On Eating Cats and Dogs

 

We eat cows, pigs, chickens and fish, and we eat and drink dairy products (well, WE don’t
but HUMANS do) . Each one the culmination of a short life of such misery that it should have been a lot shorter. We AR activists are very aware of this and protest it in our own country wherever we can — which is why I feel completely justified asking you ONCE AGAIN to protest against South Koreans eating (raising, transporting and killing) dogs and

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cats as well. In Korea, there is the very significant difference that the killing is protracted due to the belief that prolonged suffering results in better-tasting food. I like to think THAT wouldn’t fly here, awful as our slaughterhouses are. So I want you to write to your government representative and ask them to urge South Korea to ban the consumption of dogs and cats. I am not telling you that will do the trick, but NOT writing one definitely won’t :-)
THANK YOU!

 Find your House Representatives!

 Find your Senators!

Using the sample letter (courtesy of Koreandogs.org, which has a lot more info and other people to contact) below, put together one of your own, as a personalized letter is always better. A paper letter AND an email would be great.

Dear _____________,

Please watch this video: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

Animal welfare organizations and animal lovers worldwide strongly feel that this unprecedented cruelty towards animals in South Korea can no longer be tolerated and it is the moral duty of our Government to intervene on our behalf. Our Government should urge the South Korean government to respect and enforce not just its own but also the Global Animal Protection Laws. We oppose this cruelty on ethical, health, environmental and moral grounds. The issue concerns all of us as citizens of the world because nations from around the world sacrificed their loved ones to protect the South Koreans in the Korean war of the 1950′s and even today we are still spending our hard-earned money to ensure their freedom and safety every year. It is unconscionable for our Government to ignore the huge, growing shock and outcry on social media sites worldwide about this barbaric practice. With the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea we feel that the timing is now perfect for worldwide pressure on South Korea!

South Korea is the World’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are brutally slaughtered and eaten as “health food” each year. Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment from the moment they are born till the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives with no protection from extreme weather and no water, exercise, companionship or medical care. Their eardrums are often burst to prevent them from barking! In broad daylight, often in the presence of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death. People’s beloved pets are also lured and caught and end up as meat! This is a profit-driven, tax-free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating a dog (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and gives men energy! Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dogs suffer, the more the consumer will enjoy the health benefits and taste of the meat. Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism! The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China!

It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers in the world and boasts one of the highest educational levels in the world, is still committing this type of barbaric and despicable brutality in this day and age! But for the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare that they can’t escape from. If South Korea wants to join the civilized nations and be respected as a nation of conscience, they need to strengthen their animal protection laws and ban the dog- and cat meat consumption once and for all. This has been going on far too long and it’s time for the South Korean government to take moral leadership on behalf of their citizens. Not only does this protect the Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will also further South Korea’s economic interest in the global business community. People of the world will not stop condemning South Korea’s cruelty towards their defenseless animals!

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
We urge you as our Government to a take a strong stand on this and boycott the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics and the South Korean businesses until the South Korean government takes the necessary steps to ban this atrocity! As our Government who has been elected to listen to the voices of its people, we sincerely hope that you will not turn a blind eye on this tragic situation and use your power and position to urge South Korea to ban the dog- and cat meat consumption once and for all!

For more information on the South Korean Dog Meat Trade visit:www.koreandogs.org
Sincerely,

[Your name]

 

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Taiji Again

After four days of bloody selection, separation and slaughter, with clips of what is going on in Taji being picked up by major news networks, with a charismatic albino baby illogically but fortuitously arousing everyone’s sympathy (I say this because hundreds of other babies suffer the same fate each year and no one has cared), with even the US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy condemning the massacre…we need to keep it up. Who knows, this may be the time we will look back on and say, that’s when it crumbled. Please write to the head of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), and the Japanese PM (if you haven’t already, and if you have, too) and express your outrage:

Japanese PM email :https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums CEO email (who could end this NOW by enforcing WAZA’s own — ignored — Code of Ethics):gerald.dick@waza.org
And then, you know what? You could do it again. And get your daughter/mother/brother/husband/son/friend/neighbor to.
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Protest The Cove to the Japanese PM NOW

As some of you may know, at this very moment, five pods of bottlenose dolphins — 250 individuals — have been driven into The Cove in Taiji and await their fate. They don’t know life as they knew it is over, for all of them. The many juveniles and babies among them include a rare white albino calf who has been clinging to his mother as closely as possible in the panic of the drive hunt. These are his last hours with her. Rare albino dolphin calf

Sea Shepherd provides a live stream from The Cove at http://livestream.seashepherd.org

During the selection process, families are all torn apart as some are taken to spend their lives in miserable captivity, some are hacked to death before the eyes of the others, and some (as in the case of a baby recently) are just driven away to die alone at sea.

