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Stop the Slaughter of Vultures in Florida

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Floyd Brown, the president of the Vikings Landing Property Owners Association in Port St. Lucie, Florida, recently received a permit to kill black vultures in his neighborhood and has been shooting the birds and stringing their bodies up in trees. Mr. Brown claims that hes killing the birds to keep them from damaging his property, but killing animals to prevent property damage is cruel and ineffective. As long as the area remains attractive and accessible, more vultures will fly in from the surrounding areas and replace those callously killed by Mr. Brown.

Please send a polite letter to Mr. Brown asking him to stop his cruel and unnecessary attack on the vulture population at Vikings Landing and, instead, rely on effective humane methods of control.

Floyd Brown, President
Vikings Landing Property Owners Association
2600 S.E. Viking Dr.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

Also, by discharging a firearm without a permit from local authorities and crucifying the protected birds, Mr. Brown violated the citys discharge of firearms laws and failed to comply with at least two of the standard conditions listed on his kill permit. Please send a letter to Police Chief John Skinner of the Port St. Lucie Police Department, Mayor Robert Minsky, and City Manager Donald Cooper asking them to charge Mr. Brown accordingly. Also send a letter to Carmen Simonton of the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service asking her to suspend Mr. Browns kill permit immediately.

Chief John Skinner
Port St. Lucie Police Department
E-Mail: Jskinner@cityofpsl.com

The Honorable Robert Minsky
Mayor of Port St. Lucie
E-Mail: BonnieC@cityofpsl.com

Donald Cooper
City Manager of Port St. Lucie
E-Mail: Donc@cityofpsl.com

Carmen Simonton
Permits Officer
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1875 Century Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30345
Tel.: 404-679-7049
Fax: 404-679-4180

MVP2 MORE VICTIMIZED PRIMATES 2

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According to Robert Vince, CEO of International Keystone Entertainment Inc., the chimpanzees used in the making of the film MVP2, sequel to MVP (Most Valuable Primate), were treated humanely.

While this may be true on the set, it does not address the issue of how they were trained behind closed doors or the ethics of using highly intelligent, complex, and endangered animals in films such as MVP2, a story about the first chimpanzee hockey player.

Experts in the field of primate behavior, including Dr. Jane Goodall, contend that the only way to force chimpanzees to perform is through physical intimidation. Chimpanzee infants, who should be living in forests with their mothers, are often confined to small cages, denied proper social and family interaction, and forced to do humiliating, confusing, and even frightening acts for little reward, to avoid being beaten. Even the most considerate of trainers cannot compensate for the anxiety and frustration of such an unnatural life in captivity. In addition, chimpanzees no longer used in the entertainment industry are often sold to laboratories and roadside zoos where they face a lifetime of imprisonment and suffering.

Chimpanzees are quadrupeds, and forcing them to walkmuch less skateon ice on two legs is cruel and obscene. Films that feature animals dressed in costumes and/or performing stupid tricks teach the public that animals are first and foremost here for our entertainment and profit and that any inherent desires they may have come in second, if at all. This type of thinking has led to the imprisonment of wild animals in zoos, circuses, and laboratories, as well as to their wholesale slaughter in the wild.

Please write International Keystone Entertainment Inc. in protest of its continued exploitation of chimpanzees in its films.

Write to:

Robert Vince, CEO
International Keystone Entertainment Inc.
300-2339 Columbia St.
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 3Y3 Canada
Tel.: 604-873-9739
Fax: 604-873-5919

MEAT THE BUTCHER

STOP THE RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN ARTHUR!

URGENT! Time-Sensitive Opportunity to Fight Cockfighting and Help Downed Animals

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Today, Thursday, October 4, the House of Representatives will be voting on H.R. 2646, the Farm Security Act of 2001 (known as "the Farm Bill"). An amendment offered by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) will prohibit the interstate transport of birds for fighting purposes and thus will greatly weaken the cockfighting industry.

An amendment offered by Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) and Amo Houghton (pronounced HO-tun) (R-N.Y.) will prohibit stockyards and other intermediate markets from transferring or selling animals who cannot walk because of illness or injury and will require that the animals be euthanized. This will prevent the beating, dragging, and bulldozing of "downed animals" by livestock handlers.

Please call your representative right now (the number for the congressional switchboard is 202-225-3121) and ask him/her to "please support the Blumenauer-Tancredo anti-cockfighting amendment and the Ackerman-Houghton downed animal protection amendment to the Farm Bill."


Demand Justice for Primates Drowned in Vat of Chemicals

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On Monday, September 17, 2001, a 4-month-old gorilla and a chimpanzee (both endangered species "protected" by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) were intentionally drowned in a container filled with chemicals at the Cairo Airport in Cairo, Egypt.

