Friends, posting this petition one more time. We learned today that change.org had a spam issue and our petition (as well as others) lost some signatures. PLEASE check the petition and make sure your name is on it & please pass it along to your friends. These beautiful sea lions don’t deserve the treatment they are getting. Sea lions eat fish. They shouldn’t be killed for eating fish. It is wrong. Very, very, very wrong. We need to do better than this as a species. Thank you for everything you do to make the world a better place ♥
The American Humane Association” (AHA) monitors the safety of animals on film sets the way Tim Geithner manages Wall St.
America has really upped its love affair with animals in recent decades. We finally realize they are sentient beings who indeed think, feel, and reason. We all shudder thinking about the Westerns made in the golden age of Hollywood, where hundreds of horses were brought down in battle scenes and chases with trip wires, which crippled them, and often forced them to be killed (I don’t say “put down.” It’s “killed.” “Put down” would be, “Your mama’s so ugly her jockey wears blinders”.) From Sunday’s front page New York Times article, to the recent bill signed by President Barack Obama allowing the slaughter of horses in the U.S. for human consumption, to Sunday’s Los Angeles Times article, to HBO’s cancellation of its freshman series Luck, horses have been dominating the headlines and talking heads news shows. Who is responsible for the welfare of all animals on TV, video, commercial, etc., and movie sets? Who monitors not only the safety of dogs, cats, etc., but also gives out the “Good Horsekeeping” Seal of Approval: “No animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture®”? That is the purview of the American Humane Association (AHA).
The AHA is no stranger to controversy. I remember when at least a decade ago they underwent a thorough revamping due to revelations at how they were being run. Their agreement is with the Screen Actor’s Guild to monitor animals and the actors and trainers dealing with those animals on set. There were high profile horse deaths in the movie Flicka (and others) where thorough investigations by L.A. Animal Services after the fact contradicted the claims of AHA that the animals’ deaths were unpreventable. Even more so, we all have many actor friends who come home after shooting with animal stories that are horrific. An actress friend of mine related this story to me:
"They had to throw a cat in a river, who would come up humorously like a little hero and get out and continue on his determined way. They had a dozen cats on set that day, to replace the ones that didn’t come up as they tried to get the scene."
The power of CALLING!!!! I and many others kept calling the Texas prison about the kittens, even when they denied having them. Then they admitted it, and I got the quotes of hating them like snakes and rats. But pressure made them reconsider and want to do the right thing. So I tweeted this, the wardens number with a TY for change of heart. Please let’s stay on it
TY LORRETTA CARMONA; SENIOR WARDEN @TDCJ (254) 947-8592 4 now considering humane solutions 4 #kittens! The public thanks u 4 change of heart
Warden forbids guards saving kittens after mom was trapped and killed.
Warden says it’s “none of your concern.”
Please call prison at (254) 865-8431 and urge them to allow kittens to be saved after mom was murdered!
Update: from fb page KathysKitties 1. CALL! Please call 936.437.6318 and POLITELY ask Mr. William Stephens (Deputy Director, Prison & Jail Operations) to urge the Gatesville warden to stop killing TNR cats, and work with the numerous TX animal groups offering to help with Trap-Neuter-Return, adoption of friendly cats/kittens. Fleas are easily treated by sprinkling flea powder on lounging/sleeping areas. Again, be POLITE to Mr. Stephens, he is NOT the warden, but we’re asking him to talk to her about this senseless killing.
2. EMAIL! Write Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott: email@example.com Ask him to please investigate animal cruelty charges against Gatesville warden Loretta Carmona, to include leaving cats in traps during the severe storms/hail/flooding last Monday night. Guards are documenting cats being left in traps and exposed to the elements without food/water for 18+ hours. Newborn kittens left to starve (see below), intimidating employees who try to help, threats of discriminatory action for speaking out against the warden’s animal cruelty.
3. CALL Gatesville Animal Control 254-865-2226 ask them to stop wasting taxpayer dollars when area animal groups have offered to help the Gatesville prison unit with no-cost Trap-Neuter-Return. Ask them to please check for microchips before destroying the cats, and please let rescue groups pull the eartipped TNR cats at no charge.
4. CALL WARDEN CARMONA at 254-865-8431 and urge her to work with local animal groups that have offered their help, free of charge to the prison, to TNR the remaining cats at no cost to the prison, rehome the friendlier cats, and find homes for the kittens. Remind her that flea issues can be resolved without killing the cats. Tell her she is wasting taxpayer dollars, and the public will not stand for her senseless killing of cats. It’s bad for the prison’s image in Central Texas, and we know what she’s doing!!!
It’s no wonder that Hunter Shaffer’s dream is to swim in the ocean. He loves the inhabitants.
At the age of seven, he started to research fish. Having his own aquarium, he wanted to see that his little friends were well taken care of. As time wore on, he became well versed in aquatic nature. By the time he was 9, he was educating others on natural habitats and the ideal conditions for finned pets.
His online ventures gained him many friends and acquaintances. When he was nearly 11 years old, a biochemist at George Mason University introduced Hunter to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Learning that our ocean’s inhabitants were in such danger prompted him to become more than just an educator. He became an activist!
Hunter did not take up his torch for saving marine life after watching Animal Planet’s Whale Wars or the 2010 Academy Award winner for best documentary The Cove. He was recruited into our ranks via the Worldwide Web. He is therefore a testament to how well cyber activism can have a significant impact in spreading awareness. But that’s not all!
Not only is he a strong presence in the virtual world, he is a warrior in his home town in upstate New York. He is office Manager and Wildlife Rehabilitator for the New York chapter of Global Conservation Group. (See Video below) Wow! This kid gets around and he does it all from the confines of a wheelchair.
Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Bob Timmons rallied to raise the funds necessary to grant Hunter Shaffer his dream. If all goes as planned, he will be swimming in the ocean this coming April. You can find out more via Bob Timmons’ web site, Artist for the Ocean.
On March 15, 2012 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce, authorized the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington to take lethal measures to remove up to 92 California sea lions from the Bonneville Dam. Per the letter signed by James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, the animals identified to be predators of endangered salmon can be shot by qualified marksmen:
Victory for dolphins in SwitzerlandThe Liberal Green deputy Isabelle Chevalley has managed to ban the import of dolphins into Switzerland with the help of Sea Shepherd Switzerland and the Swiss Cetacean Society-SCS.
Sea Shepherd Switzerland and the Swiss Cetacean Society-SCS have actively supported the Liberal Green deputy Isabelle Chevalley in her Swiss parliamentary motion calling for the ban on the import of dolphins into Switzerland.
On the 12th of this month, the Liberal Green deputy Isabelle Chevalley provided members of parliament with a briefing document drawn up jointly with Sea Shepherd Switzerland and the Swiss Cetacean Society.
On the 13th of March, following her convincing debate, Read More …