Florida Man Mistakes Girlfriend for a Hog, Shoots Her

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 27, 2012

Courtesy of ABC News

Life at home for one Florida man  got a lot more complicated when he accidentally shot his girlfriend in both legs thinking she was a hog.

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies say 52-year-old Steven Egan was hog hunting Saturday night with   girlfriend Lisa Simmons  at a hunting camp off a rural county road in Flagler,  in the northern part of the state.

Around 7:30 p.m., officials said, Egan shot at a hog and then left Simmons behind in the tent to go look for it.  When he heard a noise in the woods he fired his gun again, thinking it was the animal.

Unbeknown to Egan, Simmons had also left the tent to pick up loose oranges that had fallen from trees on the property.  Instead of hitting his wild target, Egan struck his girlfriend in both legs with a .30-caliber bullet.

“He saw a hog and thought he shot it and went to look for it,” Maj. Steve Clair with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office told ABCNews.com.  “He heard her and thought it was a hog and just shot.”

Simmons, of Brandon, had to be airlifted to the Halifax Health Medical Center for surgery and was listed in serious condition.

Authorities said they did not plan to charge Egan in the incident.

“He was very sympathetic that he’d shot his girlfriend,”   Clair said.  ” It was an accident.  I think it was just a violation of one of the cardinal rules of hunting which is you never shoot what you don’t see.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida man threatens to blow up building where dog was murdered

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 26, 2012

Courtesy of WTSP

Brooksville, Florida — Police have arrested a man they say made bomb and death threats to Hernando County Animal Services employees.

During their investigation, detectives recovered information and documentation that Peter Dalessandro, of Riverview, had made similar threats over the phone in the past. The latest threat was made on April 20.

Dalessandro, 52, was arrested Wednesday and has been charged with six counts of threatening to place/discharge a destructive device and five counts of assault.

The Hernando animal shelter has come under fire over the past few days, after they euthanized a dog named Zeus 45 minutes after the animal was dropped off.

On Wednesday, the Hernando County Commission agreed to investigate Zeus’ death.

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Activists ground primate flights… breeding animals for vivisection becoming unprofitable

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 26, 2012

Courtesy of Veterinary Sciences Tomorrow

Each year, thousands of macaques and other monkeys are flown into Europe and North America to supply academic and industrial research labs — more than 18,000 to the United States in 2011 alone. But in a campaign that could affect scientists across the West, the few major air carriers that still transport non-human primates are coming under unprecedented pressure to halt the practice. One key route under threat is from China, which last year shipped more than 70% of the research primates sent to the United States. On 14 March, animal breeders in China met with officials of China Southern Airlines to implore them to resume flights into Los Angeles International Airport, the largest US port of entry for research primates. Last August, China Southern cancelled a shipment from Guangzhou of 80 crab-eating macaques (Macaca fascicularis) destined for Los Angeles, after a social media, e-mail and telephone campaign by pressure group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), based in Norfolk, Virginia. China Southern has not flown research primates into Los Angeles since then.

“This was part of our larger campaign to disrupt the flow of primates to US labs,” says Justin Goodman, associate director of the laboratory investigations department at PETA in Washington DC. The group complains that imports are supplementing an already-burgeoning primate population in US labs. Two other airlines are also in the public spotlight. Air France faces mounting pressure as the last major European carrier to transport research primates. And Air Canada is petitioning the Canadian Transportation Agency, the body that regulates Canadian air carriers, for the required permission to refuse to transport research primates in the future. With news breaking last week that ferry companies have entirely ceased transporting all research animals — including sophisticated mouse disease models — into the United Kingdom, researchers fear that this is the start of a larger trend. Michael Hsu, president of animal-breeding company Shared Enterprises in Richlandtown, Pennsylvania, says that activism is affecting companies such as his, which maintains a macaque breeding colony in Shanghai and relies on flights into Los Angeles to get its animals to its clients. China Southern, he says, was easily the biggest carrier serving Los Angeles airport. The other Chinese carriers serving the United States — Air China and China Eastern — have lower capacity, creating a bottleneck for breeders lining up to ship animals. The situation, says Hsu, “is causing a big backlog. It’s costing us money. We’ve been producing these animals for these markets, and if we can’t ship them, it’s very difficult for us to sustain them.”

