cruelty involved with the meat and dairy industries, very good news to hear!!
Article below and thank you my friends for noting and commenting!
Hi all. Hope you are having a super Tuesday. Sending my latest. Thanks. Hugs, Christeen
Good night all and sweet dreams. Hugs, Christeen
This post was modified from its original form on 09 Apr, 20:27
Hi! I hope you are having a great week! Here are 20 articles, if you have the time. THNX!!! Please be well my friends! TTFN Cher~
1. Serbian Animals welfare law is one of the most advanced in the world because DOES NOT ALLOW KILLING OF STRAY ANIMALS. On April 17th 2013 Serbia may try to change NO KILL to KILL policy.
PLEASE send sample letter and sign petitions for Serbian animals
2. Bulgarian dog Borko still need your help!
Only if CNN receives enough votes Borko's story will it be aired. Make this happen - click at the bottom of page on green option THIS BELONGS ON CNN
Thank you very much!
A new news from me! My friend James W told me about this and this petition needs some serious help!! Please note, sign and share for the beautiful white deer if you can! It would be huuuugely appreciated!! Giant hugs and thanks for helping everybody!!
I signed the petition "The horrors of the dog meat trade". By signing this petition you are letting the Chinese Government know that you are against the consumption of dog and cat meat, aswell as the use of their fur. It is vital to add your signature to the thousands of people who have already joined this.Thank you all.
Please sign and forward, ty
Some more items I've added are out there, have a look:
Miscellaneous topics including one more last minute petition to Obama
against Social Benefits cuts, if you feel you've not signed enough already.
Sorry, no animal petition this time, but do remember your daily clicks at Actuanimaux! The site appeared to work a bit better / faster today.
Have a happy week all!
Love & Peace
This is something that is very important to me. I live in CA. I love ferrets, but they can be taken out of my hands given to a stranger or worse, euthanized.
PLEASE FOR ME, AND ALL FERRETS, SIGN AND SHARE.
I know some people don't care for Change.org but can you just sign this one? I did recommend a different petitionSite -julie
I am sorry to disturb you, but we need your help again: here in Italy we are fighting and protesting against Glaxo-Smithkline.
We want those 32 Beagles, we will die outside their Centre, but we won't go home.
This is the longest Italian animal rights protest, we are there day and night, night and day, we are beginning the 5th week there.
After winning against Menarini, we won't accept to fail, they better kill us all.
PLEASE SUPPORT US!!! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE OUR PETITION!!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, please, please forgive me because I am not able to be more present, we are having a bad time, we are organizing and doing many things also against our Goverment to fight vivisection and a day is only 24 hours... on April 28 we will be in Rome for the Liberation Day to remember our action in which we freed the Beagles from Green Hill (Marshall Farm), last year: if you travel here, please join!!!
I love you all, many kisses,
Laura, Nelu, all the Cats & all the Beagles and Brother Animals we will save! Until every cage is empty!
I was wondering if you could be so kind to note some news I have submitted and share please xx
Hope you have a lovely week ahead
Thank you for all you do
Historically speaking the United States Holocaust Museum is not telling the full truth in history by excluding Poland. History is altered by not including the Soviets attack. We can not pick and choose what parts of history to tell. Today Poland is free and deserve to have their place in history. Corrections need to be made as many historical errors about Poland are currently being taught even after the museum has been made aware.
Dear Friends today i don't have time to paste sweet pics , send star, letters and simly thank You cause i was spring trip with my friends , my sunday was sunny warm and lovely , first time in this year ) but i wish You pretty and wonderful all week and and tomorrow Monday)
This petition not my but applies to my country and history , i love history of world especially Second World War , i don't tell You about our history but true is very imoprtant )
(of course) warm kisses & tons of hugs quiet and a good night i wish
FROM BARB CAT