Posted by: kinshipcircle | April 1, 2009

PART 2: JAN-MAR 2009/KINSHIP CIRCLE UPDATES

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY  /  Victories * Setbacks * Progress For Animals
PART 2: JAN – MAR 2009 / KINSHIP CIRCLE UPDATES

PART 2: KC UPDATES / JAN – MAR 2009
16. Model Calif. Spay/Neuter Bill Reintroduced In 2009
17. First Charges Under Animal Terrorism Law?
18. CA: Big Meat Wins Right To Abuse Downed Animals
19. Peanut’s Case Moves Forward – Slowly
20. Grey Seals Spared In Canada’s “Other Hunt”
21. Iowa Pig Abuse Case Is Delayed
22. Jail For Man Who Filed Off Dog’s Teeth
23. FDA Okays Goats As Drug Machines
24. Michigan Pound Renews R & R Research, 6 Months
25. L.A. Zoo Keeps Billy & Bigger Elephant Display
26. UK’s “SHAC 7” Go To Jail. Deja Vu?
27. AETA-like Bill Is Squashed In South Dakota
28. Obama Appoints A True Animal Advocate
29. Palin’s Alaska To Block Protection For Whales
30. Kinship Circle & Others Against Killing Wildlife
31. European Cat/Dog Fur Ban Is Now In Force

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16. Model Calif. Spay/Neuter Bill Reintroduced In 2009
SOURCE: 2/24/09, California’s SB 250 / The Pet Responsibility Act
http://www.yesonsb250.com/sb250-home.php

SUMMARY: Each year, over $250 million is spent housing and euthanizing
homeless dogs and cats in California. About 1 million dogs and cats enter
California’s shelters annually and over half are killed… SB 250 provides a
fiscally responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation in California.
The bill requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their guardian
obtains an unaltered dog license when they license their animal. SB 250 also
requires that roaming cats be spayed and neutered by their guardian…

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
2/27/08: Los Angeles: Spay-Neuter Proposal Becomes Law
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-mar_2008.html#anchor10
6/6/07: Healthy Pets Act Passes State Assembly
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_april-june_2007.html#anchor6
4/24/07: Make Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Law Reality
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/digest/2007_04.html#anchor1
4/12/07: Support Landmark CA Law For Mandatory Spay/Neuter
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/gulfcoast/newsletters/07-04-14.html#7

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17. First Charges Under Animal Terrorism Law?
SOURCE: 2/20/09, BREAKING NEWS: Four arrested in animal rights attacks
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/20/18572450.php

SUMMARY: A terrorism task force arrested animal-rights protesters suspected
of threatening researchers at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. Federal and
local authorities arrested Maryam Khajavi, 20, Joseph Buddenberg, 25,
Adriana Stumpo, 23, and Nathan Pope, 26. They were charged under the federal
Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Crimes arrested activists are accused of:
10/21/07: 20 protesters demonstrated outside a UC Berkeley professor’s home
in El Cerrito… They trespassed on his front yard, chanted slogans and
called him a murderer because of his use of animals in research.
1/27/08: Demos, including chalking, outside homes of several UC researchers.
2/20/08: 5 protesters tried to enter Westside home of a UC Santa Cruz
researcher during a child’s birthday party…
7/29/08: Fliers were left at Caffe Pergolesi in Santa Cruz with names,
addresses and phone numbers of several UCSC scientists…

Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: Whomever uses or causes to be used any
facility of interstate commerce for the purpose of damaging or interfering
with the operations of an animal enterprise, and in connection with such
purpose intentionally places a person in reasonable fear of fear of death or
serious bodily injury to that person or an immediate family member, or
conspires or attempts to do so, by a course of conduct involving threats,
acts of vandalism, property damage, criminal trespass, harassment or
intimidation, shall be imprisoned for not more than five years.

RELATED STORIES:
FBI Arrests 4 Activists as “Terrorists” for Chalking Slogans, Leafleting and Protesting
http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/aeta-arrests/1070/
FBI arrests animal-rights protesters accused of UC harassment
http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/ci_11750989
Federal Authorities Arrest Peaceful Protesters
http://www.animalliberationpressoffice.org

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18. CA: Big Meat Wins Right To Abuse Downed Animals
SOURCE: 2/20/09, Calif. Court Lets Meat Industry Use Sick, Disabled Animals
http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/ca_court_allows_do
wned_animals_in_food_supply_022009.html

PHOTO: Farm Sanctuary

SUMMARY: A Fresno, Calif. federal judge grants a National Meat Association
(NMA) and American Meat Institute (AMI) request to let sick, disabled
animals into the food supply — overturning an amended Calif. law (1/1/09)
in response to an HSUS investigation that exposed horrific abuse of downer
cows at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. in Chino, CA. The 2009 ruling strikes
down a Calif. amendment that had banned transport/marketing of downers and
let prosecutors file criminal charges against violators.

