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Spring 2005 - Act•ionLine

by Bill Dollinger | Spring 2005

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers

To Red Hawk Trading Company,

a real estate asset management company based in Ware Massachusetts, for notifying Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski that the company was excluding the state of Alaska from employees options for a winter getaway until the state stopped its wolf control program. In support of the Alaska tourism boycott, the 105 employees of Red Hawk will spend their travel dollars in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

To the activists in Israel,

who pushed the Knesset Education Committee to implement a ban on the production of foie gras by January 2005, thus putting it into effect 18 months after the law was passed. This move stands in stark contrast to the recent California foie gras law, which granted industry immunity from prosecution for animal cruelty and allows 8 years for development of “acceptable” methods of production. Although sale and importation is still allowed, the ban is an encouraging development for ducks and geese since Israel was the world’s third largest producer of foie gras.

To Forever 21,

a national clothing chain, for removing fur from all of its 145 stores in the U.S. and Canada. According to a December 2004 article by the Associated Press, Forever 21 has pledged to maintain what Senior Vice-President Lawrence Meyer referred to as a “permanent fur free assortment.”

To the Denver Post,

for the December 2004 op-ed “There’s no need to clone pets,” which editorialized against the cloning of dogs and cats in response to a Texas woman who spent $50,000 to clone her cat. The Post rightfully advocated that the money should have been used to help animals in shelters rather than contributing to the overpopulation of cats and dogs, stating “Had she chosen to donate her $50,000 to the shelter, she could have rescued more than 200 loving friends.”

To Grey2K and Oregon Defenders of Greyhounds,

for their successful efforts to shut down the greyhound-racing industry. Through research, media attention and protest, these organizations focused public scrutiny on the only greyhound racing facility on the west coast, Multnomah Greyhound Park of Portland, Oregon. The park announced that it would not renew its lease when it expired on Dec. 31, 2004. For more information on the campaign to end greyhound racing, visit www.grey2kusa.org.

To the warm hearted New York City residents,

who agitated on behalf of Lola and Pale Male, the red-tailed hawks who were callously evicted from their nest atop 927 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. The protesters, led by Lincoln Karem, refused to go away until the beloved birds were allowed to return to the nest they had occupied since 1993. The resulting media attention proved too much for Richard Cohen, president of the co-op board, which manages the building, and his partner, CNN anchor Paula Zahn, and an agreement was reached to build a new structure, allowing the hawks to return. Lola and Pale Male have since been spotted occupying the new nest.

Jeers

To Chris Wallace,

who took time away from his hosting duties at Fox News Sunday to give a keynote address at the 2005 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show. According to promotional materials, Wallace was presenting “political analysis in light of the fall elections and insight into what (the beef industry) can expect from the White House and Congress.” Contact: Chris Wallace Fox News Sunday 1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 fns@foxnewssunday.com 1-888-369-4762

To former cattle rancher Judy Blunt,

for her January 2005 New York Times op-ed piece “Live Free and Die,” in which she advocated for the slaughter of wild horses. Blunt identified herself as a creative writing professor, failing to disclose the fact that she had been a cattle rancher had ties to the beef industry spanning three decades. Animal agriculture is driving force behind the removal free-living horses from their homes as cattle ranchers see the horses as competition for grazing land. A simple bibliography search by the Times would have identified Blunt as having more at stake in this issue than that of a creative writer.

To Bean Supreme Limited,

based in Aukland, New Zealand, for including genetically engineered Roundup Ready soy in their vegetarian sausage. Australia and New Zealand require labeling if GMO ingredients make up more than 1% of a product. While the Bean Supreme soy sausage did not exceed this limit, the company was fined $4,250 (New Zealand currency) for falsely labeling the product as GMO-free.

To HBO Sports,

for hiring Roy Jones to be the network’s leading boxing analyst. Jones recently purchased a cockfighting pit in Louisiana, and raises cockfighting birds in Florida. Like the use of humans in fights for entertainment, the use of chickens in fighting competitions perpetuates violence and is something we encourage society to outgrow.

Contact:
HBO Sports
1100 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
http://www.hbo.com/apps/submitinfo/contactus/submit.do

To the Outdoor Life Network,

for yet another program glorifying the killing of animals. This time, the network will be teaming up with Safari Club International as a yet-to-be-named program is being developed which would feature the exploits of these trophy hunters and canned hunt enthusiasts.

Contact:
Marc Fein
Senior Vice President of Programming Outdoor Life Network
Two Stamford Plaza, 281 Tresser Blvd. 9th floor
Stamford, Connecticut 06901
Viewer Hotline: 203-406-2613
web comments: http://www.olntv.com/feedback.asp

To the Office of Tourism in Okinawa, Japan,

for promoting the Okinawa Kiddie Land Zoo. The zoo is refusing offers to relocate Kei, a 12-year-old North American Timber Wolf who has been confined to a barren, 7 by 5 yard plexiglass-enclosed exhibit since the age of three months. Kei’s relocation to a wolf santuary in North America would be done at no cost to the zoo.

Contact:
Mario Ginama, Executive Administrator
Okinawa Prefecture Tourism and Culture Office
1-2-2 Izumizaki
Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture Japan 900-8570
E-mail: aa057037@pref.okinawa.jp

Mr. Genwa Higa
Zoo Director Kodomo no Kuni Children’s Zoo
5-7-1 Goya Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Bill Dollinger

Act•ionLine Spring 2005

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