Posted by: kinshipcircle | April 6, 2010

AT CHILE’S GROUND ZERO, WE SEE ANIMALS EVERYWHERE.

4/4/10: http://www.KinshipCircle.org/chile
500 animals in one area alone. An oil-drenched kitten. A dazed puppy in an intersection… At Chile’s ground zero, we see animals everywhere.

LT: A Chilean veterinarian, on mission with Kinship Circle’s team, holds a cat missing her paw. RT: Kinship Circle’s Traci Dawson, Byron Wilkes and Maureen Valentine head out to coastal areas hardest hit by an earthquake, aftershocks and tsunamis. Photos (c) Kinship Circle, Chile 2010

Kinship Circle works alongside Chilean veterinarians to save them — but can’t get animals off the streets without your help. Worse, Chile’s government has discussed a cull of 700,000 animals in hard hit communities.

As we travel the coast, Kinship Circle IC Traci Dawson likens it to Chile’s “Upper Ninth Ward,” in reference to a Katrina ravaged community in New Orleans. Pre-quake strays with mange, malnutrition, infection…blend with animals displaced by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunamis.

Still, that puppy in the middle of the road? She is safe and will be adopted. The animals near the oil spill? They are fed and clean.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT:
•   To send teams over several months, including airfare, van rental, field rescue gear, etc.
•   To position our project manager on site and maintain daily communications.
•   To (funds permitting) develop a temp clinic/shelter for injured, sick and homeless.

A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION CAN BE MADE AT EITHER LINK:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation/

KINSHIP CIRCLE CHILE PHOTO DIARY:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49004747@N02/


A cat is treated at a vet clinic. Eye infections are common, some due to prolonged saltwater exposure following an earthquake prompted tsunami. Photos (c) Kinship Circle, Chile 2010

4/2/10: Villa Futura, north of Concepcion, Chile
OVERVIEW: Kinship Circle team members Traci Dawson, June Towler, Shawndra Michell, Maureen Valentine and Byron Wilkes work in a temp vet clinic, with three Chilean veterinarians, student vets, and six volunteers from a SACH (Socorro Animal Chile / Animal Relief Chile) member group, Animal Dignity. Outside the clinic, a line of people and animals stretch down the sidewalk…

ACTIVITIES: The turnout is staggering. There are virtually no neutered dogs… Vets examine animals, checking eyes, teeth, ears, glands, neck region, flea infestation, spines, organs, heart, etc. Skin disorders are prevalent, as are wounds and bites.

ISSUES: The clinic runs out of pest spray, latex gloves and paper towels. Though Kinship donates latex gloves, there still aren’t enough.

STATS: Today the clinic sees over 200 animals.

KC’s Byron Wilkes brings food to one of many dogs roaming in ruined Chilean towns. Animals are examined at makeshift vet clinics. Skin disorders are prevalent, as are wounds and bites. Photos (c) Kinship Circle, Chile 2010

4/1/10: Santa Clara Talchuano / 9:00 am
OVERVIEW: An earthquake and tsunami crashed into this “fishing town” near ground zero. Torn nets and debris cover beaches and streets. Numerous dogs rove amid rubble. Homes are rimmed with waterlines about 5 feet high. Buildings have Katrina-like mold, mud, water damage and collapsed walls.

ACTIVITIES: We spot a nursing dog. Fishermen lead us to the vicinity of her den. We search for her pups to evaluate their condition, but mom has tunneled so deep underground that we are unable to safely reach them.

Some evacuated locals left animals behind. An extremely large stray population wander streets and deserted buildings. All seem friendly, if skittish. We don’t encounter any aggressives.

ISSUES: Mange, wounds, starvation, lack of water. Food is distributed in measured amounts because many sell food rather than feed animals.

SIGHTING STATS: Roughly 100-150 dogs and unnumbered cats.

Please make a contribution for Chile’s animal quake victims:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation/

4/1/10: Calita Los Morros / 2:30 pm
OVERVIEW: Military tents and small shacks of wood and pallets serve as evacuee camps here. Many are with animals, but not all. Some conflict erupts between neighbors with and without animals…

ACTIVITIES: The team provides food and medical care to animals in the camp. Two cats with severe upper respiratory disease are treated on site.

During street rounds, we visit a family with multiple dogs — including a mom with a large litter and several cats. All animals are checked, treated and left with food. KC revisits a resident who told SACH she’d leave with her dogs. As suspected, she did not take them. The abandoned dogs are fed and we’ll attempt to find a home for them…

ISSUES: Mange, injuries, wounds, starvation, TVT, distemper. TVT, a canine venereal virus prevalent here, is transmitted via contact (sexual, touch/rub open wounds, nasal). Dogs get large red “cauliflower” tumors…

SIGHTING STATS: Approximately 200 dogs/cats.

Large animal populations roam streets and deserted buildings in earthquake stricken parts of Chile. Photos (c) Kinship Circle, Chile 2010

4/1/10: Calita il Fiernillo, Quake causes oil spills / 5:00 pm
OVERVIEW: The earthquake caused an oil spill at a refinery along this town’s shore. Dogs and cats wadethrough black-water puddles. One cat is found atop a roof drenched in oil… Animals are decontaminated, but with no temp shelter, we can only release them.