According to the Associated Press, the animals were murdered because their "owner" failed to obtain the permits necessary to import the animals from Nigeria to Egypt. Amazingly, the individuals who drowned the animals were veterinarians too stupid, ignorant, and/or cruel to consider holding the animals until the necessary paperwork could be obtained or, at the very least, humanely euthanizing them.

The terror and agony suffered by these animals is ghastly and must not be allowed to go unpunished. Please write to the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and ask that he do everything in his power to ensure that those responsible for the grotesque murders of these animals be held accountable. Write to:

Willem Wijnstekers, Secretary General
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
International Environment House
15, chemin des Anmones
CH-1219 Chtelaine
Geneva
Switzerland
Fax: 011 4122 797 3417
E-Mail: cites@unep.ch

Klaus Topfer, Executive Director
United Nations Environment Program
E-Mail: tore.brevik@unep.org

(Topfer oversees appointment of the CITES Secretariat (in this case Wijnstekers) and is spearheading the Great Ape Survival Project


WXTB Snuff Film Released

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A judge has ordered the release of a videotape documenting the torture and killing of a boar in the parking lot of WXTB radio in Tampa, Florida February 27, 2001. The tape, evidence in the upcoming felony cruelty trial of disc jockey Todd Clem, a.k.a. "Bubba the Love Sponge," and his producer Lee Hatley, shows that the boar never had a chance.

The first image one sees is of a petrified and defenseless wild boar, caged and surrounded by jeering spectators. Next, he is removed from the cage, his mouth tied shut, and he is held to the ground by two men while a third methodically cuts and squeezes his testicles from his body. His legs kick and, despite the cheers of the assembled crowd, his muffled cries can be heard. As each testicle is removed they are displayed to the bloodthirsty crowd. After being castrated without anesthesia, his throat is cut and he bleeds to death as the camera records a growing pool of blood at his tormentors feet. Finally, WXTB fans eat his testicles and flesh.

WXTB continues to defend these men, thereby rendering WXTB and its sponsors morally culpable for the torture and murder of an innocent animal. Please write the following sponsors to express your outrage at their continued support of WXTB. Write to:

Jeffery H. Boyd
President & COO
Priceline.com Inc
800 Connecticut Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06854-9998
Tel.: 203-299-8000
Fax: 203-299-8948

Jim Donahue
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
AutoNation Inc.
110 SE 6th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel.: (954) 769-7208
Fax: (954) 769-6398


William Conway
Chairman
Nextel Communications Inc.
2001 Edmund Halley Dr.
Reston, VA 20191
Tel.: 703-433-4000
Fax: 703-433-4343

Larry Divney
President & CEO
Comedy Central
1775 Broadway, 10th Fl.
New York, NY 10019
Fax: 212-767-4270

Hiroshi Yajima
CEO
Mitsubishi Motors America Inc
6400 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630-5208
Tel.: 714-372-6000
Fax: 714-373-1020

Sean Flynn
Tampa Bay Lightning (and Tampa Bay Storm)
401 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel.: 813-301-6500
Fax: 813-301-1481



Tell Visa to End Cruel Rodeo Sponsorship

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Visa International is currently sponsoring the International Professional Rodeo Association. Rodeo events are based on intentionally violent acts toward animals. Every national animal protection organization, including PETA, is opposed to rodeos because of their inherent cruelty to animals. Tail-twisting, spurs, electric prods, sharp sticks, and bucking straps are all used to make bulls, horses, and baby calves appear "wild" so that the cowboys will look like heroes. Please write to the senior vice president of sponsorships and let him know that there is nothing heroic about roping baby calves at speeds of up to 20 miles an hour and yanking them by their necks so that they come crashing down to the ground, often with injuries. Write to:

Michael Lynch
Senior Vice President of Sponsorships
P.O. Box 8999
San Francisco, CA 94128-8999
Tel.: 650-432-3200
E-Mail: askvisa@visa.com


Help Stop East Carolina University Dog Killers

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The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University recently hosted an advanced trauma life support (ATLS) course for Pitt County Memorial Hospital personnel in which a number of dogs were killed in procedures that can be more effectively demonstrated on patient simulators and human cadavers.

Many prestigious facilities have eliminated dog labs from their courses in favor of these alternatives. The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), in Baltimore, Maryland, is one such place and has reported that 95 percent of MIEMSS students rate the cadaver lab superior. Philip Militello, M.D., an instructor at MIEMSS, has taught approximately 100 trauma training courses, both with dogs and with the innovative program using human cadavers and simulators. He considers using cadavers a big advantage and explains, "The anatomy of a cadaver human is identical to a patient, while a dogs anatomical landmarks differ. Over the years, it has become clear that students enjoy doing the procedures on a human cadaver specimen because of the identical scenarios, landmarks, and the hands-on experience. It mirrors the clinical scenario and is very well received."

