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Views of a vacation.

I’ve never been to South America, and I did not want to fly there.
Some acquaintances had promised me that they had a colony of native monkeys in their garden, so I was immediately curious.
The house was ca. 50 kilometers outside of Sao Paulo, which means for the South American standards, a pure odyssey this journey.
I waited two days for the monkeys, but there were only occasional sporadic appearances of them.
And then … on my mobile phone I got the message of a good friend who lives in the neighboring country of Paraguay, that in his mother’s house a large roaring monkey colony had formed, with more than 10 animals, young and old.

It should be the howler monkeys that live only in Paraguay.

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The trip to Brazil was over, I came to Paraguay on the third day.
Again with a travel odyssey of more than 60 kilometers drive outside the capital, Asuncion.
The friend’s mother was 82, and came from the area. She had three cats, two of which were emaciated, and had eye infections and illnesses.
She fed her with food leftovers, which is normal for the prevailing mentality.

The monkey colony was big, indeed!
The animals came to the trees only when it was warm, and they came out very often, because that winter had very pleasant temperatures there.

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I spent a lot of time rehearsing our ancestors, I found everyone very interesting.
The locals had already noticed the animals, but the only interest in them was whether they could eat the animals.
The colony consisted of 10 people, small, medium and large.
The boss was a black man with a dominant voice and statue who all threatened to come close to the family.
Some female monkeys had recently been recruited and therefore did not come down.
In the garden there were plenty of bananas, mangos, passion fruit, oranges … it was a beautiful garden. I have not offered any animal any of this. They should stay on top of the trees, and not come into direct contact with the other monkeys the “Naked Monkeys”.

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Playing together was the most important part of their life. They used their tail as a hedge around the branches, and could hang like that for minutes while eating some fruit at the same time.
I did not manage to trick anybody until the last day.
I hid between the bamboos to take pictures of them, but they discovered me immediately, and the reward was an outstretched tongue!! I came from the back to take pictures of the whole family but the boss immediately put his fists to his chest and said, “Huh, huh, huh ..” signals that I should leave his family alone.
In the country you can see many dogs and cats, they are free and do not belong to anyone.
They live with humans, but not together with humans.
The only difference I could see with other countries was, that the animals in Paraguay are not directly mistreated, like in Spain or Greece (where I was).
They feed them with scraps of food when they have them, and the animals sleep next to the road, or in some stable. Nobody cares about them when they get sick. But nowhere have I observed a direct mistreatment of pets.

The only animals that live tethered in Paraguay are the cows. In the sun, in the rain, in the wind. All cows that are in the meadows are tethered. In the evening they are moved, the owners bring them to the stable. I asked why they do it this way: “otherwise they will be stolen, and we need our cows, they are our capital,” was the answer.
I started from the first day with the treatment of domestic cats. One had to get antibiotics, the other worming cure, and both eye drops. The old woman (and owner of the cats) could not understand that. She did not help, she did not want to know why I did it.
We were separated with universes in our principles and empathy about animals.

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I discovered a dirty chicken coop late, at the end of the property, where there were two specially bred chickens. For meat.
They could not walk, they had no feather around half the body and both had signs of cannibalism at the back of their heads.
When I asked the woman, “why don`t you let them out? You have 2 hectares of land here”. She replied,” I’m scared that the neighbors will steal them from me. ”
“But everyone has chickens here, and even free,” I said.
“Yes, but these are special chickens, they have good meat,” she said.
“And who slaughters them?” I asked.
“Myself” !!!

One hour before I left, I left the door of the chicken coop open. And a note on it saying, “Un regalo para tus prisioneros, segnora” (A poison for your prisoners, segnora).

I will remember for a long time my short friendship with the monkeys, with the three cats, with the two captive chickens …
I’m very worried about how they are.
Today and here I think: we have no right to claim that we have evolved when when we treat animals like slaves.
The fact that we are no longer living on the trees does not make us a better race and does not prove any development in the morale and logic of our species. We have remained arrogant, cruel and brutal about living together with other beings.
We are just the “nude monkeys” and nothing more.

