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: 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 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
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: 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, 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.
FROM CREDO ACTION
Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, with 88 people killed by gun violence every day. There are countless common sense strategies to help end this epidemic, but the NRA has a chokehold on Congress, as well as many state legislatures, so change won’t come without a fight.
One powerful way to join the fight is to help make clear to lawmakers and the media that a majority of Americans want an end to gun violence.
That’s why CREDO has joined forces with our friends at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety to participate in the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2. Next Tuesday, people who believe we must do more to end gun violence in our country will wear orange to be seen and heard in every community across America.
Hunters wear orange for gun safety, as a way to protect their own lives and the lives of others. It’s a symbol for the value of human life. Wearing orange next Tuesday is a visual affirmation of the right of every American to live a life free from gun violence.
Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Prevention Day were inspired by teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of a slain friend — Hadiya Pendleton — by wearing orange. Hadiya marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013 and was shot and killed a week later in a park near her home in Chicago. June 2 would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday.
Gun violence touches every corner of America — in fact, just last weekend 33 people were shot in Chicago alone. We don’t have to live in a country where shootings happen every day. If we all stand up together and demand change, we will succeed.
Thank you for being part of this movement.
FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSCHICK
We are having a Work Day & Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Saturday, January 24th, from noon to 7:00-ish, and we hope you can make it!
If you can give other volunteers a ride to the Work Day, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day, just let us know that as well.
Jobs include light carpentry, barn, pasture, and paddock cleanup/maintenance, animal care, fencing, etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed!
So if you would like to come help out, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)
This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible rescheduling due to inclement weather.
It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you can stay for the potluck.
There will be hot tea and lots of room to warm up in the house for everyone.
Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at about 5:30 so we can get most of the animals fed and tucked into their barns before dark sets in.
Produce for the animals is also needed; we really need organic apples and organic carrots. We do not need butternut squash. We had another bumper crop harvest! (We grow organic butternut squash for the animals.)
No dogs please.
Sunny Meadow still need donations to make it through 2015! If you would like to make a donation via a check rather than Paypal (Paypal takes a part of your donation), here is our PO Box address:
Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279
For the animals,
Helen & Steve
BULL KNEELS AND CRIES MOMENTS BEFORE SLAUGHTER
Reported in “Weekly World News,” in Hong Kong, a group of workers took a bull to the slaughterhouse. They were about to enter the facility when the bull suddenly stopped and knelt on its front paws. The bull was crying.
Shiu, one of the workers, claims he started to shiver seeing those “scared and sad eyes,” and, as much as they tried to pull the bull inside, it wouldn’t move and just stood there, sobbing like a child.
The workers were not able to slay it also tearing up at the sight, collecting funds to buy the animal and deliver it to the care of monks in a nearby temple.
Reportedly, when the bull recognized that he would be spared, he got up and followed them.