Breeding the animals in the United States instead would be problematic: infrastructure and labour costs are much higher than they are in Asia, and colonies are much more likely to become the targets of animal activists. And moving the animals by sea is a non-starter because of the deleterious effects of the six-week trans-Pacific journey on the animals’ health. Martin Paré, an associate professor at the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, worries not only about his own access to primates, but about a slippery-slope effect. “If Air Canada was permitted to stop transporting non-human primates, what would be next? Stopping all animal transportation for research, which is what’s happening in the UK?” Many airlines, including Lufthansa, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, already refuse to carry research primates. In fact, the China Southern shutdown at Los Angeles resulted in part from PETA putting pressure on Lufthansa, which unloads planes for China Southern at the airport. Activists pointed out to Lufthansa that unloading research primates for the Chinese carrier was at odds with its policy on the transport of non-human primates. Within 24 hours, the China Southern macaque shipment was cancelled. Goodman speculates that “Luft­hansa was anticipating a really bad PR situation”. Lufthansa says that it cannot comment on matters involving another carrier.

At the time that it merged with United Airlines in 2010, Continental Airlines was the last remaining US carrier that still transported research primates. United is preparing to publish a policy for the merged airline later this year. “Nearly every major airline rejects the transport of primates to laboratories,” says Goodman. “The handful that are still doing it are facing more intense opposition and scrutiny than they ever have before. Because it’s not in their best interest to continue doing so, I am sure that they will stop.” The next several months could prove crucial. After last week’s meeting, China Southern is still deciding whether it will resume transporting research primates through Los Angeles. If Air Canada’s petition to stop shipping primates is successful, Canadian researchers would be inconvenienced, but not entirely cut off — around 1,700 non-human primates were imported from the United States last year, mostly driven across the border. The Public Health Agency of Canada and Queen’s University are challenging the airline’s move, and a decision from the transportation agency is expected later this year. “The research that Queen’s University performs has significant benefits for the health and welfare of Canadians,” says Steven Liss, the university’s vice-principal for research. He adds that the humane treatment of the animals is “always” the university’s priority. “Air travel is simply the fastest and least stressful way of transporting them.” Air France issued a statement last September declaring that “nothing allows the airline to decide on the merits of the use of animals in biomedical research”, which it called “important and scientifically justified”. Nonetheless, after it was bombarded with PETA-orchestrated e-mails, phone calls and Facebook postings, the airline cancelled a scheduled 1 February shipment from Mauritius of 60 monkeys bound for a private laboratory in Everett, Washington.

The apparent success of the public campaign has alarmed breeders, importers and biomedical researchers. “It’s unfortunate that some airlines have chosen to capitulate to a small number of individuals with an agenda who aren’t truly representative of the general public,” says Matthew Bailey, vice-president of the National Association for Biomedical Research in Washington DC, a trade organization that lobbies on lab-animal policy for drug firms and research universities. “More and more scientists will go elsewhere to do primate research.” Tipu Aziz, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Oxford, UK, has used macaques to study Parkinson’s disease. He believes that restricting transport of animals will not have the desired effect. “My gut feeling is that more and more scientists will go elsewhere to do primate research,” he says. “I have no qualms about going abroad to do my work. There are quite a few countries that have good facilities: there are centres in India, Singapore, Malaysia, China.” Others say that the drug industry — a major user of research primates — may also be inclined to relocate activities if the flight barrier becomes insurmountable.

“Let’s say the activists get their wish and no animal comes into the United States,” Hsu argues. “Merck is not going to say: ‘Okay, fine.’ They are going to go to other countries where animal care might not be as good, and start doing research there.” Still, expert observers say that the pressure on the airlines is significant. “The public tide is turning against the use of non-human primates in general, and researchers must either find alternatives or convince the public there is a compelling reason to continue such research,” says Paul Root Wolpe, director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, which is home to the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. If scientists don’t make a louder, more persuasive public case, he says, “more companies — not only in transportation — will choose the side of animal-rights advocates”.

 

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May 2 Protest Against WSU Dog Torturer Will Be Held on Campus

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 25, 2012

Queenie - Tortured to Death at WSU

New Location: Wayne State University, 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit Michigan 48202.

This is right in front of the Undergraduate Library.

Time: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012, 1 PM to 3 PM

by NIO Michigan

Camille Marino has retained new council and her trial date has been postponed until June 18th but we will still protest against the horrific dog torture of O’Leary and WSU on May 2nd. It is time to take the battle to the abusers! We will now meet at 1 PM on the campus of WSU. Please bring signs which will let everyone know the misery and death occurring in the animal dungeons at WSU. Those who wish can arrive early and distribute flyers, which we are making, explaining why we are there.

NIO Florida regrets that they will not be present at this demonstration.

We encourage every animal activist in the Detroit, Michigan area to join us.

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Biotech firm’s £12.4m plant expansion as US giant opts for Scotland

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 25, 2012

Nicola Sturgeon

Courtesy of business.scotsman

A SCOTTISH biotech facility has beaten off competition from sites in China and the US to secure a $20 million (£12.4m) investment to expand manufacturing.

Following an internal competition for the investment, US-based Life Technologies has chosen its site at Inchinnan near Glasgow for the expansion to meet rising demand for cell culture products used for drug research, development and production.

The Nasdaq-listed group already employs some 500 people at its Scottish premises which serves as its headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and up to 30 jobs could be initially created by the investment.

The company, which makes a range of chemical ingredients used by drug developers and other science-based companies, is currently in negotiation with Scottish Enterprise over financial support for the expansion move.

Gregory Lucier, chairman and chief executive of Life Technologies, highlighted the role of the company’s existing staff in reaching the decision.

“We have a skilled workforce in Scotland whose commitment gives us a competitive advantage and allows us to serve our customers with high-quality products,” said Lucier.

Anne MacColl, chief executive of Scottish Development International (SDI), added: “The fact that Life Technologies views Scotland as the ideal place to grow its business is testament to our growing reputation as a key player on an international level.”

Scotland’s deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “Scotland’s life sciences research is rightly regarded as among the very best in the world and developments like this help to build on that enviable reputation.”

Life Technologies expects to break ground at the Inchinnan site in 2013 and to start to ship product from the facility in 2014.

The company has about 11,000 staff in 160 countries and turned over about $3.7bn last year.

Last June, a consortium that included Life Technologies received a £6m grant from the UK government’s Technology Strategy Board to develop techniques for examining tumours, so cancer specialists can tailor treatment for specific patients. The move into so-called “personalised medicine” involves examining a patient’s genes and other unique features and then developing appropriate remedies.

Life Technologies traces its roots back to 1962 with the creation of Grand Island Biological Company (GIBCO) in Grand Island, New York which made serum harvested from horses raised on their land.

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Highly disruptive bomb threats to university finished, Chancellor gives in to demands

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 25, 2012

Courtesy of Huffington Post

A group calling itself “The Threateners” has claimed responsibility for the University of Pittsburgh bomb threats, and says the threats will stop now that Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg met their demand to drop the $50,000 reward Pitt offered for information, the Pitt News reports.

The Pitt bomb threats, which started in February with a message scrawled on a wall of Pitt’s Chevron Science Center, have become so disruptive that some professors began to hold classes outdoors or offer them online and have led some students to stay off-campus.

An email forwarded on Friday to the Pitt News, the university’s student newspaper, detailed ‘The Threateners‘ demand.

“This all began when you, Nordenberg, put out a $10,000 — then $50,000 — ‘reward’ (bounty) for some young kid who’d pranked the University.” And “Simply withdraw the ‘reward,’ and we will end our actions permanently.”

Pitt officials appear to have agreed to the demands while avoiding correspondence with the group. The reward was pulled from the university’s website without comment.

Pitt spokesperson Robert Hill told The Pitt News that the university had decided “to avoid any form of negotiation with anonymous correspondents claiming responsibility for the criminal acts that have disrupted the lives of our students and of the broader community” after receiving the April 10 threat and advice from law enforcement and its attorneys.

He said that the university and law enforcement are still seeking arrests.

The Associated Press reported earlier in April that University of Pittsburgh police, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service have a person of interest in the investigation. Authorities say some of the threats have been traced to or through computers in Austria.

Seamus Johnston, 22, and his wife Katherine Anne McCloskey, 55, were questioned earlier in April and subsequently served subpoenas to appear in front of a grand jury on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Gazette reported.

The pair believes they are being unfairly targeted as suspects in the bomb threat case because Johnston was recently expelled from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, a branch of the Pittsburgh university system located 70 miles east of the main campus, where the couple were formerly students at separate times.

Johnston told the the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he read news that ‘The Threateners’ have stopped their threats with guarded relief.

“It sounds too good to be true, but it does make me feel hopeful, against my better judgment.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the university is urging faculty members to make arrangements for students to make up classes or exams missed because of evacuations. There are no plans to end the semester early.

The university, the Chronicle reports, will evacuate buildings and issue emergency alerts only after imminent bomb threats vetted by officials. Patricia E. Beeson, Pitt’s provost and senior vice chancellor, announced the change in a letter on Sunday.

She said security will continue to check student ID cards and their bags at building entrances, and the five buildings used for exams will be swept for explosives every morning.

The university, located a few miles from downtown Pittsburgh, has about 3,800 full-time faculty members who serve 34,000 students.

 

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Action Alert: Contact the University City Church of Christ

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 25, 2012

by NIO Florida

If you worship at the University City Church of Christ, then you should take a second look at those kneeling to your left and right. They may be vivisectors from the University of Florida or part of their extended team of monkey murderers.

For those who cannot attend our community outreach exercise this Sunday, please feel free to contact the University City Church of Christ and suggest that the vivisectors in their congregation be identified publicly.

I’m certain we all want to hear them explain how God condemns animal torture unless, of course, the atrocities are committed by sadists employed by UF wearing bloody white lab coats: http://www.universitycitychurchofchrist.org/Contact-Us.html

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Activists intercept FBR email campaign to fight impending anti-viv legislation in Italy

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 25, 2012

Note: The following text is translated from the Greenhill campaign site in Italy.

fbr billboard edited by american activists

Simulposted with Dr. Steve Best

That the vivisectors are concerned about the amendment that could pass the Senate is not new. The various operations of Garattini and other vivisectors, advertising campaigns, press releases, all the evidence. But yesterday we had information of another move by the American vivisectors. The Foundation for Biomedical Research , the same who designed a pro-vivisection campaign we talked about recently, has sent to its members and supporters a newsletter about what is happening in Italy, seeking to put pressure on the Senate Committee XIV. From across the ocean is greatly concerned about and the reason is that even a small achievement as the prohibition of breeding of some species may be taken as an example to other European countries and, beginning to create serious problems to the lobby of Torture .

For this reason, the FBR, which is one of the most important lobby of vivisectors worldwide, calls on all supporters to send e-mail to Rossana Boldi (fourteenth President of the Senate Committee) , the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Europe.

Clearly we have moved the waters that were to remain quiet and now pharmaceutical companies, farmers, research centers and vivisectors are coalescing, still trying to keep science in a dark cage made of captivity and suffering for millions of animals. Even a small step towards an ethic of respect for other animals. And then tell us who want to return to the Middle Ages!

Below the full text of the English-version of the email that FBR certainly did not want to end up in the hands of animal rights.

The addresses to which FBR supporters are instructed to write:

Please Note: NIO has deleted the email addresses to prevent any accidental emails being sent


We understand that the vivisectors around the world can not silence the conscience of 86% of Italians said they were against vivisection!

Operation, We’re Mad is not over, you still hear your voice!

EMAIL OF THE FBR:

From: Foundation for Biomedical Research <info@fbresearch.org>
Date: Thu, Apr 12, 2012
Subject: Follow-Up: ITALY – Biomedical Research and the Animal Rights Movement

BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH BEING THREATENED NOW!!

We need your help…NOW!

Many of you have already sent an email, but if you haven’t already, please consider doing so.

WE NEED YOU TO SEND AN EMAIL TODAY!!!

All across the world, animal rights groups are launching campaigns designed to block biomedical research using animals.

There’s a comprehensive effort to block the air transportation of non-human primates. And now in Italy, Senators are close to passing a national law that would block the breeding of certain species of animals for research.

We need your help…NOW!

On February 2, 2012, the Italian Chamber of Deputies passed the law. Now the Senate will vote on DDL n. 3129 in the coming weeks.

Article 14 (part C) of this law states: “…to forbid the breeding of primates, dogs and cats destined to the experimental purposes as per letter b, in the whole of the national territory.” The European Union passed a directive that is intended to harmonize all standards for lab animals (Directive 2010/63/UE), yet Italy is going beyond that directive, so we must support the biomedical research community and do all that we can to inform the Senate and prevent this bill from becoming law.

PLEASE…we NEED each of you to send an email to members of the Italian Senate. Here are the 6 things you can do to help right now:

1) COPY AND PASTE the Italian and English message (messaggio) that follows.

2) FOLLOW your institutional policy for sending emails like this. Use your personal email account (if needed). Do not identify your company or your university, but identify your interest, that animal research is essential to your studies to find cancer treatments, or Parkinson’s disease, etc… (if your policy so allows).

3) USE the format below for both subject line and content. Our messaging is intentionally positive and affirming. If you prefer to write  something else that is, of course, your choice.

4) SEND the email to SEN Rossana Boldi (14th chair of the Senate Committee), Renato Balduzzi (Minister of Health), and Enzo Moavero Milanesi (Minister of European Affairs):

Boldi_r@posta.senato.it
Segreteriaministro@sanita.it
info@politicheeuropee.it

SUBJECT LINE: The future of biomedical research in Italy – DDL n. 3129

MESSAGE:

Honorable Senator,

As a researcher I’m ‘following with great interest the draft law No. 3129 “Provisions for the fulfillment of obligations deriving from Italy’s membership of the European Communities – Community Law 2011 “currently in the Senate Policies Commission of the European Union. In particular, Art. 14, are contained the provisions transposing the European Directive 2010/63, which would be very disadvantageous for biomedical research. In fact, the implementation of these provisions would make it virtually impossible for many of the research currently underway at Italian and international, and frustrate the efforts made ​​through the adoption of Directive 2010/63 by the Communities’ European Union, to harmonize standards and conduct of studies involving the use of laboratory animals. If these provisions were approved, in addition to the impact on Italian research, the success of the anti-vivisection movement in Italy would undoubtedly encourage similar efforts in other countries, using the Italian campaign as a precedent.

The drugs, therapies, diagnostic tools, treatments and vaccines that we develop for pets, children, adults and seniors, all depend on the continuation of biomedical research. These times are exciting. Never in history have we been close to major breakthroughs that promise to improve the health of both humans and our animals. A discovery made ​​in an Italian university now becomes another element essential for science and universities around the world.

I therefore hope that the rules contained in Art. 14 could be revised so ‘to make them compatible with the needs of biomedical research and also with the content and spirit of the European Directive 2010/63.

I have confidence in your continued support for biomedical research in Italy and worldwide.

Sincerely,

5) SIGNATURE: If institutional policy with your employer allows you to identify your

job title and affiliation then please do so. If not, please use your personal email
account and use your best judgment with regard to describing your job affiliation
and title.

6) BLIND COPY (bcc) FBR info@fbresearch.org on emails you send to Italy.

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Horrified UK Shoppers Witness Realities of “Animal” Testing

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 25, 2012

Extreme measures: Jacqueline Traide is restrained and has her mouth clamped open while being subjected to brutal animal testing practices at the Lush store in London's Regent Street today

  • Jacqueline Traide force-fed and given injections at Lush’s Regent St store
  • Eyes stream from irritant and arm bleeds when she tries to resist needle
  • Humiliated and restrained for ten hours in protest against animal testing
  • Shocked onlookers stop to take pictures and video on their mobile phones

Watch video HERE.

by Paul Harris (Daily Mail UK)

They dragged her along with a rope around her neck and pushed her down on a bench.

It was feeding time for Jacqueline Traide and you could tell from the look on her face she was terrified.

First, they stretched her mouth open with two metal hooks attached to a strap around her head.  The man in the white coat grabbed hold of her ponytail and tugged it until she tilted backwards.

Horrific treatment: The 24-year-old re-enacts a procedure where cosmetics are dropped into an animal's eyes

By the time he had finished spooning food down her throat, she was choking, gagging and trying to break free.

For the next ten hours, this attractive, 24-year-old artist was given injections, had her skin abraded and smothered in lotions and potions – then endured having a strip of her hair shaved off in front of stunned onlookers in one of Britain’s busiest streets.

Aghast: Horrified shoppers stop, stare and take photos of Miss Traide as she sits on a plinth wired up to 'electrodes' in the shop window

And somewhere else in the world, perhaps in a laboratory carrying out tests for an expensive new mascara, a helpless animal was being subjected to precisely the same treatment.

The difference was that Jacqueline – publicly humiliated, shivering with cold and nursing the red-raw skin on her cheek – was free to go home when the experiment ended.

