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Editor ~ JJswans@aol.com
Issue # 12/12/04

    Publisher   ~ Susan Roghair              - EnglandGal@aol.com
    Journalists ~ Greg Lawson                - ParkStRanger@aol.com
                     ~ Michelle Rivera             - MichelleRivera1@aol.com
Webmasters  ~
Randy Atlas                 - ranatlas@earthlink.net
                     ~ Trevor Chin                   - tmchin@yahoo.com
           Staff   ~ Alfred Griffith                - agriffith@igc.org
                     ~ Andy Glick                   - andy@meatfreezone.org
                     ~ Sheridan Porter             - Pad4Paws21@aol.com
                     ~ Bill Bobo                       - RunRun@aol.com
                     ~ Katie Vann                    - Vann167@aol.com

1  ~ The Costs On Human Health Of Factory Farming
2  ~
The Best Humane Education Conference Ever
3  ~
Spam Alert
4  ~
NIFAA  Political  Training for Animal Rescue & Rights Advocates
5  ~ Please Join Us for the Third Annual National Bird Day, January 5, 2005
6  ~
ACT Radio - Animal Concerns of Texas
7  ~ Your Petstore Pup
8  ~
Memorable Quote

The Costs On Human Health of Factory Farming

Fri Nov 26 2004
THE former U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian for one of the largest beef slaughterhouses in America says hamburger contains a lot more than just ground beef.

"Hormones, antibiotics, hair, feces, cancers, tumours," says Dr. Lester Friedlander. "My plant in Pennsylvania processed 1,800 cows a day, 220 per hour. It also processed the highest number of downed cows, 25 to 30 a day... There is no question. Some cancers end up in the human food source."

Dr. Friedlander, who trained vets for the USDA and was a decorated employee during his 10 years with the agency, has given interviews to all major American TV networks. His repeated warnings about the threats to human health from factory farming have never been denied by his former employer. "They just keep saying 'no comment,'" he jokes.

He brought his crusade for public health and the humane treatment of animals -- the best way, he says, of ensuring a safer food supply for humans -- to Winnipeg earlier this week. Accompanying him was B.C. physician Dr. Ray Kellosalmi, a founder of The Responsible Animal Care Society (TRACS).

Corporate agribusiness and the almighty dollar are the culprits, Dr. Friedlander continues. The speed of a slaughterhouse assembly line is all that counts. Any delay costs about $5,000 a minute and the pressure on veterinarians to look the other way is intense -- and tacitly demanded by their employer, the federal government.

The current U.S. administration has altered regulations to allow slaughtering plants to erect walls to prevent USDA veterinarians from watching the killing line, Dr. Friedlander says. Dr. Kellosalmi ratchets up the danger to human health a huge notch. Factory farming -- keeping thousands of animals in close confinement, necessitating high levels of antibiotics -- will be the breeding ground for the next global human pandemic, he warns. Already, the feeding of cattle offal to cattle has spiked an enormous increase in brain-wasting BSE in beef herds and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

Even more worrying is that Nobel Prize winner Dr. Stanley Prussiner, who discovered prions, the aberrant protein that triggers BSE and CJD, now believes prions may also cause Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Kellosalmi says the number of Alzheimer's deaths in the U.S. has spiked from 800 in 1979-80 to 50,000 in 2002.

Dr. Friedlander says the latest agribusiness profit maximizer is to feed chicken feces and dried urine to cattle. "At first, the cattle wouldn't eat it. So they added molasses. Cattle have a sweet tooth like us, so they licked it up -- and ended up eating the feces stuck to it."

The public must insist that the food safety regulatory function be separated from the governmental agency promoting corporate agribusiness, he continues. "We need a genuine, separate department of consumer protection."

The cost of today's factory farming in animal suffering is incalculable. If the cattle-stunner misses his target, that animal can still be alive when the butchering starts. Pigs can face another agony: They can still be conscious when they are immersed in scalding water.

Horses are harder to kill because they are intelligent athletic animals who "won't take pain sitting down," Dr. Friedlander continues. Horses on the way to slaughter are forced to keep their heads down the whole time they are in transit because they are transported in the same aluminum double-deckers. The new U.S. Homeland Security Act, fearing terrorist attacks on the food supply, has repealed former humane transport regulations requiring livestock to be periodically unloaded and fed and watered. Animals now must endure days without food and water at temperatures ranging from 40 below to 40 above. For horses, those days add another agony: the inability even to raise their heads.