TIME TO TELL THE TRUTH. DOWNLOAD THIS FACT SHEET:

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/DownedOnTheFarmPHOTOS.pdf

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19. Peanut’s Case Moves Forward – Slowly
SOURCE: 2/18/09, Angella M, angella@lavalink.com.au

PHOTO: http://www.rescuedwithlove.org/crueltycaseinmackay.htm

SUMMARY:
On 10/20/08, Danielle and Karen Neilson’s 7-month fox terrier,
Peanut, was abducted from their home in Queensland (Australia). Trent
William Cunniffe, 24, and Jonathon Connor Blake, 21, were arrested…
Videophone images show the puppy wails as the men slash him with garden
shears and a pocketknife — severing his nose, a front leg, rear leg and
finally, his head. Cunniffe and Blake display the amputated body parts…

Trent Cuncliffe’s case may be referred to Mental Health Court, where it
could take up to 1 year to determine if he was of sound mind at the time of
the offenses. He has been held in Mackay Base Hospital’s psychiatric ward.
Jonathan Blake’s court case was remanded until 5/29/09. He is detained in
Capricornia Correctional Centre. BOTTOM LINE: Both men are still in custody.
Neither have entered pleas. Case is in limbo until May. Kinship Circle will
do it’s best to alert you to further action.

CHECK FOR UPDATES:
Rescued With Love, Inc.
http://www.rescuedwithlove.org/crueltycaseinmackay.htm

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
10/31/08: His Name Was Peanut – Torture And Death Of A Puppy
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1771&seriesfirst=true

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20. Grey Seals Spared In Canada’s “Other Hunt”
SOURCE: 2/13/09, Grey seal nursery spared from Canadian hunt
https://community.hsus.org/humane/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=30985205

SUMMARY: Is the global boycott of Canadian seafood costing the trade more
than killing baby seals brings in? Is the demand for seal products drying up
as fast as you can say “European Union ban?” Rebecca Aldworth, Director of
Wildlife Issues for Humane Society of the U.S., thinks so:

“I’ve just returned from Hay Island, Nova Scotia, where the annual hunt for
grey seals was scheduled to start. There, instead of sealers beating
defenseless pups to death with wooden bats, I stood amidst protective,
nurturing mothers and their babies. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans
and the Nova Scotia government had authorized another grey seal kill. But
processing plants told seal hunters that they would not buy the skins of the
baby grey seals, and the sealers stayed home…The grey seal pups are likely
safe for now — but the harp seals will be killed by the hundreds of
thousands. Still, there is hope for harp seals too…”

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
8/5/08: The Other Canadian Seal Hunt – Grey Seals Of Nova Scotia
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1755&seriesfirst=true

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21. Iowa Pig Abuse Case Is Delayed
SOURCE: 2/12/09, Trial Delayed in Iowa Hog Abuse Case
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/39500182.html


PHOTOS: http://www.peta.org/actioncenter/iowa_pigfarm_gallery.asp

SUMMARY: Trial will be delayed for at least one person accused of abusing
hogs at a Greene County farm in western Iowa. Shelly Mauch was slated to
stand trial on (2/12/09) for animal cruelty, but County Attorney Nick
Martino says it will be delayed until at least next month (March 2009).
Mauch was one of six people arrested October 2008 after PETA released an
undercover video that showed pig abuse at a MowMar Farms. Four others are
scheduled for trial on Feb. 24, but Martino expects those to be delayed too.
Shawn Lyons, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty earlier this month.
Minnesota-based MowMar has said that it no longer employs the workers.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
10/26/08: Penalize Pig Torturers At Iowa Farm
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1770&seriesfirst=true
9/17/08: Hormel’s Pigs: Slammed, Cut, Spray-painted
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1759&seriesfirst=true

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22. Jail For Man Who Filed Off Dog’s Teeth
SOURCE: 2/10/09, Emilie Bottiggi, ebottiggi@aol.com


SUMMARY: In January 2009, Christopher Barnett. of McMinnville TN was
convicted of Class A Misdemeanor Animal Abuse. Barnett was accused/convicted
in a jury trial of filing Siberian Husky Lucas’ teeth down to the gums. His
penalties for Class A Misdemeanor Animal Abuse include:

*   75 days jail (similar cases get 48 hours; 11 months/29 days possible)
*   100 hours of public (community) service

  • Mandatory anger management class
  • $5,071.50 restitution

for care of Lucas to Humane Society of Warren County

*   Restriction of no future ownership of domestic animals, with the
exception of horses, as Mr. Barnett is a farrier by training and occupation
*   Surrender of Mr. Barnett’s Boxer to the Humane Society (the Boxer has
been in the custody of the Humane Society since the seizure of Lucas).