The animal would have suffered a miserable death.

Making a point: Oliver Cronk force-feeds Miss Traide while attached to a mesh of wires to represent electrodes in a stunt designed in protest against animal testing

 

Strong-headed: Miss Traide has her hair shaved as is often the case with laboratory animals. Humane Society International and Lush Cosmetics have joined forces to launch the largest-ever global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics

Stunned: Shoppers text and ring friends in shock and disbelief at what they are seeing as Jacqueline lies on a plinth with her eyes bandaged

Jacqueline volunteered for her starring role in the deliberately shocking performance to underline a campaign aimed at drawing attention to the pain and cruelty inflicted on animals during laboratory tests on cosmetics.

Dressed in nothing but a flesh-coloured body stocking, she was put on display in the shop window of Lush cosmetic store’s branch in Regent Street, London, to re-enact widely used tests.

The ‘cruelty-free’ chain is helping to spearhead a Humane Society International campaign to end cosmetic testing on animals.

Thousands of shoppers, tourists and office workers witnessed Jacqueline, a social sculpture student at Oxford Brookes university, being roughly manhandled and administered by performance artist Oliver Cronk, dressed as a clipboard-toting lab technician.

Her eyes streamed from an irritant he sprayed into them at intervals and her arm began to bleed when she struggled to resist an injection.

The Oxford Brookes university student was 'experimented' on by performance artist Oliver Cronk, dressed as a clipboard-toting lab technician

Passengers craned from open-top buses as passersby took mobile phone footage of the spectacle before signing a petition or simply turning and walking away

Perhaps the most startling moment was when he gripped her head and used electronic clippers to shave a large strip from her hairline – common practice in laboratories when monitors or electrodes need to be attached to an animal’s skin.

Passengers craned from open-top buses as passersby took mobile phone footage of the spectacle – before signing a petition or simply turning and walking away.

Jacqueline, who appeared nervous when I spoke to her before she took up position, remained mute throughout her ordeal – but gave the clear impression that not all her pain was an act.

She told me: ‘I hope it will plant the seed of a new awareness in people to really start thinking about what they go out and buy and what goes into producing it.’

Moments later, someone fastened the rope around her neck.

Jacqueline remained mute throughout her ordeal but gave the clear impression that not all her pain was an act

Lush campaign manager Tamsin Omond said: ‘The ironic thing is that if it was a beagle in the window and we were doing all these things to it, we’d have the police and RSPCA here in minutes.

But somewhere in the world, this kind of thing is happening to an animal every few seconds on average.

The difference is, it’s normally hidden. We need to remind people it is still going on.’
Scientists have long used laboratory animals for medical and drug testing and continue to do so.

‘But although animal testing for cosmetics was banned in the EU three years ago, it is still legal in Britain to sell products animal-tested in other parts of the world, including the USA and Canada. In China, such testing is a legal requirement.

Humane Society spokeswoman Wendy Higgins said it was ‘morally unthinkable’ that cosmetic companies should continue to profit from animal suffering, adding there could be ‘no justification for subjecting animals to pain for the sake of producing lipstick and eye shadow’.

Some of the paraphernalia used on Jacqueline as the protesters attempted to closely mimic the conditions which face animals in labs around the world

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Preemptive Arrests Are the Future for Above-Ground Protests

Posted by Negotiation Is Over on April 25, 2012

by Kevin Gosztola (firedoglake)

Twenty-eight protesters were preemptively arrested in DeWitt, New York as they tried to reach Hancock Air Force Base for a demonstration outside the gates against the use of drones. The protesters were charged with “failing to obtain a town permit,” according to the Post-Standard.

Concerned citizens from Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca, Binghamton, Syracuse, Rome and Albany had planned a “Peace Walk” to the base, where Reaper drones are present. They planned to protest “murderous use” of drones, which violates international law, just as they did last year. But the group reached an intersection near a commercial strip mall and about ten sheriff’s cars pulled out to block the road.

In the parking lot was a Greyhound bus for arrestees. The police began grabbing people and saying everyone was under arrest. Debra Sweet, director of the World Can’t Wait, reported the police in the town of DeWitt were issuing all sorts of orders. It was confusing. They were saying you could put down your signs and go back to where you came and avoid arrest. They also were saying anyone walking away would be charged with resisting arrest.