With my best regards to all, Venus

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USA (Alaska): Guns and Wolves: How Hunting Culture Has Plundered America’s Last Wild Frontier.

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Guns and Wolves: How Hunting Culture Has Plundered America’s Last Wild Frontier.

 

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By Denise Boehler

Grey wolves. Grizzly bears, black bears, brown bears. All are living in ecosystems on more than 95 million acres of Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges (funded by American taxpayers) and Denali National Park, wandering, romping and bearing young on the last wild frontier.

It’s a magical place: the mere mention of Alaska evokes imagery of wild wolves and majestic bears. At one time, people visited and relocated there just to be in their midst. That’s been changing, however, since the early 1990s, when the Alaska Board of Game (Board) began implementing aggressive predator policies that blame predators for only doing what nature intended. By taking as many predators out of the ecosystem as is arguably sustainable through increasingly efficient and often unfair hunting practices, the Board aims to boost moose and caribou populations for indigenous and out-of-state trophy hunters, bringing millions of dollars into the state. These policies are much debated; conservationists see other explanations than over-predation for reduced prey populations. In the meantime, Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges are becoming game farms, in the words of Alaskan biologist Francis Mauer.

Alaska received statehood in 1958. At the time, the federal government created a mandate for conservation of wildlife as its highest priority through the passage of the Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act (ANILCA). Alaskan governors, the Board and out-of-state trophy hunters have had a different priority: Economics. Disregard for the federal mandate and moves toward state control have given rise to not only the question of states’ rights versus federal authority, but a mentality of treating some of the last of this country’s apex predators as an inexhaustible resource. The adoption of these policies is an ongoing controversy, replete with politics and indigenous rights issues, legal arguments and conservation challenges. In the meantime, apex predators are in the literal crosshairs each time a governor appoints a Board member, a Board resolution is signed or a policy enacted.

It can be disheartening to realize that the Board itself is comprised of hunters and those with vested hunting interests. At least one of the members, Vice-Chair Nate Turner, is an owner of an outfitting company directly profiting each time a decision is made to increase bag limits, allow aerial hunting or look the other way when wolf pups are lethally removed from dens. While these specific practices may not bring in direct revenue for Mr. Turner’s company, they are part and parcel of the domination of economics over conservation.

Turner is joined by Chairman Ted Spraker, lifetime NRA member and member of Safari Club International, a proud sponsor of HJRes 69 (a measure stripping Alaska’s right to manage fish and wildlife on federal refuges). Many Alaskans feel that the consumptive makeup of the Board is directly responsible for the increasingly aggressive predator control policies. With none of its members coming from the ecotourism industry that reveres animals as sentient beings, this constitution treats Alaska’s apex predators as animals to be consumed, not conserved. All of its seven members appointed by the governor adhere to this philosophy.

Must Alaska resort to consuming its wildlife to survive? One need only point to the $2 billion annual income in the ecotourism industry, nearly twice the revenue generated from the trophy hunting industry, to answer in the negative. Why, then, do they not support the viewing of wolves and bears from tour buses and the revenue derived from tourism and honor the federal mandate of conservation?

Again, the answer for some Alaskans is simple: The Board consists of hunters. Their philosophies (and conflicts of interest) supersede the conservation priority. Grizzly bears, black bears, brown bears, grey wolves, are resources. Wealthy trophy hunters pay outfitters handsome sums to take the life of a grizzly (wolves are free, if they are trotting through a hunter’s crosshairs).

Vice-Chairman Turner’s company, Turners Alaskan Adventures, enjoys receiving $6,000 to $14,500 for the life of a grizzly bear, depending upon if it is alone or in the company of a moose. For the lives of three black bears, one can expect to pay $14,500. For the life of a brown bear, checks are written from $23,500 – $29,000, depending upon the days out in the bush.