Ferdinand, the Kentucky Derby winner in 1986, "ended up on someone's dinner plate in Japan," Dr. Friedlander says. "We will do this to an animal who brought our fathers across this continent, an animal who is an integral part of our history."

Winnipeg Free Press

The Best Humane Education Conference Ever!
By Michelle Rivera - MichelleRivera1@aol.com

The Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) presents the "Tools of the Trade" National Conference
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
January 20-22

This year our Keynote Speaker is Zoe Weil! Zoe Weil is co-founder and president of the International Institute for Humane Education (IIHE).  Zoe has been a humane educator since 1985 and has taught tens of thousands of children and adults about humane and compassionate living. She became a pioneer in a movement that has transformed humane education from a field that focused primarily on animals and the environment, to a broad-based, comprehensive educational approach that includes human rights, environmental ethics, animal protection, and cultural issues. Zoe is the author of Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times (2003), and the upcoming book, The Power and Promise of Humane Education (due out in the fall of 2004). She is also the author of two humane education books for young people, So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed, Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals (1990) and Animals in Society: Facts and Perspectives on our Treatment of Animals (1994). Prior to co-founding IIHE, Zoe created and directed Animalearn, which become one of the most successful and extensive humane education programs in the world. She has many tools to offer humane educators and we are honored to have her join us for this conference.  We would like to thank the Pegasus Foundation for their generous support in bringing Zoe Weil to this conference!

Other speakers include:  Lt. Sherry Schlueter is with the Broward County Sheriff's Office and has been a guest on Oprah and Montel and has been a consultant to many law enforcement agencies here and abroad. With over thirty-three years experience in crimes against animals, Lt. Schlueter will give humane educators the tools to respond to students who share stories of animal cruelty and abuse in their homes, neighborhoods and communities.

ASPCA's Humane Educator Jennifer Dragotta shares her experiences from St. Eustatius as well as New York City, where she encounters a multicultural population every day.  She will bring us the tools to tailor our lessons to the population we are teaching.

Cheryl Falkenburry is the director of Caring for Creatures and is an animal behaviorist and puppeteer. She will show us how to use puppets as tools to bring harmony to the household by teaching kids how to behave around their own pets.  She has a kit available for sale, including Rags the marionette.

Jane Deming, director of the Providence Humane Society shows us how storyboards make great presentation tools to teach kids to be safe around animals.  Come hear this veteran humane educator and acting director of the Providence Animal Rescue League teaches kids to care about safety.

Michelle Rivera is the author of Hospice Hounds, Animals and Healing at the Borders of Death, and Canines in the Classroom, Raising Humane Children through Interactions with Animals, and her third book, The Simple Little Vegan Crockery Cookbook due out in the winter of 2005.  She is a journalist with Animal Writes, The Official Animal Rights Online Newsletter, and the co-founder and president of Animals 101, Inc, an organization dedicated to humane education. She is also a Delta Society licensed evaluator and will share with us information on certifying your companion animal as a therapy animal.  Activity animals make great tools in helping us establish empathy for animals and you will be treated to a live demonstration of a Delta Society evaluation.

Humane Educator Janice Mininberg, Women's Humane Society, has developed a program that is sure to strike a chord with young students who are fans of Harry Potter (and who isn't?)  She has combined the animals of Harry Potter's mythical world with real-life ideals and brings us the tools to reach a broad audience through imagination. Don't be surprised by a visit from Professor McGonagall.

Lisa Cushing, NAHEE (National Association of Humane And Environmental Education) presents: Simon Says, 'Let's Be Kind to Animals!'"
Nahee publishes KIND News as well as dozens of other humane education materials. Lisa Cushing, NAHEE's outreach coordinator, brings this new presentation from the well-known "Teach Kids to Care" workshop series. No longer the "terrible twos," preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) are ready to listen, share, identify with others, and lend a hand. What a great time to teach compassion, respect, and responsibility for animals! Come and learn about effective preschool presentations-practicing songs, rhythms, fingerplays, feltboard activities, and tactile exercises that open young children's eyes, ears, and hearts to the needs of our animal friends.

Corey Price, from the famous Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado, is a humane educator with the tools to keep teachers involved!  She will show us how to design and implement a humane education teacher workshop and partner with local colleges and school districts to offer continuing education credits for teachers.

John Goodwin is the grassroots coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States and he believes that exercising your right to vote and voting for someone who is there for the animals is the most important thing activists can do to help animals.  He will give us the tools we need to teach our students how to understand basic civics and use that information for the good of the animals.

