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Winter 2006 - Act•ionLine

by Bill Dollinger | Winter 2006

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers

For Open Season , an animated film about the opening of hunting season, when beavers, squirrels, elks and ducks decide to repel a horde of hunters from their woodland territory. The film carries a strong message of support for free-living animals.

It also attempts to make a statement about the limitations imposed on animals who are domesticated or held in captivity. The film is limited here; it's not easy for an animated drama to explain that for most such animals, rejoining a woodland community is a fantasy. Nevertheless, for taking on the hunting lobby in a wonderful and entertaining critique that will reach all ages, the film gets an "A" for effort.

To the Seattle-based rock band Pearl Jam , for adopting a Carbon Portfolio Strategy to offset carbon dioxide emissions generated during their recent tour year. To mitigate carbon emissions generated by their own travel and that of their concert attendees, the band is donating $100,000 to nine environmental organizations that work on protecting and restoring ecosystems and development of renewable energy.

Contact:
Pearl Jam
c/o J Records
745 Fifth Avenue, 6 th floor
New York , NY 10151

To New York State legislators , for passing a law that now allows criminal courts to issue an order of protection for pets in abusive households. In September, the first such order was issued to protect a Bichon Frise who was being beaten by Queens resident Frederick Fontanez. The accused faces charges of animal torture and has been ordered to keep a distance of at least 100 feet from the dog. The legislation was introduced by New York state Senator Frank Padavan (R-Queens) and Assemblyperson Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) .

Contact:
Senator Frank Padavan
Room 505, State Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
518-455-3381

Assemblyperson Linda Rosenthal
230 West 72 nd Street
Suite 2F
New York , NY 10023
212-873-6368

To Best Friends Animal Society, for assisting Lebanese activist Mona Khoury in order to transport homeless dogs and cats out of besieged Beirut. Since September, hundreds of orphaned dogs and cats have been removed and are finding new homes through Best Friends’ Utah sanctuary.

Thank Mona Khoury and Best Friends Animal Society by contacting:
Michael Mountain , President
Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, Utah 84741-5000
435-644-2001
www.bestfriends.org

To members of the European Parliament for issuing a declaration in September calling on the European Commission to take immediate action in response to Canada's seal kill.  The statement was introduced by British Green Party member Caroline Lucas and Swedish Green Party member Carl Schlyter and was signed by 425 lawmakers.  The signatories called on the European Commission to immediately draft a ban that would shut down the European market for seal products.

In November, the Members of the Council of Europe then called on the European governments to introduce a ban on all seal products. Unfortunately, due to the pressure of international animal-welfare groups, they also asked for better regulation of the Canadian commercial seal hunt, indicating that certain killing methods (for example, the use of hakapiks) are inhumane. We at Friends of Animals have been active in this issue for three decades, and believe better regulation is beside the point. The killing should simply end, and the Members of Parliament should hear that message in clear terms
when you thank them.

Please thank these Members for their outstanding work in furtherance of a ban on seal products, and clarify that no seal kills are "humane" no matter how the killing is carried out:

Carl Schlyter, MEP
EP-ASP 08 G 115
Rue Wiertz, B-1047 Brussels, Belgium
Email: cschlyter@europarl.eu.int

Caroline Lucas MEP
Suite 58, The Hop Exchange
24 Southwark Street
London SE1 1TY Great Britain
Email: carolinelucas@greenmeps.org.uk

Jeers

To House-Mouse Designs , a Web site and catalog company that sells “whimsical mouse products” including mouse-friendly themed cards, calendars and stamps, for offering a “quality-crafted leather Check book cover” in their new product line.

Maybe they haven’t researched the issue, and just don’t know yet that the best selection for other animals and the environment is undyed hemp. Let them know.

Contact:
House-Mouse Designs
PO Box 48
Williston , Vermont 05495
1-800-242-MICE

To artist Robert Banks , the British graffiti artist also known as Banksy, for his “Barely Legal” exhibit in Los Angeles, in which he covered a 38-year-old elephant named Tai in spray paint. The elephant was painted to match red and gold pattern of the exhibit's walls, and placed in a room with furniture. Ironically, cards were handed out at the opening, which included such guests as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, read: "There's an elephant in the room. There's a problem we never talk about." The card went on to explain that many people live below the poverty line. Please tell Robert Banks that there was another elephant in the room you’d like to talk about: one group should not be exploited to highlight the plight of another.

Banks does not give out a business address, but can be reached by e-mail at:

banksy@banksy.co.uk

To the American Academy of Pediatrics , for their recommendation in the September issue of the journal Pedriatics that children who are lactose intolerant should nonetheless be given milk, cheese and yogurt as a source of calcium. Magnesium also plays a critical role in bone formation and keeping calcium absorption in balance. There are many excellent plant-based sources of calcium combined with magnesium, Including spinach and broccoli. The Washington Post noted that the AAP has received $100,000 from the Dairy Council over the past three years.

Contact:
American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Blvd.
Elk Grove Village , IL 60007
847-434-4000

Bill Dollinger

Act•ionLine Winter 2006

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