I wish I could tell you how to go there and where to climb down to the water and cut nets to pieces. There are lots of things I wish I could tell you. But all I MAY tell you is that you can send your thoughts right to the Japanese Prime Minister Abe with this link:

PLEASE do it.
NOTHING changes without NOISE.
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OMG, WE DID IT!! Donkey Basketball CANCELLED!!

Are you hopeless sometimes because things feel written in stone and immutable? Look: between all of us, and with Pasado’s, and PETA….these donkeys will NOT be kicked and yanked and hit and shouted at this Saturday. The event has been cancelled, and will not be repeated.

You know who accomplished this? You did. 

I am filled with gratitude. THANK YOU, everyone!

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JOIN US PROTESTING THE DONKEY BASKETBALL GAME!

Unfortunately we were unable to prevent the Anacortes Middle School from going ahead with their inhumane donkey basketball event this coming Saturday, January 18th. (See my post from November 18th). Recently interviewed, the owner of the “Donkey Sports” company said, “Animal rights groups are a small, misinformed segment of society and should not be allowed to deprive the rest of the community from [sic] this fun event.” 

Let’s ALL go and make sure no one going in remains unaware that this is animal cruelty, and that compassionate people are a SIGNIFICANT — AND GROWING — VOCAL SEGMENT of the population! The event begins at 6pm; protesters should be there at 4:30. Bring signs!

Whatever else you were going to do with Saturday, do this instead. Unless you are sabotaging fishing boats off a Certain Cove in Taiji, or something similar.

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Protest Coyote Killing Contest in Oregon

Another coyote-slaughter-’contest’ has come to our attention. This is the 8th annual JMK Coyote Hunting Contest in Crane, Oregon. It will continue for a three-day period from Friday, January 17, through Sunday, January 19, 2014.The contest offers a special one-day free entry for children under 16. Cash, belt buckles and other prizes will be awarded to the two-man team killing the most coyotes by weight, the largest individual coyote, and more.

Please contact the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS) to express your concerns (addresses below). It is hard for me to tell you to be polite, since neither I nor you feel polite about this issue, but foul letters will get us nowhere. The same letter/email can be sent to all four snailmail addresses and one email address. Honestly, writing one letter with the help of the taking points below and at http://www.predatordefense.org/coyotes.htm, copying it and sending it to four places will take less than half an hour out of your life, but those coyotes will be living a horror next weekend, and many will NOT live.

Quick calls to ask that the event be cancelled would be wonderful, too. What are they going to do to you over the phone? What are they going to do to those coyotes? Right.
Thank you.• Commercial activities on public federal lands require special use permits and an environmental review to determine their impact on the ecosystem and the quality of the human environment.
• Are these agencies aware of this event?
• Participants are paying a one hundred dollar fee to join the event, making it a commercial endeavor.
• Have the promoters of this event applied for and received a permit?
• An undetermined number of hunters will be involved in the organized event, likely putting the public at risk over the weekend when many families recreate on public land.
• Like other top predators, coyotes play a critical role in keeping natural areas healthy. In fact, coyotes are a keystone species, meaning that their presence or absence has a significant impact on the surrounding biological community.
• Field research demonstrates that the indiscriminate killing of coyotes actually increases conflicts and predation on livestock by causing coyote populations to dramatically increase. In order to feed more robust litters, coyotes may change their hunting habits to include unnatural and larger prey, such as livestock. Thus, increased persecution leads to larger populations and increased predation.

Brendan Cain
District Manager
28910 Hwy 20 W
Hines OR 97738-9424
541-573-4422
bcain@blm.gov

Emigrant Creek Ranger District
265 Hwy 20 S
Hines OR 97738-9428
541-573-4300

Blue Mountain Ranger District
PO Box 909
John Day OR 97845-0909
541-575-3000

Prairie City Ranger District
PO Box 337
Prairie City OR 97869-0337
541-820-3800

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Billy the chimpanzee featured on Chelsea Lately

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Many of you might have seen that a chimpanzee named Billy was on the show Chelsea Lately last week. Billy was seen rocking and showing his top teeth–a clear sign of distress. The show said they would have Billy back the next night, and despite hearing from thousands of people to please not air Billy again, they went ahead with the segment anyway.

