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Posted: May 19, 2007 6:21pm
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I don't really know how bad or good it is there, but with them shooting dogs like they do, I would not want to live in a country where there is a bounty on them and where they beat the seals to death.  then you can't even talk about it without being in fear of your well being.  That is really gross
THE ABOVE WAS A MSG. I RECEIVED FROM AN ON-LINE FRIEND. SHE INVITED ME TO LIVE WITH HER IN THE STATES. PERCEPTIONS . . . SOUNDS STRANGE WHEN SOMEBODY PUTS IT TO YOU THE WAY IT ACTUALLY IS. SHE SENT ME THE ABOVE-MENTIONED NOTE (WITH INVITATION TO MOVE) WHEN SHE READ OF THE LAW SUIT FILED BY THE INFAMOUS S.P.C.A. WHICH IS LISTED BELOW MY PERSONAL PARAGRAPH.  

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ANIMAL ADVOCATES SOCIETY FIGHTS BC SPCA LAWSUIT

Large amounts of SPCA funds have been spent trying to silence the small volunteer, not-for-profit group
and its
AAS website.

Examinations for Discovery: April to June:
Lawsuit Time Line: scroll down

Animal Advocates Society (AA is a BC based organization that acts on behalf of abandoned and suffering animals. AAS works around the principles of research, rescue, rehabilitate, rehome, and reform.

“In order to defend this lawsuit, which could cost up to $300,000, I’ve had to use my home’s equity. Whose money is the SPCA using?” said Judy Stone, founder of the Animal Advocates Society. “Wouldn’t that money be better used on spaying and neutering the animals it sells and treating disease instead of killing or selling sick animals?”

 February 2007: the BC SPCA attempted to silence the Animal Advocates Society by applying to the BC Supreme Court for an extraordinary "confidentiality order". The order would have prevented AAS and the other defendants from making any use of documents included in the BC SPCA's List of Documents for any purpose outside the litigation, unless they could establish the document was "otherwise lawfully available in the public domain".

AAS opposed the application. The Order the BC SPCA was seeking would have covered several hundred documents that the AAS already possesses. AAS argued that this action would unfairly limit its freedom of expression as an animal welfare advocacy group, to have to prove those documents were "lawfully available in the public domain", before it could use them in ways related to its work but unrelated to the lawsuit.

In its affidavit sworn in response to the BC SPCA's application, AAS referred to seven other specific instances where the BC SPCA had either threatened or brought defamation actions against other persons or groups that had made negative statements about the organization. It has always been AAS's position that the BC SPCA's lawsuit against it and the other defendants is a "SLAPP" suit, meant to discourage AAS and others from making statements about the SPCA that it considers critical.

“We are not the first organization to be threatened or sued by the SPCA,” said Stone. “The SPCA won’t disclose how much it has spent to silence people by paying them or threatening them.”

“Surely something is very wrong when BC SPCA Directors quit and post their reasons on the AAS WatchDog board, saying that the only place to know what is really going on with cruelty prevention in BC is to read AAS,” said BC SPCA past-president Rick Sargent.

The BC SPCA recently abandoned its application for the extraordinary confidentiality order it was seeking. 

LAWSUIT BACKGROUNDER

The Goal

By publishing materials concerning the BC SPCA, whether critical of it or not, on the AAS website and in WatchDog posts, emails, newsletters, and letters to the SPCA and others, it has always been the goal of AAS, to bring about lasting positive change to the BC SPCA and its policies, practices, and procedures, as the largest and most powerful animal welfare organization in the province. This has been stated on the AAS website for seven years. AAS has repeatedly written that it does not want to do the SPCA any financial harm; that in fact we want the SPCA to be financially strong so that it may practice real animal welfare and do real cruelty prevention according to the standards we believe animal-lovers expect and the many small alternative societies practice.  For several years after the SPCA announced in 2001 that it would reform its animal-disposing policies and practices, AAS defended some very questionable actions that the SPCA continued, for the oft-stated reason that we were trying to be fair to the SPCA and give it the time necessary to radically change an entrenched animal-disposal business.  Over the last four years, we also organized letter-writing campaigns that resulted in the SPCA finally changing a number of important animal-welfare policies that many people found shockingly unethical. Although the SPCA held a Community Consultation process in 2001, and in its report pointed out that the contracting business of animal control/disposal (the dog-catcher) was causing the most public dissatisfaction and loss of support for the SPCA, the animal control/disposal contracting business is still being aggressively pursued by the SPCA. 

