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What with all the human rights abuses and environmental destruction in the world, is animal exploitation really a top-priority issue? Read these essays to learn why animal rights is an inseparable and vitally important part of both the environmental and social justice movement.
Animal Rights/Human Rights Connections
Animal Liberation--the Social Justice Connection By Bruce G. Friedrich
Animal Rights and Conservation/Environmentalism
Political Action for Animals is a new effort to build a grassroots constituent movement to demand accountability on animal issues from our elected officials, make significant gains for animals within the legislative arena, and to use the political process as a means to raise awareness of the oppression of nonhuman animals.
We intend to mimic the strategies of opposition groups like the hunting lobby and to mobilize NYC voters in defense of animals through:
Since 1996, Wetlands
has been at the forefront of the fight against the fur trade. Every
year 40,000 animals are killed for their fur through cruel methods including
neck breaking, trapping, and anal and genital electrocution. New York
City is the most important city in the US to the fur industry, home
to industry journals, designers, raw pelt sellers, and hundreds of retail
Photos from a recent Boycott Macy's protest:
The Fur District
is the home of dozens of fur businesses, from retailers to pelt suppliers,
from trade publications to public relations entities. As the fur industry
continues to crumble, the landlords of the buildings in the district
are looking to diversify their tenant to businesses with a more stable
future. The Fur District Campaign will work to hasten that trend by
being a constant presence in the fur district demonstrations, direct
actions, and other events. Our goal is to drive the furriers out of
midtown Manhattan, and strike a blow against the entire industry by
destroying its epicenter.
Facts about the Norwegian Seal Hunt In 1996 Norwegian seal hunters killed 27,000 seals. In 1997 that number was up to 38,000 seals. Many of these seals killed are less than a year old. In 1997 25,000 of the 38,000 seals that were killed were less that a year old. The seals are killed by two methods, clubbing or shooting. Many of the seals have their skulls partially crushed from the clubbing process.
In 1995 Norway justified a large-scale kill of young seals by calling it research. The test was to see which method of killing produced the fastest results, shooting or clubbing. The Asian countries are the biggest consumers of seal products. Seal skin cannot be sold in the United States. China, Korea and Japan purchase the seal skins to make fur coats. They also use the penis as an aphrodisiac.
The Norwegian government blames the seals for low fish stocks. Yet, massive over-fishing has caused this problem. Blaming seals and not addressing the over-fishing, will not solve the problem. Independent research has shown that humans are responsible for the lowered fish stocks.
The seals are being killed in large numbers just to make frivolous luxury products like fur coats and questionable aphrodisiacs".
A Bloody Shame
Each yeah Norwegian hunters slaughter 35,000 seals, most of which are not even a year old. Hunters claim that the seals are eating too many fish. Yet scientists contest that point. The fact is that any lack of fish in the sea comes from over-fishing by massive trawlers. As a result, they get their skulls crushed by club wielding hunters.
Activists are demanding that Norway, Canada, and the handful of other sealing countries, get in step with the rest of civilization and ban the seal slaughter.