Group seeks funds, co-sponsorships and participants

From: Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Advice and council is being sought from leaders within the Penobscot tribal community to determine what issues they would like to have addressed and represented during the walk, as well as, gaining permission to have the opening ceremony and send off from Indian Island, Maine. The starting point for the 2016 Maine Walk for Peace will likely be in or near Old Town, if not from Indian Island.
Peace and justice will always be central to the Walk for Peace.
If you or any of the groups that you are associated with can connect with the theme of the Walk and would like to participate in this year’s Maine Walk for Peace, please contact Bruce Gagnon at email:

Bruce K. Gagnon
Coordinator
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 443-9502
http://www.space4peace.org
http://space4peace.blogspot.com  (blog)

The tentative date set for walking from the Penobscot Indian Island/Old Town to Kittery is from October 8th-22nd, 2016.

WHAT: Vegan Leafleting @ the Boston Common.

WHEN: This coming Saturday August 15th, 2:00-4:00pm.

WHERE: Boston Common, meet in front of the Brewer’s Fountain near the  Park Street T stop.(See Directions, below.)

RSVP/INFO: rayshick@msn.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

FROM THE RAYSHICKS:
You’re invited to a Sunny Meadow Sanctuary Work Day & Vegan Potluck tomorrow, Saturday July 25th from noon to 7:00, and we hope you can make it! 
 
If you can’t make it then, but can help some other day, just let us know that as well. We are happy to set up individual volunteering times.

 

Jobs include carpentry repairs, barn, pasture, and paddock cleanup/maintenance; animal care, etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed!

If you would like to come help out, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:

rayshick@msn.com 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; 25 minutes or so from Worcester.)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 cancellation due to inclement weather. It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us if you are staying for the potluck and what you will be bringing.

 
Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at 5:45.Produce for the animals is also needed; we really need organic apples, organic carrots, and butternut squash but all veggies are essential to the animals well-being. 
 
No dogs please.
 
To make a vital donation for hay for the animals this winter via 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

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!

WHEN: This coming Saturday, July 18th, 2:00-4:00pm.
WHERE: Boston Common, meet in front of the Brewer’s Fountain near the  Park Street T stop. (See Directions, below.) RSVP/INFO: rayshick@msn.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: Whenever we speak to the general public about animal testing, folks are amazed that it is still going on. Over 100 million animals at least are tortured every year in labs. Help us let the public know the awful truth about animal testing. Our signs and literature will expose the cruelty of the 3 main animal tests used on millions of animals each year: (1) the Eye Irritancy Test, which is also called the Draize Test, which forces chemicals into the eyes of fully conscious, restrained rabbits. No pain relievers or anesthetics of any kind are used. The extreme pain often causes them to struggle so severely that they break their own backs, dying in agony needlessly. (2) The Skin Irritancy Testing, which places corrosive chemicals onto the shaved/raw skin of rabbits and guinea pigs. The caustic nature of these substances causes severe injuries to the animals. Gaping wounds and bleeding are common. (3) The Oral Toxicity Testing, the LD50, which force-feeds strong chemicals to fully conscious animals for 14-28 days until they die.
Animal testing doesn’t make products safe. For example, according to animal tests, cigarette smoke, asbestos, arsenic, benzene, and glass fibers were all found to be safe to ingest. Many household products, all tested on animals, are unsafe for us and our environment. And inaccuracies in cancer-causing tests occur up to 70% of the time. Animal testing only provides a legal defense for companies whose products could still harm humans. Test results are used to win lawsuits, not protect people. Some of these tests are over 50 years old and have never been required to be scientifically validated.In February 2008, 3 agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program and the National Institutes of Health – signed a “Memorandum of understanding” to develop and implement new methods that could lead to the end of animal testing to evaluate the safety for humans of new chemicals and drugs. Source:
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.

DIRECTIONS:From The Boston Common Parking Garage:We will be near the fountain and Park Street Subway Station near the corners of Park and Tremont Streets. Public transportation is best and cheapest but the entrance to the Boston Common Garage is on Charles St. directly across from the Public Gardens. There are also passenger elevators down to the garage from four pedestrian kiosks within the Common. Cost=$10 all day. When you exit the garage at ground level, find the tree lined sidewalks and walk on them with the hill on your left, then pass the bandstand area, and continue to the corner of Park and Tremont. Brewer’s Fountain is near that corner. You can always ask passersby where the Park Street T Stop or fountain are. Here’s a map of the T system:
http://www.bostoncitylinks.com/boston_maps.htmlThe Common is the big green oblong in the middle and Park Street Station is in the upper right hand corner of that oblong. Here is a map of Boston: http://www.bostoncitylinks.com/big.html

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:

From the Mass Pike:Take Mass Pike Eastbound

Take the Copley Place/Prudential Exit

Stay right for Copley Place
You will exit the tunnel onto Stuart Street; go straight on Stuart and take left on Charles St. South which will turn into Charles St after the first traffic light. Garage entrance is on right. From the Southeast Expressway (I 93/RT. 3 North):Take exit 20 toward I-90, Airport & South Station
Take a left toward South Station
At the light, Turn LEFT (West) onto Kneeland St
Kneeland St becomes Stuart St
Turn RIGHT (North) onto Charles St, South; follow it to Charles St [1 block] From 93 South:Take exit 26 toward Storrow Drive-North Station
Follow Storrow Drive Heading Westbound
Take the Back Bay/Copley Square exit (be sure to stay in the left lane, since it’s a left lane exit)
Once off the exit, take a left at light
Take first right onto Arlington Street
Proceed through set of lights
At second light, take a left onto Boylston Street
Go straight through lights
At second light, take a left onto Charles Street
Take a right into Boston Common Garage (Below the Boston Common Park)From Storrow Drive Heading Eastbound:
Take the Downtown Boston exit (right lane exit)
Follow the direction above from westbound

NEXT TOUR SUNDAY, JULY 5

Unfortunately, thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon here at the sanctuary so we are cancelling today’s tour. We have contacted everyone who signed up privately but want to be sure that we have reached everyone so we are sending this notice out.
 
The next tour is Sunday July 5th and we will be putting out the full July/early August Tour Schedule this week.
 
We have met so many wonderful folks at the tours so far and look forward to seeing you at one in the future!
 
For the animals,
Helen & Steve

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:

  1. Visit http://ghostgear.worldanimalprotection.org and play on your computer or your mobile phone
  2. Click/tap to swim up & release to swim down to avoid getting caught in ghost gear
  3. 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:

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: rayshick@msn.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.

DIRECTIONS:

 

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.

By Bike

Valet Bicycle Parking will be provided by MassBike in Carol Barron Plaza and Jill Brown-Rhone Memorial Park.

By Car

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.


Make a statement against Gun Violence

Make a statement against Gun Violence

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

Hi all,
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:
rayshick@msn.com 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

Moments before he was to be slaughtered

Moments before he was to be slaughtered

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.