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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 …
“I can’t imagine that if you’re putting something in your body that’s filled with fear or anxiety or pain that that isn’t somehow gonna be inside of you.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres
What reason, then, could there be to not be vegan except for ignorance, utter selfishness and a complete disregard for all life —- both present and future. We must be diligent in our cause to obliterate ignorance. Only then, will we be able to determine who is purposefully participating in global genocide and the destruction of our planet and we will have no choice but to defend ourselves, our children and their children.
I have a regular monthly slot as a guest on the Joey Giggles worldwide radio show: every third Tuesday. We recapped what you could do to recruit an army for your cause and discussed what it takes to be a leader. Listen in to find out if you are leader material.
I also expressed how I could use a small team of cyber warriors to engage in long-term campaigns. These are no trivial campaigns! If you were to join my team, you would have the pleasure of touching lives. You would have a small part in changing the world. Are you interested?
I need someone who has time to spare. If you are already heavily engaged in your own campaigns, please disregard this opportunity. I want your commitment to the projects I will enlist you in. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a life but if you are really looking for something meaningful to do for a couple of hours a day, if you truly want to engage in significant life-changing activities, this volunteer position may be right for you.
If you are not familiar with these tools, that’s okay. I will help you master them. You must, however have Skype and a video cam so that I can interview you. I will then give you a series of tasks before taking up your torch. Still interested? Hook up with me on Facebook. What could you possibly have to lose?
“We are all animals of this planet. We are all creatures. And nonhuman animals experience pain sensations just like we do. They too are strong, intelligent, industrious, mobile, and evolutional. They too are capable of growth and adaptation. Like us, firsthand foremost, they are earthlings. And like us, they are surviving. Like us they also seek their own comfort rather than discomfort. And like us they express degrees of emotion. In short like us, they are alive.”—Joaquin Phoenix | EARTHLINGS
Hello, I’m 17 years old and running Plymouth half marathon for sea shepherd to raise funds and awareness. I believe we should fight to conserve the beautiful animals on this planet and respect them. would you be interested in donating anything on my charity page? http://www.justgiving.com/Craig-Vincent0
On March 15, 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 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
“We believe that there is a perfect harmony and equilibrium to the universe. Humans are the only species that disturb this equilibrium. We have an obligation and a responsibility to keep nature intact, which has been imbalanced by the gluttonous lifestyle of humans and our disregard for the planet and its creatures.”—Barbi Twins
Thousands of servicemen died in April of 1942 — during World War II — while being forced to walk for days in the Philippines. In honor of these fallen heroes, thousands will be marching a similar route through a desert in New Mexico and Sea Shepherd’s Matthew Smith will be there.
The 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March will be held on March 25. Registration is now closed to the public for this 26-mile marathon, but you can still show your support. As posted on the official site at bataanmarch.com:
The Public is invited to attend the “Heroes of Bataan” Memorial Monument 10th Anniversary Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, 24 March 2012, 9AM-10AM, Veteran’s Memorial Park, 2651 Roadrunner Parkway, Las Cruces, NM.
Matt is very excited about this event. He says that he will do his best to win the race but he’s just glad he can go to represent Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
There are two routes. The Blue route (14.2 miles) is for those who don’t want to go the full stretch but still wish to show their respects. The Green route (26.2 miles) is for the warriors like Matt Smith and he doesn’t plan to walk it! There’s more! Not only is he going to run a marathon in the White Sand desert of New Mexico; he’s doing it through a missile range. This is no joke! Participants of the Death March are urged to familiarize themselves with the White Sand unexploded ordnance safety video!
I asked Matt if he wanted me to urge people to show up and lend their support. He said, “No. Not at all.” He just wants everyone to know that Sea Shepherd will be represented in this courageous memorial. My hat is off to Matthew Smith! He’s been to the Antarctica to save whales, Taiji to save dolphins and now he’s running through a frickin’ mine field to raise awareness for Sea Shepherd and what they do. Wow!
I really wish I could be there to give him a nice cold glass of water when he is done. May I suggest that if you are in the neighborhood on March 25, show up wearing your SSCS gear.
Born in Ohio, raised in Illinois, and living in Wisconsin, Matt Smith, 34, wasn’t always a conservationist. Trying to expand his horizons and leave his small town of Charleston, Illinois, Matt joined the U.S. Army right after high school. After serving multiple tours overseas, he decided to come home and start a family. Back in the US, Matt joined the International Union of Operating Engineers and traveled to Japan to try and stop the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji. While there, he was introduced to Sea Shepherd and asked by Paul Watson to join them on a campaign to the Southern Ocean. Matt is married and has a six-year-old child. He lives a green life and continues to be an activist wherever there is an animal in need of a human voice.
Dolphins no longer to be kept in captivity
Following votes in both houses of parliament, the keeping of dolphins or whales in Swiss zoos or waterparks will be forced to come to an end.
While the House of Representatives approved a ban on keeping dolphins on Tuesday, the Senate opted for an import ban on Wednesday, which would mean the dolphins currently in Switzerland could not be replaced when they died.
Maui’s dolphins are the rarest marine dolphin on earth. The species has experienced a dramatic decline and range contraction since the1970s. With more than ninety percent of their kind already lost, they have been reduced to a small, remnant population of some 55 individuals off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. This equates to less than 20 breeding females. Extinction is imminent.
Hi everyone ♥ here, please COPY & PASTE the following on your wall, and participate in “Let’s Face It”:
With an estimated population drop in less than a decade from 111 to only 79 of the Maui’s left, they urgently need your help ✮ and we would love to see your beautiful faces as part of our campaign.
We are nearing our deadline to collect everyone’s visual petition (VP) to allow for time needed to produce sets of banners and posters.
Your “Let’s Face It” visual petitions would help us reach our goal of 1,000 by 20 March 2012.
There are at least 152 VPs on the Facebook “Let’s Face It” page, and I have an additional 250 that are in preparation.
Please spread the word! Also, it would be wonderful to have your help in collecting visual petitions (VPs) for the “Let’s Face It” campaign. If you would like to collect VPs, please message me, Peggy Oki, with your e-mail address so that I can send you suggestions on teaming up & the documents about the campaign. Thanks!!♥
Please click here, and see how easy it is for you send in your visual petition: