Pleas for an attorney to help
From Helen and Steve Rayshick today:
6. Can we trust their studies and logic?: Only five years ago, DCR was testifying at legislative hearings that they needed moose hunting at the Quabbin Reservoir because moose were “out of control”; since then the moose population has collapsed nationwide. Obviously, they exaggerate. They cannot know what will happen to the deer if they kill 80% of the herd based on their mistake with their moose predictions.
- Sept. 24 at Ponkapoag Golf Course, 2167 Washington St., Canton
- Sept. 29 at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave., Milton
- Oct. 1 in the auditorium of the Lincoln-Hancock Elementary School, 300 Granite St., Quincy
WHAT: Vegan Leafleting @ the Boston Common.
WHERE: Boston Common, meet in front of the Brewer’s Fountain near the Park Street T stop.(See Directions, below.)
RSVP/INFO: email@example.com or just answer this email or just show up. (Event is weather permitting only. Check for postponement email or call 978-257-7062 on morning of protest.) Leaflets and banner provided.
WHY: For the pigs, chickens, cows, dairy calves, lambs, sheep, goats and water living creatures. Worldwide, 51 billion farmed animals are killed each year. The suffering this represents is staggering. Hidden away, animals are abused and neglected in factory and family farms throughout the U.S. Female pigs, egg laying hens, and veal calves are kept in cages and crates so small that they cannot turn around. Common practices include tail docking, beak cutting, castration, branding, and forced impregnation, all without anesthesia. Starvation for 7-14 days (forced molting) is routinely practiced on laying hens. Animals’ deaths are just as bad. They are dragged, terrified, to their deaths. They are often skinned while still alive. Chickens and other birds are killed without even the most lenient protections. Most “food animals” are killed at such young ages, that if they were dogs or cats, they would still be called puppies or kittens, and farmers would be called animal abusers.
IN BARRE (CENTRAL) MASSACHUSETTS
If you would like to come help out, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:
Holden, MA 01520-1279
FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSHICK OF MASS ANIMAL RIGHTS COALITION
WHAT: A public demonstration to support the EU’s ban on animal testing for cosmetics that went into effect recently. This is an historic step, and now we must push for it to happen in the US too!
http://tinyurl.com/2jup69This change is the result of scientific findings that animal tests do not work to protect humans. In 2007, the National Research Council (a committee of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences) reported that the US government must develop new testing to assess the effects of chemicals on human health.
Their report, which was requested by the EPA, suggested the use of new technologies such as biomonitoring–analyzing chemical levels in blood, urine, breast milk and human tissue–and high-throughput assays. Other alternatives include in vitro testing and computer modeling techniques. We will identify the companies that still use animal testing (including Proctor and Gamble) and give contact info, and also identify the companies that do not animal test.
From the T:
Exit the Green or Red Line at Park Street then walk towards the middle of the park. You will see us near the fountain and on the sidewalks going into the park.
Driving Directions to the Commons Parking Garage:
NEXT TOUR SUNDAY, JULY 5
GHOST GEAR DODGE puts players in the body of a dolphin trying to traverse the perils of discarded fishing gear in our oceans
NEW YORK, June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, World Animal Protection launched its first online game GHOST GEAR DODGE – aimed at educating and engaging people to make a Sea Change for marine animals and create safer, cleaner oceans. According to UN agencies, some 640,000 tons of fishing gear are lost or discarded in our oceans every year. This ‘ghost gear’ has a devastating effect on marine animals, injuring, entangling, and killing millions of seals, whales, turtles, seabirds, and other species.
“We wanted to offer an educational tool that will help inform people about this issue and create a wider movement of people seeking change for the oceans and the animals that live in them,” said Priscilla Ma, U.S. Executive Director of World Animal Protection. “As people become the dolphin in the game’s story, they must dodge some of the most common types of ghost fishing gear that affect the welfare of marine animals, including abandoned, lost or discarded fishing pots, traps and nets.”
GHOST GEAR DODGE includes key factoids about the ghost gear problem and its impact on animals; these are shown during the game when the dolphin collides with ghost gear. Players are encouraged to share the game on their personal social media pages, join the Sea Change movement to see how they can activate their local communities, or donate to help World Animal Protection reduce and remove ghost gear and rescue entangled animals.
How to play GHOST GEAR DODGE:
- Visit http://ghostgear.worldanimalprotection.org and play on your computer or your mobile phone
- Click/tap to swim up & release to swim down to avoid getting caught in ghost gear
- Sign up at the end of the game to learn more about Sea Change initiatives happening locally and share the game with your family and friends to help build the Sea Change movement
World Animal Protection’s Sea Change Campaign aims to save one million marine animals from the impact of ghost gear by 2018.
Note to editors:
- High-resolution images available upon request
- For more information on World Animal Protection’s Sea Change campaign, visit www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/seachange.
About ghost gear
Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear known as ‘ghost’ gear is found in every ocean and sea on the planet. It continues to fish indiscriminately, killing millions of marine animals every year, including seals, dolphins, whales, turtles and birds. It destroys marine habitats and costs governments and marine industries millions of dollars in clean-up costs and lost revenue each year. Made mostly of plastic, this phantom menace will persist in our oceans for centuries.
About World Animal Protection
World Animal Protection, formerly known as the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), is active in more than 50 countries. From our offices around the world, we work with businesses, governments, local partners and animal welfare organizations. We help people to find practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide. We collaborate with national governments, and we have formal relationships with international bodies including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Council of Europe and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). We seek national and international policy change to improve the lives of millions of animals, because animal protection is a fundamental part of a sustainable future.
Source: World Animal Protection
MONTREAL — Proposed Quebec legislation would impose heavy fines and jail time for serial animal abusers and go so far as to criminalize flushing live goldfish down the toilet.
“If you have a goldfish you have to take care of it,” said Quebec Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis, who tabled the legislation Friday. “Don’t get a goldfish if you don’t want to take care of it.”
The bill states that “animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs.”
For many people, that might seem obvious, but in Quebec an animal currently has the same legal rights as a piece of furniture.
“The biggest change (in the bill) is that up to now, an animal in Quebec is considered as a movable, like a piece of equipment,” Paradis said. “It goes from that to being a sentient being.”
Paradis believes his bill will transform Quebec from the jurisdiction with some of the least strict animal-welfare rules in North America — it is considered the puppy-mill capital of the continent — to one with some of the toughest.
He said he was inspired by Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, which he noted have the strongest animal-welfare laws in the country.
Paradis also looked to France, which updated its own laws last January to change the status of animals to sentient beings from their prior status of movable property.
The bill has separate rules for pet owners, farmers with livestock, owners of pet shops, or people who sell animal-based products such as furs.
Pet owners “must ensure that the animal’s welfare and safety are not compromised,” meaning domesticated animals have to receive “care that is consistent with (their) biological needs,” the bill states.
Farmers must guarantee that their animals are “treated with dignity as much as possible” from the moment they are born to the day they are slaughtered.
But farm animals don’t get the same protection as pets. They must be treated “in accordance with generally recognized rules,” the bill reads.
That, says the head of animal advocacy for the SPCA in Montreal, means chickens, will still be allowed to be kept in enclosures no wider than a sheet of paper — called battery cages — for their entire lives.
“Whatever the (food) industry does on a wide scale is exempt,” said Alanna Devine.
“I don’t know if this means they’ll be treated with dignity and respect.”
She said the bill is unclear regarding the status of many wild and exotic animals and those found in zoos.
Devine’s interpretation of the bill is that someone who shoots a squirrel in a park, for instance, is not covered in the legislation.
Despite wondering about how the bill be enforced, Devine called the legislation a “positive step.”
Paradis said there will be no new money for inspectors but that his department has enough people to ensure the bill’s provisions can be enforced.
The legislation gives inspectors the power to demand to see an animal if they have “reasonable cause” to suspect the pet is being mistreated.
They can also obtain a warrant from a judge to enter a home and seize animals.
First-time offenders face fines as low as $250 and as high as $250,000.
The fines can double and triple for repeat offenders. Judges will have the discretion to sentence serial violators of the proposed law to jail for up to 18 months.
Devine agrees with the fact that even goldfish owners should be subject to the law.
“We know scientifically that fish are sentient and can feel pain,” she said. “If animals are capable of suffering then they should be included (in the bill).”
First-time offenders face fines as low as $250 and as high as $250,000.
Paradis says the fines can double and triple for repeat offenders. Judges will have the discretion to sentence serial violators of the proposed law to jail for up to 18 months.
FROM THE RAYSHICKS:
WHAT: Vegan Leafleting @ Riverfest in Cambridge. The location has changed this year and will be held in Central Square because of construction. This will be a great opportunity to spread the word about farmed animal suffering and the easy vegan solution.
WHEN: Saturday June 6th, 2:00-4:00pm.
WHERE: Central Square, meet up location to be announced.
RSVP/INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org or just answer this email or just show up. (Event is weather permitting only. Check for postponement email or call 978-257-7062 on morning of protest.) Leaflets, signs, and banner provided.
WHY: For the pigs, chickens, cows, dairy calves, lambs, sheep, and goats. Over 90% of farmed animals live in horrible factory farms, where they are overcrowded, neglected, and never go outdoors. Worldwide, 51 billion farmed animals are killed each year. The suffering this represents is staggering. Hidden away, animals are abused and neglected in factory and family farms throughout the U.S. Female pigs, egg laying hens, and veal calves are kept in cages and crates so small that they cannot turn around. Common practices include tail docking, beak cutting, castration, branding, and forced impregnation, all without anesthesia. Starvation for 7-14 days (forced molting) is routinely practiced on laying hens. Animals’ deaths are just as bad. They are dragged, terrified, to their deaths. They are often skinned while still alive. Chickens and other birds are killed without even the most lenient protections. Most “food animals” are killed at such young ages, that if they were dogs or cats, they would still be called puppies or kittens. If people did to companion animals what is done to farm animals, they would be in jail.
By Public Transit
Take the Red Line to Central Square.
MBTA Bus#1 will run from Boston to the MIT Museum then turn around and return to Boston. A new bus #1 will pick up on the other side of Prospect Street and run the rest of the route.
Valet Bicycle Parking will be provided by MassBike in Carol Barron Plaza and Jill Brown-Rhone Memorial Park.
Many roads in and around Central Square will be closed for this event including Massachusetts Avenue. Parking will be limited due to restrictions for event parking for performers and vendors. We strongly encourage the use of public transportation.