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KINSHIP CIRCLE UPDATES / APRIL - JUNE 2009

1)  Pig Abusers Get 1-2 Year Probation
2)  Bureaucrats Reach No Decision On Whaling
3)  Lax Officials Knew Travis The Chimp Might Attack
4)  Kitten Killer’s Accomplice Is Now Charged Too
5)  Pet Food Poisoners Plead Guilty And Face Jail Time
6)  Foie Gras Producer On Trial For Cruelty
7)  Atlanta Falcons Bid Michael Vick A Permanent Farewell
8)  “Change” Doesn’t Look Much Different Under Obama
9)  Calif. Spay/Neuter Law Passes Senate, Moves To Assembly
10) Groups Sue Salazar In Effort To Save Delisted Wolves
11) Way To Go SAEN! Research Industry Meltdown
12) Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo Bans Video Instead Of Abuse
13) California Bullfight Busts Continue; Humane Officer Assaulted
14) Repression Of Austrian Animal Activists Worsens
15) HSUS And Michael Vick Team Up To Fight Dogfighting?
16) Armed To Kill In National Parks: Guns Allowed
17) Maine Is 6th State To Ban Cruel Confinement Crates
18) NC Pro-Gas Chamber Bill Gets A “No” Vote
19) USDA Cites New Iberia Primate Lab For Violations
20) U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Against Canada Sealing
21) Canadian Sealers Lose Biggest Customer — EUROPE!
22) 22. EU Votes To Let Most Primate Research Continue
23) Karley’s Sociopath Killer Ordered To Stand Trial
24) Horse Slaughterhouses Now Legal In Montana
25) Michigan Pound Gives R&R Research The Boot
26) Big Surprise: Swine Flu, Born On U.S. Factory Farms
27) Los Angeles DA Drops Charges Against Dog Dragger
28) Obama Accepts Breeder Dog As Gift For Daughters


1. Pig Abusers Get 1-2 Year Probation
6/26/09 — FULL STORY: 4 in Iowa sentenced to probation for abusing pigs

blue pigpile of bloody pigspig looks through bars

SUMMARY: Four employees at a western Iowa farm (owned by MowMar Farms LLP of Fairmont, MN and a supplier to Hormel Foods) were sentenced to probation for pig abuse. The abuse — exposed by a PETA investigator working there undercover — was shown in a graphic video last year.

• Richard Ralston, 28: For one count livestock abuse: Two years probation.
• Alan Rettig, 60: For one count livestock abuse: Two years probation.
• Greg Hackler: For one count livestock abuse: One year probation.
• Jordan Anderson, 26: For one count aiding and abetting livestock abuse: Two years probation with deferred
   judgment (if probation is successful, his record is erased).

All men but Anderson were banned from working with livestock during probation. In January 2009, Shawn Lyons, 36, pleased guilty to one count of livestock neglect and was sentenced to six months probation. The case of Shelly Mauch, also charged with animal cruelty, is pending. PETA’s video showed workers castrating piglets and cutting off their tails without anesthetic, slamming piglets on the ground, repeatedly kicking pigs and hitting them with rods...**While penalties seem lame, they’re progress. Charges and litigation rarely occur in farmed animal abuse cases.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

• 2/9/09 JAN-MAR UPDATES: Iowa Pig Abuse Case Is Delayed
• 10/26/08: Penalize Pig Torturers At Iowa Farm
• 9/17/08: Hormel's Pigs: Slammed, Cut, Spray-painted

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2. Bureaucrats Reach No Decision On Whaling
6/26/09 — FULL STORY: No Solution Found at Whaling Forum

SUMMARY: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting closed — with no agreement between pro or anti-whaling nations... The UK is willing to negotiate a compromise deal such as coastal whaling permits (as is the U.S. See action campaign below)... Meanwhile, conservation groups urged the three pro-whaling nations of Japan, Norway and Iceland to start helping to save whales rather than hunting for commercial use.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 3/29/09: Demand Whale Conservation Over Killing

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3. Lax Officials Knew Travis The Chimp Might Attack
6/26/09 — FULL STORY: Officials were warned about attack chimp
Officials Were Warned Repeatedly About Chimp Before Stamford Attack


Pictures of Travis
LT: Chimps like this little guy are wild animals who naturally mature with aggressive tendencies. RT: Travis was knifed, beaten, shot and killed after attacking a visitor at the home where he lived as a "pet." MyFOX NY

SUMMARY: Records obtained by The Associated Press show Connecticut officials failed to take action after being repeatedly warned about the dangers posed by a 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis who later mauled and blinded Charla Nash of Stamford, ripping off her hands, nose, lips and eyelids... The state's inaction could affect a lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages, filed by the victim's family against chimp owner Sandra Herold.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 2/24/09: Breaking News - House Passes Primate “Pet” Bill
• 2/23/09: Wired To Be Wild - Primates Aren't Pets
• BLOG: Travis once worked in show biz, commercials mostly...

