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Established 1997

Editor ~ JJswans@aol.com
Issue # 06/20/04

Publisher ~ Susan Roghair - EnglandGal@aol.com
Journalists ~ Greg Lawson - ParkStRanger@aol.com
                  ~ Michelle Rivera - MichelleRivera1@aol.com


1 ~ Those Of You Without Sin Cast The First Stone: Judgementalism and Shaming in The Animal Rights

2 ~
Dolphin Freedom Haiti
3 ~
4 ~
Free Puppymill Education CDs
5 ~
Finally, Some Rodeo Justice
6 ~ When Your Dog Becomes Vicious
7 ~ Destiny Of My Skin
6 ~
Memorable Quote

Those Of You Without Sin Cast The First Stone:
Judgementalism and Shaming in The Animal Rights Community
By Stephanie L. Weiss Ph.D - PsychSLW@aol.com

First off, I would like to congratulate Michelle Rivera on organizing a wonderful, informative conference in Palm Beach Gardens yesterday, June 12, 2004. The speakers were articulate, admirable and educational in their speeches. The food was delicious too!

One of the speakers, Captain Fred Mascaro, a warm compassionate animal guardian in his personal life and a strong advocate for animals in his work, delivered a heartfelt presentation about his love for animals that stirred the audience to tears, and he shed quite a few of his own. When the floor was opened up for questions, I found myself shocked, disturbed and ashamed of being part of the group among which I sat. Two women began attacking Mr. Mascaro for owning pedigreed dogs instead of getting them from the pound. This became the focus of the question and answer section, and this well meaning man's pain at being attacked and shamed, was visible. He was already vulnerable from talking about the bond between animals and humans that has deeply touched his life, and then arrows were being slung at him for buying his dogs from a store.

The ironic part of this is that there were milk and egg products on the menu, therefore the participants who ate these were contributing the forced molting, forced lactation, and numerous other crimes perpetuated by the factory farm industry. Brings to mind the saying, "Those of you who are without sin cast the first stone." If the women who addressed this with him as he stood bearing his heart at the podium had a modicum of insight and empathy for this human being, they would have sensed his pain and either held their tongues or addressed him privately about their feelings about the sale of pedigreed pets. He is a public figure and finding out how to reach him is very easy. I found his number myself, and called him to express my support and address the insensitive treatment he received as a guest at the conference.

This is the very behavior that alienates people from joining animal rights groups. Animal Rights People sometimes forget that humans are part of the animal community too. They are not perfect. When a human animal is good and well meaning and trying hard to please, as Mr. Mascaro obviously was, how can we in good conscience publicly slap him with a newspaper because he wasn't what might be considered perfect in all of his choices? Shouldn't we offer our fellow humans the same understanding and gentleness that we offer our animal companions?

Dolphin Freedom Haiti

The spirit needs some good news from time to time, so here 'tis.

Please check out the link below. It has a great video of the dolphin release in Haiti.

Go to: www.dolphinproject.org/?pageid=29070


"Haiti wants to promote eco-tourism. We don't want tourists to come here and look at animals that are suffering. We already have so much suffering, we don't want to promote that kind of tourism," says Mr. Yves-André Wainright, the secretary of State for the Environment.

Read the whole story here:


Monsieur Philippe Mathieu
Ministère de l'Agriculture
Damien Route Nationale #1

Monsieur Yves-André Wainright
Ministère de l'Environnement
181, Haut Turgeau

Richard O'Barry
Marine Mammal Specialist
One Voice - Miami
phone/fax: 305-6681619
e-mail: ricobarry@bellsouth.net

Helene O'Barry
Field Correspondent

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Free Puppymill Education CDs

There are hundreds of thousands of dogs suffering in commercial kennels across this country. They are kept in small cages for their entire lives. They are bred every time they come into season from six months on - twice a year every year, year after year after year. They freeze in the winter with no heat and swelter in the summer. These dogs never know a loving touch. Never have a single toy. Never have a soft bed or a treat.

Commercial kennels breed dogs to sell to pet stores. If every person in this country stopped buying dogs in pet stores, the commercial kennels would go out of business and the puppymills would end. Please tell everyone you know about the connection between pet stores and puppymills.

