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True, much of the dated advice ... is now amusingly camp,
but the potential thrill of being single still saturates each page.
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Saturday, March 22, 2003

Shooting Birds probably encouraged by their parents who buy them the Guns; When will they Learn?
"A Shreveport man continues his road to recovery after being shot while on the job." February 12, 2003 KSLA.COM News 12, Shreveport

News 12's Christy Douglas joins us from the newsroom with more.

Shreveport police have charged a 16 year old with illegal use of a weapon. He allegedly was shooting at birds when 48 year old Richard Ryan was struck in the side. It's a situation that has city officials rethinking safety on the job while folks in Allendale wonder about their own.

Billy Payton has lived in Shreveport's Allendale neighborhood most of his life. Through good times and bad. Billy Payton: " The neighborhood is really quiet now long time ago it used to be all uproaring how it's just quieter much quieter now."

But Wednesday afternoon Allendale wasn't quiet. A bullet through the trees stopped this drainage ditch project behind the St. Paul United Methodist Church. The owner of a construction company working on a city project is in intensive care now. Mike Strong: "It's a very sad, situation it makes us very concerned about the safety of employees." Billy Payton is familiar with this particular stretch of Pierre Avenue. A street that floods with kids after school. Billy Payton: "I normally see the kids run by on the crosswalk cross the street and they normally go down that same hill you know but that was a bad situation.



Friday, March 21, 2003 Friday, March 21, 2003
Pass It On
Whisper it, eyes lift meet and drop again; acknowledge the thing we are not supposed to care about; cruelty, No Justice - Just Us;

Traitor; supposed to bury our caste bond to all women while the mouth parrots the empty slogans of our class and kind;

so just this I say under my breath to you:

The slaves are almost free in Iraq


They do not get paid to be your Friend
Warning from Ingrid Newkirk, PETA

Recently, animal rights groups and even our own staff have reported incidents of harassment and information gathering expeditions by the FBI and Homeland Security, even by local police.

The incident below shows one way this works:

An FBI agent, who at first did not identify himself as such, made a call to one of our staff whose name he had simply read in the paper, assuring her that she was "not in any trouble" and asking her to call him back. Quite properly, she did not. It is dangerous to engage in even the most innocuous-seeming discourse with the FBI/ Homeland Security/ a local detective for, rest assured, if you do, you will become a notation in a federal file! The next day, the agent called her at home on her private number at 7:45 a.m. "to chat." She properly told him she had nothing to chat with him about and told him not to call her at work or home again. That ended it.

As you may know, the FBI has a massive current investigation into the ALF and ELF and, by default, as with McCarthyism, into the entire animal rights community. As new Homeland Security laws make clear, law enforcement is using the climate of fear of real domestic terrorists to collect information on perfectly law-abiding animal rights activists. We should not allow this to happen in what is still supposed to be a free country. There is now a central data bank set up as a resource in the event of any break-in or liberation, i.e. to use to conduct a witch hunt, to harass and intimidate ordinary people. Don't think this can't happen, because it already has. Most importantly, please don't contribute to it.

Many scholars have written regarding social cause movements, like the civil rights movement and the peace movements and the FBI's crude and sometimes downright illegal tactics in dealing with them. PETA itself has a history of FBI and ATF harassment. We suffered through (successfully) defeating subpoenas to examine our membership and volunteer lists, and many of us were compelled to give handwriting samples and photographs and to appear before grand juries without lawyers present. Wire taps were put on our telephones (dollars to doughnuts they are there again now, and that's not being paranoid, just practical), our telephone records were seized at source, and the postal authority turned over our mail for pre-sorting. All this happened because, unable to come up with real evidence and pinpoint anyone in particular, the FBI set out to "troll" through the most outspoken animal rights group and see if they turned up anything. Doesn't sound very much like the America we know and love, but there you are.

I don't say any of this to alarm you, for you will probably never receive any communication from the FBI/Homeland Security/local law enforcement but to warn you that if you do, it is not at all smart to think you can outwit them, convert them, or just give them "harmless" information and they'll go away. By allowing an FBI agent to write in his book, "Spoke for 20 mins to (your name here)." instead of "She had nothing to say," you have helped keep the chain alive. If you talk to them, they write things like "(your name here) confirmed that she `knows all about the ALF' and is familiar with the recent mink liberation," when, in fact, you simply answered "Yes" to the question "Do you know what the ALF is?" and "Yes, I read about it in a newspaper clipping" to the question "What do you know about the mink liberation?" If you invite them in, talk to them, and so on, you will almost certainly be used in the future.