In a an area swarming with strays, we capture and treat a very skittish dog whose staked out his “spot” on a slab of cardboard. Down the road, we find an 8-week-old puppy dazed and ragged in the middle of an intersection. SACH takes the puppy to a clinic, where she’ll remain till healthy enough to adopt out. Kinship Circle team members contribute money toward the pup’s clinic fees, as SACH reveals they are now completely out of money.

SIGHTING STATS: Over the course of the day, we see an estimated 500 dogs. The stray population has ballooned with animals displaced by this disaster.

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

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4/1/10: KINSHIP CIRCLE
FRONT PAGE: State Legislators Target Activists…For Campaign To Stop MO Horse Slaughter Bill

READ ENTIRE STORY:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/FEB3E9E8D29BCE76862576F800080BC2?OpenDocument

The St. Louis Post Dispatch — the daily in St. Louis, Missouri and largest newspaper in the state — asked for an exclusive. They got it…and our story about Missouri House Representatives tampering with public information and harassing Kinship Circle made the FRONT PAGE today. A cliff-notes version has been picked up by the Associated Press as well.

Ironically, some House Reps are still bouncing unread emails back to our server — even from writers who support them. Those Reps who harassed Kinship Circle left songs, neighs and menacing chants on our voicemail. Threats were made to “retaliate” to citizen emails by passing the bill.

A FEW STORY HIGHLIGHTS:
— Brenda Shoss and members of her advocacy group, Kinship Circle, unleashed a deluge urging legislators to vote against a bill that would open the door for a horse slaughterhouse to come to the Show-Me State…

— Shoss received calls at her home from offices in the Capitol, taunting her and making “neighing” voices into the phone. One caller sang a version of the theme song from “Mr. Ed.” A number of the calls came late at night.

— Some legislators programmed their e-mail systems to forward any message containing the word “horse” to Shoss. And some told the activist that they would consider passing the bill out of spite.

— The response of elected officials has left the experienced activist dumbfounded. Even when her organization got involved in the high-profile animal abuse case of NFL quarterback Michael Vick, she had never seen such a vitriolic reaction.

— The late-night, anonymous phone calls led Shoss to file a harassment complaint with the University City Police Department. The calls stopped, she said, after the Post-Dispatch started asking lawmakers about them…

HORSE KILL BILL PASSED 91 TO 61 IN THE HOUSE. WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
MISSOURIANS ONLY: Email, call or write your state Senators. NO AUTO LETTERS.
Please take a few extra steps to write a personal email and hit send…or print out a note to fax or postal mail. SEE MISSOURI ALERT AT END OF THIS EMAIL. FORWARD IT TO MISSOURI LISTS, INDIVIDUALS.

SLEAZY, UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWMAKING
Missouri Republican Rep. Jim Veibrock had a dream to revive the “ailing equine industry.” He didn’t want pesky opponents to keep his H.B. 1747 bill from passage. So when Veilbrock’s bill went to Missouri’s Agriculture Policy Committee, members gave it a Teflon-strength shield.

As reported in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “The committee embellished [Veilbrock’s] legislation, adding a provision to block citizen initiatives that would ‘criminalize or regulate crops or the welfare of animals.’

“Even if citizens gathered signatures and placed such a restriction (tough new rules aimed at restricting puppy mills, for example) on the state ballot — even if it were supported by an overwhelming majority of Missouri voters — the committee’s amendment would prevent it from taking effect. The slap in voters’ faces probably is unconstitutional. It certainly is insulting.”

OUR STORY IS GAINING TRACTION & APPEARS IN…

  • Washington Post
  • KasasCity.com
  • CBS NEWS
  • Yahoo News

…And many more smaller papers nationwide. Just Google “Activist floods lawmakers’ inboxes; they retaliate”

MISSOURIANS: Stop The Horse Kill Bill In Your State
Not a Missourian? Forward this to a list or person who is.

The Missouri House has passed H.B. 1747 — the bill to permit horse processing for human consumption in MO.

Some Reps — in response to your emails — misused public information and harassed a benevolent, nonprofit organization. They bounced over 2000 (andcounting) unread emails from their servers back to Kinship Circle. Some left childish and menacing messages on Kinship Circle’s voicemail: singing “A Horse Is A Horse,” chanting “Brenda, Brenda, Brenda…neigh…” in reference to KC president Brenda Shoss. One just bleated some type of tribal war call.

Most alarming? Use of the word “retaliate” — as in, the House will pass this horse kill bill to get back at Kinship Circle members for sending comments. In fact, words such as “everyone here is against your organization and doesn’t like you…” or “you’ve guaranteed passage of this bill…” formed the basis for how some elected officials voted.


It is vital that MISSOURIANS now do two things:
1) CONTACT YOUR STATE REPS
Find your Reps’ email address & contact info: http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
– Ask how they voted on H.B. 1747, the bill to legalize horse slaughter in MO.
-Tell them if they voted in favor of it, they just lost your vote at election polls.

2) CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS
Find your Senators’ email address & contact info: http://www.senate.mo.gov/
– Describe your disapproval of the House passage of  H.B. 1747, to legalize horse slaughter in MO.
– Explain why the Senate should NOT pass a similar bill, using some of the talking points below.
– Tell them that their YES or NO vote on legalized horse slaughter will effect your future voting decisions.

There is no auto-letter for this. A personal constituent approach is vital to keep this bill from passage in the Senate.