All of the Board members’ terms remain active, which means that for now, Alaska’s apex predators will continue to be held in the crosshairs and in peril. While these aggressive predator control policies persist, it is not unsurprising to see individuals acting out this philosophy for all to witness. This past winter, in a malicious act of violence, a disturbing image made public of a clearly triumphant masked man with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle held high over his head, posing behind the carcasses of ten grey wolves gunned down just outside Denali National Park. It begs the question, was this man acting on his own volition, or was he supported by Alaska’s aggressive anti-predator culture at large?

 

England: Introducing the Brilliant SPANA – Helping the Working Animals of the World.

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Countless families across the world depend on horses, mules, donkeys, camels and oxen for their livelihoods – and sometimes even their lives. These hardworking animals are the backbone of many societies, yet their lives can be short and involve great suffering. Working day after day in extreme temperatures, often with poor harnessing, little food and no veterinary care when they are sick or injured, many working animals endure constant pain.

We believe the fortunes of working animals and people go hand in hand.

That’s why we deliver practical support that improves the lives of working animals alongside the communities that depend on them.

 

Our Mission

To improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities.

We do this through treatment, training and teaching. We TREAT by providing free veterinary care when animals suffer or when emergencies strike.

We TRAIN by building expertise among vets and promoting humane care by animal owners. We TEACH children to develop positive beliefs, respect and compassion towards animals.

 

Visit the SPANA website – https://spana.org/

Contact – https://spana.org/contact-us

Head Office – London; England.

 

19/8 – Is World Orangutan Day. Take Action For These Amazing Primates.

International Orangutan Day
August 19th- Every Year!

To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, EVERY YEAR! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species.

http://www.worldorangutanevents.org/international-orangutan-day.php

 

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USA: Coalition to ban horse drawn carriages – News and Actions.

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Coalition to ban horse drawn carriages

 

HORSE SENSE:  8/18/18

 

NYC PRIMARY DAY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

 

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org

 

Our campaign is dedicated to banning the inhumane, unsafe, anachronistic and hack line

horse-drawn carriage trade in NYC and elsewhere. 

We need a total ban, not a “compromise” that will doom the horses to a life of misery. 
Please donate to our campaign.
We do not need much money since we do this proudly for free – it is a labor of love and compassion  – but we could use help with flyers, posters, this newsletter and our website. We also donate to equine rescues and to groups in other cities that want to make a difference.  We strongly feel that we are all in this together.  You will always get the truth here because we have no conflicts of interest and do not have to genuflect to anyone  – either because of business or political dealings.  With our years of experience with this issue going back to the 1990s, we are not hesitant to speak out. Thanks to all of you who have donated.  It is very much appreciated.
TRUTH not POLITICS!

PRIMARY DAY IN NEW YORK STATE is

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018. 

Please beware this is an exception to the rule, which would have been Tuesday, September 11th.  Albany lawmakers decided to change it this year from September 11th because of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

We have our political beliefs like most of you, but this newsletter focuses on the carriage horse issue in New York City and elsewhere — not politics unless they are related. 

We are asking you to support Tony Avella, a Democrat,  who is running for reelection to the State Senate.  Volunteer, Donate,

or if you are in his district

VOTE FOR HIM! 

SEE BELOW for how you can directly help!

Please share this newsletter with friends and colleagues

and those who live in his district in Queens.   

 

HORSE SENSE:  8/18/18

NYC PRIMARY DAY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

 

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org

 

Our campaign is dedicated to banning the inhumane, unsafe, anachronistic and hack line

horse-drawn carriage trade in NYC and elsewhere. 

We need a total ban, not a “compromise” that will doom the horses to a life of misery. 
Please donate to our campaign.
We do not need much money since we do this proudly for free – it is a labor of love and compassion  – but we could use help with flyers, posters, this newsletter and our website. We also donate to equine rescues and to groups in other cities that want to make a difference.  We strongly feel that we are all in this together.  You will always get the truth here because we have no conflicts of interest and do not have to genuflect to anyone  – either because of business or political dealings.  With our years of experience with this issue going back to the 1990s, we are not hesitant to speak out. Thanks to all of you who have donated.  It is very much appreciated.
TRUTH not POLITICS!