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4. Kitten Killer’s Accomplice Is Now Charged Too
6/17/09 — FULL STORY: Teen accomplice in kitten roasting case charged with felony animal cruelty
KINSHIP CIRCLE: Your letters, faxes, emails...asked that Cheyenne Cherry’s accomplice also be charged in this sadistic killing. She now is charged.

SUMMARY: A 14-year-old teen mom who helped burn a live kitten named Tiger Lily — after breaking into ex-pal Valerie Hernandez’s Bronx apartment — has been busted by the ASPCA and charged with burglary and felony animal cruelty. [The accomplice, name not released] told investigators she helped Cheyenne Cherry, 17, trash the apartment last month and then toss Tiger Lily into an oven. "She admitted the oven was set to 500 degrees," said ASPCA Assistant Director Joseph Pentangelo.

Neighbors called firefighters when they smelled smoke. They broke into the apartment and found the dead kitten smoldering in the oven... Cherry has a history of violent crimes, including the armed dog-napping of a teacup Yorkie and robbing a man of his iPod at gunpoint.The 14-year-old, who has a 4-month-old baby girl, is currently serving time for an unrelated crime in a juvenile detention center in the Bronx. She was removed from the Bronx facility, slapped with [new] charges, and returned...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 6/11/09: A Kitten's Last Screams From An Oven

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5. Pet Food Poisoners Plead Guilty And Face Jail Time
6/16/09 — FULL STORY: Business Owners Plead Guilty...Tainted Ingredient Used In Pet Food

SUMMARY: Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Sally Qing Miller, 43, a Chinese national, and her husband, Stephen S. Miller, 56 (both of Las Vegas, Nev.) and their company, Chemnutra, Inc., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Maughmer to distributing a tainted ingredient used to make pet food. [Their action led to] a nationwide recall of pet food and the death and serious illness of thousands of pets across the U.S. in 2007... FDA consumer reports suggest that approximately 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs died after eating food contaminated with melamine.

From 11/6/06 to 2/21/07, Chemnutra and the Millers imported more than 800 metric tons of tainted wheat gluten from China. Those shipments were tainted with melamine, an unsafe food additive used in plastics, cleaning products, glues... Chemnutra and the Millers received the melamine-tainted product at a port of entry in Kansas City, Mo., and sold it to customers nationwide, who used it to manufacture various pet food brands. By pleading guilty, Chemnutra and the Millers admitted that melamine was substituted wholly or in part for the protein requirement of the wheat gluten so as to make it appear the wheat gluten was of greater value than it was... Labeling was also false and misleading because melamine was not listed as an ingredient.

Under federal statutes, the Millers are each subject to a sentence of up to two years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $200,000 and an order of restitution. Chemnutra is subject to a fine up to $400,000 and an order of restitution. Sentencing will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office... This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gene Porter and Joseph Marquez. It was investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 2/9/08 JAN-MAR UPDATES: Companies Prosecuted In Poisoned Pet Food Recall
• APR-JUN 2007 UPDATES: $45 Million Damage For Menu Foods
• 5/8/07: Our Companions Count - FDA Must Monitor Food
• 4/25/07: Pet Food Saga Hall Of Shame
• 4/14/07: PET FOOD RECALL - News, Updates, Action
• 4/2/07: TOXIC FOOD - Updates & Action Against Menu Foods
• DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET: IAMS Doublespeak: Experiments On Cats And Dogs

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6. Foie Gras Producer On Trial For Cruelty
6/16/09 — FULL STORY: Cruel foie gras producer going on trial!

Sick ducks.
Ducks become so ill from forced feedings, they cannot lift their heads. Farm Sanctuary

SUMMARY: On 6/16/09 a trial begins in Chicago against Sonoma Foie Gras owner Guillermo Gonzalez, who claimed to the media that he thought animal cruelty footage taken on his farm was "staged." Bryan Pease, APRL Board Chair & pro bono attorney, writes: Gonzalez has already admitted in his deposition that his workers force feed ducks to enlarge their livers up to 12 times their normal size. Cal. Health and Safety Code section 25980, passed as a result of an earlier lawsuit filed against Sonoma Foie Gras by APRL and IDA, makes foie gras production and sale illegal in California, effective in three years...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 5/14/08 APR-JUN UPDATES: Chicago Overturns Foie Gras Ban

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7. Atlanta Falcons Bid Michael Vick A Permanent Farewell
6/13/09 — FULL STORY: Falcons release Vick, wish him well elsewhere

