Fate of the Crowfoot Valley Prairie Dog Colony

by Deanna Meyer, Deep Green Resistance, Colorado.  When we visited the Crowfoot site to confirm the mass annihilation of the last large colony of prairie dogs in the Castle Rock area, we found that all the burrows were packed hard as concrete. I tried to shovel out the burrows but could not because they were …

Sourced through Scoop.it from: deepgreenresistancesouthwest.org

GR:  This is what we’ve always done with wild animals in our way. Now that there aren’t many prairie dogs left, we don’t stop.

India: Animal rights campaigners seek PM intervention to control captive elephants

India elephant-apAnimal Rights/Welfare

“THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Animal rights campaigners have urged prime minister Narendra Modi to immediately intervene to stop the widespread practice of using sharp-tipped goads, steel capture belts and other banned items to control captive elephants in Kerala.

“In a letter to Modi, who is also the chairman of the National Board for Wildlife, animal rights group Heritage Animal Task Force said elephant contractors and festival organisers widely use such instruments to keep the elephants under control.” via  The Economic Times.

GR:  Animal Rights/Welfare Organizations in India:

(Here are a few visible on the Internet; there are many more.)


Why Humans Need Animal Rights

GarryRogersGarryRogers:  Kaufmann writes about both cruelty to farmed animals and the danger to human consumers.  He cites the common resistance to inconvenient facts as an important cause of animal neglect. He points out that the emotional impact of widespread cruelty to animals undermines efforts to harmonize human behavior with nature in matters such as climate change. I would add that there is also a great deal of simple ignorance at work. The ignorance is due to resistance to inconvenient facts, and it is due to simple lack of information. Most people today do not understand that animals are essential elements of Earth ecosystems upon which we humans depend for survival.  Acquiring this understanding leads to that most pragmatic of philosophies “The Land Ethic” (Leopold 1949). It also leads to respect for animals and their natural homes, leaving no room for animal cruelty and farming practices that produce harmful food products.

 Article By ,  OpEdNews.  “I want to focus on some more insidious and pernicious ways that harming animals in turn harms humans. The spirit of truth is among the first casualties. Those who mistreat nonhumans do their best to hide the facts. For example, seven states have passed “ag-gag” laws that make it a crime for people to photograph or videotape animal treatment in factory farms. That’s because, in addition to documenting widespread criminal cruelty to animals, undercover investigations have shown that “standard animal husbandry practices” (which are exempt from animal cruelty laws throughout the United States) involve systematic, institutionalized abuse of billions of farmed animals each year.

“Factory farmed animals experience unrelenting pain and misery from birth to death. (See, for example, www.mercyforanimals.org or “Meet Your Meat“. Even the small fraction of animals raised “humanely” still routinely suffer mutilations without pain relief, deprivation of many natural needs and desires, and violence and terror associated with transportation to and death in slaughterhouses.” Read more.


Members of Congress challenge merit of NIH monkey experiments

by Samantha Schmieder:  Four members of Congress have expressed concerns about experiments on infant monkeys taking place at a National Institutes of Health lab in Poolesville.

In a letter to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, dated Dec. 22, 2014, representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said constituents contacted them in response to media accounts of the tests, including a campaign by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  Source: www.gazette.net

GR:  Respect for animals is an essential element of nature conservation.  Moreover, results of drug trials on one species often don’t apply to other species.  Test human drugs on humans.  First choice for volunteers would be CEOs and product managers from the drug maker.