Cynthia Frisch is an officer with the unique and awesome Pegasus Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping those agencies who are meeting especially daunting challenges.  Their foundation helps agencies by giving them the tools they need to help an enormous number of animals. She will share with us the special problems faced by Florida such as panthers, manatees and the Everglades. Fascinating

And we will close with an esteemed panel of character education experts moderated by Ann Gearhart, Humane Educator of the Year.

Who Should Attend?  You!

APHE provides professional development opportunities and networking for educators who promote humane attitudes toward people, animals and the environment. APHE upholds the highest standards of practice in humane
Visit us at APHE.org
Or write us at
APHE, C/O The Latham Foundation
1826 Clement Ave., Alameda, CA  94501

Animals 101, Inc.
Best Friends Animal Society
PETsMART Charities
The ASPCA National Shelter Outreach
The Humane Society of the US
The Pegasus Foundation

Conference Location
Doubletree Hotel
4431 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Special Conference room rate $78.00
Be sure to mention APHE when making your reservations to get the special rate, and call before December 20th as rooms are limited.

Fly into Palm Beach International Airport

For information or to receive a conference brochure and/or schedule, please e-mail me at MichelleRivera1@aol.com or visit www.aphe.org.
See you in Sunny South Florida!

Spam Alert

Do you Yahoo?  Do you wonder why you keep getting so many email advertisements?

Yahoo is now using something called "Web Beacons" to track Yahoo Group users around the net and see what you're doing and where you are going - similar to cookies.

Take a look at their updated privacy statement:

About half-way down the page, in the section on cookies you will see a link that says web beacons.  Click on the phrase web beacons.  That will bring you to a paragraph entitled "Outside the Yahoo Network."  In this section you'll see a little "click here to opt out" link that will let you "opt-out" of their new method of snooping.

Once you have clicked that link, you are opted out.

Notice the "Success" message on the top of the next page.  Be careful because on that page there is a "Cancel Opt-out" button that, if clicked, will *undo** the opt-out.

Feel free to forward this to others.  Yahoo is recording every website and every group you visit.

NIFAA  Political  Training for
Animal Rescue & Rights Advocates

who want strong laws & ordinances for animals

Preliminary announcement--please forward broadly across US to organizations and individuals who may want to attend March 19 or arrange for a NIFAA training in March as part of a NIFAA tour
March 19, 2005  Las Vegas
Sponsored by
Las Vegas Valley Humane Society and the University of Nevada, at Las Vegas, Department of Public Administration

Finally a NIFAA political training for animal advocates on the West Coast.  Julie E. Lewin's acclaimed "life altering" course for animal rescue and rights advocates who want strong laws and local ordinances for animals.  Hotel accommodations will be available.  We'll send a detailed announcement soon. Advance registration is required. 
To receive future announcements for March 19 contact humane society board member Susan Krisko nicksusan15@hotmail.com or Julie Lewin jlewin@igc.org. To arrange a NIFAA training as part of a tour contact Julie Lewin jlewin@igc.org.

NIFAA is the National Institute for Animal Advocacy.  Check out their website:
Animal Advocacy Connecticut: NIFAA

Please Join Us for the Third Annual
National Bird Day, January 5, 2005

The Animal Protection Institute (API) in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition (AWC) is calling on activists around the U.S. to take action on behalf of captive birds by drawing attention to the exploitation of other country’s native birds by the U.S. pet industry on January 5 — National Bird Day.

"National Bird Day" is not only a good day to take time to appreciate the native wild birds flying free outside our windows, it is also a perfect time to reflect on how we treat the native birds of other countries. While we have enacted laws to protect our native birds — such as blue jays, cardinals, and crows — from commercial exploitation, we fail to recognize the inconsistency in allowing the pet industry to exploit the birds of other countries.

Even when bred in captivity, exotic birds are not considered domesticated animals, and all their inherent behavioral and physical needs remain intact. Sadly, when it comes to birds, deprivation of their natural behaviors (to fly and flock, for example) is an inescapable component of their captivity.

Each year thousands of birds are sold into the pet trade to individuals who are under the mistaken impression that a bird will make a perfect pet. Eventually, whether due to frustration, disinterest, or concern, many people attempt to rid themselves of the responsibility of caring for their birds. Unfortunately, few of these birds will find a loving home, and most will spend their days isolated and confined to their cages. Others will bounce from home to home as their caretakers tire of them, and some may be abandoned at local shelters and birds rescues, set free to fend for themselves, or are euthanized.