SUMMARY: Less than five years after the Atlanta Falcons signed Michael Vick to a $130 million contract, the suspended quarterback was released in a 98-word statement... Vick is eligible to immediately sign with a team even though he has not been reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell... Goodell has said he will sit down with Vick after the quarterback completes his 23-month sentence on July 20 for running a dogfighting ring.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 2/26/09 JAN-MAR UPDATES: Jailed Dogfighter Michael Vick Goes Home In May?
• 11/25/08, SEPT-OCT UPDATES: Michael Vick: Early Release & Back To NFL?
• 2008 APR-JUNE UPDATES: Vick Dogfight Referee Jailed + Leo Has His Day
• 2008 JAN-MAR UPDATES: The Dogs That Vick Hurt
• 1/30/08: Vick’s Dogs Speak
• 2007 SEPT-DEC UPDATES: Vick’s Dogs...You Helped Save Their Lives
• 10/29/07: KC DIGEST - Ensure Vick’s Dogs Are Spared, As Promised
• 9/30/07: Vick Teammate Faces Unrelated Cruelty Charges
• 8/28/07: Salvation For Vick's Dogs?
• 8/21/07: Sick Vick Updates & Feedback
• 8/19/07: No Deal For Sick Vick’s Dogfighting Crimes
• 8/2/07: Michael Vick Dogfighting Files: Action & Updates
• June 2007 DIGEST: Massive K-9 Grave Found On Michael Vick's Property

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8. “Change” Doesn’t Look Much Different Under Obama
6/5/09 — FULL STORY: Obama Admin Targets Environmental/Animal Rights Activists As Eco-Terrorists

SUMMARY: [This long op-ed is worth a read. CLICK HERE] Link to: www.opednews.com/articles/Obama-Administration- Targe-by-Stephen-Lendman-090605-93.html What began under George Bush continues under Barack Obama — targeting dedicated activists with "one of today's most serious domestic terrorism threats," according former FBI Deputy Assistant Director of Counterterrorism John Lewis before a Senate panel in May 2005. Called "eco-terrorism," it grew out of the 2001 USA Patriot Act that created the federal crime of "domestic terrorism" and applied it to US citizens as well as aliens.

As a result, innocent people are targeted, accused, convicted and sentenced to hard time for constitutionally protected non-violent environmental activism or supporting animal rights... On February 19 and 20, the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Joseph Buddenberg, Maryam Khajavi, Nathan Pope, and Adriana Stumpo and charged them with...protesting, chalking the sidewalk, chanting, and leafletting — constitutionally protected rights under the First Amendment, but no matter...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 2/20/09, JAN-MAR UPDATES: First Charges Under Animal Terrorism Law?
• 1/21/09, JAN-MAR UPDATES: UK’s “SHAC 7” Go To Jail. Deja Vu?
• 1/21/09, JAN-MAR UPDATES: AETA-like Bill Is Squashed In South Dakota
• 12/17/08, OCT-DEC UPDATES: Records Show Big Industry Planned AETA All Along
• 10/1/08, AUG-OCT UPDATES: After AETA - Another Law To Silence Activists
• 3/19/07: Invite Congress To AETA Briefing On The Hill
• 12/8/06: AETA UPDATE / Hope For Repeal?
• 11/16/06: Questions & Rumors: Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
• 11/13/06: Done Deal? AETA Passes
• 11/11/06: Post-Election AETA Action - Your Right To Speak for Animals
• 10/25/06: Activism = Terrorism?
• 10/5/06: If You Speak For Animals, AETA Concerns You
• 9/27/06: URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Protect Your Rights
• 8/21/06: Save Your Right To Protest - Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

TIME TO TELL THE TRUTH. DOWNLOAD THESE FACT SHEETS:

Move Over, Al QuedaMommy's A What?

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9. Calif. Spay/Neuter Law Passes Senate, Moves To Assembly
6/2/09 — FULL STORY: Judie Mancuso, President, Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL); YES On SB250

SUMMARY: THANK YOU EVERYBODY! Your calls and faxes literally shut down Sacramento Senate offices, which reported that SUPPORT calls/faxes outnumbered opposition by a ratio of 20 to 1! This was the deciding factor for many Senators. Senator Florez has personally requested that I express to you his appreciation and gratitude for taking the time to make such a huge, positive statement in the Senate. SB 250 now moves to the Assembly. We will update you as needed. Please kiss all your dogs and cats, and tell them today is a big day for pets in California!