 

 

PRIMARY DAY IN NEW YORK STATE is

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018. 

 

Please beware this is an exception to the rule, which would have been Tuesday, September 11th.  Albany lawmakers decided to change it this year from September 11th because of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

 

We have our political beliefs like most of you, but this newsletter focuses on the carriage horse issue in New York City and elsewhere — not politics unless they are related. 

We are asking you to support Tony Avella, a Democrat,  who is running for reelection to the State Senate.  Volunteer, Donate,

or if you are in his district

VOTE FOR HIM! 

SEE BELOW for how you can directly help!

 

Please share this newsletter with friends and colleagues

and those who live in his district in Queens.   

 

Tony Avella, a Democrat from Queens,  has been in the State Senate since 2010.  He has been a very hard worker for his constituents and deserves to be reelected.  Prior to that, he was a NYC Council Member.  In 2007, while in the Council, he introduced the first-ever bill to ban horse-drawn carriages.  After the 2006 death of Spotty, a young carriage horse,  which was the impetus to create our Coalition, Tony introduced a ‘better regulations” bill.  We told him we could not support it because it was time to get rid of this inhumane, exploitative and unsafe business.  Not happy, but also smart, he studied the situation and in 2007, he introduced the bill to ban the industry.  While it got some support, its real value was to put the issue on the map.

 

While in the State Senate, Tony has been involved with many progressive, animal/ environmental issues – he is often the go-to person in the Senate to introduce a bill.  These include,

 

– a state bill to ban the horse carriage business in NYC

– prohibit the importation of animal trophies of the Big African 5 species (once called

Cecil’s law)

– Protection of Mute Swans

– property tax breaks for co-op and condo owners

– establishing early voting

– waiting periods for firearm purchases until background checks are completed

– discounted fees for seniors for driver’s licenses

– protecting mute swans

-spearheading the fight against high volume horizontal hydrofracking (fracking.)

– paid family leave

– medical marijuana

 

This is a link to the issues in which Tony has been involved.  Click here. 

 

This is the campaign website where you can see Tony’s accomplishments!

Tony joined with several other Democrats to create the Independent Democratic Conference. (IDC)  Some party line Democrats were furious.  While lies are being put out about these Democrats – the fact is they never caucused with Republicans.  The IDC,  which dissolved in April 2018, was an independent conference of Democrats that conferenced amongst their own members and voted for their own leader.  By focusing on working in a bipartisan manner, the IDC was successful in getting many democratic priorities passed like Paid Family Leave, Medical Marijuana, Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility and the SAFE Act (gun regulations) to name a few.
The people who are spewing these lies and “alternative facts” are the types of people who supported a Democratic State Assemblyman who would not support the ban carriage horse bill in the State legislature and would not listen to our arguments in a meeting. It is all about party loyalty – not what is right.  

Democrats have a habit of eating their own and by not supporting a solid candidate likeTony Avella, this district could easily go back to being Republican.

HISTORY

In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to say a few things about my political affiliations.  I am a progressive social and economic justice advocate, an animal activist and a registered Democrat.  NYC is a Democratic city and registering as a Democrat allows one to have a more effective voice in the primary.  I also much prefer the national Democrat party.  This is the party of Franklin Roosevelt who brought us Social Security and the New Deal; Lyndon Johnson  – the Civil Rights Act; Voting Rights Act; many social welfare programs – etc. etc. etc.