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TALKING POINTS – MODIFY & PERSONALIZE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
Sign with name and full address; if not you’ll be ignored.
=============================================================

— I’m dismayed by the recent passage of Rep. Jim Viebrock’s bill to sidestep federal rules that bar horse slaughter for human consumption. As your constituent, I’d like to know how you voted (or plan to vote) on legalizing horse slaughter in Missouri. Your stance on H.B. 1747, or any Senate companion bill, will influence my vote at election polls.

— I ask my Senators to oppose any bill with language that mirrors H.B. 1747 and lets horse processors operate in Missouri.

— Eyes around the nation are focusing on Missouri — to see if it will revive horse slaughter on American soil. As you know, this is not a Missouri issue alone. No equine kill plants have legally operated in the U.S. since those in Texas and Illinois were shut down in 2007. The matter of killing American horses affects concerned citizens everywhere.

While supporters insist slaughter “saves” horses from neglect and starvation, their argument fails to recognize:

— “Americans oppose horse slaughter by an overwhelming margin,” says Glen Bolger, national pollster and founding partner of the nonpartisan Public Opinion Strategies (POS). In a 2007 poll, POS found that 71% want horses preserved as part of American cultural heritage. Nearly half are less likely to vote for a Congressperson who is against a horse slaughter ban.

— Equine plants are known polluters that congest sewers and contaminate land and water.

— Rather than advocate slaughter as an alternative to neglect, lawmakers should enforce criminal prosecution. In Missouri Anti-Cruelty Statues, animal abandonment is a crime punishable by fines and jail time.

— Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Methods to stun and kill cows and pigs are excruciating when used on horses. Nonetheless, these excitable, long-necked animals are subject to captive bolt pistols that often don’t render them insensible. Some remain aware while killed.

— Focus should shift from slaughter to breeding oversight and responsible care. Overpopulation stems from industries such as Premarin and Prempro (HRT drugs made from mare urine); carriage horses; riding stables, etc. that over-breed horses. Moreover, there is no documented link between closure of domestic plants and a spike in horse abuse cases. In contrast, slaughter supplies a “dumping ground” for irresponsible breeders and caretakers.

— Missouri wants to impose a U.S. market for horsemeat on a nation that doesn’t want it. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727, currently before Congress, bans possession, shipment, transport, purchase, sale, delivery or receipt of any horse for the purpose of human ingestion.

— Please do not support legalized horse slaughter in Missouri.

>>>YOUR FULL NAME
>>>ADRESS, CITY, STATE
>>>COUNTRY

ACTION CAMPAIGNS * EDUCATION * ANIMAL DISASTER AID
http://www.KinshipCircle.org * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

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* Action campaigns on animal cruelty issues worldwide
* Animal rescue coordination/news in disasters

Posted by: kinshipcircle | March 30, 2010

KINSHIP CIRCLE TEAM EN ROUTE TO CHILE

3/29/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID
Kinship Circle’s team is en route to Chile.  Why Chile? The answer lies in their eyes…


WHY CHILE?
Animals have no borders, so when Chileans asked Kinship Circle to send teams to help displaced animals, we got to work. We are now in Chile for rescue, first aid and the eventual construction of a temp tent clinic/shelter to house homeless animals, treat injuries, vaccinate, and spay/neuter.

WHY CHILE?
A stretch of coastal towns, about 500-600 miles from Santiago, Chile are ruined from an 8.8 earthquake, aftershocks, and two tsunamis. Still, cries of animals are heard from the rubble. Many are sick from drinking saltwater… It will take 4 to 5 days for a SACH/Kinship Circle convoy to log animal numbers, leave food/water and treat any injured or sick animals.

I wonder how we will find the money to finance all that needs to be done for thousands… Will people care enough about animals in Chile to contribute?

WHY CHILE?
Anyone who looks into their eyes would see the same sadness and confusion that I see. That look, a mix of hunger and hopelessness, was Katrina’s hallmark. For some rescuers, it is a look that can never be erased.

How do you turn away from a plea for help? From tears…and stories of animals left behind? YOU DON’T. Brenda Shoss, president, Kinship Circle

*  DONATE TO CHILE RELIEF FUND NOW:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation

*   DONATE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:
Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd. / St. Louis, MO 63130

WE NEED TO RAISE AT LEAST $500,000 TO…
Fund Kinship Circle teams for 3 to 6 months — including veterinarians, first responders, and a Chile project manager — to purchase and oversee:
*   Search and Rescue / Trapping
*   In-Field First Aid / Wound Transport / Food-Water Program
*   Assessment and Tracking of Animal Populations
*   1-Year Clinic/Shelter (for homeless and temporarily surrendered animals)
*   Extended Care (vaccines, spay/neuter, and adoption programs)
*   Veterinary surgical/diagnostic equipment
*   Veterinary medicines, vaccines, tools
*   Containment & care: kennels, cages, food, hygiene, bowls, leashes, collars, litter…
*   Temp clinic/shelter: military tents, fencing, electrical lighting, air/heat…
*   Field work: stretchers, carriers, gas, first aid, catch poles, trap cages…

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation

ACTION CAMPAIGNS * EDUCATION * ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
http://www.KinshipCircle.org * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

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Posted by: kinshipcircle | March 30, 2010

Missouri House passes H.B. 1747 to permit horse slaughter in U.S.

3/30/10: KINSHIP CIRCLE
Not a Missourian? Forward this to a list or person who is.

Dear Missourians,

We learned, just this morning, that the Missouri House passed H.B. 1747 — the bill to permit horse processing for human consumption in MO.

