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KUALA LUMPUR: Animal rights activists in Thailand praised the seizure of around 700 dogs who had been caged and ready for transport into Vietnam where they would have been slaughtered and eaten, the Nakhon Phanom Animal Quarantine Center said on Saturday after receiving the animals as part of their recuperation.

Thai police said that they arrested a truckdriver in the Ban Phaeng district on Friday evening and discovered the animals in the back.

Driver Salud Khottakok was transporting the dogs from Sakhon Nakhon to the border in a six-wheel truck when he was stopped.

He reportedly confessed to police of being hired by aVietnameseinvestor to deliver the dogs to Ban Phaeng Pier, from where they were to be taken down theMekong River to Vietnam.

Center chief Chusak Pongpanich said in a statement that the latest batch “took the center’s dog population to about 2,000.

“The shelter…

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Originally posted on Grist:

From the Food and Environment Reporting Network:

Bladder infections affect 60 percent of all American women, with a rising number resistant to antibiotic treatment. Now researchers looking into the cause of the mysterious drug resistance have found evidence that it’s coming from poultry treated with antibiotics, according to a joint investigation by the Food & Environment Reporting Network and ABC News.

Emphasis added. Jaw dropped.

The investigation, which aired on ABC’s Good Morning America, highlights how the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture has made it more difficult to treat these painful, long lasting, and recurring infections because one course of antibiotics no longer works. The cost of treating the disease is estimated at $1 billion annually.

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Ocala, Florida Canines Seek Loving Home

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If you would like to adopt one of these wonderful pets, please visit Monika Turner on Facebook and send her a message.

 “Human beings should love animals as the knowing love the innocent and the strong love the vulnerable.”~ Joaquin Phoenix | EARTHLINGS (movie)

The Barbi Twins: 10 Commandments, King Kong and Paul Watson

The Barbi TwinsShane and Sia, the Barbi Twins, have always been involved with animals but as they became more aware of the cruelties that were happening to animals they determined to dedicate their lives to the safety of all animals. They became very active in local spay and neuter and Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) programs, in protests against animal cruelty, vivisection, zoos, puppy mills, circuses and eventually made hands on efforts to rescue animals left behind during natural disasters. They were involved with helping lobby for animal bills, such as the horse slaughter bill, the pet food safety bill and the cat declaw ban. They are involved with volunteering at shelters and help with adoptions – Adopt Don’t Shop!

They collected friends and colleagues to help in their endeavors and decided to give their animal rights movement a name, Twin Bunnies. The twins are involved in every aspect of both animals rights and animal rescue.

~ Barbi Twins Bio at TwinBunnies.com

Barbi Twins Interview

I was honored to have this opportunity. Sia and Shane are forever doing what they can for the voiceless. Whey they are not out raising awareness for precious animals, they are on the web spreading the word for our fellow Earthlings. If you ever have a chance to see or hear them speak, I highly recommend that you do so. These written words cannot come close to conveying the compassion that is evident in their voices.

Holise: When did you decide to make activism your priority in life?

Barbi Twins: We were born as weirdos. As early as watching The Ten Commandments, we were children and we remember being so bothered by the horses being slaves. We thought, “How can this be a spiritual movie when they are slaves?” Then when the Red Sea opened up and fell on them, we were looking for them to rise up and for God to protect them because they didn’t do anything wrong. And we didn’t see that so we wrote a letter to God saying how upset we were with Him that he was so mean to animals.

We always felt alone in our feelings and we started seeing that we were a little odd because people would always say, “They’re only animals.” We went to the extent of stealing animals from school that we felt needed to be free. We had this thing where we were, kind of, small ALFers. We let them free and we would take them to the park, thinking that was the best thing to do.

As a child we knew what jail was. We think all kids know what jail is and that we punish kids by making them go to a corner and that as an adult you go to jail. We didn’t understand the concept of a cage for an animal, whether it was a zoo or a cage at school. We thought freedom was what an animal should have and not to be a slave for humans. We couldn’t understand that if we got rid of slavery for people, why weren’t we transferring that to animals? We didn’t understand why we [humans] were so arrogant!

When people would watch a circus they thought it was cute, but it’s not cute seeing wild animals do tricks — like the elephants. It just didn’t look cute to us when they were doing unnatural things. It looked like they were being punished with a whip to do very abnormal stunts. It just didn’t look right and they were in an environment that they weren’t meant to be.

The movie we most related to, though differently than other people, was King Kong. We just thought, “Can’t people see the message here?” We are so selfish that we take an animal, for entertainment and profit, out of it’s environment and place it in an unnatural environment for exploitation and money. Then when it gets upset because it is scared, we shoot the poor thing! We kill it and we think that’s alright even though it’s reacting because it’s frightened. It got to us that people saw that as a monster movie and no one saw the message and thought that maybe we should just leave animals alone, so we always called that “The King Kong Syndrome.”