The IDC was dissolved earlier this year.  But party line Democrats want to punish Tony Avella and anyone who was part of the IDC.  (again eating their own) They are working to defeat him in the primary by putting up John Liu, a former NYC Council Member, Comptroller and candidate for Mayor in 2013.  Party loyalty is very important to the Democrats and led by bossman Joe Crowley, congressman, and head of the Queens Democrat party, they originally put up Liu against Avella several years ago.   Crowley is the one who was defeated by the young progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

John Liu is not your go-to guy for animal or environmental issues.  He never supported the carriage horse bill when it was in the City Council.  When he ran for mayor, he wanted to come across as a man of the people and spoke about working with his mother in sweatshops as a kid.  I guess he did not tell his mother and when she was asked about it, said it was not true – he had a middle-class upbringing – no sweatshops.

Personally, I am very disappointed in Empire State Indivisible.  I would have volunteered with them since I like their progressive politics. But they are just as partisan and dishonest as many others and are so desperate, they have gotten behind John LIu in their effort.   NO CRITICAL THINKING!

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SENATOR TONY AVELLA

 

 — Donate — Every dollar helpsClick here.

 — Volunteer — phone banking, hand out flyers, door to door

            CONTACT – DAN LEVIN, campaign manager
            phone: 718-500-6034

            e-mail:  tonyavellafornewyork@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Please read our many articles from the Dodo, One Green Planet and our blog. 

Please read our past newsletters about this issue  –

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Past newsletters 

July 8, 2018

 

STEAMY HOT SUMMER FOR CARRIAGE HORSES – FOCUS ON ATLANTA

 

June 19,  2018

GLOBAL CAMPAIGNS TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES – Update

 

April 15, 2018

PUBLIC SAFETY: ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES

 

April 8, 2018

COMMON PROBLEM: CARRIAGE HORSE LAWS DO NOT GET ENFORCED

 

April 1, 2018

WHY A BAN ON HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES IS THE ONLY ANSWER

 

February 4, 2018

 

A ban will never happen for the carriage horses if you sell your soul for a quick win.  Real activists do not give up.  Real activists also read and learn about horses and their needs.  Real activists also read and learn about legislation.  They do not rely on some questionable organizations to tell them what to do. 

 

 

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USA: After 17 Days Holding Her Dead Calf Above Water, Orca Tahlequah Returns To Her Pod. Take Action Against Trump For Failing To Provide Her With Protection.

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Hi Mark,

After 17 painful days, a Southern Resident orca named Tahlequah has rejoined her pod. It’s a sign of hope for her survival after she spent more than two weeks using her diminishing strength to hold her dead calf above water.

It’s for Tahlequah and the other 74 West Coast orcas that we just sued the Trump administration.

Please give to the Trump Resistance Fund so we have the funds needed to see this fight through. All gifts till the end of August will be matched.

It’s impossible to imagine the cool waters of the Pacific Northwest without these beautiful, social whales. But that reality could be just years away if we don’t act swiftly — they’re among the most gravely imperiled animals on the planet. Because of a lack of food, no new calves from Tahlequah’s pod have survived since 2015.

That’s why the Center’s new lawsuit targets the Trump administration for dragging its feet on protecting the critical habitat West Coast orcas need to survive.

And it’s why we launched another legal action earlier this month to give these imperiled whales safe harbor from underwater noise that muffles the sonar they use to communicate and find food.

Support these lifesaving actions and secure a future for West Coast orcas. Please give an urgent matched gift to the Center’s Trump Resistance Fund.

Just as the news broke about Tahlequah’s devastating loss late last month, Trump and congressional Republicans launched an unprecedented attack on the Endangered Species Act.

Trump and other far-right politicians are determined to make it harder to designate critical habitat for endangered creatures like these magnificent orcas. Without protected habitat, without enough food to eat, these whales could be extinct in a matter of years.

We can’t let that happen.

For these intelligent, family-oriented mammals, there isn’t a moment to lose.

Please give now to double your gift to our Trump Resistance Fund.

For the wild,

 

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. We’re fighting for endangered species day in, day out. The best way to support that fight is by joining Wild Uprising and starting an automatic monthly donation.

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