Posted by: kinshipcircle | May 26, 2010

VICTORIES * SETBACKS * PROGRESS Kinship Circle Updates: Jan-May 2010

VICTORIES * SETBACKS * PROGRESS
Kinship Circle Updates: Jan-May 2010
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html

1. WIN! No Horse Slaughter In Missouri, For Now
2. WIN! First Ever Statewide Ban On Devocalization
3. Abused Elephant Queenie Ends Up In San Antonio Zoo
4. Brindi’s Life Is Spared, But She Can’t Go Home Yet
5. Karley’s Killer Gets 90 Days Weekend Jail Time
6. BLM Roundups Leave At Least 91 Wild Horses Dead
7. Gun, Drug Charges Cut – Burning Of Phoenix Case
8. NASA Monkey Radiation Experiments Under Fire
9. Toxic Pet Food Company Owners Are Sentenced
10. Dogs Deserve Better Founder Is Charged Again
11. Kinship Circle In ANIMAL PEOPLE NEWS Cover Feature

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1. WIN! No Horse Slaughter In Missouri, For Now
SOURCE: Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, CPRPets@aol.com

5/14/10, SUMMARY: YOUR VOICE — along with support from rational Missouri legislators — proved stronger than the pro-slaughter extremists. Against a backdrop of strong public protest, the Missouri Congressional session closed with language to legalize horse slaughter rejected. Thanks to all who wrote, faxed, emailed, called and mailed on behalf of horses…

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor1

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2. WIN! First Ever Statewide Ban On Devocalization
SOURCE: Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets, CPRPets@aol.com

4/22/10, SUMMARY: “Dear Kinship Circle — On April 22, 2010 Gov. Deval Patrick signed Logan’s Law, making Massachusetts the first state in the nation with an effective law banning the cruel practice of canine and feline devocalization — cutting vocal cords to suppress the voice.

Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets couldn’t have done it without Kinship Circle. The Coalition is an all-volunteer, unfunded advocacy network with statewide reach; but passing legislation against opposition from the AKC and state veterinary association required far greater numbers.
The powerhouse animal welfare organizations in Massachusetts refused to help. Luckily for animals, Kinship Circle stepped up. You rallied your Massachusetts members at every stage of the 15-month legislative process. Whenever you were asked to put the word out, you unhesitatingly did. Animal lovers in Massachusetts are very grateful to Kinship Circle for embracing this principle, and for working with the Coalition to put landmark humane legislation on the books. Thank you, Brenda and Kinship Circle.”

Sincerely, Sandra Finder, Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor3

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3. Abused Elephant Queenie Ends Up In San Antonio Zoo
SOURCE: Queenie’s Placement at San Antonio Zoo Enrages Groups That Worked to Free Her
http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/queenies-placement-at-san-an
tonio-zoo-enrages-groups-that-worked-to-free-her/

4/22/10, SUMMARY: Queenie is finally rescued from abusive owner Wilbur Davenport — but winds up dumped in the San Antonio Zoo? In summer 2009, USDA confiscated two of Davenpor’ts three elephants. Tina and Jewel went to the San Diego Zoo, while Queenie stayed behind, tied to tree. After pressure for Queenie’s release, USDA filed charges against Davenport in February. By April 2010, USDA and Davenport agreed to transfer Queenie to the Texas zoo — notorious for it outdated habitat, cramped and unnatural setting…

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor4

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4. Brindi’s Life Is Spared, But She Can’t Go Home Yet
SOURCE: BRINDI IS SAFE: N.S. court spares life of Brindi the dog, but sets conditions
http://news.ca.msn.com/canada/cp-article.aspx?cp-documentid=24094165

4/20/10, SUMMARY: Francesca Rogier spent the last two years of her life saving her mutt Brindi from euthanasia at the hands of the Halifax pound that still has her dog. Justice Alanna Murphy spared Brindi’s life, but it’s not clear when Brindi and Rogier will be reunited… The city won’t appeal the verdict. Rogier had argued that her dog was not usually aggressive but attacked a neighborhood dog who had fought with Brindi previously…

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor5

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5. Karley’s Killer Gets 90 Days Weekend Jail Time
SOURCE: Ex Firefighter Sentenced in Dog Beating Case
http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/local/ex-firefighter-sentenced-in-dog-beating-case-20100402

4/2/10, SUMMARY: Glynn Demon Johnson, 55, a retired Los Angeles County assistant fire chief, beat Karley — a neighbor’s 6-month-old puppy — so badly that she had to be euthanized. He was sentenced to 90 days weekend jail time and 3 years probation. Johnson could have received a maximum 4 years in state prison for his conviction of felony animal cruelty… Neighbor Skaggs testified that Karley showed no signs of aggression. He said Johnson grabbed the top and bottom portions of the dog’s mouth and pulled, as if trying to snap Karley’s jaws. Skaggs said he tried to intervene, but Johnson ignored him, slamming a rock into Karley’s head 10 to 15 times…

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor6

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6. BLM Roundups Leave At Least 91 Wild Horses Dead
SOURCE: The numbers just don’t add up for the captive Calico mustangs
http://www.examiner.com/x-37163-Equine-Advocacy-Examiner~y2010m4d8-The-numbe
rs-just-dont-add-up-for-the-captive-Calico-mustangs?cid=examiner-email

