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LETTER 1 - Taking Anti-Fur Message Indoors

We activists who live in New Hampshire, where frigid winters don’t allow for outside anti-fur protests, have found another way to get our point across: we walk through local supermarkets and department stores in bright, neon long-sleeved sweatshirts with anti-fur messages on the front and back in large letters, such as “Please Don’t Wear Fur – A Little Fur Trim, A Lot of Animal Cruelty.”

Barbara J. Bonsignore
Concord, NH

LETTER 2 – Failing Those in Need

The letter in the Nov./Dec. 2011 issue of Animal People calls the Humane Farming Association ad an “attack” on the Humane Society of the United States, “a waste of time, energy and money.” Since when has education and enlightenment been renamed, reclassified as “attack”? Can the author of the letter prove any part of the HFA ad untrue? Unfortunately, the very sad but brilliant predictions of the HFA have materialized time and again. The difference of the opinion often airs out the dirty laundry. Study the opposing views. Come to your own conclusions. Give the tortured laying hens a few more inches of space, a few plastic strips (call it a “furnished cage”), take the next 18 years to accomplish this. Then decide if you are satisfied with this solution. (If not, remove eggs from your diet.)

“A nation gets the leaders it deserves.” So do the millions of members of HSUS. (The animals are the losers.) Transfer your donations to groups that stand by their convictions.

In a profit driven, greedy world we are forced to take the better of two evils every day. To do our utmost for the animals, please remember Plato’s words; “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”

Think. Act. Today.
Ava Barcelona
Action Volunteers for Animals
Chicago , IL

LETTER 3 – Destroying Parrot Habitat

Your story about the parrots in Winter 2011-12 ActionLine was very interesting! Red-crowned parrots and yellow-billed parrots are very interesting birds! I think more people should take action in sparing animals like these birds from the destruction of their habitats. Animals share the world with humans; I believe if more people like us help these parrots and other animals, the world will be a safe and beautiful place for all of them.

Dara Roberts
Bucks County, PA

LETTER 4 - To Live Free as Birds

I was intrigued by the essay written by Lee Hall [Movement Watch, Winter 2011-12] on how Friends of Animals petitioned to list Red-crowned parrots under the Endangered Species Act. Bravo!

In the summer of 2010 I first observed flocks of small green parrots numbering as many as ten at times. It was amusing to watch their squawking and aerobatic antics. However, following a harsh winter freeze in our area in 2010 which adversely affected both orange and tomato crops, I have observed these birds very infrequently and usually only in pairs. I read recently about a species named the Carolina parrot which was once abundant along our forested coastal area from Carolina to Miami. This species is now sadly extinct! Could these local U.S. parrots now breeding in the Cape become listed and protected under the Endangered Species Act?

…Kudos for this very informative and interesting article. Thanks also to Friends of Animals and their initial petition to the U.S. Interior Department and their positive action and also to the Fish & Wildlife Services for their positive response: Listing may now be warranted for 12 parrot species.

To quote Lee Hall, On Their Own Terms: Bringing Animal-Rights Philosophy Down to Earth, “The Endangered Species Act has broad ramifications for free-living animals; by applying it thoughtfully, we can defend communities of animals who would otherwise lose everything—their very existence on Earth.” Let’s make sure this will never happen and that these parrots will receive the support needed to ensure they continue to live as free as birds.

Laureen Peterson
Cape Coral, FL

LETTER 5 – What’s Conservation Mean Anyway

Several years ago I learned of a fund established for the purpose of reimbursing ranchers/farmers for proved losses associated with wolves. Sounded like a great idea to me.

Subsequently, I visited Yellowstone in the winter (an amazing experience) and talked about that restitution program with a naturalist. He informed me that yes, indeed, such a fund existed.

Sooo – we are faced with people who would rather kill those wonderful creatures, rather than seek redress for their alleged losses.

Why can’t hunters be made to seek reimbursement when they apply for killing permits? Is it that they really prefer killing to conservation?

Mary Rose Martin
Oklahoma City, OK

LETTER 6 - Carriage Horses Need Help

Please come down to Natchez, MS and look at the carriage horses here. Standing in the boiling sun with no cushioning on their feet from the hot asphalt in the 100 degree weather.

The horses also have no shade after about 11:00 or 12:00. The horses pull a three seat carriage loaded with people.

People have written to the local newspapers but is hasn’t done any good.

William F. Riley
Natchez, MS

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