What AAS urges for the BC SPCA is animal welfare reform similar to that of the San Francisco SPCA, which came several years ago.  The first thing the reformers of the San Francisco SPCA did, was refuse animal control contracts.

The Lawsuit
In August, 2004, the BC SPCA, a large and powerful statutory body, commenced an action in B.C. Supreme Court (L042174) against AAS, a tiny unincorporated group of concerned citizens; Judy Stone; and some other supporters of AAS, claiming that postings critical of the BC SPCA on the AAS website are defamatory.  AAS, Judy Stone, and the other defendants engaged counsel and filed defences to the 65 page statement of claim.  

In October 2005 all parties attempted mediation of the BC SPCA claim, which attempt failed because of what we considered problematic clauses in the pre-mediation agreement.  

Several days before Christmas 2005, all the defendants were served with an amended statement of claim.

In the Spring of 2006, the SPCA began serving the defendants with Notices to Admit.

Between August 2004 and March 2007 the parties exchanged documents and materials, made motions, attended court, and carried out all the other expensive

procedures inherent in litigation.  This process is ongoing and trial of the BC SPCA claim is set for September 2007.  The SPCA reserved 20 days for this trial. A 20-day trial could easily use $100,000 that consequently won’t be spent on sick and suffering animals.

From April to June 2007 the defendants must attend examinations for discovery where they will be grilled by SPCA lawyers like common criminals.

SLAPP

AAS believes that the purpose of this litigation against it, is to suppress criticism of the BC SPCA and its operations by AAS and others.  In other words, AAS believes that this lawsuit is a  "SLAPP" suit.

"Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation", or SLAPP, is a phrase coined by US researchers to describe a class of lawsuit that seems designed more to silence public criticism than to receive legitimate compensation.  The researchers state: "In contrast to most litigation, the SLAPP suit is brought, not to resolve a problem, but to remove a controversy from the political arena..." As the target of one SLAPP suit stated:  "The law of defamation is supposed to protect people's reputations from unfair attack.  In practice its main effect is to hinder free speech and protect powerful people from scrutiny. Defamation actions and threats to sue for defamation are often used to try to silence those who criticize people with money and power."

Costs

AAS considers that instead of funding improved animal welfare, the BC SPCA funds lawsuits and threats of lawsuits against the advocates of reform. How many more attempts have been made by the SPCA to use or threaten to use the courts to suppress complainants' information?  How many lawyers have been hired to negotiate out-of-court settlements with complainants and ex-employees? BC SPCA members and donors deserve an answer to that question. BC SPCA members and donors also deserve to know how many hundreds of thousands the SPCA has paid in legal bills for the litigation against AAS. SPCA members have asked and received no answer at all.

The defendants abhor this litigation as they consider that every dollar spent by the BC SPCA and by themselves on this litigation, is a dollar that will not be used to assist animals in need. However, they believe that they must nonetheless continue to defend their right to express their opinions on animal-welfare and to speak out against what they perceive to be animal-welfare errors made by the BC SPCA. 

Judy Stone, using the equity in her home, is paying for the defense of the lawsuit.  In order to meet the onerous costs imposed not only by the statement of claim but by processes such as mediation, amended writs, Notices to Admit, the Application for an Order for Confidentiality, and Examinations for Discovery, the SPCA has driven the costs so high, that Judy Stone may soon have to sell her house to continue to defend the action. 

Time Line of Activity

January 2001: First legal threat
October 2002: Second legal threat
August 2004: The SPCA starts a legal action for defamation in BC Supreme Court
October 2005: SPCA-demanded mediation abandoned over wording of SPCA’s pre-mediation agreement
December 2005: Amended Statement of Claim
Spring 2006: Notices to Admit
February 2007: BC SPCA Application for an Order of Confidentiality (see page 1)
2007:Application abandoned
April to June 2007: Oral Examinations for Discovery

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Posted: May 14, 2007 10:54pm
May 5, 2007
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Date:Saturday, May 5, 2007, 12:01 PM
Subject:May 5, 2007 ~ Officials Order 20 Million Chickens Held From Market
 Breaking newsMay 5, 2007 (9:30 am CDT)

Officials order 20 million chickens held from market

The Associated Press has reported that on Friday federal officials placed a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market in several states because their feed was mixed with pet food contaminated with melamine.

