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Tell Seventh Generation to Stop Promoting Animal Testing

Tell Seventh Generation to Stop Promoting Animal Testing | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Animal testing does not protect human health or the environment from exposure to harmful chemicals.

"Please write Seventh Generation and tell it that reform of chemical safety legislation will succeed only by moving away from reliance on animal tests. As a company that enjoys the financial support of the cruelty-free market, Seventh Generation has a responsibility to stop promoting animal testing and to actively promote nonanimal testing methods wherever possible. And until it does this you will refuse to purchase its products.

"We have provided some text for you, but we encourage you to personalize your message to make it stand out. If you decide to write your own e-mail, please be polite. Here are some talking points:

Garry Rogers's insight:

Animal testing is a questionable practice.  There are alternatives.  Besides, we should avoid cruelty to animals anyway.  Take a minute and send your letter.

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Chinese Must Pay More for Tiger Penis, Rhino Horn, and Other Endangered Animal Products

Chinese Must Pay More for Tiger Penis, Rhino Horn, and Other Endangered Animal Products | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Rare animals are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for supposed health benefits, and are also consumed as a mark of status.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Primitive beliefs become global problems as personal wealth rises.

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Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner - Public News Service

Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner - Public News Service | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner. 

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California's "downer" law.

Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped workers at the auction house beating, throwing and neglecting injured, lame or sick animals. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Mercy for Animals, said this case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane and often illegal abuses of farm animals.

"This conviction should serve as a warning to auctions across the state and the country that animal abuse will not be tolerated," he said.

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Animals Rights is the Greatest Social Justice Issue Since the Abolition of Slavery"

Animals Rights is the Greatest Social Justice Issue Since the Abolition of Slavery" | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

By Free From Harm Staff Writers | June 24, 2012 | Philip Wollen, Australian Philanthropist, Former VP of Citibank, Makes Blazing Animal Rights Speech.

Intelligence Squared’s 2012 series of debates kicked off with a look at the ethics of eating meat. Six speakers are divided into two teams for lively and insightful arguments for and against the proposition, Animals Should Be Off the Menu. Out of an audience of hundreds, 73.6% agreed meat should be off the menu upon hearing all of the arguments.

Garry Rogers's insight:

Great speech.  The arguments on behalf of animals overpowered the arguments for eating meat.  Ten minutes well spent.

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Update on Project Coyote!

Update on Project Coyote! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Wyoming-based Wildlife Services employee Jamie P. Olson's dogs tormenting and mauling trapped wildlife...that includes coyotes, bobcats and raccoons. Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic is re-blogging Project...
Garry Rogers's insight:

Animal cruelty is a clear expression of human weakness and stupidity.

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Undercover Exposé--Pigs Suffer and Die at Top Breeder

Undercover Exposé--Pigs Suffer and Die at Top Breeder | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"This video was captured by a PETA investigator at a leading supplier to other pig meat companies of pig semen and the sows who are artificially inseminated to produce more pigs to be slaughtered. It is the first-ever undercover look at the very beginning of the lives of animals who become bacon, pork chops, and sausages.

Nothing More Than Numbers
These clever and sensitive animals, who animal behaviorists have found are smarter than dogs, are identified by having a tag punched through their ears and become just another number inside the factory. Here are just a few of their stories:

  • One pig, known simply as 112688, struggled to stand and had to drag his hind legs across the filthy floor. Day after day, this pig lay barely moving. He was not even put out of his misery. Instead, he was loaded onto a truck and hauled to slaughter.
  • Pigs 112105 and 113436 sustained injuries that...."
Garry Rogers's insight:

They're going to die anyway, right?

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England: 8/8/14 Is 'World Cat Day' - The BUAV Exposes Cats Born To Die In UK Labs - Watch the Footage, Please Sign the Petition - and Lots More.

England:  8/8/14 Is 'World Cat Day' - The BUAV Exposes Cats Born To Die In UK Labs - Watch the Footage, Please Sign the Petition - and Lots More. | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"On the 8th of August, cat lovers around the world will celebrate a day dedicated to all things fantastic and fascinating about felines.


"There will be homes around the world where cats and kittens are lucky enough to spend their lives protected by the security of a loving family.


"Sadly, behind other closed doors – not of homes but of laboratories – there will also be many other cats and kittens suffering in silence.


"This time last year, one of our investigators, Suzie, was undercover at a MSD Animal Health laboratory and reflects on the time she spent with the kittens used in research. Please read her words and take action to stop this suffering by signing up to our Thunderclap for World Cat Day to raise vital awareness about the investigation and to end these cruel and unnecessary practices."

Garry Rogers's insight:

Cats are a distraction; one that rests our minds and clears our thoughts.

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White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
This is the propaganda that lulls the public into thinking that a meaningless balanced approach which juggles the rights of polluters to profit and the rights of helpless animals to live is tantamount to ethical policy.


"And here's the part where the oil cartel hilariously pretends to be very, very miffed at the government's outrageous strong-arm "humanitarian" tactics:

The American Petroleum Institute, the National Ocean Industries Association and other groups were unable to persuade the Interior Department to scale back proposed time-outs to watch for animals before starting testing and requirements that companies shut down activities when dolphins and other animals are nearby."

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Harsh? I don't think so.  This administration seems to hold no love for animals or the Earth environment.  As Karen Garcia points out, it isn't really negotiating when the argument is over profits vs. life.  It's pseudo negotiating intended to convince the masses that our leaders are being fair and balanced.

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Ban Cruel Wildlife Traps

Ban Cruel Wildlife Traps | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: Honorable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
Goal: Ban the use of cruel leghold traps in British Columbia
Leghold traps are cruel devices designed to hold an animal against its will.
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Take Action: End Taxpayer Spending on Wildlife Killing (Caution: Graphic Content)

Take Action: End Taxpayer Spending on Wildlife Killing (Caution: Graphic Content) | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Take Action: On Tuesday, July 22nd, at 9AM, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will discuss the future of Wildlife Services funding. The County has approved Wildlife Services funding since the early 20th century.
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New study shows that migration flyways and winter destinations of sparrows are unique to each bird

New study shows that migration flyways and winter destinations of sparrows are unique to each bird | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"A new paper by Dr. Jeremy Ross from the University of Oklahoma describes the use of tiny devices strapped to birds' backs called geolocators, which capture the individual migration routes of  lark sparrows in North America. By sensing the light levels, these backpacks can pinpoint the location of a bird anywhere in the world, even if retrieving the data-logger can sometimes pose a major problem."

Garry Rogers's insight:

Animal cruelty outside the lab?  Does the geolocator bother the bird at all? Is it irritating or physically limiting?  Was its installation traumatic? It seems unlikely that any lark sparrow would volunteer to carry a backpack for the rest of its life just so someone could satisfy their curiosity. Could it choose, the sparrow might prefer that the researchers seek to find ways to preserve essential habitat and eliminate the herbicides and insecticides that poison the sparrow's food.

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What a hidden camera captured inside these livestock auctions

What a hidden camera captured inside these livestock auctions | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Every year, millions of cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and other animals are funneled through livestock markets on a stressful and terrorizing journey that often ends at the slaughterhouse. A new Mercy For Animals investigation at auctions in Mississippi reveals brutal violence at the hands of workers. Watch the video, then take action!
Garry Rogers's insight:

Sale barn workers know the animals die soon. Respect gone, they hide their pity behind derision and brutality.  As the auction begins, the wide-eyed steers rush through the opened gate.  One falls and the young men laugh.  The old men study their shoes.

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