Dog CalenderHolise: How long have you been vegan?

Barbi Twins: We grew up with hippies. It was very easy, when growing up on a ranch and naming your animals, to be a vegetarian. We didn’t become vegan until we met Chris Derose, who heads Last Chance for Animals, in 1989. He was wonderful! He would show us these awful undercover videos, ie. UCLA and at hospitals. We were already fanatical but we didn’t know that was hidden from the public.

In our first book, we shared how we had an eating disorder and how doctors were trying to brainwash us about how we don’t have enough protein, don’t have enough iron and we were anemic. We found that the more greens we had and the more raw foods we had, (that’s why our second book went into raw veganism), that can fix all health problems. We went from vegetarian to vegan to raw vegan. Our second book, “The Eco Anti-Diet,” is about gradually incorporating a raw vegan lifestyle that anyone can do.

Holise: You have been fighting for animal rights. In the process, you constantly see these horrific videos and images. You see some really graphic stuff! I’ll admit that I try not to even look at some of that because it’s so disturbing. How do you deal with it?

Barbi Twins: We used to think, “What kind of person can actually deal with this?” Ken, for example, can’t bring himself to see these things. We questioned ourselves too, on that, of how much is normal. But you know what is really funny? We got to say the reason why — and we can’t always do it — we watch it because we feel that the animal has suffered and the more that we feel, the more we feel obligated to contribute [to do something.] We don’t want to choose to be in denial; we want to choose to see the crime totally in its fullest! But because we keep seeing this stuff, we almost feel like we take on the pain of the animals.

The things that got us the most, that was so damaging, was the crush videos with the kittens, the bait videos (with dogs and cats) and the horses being gored to death in Spanish bullfights, where they were galloping away with intestines hanging out—dying slowly while running for their lives. Those three things were the most damaging and it almost feels like there’s no coming back and we don’t recommend it. But at the same time, we think people that are continuing to choose to contribute to their suffering should see it.

We believe that we definitely, definitely need a movement of compassion! With some people, its like changing their religion. So we can only do this with the youth, trying to establish a culture through the youth with a movement of compassion through humane education.

Holise: What do you think about Sea Shepherd?

Barbi Twins: We gotta say, one of the few organizations that really walk the walk is Sea Shepherd. We can’t really name any other organization that does it all. They are proactive a hundred percent in every which way. That’s why we call Sea Shepherd the Godfather of all animal organizations. You can’t have conservation without animal activism and vice versa. And we laugh at these people called “conservationists,” that have no respect or regard for animals. They actually believe in killing for maintenance and the balancing of nature.

How can you balance out nature when we’re at the top of the food chain and we are unbalancing nature? It’s stupid to say, “Oh, it’s okay to kill more seals because they eat too much salmon.” What! For us? So we can be gluttons and over-breed? We are taking the resources from these animals and endangering them. We are ruining that balance of nature.

Holise: You met Captain Watson. What did you think of him?

Barbi Twins: Captain Watson! You know what’s funny? Just like big movie stars, it’s always the biggest icons that are the most humble, gracious people that we’ve ever met. I can’t even believe that someone of his stature complimented our Eco Anti-Diet book!! The guy is a hero and an icon and he’s not short of complimenting others. Bottom line, he is the most famous Captain that loves and protects our planet and her creatures!

Urgent!: Captain Watson Arrested in Germany! Click Here to Sign the Petition!

Also . . .

Barbi Twins Quote

Urgent Call to Sea Shepherd Supporters – Help Save Captain Watson!

Captain Paul WatsonIn shocking news, German officials have decided to proceed with the extradition of Captain Watson to Costa Rica.  Our last hope of saving Captain Watson from extradition is to convince German officials at the Ministry of Justice to step in and overturn their decision.  Show your support for Captain Watson by contacting Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the Federal Minister of Justice in Berlin, Germany.  Let her know that the warrant for Captain Watson’s arrest is politically motivated and thus should be ignored by the German government.  With international support we can set Captain Watson free, and keep him from the possibility of facing an unfair trial in Costa Rica.

Please contact: (Please be respectful in your communications)

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger

Federal Minister of Justice

Deutscher Bundestag

Platz der Republik

11011 Berlin

Telephone 030 – 227 751 62

Fax 030 – 227 764 02

E-Mail: sabine.leutheusser-schnarrenberger@bundestag.de

Federal Ministry of Justice

Mohrenstrasse 37

10117 Berlin, Germany

Telephone:             +49 (030) 18 580-0

Telefax: +49 (030) 18 580-9525

Sample Letter:

Dear Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger,

I was very concerned to hear that Germany has detained Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson for possible extradition to Costa Rica.  I understand that the warrant for Captain Watson’s arrest is politically motivated and possibly due to an incident in which Sea Shepherd uncovered an illegal shark finning operation.