APRIL 2010, SUMMARY: It appears that BLM rounded up more than 1922 mustangs from late December until early February this year. The Gather Daily Updates list total deaths as 76. That’s wrong. At least 91 horses have died, including a newborn foal who perished shortly after birth on 1/18/10. He wasn’t “gathered” as an individual, but was carried into the Fallon feedlot in utero… Using the BLM’s own daily reports, I can count 90 live wild horses who have died since the roundup began…

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor7

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7. Gun, Drug Charges Cut – Burning Of Phoenix Case
SOURCE: Gun, drug charges dropped but teens still face charges in burning of dog
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bal-md.johnson25mar25,0,6528508.story

3/25/10, SUMMARY: Baltimore prosecutors dropped gun and drug charges against teen twins Tremayne and Travers Johnson, 18… They still face animal cruelty and mutilation charges in a separate case accusing them of setting fire to a pit bull puppy, who rescue workers later named Phoenix. The puppy, who was doused in gasoline and set aflame, had to be euthanized… Upcoming Court Dates: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 – Trial

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor2

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8. NASA Monkey Radiation Experiments Under Fire
SOURCE: NASA monkey radiation experiment facing animal-cruelty accusations
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/85421-nasa-moneky-experiment-facing-animal-cruelty-charges

3/8/10, SUMMARY: NASA’s Brookhaven National Laboratory comes under intense scrutiny following complaints that its forthcoming $1.75 million radiation experiment on monkeys violates a score of animal-rights laws. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed an official complaint against NASA, which approved a grant last year to understand the effects of long-term radiation exposure on the human body in space… In February 2010, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and seven other House members called on NASA to cancel the grant because deep-space travel is still years away…

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor8

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9. Toxic Pet Food Company Owners Are Sentenced
SOURCE: Chemnutra Owners Sentenced for Melamine-Tainted Pet Food
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2010/02/chinese_formula22.html

2/6/10, SUMMARY: U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer sentenced Sally Qing Miller, 43, and her husband, Stephen S. Miller, 57, to three years probation for distributing a melamine-tainted ingredient that triggered a mass pet food recall in 2007 and caused the deaths and illnesses of thousands of dog and cats nationwide. They were also ordered to each pay a $5,000 fine. The Miller’s company, Chemnutra, Inc., must pay a $25,000 fine…

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor9

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10. Dogs Deserve Better Founder Is Charged Again
SOURCE: Dog advocate charged after providing straw to dogs chained in
freezing temps, http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/thaynetrespassing.html

2/6/10, SUMMARY: Altoona, PA — Dog advocate Tamira Ci Thayne, founder and
CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit working solely on behalf of chained and penned dogs, was charged with Summary Defiant Trespass. Under Pennsylvania law, a person commits defiant trespass if he/she stays on property AFTER being told to leave. Thayne’s first-day volunteer will testify in court that: 1. Although Thayne made a good-faith attempt to speak to the caretaker before taking action on behalf of the dogs, no one answered the door, and 2. No one EVER asked them to leave the property on 1/3/10…

READ ENTIRE UPDATE ONLINE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/updates_jan-may_2010.html#anchor10

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11. Quake, Tsunami, Fires – Overlooked By U.S. Donors?
EXCERPTS FROM ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2010:
Kinship Circle & Chilean coalition help in earthquake aftermath
http://www.animalpeoplenews.org

By Merritt Clifton — While U.S. animal rescuers watched and waited for the Deepwater Horizon oil slicks to drift ashore and wreak havoc, Kinship Circle founder Brenda Shoss tried to alert the world to a little noticed humane crisis in Chile — including a growing risk that dogs might be massacred in the tent cities housing much of the displaced population of Talquahano.

Aftershocks from the February 27, 2010 Chilean earthquake and tsunami continued into May. The initial earthquake measured 8.8 on the Richter scale, among the strongest ever recorded. The entire capital city of Santiago was moved 11 inches to the west…

The earthquake, aftershocks, and tsunami caused ongoing fires and oil spills. Half a million houses were damaged or destroyed, displacing about two million people. Tens of thousands remain displaced, with their animals, nearly three months later… But Kinship Circle’s work in Chile has barely been noticed by U.S donors.

“We’ve had a lot of publicity on the Chilean side,” Shoss told ANIMAL PEOPLE, “but have struggled tremendously to raise funds in the U.S. because Chile is sandwiched between Haiti, the oil spill, and recent floods. We’ve been traveling with Socorro Animal Chile (SACH) staff and veterinarians to 30 tent camps since the quake and tsunami. We need money for continued food and veterinary supplies and will be deploying through at June or longer.”

SACH vets and Kinship Circle personnel — including veterinarians Dr. Dan Meakin and Dr. Madi Graham, Incident Command Officer Traci Dawson and Translator/Animal Aid Maureen Valentine — averted a dog massacre near Talquahano on May 7. But, they expected that the risk would recur.

Earlier reports from Kinship Circle team members Cheri Deatsch and Sister Michael Marie described treating between 100 or more injured animals per day, struggling with a lack of resources. Field clinics often consisted of just “a door-sized board laid atop two sawhorses” to improvise an examination table, Deatsch wrote. Dogs and cats arrived in wheelbarrows, bird cages, and sugar sacks…

TO DONATE TO CHILE ANIMAL RELIEF:
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Fund
7380 Kingsbury Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation


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