One reason people disregard this advice is because the first reaction most of us have is to think "well, we have nothing to hide, so what's the harm?" Or, my favorite, "But, they seemed so nice!" How far would they get with us if they said, "I hate animals" or "I'm out to get you?" One of our staff recounts how an FBI agent came and sat next to him when he was detained after a protest. The agent was very friendly, slouched in his chair and called the police who had been at the demo, "jerks." He acted as if he and our staffer were old friends and casually asked our fellow for his name, his age, how long he'd worked at PETA, if he traveled much in his work, if "higher ups" decided how a demo was going to go. When our person said he wasn't answering and would need to speak to an attorney, the FBI agent acted offended and said, "Wow, we were just having a conversation here." He then told our staffer that he'd heard him on the radio and that "you were articulate, fantastic. That one caller - he was an idiot." When it was clear he wasn't going to get answers, he left the room.

Here is exactly what seasoned attorneys suggest most strongly that you do if approached by an FBI agent, other Homeland Security or other law enforcement officer: who wants to "just chat: " Say politely but firmly and without hesitation, "I have nothing to say" and then hang up, walk away, close the door. Do not be coerced or charmed into helping them by "just answering a few easy questions." If anyone tries to detain you, ask "Am I under arrest?" If they cannot say "yes," you are free to go. Walk or drive away.

If they ring or knock or approach you again, say "Please leave me alone. You are harassing me." Say nothing more. It seems rude, but law enforcement officers are used to hearing it and won't take it personally. They will go away. If you converse with them you will be called/visited again.

In light of the constitution, you have the freedom to associate with whomever you choose, and the right to say what you believes in without fear of reprisal, and they have no right to harass those who object to exploitation, war, racial discrimination, animal slavery and the like.

Thank you.

Ingrid Newkirk


Monday, March 17, 2003 Monday, March 17, 2003
Animal Law Reporter© with updates

I took this from the Eco Logical Web Log, which is a must read for everyone who likes this website.

To: lawyers, judges, researchers, librarians and interested professionals:

A. We are deciding whether to create an Animal Law Reporter© with updates. The Animal Law Reporter© would include a searchable federal and state case law database of over 10,000 cases dating back to 1970 (83 cases so far in 2003, 555 cases in 2002), available in both online and print editions.

Additionally, every effort is being explored to include trial court level cases.

Conference announcements will be included. Pricing will depend on several factors but the intent is to supply a resource that is less costly than standard reporters because so many of you doing animal work give (literally) so much of your time away.

While paid advertisements will help, economies of scale will definitely affect pricing.

Therefore, it is imperative that you express your interest and pass this along to every other conceivably interested person(s) you know.

Note that by responding, you are expressing your serious interest only at this time.

Further information will be forthcoming.

B. With the Reporter is a proposed Animal Legal Research Service© to be offered nationwide to lawyers, firms and related organizations.

The intent is to help not only animal lawyers but also those attorneys who may encounter the occasional animal case while practicing law in other areas such as:

*family law *wills, trusts and estates
*environmental *bankruptcy
*property *personal injury/torts

C. A carefully screened Animal Lawyer Referral Service© has also been suggested and is under consideration.

As lawyers, your comments, questions and suggestions are welcome. Persons interested in helping - from writing case summaries to being an advisor board member - are encouraged to express their interest and experience.

There are no paid positions yet. Assistance with startup funding would also be extremely helpful.


If you are interested in further information on either A B and/or C please do 2 things:

1. Send an email to: cbmatlack@att.net. It would be helpful if the Subject line read either A, B and/or C - whichever (or all) services in which you are interested. You will be emailed with further details.

2. Please pass this message to any other lawyers, firms and organizations or other people who may know anyone who might be interested. Responses should be received by no later than the end of April.

Decisions will be made in April so please respond ASAP. Thank you.


Carolyn B. Matlack. J.D.
Author,
Journey to Justice (Working Title)


Saturday, March 15, 2003 Saturday, March 15, 2003
HUMANE SLAUGHTER ACT FUNDING GRANTED

On Thursday (2/20), a large federal appropriations bill was signed into law, which included $5 million to step up enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA).