As you know, Kinship Circle circulated a polite sample-letter alert asking Missouri Reps to reject H.B. 1747. If Missouri’s bill passes in the Senate, this state will revive the horse kill trade in America.

Some Reps — in response to your emails — misused public information and harassed a benevolent, nonprofit organization. They bounced 1600 (at last count) unread emails from their servers back to Kinship Circle. Some left childish and menacing messages on Kinship Circle’s voicemail: singing “A Horse Is A Horse,” chanting “Brenda, Brenda, Brenda…neigh…” in reference to KC president Brenda Shoss. One just bleated some type of tribal war call.

Most alarming? Use of the word “retaliate” — as in, the House will pass this horse kill bill to get back at Kinship Circle members for sending comments. In fact, words such as “everyone here is against your organization and doesn’t like you…” or “you’ve guaranteed passage of this bill” because we are so mad at you…formed the basis for how some elected officials voted.

It is vital that MISSOURIANS now do two things:
1) CONTACT YOUR STATE REPS
Find your Reps’ email address & contact info: http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx
– Ask how they voted on H.B. 1747, the bill to legalize horse slaughter in MO.
– Tell them if they voted in favor of it, they just lost your vote at election polls.

2) CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS
Find your Senators’ email address & contact info:
http://www.senate.mo.gov/
– Describe your disapproval of the House passage of  H.B. 1747, to legalize horse slaughter in MO.
– Explain why the Senate should NOT pass a similar bill, using the talking points below.
– Tell them that their YES or NO vote on legalized horse slaughter will effect your future voting decisions.

There is no auto-letter for this. A personal constituent approach is vital to keep this bill from passage in the Senate.

  • Type or copy/paste your comments into an email to send to your Reps and Senators.
  • Type your comments in a program like Word, print them, and fax or snail-mail to your Reps and Senators.
  • Call your Reps and Senators.

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TALKING POINTS – MODIFY & PERSONALIZE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
You DO NOT have to use every talking point. You DO have to sign with name and full address; if not you’ll be ignored.
=============================================================

— I’m dismayed by the recent passage of Rep. Jim Viebrock’s bill to sidestep federal rules that bar horse slaughter for human consumption. As your constituent, I’d like to know how you voted (or plan to vote) on legalizing horse slaughter in Missouri. Your stance on H.B. 1747, or any Senate companion bill, will influence my vote at election polls.

— I ask my Senators to oppose any bill with language that mirrors H.B. 1747 and lets horse processors operate in Missouri.

— Eyes around the nation are focusing on Missouri — to see if it will revive horse slaughter on American soil. As you know, this is not a Missouri issue alone. No equine kill plants have legally operated in the U.S. since those in Texas and Illinois were shut down in 2007. The matter of killing American horses affects concerned citizens everywhere.

While supporters insist slaughter “saves” horses from neglect and starvation, their argument fails to recognize:

— “Americans oppose horse slaughter by an overwhelming margin,” says Glen Bolger, national pollster and founding partner of the nonpartisan Public Opinion Strategies (POS). In a 2007 poll, POS found that 71% want horses preserved as part of American cultural heritage. Nearly half are less likely to vote for a Congressperson who is against a horse slaughter ban.

— Equine plants are known polluters that congest sewers and contaminate land and water.

— Rather than advocate slaughter as an alternative to neglect, lawmakers
should enforce criminal prosecution.
In Missouri Anti-Cruelty Statues, animal abandonment is a crime punishable by fines and jail time.

— Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Methods to stun and kill cows and pigs are excruciating when used on horses. Nonetheless, these excitable, long-necked animals are subject to captive bolt pistols that often don’t render them insensible. Some remain aware while killed.

— Focus should shift from slaughter to breeding oversight and responsible care. Overpopulation stems from industries such as Premarin and Prempro (HRT drugs made from mare urine); carriage horses; riding stables, etc. that over-breed horses. Moreover, there is no documented link between closure of domestic plants and a spike in horse abuse cases. In contrast, slaughter supplies a “dumping ground” for irresponsible breeders and caretakers.

— Missouri wants to impose a U.S. market for horsemeat on a nation that doesn’t want it. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727, currently before Congress, bans possession, shipment, transport, purchase, sale, delivery or receipt of any horse for the purpose of human ingestion.

— Please do not support any legislation to legalize horse slaughter in Missouri.

Sincerely,

>>>YOUR FULL NAME
>>>ADRESS, CITY, STATE
>>>COUNTRY

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3/25/10: KINSHIP CIRCLE

MISSOURI HOUSE REPS ARE FORWARDING YOUR LETTERS BACK TO KINSHIP CIRCLE, UNREAD. We are receiving roughly 700-800 of your unread letters per day, and struggling to keep our system from freezing.

SINCE 3/21/10, SOME MISSOURI HOUSE REPS HAVE ALSO:
—  Left indecent voicemails on Kinship Circle’s line. One sang a vulgar version of “A Horse Is A Horse.” (CALLER ID: Missouri State, 573-522-0000)

—  Called our line late at night. At 10:00pm, one unidentified legislator chanted Kinship Circle president Brenda Shoss’ name in a creepy voice, then neighed. (CALLER ID: Missouri State, 573-522-0000)

—  Called and reached us — to cuss, yell and slam down the phone.

—  Called our business line to leave messages that begin “Hey Brenda…” in a menacing voice. Never: “Ms. Shoss” or “Kinship Circle.”

