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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. 

  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 9/22/2017

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

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 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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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 9/15/2017

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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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Animal Rights News Recap 9/1/2017

On August 26, PETA and DxE collaborated on a series of powerful demonstrations for World Day for the End of Speciesism.

A human meat demonstration in Dallas for World Day for the End of Speciesism.

A human meat demonstration in Dallas for World Day for the End of Speciesism.

LONDON ARTICLE HERE

WISCONSIN VIDEO HERE

The #PostTheTruth September challenge has begun, asking activists to enter a place promoting violence towards animals, post a warning sign about that violence, and challenge three others to do the same.

VIDEO HERE

DxE Toronto organized a musical flash mob to spread the message of animal liberation.

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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Animal Rights News Recap 8/25/17

DxE Sao Paulo disrupted a bacon festival, sharing the pigs' perspective.

VIDEO HERE

Activists with DxE Berlin poured through a park to disrupt a festival that celebrated eating animals.

VIDEO HERE

Hunters' attempt to use PETA's new Facebook frame "Shoot selfies, not animals" has backfired and introduced many new people to PETA's message.

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ARTICLE HERE

Kasatka, an orca who was imprisoned by SeaWorld has died, adding to the ever-growing death toll of orcas in captivity.

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ARTICLE 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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From Dog Therapy to Animal Rights

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From Dog Therapy to Animal Rights

From Dog Therapy to Animal Rights

By Nancy Stanley

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My own dear dog companion, Truffles, taught me how much love and joy nonhuman animals can bring into our lives. Inspired by my love for animals, I began introducing pet therapy into children's hospitals and convalescent homes in 1982. In addition to helping these individuals to connect with nonhuman animals, I have also spent years advocating for animal rights, although I have been specifically focused on protecting dogs from abuse. However, the more I have been drawn into the world of animal rights activism, the more I have realized that there are so many other animals for whom I must speak up.

Pigs, chickens, cows, and all animals deserve love just as much as the dogs in our own homes do. That is why I am donating a portion of my book sales to Direct Action Everywhere so that they can continue to save animals like Lily, who was rescued from a Smithfield pig farm in Utah, and Oliver, who was rescued from a dog farm in Yulin, China. DxE fights for the safety and freedom of all animals, and I think that's what each of us needs to do.

For years I have seen nonhuman animals help humans through difficult times, and NOW, it is time for us humans to help the animals who need us the most. 

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You can buy a copy of my book, Pillow with a Heartbeat, and support DxE's life-saving work by clicking here. Narrated by Truffles, the story is a great way to help friends and family think from the animals' perspective.

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