Lucas underwent multiple surgeries at Sparta Road Veterinary Clinic and
recovered last year. Seven unsalvageable teeth were extracted and 16 root
canals performed, relieving Lucas’ pain and allowing him to eat. The Warren
County Humane Society oversaw Lucas’ adoption into a new family.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
1/21/09: Man Who Filed Dog’s Teeth To Gumline Belongs In Jail
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1796&seriesfirst=true

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23. FDA Okays Goats As Drug Machines
SOURCE: 2/6/09, F.D.A. Approves Drug From Gene-Altered Goats
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/business/07goatdrug.html?_r=2&ref=science

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug produced
by livestock given a human gene. The drug, meant to prevent fatal blood
clots in people with a rare condition, is a human protein extracted from the
milk of genetically engineered goats. The FDA also approved the goats used
to make the drug, the first such animals cleared under guidelines to
regulate the use of transgenic animals in the nation’s drug and food supply.
Made by a company called GTC Biotherapeutics, the human anticlotting protein
is produced by a herd of 200 bioengineered goats living under carefully
controlled conditions on a farm in central Massachusetts…

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
7/11/08: Franken-Goats? Say No To Animals As Drug Machines
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1750&seriesfirst=true

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24. Michigan Pound Renews R & R Research, 6 Months
SOURCE: 1/29/09, Montcalm County Renews Animal Contract
http://www.poocini.com/report/archives/1145

SUMMARY: Michigan’s Montcalm County has been the site of a fierce debate
over animal research and the Montcalm County government. For over 30 years,
Montcalm County has maintained a contract with R & R Research to give
unadopted animals from the county’s animal shelter to the company… R & R
Research obtains animals through a process called “pound seizure.” The
relationship has been a target of animal advocates for years, with the
contract being a frequent target of opposition… In response, the County
crafted a “compromise” solution where the contract would be renewed for six
months and a Concerned Citizens Coalition would investigate the relationship
and report back to the Board of Commissioners.

RELATED STORIES:
3/11/09: Montcalm County Animal “Shelter” Cruelty Exposed
http://www.michanimalnews.com/Montcalm_Animal_Control.html

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
1/7/09: Misery For Profit At Michigan Pound
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1793&seriesfirst=true

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25. L.A. Zoo Keeps Billy & Bigger Elephant Display
SOURCE: 1/29/09, Los Angeles won’t send its pachyderm packing
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-elephant29-2009jan29,0,7632245.story

SUMMARY: Los Angeles City Council voted 11 to 4 to complete a $42-million
Pachyderm Forest exhibit at L.A. Zoo…and keep its solitary Asian bull
elephant, Billy. Opponents argued that zoo elephants should be retired to
sanctuaries that mimic a wild preserve… A dozen zoos have already gotten
out of the elephant-keeping business… “This isn’t over,” said Catherine
Doyle, an elephant-welfare advocate. “We had experts from around the world
saying elephants don’t belong in zoos.” The zoo plans to bring in more Asian
elephants, an endangered species, for an ambitious breeding program.

KNOW YOUR ARGUMENT. DOWNLOAD THIS FACT SHEET:

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/ZooMom.pdf

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
1/9/09: Last Chance To Close L.A. Elephant Display & Free Billy
FRIENDS OF KINSHIP CIRCLE ALERT
12/1/08: Last Chance To Free Billy and End Suffering for Elephants at L.A. Zoo
FRIENDS OF KINSHIP CIRCLE ALERT, http://friendsofkinshipcircle.wordpress.com

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26. UK’s “SHAC 7” Go To Jail. Deja Vu?
SOURCE: 1/21/09, Animal rights campaigners jailed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7837064.stm

SUMMARY: Seven activists associated with SHAC-UK were arrested and jailed
for protest activities against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in
Cambridgeshire. They were found guilty of “conspiracy to blackmail and
banned from traveling to targeted companies in the UK and Europe that supply
or have secondary links with HLS:
–   Heather Nicholson, 41, SHAC-UK co-founder: 11 years in jail
–   Gregg, 41, and Natasha, 39, Avery, SHAC-UK co-founders: 9 years jail each
–   Gavin Medd-Hall, 45: 8 years jail
–   Daniel Wadham, 21: 5 years jail
–   Gerrah Selby, 20: 4 years jail
–   Daniel Amos, 22: 4 years jail
–   Trevor Holmes, 51: cleared jail

UPDATE ON SHAC-USA PRISONERS:

Recap of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty “Terrorism” Appeal in
Philadelphia — http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/
UPDATES: http://www.shac7.com/updates.htm

Oral arguments in the SHAC 7 appeal were heard 1/6/09. It will be many
months before a decision is handed down… alfsg@lists.rbgi.net writes —
Judges seem to be bothered by a conflict of the Animal Enterprise Protection
Act with the First Amendment. Although that may not bring immediate relief
to prisoners still incarcerated, it may have consequences in the long run
for the enforceability of Animal Enterprise Protection Act and similar laws.