—  Called to say they are so inconvenienced by your “fricking emails,” they’ll vote YES on H.B. 1747. And: “The entire Missouri House is against your organization.” Revenge is the basis for enacting a law in Missouri?

THEIR DEFENSE? WE ONLY WANT TO HEAR FROM MISSOURI CONSTITUENTS
We all know this is not a Missouri issue. No equine plants have legally operated in the U.S. since those in Texas and Illinois were shut down in 2007. Killing U.S. horses affects all concerned citizens. But Missouri’s elected officials prefer to make teenage-style phonies to a 501c3 nonprofit.

Thanks to their immature harassment, the issue has broadened to one about free speech, legislator conduct, and horses. If you care about all three, write or call Missouri’s governor to report these abuses:

Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
* 573-751-3222 (calling is best way to be heard)
http://governor.mo.gov/contact/

THIS UPDATE IS IN REFERENCE TO ALERT:
3/12/10: Show Me Missouri – Show Me Horse Slaughter?
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new2.asp?LetterID=1894&seriesfirst=true

CHILE UPDATE: Thousands await refuge from injury, hunger, thirst, fear.
Kinship Circle’s team arrives 3/30/10 to work in hard hit coast towns.

WE NEED TO RAISE AT LEAST $500,00 TO:
—  Finance our initial five-person team, in Chile to assess the emergency for animals. This deployment will help form our extended plan for the rescue/recovery of earthquake affected animals.

—  Fund Kinship Circle teams over 3 to 6 months — including veterinarians, vet techs, first responders, and a Chile project manager — to conduct:
*   Search and Rescue / Trapping
*   In-Field First Aid / Wound Transport
*   In-Field Sustenance (food/water program)
*   Assessment and Tracking of Animal Populations
*   1-Year Clinic/Shelter (for homeless and temporarily surrendered animals)
*   Extended Care (vaccines, spay/neuter, and adoption programs)

*  DONATE TO CHILE RELIEF FUND NOW:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation

*   DONATE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:
Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd. / St. Louis, MO 63130

KINSHIP CIRCLE IS AUTHORIZED BY CHILI’S GOVERNMENT. DONATIONS HELP FUND:
1)  A temporary shelter/clinic to care for animals left homeless by the earthquake as well as provide extended care for those animals without caretakers or who require more medical aid.

2)  A spay/neuter campaign with the goal to sterilize 5,000 to 6,000 animals. With enough funding, a spay/neuter program can change both the post-quake and long-term landscape for Chile’s animals.

3)  Transport and adoption campaigns, particularly in the U.S. In addition to a large pre-quake stray population, thousands more animals are left homeless by overwhelmed quake survivors.

ACTION CAMPAIGNS * EDUCATION * ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
http://www.KinshipCircle.org * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

SIGN-UP FOR BREAKING NEWS & ACTION: subscribe@kinshipcircle.org
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UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers don’t care what you think about H.B. 1747, a bill that could reinstate U.S. horse slaughter for human consumption. In fact, House Reps are forwarding your letters back to Kinship Circle, UNREAD.

Some Reps leave indecent voicemails on Kinship Circle’s line. One sang a vulgar version of “A Horse Is A Horse.” Another, at 10:00pm, chanted Kinship Circle president Brenda Shoss’ name in a creepy voice, then neighed. They’ve cussed, hung up, and yelled.

They are so inconvenienced by your “fricking” emails, they will vote to kill horses. Revenge is the basis for enacting a law in Missouri?

We all know this is not a Missouri issue. No equine plants have legally operated in the U.S. since those in Texas and Illinois were shut down in 2007. Killing American horses affects concerned citizens everywhere. But Missouri’s elected officials prefer to make teenage-style phonies to a 501c3 nonprofit charity.

Thanks to their immature harassment, the issue has broadened to one about free speech, legislator conduct, and horses. If you care about all three, write or call Missouri’s governor to report these abuses:

Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-3222

Posted by: kinshipcircle | March 21, 2010

3/21/10 – SHOW ME HORSE SLAUGHTER IN SHOW-ME MISSOURI?

3/21/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE
Show Me Horse Slaughter In Show-Me Missouri?

SEND YOUR COMMENTS EITHER WAY:
1) Skip this blog entry. Go to this link to send an automated letter:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new2.asp?LetterID=1894&seriesfirst=true

2) OR — Copy/paste emails & sample letter below into your own email.


Photo: Horses sold for transport to a Canadian slaughterhouse.
http://www.humanefood.ca/otherissues.html

Missouri, the “Show Me State,” is already the nation’s puppy mill capital. Now the enterprising state aims to reinstate horse slaughter. Rep. Jim Viebrock, R-Republic, has introduced H.B. 1747 to sidestep federal regulations that bar horse slaughter for human consumption. According to Viebrock, his bill would jump-start the “ailing equine industry.”

WHEREVER YOU LIVE: THIS BILL AFFECTS YOU. The last three U.S. kill plants were shut down in 2007. Don’t let Missouri revive a despicable industry.

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SAMPLE LETTER –
CONTACT INFO FOLLOWS SAMPLE LETTER
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Missouri House of Representatives:

Please reject Rep. Jim Viebrock’s bill to sidestep federal rules that bar horse slaughter for human consumption. If passed, H.B. 1747 lets horse processors operate in Missouri — even though no equine plants legally function in the U.S. right now. While supporters insist slaughter “saves” horses from neglect and starvation, their argument fails to recognize:

— “Americans oppose horse slaughter by an overwhelming margin,” says Glen Bolger, national pollster and founding partner of the nonpartisan Public Opinion Strategies (POS). In a 2007 poll, POS found that 71% want horses preserved as part of American cultural heritage. Nearly half are less likely to vote for a Congressperson who is against a horse slaughter ban.