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 6/25/09: FRIENDS OF KC - Vote For Historic Spay/Neuter Bill Is 6/30. Act Now.
• 4/8/09: FRIENDS OF KC - California: Spay/Neuter Bill Needs Your Voice Now
• 6/11/07: The Woman Behind The Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill
• 6/6/07, APR-JUN UPDATES: Healthy Pets Act Passes State Assembly
• 4/24/07: KC DIGEST - Make Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Law Reality
• 4/12/07: Support Landmark CA Law For Mandatory Spay/Neuter

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10. Groups Sue Salazar In Effort To Save Delisted Wolves
6/2/09 — FULL STORY: Conservationists file suit to reinstate wolf protections
Conservation Groups Challenge Northern Rockies Wolf Delisting

wolf On 1/14/09, the Bush Admin removed gray wolves in the western Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains from the federal endangered species list. Then Obama froze this decision. In round 3, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar once again stripped wolves of their protected status. Now, a coalition of conservation groups are suing him.
Photo: National Geographic, Joel Sartore

SUMMARY: [A coalition of 13 conservation groups**] filed suit against the federal government to reverse removed Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. The 13 groups charge that U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar failed to fully consider scientific and legal inadequacies underlying the delisting rule — released in the waning days of the Bush administration — before adopting it on 4/2/09. The groups claim the rule will let more than two-thirds of the region's wolves be killed before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would even consider stepping back in and restoring protections.

**Earthjustice represents Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society of the U.S., Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Western Watersheds Project, Wildlands Project, Hells Canyon Preservation Council.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 3/6/09 JAN-MAR UPDATES: Wolves Lose: Sec. Salazar Takes Away Protection
• 1/22/09: Obama’s Freeze May Give Gray Wolves Reprieve
• 11/25/08: Save Gray Wolves From Bush Admin’s Kill Plan
• NOV 2008 KC DIGEST: Animals Would Like President-Elect Barack Obama To Know...
• 9/29/08 AUG-OCT UPDATES: Bush Admin VS. Gray Wolves: GOP Losing
• 2/29/08 APR-JUN UPDATES: Gray Wolf Hunts Planned After De-Listing
• 4/27/04: Western Gray Wolves Under Attack

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11. Way To Go SAEN! Research Industry Meltdown
6/1/09 — News Release: Research industry next to meltdown, charges watchdog
Michael A. Budkie, SAEN: 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865, saen@saenonline.org

SUMMARY: The next industry meltdown may be in the nation’s research laboratories, an independent research watchdog said after it filed a wide-ranging complaint against 26 laboratories — including those at Harvard, MIT, John Hopkins and the University of California — for fraud. The complaint filed with the Secretary of Agriculture urges an immediate probe of 50 U.S. researchers for filing fraudulent documents and for performing virtually identical experimentation in violation of federal regulations. SAEN, a nonprofit group based in Ohio, filed the complaint following an exhaustive, and detailed study of 57 taxpayer-funded research grants valued at more than $110 million over a five year period. The study concluded that these projects have a redundancy index of 5.4 out of a possible 6 when compared to each other...

The redundant projects involve use of outdated technology from the 1960s utilizing crude procedures, which force electrodes into the brains of conscious primates. Many projects are also connected to other federal violations including depriving primates of water and conducting unapproved surgical procedures. The projects are funded at 26 U.S. labs: Harvard, Stanford, Emory, University of Alabama (Birmingham), University of California (Berkeley, Davis and San Francisco), Johns Hopkins, MIT, Rutgers, Duke, Wake Forest, NY State Psychiatric Institute, Vanderbilt, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas (Austin), Brown University, Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Salk Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, City College of New York, Washington University (St. Louis), University of Chicago, University of Chicago, and University of Washington.

FIGHT WITH THE FACTS. DOWNLOAD THESE FACT SHEETS:
FACTS: Animal ExperimentationYou Paid for It

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12. Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo Bans Video Instead Of Abuse
6/09 — FULL STORY: Cheyenne Bans Video Cameras & Cell Phones at Rodeo

Bucking Bronco and a malnurised cow being pulled up short by a lasso around the neck. LEFT: A horse is slammed face first into the ground. RIGHT: Abusing baby animals: another example of "entertainment" at the Cheyenne Frontier Days.

SUMMARY: After four years of [documented] abuse, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo committee decided that it would be easier to ban video cameras, (including cell phones cameras) than banning animal abuse. "CFD continues to abuse animals by way of Steer Busting and Wild Horse Race events despite a website pledge that CFD, 'does not tolerate, condone, or permit actions that abuse animals,'" says SHARK president Steve Hindi. "Instead of banning the abuse, the committee has chosen to ban the documentation of the abuse."

RELATED STORIES:
VIDEO: Cruel Cheyenne Rodeo Bans Video Cameras!
Rodeo bucks video at Frontier Days
Going to a rodeo? Ixnay on the video (including cell phones)
CFD's policy on video cams won't work

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 4/29/09: Coke & Rodeo – Official Soft Drink Of Cruelty?
• 4/12/08 APR-JUN UPDATES: Matchbox Twenty Cancels Performance at CFD Rodeo

FIGHT WITH THE FACTS. DOWNLOAD THESE FACT SHEETS:
FACTS: Myth of the CowboyFACTS: Tourist Beware: Bullfights & Blood Fiestas

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13. Calif. Bullfight Busts Continue; Humane Officer Assaulted
6/5/09 — FULL STORY: Animal rights group continues investigation of Thornton bullfight
2 injured, 2 arrested at San Joaquin County bullfight

Bleeding bull.  His tongue is sticking out and he has multiple sharpened lances in his shoulder. This image, from Ban Blood Sports website shows a bleeding bull gasping for breath near end of a bullfight. Photo: ADDA.

