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Winter 2005 - Act•ionLine

by Bill Dollinger | Winter 2005

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers

...To Moby, techno-rocker, restaurateur, and designer. Moby returned to his hometown of Darien, Connecticut in October to introduce a new line of t-shirts and donated the proceeds from the gallery event to Friends of Animals' advocacy work.

...To Rockland Country Day School, a private school in Congers, New York for selecting a vegetarian restaurant to supply meals for the students. The school cafeteria now offers a wide variety of plant-based selections, including veggie burgers and egg-free pasta. The students have also created an organic garden.

...To Washington D.C. Health Director Gregg A. Pane, for advocating keeping evacuees of hurricane Katrina together with their pets. Pane explained to the Washington Post that the city’s efforts to provide shelter “handled all comers, and that includes pets.” Pane added that many evacuees didn’t “have ID or anything, but they managed to rescue their animals."

Jeers

...To Verizon, for sponsoring the revolting “Verizon VoiceWing Battle” — an October chicken-wing eating contest held in Everett, Washington, with a goal of swallowing as much chicken as possible in 10 minutes. The competition was overseen by the International Federation of Competitive Eating — a group apparently as ignorant of the starvation in the world as they are to common decency. The finals were held on November 12 in Boston where $14,000 was awarded in total prize money.

Ivan Seidenberg, CEO
Verizon
1095 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10036
800.483.7988

David Baer
The International Federation of Competitive Eating
151 West 25th St.
4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
dbaer@ifoce.com
212.352.8651

...To Tribal Fusion, the Internet-based advertising company, for their encouraging people to “shoot the duck, win a laptop,” so that computer users will try to win a new computer by shooting at birds in a simulated duck hunt.

Contact:
Tribal Fusion, Inc.
2200 Powell St, Suite 600
Emeryville, CA 94608
510.250.5500

Or e-mail comments from their Web site.

...To the Embassy Suites Hotel, for displaying two mute swans in a small pool in the lobby of their hotel in Dulles, Virginia. Friends of Animals and Action for Animals Network have been pressing the hotel to release the swans to a sanctuary in Airlie, Virginia.

Contact:
Jale Aksoi, Manager
Embassy Suites
13341 Woodland Park Road
Herndon, Virginia 20171
703.464.0200

...To Harrods for reintroducing fur. The prominent British department store stopped selling fur in 1989 after years of protest. This autumn, however, Harrods began a full line of fur introduced by London furrier Frank Zilberkweit.

Contact:
Harrods Ltd.
87-135 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge London SW1X 7XL
Telephone 020.7730.1234
customer.services@harrods.com

...To Roger Waters, former vocalist and bass player in the British band Pink Floyd, for his announcement that he will be taking up residence in the United States out of “disgust” over the recently passed ban on British fox hunting. Waters, who performed at concerts to benefit the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, told the Sunday Times that the hunting ban has made him ashamed to be English.

Contact him at the following business address:
Roger Waters
31 Ruvigny Gardens
London SW15 1JR, England

...To J Crew for introducing a line of coyote, rabbit and fox fur in its autumn 2005 catalogue. The clothing chain had claimed in 2004 that they did not plan to include fur in future collections.

Contact:
Millard S. Drexler, CEO
J Crew Group, Inc.
770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
212.209.2500

...To “Justice and Jim,” hosts of morning radio on WKLQ of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a stunt on their August 11 broadcast in which they told listeners that a dog would be drowned during the show. The obnoxious duo pretended that they had attached weights to the legs of a dog and played sound effects to simulate the drowning. A public outcry and panic ensued, and local emergency lines were overrun with calls. The station later called the entire episode a “hoax.”

Contact:
Matt Hanlon
General Manager, WKLQ
60 Monroe Center St NW, # 3
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
800.785.1073
616.459.1180
matt.hanlon@citcomm.com

...To United Illuminating, for initiating a killing scheme to capture and gas hundreds of monk parakeets. The Connecticut utility company has contracted with U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to kill the parrots because they build nests in utility poles.

Contact:
Nathaniel Woodson, Board Chair and CEO
The United Illuminating Company
157 Church Street
P.O. Box 1564
New Haven, CT 06506
nathaniel.woodson@uinet.com
phone: 203-926-4637
fax: 203-499-3286

Bill Dollinger

Act•ionLine Winter 2005

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