— Equine plants are known polluters that congest sewers and contaminate land and water.

— Under Missouri Anti-Cruelty Statues Chapter 578, animal abandonment is a crime punishable by fines and jail time. Rather than advocate slaughter as an alternative to neglect, lawmakers ought to enforce criminal prosecution.

— Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Methods to stun and kill cows and
pigs are excruciating when used on horses. Nonetheless, these excitable,
long-necked animals are subjected to captive bolt pistols that often don’t
render them insensible. Some remain aware while killed.

— Overpopulation stems from industries such as Premarin and Prempro (HRT drugs made from mare urine); carriage horses; riding stables, etc. that over-breed horses. Focus should shift to breeding oversight and responsible care. Moreover, there is no documented connection between closure of domestic plants and a spike in horse abuse cases. In contrast, slaughter supplies a “dumping ground” for irresponsible breeders and caretakers.

H.B. 1747 wants to impose a U.S. market for horsemeat on a nation that doesn’t want it. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727, currently before Congress, bans possession, shipment, transport, purchase, sale, delivery or receipt of any horse for the purpose of human ingestion. In 2006 Congress cut off funding for mandatory ante-mortem inspection of horses. This de-funding was reinstated in the 2010 Appropriations Act. It is illegal to kill uninspected horses under the Federal Meat Inspection Act.

In 2007 the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals proclaimed horse slaughter illegal in Texas, home to two foreign-owned equine plants. Later that year, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly froze America’s last kill plant in DeKalb, Illinois for its failure to assess environmental impacts of horse slaughter, in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Missouri’s proposed “rebirth” of a doomed industry is economically and ethically shortsighted. Horse slaughter is a no-win for horses and people. Please do not support H.B. 1747.

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Slaughter of horses in U.S. could resume, in Missouri
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/3335E5FAA88015DC862576E2000F6ECE?OpenDocument
Show MO Legislators Why They Should Oppose H.B. 1747
http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1160

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Posted by: kinshipcircle | March 15, 2010

Chile’s Animals – Worse Than We Thought. Help Us Be There.

3/15/10: KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID
Chile’s Animals – Worse Than We Thought. Help Us Be There.

Animals with broken bones. Eyes cloudy with saltwater.
A kitten cut. Puppies under rubble. There are thousands more, each one a bark and purr unheard… THIS IS CHILE, post-quake.

Dear Supporters,
I just got off the phone with Kinship Circle’s Chile contact. She described the forgotten victims of Chile’s 8.8-magnitude earthquake on 2/27/10 — followed by 20+ aftershocks, some as high as 7.2 and 6.9, and two tsunamis.

Socorro Animal Chile, SACH (Animal Relief Chile) is a coalition of Chilean animal protection groups united for the relief of an estimated 700,000 (or more) animals scattered across Dichato, Constitucion and Pichilemu, Chile. SACH sends three veterinarian-led teams into the field daily. They’ve formally requested assistance from Kinship Circle’s disaster response team.

SACH has also asked us to raise funds on their behalf, with three main goals to:

  1. Erect a temporary tent shelter/clinic to care for animals abandoned in the earthquake.
  2. Carry out a spay/neuter campaign.
  3. Focus on transport and adoption campaigns, particularly in the U.S.

SACH needs Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid in Chile to assist with:
— Search and Rescue / Trapping
— In-Field First Aid
— Wound Transport to Veterinary Clinics
— In-Field Sustenance (food/water program)
— Assessment and Tracking of Animal Populations
— Emergency Sheltering (once a temporary staging area/clinic is established)

WE NEED TO RAISE $500,000.
http://kinshipcircle.org/donation/
I know you have DONATION FATIGUE! We wouldn’t ask, with Haiti animal aid still underway, if it weren’t critical.  I ask for you to reach deep, to helpwith funding needs outlined below. We can’t keep our promise to Chile’s animals without funding, as most of our resources went to Haiti work.
With deep gratitude, Brenda Shoss, president, Kinship Circle



Please donate to Kinship Circle / Animal Relief Chile now:
BY MAIL:
Kinship Circle
Animal Relief Chile
7380 Kingsbury Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130

ONLINE:
http://kinshipcircle.org/donation/

Your donation helps pay for:
**This is to show why we’re fundraising. DO NOT SHIP ITEMS TO US.**
STAGING AREA/TEMP SHELTER IN CHILE:
— Large vehicles: 3 SUVs
— Gas fueled generators
— Basic veterinary surgical equipment and examining table
— Basic veterinary clinic equipment, including vaccines, medicines, etc.
— Subcutaneous fluid bags, lines, needles
— Portable X-ray machine and light table
— Fans and portable air conditioners for surgical tents
— Kennels, run, carriers, cages…for rescued animals
— Sturdy large tent shelters for clinic, animal sheltering, volunteers
— Electrical lighting for staging area/volunteer camp at night
— Fencing
— Leashes, collars
— Bowls
— Litter-boxes & Litter
— Cat and dog food
— Water
— Blankets; Newspaper
— Trap cages
— Catch poles
— Hygiene
— Refrigerator cold storage of medication
VOLUNTEER DEPLOYMENT & GROUND ACTIVITIES:
— Airfare reimbursement for volunteer deployments
— Lodging for volunteers, whether in hotel, rented property, or camp
— Sustenance (food, water) for volunteers + some equipment, such as catchpoles, etc.
— Administrative costs for web construction, public messaging, long distance communications…

A Plea From Earthquake-Stricken Chile
Dear Ms. Shoss and Kinship Circle,
The earthquake and following tsunami that Chile suffered on the early morning of the 27th of February devastated several small towns close to the coast. Thousands of animals are silent victims of this catastrophe. Hundreds of dogs live with their owners in shelters and thousands roam the ruins of towns and cities. The dogs’ guardians have lost everything and do not have the resources to feed their animals. Some opted to abandon them.