SUMMARY: Animal Cruelty Investigations claims bullfighters violated state law by using three-inch nails to anger bulls in the ring... A humane officer for ACI attended bullfights in the Los Angeles community of Artesia on 5/23/09 and then in Thornton on 5/29/09... In so-called “bloodless bullfights,” participants try to attach poles tipped with Velcro to a Velcro pad secured to the bull's back. ACI claims nails had been inserted in the tips of the poles and beneath the Velcro pad on the bull.

San Joaquin County Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said there is no local investigation at this time because ACI hasn't provided any photographs, film or actual bullfighting poles with nails to back up its allegations. That's because the humane officer, identified by Los Angeles County court records as Andrew J. Stewart, will continue to attend bullfights in California counties to collect evidence, ACI attorney David Castleman said.

Between fights, when Stewart tried to grab bandoleras, he was put in a chokehold by Darren Nunes, 24, of Los Banos, and almost lost consciousness... Cesar Rocha, 38, of Gustine, and Nunes were arrested on misdemeanor assault...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 5/29/09: Bullfight Bust Uncovers Cruelty In Los Angeles

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14. Repression Of Austrian Animal Activists Worsens
5/26/09 — Peter Muller, Chair, Equal Justice Alliance Link

SUMMARY: The Austrian Minister of Justice plans to charge 30 more animal activists beyond the ten who were imprisoned for four months last year. Permitting this outrage in a civilized western nation is likely to encourage similar oppression elsewhere, including the United States. Kinship Circle signed on to a letter to express objections to the Austrian Minister of Justice, President, and Chancellor, adding the comments below:

“The chain of events from last year's imprisonment of uncharged Austrian activists to the ministry's current intent to charge them without substantiated evidence — along with 30 more animal activists "guilty" of little more than civil disobedience and seized bits of conversations reviewed out of context — threatens the very notion of constitutional rights within a free society. I am surprised these activities have continued with so little regard for individual liberties. We are troubled by the alleged and ongoing repression of our Austrian animal advocacy colleagues, and hope actions are underway to uphold freedom of speech in Austria.”

YOU CAN TAKE ACTION HERE:
Tell Austrian Government - Release Animal Rights Activists

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 6/11/08: Austria - Animal Activists Unlawfully Jailed

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15. HSUS And Michael Vick Team Up To Fight Dogfighting?
FULL STORY: Humane Society Sees Vick as an Ally, Not a Pariah


LEFT to RIGHT: Vick, sentenced to 23 months in prison, Jason Hirschfeld/Associated Press. Purnell Peace conspired with Vick, Phillips and Tony Taylor to kill dogs, Helber/AP. Quanis Phillips, like Vick and Peace, "thought it was funny" to place family pets in the ring with trained fighting dogs, Helber/AP. Former Vick fighting dog Leo now acts as a therapy dog, comforting cancer patients, MSNBC.com. www.examiner.com

SUMMARY: Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States...recently broke ranks with much of the animal rights community and forged a partnership with Michael Vick...to eradicate dogfighting among youths... The Humane Society’s position has nothing to do with endorsing Vick’s return to football but rather with finding a way to use his visibility to fight the scourge of dogfighting, which Pacelle said is gaining popularity with African-American and Hispanic teenagers in urban areas (where [HSUS] has begun anti-dogfighting initiatives)... 5/19/09,

ANOTHER VIEW: Michael Vick released; time to remember what Vick actually did to dogs
The L.A. Times reports that Michael Vick has been released from prison, the rest of his sentence to be served at his 3,538-squarefoot home in Hampton, Va., with the expectation that he will be officially released from Federal custody on 7/20/09. Some commentators have argued that Vick should be allowed to play because he “made a mistake” and has now “paid his debt...”

According to the prosecutor's statement... between 2002 and 2007 Michael Vick and his co-conspirators...killed 13 dogs by wetting one dog down and electrocuting her, hanging, drowning and shooting others and, in at least one case, by slamming a dog’s body to the ground... Michael Vick didn't "make a bad choice." Over a period of five years he forced dogs into deadly fights, and he personally killed, or conspired to kill, 13 dogs. He didn't pick a quick, painless method of killing, but instead chose...torture. Pit Bulls are powerful dogs. Imagine how hard you would have to work to kill a Pit Bull by forcibly drowning him.... These are not the acts of someone who’s merely immature. They are the acts of a sociopath and a predator...