The action comes after years of horrific tales from slaughterhouses nationwide, where animals are being hung on hooks, skinned, dismembered, disemboweled, and boiled while they are still alive and conscious.

USDA’s lax enforcement, coupled with industry pressure to speed up slaughterhouse assembly lines, has led to an abhorrent and unbelievably cruel situation.

Championed by Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), the appropriations provision directs USDA to use the new funds to hire at least 50 inspectors to work solely on HMSA enforcement, with particular attention to unloading, handling, stunning, and killing practices.



Wednesday, March 12, 2003 Wednesday, March 12, 2003
When is a sanctuary Not; Demonstrations March 14-15; Maryland, Virginia, Florida, California...

Hunting and Trapping on National Wildlife "Refuges" is Nothing to Celebrate
3/11/2003, The Fund for Animals

Fund for Animals to Hold Nationwide Demonstrations During Key Centennial Celebrations
SILVER SPRING, MD -- This week, as the National Wildlife Refuge System celebrates its centennial with activities at various refuges across the country, The Fund for Animals wants people to know that the refuges are not what they seem. The national animal protection group and concerned citizens will hold demonstrations during key centennial events across the country, asking that the refuges be restored to their original mission -- to protect wildlife from hunting and trapping.

WHEN: Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15

WHERE: Various National Wildlife Refuges
(See a complete list of times and locations at the end of this release)

President Theodore Roosevelt, the most famous hunter of his day, recognized the need for places where animals could find sanctuary from guns and traps, and he established the first national wildlife refuge in Pelican Island, Florida, in 1903, specifically to protect birds from plume hunters. For half a century, the refuge system prohibited hunting and trapping. Now, however, nearly 60% of the 540 refuges are open to hunting and/or trapping. Since 1997 alone, 39 refuges have been opened to migratory bird, upland game, or big game hunting for the first time, or have expanded their hunted programs.

"Most people would be astonished to learn that hunting and trapping are allowed, even encouraged, in places set aside for the protection of wildlife," said Jeff Leitner, Program Coordinator for The Fund for Animals. "Allowing the killing of animals for sport in an area designated as a 'wildlife refuge' debases our language, deceives the public, and violates the American spirit of honesty and fair play."

A Decision Research opinion poll conducted in 1999 revealed that 78% of Americans oppose hunting and trapping on national wildlife refuges.

Please also see an article related to this on wisconsinsafespace.org

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List of Demonstrations to be Held at Refuge Centennial Events

DATE: Friday, March 14
TIME: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Entrance to Riverview Park
(Off of U.S. 1)
Sebastian, FL

DATE: Friday, March 14
TIME: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Entrance to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
4501 N. Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA

DATE: Friday, March 14
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Entrance to Ohlone College
Intersection of Mission Blvd. and Anza Rd.
Fremont, CA

DATE: Saturday, March 15
TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
LOCATION: Entrance to Patuxent Research National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Off of Powder Mill Rd.)
Laurel, MD





Tuesday, March 11, 2003 Tuesday, March 11, 2003
I finally saved enough money to get my cowch from Helga
Thank you Ginny!! The cows will not consider your support frivolous in
any way.

Happy New Year

Helga

----- Original Message -----
From: "Virginia Rose"
To:
Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2003 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: Ginny ray's cowh

Beatrice is with us now and we love her. Although some of us have rudely bitten her, others immediately went to sleep on her back. I never knew or thought about that there are females in the species that have horns

I like thinking about this

Best Wishes!

Ginny


----- Original Message -----
From:
To:
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2002 6:58 PM
Subject: Re: Ginny ray's cowh


Greetings from Beatrice, Helga, & Herd!!
Yes, the girls have horns.... if the breed has them. Some breeds, such as Black Angus (Harvey) are naturally hornless. But for the breeds which have horns, both male and female have them.

The reason that most people do not know this is because most dairy cows are dehorned at a very early age.(very painful to the calves!!)

The farmers do this because the conditions that most dairy cows live under are overcrowded, and they will hurt each other when vying for space.

The "pecking order" is very important among bovines, and horns do a great job of establishing oneself!!

Glad Beatrice is being enjoyed!

Helga



Sunday, March 9, 2003 Sunday, March 9, 2003
the food shop rules changed

Ten Things Your Supermarket Won't Tell You

Posted by: Admin on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 01:18 PM GMT

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An August, 2001 SmartMoney article of the same title lists ten less than honorable practices supermarkets engage in:

Bulk buying, it turns out, is often more expensive, simply because in the early 1990s supermarket chains figured out that consumers lean toward it, and they've jacked up prices accordingly.

