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NEWS OF THE WEEK: Pussy Riot Digs DxE, Mary’s Chickens Expands & More, Oct. 31 - Nov. 8, 2017

NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Pussy Riot Digs DxE, Mary’s Chickens Expands & More, Oct. 31 - Nov. 8, 2017

By Leslie Goldberg

PUSSY RIOT DIGS DXE

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina, of Pussy Riot.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina, of Pussy Riot.

On Twitter, the infamous Russian punk/art/protest band Pussy Riot gave DxE a shout-out for our recent daylight open rescue and sit-in at Saba Live Poultry in Oakland, CA, writing: “these incredible animal liberation actions!” (Facebook) ("Police State" Music Video)

MARY’S CHICKENS EXPANDS

Pittman Family Farms, the company that produces Mary’s Chickens, is expanding – like a cancer. The poultry company that sells “humanely raised” Mary’s Chickens has applied to Kings County in California for conditional- use permits for 70 new barns at four existing county ranches - increasing the production of its “meat chickens” overall by four-fold. One of those ranches, will go from raising 120,000 birds at one time to raising over a million birds, the Hanford Sentinel reports. DxE’s recent investigation into Mary’s Chickens found thousands of sick and dying birds crammed into filthy, foul-smelling sheds with no access to the outside, despite the company’s claims of “humanely raised” chickens happily roaming under the sun. (Hanford Sentinel)

VIOLENCE 101

Colorado State University is planning to build a “meat-processing plant” on its campus. Animal rights activists are opposing this $20 million JBS Global Food Innovation Center to house the school’s “meat science” program as well as a slaughterhouse. JBS, a huge corporation which kills chickens and cows, is donating $7.5 million toward construction and $5 million toward educational programs at the “center.” The school is countering the characterization of a slaughterhouse on campus. “This is not a production facility,” said Ajay Menon, dean of the school’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “No one walking or working near the center will be able to see, hear or smell anything coming from inside the processing area.” She noted that “only” five to eight cows would be killed there a month. The center has been designed by Temple Grandin, who also teaches there. (Denver Post)

PROPOSITION 2.0

Humane Society of the United States, in an effort to “update” farmed animal welfare standards, is pushing to get a proposition on the 2018 California state ballot which will ban the sales of eggs from hens in cages. This proposition follows HSUS’s previous Proposition 2, passed in 2008, which aimed to give chickens more space (in cages), but failed to include any means to enforce the measure. After Prop 2 passed, most California chicken farmers continued to stuff chickens into file drawer-sized battery cages. This new proposition aims to ban cages completely and require that chickens be raised “cage-free” and mandates that the birds get at least 12 inches by 12 inches of space. HSUS is calling their campaign Cruelty Free California. It is also supported by Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing and the Humane League. (HSUS)

A WORD FOR SPARROWS!

 A PETA activist disrupted a Yale University president’s speech in Seattle, demanding that he end experiments on sparrows conducted by researcher Christine Lattin, a postdoctoral associate at the school. PETA says the researcher has killed hundreds of birds in cruel and scientifically unnecessary, useless experiments. The group said she has fed the birds oil, cut their legs and imprisoned them in cloth bags. According to Speaking of Research,  an advocacy group for animal experimentation, “The birds were only fed small amounts of oil in their food.” The group also told the Yale student newspaper that the sparrows were “subjected to a brief period of restraint in a breathable cloth bag” and “the birds were given anesthesia...when their legs were wounded.” (Yale Daily News)    

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NEWS OF THE WEEK: Call For Meat Ban in Sri Lanka, Berkeley Bans Fish Prizes & More, October 24 – 31, 2017

NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Call For Meat Ban in Sri Lanka, Berkeley Bans Fish Prizes & More, October 24 – 31, 2017

 By Leslie Goldberg

Ad rejected by public bus system.

Ad rejected by public bus system.

ANTI ANIMAL TESTING ADS BANNED IN VIRGINIA

The White Coat Waste Project, a cost-cutting and animal rights group fighting against using animals in research, is suing a public bus system in Virginia for refusing to display advertisements against animal testing. A photo in the proposed ad shows dogs looking out from behind bars and demands that the “McGuire VA Medical Center: Stop Taxpayer-Funded Dog Experiments.” The medical center has conducted research into cardiac health in humans. Some of the tests are considered extremely painful to the dogs. The transit company says they don’t allow political ads on buses. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

BAN MEAT IN SRI LANKA!