We want to continue to put pressure on the show and on Chelsea Handler, the host of the show. Not only are there numerous welfare concerns, but seeing chimpanzees alongside humans perpetuates the pet trade.

Studies also show that since chimpanzees are so prevalent in media, people aren’t aware of their endangered status. Please speak up for Billy and all chimpanzees still used in entertainment and ask Chelsea to issue a mea culpa about Billy’s appearance and promise to never use apes on her production again.

Please send a polite letter to her, c/o Tom Brunelle, letting her know that chimps like Billy should not be used in entertainment.

You may send your letter to Chelsea Handler c/o Tom Brunelle at tom@borderlineamazing.com

Sample Letter to Chelsea Lately:

[Date]
Dear Ms. Handler:

I was disappointed to hear that Chelsea Lately had Billy the chimpanzee on the show, and despite hearing from concerned advocates, aired a second appearance by Billy. You should know that great apes used in entertainment are torn away from their mothers as infants, often repeatedly beaten during training, and then discarded when they become too strong to be managed.

Using a chimpanzee for a cheap laugh sends the message that these amazing beings are simply props. Surely you are aware that chimpanzees are endangered species in critical need of protection?

Please make the compassionate decision to issue a mea culpa for airing Billy’s segments two nights in a row, and pledge to never exploit great apes for entertainment purposes again. Thank you for your consideration of my comments on this urgent matter.

Sincerely,
[Your name here]
[Your city & state]

If you send an e-mail to Chelsea, please BCC Eyes on Apes at EyesOnApes@ChimpsNW.org for tracking purposes. Thank you!

~reposted on behalf of Eyes on Apes~

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World Vegan Day

Happy World Vegan Day!

World Vegan Day was started in 1994 to celebrate The Vegan Society’s 50th anniversary. The Vegan Society formed in the UK in 1944. That was the year that the term “vegan” was coined and defined.

Vegans come in all shapes and sizes and walks of life. It’s hard to generalize who a vegan is. Here is a bit of information about what vegans strive for:

Vegans abstain from animal products. Food wise, that means meat (including fish), eggs, and dairy. Veganism extends to other areas as well. Vegans don’t wear animal products (fur, leather, wool, silk, feathers, or any other item from an animal), or use household products containing animal ingredient or products tested on animals. Vegans don’t support captive animals acts like those in the circus or SeaWorld.

Vegans view animals as the sentient beings that they are, and not commodities to be exploited and used by humans. You can read our Vegan FAQs for answers to many questions about being vegan.

vegan starterNovember is World Vegan Month. A perfect time to go vegan. One way to start your journey is by ordering a vegan starter pack. Several organizations have packs to help you get started. The packs include things like recipes, nutritional info, and compelling reasons to go vegan.

 

 

vegan mentor programIf you’re already vegan, and need a bit of support, you can join the vegan mentor program, which matches new vegans with established vegans so you can make a smooth and lasting transition to veganism. It’s nice to know you’re not alone in your quest for a cruelty-free life.

 

So whether you’re just thinking about veganism or you’re well on your way, World Vegan Day is a great time to make a commitment to the animals, the earth, and your health.

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Snow Leopards Have Surprising Protectors

The snow leopard is listed as globally endangered because its effective population size (the number of individuals likely to reproduce) is believed to be less than 2,500. However, a recent report in the journal Conservation Biology shows it has some very unexpected protectors: Buddhist monks.

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About 60% of the leopards live in the high regions of China, where their thick fur keeps them warm.  However, they are also targeted by the Chinese for this fur, as well as for their internal organs, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine (along with parts of MANY other animals, endangered and otherwise). As a result, the snow leopard population has dropped by about 20% in the last two decades.
Because of Buddhism’s basic tenet of respect and compassion for all living beings, several conservation organizations began working with four monasteries in the region of the Tibetan plateau in 2009, training monks to protect wildlife. Now, thousands of monks from hundreds of monasteries patrol the wilderness to prevent the killing of snow leopards. In fact, far more leopards are protected by Buddhist monks in Tibet than in the specific areas set aside for their protection. The monks also teach the local people that killing them is wrong. In recent household surveys, most people say they do not kill wildlife, citing Buddhism’s nonviolence as their reasoning.
So….since about 80% of the people within the snow leopards’ natural range do practice Tibetan Buddhism, there are plans to expand these programs even further.
Great to see religion as a force to help animals for a change.
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Does Leafleting Make You Uncomfortable?