RELATED STORIES:
• 5/19/09, Vick to work with Humane Society
PETITION: DON’T LET MICHAEL VICK BENEFIT BY ABUSING DOGS

FIGHT WITH THE FACTS. DOWNLOAD THESE FACT SHEETS:
Fatal FightsThe Violence Link

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16. Armed To Kill In National Parks: Guns Allowed
5/20/09 — FULL STORY: Heading to a National Park? Now You Can Pack Heat

SUMMARY: Here's a list of stuff the typical American family can legally carry into national parks this summer: sleeping bag, toothbrush, loaded guns. Thanks to a 279-147 vote in the House of Representatives, visitors to the nation's parks and wildlife refuges will be able to carry weapons... Scot McElveen, the president of the Association of National Park Rangers, predicted that “park wildlife, including some rare or endangered species, will face increased threats by visitors with firearms who engage in impulse or opportunistic shooting."

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17. Maine Is 6th State To Ban Cruel Confinement Crates
5/15/09 — FULL STORY: Another State Bans Gestation Crates and Veal Crates

SUMMARY: Maine’s governor signed into law a bill that protects farm animals by banning veal crates and gestation crates! Maine is the 6th state in the nation to prohibit certain extreme-confinement systems. Last fall, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that eliminates veal crates, sow gestation crates, and battery cages for egg-laying hens. Similar anti-confinement initiatives have passed in Florida, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado. Similar legislation has been introduced in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

FIGHT WITH THE FACTS. DOWNLOAD THESE FACT SHEETS:
FACTS: Dairy & Veal FarmsFACTS: The Pig Industry
FACTS: Poultry & Egg FactoriesThese Are Downed Animals

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18. NC Pro-Gas Chamber Bill Gets A “No” Vote
5/13/09 — FULL STORY: NC House Judiciary Committee Votes No to Pro-Gas Chamber Bill

SUMMARY: The Judiciary II Committee in the North Carolina House has said no to a pro-gas chamber bill. By a vote of 7-5, the committee killed the bill. It is now dead for this session. This is thanks to your faxes, emails and calls. For more on this bill, H.B. 27, read Animal Law Coalition's report (at link above, under SOURCE).

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 7/23/08, JULY 2008 DIGEST: NC Gas Chambers: Explosion With 10 Dogs Inside
• NOV 2007 DIGEST: Stop Gassing Of Pets In Yadkin County, NC Gas Chamber
• 9/14/02: Death By Exhaust Fumes In Yadkin County, NC

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19. USDA Cites New Iberia Primate Lab For Violations
5/11/09 — FULL STORY: USDA Inspects New Iberia Research Ctr - Inspectors Cite Multiple Issues

SUMMARY: U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the results of an inspection of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center [largest primate lab in U.S.]. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conducted the inspection 3/17/09 in response to a complaint filed by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS). The inspection revealed issues with the facility’s compliance with Animal Welfare Act (AWA) standards. USDA will take action to ensure that these issues are corrected... Inspectors cited the facility for issues with its handling of animals as well as its environment enhancement of nonhuman primates... The inspectors also found problems with New Iberia’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)...

USDA REPORT on New Iberia Research Center
www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/efoia/downloads/inspection/72-r-0007.pdf
www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/efoia/index.shtml

RELATED STORIES:
EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Employees Claim 'Horrific' Treatment of Primates at Lab
Chimp abuse alleged at La. primate lab

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 3/20/09: Get Great Apes Out Of Laboratories

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20. U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Against Canada Sealing
5/7/09 — FULL STORY: Senate passes Levin-Collins resolution urging end to Canadian seal hunt

SUMMARY: Current 111 Session of Congress — S.Res.84 urges the Canadian government to prohibit commercial hunting of seals. Expresses support for an unconditional prohibition by European Union on trade in seal products. Passed by Unanimous Consent in Senate on 5/7/09. Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

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21. Canadian Sealers Lose Biggest Customer — EUROPE!
5/5/09 — FULL STORY: EU seal ban a 'black day for Atlantic Canada' Industry

baby white seal Ottawa authorized the slaughter of 338,000 seals for 2009.

SUMMARY: The European Parliament votes overwhelmingly to ban seal items from import/export across the European Union’s 27 nations. It’s a positive leap for the seals who Kinship Circle — along with many other animal groups — have labored to save through action campaigns and education. Rebecca Aldworth, director of Humane Society International Canada, calls the seal product ban a “historic moment in the campaign to stop commercial seal hunts around the world.” Kinship Circle also salutes Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for its relentless direct intervention on the bloody ice floes.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 4/25/09: Don't Stain 2010 Olympics With The Blood Of Seals
• 3/7/09: Canada Seal Bill Dropped, No Debate. Demand End To Killing.

