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Autumn 2003 - Act•ionLine

by Bill Dollinger | Autumn 2003

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers

...to United Airlines, for listening to customers who voiced their opposition to the airing of rodeo segments as part of the in-flight entertainment. The airlines has announced that it will not air any rodeo events in the future.

...to actor Demi Moore, who has been promoting her raw food diet. She was convinced to adopt the vegan diet by celebrity chef Juliano, who also prepares raw food for Alicia Silverstone and Pamela Anderson at his Santa Monica, CA restaurant.

...to actor Angelina Jolie, who recently pledged to donate at least $1.3 million over the next few years to establish a wildlife sanctuary in northwest Cambodia. Known as the "100 Elephants Forest," this region is considered to be home to the last remaining populations of wild elephants and tigers in the country. A portion of the funds will be used to help war veterans and amputees.

 

Jeers

...to Fox Television Network, for a cruel publicity stunt to promote a new reality show called “Banzai.” In an earlier promotion for the show, two men in lab coats calculate the number of balloons that would be needed to make a chicken fly. Not long after it aired, a live chicken with helium-filled balloons attached was found tangled in wires in San Francisco. The good news is that the chicken, who has since been named Amelia, was rescued and turned over to animal control for adoption.

Contact:
Gail Berman,
President
FBC Entertainment Group
10201 W. Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Tel.: 310-369-7595
Fax: 310-969-0546

...to the Smithsonian Institution, for giving into political pressure over a photography exhibit of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Subhanker Banerjee, a native of Calcutta, India.

According to the New York Times, “ Mr. Banerjee and the book's publisher say members of the Smithsonian told them that the museum had been pressured to cancel or sharply revise the exhibit of birds, caribou, musk oxen and other images he had photographed.”

The photographs were in stark contrast to descriptions given in Congressional testimony by legislators pushing to drill in what they referred to as a “barren wasteland.” Although the exhibit did open, it was moved from the main rotunda to a lower room, and captions were removed or changed.

Contact:
Secretary Lawrence M. Small,
Smithsonian Institution,
PO Box 37012
SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Telephone: 202.357.2700

...to the Cultural Commission of Derby, CT, and to David Feimester and his company, F and F Productions of Jackson, NJ, for holding pig races at their annual Derby Day celebration. Friends of Animals was on hand to protest and document the race, stressing in press interviews that the pigs are treated callously because they're disrespected and considered food, and the race's winner and losers are all eventually slaughtered.

...to Alaska Congressperson Don Young, for threatening fellow legislator Jim Moran during a debate over legislation to ban bear baiting on federal land. During a debate, Young said, "I wish I had my native people in here right now. You'd walk out of here with no head on."

...to the American Bird Conservancy and Defenders of Wildlife for their support of a plan by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to prohibit the release, feeding and protection of cats. The new policy will dismantle existing and potential Trap Neuter Return programs and similar managed cat colonies. The FWC recommends shooting or trapping and euthanasia of cats.

Contact:
Governor Jeb Bush
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Telephone: 850/488-4441
Fax: 850/487-0801

Bill Dollinger

Act•ionLine Autumn 2003

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