Does the idea of vegan leafleting make you uncomfortable? Hate telling people what to do? Don’t want to be an inconvenient vegan? You aren’t some zealot after all. But what if you knew that just an hour of leafleting would save 12 animals from the horror of factory farming? That is twelve individuals who would be spared a short lifetime of torture, fear, neglect, and death. Twelve. For 60 minutes of your time.(1)

We know that people need to see/hear something on average of seven times before noticing it and we may need to hear something many different ways before understanding how it fits in with our lives. We also know that many, many, many people still don’t know what animals go through to become food and likely never think about the suffering and death behind their food choices. Add to this that people need to be in the right mind-set to take in counter-couture information, and it makes saving animals through adopting a vegan diet seem daunting.

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Photos from Vegan Out Reach (http://www.veganoutreach.org/)

But. Do you remember why you became vegan? Whether you were influenced by someone in your life, something you read, or even something you discovered on your own, you likely came into contact with pro-vegan or pro-animal information many times before that moment without totally registering it. And having these memories probably helped build your overall education of animal exploitation and your response to that knowledge. Literature, websites, posters, videos, social media posts, essays, classes, leaflets and conversations with peers typically all help people discover, adopt, and maintain a more compassionate lifestyle. But that doesn’t happen magically. Caring, dedicated, and hopeful people have to create and distribute that information.

This is where you and leafleting come in. As Matt Ball, founder of Vegan Outreach explains, “For example, of you provide booklets to sixty new people tomorrow and just one decides to go vegetarian, you will have changed that person’s life forever. More importantly, you’ll have saved, with just a small investment of time or money, as many animals as you’ll save with every food choice you make during the rest of your life!” That is doubling your life impact in one day. Every person who adopts a vegetarian or vegan diet will save about one hundred animals each year(2).

Although it is difficult measure just how many people will reduce their meat consumption or go veg from one hour of leafleting, there are recent studies done on vegan leafleting on college campuses that can give us a hint. In a study by the Humane League and Compassionate Communities, they found:

  • About 1 out of every 50 students who received a leaflet indicated they became vegetarian or pescatarian as a result.
  • 7% of students (1 in 14) said they now eat “a lot less” chicken, a lot fewer eggs, and a lot less dairy as a result of getting the leaflet.
  • 6% eat a lot less fish.
  • 12% eat a lot less red meat.

And about 1 in 5 students said they shared the leaflet with someone else who then began to eat less meat.(3) The average audience may not be as receptive as college students, but even if they were half as receptive, leafleting still has a huge bang for its buck and for your time. Check out this great pamphlet by Mall Ball, “A Meaningful Life” for some additional inspiration.

You don’t have to do it alone. Join NARN on Saturday July 13, 2013 at 11:00 am for a quick introduction to leafleting best practices and then head out with a few other people to the West Seattle Summer Fest. RSVP on Facebook or email rachel [at] narn.org for more information. And if you are reading this post after July 13, just be sure to follow the NARN Facebook Page or subscribe to our newsletter to find out about future leafleting outings. And of course, you don’t have to wait for us – the power of leafleting is that it can be done by one person, anytime, anywhere.

Doing vegan outreach is not like religious proselytizing. You aren’t trying to convert anyone to any belief. You only giving them factual information that they might not otherwise have. Free information. Free recipes. Some inspiration. You don’t have to argue, convince, or cajole. Be open to conversation and remember to be compassionate towards human animals too.

More Resources for You!

References:
(1) Farm Sanctuary, Leaflet, http://ccc.farmsanctuary.org/promote-veg-eating/leaflet/ (2012).
(2) Mark Hawthorne, Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism (O-Books, 2008), 23.
(3) Nick Cooney, The Powerful Impact of College Leafleting (Part 1), http://ccc.farmsanctuary.org/the-powerful-impact-of-college-leafleting-part-1/ (Jan, 2012).

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