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22. EU Votes To Let Most Primate Research Continue
22. EU Votes To Let Most Primate Research Continue
5/5/09 — FULL STORY: EU OKs primate research

A tube is pushed down a monkey's throat.
This photo, originally shown on the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) website, depicts a primate undergoing “oral gavage.” A tube is inserted down the throat, directly into the animal’s stomach, to forcibly overdose him with test substances. Link “British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) website” to: http://www.buav.org/

SUMMARY: Research with non-human primates was approved in an initial vote by the European Parliament (540 MEPs in favor, 66 opposed, 34 abstentions). The directive revises draft legislation introduced by the European Commission (EC) 11/08 that called for a near-blanket ban on primate testing. The directives still face a long parliamentary road ahead and will require backing by the EC and the EU's Council of Ministers.

The EC legislation does, however, forbid testing on great apes, except for experiments to help conserve these species. The report recommends phasing out wild-caught animals in favor of laboratory-bred animals over 10 years, and calls for an overall reduction in primates for research. It also spells out categories of pain, with guidelines about when repeat testing is allowable and when prior authorizations are required for all animals.

Final approval of the proposed legislation is not expected until later in the year — after the European parliamentary elections scheduled for June 4-7.

 

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 11/5/08 OCT-DEC UPDATES: EU Proposal To Ban Great Apes In Experiments
• 9/6/07: Urge Primate Testing Ban In Europe

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23. Karley’s Sociopath Killer Ordered To Stand Trial
5/2/09 — FULL STORY: Glynn Johnson is being "Held To Answer"


SUMMARY: Glynn Demon Johnson, a retired L.A. County assistant fire chief charged in the beating death of his neighbor's puppy, has been ordered to stand trial. Johnson, 54, is charged with felony animal cruelty and using a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony in connection with the beating of Karley, a 6-month-old German shepherd mix, last Nov. 3, 2008.

Johnson claims he was in his house on Armintrout Drive in the Woodcrest community, just south of Riverside, when he spotted Karley running loose through his yard on the day of the alleged attack. She was picked up by neighbor Travis Staggs, who was taking Karley home when Johnson offered to return the animal himself. Staggs handed Karley over and...told sheriff's investigators that, seemingly without provocation, Johnson turned and struck the dog "with his closed fist, 10-15 times."

According to an affidavit filed in support of an arrest warrant, Staggs yelled at Johnson to stop and "even tried pulling him off Karley, but was pushed away." Staggs said Johnson tried to pry open the animal's jaws and then "picked up a rock and began striking Karley in the head," the affidavit stated. The defendant left the dog alone after it went limp, Staggs said.

Karley was able to get on her feet and stumble to a ravine, where she was retrieved by her owners, Jeff and Shelley Toole, who rushed her to a veterinarian, authorities said. The vet told sheriff's investigators that Karley had a shattered skull and appeared to have a broken jaw. At the Tooles' request, the dog was euthanized... Johnson retired from the fire department soon after the allegations arose. He is free on $10,000 bail. with unpredictable consequences...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 12/16/08 UPDATES / OCT-DEC: L.A. Assistant Fire Chief Charged In Karley's Killing
• 11/14/08: Puppy Fatally Beaten By Los Angeles Firefighter

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24. Horse Slaughterhouses Now Legal In Montana
5/1/09 — FULL STORY: Horse slaughter legalized in Montana;
Federal bill brings hope to Montana’s horse slaughter opponents


PHOTOS: www.poocini.com/report/archives/1687 and www.poocini.com/report/archives/1695

SUMMARY: House Bill 418, to allow investor-owned horse slaughterhouses in Montana while limiting opportunities for legal action against them, became law . The measure sponsored by Rep. Ed Butcher, R-Winifred, aims to limit the type legal challenges that forced the last U.S. slaughterhouses in Illinois and Texas to close in 2007.

Washington, DC, The “Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act” (S. 727) — introduced 3/26/09 and sponsored by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV) — will end the slaughter of American horses on a national level, as well as the export of horses for slaughter across our borders... The bill came when horse slaughter no longer occurred on U.S. soil, but with enactment of Montana’s HB 418, passage of the Prevention of the Equine Cruelty Act through the U.S. Senate is critical...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 3/20/09: Stop Horse Slaughter Blitz At State/Federal Levels
• 2/11/09: Horse Slaughter Bill Is Back In 111th Congress
• 11/24/08, OCT-DEC UPDATES: Until Export Is Banned, More Horses Killed
• 10/2/08: Call/Write To End Horse Slaughter For Good

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25. Michigan Pound Gives R&R Research The Boot
4/27/09 — FULL STORY: Montcalm County ends its contract with R&R Research;
Breaking News: Montcalm County citizens win - animals no longer to be sold for research!

Dogs are jumping for joy about the decision to stop pound seizure with R&R Research. Sandra Carlton, bottom left, and Sue Maguire celebrate the Board of Commissioners’ vote not to renew its contract with R&R Research. "I'm excited, happy," Jeanne Urbanski of Coral said with tears in her eyes... "We're ready to start the healing and have things go forward.