Chilean animal welfare groups and veterinarians decided to work together to help animals and created Socorro Animal Chile (Animal Relief Chile).

Socorro Animal Chile (Animal Relief Chile) formally requests assistance from Kinship Circle for our animal aid operation in Dichato, Constitucion and Pichilemu, Chile. We need trained animal disaster responders and rescue and veterinary specialists. On behalf of the animal organizations in SACH/Animal Relief Chile, we ask that Kinship Circle deploy its team to Chile to work within our animal disaster plan, in response to Chile’s earthquake.

We also ask Kinship Circle to temporarily receive donations in the United States on behalf of Socorro Animal Chile. We urgently need funding to sustain our work for animals. Difficult bureaucratic steps necessary to
opening a Paypal account ourselves, in Chile, have prompted SACH to request financial aid from other countries, especially the United States. That is the reason we ask Kinship Circle to accept funds on our behalf.

For all your help I am grateful,
Alejandra Cassino, Chief Coordinator
Adriana De La Garza, International Affairs
Socorro Animal Chile / Animal Relief Chile

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANIMAL RELIEF CHILE
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=329459149031&ref=ts
http://www.sach.bligoo.cl/

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

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Posted by: kinshipcircle | March 11, 2010

Hope Has Wheels! $1.1M Pledged For Lasting Animal Aid In Haiti

3/9/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID
Hope Has Wheels! $1.1M Pledged For Lasting Animal Aid In Haiti

WHY AM I HERE? We highly recommend you view our friend Tom McPhee’s extraordinary short, “Why Am I Here?” Tom, Executive Director of World Animal Awareness Society — and creator of the Katrina animal rescue film, American Opera — explains why he traveled to earthquake-stricken Haiti to film animal rescue operations with SODOPRECA. The film’s rich texture and breathtaking scenes will make you feel as if you went with him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg6Ng9jeGTk


Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Hope arrived on four wheels……Underneath a fully equipped veterinary mobile clinic! As of March 4, 2010, ARCH has treated over 4000 animals, including many dogs, goats, sheep, cats, pigs, cows, horses, donkeys and domestic fowl. In the photo above, Kenny, 10, said his dog Vito had “been sick for a long time, but I don’t know any vets and don’t have money.” ARCH gave Vito antibiotics and vitamins and will check the dog’s progress… Photos: IFAW/WSPA for ARCH

Animal groups pledge $1.1M dollars for long-term animal aid in Haiti
3/4/10 — Animal Relief Coalition Of Haiti (ARCH) announced a $1.1 million agreement with the Haitian government to improve and repair animal welfare conditions in the aftermath of January’s ruinous earthquake. Over 20 animal protection groups worldwide, including Kinship Circle, formed ARCH under joint leadership of World Society For Protection of Animals and International Fund For Animal Welfare. The ambitious long-term plan covers:

*   DISEASE PREVENTION NETWORK: To protect people and animals from disease outbreaks, a laboratory and staff will carry out targeted vaccination campaigns for Rabies, Anthrax and other diseases.

*   VETERINARY TRAINING: Our goal is to train at least 200 Haitian veterinarians and vet technicians for current/future animal welfare issues.

*   VACCINATION COLD STORAGE: A “cold chain” is crucial to keep vaccinations fresh and stable through delivery.

*   ANIMAL POPULATION STUDIES: Haiti’s animal demographics have changed dramatically due to recent disasters. Updated data is vital to reach animals.

ARCH’s mobile vet clinic makes rounds to underserved areas such as Pelerin where Haitians line-up to have animals vaccinated. According to the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, there are some 5 million farmed animals in Haiti (not including domestic fowl), and about 500,000 dogs in Port-au-Prince.

Why Haiti’s animals, when animals everywhere need help? Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid made a promise to help Haiti’s animals after one of the most devastating earthquakes in modern times. ARCH’s enduring plan to coordinate veterinarians, clinics, vaccines…gives these animals a chance in future disasters and daily survival.