Some supermarkets even raise the retail prices on items during weeks in which store coupons will be appearing in newspapers and circulars.

More than 50 million Americans use supermarket loyalty cards that entitle them to special in-store discounts. Who foots the bill? Those customers who refuse to join.

[...] David Diamond, president of emerging business for Catalina Marketing, the St. Petersburg, Fla., company that handles many supermarket card programs, [says,] "It used to be that everybody got Rice Krispies for, say, 79 cents.

Now they're available to anyone for 89 cents, but the best shoppers get them for 49 cents."
Except for regulations about baby food and infant formula, there are no federal laws mandating product dating.

That bakery smells good, doesn't it? There's a reason those ovens are always on full blast. "Studies show the smell of baking bread drives people bonkers," says Jain.

A 1998 FTC study of supermarket scanner systems found that roughly a fourth failed to earn a passing grade, and a few chains overcharged customers on more than one out of 12 items.

Follow the SmartMoney link above for the complete list.





free to a good home

" FREE KITTENS "

Who will hear me when I cry? Who will know when I die?

What did I do to be so abused? What was my crime to be so misused?

Where are the people that loved me as a kitten? Where is the food and water hidden?

When will they come to see me again? When will this ache in my body end?

I am a young pregnant cat you see ...... I was handed out as a kitten , given away "FREE"
Oh how they fussed and loved on me I was a happy little kitten to be
" FREE "

Then something happened inside of me A male gave me babies ...4 or maybe 3

Will you come to the barn and find them and me?

Can I come home soon? I'm cold and so alone I really just want to go back home.
I'm hungry and thirsty all the time And there's bugs in my ears , but I promise I won't whine .
I wont ask much ..just a place to lay my head Where I can rest and sleep Without watching and waiting to see If another creature will try to hurt me .

I never did learn to hunt cept for fun. And now I'm so pregnant it hurts to run. But I know I must try or my babies will die

And I need them alive ....so you will come for "FREE KITTENS".


Written By Lynn Kossen


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Friday, March 7, 2003 Friday, March 7, 2003
I remember how shocked I was when I learned they hunted and trapped in Refuges
Protecting Wildlife
SILVER SPRING, MD -- As the centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System approaches, The Fund for Animals is asking the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore the National Wildlife Refuges to their original mission -- to protect wildlife from hunting and trapping.

Most people would be astonished to learn that hunting and trapping are allowed, even encouraged, in places set aside for the protection of wildlife," wrote Markarian. "They would be even more astounded to know that additional Refuges are being opened to recreational killing at an accelerating pace."

Since 1997, approximately 40 new Refuges have been opened to hunting.
Now 311 of the 540 Refuges -- nearly 60% -- are open to hunting and/or trapping.

Markarian added that "allowing the killing of animals for sport in an area designated as a 'wildlife refuge' debases our language, deceives the public, and violates the American spirit of honesty and fair play."

A Decision Research opinion poll conducted in 1999 revealed that 78% of Americans oppose hunting and trapping on National Wildlife Refuges.

Moreover, the Refuge System represents only 5% of the public land that is available to hunters and trappers.

Markarian wrote, "Surely, it is not too much to ask that this miniscule percentage
be set aside for the peaceful enjoyment of the overwhelming majority of those who visit the Refuges."



The Bureau of Land Management
Over 350 species of wildlife including; pronghorn antelope,
a rare desert elk herd, mountain lions, coyotes, golden
eagles, ferruginous hawks, and bands of wild horses make
their home in the stunning desert landscapes of the Red
Desert's multi-colored buttes, rolling sagebrush bluffs, and
mysterious hoodoos.

Unfortunately, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has
decided to give priority to oil and gas development in the
heart of the Red Desert. The BLM's plan would allow several
hundred new oil and gas wells to be drilled in sensitive
wildlife habitats. If the plan is finalized, it would ensure that a
spider-web of new roads, utility lines and drilling rigs would
slowly be woven over the next thirty years, destroying the wild
character of this spectacular desert and endangering wildlife
habitat.

There is a better alternative: the Citizens' Wildlife and
Wildlands Alternative. This balanced plan would protect the
irreplaceable resources and ensure that oil and gas development
and other resource extraction activities do not destroy the Red
Desert and its wildlife!

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