I support Sea Shepherd’s efforts to monitor and publicise illegal fishing and whaling around the world and recognize that some illegal fishing operations try to use international law to shut down the Sea Shepherd operations.

I urge you to consider the valuable work Captain Watson and Sea Shepherd are undertaking globally to highlight the dangers to our oceans in considering this extradition request.


Your Name.

via Sea Shepherd :: Urgent Call to Sea Shepherd Supporters – Help Save Captain Watson from Extradition to Costa Rica!.

ALSO . . .

I have also taken the liberty of drawing up a petition. I urge you to sign this petition and any others that come your way if they are to free the captain. The more, the better!

One other thing . . . If you sign the petition, you have contributed one signature to Captain Watson’s freedom. If you also share it, asking others to sign and share, you are contributing much more! So please Sign and Share!

CLICK HERE to Sign the Petition!

Originally posted on #CyberWhaleWarrior:

Paul Watson

Paul Watson (Photo credit: hoveringdog)

via Sea Shepherd South Africa:

BREAKING NEWS: Via Scott West – “Captain Paul Watson was arrested today at Frankfurt airport on a warrant for his arrest for his intervention for the sharks campaign in 2005 in Costa Rica (in the documentary Sharkwater campaign). “

More details to come when head office issues the official press release.

via Sea Shepherd Denver:

We don’t want you to panic, because we have great lawyers on the case, but we do want you to know that Captain Paul Watson was arrested this morning at Frankfurt airport on a warrant for his arrest for his intervention for the sharks in 2005 in the Costa Rica (in the documentary Sharkwater campaign). More details to come when we have them.

via Sea Shepherd Dallas:

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Interview with Sea Shepherd Scott West at Bonneville Dam

Sea Shepherd Scott West

Scott West – Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

“. . . for twenty-one years, as a federal agent I’d see a problem, I’d walk into the middle of it and stop it. Not being able to do that in Taiji or do it here at the Dam is extremely difficult.”

I spoke with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society‘s Scott West while he was on location at Bonneville Dam. There is something that we can all do to aid him in this campaign. See for yourself!

Holise: You were in law enforcement. What did you do and how has it contributed to the work that you now do in Sea Shepherd?

Scott: I started law enforcement in the summer of 1987. I was hired as a criminal investigator with U.S. Customs Service and I was sent down to South Carolina where I was involved with the interdiction of drugs being imported into the United States. Then I started doing some work in the control of export technologies. I also, at the same time, was in the Naval Reserve as an intelligence officer and so the export control and my intelligence work kind of duct-taped together.

After a couple of years I decided that law enforcement wasn’t really my thing. It was something I had done out of grad  school, and I needed a job. Eventually I realized I wanted to do environmental work and so I decided to go to law school. Well, a friend of mine said that the E.P.A. had criminal investigators so I gave EPA a call and, lo and behold, I got hired in late 1989 as a special agent criminal investigator with the EPA and moved to San Francisco and started working. I said, “I’ll give it six months for an experiment. For what that’s worth, if it doesn’t work out I’ll go to law school.”

At the end of 2008 — that was nineteen years later — I retired from the EPA Criminal Investigations and I was a Special Agent In Charge when I retired. Special Agent In Charge is a person who runs a geographically centered office and supervises the investigators, scientists, attorneys, admin people and is the one who makes the decision about which cases will get investigated and referred for prosecution. So, my background is environmental law enforcement and Naval Intelligence and those two things are what I bring to the table for Sea Shepherd.

I first became aware of Sea Shepherd back about ’88 and, sometime during 1990, I had the opportunity to meet Paul Watson. Sea Shepherd was headquartered down in the L.A. area at the time and I was in San Francisco. California was in my area and I thought Paul might be a good source of information about environmental violations in U.S. territory. So I called him up, told him who I was and that I wanted to talk with him and he said, “Come on down.” He thought that what I did for a living was pretty interesting and so we started talking and as the years unfolded we developed a friendship.

In 2008, he called me up and reminded me that I could retire; although, I had not been planning on it. And he said, “Come on, retire! Let’s put your skills to work for Sea Shepherd.” So, I did and that’s how my background fits into what I’m doing now. I run Sea Shepherd’s Intelligence and Investigations branch. I’ve been leading the ongoing campaign in Taiji, Japan, I did the undercover part at the Faroe’s campaign last year, I’ve done some investigations around the world and now I’m down at the sea lion defense campaign. I bring my law enforcement to bear because I know how the law works,  and I’m able to talk to law enforcement officers here, in Japan and anywhere I go. That’s how it all comes together.

Holise: Wow! That’s incredible. Let me ask you, how do you deal with the stress of witnessing the torture and murder of sentient cetaceans over and over again?

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