All Haiti photos: T. Stargardter (c) WSPA/IFAW for ARCH

PLEASE GIVE TO HAITI ANIMAL RELIEF:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/haiti

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Posted by: kinshipcircle | March 6, 2010

3/5/10: Chile Quake – Some 700,000 Animals May Be Affected

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
3/5/10: Chile Quake – Some 700,000 Animals May Be Affected


Kittens amid rubble. An 8.8. earthquake struck Chile’s central region,
namely Constitucion, Chile, on 2/27/10. photo source:
http://21paradigm.wordpress.com/

IN THIS ALERT:

  1. Strongest Earthquake To Hit Chile In 50 Years
  2. Some 700,000 Animals Affected, Animal Relief Chile Says
  3. International NGOs On Alert For Chile’s Animals

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1. Strongest Earthquake To Hit Chile In 50 Years


CHILE EARTHQUAKE / DISASTER OVERVIEW
–   2/27/10: Magnitude 8.8 – OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
–   MAIN AFFECTED REGIONS:
60 miles NNW of Chillan, Chile
65 miles WSW of Talca, Chile
70 miles NNE of Concepcion, Chile
200 miles SW of Santiago, Chile
SOURCE: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfan.php

–   (AP) 3/4/10: The magnitude-8.8 quake and tsunami that followed ravaged a 700-kilometer (435-mile) stretch of Chile’s Pacific coast and killed at least 802 people. People missing, unknown. People affected, 2 million.

–   Chile has asked other countries and the UN for temporary bridges, field hospitals, satellite phones, electric generators, water purification systems, field kitchens and dialysis centers.

–   (guardian.co.uk) 2/27/10: The 22-mile deep earthquake caused buildings to collapse, fires to erupt, and unleashed a tsunami across the Pacific. It devastated the city of Concepcion, 70 miles from the epicentre.

–   “This quake was around 500 times the magnitude of the one that devastated Haiti in Jan.,” but it was deeper and Chile’s buildings are sturdier, so there were less casualties.

–   Powerful aftershocks: There were 29 of magnitude 5 or greater, and one reaching 6.9, the US Geological Survey reported.

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2. Some 700,000 Animals Affected, Animal Relief Chile Says

EFE, Chile. http://www.sach.bligoo.cl/

ANIMAL RELIEF CHILE
http://www.cefu.cl/ * http://www.sach.bligoo.cl/
CEFU executive director Alejandra Cassino estimates more than 700,000 companion animals may be affected by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile’s central region on 2/27/10. Coalition for the Ethical Control of Urban Animals (CEFU) has called upon other Chilean animal organizations to unite for these victims. Under the banner ANIMAL RELIEF CHILE, the coalition provides a national support network to cover veterinary care, resource management, communications, volunteers, etc.

ANIMAL RELIEF CHILE MEMBER GROUPS, SO FAR:
– Animanaturalis
– Animal Consciousness
– Rima
– ADAR
– ASPS Talca
– independent animal Enraizarte
– Students from the Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad Mayor,
Iberoamericana and Universidad de Chile

MONETARY DONATIONS TO ANIMAL RELIEF CHILE:
DIRECT DESPOSIT (the only option at this time)
Animal Relief Chile — also called Socorro Animal Chile (SACH) — asks the Chilean animal community and the rest of the world to join this campaign to help the animal victims of the earthquake, and their caretakers.

WIRE OR WESTERN UNION DONATIONS FROM YOUR BANK TO:
The account of the Organization OPRA
Account: 01-16460-0, Development Bank
Ruth: 65640920-0
CODE FOREIGN DEPOSITS: BKSACLRM
Send a confirmation email to: aporteanimal@gmail.com

SUPPLY NEEDS (translated from Spanish):
For donations of perishables (dog/cat food…) and medical supplies, communicate directly with those responsible for receiving/coordinating aid:

** Animal Relief Chile: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=329459149031&ref=ts
Alejandra Cassino Marcel, 09-235-1982, socorroanimalchile@gmail.com

SOURCE OF THIS INFORMATION, TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH
Socorro Animal Chile (SACH)
socorroanimalchile@gmail.com, sosanimalchile@gmail.com
website: http://www.sach.bligoo.cl/

Coalition for the Ethical Control of
Urban Animals (CEFU)
coalicion@cefu.cl, denuncia@cefu.cl, prensa@cefu.cl
website: http://www.sach.bligoo.cl/

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3. International NGOs On Alert For Chile’s Animals

Rescue worker Cristian Velasquez found and comforted this puppy found alive inside a collapsed house in Constitucion, March 1, 2010. Velasquez gave him bits of food and water after rescuing him from (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

WORLD SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS (WSPA)
http://animalsindisasters.typepad.com/

EDITED FOR LENGTH
The impact on animals is becoming clearer, as we now have information from several of our member societies in affected regions… A center run by our member society, Centro de Rehabilitacion y Rescate de Primates (CRRP) that provides shelter for 165 mistreated primates has been damaged too. CRRP staff said that one of the monkeys has died and others are much stressed… Some animal shelters run by non-member societies are also reportedly seriously damaged. Many dogs have been left homeless, and there are reports of animals roaming around towns…. Flights into Chile are very limited. We now have confirmed tickets, to fly directly to Santiago, on Sunday night…

INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (IFAW)
http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_international/

IFAW Emergency Team on Alert — A magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck near the city of Concepcion, Chile… More than 2 million people are displaced, wounded or otherwise affected… Shortly after the earthquake, IFAW reached out to our friends at animal protection groups in Chile to assess the needs of animal victims. We are standing ready to provide emergency grants or whatever else is appropriate during these difficult times.

Animales terremoto en Chile
http://www.flickr.com/photos/prensanimalista/sets/72157623551563382/

Please Give To Kinship Circle’s Disaster Aid Fund…So We Are Always Ready!
Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Missouri Flood, Iowa Floods, Gustav, Ike, Kentucky
Flood, California Wildfires, Haiti… You helped us be there for animals.

*   DONATE TO KINSHIP CIRCLE DISASTER AID FUND: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation

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