SHAC-USA PRISONERS — Kevin Kjonaas, 72 months; Lauren Gazzola, 52 months;
Jacob Conroy, 48 months; Josh Harper, 36 months; Andrew Stepanian, 36 months
(released 12/8/08); Darius Fullmer, 12 months + 1 day (released 9/29/07)

WHO ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS? DOWNLOAD THE FACTS:

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/WhoIsHuntingdonLifeScienc.pdf

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
Bear Witness: Inside Huntingdon Life Sciences, 2005
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/HLS2005Report.pdf
Inside/Out: Diary Of Madness
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/store/#books
Move Over Al Quaeda! Animal Activists Top FBI Most Wanted
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/MoveAlQuaeda.pdf
Mommy’s A WHAT?
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/MommysAWhat.pdf

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27. AETA-like Bill Is Squashed In South Dakota
SOURCE: 1/21/09, Committee kills bill protecting animal researchers
http://tinyurl.com/d2jcqg

SUMMARY: A measure that sought to give university researchers extra
protection from terrorist acts by animal-rights extremists was rejected. A
South Dakota State Affairs Committee voted 11-2 to kill the bill after panel
members said current law already makes it a crime to commit all the acts
covered in the measure. Some said the measure also went too far in closing
state government records and could have made it a crime for a newspaper to
publish a story about a research project…

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28. Obama Appoints A True Animal Advocate
SOURCE: 1/17/09, Cass Sunstein’s The Rights of Animals: A Short Primer
http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-therights.html

SUMMARY: Harvard University Law School professor Cass Sunstein, Obama’s
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, doesn’t eat animals. “We ought
to ban hunting,” he’s said. And: “Animals should be permitted to bring suit,
with human beings as their representatives.” Could Sunstein’s appointment
eliminate or lessen hunting, animal research, zoos, aquariums and animal
circuses? We’re rooting for you Cass!

RELATED STORIES:
Is There a Vegan In the White House? PETA, Rejoice!
http://planetsave.com/blog/2009/01/19/is-there-a-vegan-in-the-white-house-peta-rejoice/

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29. Palin’s Alaska To Block Protection For Whales
SOURCE: 1/14/09, Alaska seeks to block U.S. protections for belugas
http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE50D7L820090114

SUMMARY: ANCHORAGE (Reuters) — Five months after suing to keep polar bears
off the U.S. threatened species list, Alaska’s government said it plans to
block federal protections for a struggling population of beluga whales in
Cook Inlet, a mature oil-producing basin. Former vice presidential hopeful
Gov. Sarah Palin said the energy-rich state believes the Endangered Species
Act protections for belugas announced in October by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration are unwarranted.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
9/27/08: Palin’s Pro-Death Platform On Animals
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1762&seriesfirst=true

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30. Kinship Circle & Others Against Killing Wildlife
SOURCE: 1/2/09, More Than 100 Organizations Say Federal Lethal Control of
Bears, Cougars, Coyotes, Wolves Is Cruel and Unnecessary
http://www.bigwildlife.org/releases_contents.php?id=40

In January, Big Wildlife coordinated a letter — signed by 115 conservation,
animal protection, ranching, and faith-based organizations — to Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack urging [Obama admin] to end the federal government’s
systematic killing of wildlife…wolves, coyotes, bears, cougars, prairie
dogs. Each year the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services kills
millions of wild animals, primarily on behalf of agribusiness.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
1/22/09: Letter To Abolish Lethal Wildlife Services
https://kinshipcircle.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/help-abolish-lethal-wildlife-services-during-obamas-freeze/

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31. European Cat/Dog Fur Ban Is Now In Force
SOURCE: 1/1/09, Ban on imports, exports and trade in cat and dog fur
http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/welfare/midday_express.pdf

SUMMARY: Several years ago, Humane Society International asked Kinship
Circle to create a global letter campaign to European Commissioners. We
advocated enactment of a Written Declaration in the European Parliament to
ban import/export, sale and production of cat/dog fur skins in Europe. A
total ban passed and became active 1/1/09! A loophole that let commerce in
companion-animal furs not “specifically” killed for fur is closed.

RELATED STORIES:
China under focus as EU bans trade in dog and cat furs
http://www.neurope.eu/articles/91240.php
EUROPE BANS CAT AND DOG FUR TRADE
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/latestnews/view/63792/Europe-bans-cat-and-dog-fur-trade/

SPREAD THE TRUTH! DOWNLOAD THIS FACT SHEET NOW:

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/FactsAboutTheFurIndustr.pdf

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