The excitement of the Mad City Vegan Fest is mounting! Check out The A.V. Club’s recent post!
June 1 Meeting on Local Animal Research
Thank you to those who attended our April 20th presentation at the Mt Horeb Community Center on the use of monkeys and dogs at the University of Wisconsin and Ridglan Farms.
If you’re concerned about these animals, we would like to invite you to a follow up discussion on Wed June 1, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Mt Horeb Public Library, 105 Perimeter Rd, Mt. Horeb. WI.
Please bring friends or neighbors if they are interested in learning more about this topic.
Feel free to contact Ann Emerson with any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspired by vegetarian and vegan festivals such as Chicago’s Veggie Fest and Portland VegFest, University of Wisconsin-Madison music-education student Hannah West decided, “Madison should totally have one of these.”
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Below is a letter from an AFA member to Mounds. Please follow her lead and write to request that they reconsider this absurd idea. Let’s flood their corporate office with polite letters opposed to this campaign. And do not spend your money at Mounds until they reconsider.
May 5, 2011
Mounds Corporate Office
2422 Montana Avenue
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
I am writing to express my great objection to your aggressive fund raising efforts for the zoo. I do not support zoos, for all of the reasons explained at such places as the website of the Humane Society of the United States. I remember well when the Henry Vilas Zoo abandoned its monkey colony and sent all of those animals into invasive research in Louisiana so that the zoo could use the facility for a new bird exhibit! I remember well when the zoo kept is elephants in leg chains. This is the kind of institution the zoo is, engaging in all of the usual abuses behind the scenes.
I have shopped at nowhere else but Mounds for over 25 years, and I do so only because of its support for non-exploitative animal organizations. As you see from the enclosed receipts for just this month, I spend hundreds of dollars there, which I do to support the animals I have rescued. I give you my word that I will never shop at Mounds again if it supports the zoo. To not even be able to purchase my items without being asked if I want to contribute to the zoo was very offensive.
You do many things so right. I can’t imagine whose idea this could have been; however, I would respectfully suggest that if my feelings, and those of many other people I know who think as I do, are any indication, it was a mistake. Please reconsider so that you can keep your reputation as an animal-friendly store and so that I can continue to shop there.
Name withheld for privacy
Email their marketing manager here.
The map included in this link locates factory farms that animal protection groups have exposed through undercover investigations. “Among the findings of these investigations are animals living in filthy conditions, animals intensively confined for their entire lives, animals mutilated without painkillers, sick and suffering animals left to languish for extended periods, violations of animal welfare and food safety regulations, and egregious criminal acts of animal torture. Viewed individually, the actions shown might be dismissed as isolated incidents. Taken together, however, they reveal a pattern of disregard for animal welfare and routine cruelty-to-animals throughout animal agriculture. They also reveal that many legal, standard agricultural procedures are unconscionably cruel and cause prolonged suffering for animals. Many standard practices in animal agriculture must change, and new laws are needed in order to enforce basic standards of welfare for animals. There are currently no federal laws protecting the welfare of animals on farms.”
A special prosecutor has declined to bring charges against nine UW-Madison researchers and officials responsible for experiments in which sheep died of decompression sickness. Read more here.
However it was not lost on attorney Geier that there is something odd that with all of its money and expertise, the UW doesn’t have anyone who knows how to read the Wisconsin Crimes Against Animals. Wisconsin Statute 951.025, “Crimes Against Animals,” isn’t hard to understand. It says:
No person may kill an animal by means of decompression.
Geier said, “It belies common sense that a research university, such as the UW, does not have a consistent review of both state and federal laws and regulations which apply to activities which take place on the campus and within research laboratories or facilities.”
Another loss for the animals and a perfect example that the UW is above the law here in Madison.
Hungry? Stop by the Dandelion Food Cart on the Library Mall on the UW Madison campus for excellent vegan food and friendly service. We are so glad they are back! Click the link below for more info:
Letter to the Editor by Julie Grosso, AFA’s Elephant Free Dane County campaign coordinator and advocate against elephants in circuses.
Dear Editor: A video was recently released showing “Water for Elephants” movie star Tai the elephant stunned by electric shocks and hit with large metal hooks.
Gary Johnson, a founder of Have Trunk Will Travel, claimed: “Tai was never hit in any way at all.” I viewed the disturbing video filmed at the Have Trunk Will Travel facility. This video shows elephants including Tai being beaten with bull hooks and crying out when repeatedly shocked with electric hand-held stun guns. Any owner or manager of an elephant that engages in abusive behavior toward elephants should face criminal charges. How many more of these videos do we have to witness before we end the cruel practice of using animals for our entertainment?
Visit our new website, Elephant Free Dane.
Watch video footage of UW Primate Center public relations officer Jordana Lenon’s exchange with Rick Marolt, author of One Shared Planet. UW: brain damage, birth defects, and lead poisoning are humane | One Shared Planet.