Help Spread the Word

Hearts United for Animals has just created an educational CD about commercial kennels. On the CD you will find a twenty minute movie and information about how to help the dogs in the kennels. We hope that people will show the movie at presentations to educate the public about commercial kennels. Or you can set the movie up to play on a laptop computer and put it at an adoption fair or at a business - let it play over and over. It will attract a crowd. You could show it at a boy/girl scout meeting, a school class, a social club, rescue meetings, shelter functions or church groups. It's great for kids to learn about commercial kennels and educate their friends - a powerful show and tell. Or give one to someone who is not informed about puppymills.

Host a Presentation

The CDs require Quick Time to play so only play on computers not tvs. (This is not a high production value movie from Hollywood!) You can play it on any computer - we would recommend a large screen monitor. Or you can use a digital projector and project it on a screen. Quick Time is on the CD or you can download it for free from the www.apple.com website. For a limited time, we are giving these CDs away at no charge. You have to pay a packing and shipping charge of 3 dollars. They are limited to one per customer. To order go to our store - http://www.nexternal.com/tss. Click on Prisoners of Greed. You don't have to order anything else from the store. Of course if you see something you like, we would appreciate any order to help offset the cost of creating and donating these CDs. Discount coupons for dog lovers are available.

Finally, Some Rodeo Justice
By Steve Hindi - Sharkintl@aol.com

I am happy to announce that Tuesday, June 15, two Illinois rodeo stock contractors pled guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty stemming from a rodeo documented by SHARK investigators Mike Kobliska, my daughter Eva and myself.

The rodeo took place in Morris, Illinois last September. We actually documented about a half dozen rodeo goons shocking animals but most were apparently from other states and escaped prosecution. Nonetheless, this should send a very clear message to the Rodeo Mafia that things are changing in Illinois.

I am especially proud of my daughter Eva for persisting in her efforts to help rodeo victims, since she was the victim of a cowardly act of violence from a rodeo thug back in 2002. Then 11-year-old Eva was repeatedly bumped while she attempted to videotape a rodeo in Charleston, Illinois. This shook her up pretty bad for a while, but she didn't let it stop her. Eva actually took some of the Morris rodeo footage, and now her efforts have paid off.

Here is an irony; one of the guilty stock contractors – Michael Latting – is a high school principal when he isn't zapping bulls with a few thousand volts of juice. Isn't that special? What kind of example is he setting?!

According to the Grundy County State's Attorney's Office, Michael Latting and Juaquin Santos pled guilty to illegally shocking bulls in the chute at the Big Bucks Rodeo in Morris, Illinois last September. Each received six months court supervision and were fined $300.00. Further violations can bring in higher fines and possible jail time.

Ideally, SHARK would have liked to see both men barred from participating in or attending any future rodeos, but we realize that was only wishful thinking.

Please express your appreciation to the Grundy County State's Attorney for pursuing this case and recognizing the blatant animal cruelty.

Sheldon Sobol
111 E. Washington Street
Morris, IL 60450
Fax: 815-942-0142

Please also thank Carrol Imig, Bureau Chief of Animal Welfare at the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Without Mr. Imig's cooperation, this case would have never gotten off the ground.

Carrol Imig
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Animal Welfare
State Fairgrounds - PO Box 19281
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9281
Phone (In IL): 1-800-273-4763
Phone (Outside IL): 217-782-6657
Fax: 217-524-7702
E-mail: cimig@agr.state.il.us

Thanks to your calls and letters, this case was taken seriously, and we thank you! You can be sure that SHARK will be attending many rodeos again this summer to expose more animal abusers, so please let us know if you are interested in helping SHARK end rodeo animal cruelty!

Below is the text from an article that ran today in the Kankakee Daily Journal. Unfortunately, we could not download the article from the website.

For the Animals,

Steve Hindi

Latting pleads guilty to cruelty

Morris - St. Anne rodeo producer Mike Latting pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty Wednesday in circuit court at Morris.

Latting was fined $300 and sentenced to six months court supervision.

Charges were brought against Latting following an incident last fall at a Morris rodeo.

Videotape evidence provided by animal rights activist Steve Hindi showed electric prods being used to agitate bulls in the chutes prior to an event.

Latting, who provided livestock for the rodeo, and fellow bull owner Juaquin Santos of Indiana were both charged in what is believed to be the first rodeo-related case of animal cruelty in Illinois.