SUMMARY: Montcalm County Board of Commissioners' voted 6-3 not to extend its 30-year relationship with R&R Research. Simply put, pets in Montcalm County, Michigan will no longer be handed over to Class B dealers to be sold for medical research.

For everyone who fought for their community alongside citizen groups like the Concerned Citizens Coalition of Montcalm, [and all Kinship Circle members who took action!] — this is your victory. R&R Research owner Jim Woudenberg’s wife, Beth, defended their business of taking "neglected" animals and making sure they are "put to good use in life-saving research...” While the ad hoc committee recommended ending the contract [within the week], it will remain in place until Aug. 1 since commissioners extended it for six months on Jan. 26.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 3/29/08 JAN-APR UPDATES: Michigan Pound Renews R & R Research
• 1/7/09: Misery For Profit At Michigan Pound

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26. Big Surprise: Swine Flu, Born On U.S. Factory Farms
5/1/09 — FULL STORY: Swine Flu Ancestor Born on U.S. Factory Farms

SUMMARY: Scientists have traced the genetic lineage of the new H1N1 swine flu to a strain that emerged in 1998 in U.S. factory farms, where it spread and mutated at an alarming rate... “Industrial farms are super-incubators for viruses,” said Bob Martin, former executive director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Animal Farm Production, and a long-time critic of the so-called “contained animal feeding operations.”

Diseases travel rapidly through such immunologically stressed populations, and travel with the animals as they are shuttled throughout the United States between birth and slaughter. That provides ample opportunity for strains to mingle and recombine. An ever-escalating array of industry-developed vaccines confer short-term protection, but at the expense of provoking flu to evolve in unpredictable ways... The Pew commission concluded that this system created an “increased chance for a strain to emerge that can infect and spread in humans.” Scientists and public health experts have said the same thing for years...

In 2003, the American Public Health Association called for a ban on contained animal feeding operations. One year later, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital virologist Richard Webby, one of the original chroniclers of H3N2’s emergence, called the U.S. swine population “an increasingly important reservoir of viruses with human pandemic potential...”

RELATED STORIES:
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Swine Flu Outbreak — Nature Biting Back at Industrial Animal Production?

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27. Los Angeles DA Drops Charges Against Dog Dragger
4/28/09 —Jim Willis, author, Pieces of My Hearts; Cat and Dog Rescue Association; Karma Rescue

BEFORE PHOTO: Bluebell (Prada), shown bloodied and injured after dragged from her former owner's pickup truck in 12/08. Southeast Area Animal Control Agency brought her back to good health. AFTER PHOTO: BlueBell recovers at SEAACA, before she moves to foster care with Karma Rescue. Photo: (Staff photo by Keith Durflinger) SEAACA.

SUMMARY: In Dec. 2008, Bryana Wilson of Norwalk near Los Angeles brought a one-year old dog, Prada, to the local shelter to be killed because the dog had an undiagnosed skin problem (mange). She put Prada in the back of an open pick-up and tied her with a leash. The dog’s guardian drove too fast and Prada fell out of the truck. The screaming dog was dragged for blocks because the driver didn’t notice...

Cat and Dog Rescue Association has learned the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will not press charges against the dog’s caretaker. This is despite her overheard comment: “What’s the big deal? It’s just an f**king dog.” Prada rode in the truckbed (rather than cab) because her guardian said she smelled. “This dog’s open sores, red, raw skin and hair loss took months to develop. Untreated mange this bad can shut down a dog’s organs and kill a dog. It is cheap and easy to treat with over-the-counter medicine. This crime alone is enough for a cruelty case to be filed,” says Lois Newman, President of the Cat and Dog Rescue Association in Los Angeles.

FAST FORWARD: Prada, renamed Bluebell, healed physically and emotionally. (As of mid-May, 09) she still resides in her temporary foster home in Malibu. She plays with other dogs because rescuers socialized and trained her. Karma Rescue

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 12/22/08 OCT-DEC UPDATES: Dragged Pit Bull Healing And Adoptable
• 12/17/08: Second Chance For Dragged Pit Bull

 

 

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28. Obama Accepts Breeder Dog As Gift For Daughters
4/11/09 — FULL STORY: Obama’s dog Bo: Cute but what about promise to adopt?;
Betrayal from our President

Bo wrapped in leis.In this undated photo released by the White House, the Obama family's new dog, Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, is shown at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

SUMMARY: Obamas get pup from a Texas breeder, by way of Senator Ted Kennedy as a “gift.” We're disappointed that President Obama opted for a Portuguese water dog from a breeder -- especially after so many animal groups lobbied him to make the humane choice to adopt from a shelter. A rescue dog in the White House would have established a visually powerful precedent...

“TELL US SOMETHING WE DIDN’T KNOW” DEPARTMENT:
Requests to breeders for Portuguese Water Dogs Jump 100% in U.S., 120% in UK

 

 

 

 

 

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