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Summer 2006 - Act•ionLine

by Bill Dollinger | Summer 2006

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers

...To the Animal Rights Club of DeWitt Clinton High School, in the Bronx, New York, for their petition and letter-writing campaign to advance H.B. 5804, legislation before the Connecticut state legislature which would protect monk parakeets. The group of thirty students also has lobbied to maintain a Connecticut Sunday tradition: no hunting. Their efforts have drawn the attention of another Bronx high school, Bronx Science, which is forming an animal rights club of their own.

Contact:
Animal Rights Club
c/o Casey Sullivan, Staff Sponsor
DeWitt Clinton High School
100 West Mosholu Parkway South
Bronx, NY 10468

...To Andy Rooney, for his March 7 column “A Bird In Hand,” which appeared in newspapers shortly after Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot another hunter during a Texas quail hunt. While most media reports focused on hunting safety protocols, Rooney sympathized with the birds, writing: “The Vice President gets off to a bad start with a lot of people like me who don’t understand why anyone thinks killing little birds with a shotgun is a way to have a good time.”

Contact:
Andy Rooney
Tribune Media Services
2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114
Buffalo, NY 14207

To “Travel-MSN.Com,” for steering tourists away from New York City’s horse-drawn carriages in their March 16 online article “Ten New York City Experiences to Avoid.” The travel column advised “The horses look so forlorn, as if it’s the last thing they want to do.”

Contact:
Email: travel@msnbc.com

...To “Gables at Columbia,” a community in Columbia, Maryland, for learning to live with vultures. In January, hundreds of turkey vultures took to roosting in this suburb of Washington, DC. Ted Hart, president of the homeowners’ association, told the Washington Post, "We are a community that is going to respect the fact that the birds have a right to be here."

Contact:
Ted Hart
Email: tedhart@usa.net

Jeers

...To former President Bill Clinton, for his appearance at a ceremony to dedicate the new headquarters for Heifer International in New York on March 16. Heifer International is a hunger relief organization that establishes and creates a dependence on animal agriculture in impoverished communities around the globe. (For more on Heifer International, see ActionLine, Fall 2005)

Contact:
William J. Clinton Foundation
55 West 125th St.
New York, NY 10027

...To the Vegetarian Society of the District of Columbia (VSDC), for rejecting a motion to adopt, publicize and implement a policy that only vegan food would be ordered, prepared, and served at VSDC sponsored events. The motion was introduced at a February 13 board meeting in response to the serving of dishes containing dairy and eggs at VSDC functions.

Contact:
Saurabh Dalal, President
VSDC
PO Box 4921
Washington DC 20008
Email: vsdc@vsdc.org

...To Nature Watch, a California-based supplier of tools and materials for nature and science educators, for offering skins from beaver, coyote, deer, bobcats, raccoons and many other animals in their catalog and at their online store.

Contact:
Nature Watch
5312 Derry Avenue, Unit R
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
E-mail: info@nature-watch.com
1.800.228.5816

...To Marilyn vos Savant, author of the Parade Magazine column “Ask Marilyn,” for her promotion of petting zoos. In a Feb. 26 column, vos Savant advised readers “Petting zoos help educate children and promote a love of animals: They are treated with respect and handled with care.”

Contact:
Marilyn vos Savant
711 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10017-4014
Email: http://parade.com/opencms/do/readerContactUs

...To U.S. Olympic Skater Johnny Weir, for wearing animal skin clothing. A Feb. 22 profile in the Washington Post described Weir’s passion for a coat made from the skins of beavers and pythons. The same article described Weir’s fur collars and hand-warmers.

Contact:
Johnny Weir
c/o The Pond Ice Arena
101 John F. Campbell Dr.
Newark, DE 19711

...To Hidden Valley Lake, a community near Cincinnati, Ohio, for hiring Beastmaster Pest Services to trap beavers in response to complaints from homeowners.

Contact: Bob Will
President, Hidden Valley Lake Property Owners Association
19325 Schmarr Dr.
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
812.537.3091

Bill Dollinger

Act•ionLine Summer 2006

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