Three government agencies - the USDA, FDA and EPA - are overseeing a risk assessment to determine whether the chickens would pose a threat to human health if eaten, the AP reports. The assessment may be completed as early as Monday.

The 20 million chickens represent a small fraction of the 9 billion chickens raised each year in the United States.

Information regarding which states have chicken producers affected by the hold is expected to be announced later.



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Posted: May 5, 2007 4:17pm
Apr 8, 2007
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Location: Virginia, United States


WE NEED RESCUE GROUPS/FOSTERS/ADOPTIONS RIGHT NOW.  THEY HAVE TO BE OUT BY APRIL 14TH.  THEY ABSOLUTELY WILL DIE IF THEY DO NOT GET OUT THERE.  Go to http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/VA312.html and click on adoptable pets.  Lee Animal League is trying real hard to get these wonderful aniamls outta there

HERE THEY ARE:

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Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Rottweiler Baby pup2
Lee Animal League
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Black Labrador Retriever Adult M JJ
Lee Animal League
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Rottweiler Baby M Toby
Lee Animal League
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Rottweiler,Black Labrador Retriever Baby more of Jim's pups
Lee Animal League
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Yellow Labrador Retriever Adult M Jake
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Rottweiler,Yellow Labrador Retriever Young more pups from Jim
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Wirehaired Terrier Young wirehaired terrier
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
German Shepherd Dog Baby F Petra
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
German Shepherd Dog Baby F Gretchen
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
German Shepherd Dog,Feist Baby F Hazel
Lee Animal League
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Tibetan Spaniel Adult F Sweetie
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler,English Setter Adult M Jackson
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
English Setter Adult F Patches
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Lhasa Apso Young F Ariel
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Lhasa Apso Adult M Tiki
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
English Setter,Shepherd Adult F #setter mix
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Golden Retriever Baby #retriever mixes
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Hound,Beagle Baby M Ikey Joe
Lee Animal League
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Chihuahua Adult F little Girl
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Chihuahua Adult F Oreo
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Beagle Young F Cindy
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Beagle Young M Markus
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Baby F Blue Heeler
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Yellow Labrador Retriever,Shepherd Adult F Sandy
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Collie,Shepherd Baby F Little Bit
OrganizationDominant breedAgeM/FNamePicFeatures
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Husky Young M Casey
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Boxer Adult F #boxer mom and pup
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Hound Adult #hound mix
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Labrador Retriever Young F gypsy
Lee Animal League
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Labrador Retriever Young F Kate
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Beagle Adult F KIM
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Labrador Retriever,Cocker Spaniel Adult M # brothers
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Terrier Adult F LITTLE GIRL AND P
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Schnauzer Young Jims SCHAUZER PUP
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Labrador Retriever Young Jims Lab mix pups
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Labrador Retriever,Shepherd Baby Jims lab mix pups
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Tibetan Spaniel Adult F Candy
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Boxer Baby F Jo
Lee Animal League
Pennington Gap, VA
Boxer Baby M Mo


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Dear COLLEEN,

Just as gray wolf populations in the Northern Rockies have begun to rebound from near-extinction, they face a new threat to their survival.

Several decades ago, gray wolves were ruthlessly hunted, trapped, and poisoned by state and federal authorities who considered them a nuisance. Protections they received under the Endangered Species Act and careful reintroductions to their former range enabled them to claw their way back.

But now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing gray wolves from the endangered species list in the Northern Rockies, including Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. The proposal hasn't yet been finalized, so in order to help them, we'll need to act fast. Public comments will be accepted only until May 9th.

If these critical protections are removed, the fledgling population of gray wolves in these states will be at the mercy of state governments that have made no secret of their desire to resume widespread wolf extermination campaigns. Just this past January, Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter declared that once wolves are de-listed, his state plans to kill all but 100 of the animals living there today.

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