The heads of four Buddhist and animal rights groups in Sri Lanka are taking the first step towards converting Sri Lanka into a non-meat-eating society. They are asking for all people of Sri Lanka to refrain from eating meat on Mondays and all Buddhists to become vegetarian for the month of May. (Daily Mirror)

PROTECTING THE SMALLEST

The Berkeley City Council banned giving live fish as prizes at festivals, etc. this month.  Four other states have similar bans on fish. California already bans giving away rabbits and birds as prizes. An intern, Simone Stevens, who works for Councilman Kriss Worthington inspired the ban because she told the Daily Cal, “inexperienced vendors keep the fish in extremely unhealthy conditions.” (Daily Californian)

PROFESSIONAL DOGSLEDDING LOSING POPULARITY

The governing body of the Iditarod, the most famous dogsledding competition in the world, announced that four huskies had tested positive for a banned opioid painkiller. Since they were unable to determine who specifically dosed the dogs, the owner was not fined and he was allowed to keep his second place prize money of $59,000. According to the AP, dogsledding is losing popularity due to numerous dog deaths and pressure from animal rights groups. (ABC News)

PUSHING FOR LESS PROTECTION FOR ANIMALS USED IN LABS

The Association of American Medical Colleges and allied groups are pushing to “streamline” animal research. They issued a report this month which calls for “moving all oversight to a single, unnamed agency, conducting less frequent lab inspections and giving researchers greater say in creating new rules.”  Speaking out against such a move, HSUS spokesperson Kathleen Conlee said, “It’s clear this would negatively impact animal welfare.” (Science)

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NEWS OF THE WEEK: DxE Rescues Lamb, Quail & Bunny, Hiker Saves Rooster & More, October 17- 24, 2017

NEWS OF THE WEEK:

DxE Rescues Lamb, Quail & Bunny, Hiker Saves Rooster & More, October 17- 24, 2017

By Leslie Goldberg

DxE activist Priya Sawhney rescuing the quail who is now named Mercy. Photo by Michael Goldberg

DxE activist Priya Sawhney rescuing the quail who is now named Mercy. Photo by Michael Goldberg

Direct Action Everywhere’s biggest news this week is a local CBS story of our open rescue from Saba Live Poultry, an Oakland butcher/slaughter house, where activists removed three animals on Sunday, October 22: a lamb, a quail and a bunny. Twenty-three activists were arrested on trespassing charges. They were given citations and immediately released. Some 200 people from all over the country participated in the action. The CBS segment was pretty good except it included false information saying that DxE had “broken into” and “stormed” this establishment which sells chickens, quail, goats, lambs, rabbits and, apparently, veal. The rescued lamb has now been named Edward, the quail is Mercy and the bunny is Jonah. (CBS, SF Bay Area, 10/23/2017)

CASSIE ROCKS IT

DxE activist Cassandra King disrupted a football game between UC-Berkeley and Washington State on October 13, running on to the field holding a stuffed toy pig. She was dragged off the field by police. She later wrote a wonderful essay which was published in Berkeleyside explaining why she did what she did, citing the rampant exploitation of animals raised for food and the absurd FBI search for two piglets rescued by DxE from a Smithfield farm. She called for Berkeley to become the “animal rights capital of the nation.”  (Seattle Times, 10/14/2017, Berkeleyside, 10/20/2017)

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN HAS TO REVEAL DOCUMENTS ON ITS PRIMATE EXPERIMENTS.