PETA wrote the Brody School of Medicine and Pitt County Memorial Hospital asking that patient simulators and cadavers be used in future ATLS training exerciseswe have yet to receive a response. Please join us in demanding that these institutions use non-animal teaching methods by writing to:

Peter J. Kragel, M.D.
Interim Dean
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4354

Dave McRae, President
Pitt County Memorial Hospital
2100 Stantonsburg Rd.
Greenville, NC 27834-2832

BOYCOTT THE FUR AND FEATHER SHOW -

Please avoid the September 30th Fur & Feather show , in Mount Forest , Ontario. The event , a buy , sell and trade show , exploits and places animals right out in the open for abusers , and bunchers.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? -

Leaflet , and get the word out about bunchers , and animal abusers and their secrets!!

Contact PAWS to get involved.

TEACHER SUFFOCATES RABBIT -

"The suffocating animals [was]...... placed in full view of the class while Omunwha kept teaching" - KTTV Fox Channel 11.

Collin Omunwha , special education teacher at Gage Middle School in Huntington Park , reportedly forced a rabbit into a plastic bag intending to suffocated her in front of his class. A 13 year old student apparently supplied the rabbit after Omunwha asked his students to provide animals for dissection. Omunwha allegedly placed the bag containing the still living rabbit , in a cabinet for the weekend , and according to the Los Angeles SPCA , she "Very slowly suffocated to death."

Please urge the prosocuter to vigirously pursue the cause against Collin Omunwha. Request that in addition to a period of incarceration , Omunwha undergo a mandatory phycological evaluation , followed by necissary counceling at his own exspense. Ask that he also be prohibed from owning or harbouring animals , and that any animals currently in his custody be immedently seized. Remind the prosocuter that cruelty to animals is a red flag, and that people who disregard the suffering of animals pose a definite risk to the community and it's children. Send polite letters to :

The Honerable Kenneth VonHelmolt , Esq.
Los Angeles County District attorneys office
Huntington Park , area office
2958 E. Florence Ave.
Huntington Park , CA 90255
Tel : 323.586.6338
Fax : 323.584.9055

Please also write to Los Angeles school officals and inform them of the link between cruelty to animals , and other forms of violence. Contact :

Roy Romer , Superintendent of Schools
Los Angeles Unified School District
450 N. Grand Ave. , Rm. A-223
Los Angeles , CA 90012
Fax : 213.485.0321
Email : superintendent@lausd.k12.ca.us

TELL ANIMAL PLANET TO STOP PROMOTING BREEDING -

Animal Planet plans to air a t.v series that will glorify the breeding of animals , including dogs and cats , despite the horrific dog and cat overpopulation crisis in the United States alone. The proposed t.v serious called , 'Thats my baby' will feature stories about animal breeders that will undoubtedly lead people to buy or breed animals , at the exspense of millions of homeless animals who are euthanized in shelters everyday. Instead of glorifying irresponsible breeding Animal Planet should discourage breeding at all levels. Please don't let unfourtunate dogs and cats die for Animal Planets t.v ratings.

Ask Animal Planet to feature only baby animals born in the wild. Please contact :

Willam Graff , Programming Director
Animal Planet
770 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda , MD 20814-3578
Fax : 301.986.5843
Tel : 301.771.3604
Email : bill_graff@discovery.com

[Click here to read PAWS letter to Animal Planet.]

TELL HYATT TO BE QUIET -

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts , has recently placed advertisments that glorify the consumption of animals. One shows a photo of a dead , cooked chicken , with the caption , "Amen to being at the top of the food chain." Another shows photos of pillows and the caption 'Pate'. Pillows. Are geese great or what?

Pate de foie gras is produced by force feeding geese , causing their livers to swell up to 11 times their normal size. Terrified geese are often injured as workers shove a feeding tube down their throats and into their stomachs , sometimes puncturing and tearing open their necks. Geese also suffer termendously as their feathers are painfully torn out to make down pillows and jackets.

Please send a letter to Hyatt and explain that their is nothing alluring about the companies disregarding of animal suffering. Contact :

Mr. Thomas J. Pritzker
Chair , President , and CEO
Hyatt Coporation
200 W. Madison St.
Chicago IL 60606
Tel : 312.750.1234
Fax : 312.750.8550

The U.S Navy has asked the National Marine Fishieries Service (NMFS)To allow the harrasment and killing of whales and dolphins during testing and development of it's low frequenty sonar (LFAS) system. LFAS produces noise so intense , that it can lead to mass strandings , serious injury and death for whales dolphins and other marine life. Your help is needed NOW to stop the Navy from killing these animals.

Please write to the NMFS asking the agency to deny the Navys request for an incidental take permit that would allow the harming of animals. Contact :

Donna Wieting , Cheif
Marine Mammal Conservation Division
Office of Protected Resources
National marine Fishieries service
1315 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring MD 20910
Fax : 301.713.0376

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