Meanwhile, pet stores across the country, including Petco and PetsMart, continue to treat birds like merchandise peddling them into the pet trade. The in-store care of animals in pet shops is always suspect, because store managers are often faced with conflicting responsibilities of caring for animals, even when the animals are sick, and making a store profitable. Since the cost of veterinary care can easily exceed the commercial value of an animal, common sense leads to the conclusion that profits and animal care inherently conflict, especially in a retail environment.

You Can Help

Join API, the Avian Welfare Coalition, and other animal advocates across the country in celebrating the third annual National Bird Day — a day of action for captive birds — by helping to educate the public about issues affecting captive birds.

There are many ways you can participate. Visit www.NationalBirdDay.org for sample letters, resources, materials and more information.

Take Action!

Send a letter to the editor or Op-ed drawing attention to the plight of captive exotic birds in this country. Sample letter available at www.NationalBirdDay.org.
Set up an educational display. Community centers and local or school libraries often have exhibit cases that can be used for educational displays. Just ask the manager or librarian how to make a reservation and be willing to agree to some guidelines.
Host a video showing. A video showing can consist of close friends or family members viewing a video at home or reserving a classroom with a standard television or big screen for the public. Videos are available from AWC members. Visit www.NationalBirdDay.org for ordering information.
Give a presentation at a school, children’s museums, boy’s and girl’s club, or library. Ask the kids to draw or write on the theme "Born to be Wild," comparing and contrasting our native birds to the native birds of other countries, comparing and contrasting how birds live in the wild and how they live in captivity, or how the wild bird trade impacts birds. More ideas available at: http://craftsforkids.about.com/library/spdays/bljan5th.htm.
Hold a peaceful protest and leaflet in front of a Petco or PetsMart to educate their customers on why they should not support Petco or PetsMart so long as they continue to sell birds. Or drive to your local Petco and PetsMart stores and place flyers on the windshields of cars parked in the parking lot.
A reproducible Petco/PETsMART flyer is available from API at www.api4animals.org/images/BirdDayFlyer.pdf.
A variety of AWC flyers is available at www.avianwelfare.org/action/flyers/index.htm.
Write letters to Petco and PetsMart and let them know why you won’t patronize their stores. Sample letter available at www.NationalBirdDay.org. Let us know your plans!

We would like to compile a list of activities complete with contact information so that interested people team up to participate in planned leafleting and tabling events in their area. So once you have decided what you want to do, email Monica Engebretson at monica@api4animals.org so we can add your action to our list of participants and activities. If you get a letter to the editor published in a newspaper, please let us know and send a copy if possible to:

P.O. Box 22505
Sacramento, CA 95822

For more information on exotic bird issues visit www.AvianWelfare.com and www.MoreBeautifulWild.com

ACT Radio - Animal Concerns of Texas

Be sure to listen to ACT Radio tonight, Sunday, Dec. 12, at 9:30pm EST (7:30pm, mountain time).  Tonight, the guest will be Susan Davis, co-author of Stories Rabbits Tell, and an educator with the House Rabbit Society.  We will be discussing the images we have of rabbits in our society.

ACT can be heard over the web with Real Radio, which is a free download and with other streaming audio software.
Click on Listen to KTEP Online at
El Paso NPR - KTEP 88.5 : National Public Radio for the Southwest

Your Petstore Pup
Author Unknown

Cherish your new petstore pup -
Stand always by his side.
Mend his ills and give him hugs
And lots of fun car rides.

Feed him well and let him run
To build his body strong.
Play with him and give him treats.
Love him his whole life long.

You’ll soon become his hero.
He will not ask you for much.
He’ll trade his lifelong loyalty
For your kind word and touch.

Count him among your blessings,
As you are his blessing, too,
But then please do just one thing more
When every day is through.

Take time to look into his eyes
Each night you tuck him in.
I bet you’ll see reflected there
Two other pups like him.

They’ve never had a family,
Soft bed, good food, nor fun.
They live life out in a wire box -
And never get to run.

They suffer searing heat at times,
At others freezing cold,
As weeks and months and years drag by
While they are growing old.

So think about his mom and dad
Who shine there through his eyes,
And remember all the mill dogs
Who are paying with their lives.

If they had ever had a chance,
They’d have grown up like him, too,
With years of love to give and get
Before their lives were through.

You’ll never see them face to face -
Such miracles are rare -
But pray for your pup’s mom and dad,
‘Cause someone ought to care..

Memorable Quote

To Mrs. Claus: "Why do my Christmas puppies and kittens
keep being turned into the pound, or worse, after Christmas?"
~ Santa


Susan Roghair - EnglandGal@aol.com
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