An appeals courts struck down an earlier decision regarding the revelation of notes about the University of Wisconsin’s primate research. The court decided the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) had the right to see documents related to UW’s proposed experiments on maternal deprivation and social isolation in newborn macaques. The ALDF argued that the research amounted to “psychological torture.” The UW had actually already cancelled the experiments by the time of the appeals court verdict. They insisted that the animal rights group had “nothing to do with” their decision. Oh really?! (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/19/2017)

YELLVILLE’S BRUTALLY CLUELESS “TURKEY TROT” UNDER INVESTIGATION

For 50 stupid years, airplane pilots have been dropping live turkeys from the sky in October at an annuual festival held in Yellville, Arkansas. They call it “The Turkey Trot.” Now the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) says they are going to investigate to see if this vile practice is in “compliance” with regulations. (Associated Press, 10/16/2017)

APPALACHIAN TRAIL RESCUE

This time the one in need of a rescue wasn’t a human hiker, it was a chicken hiker. Heather Bollnt, who had recently quit her job with The Humane League to complete a life-long dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail, came across an apparently abandoned “fancy rooster.” After doing a bit of a search for his “owner,” she scooped him up and managed to carry him 42 miles to safety. Having already hiked over 1,000 miles, Bollnt still has another 1,000 miles. “I always seem to end up rescuing animals,” she said. At first she named her hiking partner, Eddie, but later changed his name to Mason, since he was found about a half mile from the Mason-Dixon Line. (The Dodo, 10/13/2017, Today, 10/17/2017)

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NEWS OF THE WEEK: Chicken Council Wants To Speed Up Slaughter, Activists Work To Reverse Iowa Ag Gag & More – October 9-16, 2017

NEWS OF THE WEEK:

Chicken Council Wants To Speed Up Slaughter, Activists Work To Reverse Iowa Ag Gag & More – October 9-16, 2017

Chicken slaughter line at New Stockton Poultry slaughterhouse. Photo by Michael Goldberg

Chicken slaughter line at New Stockton Poultry slaughterhouse. Photo by Michael Goldberg

By Leslie Goldberg

CALIFORNIA BANS THE SALE OF NON-RESCUE ANIMALS IN STORES

Possibly the biggest news in Animal Rights this week is the state of California banning the sale of non-rescued dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. Breeders will still be able to sell the animals, just not in stores. While, of course, we’d like to see a total ban of puppy mills, etc., this does make a dent in breeders’ profitability.  (Huffington Post)

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-pet-store-ban-puppies-kittens-cats-dogs-rabbits_us_59e216b2e4b0a52aca183fa3

SPEEDING UP CHICKEN SLAUGHTER

Politico reports that the National Chicken Council has petitioned the USDA to allow poultry slaughterhouses to increase the speeds of some processing lines to more than the current 140-chickens-per-minute. The current speeds are already dangerous, creating health and safety risks for workers but also the risk of birds being boiled alive. Chickens may miss the mechanical knife and end up getting dumped into vats of boiling water alive, suffering horrifically painful deaths. This change could also increase the risk for consumers who may end up eating meat from diseased animals who missed detection.  (Politico, Newsweek)

http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-agriculture/2017/09/11/poultry-industry-asks-for-line-speed-increases-222206

BROOKLYN KIDS VOTE FOR VEGANISM

Little kids step up. The young students at Bergen Elementary in Brooklyn voted for an all plant-based menu at their school. Bergen is Brooklyn’s first and New York’s third vegetarian public school. “My students have expressed an interest in healthier eating and the school gave them the option to choose this menu.” said the school’s principal, Arlene Ramos. “I’m proud of their decision.”  (Grub Street)

http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/10/all-vegetarian-school-in-brooklyn.html

WILDLIFE GROUPS ARE WORKING TO GET A BAN ON MOUNTAIN LION HUNTING ON THE BALLOT IN ARIZONA

The measure will ban the killing of mountain lions, bobcats and other large cats except in cases where they represent a danger to humans and/or livestock. Mountain lions are often hunted in Arizona for just their heads or their skins and this ban aims to stop that. Activists are currently gathering voter signatures. California banned mountain lion hunting in 1990. (US News and World Report, AP)

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2017-09-27/activists-seek-ban-on-sport-hunting-of-arizona-big-cats

YOU ARE NEXT, IOWA

Animal rights groups and free speech groups such as PETA and the ACLU have filed suit against the state of Iowa’s 2012 ag gag rule. The rule outlaws activists lying to get jobs in animal enterprises and taking photographs and shooting video. The groups argue that the statute violates Constitutional free speech and equal protection rights. This lawsuit doesn’t address “open rescue.”  Similar ag gag rules have been struck down in federal court in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. (Iowa Public Radio)

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/animal-rights-free-speech-groups-file-lawsuit-challenging-iowas-ag-whistleblower-law - stream/0

 

 