Sandy Kessler, who is from Rochester, said anyone walking on the road with a sign would be arrested.

I said, what if I put my sign back? He said no you will get arrested. I said why? He said there can be no individual protests, no group protests. You don’t have a permit. Well, nobody really ever gets a permit. Last year, with the big one where thirty-eight people got arrested, yes, we got a permit. But we just decided we really didn’t need a permit. This is America.

Everyone there to demonstrate got together and forced the head sheriff to explain what was going on. Sweet said the sheriff explained in DeWitt “you are not allowed to have any sort of gatherings for any reason with signs and to parade in the street without permit.” After about five to ten minutes of negotiations, he backed off.

“It is apparent that many of you didn’t know a permit was required, he told the demonstrators. And, if you make the choice to leave you will not be arrested. But, at least ten people found this all completely unacceptable. They challenged the police and kept on heading toward the base and were arrested.

The police were not in riot gear. All of the people there were videotaped. Everyone who parked where they customarily park for vigil protests received parking citations, according to Sweet.

Kessler said this has “been going on for years since we found out there have been drones flying out of there.” She told Upstate Drone Action she saw police and military high-fiving.

These were arrests “based on prior knowledge of our plans and on the content of our message,” contended Sweet. She added I am sure if we had held a support rally for the Air Force or for drones they would not have treated us like this at all.

Reportedly three people who were arrested had their phones confiscated. Two people had their video cameras confiscated. A person had their phone and video camera confiscated. They were given receipts but their property was not returned, even though they were released with a citation. The citation read, “No permit.”

Video from the protest has been posted by Syracuse Peace Council. It shows a sheriff telling protesters to head to a parking lot. He is telling them he is not here to discuss the law. That is why they are going to go to court. He tells a woman at around three minutes into the video that because they were in a “formation,” beating drums and carrying signs they are to be arrested. The woman challenges him and he tells her, “I didn’t make the law, ma’am. I’m just enforcing the law just like you guys want to enforce international law.”

At the six-and-a-half minute mark, you can see the sheriffs tell the protesters that they understand people weren’t here to break the law but they have to understand the town requires permits. There’s a compelling section of the video at the eight-minute mark where a woman, who appears to be affiliated with the ACLU gets clarification on what demonstrators would not be able to do without a permit.  She informs another officer, politely, that the sheriff’s understanding of the permit law in DeWitt is “extremely problematic.” She makes sure the sheriff understands a challenge to this interpretation will be coming in court.

There’s an interview with a man in a wool cap and sunglasses twelve minutes into the video where he explains he is trying to protest militarism and that this is the wrong direction. He says if Americans want to protect their rights and the rights of innocent people being killed in so many countries by drones, people need to take action.  [At the fifteen minute mark, the permit law is read by the woman who appears to have some affiliation with the ACLU.]

This clampdown by DeWitt police comes days after peace activists of the three-day convergence “Trifecta Resista” were met by stormtroopers at the gate of Whiteman Air Force Base. They were there to protest not only drones but also nuclear weapons and the continued detention of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks.

In the video above, the military police can be seen doing some kind of fascist goose step toward the protesters. They smack their wooden batons on their police shields as they advance with jackbooted bravado and close in on a small group of activists singing songs with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly leading them.

This response to demonstrations is not coming from city governments. It is nearly obvious that this repressive conduct is being ordered by the military and federal government. The authorities are afraid of people’s efforts to protest against drones because they could influence public opinion on a technology that is still relatively new. And, undoubtedly, this only empowers the activists who daringly and boldly confront the military industrial-complex on a regular basis in this country.

Update

Upstate Drone Action has posted a press release on the action. The posting includes a copy of the “indictment” they were trying to symbolically deliver to the base.

The drone attacks either originating at Hancock or supported here are a deliberate illegal use of force against another nation, and as such are a felonious violation of Article VI of the US Constitution.

By giving material support to the drone program, you as individuals are violating the Constitution, dishonoring your oath, and committing war crimes.

We charge the chain of command, from President Barack Obama, to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, to Commander Colonel Greg Semmel, to every drone crew, to every service member supporting or defending these illegal actions with the following crimes: extrajudicial killings, violation of due process, wars of aggression, violation of national sovereignty, and the killing of innocent civilians.

We demand that they immediately stop these crimes, and be accountable to the people of the United States and Afghanistan.

 

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