Latting, who is principal at Donovan High School, was not available for comment today. He had denied the accusations last April but refused to comment on the case in The Journal. Santos also denied the charges.

Hindi, president of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, spurred state officials three years ago to take steps ensuring better treatment of animals at rodeo. He and others used videotapes to record alleged abuse at the National High School Finals Rodeo held July 2000 in Springfield.

When Your Dog Becomes Vicious
By Amy Blaymore Paterson
Animal Legal Defense Fund

A dog bite can be traumatic for all concerned. If your dog does the dirty deed, and you are sued, a familiarity with the rules governing dogs and their owners is essential before responding to legal action.

Can you be sued?

In most states, you, as the dog owner, are financially responsible for damages caused by your companion animal.

What is the basis of the lawsuit?

The three most common bases are: a dog bite statute, the common law rule, or ordinary negligence.

1) Dog Bite Statutes. Laws in numerous stares impose "strict liability"; that means the owner is held responsible. regardless of whether he or she was at fault. The effect of these statutes, however, may be mitigated by the conduct of the victim-i.e., if they were trespassing, or teasing, tormenting or provoking the animal. (See owner's defenses, below).

2) The Common Law Rule. In addition to statutes, the courts have developed a system of rules called the "common law". The common law imposes liability on a dog owner if the owner knew the dog was inclined to be dangerous to people and had a tendency to cause the type of injury that was, in fact, suffered.

3) Negligence. Under the negligence theory, the victim must prove that the owner's careless behavior in handling or controlling the dog directly caused the injury.

What type of damages are available?

In most personal injury lawsuits, the victim may be compensated for medical bills and, if relevant, for lost wages as well as damage to property. If the owner's conduct was outrageous or the dog had injured someone previously, the owner may be liable for punitive damages. Damages for pain and suffering, although more difficult to assess. may also be recovered. However. the extent and value of the damages must be proven by the bite victim.

Does the dog owner have any legal defenses?

Available defenses will vary according to the state in which you are sued and the theories under which you are sued You may successfully defend such a lawsuit if you can prove that: the bite victim was trespassing: the victim's own negligence contributed to his injures; the victim provoked the dog into attacking: or the victim knew there was a risk of being injured by the dog, had an opportunity to avoid the injury and did not do so.

In conclusion, know the laws and act responsibly before any injury ensues. In the event of an injury. research your options. You may need to seek the advice of an attorney, or the matter may be amicably settled out of court or through mediation. For a full discussion of your legal rights and responsibilities as a companion animal owner, an excellent resource book is Dog Law by Mary Randolph. published by Nolo Press, 950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 ($12.95).

Prevention is the best policy

* When walking your dog, keep him on a leash.
* Keep your dog in an enclosed yard or indoors with you.
* Never allow your dog to roam the neighborhood.
* Always have current license and rabies vaccination tags on your dog's collar.
* If you think your dog might injure someone, don't allow people to approach him; post warning signs on your property and don't allow the dog to "answer" your front door when visitors are there.
* Homeowner's or renter's insurance policies may provide coverage for damage caused by your dog. Check your policy.

For more information on dog bite law, read Dog Law by Mary Randolph. Written for non-lawyers, it's a helpful book on a variety of legal issues relating to canine companions. It's available from Nolo Press, 950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, (415) 549-1976.

Amy Blaymore Patterson is an ALDF attorney member, currently in practice with the law firm of Kathleen D. Stingle, Vernon, CT.

Destiny Of My Skin
By Alexi Howk - ahowk@juno.com

I see you,
You don't see me.
I hear you,
You don't hear me.
I cry,
You don't cry for me.
My world is lonely, filled with fear and imprisonment.
I pace frantically in my cage,
back and forth,
back and forth.
I hate my skin, that breeding fur ground.
I'd rather be naked and free.
My captor comes and takes me away,
To the dark den that awaits my worth.
Pliers and electrical wires attached to my anal,
A push of the button sparks the electricity,
I am motionless,
I am speechless,
I am free.
I don't see you,
You see me.
I don't hear you,
You hear me.
I don't cry.
You don't cry for me.
In your eyes, I'm worthy on your back.
I love my skin, that deathbed that ends my misery.

Memorable Quote

"I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures."
~ Christian Barnard, surgeon

Susan Roghair - EnglandGal@aol.com
Animal Rights Online

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