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NEWS OF THE WEEK: FBI Hunts Piglets, McDonald’s Intros Vegan Burger & More – October 2-9, 2017

NEWS OF THE WEEK:

FBI Hunts Piglets, McDonald’s Intros Vegan Burger & More – October 2-9, 2017

By Leslie Goldberg

1)    The big news of the past week in the world of animal rights was a piece in The Intercept about Direct Action Everywhere’s open rescue of two piglets from Smithfield Foods’ Circle Four Farm, which detailed the FBI’s ridiculous efforts to scour animal sanctuaries in Utah and Colorado in hopes of retrieving the animals and sending them back to the  mega factory farm in Utah. The article discussed the tight bond between coporations like Smithfield and the US government and how law enforcement is being used to do the companies’ bidding.  Glenn Greenwald’s piece detailed the horrific conditions on the farm and explained not only speciesism, but DxE’s work. Greenwald is a Pulitzer Prize winner and highly acclaimed. https://theintercept.com/2017/10/05/factory-farms-fbi-missing-piglets-animal-rights-glenn-greenwald/

Piglets huddled against their mother at Smithfield's Circle Four Farm in Utah.

Piglets huddled against their mother at Smithfield's Circle Four Farm in Utah.

On the heels of that story, which we think reached as many as 7 million people, Utah senator, Jim Dabakis posted his dismay at the use of the FBI to hunt down two piglets who had been rescued by DxE from the horrible conditions at the farm.

https://www.facebook.com/directactioneverywhere/posts/1704901822873493

2)    Tapping in on a national trend to send prison convicts into corporations to work, judges in Oklahoma are offering work in a chicken processing plant as an alternative to prison. The Center for Investigative Reporting detailed in the article the horrible working conditions at the plant and discussed the fact that so many of the workers are getting injured and, as a result, are getting addicted to pain killers. https://www.revealnews.org/article/they-thought-they-were-going-to-rehab-they-ended-up-in-chicken-plants/

3)    McDonald’s made news this week, announcing the trial of a new product, “The McVegan Burger.” The story got big traction, with many people posting that they wished the trial was happening in the U.S., not Finland.  

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/mcdonalds-testing-new-vegan-burger/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mcdonalds-vegan-burger-mcvegan_us_59d92818e4b046f5ad98a0ed

4)    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to require large grocery stores to notify customers as to whether the meat they sell comes from animals dosed with antibioticshttp://www.sfexaminer.com/?p=180506

5)    The environment.  Found numerous articles and opinion columns all over the world calling for a reduction in meat consumption to mitigate pollution, the overuse of resources and climate change. Great story in The Guardian about climate change and methane produced by cows.  

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/29/methane-emissions-cattle-11-percent-higher-than-estimated

6)    Article in the San Jose Mercury News about DxE protestors hanging huge banners at a San Francisco Giants game including one that read BAN MEAT IN BERKELEY.

 http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/29/group-calls-for-berkeley-meat-ban-at-giants-game/

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Animal Rights News Recap 10/06/2017

DxE activists held a rally to #ProtectLily outside of the FBI offices in downtown San Francisco after Glenn Greenwald published an expose on the FBI's hunt for Lily and revealed the government's efforts to cover up the violence of factory farming.

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In Kyiv, Russia and at other VegFests around the world, DxE is introducing people to Open Rescue through virtual reality.

VIDEO HERE

At the street art festival, Nuit Blanche, DxE Toronto turned the tables on violence toward animals with an art installation of a dinner feast in which pigs are eating humans.

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Best Video You Will Ever See shared footage of a Save vigil in Montevideo, Uruguay.

VIDEO HERE

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

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Animal Rights News Recap 9/22/2017

DxE Toronto disrupted the opening of a new steakhouse.

steakhouse disruption

VIDEO HERE

There is officially a Save Chapter in Berlin!

PETA India used street theatre to show the public what is happening to animals in laboratories.

VIDEO HERE

A pig named Wally jumped from a slaughter truck when he was only 3 miles from the the place he would have been killed, and was taken from the side of the road to an animal sanctuary.

VIDEO HERE

Portland, Maine has joined a long list of cities to ban the display of exotic animals. 

ARTICLE HERE

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  2. Join a local DxE community --or start your own!
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in creataing a true social justice movement for animals.

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Animal Rights Activist Profile: Matthew McKeefry

Animal Rights Activist Profile: Matthew McKeefry

Q: What inspired you to first get involved with activism?

A: Animals are being violently abused every minute, of every day. We have an obligation to every animal suffering behind the closed doors of labs, farms and zoos; to every victim of speciesism to speak out for them. As ACT UP put it, "silence is death," and that is true for the animal rights movement also. We must be animal rights activists! 

Q: What is your favorite or most accomplished moment in activism or other DxE activity?

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A. My favourite DxE moment in our local chapter was at our March day of action 2017 when we disrupted 5 out of 6 butchers in a town in Northern Ireland and we reached over half a million people with our post about the action and we made national newspapers. We had managed to get people talking about animal rights who otherwise would never have even considered it. We had done what no other group in Northern Ireland had ever done before. 

Q: Are you a part of any working groups or unique activism in your chapter and how do they influence your activism?

In my local DxE chapter I am an organiser and I am involved with the DxE connections, protest and meetups working groups. As our chapter grows we plan to have more working groups. 

Q: How do you stay motivated as an activist?

DxE is such a supportive and empowering network of truly inspiring, amazing activists. Having our incredibly supportive community as well as knowing that we WILL achieve animal liberation within one generation keeps me motivated. Seeing how our Bay Area chapter is changing Berkeley is really inspiring, and I hope some day to move to Berkeley to join the ever-growing DxE community there. 

Q: What advice would you give to new activists?

We are on the right side of history and we should be confident in our actions. We have the science and history of social change on our side. DxE's 40 year plan is becoming reality and we must continue to disrupt violence and speciesism so that in 40 years we will see a changed society and a species equality act passed. 

Q: Why Animal Liberation? 

When I see my nonhuman friend, Tink, I see a person, an individual who has as much of a right to life as you or I and someone who deserves autonomy over her own body. To me Tink is the person she is, not "property" or any other degrading words society uses for animals, but for most animals their children are ripped from them at birth, their milk or eggs stolen, their very existence being seen as worthless unless they can make enough milk to be stolen or are the 'right' gender to torture and abuse for their eggs. They're seen as property and commodified so much that the compassionate act of openly rescuing sick animals from places of violence is seen as a crime. This is unquestionably discrimination. This is speciesism and we must fight until every animal is free. 

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  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
  2. Join a local DxE community --or start your own!
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in creataing a true social justice movement for animals.

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Animal Rights News Recap 9/15/2017

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Animal Rights News Recap 9/15/2017

DxE investigators rescued Sophie from a supposedly "free-range" Mary's Chicken farm supplying to Whole Foods, and they exposed the truth to the world: these birds were crammed into dark, filthy barns and they never stepped outside.

free range truth

ARTICLE HERE

In response to the FBI raids at sanctuaries in their search Lily, a piglet DxE rescued from a Smithfield farm, activists gathered at the Utah farm to hold a vigil for Lily and all the animals who were not saved, and to unite against activist repression.

utah vigil

ARTICLE HERE

DxE Berlin used eye contact with animals in an experimental demonstration to help people see that all animals feel pain.

VIDEO HERE

California reinstated its ban on foie gras!

 

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
  2. Join a local DxE community --or start your own!
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in creataing a true social justice movement for animals.

 

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Animal Rights News Recap 9/8/2017

The FBI is raiding animal sanctuaries, threatening volunteers, and cutting pigs' ears, in search of Lily, the piglet DxE rescued from Circle Four Farms in Utah. 

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VIDEO HERE

During a vigil, Rio Animal Save with the help of Toronto Chicken Save rescued a chicken named Maia before she could be killed.

VIDEO HERE

In Miami, Florida, hundreds of activists came together for the first Official Animal Rights March in Florida.

VIDEO HERE

PETA rescued two dogs from a home flooded by Hurricane Harvey, one of whom had climbed a bookshelf to avoid the water.

VIDEO HERE

Want to get involved? DxE is a grassroots network focused on empowering you to be the best activist you can be. Here are some steps you can take. 

  1. Sign up to our mailing list and share our content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
  2. Join a local DxE community --or start your own!
  3. Take the Liberation Pledge. And join us in creataing a true social justice movement for animals.

 

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